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Hi! My name is Shantall, full fledged boy mom and writer behind Urban Mom Tales. I am a mother to three rambunctious and loving boys and wife to an incredibly motivating husband. We live in the heart of Chicago and even though neither of us are from here, we are in love with everything this city has to offer.
After working in education as a teacher and counselor for 10 years, I left the classroom to stay home with my kids. One thing this city does not offer is cheap child care for multiple kids :-). When we decided that I couldn’t afford to work anymore, (you can read the whole story here) it gave me the opportunity to start this blog. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
My work in education started from a genuine passion for people, writing and helping others. I loved becoming a mom and getting the opportunity to be their primary caregiver, but I didn’t want to leave that passion of writing behind completely. Being a mom is one of the most fulfilling, but stressful jobs ever. It can be isolating and scary with so much to learn and know about. Creating a supportive community of moms to help navigate the parenting journey is the best part of owning an online business.
About the Blog
What you will find here is tips and strategies based on my experience as a mom. I am passionate about a lot of things, but most importantly I like to focus on the fun and creative aspects of the everyday as a mom. Everything from the small and easy DIY projects to taking some time to sit and teach my boys through play.
What you won’t find is me promoting a certain way of motherhood or supporting negative talk towards others. While I share my experience making baby food, it does not mean that I think every mom should make their own. I strongly believe supporting each other and trying to find the fun in the practical will help us all be happier.
Where to Start
There are a variety of topics on the blog. Being a mom is not one dimensional! Here are some popular posts that many readers have found helpful.
Series on creating schedules from newborns to two year olds. They all come with printable schedules that can be found in the resource library. Many have found these to be helpful in planning their day and remembering the essentials.
If schedules aren’t your thing, don’t be scared. They are not rigid timelines but a general guide that you can adapt to what works best for you, your family, home and new precious baby. A related post that is one of my favorites, because it helped ME sleep better: Newborn Sleep Training
Baby food meal plan to make a month’s worth of food in one afternoon. It has proven to be something that has helped many moms!
Ideas for feeding one year olds and toddlers have also been very popular. I’m passionate about cooking and putting together varied food items that are healthy but also easy.
I LOVE my morning coffee- like really dark strong espresso. You can blame my parents for giving me cafe con leche when I was 6. 🙂 I love holiday traditions with mine and my husband’s family. We look forward to them every year, especially that our boys see how different cultures celebrate. I am obsessed with traveling and planning trips, and as soon as we get used to living on one income– I hope to plan more in the future.
I learned the love of reading from my mom and often talk to her and my sister Denisse about books we are reading or addictive tv shows. Growing up I wanted to be a writer and submitted ghost stories to a newspaper. Later I became fascinated with language and culture, which led me to teaching.
I love a good routine, but need the excitement of trying new things and taking risks. Thank goodness for dancing because it gets me to work out. Finally, I’m figuring out how to be as crafty as my mom and getting her to teach me everything she knows.
My husband and I met at a club, I know I know- so romantic, but that’s our story! There was a weekly dance party that his friends hosted and after seeing each other a few times, we started talking. He took me to my favorite restaurant on our first date. 4 and ½ years later we got married. We are still here, braving the crazy winters each year. The babies have slowed down our traveling, but we’ve had some of our best moments trying out skiing together for the first time or getting haggled into buying 3 bottles of mamajuana on the beach in Dominican Republic.
We have three adorable baby boys and a boston terrier. You can find us talking about them A LOT- we’ll show you lots of pictures, talk about their sleep routines and my husband even mentioned our baby’s poop consistency at a dinner the other night (True story). So yes, we are a little obsessed and love them immensely.
Miles is the sweet, loving and tenderhearted preschooler. He is smart, adventurous, caring and an amazing big brother. I’m amazed at how much he observes and his curiosity about the world. He will also dance some mean Michael Jackson moves.Ellis is the life of the party. Nearing 3 years old, he is everything you think a 2 year old is. 🙂 I say that he’s made me a better mom, because he challenged me in ways that Miles never did. He is incredibly talkative at such a young age and remembers everything! His mischievous ways are genius and I am he’ll grow into a natural leader.
Rhys is the newest member of the bunch. Being a third child isn’t easy! He is dragged around to school drop offs and gymnastics- you name it. But he takes it in strides and is such a chill little guy. Crazy obsessed with his cheeks.
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