Mom of the Week from Bethesda, MD

Posted by Tara Dunsmore in Blog, meet a mom, Mom of the Week on Wed, Aug 22, 2012

Mom of the Week

Name: Shannon

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Meet the family: Hubby – an overworked lawyer who likes to cook and lets me sleep in on weekends. Braden – almost 4 year old who is full of spunk (warning – has a devlish side.) Casey – almost 2 year old who cracks me up just about all the time (except at 2 am – I’m not laughing then.) Couscous- 5 year old “Cavapoo” who is still getting over being replaced as the baby in the family.

Occupation:  Stay at home mom; occasional freelance lawyer.

Personal Website/Blog: www.butidohavealawdegree.com

Twitter Id: @DoHaveLawDegree

Home Base definite “Must Do’s”: 1) Stroll the shops of downtown Bethesda – http://www.downtownbethesda.com/

2) Take the kids for on a miniature train ride  – http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/cabin_john.shtm

3) Ride the historic carousel at Glen Echo Park – http://www.glenechopark.org/dentzel-carousel

Passions and Interests: Since leaving my job, I have rediscovered my love of writing.  Writing my blog has been incredibly cathartic and inspiring, and almost a year and a half later, it is still going strong.  I dream about writing a book some day, but so far I haven’t managed to put pen to paper.  I guess we’ll see.

Most controversial thing about you: Oh jeez.  Lots of things.  But the thing that I seem to be judged for the most often is my decision to leave a high paying legal job to stay at home.  Some people commend me for knowing my priorities and putting my family first.  Others tell me that I am crazy to “depend on a man” and waste and education and that I am doing a disservice to women everywhere.  My response is always: to each his own.  People have to do what is right for them. 

Biggest pet peeve: When my kids go to the beach and get sand in every single crevice of their bodies. 

One major goal you’re striving for: Figuring out what I should be striving for.  And decluttering our hall closet. 

Favorite blog/website: amalah.com

Best advice you’ve ever received: Live in the moment.

What are you reading? What is your favorite book? The kindle has changed my book reading life – I am pretty much always reading something.  A great book I read recently is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick.  The book consists of separate stories delving into the background of individuals who have escaped North Korea.  I don’t normally read books so heavy, but it was absolutely fascinating and gave me a good dose of humility.

Favorite kid friendly restaurant: Clyde’s in Friendship Heights, DC.  They have a great kids menu and a toy train that runs on tracks throughout the restaurant.  That keeps my son entertained for about 2 minutes.

What is your go-to family dinner? Cornflake Chicken

- Coat chickent breasts in cornflake crumbs, and place on cooking sheet (line sheet with tin foil).

- Spread Creamy Italian dressing over the top of the chicken breasts with a spoon.

- Bake at 450 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Easy peasy.

What types of activities do you like to do as a family? We all love swimming, so the local pool is our staple during the warm months.  In the winter, we dream about the pool.  And go out to eat a lot.

What do you do when you have some alone time away from the kids? My husband and I are foodies, so we love to go out to eat when we get the chance.  Luckily the Bethesda area has lots of restaurant options to sample!

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About Tara Dunsmore

Tara is a single mom from Frederick, Maryland just trying to keep up with her crazy life. When she's not at the park with her Boo Boo you can find her either at her day job right here at Tots2Tweens or at her second job as a Jamberry Independent Consultant. Tara spends her days at Tots2Tweens searching for fun family activities and interesting content to share with our readers. Events, recipes, parenting articles and resources…if you live in MD/DC/VA/PA Tots2Tweens is the place to find it. She spends a lot of time on Pinterest and Facebook sharing her finds with our followers. Tara also volunteers her time as the Administrative Coordinator for the charitable photographer's network, Shoots for a Cure.You can read more about Tara's crazy life on her blog i heart my crazy life or follow her on twitter: @heartmycrzylife.

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