Dope Ass Mom: Everything Erica

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Erica is the type of mom you just want to be around. She’s low key, easy going and knows what to order at every restaurant in town. She is a full time digital influencer who recommends recipes, restaurants and also does social media consulting! How does she manage her work and having her little one? Read on to learn more about Erica! You can find Erica’s blog here .

1.What is the best thing about being a mom?

The best thing about being a Mom is knowing that you are the most important person in the world to someone who unconditionally loves you so much. That level of responsibility is what motivates me in my life.

 

2. What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
The hardest thing about being a Mom is the horrible guilt I feel on a daily basis. I want to be home and spend as much time with my daughter as possible, but I have to work to make sure we can live! It’s a terrible feeling.

 

3. What habit do you hope to pass down to your kids?
I hope I pass down my belief in kindness to my kids. I believe that you should help everyone be the best versions of themselves and that there is enough room in this world for everyone to succeed.

 

4. What habit do you hope to not pass down to your kids?
Sleeping late. I’m not a morning person.

 

5. How have you changed since being a mom?
I’ve changed SO much. Before my daughter, I had never even held a baby or had my own pet. I’ve never taken care of anyone but myself. Now, my world revolves around this person and every single thing I think, say, feel and do affects her. It’s made me a more thoughtful and caring person.

 

6. What’s the best piece of advice given to you?
Don’t be a know-it-all. Listen to people who are smarter than you at something and take their advice. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

7. What are three essentials you need everyday?
Water (I drink a gallon a day), my cell phone and Zyrtec

 

8. What late night food do you crave?
pizza. always.

 

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9. What do you do to relax?
light a candle and watch trashy reality tv shows

 

10. How has motherhood changed your career?
I would say it added an entire new dimension to my career. Before my daughter, I was really only sharing photos of my food on Instagram. Now, I’m able to open up, share my life and I feel a lot more passionate about what I do.

 

11. 3 words to describe yourself:
confident, savvy, kind

 

12. How has your style changed since becoming a mother?
Well, I still have 10lbs to lose, so it’s become a lot baggier

 

13. What traits bug you the most in other mothers?
I never ever judge other Mothers. We all are just doing our thing and trying to be the best we can be.

 

14. What 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without?
Water (I told you, I’m obsessed), my cell phone and rose water spray from Glossier

 

15.Best advice you could give a mom with young kids?

Mine is still only 2, but if it were a Mom of a newborn…I would tell you, it get’s SO much better.

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16. If your life had theme music, what would it be?
Happy by Pharrell Williams

 

17. What’s your secret to being a dope ass mom?
I mean, I don’t really think I’m all that dope. Maybe that’s my secret though. I think people look at me and say, “wow, she’s just like me” and that resonates with people.

 

18. Nanny, hairstylist or chef ? You can only have one live in:
Nanny. ALL DAY LONG.

 

19. What does success look like to you in parenting?
Success is a happy and healthy child.

 

20. Kill, Fuck or Marry – Justin Timberlake, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling:
Damn this is hard. Can I marry them all? Ok…marry Justin because he’s amazing. I’ld probably have sex with Channing Tatum (did you see Magic Mike?!). So..sorry Ryan…

 

21. How do you maintain your identity while still being someone’s mom?
I just try to take a few minutes every day to do something for me. Whether that’s take a shower (haha, it’s not as easy as it once was to find time), meditate or cook. Something that just makes me happy.

 

22. How has your relationship changed with your own mother since becoming a mom?
I definitely appreciate her a lot more since she stayed home full-time. I don’t think I could handle it.

 

23. Do you have a favorite child?
Yep! Since I only have one, it’s very easy to choose.

 

24. What’s your opinion on screen time?
I’m all for it in moderation. I think anything educational is great and I think if you need to get something done, throw on a show. It’s a great babysitter. I try to limit it to no more than 10-20 minutes per day and we NEVER reward her with it to get her to stop crying.

 

25. What’s one way you hope to make an impact on your kids?
I hope that I am able to work hard enough so that they won’t ever have to be in any financial debt when it comes to school. I want to be able to set enough money aside to cover that so when they graduate, they can start with a clean slate. It’s on my mind all the time.

 

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26. How has your relationship changed with your higher power since having kids?
I don’t think it has to be honest. I’ve always been pretty religious!

 

27. How has having kids affected your relationship with your partner ?
100% We have so much less time to spend together and are always tired. We really have to work so much harder to make our relationship work

 

28. What would you be doing if you didn’t have kids?
I’d be traveling sooooo much. It’s my favorite thing in the entire world.

 

29. Do you experience mom guilt? How do you deal with it?
SO much. Every day of my life. I work from home so I can hear her in the other room and all I want to do is be with her. But, I have to work and help support our family so I try to remind myself of that.

 

30. If you could change one thing about how society views mother’s, what would it be?
I just wish society would cut Moms a break and remember that we are all just trying to do our best. For example with breastfeeding, if you don’t breast feed, you’re awful and horrible. If you do breast feed, people shame you for doing it in public. I feel like we are put in a lot of lose-lose scenarios when in the end, if you’re a mom, you’re automatically a winner in my book!
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