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Hi, I’m Shannon! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by GrowingSlower. I’m on a mission to bring you the most efficient strategies to meet your challenges in your busy life as a real mom!

I was inspired by my personal journey towards simple living to start GrowingSlower in October 2011. Since then, GrowingSlower has grown into what I hope is a resource for other families who are walking the same road. Simply put:


GrowingSlower is the real mom’s guide to simple living on a budget.

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About Shannon Brown

I’m the founder of and author of The Real Mom’s Guide series of ebooks and courses. I love numbers, research, data, and all things practical. That might sound completely boring, but it all works out to allow me to distill it all down to bring you the simplest, most effective strategies to make your life as a real mom easier.

In my short years as a mom so far, I’ve been a mostly stay at home mom, a full time work at home mom as an architect and writer, and I’ve even had a short time where I worked outside the home and sent my son to daycare all day.

Here’s what I know. No matter what the details, being a mom is hard work! There’s so much we have to balance from budgets, business, and babies to cooking and cleaning, it all seems just about impossible to fit it all in some days.

You should also know I’m a Christian.

While I don’t consider this a Christian blog per se, this does inform every part of my world view, or at least I hope it does.

I’m wife to the most amazing hubby in the world. Seriously.

We have 2 blond babies, born at home in 2011 and 2013. They fill me with wonder and gratitude for God’s creation everyday.


Starting to “Grow Slower”

In the year before we would start trying for a baby, I had baby fever. I was obsessed! I even had a spreadsheet with every conceivable expense related to having a baby and the dates when we might be able to afford it. It felt like we would never get there. I had to do something that felt like moving toward our goal. So, we started thinking about what we would want to accomplish before having a baby. Some of the things were those which would be a whole lot harder once a baby arrived because of time, logistics, and expenses. Others we wanted to do to give a baby the best possible life. A lot of it moved us toward a greener, healthier, and simpler lifestyle. I feel really great about all the changes we made, as if we were really just becoming more ourselves in the process. It was not just something we felt like we should do. We also have a long way to go, and many changes and projects that we will continue to work towards. And that’s what GrowingSlower is all about!


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