When Cameron’s friend Candace delivered her second son prematurely at 27 weeks, Cameron took action. She coordinated among 40 friends to arrange a meal delivery service AND packing/moving services. She was worried about how in the world they would pack up a house and move while caring for their oldest child and bonding with their new son, which meant practically living at the hospital’s NICU.
Over several weeks, Cameron collected enough money to cover not only the packing services but also items for the new nursery. Cameron was inundated on Facebook with requests to contribute to the cause and friends sent money from foreign countries via Paypal. She even received money from complete strangers who did not even know Candace or her family but had heard by word of mouth on Facebook!
I was so moved by Cameron’s dedication to her friend and adore her take-action-let’s-not-just-stand-here attitude. She is that true friend who lends a hand when you need it most! I’ve known her for nearly 6 years and she is one of the most caring individuals I’ve ever met.
When she’s not busy being a mom to her precious daughter, Julia, and wife to her funny-as-hell husband Paul, she is kicking butt and taking names as a Business Banker for Wells Fargo or taking on a leadership position at the Junior League. Cameron is truly engaged on all levels in her community!
Cameron’s Smarty Mom Stats:
Married to: Paul, 4 years
Years in Charlotte: 10
Mom to: Julia, 22 months old
Occupation: Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo
Home town: Wilmington, NC
‘Hood: Providence Park (aka Cotswold area)
What do you like most about being a working mom?
I love the fact that I have made the choice to work. Women have come along way in the workplace and we owe alot to previous generations, and I am most grateful. I love accomplishing goals and succeeding in the workplace – for my team and for myself. I also hope to be setting a good example for my daughter – my mother instilled a great work ethic in me as a part-time working mom, and I hope to instill the same in Julia – that things are not simply given to us and we have to work hard in life. The icing on the cake is Julia running into my arms with a huge smile at the end of each workday!
What do you like least about being a working mom?
Missing out on music classes, playdates and all the little things with my daughter during the work day. She is growing up too fast! The whole SAHM world seems like a secret little world to me, but I’m not sure what I would do in that world given the opportunity.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I am a pretty good artist when I put my mind to it! I painted a mural of a tree, birds, and branch in my daughter’s nursery. My husband was shocked with the result and never knew I had an artistic streak. My mother is a professional artist, so I do owe some of it to the gene pool.
Favorite piece of baby gear?
BOB Revolution Stroller – this stroller can trek any terrain, from the mountains to the beach, with a smooth-as-butter ride. This stroller weighs almost 20 lbs, so it’s also an extra-great workout!
Best book you’ve read lately?
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
Favorite movie of all time?
Steel Magnolias – it’s a timeless movie that is funny, sad, hopeful, and happy all at the same time
Favorite date night spot?
Sullivan’s in South End. They have a great happy hour menu and the best filet in town.
What is the funniest thing Julia has ever done?
Julia is just learning to put words together into sentences. The other day she wanted to do something and shouted “Please! Good Girl! Thank you!” all at the same time – hoping her new manners would allow her to do whatever it was she wanted!
What is the best birthday party you’ve attended/hosted?
Parties hosted by Leslie Vander Baan – especially Mike’s 30th and Isla’s 1st. Leslie is the consummate hostess, down to every little detail, making guests feel welcome with decadent food and drinks and entertainment.
Minivan or suv?
SUV! Although intrigued by all the minivan hype and will not rule it out for the future, I hope to have my SUV for a long time.
What is your favorite phone app?
I just deleted most all of the apps from my blackberry because it was too draining to the battery – if that tells you how tech-savvy I am not! As long as I have email, phone, and text – I am good.
What is your favorite CSP article?
Any article written by Susan– she is one of the funniest people I know! Some of my favorites are: Make Peace with Paci, The Snack Obsession, Polly Pocket, and The New Normal. I can’t pick just one!
What is the best kept secret in Charlotte?
Carolina Golf Club – one of the best golf courses in town, awesome pool, great food and a stellar view of the beautiful skyline of uptown Charlotte.
What is your “I could not live without my”…
My gut response is: Daughter and husband. They are the reason that I exist, and their smiles and laughter make every day bright. My “cheesy” answer is: Cheese! I love all types and love learning the history and locale of exotic cheeses. I could not live without it, and cheese was about the only thing I could stomach when I was pregnant.