Name: Amy Schwabe
Kids: Two girls, Alex (10) and Wendy (6)
Works: stay-at-home mom, blogger, freelance writer
Favorite part about being a mom: watching my girls develop personalities and habits that are a lot like those of my husband's and mine, but also uniquely their own
Least favorite part about being a mom: trying to find balance -- in everything -- the line between being too overprotective vs. too free-range; the line between overscheduling so we don't miss anything we want to do and being more spontaneous so we can enjoy just a few of the things we want to do; the line between sheltering the kids so they don't make any mistakes and being so hands-off that they make too many mistakes
Famous for: having so many books that guests are free to use my home as a lending library (although my younger daughter says I'm famous for cleaning the house)
Follow me at http://www.milwaukeeallergymom.com/
Spring is a busy time for lots of moms, with the end of the school year in sight, graduations, first communions, making sure summer plans are in place, etc., etc., etc.
The other day I wrote about how much we love egg-free pasta dishes in our household. It may be a little surprising considering how I went on and on about Wendy's love of Noodles & Co., but when we make Alex's favorite baked ziti dish, there are only three of us in our family who actually eat it. Wendy, lover of pizza and cheese and pasta, for some crazy reason, isn't a fan of baked ziti.
Over Wendy's birthday weekend in February, we went to Key Lime Cove in Gurnee so we could swim (not something a winter baby often gets to do on her birthday!).
A few years ago, I started a tradition with the girls for April Fools Day. I was inspired by "fake-out" foods in magazines and on Pinterest -- foods that are made to look like different foods. The first year, I gave the girls what looked like cheese and crackers, but were actually Golden Oreos and molded fruit-flavored Tootsie Rolls. Last year, I gave them something that looked like lemonade, but was actually Jello.