Allergy Mom

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)

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Honoring our loved ones' differences

 A few weeks ago, Alexandra Rosas wrote an awesome blog post about her kids' personalities and the differences between introverts and extroverts.

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Our new favorite restaurant -- Downtown Kitchen!

Jonathan and I have really enjoyed the Bartolotta restaurants for a few years. We fell in love with Mr. B's Steakhouse and have tried and loved the Italian food at Ristorante Bartolotta. Jonathan has made North Point Custard a regular summer lunchtime destination, and we get super excited every year to attend Jonathan's corporate Christmas party, which is catered by Bartolotta's.

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Spring break is over, but summer vacation isn't far behind!

I got two reluctant girls off to school on Monday morning only with the promise that, even though spring break is over, we're now in the home stretch to summer vacation!

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Our Egg and Nut-free Easter Desserts

 When my mom asked me what I wanted to make to bring to her house for Easter dinner this year, I decided on dessert.

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Reading with my girls

 Alex is a great writer.  She read me a short story she wrote the other day, and I was so impressed.  She has such a "voice", and her writing really brings you into the story.

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