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/
When I was a child, I loved, loved, loved Christmas. Everything about it -- the music, the food, the presents, the fun, but mostly just the feeling in the air, that joy in anticipation, in everyone coming together, the celebratory spirit that permeates everything at this time of year.
My family has been enjoying gingerbread houses the past few weeks.
About a year ago, I first heard of Kelly Rudnicki and her blog, Food Allergy Mama. She's an amazing food allergy advocate whose son has severe food allergies.
Black Friday started bright and early for me as my sister and I embarked on our annual shopping excursion -- we're not crazy about it though, just a laidback, fun and festive way to spend time with my sister.