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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A Christmas Tradition -- Gingerbread House -- or Hotel!

Last Monday, my parents came over to help us with one of our favorite Christmas traditions -- the making of the annual gingerbread house.


My mom always asks the girls what kind of house they want and then takes on the awesome responsibility of planning it and making the gingerbread and frosting to put it together.


The girls wanted a hotel this year, and that's what we made.  Wendy even decided that a proper hotel needs a hot tub, so that's what you see outside the hotel, filled, in a moment of silliness, with candy and a Christmas Tree Peep.


By the way, all the candy you see on the gingerbread hotel is safe.  Granted, we won't be eating our hotel masterpiece, but we always have to leave room for snacking during the construction, so safe candy is a must!


Here it is, the "Merry Christmas Hotel".


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