Bio: Ame

Ame with husband Peter, and their children Grace and Luke
  • Age: 36
  • Spouse: Peter, we've been married for 15 years
  • Kids: Grace 6, Luke 20 months
  • Pets: Buster, a 7-pound Chihuahua mix we rescued 7 years ago
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Writing: co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Nesting: It's a Chick Thing©, It's a Chick Thing©, and Celebrating Motherhood©
  • Website: www.chickstyle.com
The song that best describes my family life: "I Want Candy" by the Strangeloves

Favorite time of day with my kids: Winding down before bed with books and quiet time to snuggle, recap our day and just relax

Most Proud "Mom" Moment: When Grace reads bedtime stories to me.

Favorite part of getting older: Relying less on the opinions of others and following my own compass.

Favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon: Garden — there's something about digging around in the dirt that feels both lazy and productive. Grace loves to pick out flowers and help with the planting and Luke gets so excited when we uncover a worm or two.

Funniest thing my kids have said or done lately: Grace had some immunizations recently and on the way to the doctor she said, "I hope they don't give the shots in my behind because then I won't be able to show my friends. You can't pull your pants down at school."

Favorite season or holiday: Halloween — it's the candy

Favorite midnight snack (or afternoon snack with kids): Ghiradelli double-chocolate brownies

My Philosophy of Parenting: As a parent I strive to adopt an attitude of "enjoying" as opposed to "enduring." Engage your heart, turn on your brain and enjoy the ride.

Best decision I ever made: Marrying my husband — he's my rock

If money were no object... I'd buy a private island, a jet, and whisk my friends and family away every chance I could.

Childhood tradition I'm continuing with my kids: My family loved to cook these big, communal meals — everything from barbecue and catfish frys to chicken and dumplings and beef stew. Friends and family pitched in, dropped by and indulged in good ol' southern "visiting." My husband and I love to entertain family style and cherish the tradition of hospitality.

Best advice I've ever given: Let the laundry go, leave the dishes in the sink and take a nap with your baby.

One true thing my mom taught me: Spend twice as much time with your children and half as much money on them.

Best thing about my husband: His supportiveness — if I walked in tomorrow and said I wanted to be an astronaut, he'd go out and buy me a space suit and a box of Tang.

Least favorite household chore: Laundry — it's like shoveling in a snowstorm

The most important thing I can teach my children: Follow your bliss

The biggest lesson I've learned from my kids: Follow your bliss
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