Name: Amanda DuBose
Children: Delia, 6; Dalton, 2
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Favorite mommy moment: I love when my son comes up to me and asks to "nuggle me," aka "snuggle with me." I absolutely melt. I also love that my daughter is now at an age where we can share inside jokes and have great conversations. She has a great sense of humor, and I love how her mind works.
Most challenging moment: Trying to handle a 2-year-old in the midst of a tantrum while my 6-year-old needs something from me too. It's so hard to meet both of their needs at the same time. My daughter can be patient but only to an extent.
Go-to snack: Granola bars and boxes of raisins. They are easy to just throw in a bag and take anywhere.
I can't leave the house without: My sunglasses and phone. I am blind and lost otherwise.
Favorite song: It's tough to pick just one. I love "Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti & Spearhead. It is such an upbeat and positive song, and just makes me smile and dance every time.
Favorite local event or spot: The parades and festivals in Bluffton. I love meeting up with friends and enjoying the community feel of them. We are also on the boat as often as we can be. We head to the sandbar or Daufuskie Island, or just cruise around. We are totally water people.
The moment my kids met each other: The look on my daughter's face as she looked in the crib at her baby brother was priceless. She was so full of excitement and wonder. It was beautiful.
Birthday party tips: Keep it simple. Kids will have fun no matter what kind of party you plan. I've done the big shindigs with lots of arts and crafts, pony rides, bounce houses, etc., and learned my lesson. The kids always have the best time just playing with each other in the backyard with whatever toys you have lying around. As long as they have something to eat and drink, they don't care about the huge events or planned activities. For Delia's last birthday, instead of cake or cupcakes, we did a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar with lots of toppings for the kids to choose from. Everyone loved it. Hint: Stock up on the gummy worms. Those went fast.
Hidden talent: I'm a great "Wheel of Fortune" puzzle solver. I actually appeared on the show several years ago and did pretty well, if I do say so myself.
Advice for other moms: Prioritize and don't feel guilty about it. What is the most important thing to get done right then? Not everything has to be done right at that moment. Some things are just going to have to wait, and that is totally OK.
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