Amy Wruble

I'm a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to my toddler daughter.  Her daddy and I are planning our wedding while trying for baby #2, which is why I named my blog Carriage Before Marriage.  I love to write candidly about the funny, unexpected and poignant sides of parenting.  You can also find me at The Huffington Post, on Circle of Moms, at What To Expect and in Babytalk magazine. 

Love Means Never Having To Say Your Teeth Look Yellow

With two weeks left until our wedding, I’ve been trimming, tinting, plucking, waxing, shaping, toning and otherwise altering every cell of my body....more

You’re Doing Date Night All Wrong

Parents of small children are advised to make time for date nights—their best hope for keeping the romantic connection alive. But in practice, what usually happens? You stay out past your bedtime, yawn through dinner and a movie, pay a babysitter a small fortune to watch TV while your kids sleep and the whole thing just makes you more tired the next day ....more

So Does The Jacket Button?

Back in February, I asked a very important question: “Will I ever be able to button this jacket?” The jacket, a saucy little Theory blazer purchased optimistically in my pre-baby size, was to be my proxy for the wedding gown–which was still being made–as I attempted to drop a few inches and lb’s. In that blog post, I promised I would show you an “after” picture wearing the jacket, which I figured would help motivate me....more

5 Advantages To Putting The Baby Carriage Before Marriage

If you’ve been watching me prepare for our nuptials with...more

Should I Change My Name When I Get Married?

I’m getting married in 5 weeks (!) and I’ve started wondering – should I change my name? Not my last name, silly....more

How Do You Come Back From A Bake Sale #BakeFail?

Do you remember last fall I was so excited to bake for our first preschool bakesale? Then came one of those freakish fall heat waves we have in southern California, and by 5 minutes into the bake sale my chocolate-dipped pretzel rods had melted into a sticky mess....more

Brushing Toddler Teeth: Easier With Aquafresh Training Toothpaste

Even on my laziest parenting days, when I microwave leftovers and skip the bath, I never skimp on teeth brushing....more

Should You Hide Veggies in Your Kids’ Food?

It’s my fault. If I’d just eaten more zucchini during my pregnancy, my daughter might have been a vegetable lover....more

The Day I Became A Mother (A Bed Rest Story)

The lovely Anna at Misadventures in Motherhood asked me to write this guest post as part of series that raises awareness for women’s health org Every Mother Counts....more

How Rob Lowe Made Me Feel Better About Motherhood

I know Mother’s Day should be all hearts, flowers and pedicures, but I have a confession to make – I’ve been having a hard time mothering lately. My three-year-old, true to her developmental task, is testing every limit I have....more