Mary Salazar

Mary Salazar
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Mary Salazar is an Iowa native and life-long Hawkeye who loves coffee, books and 90's music. When she isn't working for a metro school district as an administrator, she is spending time with her daughter Lily (2009) and her husband Mateo.
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Confessions of a Cookie Mom

“Hi, would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” is a phrase I will hear a million times from February until the end of March. If you are the parent of a Girl...
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6+ Winter Date Ideas in Des Moines

If you are like me, you don’t love the cold weather and tend to be a homebody. But there are lots of great ways to pass your time in Des Moines in the winter...
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Arcades in Des Moines

Maybe it is because my husband and I were both 1980s kids, but we love taking our daughter to arcades, and we have been doing so since she was little. With food and drink...
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5 Fun Fall Activities in Des Moines

With the last days of summer upon us, it is time to focus on Fall! If you are anything like me and my family, you look forward to enjoying the last couple of months...
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Tips for High School Success

Why does summer always seem to go by so fast? I was at Target right after the 4th of July and they were already setting up the back-to-school displays. What nerve! If you have...
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5 Tips from a Burnt Out Mom

Hello, my name is Mary and I am a burnt out mom. Most days I feel like I am being pulled in every direction at one time. Sometimes I need to call a timeout...
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Missing My Mom on Mother’s Day

Dear Mom, I can’t believe it has been 11 years since I celebrated Mother's Day with you. I try not to think of that last one, with you in the hospital hooked up to every...
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Infertility Awareness Week 2023

You may be wondering why I am writing about infertility for a mom’s blog? The first reason is that April 23-29 is Infertility Awareness week. Secondly, If you haven’t experienced infertility I can almost...
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I Got a Concussion

I recently got a concussion at work as the result of some really bad luck and even worse timing between myself and a heavy metal door. Having no previous experience with concussions I learned...
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Skate Parks in Des Moines

Hello, my name is Mary and I am a skater mom. My 11-year-old daughter has been skateboarding for over a year now and I must admit this has become one of my favorite hobbies...