Mary Salazar

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.
lasik surgery

My Lasik Surgery Experience

After wearing glasses for over 25 years I decided to get Lasik eye surgery last year. Here is a bit about my decision to ditch my glasses and how I am doing...
hair color

Why We Let Our Daughter Color Her Hair

My daughter who just started 6th grade is kind, generous, really, really good at math, a Girl Scout who just got her Bronze Award. She also happens to have turquoise blue hair.  It may...
Iowa Beaches

13 Iowa Beaches to Visit this Summer

Iowa may be landlocked, but it still has beaches to visit. If you know me, you know I am not a particularly outdoorsy girl, but I love spending time on the water.  So, when...
day trips in iowa

10 Family Day Trips in Central Iowa

Summer is a great time for an impromptu family day trip. 2020 is shaping up to be a summer unlike any we’ve experienced before. If your family is anything like mine, warmer weather gives...

A Letter to Myself

Dear Mary of February 2020, This is going to sound crazy. But I swear it's the truth. I’m you, but writing from May, 2020. Stick with me. I have to tell you some things you...
secondary infertility

My Infertility Journey: Secondary Infertility

Have you ever mourned something you never actually had in the first place?  It is a strange emotion, but something those of us who have struggled with infertility know all too well. In honor...
girl dad

A Shoutout to Girl Dads

After the tragic deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, ESPN reporter Elle Duncan shared a story about Kobe and how he loved being a Girl Dad. (If you haven’t seen the video you can...
cookie mom

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...
graphic novels

Our Favorite Graphic Novels

My refrain of, “Why don’t you turn off the tablet and go read a book?”, is often met with a slight groan from my 10-year-old daughter. As a former English teacher, you can imagine...

Meet Mary Salazar

Hello! My name is Mary Salazar and I am beyond excited to be a part of this amazing blog with all the other wonderful moms. Des Moines Moms Blog was an essential resource to...