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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Tales from a First Time Wrestling Mom

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My name is Mary, and I am a wrestling mom. I should clarify to add that I am a girl wrestler mom. I know, I didn’t see it coming either. Here’s how it happened...
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Trader Joe’s Holiday Must List

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Is it even the holidays without a box of Candy Cane Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe’s? If you have never been to TJ’s, as I affectionately call it, add it to your shopping list and...
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I (shamelessly) Love Hallmark Christmas Movies!

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Most nights, when I have a few minutes to sit and watch TV, you can find me watching either a rerun of Law and Order SVU or anything on Bravo. However, once October arrives,...

Stop Feeling Guilty About Taking Care of Yourself!

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Full disclosure, I don’t always practice what I preach. I try so hard to empower other moms to take time for themselves without feeling the dreaded “mom guilt” that sets in whenever we do...
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5 Things to do for Fall Fun in Des Moines

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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 fall fun in Des Moines...
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Tips for Transitioning to Middle School

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Do you have a child about to make the leap from elementary to middle school? If this is your first child to make this move you may be wondering what those first days and...
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13 Iowa Beaches to Visit this Summer

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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. There are...
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5 Ideas for Summer Fun in Des Moines

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Here at Des Moines Mom, we are all about making sure that you and your family take advantage of summer fun in Des Moines! This is especially true for the summer months. When the...
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Girl Mom: Tween Edition

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Twelve years ago when I found out I was pregnant with a girl I was excited. I grew up with three sisters so I knew girls; I knew I would have this girl mom...

I’m a Skater-Mom: Skate Parks in Des Moines

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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...