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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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...

When Someone in Your Family Has Covid

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Last fall my husband tested positive for Covid-19. Thankfully, my daughter and I were able to avoid getting Covid as he self-isolated in our home. It was not easy but I am sharing our...
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Fool-Proof Margarita Recipe for National Margarita Day

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Did you know February 22, 2021, is National Margarita Day? Just in case you don’t believe me, here is the official site for National Margarita Day. Not that I ever need an excuse for...
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Why I Tried Laundry Stripping

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You may remember that during the summer of 2020 TikTok was inundated with videos about laundry stripping.  I tried it, mainly because I happened to have all the ingredients and lots of time on...

Finding Myself in My 40s

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I turn 42 this month. 42. How can I be 42? It seems like just yesterday when I thought turning 40 would mean I was “old”. In my teens and twenties it seemed to me...