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.

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...
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My Lasik Surgery Experience

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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 a year...
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Why We Let Our Daughter Color Her Hair

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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...
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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.  So, when...
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10 Family Day Trips in Central Iowa

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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

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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...
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My Infertility Journey: Secondary Infertility

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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...