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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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...
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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...
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A Shoutout to Girl Dads

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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...
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Confessions of a Cookie Mom

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“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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Our Favorite Graphic Novels

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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...
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Meet Mary Salazar

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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...