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.

When Someone in Your Family Has Covid

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...
margarita recipe

Fool-Proof Margarita Recipe for National Margarita Day

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...
laundry stripping

Why I Tried Laundry Stripping

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

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...
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 a year...
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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...