Mary, a native of Rockford, Illinois, attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where she received her BA in Secondary Art Education. In 2007, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa after accepting a position as a high school visual arts teacher with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She and her husband, Collin, who is a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District, reside in Cedar Rapids with their daughters, Zoey and Munroe. Zoey is five and Munroe will be turning one in October 2016. In addition to being a full time mommy, full time teacher, and writer for the mom’s blog, she is also a professional artist who has shown and published works both nationally and internationally. Mary enjoys traveling, painting, and most of all, spending time with her family.

The Dragon Your Kids Have Always Wanted

As parents, we know how much our children LOVE playing and snuggling furry (and even scaly) friends. "Can we get a puppy?" or "I want a pet!" are phrases that we hear all too...

How to Prepare Your Child for a COVID-19 Test

Spain was in a mandated lockdown from March until June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the numbers started to go down and the country's efforts had flattened the curve, the country began...

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Summer has come to an end and now it is time to prepare for the school year. This year might look a little different . . . and because of that six of our Iowa...

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a small child doing virtual learning

Virtual Learning — To Do or Not To Do

My husband and I are American expats currently residing in Madrid, Spain with our two daughters — ages 4 and 9. On March 10, residents of Spain received a push notification on our phones...

Advice: How to Talk to Your Child About the Holocaust

“I recognize that we who survived the Holocaust have a responsibility to tell our stories to give hope to the slogan ‘Never Again.’” - George Elbaum, Holocaust survivor It is never easy to talk to...

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My brother sent me a text today with a photograph from a pharmacy in Minneapolis. He said that several stores resemble the empty shelves seen in this image all over the city. I had...

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I'll admit it . . . I'm a social media junkie. I'm the mom who is constantly posting photos of my kiddos, our travels, and the chaos of our daily lives. I enjoy seeing...

My Husband’s Vasectomy Horror Story

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