Mary

Mary
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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 Year of the “No”

Education is a top priority in our home, as it is for many. My husband and I are both educators. We are the type of parents that attend EVERY school event that our children...
back to school jitters: 6 ways to help your anxious child

New Student Jitters: 6 Ways to Support Your Anxious Child

My oldest (8) has always been known as a social butterfly. Just like my husband and I, it comes naturally to her to spark up conversation and to make friends. So of course we...
Lice Treatment: Salons, Preventative Measures, & Natural Remedies

Lice Treatment: Salons, Preventative Measures, & Natural Remedies

During our first year living abroad in Spain we’ve had many firsts. Unfortunately one of those firsts was NOT an enjoyable experience: Piojos, which translates to…lice.  My youngest daughter had woken up one morning and would...

Downsizing: 5 Tips for Small Space Living

Prior to moving to Madrid from Cedar Rapids, our family lived in a two-story colonial style home with a fenced-in backyard. I loved our home and it was perfect for our family of four....

Tips to Help You Learn a Second Language

Hablas Ingles? Yo hablo Ingles. These were two of my ‘go to’ phrases that I commonly used during the first few months after our recent move to Madrid. I was mortified to speak to anyone in...

A New Idea on Gift Giving for Birthday Parties: The Fiver Party

It wasn’t until we moved overseas that I heard about the newest birthday party craze: the "Fiver Party." Not only is it GENIUS, but it helps with those last minute birthday gift buying stresses...

A New Perspective this Holiday Season: Winter Holidays Around the World

Feliz Navidad! This year we will be spending our first Christmas overseas in Madrid, Spain. It’s been a mixture of emotions–excitement for new traditions but also sadness for being so far away from family. Either...

My Experience With Socialized Healthcare

During our second month living as expats in Madrid, we were faced with our first experience with socialized healthcare. When living in the States we often heard that socialized care meant long wait times,...

Finding Our New Community: Advice From an Expat

It has now been a month since our move to Madrid, Spain. We've moved into our home, started our jobs, and our girls have started school. Let me start by saying that as much as...

Visit Chicago Like a Local: Download This Interactive Guide

A popular destination for many Iowan families is the Windy City: Chicago. Many Iowans find themselves spending a few days in this popular destination, one of the biggest major cities in the Midwest, especially during...