Mary, a Fort Worth native, met her husband Dwayne during her first year of law school when he, a third-year law student, was assigned to be her mentor. Mary was thrilled when Dwayne suggested making Cowtown their home in 2010, and the last few years have been anything but boring. Spending quality time with her husband/best friend, raising her sweet Austin (2012) and Emily (2014), and navigating her legal career keep Mary's plate (and heart) constantly filled to the brim. In her rare moments of spare time, Mary generally can be found posting adorable photos on Instagram, blogging at A Friendly Harbor, catching up with dear friends, or lying catatonic on the sofa.

Inedible (But Still Incredible) Thanksgiving Traditions

It's easy to think about Thanksgiving purely in terms of food. Preparing and cooking a turkey dinner with multiple sides and desserts is no small feat. (Neither is eating that dinner, if you do it...

Let’s Read About Autumn!

It's fall, y'all! I always get excited about this particular season change—drawing pictures of pumpkins on our dry-erase calendar, making substitutions in my closet (hello, boots!), and even deviating from my usual Starbucks order. My kids, on the other...

Three Is a Magic Number?

There is an elephant in my living room. My husband and I agreed to ignore it at least until our daughter's first birthday, but we both know it's there. Lurking. Waiting. Until the day comes that we're ready...
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How to Talk to Young Kids About Death

We've all heard the old saying by Benjamin Franklin, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Unlike taxes, however, death is not a topic that always can...

Lessons from My Grandparents

To learn more about Mary's grandfather, click the image below. It was only three years ago, shortly before my 27th birthday, that I lost my my paternal grandfather at the ripe, old age of 94. My maternal...
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How to Be an “Unruffled” Toddler Mom

My son was a delicious baby. I could snuggle him and breathe in his baby scent all day long. But, when nighttime rolled around, he was a terrorist—lulling me into a false sense of...
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How to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse

Okay, moms. Steel yourself. Today, I'm writing about a very difficult subject: How to protect your children from sexual abuse. Although it is hard even to think about, burying our heads in the sand is not a legitimate...