Mary J. Mearig

I love sunshine and have no idea what a day without coffee would be like. I’m married to my high school prom date. I met my husband Seth in our hometown Juneau, Alaska where we had our wedding 14 years ago. Seth has my name tattooed on his bicep and we go back to AK every summer. I’m a #boymom to three wild, funny, charming, energetic little men. I like to think of parenting as a great’s too soon to tell if it worked or not! While we wait for the results, I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

I remember learning about Pearl Harbor in high school - I think we touched on it around 11th grade history? They covered the surprise attack by the Japanese that left 2400 Americans dead and...
Pumpkin Spice

National Pumpkin Day | All Things Pumpkin Spice

Nine months out of the year I can drive past a Starbucks without batting an eye, stepping on the breaks, or flipping on my turn signal. But…when the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte hits the...

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month and as parents we need to be educated about the risk factors and warning signs of youth suicide. While it’s wonderful we have a month to bring awareness to...

What to Know About the Bats in Austin

Austin is home to one of the most famous and one of the largest urban bat colonies in North America. Every night around sunset March through September you can see our migrating Mexican Free-Tailed...

Guide to Sunscreens

I love summer and sunshine is the actual best. We joke that I am cold blooded because unless the sun is shining directly on me, I’m usually cold. While a little bit of vitamin...

Games That Are Fun For the Whole Family

Summer is here, those HOT days are creeping in. Whether for a family game night or needing an activity inside in the A/C, these family games are the way to go. We love family...

There’s an Overwhelming Need for Foster Care Families

May is foster care awareness month and I want to take a moment to bring your attention to the overwhelming need for foster families and how YOU can help some of the most vulnerable...
horseback riding

Best Places for Horseback Riding Lessons in Austin

I honestly can’t remember a time that I didn’t love my first photo-documented horseback ride, I was two years old! I’ve continued to take lessons, care for, lease, compete with, and own horses...

Everything You Need to Know About Fostering a Pet

Fostering animals is pretty much the best. My boys love animals and are always asking for more pets...but I was hesitant, anticipating that when the excitement wore off, mom would be left with the...
italian food

Best Italian Food in Austin

I love to eat, cook, and write about Italian food. My grandmother was from Sicily and her family recipes introduced me to the wonders of real Italian cuisine. Classic Italian food is simple, delicious,...