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.

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,...

7 Tips for Foster Parents

You’ve done all the paperwork, taken all the classes, passed all the home inspections, and you're FINALLY a licensed foster mom expecting your first placement. It’s time to meet the little one that will...

Why I love our “Shelter-In-Place” Life

My kids are thriving on our Coronavirus-imposed schedule and no one is more surprised than me! And I'm even kind of loving our shelter in place life. When I heard that schools were closing...

How to Deal With Rude Behavior From Middle Schoolers

I just returned from a family-friendly vacation resort.  I lost count of how many tweenagers I saw with their hands on their hips, rolling their eyes, and sighing exasperatedly at their parents while complaining...

How To Conquer Winter Blues in Austin

It’s winter in Austin.  Cold. Grey. Wet. Albeit short lived - that’s why we live in Texas after all, the blessedly mild and brief winters!  Still, the crummy weather can get old and leave...