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Mallory M

Mallory grew up in Oklahoma, met her husband Dave in college there, and they have lived in Maryland, Michigan, and now Alabama since getting married in 2008. She graduated from Michigan State University with a PhD in exercise physiology in 2014, and her family then moved to Birmingham so she could start a job as a college professor. She is mom to five great kids ages nine and under, and considers it a tremendous joy to get to invest in the lives of both her kids and her students. In her free time, Mallory enjoys family walks around the neighborhood, reading to her kids, bargain hunting, home improvement projects, and being involved in the children’s and missions ministries at her church.

The Blue Stool

The Blue Stool at Grandma's House My grandmother was a sweet and simple woman who lived in a teeny tiny rural farming town in Kansas. Her kitchen table had mismatched chairs and a single wooden...

Please Don’t Call It ‘Gym’ :: Simple Ways for Parents to Advocate for Physical...

As a kid, I wasn’t a big fan of physical education (or PE, as it is more commonly known). I recall standing in lines doing stretches for what seemed like hours, and then having...

Pumping Sucks (Pun Intended), and Moms Who Do It Are Heroes

Pumping sucks. Yes, literally—that pump sucks milk (also known as liquid gold) from a mama’s breasts. But what I really mean is that pumping sucks, as in it's a terrible, no fun, miserable way...

Tips and Tricks for the Sweetest Nursery

There is nothing quite like planning for a new addition to the family, and for me, this includes an excuse to prepare and decorate a beautiful nursery. I have an 18-month-old as well as...

A Birmingham Staycation :: My Kids’ Dream Come True

Can’t get away but need to get away? We’ve all been there. This year, I didn’t get the spring break week I usually rely on to make it through the semester. The university where...

Hush Little Baby :: Getting Baby to Sleep Reminds Me I’m a Control Freak

I’m a big fan of sleeping. I mean, to some degree we all are--but I really, really love it. I would take a nap every day if possible, and I’m absolutely dependent on at...

To the College Girls :: Advice to Future Working Moms

Not to brag, but I have the best job. You see, as a college professor, I get to pour my life into students. I teach them academic material, of course, but I also get...

Sweet Dreams, Babe :: Serving a Spouse by Letting Them Sleep

Why, oh why, do little kids wake up so early?! I know, I know, the real answer is something about circadian rhythms and all that, but it was actually a rhetorical question. Before we had...

Keeping My Family Organized (and My Counters Junk-Free) :: The Treasure Box

Kids love birthday party favors, little trinkets from the Dollar Store, goodies from that school party, and those prizes they win for summer reading or from a week of great behavior. Oh, and they...

COVID, School, and the Mommy Wars

Most area schools seem to be planning to release their plans for the 2020-2021 school year this week, so school choice (virtual, blended, hybrid, traditional, home school, and every other version you can think...
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