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.

Lessons from Coronavirus :: Get a Flu Shot

Everybody’s talking about coronavirus, or COVID-19, and social distancing. And for good reason as both Italy and China (among other countries) have illustrated for the world. I’ll do my part and stay home, teach...

Keeping My Family Organized :: My Mommy Office Hour

A few years ago while at a gathering of several families with young kids, a mom I didn’t know very well casually mentioned her weekly "mommy office hours." I stopped dead in my tracks...

Best of Birmingham :: Barbecue Joints

I grew up in Oklahoma, where barbecue is an important part of life. When my husband and I moved to Birmingham in 2014, we quickly learned that barbecue is a very big deal here,...

Now That I See You

Disney came out with the movie Tangled, an adaptation of the story of Rapunzel, in 2010, when I had already graduated from college and was well beyond the Disney princess phase. Now that I...

Welcoming A Baby When It’s Not Your First

My favorite comedian, Jim Gaffigan, has a set where he introduces himself by stating that he has just become a father. Wild applause follows. He then clarifies that he just became a father for...

No, that family doesn’t “need” a boy (or girl)

Do you remember the television show Kids Say the Darndest Things? Kids sure do say funny stuff, but I’d argue that it’s actually grown adults who say the darndest and most ridiculous things. This...

The Best Spots for Bargain Hunting in Birmingham

Have you ever felt the exhilaration of finding a deal? Of feeling like you robbed the place you just shopped at, even though you paid for every last item? Call me an adrenaline junkie,...

To the Mamas Who Care for Their Mamas

My 96-year-old grandma, who was an absolutely amazing lady, recently passed away. While of course we are mourning her loss, this post isn’t actually about her. Instead, I want to tell you a story...

10 Things You Need to Know About Exercise During Pregnancy and Postpartum

If you want to stir up some controversy, just make a statement about what a mom-to-be should (or should not) do in terms of exercise while she is pregnant. Arguments ranging from "Crossfit for...

How to Start a Date Night Babysitting Co-op

Every couple with young kids loves a date night, right?! But those date nights come at a high price, because you’ve gotta pay the babysitter AND buy dinner, or movie tickets, or pay for...