Mary

Mary

Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.
  • ParentingPhoto of How To Get Fired From Your Quarantine Home Schooling Job In 10 Easy Steps

    How To Get Fired From Your Quarantine Home Schooling Job In 10 Easy Steps

    Like most parents I know, I started our family’s mandatory hiatus from school due to the COVID-19 outbreak with the best-laid plans. By which I mean the best plans I could come up with in two days – a pretty color-coded homeschooling schedule that I downloaded from a Facebook parenting group. I was going to do everything I could to…

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  • FeaturedPhoto of Science Experiments At Home: A Variation on the Carnation Food Dye Test

    Science Experiments At Home: A Variation on the Carnation Food Dye Test

    Whether you’re stuck at home with the kids or not, this is a pretty neat experiment to try out–and a great opportunity to have your kids experience the scientific process. Science is not just about knowing how electricity works or what happens when you combine vinegar and baking soda–it’s a process by which we ask questions and figure out how…

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  • Life StylePhoto of Activities for Social Isolation: Making Cultured Butter (It’s Easier Than You Think!)

    Activities for Social Isolation: Making Cultured Butter (It’s Easier Than You Think!)

    I wasn’t planning on going through social isolation a week ago, but the community I live in has been affected by COVID-19 and so here we are. Fortunately, I usually spend my weekends inside my house doing all kinds of fun things (who knew I was so trendy doing social isolation before it was a thing?), and this weekend I…

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  • FeminismPhoto of Gabrielle Union Fired from America’s Got Talent for Speaking Up About Bullshit

    Gabrielle Union Fired from America’s Got Talent for Speaking Up About Bullshit

    Gabrielle Union was one of my favorite celebrities even before she was a judge on one of my favorite schmaltzy competition shows: America’s Got Talent. She consistently uses her platform as a celebrity to speak up about social justice issues and I am here for it. She rode on a float with her child Zion Wade in the Miami Pride parade…

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  • Life StylePhoto of Self Care Sunday: Terrible Holiday Planning Advice

    Self Care Sunday: Terrible Holiday Planning Advice

    [This post was originally written by Lou at Grounded Parents] Welcome to what the British call the “Festive Season.” Here in the US, starting with this Thursday’s Thanksgiving and continuing through the winter months we will be faced with a literal gauntlet of family gatherings, festive events, religious and secular observances, and large scale meals that we will often have to…

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  • Life StylePhoto of Self Care Sunday: My Year of No

    Self Care Sunday: My Year of No

    [This post was originally written by Deek at Grounded Parents] I have never been one to say “no,” easily, partly because there were so many things I wanted to do, and partly because I was raised on a steady diet of “you can do anything you put your mind to,” and “there are always ways to make it work.” I…

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  • Life StylePhoto of Creative Saturday: The Best Forking Apple Pie Ever

    Creative Saturday: The Best Forking Apple Pie Ever

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, I thought I would share my favorite pie recipe: Apple Cheddar Pie. If you haven’t had this, it’s time to give it a try. What sets this pie apart is the fact that the cheddar is baked in between the apples and topped with streusel. There are other variations where you melt a piece of…

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  • TechPhoto of Self-Care Sunday: Delete Your News Apps and Disable Notifications

    Self-Care Sunday: Delete Your News Apps and Disable Notifications

    Something bad is happening in the world every second of every day. And organizations that report the news can’t wait for you to read about it. So I’ve done something recently that has greatly improved my well-being: deleted my news apps and disabled most app notifications. After my first child was born, I experienced Postpartum Anxiety (but I didn’t know…

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