Amy

Amy
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Amy Johnson is a divorced mama of four kids, ages 15, 11, 10, and 8. She’s lived in San Antonio for over 20 years and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously a program director at a local literary arts nonprofit, she began blogging as a creative outlet when she became a stay-at-home mom. Now a freelance social media consultant, writer, and crafter, Amy believes in the power of handmade, secondhand, and eco-friendly living. Her favorite craft store is the thrift store, and she shares DIY and creative lifestyle ideas on her blog, Maker Mama.
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Encouraging Civic Engagement in Our Kids

My parents were very private about their political opinions when I was growing up with my siblings, and with that privacy came a gaping hole in political discussion. In fact, whenever someone started talking...
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Became a Divorced Parent

When I originally filed for divorce, it wasn’t something I’d planned on doing—for a number of reasons. For one, no one walks down the aisle anticipating a less-than-lifetime commitment. Secondly, although I won’t be...
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The Case for the Birthday Date

Three of my four kids' birthdays fall within 30 days of each other, during August and September (aka: back-to-school season). When they were younger I could get away with combining birthday celebrations without much...

5 Favorite Family-friendly Weekend Outings in San Antonio

Although they are often filled with kids' activities, friends' birthdays, yard work, and who-knows-what-else requiring you to play chauffeur, weekends are a treasured time for just about every family I know. Regardless of what...

Mama’s Hierarchy of Needs

If there’s one thing that mamahood never is, it’s boring. OK, that’s a bit of a stretch when you’re reading the same bedtime book for the umpteenth time. But life as a mama certainly...

How to Inspire Creativity in Your Kids

Creativity has long been a part of my life. From making dioramas and writing short stories as a kid, to altering my clothes as a teenager, to focusing on creative writing in college, to...

Family-friendly Art at Essex Modern City’s Oktoberfest Street Art Event

If there’s one thing I love about San Antonio, it’s the array of organizations and festivals dedicated to celebrating the arts. As a creative, events and organization like First Friday at Blue Star, Muertitos...

7 Great Podcasts for Kids

I’ve written before about how to get your kids to pick up a book and seven great audiobooks for kids, but another favorite pastime for our story-obsessed family is listening to podcasts. I blame it...

My Favorite Family-Friendly Spots in (and Around) Southtown

I began my adventures in Southtown back in college, occasionally venturing out for First Fridays, but never did much else in the neighborhood until I moved to the area more than 10 years ago....

A Working Mom’s Summer Survival Guide

As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for my kids to return after being gone for a month this summer. And part of me is freaking out inside. It’s hard shifting the gears from 0...
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Our Family’s Favorite Ice Cream Spots in San Antonio

Ice cream is a bit of a staple for our family when summer hits. I myself grew up with grocery store ice pops, which come in lines of thin liquid rectangles that you pull...

The Can-Do Carnival: An Interview with Local Musician Will Parker

I was first introduced to Will Parker’s work when my son, Liam, was invited by a friend to help record some of the background music and animal sounds for his album, Animal Maniac. And...

The King William Fair & Parade: Our Favorite Family-Friendly Fiesta Event

I’ve lived in San Antonio for more than 20 years, and I’ve been to an abysmally low number of Fiesta events. In my defense, my parents rarely ventured within loop 410 when I was...
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The Best Dog-Friendly Places in San Antonio

I surprised my kids with our first dog right before Christmas last year. I grew up with a dog, but I’ve never had one as an adult, so it was certainly a learning curve...