Amy Lynn is a divorced mama of four kids, ages 16, 13, 11, and 9. 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 digital media consultant and writer, Amy is the founder of Dog Friendly San Antonio and Maker Mama. Favorite Restaurant: Southerleigh Favorite Landmark: Hays Street Bridge Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Cascarones

Navigating Shared Custody & COVID-19

In an ideal world, our children would grow up without having to split time between two parents, two households. Most of us didn’t venture into parenthood with that plan. But for those of us...
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10 San Antonio Date Night Ideas That Are Perfect for Parents

Whether you’re married with kids or single with kids and dating (like me), time with your partner comes at a premium. The everyday tasks of keeping a home, a job, and quality time with...

How to De-stress Holiday Gift Giving

As mothers, we all want the best for our kids. With the holidays soon approaching, many of us will focus on picking the perfect gifts for our kids, family members, coworkers, teachers, get...

Self Care for Moms In the Thick of it All

I’ve written before about the importance of seeking intentional solitude as a part of self care for mothers, but a weekend away is a rarity for most of us. In my day-to-day life, solitude...

A Mama’s Grocery Shopping Survival Guide

There are a number of things we mamas do over and over again out of love for our children: tie their shoes when the laces come undone every two minutes, read them that one...

Family-friendly Fun on the Southside

I’ve been a San Antonio resident for more than 20 years and a Southside resident for a decade. Growing up on the Northwest side, Downtown was a world away to my family, let alone...
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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...

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...

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...