Mary J. Hawkins is an accomplished editor, writer, and social media enthusiast who has been working in the digital media space since 2009. In a former life, she was the author and owner of The Mommyologist, a humor blog centered around the changes that happen after kids arrive on the scene. She is currently the full-time Senior Editor of Audience Development for CafeMom, and has been a part of their team for the past 5 years. 

Mary also recently launched a lifestyle and travel blog called “Catching the Next Wave,” which centers around the new phase of life she’s navigating as a recently divorced single mom of one charismatic 10-year-old and a pint-sized Shih-Tzu. 

When she manages to find time to detach herself from her laptop, Mary leads an active lifestyle. She has a strong passion for travel and welcomes every opportunity to explore new places and experience new adventures. She is also a huge fan of Pilates and Yoga – though she doesn’t get to class quite as often as she’d like. 

Mary lives in a small town in the middle of Connecticut, though she’d rather live in the city, on the coast, or a combination of both. 

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Mary Hawkins

Well, kids? As much as I thought it would take place waaaaaayyyy in the future, the inevitable has finally happened. Yep. I'm in my last year of my 30s. As in I've been 39 since August, which means the big 4-0 is right...

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"I need a vacation." "Man, I'd love to get the heck out of here." "I'd be so happy if I were on a beach somewhere right now sipping a piña colada without a care in the world." I honestly can't tell you how often one ...

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FOMO. Lately I see that term floating around just about everywhere, and every time I see it, I can't help but roll my eyes a little. And just in case you aren't quite sure what FOMO stands for, I'll clue you in. FOMO =...

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Starting over. It's something that most of us have probably thought about at least once in our lives, because sometimes no matter how sure you are that you have things all figured out and know exactly how your life is...

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I do my best to maintain my youthfulness as a mom, but I'm the first person to admit that I'm no spring chicken. Yep, as much as I'd love to fight it -- I'm getting older ... and here are 10 ways to tell if you are too...

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Ahh. Summer. It's the time when we return to the glorious part of the year where backyard cookouts happen every weekend, days are spent enjoying the surf and sand, and life just seems to get so much more relaxed and...

Mary Hawkins

Well, friends -- I had a bit of an "ah-ha" moment recently after a friend of mine posted the photo above on Facebook of my little dude and two of his best friends. It was taken quite a few years ago, and after oohing...

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Ok, I have a secret. And it's one most of my family and friends already know, so I figured it was about time for me to just go ahead and admit it and put it out there for everyone to hear. Because I just can't hide any...

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*This trip was taken four years ago, though my son and I are hoping to visit again next summer. Last week, my family and I spent the most wonderful week we've ever had at the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine...

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*It's been five years since I interviewed Jennifer, but I remember that day like it was yesterday.  Last week was pretty awesome week for me. We finally had some super-warm weather in Connecticut and I squeezed in a...

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*My son is now 10 years old. This post was originally published five years ago. It still makes me laugh today. Lately, I find myself looking at my little dude in awe of just how fast he is growing up. It seems like...

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*This post was actually written five years ago, and my son is now 10 years old. But I think it's safe to say these lessons still ring true. Tomorrow, my little dude turns five. And as I sit here and contemplate where...