Melody Akhavan Abbey

Melody Akhavan Abbey is an attorney and writer, wife to Ashkan, and mama to Theo (August 2016) and Elliott (February 2020). She moved to Dallas with her husband in September 2015 after spending most of her life on the East Coast. After attending law school at UVA, Melody practiced litigation at a large corporate law firm in New York City for several years until she moved to Dallas. Since coming to Texas, she has loved embracing her role as a mother to her boys, who are as sweet and wild as they come! In her free time, Melody enjoys investigating the Dallas food and workout scenes, reading, discovering new music, connecting with fellow moms, and writing about her experiences as a mother and a professional on her blog, From City to Suburbia. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @fromcitytosuburbia and @melodyellie!

How to Do “Self-Care” When Your World is on Fire

Have you ever found yourself in times so tough that you feel like everything around you is on fire and all you have to combat the blaze is a thimble of water? I have....

I Survived the North Dallas Tornado and Here’s What I Want You to Know

On October 20th, life dramatically changed for me, my family, and many other families and businesses in North Dallas. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that a violent EF-3 tornado ripped through densely-populated...

Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child :: Why We Love the Reggio Approach

Choosing the right preschool for your child can seem daunting with so many amazing philosophies and schools available here in Dallas. And there may be as many "right" options as there are different types of children,...

How Your Second Pregnancy Will Be Different From Your First

Check out our Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Guide! Have any of you first-time moms wondered how your second pregnancy will be different from your first? Well, friends, I'm finally finding out! I'm pregnant with baby...

Trying to Become a “YES!” Mom

Fellow moms, I'm trying to change my ways. These days, I'm more Grinch than great, and I want to reform. I want to become a "YES!" mom, and I need to be held accountable....

In Defense of the Lazy Summer

Ladies, you may have heard of the Instagrammable summer. In fact, you may even be living it as we speak. But allow me to present the case for its less advertised and criminally under-appreciated cousin: the lazy summer. Certainly...
mom mantra

The {Mom Mantra} That’s Keeping Me Sane

I recently saw something striking shared by a fellow lawyer mom. Somebody wrote: "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." Yes, you read that right. After I got over my initial reaction of "HUH?!",...
baby number tow

What It Took for Me to Feel Ready to Have Another Baby

Since my son turned one almost two years ago, the most common question I've been asked is when I plan to "give him a sibling". I assume that everyone asking me means well. But...
raise helpers

How to Raise Helpers

In this age of competitive parenting, wouldn't it be nice to shift our focus from traditional measures of success to something that's less talked about, but fundamental to raising the next generation of humans?...

Putting Down My Phone and Picking Up a Book: The Second Best Thing I’ve...

Okay, folks. It's already February as I write this, and I've radically changed my outlook for 2019 by going to bed at a responsible hour every night. And slowly, over the course of the...
getting more sleep

Getting More Sleep :: The Only Resolution You Need This Year

  This post is part of our Sleep Series.  Fellow moms trying to help you rest easy! There is exactly one thing on my list of resolutions this year: getting more sleep. While I'll probably still...
girls' trip

Take That Girls’ Trip, Even If You Don’t Think You Need It!

I just got back from my first trip away from my son Theo since becoming a mom well over two years ago, and it was just what I didn't know I needed to recalibrate,...