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Katy Dean

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Katy has been married to her college (Geaux Tigers!) sweetheart Chris for 12 years. They live on the Northshore with their 5 daughters and two dogs, who keep their lives exciting and exhausting, and their house messy. After being relocated to the Midwest for several years due to her husband’s job, she and her family realized they missed Louisiana and its glorious heat and humidity more than they could handle and moved back home, this time for good. She loves trying new local restaurants, the four minutes a week her house is actually clean, and watching whichever activity her girls are involved in at the moment. You can usually find her dancing to classic country in her kitchen with a glass of wine, while attempting to come up with something to make for dinner.

We Fell in Love With Irish Dance {And You Should Too!}

My oldest daughter is almost 11, and she absolutely loves all things music and dance. She plays the clarinet, and really any other instrument she can get her hands on. She has an ear for...

I’m Teaching My Kids Not to Trust You :: How I’m Warning My Children...

I have given birth five times, and I can remember every detail from each delivery. I remember asking as soon as my first baby was born if she had all her fingers and toes,...

You Have Got to be Kidding Me :: Learning to Get Back Up When...

They say death shows up in threes, which has always stressed me out. But what about illnesses? Broken appliances? Car trouble? Tight finances? Random expenses that have no place in the budget? What number do those...

Thoughts from the Mama with the Wildlings in Church

"I'm so sorry we were such a distraction during church!" "I'm sorry she kept touching your shirt!" "I'm sorry she threw puffs at you!" "I'm sorry she (literally) growled at you!" Every weekend we take our five kids...

Fifth Baby, First Med Free Birth, and Yes, You Can Handle It

I'm the proud mama of five girls. I'm the youngest of seven kids, and I've always wanted to have a big family of my own. I've also always known that I wanted to get an...

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: When Happily Ever After is Terrifying

Once upon a time, there lived a prince and a princess. They met in college, fell in love, and got married three years later. They were so excited to start their life together. They both...

“Well, Are You Done?” :: One Mama’s Thoughts on Adding to Her (Already Big)...

"Well, how many kids do you have?" "I have five girls!" "FIVE?? Are you done??" Whether it be when we are out running errands, at church, or if my family merely comes up in conversation, the question as to...

Here’s to You, Parents of Kids Who Do All the Things :: A Tribute...

I have a confession to make. I have been in denial for the last three years. I have two daughters who play softball. But I am not a "softball mom." Well, I wasn't. But I am...

Bloom, Mamas: Turn Your Hobby Into a Side Hustle

I graduated from high school in 2002 and dove straight into college life at LSU. I wasn't totally sure what I wanted to do, but I had narrowed it down to a few different...

Erin Go Bragh :: The Real Reason You Should Get Out and Celebrate St....

For as long as I can remember, I have known that my family is very Irish. Some of my earliest memories are of old ladies stopping us in grocery stores and malls to comment on my...

Dear Diary: What 23 Years of Keeping a Journal Has Taught Me

My very first journal entry is dated October 23, 1996. At 12 years old, I was a typical preteen girl: I loved to write, I loved being dramatic, and I was totally and completely...

Forget the Reservations- Let’s Stay Home: Valentine’s Day Dinner Plans

Disclaimer:: This post is sponsored by Winn-Dixie, my favorite place to shop for Valentine's Day treats! Forget the Reservations- Let's Stay Home: Valentine's Day Dinner Plans In the fifteen years my husband and I have been...

Keeping it (Kinda) Old School :: Turning a Cell Phone into a House Phone,...

Once upon a time, long ago... Like at least 15 or 20 years, back when everyone smelled like Clinique Happy and Steve Madden platforms and wide leg jeans were must haves, hardly anyone had a...

It Happened to Us :: The Night Our House Caught on Fire

Almost 12 years ago, I stood in front of my family and friends, looked into the dark brown eyes of the love of my life, and promised forever. Through thick and thin, sickness and...

 

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