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In Defense of the BIG Family: Why is There so Much Criticism?

From overhearing people's comments standing in the grocery store line, to remarks from Facebook friends, I have heard and read many comments these past few months about people's opinions about large families. "Why do...

Fulfilling our Parental Duty :: Traveling to Disney World with Toddlers

My husband and I recently fulfilled our parental duty :: a family trip with toddlers to Walt Disney World. And, we survived! It's interesting returning for the first time as a parent. I recall a...

Crafting it Up for Mardi Gras: Tutu, Countdown Calendar and Decor

Carnival season is around the corner, and it's time to pull out the beads, glitter, tulle and paints, and get creative for the upcoming Mardi Gras season! Today I am sharing a few, simple DIY...

Reflections on the Past: Our Family’s Heirloom

I am enthralled by the show American Pickers. The idea of finding and restoring a precious relic while learning about its history and meaning is fascinating to me. I am even more so intrigued...

Gift Guide to the Most Annoying Toys on the Market (The Passive Aggressive Holiday...

Following a day of toddler shenanigans that included "sword" fights and listening to continuous poor renditions of bad 80 beats, I was compelled to compose my top worst, and most annoying, kid toys ever. Disclaimer...

Why We Are A Cable Free Home And Tips To Consider For Your Family

A few years ago we made a big decision in our household :: to go cable free. Our very busy schedules, desire to reduce our household costs, and the introduction of a little black...

10 Things Every Father Should Know About His Daughter

As women, I believe many would agree that the relationship we have with our father is different than with our mother. A father's presence and active role in a daughter's life is invaluable. I...

Before the ‘Burbs Came Knocking: Why I Enjoyed Raising our Kids in the City

I'm a city girl. Always have been, always will be. Perhaps it has something to do with my obsession with architecture and dislike of driving, but I found so much to love living in...

The Kids Scream for…Empanadas?! The Hot Pocket Alternative

Empanadas are the latin version of Hot Pockets. They are also a variation of the meat and crawfish pies we enjoy during many local New Orleans festivals. Actually, mothers from all over the world...

Why I Do Not Use a Reward Chart With My Children

On our refrigerator, there are masterpieces from our budding artists, a family calendar, pictures and not one reward chart. Actually, we have gone through the past three and half years without creating or implementing...

Create a Time Capsule For Your Kids

While classmates of mine received cars, concert tickets and college dorm supplies for their 18th birthdays, I received a bulky dark brown accordion style folder. Faded from nearly two decades of storage, I slowly...

What to Expect in the Delivery Room: Why my Husband was my Sole Support...

Congratulations! You are pregnant! Whether it's your first, second, third or - bless your heart - fourth or onward, you have many beautiful and challenging moments ahead. These memories will include the birth of...

What Happened to Southern Manners? Raising Gentlemen and Ladies

In our relatively quiet neighborhood, filled with young families and elders, there lived a couple of college students. "Beep, beep." Pause. "Beep, beep." Unfortunately, this was the sound that used to resonate in our neighborhood...

Little New Orleanians Say the Darndest Things

Disclaimer: This post will make you giggle and quite possibly laugh aloud. I realized - before having children of my own and after many years of tutoring and teaching art classes to young children -...

 

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