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Erica Tran

Erica Tran
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Erica was born and raised in Metairie and now lives in Kenner with her husband Michael, her two sons, Benjamin (3 years; truck enthusiast) and Joshua (1 year; budding foodie), and the bane of her existence, Cuddy the Fish. After graduating from UL Lafayette with a degree in advertising and landing her dream job, she left her chosen field and now works part time as an administrative assistant for a Catholic retreat movement. She spends the rest of her time at home with her boys, finding lost trucks and actively ignoring various messes. In 2019, she self-published her first book, The Sister. In the rare moments she's not working, reading and writing, or chasing her kids, she's probably sprawled on the sofa with a Coke Icee and pretending her house is cleaner than it is.

It’s Not PPD… So What Is It?

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If you know me, it goes without saying: I’m a worrier by nature. On a scale of 1-10, my average, casual anxiety level usually hangs out around a 7, ready to jump to an...

Chúc mừng năm mới: Happy Lunar New Year!

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Most people have put away their fireworks and noise makers as soon as January 1st rolls around, having fully celebrated New Year’s as the clock struck midnight. But our family celebrates a second time...

Break out the Beads

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“Mama, my friend at school said Mardi Gras is cancelled.” He looked at me with his big brown eyes, waiting for me to assure him that Mardi Gras would go on as usual. I knelt...

Wrapping Gifts With My Toddler: Lessons Learned

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My three year old has been very invested in Christmas this year. He wants a hand in every activity that makes this holiday special for our family. I love that he wants in on...

Chill Like Chili, Bond Like Bandit: My “Bluey” Parenting Goals

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Okay… I know I’m not the first mom to ever write about the magic of the hit Australian cartoon Bluey. What is it about this family of blue heeler dogs that captivates my children...

3 Toddler Tips for Decluttering & Donating

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With Christmas approaching, I know we’re likely to get an influx of new toys in our house. I’ve been on a lengthy decluttering journey, but it’s no easy task, and it never seems to...

Going Slowly (But Still Going)

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My first solo trip to the grocery store with my son was something of a spectacle. I parked in the very back of the parking lot right next to the shopping cart return corral, making...

The Big Kid Bed

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Is there anything that makes a baby’s arrival seem more “real” than setting up the nursery? Washing and hanging or folding all the teeny little onesies, agonizing over the perfect pastel shade to paint...

Time, Be My Friend

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I recently finished reading my $1.50 copy of Orange is the New Black that I picked up off a book sale table. Yes, that’s the book off of which the Netflix show is (loosely)...

They All “Masked” For You: Finding Gratitude at a Zoo Playdate

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My friend texted me the other day asking if we wanted to join her and her kids at Audubon Zoo to celebrate her daughter’s fourth birthday. She wouldn’t be having a typical party-- it...

The Smallest Self-Care

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This is the tale of an act of self-care so small, it’s practically nothing at all. In fact, it’s probably something you're already doing (and probably laughing at me for just starting it). The initial...

Welcome to One

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Oh, my sweet little boy. When you were born last September, we had no idea what was in store for your first year of life. As our second-born, we thought we were better prepared for...

A Thalassophobe’s Guide to Raising Beach Babies

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Let me state this plainly: I am not a beach person. Does the beach have any redeeming qualities? I think not. Let’s start with the sand. It’s like itchy glitter: once you touch it, you...

One Million and One

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As a writer, I’m not usually scared of the dreaded blank page. I like to dive right in with writing whatever pops into my mind and not worry about how awkward that first sentence...