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Erica Tran

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Erica lives in Kenner with her husband Michael and her three sons, Benjamin, Joshua, and Elijah. 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 toys and actively ignoring various messes. In 2019, she self-published her first book, The Sister. There's not a lot of free time between working, reading and writing, and chasing her kids, but in those moments she's usually sprawled on the sofa in casual denial about just how messy her house is.

Ordinary Joy

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We recently had our headshots taken for this very site, and while I was awkwardly trying to follow the photographer’s prompts– hips back, shoulders forward, look over here, so on– we made small talk...

All About Granola Butter :: Our Favorite Peanut Butter Substitute

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My two youngest sons have peanut allergies, and my middle son is very aware of how prevalent peanut butter is in the world around him. It was important for us to have a peanut...

A Love Letter to My Surprise Third Baby

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Dear little love, Your mama is a planner with control issues, so finding out we were pregnant with you– our third, unplanned baby– felt like my whole world was flipped upside down. I spent almost...

Cheers to the Toddler Years

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The first day of school is almost upon us, with a whole host of fresh new “firsts” and beginnings. So why do I feel so sad, like something is ending? It’s no secret I’m not a...

For the Love of Legos

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When it comes to the world of Legos, I’ll admit, we’re kind of amateurs. Sometimes, during a casual Pinterest scroll, I’ll see images of immaculate Lego tables, color-coded storage systems, or specialized shelving units...

The Bad Day

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Recently, we had a bad day. Like, a “no good, terrible, very bad day.” I’m not even a rockstar mom or anything who is used to having good days. But for whatever reason, my three kids...

World’s Meanest Mom

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Oh my gosh! I am so deeply flattered and humbled to be nominated AGAIN for the World’s Meanest Mom award! I know I’ve been nominated quite a few times in a row now, but...

Worth the Drive from New Orleans :: Mississippi Aquarium

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We have dozens of family travel tips on New Orleans Mom. Whether your family seeks a weekend trip within Louisiana, an adventure outdoors in the form of camping, or is looking for family-friendly hiking near New Orleans, look no...

Our Epinephrine Experience

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Author’s note: Epinephrine is the name of the medicine that counters an allergic reaction and is often administered in a patented syringe with the brand name “EpiPen.” Although our family uses another syringe brand,...

Still Processing the Pandemic… 2 Years Later

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When I need to process something, I usually sit down with my journal and write about it until my hand feels ready to fall off. I’ve been doing this for as long as I...

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt :: Easter Edition

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We’ve done Halloween… we’ve done Christmas… but now it’s spring and time for the Easter version of the neighborhood scavenger hunt! Who’s ready? These scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to get the kids outside...

Cartoon Catharsis: The 7 Bluey Episodes That Make Me Cry

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At any point in my life did I think I’d be writing a very public blog post about a kids’ TV show… about a cartoon dog? No. And I definitely didn’t think I’d be...

To Ukrainian Mothers: We Hear You

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It’s been a heavy couple of days here, living in my head, grappling with the loss of a six-year-old in Slidell and watching the news on the invasion in Ukraine. The tragedy can feel...

What’s A Mardi Gras?

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When it was announced that Mardi Gras 2022 would happen, I almost didn’t believe it, and I didn’t dare mention it to my kids for fear of disappointing them in case it got canceled....