Erica Tran

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.

What’s Wrong With His Face? — And Other Questions Adults Ask About my Kid

What's Wrong With His Face? -- And Other Questions Adults Ask About my Kid Two of my three sons have severe eczema. It runs in my husband’s family and popped up in their genes. A...
Summer Fun in NOLA

2023 Guide to Summer Fun in New Orleans

There are so many things to do with kids in New Orleans this summer! Below are over 100 of our favorite ideas for every budget, interest and age for entertaining kids in New Orleans....

Thank You, Etsy, For the Mother’s Day “Opt Out” Option

Way back in January, I was cleaning up my email inbox, deleting spam and junk left and right. As I sifted through the digital pile, one email caught my eye: a message from Etsy,...

Tips for Tackling Your First Movie Theater Trip

We recently brought my six year old and three year old to the movie theatre for the first time! I had been waiting for just the right movie to bring them. (Side note, it...

What We Have is Hope

When you’re a first-time mom, it’s hard not to let every little thing feel overwhelming and scary. I was on the internet constantly, researching and falling down the Google rabbit hole for every minor...

The Bluey Episodes I Could Do Without

Friends, I have now written not once, not twice, but three times about the magical Australian cartoon that is Bluey. My blog about which Bluey episodes make me cry is (currently) my most viewed...

Dear Argus: We Love You, but We’d Love You More at 10AM

Dear Argus, It was a glorious day for Mardi Gras! Perhaps a tad hot, but we’ll take it over rain. Hard to complain when you’re in the midst of celebrating such a joyous day! But… if...

Guide to Lenten Fish Fries Around New Orleans

Disclosure :: the 2023 guide to Lenten fish fries around New Orleans is sponsored by Copeland's. If you are looking for a list of the best crawfish in New Orleans, we have you covered! 2023...

The Evolution of Our Valentine’s Date Night

Once upon a time, long ago, in high school, my boyfriend and I tried going out to eat for Valentine’s Day. He picked me up and brought me to a restaurant, where we didn’t...

Humiliation Versus Humility

This story isn’t necessarily about religion, but it does start in a church. My husband and I take our three sons to mass at a Catholic church every weekend. As expected, my boys can struggle...

Happy Lunar New Year!

Chúc mừng năm mới! Happy New Year!  The world at large celebrated New Year’s Day on January 1, but many Asian communities, including my family, will celebrate Lunar New Year on January 22. My husband...

Why You Should Keep a Christmas Journal

I know many of you are completely DONE with Christmas by this point, but in my house, we celebrate until January 6th. One of my newest favorite traditions is filling out my Christmas Memories...

I Didn’t Make Class Goodie Bags & The World Didn’t End

Confession: I did not make goodie bags for my kids’ class Halloween parties. And the world didn’t end. That sentence was so easy to type, but to do it– or rather, to do NOTHING– was...

My Kids Don’t Want an Elf… But I Do!

Over the years, I’ve seen a ton of Elf on the Shelf content online: hilarious photos, rants and complaints, elf kits and ideas, parents helpfully reminding other parents to move their elf, and so...