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Erica Tran

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.

Paint it On: Our Sunscreen Hack

Paint it On: Our Sunscreen Hack It’s summer. It’s HOT. There’s not much else that I can say about summer in New Orleans that hasn’t already been said! We try to beat the heat in all...

How I Got My Book Groove Back

Recently, my friend and New Orleans Mom contributor Joey wrote about her newfound love for audiobooks. I read that blog with a fiery jealousy, thinking to myself, I want that. I’ve also written about my...

New Chapters :: The Evolution of the Nursery Bookshelf

When I was pregnant with my first son and decorating his nursery, my husband excitedly built a bookshelf to go with the other furniture. It was a precious little two-shelf unit that he painstakingly...

It’s Not Right or Wrong; It’s Just a Decision

A story for you, gentle reader: A few hours into a road trip, just before lunch, my seven year old announced that he couldn’t wait to eat any longer. We were about forty-five minutes from...

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Playgrounds in New Orleans

If you are looking for things to do with kids in New Orleans, a playground can be a natural (and free!) choice-- and we've got many that provide fun in the sun! Even if...
We Drove Our Kids 16 Hours For A 4 Minute Event :: Was It Worth It?

We Drove Our Kids 16 Hours For A 4 Minute Event :: Was It...

We Drove Our Kids 16 Hours For A 4 Minute Event :: Was It Worth It? Months and months ago, my husband asked me if I wanted to travel to Texas to see the 2024...
We "Took the Trip"-- And Left Our Kids For Ten Days

We “Took the Trip”– And Left Our Kids For Ten Days

We "Took the Trip"-- And Left Our Kids For Ten Days “Take the trip!” You’ve probably heard or read this advice before. It’s something mostly said to people on the fence about whether or not...

For the Love of Lists

For the Love of Lists My husband and I are getting ready to go on a trip, and in the throes of last-minute packing, I sat down, gathered all my lists around me, and started...

Why Martial Arts Was Right For Us

In a house of three rambunctious boys, I always worry that the inevitable is coming: soon, we will likely be all-consumed by sports and the crazy schedules that go with them.  But I’m not a...

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Chúc mừng năm mới!  This is how my husband’s Vietnamese family wishes each other a happy Lunar New Year. For the Asian community, this is an important cultural celebration. In our Vietnamese family, we call...
Lenten Fish Fry New Orleans

Guide to Lenten Fish Fries Around New Orleans

Disclosure :: the 2024 guide to Lenten fish fries around New Orleans is sponsored by Copeland's and Dennis’ Seafood. If you are looking for a list of the best crawfish in New Orleans, we have...
Easy and Free Family Valentine Tradition

Our Favorite (FREE!) Family Valentine Tradition

Growing up, I don’t recall my family doing much by way of Valentine’s Day at home. Anything that I received came from school, where we made cereal box “mailboxes” that kids dumped little cards...

The 3 Questions I Ask My Kids After School

When my oldest child started school, I knew exactly what question not to ask him. I’d read up about it, and I knew the question “How was school today?” would likely not elicit a...

What To Do With Mardi Gras Blues?

How often do you hear people say, “It just doesn’t feel like Christmas!?” The holiday season rolls around, and people who are normally infused with all the tidings of good cheer suddenly don’t feel it....