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Erica Tran

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Erica was born and raised in Metairie and now lives in Kenner with her husband Michael, and her three sons: Benjamin (4 years; train enthusiast), Joshua (2 years; budding foodie), and the caboose, 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 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 in casual denial pretending her house is cleaner than it is.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: Halloween Edition

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With Halloween just around the corner, lots of our neighbors have started putting decorations in their yards, and when my kids see them, they know … it’s time for a neighborhood scavenger hunt! These...

Halloween Costumes: To Make or To Buy?

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My first son was seven months old for his first Halloween, and I spent at least three of the months leading up to it agonizing over what costume to put him in. The internet...

5 Generations: A Vertical Village

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My great-grandmother passed away recently at the age of 97. Although we were so blessed to have so much time with her, it was still a tremendous loss for our family. I feel absurdly...

It’s Going to be Fun

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A while ago, a friend confided that he and his wife were thinking about having kids, and asked me what parenting was like. “It’s pretty much everything you expect it to be, except ten times...

First, Second, Third: Preparing During Each Pregnancy

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As my family has tuned in to the recent televised worldwide sporting events, we’ve had lots of talks about first, second, and third place. I’m currently pregnant with my third baby -- my third...

Parenting My Mini-Me

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My first son was a certified in-utero kickboxer. When lying on my side trying to count his kicks, I’d often reach double or triple the number my doctor recommended I should feel. Both she...

Hot Girl Summer: Pregnancy Edition

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It is mid-June. In New Orleans. I am third-trimester pregnant. And I am not okay. The worst part is, it’s only going to get hotter. Somehow, I have to make it through all of July...

Let’s Talk Chalk

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I hate sidewalk chalk. Use your imagination to include an expletive of your choice to color that sentence up there. This blog started with me trying to think of a fun little list of all the...

Why We Love the Levee

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When we purchased our first house as an engaged couple in 2013, there were a few things on our checklist for what we wanted in a home. Did the neighborhood flood during Katrina? Did...

Pregnancy Brain … Laugh it Off!

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Oh, pregnancy brain. That crazy, foggy sensation where you do silly things for unknown reasons and don’t quite realize what’s wrong until your mistake has already been made.  I’m on my third pregnancy now, and...

My Week With Shingles: Perfection is the Enemy of Good

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It started with what I thought was a pulled rib muscle and some sort of bug bite. Two totally separate issues that just coincidentally happened at the same time. Then, the “bug bite” spread,...

Raya & the Last Dragon: Represent!

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When Disney’s animated Mulan was released in 1998, my husband, 10 years old at the time, watched it to the point of memorization. It was the closest representation Disney offered for his Vietnamese culture....

Diaries of an Anxious Mom: The Syrup Saga

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Disclaimer: I tried to write about this in a way that didn’t make me look like an absolute raving lunatic, but it wasn’t possible, so I’m just leaning into it. If anything, I hope...

Birthday Wish for a Birthday Fish

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I usually start planning out my kids’ birthday parties two or even three months in advance. By “planning,” I mean picking a theme and going to town on my Pinterest boards, and then slowly...