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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.

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....

Tết Festival 2022 :: You’re Invited!

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Chúc mừng năm mới! Happy New Year!  On February 1, my family, along with countless others, will celebrate Lunar New Year. We don’t count down to midnight or pop the champagne, but we enjoy many...

The Third Kid: Fact or Fiction

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Friends, I fear I have been lied to. When I was pregnant with my third son, friends with three or more children reached out to help calm my nerves. They assured me the third child...

My Year-Long Decluttering Project: Over 2,000 Items Decluttered!

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In January 2021, a friend sent me a daunting-looking PDF with over two thousand empty squares and the challenge: declutter 2,021 items from my home in one year. Talk about intimidating! I wouldn’t call myself...

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: Christmas Edition

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If your kids enjoyed the Halloween neighborhood scavenger hunt, brace yourself… the Christmas version of the scavenger hunt is twice as epic! Christmas decorations have started popping up throughout our neighborhood, and our search...

My Annual Reading Challenge: Small but Successful

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The year is drawing to a close, and I’m staring at my Goodreads reading challenge list. (If you’re not familiar with Goodreads, it’s a website that lets you rate and review books within an...

One Good Thing a Day :: My “OGTAD” Journey

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Naturally, on Thanksgiving, we focus on gratitude for that special day, or maybe the entire month. Our kids might learn about gratitude in school, or we may do special projects with them at home....

Take the Trip: Oak Mountain State Park

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We have dozens of family travel tips on New Orleans Mom. If you are looking for longer adventures, check out this list of budget friendly road trips from New Orleans. You may also enjoy visiting Fontainbleau State...

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...