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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.

The Third Kid: Fact or Fiction

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!

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

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

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

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

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 Fontainebleau State...

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: Halloween Edition

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...