Jennifer Gonzales

Jennifer Gonzales
Wife to my high school sweetheart, Ross, and mother to 4 children: Trip, Conner, McKenzie, and Piper, I am a born and raised Southern Louisiana Lady. I am a graduate of Mt. Carmel Academy, received my Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Secondary Ed. from LSU followed by my Master’s of Education from UNO, and for the past 11 years, I have been outwitting high school boys as an English teacher at Holy Cross School. When I’m not grading papers, driving to baseball practices, or making grocery runs, I can be found cheering on my LSU Tigers, cutting up with my girlfriends, and crafting (I love a good project!). I’m all about sippin’ some wine during the sunset while the kiddos play in the yard and the hubby works the grill. I’m living my best mommy life these days and am always happy to share the journey with others!

Cruising Motherhood with Four Kids: Why Four Has Been a Smoother Ride Than Three

“Are you done, now that you’ve got your girl?” Pregnant with my third baby (first girl), this question offended me. It bothered me. It always left me with a sense of lacking. Putting aside...

Screen Free Summer Reading Tips for Children of ALL Ages

It’s summer time! Swimming, playing, sleeping in, and all things NO SCHOOL … until your child’s school publishes their summer reading requirements. Depending on the age and nature of your child, this could be...

School Tuition … Paying for More than Just a Classroom

I know this is a touchy subject right now. It's hard for so many of us to even wrap our minds around the idea of paying thousands of dollars to simply home-school our kids...

Corona :: A Virus to Your Marriage

These last 7 weeks have forced so many changes upon us. But, with the cities basically shut down, events cancelled indefinitely, and families forced to stay home, we are busier than ever, ironically. My...

15 At-Home Date Night Ideas

It’s no secret that once kids enter into the picture, date nights are few and far between. My husband and I definitely saw a decline in our social calendar when babies 2, 3, and...

How Mama Got Her Groove Back!

In my former years, I was a social butterfly. I did all the things: eating out, drinking every weekend, staying out until the sun came up, taking all the selfies, dancing with friends. Every...

Finding the Bright Side of Quarantine

There’s so much negativity and pessimism floating around due to this forced quarantine right now. It’s so hard NOT to be Debbie-Downer or, even, Katty-Karen. We’re inconvenienced, we’re overwhelmed, we’re scared, we’re paranoid, we're...

Calling the Easter Bunny :: A Louisiana Plantation Tradition

In our house, and even dating as far back as my great-GREAT-grandparents’ house, my family has upheld an Easter tradition of “calling” the Easter Bunny. I’m not talking about an app or a fake...

My Daughter and I Enjoyed the Halftime Show

As a former competitive dancer, as a mother, and as a WOMAN, I enjoyed the Super Bowl halftime performance by both Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Let’s be real, the Saints didn’t make it into...

The Weekly Savings Challenge :: Saving Money as Well as My Marriage

I am definitely NOT the financially-inclined partner in my marriage. I am not the bread-winner; I’m not the budgeter; and I’m certainly not the saver. I am a GREAT spender. My husband calls me...

Dear Joe Burreaux :: An Open Letter From a Mother of a Little Athlete

Dear Joe, I KNOW this letter will find you well: SEC Champion and MVP, SEC Player of the Year, 2019 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient, Sports Illustrated Cover, Heisman Trophy Finalist, and MOST importantly,...

Search, Scroll, Click! {How Millennials Christmas Shop}

Technology has made parenting 10 times easier than when my mom and dad were parenting. How did they raise us without smartphones? Without social media? Without Amazon Prime?! I remember my mom shopping during...

Why I’ve Stopped Paying for Sports Photos

We have entered into a new phase in this household: recreational sports. With two growing boys, ages 5 and 6, we have, collectively, under our belts 2 seasons of tee-ball, 3 seasons of baseball,...

10 Questions to Ask at Your Next Parent-Teacher Conference

With the 1st semester of school about 8 weeks in, routines have been established, expectations have been set, grades have been given, and maybe your parent anxiety has kicked in a little (or a...