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Jennifer Gonzales

Jennifer Gonzales
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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!

Dear Joe Burreaux :: You’re Still Making Us Proud

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Dear Joe, I hope this letter finds you well, as I know my last one certainly did. What a year it's been! You've made us laugh, cry (tears of joy, of course), and beam with...

Don’t Take My Fashion Sense, Too!

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“I don’t know how you’re wearing those heels!” Man! If I had a nickel every time someone said this. I am THAT girl. I have always been THAT girl. In my mind, the occasion always...

My Son’s Class Has a Parent Facebook Group: Here’s Why I Love It!

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Enrolling a child in school for the first time will give any mommy all the feels – good and bad. When I enrolled my oldest in pre-k4, I was excited, nervous, sad, and concerned...

No Gifts Please! {A Birthday Policy for My Friends}

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Guest lists for my kids’ birthday parties are always an ever-growing task. There’s the obvious friends' list which includes my kids’ classmates or sports team buddies, and then there’s the understandable family list involving...

Dear, Sweetheart :: On Your First Day of {a Very Different Kind of} Big...

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Dear Sweetheart, You have made it to the first day of school, big kid school! You have waited for this moment pretty much your entire life. You have heard about this idea for so long;...

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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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...