Jennifer Gonzales

Wife to my high school sweetheart, Ross, and mother to 5 children: Trip, Conner, McKenzie, Piper, and Sutton, 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 13 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!

Hey Mom, You’re Not the Coach!

As a mother of 5, I’ve had 4 little ones, so far, play some sort of sport. This mostly came in the form of rec ball, but we've dabbled in a few camps as...

The Birthday Party Every Little Girl Needs Right Here in NOLA

It rolls around every year, your little girl’s birthday! You might've already done the bounce house party; you’ve done the indoor playgrounds; you’re racking your brain to create a fun experience for her and...

The One Thing Every Mom of Young Kids Needs in Her Car

It’s a bright, sizzling hot sunny day in August. You’ve just picked up your kids from school or daycare. You’ve managed to only produce just a few droplets of sweat carrying the baby, the...

Favorite Baby Announcements and Gender Reveals

Over the years, we have found ourselves in a culture that encourages big announcements and revealing surprises for the entire social media world who’s just sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to...
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Louisiana Children’s Books {for All Ages}

Disclosure :: there are affiliate links embedded in this post.  Louisiana Children's Books {for All Ages} Home to some of the most unique cultures, Louisiana has so many fascinating people, places, and events, and it's never...

My Son Earned a “D” in Conduct, So We Bought Him a Nintendo Switch

My son is -- how do I put this nicely? -- a mischief-maker. Class clown, busy-body, instigator, sh*t-starter. Peter Rabbit himself would undoubtedly befriend my little rabble-rouser. You may even know the type yourself,...

Disney’s “Turning Red” Turned Me Red

{Author's note: I absolutely recognize that this is a great film to show to a coming-of-age kid already completely aware of the birds and the bees. My perspective is that of a mother of...

Dear Mini-Van I Will Never Drive

(Author's Note: To all the mothers who are mini{van}-mommies, you go, girls! Rock on with your choice of vehicle. Drive it, love it, and even jam out in the few fleeting moments you're alone...

Dear Joe Burreaux :: You’re a Legend in the Making

Dear Joe, You have done it again! When I first wrote to you, I was in awe of the humbled example of success you portrayed for my son and so many little athletes all over...

{Even More} Unconventional Mom Hacks

I still haven’t figured life out or how to make time for everything thrown my way. But, I’ve picked up a few more tips and tricks since my last hack article. Cutting corners is...

Get Your Shine On! {Where to See Christmas Lights in NOLA}

This 2021 Christmas season in New Orleans is sure to be a BRIGHT one filled with so much more opportunity than last year for family-friendly activities, traditions, and LIGHTS! There’s no denying that many...

Why You Need a Weekly Family Movie Night

You know that feeling you get when you’re picking up the kids from school after a long day of work? You know, that blissful feeling of having dinner already planned while the kids excitedly...

How Can You Help? Don’t Ask, Just Do It

We all have those times in our life when we need a little extra help. We need to lean on someone, we need a break, or we need some serious assistance. It’s normal. We...

Unique Ways to Thank Your Evacuation Hosts

So many of our neighboring regions have graciously opened up their arms, businesses, and homes to us over the last week due to Hurricane Ida. Without others’ generosity, so many of us New Orleanians...