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!

Throwing a Super Pooper Party: The Final Potty-Training Reward

Rewards and positive reinforcement are the key to any good potty-training method. But when the training takes an unexpectedly long and messy path like ours did, the rewards tend to get just as grandiose...

Calling All Laguna Beach Fans :: This Podcast is for You!

It’s 2004. You’re in your layered tank tops and wide-cuffed jeans. You just got home from driving around with friends blaring and singing along to Hillary Duff’s latest release because the lyrics just capture the essence...

Dear Mommy Always on Her Phone …. You Do You, Boo!

Dear Mommy, I see you…on your phone...with littles in tow. Society sees you too. “Put your phone away!” they tell you -- the mantra of Gen X parents, right? Judgey McJudgerson is rolling her eyes...

Best Family Vacay Ever: The Great Wolf Lodge

New Orleans Mom is all about sharing family traveling tips whether your next adventure from New Orleans is to the mountains, Disney, or the beach! If you love the beach but are looking for...

The Faux-Gel Manicure for Only $6

Disclosure :: there are affiliate links embedded below, but we have personally ordered and used these items listed below. If these items are working for us, we figure that they may work for you,...

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...
books about Louisiana for kids

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...