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 15 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 Dream Job :: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Dear Dream Job, If someone would have told me 15 years ago I would be typing out this letter, I would have laughed in their face. Please don’t hate me, but we need to talk....

What Teachers REALLY Want for Teacher Appreciation Week

What Teachers REALLY Want for Teacher Appreciation Week Aah, Teacher Appreciation Week … the highly anticipated week where we teachers are spoiled with treats, coffee, discounts, and social media recognition. The faculty lounge is always...

Some Dos and Don’ts of Taking Professional Family Photos

Mom confession: I have a slight obsession with taking professional family photos. My husband and my wallet hate it, but, I can’t help capturing the cute, color-coordinated moments forever. And, with the kids constantly...
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Louisiana Children’s Books {for All Ages}

Disclosure :: There are affiliate links embedded in this post. That said, we hope you love these Louisiana children's books as much as we do!  Louisiana Children's Books {for All Ages} Home to some of the...

It’s Okay To Push Back :: A Soccer Mom’s Confession

Soccer is a very intense and physical sport, at any level. The players are constantly in motion and the skill to dribble a ball with just your feet down a large field to score...

But I Had 5 Kids :: Making Excuses for My Weight

When you finally establish care with a primary care doctor who’s NOT your OBGYN, and the convo goes a little something like this: Dr: “And, let’s talk about your weight. How do you feel about...

Let Kids Taste Success and Then Have It Ripped Away

I am my son’s biggest fan! I cheer him on and I support him 100%. I want him to do well and succeed all the time! When he accomplishes something, I feel that excitement,...

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...