Jen Lassalle

Jen re-located from Dallas to New Orleans in 2007, after a brief Christmas visit with her (then fiancée) Dave made her realize she’d found her soul city. When she’s not volunteering at her two little bug’s school (one boy, one girl), she enjoys being active and adventurous. In addition to completing Tough Mudders, Jen can be found walking at the park, taking HIIT classes, swinging Kettlebells and boxing around the city. She loves chats at coffee shops with a good friend and insists on having a family fun day at home once a week. Those days are for couch time, completing puzzles or playing Nintendo while her Beagle mix Maddie snoozes on her lap and her fat cat Cinco hangs nearby. Jen feels that the big city of New Orleans is more like a small town and loves chatting with strangers, especially at Mardi Gras. In addition to her blog contributions, you can find her collection of short stories to share with friends at www.jenlassalle.com.

5 Things to Consider Before Putting a Pet Under Your Christmas Tree

For a while, you've been toying with the idea to get a puppy, and the little one is just out of the "crawl over and pull their fur" stage. Or maybe the family thinks...

One Mom’s Journey :: Inside the Jefferson Parish Advanced Studies Program

When my husband and I were considering a move to New Orleans, one of our major decision factors was education. Having grown up in Texas, the concept of public schools not being the default...
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A Note for My Shy Daughter, From Your Outgoing Momma

Hey little one, I want you to know I see you. I see you hide behind me when the stranger at the store comments on your pretty hair. I see your wheels turning when a...
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The Five P’s for Managing Back to School Anxiety

Like it or not, summer is almost over. Stores around the area started their back to school sales, uniform shops are packed as soon as they open, and parents everywhere are bleary-eyed as they...

There’s a Storm Coming :: Tips for Managing Stress During Hurricane Prep

Yesterday, Mommas around town woke up to the unpleasant shock of thunderstorms, flooding, and tornado warnings. Our kids were picked up from camp (if we could get to them or they made it there...

It’s Official :: NOMB is now New Orleans Mom!

Seven years ago, we started New Orleans Moms Blog with a simple, but powerful goal: connect local Moms. We wanted to showcase products and resources that made life easier and celebrate the many different...

Mammas, Let’s Take Ourselves Off Auto-Pilot

I had a to-do list a mile long. My One Thing had turned into fifty. I’d carefully planned my day down to the minute and foolishly assumed nothing would go wrong. No traffic. No...

When An Active Dad Trades In His Worn Out Workout Clothes for tasc Performance

Disclosure :: tasc Performance, a New Orleans based company, sponsored this review and shared many awesome products to try, but these opinions are my own and these are already on my Father's Day wish...

Water Safety, and Fun, With the SLST Seahorses

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the South Louisiana Swim Team. Water Safety, and Fun, With the SLST Seahorses When my daughter began suffering from severe anxiety, I knew there would be changes. One of my...

Five Lessons from My First Disney Trip

Our first family trip to Disney has come and gone. I have pictures of my kids refusing to smile (seriously, my boy made it his mission to scowl) and some great memories. I even...

When Mama Isn’t Happy and That’s OK

There’s a popular Southern expression, and I'm paraphrasing, but here it is. I get it. I get that in many families, mine included, Mama is wearing a lot of hats and balancing several of the...
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Childhood Anxiety, One Family’s Journey, Part 3 :: Stopping a Train Headed Off the...

This is the third in a three-part series about childhood anxiety. You can find part one here and part two here.  I’m reminding my daughter, for the fifth time today, that she is planting a...
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Childhood Anxiety, One Family’s Journey, Part 2 :: When Anxiety Attacks

“I don’t know what to do. I think she had a panic attack this morning!” Because I’ve been so open about our journey, I frequently get texts like this or similar. A parent, scared or...
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Childhood Anxiety, One Family’s Journey, Part 1 :: Worry Monsters

The first time my daughter had a full panic attack I had one along with her. We were at the same gymnastics studio we’d been attending twice a week for three years. Her favorite...


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