Jen Lassalle

Jen is an author and a member of the events coordinator team for New Orleans Mom. She divides her attention between books, friends, family, and Mardi Gras. When she’s not working, Jen enjoys being active and adventurous. She can be found walking at the park, taking yoga classes, and swinging Kettlebells 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 video games with her two kids, husband, and a variety of furry critters... plus the occasional frog.

When Your Child Turns a Corner

A few weeks ago, my ten-year-old daughter competed in the 2021 Short Course State Swim Championships in Baton Rouge. My daughter is not a natural-born swimmer. She does not have the traditional “swimmer’s body” or...
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Planning is Not Doing :: Three Tips for Meeting Your Goals in 2021

I love a good plan. Few things excite me as much as the thrill of setting a goal, then laying out the steps to achieve it. I have a stack of paper planners, spreadsheets,...

Productivity Sprints :: What They Are and Why They Rock

Lately, I've struggled with productivity. It started during the quarantine, but now that we can, cautiously, resume some of our past lives - and my kids are back in school - I still feel...
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Well Hello There, Menopause

You're Only As Young as You Feel Sometimes I forget that I'm a big ole unapologetic cradle robber and my husband is six years my junior. I grew up seeing old people act old, so...

Seven Steps for a Sane Social Media Experience

Social Media is What You Make of It In the past few weeks, I’ve seen several of my Facebook “friends” disappear. Why is that in quotes? I’ll get to it. Sometimes they’ve just faded away,...

Jefferson Parish School Board :: You Let Us Down

Disclaimer :: We, at New Orleans Mom, support public schools, and many of our team members have had a great experience with Jefferson Parish Public School System. On Wednesday, August 6th, an assembly of parents...

Life is Changing, But So Are You

I saw the metal sign above when I visited the mecca otherwise known as The Silos in Waco. I instantly knew it belonged in my daughter’s bedroom. It’s a message I share with her...

The Extrovert’s Guide to Shelter In Place

I'm a social person. I grew up with an Air Force Daddy, which meant moving around a lot, and that suited me fine. I've never met a stranger. Once, while my family and I...

We Need a Quarantine Schedule (but Maybe Not THAT One)

Man, things moved fast once it was announced the schools were closing. By the time I picked my kids up from school and made it home, helpful moms from all around the city immediately...

I Wish I Could Hug You Right Now

Hey there. It's getting a bit tense. I saw you in yoga this morning, brows furrowed even as you reluctantly allowed yourself an hour of peace. I passed you in the grocery with your shoulders...

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

Writer's Note: This post is updated annually to reflect the changing procedures and dates. We make every effort to keep this data up-to-date, but recommend checking the Jefferson Parish Advanced Studies website for the...
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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...