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Joey Yearous

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Joey is a New Orleans native, Dominican alum, and LSU grad who joined the ranks of motherhood in the summer of 2019. She and her Colorado born-and-raised husband, Phil, left their Mid-City apartment for a house on the Northshore about ten days before they welcomed their son, Sam, into the world. And 19 months later, their daughter Sloane joined their family, thrusting them into the #2under2 life. Though she’s always had a passion for writing, it’s her work in whole-home generator sales that pays the bills. She’s a longtime member of the dance troupe The Muff-A-Lottas and when she isn’t covered in glitter and dancing through the streets of New Orleans, she’s usually cooking, trying new restaurants, and listening to true crime podcasts. A consummate Pinterest fanatic, she’s always looking for her next DIY project or recipe to try. She believes good senses of humor and random acts of kindness make the world go ‘round.

Holiday Baking:: Crazily Addictive Almond Toffee White Chocolate Bites with BONUS Sinfully Easy Peanut...

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My mom Stacy is a fabulous cook, just like her mother was. Like most fabulous cooks, she's "famous" for a few dishes that she's known for making very well. During the holidays, her old-fashioned...

Holiday Baking:: The Most Versatile Pound Cake Recipe You’ve Ever Met

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When I think of memories of Christmases growing up, my mind always seems to settle on the image of nearly every surface in our kitchen covered with cookies, tiny pound cakes, and peanut butter...
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Having the Hard Conversation :: Discussing Final Wishes with Your Loved Ones

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Five years ago, my mom, my sister, and I sat at my dad’s bedside in a chilly ICU room in Little Rock, Arkansas. We were seven hours from home -- seven hours from friends...

Booin’ on a Budget:: DIY Witch’s Apothecary Halloween Decor

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I don't know about you, but I've spent entirely too much time daydreaming about what Halloween decor I'd have if money was no object. Sites like Pinterest and Grandin Road have given me very...

Let Me Tell Ya ’bout My Best Friend :: An Unlikely Friendship That’s Changed...

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My best friend Maria is 70 years old. That bit of information sometimes comes as a shock to some. She’s older than my mom by almost a decade, and she’s older than me by more...

On the Road Again :: Summer Road Trip Lessons Learned

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Earlier this summer, I was laid off due to the pandemic. Since we'd already planned to take a road trip to Colorado (where my husband is from) for the week of July 4th, we...

Dear Tumani

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Dear Tumani, Just a few short days ago, the news of the birth of your tiny new baby made headlines around the world. The announcement gave hope to your critically endangered gorilla population and filled...

Takeout Fake Out:: Chinese Chicken Dishes to Up Your Freezer Cooking Game

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When we moved from Mid-City to the Northshore, we left a lot of our favorite things behind – including our favorite Chinese takeout place! Since I’m on a mission to meal plan using my...
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Goodbye, Second Maternity Leave :: Returning to Work in a Post-Quarantine World

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I know so many people, especially those with school-aged children, have been eager for a return to "normalcy," whatever that may look like these days. I craved normalcy, too. I just thought I would...

How I (Unintentionally) Made Meal Planning Second Nature

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I suck at meal planning. And that breaks my heart a little because I try SO HARD to succeed at it. I’ve tried so many methods, I’ve lost count: calendars, binders, index cards, apps,...

Finding Art in the Ordinary :: A Guide to Creating Your Own Meaningful Masterpieces

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I recently posted a photo on social media of a collection of frames and keepsake shadow boxes I hung in my closet. (Boujee, I know.) There’s a silhouette portrait of my infant son hanging...

The Learning Curve of Teaching Diversity {Printable Resource List}

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The magnitude of what is going on in our world lately is overwhelming; I can only imagine how it must feel to people of color. Last week, I had a breakdown in front of...

It’s (Still) OK to Laugh

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Like so many others these days, I’ve been cleaning out closets and doing my best to KonMari my life while we are still under quarantine. A few days ago, I found a box full...

One Good Man:: A Letter to My Dad Five Years After Losing Him

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Today is the fifth anniversary of the day we lost you, Daddy. It’s hard to wrap my mind around the lifetime that’s somehow fit into five short years. When I sat in that chilly ICU room,...