Kelly Vollmer

Kelly first moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, from which she earned a B.S. in Psychology and English and an M.A. in English. She quickly discovered New Orleans was the place where she had always belonged and her high school sweetheart, Jeff, soon followed her here. They have now been married for 14 year and have two beautiful girls, Emma Jane (9) and Hannah (5), and 2 year-old pup named Ember. Kelly is a lover of all things nerdy and a proud fangirl, and she is a passionate high school English teacher.

Batter is Better :: Eat Local Cookies!

Batter is Better :: Eat Local Cookies! A little over a decade ago, cupcake stores took the world by storm, with gourmet cupcake shops opening up everywhere. Some of these cupcake stores withstood the fad...

A Sheet-Load of Food: Discovering the Simplicity of Sheet Pan Meals

A Sheet-Load of Food: Discovering the Simplicity of Sheet Pan Meals When my husband and I first got married, we enjoyed cooking together. In fact, we both lost a significant amount of weight because we...

Back to School: Trying to Control the Chaos

Back to school is always an exciting and stressful time for everyone. As a teacher and a mom of two school-aged children, I feel these sentiments exponentially. I am excited for my girls to...
The Sexiest Thing My Husband Has Ever Done

The Sexiest Thing My Husband Has Ever Done

The Sexiest Thing My Husband Has Ever Done This past school year was a rough one for me as both a teacher and a parent. For much of the spring semester, I eagerly awaited the...

Worth the Drive :: Schlitterbahn, Galveston {plus tips!}

Worth the Drive :: Schlitterbahn, Galveston {plus tips!} In June, my family took a short trip to Galveston; we visited several attractions while we were there, but our day at Schlitterbahn was by far the...
There's a New Dine-Gnar in Town!

There’s a New Dine-Gnar in Town! :: My Review of Gnarley Barley’s New Restaurant

There's a New Dine-Gnar in Town! My husband has long been a fan of microbreweries and taprooms. We make it a point to find local taprooms any time we travel, and he’s collected so many...

Race to the Greyhound :: Covington’s Gourmet Gastropub

A few weeks ago, I wasn’t in the mood to cook, so my husband figured it was a great opportunity to go to a new restaurant. We had passed by the Greyhound a few...

A Letter to My Students at the End of a Challenging Year

Dear Students, Our year together is coming to a close, and it is such a bittersweet ending. One on hand, I am glad the year is finally coming to an end. This year ranks among one...

Support Local Bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day

When I was in college, I loved going to Maple Street Bookstore. Even though Tulane had an on-campus bookstore, there was something much more comforting about perusing the shelves in a converted shotgun while...

Mom’s Time Isn’t Her Own

If you are a mom, you are more than likely familiar with the idea of moms being the default parent and bearing the brunt of the “mental load.” These concepts simultaneously make me feel seen...

The GK I Knew :: On the Closure of Grace King High School

Last week, Jefferson Parish School Board voted to consolidate and close a number of schools in response to the national teacher shortage and reduced student enrollment at the local level. The next morning, several...

Why My Kid Probably Won’t Come to Your Kid’s Party

Dear Fellow Parent, Thank you so much for inviting my child to your child’s birthday party. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to attend. In fact, if my kid hasn’t regularly mentioned your kid, we’re definitely not...

Yes, We Still Like Each Other

On Valentine’s Day, my husband had a bouquet of flowers sent to my work. At lunch, I happily told some of my coworkers about it and gushed a little bit about my husband. In...

Recognition Makes a Difference

There is a scene from The Incredibles that has always stuck with me. Dash, whose superpower is extreme speed, wants to try out for track, but his mom won’t let him because she says it...