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LauraPere

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Laura is a self-professed "Southern Belle, born and raised in NYC". Raised by musician parents, she developed her love of performing at an early age. A proud alum of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, she spent her 20s performing in Off-Broadway musicals and touring the world with various bands. After a whirlwind courtship, she married her husband Stephen in 2012, and moved down to NOLA. They soon became proud parents to their now 6-year-old "twin tornadoes" - a pair of identical boys who keep everyone on their toes! They now reside in Madisonville, where she works in outside sales. She doesn't have as much time for music as she used to, but still loves singing and playing the piano any chance she gets. She also enjoys spending weekends at her family's camp in MS, and is determined to "smoke a buck" before her sons do. Her other hobbies include cooking, baking, crafting, reading, and watching reality TV.

Thanks to the Thermos :: The Unsung Hero of the Lunch Kit

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When my boys were babies, I made all of their food. I loved steaming vegetables and busting out my food processor to introduce them to new things. As they got older, they continued to...

Treasure Your Grandparents, Y’all

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A few months ago, I was talking to my boss and we were discussing Thanksgiving. I mentioned that I was going to be spending it with family, which included my grandmother. Typically, people think...

Thanks, Dad, For Making Me Handy

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I'm not quite sure when it started, but I know it was far back enough that I don't remember the first time, which means I was a toddler. I've got a memory like a...

Helping My Boys Through the Loss of Our Pet

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Just over 13 years ago, a sweet little white fluffy Maltese was born, and I didn’t even know it. Just about twelve weeks later, I went to look at her, and she chose me...

It Only Takes ONE Hurricane

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Call it luck, answered prayer, a fluke, or whatever you want - but somehow, we have managed to avoid major damage from multiple catastrophic storms this year. Between the initial tracks of Laura and...

My Small Indulgences

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Everyone talks about self-care. Whether it's a massage, a pedicure, or a new balayage, I think everyone can acknowledge that these creature comforts can put a smile on anyone's face. But these are largely one-time...

Five Tips for the Gluten Free Beginner

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Whether it's by choice or doctor's orders, cutting gluten from your diet can be a daunting task. Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, a wheat allergy, or what have you - there is so much...

Not EVERY Moment Will Be Filled With Fun – And That’s Okay!

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Several months ago, I wrote about how things hadn't changed much for my family since the onset of COVID-19. Since then, my husband and I have both had it (thankfully, we are fine, and...

Confessions of a (Formerly Reluctant) Quarantine Barber

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There's a lot to miss during the various phases of COVID Quarantine. Dinners out, going to the movies, fun outings, and the list goes on. But I haven't met one person who hasn't mourned...

Hey Al, Come Drive for a Second?

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A little over 20 years ago, I was visiting family way down south in Golden Meadow for the Summer. We’d gone to my Aunt and Uncle’s camp at Port Fourchon with a few of...

We Cheer For ALL The Kids Out There

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When we got pregnant with our twins, my husband and I often daydreamed about the activities they’d do one day. Long before we knew their genders, we laughed about dance classes, swimming, music, and...

An Autoimmune Condition Made Me a Better Partner

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My husband and I have been together for just over 9 years. When we were dating, I have memories of him talking about stomach pain and cramping, but since he didn’t make a big...

My Reality TV Addiction

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It all started in 2000. I was a 15-year-old sophomore in high school and had just gotten called into the Department Head’s office and sent into a room to sing for a couple of television...

The (Semi) Unexpected Way COVID-19 Affected Me

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COVID-19. The Coronavirus. The Coronapocalypse. The ‘Rona. I feel like if I had a dollar for every time I’ve said or heard that I’d be richer than Oprah. We can’t get away from it. I should...