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Pam Kocke

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My name is Pam, and I live in Algiers Point with my husband George and my identical triplets Linus, Oliver, and Miles. I work from home as a Happiness Engineer for Automattic. I enjoy reading and photography and sewing (and blogging!)

Blackbox Meats :: The Secret to Restaurant Quality Steak at Home

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Disclosure :: Blackbox Meats sponsored this post, but we were lucky enough to receive actual product as part of this relationship and therefore can attest personally as to how mouth-watering, delicious and efficient this...

Mardi Gras Kid Problems :: COVID Edition

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No parades this year have us all a bit sad, but it's even harder for the kids. Their Mardi Gras problems in the past have nothing on this year... ...

My Life Via Netflix

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The other day, while I was poking around the account settings of my Netflix account to update my payment information, I came across an interesting link. Download your personal information  “The download will include a copy...

I Hope 7th Grade is Better for You

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Dear boys, I can't believe you're in seventh grade. I have many feelings about this. How can you already be this old? Just yesterday you were starting preschool, me taking your very first "first day...

Blogging (or not) with Older Kids

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I started blogging when blogging was brand new. Before blogging software was around, even. When I had my boys, I had already been blogging for several years. Started with marathon training, then was health-focused for...

Surviving Coronavirus with Tweens

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If you are the parent of an elementary school aged kid or younger, you are currently being inundated with online resources for keeping them entertained and educated. But as the mom of 12 year...

Working Remotely in the Time of Coronavirus

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I've been working from home since November 2013, so I like to think I know a little bit about it. I know a lot of people work from home, it's not that unique, but...

Chatting With Messenger Kids

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Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Messenger Kids.  Chatting With Messenger Kids The subject of the Messenger Kids app came up in a conversation with friends recently, and one of them said, "Facebook for my...

How to Survive a Road Trip with Older Kids

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Earlier this summer, my best friend and I took my three boys on a road trip to Virginia. We had a great time, and I am here to pass on my words of wisdom....

NOLA Summer Problems

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It's that time of year again - hurricane's brewing, kids out of school, and it's too hot outside to move. Yeah, that's right, it's summer in NOLA and we have some problems...

Saying Goodbye … To My Minivan

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A few weeks after our boys were born, my husband and I, exhausted and bleary-eyed, made a trip to Slidell and bought a used Toyota Sienna. It had low mileage and was fully loaded....

I Don’t Miss Having Babies

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Recently, I was chatting with a friend, a mom with two little girls. I was lamenting our busy schedule of soccer and homework while she was expressing her relief at their relatively free schedule. But...

Puberty is Coming … What’s a Mom to Do?

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I find myself as the mom of three tween boys. I have no idea how this happened. Fifteen minutes ago they were in diapers. Ten minutes ago they were into Thomas the Tank Engine,...

Slumber Party or Sanity? You Can Only Choose One

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I suffered through it two years ago. After swearing I'd never, ever do it again, I endured the agony 365 days later. And a familiar refrain echoes in the halls of our small house as we...