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'Tis the season for gift giving. My preference in gifts is that they are useful, fun and educational. Below have been the toys that my children have used over and over. 1. Mondo Blocks ($50.00 range) I cannot tell you how...
Technology has made parenting 10 times easier than when my mom and dad were parenting. How did they raise us without smartphones? Without social media? Without Amazon Prime?! I remember my mom shopping during the holidays. She would get...
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Canal Place.  But First... a Selfie with Santa! Canal Place Santa is the BEST! The holidays come with their fair share of excitement, with the big man himself topping the list for many children. There...
Christmas is such a wonderful time to make memories. When I was growing up, my mom had a lot of traditions that we always did during the holidays. Once I had my kids I wanted to carry on those...
It's Almost Time Halloween and Thanksgiving have had their days, so that means Christmas is right around the corner and in our house (and the houses of so many others) that means the return of The Elf on the Shelf....
I have to be honest. I have a love/hate relationship with our Advent calendar. I'm a hot mess on a normal day, so adding a daily activity to an already crazy time of year just pushes the gas on...
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of year. After what felt like an eternity of deathly heat in New Orleans, fall is finally here and it is no longer unbearable to be outdoors. Halloween whizzed past us....
It's that time of year again, especially for those of us who "play Santa" in our homes. Our kids are writing and re-writing their wish lists, anxiously awaiting the blasted Elf (yes, we have one and no, I don't...
Author's Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I'm just a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies.  Growing up, my parents weren’t big on celebrating the holidays. Sure, they taught us the important stuff; that Christmas is about family, togetherness and...
Disclosure :: the 2019 guide to family holiday events in and around New Orleans is sponsored by Lakeside Shopping Center. It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the Crescent City. There’s no end to the festivities and fun...
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, How lovely are thy branches .... until they are dead ... and dropping needles all over the house ... and scratching people as they innocently walk by ... Sooo, it's time for the Christmas...
When I was young, every one I knew believed in Santa. It wasn't until I became a parent did I learn that many of my peers had strong feelings of not doing it with their own children. My husband...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by our friends at Rail Events Productions.  THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Returns to New Orleans for a Magical Holiday Experience THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is back for another exciting season. Rail Events Productions is...
Another Christmas season has passed and, as you take a moment to breathe, you realize you forgot to send out Christmas cards. Or maybe (like I did last year) you ordered them and left them on a counter never...