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Coronavirus is one again surging across the nation and the holiday season is just around the corner. Earlier this year, my husband and I excitedly thought this would be the year our New Orleans-born children would finally see snow:...
When my youngest daughter was smaller, I always knew that she walked to the beat of her own drum. ADHD is hereditary on her biological father’s side of the family, so I always knew there was a possibility that...
A bunch of stuff happened in 2007. Our country was creeping slowly towards that fun little "housing market crash," "The Sopranos" took its famous final curtain bow on HBO, creating more questions than it answered. Personally, I found out...
I’m a big fan of play-dates. I think it’s important for my kids to build upon their social skills and to fortify those friendships that, for some, may last a lifetime. However, with all of the play-dates come other...
If you were headed on a one month trip, with one bag, what would you pack? Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss this very topic with my friend on her and my Facebook Live Pandemic Penpals.  It's not just...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Sticker You but all opinions expressed below are my own. From Water Bottles to Wine Bottles :: Sticker You Has You Covered This Holiday Season 2020 is full of new challenges. The water fountains...
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 and family, seven hours from...
Have you ever thought about where your blood goes when you donate? I certainly never did. I also never expected to be hosting a Halloween Birthday Blood Drive Celebration, but it’s 2020 and here we are! Our story begins after...
We’re Best Friends and Politically Opposite :: How We Maintain Our Views, Sanity and Friendship By: Tara Rosenkranz & Becky Meany Schmalz There are some topics we will intentionally NOT address here because the spirit of this post is not to...

The Big Kid Bed

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Is there anything that makes a baby’s arrival seem more “real” than setting up the nursery? Washing and hanging or folding all the teeny little onesies, agonizing over the perfect pastel shade to paint the walls, carefully arranging stuffed...
Parenting is generally thought of as a blessing, and that’s definitely true. However, it can also be a slog. Taking charge of the life of a whole other person, if not more than one, is a lot of pressure...
If you have always been independently minded, how do you establish a strong team? Typically, I have been the type to know that I could get things accomplished independently and not have to rely too much on others. Oh,...
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sharkey's Cuts For Kids in Mandeville.  Why Sharkey's Cuts for Kids Coming to Mandeville Is The Best News Ever! Northshore parents, we have such exciting news to share with you! No longer do you have...
With the fall weather picking up and Halloween around the corner, I decided to put together a themed dinner one night to welcome the new season. Hocus Pocus is our favorite Halloween movie! So, I opened the refrigerator in...