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Amazing Playgrounds Popping Up Everywhere

Amazing Playgrounds Popping Up Everywhere

Amazing playgrounds have been popping up everywhere I go lately. First, it was the telltale construction signs around the old playground in Audubon Park. Then, I saw themed playgrounds in a suburb of Atlanta while visiting over the summer. Before I knew it, our closest […]

What It Was Like to Have an Incomplete Miscarriage and Emergency D&C

What It Was Like to Have an Incomplete Miscarriage and Emergency D&C

I had hoped that my children would be two years apart. That always seems like a great way to have alone time with your first child and get through a little over a year of being a new parent before beginning the journey of being […]

Mardi Gras with Babies & Toddlers

Mardi Gras with Babies & Toddlers

Mardi Gras is a wondrous, magical time here in New Orleans. Sure, it can be a hassle with all the traffic and the fact that I haven’t gotten mail in a week because nothing gets done during the big carnival weekends. Despite all the inconveniences, […]

Sensory Spaghetti – An Easy How To!

Sensory Spaghetti – An Easy How To!

Before I start, let me tell you that I did a poor job executing this easy DIY kids’ play activity. I wanted to make a sensory play day with our plastic storage bin. It’s a great tool for rainy or too hot days when you […]

Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat

Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat

As we near September and the start of a fresh school year, it is still hot as heck down south in New Orleans. As I’ve written before, I go a little stir crazy if I’m stuck in my house for too long, so I’ve had […]

11 Tips for Surviving Plane Travel with Your Infant

11 Tips for Surviving Plane Travel with Your Infant

This is it – what you’ve been dreading. It’s daunting. It’s intimidating. It’s frightening. It’s… your first flight with your baby. I don’t know if every new parent feels this way, but I was super nervous to go on an airplane with my baby for […]

I Want to Be More Like My Toddler: Thoughts About Courage

I Want to Be More Like My Toddler: Thoughts About Courage

I’ve loved my son since before he was even born. When he was barely a zygote, I had hopes and dreams and prayers for the life growing inside of my belly. Since then, he has become more beautiful and amazing in my eyes as each […]

Should You Stay Home or Keep Working After Having a Baby?

Should You Stay Home or Keep Working After Having a Baby?

This question becomes a huge struggle for some people. Should I stay at home with my new baby or go back to work? For me, my heart knew what I wanted to do, but my brain and logistics held me back from making the decision […]

Saying Goodbye to a Childhood Home: An Ode to Deer Run

Saying Goodbye to a Childhood Home: An Ode to Deer Run

My grandfather passed away a month ago. Papa was a beloved man, full of life and love. He had a booming voice and a big presence, yet was sweet and gentle at the same time. Since losing her husband of over 60 years, my grandmother […]

First Year Monthly Photos

First Year Monthly Photos

Like many new parents, I wanted to document my baby’s first year of life with monthly photos. It has been a joy to see him grow, learn, and change from month to month. It’s crazy how life works. You don’t notice a change from day […]