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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 […]

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, […]

Yellow River Game Ranch

Yellow River Game Ranch

While in the north-eastern suburbs of Atlanta recently, Baby A (now Toddler A!) and I had an afternoon to ourselves. He’d been through a lot of traveling and suit-wearing for funerals, so I wanted to treat him to a fun activity. I googled and yahoo’d and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why You Should Go to The Angola Prison Rodeo

Why You Should Go to The Angola Prison Rodeo

The Angola Prison Rodeo is a wondrous thing. Although many of our friends here in New Orleans have heard of the infamous rodeo, we discovered that none of them had actually ventured to Angola to witness it. Bobby and I went together and had a […]

Free Fun: Food Truck Thursdays in Mount Pleasant, SC

Free Fun: Food Truck Thursdays in Mount Pleasant, SC

Free fun alert! Last week, while visiting my parents in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, I went to the first Food Truck Thursday of the summer in the lovely I’on neighborhood. This idyllic – almost freakishly so – neighborhood has gorgeous houses, a town center with […]

A First Birthday Beach Party

A First Birthday Beach Party

Since my family was already gathering for our annual beach trip to Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, we decided to celebrate Baby A’s Birthday a few weeks early so everyone could attend. It also turned out that my best friends from NY could come as could […]

A Rainy Day in New York City

A Rainy Day in New York City

We went to New York City recently so I could go to my BFF’s bachelorette party. Whoa, I’m such a party girl! The party was fun and I was grateful that Bobby came along to take care of Baby A while I had a night […]