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Ralph's Market Fall Wine Gala

in Sponsored Content

Ralph's Market's Fall Wine Gala will be held on Friday, November 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Great River Road Museum at Houmas House. Tickets are $59.99 a person. All proceeds go to charity. Include 75+ wine varieties, hors d'oeuvres, meat carving stat

Need to Know: Eye Health

in Sponsored Content

Dr. Nick Frisard of The Baton Rouge Clinic gave us insight on a variety of eye health matters. Here’s what he had to say:

Finding Squirtles

in The Last Word

I was 12 when we got an Atari. I mostly remember playing Pac-Man. There was something cathartic about being able to eat all of those white dots. Who doesn’t love to eat? And then I found it gratifying to turn around and gobble up the multi-colored gh

Well, They're Back in School

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It could not come soon enough for me. With all the crazy times and changes going on in our lives these days, I needed some consistency. It’s been a rough year and a half with all the ups and downs, and are we better? Not better? Who can help with the

Amanda Vincent

in Mom or Dad Next Door

As parents, Amanda Vincent and her husband, Benn, were frustrated with the homework scene at their own kitchen table every night. They felt like their sons, Noah and William, needed to work not only with their peers but also with expert tutors. “I gr

All About the Arts

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, School

Nothing is more special than witnessing your child shine from the inside out while doing something she absolutely loves, whether it’s dancing, singing, performing on stage, or playing an instrument. Sometimes figuring out what exactly will start the

The Importance of Early Reading

in Family Life, School

As adults, we don’t fully understand the difficulties of learning to read, as it is a skill we’ve mastered over the course of our lives. We sometimes don’t even know what to look for when our children are struggling. Do we sometimes forget to emphasi

Financial Planning Through the Stages of Life

in Family Life

Politics, religion, and finances; the trifecta of things we don’t talk about in polite conversation. But, what if not talking about it is detrimental? We will save the politics and religion for another day, but let’s talk money! In a startling survey

The Power of Grandparents

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Growing up, I was blessed to have two sets of grandparents who played active roles in my life. They were always my emergency contacts for school, the ones I called when I needed extra help with homework (I have to be honest, it was usually history ho

Mindy Jones

in One Amazing Kid

When a friend asked Mindy Jones if she would help her raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of the Baton Rouge Bees, Mindy agreed. That “yes” turned into a leadership opportunity for Mindy, as the next year she led the Bees’ fundr

Dance Mom

in A Note from Mom

From the moment I knew I was going to have my daughter, I hoped she would love to dance. I wanted to dress her up like a little ballerina and watch her leap and turn across the stage. I danced all through middle and high school and remembered how muc

Supporting the Gardere Community with Service and Outreach

in Thrive

Through feeding, encouraging participation in school, providing financial support and much more, a local organization has been helping families in the Gardere community thrive for 20 years.

Confronting Colic: What Parents Can Do

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Taking care of a baby is no small task. Babies operate on their own schedules, forcing parents to consistently readjust when they eat, work, and of course, sleep. Various factors can make such adjustments especially tiring, and colic might be at th

Kennith W.

in Cover Kid

To 2020-21 Cover Kid Kennith W., trying is everything. He often encourages his friends to pursue what they love. That is what he did with dance and theatre, and now, he has been perfecting his craft for the past nine years. Along with being an accomp

Shhh! It’s Quiet Time with God

in Faith

Do you seek guidance from someone then leave before even giving them a chance to talk or weigh in on the situation? Do you send a text then toss your phone into the Mississippi River and go on with your day? The answer to these questions may seem obv

East Baton Rouge Parish Declared Under State Of Emergency

in Local News

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed a parish-wide Emergency Disaster Declaration ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana. 

Football Season is Here!

in Sponsored Content

Football season is here! Let Ralph's Market handle all your tailgating and football party food. Large and small catering trays and platters are available and are all made to order. Check out the menu and place your order here.

Back to School Bash 2021

in Local News, Sponsored Content

Gear up for back-to-school time with East Baton Rouge Parish School System's Back to School Bash. 

Flagstaff, Arizona

in Get Out of Town, Out & About

Can’t decide between a desert, forested, or a mountainous landscape for your family’s vacation? Flagstaff has all of the above! Noted as Arizona’s city with four seasons, Flagstaff is ideal for all the outdoor adventures you’ve been planning (but may

Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten

in Mari Walker, School

I’ve done this before, and I survived. I will do it again and survive, probably even thrive. But I’m still feeling lots of feelings about upcoming changes in our family’s life, mostly about sending our second daughter to elementary school for the ver

Joyful Reads from July

in Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Dancing Through Life, Including a Triathlon

in Exceptional Lives, Thrive

With the Special Olympics canceled for another year to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the options for athletes with intellectual disabilities were even more limited. But for 25-year-old Christopher Ballard of Denham Springs, a new athletic challen

An Eye on Vision Health: Protecting Children’s Eyesight

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

We all grew up with parents (or grandparents!) who were concerned about protecting our eyes. While watching television, we often heard: “Don’t sit so close!” or “Why don’t you go outside instead?” Today’s children are immersed even more in a virtual

My Kind of News

in A Note from Mom

Busy and rushed is now my new everyday life. With deadlines to meet, priorities to set, meetings to attend, dance class, soccer practice, and lately, being my kids’ personal Uber driver, there isn’t any time for anything else.

Play it Safe! Navigating Sports Injuries

in Health and Wellness

Cleats are being laced up again, grass stains are set to return to those pristine soccer uniforms, and the Friday night lights will be shining once more as sports makes its long-awaited return. Coming off of a year of isolation, cancelled sports, and

Rhys J.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Rhys J.’s love for art, shopping, and adventures means that there is no shortage of things for her to pour her heart into. When she isn’t tending to her 17 pets, she can be found watching an episode of iCarly (one of her favorite sh

Communities Guiding Students Through Life

in Faith

College is a scary place, and parents have every right to be concerned about their children. For many of them, it is the first time being on their own away from the friends and family who they grew up with. The urgency to find community is there, but

Jordan Wingerter

in One Amazing Kid

After picking up bowling less than two years before, Jordan Wingerter quickly advanced in the sport to finish second in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State bowling singles tournament as a freshman and bowled her new high score of 255

Connecting Virtually: 12 Fun Online Clubs & Extracurricular Activities for Kids

in Family Life, School

Social interaction during childhood is more than just fun. It’s a vital part of childhood development. As kids grow, they learn from their peers and through playing with or talking to others. Engaging in social situations with other children teaches

Dr. Paul Walker

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Dr. Paul Walker is more than a physician at Louisiana Urology LLC–he’s also a husband and a great dad. As a doctor, he knows everything about the selflessness that parenthood demands. After long days of caring for his clients and performing surgeries

Why Do I Buy Toys? A Humorous Listicle of Toys that Aren’t Toys

in The Last Word

Why do I buy stuff? The novelty of opening up a gift is the most exciting part of stuff. In the pandemic, when we first locked down, I thought I could buy my kids’ sanity with more things. I bought art supply kits, toys, and even a bounce house.

So Many Decisions

in A Day in the Life of Dad

As parents, we are faced with so many decisions: where to live, where to send our children to school, and how much is too much? I think sometimes there are just so many options that we sometimes get information overload, and then, we don’t make a dec

Fort Worth, Texas

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Out & About

The Wild West with a modern twist is just one state over in Fort Worth, Texas. Located about 32 miles away from Dallas, Fort Worth is the twelfth largest city in the country, and it has so much to offer. Here, you will discover endless culture and en

Have a Healthy & Happy School Year

in Health and Wellness, School, Sponsored Content

After the lazy days of summer come to an end, the return to school time can be both exciting and anxiety-provoking. Prepare for the upcoming school year to make sure your family is successful.

What Piano Lessons Teach

in Sponsored Content

Today’s culture is one of immediacy. Children are growing up in a world where almost anything can be had instantaneously. Although this has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks; children have fewer opportunities to practice patience and self-contr

Joyful Reads from June

in Family Life, Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Does your child need to test for RSV? ( Respiratory Syncytial Virus )

in Health and Wellness, Local News, Local Profile

Local reports indicate a rise in RSV, a respiratory infection that causes cold-like symptoms and can be serious among young children. However, Ochsner Baton Rouge pediatricians say testing for RSV is usually not necessary.

Building a Faith-Based Foundation

in Sponsored Content

Broadmoor United Methodist Children's Learning Center offers a Christ-centered Childcare Program where building a faith-based foundation for your child is their priority. 

Stop Telling Teenagers All They Need is Ice Cream After a Breakup

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

“Get her some ice cream!” If I had a dollar for how many times I heard that after my daughter’s devastating breakup, we could buy out the whole grocery store freezer department.

Grilling This Weekend?

in Crafts and Cooking, Summer Fun

Ralph's Market offers a large variety of smoked meats, specialty meats and high quality steaks and beef. This summer grilling season is just heating up and you don't want to miss out on the great selection at your nearest Ralph's Market.

They Are Getting Older

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Have you ever had one of those moments where you could see the change coming? I mean, we all go through these phases of life where it seems like everyone you know is graduating or getting the “grown up” job. Then there’s the season of everyone you kn

Ivory Gipson

in One Amazing Kid

In high school, Ivory Gipson maintained a near-perfect GPA and was a three-sport varsity athlete, band member, fellow in the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), vice president of the Goal Society, and held down a part-time job. “I did every sport and

Ultimate Birthday Bashes: How to Host the Perfect Celebration for Your Child at Home

in Party

A children’s museum, an arcade, a petting zoo or a kid’s fitness center are fun venues for a birthday party. But why not give the coffee table a shove and turn your home into celebration central?

Grass-lined Sidewalks

in Faith

Independence Day is probably one of my favorite holidays. I met my husband during this time of the year. We were married almost exactly one year later. We typically celebrate our anniversary and the holiday together; after all, who doesn’t want firew

Deciphering Parenting Metaphors: Animals and Machines

in Family Life

When I grew up, parents were referred to as...well...parents. But nowadays, it is hard to keep up with the trendy terms to describe people who raise children. First, there were helicopter parents then lawnmower parents and now the newest one is snowp

Cassie and Cahri W.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kids Cassie (left) and Cahri (right) W. enjoy many things, but their enjoyment intensifies when they are doing them together. Cassie, who is the mothering type, always shows empathy for others. Cahri yields a more bold and outgoing pers

Suiting Up Students to Honor Her Husband’s Legacy

in Thrive

Thriving after losing a spouse can almost feel impossible in the immediate aftermath. However, two years after her husband’s death caught their family by surprise, Denise J. Brown and her adult children have come together and launched a nonprofit org

Chelsey Laborde Blankenship

in Mom or Dad Next Door

As the owner of CLB Consulting, Chelsey Laborde Blankenship is often dialed into her clients’ brands, providing them with content that best showcases who they are as a company. She can often be found shuffling through a variety of social media accoun

Friends, Food, and Fireworks

in A Note from Mom

If you know me, you know that I love hosting parties at my house. During the month of December, my house is full of people every weekend with different parties for friends, employees, school teams, and birthdays. Needless to say, I haven’t really had

Pretend Play: The Work of Childhood

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

We’ve all heard that play is the work of childhood and it’s true. And pretend play–pretending to be a dinosaur or a king or queen, is a specific kind of play that children benefit from in many ways.

Are the Vaccines Safe for Kids?

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

Louisianians ages 12 and up can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following a thorough review and decision by the FDA and CDC. Now, more families have the ability to protect their children and enjoy summer with confidence.

I Have a Crush on Book of the Month

in Things To Do, Joy Holden, Turn the Page

A vibrant blue box full of treasure is delivered to my front door every month. By the time the box arrives, I have been anticipating the moment when I can open the illustrious blue box for a couple of weeks. I open the box with as much excitement as

Embracing the Cheugy - Yeah, I’m Basic!

in Family Life, Mari Walker

Gen Z is at it again–creating a new word to make fun of older people and the things we enjoy. First it was basic, but now it’s cheugy, which arguably seems meaner since it’s a made-up word with such hard consonant sounds?

In Search of “Buggy” Summer Adventures

in Things To Do, Family Life, Home & Garden, Amy Delaney, Summer Fun

I like insects. There, I said it. I was the girl with the net in the yard catching creatures and keeping them in jars. I did a science fair project on beetles. I’ve always just thought these tiny beings were fascinating, and well, I still do. Think a

Stay Safe this Summer

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

Summertime is a great time to escape to the beach with family, or enjoy the pool in your backyard or neighborhood. Wherever you go, here are some tips from The Baton Rouge Clinic’s Pediatricians to stay safe while having fun in the sun!

Explore the Emerald Coast at Big Kahuna's

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Out & About, Summer Fun, Sponsored Content

Looking for a fun summer adventure for your family? Check out Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park.

Joyful Reads from May

in Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Nature Walk for the Soul

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, Joy Holden, Summer Fun

Flowers, plants, and trees have brought me a renewed sense of peace throughout the last year. I have marveled at the evolution of the seasons in the blooms and blossoms. I have wondered at new growth and change. Nature is my anti-anxiety medicine.

Hollywood, Florida

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Out & About

Florida’s beach in Hollywood is considered one of the most family-friendly beaches for a reason. With bright, turquoise waters; soft, white sands; a blooming arts district; and a two-mile long boardwalk lined with palm trees and paved with brick, Hol

Got Flooded? Take This Survey

in Local News

If you are a homeowner or renter who received damage, please take a moment to complete a self-reporting survey, which can be found at www.damage.la.gov.

Vacay Without the Bust! Which Way to Geaux?

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Family Life, Out & About, Summer Fun

After a long, trying year of being cooped up at home, it is likely this summer will be a busier time for travel than usual. Businesses are reopening, travel restrictions are loosening, and family members are looking to get together again after distan

Crazy Times

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It seems that we have all been living this life with a new set of rules that change every week, if not every day, and somehow, we are getting through it. I will be the first to say that it is not easy. Let’s step back and think about it. Some of us h

Who's the Boss? The Key to Successful Parent-Grandparent Relationships

in Family Life

As my friend was introducing me to a friend of hers, she mentioned to him that I wrote an advice column for parents and grandparents. A grandfather himself, he peppered me with questions. “How long had I been writing my column?” Nine years. “How many

Ryder P-W.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Ryder P-W. enjoys skateboarding, acting, playing guitar and baseball, and creating art. Ryder has written and directed his own short film, which was entered into the Louisiana Film Prize Jr. He won a $250 grant scholarship and the F

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