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Have We Become a Gaming Family?

in Family Life, Mari Walker

Christmas 2020 looked super different for our family, and as parents, my husband and I did something that we probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. We fulfilled our nine-year-old’s request for a gaming system, specifically a Nintendo Switch. She had

Wiggles of Excitement

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Amy Delaney

“I have a wiggly tooth.” That is all–a simple statement of fact shared during a school day discussion. After spending time with Little Bud for virtual learning, I have learned that a loose tooth in the world of a six year old means the world. It is l

New Year, More Me

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Ellen Mecholsky

Today, I was walking with my dog and thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I love the starting over of a new year. I have always felt its metaphorical power and been drawn to the idea of a new beginning, another chance, a reset button. From the time

Cinemark to Celebrate Everyone’s Favorite Cinematic Snack with Popcorn Fest

in Local News

Popcorn lovers can savor discounts at open Cinemark theatres and enter for the chance to win free popcorn for a year.

A Terrific Tooth Tip

in Sponsored Content

Sugar is a prominent reason that cavities form. It is the energy supply for bacteria that create cavities. There is an additional culprit that gives sugar a one, two punch and leads to increased cavities: acid.

It's Mardi Gras, Ya'll!

in Sponsored Content

Let the good times roll at Valor Gymnastics' Mardi Gras Camp from February 15-17 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

It's King Cake Season!

in Holidays, Sponsored Content

Let Ralph's Market bring Mardi Gras right to your door! 

Recharge, Refocus, Reset

in Sponsored Content

Recharge, refocus, and reset with the help of the Y!

Feeling Dizzy?

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At Fyzical of Baton Rouge, they know balance and dizziness disorders, and they have just the tools to treat them! Join them for a virtual tour of their brand new state of the art facility. Call today to schedule a consultation for your balance and di

2nd Dose of COVID Vaccines in Baton Rouge

in Health and Wellness, Local News

It was second dose day for the COVID-19 vaccine for Ochsner Baton Rouge employees last January 5, 2021.

Turning the Page

in Toby Comeaux, Holidays, Family Life

As we get closer to 2020 ending, I’ve been reflecting back on many of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year. I wanted to spend more time talking to people, getting out of my comfort zone and relating to others in different situ

Are You a Mimi, Gigi, Tia, Pop, or PaPaw?

in Family Life

If you’ve recently brought a child into the world, your parents and siblings are likely brainstorming names they would like your child to call them. Mawmaw, Pawpaw, Auntie, or Uncle are more traditional names, but they may want to go down a more crea

Students Tell All: What's Private School Really Like?

in Health and Wellness, School

When you’re looking for a private school for your child to attend, one of the first things you do is go to the Internet. You search for the school, check out their website, read reviews, and eventually venture out to the school for a tour. While all

Is Your Child Great at Studying?

in Family Life, School

The human brain takes in massive amounts of information every single day. Now, think about all of the possible distractions, and it is no wonder that telling our kids to go to their room and study does not work.

Matteo Runge

in One Amazing Kid

When so many things shut down last year, Matteo Runge was lucky to find a silver lining. The sixth grader at Baton Rouge International School became a 2020 Louisiana state chess champion and credits his success to extra practice time.

Is Private School Affordable?

in Family Life, School

Louisiana is known for food, festivals, and an eclectic culture that is deeply rooted in religious beliefs. For many, Mardi Gras is simply a time to indulge in good food and drink, however, the celebration actually began as a religious holiday. Under

Faith is a Certain Power for an Uncertain Year

in Faith

A new year is once again upon us. Many people are entering into the new year with fear and anxiety due to COVID-19, economic uncertainty, and political turmoil. They want things to get back to “normal” but are starting to realize that many of the pro

Colleen Waguespack

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Life as a mom is busy, real busy. When you add on your career, which includes owning your own business, things can begin to get even more hectic and harder to juggle. However, Colleen Waguespack has found a way to always live her life on the go, but

Powering Through While Beating Rare Bone Cancer

in Exceptional Lives

Although 2020 was a hard year for everyone, the White family’s experience was extra challenging. 

Well, Here We Are...

in A Day in the Life of Dad

This is the time we have all been waiting for…2021. I don’t know about you, but 2020 went by so fast and so much happened that I don’t even remember it all. I have talked to friends, co-workers and clients, and each time we talk about it, I hear a st

Got Tummy Troubles?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Tummy troubles are common in young children and typically aren’t serious. Stomachaches can be anything from constipation to stomach flu to an excuse to get out of school. The tricky part is figuring out if the stomach pain is something serious that w

Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do

Along the Mississippi River is this charming city renowned for its southern scenery, rich culture, and antebellum mansions. The history of Natchez dates back to its establishment as a French fort site in 1716 and is known as the birthplace of Mississ

Managing Seasonal and Year-Round Allergies: Discovering an Alternative Approach

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

Allergies can affect any age group and can contribute to numerous problems such as recurrent ear and sinus infections, chronic nasal congestion, headaches, wheezing, coughing, skin rashes, and sometimes digestive issues. Antigens that are usually not

Revisiting Santa: Should We Get an Elf on the Shelf?

in Holidays, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

On December 9, my girls asked me for an Elf on the Shelf. And although I immediately guffawed, rolled my eyes and said “NO WAY,” because it’s 2020 I had second thoughts as soon as the “no” left my mouth and the request had time to settle. If they’d a

In Loving Arms Pediatric Day Health Center Expands in Baton Rouge

in Sponsored Content

In Loving Arms Pediatric Day Health Center provides compassionate and personalized care for children with medically-fragile health conditions, and the center has recently moved to a new location in order to provide even more for those children in nee

Preschool Program & Camps Offered at Valor Gymnastics

in Sponsored Content

Baton Rouge's premier gymnastics training center, Valor Gymnastics, offers a unique preschool program for little gymnasts wanting to get a jumpstart on Gymnastics.

Pumpkin Peeps

in Sponsored Content

Over the course of two weeks, the fourth grade students at Parkview Baptist School had to read a book that was on or above their AR reading level. With notes they’ve taken, they would form a rough draft and then finally a written report. But that’s o

Ochsner Medical Center Employee in New Orleans is the First to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

Ochsner Medical Center employee in New Orleans is the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Wednesdays, We Skate!

in Sponsored Content

On Wednesdays, we skate! Broadmoor Presbyterian Early Childhood Center has been teaching their students to skate for over 30 years. Learning to skate as young as one years old, their students learn balance, coordination, and confidence, all while hav

Lights!

in Holidays, Things To Do, Family Life, Amy Delaney

“Lights!” Since I was little, I have always loved piling up in the car and looking at Christmas lights. At each display, we would enthusiastically yell, “Lights!” before moving on to the next house. This love of Christmas cheer continues even now, an

Pampers & Papa Noel Drive-Thru Event (Free Diapers & Wipes)

in Local News

The Safety Place, Healthy Blue, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health & East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office to Host Holiday Event for Children & Families

The Remembering: Reflections on My Pregnancy Loss

in Ellen Mecholsky

It starts the first week of December, the remembering. I had felt her move for the first time in the car driving home from a Thanksgiving trip to Florida, which is why I suspect my anniversary grief stress begins so early. I subsequently gave birth t

1500 Children Left to Be Adopted for Christmas Before December 7th!

in Local News

The Salvation Army has nearly 1500 children who need to be adopted this Christmas through the Angel Tree program and is also asking for donations of toys and new clothing for children of all ages and sizes.

Audria S.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Audria S. is cute as a button, and with her face painting done, she was also the cutest reindeer we’ve ever seen! Audria is five years old, she’s in kindergarten, she likes to tell jokes, and she loves the color blue. Her favorite s

The Inn at Christmas Place: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

in Get Out of Town

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has so much to offer during the holiday season, including a special place for Christmas fanatics. Nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains is an award-winning, unique, Bavarian-style hotel that celebrates Christmas year-ro

5 Ways to Keep the Holidays Jolly

in Holidays, Health and Wellness, Family Life

Christmas is normally a time of togetherness, where families and communities can experience the season with each other. However, this Christmas is looking to be different because of the spread of COVID-19 and safety guidelines suggesting that everyon

Curb the Gimmies with the Spirit of Giving

in Holidays, Family Life

Do you ever cringe like the Grinch whenever your child rushes through Christmas gifts and does not stop for a second to say thank you? Society’s commercialized view of Christmas has led too many kids to learn the cultural perspective–get, get, get, a

Matt Moscona

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Meeting a sitting president, attending an Army-Navy game, and traveling to Italy are just a few of the many bucket list items Matt Moscona has written on index cards inside of his desk. He keeps them there as daily reminders of all he hopes to accomp

When Baby Talk Stops Being Cute

in Family Life

“Well hewwoh derrr, where is mama’s cutesie wootsie widdle baby guuurrl!?”

It’s Been Real

in A Day in the Life of Dad

I’m not sure where to start this one, other than saying it depends on when you’re reading this. We are so close to the end, I can see it. And let’s face it, this is a great time of year, so this last month of 2020 should fly by.

Sophia Lurue Guyton

in One Amazing Kid

Sophia Lurue Guyton learned to read when she was three, and by the time she was seven, she had already published her first book, The Adventures of Mia and Jace.

Happy Even on Her Hardest Days: Life with a Rare Genetic Condition

in Exceptional Lives

Aubrey Martin is a fighter. Living with Rett syndrome and its associated global developmental delays is her everyday life. But in 2020, she faced a more urgent and critical health issue when she developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children

Letting Go of 2020 and Starting Fresh

in Faith

I’m sure you don’t need much convincing to let go of 2020. Here are three things to keep in mind as you kick 2020 to the curb, because how you move on is important. Take stock before you take off.

A Christmas We Didn’t Expect Might Be the One We Need

in Holidays, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

2020 has been a year we didn’t expect, so a Christmas that looks different will fit right in. In this upside down season in an upside down time, some of the Walker family’s holiday traditions can remain intact. I’m not entirely bah-humbug and am look

Yes, We Are a Family

in Family Life, Amy Delaney

I recently saw an Instagram post of a mom and her adopted daughter creatively answering some of the most common questions that adoptive families receive. It was awesome and so relatable for me, and it brought to mind many of the questions that we use

Parkview Students Create Class Constitution

in Sponsored Content

This fall, students enrolled in United States History at Parkview Baptist School experienced a hands-on and creative approach to learning about the United States Constitution and how it was drafted. Students in Mr. Williams’ US History class learned

Luncheon to Help Stop Domestic Violence

in Local News

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is hosting a luncheon to help bring awareness and advocacy on global issues that also affect the local community.  

New BASIS Campus Opening August 2021

in Sponsored Content

BASIS Baton Rouge Charter Schools will be opening a new K-5 campus in August 2021. Known for educating tomorrow’s leaders, one humanities class at a time, BASIS Baton Rouge Charter Schools enrollment is open now until December 15. Apply today!

Wanna Play? Navigating Playdate Etiquette

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

How do you get started in the world of playdates? When babies are small, if you have an established community of your own friends with similarly aged babies, playdates are straightforward. They’re basically mom coffee dates with tag-a-long snuggles.

Free Breakfast for Local Vets

in Holidays, Local News

With so many Veterans Day events cancelled due to COVID-19, all Baton Rouge Wendy’s locations are celebrating local vets by offering them free breakfast from 6:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11.

Halfway Thru Her Childhood

in Family Life, Mari Walker

Nine years ago, my baby girl came bursting into the world, sliced out of me in inelegant fashion. Her first moments included pooping on the doctor, craning her strong neck around the room, and in general, seeming ready to take on the world. This girl

Halloween Aftermath

in Holidays, Health and Wellness, Family Life, Ellen Mecholsky

This morning my son woke me up with, “Can I have some candy, please?” I asked him if he had eaten a healthy breakfast yet. He said, “I ate a little, but I can’t eat too much because then I would be too full to eat candy.”

Joshua H.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Joshua H. had a blast during his photo shoot. While he won’t say he’s a pro at photo shoots, we surely think he is with how great the experience was! Joshua turns nine this month, and he loves to write, play video games, and play sp

Taking a First Step: Learning to Walk Again After Spinal Injury

in Exceptional Lives

Nearly 2,000 accidental shootings happen in the United States each year, and on April 7, 2019, it happened to 24-year-old Devin Puckett while he and a friend were hanging out after playing basketball.

Jay Iyer

in One Amazing Kid

Jay Iyer’s journey with science started with his grandpa in the garden. “My grandfather was probably the most influential person in my life,” Jay says. His first science fair project was inspired by the time they spent together.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

in Get Out of Town

Originally founded in 1610 as the capital of Nuevo Mexico, Santa Fe, which means ‘holy faith’ in Spanish, lies in the foothills of Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The city holds the distinction of being the oldest state capital in the country. You’ll nev

Lori Debenedetto-Webb

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Lori Debenedetto-Webb’s approach to life is all about living in the moment and making special memories with her husband and her three teenagers.

Calming the Butterflies

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Your child may feel “butterflies in their tummy” if he is trying something new, has a big test coming up, a piano recital, or even the first day of school. It is normal to feel nervous when kids are expected to perform or speak in front of a group of

Learning the Value of Money

in Family Life

When I was a middle schooler, all the cool kids wore the same brand of insanely expensive jeans. I coveted these jeans. Most of my “cool” clothes came from hand-me-downs or garage sales. I begged my parents for a pair of these highly prized jeans. In

Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

in Crafts and Cooking, Holidays, Family Life

The holidays are a joyous time of year when we gather together with family and friends to eat, drink, play games and simply enjoy being with our loved ones. Now that we’re into November, the most-anticipated holiday season will soon be upon us, start

Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

in Crafts and Cooking, Things To Do, Family Life

What a time to be thankful! Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving by adding some extra fun to the dinner table with these delicious pumpkin recipes that even the little ones will gobble down.

Finishing the Year with Faith

in Faith

I’m sitting down to rewrite this–the wind is blowing, the rain starts and stops, and my children are home again. Honestly I’ve lost count of canceled days. Hurricane Delta is making its way into Louisiana. So, how are we supposed to finish the year w

Catholic High Named 2020 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

in Sponsored Content

Catholic High School was recently named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This is the sixth time CHS has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category - the only school in the natio

Halloween 2020: No Tricks Just Treats for This Family

in Holidays, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

“What are you doing about Halloween?” has replaced “What are you doing about school?” as the new go-to question within my parent friend groups now that we’re all pretty settled in our learning routines, whether hybrid, virtual or homeschooling. It’s

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