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Articles in February Guides, Mandy Cowley, Cover Kid, Mari Walker, Mom or Dad Next Door, Holidays and Kelly Carmena

Cringe-worthy Christmas

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Surviving Awkward Holiday Moments.... Read full article

Donna Travis

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At just nine years old, Donna Travis began working at Party Time–which started in the family’s garage–as a way to help her parents. After she would get off the bus from school, Donna would work the cash register, helping to make sure that each custom... Read full article

Aimee Poche

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Through the miracles of adoption and birth, Aimee Poche and her husband saw their family increased from no children to eight children in three years. They adopted a son domestically, internationally adopted five siblings from Peru, and then had two b... Read full article

Preslynn M.

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2019-20 Cover Kid Preslynn M. is one extremely resilient little girl. Doctors told her parents that they didn’t expect her to walk, however, Preslynn defeated those odds. Not only does she walk, she’s an incredible dancer. Her favorite music to dance... Read full article

Calleigh B.

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2018-19 Cover Kid Calleigh B. showed her American pride for her cover shoot. This two-time Cover Kid will be heading to high school this fall, where she will be taking all AP classes.... Read full article



Silver Lining to a Scary Situation: My Daughter Was Lost, But We Both Found Friends

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Life is a balancing act, and I find that especially true with my roles as mother and writer. Last December, I was on deadline, finishing up some briefs for the Community section of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. One of the briefs I’d just finished was... Read full article

12 Tips to Tame the Holiday Circus

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Are holiday traditions, parties, volunteer commitments and shopping turning you into a frenzied ringmaster of a runaway circus train? For your sanity and for your health, put the brakes on the holiday rush. Here's how.... Read full article

A Love Letter to Baton Rouge: All the Things We Miss

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As my family begins its seventh week of isolation, home-centeredness, physical distancing, lockdown or whatever you want to call it, we’re all feeling itchy, missing the things we love most. Beyond missing physically seeing our family and friends, of... Read full article

Lori Heroman

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Oh Snap! Preserving Childhood Memories with a Weekly Email

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My husband and I have a running joke that I have a Swiss cheese memory–nothing dangerous, but I don’t retain things the way he does, including some memories of life events. It doesn’t take much to jog my memory, and of course, plenty of less-than-des... Read full article

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