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Articles in February Guides, Summer Fun, Party and Kelly Carmena

13 Homegrown Louisiana Gems

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Louisiana is a treasure trove of homegrown gems. From festivals and historic buildings to parks and museums, our state is packed with both indoor and outdoor opportunities for fun. Pack a day bag and let’s go!... Read full article

10 Last-Minute Tips Before Day Camp Starts

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Camp season is upon us. Before sending your child to day camp, here are 10 last-minute suggestions to prepare your child!... Read full article

A Home-Centered Birthday: A Fourth Trip Around the Sun

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A year ago, I was writing about our play date style birthday party for our younger daughter. This year, she turned four without a party, but as a family of four, we did celebrate her with everything we could muster.... Read full article

Valentine's Day Party

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February is a great time to focus on family fun and traditions by hosting a Valentine’s Day party.... Read full article

Planting the Seeds of STEM in Preschool

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My kids love children’s museums. We have visited children’s museums in at least six or seven different states. Whenever we go on a vacation, we have to check out the children’s museum. Our kids have fun, my husband and I have fun, and it’s a win-win ... Read full article



9 Benefits of Sending Tweens to Camp

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Summer camp is often a place to send elementary-aged kids so they aren’t sitting around the house bored, and so they’ll make friends and learn new things while having fun. As children grow out of their “little kid years,” we sometimes forget that the... Read full article

Choosing Easy

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A fellow mother once told me, “I have come to realize that the hard choices we make as parents tend to be the right choices.” We were discussing whether or not I should send my son to school the day of the last honor roll assembly this past week. ... Read full article

Finding My Zen Through Reading

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Lately, I have struggled to find time for training. Between the closing of my daycare, work, and packing for an eventual move to a new house, I have had very little time for myself. In fact, much of my free time has been spent KonMori’ing my current ... Read full article

Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in Our Backyard and Beyond

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Every afternoon when I pick my girls up at carpool, I know I can expect one question in particular, “Can we go to the park today?” My girls adore going to the park. Last summer, we made visiting as many new parks as possible part of our summer bucket... Read full article

Have a Happy Birthday (Without the Party): Budget-Friendly Birthday Ideas

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The day your child was born is a day to celebrate and make him feel special. Birthday parties are fun, but they can be a lot of work, and the costs can quickly add up. If you decide to skip the birthday party, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate big.... Read full article

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