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My Dream Role: Being the “Yes” Mom

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Once upon a time, in a life not so long ago, I got a chance to play the role of a lifetime: the “yes” Mom.... Read full article

Travel: The Park at OWA

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My family and I were recently invited to Foley, AL to visit The Park at OWA for the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the fun weekend getaway, especially since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Read full article

The Future of Birthday Parties

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Celebrating a birthday with feather boas, a dress up box, candy buffets, or any other themed bash, is an event children look forward to. The excitement begins as they hand out invitations, decide on a party theme, choose their cake and ice cream, and... Read full article

Boy Mom

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When parents share such great news, people should understand that they don’t know what that couple may already be struggling with- possible infertility, loss, or just good old “advanced maternal age.” ... Read full article

From Boys to Young Men

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The day will come when they really feel they’ve found their soul mate or more likely, their love of the week. Either way, you have to prepare for mending a broken heart or teaching them how not to break someone’s heart.... Read full article



Rankin Ranch in Caliente, California

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If you’re considering a trip to California, the thought of crowded freeways, crowded amusement parks–crowded everything–can be rather daunting, yet, there are pockets of paradise in the Golden State, like Rankin Ranch. The ranch has been in operatio... Read full article

October 2017 Books

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Austin, Texas

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Saddle up for a Texas-sized adventure. The capital city welcomes everyone from cowpokes to city folks. You and your posse can round up a full day of fun visiting one-of-a-kind restaurants, museums, parks and waterways. Austin has been dubbed “The Liv... Read full article

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