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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

Dodge City, Kansas

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History abounds in this former gun-slinging town, famous in American culture for its fabled past as a wild frontier settlement of the Old West. Over the years, the town retained its notoriety, thanks to the many tales told about Dodge City lawman, W... Read full article

Spring Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

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East Baton Rouge Parish residents can drop off household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the upcoming Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on Saturday, May 18.... Read full article

Teaching Children Respect

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As a veteran teacher, I’ve been asked many questions about how to teach children over the years, and only once have I been a bit stumped. The mother asked me, “How do you teach respect?” After a moment’s thought, my response was, “Every single day.”... Read full article

What Type of Camp Should Your Child Attend?

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When we were kids, life was simpler. Many of us just hung around the house during the summer and played with neighborhood friends or maybe attended a local day camp sponsored by our school or city.... Read full article



Galveston, Texas

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When we think about escaping on an island vacation, our thoughts turn towards Hawaii, the Bahamas, or the Caribbean, yet little thought may be given to this island that’s just a day’s drive from Baton Rouge. That’s right–Galveston is an island locate... Read full article

Child’s Play: Don’t Hate the Playa OR the Game

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“Mama, will you play with me?” The question can sometimes sink me like a stone, especially if I’m in the midst of a work project or otherwise doing something I want or need to do.... Read full article

Hospital Life with a Toddler

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My daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and as such, we have spent a LOT of time in hospitals. So here are some interesting facts you may not have known about hospital stays with toddlers.... Read full article

Knoxville, Tennessee

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This beautiful city is known by many names–Heart of the Valley, Queen City of the Mountains, and Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. But no matter what you want to call it, Knoxville is a beautiful, vibrant city that offers captivating cultural ev... Read full article

This School Year I Want To...

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31 school goals for the family.... Read full article

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