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Articles in Joy Holden, Family Life and Holidays

True Balance? There's No Such Thing

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TRULY BALANCED LIFE. The reality is that balance looks different to different people, and it is not always 50-50. In my opinion, balance is simply giving my attention to multiple things.... Read full article

Quality Christmas

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We have become radical consumers in our culture. Somehow, more has become best. ... Read full article

Creative Space

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Baton Rouge is a Great Place to Raise an Artist.... Read full article

Does Birth Order Affect Who We Become?

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My son (the firstborn) is reserved, a perfectionist, and follows directions to a tee. My daughter (the youngest) is outgoing, fearless, and thinks the world is her stage. However, my son came home from overnight camp with the news that he was voted i... Read full article

First Birthday Party Fun

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From hats to the bib to the banner on the high chair to the party favors to the venue to the food and drinks, the details of planning a child’s first birthday party are nearly endless. Whether you go all out or keep it intimate and simple, order a 12... Read full article



Have Baby, Will Travel

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All of that to say we tried it because we had no other choice. We have learned that while travel with a baby is different, it’s also completely doable and a new adventure.... Read full article

Babies at the Beach: 7 Tips and Tricks

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Baby’s first beach trip should be a special memory full of laughter and photos, sandy fingers and toes. ... Read full article

Relearning the Lost Art of Listening

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I’m a counselor; it’s a job requirement to be a good listener. Sometimes I wonder how I landed this gig because I haven’t always been a good listener.... Read full article

Air Travel With Toddlers

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Flying with children is an unpredictable experience. One child may sit quietly on an airplane and observe everything going on, while another may cry or want to run up and down the aisle. ... Read full article

The Dos and Don'ts of Savvy Shopping

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Is Eating Healthy Possible On A Tight Budget?... Read full article

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