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Jacob Hester

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Chris Mitchell

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The soccer field is a place that each member of Chris Mitchell’s family is comfortable with. It’s also one place where they all enjoy spending a lot of time. Whether he’s coaching, watching his daughter’s play, or traveling out of state to attend a c... Read full article

Geno McLaughlin

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Geno McLaughlin’s love for his community is unmatched. His weekends are often spent venturing from one location to another with his children in tow, volunteering his time throughout Baton Rouge. For Geno, he is at his best when he is serving others, ... Read full article

Namisha Patel Vasanji

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Namisha Patel Vasanji leads a busy life. As a wife, mother of two, attorney, and president of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, she can often be seen around town, going from one event and activity to the next.... Read full article

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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



Overscheduled: Otherwise What’s a SAHM For?!

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When Miss Seven started Kindergarten, her dad and I decided to limit after school activities to two: one sport or otherwise something physical and one more arts focused activity. My, how times have changed. Right now, we have four extracurricular act... Read full article

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Be It Resolved: 2020 Parenting Goals

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January is here once again, and after the excess of the holiday season, the start of a new calendar feels like a good time for a clean start. (It also seems like a good time to buy some new toy storage solutions, but that’s probably another post!) Al... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

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In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

Pandemic Perfect on Paper But a Mess in Real Life

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“Does your house always look like this? Like, so messy?” My daughter’s friend asked innocently enough. I’ve pondered this question in the months since it was asked during that one-and-only sleepover we hosted. I was knee-jerk offended in the moment,... Read full article

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