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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

Doing Hard Things - Zipline Edition

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I can do hard things, and you can too, to borrow a phrase from Glennon Doyle. From getting ready to send my baby to Kindergarten to juggling anxiety about resuming in-person life after being vaccinated against COVID-19, hard things are all around me ... Read full article

Have We Become a Gaming Family?

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Christmas 2020 looked super different for our family, and as parents, my husband and I did something that we probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. We fulfilled our nine-year-old’s request for a gaming system, specifically a Nintendo Switch. She had ... Read full article

Choosing Who to Be: Baby Halloween Costumes Will Always Be My Favorite

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My girls love to dress up any day, so Halloween season is a favorite because it adds even more options to their already overfilled dress up corner. Oh, and the candy, my girls LOVE candy. (So does their mama!)... Read full article

The Comeback Kid: Celebrating the Return of Birthday Parties

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My poor five year old, with her spring birthday, has now had two COVID-style celebrations. However, this year we made the festivities incrementally bigger. Instead of a family-only celebration and the half-hearted drive-by party of 2020 when she turn... Read full article



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Leah Warr, a student at Glen Oaks Magnet High, was awarded a $1,000 prize as part of the Forcepoint and Girls With Impact venture competition. Girls With Impact operates the nation’s only live, online business and leadership program, providing classe... Read full article

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Sophie-Grace Segraves

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When Sophie-Grace Segraves was in the first grade, she was diagnosed with dysgraphia, a neurological disorder that can impair writing ability and fine motor skills. A year later, she was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and Irlen Syndrome. With all o... Read full article

Brainstorming Boredom Busters While Stuck at Home

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I love a good challenge, but at least four weeks (eight weeks?) at home with my girls, ages 8 and almost-4, may be my biggest mama challenge to date. I am committed to doing our part for public health and staying home as much as we possibly can. I am... Read full article

Caroline Simpson

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Last summer during the height of stay-at-home orders, Caroline Simpson began her unique internship with the Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office, working for Dr. Beau Clark. A recent graduate of St. Michael the Archangel High School, Caroline’s focus on... Read full article

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