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Ashley Gravois

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Ashley is originally from Thibodaux, La. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2005 to attend graduate school at LSU where she received a master’s degree in social work. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Taylor, for 15 years and they have 3 daughters Raegan (14), Julia (8) and Sadie (2 going on 20). Ashley worked as a social worker in the medical field for 10 years before taking a break to be a stay at home mom. Life took a very unexpected turn when her husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2019 which fueled her passion for rare disease awareness. She is co-founder of the non-profit Garage 10 which provides financial assistance to individuals with rare diseases. Ashley loves family, faith, friends, date nights, coffee creamer, exercising and quiet moments amongst the business of life.

Louisiana Boating Laws: Some May Surprise You

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I have been an avid boater my entire life. Few things bring me more joy than a day out on the water disconnected from phones, jobs and the business of life. Until this past...

Timing is Everything

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Sitting outside, dining in Houston, TX, I was recently reminded of the fragility of time. It began with a young couple being photographed near a fountain in the middle of a busy intersection....

Travelers Guide to a Post Covid Disney World: Tickets, Reservations & Genie+

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We all know one thing for sure...COVID 19 has changed the way we travel. One place this could not reign any truer is the magical world of Disney. Long gone are the days of...

Have You Thanked a Social Worker Today?

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Did you know March is Social Work Month? If I were taking a guess, I would guess most people, unless related to a social worker, do not know this is the month to celebrate...

Parenting in the Fourth Quarter

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Several years ago, when my oldest daughter was nine years old, I read an article comparing age nine to half time of a football game. Age nine and half time both being fun parts...

Rare Disease: A Journey on the Road Less Traveled

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Did you know every year the last day of February is Rare Disease Day? This day is chosen because it is the rarest day of the year! The mission of this day is to...

Is the Old Fashioned New Again?

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  The old fashioned has been around for a very long time. Long enough to have a name like old-fashioned which is derived from bar patrons requesting the drink to be made the 'old fashioned'...

The Non-Pinterest Gingerbread Party

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The holiday season is in full swing and who doesn't love a gingerbread decorating party? I know ... the mom who has to plan, host and clean up! In addition to the added tasks...

What if it Doesn’t Feel Like the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

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This time of year can be completely magical. Whether it be the beautiful lights on display,  Christmas tunes playing on the radio, or the excitement in your children's eyes. All around us are constant...

Dear Mom: Ten Years Without You

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  A Thanksgiving Like no Other November 24, 2011, we woke up to an ordinary Thanksgiving day. My sister and I each at our own homes busy packing and preparing food to bring to mom's house....

Skin like Teflon: Living with a Nonstick Surface

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An incredibly wise and dear friend once made the following analogy when I was describing an encounter with my own family member which left me deeply hurt. She said, 'Teflon baby. You must have...

Tiny Slice of Heaven On Earth

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Have you ever driven down Bluebonnet Boulevard all the way until it ends? Bluebonnet turns into Coursey then George O'Neal and at the very end of an unassuming road is, in my opinion, a...