Karen is a California native who moved to Baton Rouge about three years ago for her husband's job. She loves Louisiana and the only thing she misses about living out west is In-N-Out burgers. Karen has two toddler boys and two teenaged stepsons. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Karen was a Senior Communications Manager for a software company. She earned her Bachelors degree from (don't hold it against her) the University of Southern California, where she graduated Cum Laude. In addition to spending time with her family, Karen enjoys writing, pretending she's good at making crafts and running.

Guarding Your Marriage

I'm a left-leaning Christian from California and I didn't vote for this current Administration. Lately, I've been hearing a lot of hoopla over how Vice President Mike Pence will not dine alone with a...

I Was Mom-Judged for a Facebook Post

Imagine this scenario, if you will. You're a work at home mom. You have 5- and 3-year-old boys who are 100% dirty, messy, stinky boys. Your 5-year-old, a kindergartner, is out of school for...

Love at First Sight :: An International Adoption Story

October, 26th, 2016 started off like any other Monday for my friend Angela. She woke up, made breakfast, saw her husband off to work and got her four kids to their Baton Rouge schools....

My Favorite Websites for Toddlers and PreK Kids

If your kids are anything like mine, they love their screen time. And while I'm fine letting them watch the occasional TV show or movie, I'm not a huge fan of passive entertainment. This is...

Baby’s {and Mommy’s} First Mardi Gras

I thought you guys might find the story of my son's - and my - first Mardi Gras a little funny. You see, I'm a California native who moved to the Baton Rouge area...

No Doctor, You Don’t Get to Fat Shame Me

Today I'm going to break some rules. I loved my fellow contributor's post, "I Don't Want to Talk About my Body with You" because it's so true. Regardless of our shape or size, there are...

3 Ways to Make Money Working from Home

So many stay-at-home-moms want to make money without working outside the home but don't know where to start. I was one of them. About a year ago, I realized that although I consider myself...

Goodbye, Diapers!

Dear Diapers, After 5 years, 5 months and 30 days of changing you (yes, I've been counting) you are finally, finally out of my house for good. Wooooooo hoooooo!! I have had a love/hate relationship with...

I’ll Never Have a Daughter

I'm a mom to 5-year-old and 2-year-old boys and a stepmom to 15-year-old and 13-year-old boys. Yep, that's right. I live in a big ole house of testosterone. My husband and I are done...

New Baton Rouge Moms Group is Perfect for Working Moms

Being a working mom can feel isolating. You want to connect with local moms with kids the same age as yours, but it seems that all the moms groups and playdates take place on weekdays somewhere...

Stop Whining about TOPS

This spring and for the first semester ever, TOPS will not be paying full tuition for Louisiana students who have earned the funding by scoring a 20 on the ACT and earning a 2.5 GPA...

A Santa-Free Home

Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is here! Our tree is up, our boys (5 and 3) already got an early Christmas present (a new outdoor play set) and they're watching Christmas movies. The season...