Mandy grew up in Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU with a degree in Anthropology. In an attempt to figure out what do with an Anthropology degree (seriously, what do you do with it?!?), she moved to DC and received a masters degree in Forensic Science at George Washington University. Still at a loss for what she wanted to be when she grew up, Mandy moved to Austin, TX. Over the course of seven years, she built a successful(ish) jewelry design business, met some of her favorite people ever, imported her now husband from Baton Rouge, and made the decision to move back to Baton Rouge to start a family. Since then, Mandy has worked for a jewelry designer, a CPA, and now a financial advisor. And in between, she was a stay at home mom to three feisty, but sweet daughters, two of which are twins. Her girls love to dance and sing just like their mom, and Mandy's dream of a possible girl version of the Hansons or a Judds-like situation is becoming more of a reality every day. In the meantime, she is pouring her creativity into her writing which can be described as honest, funny and little bit snarky, just like Mandy. You can check out more of her musings at Tantrums and Twirls.

I Haven’t Had the Opportunity to Mourn My Old Life, and It Shows

It all happened so fast. With each new announcement of the government shutdown roll-out, we scrambled to reset our lives. There was no time to think about what it all meant. We had kids...

I Choose to Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

It’s Mardi Gras time, y’all!  I know all of you Louisiana moms just caught your breath after the whirlwind of online shopping, Christmas merriment, and family obligations that is the holiday season. And the...

Is “Never Quit” Always the Right Choice?

“Mama, I want to be on the competition team!” my oldest daughter exclaimed as she ran out of her weekly dance class. I couldn’t help but react surprised. Being on a competitive dance team...

I Choose to Believe that Everyone is Doing the Best They Can

So much about how you look at the world changes when you become a mother. A twenty-minute shower can feel like a day at the spa, you realize you never really knew what it...

Moms, It’s Time to Create Some Christmas Magic for Ourselves

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for everyone but moms. I take that back. It is a wonderful time for us moms, but it comes at a cost, like all of our...

Late-over Parties :: An Alternative to Sleepovers

I’ll be the first to say that birthday parties for kids have gone completely off the deep end these days. And I’ll go so far as to admit that I have fallen into that...

I’m Finally Claiming my Invisible Workload as Real Work

Like most mothers, I cycle through feelings of guilt, pressure, and exhaustion on a daily basis. The guilt starts as I look around and feel like I don’t do enough. The house is a...

Diary of an Overly Optimistic Summertime Mom :: Part 4

Weeks ? & ? (Why is it still Summer?!?) Grocery List: Hostess Cakes delivery truck backed up into the garage. Activity List: Whatever they want. I’m not coming out of my room. Chore List: Periodically scan rooms...

Diary of an Overly Optimistic Summertime Mom :: Part 3

Weeks 5 & 6 (or 7, or ... Who knows? Help!): Grocery List: Ingredients for another baking project (Why did I do the first one!?!) SNACKS Trough for snacks Activity List: Nothing is good enough after...

Diary of an Overly Optimistic Summertime Mom :: Part 2

Weeks 3 & 4: Grocery List: Bulk size boxes of all of the snacks Ingredients for a fun baking project Frozen pizzas & more snacks Activity Schedule: Swim - Monday, Wednesday, Friday Dance - Tuesday...

News Flash :: Women Are Scared All the Time

I recently went against my better judgement and had an exchange of words in the comment section of a friend’s Facebook post. Some (most likely) well-intentioned men decided to offer up their explanation about...

Diary of an Overly Optimistic Summertime Mom :: Part 1

Weeks 1 & 2: Grocery List: Fruits & Veggies Ingredients for a fun baking project Activity Schedule: Swim - Monday, Wednesday, Friday Dance - Tuesday and Thursday Soccer - Tuesday Chore List: Switch out seasonal clothes and...