Melanie grew up in the New Orleans area. She has lived in Baton Rouge since starting her bachelors degree at LSU. Melanie has a BA in Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Social Work both from LSU. In her professional life Melanie focuses on women’s mental health. She also has a passion for group therapy. Melanie and her husband Adam have been married for nine years. They have a one year old son. In her personal life Melanie can be found trying out a new hobby, trying to “get organized” and avoiding the laundry. She loves sitcoms, traveling, iced coffee and carbs.

South BR Restaurants: Local and Family Friendly

At Red Stick Mom, we have family fun in Baton Rouge for all seasons covered, as well as creative ideas for every member of the family. Our team of more than 25 Baton Rouge moms...

Breastfeeding: Small Goals Go a Long Way

"Are you going to breastfeed?" The question slipped out of my mouth before I could stop it, and the woman I was speaking to looked taken aback and I don't blame her. There is...

Mom Belly or Medical Issue

Pregnancy comes with many changes, challenges and complications. In the postpartum, we’re usually so focused on caring for the baby that mom often gets overlooked, except, it seems, when it comes to weight and...

When Online Mom Groups Make You Feel Less Alone

Being a mom can be exhausting. Carrying around the emotional weight of all of your responsibilities in all of your roles can take a toll. Mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister, coworker, employee, support...

Teaching Toddlers Feelings

Happy, Angry, Sad, Afraid: basic emotions that set the foundation for all of the emotions we experience. It seems so simple, yet so many struggle to process and experience emotions. Somewhere along the way,...

Must Have Winter Accessories for Moms

I am one of those people who is always cold. Mid-August air conditioning will find me wearing a sweater or at the very least a cardigan. So actual winter has me reaching for all...

Simplify the Holidays With Homemade Gifts Under $5

A few years ago my husband’s family decided to forgo the adult gift card exchange, the Secret Santa and the white elephant and instead decided to do a homemade gift exchange. (Don’t worry the...

Pregnancy Apology

Just have fun! Don’t Drink the Water! Don’t stress, it will happen! (Insert eye-roll) If you’ve been around a pregnant person or you’re thinking of, or trying to, get pregnant you’ve probably heard one...

Meatless Meals for a Change

My husband is a carnivore, he wants meat with every meal. I, on the other hand, can be completely happy with a week of meatless meals. I don’t particularly like red meat and one...