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Melanie

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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.

My 5 Travel Must Haves

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We love to travel. We’ve gone places near and far; exploring new places, cultures, and food is our idea of fun.  The downside to travel is the challenge of packing, being away from your...

Is Limited Screen Time a Disservice?

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I logged into our daycare’s camera system and saw a picturesque scene; the teacher was seated on the floor with a gaggle of toddlers around her. They all appeared to be singing and swaying,...

A Mom in Search of a Hobby

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I went to an allergist appointment a while back and he asked me a series of questions about home, work, and life. They were all things I expected, but near the end of the...

Infertility: The Emotional Roller Coaster

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The journey to parenthood looks different for everyone. For some it is an unexpected surprise for others it is the culmination of years of struggle.  No matter which side of the spectrum you’re on...

Infertility, My Story of Being One in Eight

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Initially, it was part of the plan, we would wait a while before having children. We wanted to experience life as a couple before we experienced it as a  family of more than two....

The Anxiety, the Agony, the Infertility

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I can feel it creeping in, slowly and almost secretly. It’s there like a shadow, always with me, but I can’t always see it. Do I acknowledge it? Do I ignore it and hope...

Ode to My Slow Cooker

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“How do I love thee, let me count the ways…” Elizabeth Barrett Browning was talking about her husband, not a kitchen appliance, but if she had had a slow cooker she may have said...

Why Can’t I Go to Sleep?

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The kids are in bed, the household responsibilities are done and you climb into bed to sleep, but you don’t sleep. You check your email, or lie awake thinking of all of the things...

COVID-19 Vaccine: To Do or Not To Do?

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The COVID-19 vaccine is definitely a hot-topic and one that can often lead to debate. Vaccines in general can lead to heated discussions.  I’m not here for the debate. I am here to share...

Teaching Your Toddler to Tidy Up

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Kids really are amazing. They are so observant of the world around them and, of course, are excellent mimics. We’ve all heard tales of little ones repeating stories or words that they shouldn’t be...

Challenge :: What is Your 2021 Mission?

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At the end of one year, and start of a new one, you often see post after post, story after story, of best of lists and resolution ideas. There are stories about why resolutions...

Holiday Hard Times and a Side of Self-Care

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It’s the holiday season! That means joy and parties and happy people all around right? That’s what we want it to be, but unfortunately for a lot of parents it means stress, worry and...