Stephanie grew up with her family in Kirkwood, Missouri. She earned a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and then a Montessori degree in Atlanta, Georgia.  She also lived in Oklahoma for several years, and now calls Baton Rouge home. She taught PreK and Elementary school part time, full time, and had some stay-at home mom time when her babies were little. She teaches PreK four at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, and she loves being a teacher mom. In her free time, she enjoys going to Barre class, cooking, traveling, singing, girls' nights, trips to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband have two adventurous, adorable boys, ages seven and thirteen, who keep life exciting and hilarious. 

Simplifying Christmas

It's here!!! As I write this, Christmas is exactly one month away. Our family LOVES celebrating Christmas, but something I've started thinking about more this year is how to simplify the Christmas season so...

Our Family Dance of Introverts and Extroverts

When my husband and I started dating it was so exciting how different yet similar we were. He recharges by reading books, exploring, and drinking coffee, and I recharge by going out with him,...

Encouragement Instead of Criticism

As a teacher, I have heard that it is easy for adults to give general praise, yet specific criticism. For example, when grading a paper, a teacher might write "Great job!" at the top,...

Middle School Mom Support Group {Entering a New Phase of Motherhood}

It's a new school year, and I feel like I'm on the edge of new territory. We have a 6 year old and a 6th grader, and I can't even wrap my mind around...

Miracle on the Beach :: A Sand Hole Rescue

It's the time of year that I start getting ready for a beach trip! We've gone to the beach almost every summer, visiting a variety of beaches depending on where we lived. This year...

To Repeat or not to Repeat?

I was hopeful, excited, and nervous as I walked up the steps to my son's first parent teacher conference several years ago. My son was in 3 year old Pre-K, and I was so...

It Must Be May

Every year it comes up and surprises me with a flurry of transitions and celebrations. I expect it from December, since the stores and our holiday calendars take October and November to prepare for...

Why Join a RSMB Neighborhood Group?

Why join a Red Stick Moms Blog Neighborhood group? I wondered this myself when we first moved to Baton Rouge.   About a year and a half ago, my family moved to Baton Rouge. I was...

Easter Activities Your Kids Can Do With Grandparents

Every year, we love celebrating Easter and one of the things that makes it so special is when family comes to visit. The day before our youngest son was born, several grandparents came to...

Come Out and Play on St. Paddy’s Day

Do you know what one of the best things about Baton Rouge is? A few weeks after Mardi Gras, when things get back into a routine, there comes this unexpected new celebration: St. Patrick's...

In Praise of a Winter Staycation

It was the first week of January, and I took stock of my family tribe. We all sat in the living room, and it was clear that after a month of celebrating Christmas, we...

Discovering Mardi Gras: through the eyes of a Newcomer

Last year was our first Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge, and I had no idea what to expect. When I thought about Mardi Gras, I pictured parades in New Orleans, but I had never...