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A Run Around Town

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I absolutely love to be outdoors! Whenever I have a free moment sans kids, I like to take advantage of the chance to run off the frustrations I face each day as a single, stay-at-home, homeschooling momma -because there are many. The free time to think, breathe, enjoy peace and quiet, get fresh air and sunshine, as well as get your blood pumping...it just makes you feel good about yourself! I don't think I ever appreciated Baton Rouge until I began running. I lived in Houston as a child (one of the many places I have lived) and have always wanted to get back to a "big city". I associated "downtowns" with high-rise offices and a beautiful skyline. I just couldn't...
This Halloween was a little extra special for Baton Rouge.  The long wait for Trader Joe’s is finally over.  Being the curious mama that I am, I had to check it out to see if it lives up to the hype.  It didn’t hurt that the store is only a short drive from our house (win!). So, I loaded up Etta Mae, and we braved the rain.  I had never been to a Trader Joe’s, and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. All I knew was that cookie butter is supposed to be the yummiest stuff on Earth. We walked up to live music and a flurry of shoppers.  The first thing I noticed after walking in was...
My husband and I were born and raised in New Orleans and moved to the Red Stick in Aug 2005, one week before Katrina…darn you hurricane!...but that’s a whole other story. Our original plan was to move back to NOLA in December after football season was over (my husband was a football coach), so he could join the New Orleans Fire Department. Fast forward 8 years…we still live in the wonderful Red Stick; we both have jobs that we love and now have two kids that we strive to teach to love everything about both cultures. It always amazes me how two large cities, which are only 80 miles apart and an hour's drive away, can be so different. While,...
It seems like once you have children, all your days, weeks, and months just run together.  Thankfully, we have holidays.  Here and there throughout the year, these days are cherished and make time stand still for just a little while.  Halloween is the jumping off point for the big end-of-year holidays, and I think that is why it has become so popular and celebrated.  Everyone wants another day they can get excited about, build up to, and throw a party for. Who wouldn't love it!? This year, the Red Stick Moms had an opportunity to get a practice run on Halloween by joining in on the Mall of LA Fall Fest on the Boulevard on October 18!  We had the...

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