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As Baton Rouge moms, we know what it takes to keep a household running, and we understand that motherhood is hard. There’s always a ton to do and never enough time to get everything done! Sometimes us moms need a quick fix or advice from other moms on how to save time. Just like you, Red Stick Mom writers are always open to a more efficient way to handle things and willingly share their best mom hacks, tips and tricks when they find them.

Here at Red Stick Mom, we offer dozens of ideas from diverse perspectives in our mom hacks, tips and tricks category. From taking road trips from Baton Rouge to meatless meals to natural cold remedies, we’ve written about it. 

Curious how to freshen up your skin routine? We suggest you try slugging. Looking for a faster way to fix your hair? Try the lazy mom’s guide to hair. Wondering if there’s a better way to cook bacon? Try this mom hack for cooking the best bacon ever and thank us later. What’s motherhood without perfecting your bacon, are we right? That’s the kind of content our Mom hacks, tips and tricks section highlights. 

That said, not all of Red Stick Mom’s mom hacks, tips and tricks are about fixing food or mom’s self care. Maybe you are looking for a better way to store your family’s precious photo memories. Have you ever wondered what to do with the cupcakes that your kids inevitably didn’t finish? You haven’t really lived until you’ve tried “recycle cake.” We even get intimate with other topics like why every mom should try period panties and the value of a nursing cart when there’s a newborn in your home.

Our writing team of 25+ local Baton Rouge moms really work hard to ensure that local parents benefit from our tried and true mom hacks, tips and tricks. Our goal is to make living in Baton Rouge with kids – and motherhood overall – easier and more fun, and we’re here to share what we know! 

We’ve been a happy homeschool family for about 3 years now. We were lucky enough to start homeschooling pre-pandemic, so we had our legs underneath us when the world stopped. All of a sudden, parents were expected to school at home and I had an influx of friends asking “How the #%^* do you do this every day?!” The short answer, we don’t. You see homeschooling and schooling at home are very different things. This is stated in homeschool groups all the time, and it is often taken as a superiority statement, but it’s not! Here’s why: when you homeschool you make the decisions. You choose curriculum, you have the teacher’s guide, you choose when & how often, you choose...
Snacks. Snacks. Snacks. With school starting back, I’m sure most of you are like me and are thinking about what to have on hand for when the children get off the school bus. When the final bell rings it has been a while since lunch, but dinner won’t be ready for another few hours. To keep the “hangry” attitudes away, the children are going to need a little something to hold them over until dinner. Below is a list of my afternoon snacks that can be quickly made or even made ahead of time to get everyone through until dinner: Carrots & cucumbers with ranch Bell peppers with hummus Everything Bagel Chex Mix String cheese Vanilla Greek Yogurt topped with crushed Oreos ...
I love makeup! I love it so much that I used to blog about it. The ritual of putting it on relaxes me. Putting on a quick face of makeup has pulled me out of many a funk, especially those postpartum blues. But now as a busy mom of two littles, I don’t have time in the morning for a full face of glam. I need quick and easy but also put together. Here are my favorite products for a five-minute busy momma face. Tinted SPF. Girl, don’t skip the sunscreen. Your face in your forties will thank you. I have really sensitive skin and I love the Elta md tinted spf. I apply a pea size amount and...
Dear Teachers, I see you. Cheerful. Laughing. Balancing your coffee and clipboards. I see the hours you put into making your classroom just right. I see your bag filled with crafts, books, binders, and stickers. I see your eyes. Mindful, assessing, and always aware. I see the worry behind those eyes. The self-doubt. The worry of letting your students down. I see all the time you dedicate to being the best teacher and you are truly amazing. As a parent I want you to laugh with my children. I want you to enjoy being in the classroom. I love that you go above and beyond. Thank you for encouraging my children, correcting them, and exposing them to new things. I appreciate that you care for your students....
Feeling like having a lazy day, but you want to appear proactive?  Have you ever had a day where you wanted to have fun with the children but didn’t want to drive anywhere or leave the house? Since Louisiana weather can change throughout the day, here are some ideas for indoor and outdoor activities. I hope you enjoy them. Indoor Activities: Grab a large poster board and some markers. Make a poster supporting a cause that your kids care deeply about. Our household recently made one to support the baby sharks. We’re serious about the sharks and dinosaurs but it’s a little late for the Dinos. Bonus points if you make a rhyme to go along with your cause. Your kids will...
As a new school year begins most parents and students are excited to begin a new chapter. New grade, fresh supplies, school uniforms and let's not forget the brand new shoes. I am an anxious mom this time of year because we have two speech-delayed children starting school. One starting kindergarten and one starting pre-k 3. Transitions from one school to the next or one grade to the next can be tricky for those with developmental delays. A new teacher, new classroom, and schedule can be triggering. But I do have so much excitement to begin another year of tremendous growth. So, how did this all start? Early Intervention Is Key When my firstborn was 15 months, our pediatrician asked about...
There is a lot of preparation that goes into starting a new school year. We buy our little ones school supplies, new uniforms, and lunch box goodies. Another great way to prepare is to brush up on the Louisiana traffic laws dealing with school transportation. This is important because distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents and injuries surrounding schools. In fact, the Transportation Research Board has found that 25,000 children are injured annually while walking to or from school. To keep our babies safe, let's refresh ourselves on the rules on school roads. Slow Down in School Zones Louisiana law places a speed limit of 20 mph in school zones. Although, some schools have posted lower speed limits...
To my oldest, you might think this letter is sappy and silly, but believe it or not, I remember what it was like to be turning 12. Feeling like you are in this grey area, not a little kid anymore but not quite a teenager. As your 12th birthday approaches, I hope to offer you a few pieces of advice to keep in mind as you move on to the next chapter of your life. Be your own Leader You don’t have to do what all your classmates are doing. You don’t have to have the newest clothes or shoes. Put yourself on the path to becoming the person you want to be. I don’t ever want you to feel like...
Mornings do not make my soul shine. Mornings are an obligatory precursor to the part of the day when my brain and body can consider what a productive day could be. Because my husband used to be a morning person, I know morning people do exist. He was someone who was genuinely happy to climb out of bed with joie de vivre. It seems unnatural unless you have seen it with your own eyes. However, three toddlers and he too isn’t jumping up to start his day. Obviously, we are not alone in our distaste for early mornings. No alarm is needed in our house, as a screeching toddler will start the day by announcing which sister took off her jammies....

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