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Mom Tips, Tricks and Hacks

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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! 

In my mind, by the time my son got to his SENIOR year in high school, I would feel like a professional parent, right? By now, we have survived the newborn phase, toddlerhood, middle-aged weirdness, AND even pre-teen and teen drama. Although we have experienced a lot together over the years, this year has a lot of new - final athletic seasons, graduation, and college applications to name a few. As this year begins, in my gut I am excited. Excited to see my son grow and bloom into the young adult he is turning into. Excited to see him conquer his hard classes and a fun athletic season. Excited for the rest of our family to gather around and...
Some of my absolute favorite things about fall are the colors, weather change, and introduction to the holidays! Fall is a time when people become cheerful (is it because it’s getting less hot?) and unified around pumpkins and football. People begin thinking of giving and gifting. Football season rolls in and for Baton Rouge, that means Saints and LSU games! Who doesn’t love a good tailgate? Here are some of my favorite things to bring to a tailgate/holiday party: Bacon wrapped dates These are some of my favorites in a pinch. 2-3 ingredients and ready in under 20 minutes. Although best served warm, they are allergy friendly and DELICIOUS! Brownies/cookies My favorite brownies are the gluten-free boxed brownies from Trader Joe’s! My...
For our Little Botanists There is something simply magical about growing your own plants. My two little botanists love seeing their plants rise out of the soil. Right now, we’re growing mint, strawberries, and greens. (We would grow beans but my oldest, Jack, is concerned about giants.) It all started at my parents’ house in Mississippi where they a large garden. My oldest, Jack, refers to it as his and his Pawpaw’s garden. They grow all kinds of vegetables, fruit, and flowers. My two little botanists love all of the plants.   Now we want to help you get started with your own garden. First, you need a designated area or planter for your plants. We have an elongated planter with space for each of the...
If you're anything like my family, Movie Night is an excuse to roll out a snack dinner or charcuterie board, pop some pop corn and snuggle in! But figuring out which movie to watch can take its toll on the jolly atmosphere. Which streaming service has Spookley the Square pumpkin? Is it Hulu? Netflix? Prime? Ugh! Never fear! I'm here for you! I've scoured our streaming services and compiled a list of some awesome Halloween & Autumn goodness -- and even sorted it by provider! I left off the horror films like Halloween, because well, we just aren't there yet. But these lists do cover a pretty good age range! So drop the AC, grab a blanket & your Pumpkin Spice...
I listened to a podcast the other day that was talking about how women in their early thirties, married 5-7 years, fresh into motherhood, often lose their sense of self. They get so wrapped up in caring for others that their sense of identity slowly disappears. I thought a lot about this sentiment and how postpartum depression and the time in between my first born and having my second baby was so emotional. I did not take care of myself. I did not do things I love that bring me joy. I had little sense of self-worth. Now, I’m finding myself again and it has made me a happier woman, a better mom, and in the most blissful state of...
There should be a more culturally inclusive term for “Irish twins.” Clearly, “Irish twins” is a derogatory expression. However, there is value in a phrase that adequately describes the experience of giving birth to two babies within twelve months. “Twins” is not an accurate term but “giving birth to two children” also falls short. Accidentally pregnant when you are postpartum with a newborn? Trust me, it’s a different vibe. I started to suspect something was off when I felt very emotional (a telltale pregnancy sign for me) when caring for my two-year-old and three-month-old. My husband rolled his eyes at my concern and said, “Take a test so you’ll feel better.” We dug up a leftover pregnancy test from the previous...
    We survived the beach with 4 kids. Alone. It was a challenge but we conquered. Ages 5,3,1, and 8months. We wanted a change of scenery and Labor Day weekend was the weekend to do it! I have read so many different lists about what to bring to the beach to be prepared and so I thought I would drop a few items that we used to help with our successful trip. 1) Beach Wagon - I recommend getting two.  One for kids to ride and one to hold all of your beach bags and beach items. they fold up easily and don't take up too much space. Can use as a bed for naps too.  Pro tip: Big Wheels for...
So you want to be more involved with your child’s school? That’s great!! I’m sure the faculty and staff would appreciate it. It’s so important to be involved with the schools that educate and shape our children’s future. The more invested parents are, the more efficient the schools can be. Take an index of your attributes. What can you personally add to your school’s well-being? Is it time, money, car, gardening, painting, photography, etc? What are you good at? What do you love? Are you a fabulous public speaker or a great mural painter? Can you read a story with energy and zest? Make a list of what you can do. Use your positive attributes to contribute. Use a list of your...
Throughout my career as a therapist, I have uncovered a couple of topics that always come up in sessions. Self-care ranks in the top three, easily. Self-care is the intentional choice to do something for yourself to preserve yourself. Self-care is restorative and mandatory if you are going to thrive. Often my clients ask, what are some examples of self-care? Well, since you asked, here are 101 ideas for self-care. Watch a sunset. Take ten deep breaths (on purpose). Attend a yoga class. Take a bubble bath. Listen to your favorite music. Take a Walk. Work out. Go paddle boarding. Bake a treat. Spend a few minutes on the swing.                                  Do a...

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