The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say how much we truly value, appreciate and respect each and every one of you.

We also wanted to share the 10 most popular blog posts of 2023, determined by page views. They are stories of faith, humor, loss, marriage, motherhood and so much more. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we did.

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

1. Blessing and a Curse: My Experience with a Semaglutide

I’m really skeptical about trends, but I kept researching the latest semaglutide weight-loss craze. I knew after studying about it, that I had to try it. I decided to give it a try with a local doctor. I have been on the semaglutide compound Ozempic since March 6. This drug has it’s perks like the weight/inches that I have lost, so far, but the curse is the side effects. Read more… 

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

2. Dear Amber :: We Want Answers, Too

As a wife and mom, my heart is breaking for you and your children. This is every spouse’s worst nightmare. Many of us (or our spouses) travel for business, and we all get into the groove of being gone for a set amount of days and then anticipate returning home and going back to having all of our ducks in a row. To see a tragedy like this happen in my hometown is heartbreaking. Read more…The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

3. Broken Bow :: A Short 6 Hour Drive From Baton Rouge

Just a short six hours from Baton Rouge is a beautiful, stunning area called Broken Bow, OK. I know that when someone says Oklahoma, outside of singing the song, beauty may not be the first thought that comes to your head — so let me paint a picture. If the beauty alone isn’t enough to convince you to travel there, here’s a list of things to do from Hochatown to Broken Bow. Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

4. To the Parents of Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney

I have sobbed for you today. For the hollowness you felt when you were told your child wasn’t coming home today. For the icy numbness that has take over. I’ve wished I could protect your heart from all the things that are about to be said, to you, in the news. Your grief will be played out, used as a weapon. People will say heartless things and you will be there wishing people remembered you were human. That you child was a person! Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

5. CAVA has come to Baton Rouge and It is Delicious and Kid Friendly!

You may have noticed that all of Zoe’s restaurants around town have closed and are being replaced by CAVA. Let me tell you, this is a delicious and welcome change. I was a fan of Zoe’s, but CAVA is an exciting and tasty replacement. Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

6. Help!! I Looked at My Daughter’s Phone…

I have never snooped at her phone before, so this thought was new and definitely random for me. But my brain could not let go. Starting to stretch for my evening run, I kept marinating on the idea. So, I said a little prayer, asking God for His wisdom, and I felt an even stronger urge to put my secret agent hat on and figure out why I was so compelled to look. Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

7. Copycat Superior Grill Tortilla Soup Recipe

Are you a fan of Superior Grill? It is hard to live in Baton Rouge and never frequent the popular establishment. Often the scene for team meals, moms night out, or the perfect stop to get that chip and dip fix. One of my favorite things on the menu is tortilla soup. After experimenting with and combining a few recipes, I have come up with a similar at-home version. Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

8. Crumbl Cookies is Opening in Livingston Parish

Crumbl Cookies make it interesting and delicious with their weekly rotating menu. Some of my favorites include Oreo, Chocolate Chip, and Cinnamon Roll. Alright, these are only a few of my favorites. These cookies are a great size as well. You don’t have to worry about being disappointed on cookie size. Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

9. A Letter to Nina Hamlin (Mom of Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin) :: This Mom’s Heart Breaks With Yours

A mother’s pain while watching her children suffer is excruciating. One of our proudest jobs is to protect our babies, but when accidents or an illness happens, we are helpless. When our babies suffer, we suffer. In Nina Hamlin’s case, she suffered while the whole world watched. Did she fall to her knees, did she scream, did she cry or did she freeze while she processed what was actually happening? Read more…

The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2023

10. Kindergarten Chapter 2: “Let’s Try That Again”

We were told by his school that he would not be going on to the 1st grade. The awards recognition program is in about two weeks, and I just want to curl up into my bed and cry. While there is no Kindergarten graduation at his school, his friends walking into 1st grade next year, while he walks back into a Kindergarten class, is a shot in the back – for me. It’s the feeling of “being left behind” that hurts me as a parent. Read more…

Worth a Read :: Other Popular Posts in 2023

Four Things I’ve Given up Since Having Children

Celebrate With Claire’s! :: Birthday Parties For Girls On A Budget

Mix Up Date Night with a Fun Activity :: Date Night Ideas in Baton Rouge

Favorite Ready-Made Costco Meals

What Is A Bin Store And Why You Should Go

PTO Outcast :: I Have Mom Friends, But Do I?

You Are What Your Childcare Is

Middle School Drama :: Feeling Left Out

My Daughter is a Toe Walker. Now What?

Learning To Love Sex And Have More Of It

From all of us at Red Stick Mom, THANK YOU for reading and we wish you a Happy New Year! 


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