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Holiday Flood Recovery :: 6 Ways to Help

Editor’s note: this post was a collaboration between two of our contributors, Sarah Joy Hays and Kodi Wilson.  Our South Louisiana communities saw the worst natural disaster in 100 years, the Great Flood of 2016. Five months later, the current status is a sobering one. As you decorate your homes with trees, ornaments and lights, […]

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Happier Holidays :: A Therapist’s Guide to Managing Family Drama

Every January, my counseling practice experiences an increase in new clients and appointments. I’ve jokingly come to refer to January as “Holiday Rehab.” Of course, many people do choose January to start therapy as a function of their new resolutions. But equally compelling are the number of people who come with the goal of improving […]

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Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion :: First Lady Edwards Tells All

Walking through the sturdy, gleaming white front doors adorned with larger-than-life Christmas wreaths, I was greeted by a warm smile and a “Hey, how are ya? Thank you for coming!” from Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Edwards. I wanted to reach out to Mrs. Edwards, who is a former music teacher and mom of three-Samantha (24), […]

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Basic Invite :: Answered Prayer for this Paper-Loving Mom

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Basic Invite.  Basic Invite :: Answered Prayer for this Paper-Loving Mom I am someone who, in a word, loves all things paper. Ok maybe not all things. I’m not talking about receipts or paper bills (ew) — I’m talking about BEAUTIFUL paper. Wedding invitations, birthday cards, stationery, holiday cards — […]

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I’m Not Great at Holidays

Every year I have delusions of grandeur about the holidays (all of them). I’m going to cook fancy food, perfectly decorate my home, take fabulous pictures, and create lifetimes of traditions and memories for my family. And every year, I do basically none of those things. Y’all, I’m not great at holidays. I have a […]

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A Santa-Free Home

Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is here! Our tree is up, our boys (5 and 3) already got an early Christmas present (a new outdoor play set) and they’re watching Christmas movies. The season is all around. And now, at least for families like mine, comes the seasonal question that I must decide upon: should […]

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