Articles by Melissa

Healthy Family Meals to Get the New Year Started Right

It’s that time of year again! Time for resolutions for a better, healthier you. For me, the hardest part of living a healthier lifestyle isn’t getting more exercise, it’s eating better. I love good food. I’ve spent the past few months experimenting in my kitchen to find some healthy, well-rounded…


A Birthday Party, Frozen style

What kid doesn’t love Disney’s Frozen? (Seriously, is there one?) So I wasn’t at all surprised when my soon-to-be five-year-old requested a Frozen birthday party this year. Like any other suburban mom of a certain age, I took to pinterest for some ideas. I also came up with a few…






Spring Strawberry Recipes You’ll Love!

It’s springtime in Louisiana, and that means strawberries! Every year I make strawberry jam, but I inevitably have leftover strawberries. Each year I try out one or two new recipes to use up the leftovers, something above and beyond the standard strawberry shortcake (not that I don’t eat my share…


Harry Potter Birthday Party

Ok, so the last movie came out a couple of years ago but, at my house, we are all still a little Harry Potter crazy, so it made perfect sense when my daughter asked for a Harry Potter themed party for her birthday. Between my husband and myself, we put…



Five Tips to Make Thanksgiving Less Stressful

Thanksgiving. It’s a time to pause and reflect on those people and things in our lives that we are truly grateful for. But before we can get to the pausing and reflecting, there is a whole lot of stress to work through if you are the one hosting Thanksgiving dinner…