Christmas on the Northshore {Guide to the Holidays}

Christmas on the Northshore {Guide to the Holidays}

This year's holiday list is brought to you by the Lakehouse in Mandeville.  There's no time quite like the holidays and these days the holidays seem to start as soon as Halloween has ended! No worries--we have a complete list of holiday activities happening in our area. And this is ...
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Where to Get Santa Claus Pictures on the Northshore

Where to Get Santa Claus Pictures on the Northshore

  This post is updated for 2017 and brought to you by Kellie's Characters. Call Kellie's Characters if you need to hire a Santa, elf, or Mrs. Claus for your holiday party! If you're not careful it will Christmas Eve when you realize that you've forgotten to take care of ...
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Christmas Lights on the Northshore

Christmas Lights on the Northshore

As a kid I remember right after Christmas dinner at my grandma's house in Jefferson, we would drive to Metairie so we could take a peek at Al Copeland's house all done-up for Christmas. I feel like maybe over-the-top Christmas lights are a dying art form or something because I ...
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Six Holiday Tradition Ideas for Your Family {That You Can Start This Year}

Six Holiday Tradition Ideas for Your Family {That You Can Start This Year}

For most of my life I didn't like Christmas. It felt forced and stressful and not at all magical. Really, it felt more like the biggest to-do list in the world had been handed to me. Recently, however, that's started to change. I've managed to find my version of Christmas ...
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Seven Louisiana Christmas Tree Farms You Can Visit This Year

Seven Louisiana Christmas Tree Farms You Can Visit This Year

Do you have dreams of heading out into the woods and cutting down your own Christmas tree? Well if they aren't your woods, don't do that. Instead, head to one of the many Christmas tree farms in our area and cut your own. Or, if you like the idea, but ...
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Christmas Shows and Concerts {Northshore Holiday Guide}

Christmas Shows and Concerts {Northshore Holiday Guide}

This guide has been updated for 2017. Covington A Joyful Noise Unto the World A group of over fifty children, teenagers and adults will perform to celebrate the Christmas season through carol dances such as “Coventry Carol." The show will also include live music performances band a recreation of the ...
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Where to See the Nutcracker {Northshore Parent Holiday Guide}

Where to See the Nutcracker {Northshore Parent Holiday Guide}

Hammond Hammond Ballet Company Columbia Theater, Hammond December 8th, 7PM December 9th, 7PM Tickets available online. Tickets range in price from $15-$39 Mandeville Ballet Apetrei  Mandeville High Theater Friday, December 1st. 7PM Saturday, December 2nd. 2PM and 7PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance by cash or check at the Pineapple ...
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South Louisiana Christmas Parades

South Louisiana Christmas Parades

I'll admit that I thought that Christmas parades were something that happened in other places. We have Mardi Gras parades--not Christmas, right? WRONG. In fact, Tangipahoa parish alone has five. FIVE. That's a whole lotta Christmas. So if you decide that you want to catch one of  these moving holiday ...
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Where to Find the Best New Orleans Hotel Christmas Decorations

Where to Find the Best New Orleans Hotel Christmas Decorations

Each year in the first week of December my husband and I take all three kids down to the city for our Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt. We came up with this idea a few years back because a lot of the fun things to do at Christmas time are at ...
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The Unbelievable Garrett Christmas Village

The Unbelievable Garrett Christmas Village

"How long does does it take to set up?" is the most-common question you hear when sitting in Trisha and David Garrett's living room this time of year. Other popular questions are "what's underneath it all?," "how many houses to you have?" and "when did you start?" You see, each ...
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Ten Christmas Gifts That Aren't Toys

Ten Christmas Gifts That Aren’t Toys

Christmas is quickly approaching which means you are narrowing down your Christmas list and your kids are probably working on theirs too.  If your house is anything like my house, you do not need any more toys. No matter how many times I ask for people to put money in ...
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LUNA Fête in New Orleans

LUNA Fête in New Orleans

Get a dose of culture at LUNA Fête 2017 Dec. 6-9 in Lafayette Square in New Orleans. What is LUNA Fête? LUNA Fête is a five-year initiative intended to culminate in New Orleans’ 2018 tricentennial. LUNA stands for “Light Up NOLA Arts,” and LUNA Fête is the Arts Council’s event ...
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Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival {Worth the Drive}

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival {Worth the Drive}

Details in this post have been updated for 2017 As the mom of four small-ish children including one in a wheelchair, I'm very picky about the activities I attend with my entire family. There's nothing worse than packing up the car, driving forty-five minutes or more, and then finding out ...
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What You Need to Know About NOLA ChristmasFest {Worth the Drive}

What You Need to Know About NOLA ChristmasFest {Worth the Drive}

Disclosure: My family attended NOLA ChristmasFest's preview party this year. This is a free event for people in the media to see what Christmasfest has to offer.  Now in it's fifth year, NOLA ChristmasFest open today for the 2017 season. I was lucky enough to preview this event two years ...
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Celebration in the Oaks {Worth the Drive}

Celebration in the Oaks {Worth the Drive}

This post  is  part of the Holiday of Wonder campaign sponsored by Wonder and Company and Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park People have certain ideas about New Orleans: they love its historic homes, its gourmet food, and its legendary night life. It's a pretty great place--I ...
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The Polar Express New Orleans {And Honest Review}

The Polar Express New Orleans {And Honest Review}

Yesterday, December 22nd, my four boys, my husband, my parent, my mother-in-law, and I  all climbed aboard the Polar Express in New Orleans for the first time. It's already kind of a zoo with that many people, but in addition to that, my oldest is in a wheelchair, so doing ...
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9 Places to Find Holiday Decor on the Northshore

9 Places to Find Holiday Decor on the Northshore

Over the years I have amassed a lot of holiday décor. Seriously my house looks like Christmas exploded inside.  I shop at the normal places like Hobby Lobby and Target but I have also found some off the beaten path places to get items too. It's always fun to have ...
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The Morris Christmas Light Extravaganza

The Morris Christmas Light Extravaganza

There's just something about Christmas lights that brings out the kid in all of us. I love piling the kids up in the car and driving around to look at Christmas lights - and truth be told, my husband and I love it just as much as the kids do ...
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The Ultimate Guide to Louisiana Christmas Books

The Ultimate Guide to Louisiana Christmas Books

Looking for a great Christmas gift that won't break that bank AND will be cherished by the person who receives it? Look no further than a Louisiana-themed Christmas book. It will be taken out each year and enjoyed for years--and maybe even generations. Sounds great, right?  Well here's the ultimate ...
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Felt Christmas Trees: An Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

Felt Christmas Trees: An Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

It’s December and, while it’s allegedly the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also one of the busiest. I thought I knew what it meant to be busy before I had kids, but having two little ones to entertain on top of all the holiday preparations is a whole ...
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Holiday Drink Recipes

Holiday Drink Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner doesn't change much from year to year--things can get a little boring, but nobody wants to mess with menu either. Specialty drinks to the rescue! Today we have a chance to wow your family with festive drinks they haven't seen before. Even better, we used local ingredients so ...
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Five Must-Try Holiday Desserts

Five Must-Try Holiday Desserts

Christmas is officially in the air and even though I'm not great in the kitchen, I usually do a little baking this time of year. Today I've rounded up some super-yummy holiday baking you should definitely try out this year. Addie is blogger who lives near me and she happens ...
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Pregnant Person in Your Life.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Pregnant Person in Your Life.

We all like to be pampered, pregnant or not, but especially when we’re pregnant! If  you have a friend, family member, or spouse who is expecting during this holiday season, here are some suggestions that may ease her mind and or body for all the work it’s doing preparing a ...
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Dear Santa: 6 Things I Want For My Home For Christmas

Dear Santa: 6 Things I Want For My Home For Christmas

"Tis better to give than to receive." Well, that's true, but let's be honest, getting is still pretty fun. Here's a list of six Christmas items I hope Santa brings me for my home this year. 1. Christmas China source I have longed for a Christmas china pattern for years now. While ...
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What I Really Want for Christmas {Sunnie Says}

What I Really Want for Christmas {Sunnie Says}

Today one of my children was jumping on the mini trampoline when his diaper fell off (something about all the jumping I guess?). The diaper had poop in it (I didn't know that at the time) and while he did have pants on, poop bits rained down on the trampoline ...
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Handling Grief During the Holidays

Handling Grief During the Holidays

For some, the holiday season is enjoyable for all the common reasons. Driving around and looking at lights, going to parties, decorating, participating in family and spiritual activities, cooking and eating, and giving to others are traditions for many. For others, the season brings with it the duality of experiencing ...
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Things to do During the Holiday Break

Things to do During the Holiday Break

It's that time of year again! When you find yourself at home with the kids for a long break and everyone is getting a little cabin fever. Here are a few places to go to have some fun over the break. Last Chance Holiday Themed Activities On the Northshore Visit ...
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