Articles by Elise

School Profile: Cedarwood School

Note: to complete this profile Elise spoke with both the school President, Kathy LeBlanc and the Admissions Director, Cindy Braud. You will see both of their responses to some questions below. Location: 607 Heavens Drive, Mandeville, LA  70471 Contact Info: Phone Number: 985-845-7111   President: Kathryn S. LeBlanc  – kleblanc@cedarwoodschool.com  Admissions:…



West Lakefront Children’s Park

Details Location: On the lakefront at West Beach Parkway (just before the end of Lakeshore Drive near the Causeway).  Unique Features: Amazing views of the lake and the Causeway. Big beautiful tress that provide plenty of shade. Multiple slides for various ages. Solid surface made of rubber matting.  Swings: Alas,…



A Few (More) of My Favorite Things

Christmas, Hanukkah, and all other sanctioned gift giving events outside of birthdays are now behind us for another year, and it is time to take stock …. of what you may not have gotten that you wanted or what you got that you didn’t want or what you gave that…


{My Favorite Things} Elise

I feel like we are at that point in the pandemic where we need to find joy in even the smallest things. Here are a few of my favorite things at all of the price points. Free: Disapproving Corgis on Facebook: I found this right around the beginning of the…


RBG: One Notorious Mother

This is not a hagiography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG), the Supreme Court Justice, Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyer for the ACLU, or law professor. This is a story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the working mother and wife well ahead of her time. How Ginsberg got…


Mandeville, We Have a Flag Problem {One Mom’s Opinion}

Dear Mandeville,We need to talk. But not about COVID or masks or social distancing or football or school or teenagers recklessly driving golf carts in Beau Chene or the presidential election (which I suspect would not be much of a conversation here anyway). We need to talk about our city’s…


The Kids Will Be All Right

The amount of sleep, mental energy, and anxiety I have given up to worrying about my kids’ education since the schools closed on March 16 could easily fill a dumpster. My thoughts have constantly slalomed between “everyone else is in the same boat” to “OMG they are not going to…