Articles by Lauren

10 Things to Know BEFORE You Go to Universal Orlando

Full disclosure, I’m one of those wacky theme park enthusiasts. I enjoy vacation planning in general and theme parks are a next-level planning experience that I welcome and embrace. However, I realize I’m probably in the minority with this strange love affair. I recognize theme park vacations can be incredibly…


Biloxi Shuckers {Know Before You Go}

We are a baseball-loving family. I grew up playing softball, my husband baseball, and two of our three boys are totally obsessed with the sport. My 6-year-old is a Yankees fanatic who has crafted a 10-minute verbal dissertation in response to the question, “why do you like the Yankees?” (You’ve…



How Do You Teach Resilience?

No really I’m asking. Bullying. It defined my life as a middle schooler and now, having 3 kids spanning the ages 5-11, it’s again rearing its ugly head. While my children have only had minor run-ins with aggressive children, some of the stories I’ve been hearing lately are scary, tragic…


Mandeville Nostalgia: Five Venues We Need Back

My family moved from the west bank of New Orleans to Mandeville in 1989 in pursuit of better educational options for my brother, Daniel, who had special needs. I had just turned 6 when we made the move, so I don’t even remember what life was like before Mandeville. This…


French Fries and Poo Slides {Mom Confession}

Northshore friends, I would like to tell you a story. I’ve told this story in the past, but never to a public audience, so it’s almost like a coming-clean after ten years of holding in my dirty little secret.  Picture it: McDonalds, Mandeville, 2012 My oldest son, Lucas, is 2…