Tuesda Travel Snapshot......Happy Mardi Gras!

Since it is Mardi Gras time I thought I would share some pictures from last year's Mardi Gras when Hubby and I were in New Orleans  before our Anniversary cruise.  I never had experienced anything quite like Mardi Gras.  Over the top costumes, partying, parades, and great food are a big part of the experience.  We came home with bags of beads as souvenirs along with some awesome parade throws....more

Mardi Gras Safety Tips for Parents

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Louisiana Crawfish Bawl...OK, Boil

 My brother called me a couple of days ago.  Seeing his number on the caller ID generally puts me in “what happened and is everyone ok” mode. Not that he never calls, but he doesn’t usually call without a pretty big reason.  This time was no exception…depending on your perspective. He was in the process of renewing the LSU season tickets. Remember…perspective....more

I Think I'm At Home...the Sign Outside Said It Was

It has been nine years since Hurricane Katrina and I still find myself saying "before Katrina it used to be like..." or "before Katrina there used to be..." and I have to catch myself. I do not want to be one of those insufferable people who cannot let go of the past and constantly compare it to the present. The past had some wonderful memories and the future is promising but I am regularly conflicted on the progression of New Orleans since Katrina....more

The Bourbon Orleans: One of New Orleans' Best Hotels

With a legacy that is French, Spanish, Canadian and English, New Orleans is the most European of North American cities. Its reputation for incredible food and warm hospitality is well-deserved and extends to the gracious hotels that line the streets of the French Quarter, some over two hundred years old. One of the top ten hotels in the city, according to Trip Advisor, is the delightful and historic Bourbon Orleans.  Check out my experience on my recent stay there:...more

A Red Marble Sink

My sister said that yesterday's story about San Francisco reminded her that business trips can be fun.  And since she happens to be on one right now, I thought I would entertain her with another story about a time when I tagged along with her and we had us a fine time in the great big city....more

A BIG EASY Fourth of July AND A New Baby Comes In With A BANG!

Baby Beckett's due date was July 5th, so the plan for us this year was to spend the 4th of July in New Orleans instead of on the river.  Robby and I loaded up and headed south on the 3rd, staying with Ryan and Allison since David and Codi's guest bedroom had been turned into a nursery. The morning of the 4th, Ryan, Allison,Robby and I all went down to the the French Quarters to walk around and eat some lunch... ...more

New Orleans Vacation Installment Two

The second day of our New Orleans vacation found us waking up in a very nice hotel room with an amazing view.  As always I could not sleep. I woke up and attempted to blog about yesterday's post and had no wireless signal....more

In New Orleans, Too Many of Us Know Victims of Gun Violence (Video)

On Mother's Day morning, I found the Sunday edition of the New Orleans Times Picayune on my lawn. The picture here shows that day's front page. The headline of the feature story on the left reads, "Mothers talk about losing a child to violence." For many readers this is already yesterday's news, overshadowed later that Mother's Day by another mass shooting injuring 20 people, but as a resident of New Orleans, I can't simply shelve it away and move on....more
Please help us! We are a group of teens from New Orleans who want to help stop the violence! We ...more