Top 12 Must Have Microsoft Products #BayouTravel

Top 12 Must Have Microsoft Products #BayouTravel

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview a Microsoft Executive during his recent visit to New Orleans. New Orleans will soon be home to the 2nd Microsoft Retail Store in Louisiana. The Grand Opening of Micorsoft's newest retail store located inside Lakeside Shopping Center, will have it's grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, customers will have the opportunity to purchase a Toshiba Encore 8-inch 32GB Continue Reading

Letting My Artistic Side Show at Paint Nite®

Paint Nite_ Live Creatively & Get Social

Disclosure: My friend & I received complimentary tickets to the event we attended. All opinions are thoughts are my own. I love getting together with my friends in any environment! But with a job, kids afterschool and after work activities making time for a girl's night out is almost impossible to plan. Recently a friend and I were invited to attend a local Girl's Night Out Paint Nite event. Don't worry, it's not just for the ladies, men were also on hand. At a Paint Nite event you can Continue Reading

Travel Light With 5 Essential Wardrobe Items #BayouTravel

9.11 5 Travel Essentials VERTICAL

Some people ask me how I can pack at a moments notice. The truth is while there are times I over pack depending on the weather or destination, I try and focus on key pieces that I can use without adding bulk to my bag. When I travel I consider comfort and versatility! This fall I am packing 5 essential items and 3-4 additional shirts that can maximize my wardrobe. Not only will this save me luggage space but eliminate the need to shop when my key pieces are always waiting in my closet. Continue Reading

Money Saving Monday – 5 Ways to Help Your Teen Save Money

5 Ways to Help Your Teen Save Money - Money Saving Monday

Each afternoon my teen daughter has either a volleyball game or practice. Once school and volleyball is complete she makes her way to work at a local ballpark selling concessions for extra money. The season is short but my daughter is able to put away a nice little chunk of change each week into savings. But not all teens want to save. It is never too early to help your child learn the value of a dollar saved. Take a peek below at 5 ways to help your teen save money and learn this very Continue Reading

Being Active with Gravity Defyer – Advance Footwear Technology #Ad

Gravity Defyer – Advance Footwear Techonology

Disclosure: Product was issued to facilitate this post. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. Please see this site's disclosure section for more information. My husband & I suffer from 2 different types of pain. I suffer from back pain from being born with Spina Bifida Occulta and being involved in 2 car accidents at a young age. My husband on the other hand is on his feet all day and suffer from heel pain. Our podiatrist mentioned that changing our shoes regularly (every 3 Continue Reading

Polka Dot Pots – Paint Your Own Pottery in the Smoky Mountains #BayouTravel

Polka Dot Pots - Paints Your Own Pottery #BayouTravel

There are very few souvenirs that I collect while traveling. Why? Because I don't feel I get my monies worth out of them. I find that they get put away as soon as we get home and never to be seen or enjoyed. Our contributor Michelle recently visited Polka dot Pots within within the Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee. When I found out Michele and her family would be painting their own pottery I thought what a fantastic souvenir that would be for the entire family! Take a Continue Reading

My Family & The Size Factor – Cruising With Children #BayouTravel #CruisingCarnival

The Size Factor - My kids and Carnival Dream #CruisingCarnival #BayouTravel

Disclosure: I was a guest aboard Carnival Cruise Lines and Carnival Dream. All opinions and thoughts are my own. For more information, please refer to this site's disclosure section. I started writing my about Carnival Cruise Lines and Carnival Dream experience which set sail out of New Orleans but as I began to edit my pictures I began to get very emotional. Initially I began writing about Carnival Dream and how appropriate this ship was for my family. You see, I have older children. Continue Reading

#Ad Fight Hunger – Join Other Hunger Heroes #HungerHeroes #CollectiveBias

#Ad Champions for Kids’ Hunger Heroes #CollectiveBias #HungerHeroes

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertisers. All opinions are mine alone. #HungerHeroes #CollectiveBias When I was a little girl my mother was a single mother trying to earn a decent living in Los Angeles, California. At the time my brother and I did not realize our small familia lived in poverty. My mother had Mi Madrina and a small group of friends that she called family and managed to work three jobs to make ends meat. There were times my Continue Reading

Adding Vehicle Safety to Your Back to School Preparations #ProtejeATusHijos #Sponsored

Chuggington and Friends

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, all opinions expressed are my own. We are a traveling family and like many families, car safety is something we are very passionate about. But accidents can happen anywhere! We have made our children aware that car crashes can happen on bikes, as pedestrians even as a bus passenger. Because of this, we have included practical tips as part of our back to Continue Reading

Looking at Ivy Leagues Schools this year? Consider College & University Travel #BayouTravel

Have a High School Senior Plan your next vacation with education and the future in mind College & University Travel #BayouTravel

Parents of high school juniors and seniors with plans of attending an Ivy League school should make plans as soon as possible to tour the schools, facilities, and areas. An Ivy League education is a dream come true for most. Having excelled in high school to the point where this is a real possibility is an accomplishment in itself. The admissions processes for these schools are extensive and complex. Touring the campuses prior to applying can help narrow the list of options and reduce the stress Continue Reading

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Robert Louisiana #CampwithYogi #BayouTravel #ad

Robert Louisiana #CampwithYogi #BayouTravel #client

My family and I love to camp. From Louisiana, Mississippi to Florida, many memories have been made on a campground. I remember my little boy struggling to ride a bike with no training wheels. His only incentive was that he would finally be able to keep up with the older kids while visiting one of our favorite campgrounds. Once he learned to ride without training wheels, he was all over that campground! Now, my (almost) 10 year old and teenage daughter have their own social schedules Continue Reading

Top Tips for Cruising With Children #BayouTravel

Teen Entertainment Aboard Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas #SeastheDay

Disclosure: My recent Royal Caribbean cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas was part of a press trip. My thoughts and opinions are always my own. Taking a cruise could seem intimidating to parents who feel like a vacation for the family is less than relaxing. Thousands of people in a single area, lots of pools, and plenty of places to get lost. There are a lot of reasons for families to avoid cruises. But for every potential negative there are plenty of positives as well. Taking a cruise with Continue Reading