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

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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 recent 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 Continue Reading

Yats Unlimited New Book Release: DAT NOLA Riverfront plus #Sponsored Giveaway

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If you are an avid reader of Blogging, Babies and the Bayou then you are probably familiar with the Lil Yat's Adventure Books (Yats Unlimited) Collection. Lil' Yat Books incorporate colorful local characters (Lil' Yat is a shrimp, Yatty Boy is a frog, Drexel is an alligator and Yatty Girl the Pelican) with New Orleans flare. The entire series of Lil' Yat's Children's Books takes young readers into a New Orleans Adventure with every page. Whether they are visiting Storyland & New Orleans Continue Reading

10 Eco and Budget Friendly Easy Ways to “Go Green”

10 Easy Ways to Go Green

It’s very important to take care of the environment. Each and every one of use should be doing our part to conserve our energy and natural resources. There are many things you can do around the house to go green and do your part. Green Tip #1 Our appliances use a lot of energy. To make the switch to eco-friendly living, update your appliances so that they’re Energy Star qualified. Although this might cost money to do, in the end, you’ll be saving both energy and your money. Green Tip Continue Reading

DIY Baking Soda Solutions

DIY Baking Soda Solutions - Easy steps to make your home a little more GREEN!

Baking soda is one of those supplies that can be used for anything and everything. Not only can baking soda be used for cooking, it has many other uses around the house, including cleaning and health solutions. Take a look at how you can use baking soda in every room of your home. In the Kitchen Baking soda has many uses around the kitchen. The two main uses of baking soda are to clean and to deodorize. Use a little bit of baking soda in your refrigerator and in the trashcan. This will help Continue Reading

Dinner Dilemma & My Saving Grace #MarcosFreshSpinach #Ad

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I would be lying if I said that dinnertime is fuss free! My family is not picky at all, it's life that become dramatic. I work Monday - Friday and get home around 5:30p.m almost everyday. Occasionally I stay late to wrap up a few loose ends but for the most part my family needs me home at 5:30. My husband does most of the after-school taxi driver routine for our 9 & 13 year old. One day this week my daughter had a Jr. high School softball double header (last games of the season) followed by Continue Reading

$50 Red Lobster Gift Card #Sponsored Giveaway #BestLobsterfest

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Red Lobster. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I'm going to twist your arm right now (not that you needed a new excuse to take my family out to eat) but Red Lobster's Lobersterfest is back and better than ever with nine new and classic lobster dinner options. In addition to the fantastic variety Red Lobster offers, you can also find great weekday offers throughout the celebration. In addition to beloved Continue Reading