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Jessica Hauerwas

Jessica Hauerwas
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Jessica is a nonprofit leader who loves bopping around Lafayette for the best burgers or bands in town. She is the Executive Director of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited where she runs the day-to-day nonprofit. She and her husband Chris have three littles at home (Jane, Clark, and Louise) where there is lots of giggling and always a cup of coffee brewing. Jessica is passionate about community-building and empowering working mothers. Jessica also volunteers for various organizations, is a member of the Lafayette Re-Entry Coalition, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, and a survivor of being a mother of three under 4.

I Don’t Want My Pre-Baby Body Back

I can be really harsh when I talk about my body. A lot of negative emotions come flooding in when my Facebook memories show a girl who was in the best shape of her...
Five Lessons Learned from a Six Day Hospital Stay With My Newborn

Five Lessons Learned from a Six Day Hospital Stay With My Newborn

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Lafayette General. Five Lessons Learned from a Six Day Hospital Stay With My Newborn The first month postpartum is spent with very small windows of sleep, adjusting to...
why your kids should go to sleep away camp

Sleep Away Camp for Your Kids: The Answer is Yes!

  I wear the badge of “camp kid” loud and proud. I have not been a camp counselor for almost 10 years, but I sport my bumper sticker for my beloved camp year-round. Shoutout to...

Can We Stop Saying “Girl Boss?”

Women are amazing. I look to people like Mother Theresa, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala, and countless other women who have changed the world by their influence. I can’t necessarily relate to all of them,...

Stop with the Stuff :: Switching to Experience-based Gifts

The very first disclaimer I will make: I am thankful for the gifts my children have received. I know they are thoughtfully picked out with my children in mind. I am thankful for the...

My View of 2 under 2 in 2022

Did that title make you dizzy?  I was told all sorts of things when I found out I would have two kids under two. Some of them were true. Some of them couldn’t be further...

“Mommy Needs a Drink” Guide In and Around Lafayette

I love a good cocktail. I even love a good mocktail when the occasion calls for one…like when I am pregnant and just close my eyes and pretend that there is gin in my...

Dear TikTok, Quit Making Fun of Dads

One thing the pandemic brought into my life that I am grateful and hateful for is TikTok. I’ve acquired a number of cleaning hacks and Bachelor updates that bring a little light into my...

Too Blessed, but Still Stressed

I love some inspirational quotes. I have them saved on my phone, posted on my Instagram stories, highlighted in books, and shared in group texts. I am a firm believer in lifting others up....

I Love Daycare, and I’m Not Sorry

I am a working mom, a title that I feel is often met with resistance or pity.  “I’m sorry you have to send your kids to daycare.” “It’s hard having someone else raise your kid for...