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Laurel Hess

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Laurel Hess is a mother to 2 young boys, a rescue pup, an off-balance cat and likely a few foster pups. She spends her days as President of a local marketing agency, helping craft integrated digital strategies and leading a team of creative collaborators. Once at home, however, Laurel is just trying to find peace with being the World's Okayest Mom. A Dallas transplant in a Louisiana world, Laurel graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in Broadcast Production. She met her husband while she was evacuated in Lafayette during Hurricane Katrina. They lived 5 wild, kid-free years in New Orleans while Laurel served as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Superdome, Arena and Champions Square, before finally returning to Lafayette and into the wildest phase of life yet ... Parenthood.

Part Time Parent. Full Time Mom Brain.

Sometimes I feel like I’m a part-time parent with full-time mom brain. My kids are never NOT on my mind. It could be in the middle of a meeting and I wonder who my...

Don’t Own Feelings that Aren’t Yours

I’m not sure if it’s my empathetic nature or the fact that I have lived as a natural-born peacekeeper all of my life - but I have a tendency to “own” feelings that don’t...

Fostering Dogs with Children

I am a total mom when it comes to dogs that don’t have families. Once we rescued our first dog, I was a goner. He was always so grateful and happy to be with...

I Tried Prime Wardrobe – And You Should Too

I have many recurring subscriptions to various entities, but the one that I can assure you will never go away is Amazon Prime - can I live a life without The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel...

Girls Trip: A Retrospective

I am lucky enough to be a part of a college group of girlfriends who never lost touch. We have seen each other at our worst (one of us passed out in a graveyard...

Potty Training Our Second: We Just Didn’t

Potty training is one of those things can send send a shiver of fear down the spine of a parent. Even several years later, many parents have a kind of PTSD when it comes...
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Don’t Clean for Me

“We can do my house - but just a heads up, it’s a total mess.” And then I rush around like a cracked out June Cleaver, throwing things in closets, vacuuming, wiping down cabinets, cleaning...

Put a Pickle In it {Your Tree}

I love Christmas - almost to a terrifying degree. I’m that friend who declares it Christmas the moment the kids are done trick or treating. Literally, the minute we are home and they are...

When a Pet Passes Away

We have always been a pet family - even when I was growing up, we always had animals. My husband loves cats and I love dogs so we have both. However, the one thing...

Travel Hacking our Family Vacations {Part 3}

This is part 3 of a series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. This series details how I use credit card points to subsidize our family vacations. In part 3,...