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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.

An Open Letter to My 18 Year Old Self

When I was 14, we all had to write letters to our 18-year-old self at a school retreat. For some reason or another, I didn’t actually write the letter. I remember being in a...

4 Free Things to Do in Lafayette When You are Touched Out

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#SelfCare is a Lie

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Is Anyone Defending Mrs. McCallister?

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4 Stages of a Daycare Phone Call

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Parenting Beyond Common Sense

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Not All Heroes (or Trick-or-Treaters) Wear Capes

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