Top 10 Posts of 2022 :: The Best of Lafayette Mom

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say how much we truly value, appreciate and respect each and every one of you.

We also wanted to share the 10 most popular blog posts of 2022, determined by page views. They are stories of faith, humor, loss, marriage, motherhood and so much more. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we did.

Top 10 Posts of 2022 :: The Best of Lafayette Mom

1. Dear Matilda Jane, I Am So Mad (And I’m Mourning)

But also. I feel so cheated and disappointed. That I thought Matilda Jane would be better than the rest. That I thought this company was “different.” More and more facts are coming out to put the company in such a negative light. Read more…

Matilda Jane is bankrupt

2. Make a Splash :: Your Lafayette Pool Guide

For most moms with toddler aged little ones and above, one of the questions that is bound to be asked is: “Mom, can we go swimming?” And for those of us who lack the dreamy poolside backyard havens, it can be kind of tricky to answer. Read more…

3. For The Love Of ALDI

ALDI is a family owned German grocery chain that is FINALLY making its way to Lafayette, LA! Known for selling quality items at discounted (cheap) prices they sell a large array of items – anything from fresh produce, frozen and shelf stable groceries, cleaning and bathroom supplies, baby products, pet supplies, clothes and furniture. Read more…


4. Poche’s Patch & Maze :: How My Dream Turned into My Reality

Everything lined up for Poche’s Patch & Maze to open this year, scaled down some from my grand plans. So here we are! We are ecstatic to be creating an open-air space for Louisianians to make lifelong, fun fall memories. We have lots for you and your families to enjoy! Our community has been incredible, sharing their support in countless ways. Read more…

5. We Tried Things at Aldi So You Don’t Have To: Part 1

Like Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club, they always have new things for us to try. So, instead of wasting your money on every new thing, I’ll do it for you! Ha! If I really like something I’ll even give you a recipe. Read more… 

6. Mazie’s Mission :: One Local Family’s Commitment to Bring Awareness to Drowning Prevention

In that short timeframe, I realized I couldn’t hear her. Mazie wasn’t walking yet so I ran to our downstairs bedrooms thinking she must have crawled in there to play or find me. When I didn’t see or hear her, I ran to the staircase. The boys left the gate open that morning so I ran up a few stairs but something made me pause. Read more…

7. Missing the Magic

While our theme for our first trip with kiddos ages 7, 5, 3, and 2 might have been “Wild Wonder” with wrangling two double strollers, managing stroller naps, blood sugar crashes, massive tantrums, and diaper changes … our theme for this trip was “Decidedly Disappointed.” Read more… 

8. Remembering Our Blessings :: My Adoption Story

My mom suffered a miscarriage, which as you can imagine flipped her world upside down. The one thing she wanted was quickly taken from her and my dad, but God’s plans are always bigger. My parents finally made the decision to consider adoption, and I am so thankful they did. Read more…

9. For The Love of Everything, Please Stop Telling Formula Feeding Moms to Breastfeed During the Formula Shortage!

Bear with me for a second, because I am dumbfounded I have to explain this. Most women who are formula feeding have now dried up. Breastmilk is not something that stays with you forever after you give birth. The more you breastfeed, the more your body makes milk. The less you breastfeed, the less your body makes milk. And when you stop breastfeeding, it dries up. Read more…

10. Mama, You Don’t Need Wine 

And mamas—we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, to take care of all the things and all the people. We are literally drowning in high expectations. I can tell you that a glass of wine every night might start off as an attractive tool to unwind from your day, but it may also lead to increased anxiety, sleep disruption, weight gain, skin problems, physical dependence, and a plethora of health issues. Read more… 

Worth a Read :: Other Popular Posts in 2022

A Nearby Couple Get-Away You Can’t Pass Up :: Lucia Bleu @ Fairhope

Resilient Reese :: Our Autism Diagnosis

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

Encanto: A Movie for Adults that Kids Like

Toddlering at Disney :: Everything You Need (and Need to Know)

Worth the Drive :: Gogh to Van Gogh in New Orleans

Just Wear the Swimsuit

My Failed Midwife Birth :: What Should I Try Next?

How to Make a Gluten-Free Gumbo

Lessons Learned from The Home Edit

From all of us at Lafayette Mom, THANK YOU for reading and we wish you a Happy New Year!