Lindsey Andrews http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:08:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.9 The Warfare of Motherhood http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/warfare-of-motherhood/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/warfare-of-motherhood/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:19:40 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7517 The Warfare of Motherhood. I went into motherhood completely blindsided. Oh, I planned for it. For over five years, I took my temperature, timed physical encounters with my husband and drove to get blood drawn once a month. I knew what it would take to make a baby. On a beach in Mexico, I finished […]

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The Warfare of Motherhood.

I went into motherhood completely blindsided. Oh, I planned for it. For over five years, I took my temperature, timed physical encounters with my husband and drove to get blood drawn once a month. I knew what it would take to make a baby.

On a beach in Mexico, I finished three parenting books in a week.I did not get pregnant in the back of a car on a drunken Friday night.  Although out of all the crap and old wives’ pregnancy  tales we were told during that time, I would have tried it. My body never held another life from the inside.

Instead, motherhood was overly planned out for me.  My “pregnancy” happened after reading a ream of copy paper full of adoption lingo, law and expectations. We took classes, read books on attachment and traveled across the world. I thought all that planning meant I had a clue about what motherhood would look like.

I can be a damned fool at times.

Our delivery happened outside an Ethiopian orphanage. We were handed two bundles of intense, saddened joy. Pictures of our first day together still makes my heart break for my kids. Two crazy white people showed up with toys and candy. We tell them to avoid such people in America.

There was no beautiful embraces of cradling newborn life. Instead, my arms had to learn to encompass the pain of rejection, loss and trauma. But for two other souls including myself. While there were moments of pure joy, there were also ones of complete devastation. Fits, tears and unresolved emotions. And that was just from me. But there were blessings from infertility.

Adoption is its own set of challenges. But the added stress I placed upon myself only increased the juggling of caring for two new people. The bullshit I told myself in those first few years still makes me cringe.

Why are we women so hard on ourselves?

Have I learned anything in seven years? Dear Jesus, I hope so. I do know motherhood is not the Pinterest styled life of raising kids. It is the messy wrestling of learning to love yourself in spite of daily failures. Nothing highlights your deficiencies like motherhood.

The lies mothers tell themselves are endless and there is always a feeling of never enough. And it is supposed to be that way. Why? Because the warfare of motherhood is a lot like practicing law.

When I first graduated law school, I was assigned to the most senior Judge in my county. He had been practicing law and trying cases for over 30 years when I met him. So when it was time to try my first rape case for the district attorney’s office, he was the obvious choice for trial advice.

“There are only two things about trying a case.” He said, puffing a cigarette behind the massive desk in his office.

I sat on the edge of my seat, waiting for three decades of style, performance and finesse to fall from his mouth. I was immediately disappointed.

“Your first trial. That’s big Lindsey. There is only one thing you need to know about trial.”

I scooted up in my seat. This was it. Perry Mason type wisdom was here.

“Don’t F it up.” He smiled.

“Uh…what?” I waited for him to elaborate, stunned.

“You heard me. You are handling someone’s life. That’s a powerful thing. So don’t F it up.” He continued to puff his cigarette. This was not the information I thought I was going to get.

“That’s all you have for me? Sir, I thought that trial was about technique, dedication and preparation.” My mind was still struggling to understand what he said.

He laughed a belly laugh at my expense. “Of course, but you can read about all that in a book. Trial is warfare. Prepare so much that when you are doing it that if you do F it up, you know how to fix it.”

“Will I ever get to the point where I won’t have the possibility of F’ing it up?” I asked him. Surely I would not live forever with the terror of throwing up before every single hearing.

“Lindsey, if you ever become so arrogant as to NOT have that feeling when you step into a courtroom, you should quit. That very day, you should retire from practicing law. Arrogance is a sure fire way to F up anything.”

I wrestled with that information for decades in my own practice. After 7 years of having two people living in my house, the same sentiment holds true about parenting. I still have the absolute terror of F’ing it up.

We have great days and descent days and then we have nightmarish days. But motherhood is like the practice of law. It is a constant warfare. Sometimes that opponent is me against myself. Sometimes, it is me against social norms society wants to play on my kids and their expectations. Other times, the warfare can only be fought on my knees in prayer for them.

Motherhood is not the predesigned greeting card feeling I thought it would be. It is bloody, battered and gloriously hard. And it is more than I ever thought. It is warfare. The fact that I still struggle is how I know we have a descent relationship.  All good relationships require wrestling. It provides the knowledge that both parties still care.

Because being in charge of another’s life is everything. Whether in the courtroom or the living room. But should I F it up (and there are days I do), may I never stop learning how to fix it.

Here is heading into battle today mamas. May we not F it up or become so arrogant we fall down on our task.

Hugs and love,

Lindsey

 

 

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Are you ready to head to the beach? I know we are around here. But what if you could go for free? Well, today may be your chance.

Paradise is calling! If you’re looking for a tropical vacation this summer, look no further! Enter the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Hawaii! Just submit a tropical selfie to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #spktropicalsweepstakes. Contest ends on May 31st, so get on it!

 

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Find out more information here: SPKTropicalSweeps.com.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 5/31/17.  To enter and for Official Rules, including odds & prizes: SPKTropicalSweeps.com. Void where prohibited.

And while you’re at it, try the new Tropical SOUR PATCH Kids Soft and Chewy Candy available at a Walmart store near you. All new flavors include Paradise Punch, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Tropical Twist. Which one is your favorite?

 

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Saying Hard Words – Everbloom Book Review http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/saying-hard-words-everbloom-book-review/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/saying-hard-words-everbloom-book-review/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:25:28 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7506 In February of 2014, my baby brother took his own life. My father was the one who found his son’s body. Less than four months later, my father died of a heart attack. The previous three sentences are some of the most bitter words I know how to say. Why? Because they are true. When […]

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In February of 2014, my baby brother took his own life. My father was the one who found his son’s body. Less than four months later, my father died of a heart attack.

The previous three sentences are some of the most bitter words I know how to say. Why? Because they are true.

When we were young, “the truth hurts” was a term that was tossed about a lot. To be fair to our immature selves, so were things like “sticks & stones will break my bones, but words can never hurt me” and other gems, such as “red rover, red rover.”

Age has force fed me a lot of things. Wrinkles, age spots and an extra ten pounds no amount of diet or exercise can seem to combat. It has also taught me the truth does in fact hurt and words can destroy.

Perhaps this is why we often hide, run and lie to keep from saying the truth aloud. As a divorce lawyer, I have seen people stay in horrible marriages for the sake of an ideal, instead of happiness. Instead of fighting until our issues are resolved, we sit next to one another and mindlessly play on our phones. We as the human race would do most anything these days to keep from dealing with the truth.

The last three years have continued to be my own battle with what is true. What has helped is saying hard words. Whether in print or with my mouth, taking ownership of what is inside our hearts comes from owning it with our words.

Everbloom Book Review

A joined a group of women writers several years ago called the Redbud Writers Guild. As a group of female writers, we encourage one another in our work, but we also lift one another up as individuals. We are sort of an online, female version of the sort of group C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were apart of, back in the day.

Two of our founders have had the desire for a collection of Redbuds in printed form for some time now. They asked for essays from each member and then paired the works down to a wonderful sharing of stories of each of our members. The book is a pure treasure. Each story has a prayer and journaling questions at the end of the essay.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this book is a wonderful gift for someone in your life. The book’s theme is growing and by the end, you will find yourself transformed by some of the hardest and most glorious words you’ve ever read.

Pre-Order Information

The book releases on April 25th, 2017, but it is available for pre-order now at barnesandnobles.com, amazon.com or at our wonderful publisher’s website, paracletepress.com. In the current world of publishing, pre-orders help authors tremendously. Once you have ordered and hopefully enjoyed Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives, leaving an Everbloom book review would be just wonderful.

 

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Blue Apron Meal Planning http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/blue-apron-meal-planning/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/blue-apron-meal-planning/#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:06:46 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7499 I love to cook, but the end of the school year is killing the ability to meal plan. Which was why I was stoked to try Blue Apron for the first time. Blue Apron is a weekly meal delivery service that sends pre-portioned, fresh ingredients directly to your door. You can choose a variety of […]

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I love to cook, but the end of the school year is killing the ability to meal plan. Which was why I was stoked to try Blue Apron for the first time.

Blue Apron is a weekly meal delivery service that sends pre-portioned, fresh ingredients directly to your door. You can choose a variety of different meals before your order ships. I let the kids help me pick out our meals for the week and they actually were adventurous with their choices. Like, Seared Salmon and Lemon Labneh, Fontina-Stuffed Pork Chops and Chicken with Roasted Veggies and Italian Dressing.

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Ordering

You can choose upon ordering whether you need a family service each week or meals for only 2 people.

Because everything comes in one box, it is easy to chop, toss and plate each meal. Also, Blue Apron has a business model of working with farmers, fisheries and ranchers to provide great food for amazing food sourcing options. And the food waste is almost non-existent.

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The Food With Blue Apron Meal Planning

The salmon was delicious and even the roasted kale was devoured by everyone-including the eight year old!

The kids were fascinated by the little, individual ingredients and with some supervision, they chopped, simmered and stirred almost everything in the kitchen. We got three meals in our kit and while we could have waited and made everything over the course of a week, we decided to make everything at once.

It didn’t take us very long to make all three meals and store the other two for later in the week. What little effort it took to make all three meals made up in spades later that week when we were running late!

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Allowing them to have a choice in picking and cooking their food was such a fun way for us to get dinner on the table and spend some time family time together.

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Blue Apron now has an great offer code for anyone who is wanting to give it a try. Here is a fantastic coupon to get you started on a new cooking journey.

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3 Awesome Indoor Games For Kids http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/3-awesome-indoor-games-kids/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/3-awesome-indoor-games-kids/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:29:17 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7492 3 Awesome Indoor Games For Kids For some reason, Oklahoma cannot make up its mind this year. One minute it is sunny and 75 degrees and the next minute, it is close to freezing and wet. We are not the best indoors family, so the last few weeks have been hellacious on what to do […]

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3 Awesome Indoor Games For Kids

For some reason, Oklahoma cannot make up its mind this year. One minute it is sunny and 75 degrees and the next minute, it is close to freezing and wet. We are not the best indoors family, so the last few weeks have been hellacious on what to do as a family cooped up inside.

After several tries, we have finally decided on 3 awesome indoor games for kids and for parents. We are not the kind of family that can just play Monopoly or a card game. Why? Because it is impossible for us not to get competitive. Games have to be fun and fast paced.

There are five years between our children’s ages and that can be a struggle. These three games make family game night fun for everyone. Adding a bonus snack is always a plus and we love the rainbow Goldfish crackers. They now come in individual packages, which means no one has to share!

Wahoo

Have you ever played wahoo? This marble game was so much fun growing up that it is part of my childhood. My grandmother had her own board and specialized die that us grandkids swore she used to cheat us. The marbles are moved around the board based upon the roll of one’s individual die.

There are few special moves which can land a player into the middle of the board. It is hard to do, so when we play, every time a 6 or a 1 is rolled, a cracker is placed in a bowl. When a player finally makes it to the middle of the board, the entire stash is given to the winner.

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Wahoo board game

 

Tenzi

We discovered Tenzi on a trip to the beach several years ago. Tenzi is a dice game that involves for sets of varying colored dies. There are countless ways to play and up to four players can play at one time. Every variation of the game is fast paced and fun. You basically pick your game of choice and drop the dice and go!

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Go Fish

When there is literally no more counting, marbles or dice rolling we can handle, we return to a classic childhood card game. Go fish is one of our family favorite ways to spend time together indoors. Usually the rules become blurred and cheating is rampant and yet it makes it fun.

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How do you and your family spend time together? GoldFish has some amazing suggestions on their Pinterest page that you can check out here. There are also some great family fun ideas on their YouTube channel, so get inspired to spend some time with some of your favorite people.

Do you have an awesome indoor game for kids? Let me know in the comments.

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Meal Planning W/Breakfast Banana Splits http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/meal-planning-wbreakfast-banana-splits/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/meal-planning-wbreakfast-banana-splits/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:11:45 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7484 Healthy Meal Planning One of the best decisions I made to conquer our family schedule was to start meal planning. I got so tired of coming home and staring into the fridge wondering what to make. I also hated the idea of my kids constantly asking for cereal for breakfast. This year I made a […]

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Healthy Meal Planning

One of the best decisions I made to conquer our family schedule was to start meal planning. I got so tired of coming home and staring into the fridge wondering what to make. I also hated the idea of my kids constantly asking for cereal for breakfast. This year I made a promise to myself to make more breakfast recipes that everyone would like.

Usually on Sunday, we sit down as a family and I write out our weekly schedule. Practices, school events, book signings and days that Daddy is at the fire station all go onto a chalkboard above our kitchen table. From there, I know which days will require pre-cooked meals, cereal and our one weekly dinner out.

From there, I add some of my favorite recipes for breakfasts and dinner.

Which is why I love Hiland Dairy’s newest meal planning tool, which helps make sure my weekly meal planning is balanced, rounded meal plan. You can find out more about it here.

Breakfast Banana Splits

Ingredients:

(This is for one serving. If you want to make more for everyone, just double or triple the recipe)

1 banana

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

2 tbs. honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla

additional ingredients:

-nutmeg, cinnamon or greek yogurt.

Toppings:

-flax seed

-fresh fruit

-chocolate syrup

-coconut chips. If you haven’t tried these yet, you can find them online or at your local health food store. They are dried coconut pieces and come in a variety of flavors. I found some chocolate and sea salt flavored ones and I may or may not have eaten the entire opened bag after making this recipe.

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Directions:

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I had some help for this recipe, which is always a combination of challenging and fun watching them learn to do something in the kitchen.

-Split the banana lengthwise & set aside.

-Add cottage cheese, honey and vanilla. Pulse until smooth.

-spread cottage cheese mixture in between split banana pieces.

-top with fresh fruit, flax seeds, coconut chips and/or chocolate syrup.

-Serve and enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast.

-add recipe to meal planning for next week.

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Here’s a quick video to recap it all:

Do you meal plan? I would love to know what is your favorite go-to recipe and how meal planning has saved you time and money. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that I usually rotate on our meal plans every month:

Spicy Mexican Chorizo Risotto 

Baked King Cake Donuts 

Pineapple Mint Breakfast Smoothie

 

 

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Mommy Son Date With IMSA Racing http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/imsa-racing/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:01:48 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7472 Mommy Son Dates W/IMSA Racing Finding anything that a lawyer/writer mother and her sports and car obsessed 8 year old can agree on is almost impossible. He wants to play basketball and watch car auctions and I would rather read and play board games. In order to find more Mommy Son dates for us to […]

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Mommy Son Dates W/IMSA Racing

Finding anything that a lawyer/writer mother and her sports and car obsessed 8 year old can agree on is almost impossible. He wants to play basketball and watch car auctions and I would rather read and play board games. In order to find more Mommy Son dates for us to experience together, I was stoked to check out IMSA racing.  Anything that let’s me hang out with this goober and not have to expound on my athletic deficiencies is always a win in my book.

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IMSA Racing is all about high-tech, race cars from around the world. This is not just another stock car race. It has big name cars like Acura, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan, and Porsche! IMSA combines different racing elements from F1, NASCAR and Indy car racing, but puts them all at one place at one time. This sounds like every car lovers dream and every parent, the opportunity to spend some targeted time.

In order to test out whether or not this might be a good bonding experience, I showed my son the IMSA website and he has officially lost his mind. There is a televised event this weekend, called the Sebring racing event. From March 15-18 (which just happens to be our Spring Break from school) live action racing can be found on station FS1 from 12:30pm-11pm, with the entire race broadcast on FOX Sports Go from 10:30am- 11:00pm.

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So during this event, I am popping some popcorn, buying our favorite sodas and spending an afternoon connecting with my littlest one.

You can checkout the cars, the race schedule and learn more about the Sebring racing event this weekend, March 15-18 by heading to the IMSA racing Facebook Page. I will keep you posted on how it goes and how little guy and I do watching racing together for the first time!

 
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Raspberry Mint Lemonade http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/raspberry-mint-lemonade/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:11:20 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7430 Raspberry Mint Lemonade There is not much that beats springtime in Oklahoma. While Fall is almost non-existent and Winter is sketchy, Summer can be miserable, but Spring makes everything worth it. Before the pool water begins to heat up and we are all looking for ways to cool down, I tried to perfect a raspberry […]

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Raspberry Mint Lemonade

There is not much that beats springtime in Oklahoma. While Fall is almost non-existent and Winter is sketchy, Summer can be miserable, but Spring makes everything worth it. Before the pool water begins to heat up and we are all looking for ways to cool down, I tried to perfect a raspberry mint lemonade recipe.

While I am not yet ready for the kids to be out of school and lounging around the house all day, I am ready for some heat. Planting a garden and making vacation plans are just a part of how I love spending part of my days these days.

Ingredients

5 Lemons

3 Cups water

¼ Cup sugar

½ Cup raspberries

¼ Cup mint leaves

Lemon wedges (for garnish)

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Directions

Set aside some mint leaves to use for garnishing.

In a pitcher muddle the raspberries and mint.

Half the lemons and squeeze them, pour the juice into the pitcher.

Add the water and sugar. Mix well until sugar dissolves.

Prepare tall glasses with ice.

Strain the lemonade into the glasses.

Top with the lemon wedge and mint leaves.

Serve and enjoy.

Make It A Cocktail

For the days that you need something a little stronger than straight up lemonade, make this recipe a cocktail. Add 2oz of your favorite rum or vodka at the bottom of the glass before adding ice and lemonade mixture.

Let the kids have their fun and the adults, a small indulgence. Everyone will be happy.

Need some more delicious drink options for the perfect summer drink? Try one of these:

Have you finalized your summer travel plans yet? Where are you going and how are you and your family traveling? Here are some of my favorite posts about family travel:

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Spring Cleaning with Libman Wonder Mop http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/spring-cleaning/ http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/spring-cleaning/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:00:31 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7467 Spring Cleaning You know all those things you try to boost your self esteem by telling yourself you are good at? Like I am a rockstar cook, list maker, appointment forgetter and I know how to laugh long and loud. I also know how to admit I there are things I need to work on. […]

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Spring Cleaning

You know all those things you try to boost your self esteem by telling yourself you are good at? Like I am a rockstar cook, list maker, appointment forgetter and I know how to laugh long and loud. I also know how to admit I there are things I need to work on. One of those things is definitely spring cleaning.

I avoid it for as long as possible. Which is never a positive thing living in Oklahoma. By the beginning of March, a level of red dust settles over everything. As much as I have tried to avoid it, that time has come again to my house. The dreaded spring cleaning must begin now.

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Then there is the Libman wonder mop. It has a super long handle and easy to saturate with water and the draining piece allows you to twist out the excess water with no problems. I will not tell you that it has made spring cleaning fun, but it has made it easier. Let’s face it- sometimes fun and easy are synonymous.

Now you can get a $3 off coupon for your own spring cleaning wonder machine. It is currently the best selling mop in America. I know now why. You can get that coupon by clicking here.

Libman’s is also conducting a great giveaway where you could win one of five prize packs filled with all of spring cleaning tools you will need. One lucky person will also have the opportunity to win $500! Go here for your chance to win the Libman Spring Sweeps Pinterest Challenge!

What is your favorite way to tackle all the messes in your house? If you have any amazing cleaning secrets, please drop me a comment and share your knowledge. Help a sister out, because while I may have mopping down, the laundry is still kicking my butt.

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15 New Orleans Family Adventures http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/new-orleans-family-adventures/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:11:27 +0000 http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/?p=7415 15 New Orleans Family Adventures It is that time of year to plan your next family adventure. You all know New Orleans is one of my favorite destinations and we often bring our kids along for the ride. No, we do not go strolling down Bourbon Street at night, but we do tackle the French […]

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15 New Orleans Family Adventures

It is that time of year to plan your next family adventure. You all know New Orleans is one of my favorite destinations and we often bring our kids along for the ride. No, we do not go strolling down Bourbon Street at night, but we do tackle the French Quarter with gusto as a family! So why not plan one of many New Orleans Family Adventures?

If all you know of New Orleans is Bourbon Street, then you are missing out on one of America’s historic cities. The scenery, the architecture, the culture and who can forget about the food!

Here is a list of our top 15 New Orleans Family Adventures, just in time for Spring Break travel, Summer Break travel or any other family travel ideas. If you are looking for things to do in New Orleans with kids, this list will help get you started.

Audubon Zoo

I have a rule about zoos: I want to visit them all! Yes there are always animals, but seeing how a city displays and highlights those species assigned to them is always a dream. Kids love it too and Audubon Zoo does not disappoint. Spend a day strolling and just enjoying the view. The animals won’t mind and neither will the kids.

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Carriage Ride Through French Quarter

One of our favorite New Orleans family adventures is always a horse drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter. Relaxing, calm and the perfect way to cap off an evening in our favorite city. You can choose a larger carriage, along with other parties, or spring for a slightly more expensive version of a private tour.

Make sure to talk up your driver before paying for the ride. Allow them to give your their sales speech,so you can determine what kind of stories they tell. Seasoned drivers have great history, insight and stories about the City.

Cemetery Tour

It does not matter which cemetery tour you choose, just find a reputable tour company and spend a few hours among the headstones. New Orleans does everything bigger and better, even burying their dead.

Angel touching a tombstone - New Orleans family adventures

Haunted Ghost Tour

If  your carriage ride driver is good enough, a haunted ghost tour is not necessary with kids. If you have older children who are in to that sort of thing, there are several to choose from during the evening hours. These are the ones you wan to avoid, as they are often more reasons for people to continue drinking.

Several tour companies have options that are not too scary and happen during the daylight hours. Ask several locals and look at reviews online before making a final decision.

Plantation Tours

Less than a hour’s drive outside downtown New Orleans, there are several plantation homes that are now open to the public for tours. At least three of them are within miles of one another, so it makes for a full day if you want to tour them all. If you have a car, it is worth it. If you arrived by plane, several tour companies have daily travels to the plantations.

Plantation Home in New Orleans - New Orleans Family Adventures

 

Mardi Gras World

Want all of the flair of Mardi Gras without all of the debauchery? Mardi Gras World is the answer. Mardi Gras World is a huge building, where the floats from the Mardi Gras Parade are stored all year. Think of it as one of the most colorful museums you will ever be in!

Mardi Gras World Floats - New Orleans Family Adventures

Self-Guided Tour

In a city with food, culture and architecture at every turn, you do not need anything else. Rent bicycles, segways or simply grab a map and walk it. You can explore the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District, Ninth Ward or all of them!

Locals in New Orleans are amazing, so ask if you get lost, but get lost. Walk down Royal Street and window shop. Head down to the water and watch the cruise ships come into port or simply bike around Frenchman Street and catch live music. There is always something going on in the Big Easy and you can always someone who can point you to it.

Audubon Aquarium of The Americas

Located immediately off of the Mississippi River, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a wonderful way to spend a day indoors. If you are headed to New Orleans in the summer, you will need a cool place to spend an afternoon.

Touch a stingray, learn about the sea turtle rescue efforts or visit the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexican exhibit. With an interactive exhibit about life on the Mississippi River and a variance of aquatic life, the Audubon Aquarium of The Americas.

Tunnel of water inside aquarium - New Orleans family adventures

Swamp Tours

Several summers back on our way to the beach, we stopped off in New Orleans for a few days. I spent the day snuggled with a French Bulldog and loving life, while the husband took three kids on a swamp tour. To this day, the 8 year old still talks about how great that adventure was with Daddy. One of my favorite parts of New Orleans is the variance of life, style and landscape.

Being out on the swamp is a gloriously eerie feeling and one that you will not soon forget. The kids will freak about the gators and you will be caught up in the stories your guide will tell.

City Park of New Orleans

City Park is one of my favorite places in all of New Orleans. Sometimes when we go, I leave the kids and the husband at the coffee shop and just walk the grounds. At 1300 acres, there is plenty scenery to intake.

If you are looking for more activities, Storyland is waiting for your kids. While there are splash pads, botanical gardens and the Museum of Art, Storyland is different. It is an amusement park, like only New Orleans knows how to do it. Make sure to plan your trip in advance, as art exhibits and other live events are always going on at this spot.

Pirate Ship Toy in New Orleans - New Orleans Family Adventures

World War II Museum

Even if there is no history buff in your family, this is a museum your whole family will want to visit. Interactive in nature, with a story told by Tom Hanks, there are a LOT of reasons the World War II Museum ranks as one of the top museums in the United States. It is definitely worth a few hour visit.

Louisiana Children’s Museum

With over 30,000 square feet, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is one of the best family friendly destinations in the Crescent City. The children’s museum has a mission to be completely hands on and interactive with exhibits like Move With The River, kids can learn about life along the Mississippi River. Also, be sure not to miss the Make Your Mark exhibit, which explains the culture, architecture and history of the city of New Orleans.

move with the river gallery at Louisiana Children's museum - New Orleans family adventures

Lake Pontchartrain

If boating, swimming or fishing are things your family enjoys, then you will find it at Lake Pontchartrain. As one of the largest lakes in America, Lake Pontchartrain has everything a family would want to do for a day.

Streetcar Tour – Garden District

What is better than having the kids enjoying themselves and you sitting back and taking in all the scenery? Not much in my book. A streetcar ride up and down the Garden District lets you see the huge antebellum homes, Loyola & Tulane colleges and the stops for Audubon Zoo. Did I mention that it is under $5 a person to ride all day?

Grab a trolley ride up from Canal Street and spend the day riding and stopping where you want. The kids will enjoy the antique feel and nostalgia of the trolley ride and you will enjoy everything else. Get a map and make sure to stop off close to Magazine Street (only a few blocks) for a meal and then back on to finish off your day.

Streetcar on treelined street - New Orleans Family Adventures

Steamboat Natchez

Cruise down the mighty Mississippi River on a steamboat! Two hours of cruising, live jazz music and if you cruise on Sunday, you can have a New Orleans style brunch buffet. Kids will love the movement, the music and the excitement of watching the world about them go by.

Children under six cruise for fee with the paid admission of an adult. You can read all about it here and even get a free coupon for your visit.

steamboat on Mississippi River - New Orleans Family Adventures

Have you planned a New Orleans Family Adventures yet? I would love to know what you do and where you are going in my favorite city. Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

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