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BE SAFE EVERYONE

Hi friends, how are you doing? I hope you are all doing great. Happy Easter to you all! We canceled our Easter egg hunting due to the weather we had today. We had severe weather today – Sunday (April 12, 2020). Storms hit in Ouachita Parish (where we live), causing damages in the area. So thankful to God, we are okay. I’m praying for those who are affected, those who lost their homes to stay strong, positive, and healthy.

You can see the damages across Ouachita Parish here. That severe weather damages hundreds of homes. You can view it here.

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Rainy Wednesday In The Twin City

Yesterday’s weather was perfect! However, today’s climate here in Monroe and West Monroe is the total opposite of yesterday. It has been raining here since last night and the entire day today. Like I’ve always said, Oh my Louisiana weather! Today, it could be winter, and then the next day will be like Summertime. This sudden weather change makes a lot of people sick, you know?

Whenever the weather is like this, I honestly don’t want to go out at all. I don’t particularly like driving in the rain, and then deal with road traffic. It’s like I have a choice, well, too bad because I/we all have to deal with it sometimes. It’s part of our daily living. How about where you live? How’s the weather in your city?

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Restoration Park: Walking In Nature With My Family

It has been a while since our family went walking on trails at a park. So, the other day we went to Restoration Park, in West Monroe, to try out the trails there. We started out at 6:00 p.m and finished a little after 7:00 p.m. Restoration Park is located in 700 Downing Pines Rd, West Monroe, LA 71292. This park was a former strip mine converted into a wetland habitat. Gosh, it’s beautiful out there!

It felt so good sweating while walking on the trail. The humidity wasn’t bad at all by 6:00 p.m. Also, I was so proud of my boys. They were very well behaved from start to finish. And guess what? The one-hour walking helped them slept all night.

Usually, when you go walking you feel tired at night. But it wasn’t the case for me. I couldn’t even remember when was the last time I ever felt relaxed until that evening after walking.

There are numerous physical and mental health benefits of walking. I noticed that every time we go out for a walk it helps me relax all night. Not only that but also helps me think clearly. I’m not sure about you, or how do you feel after taking a walk, but it helps me feel healthier. Walking with my family is a very good idea. Aside from just having company with me it was also a time to bond and see the beauty of nature around us. How about you? Do you prefer to go for a walk alone? Or with family?

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Once Upon A Child Haul #1

Have you ever heard of a kids clothing store called Once Upon A Child? We found out about this store not too long ago, and luckily it’s only 15 minutes drive from our place. Personally, I love the place. We found great stuff for the boys for the Winter season. It doesn’t get too cold here in Louisiana, so shopping for long sleeve shirts ahead of time is a great idea.

What’s In The Store?

Not only do they sell clothing for children, but they also buy gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys, and baby gear! Be sure to check them out. I’m sure you’re going to love it!

By the way, the shirts that my boys are wearing below were on clearance and was a dollar each ($1.00) only!

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MIA NICOLE

It has been years since the last time I had seen this pretty young lady. Finally, after all those years I was able to see her again. Not only did I saw her, but also had a quick photoshoot of her. Luckily, I was able to capture a few photos of her when all of a sudden the rain poured on us. Our excitement was cut short, but it’s okay there is always another time.

Her name is Mia Nicole. Isn’t that a very pretty name?

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Fine Arts Photography

It’s been a while since I’ve done some outdoor Fine Art photography and I’ve really missed doing it. The thing about Fine Art photography, for me, is that when I go out I need to have a lot of uninterrupted time for walking around, scoping out the surroundings, determining the right angles and finding the right location or subject to capture. Fine Art Photography is not about what the camera sees. It’s all about what the artist sees and feel.

To be honest, when I’m in that mood; I don’t want any distractions. I don’t want to feel rushed having to move from one place to another. Unfortunately, I can’t focus on doing that when I go out with my kiddos because my attention and focus will be on them. However, I’m going to do my best to re-engage in Fine Art photography and share it with you guys. Before I go, I would like to share a few of my Fine Art photography photos below. I know you’ll like them!

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Swimming Day at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

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Hi everyone, how’s your weekend so far? I hope you are having a great week! Okay, so today we went to Poverty Point Reservoir for swimming. It’s a 45-minute drive from my town. Poverty Point Reservoir State Park is located in Delhi, Lousiana.

We got there just in time. There were only a few groups enjoying the sand and moderately warm water when we arrived. However, just 30 minutes after we arrived, an influx of people descended on the beach. All I can say is that this place is really a good choice to visit especially for swimming during the Summer since Northern Louisiana doesn’t really have sand beaches as you would expect to have if you were in Florida, Texas or any tropical island. Even with the sandy beach at Poverty Point, I was still imagining that we were on a “real” beach. Despite the lack of palm trees and warmer weather, we had a blast!

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Fun Day at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I hope you and your family had a great and fun weekend together. About me and my family, we were a little busy. Sean and I are trying to keep up with the demands of the boys when it comes to going somewhere to have fun.

Since school is out for the Summer, my boys are constantly wanting to go somewhere. To be honest, it’s exhausting sometimes to go out in this heat. Nonetheless, taking them somewhere to have fun really helps me and Sean (especially me). Due to the fact that at home they constantly argue with each other, and they don’t agree with everything the other wants to do. Seriously, they’re like cat and dog fighting all the time. As a full time mom, they are my full time job. To those moms out there who have little boys, I’m so curious right now. Do your little boys fight or argue a lot?

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Here’s our fun-filled day at the ZOO

We were the first in line to wait for the next train ride. The boys were like “mommy, where’s the train?” They couldn’t wait any longer for the next train ride to begin.

Waiting For The Train @ The Train Station.
Railroad Crossing Sign.
American Flag – God Bless America!
Here comes the train (Choo-choo)
Z & OO Railroad
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Having fun at the SPLASH PAD

After our train ride, we didn’t walk around the zoo much longer. The reason why? The boys were so ready to cool off and splash. When it comes to having fun in the water, they will not waist any time. IT’S SPLASH TIME!

Splash Time.
Sun Bathing
My son walking around the Splash Pad.
Concentration.
It’s splashing time.
Splashing is fun!
Having fun with the water.

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Cheniere Lake Bayou Sceneries

I love capturing portrait and family photos but I’m a nature photographer at heart. Capturing nature photos, such as bayous, is very soothing for me. I call it my stress reliever. What is your stress reliever?

A few days ago I visited two bayous in my local area and I was surprised by what I saw. Both areas are supposed to have docks. However, that day I couldn’t see the docks. The water was so high that the docks were totally underwater. We had severe thunderstorms the day prior to my visiting the different bayous. Sadly, Ruston, our neighboring city, was hit by a tornado that spawned from the same storm that hit our city. That tornado took two lives – a mother and her son. Ruston is still recovering and needs our prayers.

Anyway, it was a bright and windy afternoon. I’m glad the humidity wasn’t bad at all. I was able to stay a little longer and enjoyed my time there. Below, are just a few bayou photos I took. I’m not done working on it but I thought I would share to you.

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Ouachita Live Friday Featuring Emily Musolino

Today was the first Ouachita Live Outdoor Concert hosted by Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group featuring Emily Musolino. The event was located at Miss Kay’s Sweets & Eats in Antique Alley – West Monroe. For me, the location was just perfect and relaxing! This is my first time listening to Emily Musolino. I was so amazed at how good she is vocally and how she rocked her guitar. She’s incredible!

This FREE Outdoor Live Music Event is going to be every last Friday from of the month March – October so don’t miss out!

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She is amazing!

WHO IS EMILY MUSOLINO?

Emily Musolino is a singer-songstress, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Durham, NC. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Emily has performed, recorded, and collaborated with various local and nationally-recognized artists, including Vinx, Shelley Nicole, Shana Tucker, Anna Wise (Kendrick Lamar, Cunnylinguists) and Eric Hirsh (The Beast, Orquesta GarDel).

ABOUT HER MUSIC

Her music is a mix of soul, rock and blues that has been described as a “Soul Diva Mind Explosion” and “Adele and Joni Mitchell playing with an ouija board in the deep south.” Emily released her newest album “Jealous Girl” in November of 2014. Emily has been featured on NPR’s the State of Things with Frank Stasio and Durham’s own Clarion Content. She currently fronts the Emily Musolino Band and regularly performs as both bandleader and soloist around the country.

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