It's officially Fall! I know, the weather does not feel like it but according to the festivals, fall is here.... I have narrowed down my favorite festivals, so here you go.
September 28, 2019
Que Pasa Festival
October 4th – October 7th
3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003
Art for Art’s Sake
October 5, 2019
Julia Street & Magazine Street
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
October 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019
Bayou St. John across from City Park
1700 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119
October 5, 2019
New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
October 11, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Pontchartrain Park Playground
Westbank Heritage Festival
October 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019
Mac & Cheese Fest
October 12, 2019
835 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Louis Armstrong Park
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
New Orleans Film Festival
October 16, 2019 - October 23, 2019
New Orleans Film Society
Contemporary Arts Center
PRICE$9 - $35,
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
October 18, 2019 – October 20, 2019
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Lafayette Square Park
11:00 AM to 8:30 PM
October 25, 2019 – October 27, 2019
New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
Fashion. Connect. Impress.
SUNDAY | 9.22: MODEL MOVES | Pythian Market | Laurenia Room | 234 Loyola Ave. | 4PM
MONDAY | 9.23: GRAND GLAM: THE ARTISTRY OF CARNIVAL FASHION | The Presbytère | 751 Chartes St. | 6PM
TUESDAY | 9.24: SHOESDAY TUESDAY SIP & SHOP | Canal Place | 333 Canal St. | 5PM
WEDNESDAY | 9.25: ORLÉANS Originale X ORLEANS Nouvelle Soeur Cités Liasson Pour la Mode| Degas House | 2306 Esplanade Ave | 7PM
THURSDAY | 9.26: TOP DESIGN COMPETITION | Board of Trade | 316 Magazine St.
THURSDAY, 9.26 - SATURDAY, 9.28: New Orleans Fashion Week Runway Shows | Board of Trade | 316 Magazine Street
SATURDAY, 9.28: OFFICIAL WRAP PARTY | NOPSI ROOFTOP | 317 Baronne St | 10PM
Join us at Buktu and Revolution NOLA for the Housewives In The City Girl's Night Out September social and Fall into Fashion on Friday!
This Happy Hour + Networking event is FREE to attend, but please register your ticket via Eventbrite. We will have signature drinks and food to purchase.
This event is hosted by: Tracey Wiley and Lynn Wesley Coleman!
***You do not have to be a Housewife! All women from all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to attend!***
What to expect:
--->Of course, Swag Bag full of goodies
--->Giveaways from local businesses
--->Networking, socializing, shopping and cocktails
---> Cute photos and professional photographers
---> Support and shop from some fabulous local lady bosses
The Revolution Bar
1840 Thalia Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
***If you are interested in getting your business involved please email email@example.com
I absolutely love and adore pumpkin patches. I also really LOVE fall season..I don't know if it's the color orange that get's me excited or the fashionista in me strutting in high boots and warm scarves that get me feeling warm & fuzzy all over.. Maybe it's the FOOTBALL!!! I am also a fan of fall cocktails- mainly delicious sangria recipes by yours truly (me) The spooky Friday the 13th movies give me all the necessary FEELS as well.. Pumpkin Spiced Latte in a can.. HARD PASS. I prefer the PJs coffee shop Pumpkin Praline https://www.pjscoffee.com/.
The kids have so much fun at the pumpkin patches and the photos are always amaze! I try to take the girls every year. We usually try to get to a few pumpkin patches. There's nothing better than going to Pumpkin Patches with friends & family.. On Halloween weekend, we always attend our neighborhood trunk and treat. This year, we may explore to many more pumpkin patches. Here are a few in the area. I would love to be that mom who can give candy out on Halloween but I am usually in the streets hustling for candy with my kids. I would really like to see one in the Eastern New Orleans area, maybe at a church! Please let me know if I missed any in the area in the blog.
Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch
Sept. 23 – Nov. 8
I have been researching this pumpkin patch for years. I really want to drive to Hammond so we can get this experience. The patch is supposed to be like a kid's dream patch! It's really fun that they host birthday parties here too...Besides picking a pumpkin from the field, there are several activities including zip lining, a hay maze, face painting and a nature trail. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per child. Adults enter free.
St. Augustine's Pumpkin Patch
Opens Oct. 3“
This is my favorite pumpkin patch. The Great Pumpkin Patch sells pumpkins, gourds, jewelry, crafts and pumpkin-themed baked goods. They also have giveaways. The kids love the playground area and all of the activities. The pumpkin patch opens weekdays from noon to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is FREE to attend.
First Presbyterian Church
New Orleans, La
Opens Sept. 29
Buy a pumpkin for a good cause at this patch. The 17th annual First Presbyterian Church Program of Hope Pumpkin Patch will open on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free. The pumpkin patch will open daily until pumpkins sell out. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
New Orleans, La
Opens Oct. 1
St. Andrew’s pumpkin patch offers delivery in the local area. Visit the kid-friendly pumpkin patch starting on Oct. 1. Get ready for the perfect photo op with the patch’s picture area on site. Purchase pumpkins here.... Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. I heard you have to get here early because they do sellout quick.
Sugar Roots Farm
Opens Oct. 6
My daughter attended during a school field trip. She had an awesome time. They also host birthday parties here. Sugar Roots Farm opens every Saturday in October for pumpkin picking in Algiers. Kids can also visit with farm animals and enjoy hot cider and baked goods. Entry to the farm costs $6 per person. Children age 2 and under enter free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal School
Oct. 12 – Oct. 31
I really want to get to this pumpkin patch but can never catch them. St. Paul’s Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Oct. 13 – Oct. 31
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual pumpkin patch starting Oct. 13. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. There is no admission fee to enter the patch. The church also hosts its Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the front parking lot.
I am all about creating experiences for the kids. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. I visited the ice cream shop a few months back and enjoyed a scoop of seasonal, vegan watermelon lemonade sorbet ice cream. The vibe in the Marigny is colorful, sassy and hipsterific! I enjoy just walking down the streets and enjoying the scenery in the neighborhood.
My friend and I took our kids to enjoy some flavors and boy were they satisfied! They enjoyed the delightful atmosphere, lighting and the colorful ice cream flavors. The outside of the porch area is perfect to take photos and the area in the Marigny is so pretty. I had a scoop of the Peanut Crackle & Jam and oh my gooodness!!!! The best!! I also tried the Toasted Coconut ice cream. The kids enjoyed the Dark Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. The Butterscotch & Peacan was delicious!!! I spotted the Honey & Zapp flavor and fell in love..I love Zapps chips, so it was a perfect combo for this New Orleans girl.
New Orleans is a pretty HOT city, all year around. I am so excited to have an ice cream shop that is so warm and friendly to take the kids to in a vibrant neighborhood.
Sundae Best Ice Cream
2317 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, La 70117
No Popeyes? No problem! It's no surprise that 2019 National Fried Chicken Festival vendors Blue Oak BBQ, District Donuts Sliders Brew and presenting sponsor Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers made the list of best fried chicken sandwiches in #NOLA. Come see for yourselves Sept. 20 - 22 in Woldenberg Riverfront Park!
Following last year's wildly successful event, organizers of the National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) presented by Raising Cane's have announced plans to expand the festival from two to three days in 2019. In 2018, the free festival drew more than 177,000 attendees, and organizers are expecting more than 200,000 for the fourth annual event taking place Sept. 20-22, 2019, in New Orleans' Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
The festival will feature over 30 local and national fried chicken vendors, as well as live performances from an all-star entertainment lineup including world-renowned St. Augustine High School Marching Band; new group Bounce Royalty comprised of Choppa, Cheeky Blakk, and DJ Jubilee, making their first performance as the newly formed group of bounce legends; Bonerama; Grammy-nominated Cha Wa; J & The Causeways; and the first-ever "Who Dat Playlist," a setlist essential for any Saints fan with DJ Raj Smoov, Shamarr Allen, and more. Those eager for this year's entertainment curated by OffBeat Magazine can listen and follow along with our Spotify playlist, now available under the title FCF 2019 by Fried Chicken Festival on the music platform.
The fourth annual event is also proud to introduce two new VIP experiences. The Bottomless Bubbles VIP Lounge presented by Chandon will include bottomless Chandon champagnes, food from 2018 "Best Fried Chicken" award-winner McHardy's Chicken & Fixin', access to tented, lounge seating, VIP restrooms, priority main stage viewing areas, and more. The second VIP experience, the Royalty Lounge presented by Crown Royal, will include three specialty Crown Royal cocktails, access to tented, lounge seating, food from the world-renowned Gus's Fried Chicken restaurant, VIP restroom access, and priority viewing of the DJ stage. VIP tickets will be available for pre-purchase online at friedchickenfestival.com/experiences as all as on-site while supplies last.
Book that date! I learned about this secret from my boss. I work for a relatively small company, so I report to the CEO. He just flat out told me to take him to lunch sometimes. I felt a bit awkward about it because I was thinking, in the past, this was something my boss would request of me. Well, apparently times have changed. I took him to lunch and it did not feel awkward, because I was in control of the conversation.
Things can get a little crazy in the office. Working in Human Resources for almost 20 years, I have learned a few things about the importance of communication and feedback.
If you thought inviting your boss out for lunch was not your responsibility, think again. Getting some one-on-one time outside the office setting has a number of benefits, including helping you develop and maintain good relations with your employer, as well as helping you keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening around the office. While it might seem awkward at first, since no one really does it, if your boss turns you down - don't worry. If your boss accepts, use it to your advantage. Your boss may worry about the way it is perceived in the office. Communication is so important and here's their chance to step up and say that you invited her. Maybe the team should learn from you and take some initiative.
Find out when She or He is available and send a lunch meeting request. Meet somewhere close and informal. Offer to pay, this is very critical. If you have a company credit card, this is the perfect time to expense.
You are now entering the world, of a New Orleans girl drinking cold pressed juices, eating salads and grain bowls. This weekend was very busy, but I was determined to check this place out. The weather has been bummy all weekend..but a girl has ventures to create, moves to make and stories to shake! To accurately describe it, the weather has been at war with itself. I am not sure if I should wear rainboots, flip flops or ballet flats. Weather aside, my sister and I had a lunch date at the Daily Beet location on Magazine Street and it was some goodness to talk about. I spend a great deal of my time talking about food..but I am pretty health conscious.... It not only helps manage my weight it also helps the immune system, gives off loads of energy and delays the effects of aging. As a foodie, I believe in balance with diet and nutrition. Moderation is key! In a fast-paced world, filled with faster-paced gadgets... connecting us to vast amounts of information... with faster and faster speeds, the time has never been more appropriate to moderate our lives.
Restaurants in New Orleans are definitely picking up the speed for the health conscious eaters. Restaurants with Vegan and Gluten free menus are on the rise. Pretty soon, the Oprah backed restaurant True Food kitchen will hit the Garden District like a storm. Folks will be standing in line, hoping to be at least two degrees of separation away from Oprah!!! Surely, I will be hoping they are at least six, or fewer, social connections away from meeting her. Let me know, I want to meet her too...
Of course, we ordered a spread of items on the menu:
Have you been to any of these Daily Beet locations? This place is delicious and definitely an Instagram worthy place to shoot vivid photos.
The Daily Beet has three locations:
330 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
1000 Girod Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
2381 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
After you reach a certain age, clubs and lounges seem a little far fetched...especially for weeknights. There are all sorts of things to do in the city. Most of the time, my outtings revolve around food. This blog is certainly about the food, eats, comida, beber, drinks. I thought I would mix a little spanish influence in there.
There's nothing greater than a random night out during the week. My suggestions would be start off at a quiet place like the Library then go visit a place you may never have visited like Titos Cevice & Pisco for Peruvian Cuisine. I am definitely interested in entering the world of Global Cuisine. The food and drinks at both places are sooooooo good. I was pleasantly surprised!
Titos Cevice & Pisco
Sangrias at the Library
Octopus and Tuna at Titos
Gorgeous drinks at Titos.....definitely a Lychee Martini in there!
Titos Cevice & Pisco for Peruvian Cuisine.
Such a beautiful patio area and the indoor area was also nice.
The last 4 shots were taken at The Library. The cheese fries are something like unforgettable!
New Orleans is a place that is typically really hot or really nice weather. Pretty much two seasons. I like to get my girls outdoors as often as possible. My husband does a better job at this. He would volunteer to take them to the park on weekends and I was just like..."go"..."me time please"! They usually come back with that delicious outdoor smell, excited and telling me all about their adventures. The #1 park that we frequent the most, happens to be close to our neighborhood. New Orleans has beautiful parks that we have not even visited yet. Sometimes, we will be driving and pass a park. We would stop briefly to let the girls get a little swing and slide time. In the summer months, it's a little tougher to get them out there, especially when the sun is shining bright. The best times to visit are after 6:00 pm or early in the morning. Audubon Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. I did not include it in my blog because the kids prefer the parks that I mentioned below. Audubon is perfect for a jogging. This blog focuses on parks with activities. I would suggest keeping a picnic blanket and sun umbrella in the car at all times. I also like to keep a chair in the car.
1. Joe Brown Park
5601 Read Blvd,
New Orleans, LA 70127
There's just so much to do at this park. Not to mention, it is only 5 minutes away from my house. The kids love the play area and the track. They also love the paddle boats. . It is newly renovated. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, pool, recreation center and more. My oldest daughter took her first steps at this park. The first picture was taken around Christmas. As you can see, they were pretty comfortable in December.
Wesley taking her first steps at Joe Brown Park
2. Daneel Playground Park
5501 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Driving down St. Charles, I noticed this beautiful park. I took the kids for a picnic and they had the times of their lives. We have not been here since last summer. I plan on taking them in the Fall.
3. Burke Playground
2524 Annunciation St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
I was surprised when we attended a birthday party here. I did not even know the park existed. It is a huge park with lots of space and activities. This is definitely one of our favorite playgrounds.
4. Broadmoor Play Spot
2021 S. Dupre,
New Orleans, LA 70125
This park is right next to our church - The Promise Church. We take the kids here before we start our Sunday activities. It's small but the kids just want to swing and slide. It's usually pretty quiet on Sunday mornings.
5. City Park
1 Palm Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124
So much to do at City Park from running to Botanical Gardens, Amusement Parks, City Putt, Story Land, New Orleans Museum of Art, Train Garden and the Louisiana Children's Museum. You can have a special event i.e. birthday party or just go and visit all of the attractions for the day. It's really not that convenient for us to come here regularly, so I did rank them at the bottom. BEAUTIFUL PARK..
One of the most beautiful in the city. We had our daughter's birthday here on e year and it was truly an experience. It was like we stepped in a Disney movie.
Attending a Birthday Party
Kids Birthday Party
6. Wimbleton Park
5200 Edenboro Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70127
How did we find this quiet neighborhood gem. It sits right behind a family member's house. We were searching for their house and decided to stop at the park first. The park has a few swings and a sliding board. Also, some monkey stuff for the kids to jump on.
Let the Good times roll!