Let the Good Times Roll: Mardi Gras

We lived in New Orleans for almost 4 years. In fact, that is where my Afton was born. New Orleans is really like no place else. The food, the land, the parties, the people- all extraordinary. My husband, who is a Virginian by birth, fell in love with the culture. He can now be seen wearing his Saints and LSU gear so often, people often think he is a native Louisianan :)

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So every year, when crawfish come into season and king cakes appear in the stores, he gets the "Mardi Gras itch". Last Sunday he even cooked a big pot of chicken gumbo. He likes to take his time and make his own roux, but if you are looking for a simple version of this recipe, click here.

I have to admit Mardi Gras is a fabulous time of year. Everyone decorates their front porches, gets together for cook-outs, and of course attends a few parades.

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 Last year we drove to Shreveport to celebrate the season with a few of Jeff's co-workers. This year we will undoubedly do the same- especially because my sister now lives there. If you are from south Louisiana, then you know that the Shreveport version is a bit tamer than the New Orleans scene. But it is family friendly and a lot of fun. If you live within driving distance, check out the parade schedule here. Everyone needs to experience Mardi Gras at least one time!

 And in honor of the season, I will be offering a few Mardi Gras headbands. Purple, green, yellow, with lots of sparkle and feathers. Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse to go 'over the top' with accessories.

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Click here to buy.

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras parade?

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  1. Love all of those bright colors together! Your family is so cute! I have never been to a Mardi parade... looks like a lot of fun!

  2. OK, I'm loving your hair accessories. I have got to get a little time to check out and order some stuff from you. My parents are in town and brother in law...life is crazy right now. How did your article go??? :) xoxo

  3. Les bon temps rouler! We are pretty close to Louisiana and love to party like we're cajun. :) Something fun to try is "King Cake Cupcakes"...just hide the baby in one of those cutie three-colored cupcakes and party on! Happy weekend!

    xoxo Kayli

  4. Thanks girls- Mardi Gras is so fun. I love any excuse to go a little 'over the top'.

    Jessica- The running article went great, I can't wait to share it on your site soon!

    Kaylie- the King Cake cupcakes are an awesome idea. Especially with a group of kids, they all want to find the baby. With the cupcakes, you could actually put one in each treat.

    :) Samantha


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