Joanna Martin

Joanna is a lifelong Dallas resident with part of her heart in New Orleans.  Besides giving her a husband, NOLA has many similar priorities: Food, Family, and Faith - all important parts of her life as a mother of two spirited sisters, one sweet boy, and one extremely needy dog. She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with degrees in Child Learning and Development and Psychology, before becoming a public school teacher.  She is now a full-time stay-at-home mom who loves experimenting in the kitchen and exploring the local food (and beer) scene. Joanna is also involved in her church, loves a good workout, and diving into a good book (or reality TV show). She loves to share on Instagram and (very) occasionally on her personal blog Cafe Du Martin.
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A Tour of Eataly in Dallas

Leafing through a new cookbook is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. When the newest edition of Bon Appétit magazine hits my mailbox, I often squeal with delight. And Food Network...
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10 High School & College Graduation Gifts They’ll Actually Use

Spring is in the air and graduation is mere moments away for every senior in college and high school who has been suffering senioritis since the fall. With such exciting changes on the horizon...
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Camp Skylark: Affordable, Convenient & FUN!

This post has been sponsored by Camp Skylark. All opinions are 100% our own! Summertime is coming and the livin’ should be easy and convenient! That is, if you've booked, planned, and scheduled all of...
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WHO RUN THE WORLD? Women-Owned Business List DFW

In the immortal words of Beyoncé, “Who run the world? GIRLS.” Never has the sentiment been truer in our beautiful metroplex than the present day. Women-owned businesses are popping up all over the place,...

Thinking About a Peloton? 5 Reasons Why It’s Worth the Investment

  January means it’s time to pack up my holiday decor—along with some of the more indulgent habits I adopted over the past month. Whether you're already digging into your New Year’s good habits or...

New + Tried-&-True Holiday Books for the Whole Family

As my Christmas tree twinkles in the corner of my living room and I snuggle up under a festive blanket, nestled among holiday throw pillows to write this post, all I can think is:...
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The Magic Formula for a Fantastic Friendsgiving

I attended my first Friendsgiving gathering in college while visiting my boyfriend’s (now my husband!) friends and family in New Orleans for Thanksgiving break. We gathered with a bunch of his friends and shared...

Homecoming Mums :: A Texas-Sized Tradition

The sights, smells, and sounds of fall are starting to trickle into our days. Cooler evenings, pumpkin-spiced everything, and the sounds of your local high school football game on a Friday evening wafting through...
Dallas Moms Fall Apple Recipes

Forget the PSL :: 5 Festive Fall {Apple} Recipes

I have a confession to make: I am not a fan of the PSL. Pumpkin Spice has never been my go-to fall flavor! I’ve never loved pumpkin pie and would rather go on drinking...
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Back to School, Back to Me :: Taking Back my Health this Fall

I always loved the start of a new school year as a student. I think I loved it even more as a teacher. Now as a mom I find myself absorbing my own children’s...

12 Summer Beach Reads You’ll go to Again and Again

Are you venturing out to the beach this summer? Hanging by a public pool? Or are you dipping your toes in a toddler pool in the backyard while your little one splashes around? One...

Iron Flask :: The LAST Water Bottle You Will Ever Need

I am a water bottle, coffee cup, travel beverage container collector. My husband will often roll his eyes when unloading groceries because of my habit to sneak in a purchase of some sort of...