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.

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...
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Top 10 Amazon Buys for Summer FUN at Home

This post contains affiliate links. School’s out for SUMMER! It’s time for warm days filled with lazy days, bubbles, water balloon fights, and making a splash at your local pool! I always like to get...

Texas Travel :: Houston

  Looking for a big city escape for your family but don’t want to spend the money or time jet-setting off across the country? Houston has the same big city vibes but a much closer...

{microblog} Cheers :: Margarita & Ranch Water Recipes

Having a solid margarita recipe under your belt is essential for any Texas home bar set up. It’s classic, delicious, and best paired with warm chips and cold salsa. If you are not a...

{microblog} This has been Hard, but Now I’m Embracing It

  I have always loved being the type of mom who takes my kids to places. Museums, the library, the zoo, the store, the park. A daily outing was something that has kept me sane...

Is Your STUFF Serving You? Reflections from My Annual House Purge

I am a planner, a list maker, a goal setter. Every year I jump on the bandwagon of a January home decluttering process and purge. Before I dive any deeper, I want to start...

The Dallas Guide to King Cake for Mardi Gras

Parades, beads, crawfish, and day-drinking might not be a part of Dallas life but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras with your family at home. I would dare to say that aside...

What is Your Word of the Year?

I jumped on the “word of the year” bandwagon back in 2014. I was about to have my first baby. I had no clue what was about to rock my world and I didn’t want...