I love spring, though my allergies don’t, because of the blooming of everything. As we recover from Mardi Gras and look to the end of Lent and to Easter, everything feels fresh and new and, when I’m not sneezing, smells glorious.

My husband, our son and I walk our neighborhood every morning we can, and seeing all the colors and smelling all the flowers never fails to bring a smile to my face. We are lucky to live just off Magazine Street, and now that our son is walking and the weather is warming up, we toddle slowly along learning about the new stores, restaurants and offices as they pop up, while revisiting old friends (Hi, Coquette!).

Our annual feature on Magazine Street offers similar new insights on the wide variety of experiences on this one street stretching over six miles.

With this changing of seasons comes the opportunity to get outside more often and attend the great myriad of nonprofit fundraisers on offer. Whether you want to add some color to a favorite outfit or for a whole new look, see our spring fashion feature and our What’s Hot for Spring Fashion Accessories. And if you’re at Lakeside Mall and are looking for something that feels as good as it looks, one of my favorite stores, Soft Surroundings, opened mid-March!

My birthday has just passed and though I’m just a year older, I feel like time is passing much too quickly. Watching my son grow makes me aware of each passing second. (It is so fast! Everyone says that their babies grew to toddlers too quickly, but I had no idea how true that would be.) And I want to be around for as many of his seconds as possible. So, in addition to wearing more sunscreen, my husband and I are cleaning out our house one room at a time to give what we no longer need to others who do. And we’re working out more and eating fresher, less caloric foods. Being able to chart my progress helps me (and shows me when I splurge too much), and being able to do so with my husband is good for both of us. We are enjoying the app MyFitnessPal, but if you’re looking to do the same thing, find a way that’s right for you – whether that’s this app, another or writing it down longhand – and go all in.

Enjoy this weather while it lasts because summer is coming, and soon we’ll be running for pools and sprinklers!

Morgan's Note

Morgan Packard Griffith






“Champion Awards Reception,” benefiting Families Helping Families NOLA, 232-0890, FHFNola.org.



“RESPONSE – Artists in the Park,” benefiting The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, ResponseArtistsInThePark.com.



10th annual “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 421-1060.



“Man & Woman of the Year 2019 Kick-Off,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3210.



“The Revival Gala: PRC’s 42nd annual Julia Jump,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032, PRCNO.org.



“2019 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 785-3208.



“APAS: Asian Pacific American Society Festival,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 581-4629, AudubonNatureInstitute.org.



“Studio 504: Disco for Dance,” benefiting Upturn Arts, 390-8399, UpturnArts.org/Studio504.



“Cochon Cotillion XXII,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House, 821-7134.



“Gryphon Gala,” benefiting Lutheran High School, 628-7819.



“ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting ACCESS, 885-1141, CCANO.org/brunch.



47th annual “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting Men and Women of Fashion, 522-0996, extension 208.



10th annual “Friendraising Luncheon,” benefiting Kingsley House, 523-6221, extension 196.



Second annual “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon,” benefiting New Orleans Town Gardners and Friends of City Park, 482-4888.



“WYES Passport to the World,” benefiting WYES, WYES.org.



“Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman!”, benefiting National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section, 861-7788.



“NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 2019,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4106.



“Son of a Saint International Benefit Dinner,” benefiting Son of A Saint,  561-7508.



“Grow Dat Hootenanny,” benefiting Grow Dat Youth Farm, 300-1132.



“Tails but no Black Tie,” benefiting Equest Farm in New Orleans City Park, 483-9398.



“Harry Thompson Center Gala – Harry Says Aloha!”, 273- 5547, extension 1.



Fifth annual “There’s No Place Like Home,” benefiting New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, 899-4589.



31st annual “Zoo-To-Do For Kids presented by Children’s Hospital,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 861-5107, AudubonNatureInstitute.org.