Home & Family
Home & Family
Our Home & Family section covers a wide-range of topics to help you create the home of your dreams for your family. Check here for articles on real estate, interior design, child-rearing, family dynamics, home repair and much more.


10/2/2017 9:47:38 PM
As cooler weather arrives, the battle against bugs and pests can shift and take on a life of its own as rodents, mice, and roaches attempt to escape the outdoor chill.
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10/2/2017 9:35:23 PM
From costumes to candy, we've got you covered this Halloween.
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Categories: Decorating  |  Entertaining  |  Home  |  Parenting
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8/31/2017 3:03:33 PM
Planting a garden can be a daunting task. Maybe it’s the idea of spending hours out in the southern heat, pulling weeds, and holding a watering can. Maybe you fear you’ll end up killing the very plants you’ve invested so much in. Or maybe you simply don’t have the energy or time to devote to a larger garden.
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8/7/2017 3:37:04 PM

Oh, Baby . . . you’re having a baby! Or you have a baby. In either case, parenthood and all it entails is a primary focus in your life. Certainly, being a mom or dad is likely by far the hardest job and the greatest responsibility you’ll ever experience. And we want to help. This issue’s cover story aims to make your job a little easier and give you peace of mind that, yes, you’re doing a great job. Here, you’ll find stories on decorating the nursery, buying baby clothes, helping your baby develop healthy and happy, and a fun update on those adorable Busby quintuplets.

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Categories: Home  |  Parenting  |  Relationships
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7/5/2017 8:31:26 AM
Thrive magazine supports the efforts of DeWanna's Closet this month by providing a drop-off box in their office lobby. If you would like to make a donation, please bring new school uniform apparel (used clothing not accepted) to the office at 4845 Iles Rd., Lake Charles. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be given to the office receptionist. 
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7/5/2017 8:27:02 AM
An initiative that began in Fayetteville, Arkansas to help relieve food insecurities in local Arkansas neighborhoods, the Little Free Pantry project has spread to many states across the United States. Now, the Little Free Pantry project has taken root in Louisiana, a movement that started in New Orleans and will come soon to neighborhoods in Southwest Louisiana.
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6/1/2017 11:43:13 AM

Media alerts interrupt regular broadcasts. News bulletins flash. Weather forecasts show another storm entering the Gulf of Mexico. As hurricane season begins each June 1, residents along the Louisiana Coast brace themselves for the onslaught of watches and updates. 


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Categories: Home  |  Summer
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7/8/2014 12:16:39 PM

Summer is here and many people flock to the water to beat the sweltering heat. But, if you aren't able to dig your toes into the sand, skip stones on a peaceful lake or nap on your favorite float in the pool, there are things you can do to bring the summer inside your home or office, according to local interior designer Daryl L. Boyd of Daryl Boyd Designs.


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4/10/2014 1:23:52 PM
The beauty of flowers and plants doesn’t need to stop in your garden or patio. Bring the feeling of spring and growth into your home with houseplants.

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Categories: Home
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7/8/2013 2:18:08 PM

Home shopping is an exciting, sometimes frustrating experience, especially for first-time homebuyers who have an image of in mind of what their "dream home” should look like.


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Categories: Decorating  |  Home  |  Real Estate
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7/8/2013 1:56:42 PM

It often seems as though mosquitoes make a beeline for one person in a group, leaving them full of bites when others aren’t nearly as bothered. The itchy bites can be enough of a nuisance, but for those who are allergic to mosquitoes, the bites can swell and become painful. Can anything be done to lessen one’s attraction to mosquitoes?


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Categories: Home  |  Summer  |  Yard
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6/3/2013 12:40:19 PM

For many children, having a sleepover with friends is a rite of passage. It crosses the threshold of independence and allows the child to experience overnight life outside the home. For many parents and families, a kid’s first sleepover is the first time they’ve flown the nest. It’s good and healthy to let children test their wings, but it can also be a nerve-racking experience for parent and child.


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Categories: Home  |  Parenting
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6/3/2013 12:33:52 PM

When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria went into mourning. She wore all black until her death in 1901 and impacted the mourning customs of Westerners indefinitely. Today, when we attend funerals or otherwise mournful events, we choose dark colors to show our compassion and sympathy. It’s become such an engrained part of Western society that we rarely question it; from our perspective, black is an ominous color that signifies sorrow and foreboding, just as "seeing red” signifies anger and "feeling blue” indicates sadness.


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4/3/2013 11:00:01 AM

Since Southwest Louisiana has warm weather about eight months out of the year, backyard pools are a favorite addition to many family homes. The kids, and the neighborhood kids, love it, the parents like having the kids at home where they can keep an eye on things, and once the initial investment is paid, it's a great way to entertain without spending a lot of money.


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Categories: Entertaining  |  Home  |  Parenting  |  Summer  |  Yard
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4/3/2013 10:56:27 AM

Whether your backyard oasis is a sprawling mecca for relaxation or a simple hammock in the shade, everyone can agree that pests can ruin your coveted downtime. Mosquitoes, ants, flies and bees are just a few of the flying creatures that can quickly put a damper on the party.


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3/1/2013 9:44:27 AM

After the cold, rainy winter we’ve had, homeowners should be on the look out for pests trying to find food and shelter this spring; specifically ants and termites, which are typically more active this time of year.


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3/1/2013 9:30:50 AM

In the 19th century, Americans dusted their homes in March because it was pleasant enough to keep their windows open, and the wind would carry the dust away. Today we have vacuum cleaners, so the time of year is not nearly as important. However, after the cold (and, in Southwest Louisiana, the rain) a thorough spring-cleaning can signify a fresh start for the new season.


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3/1/2013 9:30:27 AM

Louisiana fourth and eighth graders are gearing up to take the first phase of the state’s high-stakes test in March and the second phase in April, and educators have been working to equip students with the knowledge and the tools that they need to be ready for the testing.



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2/25/2013 8:47:50 AM
The pacifier is a source of comfort for many babies. By the time they reach toddlerhood, it’s often an essential item to get them to sleep at night or calm them during a storm. No doubt it’s a popular tool used by many parents, but what happens when your baby grows into a preschooler and still insists on having it at all times? Are you setting them up for future problems if you don’t take it away by a certain age?
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2/25/2013 8:37:40 AM
The popularity of reality television shows such as TLC’s Extreme Couponing has led to an increased interest in couponing. What was once seen as a pastime for your mother or grandmother has now come back bigger than ever, due in part to TLC, blogs, social media sites and savings apps. Today’s 24-7 access to technology makes it easier than ever to save a buck and stretch your family’s budget. With terms like blinkies, catalinas and doubling, coupled with the amount of time it takes to clip and organize coupons, it can all be a little overwhelming for a novice. According to Chrissy LeBleu, local coupon expert and founder of the Frugal Coupon Queens Blog, knowing the basics and developing a system that works can have you saving money in no time.
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1/9/2013 1:28:57 PM
You may think of household pests as just an annoyance, but they can also pose a risk to your health and that of your family.
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1/9/2013 1:20:57 PM
Buying or selling a home boils down to reaching a compromise. In most cases, concessions are made in an effort to agree on terms such as price, time frame and condition of the house.
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1/9/2013 1:13:42 PM
The start of a new year signals a time of new beginnings for many and for school-aged children, it marks the halfway point in the school year. By now the newness of school has completely worn off and trying to get motivated to finish the year strong is a challenge after all the excitement of the holiday season has passed. But with state-mandated testing on the horizon, it is more important than ever for kids to break out of their winter hibernation and attack their studies and homework with a new enthusiasm.
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