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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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