December 2022

Co-Parenting During the Holidays

From planning family trips to buying gifts and honoring traditions, the holidays are often a very stressful time for families. For separated parents who share custody of their children, the holiday season brings about another layer of stress. How can parents work together to create a loving, stress-free atmosphere for […]
December 2022

The 12 Days of Christmas in SWLA

by Angie Kay Dilmore Southwest Louisiana is the perfect place to experience all the holiday season has to offer. We know December can be a busy, hectic month, but we encourage you to carve out time for you and your family and friends to enjoy the sparkle, the magic, the […]
December 2022

Your 2023 Wedding Planner

According to, 19 percent of all proposals happen during the month of December – the most popular month of the year to get engaged. If you’re among this group of giddy, happy couples, congratulations! This special section is for YOU! In this year’s wedding planner, Thrive focuses on the style and […]
December 2022

Take a Day Trip to Holiday Destinations

by Angie Kay Dilmore Want to get into the holiday spirit? There are plenty of holiday destinations within an easy day trip drive from Southwest Louisiana. Merry Christmas! Grant Christmas Tree Farm offers hundreds of Christmas trees to choose from. At least six varieties of Christmas trees are grown on […]
December 2022

First Person: Dr. John Noble Jr. Orthopedic Surgeon, President of Noble Development, and President of the Louisiana State Medical Society

Most people consider themselves lucky if they like their job. But when a true passion fuels a career, something really special results that positively impacts everyone it touches. In Dr. John Noble’s case, his dual passions for medicine and development are benefitting the entire Southwest Louisiana region. Originally from Lake […]
December 2022

Holiday Healthcare Wrap-up

December is full of fun and festivities. Keep focusing on healthy living with these tips in our special holiday healthcare section so you can enjoy every minute of the holiday season! Mindful Eating During December According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, the average person gains […]
November 2022

Letting Go and Moving Forward

It’s the holiday season again! Instead of writing about how to decrease your shopping stress, I want to address another kind of stress – holding grudges. The holidays as well as the New Year are the perfect time to think about how grudges may affect your stress level and your life […]
November 2022

Recovery Spotlight: Landscape Management

by Kristy Como Armand For Landscape Management Services, a company committed to growing and making Southwest Louisiana more beautiful, the impact of Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020, resonated on multiple levels.  Owner Doyle Pennick, who stayed in town during the storm’s landfall and aftermath, said it was a gut […]
November 2022

The Evolution of Kitchen Design

by Stefanie Powers, photos below courtesy of Tupper Homes In today’s homes, the kitchen is often the most important room in the house; but it hasn’t always been this way. In earliest times, families gathered around a fire outside their huts and caves for warmth and safety . . . […]
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