Monthly Archives: November 2015

Motivational Monday – The Strongest Factor for Success

I believe that everyone has the potential to do well in life.  The reason some people don’t achieve their goals is because they don’t have the confidence it takes to achieve them.

No matter how badly you want it, you’ll never get it if you don’t believe in yourself.  The strongest factor for success is self-esteem.  Because no matter how many people you’ve got rooting for you, no one is as influential as yourself.  No one but yourself has the power to make your decisions and propel yourself forward in life.

You’re destined for success.  You just have to believe… Believe you can do it, believe you deserve it, and believe you will get it!

henry ford

Reduce the Size of Your Lawn—and Your Yard Work

America’s love for lawns is alive and well, but more of us are letting other features into the yard. In a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, almost a third of homeowners who made changes to their lawn in the last year reduced its size in some way, for example, replacing grass with patio space, ground cover, flower beds, or even artificial turf.

We spoke with lawn and garden pros from around the country, plus major retailers and manufacturers, to learn exactly how residential landscapes are being reimagined.

Cut the size of your lawn

Grass needs a lot of water and fertilizer to stay thick and verdant. Plus there’s all that mowing. So reducing your lawn’s size saves work, time, and money, especially with rising water costs and rebates that some municipalities offer homeowners who trade their lawns for a low-water alternative. In Glendale, Ariz., for example, residents can earn $150 to $750, depending on how much grass they remove.

In addition to saving time and money, shrinking your lawn can also solve problems. To manage cut-through foot traffic on a corner lot and improve curb appeal, for example, replace a part of your lawn with a border of low-maintenance perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses.

Bring in native plants

Plants that are used to the local climate and soil conditions can survive without lots of water and fertilizer. Nurseries are getting on board with this trend by making native species more readily available.

You can also contact your local cooperative extension service to get ideas about climate-appropriate species. Or go to the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website for a state-by-state plant selector. Those sources might lead you to hardy ornamental grasses that change with the season; shade-loving ground cover, such as hostas or autumn fern; or species that withstand foot traffic, such as ornamental thyme.

Plant an edible garden

Growing your own vegetables is cost-effective and easier than ever. Home centers now carry large assortments of packaged seeds and starter plants of herbs and vegetables. While some people may see edible garden simply as a enjoyable hobby, it’s also driven by the local-food movement and the desire to know where their food is coming from.

It’s a good idea to have your soil tested before cultivating vegetables at home, especially if you live in an urban area where lead may be a concern. Container gardening, in pots or raised planters, allows you to control the soil if testing turns up a problem. Vertical gardening, wall-mounted planters in which you grow beans, strawberries, tomatoes, and more, is another option.

Create an outdoor room

Outdoor “rooms” are growing in popularity, with the lawn playing an integral role. Consumers are looking beyond the usual folding chairs and grill, equipping their open-air gathering spaces with weather-resistant furnishings, fire pits, and even televisions and other media. Retailers are making such projects easier by selling modular kits for fire pits, benches, and more.

Backyard water elements—a simple fountain, for example, or a man-made brook or pond—are also hot. In stressed-out economic times, it’s relaxing to listen to the sound of water flowing while you’re cooking on the grill.  Locally sourced stone is popular for patios, and better-looking composites are coming on strong for decks.

Follow sustainable practices

You can fertilize less by mulching more when mowing your lawn.

Depositing clippings on the lawn instead of bagging them returns nutrients back into the soil, reducing fertilizing needs by as much as 30 percent. When buying fertilizer, consider the environmental friendliness of the ingredients, along with ease of application and price.

When changing their lawn, most homeowners prefer seed over sod. Seeding is cheaper, and it lets you tailor the mix to your yard conditions and choose from a wide variety of species, including less-thirsty ones, such as tall fescue.

Drip irrigation systems, which put water directly onto root systems, are also catching on. So are weather-based sprinkler controls, which use climate sensors, Wi-Fi communication, and other technologies to monitor local conditions and irrigate more efficiently by, for example, turning off when rain is due. Items that used to be special-order have gone mainstream,including rain barrels and compost bins.

Eat Lafayette – Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn

hulo landryThe legacy of Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn began during the Great Depression with a hand-pushed snowball stand run by a man named Hulo Landry.  Landry was originally a baker by trade, but he ironically developed an allergy to flour; thus, he became an entrepreneur.

The Lafayette native introduced the famous “poor boy” sandwiches to Acadiana after spending some time in New Orleans.  He decided to give up his snowball stand and began selling “poor boys” (also called po-boys) along with burgers.  His new business flourished, prompting him to expand his menu to include fresh seafood and steaks.

In 1940, shortly after Poor Boy’s relocated, a great flood destroyed the restaurant.  No one in Lafayette thought that Landry would come back from the loss, but surprisingly, just three months later, Poor Boy’s was up and running again.

Six years later, Poor Boy’s relocated yet again, bringing Lafayette the first fully air-conditioned restaurant.  By this time, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn was a complete success.  The ever-expanding menu and spectacular service kept bringing in happy and loyal customers.  Landry continued to prosper until his death in 1958.

poor boys building

Today, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn is run by Hulo’s grandson Richard, who teamed up with his sister Elaine to open a second restaurant in New Iberia,  called Little River Inn.  The business continues to prosper on the same premise that brought Hulo Landry his great success–quality in food and perfection in service.

poor boys food

poor boys gumbo

The extensive Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn menu includes just about every Cajun dish you’d imagine.  Along with plenty of comfort food options, there are also heart-healthy and vegetarian portions, allowing all appetites to be satisfied. Daily lunch specials are offered throughout the week, and yes, po-boys are still on the menu!

poor boys sign

22nd Annual Oil Center Festival of Light

christmas lights

Looking for a festive way to kick off the Christmas holiday?  Bring your family to the Oil Center for the Festival of Light!

You and your loved ones will enjoy a magical evening full of music, food, shopping, and fun.  Take pictures with Santa, play in the (artificial) snow, and gaze at the beautifully strung Christmas lights on Coolidge Blvd.

The Festival of Light is one of Lafayette’s favorite holiday traditions.  Join in on the fun next Friday, December 4, from 5 PM to 10 PM in the Oil Center.  Admission and parking are free!

festival of light

Monthly Archives: November 2015

Motivational Monday – The Strongest Factor for Success

I believe that everyone has the potential to do well in life.  The reason some people don’t achieve their goals is because they don’t have the confidence it takes to achieve them.

No matter how badly you want it, you’ll never get it if you don’t believe in yourself.  The strongest factor for success is self-esteem.  Because no matter how many people you’ve got rooting for you, no one is as influential as yourself.  No one but yourself has the power to make your decisions and propel yourself forward in life.

You’re destined for success.  You just have to believe… Believe you can do it, believe you deserve it, and believe you will get it!

henry ford

Reduce the Size of Your Lawn—and Your Yard Work

America’s love for lawns is alive and well, but more of us are letting other features into the yard. In a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, almost a third of homeowners who made changes to their lawn in the last year reduced its size in some way, for example, replacing grass with patio space, ground cover, flower beds, or even artificial turf.

We spoke with lawn and garden pros from around the country, plus major retailers and manufacturers, to learn exactly how residential landscapes are being reimagined.

Cut the size of your lawn

Grass needs a lot of water and fertilizer to stay thick and verdant. Plus there’s all that mowing. So reducing your lawn’s size saves work, time, and money, especially with rising water costs and rebates that some municipalities offer homeowners who trade their lawns for a low-water alternative. In Glendale, Ariz., for example, residents can earn $150 to $750, depending on how much grass they remove.

In addition to saving time and money, shrinking your lawn can also solve problems. To manage cut-through foot traffic on a corner lot and improve curb appeal, for example, replace a part of your lawn with a border of low-maintenance perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses.

Bring in native plants

Plants that are used to the local climate and soil conditions can survive without lots of water and fertilizer. Nurseries are getting on board with this trend by making native species more readily available.

You can also contact your local cooperative extension service to get ideas about climate-appropriate species. Or go to the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website for a state-by-state plant selector. Those sources might lead you to hardy ornamental grasses that change with the season; shade-loving ground cover, such as hostas or autumn fern; or species that withstand foot traffic, such as ornamental thyme.

Plant an edible garden

Growing your own vegetables is cost-effective and easier than ever. Home centers now carry large assortments of packaged seeds and starter plants of herbs and vegetables. While some people may see edible garden simply as a enjoyable hobby, it’s also driven by the local-food movement and the desire to know where their food is coming from.

It’s a good idea to have your soil tested before cultivating vegetables at home, especially if you live in an urban area where lead may be a concern. Container gardening, in pots or raised planters, allows you to control the soil if testing turns up a problem. Vertical gardening, wall-mounted planters in which you grow beans, strawberries, tomatoes, and more, is another option.

Create an outdoor room

Outdoor “rooms” are growing in popularity, with the lawn playing an integral role. Consumers are looking beyond the usual folding chairs and grill, equipping their open-air gathering spaces with weather-resistant furnishings, fire pits, and even televisions and other media. Retailers are making such projects easier by selling modular kits for fire pits, benches, and more.

Backyard water elements—a simple fountain, for example, or a man-made brook or pond—are also hot. In stressed-out economic times, it’s relaxing to listen to the sound of water flowing while you’re cooking on the grill.  Locally sourced stone is popular for patios, and better-looking composites are coming on strong for decks.

Follow sustainable practices

You can fertilize less by mulching more when mowing your lawn.

Depositing clippings on the lawn instead of bagging them returns nutrients back into the soil, reducing fertilizing needs by as much as 30 percent. When buying fertilizer, consider the environmental friendliness of the ingredients, along with ease of application and price.

When changing their lawn, most homeowners prefer seed over sod. Seeding is cheaper, and it lets you tailor the mix to your yard conditions and choose from a wide variety of species, including less-thirsty ones, such as tall fescue.

Drip irrigation systems, which put water directly onto root systems, are also catching on. So are weather-based sprinkler controls, which use climate sensors, Wi-Fi communication, and other technologies to monitor local conditions and irrigate more efficiently by, for example, turning off when rain is due. Items that used to be special-order have gone mainstream,including rain barrels and compost bins.

Eat Lafayette – Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn

hulo landryThe legacy of Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn began during the Great Depression with a hand-pushed snowball stand run by a man named Hulo Landry.  Landry was originally a baker by trade, but he ironically developed an allergy to flour; thus, he became an entrepreneur.

The Lafayette native introduced the famous “poor boy” sandwiches to Acadiana after spending some time in New Orleans.  He decided to give up his snowball stand and began selling “poor boys” (also called po-boys) along with burgers.  His new business flourished, prompting him to expand his menu to include fresh seafood and steaks.

In 1940, shortly after Poor Boy’s relocated, a great flood destroyed the restaurant.  No one in Lafayette thought that Landry would come back from the loss, but surprisingly, just three months later, Poor Boy’s was up and running again.

Six years later, Poor Boy’s relocated yet again, bringing Lafayette the first fully air-conditioned restaurant.  By this time, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn was a complete success.  The ever-expanding menu and spectacular service kept bringing in happy and loyal customers.  Landry continued to prosper until his death in 1958.

poor boys building

Today, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn is run by Hulo’s grandson Richard, who teamed up with his sister Elaine to open a second restaurant in New Iberia,  called Little River Inn.  The business continues to prosper on the same premise that brought Hulo Landry his great success–quality in food and perfection in service.

poor boys food

poor boys gumbo

The extensive Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn menu includes just about every Cajun dish you’d imagine.  Along with plenty of comfort food options, there are also heart-healthy and vegetarian portions, allowing all appetites to be satisfied. Daily lunch specials are offered throughout the week, and yes, po-boys are still on the menu!

poor boys sign

22nd Annual Oil Center Festival of Light

christmas lights

Looking for a festive way to kick off the Christmas holiday?  Bring your family to the Oil Center for the Festival of Light!

You and your loved ones will enjoy a magical evening full of music, food, shopping, and fun.  Take pictures with Santa, play in the (artificial) snow, and gaze at the beautifully strung Christmas lights on Coolidge Blvd.

The Festival of Light is one of Lafayette’s favorite holiday traditions.  Join in on the fun next Friday, December 4, from 5 PM to 10 PM in the Oil Center.  Admission and parking are free!

festival of light