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During the holiday season, our thoughts turn to those that make our business possible. Thank You for trusting us with your real estate needs. Wishing you happiness to warm your heart and fill your home with Christmas joy!

Eliana Ashkar, Joel Bacque, Teresa Hamilton, Sharon Henderson, Jason Louviere, Kimberly Lafleur

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CONTENTS

18 LOCALISM 4 10 12 13 14

Cajun Nation: Duson Local Limelight Launch Landmark Christina Martinez

HOME + STYLE 16 17 21 22 24

Wreath Making Winter Plants Indoor Decor His Her Fashion Louisiana Legs

FOOD + DRINK 25 27 32 33 34

OWNERS/PUBLISHERS:

Gumbo Tips Feeding Your Tribe Dining Destination Eat Fit Acadiana Smart Comfort Food

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HEALTH + FITNESS 35 Juicing 36 Osteopathy 37 Local Lifesavers

DATING + MARRIAGE

337 CORRESPONDENTS

38 Mr. & Mrs. 39 12 Days of Christmas

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KIDS + PETS 40 41 42 43

Placenta Encapsulation Children Winter Destinations Dog Training Pet Paintings

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McNeese Women’s Soccer ULL Basketball LSU Softball MMA: Tyler Hill Local Playgrounds The Happening

Terri Fensel, Travis Gauthier, Michiru Kusaka, Heather Salsman

CONTACT US

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ON OUR COVER

Photographer: Travis Gauthier, Zoom Photo Studio Model: Cristina Martinez Wardrobe Stylist: Michelle Judice Hair: Annie Bonaventure Makeup: Elizabeth Schoeffler Clothing: Park Lane Jewelry: Kiki 3

Brandon Alleman, Cheré Coen, Brandon Comeaux, Hannah Comeaux, Sonia Desormeaux, Angie Dumas, Emily Gaudet, Curt Guillory, Lisa Hanchey, Michelle Judice, Samantha Cole-Kelly, Garrett Ohlymeyer, Justin Price, Eat Fit Acadiana

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS/ ARTISTS

SPORTS + ADVENTURE 44 45 46 47 48 50

Jason Roy, Sevie Zeller Publishing Assistant: Laura Domingue Editor: Sevie Zeller Editorial Assistant: Heather Salsman Graphic Designer: Jason Roy Account Executives: Mindi Bernard, Blair Blanchard Suire, Holly Addison Williams Fashion Editor: Michelle Judice Ad Design: Kevin Pontiff, Bobbijo Vittorio Web Design: Laura Domingue, Heather Salsman

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IN LOVING MEMORY

337 magazine is on a mission to highlight the best our region has to offer: fun places to visit; the finest food in the world, a unique culture filled with art and music; and a sense of family unity. While this special issue was in production, our 337 team lost two cherished family members, Faye Broussard and Kirk Zeller. We extend our deepest condolences to the Broussard and Zeller families for their loss and dedicate this issue to two beloved individuals who taught many how to be their best selves and laugh along the way. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - A.A. Milne

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LOU ISIANA

HEART OF THE CAJUN PRAIRIE • Tour rice and crawfish farms

• Visit Kelly’s Landing Agricultural Museum & Agri-Tour • Tour the Grand Opera House of the South • Visit a Rice Interpretive Center, J.D. Miller Recording Studio Museum and visit Ford Automotive Museum • Visit a German Heritage Museum

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Gotta Taste It

Two Acadiana eateries have branches in Duson. The Best Stop Express, an extension of Best Stop in Scott, is located inside Roady’s Lucky Dueces Travel Plaza in Duson. Champagne’s grocery has a location in Duson, as well, at 9103 Cameron Street.

Famous residents

David and Emily Wortman create ceramic works of art in their pottery studio located on a working rice farm. Visit Wortman Pottery at 1769 Potters Road in Duson. Photo By: Jennifer Craft

P O P U L AT I O N Population at the 2010 census

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The Phuoc Minh Monastery at 7311 W. Congress Street in Duson, part of the Vietnamese Sangha Congregation in America, invites visitors to its fouracre monastery to practice and cultivate mindfulness. There are several Buddha statues and the Buddha Hall where Shakyamuni Buddha is seated at the center. Activities include meditation, chanting and dharma lessons.

Photo By: Becca Begnaud

Roadside Attractions

The softball and baseball fields of Judice Park at 500 Golden Grain Road are perfect to get a few games in.

Claim to Fame

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SPOTLIGHT

Kathryn Duncan crowned 81st International Rice Festival Queen Staff Report

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athryn Shea Duncan, 81st International Rice Festival Queen, is a 21-year-old UL Lafayette marketing student from Crowley, Louisiana. “In the next year I hope to bring awareness to The International Rice Festival, especially to the hard-working rice farmers and all of those in the industry,” she told 337 magazine. Over 3 million people around the world depend on rice as their main food source. “Being from the rice capital of America means so much to me because I know that our farmers feed so many people around the globe,” Duncan stated. Her duties will include attending the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians’ Mardi Gras Ball in Washington DC and going to West

Virginia for the USA Rice Miller’s Association Convention. “I will be one amongst many men and women who are considered to have pivotal roles in the rice industry,” she said. In addition to traveling in representation of local rice farmers throughout the year, Duncan also received nine scholarships to aid her in completing her last semester at UL Lafayette. Among those scholarships are The Supreme Rice Mill and The Falcon Rice Mill Scholarships. Duncan is part of a fourth-generation rice farming family. Last year she represented the city of Crowley as 80th Miss Crowley. Keep up with her travels at the 81st International Rice Festival Queen by following the International Rice Festival Facebook page.

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YOUNGSVILLE Where life is sweeter and there’s lots going on

Businesses On The Rise Youngsville is touted as the fastest growing area…here is a small sampling of the exciting new openings:

Pink Trailer Jam Band

Also Nov. 25, Sugar Jam presents Pink Trailer Jam Band from 6-9 p.m. in Sugar Mill Pond Town Center. The finale of this free, family-friendly community music series is guaranteed to be jammin’!

• Growler USA - From local and regional craft beers to draught wines and hard ciders, Growler USA has over 100 beers on tap! • Good Eats Kitchen - With a new location in Metairie Centre, GEK offers a large selection of chef prepared, high quality meals that are ready to heat and eat. • Marley B’s - Serving fresh pressed juice, smoothies and clean foods to the wonderful community, Marley B’s uses local produce and no synthetics. • Daiquiris Supreme - The new location in Cornay Plaza will be open any day! Stop in for lunch, dinner and drinks. • Super 1 Foods – The warehouse-style stores with upscale full-service specialty departments will now be serving the Youngsville area too. • Board & Brush – This is THE place for creating fun and unique wood décor projects from scratch while enjoying a fun instructor led atmosphere.

Shop The Sweet Life! Celebrate Small Business Saturday and kick off the holiday season by shopping Youngsville local businesses Nov. 25 for great deals!

Garnering National Attention

Youngsville Sports Complex was recently voted in the top 3 of “9 American Ballparks Every Planner Must See” by SportsEvents. Noted for outstanding fields and amenities, the sports complex is just another example of what Youngsville is doing right.

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Efficiency at Its Finest

Tiffany Saltzman

Getting the most out of your gym time By Tiffany Saltzman, CPT, M.S. Manager, ILoveKickboxing Youngsville

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here’s nothing worse than spending an hour or two at the gym only to leave feeling like all you’ve accomplished were a few mirror selfies and some cooler chat with the old guy who bogarts the stair-master. Let’s face it, no one “likes” the gym; we do it because we’re supposed to. If we’re lucky we have a membership at a boutique facility that offers classes where we can mingle and have some semblance of “fun” while working out. We are long passed the days of “low and slow” for weight loss, we now have the perfect excuse to be in and out of the gym in a hurry: high intensity interval training! Using highly intense, short bursts of exercise, we can challenge the cardiovascular system like endurance training, maintain muscle tone but lose fat, and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that even just 15

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minutes of HIIT-style training can give similar benefits to an hour on the treadmill! No one wants to spend an hour on the treadmill unless you are a serious day time TV fan, and even still, no one can watch that much Rachel Ray. Efficiency! It’s a beautiful thing if you’re willing to do the work.

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LaDeDa Boutique & Gifts 

Ardoin Reading Ardoin Reading Clinic Clinic      

Shop local at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville We proudly feature all locally-owned merchants

Sugar Jam at Sugar Mill Pond Town Center

Oct. 28, Louisiana Soul Revue • Nov. 25, Pink Trailer Jam Band

Shop Small Saturday - Holiday themed Saturday, Nov. 25

Winter Wonderland at Waterview

Friday, Dec. 15 Bring a toy or monetary donation for Faith House • Refreshments and family activities

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

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Owner of Cypi’s Cake Box By Heather Salsman 337: What do you love most about your job? Cypi: Being the BOSS!

337: Do you dance crazy when no one is looking? Cypi: Absolutely

337: Who would you be if you were a celebrity? Cypi: An American solider

337: What cheers you up? Cypi: 600 acres in Claiborne County, Mississippi

337: What do you do when you are off the clock? Cypi: Bow hunting and concerts

337: Do you have a strange talent? Cypi: Working with my husband for over 20 years

337: What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Cypi: White Chocolate Raspberry

337: Is there a specific nonprofit that you find yourself drawn to? Cypi: Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that rescues children from sex-trafficking

337: What kind of music do you enjoy? Cypi: Rock and Christian

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Senior Director of Alumni Facilities and Special Projects, University of Louisiana By Heather Salsman 337: What do you love most about your job?   Dan: Meeting and visiting with UL alumni as they recollect good memories from their time as students on campus.

337: What is the most distant place you’ve visited?    Dan: Germany

337: What do you do for fun?             Dan: Like most people in Cajun Country, I enjoy going out to eat and spending quality time with family and friends.

337: What is your favorite place to eat in town?          Dan: La Fonda

337: What is the last picture you took with your phone?         Dan: It was a picture at one of my much older friend’s 60th birthday party. 337: What is your favorite kind of music?      Dan: In my office I usually listen to Mad Men Suite Radio on Pandora and in my car it is the ‘70s channel on Sirius XM Radio.

337: What is your favorite show?         Dan: Masterpiece Theatre on LPB

337: Do you volunteer locally?           Dan: I currently serve as a volunteer board member for two nonprofits: Acadiana Center for the Arts and Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB). 337: What do you think would be one of the best steps we could take to make the community better?        Dan: More driver’s education

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HOMETOWN HERO

HEROES CREATING HEROES New Traveling Fire Safety House By Heather Salsman

The Lafayette Fire Department is renowned for exceptional service to the community. When they aren’t putting out fires, these groups of extraordinary heroes are assisting wrecks, supporting Cajun Navy, fundraising for Puerto Rico, and so much more. Many in the area are also very thankful for the time that these men and women take to educate our children about fire safety. This vital task helps prevent fires and creates awareness for when a fire, whether big or small, breaks out. LFD recently introduced their new Fire Safety House that travels to schools and community events. The mobile display uses features of smoke, heat, and smoke alarms that create a realistic environment of what it’s like when a home or building catches fire. If a class has a special field trip, they can contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 337-281-8704 to make arrangements for the Fire Safety House. It’s an experience that can change – and save – lives. V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 6

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Lafayette-based company noted for premium products By Heather Salsman

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nother local business is getting national attention! Launched with the help of Opportunity Machine, this phone accessory business started in a 10x10 office and now sells their incredibly durable products internationally. i10 Accessories began their campaigning for their Power Series Cable in 2015 and became one of the top funded Kickstarter’s for charging cables. The Power Series Cable features a longer cord than most chargers, with extreme durability and a lifetime warranty. Other superior quality products made by i10 Accessories include USB cables, an HDMI cable and impressive screen protectors made with 9H tempered glass and anti-fingerprint coating.

However, the product we are obsessed with is the military grade nylon braided, steel encased, magnetic locking, shock absorbing headphones with superior sound quality and (as with all i10’s power series line) hassle-free lifetime warranty. The last charger and headphones that you’ll ever need are available right here in in the 337! The local business sells online and distributes through two retailers in Lafayette. Find out more at i10distribution.com.

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AHEAD OF ITS TIME Crown Decal Printers marks 54th anniversary By Lisa Hanchey

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ow in its 54th year, Lafayette-based print shop Crown Decal Printers continues to offer first-class quality screen printing, decals and signage. Established in 1963, the business has been owned and operated by founder Edmond deBoisblanc since its inception.

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Founded at a time when professional signs were still painted by hand, Crown Decal Printers has adapted to the many changes in printing technology over the decades. In fact, the company has led the way in many technological advancements, becoming the first business in the Lafayette

area to offer commercial screen printing, as well as the first to offer computer-cut vinyl lettering. “We started out hand-painting signs the old way – with a brush,” said company owner deBoisblanc. “Over the years we have not only kept pace with the latest technology, but also branched out to produce a comprehensive scope of products and services, from decals to digital printing and much more.” Much of the company’s initial success in the 1960s came from printing signs for local real estate agencies in Lafayette. After securing a contract to print decals for Petroleum Helicopters Incorporated, the company soon earned a reputation as a source for decals within the oil field industry. Over the years, the company has also established itself as a resource for producing screen-printed festival posters and has printed numerous editions for nearly every festival in Louisiana. “We have been privileged to serve countless

customers over half a century by providing the latest technology and top-quality products,” said deBoisblanc. “Personally, I have been blessed to have an incredibly talented staff of professionals working with me, several of whom have been here for more than 25 years. And we hope to keep serving our customers for many years to come.” Located at 141 Decal St. in Lafayette, Crown Decal Printers offers a wide range of products and services including decals for vehicles and equipment for many major oil field service companies, a variety of commercial and political signage, adhesive vinyl lettering, posters and art prints including the late George Rodrigue’s famous Blue Dog prints, custom digital printing, stencils and numerous specialty products and printing techniques. For more information about Crown Decal Printers, call 337-233-3684 or email Edmond@CrownDecal.com.

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L O C A L I S M 337: Describe your childhood. Where did you grow up? Were there any definitive events that developed you into the strong woman you’ve become? Martinez: I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. I was very privileged when I was a teenager; my father owned a heavy machinery company, and my mother was a stay at home mom. My father passed away when I was 17, and unfortunately, we lost everything we had. My mother decided to move back to Puerto Rico since the political situation in Venezuela was getting bad. That kind of burst my bubble at the time, but it made me realize that not everything is peaches and cream! 337: A lot of people know you from Party Central. What is your role there and how do you work with your clients to bring their vision to life? Martinez: I do sales and design at Party Central, one of the largest event delivery and set up fleets in the South. We are also Event Solutions and Deep South Containers, so we cover a lot of necessities for events. You could say that we are a one stop shop. I love working there because we do not limit ourselves. I can honestly say that we do it all. It doesn’t matter how big or small the event is - or how crazy the idea - we will turn it into a reality.

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337: Will you tell us a bit about your daughter? Martinez: Penelope is my favorite topic. She is a very mature four-year-old. The funny thing is that sometimes she feels more like my best friend than my daughter. Sometimes I feel like she understands what I do for a living, and she loves joining me on work setups and radio events. 337: Talk to us about your radio show. Where can our readers tune in?  Martinez: Tune in Monday mornings 6-9 a.m. on 87.7 El Sabor Hot Latino Mix. I share the cabin with Alberto Padron, and we discuss (en español) weekend events, news, weather and, of course, a little gossip. I also have a show Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. with Alberto Padron, Gloria Zambrano and our psychiatrist Joy Demente. This one is for adults, and we talk about relationships, sex and day to

337: Can you tell our readers about the column you write? Martinez: This one is a very special project because it’s where it all started! It’s a Hispanic magazine called Nosotrus!, and I oversee social events such as local weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, festivals and concerts. 337: You were recently involved with the Latin Festival. What role did you play, and what impact do you think this is having on our community? Martinez: I was very much involved in the Latin Festival starting with the setup process, but my main role was hosting with Gloria Zambrano. The great thing about this event is that it brings the Hispanic community together: Colombians, Venezuelans, Mexicans, Hondurans, Puertoricans and even Spanish emersion program schools. It’s very important to keep this yearly festival so that people keep learning about different cultures and see how great the food, music and dancing are. 337: What advice would you give to someone who may be struggling in their current season? Martinez: This is a hard one because I have been in that position where nothing makes sense, but you have to look around and realize that things will get better. Even when people try to knock you down, you can always get up, do good and be good. 337: Is there anything else that you want for our readers to know?  Martinez: The message that I try to get out there is that you don’t need a significant other to feel complete. Yes, it is great and ideal to not do life alone, but it is also OK to be a full, vibrant woman that can take care of herself.

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Holiday Wreaths Dress up your doors for any occasion By Samantha Cole-Kelly

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ouTube is a beautiful thing…when you’re on a DIY journey anyway. Etsy offers a plethora of beautiful wreaths and so do your local craft stores, but with a little patience and imagination you can create one of those beauties on your own. Here’s a basic needs list:

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There is no right or wrong way to create your wreath. It’s subjective. It’s art. Here’s how to create your masterpiece. • Step one, secure the deco mesh to the work wreath by starting on the inside and then working your way to the outside. Depending on the size of the work wreath, 6 inches of mesh is a safe bet. • Second, cut your ribbon, 10 inches will work great, add a dovetail if you’re fancy. • Step three, refill your glass. • Step four, add your ribbon by securing it on every other tinsel that is secured to the wreath.

• Step five, place your embellishments. Before gluing or securing them, make sure they’re exactly where you want them. Cut off any excess wires or stems and begin securing. • Fluff and hang! If all else fails, shoot me an email at Scole27@gmail. com or Facebook request @BeautifulWreath, and I’ll do it for you!

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Nine Air Purifying Plants Freshen your space to prevent seasonal sickness By Heather Salsman, original artwork by Heather Salsman

Holiday Landscaping Decorating with plants By Justin Price

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id you know that the air in homes and office spaces might be dirtier than you think? Toxins from invisible pollutants, household cleaners and dirty air conditioners can cause airborne sicknesses like headaches, dizziness and nausea, or ear, nose and throat infections. With the fall and winter months arriving, there is a way to purify some of your air and create a clean environment where you work and live. These plants provide a “cleaning” effect by taking in carbon dioxide from your space and process it into cleaner oxygen.

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f you’re someone who lives for the holiday season, working tirelessly to deck out your home for family and friends, why not harness some plant power? Several things can be done in the landscaping to turn a nondescript sea of evergreen into a vibrant reflection of life’s seasons. Some will take time to develop, and some can be accomplished instantly. Accent your entryway for Thanksgiving with crotons and their brilliant orange colors. As Christmas approaches, replace them with the singular red of poinsettias. No need to throw out the crotons; they make fine accent plants around the back patio and can be used next year if they’re protected from frost. For the long term, plant shrubs and trees that burst into fall color before going dormant in winter. Oranges, red, purples and yellows decorate the landscape, providing seasonal cheer in a way only plants can do. Plant shrubs like Virginia sweetspire, oakleaf hydrangea and certain viburnums for a dramatic foliar show. Red and purple types of heuchera, or coral bells, can be massed for a colorful groundcover in front of evergreen shrubs. Native trees such as cypress, red maple and tulip poplar provide beautiful color that positively shines on crisp, cool days that punctuate our holiday season. Holly, with its brilliant red berries, has long been tied to Christmas and winter traditions dating back thousands of years. The wreaths make great door decorations, but you can plant holly in the landscaping to really capture their winter beauty. The berries of native yaupon holly are uniquely translucent, and the birds love them too!

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Preserve Your Herbs Use summer favorites to cook with in the fall and winter By Heather Salsman

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reen thumbs sparked when springtime hit, and many of us began growing fresh herbs. But with the summer at an end, what should everyone do with these precious plants? Look no further! Preserving your herbs is easy, and you can continue to cook with them throughout the fall and winter months. Making an herb-infused compound butter is a great way to turn your fresh herbs into a simple, flavor-packed cooking element.

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1 GET CHOPPING Rinse and chop your favorite herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil and/or parsley. 2 MIX IT UP Add softened butter, herbs and any additional ingredients like citrus or seasoning into a mixing bowl and mix until well distributed. Form the mixture into a log shape and place on wax paper. Roll the wax paper around the log of butter and tighten the ends. 3. CHILL OUT Chill in refrigerator or freeze for all your holiday cooking!

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Vintage toys add nostalgia

Cozy up for the Holidays Decorating tips to stir up nostalgia By Emily Gaudet, innovativeinteriorsbyemily.com

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hen decorating for the holidays my personal preference is to keep things natural with a touch of sentimental. I tend to prefer a color palette of warm organic tones such as browns, creams, greens and a touch of red. Instead of fighting the calm silence of winter, embrace the sense of cozy rest that comes with shorter days and cooler temperatures. Nature has a way of saying everything all on its own as it changes with each season, and there are plenty of ways to bring the outside in for the holidays. A fresh fir garland is my go-to foundation piece. It drapes beautifully over a mantle or banister and smells divine. Simply nestle a few clumps of glass ornaments here and there to help catch the light.

Warm, organic color palettes are in

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Glass ornaments catch the light

I also like to tie up a bundle of fresh cut wood and garnish it with mistletoe or red berries to set beside the fireplace. Other accents include pine cones, birch logs, sticks or seasonal fruits such as satsumas or cranberries. This time of year brings Fresh cut wood bundled and garnisheda up so many memories, and we all have that piece of nostalgia that reminds us of the excitement and anticipation we had as children. For many people, it is the smell of a natural tree. If this is the case for you, I recommend the Frasier fir candle or reed diffuser by Thymes. It is a must-have for the season, and you can find the entire line at Renaissance Market. Do not be afraid to pull out those vintage ornaments that you always saw on your tree growing up or something that has been passed down from one generation to another and had special significance to you. If you haven’t held on to any piece of sentimental winters past, it has become so simple to use technology to find the pieces of our past that bring us back to a good memory. eBay can be a great place to find that vintage toy or decoration that still brings a smile to your face. Antique stores may also have something that you remember from your childhood. The most important thing to remember is to keep the process of decorating fun rather than stressful or overwhelming. This is a season for joy after all!

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Work the room in a sequined frock that knows how to move just as good as you do

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Bold and playful accessories make the look

WINE, PLEASE A deep burgundy tux with tonal accessories makes a statement

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The Art of Self-Love How to embrace your shape now By Michelle Judice

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e all have hang-ups about our bodies. Maybe it has to do with how things have shifted over time, a number on a scale or lack of curves. Whatever your hitch may be, one thing is for sure: you aren’t alone. Negative self-image, no matter how small or focused it is, can be a very toxic thing. If we allow it, it trickles into other areas of our lives like work and family life. Snap those harmful thoughts where they start by implementing a few super simple tips. TOSS THE “SKINNY-ME” JEANS: You’re not the only one who likes to keep clothes that fit before kids. It’s never bad to have something to work toward, but keeping a closet full of items that don’t fit now isn’t usually a good thing. Not only does it create clutter, it fills your closet with negative mojo. If you can’t toss these items, simply tuck away what isn’t working in the attic or closet you don’t use as often. Feel the weight lift off your shoulders. RETAIL THERAPY: Most people hate to invest in new clothes if they’re working on losing weight, but you don’t have to purchase much to see 25

the effects. Consider a new pair of standout earrings or blouse in a color that makes you feel fabulous. Forget sizes, and focus on the best fit for your current shape. You might be surprised how a simple lift in spirits can have incredible ripple effects. MIND GAMES: The most difficult (but also most important) part: rewire any negative thoughts with daily affirmations. Instead of bashing ourselves when we look in the mirror, find a way to give praise, even if you don’t believe it yet! Saying one or two sentences out loud each morning can reshape our mindset. Building positive body image certainly doesn’t happen overnight, but if we show ourselves a little more love each day, slowly but surely, we will begin to see beauty in the hangups. Judice is a personal stylist in Lafayette with experience working with men and women of all body types, ages and lifestyles.

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LOUISIANA LEGS Local photographer uses leggings as canvas By Heather Salsman

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Gumbo in the 337

We asked our followers on Facebook for tips and tricks to a good gumbo, and this is what they said!

Kayla Robert: Cut your smoked sausage into ½-inch rounds and brown well. Add water and reduce six to seven times making a dark gravy. Put that into the gumbo. After your roux is done (i.e. dark), sauté your onions and bell peppers into the roux for richer flavor. Use chicken stock and above noted sausage gravy in lieu of water.

Patsy Dugas Mouton: We cook a hen and sausage gumbo. You have to cook it longer than you would a chicken gumbo, so the hen is tender. Also, I usually put file’ in it just before it’s finished cooking.

Sherry Lynn: Left over Thanksgiving turducken makes a great gumbo with smoked and fresh green onion sausage!

Mandie Pierce Harrington: I like to use chicken stock instead of water.

By Heather Salsman Susan Plouet Broussard: Fresh sausage and tasso are a good mix (of course, in a bigger pot…need the juice).

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Cara Cordisco: I use rabbit instead of chicken if I can, and I use ghost pepper hot sauce to add a little kick.

Jennifer Saunders Guidry: Fresh chicken sausage and homemade chicken stock.

Beth Goudeau-Mora: I like to add tasso to my gumbo and sometimes fresh green onion sausage. Tiffany Campbell: Add a touch of Zatarain’s liquid crab boil seasoning!

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Don’t stress when your crew gathers for the holidays. Let the following eateries do all the work so you can enjoy your time with friends and family.

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DINING DESTINATION

NEW PELICANS ON THE BAYOU The reopening of a historic restaurant

The grilled shrimp pirogue is dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and pickles on a French bread.

By Angie Dumas, Da’Stylish Foodie

Frozen virgin strawberry daiquiri with Pelican wings and onion rings. The Pelican wings are sweet and spicy wings that are fried and tossed in pelican sauce. The onion rings are lightly battered and fried to perfection.

Destination Location: New Iberia, LA Behind the name: Pelicans on the Bayou closed about five years ago. It was such a historic part of New Iberia that when the new owners decided to open they maintained the name but added the word “new” in front of it. The New Pelicans on the Bayou opened a month ago. Little known fact: The New Pelicans on the Bayou is a full-service restaurant. In the past, the location functioned solely as a bar. Romantic space: At night, lighting throughout the outdoor deck makes it a perfect spot for a romantic dinner. If the patio is too cold, there is also a cozy table inside the restaurant in a quiet corner. Concept: This local favorite offers seafood, wings, po’boys and plate lunches. Menu favorites: You can’t go wrong ordering the hot wings, seafood platter or onion rings.

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For the health conscience: If you’re saving your calories for holiday feasts, many of the menu items can be grilled. The New Pelicans on the Bayou also has fresh and delicious salads.

Live entertainment will be offered on the weekend on the deck. In addition, daily plate lunches are coming soon to the New Pelicans on the Bayou. See you there!

Manly menu: If you arrive with an appetite, the seafood platter, which includes stuffed crab, shrimp, oysters, frog legs, catfish and crawfish kickers, is the way to go. Off-menu items: We love that there are glutenfree options! Request menu items be grilled or fried naked or with corn flour. Honorable mentions: Come enjoy a refreshing drink, whether it’s a cocktail or mocktail, on the deck with a view of the beautiful Bayou Teche.

Welcome Growler USA Youngsville This craft beer franchise is new to Youngsville and is the first in the state of Louisiana. Serving a huge variety of 100 local and domestic craft beers, Growler USA offers a one of a kind concept to the rapidly developing city of Youngsville. The pub also serves lunch and dinner delights like the Short-Rib Queso and the Brewban.

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The seafood platter comes with stuffed crab, shrimp, oysters, frog legs, catfish and crawfish kickers fried golden brown and is served with french fries, side salad and bread.

TRENDING

The Kitchen Pantry is stocked Located in Moss Bluff, the Kitchen Pantry is offering a much needed of variety special diet and allergy food items to the area. The health food store stocks their shelves and refrigerators with items like dairyfree, gluten-free, and organic items that are usually hard for the surrounding community to find. Visit them on Sam Houston Jones Pkwy. Monday-Saturday. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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EAT FIT ACADIANA: SOUTHWEST CHICKEN BOWL Featuring Good Eats Kitchen

Eat Fit Southwest Chicken Bowl Makes 4-6 servings 1/3 cup brown rice, cooked 1/3 cup black beans, cooked or canned 2 ounces grilled skinless chicken thighs 3 tablespoons corn, grilled and shucked 2-3 tablespoons pico de gallo 1 lime wedge Cilantro for garnish Arrange rice, beans, cooked chicken, and grilled corn in a wheel, creating a “pie” segment for each component of the dish. Top with pico de gallo and garish with lime and cilantro. Per serving: 460 calories, 27 grams fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat, 630 mg sodium, 38 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 19 grams protein.

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Eat Fit Acadiana and Eat Fit Lake Charles are part of the Ochsner Eat Fit family, in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. The Ochsner Eat Fit nonprofit initiative is committed to making dining out nutritious yet delicious for food lovers throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond. To learn more about Eat Fit, along with community wellness events and recipes, please visit ochsnereatfit.com

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CONEY ISLAND IS ALL ROLLED UP Has anyone seen those intriguing rolled ice cream videos on social media? Well, the Acadiana Mall in Lafayette is the first to offer this trend to the area with a new spot called Coney Island. And get this, Coney Island also serves pizza cones: a pizza rolled up in a waffle cone and eaten like ice cream. Visit the center court in the mall for this trendy treat. V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 6

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Smart Comfort Food A healthy way to stay warm By Sonia Desormeaux, Sonia@sonia-marie.com

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appy holidays! This is truly the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the most difficult time to navigate healthy eating and staying on track with your wellness. With so many holiday parties, delicious treats and sugary cocktails, it can be tough to make smart choices. But comfort food can also be good for you! Use simple, fresh ingredients, like the ones in this soup recipe. Paired with a delicious grilled cheese, this meal is both comforting and satisfying, without the guilt! If you’re looking for help with your nutrition or weight loss, please reach out to me at anytime. I work with clients all over the world. Enjoy! Homemade Roasted Tomato Herb Soup

Yield: About 5 to 6 servings 3 pounds roma tomatoes or plum, halved lengthwise 1 large yellow heirloom tomato 3½ TBSP coconut oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole 2 small yellow onions, sliced just under ½-inch thick 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves 1 TBSP fresh oregano 3 cups vegetable broth depending on how thick you want your soup Optional Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk, half & half, or whole milk (but it really doesn’t need any dairy) 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese Grilled cheese (optional), see notes

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and toss with melted coconut oil then season with salt and pepper (place tomatoes halves cut side upright). Place onion slices and garlic on a rimmed half sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place baking sheet with tomatoes and half sheet with onions in oven side by side and roast onions 30-35 minutes until edges are golden, and tomatoes 40-45 minutes until roasted. Pick out any burnt layers of onions if there are any. Then pull peels from tomatoes. Put onions and tomatoes into a large pot. Add 3 cups vegetable broth and the herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, adding any optional ingredients as desired. Blend soup with an immersion blender or in small batches in a blender. Top with Parmesan. Notes: Serve warm with a side of grilled cheese. This soup goes so well with gluten-free or sprouted grain bread: take two slices of bread, spread with honey mustard, 2 fresh basil leaves and cooked turkey bacon if desired, then layer pepper jack cheese and provolone cheese. In a pan, add 1 TBSP grass-fed butter and grill both sides until golden brown. 3 3 7 M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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JUICE IT REAL GOOD A delicious way to get your greens By Heather Salsman

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uicing is not just a trend but is proven to have many health benefits like stabilizing blood pressure, improving digestive issues, increases energy, supporting weight loss and much more. When a vegetable or fruit is pressed, the cells of the produce open up and release nutrient-dense properties that our bodies need. The faster the juice is consumed, the more beneficial it is. Juicing can sometimes be messy and a tedious task to prep, so these places in the 337 are doing all the work for you!

EMERGE: AN ARTISAN JUICERY

Emerge has been doing pop-ups for quite some time around the Lafayette area, and now stocks their bottled juices at the Tribe Collective. The juice brand seeks to keep people mindful of their health and spirituality using 100 percent local and organic produce. Try a juice with a snack from their gluten-free, dairy, free or vegan menu!

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Juice Bar, located next to Orange Theory in the Costco shopping center, has been a new treat for a lot of shoppers and health food lovers. This juice bar serves freshly made soups, acai bowls and of course fresh juice! The menu provides different blends to chose from, or you can create your own from the generous list of vegetables and fruits like kale, parsley, ginger and pineapple. If you’d like to try them out but live on the other side of town, no problem because they deliver through Waitr!

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MAIN SQUEZE JUICE CO.

Main Squeeze Juice Co. in Lake Charles is offering a one-of-a-kind service to the area. The store on Nelson Road serves smoothies, salads from Clean Creations, and fresh juices! The juices are bottled and come in a variety that are numbered by purpose like: detox, awaken, glow, power, vision and immunity. The Main Squeeze Juice Co. has a fun and clean vibe and offers daily specials MondayThursday and Sunday.

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THE BEET

Marley B’s in Youngsville serves the developing area with some much-needed love and juice! The newly built building has a drivethru and opens at 7 a.m. on the weekdays, making it convenient to drink your veggies for breakfast. Using local produce, Marley B’s creates unique flavors for their juices and serves more nutritional specialties like wheatgrass and allergy stopper shots! A staff member can guide you through one of the juice cleanse programs to help lose weight or do a detox.

The Beet was one of the first juice bars in Lafayette and is located on Kaliste Saloom toward East Broussard. The cute shop and friendly staff guide you through your juicing experience. Customers can choose a pre-bottled juice from the cooler or make up their own mixture on-site. The Beet also has dietary snacks if you’re hungry and now delivers through Waitr!

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REHABILITATION REVEALED How manual osteopathy unlocks healing potential By Brandon Alleman, BrandonJAllemanhhp.com

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anual osteopathy is a philosophy and science of rehabilitation designed to work with the body to unlock its healing potential. Manual osteopathy is great for overcoming chronic pain, especially low back pain, neck pain and headaches. True manual osteopathy, the way it is meant to be practiced, is based on four basic principles: 1. Each structure in the body supports the body’s functions. Structure and function are reciprocally related. 2. The natural flow of the body’s fluids must be preserved and maintained. 3. The human body is the sum of its parts. Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive systems do not work independently; they work in harmony. The body is a system of systems. 4. When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself. Osteopathic manual practitioners recognize an individual as an integrated whole. When all the body’s components are in balance, a person is complete and in total health. Osteopathic manual

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F I T N E S S practitioners work to maintain, improve and restore the optimal function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Using various manual assessment, techniques and modalities, osteopathic manual practitioners work to identify and ease restrictions, constrictions and pain; reduce swelling; improve tissue mobility; and promote proper function and healing in people of all ages. Everything that is alive on our planet has an innate intelligence contained within it. The seed of a redwood tree has intelligence, a dog or cat has intelligence, and so to, does the human body possess an intelligence that is all too often ignored. Manual osteopathy honors the Intelligent Designer and provides a means for allowing that innate intelligence to flow and foster health and well-being. If you are living with chronic pain - low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, headaches, etc. - you can contact RegenEx Performance & Wellness in the Oil Center at 504-915-1004 to schedule an assessment and get on the road to pain free movement and health today!

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Q&A with area medical professionals

LIFESA ERS HALI ELIZABETH DICAPO RN at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital 337: Where are you originally from? DiCapo: Rosa, Louisiana.

337: What do you do to unwind? DiCapo: I sit on my porch on the swing, look out at the fields, go to the shooting range, or just be with friends and family.

337: What led you to your profession? Hemsell: I was nine when I decided to become an OB-GYN. My mother was pregnant for her sixth daughter, and I was fascinated with her growing body and the baby. I knew I wanted to take care of pregnant women. I have since gravitated toward all women’s health issues.

337: What led you to your vocation? DiCapo: I originally enrolled in college with dreams of going to PT school, and on my way home from class one day, I just knew it wasn’t right…something told me to go to nursing school. The next day I changed my major and never looked back.

on their feet after being sick or having surgery.

337: What do you find most fulfilling about nursing? DiCapo: Getting to take care of people that need extra TLC. Also getting to know people from around our state and helping them get back

337: What is the strangest injury/illness you’ve come across in your profession? DiCapo: I have taken care of a patient that presented to the hospital in a third degree heart block with almost no symptoms except dizziness.

337: Where are you originally from? Migues: I am originally from Jeanerette, Louisiana.

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337: How would you describe your personality outside of work? Hemsell: Down to earth, friendly and talkative. I talk a lot! 337: Are you involved in any kind of community service? Hemsell: In college, I served as a volunteer in the pharmacy at the Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic, which unfortunately is no longer open. Most recently, I was elected to the board of directors of the Women’s Foundation.

can grow hair, teeth, nerves and even thyroid tissue. Every time I perform this procedure, it’s always interesting to see what the human body is capable of growing.

337: What is the strangest injury/ illness you’ve come across in your profession? Hemsell: I have always been fascinated with the removal of dermoid ovarian cysts. These bizarre tumors

337: Why practice in Lafayette? Hemsell: I always knew I would return home to serve my community. Here, I can call on family for assistance and support when needed. As they say, it takes a village — and Lafayette is a perfect one.

337: What are your hobbies or interests outside of work? Migues: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, fishing, cooking, canoeing and playing softball. Anything outdoors!

337: How long have you been practicing? Migues: I have been practicing for 10 years.

someone’s life. Truly a breathtaking moment. I have been blessed to be in those rooms when a heart starts beating again!

337: What led you to your profession? Migues: I always had an interest in the medical field. In high school, I was able to job shadow a nurse, and I instantly fell in love with nursing.

337:What do you find most rewarding about your profession? Migues: There is nothing more rewarding than walking out of a room and thinking I just helped save

337: Why practice in Lafayette? Migues: Lafayette is big city medicine with that small town touch.

337: Tell us about your family. Migues: I have been married for six years to Michael Migues. We have a four-year-old girl, Mallory. We also have three four-legged children, Lola (yorkie), Zydeco (lab) and Boomer (jack russell)

RN from Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital

OB-GYN at Acadiana Women’s Health Group 337: Tell us about your family. Hemsell: My husband, Jimmy, and I have been married almost nine years and have two beautiful children, Owen and Charlotte. We also have a puppy, Shadow.

337: Tell us about your family. DiCapo: I am an only child with a fiancé, a six-year-old, and dog.

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COSTA RICAN FIESTA By Lisa Hanchey • Photos by Sergio Pucci

LAURA WHITE HANCHEY, 26

Occupational Therapist at St. Nicholas Center for Children Lake Charles, Louisiana

SCOTT HANCHEY, 27

Charter Captain and owner of Bay Hippie Outfitters Lake Charles OPPOSITES ATTRACT While attending St. Louis High School in Lake Charles, a friend told petite 4 foot 11 inch cutie Laura White that she “had to meet the boy version” of herself, the towering 6 foot 2 inch Barbe High hottie Scott Hanchey. Because Scott was a grade ahead of Laura and attended school on the opposite end of town, the two would not have likely crossed paths had it not been for their mutual friend’s matchmaking agenda. The youngsters “often caught each other’s eye” and chatted at parties throughout high school after the friend’s introduction, but never dated.

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ON THE HUNT Eventually, the two started dating when Laura was a high school senior and Scott a freshman at LSU. He returned to Lake Charles to fulfill his dream of becoming a full-time fishing and hunting guide in Sportsman’s Paradise. When the barely 20-year-old started his own guide service, the two became “really serious.” THE TEST In the meantime, Laura was accepted to occupational therapy school in Austin, Texas. For two years, the couple maintained a long-distance relationship while she worked on her degree and he built up his guide service. Before she even graduated, Laura landed a job as an OT in Lake Charles, and Scott launched his own business, Bay Hippie Outfitters, in Hackberry. A WEDDING IN PARADISE The cute couple decided to tie the knot in the exotic tropical paradise, Costa Rica. Nearly 50 friends and family members traveled abroad for the destination wedding. The site was the beautiful mountaintop resort, Villa Caletas Hotel, located in the lush jungle near Jaco, Costa Rica. “There were many factors that made our wedding special and memorable,” Laura shared. “Being able to have everyone we truly cared for, including a surprise showing from my two very good friends from graduate school, come so far to support our marriage in a breathtakingly beautiful country was amazing.” Among the special guests was Laura’s priest, who performed the ceremony in a rustic Catholic Church in the heart of town. “An important part of our wedding was having my childhood priest who has watched me grow up over the years come to Costa Rica to wed us in a Catholic church,” she said. “The entire experience was a fairytale and even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.” 39

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THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Priceless gifts for your one true love By Hannah Comeaux, M.A., LPC, LMFT

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inding the right gift that expresses your love and appreciation can be difficult. Here’s an idea: give them a card every day for 12 days with a promise of priceless gifts that will keep on giving! • Gift of Learning Their Love Language. What makes your spouse feel loved? Words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service or physical touch? • Gift of Actively Listening. Invest in attentive, focused conversation. Really listen instead of trying to solve the problem or thinking of a counter point. • Gift of Compromise. Marriage is about selflessly putting the other person’s desires ahead of your own and respecting their opinions instead of always wanting to be right. • Gift of Empathy. Concentrate on understanding your mate’s differences and sharing in their thoughts and feelings. • Gift of Patience. Try moving at the same pace of your spouse and giving them grace when you’re not in sync. • Gift of Peace. Work at creating a peaceful marriage. Don’t sweat the small stuff and communicate effectively to decrease conflict.

• Gift of Time. Holiday season can be hectic. Setting aside uninterrupted quality time will show your spouse how valuable they are to you. • Gift of Kind Words. Words can build up or destroy. Make it a point to give a compliment, leave a note, send a text of appreciation or call midday for no reason. • Gift of Space. Everyone needs “me” time to refuel, whether it’s alone or hanging with friends away from the kids or spouse. • Gift of Gratitude. Practicing gratitude focuses on what we love and appreciate about our spouse. Don’t expect them to just know how you feel. Express it! • Gift of Forgiveness. We all make mistakes in relationships. Forgive quickly and often. • Gift of Intimacy. Inexpensive date ideas can ignite the flames of romance. Get creative and spark some magic this holiday season! Hannah Comeaux is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist at The Center for Children and Families in Crowley. Her passion is helping others cultivate more meaningful relationships. For more information, call her at 337-514-5181.

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– reduced baby blues and depression – reduced anxiety – energy – better milk production – hastened uterine shrinkage – shortened postpartum bleeding – natural pain relief – increased iron – AND later, helpful during menopause

Many have questioned its lack of research, but there are many scientific articles proving the benefits of the placenta postpartum in milk production, iron and mood disorders. There is also a new study done specifically on the placenta encapsulation process by a doctor in Germany at Jena University with results we’ve expected based on testimonials of clients. Many have questioned its safety, but with proper certification of Louisiana Safe Food Handling, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts, a small group of local placenta specialists can provide the safest placenta arts experience based on science. MotherBirth is a group of birth doulas and placenta specialists who provides services from Lafayette to Lake Charles and everywhere in between to support new and growing families.

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Keep children entertained with these fun indoor activities By Heather Salsman LUNAR GOLF Lunar Golf in Acadiana Mall in Lafayette is a new glow-inthe-dark miniature golf destination. The indoor golf course features several different holes and obstacles that kids can complete in a colorful black-light atmosphere. Play golf from 3-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 12-6 p.m. Sunday. Everyday golfing prices are very affordable for the average shopper or kid who wants to have a play date. The admission starts at $9 and discounts are provided for children younger than 12. Thinking about how to plan a winter party for your child? Lunar Golf offers birthday party packages! Check them out on Facebook or give them a call at 704-678-6605.

Peek-A-Boo Faces on Pinhook Road is a one-stop-shop for a good time! This local business is a collective of: Play and Learn With Me, face painting and Connie’s Costumes. Connie’s Costumes at the entertainment destination has certified princess characters that will make a party magical, as well as other character types to choose from. Highly skilled face and body painters will create breathtaking designs for almost any look that you want. Customers big and small will love to Get Marbled. This party includes body painting that glows in a blacklight lit room. Peek-A-Boo faces can be found at many local events and is a great indoor activity for a child’s winter birthday!

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ith the work of Britney Pitre, CPDT-KA and her team of trained professionals, Bons Chiens in Lake Charles is providing Southwest Louisiana with outstanding dog training. Britney has been working in the pet industry for over 16 years, serves as a mentor for several animal associations, and visits local elementary schools to teach children about dog safety. Bons Chiens opened its doors on 15th and Hodges in 2014 and has since extended its services to trainers Susan Young in Nederland/Beaumont and Dara Rodgers in Alexandria. Dog owners can bring their pets to the facility for obedience training, group classes and private training. Not only will your pet be in great care at Bons Chiens, but the company also offers in-home training! Your dog can learn quickly in his or her own territory while being guided by these professionals. Visit their website at bonchiens.com for an event calendar that includes puppy socials, yappy hours, scent game, leash walking seminars and more. Starting your puppy early will provide for a lifetime of better behavior!

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SAVANNAH LARICCI A senior forward/midfielder from Sugar Land, Texas, LaRicci is the first McNeese player to ever win SLC Forward of the Year. She became the first player since Kamryn Koch in 2008 to be named SLC Player of the Year. After a 2014 Sophomore season that saw her lead the team in every offensive category, she suffered an injury that forced her to miss the 2015 season. 2016 became her comeback season as she started all 20 matches and scored gamewinning goals in 3 games. In 2017, LaRicci was incredible, leading the league in every scoring category: 44 shots, 10 goals and 25 points against conference opposition. She has also been recognized for

her work in the classroom, making the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll multiple times. GABI D’ALESANDRO A senior defender from Flower Mound, Texas, D’Alesandro is the first McNeese player to ever win Defender of the Year. She has played multiple positions throughout her career at McNeese - forward, midfielder and defender. A starter since her freshman season, she ranks amongst the tops in McNeese history for minutes played. Last year, as a junior, she became the first Cowgirl to earn All-Southland Conference firstteam honors since the 2008 season. Like LaRicci, she has also made the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was named to Southland Conference All-Academic First Team in 2016. Her defense was valuable in the Cowgirls posting 13 overall shutouts on the season. EMMA ROCCAFORTE A freshman goalkeeper from Nederland, Texas, Roccaforte is the first McNeese player to ever win SLC Goalkeeper of the Year. She is already in McNeese Top 5 for shutouts. In her inaugural season, Roccaforte ranked as high as third in the nation in save percentage. Registered 56 saves during the 2017 regular season, ending it with an 83.6 save percentage. LaRicci, D’Alesandro and Roccaforte were also named to the Southland Conference’s First Team. Senior Defender Nikki Schaaf and Junior Midfielder Nola Prickett were named to the SLC’s Second Team, and Freshman Forward Havana Johnson was named Honorable Mention.

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he Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will look to improve on their 21-12 record from a season ago with a plethora of returning starters. The Cajuns have higher expectations than a season ago as last year’s extremely young team has more experience under their belt. The team will have to fill the shoes of former guard Jay Wright, who lead the team in minutes last year and started all 33 of the Cajuns games a season ago. Aside from Wright, the Cajuns core unit from last year should This year’s Sun be in full force from November to March. Belt Conference The Cajuns will look to seniors Bryce Washington and Frank Bartley, the other two players to start all Preseason Coaches’ 33 of the Cajuns games last year, to carry much of Poll ranking are as the load this year. The two were named Preseason All-Sun Belt players in a recent poll. follows: Also returning are two young up-and-coming stars in P.J. Hardy and Justin Miller. The guard 1. UTA, 128 and forward duo both contributed heavily to the 2. Georgia State, 116 Cajuns last year as freshmen and should see just as 3. Troy, 115 prominent a role this year. 4. Georgia Southern, 114 Last year, Miller averaged 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds 5. Louisiana, 113 and 1.3 assists per game and started all but two of 6. Texas State, 71 the Cajuns’ games. Likewise, Hardy led the team in 7. Arkansas State, 68 3-point field goal percentage with .441, and averaged 8. Coastal Carolina, 67 over 15 minutes a game. 9. South Alabama, 43 Senior guard Johnathan Stove, who averaged 26 minutes a game last year, should also see a bulk of 10. Little Rock, 37 playing time. 11. Appalachian State, 35 Also noteworthy, the Cajuns were picked to place 12. ULM, 28 fifth in the Sun Belt Conference, in the conference’s preseason poll. Although the University of Texas at Arlington were strong favorites to win the conference, the next four teams, Georgia State, Troy, Georgia Southern and Louisiana, were only separated by three points at most. With most of last year’s prominent contributors still in tact, the Cajuns’ should expect to build on the success they had last year.

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Softball Diamonds are a Lady Tiger’s Best Friend The LSU Softball Tigers are something to see. Coming off another impressive season which lead them back to Oklahoma City for the third straight year, the Tiger released their 2018 campaign schedule. The full schedule can be seen at lsusports.net.

Experience will prove beneficial as the Tigers return six probable starters and three pitchers from last year’s 48-22 team. The team looks to improve on their 12-12 conference record as they make their way back to Oklahoma City. Photo By: lsusports.net

Honors for Coach Mainieri Coach Paul Mainieri was recently named the manager for

the 2018 Collegiate National Team. This will be the second time Mainieri will be on the team’s coaching staff. In 2015 he served as an assistant coach. The national team is counting on Mainieri to continue their winning ways as they have enjoyed a great deal of success in years past. In 2017 USA Baseball swept its international opponents, and was the first team in federation history to do so. Executive Director Paul Seiler expressed his excitement, “USA Baseball is delighted to welcome Paul Mainieri to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2018.” Seiler went on to say that USA Baseball is counting on coach Mainieri’s 35 years of experience to continue in leading the team down the road to success.

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Three former Lady Tigers have earned invitations to the Team USA softball camp according to USA Softball. Bianka Bell, Sahvanna Jaquish and Bailey Landry will get a chance to show their chops and hopefully earn their way on to the prestigious team of 56. The rest of the invitees at the camp will be in good company as these three tigers have racked up an impressive eight All-American honors in the last five years. Geaux sheaux ‘em what you’re made of ladies!

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It’s that time again. Men’s basketball opens SEC play on Jan. 3 as they host the Kentucky Wildcats. Will Wade’s Tigers will play 18 consecutive SEC games where they will have to play each of the 13 SEC teams at least once, then their permanent opponents (Texas A&M, Alabama, and Arkansas) a second time, and round off the streak of games by playing Georgia and Vanderbilt on a rotating basis.

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LSU is making its mark beyond Baton Rouge. Former Tigers can be seen in professional football (as many as 50 on any given Sunday), baseball (geaux ‘Stros), men’s and women’s pro basketball, and elsewhere. Where do you see Tigers?

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ne of the world’s fastest growing sports is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In Lafayette Parish, you’ll continue to see training academies who are looking to help young fighters hone their skills for a shot at making their mark in this incredibly popular sport. One of these young fighters, 16-year-old Tyler Hill, is fighting for his spot at greatness one day. Tyler was born into an athletic family. His dad, Todd Hill, played basketball for the Ragin’ Cajuns at then-USL in the late 1980s to early 1990s. His older sister, 21-year-old Brieanna, is a sophomore outside hitter for the Nicholls volleyball team.  His interest in the sport came at a young age. As an 8-year-old, he began grappling and karate. Then, about two years ago, a move from Berwick to Lafayette opened up a whole new avenue for his dream of becoming an MMA fighter. Tyler began training at Gladiators Academy of Lafayette. It is here that he has been introduced to other successful MMA fighters who have come from the Lafayette area - Tim Credeur and Dustin Porrier. “Dustin Porrier has taught me not to get frustrated with myself, to have patience,” said Tyler. “Humble fighters are the most admirable, and he is a great example of that.” “It’s a challenge,” admitted Tyler. “The sport of MMA requires a great mixture of intelligence and physical skill.” But all of this couldn’t be possible without one special person in Tyler’s life - his mom. “She’s the biggest influence in my life,” Tyler revealed. “She takes me every single day to practice, is there for me while I train and really supports me.” Twenty years ago, Tyler’s mom Michelle Brashear, won a fight of her own against cancer. And now, she’s training with her son. “She’s the reason I know I will never quit. To fight is in my DNA.”

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Grosse Savanne may be the place to hunt ducks and other wildlife, but it also offers upclose-and-personal eco-tours in the marshes of southwest Louisiana. Located near Lake Charles, Grosse Savanne takes visitors into restored wetlands that are bursting with bird rookeries and habitats of marsh animals. On a recent trip we spotted numerous bird species, alligators and other swamp creatures. Spring migration is approaching so make reservations now. For more information, visit http:// grossesavanne.com.

Cruising Mobile Carnival Cruise Line sails out of Galveston, New Orleans and Mobile and has announced an extension of their contract with Mobile through December 2018. Based off surveys from passengers, the Carnival Fantasy is ranked No. 1 in friendliness and hospitality within the Carnival fleet. While in Mobile, stop by Dauphin’s restaurant where chef Steve Zucker has created his own version of Leah Chase’s “Gumbo Z’herb,” a green gumbo Chase serves in her New Orleans restaurant on Holy Thursday. Zucker’s dish has been dubbed one of the “100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die” by the state of Alabama.   

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If you’re traveled on the I-10 through Baton Rouge recently, you may have noticed the large building on the side of the LSU lakes. The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is the new attraction to the Capital City and offers 18 interactive “learning zones” on two floors to keep kids occupied for hours. Exhibits include a studio where children may dance along with other kids in a wall-sized video, the Storybook Climber that lets children ascend two floors on life-sized books, an area to maker recycled creations and so much more. Check the website for special programs at www. knockknockmuseum.org.

Kisatchie Want to get out into nature? It’s easy as driving up Interstate 49. The Kisatchie National Forest spans both sides of the highway in central and north Louisiana, comprising 600,000 acres of pristine woodlands. There are ample places to hike, picnic and camp. One of our favorites is the Longleaf Vista Recreation Area, which features a stone gazebo, picnic tables and barbecue pits overlooking the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area. There’s also a 1.5mile interpretive hiking trail. This time of year, it’s likely to spot wildlife as well.

White Pelicans

While visiting Baton Rouge, look for the flock of American white pelicans on the University Lake. These fresh water birds visit Louisiana in the wintertime and offer spectacular birdwatching as well as photography opportunities. These birds differ from the Louisiana brown pelican, our state bird, which lives here yearround. The white pelicans will return north once spring arrives.

Nature Center The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center has reopened in eastern New Orleans, thanks to a $10 million restoration. The center once again offers an exhibit hall, planetarium, classrooms and boardwalks over pristine wetlands. New to the 86-acre attraction is a mile of new boardwalks and primitive trails. The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily inside the Joe Brown Park of Eastern New Orleans, located off Interstate 10. For more information, visit https://audubonnatureinstitute. org/nature-center.

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develop musicians starting at age four no matter their instrument of choice. It soon became apparent that it would make sense to also have recording capabilities. And so, in 2016, Wave Theory Studios was created as a component of the academy. It serves as a great tool for musicians of all ages to hear their performances and grow as artists. Soon, those budding artists, as well as established bands, started asking for advice about how to grow and get into the music industry. Acknowledging the evident need for guidance, Wave Theory Agency was born. What they strive to be is a “one stop shop” for singers, songwriters and musicians. They can help you develop your skills, and help make those connections that put you on a successful path. The agency is a network of talented people that will do everything from build your website to social media management and market your unique brand of music. A DIRECTION OF YOUR CHOOSING We in south Louisiana have several amazing recording studios throughout the area, big and small. Reach out, visit and decide which studio is the best fit for you and your vision. Wherever you are on your journey as an artist, there are resources and people out there with the tools to help you grow, in whatever direction you choose.

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Christmas in the Park Moncus Park December 8: 6pm-10pm

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Heymann Performing Arts Center November 28: 7pm-10pm

A Taste of Christmas Jungle Gardens December 9: 11am-3pm

Santa and His Sleigh South College Center Saturdays Nov 25-Dec 16: 10am-1pm Lighting of the Village Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas December 1: 5pm8:30pm Festival of Lights Louisiana Art and Science Museum December 1: 5pm-8pm Sonic Veterans and Christmas Parade Downtown Lafayette route December 3: 10:30-1:30

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