Beautiful 6 Bedroom Home in Southdown Gardens
Deceptively spacious! You would never expect to find this much living area in this traditional French style home — including
and 5 baths! Perfect for the growing family. Exceptionally appointed with exposed pine beams, 10-inch plank wood flooring throughout first floor, Carolina brick interior walls, slab granite, stainless appliances, stove and hood, surround sound and many other custom features. The den overlooks the community space in the backyard creating a refreshing view. Enter through the massive double-entry beveled glass doors to an open living and dining area overlooking the courtyard style patio area. (Pavilion remains for the lucky new homeowner!) Triple split floorplan encompasses the first floor - One bedroom and bath flank the foyer. The master is found off to the right, offering privacy, spacious bedroom and large bath with separate vanities, jetted tub and shower. The kitchen is anchored by a large center island with bar stools for visiting and casual dining, stainless oversized gas range, and open to the keeping area with fireplace! A kid’s den is found off the keeping area which would also make a great office. Upstairs are three bedrooms, one of which could be used as a game/media room if you would prefer. Room for everyone to spread out and enjoy their own privacy! Located on a dead-end street in the exclusive Southside Gardens neighborhood off Hood, in the heart of the growing Southdowns corridor. Convenient to St. Aloysius, LSU, downtown, I-10 access, and all of the new dining and shopping along the Perkins Road corridor. A rare opportunity to find a home this spacious, only 8 years young, this convenient, and this beautiful! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Newly Remodeled Home in Villa Del Rey, Baton Rouge
NEWLY remodeled home in
Villa del Rey!! Slab granite countertops, travertine backsplash, stainless appliances, new roof, ceramic tile floors and hardwood floors, crown molding, tile surrounds for tubs, new mirrors - fresh as new! With 2800 square feet of living area, it is spacious — open kitchen with bar and two pantries, breakfast area, separate sitting room, large den with masonry fireplace, new light fixtures too! The bedrooms are all large, with the master being 14x14. Located on a corner lot (and dead end), there is a double carport for covered parking, workshop with full bath, fenced in backyard, open and covered patio areas. Backing up to undeveloped land, you have no rear neighbors! With four bedrooms, 2 stylishly remodeled baths, new everything, this is a great home to spread out and enjoy. Call or text 225-335-5395 for more info or
1315 S. Alameda
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Pack a school lunch they won’t want to trade
Packing school lunches filled with healthy, appealing and creative foods is an excellent start to encouraging children to make sensible food choices now and in the future. But if lunch items you pack are less than appetizing, it could be the next item of trade in the cafeteria: a risk not worth taking in the age of nutrient-deficient and calorie-heavy school lunches.
Break up the mundane sandwich routine with well-rounded lunch combinations that will have kids eating well and growing strong with every bite. Here are some important components to a lunch they’ll think is worth keeping and eating:
* A main meal - Taste is important to children, and feeding the occasional “picky” eater can be quite a challenge. A tortilla roll-up with enticing ingredients like avocado, tomato or cucumbers with turkey, fish or chicken will show even the finickiest of eaters that there is more to lunch than the same old sandwich. Use the main meal as an opportunity to offer kids different textures and flavors and make a lasting impression about the many possibilities of food.
* A fun food - Making lunch food exciting is the first step to discourage trading and motivate kids to try something new. A well-thought-out presentation can inspire a healthy curiosity, and kids will naturally want to give it a taste. Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and fresh basil alternating on a toothpick is a fun and healthy salad-on-a-stick with easily-controlled portions. Sweet potato chips are another fun make-at-home option that are packed with vitamins A, B6, C and more. Bake up a batch on Sunday and pack them in lunches all week.
* Something that goes “crunch” - Carrots, apples and pretzels provide a lunch box with plenty of crunch to keep things fresh. Crunchy snacks are the secret to waking up your child’s brain before afternoon lessons begin, allowing them to finish off the day strong. Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels are available in more than three dozen shapes, flavors and gluten-free varieties so everyone can have their own favorite. Grab a 10-count of single 100-calorie snack packs in sticks, snaps or minis to change it up from day-to-day and keep kids wondering, “what’s next?”
* A thirst quencher - Many kid-friendly drinks are loaded with empty calories like sodas and sweetened iced tea. It’s important for a school lunch to include liquids that keep kids hydrated so they can think, move and perform at their best. Limit caffeinated and sugary beverages like sodas and iced teas, and instead encourage your children to get in the habit of drinking water, milk or real fruit juice.
* A love note - Lunchbox food is important, but so is a reminder that the menu was made with love. Encourage your children to do well in class by slipping a note inside their lunchboxes. Consider painting the inside of a lunch box with chalkboard paint so you can write and erase messages daily. Include a hand-written note or draw a picture for a sack lunch bag.
* After-school energy boosters - Kids experience the afternoon slump just as much as parents. With smaller stomachs, children are often in need of snacks to keep their energy levels going strong - especially after school. Keep some Snyder’s of Hanover 100 calorie packs handy. Kids can pair the snaps or minis with cheese or meat slices for an extra energy boost. With less fat and less sodium than many other salty snacks, these portion-controlled packs are the perfect snack that won’t spoil any appetites before dinner.
These essentials will have you thinking outside the (lunch) box and make your lunches the envy inside the cafeteria. Try planning a menu with your kids at the beginning of each week and let them choose what meals and snacks they want to eat on which day. Homemade lunches are an easy way to control what your children eat and you’ll know that they’re getting the healthy nutrition needed to perform well in school. Not only will they not want to trade it, they’ll keep coming back for more.
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Eight ways to help kids hone their homework habits
(BPT) - Helping children with their homework requires more than an understanding of the subject matter, whether it’s algebra or world literature. To help children succeed throughout the school year, it’s important for parents to nurture positive study habits and organizational skills, and provide kids with a home environment that fosters concentration.
“Whether your kids are just learning to read, write and spell, or they are studying for the SATs, we parents have an opportunity to help instill work and study habits that will stick with our children for life,” says education and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, who is the bestselling author of 22 parenting books and a frequent TODAY show contributor.
Borba offers parents some easy tips to help children of all ages develop skills that will help them reach their academic goals:
* Give them space - Create a dedicated space for homework and study. This underscores the importance of homework to kids. If you don’t have room for a homework desk, consider keeping all homework and study tools in a bin or box that children can take out and use every day. Keep all essentials in one place to help avoid time wasted looking for the dictionary, ruler, calculator or other tool.
* Create a routine - Choose a time that works best for your child to do homework, then stick to that time every day. A set and predictable schedule helps minimize homework battles. “Work before play” can motivate kids to get their homework done, but if your child plays sports or has other after-school commitments, doing homework after dinner may be the best option.
* Give them smart tools and study aids - Just as your mechanic can’t fix your car without the right tools, it’s hard for kids to do homework without the proper tools. Choose tools like the new Post-it Study collection (www.Post-it.com), which is designed to help students stay organized and use time efficiently. For example, Post-it Study Message Flags are restickable flags that feature helpful reminders like “Study,” “To Do” and “On Test” that help kids highlight material that needs additional attention. Note Tabs, Page Markers, Flags and other products in this collection by Post-it Brand stick securely to papers, notebooks, textbooks and more - yet remove cleanly - to help kids organize information during homework and study time.
* Avoid distractions - Establish a technology-free zone for homework and studying. Turn off TVs, ban text messaging and ensure kids are using their PC for research, rather than Facebook. This measure may seem obvious to you, but remember - kids are so tied to tech these days that they may be surprised to find out they can more efficiently use their time without the distractions of technology.
* Map out assignments - Help children plot homework on a schedule so they have simple reminders of daily, weekly or long-term assignments. Include other engagements like sports or music lessons to help kids have a clearer picture of their own schedules. This can help build basic time management skills, like working on a long-term project every day over time, or avoiding a late-night cramming session for a big test.
* Lessons in planning and prioritizing - Teach kids to make lists of what they need to do each night in order of priority. As your child accomplishes each item, have him cross it off the list. For children who had difficulty staying on task, breaking large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks can help. Encourage kids to do the hardest homework first to help relieve the pressure of a long to-do list.
* Emphasize the effort - Stressing perseverance and effort in a task helps children work longer and harder, because they recognize their success is based on how hard they work. Instead of asking “What score did you get?” ask “How hard are you working?”
* Effective study habits - Spreading out study sessions and practice testing were the two most-effective learning tactics, according to a recent report by the Association for Psychological Science. Both techniques involve strong time management skills. Help children think of study sessions or pieces of a larger project as daily to-dos, and just as important as the homework assignment that may be due tomorrow.
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Real Estate Sells in the Winter Months
Yes, the winter season
a good time to put your house on the market. We have seen it year over year, with our January and February sales up last year by 20%. Here is what we have discovered:
1. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transfers cannot wait until Spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture the market.
2. Some people, especially investors, must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
3. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a work week.
4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays.
4. People have become convinced that “winter” is a dead time for real estate, when in fact it isn’t. Because of this misguided approach, the supply of listings will dramatically increase in the spring. List today when you have less competition!
And the number one reason why your should list during the Holidays …
5. People who look for homes during the Holidays are more serious buyers!
People are moving into the Greater Baton Rouge area today and need to find that perfect house NOW!
The homeowners below aren’t going to wait — showings are already scheduled!!
3 Bedroom Condo Near LSU
Positively immaculate corner unit!
This condo has been well maintained, and is fresh and ready for a new homeowner today! The gated community provides security and front door parking. With high ceilings and open living area, there is an abundance of natural light since it is a corner unit. Three spacious bedrooms, great storage and closet space, large baths, and fresh carpet. A great opportunity for your college student or young professional. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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5155 Etta St. #2E
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Budget-friendly ways to refresh old outdoor spaces
(BPT) - Indoors or outdoors, your home decor needs some TLC to look its best. Replacing worn or dated furniture or flooring inside your home is considered fairly easy. But when outdoor spaces start to appear shabby, do you decide to live with the tired look because you think freshening the space will be too time-consuming or costly?
A few budget-friendly improvements and decorating touches can revitalize worn outdoor spaces and help them look new and inviting again. Here are some common challenges, and tips for overcoming them:
Worn decks, patios or porches
Decks, patios and porches are popular spots for home improvements - ones that create a staging place for outdoor entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying nature. When a wood deck becomes old and worn, or concrete patios crack, you may think the only solution is to replace them. But before you take that costly step, consider alternatives that can revitalize the existing surface without the need to replace it.
According to Scott Richards, senior vice president of marketing at Behr Paints, BEHR DECKOVER Solid Color Coating is a smooth finish resurfacing product that brings old, weathered wood or concrete surfaces back to life with a unique solution that hasn’t existed before, and it’s a budget-friendly alternative to replacing deck boards, railings, porches, boat docks, pool decking or patios.
“BEHR DECKOVER protects against the elements, while refreshing the appearance of wood and concrete,” says Richards. “With just two coats and no primer needed, the thick coating covers splinters and fills cracks up to a quarter of an inch, spreading as easily as paint. We’ve created a way to achieve a low maintenance deck that resists the elements, repels water and creates a smooth, slip-resistant finish that is comfortable for bare feet.” It’s available at The Home Depot stores nationwide and comes in 54 colors. Visit www.behr.com to learn more.
Adding accents like decorative railings or lighted post caps can also revive the look of older decks. Deck manufacturers offer a variety of options for railings, from carved wood to metal and even glass. In most cases, you can add these railings to your existing deck boards, allowing you to replace just part of the deck and achieve a brand-new, designer look.
Replacing sun-faded, weather-damaged cushions on outdoor furniture is a good start, and easy enough to do. But what do you do when the furniture frame has seen better days? Depending on the type of construction, you have several options including painting and reupholstering.
Landscaping and lighting
Modern outdoor settings allow nature and technology to meet. Give your exterior living space a new modern look by upgrading both landscaping and lighting. Improving your landscaping can be as easy as planting a few container gardens around your deck or patio and filling them with flowers that will bloom throughout the season. Nothing looks fresher and livelier than flowers.
Next, look at how your outdoor space is lit. Adding lighting allows you to enjoy the space safely after the sun goes down, but dated lighting can make your deck or patio look dull. Plus, older lights are often not as energy-efficient as newer options. Upgrade lighting by replacing old fixtures with newer options, such as solar-powered lights or ones that use energy-sipping CFLs or LEDs.
Making your old outdoor space look like it belongs beside a new showcase home doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. With a few budget-minded tips and tools, it’s possible for any do-it-yourselfer to make everything old new again.
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Common user mistakes affecting your computer’s speed and security
Have you ever casually surfed the Web, answered a friendly chat or responded to a curious email only to have it lead to major computer trouble? With virus, spam and phishing technology more sophisticated than ever, computer threats can be hidden in devious places. Are you making common computing mistakes without even knowing it?
According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, 58 percent of American adults have a desktop computer and 61 percent have a laptop. With all that computer power out there, it’s important to understand how to protect your at-home PC.
Here are common mistakes that can affect computer speed and safety, from the experts at USTechSupport whose family of products include MYCLEANPC and MAXMYSPEED:
Mistake: Enjoying free software and movies from your buddy.
Downloading pirated software is not only illegal; it can cause significant damage to your computer. The free software and media your buddy gave you can do more harm than good to your computer because it may be riddled with malicious viruses and malware, making your PC susceptible to attack. Remember, it’s better to buy than borrow when it comes to software and media.
Mistake: Clicking on enticing pop-ups.
Pop-ups caught your attention? Think before you click. Pop-ups that offer free goods, deals on products and even conversation with beautiful people can be alluring. But, do you know where that click will take you? Clicking on suspicious pop-ups can lead you down a rabbit-hole of even more unwanted pop-ups and spam. Take the time to research the subject yourself, rather than clicking on the first questionable advertisement.
Mistake: Leaving multiple files open.
You’re an expert at multitasking, meaning you need to constantly access many files. But leaving multiple files open in different applications can put a significant strain in your system. Try to keep only necessary resources active and see how much faster your machine responds.
Mistake: Not being proactive with computer maintenance.
Computer issues arise frequently, even for the most savvy computer user. That’s why taking a proactive approach is best so your computer remains secure and fast. You can get a free diagnosis of issues that may be affecting your PC’s performance by visiting www.mycleanpc.com. You can easily fix common issues before they become costly (and timely) problems.
Mistake: Responding to an email with an incredible opportunity.
Everyone has received them - that email investment opportunity that seems too good to ignore. The reality is, many scammers prey on trusting individuals or those who are enticed by get-rich-quick schemes. These scammers may even complete an initial transaction, only to later wipe out all your accounts. Never provide personal information, including banking information or your Social Security number, to anyone over email.
Mistake: Visiting adult websites.
Triple X can also mean triple the issues. Some sites harbor more than just adult material, they can create a domino-effect of pop-ups, forcing your PC to a grinding halt as it deals with the incoming viruses that drain the system’s resources. Avoiding suspicious sites is part of keeping your computer running at its best.
If you’ve made some of these mistakes in the past, don’t worry. Many people are tricked each day. By learning from these useful tips and suggestions, you’ll keep your PC running fast and issue-free.
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Thank You Sweet 16
We are so excited! This month we have 16 buyers and sellers
who closed just in time for the holiday
and will be celebrating their first Thanksgiving in their new homes!
We are so thankful that we get to share in this special time with these families
and the many others we have served this year.
Your trust in The KeyFinders means the world to us.
Thank you and we pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving,
enjoying blessings without number!
And don’t forget, the Turkey Preservation Alliance reminds you to
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Signs that termites might be invading your house
Termites live to eat. Their hunger causes $5 billion worth of damage each year in the U.S., damage most homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover. In fact, a colony can devour a foot of 2-by-4 wood in only six months. And since termites are masters at going undetected, they can destroy entire support beams before you discover their presence. That’s why it’s so important to know what to look for.
The warning signs of termites
Most termite species like to stay underground and within walls, where it’s dark and damp. Here are some signs to look for:
* Mud tubes - The easiest sign to detect. These pencil-width paths lead from a nest directly into your home and make it easy for termites to avoid sunlight. Check the surrounding land, any crawl spaces and your basement.
* Swarms - Reproductive termites grow wings and fly during spring and fall. Check for this type of termite and the wings they shed.
* Piles - Drywood termites leave sawdust-like piles around windowsills and cracks in woodwork or beams. You might also see what looks like collections of dirt at the base of walls and in corners.
* Weakened wood - Long, thin cracks and sagging can be signs that wood has been hollowed out by termites. (Holes in wood are not commonly caused by termites, and may be a sign of beetles or carpenter ants.)
What a termite control professional can do for you
Termite professionals have years of experience and expertise when it comes to using the right treatment method for your unique situation. Different techniques are required based on the location of termite activity, the type of foundation you have and even the number of porches and patios. And just because the obvious signs of an infestation aren’t there, such as mud tunnels or splitting wood, it doesn’t mean that termites aren’t. There are a number of professional termite control products on the market today, including DuPont Altriset. It works by paralyzing the mouths of termites within hours of exposure, stopping further damage immediately.
Your risk and how to reduce it
Risk level varies, largely depending on where you live. However, there are common measures that will make your home less appetizing to termites.
* Termites like moisture - Eliminate water in gutters and puddles or any other areas where water might gather on or near your home. Repair any plumbing or drainage problems. Laying down plastic barriers in crawl spaces, basements and attics will help keep them dry.
* Don’t provide termites with extra food - Remove lumber or freestanding wood from the base of your home. Don’t plant trees too close and clip away any vegetation, such as shrubs, that might be touching the foundation or walls.
* Damp spots and cracks are an open invitation - Check outdoor faucets and gutters for leaks and ventilate humid crawl spaces. Repair cracks and holes in the foundation with caulk, closing off termite entry.
* Don’t take any chances - Have your home inspected each year by a professional. It doesn’t take long and can mean early detection - saving you time and money.
A smart way to protect your investment
By mimicking a substance found in certain tree bark, DuPont Altriset paralyzes the mouths of termites to stop them from feeding within hours of exposure. It also clings to their bodies undetected and enhances social behavior so that it is spread quickly throughout the colony. Your home is termite-free within three months and protected for years to come. To learn more about how Altriset works and how it can help protect your home, visit Altriset.com. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to termites.
Caption 1: Early detection is the best way to protect your home.
Caption 2: A termite colony can devour a foot of 2-by-4 wood in only six months, according to Michigan State University research.
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