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Hurricane Laura as of 7:15 a.m. CT, Aug. 25 (Photo: National Hurricane Center / NOAA)

Welcome to Homestyle, a podcast from The Daily Advertiser that’s all about life, family and the stories they inspire. Two best friends — Leigh Guidry and Joe Cunningham — host, sharing their hobbies and ideas for family fun. 

This week we get a little serious and talk about Hurricane Laura, which hit southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas Aug. 27.

Episode 44: After the Hurricane

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe talk about their experiences in Hurricane Laura and how it is still impacting their families;
  • what it looks like now in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes;
  • and how you can help.

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Episode 43: Beekeeping

Our guest this week is Carrie Grace Henderson, amateur beekeeper when she’s not teaching. 

  • Carrie Grace Henderson talks us through how she got into beekeeping with her fiance Taylor Potter, business reporter at The Daily Advertiser
  • what she’s learned during this process — with words like bearding and American foulbrood
  • what comes next in their beekeeping and honey endeavors
  • how they’ve found ways to incorportate it into their identity and even their wedding

Episode 42: Organizing Time and Space

This week our hosts talk about the importance of organizing your space, especially if you’re working from home now, and organizing your schedule. In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh just spent the week reorganizing her work-from-home space and walks us through that process
  • Joe talks about how he’s been organizing his schedule to make time for decompressing
  • and the importance of both in this season.

Episode 41: Hashtag Hobby Goals

This week Leigh and Joe talk about their #hobbygoals. They’ve accomplished a few during this stay-at-home time, and they’ve got a few more goals in mind. In this episode you’ll hear:

  • the different goals in Leigh and Joe have accomplished in the kitchen and the craft room lately
  • the crafts and recipes that were unexpected and only tried because we’ve all been stuck at home
  • what they hope to try next

Episode 40: Back-to-School Time

It’s August, and although it’s not a normal August, it’s still back-to-school time. So Joe and Leigh talk about the challenges, the decisions and the lessons they’re learning as they prepare for the school year.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • how this year looks different for Joe, Leigh and their families
  • the decisions they’re making as parents and teachers and an education reporter and how they’re making them
  • what they’re worried about
  • what they hope we take from this experience

Episode 39: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

We talked about one of our great loves: coffee. Whether it’s for cooking, crafting or, of course, drinking, coffee sure has its perks.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • plenty of craft ideas for kids and adults using coffee and coffee filters
  • how you can incorporate this blessed drink into recipes
  • how we take our coffee
  • why we love this drink so much

Episode 38: The Great Homestyle Baking Show

We enjoyed discussing baking as a pasttime that’s allowing us to be creative and taste some old favorites at the same time. In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe’s favorite recipes, including some oldies and new ones to try;
  • their different styles of baking and where they got them;
  • what baking means to them;
  • how it can be helpful today.

Episode 37: QuaranSTREAM

Remember that episode where we talked about reading our way through quarantine? This week we’re going over what we’re bingeing on all the streaming services available and all the time still spent at home.

On this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe’s favorite streaming services and their current guilty pleasures — from “Hamilton” to “Hell’s Kitchen” to “Fuller House;”
  • what our current faves mean to us during this time;
  • how to set boundaries and keep yourself from going overboard with the bingeing;
  • how to not be overwhelmed by all the options out there.

Episode 36: Embroidery

On this episode you’ll hear:

  • Hope Aucoin talks with us about how she discovered embroidery and how it quickly became her thing
  • how embroidery has impacted her before and during COVID-19
  • what to do to get started stitching

Episode 35: Get Your Game On

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Breaking news reporter Ashley White tells us about how she first started gaming and what’s the hobby has meant to her
  • what games she’s loving right now and some of her all-time favorites
  • and gaming experiences from Joe and Leigh

Episode 34: On Vacation

Leigh and Joe share their recent experiences on two very different vacations and why they were much-needed and a little different because of COVID-19. In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Our hosts talk about different kinds of vacations. Leigh just got back from a week in the Rocky Mountains with her kids and in-laws. Joe and his wife went on a sans-kids vacay with Joe’s family.
  • They talk about why they really needed these trips right now and what it meant to their families.
  • They share about how COVID-19 restriction impacted (or didn’t) their travel plans.
  • And they share where they want to go next.

Episode 33: Ups and Downs of Reopening

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe share what “reopening” has looked like for their families.
  • They get in to ups and downs of the last few months, especially Leigh. This week was a struggle.
  • They talk about tips to make it better going forward into a “new normal.”
  • Leigh’s husband Eric makes an appearance for the first time and talks about returning to basketball practice.

Episode 32: Barbers, Butchers and Relationships

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • As Louisiana begins to reopen and we’re allowed to head back to hairstylists and such, Leigh and Joe talk about the power of relationships
  • how coronavirus and quarantine might have emphasized the importance of relationships within our community
  • how we can remember that even after this has passed

Episode 31: The Urban Naturalist on Gardening

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Urban Naturalist owner Marcus Descant explains his gardening philosophy — why he wants to create ecosystems and chooses edible and native plants
  • how he got in to agriculture and how that journey evolved into his job today
  • what you can do to incorporate low-key gardening into your life right now
  • Find out more about Marcus and The Urban Naturalist at theurbannaturalists.com, on Facebook or on Instagram @urban_naturalist.

Episode 30: The Year (and Your Goals) So Far

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe talk about the power words and goals they set way back in Episode 8
  • how coronavirus and quarantine have impacted those goals
  • what they’re gaining from this time at home
  • how they plan to move forward for the next six months of 2020

Episode 29: Art As An Outlet

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • where Daily Advertiser producer J.P. Fonte got his love of art and how it has been his outlet, something that’s coming in clutch during quarantine
  • what it’s like to pursue art as a hobby and how you can, too
  • the supplies you might want to grab to get started

Follow JP’s art journey on Instagram at @jp_fonte.

Episode 28: A Life of Art

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Local artist Hannah Thibodeaux, known as Hannah Gumbo, walks us through her art journey, from trying things as a kid, studying print-making and visual arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and now working as an artist full time
  • the different tools and tech she uses when creating
  • how COVID-19 has impacted her work and how she’s responding to changes
  • what’s next for the Louisiana-based artist
  • how art can be a lifestyle and therapeutic way to express yourself

Find more about her at her website hannahgumbo.com and on Instagram @allthatglittersisgumbo.

Episode 27: Nutrition During Quarantine

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • LSU AgCenter dietitian Mandy Armentor gives us ideas for healthy, simple meals we can make at home for the family;
  • shares LSU AgCenter resources for virtual recess, quarantine snacking tips and more;
  • gives tips about how to sneak veggies into meals for our picky eaters;
  • reminds us to get back to basics like the five food groups when it comes to cooking and meal planning;
  • and encourages us to give ourselves some grace during this time

Episode 26: Let’s Talk Distance Learning

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe talk about what they’re seeing in Louisiana and Acadiana schools and teachers do to provide learning opportunities
  • resources you can access online and for free (or very close to free) for your students
  • tips for how long to have students work each day — Don’t try to recreate a full day in a classroom on the computer, Joe says

Episode 25: Connecting Through Social Distancing

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • why it’s especially important to find ways to connect while maintaining distance
  • ideas like virtual happy hours, writing letters and phone calls
  • places you can go while still social distancing 
  • how to find an online community to connect with

Episode 24: Let’s Decorate Cookies

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • our guest Caitlin Jacob tells us how and why she got in to cookie decorating
  • her favorite techniques to try
  • how and why you can try while at home
  • the tools you’ll need to get started

Episode 23: What to Read in Your Downtime

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • what Leigh and Joe are currently reading and their all-time favorites
  • why kids should be reading while schools are closed and how you can get them to do it
  • ways to incorporate reading into your day while in quarantine

Episode 22: In the Garden

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how gardening can be a great outlet during this time of stay-at-home orders and COVID-19
  • tips from Joe for beginner gardenerers (i.e. Leigh)
  • a glimpse into Joe’s flower bed and roses
  • how to get kids involved in this project and keep them engaged

Episode 21: Capturing Memories with Photos

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Daily Advertiser photographer Scott Clause gives tips for organizing your photos and using them in your home;
  • he talks about the difference between photo art and photojournalism;
  • he provides some resources for printing photos for free or storing them.

Episode 20: Keep A Schedule During Quarantine

It’s week two of state mandates to close schools and work from home due to COVID-19, and between our two families we have three teachers and four kids. So this week we talk about the importance of finding and keeping a schedule for school and family activities.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Joe pull from his teaching experience to explain why it’s best to keep a schedule and routine while staying home for an extended time;
  • a few ideas for schedules, where to find more and how to tweak them to make it work for your family;
  • some activities to incorporate;
  • and advice to stay flexible.

Episode 19: Suddenly at Home for a Bit

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • a recipe to try out while you’re stuck at home;
  • a craft to get the kids involved and doing hands-on activities;
  • and ideas to keep from going stir crazy, from exercise to reading to educational programs.

Episode 18: Express Yourself

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what having a creative outlet means to Leigh, Joe and his wife Christa and what it does for Christa’s students
  • how she helps her students develop that writing skill and how you can, too
  • what you can do besides write to express yourself and get creative every day

Episode 17: What Lent Means to You

Mardi Gras is over, and we’re well into the Lenten season. So this week Leigh and Joe share what Lent means to them and what they like to eat. Joe helps out in that arena with some Lent-friendly recipes. 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how Joe makes an incredible crawfish cornbread (and how you can, too)
  • the practice of Lent in south Louisiana
  • ideas and different ways to observe the Lenten season

Episode 16: So Many Beads

It is finally Fat Tuesday, and you’ll be getting loaded down with beads, cups and other throws. Crafting is a fun, creative way to recycle all the things you’ve caught at the parades, so Leigh walks you through several ideas, from wreaths to headbands.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • how to create a wreath out of Mardi Gras beads and throws;
  • ways to decorate your table or garden with beads;
  • when you can use beads to celebrate other holidays.

Episode 15: The Struggle of the Juggle

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • what juggling all the things looks like in Leigh’s and Joe’s lives (i.e. why they’re so tired at this point of basketball season)
  • how to find time to still do things you love that don’t make any money and why that matters
  • tips for winding down with family or asking for help when the struggle is too real

Episode 14: DIY Your Home and Save Energy

Joe and Leigh talk with Garrison Harrison, a conservation specialist with Lafayette Utilities System, about things people can do themselves to make sure they’re saving energy and saving money at home.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Garrison talk about the craziest things and biggest problems he’s seen providing “energy audits” at homes;
  • specific tips to put into place around the house to save energy and money;
  • and why Garrison chose this career.

For more about him and his job, visit lus.org or @lusutilities on Instagram. 

Episode 13: All Things Mardi Gras

We continue the Louisiana theme this week to discuss Mardi Gras with a special guest. Victoria Dodge is the features and culture reporter at The Daily Advertiser, but right now her unofficial title is Mardi Gras reporter.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • what Victoria has been doing and learning as a non-Louisiana native experiencing her second Mardi Gras ever
  • Leigh and Joe throw in their experiences from north and south Louisiana
  • and some history of Lafayette Mardi Gras and the events you can find here this season

Episode 12: King Cake Season

It’s that great time of year (Epiphany) when we get to eat all the King Cake. Leigh and Joe already have had a few, so they share their favorites kind — more like a donut or cinnamon roll? Filled or not? Icing or sprinkles? Sweet or savory? So. Many. Choices.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe discuss the struggle of living in Louisiana during King Cake season and trying to keep New Year’s resolutions
  • their favorite kinds and places to get great King Cake
  • what a King Cake is (for those of you not in Louisiana) and its traditions
  • King Cake-flavored items you can try (Joe has strong feelings about this)

Episode 11: Smokin’

Joe talks about smoking meat, something Leigh knows very little about so we all get to learn together!

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • which kinds of meat are best to smoke
  • different kinds of wood chips to use to impact flavor
  • ideas for rubs, marinades and sauces

Episode 10: Hosting Parties

Leigh and Joe — and special guest 7-year-old Elizabeth Cunningham — are talking about the favorite parties they’ve thrown and how they made it happen. From princess and Elmo birthday parties over the year to wedding showers this spring, they’ve got plenty of experience to share.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • ideas for choosing and carrying out a theme (without breaking the bank)
  • Leigh, Joe and Elizabeth’s favorite parties
  • destination party ideas
  • how to focus on the important part (having fun with friends and family) instead of on making the perfect party

Episode 9: Make the Most of the Weekend

Leigh and Joe are talking about activities families can do to together to make the most of the weekend.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Joe and family like to go to a bookstore like Barnes & Noble, which has story time for kids, coffee shop and lots to check out.
  • ideas for exploring your own town or the one you’re visiting (Joe loves grabbing a burger at Billy’s whenever he visits family in Natchitoches.)
  • Leigh and her family like road trips and getting outdoors. Maybe a day trip to a Louisiana state park or camping overnight.
  • ideas to make it a weekend at home. Encourage the kids to play with the toys they already have (you can hear the parent in us, can’t you?), do a craft or read a book.
  • tips for monitoring screen time for kids

Episode 8: Embracing a New Year

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • family traditions like camping as a way to start the new year calmly and around those you love;
  • traditional foods said to bring good luck and wealth in the new year;
  • a recipe for ham and beans to check pork (progress) and beans (wealth) off your list;
  • how to use make your own vision board;
  • how a “power word” can help you stay focused this year

Episode 7: Family Movie Night

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • ideas for at-home movie night food — like popcorn (obviously), a trail mix bar and banana cookies
  • light dinner ideas to make everyone happy and stay awake for the whole movie
  • the introduction of “grownup drinks” to movie theaters

Episode 6: Christmas Activities

It’s almost Christmas Day, so Joe and Leigh are talking about what to do during the holiday season.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • ideas for handling multiple Christmases in one day or one week
  • places you can go in Acadiana and across Louisiana to enjoy Christmas lights
  • how to get folks off their phones while home for the holidays
  • Leigh’s daughter Avery, 5, give some opinions in the background (sorry, not sorry)

Episode 5: Christmas Gifts

‘Tis the season for giving, so Joe and Leigh are talking about how they give during the holiday season. Sometimes it’s online or Black Friday shopping (yikes), or they have some ideas for how to make your own presents with a personal touch.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for folks in your circle
  • do-it-yourself options to personalize your giving
  • their favorite gifts as kids

Episode 4: Gumbo Time

It’s cool right now in Louisiana (at least some days), which means it’s gumbo time. In this episode you’ll hear:

  • a great gumbo recipe (Do you know the three-beer rule?)
  • Leigh and Joe’s many opinions about roux, potato salad and whether tomatoes belong in gumbo (Hint: they don’t)
  • their family gumbo traditions and favorite restaurant gumbos

Episode 3: Happy Thanksgiving

Our official launch episode is all about Thanksgiving, so Leigh and Joe talk about what their families do for their favorite holiday.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • recipe ideas for our favorite Thanksgiving pies — sweet potato and chocolate
  • craft ideas that you can modify for kids of different ages — painting with broccoli, anyone?
  • our family’s favorite activities — football and Taboo can get pretty competitive

Episode 2: Halloween

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Leigh and Joe discuss their favorite childhood Halloween costumes;
  • DIY versus store-bought costumes,
  • how they trick-or-treat with their families;
  • and whether adults should dress up for the holiday

Episode 1: Tailgating

In the first episode, we discussed tailgating and gatherings to watch the big game — even if that’s at home in the air conditioning. (This is Louisiana after all.)

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • recipes for great tailgating food like chili (Are you pro-beans or anti-beans?), buffalo chicken dip and dessert;
  • tips for getting your house ready for the party;
  • and how to get the kids involved

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