8 Ways To Go Green for Earth Day

8 Ways To Go Green for Earth Day

This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! Earth Day is an awareness holiday, and it’s purpose is to inspire us to think Green. There are many dynamics to the energy conservation spectrum, but, generally, if we all do something small we can preserve our Earth in a major way! We’ve got you covered for some small (and bigger) ideas for energy conservation in your home! Please allow us to encourage you to choose one little change to cultivate a big difference!   Switch to LED light bulbs to conserve energy. With a service contract, Duke Energy will send you a coupon in the mail for 6 free LED light bulbs. That’s a possible combined 300,000 hours of lighting in your home, and 82.2 years of lighting at lights on for 10 hours/day. Who’s counting, though? Click here for more information on LED Life Expectancy, and what might cause that to change. Get and use a recycling bin in your home. If you have trash service provided to you by the city, the City of Lafayette, IN Recycling Department will issue you and your family a free recycling toter for all your recyclables. This makes recycling your trash super easy! If you don’t receive trash service from the city, please contact your local trash company to see how they can enable you to recycle. West Lafayette, IN City Department provides a recycle drop off with easy access if all else fails. Click here for a break down of acceptable recycle items! Reuse shopping bags. Grocery stores will 100% support you in this decision. Recycle electronics. Unplug for a day. This can be...
10 Simple and Cheap Landscape Facelift Ideas

10 Simple and Cheap Landscape Facelift Ideas

Curb appeal in your front yard is as important in your front yard as functionality is in your backyard! So, we’re here to help you make your Lafayette, IN area home jump from winter drab to spring-y fab. Here are a few tips and tidbits for your yard and patio.   Plant perennials. This one requires some work the first year, but perennials are a gift that keep on giving. You plant these shrubs and flowers, and they come back for a visit every year. Since all species of plants bloom at different times of the year, you can strategically place different type of shrubbery in your yard, and design it to have blooms all year long. If you’re into that sort of thing, of course. Click here to view an extensive list of perennial flowers! Spread some mulch or rock between your planted perennials. Mulch, depending on your yard size, can be a simple task. Putting it up against the house provides a color contrast which gives your home some zest and curb appeal. Plus, it fills space between plants, smoothing your design. You have to replace mulch every few years, but it makes your yard look revived every time! Rock is a more concrete decision. A nice bird feeder hung from a tree provides some airy aesthetic to your yard. Wildlife really complete the natural look we’re going for. Just be sure not to hang it too close to you herb garden. Wildlife can be a hindrance to growing crop. Trim it up. This might be a given, but it’ll shock you how much a freshly mowed lawn...
Spotlight on At Home: Home Decor

Spotlight on At Home: Home Decor

Lafayette, IN has welcomed another superstore, At Home: Home Decor, into the area. We are all about supporting our local loves, but there is room for both the big business and the mom and pop shops in our book! The mixture of Lafayette, IN‘s industry, West Lafayette, IN‘s Purdue University, and I-65 running through provide a seemingly constant extension of the city limits. Therefore, our not-so-little town has an array of shopping and dining options that ebbs and flows. We’ve got something to serve everyone’s needs, and it’s cool to live in a city with amenities like Lafayette, IN. So, what exactly is At Home: Home Decor? When you walk into the store, you’ll enter a sea of interior design- including colors and neutrals for any room. Items are sectioned off by room/area of the house, but they’re also separated by theme/style. Is your style more modern or farmhouse; industrial or traditional? Are you into earth tones or that amazing yellow pop against your gray walls? Whatever your vision, you should be able to create it here. The best part is that they have reasonable prices, so you can dream within your budget. Maybe it’s impractical to think that you need to redesign your entire house. You should still check At Home out. They’ve got choices from patio furniture and area rugs to lamps and pillows, we’re talking picture frames, planting pots, and more. You’ll most definitely find what you need here.   At Home: Home Decor Stats According to our own Journal and Courier, “The 113,000-square-foot At Home location … is the fifth in Indiana and 154th nationwide for...
Up and Coming 5K (and more) Races

Up and Coming 5K (and more) Races

Have you stuck to your New Year’s Resolution, and continued to hit the gym? What about your Keto diet? If so, congrats! You’re ready to take the next level! 5K, 10K, and half and full marathons provide an added challenge to your normal work out regimen. Whether you’re looking for that leg up in fitness or you’re just looking to have some fun, there is a race out there for you! Lafayette, IN/ West Lafayette, IN Run for Justice (Calvary Baptist Church; West Lafayette, IN): Next weekend, April 21st, Calvary Baptist Church is hosting a 5K to raise awareness for human sex trafficking. Their profits go to the International Justice Mission. Subaru Color Run (Lafayette, IN): Our very own SIA hosts a Color Run every year here in Lafayette, IN. We had to mention this one because it’s so much fun. At a Color Run, you dress yourself in all white, and while you’re running a 5K, spectators throw colored corn starch at you. It’s awesome! Your white clothes are now a piece of art, and your June 16th, 2018, was filled with much joy! Spartan Race (The Badlands Off Road Park; Attica, IN): The Spartan Race is not for the faint of heart. If you’re to a level in your health and fitness journey that you desire to challenge every aspect of you mind and body- this race is for you. It’s not until September 8th, 2018, so you’ve still got time to train. This is both race and obstcal course. Click here to view information about the Spartan Beast, and click here to view information about the...
Spotlight on Happy Hollow Park

Spotlight on Happy Hollow Park

This just in: SPRING! We’re excited because we can open those windows, say goodbye to the heating bill, and enjoy fresh, spring air. As we take a deep breath in, we acknowledge- ’tis the season for outdoor play, bonfires, picnics, hikes, and allergies. Life is so good here in Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN in the beautiful spring time! Here’s some information about one of the many lovely parks our area has to offer!   Happy Hollow Formation Happy Hollow Park is easy on the eyes, but how exactly did it form? According to Encyclopedia Britannica, a hollow forms by wind! Indiana has an abundance of wind, so that’s not too surprising. Long story short, through a process called “deflation” flat areas give an appearance of “hilly” with wind picking up rock and debris, distributing it elsewhere, and packing it down due to wind force. Consequently, this leaves us with a beautiful landscape, decorated with trees and other foliage. You’ll have to go see it yourself.   Happy Hollow Park Breakdown Happy Hollow Park sits on about 81 acres of land. You’ll love the drive in. Fresh blossoms line the lane in the spring, and as summer draws near, it turns to greenery. Immediately, you see the big kid playground with the little kid playground shortly behind. The playgrounds are grouped ages 5-12 and 2-5 for safety, but something else to note is that they are wheel chair accessible. There is even a small library book house to enjoy a book while playing at the park! Parking is straight forward and easy, and the bathrooms are conveniently accessible and always clean....
Purdue University’s Aviation Day 2018

Purdue University’s Aviation Day 2018

Purdue University’s Aviation Day As you know, Purdue University, in our very own West Lafayette, sends graduates of all shapes and forms throughout the United States into their field of expertise. It is know for delivering quality education, teaching well- rounded life and problem solving skills, and shaping each student to utilize their skill set in the best way imaginable. Purdue University’s College of Aviation and Transportation Technology is no exception. If you’re interested in what Purdue University’s education is like or you’re wondering what effect it has on our community- we suggest to check out this event! Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. the airport is open to the public for Aviation Day. Purdue’s airport is located just Southwest of West Lafayette along US 231. Click here for directions!   Here’s how the website describes the event: “Purdue Aviation Day (PAD) is an open access event welcome to community members, prospective students, industry partners, and aviation enthusiasts alike. The event focuses on sharing the passion of aviation through static aircraft displays, educational events, historic displays, guest speakers, and children’s activities. What makes this event special is that it is planned and executed entirely by student leaders within the School of Aviation & Transportation!”   Aircraft Show and Tell: Purdue University’s Aviation Day will feature a hand full of air crafts for people to see from all angles. Guests will be able to see the entire air craft from control panels to the under carriages! There are military, civilian, and unmanned air crafts available to tour.  Click here to see an entire list of air crafts in...