Air Purifying Houseplants

Air Purifying Houseplants

January in Lafayette, IN is generally an entire month of closed doors and windows in your home. As a result, the air tends to grow stale, and you yearn for some fresh spring breeze. Well, research shows that having plants in your home helps to purify the air. Plants in all ecosystems purify, so why wouldn’t they do the same in your enclosed environment? Here are a few low maintenance houseplants that will help the overall ambiance of your home. According to this article on The Mother Nature Network, in addition to providing a freshness to the air, these plants can help protect from benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. Aloe Vera This plant is an over achiever. Not only does it purify the air, but it also can be used on your skin to heal burns and ingested for digestion aide. Spider plant Our leggy friend, the spider plant, is an easy choice that doesn’t require much maintenance. Snake Plant Put one in your bathroom. It will thrive with the low light and high humidity. Red-edged draena Pretty reds on the edges of the leaves make this air purifier stand out. It would look beautiful in a sunny room next to neutral colors. English Ivy Studies show that this plant reduces fecal-matter particles from the air! So crazy! Peace lily This one is recommended by many people. It’s said to be one of the most efficient air purifying plants around.   New York Botanical Garden has some great recommendations on how to care for houseplants if you’re not familiar...
Frozen Pipe Prevention and Thawing

Frozen Pipe Prevention and Thawing

Low temperatures in the Lafayette, IN area are coming once again in this wonderful winter season. Are the pipes in your home prepared for the winter storm?   How to identify which pipes are most often frozen: Are there pipes that run on the exterior of your home and are exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose spickets, swimming pool lines, and water sprinkler lines? Where are the water pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets? If they are well insulated, then you won’t need to worry, but if they’re exposed, however, they will be subject to freezing. Are there any pipes that run through exterior walls on your home? Do any of your sinks or showers sit against an outside wall? These pipes are likely to freeze. How to prevent frozen pipes from happening: Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer. Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater. If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you’re not using it. Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents. During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces. Keep your home at a constant temperature through the night and day. (information provided by an article by Nationwide Insurance) How to thaw frozen pipes: If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes...
Lafayette Indiana Indoor Winter Activity Locations for Kids

Lafayette Indiana Indoor Winter Activity Locations for Kids

There comes a time during the weeks within winter when the masses in your home start to become restless. Therefore, we’ve pinned down some places in Lafayette, IN for you to take your children during the day, or your entire family in the evenings, to get some of that energy out. These indoor winter activity times are important for everyone in the family to remain active and sane! Chik-fil-a (Lafayette, IN): Our Chik-fil-a offers an indoor play place. So, you can take your kiddos out to lunch as a special treat, and let them play for a while. Two birds; one stone! Play area in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette, IN): A free little play area where the kids can get their imaginations running. It’s another spot where you can achieve a goal for the day while allowing the kids a fun time too. Barnes and Noble (Lafayette, IN): Every Thursday at 10:30 A.M., Bares and Noble has a story time in their junior section. Their junior section is full of books to browse, but they also have a little train table to play on at any time. They even have some select Saturdays where they hold a story time too. Check the schedule here. Get Air Toddler Time (Lafayette, IN): Get Air is a trampoline park, and they have a section just for little tots (under 46″)! Every Tuesday & Thursday from 10 A.M. – noon the park is only open to kids and their parents. The cost is $8/child and one adult jumps free. You’re children will be very worn out after a visit to this fun place....
Back to School Lunch Ideas for Kids

Back to School Lunch Ideas for Kids

Sending the kids back to school is bittersweet. We’re sure it’s been fun to be with them over the holidays, but there is comfort in the routine school has to offer. Next week is the big day in the Lafayette, IN area!  One chore that comes along with the send off is packing those lunches.  We’ve gathered a few school lunch ideas for kids that might help you and your family get moving in the mornings. Pigs in a blanket: This one does require some prep the night before, but the children will thank you. It is a crowd favorite. Here is a recipe, but you’ll need Pillsbury crescents, cheese, and little smokies (or hot dogs). Deli sandwich roll ups: These are for your kids that don’t enjoy bread or that can’t eat bread. It is easily altered for food allergies. Roll up any type of lunch meat and cheese with some mayo or mustard in the middle like a pinwheel. Ta-da! Pizza roll ups: Flour tortilla, pizza sauce, pepperonis, and mozzarella cheese rolled up. Genius. Yogurt: Greek yogurt is very high in protein. You can dazzle this baby with homemade granola, peanut butter, any fruit, or honey. Homemade lunchables: Since store-bought lunchables are pretty pricey, you can make your own! You can alter these for allergy needs too. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches: A nice spin on the classic PB&J. Ravioli or Mac & Cheese: Good ol’ Chef Boy RD is coming in clutch with this not nutritious but so great tasting lunch idea. Did we also mention that it’s pretty cheap? This soup thermos allows you to heat them...
Cozy Indiana Bed and Breakfast Destinations

Cozy Indiana Bed and Breakfast Destinations

Baby, it is cold outside! There is good news, though. Fun doesn’t stop when temperatures drop. The Midwest offers some beautiful scenery in the winter, and the warm Indiana hospitality is apparent in their bed and breakfast locations. Therefore, we’d like to suggest some cozy weekend destinations that would allow you to relax inside with a blanket, some quiet, and a fireplace. Cabins and Candlelight (Colfax, IN): Just twenty miles from Lafayette, this cozy little cottage is perfect for a weekend getaway. The cabin includes a fireplace and Jacuzzi, and it is definitely a level of relaxation the doctor would order. It is a sweet little place! The Stone Cabin Inn (Dull’s Tree Farm; Thorntown, IN): The old log cabin is on a Christmas Tree Farm, and it is a favorite suggested by multiple of our friends and families. The Story Inn (Nashville, IN): This beautiful plot of land is tucked away, but not too far from, little Nashville, and it sits right on the Brown County State Park. Cornerstone Inn (Nashville, IN): Cornerstone offers a beautiful campus which invites you in for rest and relaxation. It is in downtown Nashville, IN. Little Nashville is one of Indiana’s best kept secrets. It has very lovely shops and food, hilly scenery, and that hometown hospitality that Indiana does so well. You won’t regret visiting our Nashville. Meadows Inn (Middlebury, IN): Taking us north of Lafayette, the area of Shipshewana is another Indiana resident favorite. Meadows Inn is a cute little place outside of Shipshewana. You’ll love visiting the area and relaxing while you’re at it! Old Jail Inn Parke County (Rockville,...