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Story Time For Me beams interactive picture books directly into toddlers and elementary school children via the magical Internet. Widened eyes can read at their own pace while illustrations come to life with animation, music, and sound effects—sharpening reading and cognitive skills into sharp number two brain pencils. Each story is enhanced with narration read by professional actors who infuse grade-A excitement and drama into wholesome stories containing socially relevant themes that range from taking care of pets to saving the environment. Children follow along as words are highlighted on screen. Clicking on difficult words will cause the narrator to repeat that word again. Each story concludes with discussion questions that inspire conversation and spark imagination candles inside human jack-o-lanterns. Story Time For Me always adds more stories so that kids can stay up on the latest adventures of characters such as Fern the Fox, Ben the Mouse, and Flame the Dragon without subscribing to their inane Twitter feeds.

7547 Washington Street
Bay St. Louis,
MS
US

Coral Reef's instructors help fledgling divers to fall in love with scuba diving, guiding students as they master buoyancy-control skills and environmental awareness. The scuba teachers oversee divers as they advance from beginner to master scuba diver in small and private classes at their PADI five-star facility, where water shimmers in both indoor and outdoor pools. Additionally, instructors teach specialized skills such as cave diving, rescue diving, and how to become a certified scuba instructor. They also pull up their anchors to take regular diving trips to exciting, watery locals such as Panama City Beach and William Howard Taft's tub.

1501 Gause Blvd
Slidell,
LA
US

Often referred to as simply "The Pie," The Original Italian Pie has cropped up in various cities across Louisiana since its inception in 1992. The eatery specializes in gourmet pizzas, with predesigned pies like the garlic shrimp and chicken alfredo, as well as create-your-own varieties. The Italian eats also extend to oven-baked sandwiches, pastas, calzones, and dessert.

1577 Gause Boulevard
Slidell,
LA
US

Faces of Virtue’s chief cosmetic artist, D. Rouzan sculpts already beautiful faces into airbrushed masterpieces, specializing in facial canvases of all ethnicities. Every Faces of Virtue session begins with a consultation to determine the ideal style and shades for a night on the town or a high-powered business luncheon. Airbrush makeup creates a flawless effect that can last for hours and withstand even a hail storm-like barrage of compliments, and the included eyelash application lets every pair of peepers dim their own lights with a sultry overhead shade. A custom eyebrow shaping can help set stray brows on the right path, add sass to any look, or convey your coffee preferences in Morse code to astute baristas. Depending on the complexity of the application, each session lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.

431 Holmes Dr
Slidell,
LA
US

Flip-flops are known for being casual, but Flip Flop World stocks flip-flops embellished with elegant, feminine touches. The store even carries white bridal flip-flops with sloping platform heels and rhinestone-studded straps. In addition to footwear, shoppers can find sassy T-shirts, notebooks, and glittering jewelry.

63239 North Son Moore Road
Pearl River,
LA
US

At Tacos and Beer, soft corn tortillas enfold 10 types of grilled and marinated meats in their warm embrace. Above the crunching of freshly fried tortilla chips and the scribbling of odes to guacamole, live music drifts from the brick-walled dining room out onto Tacos & Beer's patio until 2 a.m. Wednesday?Saturday. During these hours, both early risers and night owls can recalibrate their mental clocks' built-in roosters with breakfast options served all day.

2142 1st St
Slidell,
LA
US