In 1997, Elizabeth Hotard experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that changed her perspective on health and healing. At the time, she was a practical nurse, so she took pharmaceuticals and steroids to recover. But the meds yielded disappointing results, so she left them behind and started living a healthier life. By adding whole foods, raw vegetables, supplements, juices, and herbs to her diet, she began to feel better than she did in her twenties. Her positive experience with natural remedies led her to a career in alternative health care. Elizabeth presently holds licenses and certifications as a practical nurse, a massage therapist, and a natural-health practitioner. Her menu of naturopathic treatments consists of massage therapy, detoxification, and wellness services such as nutritional counseling. In accordance with Integrated Wellness' mission to help people "achieve optimal health and potential to enjoy life to the fullest," she excludes inessential drugs, surgeries, or knock-knock jokes when suggesting treatments.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Fanflags gives rabid Saints and LSU Tigers fans a new way to display their pride with its durable, eponymous mirror covers, or fanflags. Each fanflag is cut from a stretchy mix of 87% spandex and 13% polyester, fitting over the side mirrors of most cars, trucks, and SUVs. Football fanatics can appreciate the Saints’ fleur-de-lis themed fanflag, while LSU supporters can strike fear into nearby pedestrians as they zoom by with Mike the Tiger leering threateningly from his mirrored perch. With a fanflag, you'll have the ideal holiday stocking stuffer for the football fan that already owns a Lombardi trophy or a moist towelette once owned by Drew Brees.
Folsom Spirits sheds light on paranormal activity during two-hour specter-searching walking tours through a spooky, 12-acre tree farm (a $17 value for adults, a $7 value for children ages 8–13). Tours kick off at 8 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday, when attendees congregate around the campfire for a debriefing on the property’s paranormal happenings and a bongo-led round of “Kumbaya.” Guides then lead groups of up to 25 people by lantern into tunneling groves of oak and crepe myrtle trees to witness apparitions and orbs, believed to be either the energy of spirits who have passed on or a sign of the imminent arrival of King Hamlet. Folsom Spirits encourages guests to bring cameras to capture proof for doubtful friends throughout the journey, which generally lasts about two hours but may go longer depending on the group.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up an Aero ivory armless chair ($216.77) and use it to accent your next book-club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Simmons and finish flooring your sleep space with a Roarke Masai 5'x8' rug ($162).