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Homestyle podcast goes on vacation this week, discussing trips and tips for traveling – Daily Advertiser

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, 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.

Episode 34: On Vacation

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.

Find us on your favorite podcast app, or listen to the full episode below:

We want to hear from you! What was your favorite place to visit? Are you a mountains or beach kind of vacationer?

Find us on Facebook and on Instagram (@Homestylepod). Leave us a review and be sure to rate our podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Catch up on more episodes of Homestyle below:

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:

  • Marcus 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, 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 JP 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, a.k.a. 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 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:

  • Caitlin 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 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 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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Need a job? There’s an app for that – Fox Business

Technology is again proving to be a force for good during the coronavirus pandemic with apps that help the unemployed find work.

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The U.S. has lost 47 million jobs since state and local lockdown restrictions began in March, and the unemployment rate stands at 13.3 percent.

Those who lost their jobs are looking for work again, and those who were furloughed may be looking for temporary work. There are a number of apps that aim to help set people up with temporary work — no, not just Uber and DoorDash — right from their smartphones.


Here’s a list of 10 notable gig-worker apps for those looking to earn extra pocket cash or a full paycheck:


Fiverr is a free app for freelancers looking for work. It is rated No. 27 in the Business category on the App Store and describes itself as the largest and most affordable marketplace for digital services. Businesses can hire freelancers from 116 different service categories, according to the app’s description.


Freelancer describes itself as “the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace that connects freelancers and those who want to hire freelancers.” The free app touts “millions” of freelancers who are ready to work on “thousands of jobs.”

Freelancer also says it offers a larger pool than its competitor apps.


Gigwalk is a free app that helps users find gig work whenever and wherever, from jobs that last five minutes to a few hours, all through the app, according to its description. The app is linked to PayPal for payments.


Instawork Gigs & Jobs

Instawork is a free, highly rated gig work app that ranks No. 126 in the Business category on the App Store. The app’s description lists jobs from “catering and hospitality positions to warehouse associates and delivery drivers” in major U.S. cities. Instawork helps users book shifts, track time and get paid.

Moonlighting: Freelancer Tools

Moonlighting describes itself as an app for freelancers, gig workers, contractors, part-time workers and side hustlers. The free app connects job applicants with access to a “full suite of powerful business management tools, commission-free jobs, discounts and benefits for the modern worker.”

Users can get paid via credit card, ACH and PayPal “with no hidden feeds,” the app’s description says.


MyWorkChoice offers users looking for gig work the opportunity to find jobs that last anywhere between four and 40 hours, according to the app’s description. The app is free to download and allows users to find fitting jobs, track work hours, see pay and potential earnings, get notifications for shifts and shift reminders and ratings from employers. Users are paid and receive benefits through MyWorkChoice rather than employers.


The app’s founder, Tana Greene, previously told FOX Business that the expanding app “literally took absenteeism off the table.”


Snagajob is the highest-rated app on this list, ranking No. 22 in the Business section of the App Store. The free app describes itself as the No. 1 “free, easy job finder app to find part-time jobs and full-time jobs, make job applications easier, get great career advice and more.” The app only displays hourly jobs.


TaskRabbit is another highly rated gig-worker app that ranks No. 118 in the Lifestyle section of the App Store. The free app connects employers with the app’s so-called Taskers, who can provide services ranging from grocery delivery to cleaning and moving services.


UpWork ranks No. 155 in the Business section of the App Store and offers freelance work as “one of the largest online talent solutions connecting businesses,” its description states. The free app connects workers with employers from “across the globe” and opportunities to work with businesses ranging from startups to “large, established brands.”


UpWork says it provides companies with freelancers with more than “5,000 skills across more than 70 categories of work.”


Wonolo ranks No. 181 in the Business Section of the App Store. The free app “helps workers connect with immediate, flexible and in-demand jobs daily that pay in [one to three] business days,” according to its description. After a “brief onboarding process,” gig workers can see open jobs and qualifications needed to fill them and apply from there.

Other popular gig-worker apps geared toward specific jobs include: Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Caviar, GrubHub, Shipt, PICKL, Roadie Driver, Amazon Flex, Lugg, Dolly, GoShare, Airbnb,, Bunji, Gozova, BoonTech, VidMob and more.


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Former San Angelo taco shop reopens as Cajun, seafood restaurant; Here’s how to apply – Standard-Times

SAN ANGELO — A Cajun and seafood restaurant has opened in a former San Angelo Taco Shop  and is looking for employees.

The Crab Cajun & Seafood, 3035 Knickerbocker Road, opened its doors in late June in the former 3 Parrots Taco Shop, which closed in 2018. The restaurant serves several dishes, including boiled crawfish by the pound, stuffed jalapenos and seafood gumbo soup with rice.

Terry Mikeska, a San Angelo resident, tried The Crab on Tuesday and ordered the hot Cajun sauce shrimp boil combo with corn on the cob and potatoes. 

“Once the server brought my food in a plastic bag in a bucket it was poured out…on the top of my butcher paper covered table, the shrimp boiled combo was steaming with cajun garlic sauce and the smell has heavenly,” Mikeska said. “They offer plastic gloves and a bib but heck, I used my hands and dug it, I couldn’t stop eating it until it was all gone it was so delicious.”

He plans to go back with some friends and get the Colossal Combo, which has 6 lbs of king crab, snow crab, shrimp, sausage, clams, mussels, corn and potatoes for $110.

“All I can say is please be patient, this is a locally owned restaurant who also owns the well known Ichiban restaurant,” Mikeska said. “They love what they do, this week will be a busy week so please have patience, it’s definitely worth the wait if there is one.”

The restaurant is also looking to hire people, according to a large sign on the side of the building. People can apply in person or get more information by contacting them on Facebook or 325-227-8541

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Online Work

Online Missionary Work – Spectrum News 1

ELSMERE, Ky. — Going door to door is something Camille Edwards had mentally prepared for in February. Back then, there wasn’t a pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many organizations to change gears.

This includes those who do missionary work, especially during the summer.

“I was definitely nervous just kind of concerned because I knew it would so different,” Edwards said.

Edwards and her companion Jessica Cook are both missionaries.

“We would do what’s called proselyting and that’s where we would go out and knock doors and try and share a brief message at a doorstep about the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ that goes hand in hand with the Bible,” Cook said.

But instead of walking neighborhood to neighborhood, their efforts are all virtual. They call themselves “Social Media Missionaries.”

“Us as missionaries, we are kinda of disconnected from the world. We don’t have social media usually so Facebook is kinda of our only source of into the world,” Cook explained.s

Both women are 19. On this day they are in their apartment in Northern Kentucky making videos and blending them with inspirational messages.

“So we’ve all kinda of have to learn how to post better on Facebook so we can reach out to people and uplift them with the messages that we’re sharing,” Cook said.

Cook said it’s their first time for a social media push for their mission work.

The two women are taking part in an 18-month missionary program through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Online Work

Texas delays work-search requirements for unemployment benefits – The Texas Tribune

The Texas Workforce Commission decided Tuesday to postpone reinstating a work-search requirement for out-of-work Texans receiving unemployment benefits.

The requirement that Texans be actively searching for a job in order to receive benefits was initially slated to go into effect Monday. But agency officials cited rising numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across Texas — as well as Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 26 executive order scaling back the reopening of Texas businesses — in the commission’s decision to postpone the reinstatement.

“Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Texas, TWC has decided to pause the return of work search requirements at this time,” Ed Serna, the TWC’s executive director, wrote in a press release. “We will continue to monitor the situation and make further recommendations in late July.”

The mandate would have required out-of-work Texans requesting unemployment benefits to prove they engaged in at least three work-search activities. Self-employed workers would have had to prove they took at least three steps to reopen their businesses.

“From the outset, TWC has stated that bringing back work search would be conditions-based,” the press release said.

Texas’ May unemployment rate was 13%, and more than 2.6 million Texans have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began — flooding the TWC with claims as businesses closed and coronavirus cases skyrocketed.

TWC officials originally defended the July 6 reinstatement of the work-search requirement, noting that job searches can be performed remotely in order to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

“Work search activities can be completed at home without potential exposure to COVID-19,” TWC spokesperson Cisco Gamez wrote in a June 16 email to the Texas Tribune.

Abhi Rahman, a spokesperson for the Texas Democratic Party, applauded the TWC’s decision to postpone reinstating its work-search requirement, which he said should have never been an issue.

“Doing the right thing shouldn’t be this hard,” Rahman wrote in an email. “The fact that workforce requirements was even a question shows exactly what [Gov. Greg] Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission’s think about our current crisis. There are still thousands of Texans waiting for their workforce claims to be processed.”

The Texas AFL-CIO also praised the TWC’s decision but said it believes more is needed from the agency to protect workers, including making it easier for out-of-work Texans to reach the agency by phone or online if they have concerns about unemployment or other matters.

“TWC employees have risen to the occasion mightily,” the labor group wrote in a press release. “They are doing their utmost to serve the state, but they are digging out from an avalanche with a teaspoon. Until TWC ramps up public access to acceptable levels, the agency needs to dispense with administrative requirements that are not essential to the task of verifying eligibility and making payments. The agency should go further and suspend the bi-weekly ‘request for payment’ required of workers who have already been deemed eligible for benefits.”

The TWC defended its biweekly payment requirement.

“TWC would be out of compliance with federal law if claimants did not request payments every two weeks,” Gamez wrote in an email. “The process of requesting payments every two weeks is also used to help prevent fraud and overpayment. Texas would also lose administrative grants provided by the social security act if biweekly payment requests were not required.”

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We’re Open: Tim’s Kitchen – KATC Lafayette News

Timothy Sharlow says he’s blessed.

The owner of Tim’s Kitchen, who some might remember as the former Chef and co-owner of Ruby’s restaurant, says he’s been blessed during the pandemic despite the challenges.

Many restaurants have had to close – some permanently – but he’s been able to stay open and keep his employees. He said initially he only had curbside and take-out, but since has opened up his restaurant for Phases I and II. Even today, though, most of his business is take-out.

“The people are still hungry, they want to eat, so we still had faithful customers who came and picked up,” he said. “We were blessed, we didn’t have to shut down, and I was able to keep my employees. So we were blessed, I can’t complain. We were able to keep the doors open, and we’re still churning, we’re still doing OK.”

And that means you can still get chicken and sausage gumbo and baked chicken every day – along with some of the best rice and gravy around, just like at Ruby’s. Sharlow said the restaurant makes meatball stew, stuffed turkey wings, shrimp stew, crawfish etouffee and red beans, dishes he grew up with.

Sharlow says he’s riding “on the coat tails” of his mother, Ruby, and his father, Jack, who started their restaurant years ago. The children who knew them from their years working at Fatima, had grown up and made Ruby’s iconic in Lafayette, he said.

“We cooked in the restaurant what we grew up on,” he said. “Rice and gravy. We do a montage of so many things we grew up with, what the old people cooked years and years ago.”

Just like in many Acadiana home kitchens, there’s a mix of Creole, Indian, Cajun, and other cultures reflected in the dishes served at the restaurant. That’s what he sticks to at Tim’s Kitchen, because that’s what people like.

Although business is not as good as it was, Sharlow said he’s seeing some new customers. Many restaurants are still shut down, and some, unfortunately, have had to close permanently, he said.

“I think our customer base has been strengthened,” he said. “When things go back to normal, I feel like we will do well. I think that’s going to come.”

For the future, Sharlow says he’d like to retire someday – but he also says his mother, who will be 84 years old in a few days, still cooks every day. He said he’ll probably do that as well, because he loves cooking so much.

“It’s a passion, it’s what I love doing,” he said.

Tim’s Kitchen is located at 1000 Albertson Parkway in Broussard.

Tomorrow’s specials are hamburger steak, smothered liver and cabbage rolls.

Work from Home

67% of Companies Expect Work From Home to Be Permanent or Long-Lasting – Small Business Trends

About two-thirds of businesses that have adopted remote work policies as a result of COVID-19 plan to keep at least some of those policies in place long-term or permanently, according to a recent study.

The pandemic has forced more businesses than ever to rapidly adopt a work from home model. And though some may have struggled to adjust at first, many are now reaping the benefits of such policies — and that may lead to a permanent shift in working conditions across industries.

Work from Home Permanently Survey

Moe Vela, Chief Transparency Officer of TransparentBusiness, a remote workforce management solution, said in a phone interview with Small Business Trends, “This is truly an unprecedented situation that has led businesses to have no choice but to adopt a remote workforce model. But then what companies are seeing is that it works. Everybody wins with a remote workforce model.”

For small businesses, the benefits are numerous. You get to save money on office space, equipment, supplies, and utilities by allowing employees to work remotely. You can also enjoy improved morale and productivity by giving your team the flexibility to set their own schedule, while still keeping them on task using remote workforce management tools.

Remote work also opens up the talent pool wider than ever for small businesses. Instead of only looking at candidates in your immediate area who have the ability to travel to and from an office each day, you can consider pretty much everyone. That includes single moms who couldn’t otherwise work outside the home, people with disabilities and mobility challenges, those who can’t drive or afford transportation, and people who live outside your geographic area.

Not only does this lead to a more diverse workforce, but it also gives businesses access to more talent than ever.

Then there are the employees, many of whom appreciate the flexibility of their new schedules and the ability to save time on their daily commute. In fact, 98% of remote workers in Buffer’s annual State of Remote Work Survey said they would like to continue working remotely.

So with more and more people getting a taste of remote work, there may be an even larger call for businesses to adopt these policies to attract top talent. Vela even believes that remote work opportunities may become a part of many companies’ benefits packages going forward.

Ready for Remote Work?

Of course, remote work currently is mainly suited for information and computer based workers. Other businesses may not have the ability to support a remote workforce at the moment. And others still may want to slowly transition to fully remote work by letting employees work from home part time or just letting certain people telecommute.

Vela says that employees at these companies that aren’t fully on board with remote work just yet shouldn’t be afraid to speak up — just be prepared to back up your requests.

He says, “For employees who want the ability to continue working remotely, don’t be afraid to ask your employer, respectfully and gratefully of course. Just be prepared to show them that you’ve been effective. Give them evidence that you can be productive so they have no excuse or reason to not let you do it.”

The study that found two thirds of companies are considering adopting long-term remote work policies was performed by 451 Research, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence. The organization polled 575 decision makers across industries. It also found that 80 percent of organizations have expanded work from home policies due to COVID-19.

Work from Home Trend Growing

This is just one in a long line of recent studies that has found the business community trending toward remote work. And major companies like Square and Twitter have announced remote work policies that will continue post-COVID-19. So it seems clear that even once businesses are widely able to reopen, the workforce may look entirely different — and not necessarily in a bad way.



Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing Platform Market: Check It out Who Is the Fastest Marketplace Climber: AWIN, ShareASale, Taobao, Amazon – 3rd Watch News

Global Affiliate Marketing Platform Market Report from AMA Research highlights deep analysis on market characteristics, sizing, estimates and growth by segmentation, regional breakdowns& country along with competitive landscape, players market shares, and strategies that are key in the market. The exploration provides a 360° view and insights, highlighting major outcomes of the industry. These insights help the business decision-makers to formulate better business plans and make informed decisions to improved profitability. In addition, the study helps venture or private players in understanding the companies in more detail to make better informed decisions.

Major Players in This Report Include,

AWIN (Germany), ShareASale (Germany), Taobao (China), JD (China), Amazon (China), eBay (United States), Shopify (Canada), Clickbank (United States), Rakuten (Japan), Leadpages (United States), StudioPress (United States), CJ Affiliate (United States), Bluehost (United States), ConvertKit (United States), MaxBounty (Canada), Google (United States), Tapgerine (United States) and Chitika (United States)

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The global affiliate marketing platform market is expected to witness high demand due to increasing advertising and performance management in the forecasted period. It is a type of performance based marketing in which a business rewards one and more affiliates for each customer and visitor brought by the affiliates own marketing efforts. For Instance, Microsoft has introduced niche affiliated programs for Microsoft PCs,Xboxes, Surfaces(Tablets),gadget accessories for tracking cookies and promotion.

Global Affiliate Marketing Platform Market Report offers a detailed overview of this market and discusses the dominant factors affecting the growth of the market. The impact of Porter’s five armies on the market over the next few years has been discussed for a long time in this study. We will also forecast global market size and market outlook over the next few years.

Types of Products, Applications and Global Affiliate Marketing Platform Market Report Geographical Scope taken as the Main Parameter for Market Analysis. This Research Report Conducts an assessment of the industry chain supporting this market. It also provides accurate information on various aspects of this market, such as production capacity, available production capacity utilization, industrial policies affecting the manufacturing chain and market growth.

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Market Drivers

  • Increasing Urbanization and Digitalization
  • Rising Demand for Online Based Advertisement by Several End Users

Market Trend

  • Upsurge Demand from Asia-Pacific Countries
  • Value Oriented Customer


  • Technological Complexities Associated With Affiliate Marketing Platform
  • The Rising Privacy and Security Concerns


  • Technological Advancements Such Artificial Intelligence and Big Analytics Technology
  • Adoption of Marketing Network by E-Commerce Platform

In this research study, the prime factors that are impelling the growth of the Global Affiliate Marketing Platform market report have been studied thoroughly in a bid to estimate the overall value and the size of this market by the end of the forecast period. The impact of the driving forces, limitations, challenges, and opportunities has been examined extensively. The key trends that manage the interest of the customers have also been interpreted accurately for the benefit of the readers.

The Affiliate Marketing Platform market study is being classified by Type, Applicationsand major geographies with country level break-up that includes South America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Rest of Europe), MEA (Middle East, Africa), North America (United States, Canada, Mexico).

The Global Affiliate Marketing Platform is segmented by following Product Types:

by Type (CPS, CPA, CPC), Application (Conference Management, Performance Management, Violation Management, Promotional Methods, Others), Organization Size (Small Scale Enterprises, Medium Scale Enterprises, Large Scale Enterprises), Compensation (Each Visit ((pay-per-click), Registration (pay-per-lead), Every Purchaser (pay-per-sale)), Tools (Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Others), Verticals (Financial, Retail Shopping, Sports, Beauty, Home and Garden, Travel, Others)


The report concludes with in-depth details on the business operations and financial structure of leading vendors in the Global Affiliate Marketing Platform market report, Overview of Key trends in the past and present are in reports that are reported to be beneficial for companies looking for venture businesses in this market. Information about the various marketing channels and well-known distributors in this market was also provided here. This study serves as a rich guide for established players and new players in this market.

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Key Strategic Developments in Affiliate Marketing Platform Market:

The research includes the key strategic activities such as Research & Development (R&D) initiatives, Merger & Acquisition (M&A) completed, agreements, new launches, collaborations, partnerships & (JV) Joint ventures, and regional growth of the key competitors operating in the market at global and regional scale to overcome current slowdown due to COVID-19.

Key Market Features in Global Affiliate Marketing Platform Market

The report highlights Affiliate Marketing Platform market features, including revenue size, weighted average regional price, capacity utilization rate, production rate, gross margins, consumption, import & export, demand & supply, cost bench-marking in Affiliate Marketing Platform market share and annualized growth rate (Y-o-Y) and Periodic CAGR.

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Global Affiliate Marketing Platform Market Research Report

Chapter 1 Global Affiliate Marketing Platform Market Overview

Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact on Industry

Chapter 3 Global Market Competition by Manufacturers

Chapter 4 Global Revenue (Value, Volume*) by Region

Chapter 5 Global Supplies (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions

Chapter 6 Global Revenue (Value, Volume*), Price* Trend by Type

Chapter 7 Global Market Analysis by Application


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This is what unemployment benefits will look like without that extra $600 a week – CNBC

Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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The financial aid that jobless workers have been receiving to shore up household income during the coronavirus pandemic is poised for a dramatic reduction in just a few weeks.

The CARES Act, a federal relief law enacted in March, provided unemployed Americans with an extra $600 a week in assistance. That federally funded supplement adds to the traditional benefits provided by states.

As a result of that policy, the average American has gotten about $980 a week from the unemployment system, according to a CNBC analysis of Labor Department data.

That’s roughly equal to the lost weekly wages for the average worker.

61% reduction

However, that supplement will end after July 31, absent an extension from Congress — which isn’t a given due to opposition from Republican lawmakers.

If it ends, benefits will decrease substantially for the nearly 31 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits.

Instead of receiving about $980 a week, the average American would get about $380 — a reduction of about 61%.

The average worker, instead of fully replacing lost wages, would replace about a third of their prior paycheck, according to a January report published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

The experience for workers will differ dramatically based on geography, since states vary in the generosity of their benefit payments.

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The average worker in Mississippi, the least generous state, received $213 a week in unemployment benefits before the pandemic, according to Labor Department data.

In Massachusetts, the most generous state, the average recipient got $552.

Maximum and minimum benefits

States set caps and minimum benefit amounts for weekly jobless aid. These are the lower and upper bounds that an unemployed worker can expect to get from the system.

Most states set minimums below $100 a week.

Hawaii’s minimum, the lowest of any state, will be just $5 a week if the federal $600-a-week supplement expires after July. (This low minimum relative to other states is partly attributable to looser eligibility rules, according to economists. Workers can qualify for benefits in Hawaii with a lower level of annual earnings than in other states. Meanwhile, Hawaii pays the second-highest average weekly benefit, at $542.)

Massachusetts pays unemployed workers up to $1,234 a week, the highest maximum benefit of any state.

By contrast, Mississippi has the lowest maximum among states, paying up to $235 a week.

With the extra $600 a week, jobless benefits are more generous than they’ve been at any time since the unemployment insurance system was created in the 1930s, according to labor economists.

Democrats want to extend the $600 benefit to prevent income from falling severely after July. Republicans, who believe the benefit is a disincentive to work, want to eliminate it or replace it with a different policy, like a bonus for those who find a job.

Online Work

Back to Work: 10 Solutions That Empower Companies As They Reopen – GlobeNewswire

Kelly® releases Redefining Work playbook to help businesses succeed during COVID-19
TROY, Mich., June 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global health crisis has forced companies of all sizes to re-examine how they operate, innovate and compete. With some states lifting COVID-19 restrictions while others are pausing their reopening plans, employers face difficult questions on when to open back up, how to protect employees as they return to work, and how to manage their workforce efficiently.To assist companies, Kelly, a global provider of workforce solutions, has released a Redefining Work playbookFrom innovative office space planning to flexible workforce scheduling and remote talent engagement, the playbook offers practical solutions to prepare companies as they navigate the challenges of the “new” workplace.“Whether you’ve been in business for a short time or for generations, whether you have thousands of workers or just a few, we’re all back at the starting line,” says Debra Thorpe, president of Kelly Professional & Industrial. “Now, every business is a new business, and companies that make smart choices today will thrive in the future.”Despite U.S. unemployment at 13.3%, many businesses find it difficult returning employees to work and attracting new talent, as workers say they are worried about COVID-19 exposure. Meanwhile, the pandemic has accelerated the need for companies to enhance technologies, safety protocols and recruiting processes.Kelly is working with thousands of companies to meet these challenges.  It has identified and offers these 10 solutions to empower businesses as they reopen:Implement Safety Tools: temperature screeners, contact tracers and no-touch time clocks help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.
Re-think the Workspace: reconfiguring offices and manufacturing lines helps meet required social distancing guidelines.
Adjust Work Shifts: staggering office staff schedules and adding shifts allows for ample cleaning times while maintaining productivity.
On- & Off-board Employees Online: interviews, orientations and other HR functions can be managed remotely, reducing risks for everyone involved.
Engage Your At Home Employees: remote mentoring and performance evaluation processes help employees who work from home stay engaged and motivated.
Offer Up-/Re-skilling Opportunities: the pandemic has forced many businesses to acquire new skillsets, and talent is scarce; determine if/how to retrain your employees.
Connect with Furloughed Employees: create an online community for furloughed and even laid-off employees to increase the likelihood they return once business does.
Evaluate Your Talent Pipeline: the competition for talent is fierce; this is the time to evaluate how robust your talent supply chain is and what adjustments are needed.
Implement a Human Cloud Solution: there are more than 1,800 online talent platforms; aggregator tools can help you find niche talent you never thought you needed.
Plan for the Next Unknown: work with a consultant to evaluate and enhance your organization’s ability to respond to the next crisis quickly and effectively.“COVID-19 has had such profound effects on the global economy, even the most visionary business leaders weren’t prepared,” Thorpe says. “The good news is that most businesses can get through it.”Kelly has helped businesses manage the global pandemic for months. The company has placed thousands of trained temperature checkers, provided multi-lingual contract tracers, and installed no-touch time clocks with clients. Kelly has also consulted on space planning and provided remote work solutions.One Kelly client, a large food and drug retailer, recognized the need to hire health screeners for all its grocery stores as early as March. Within two weeks, health screeners were hired and onboarded by local Kelly teams. By April 2 the first screeners were in place, and today 450 Kelly temporary employees support 27 locations across the country.Another large global manufacturing client restarted operations in one of its bigger U.S. locations. After Kelly developed a plan to engage the temporary employees during the furlough, 97% of them showed up for work on the first day back, while less than half of their full-time workforce walked through the doors.Kelly experts are available to discuss effective return to work solutions with reporters in more detail. Additional resources:Download a list of Kelly’s Top 10 Reopening Tips here.Kelly’s full Redefining Work playbook can be downloaded here.Download video of Deb Thorpe discussing effective return to work strategies here.About Kelly®
Kelly connects talented people to companies in need of their skills in areas including Science, Engineering, Education, Office, Contact Center, Light Industrial, and more. We’re always thinking about what’s next in the evolving world of work, and we help people ditch the script on old ways of thinking and embrace the value of all workstyles in the workplace. We directly employ nearly 440,000 people around the world, and we connect thousands more with work through our global network of talent suppliers and partners in our outsourcing and consulting practice. Visit and let us help with what’s next for you.
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