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Annual Gala Speak Life

On April 20, 2018 at the Texas Motor Speedway Pregnancy Help 4 U hosted their Annual Gala / fundaiser. Pregnancy Help 4 U is a Pregnancy Medical Clinic providing free medical services and information on all options regarding unplanned pregnancy. The gala included speakers, a live & silent aution, dinner and music. For more information on Pregnancy Help 4 U visit their website at


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Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Administration Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editor Bobbi Byrne

Writer & Editor Steve Gamel


Kelly Murray


Art Director Liz Wallace Graphic Designers Caroline Brock Stephanie Hansen Savannah Halfmann


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s I hopped into bed after a day of Church and hanging out with family, my wife leaned over, kissed

me on the cheek, and said, "Hey! Happy Anniversary!" Like most guys, I hesitated for just a second to internally think this potentially awkward situation through. Wait? Did I forget our anniversary? No! That was earlier in March. Whew! But if that's the case, what anniversary is she talking about? "What anniversary, honey?" I finally said out loud.

company has grown beyond my wildest dreams – and we're only four years in!!

So, what is Edit This? Edit This is a writing and editing services company in Denton County. I help small-business owners find the right words to communicate

with their customers, and I do so in a

variety of ways, including blogs, content writing for websites, press releases, and so much more.

I also do a ton of freelance writing, which ultimately led to an opportunity to team

up with Murray Media Group. From what you will be able to see from reading

through the remaining pages of this

"For Edit This®," she said with a surprised

magazine, they clearly keep me very busy.

look on her face. "It's been four years."

I enjoy getting to meet and write about

She was right. Apparently, I had mentioned the upcoming anniversary of my writing and editing company a day or two earlier, but naturally, I forgot when the day came. And who could blame me? It

business owners and residents in this

community, and I can’t wait to tell your

story next. We hope you enjoy reading this month’s magazine. If you’ve got a story you’d like to see, send me an email at

and/or content may be sponsored by

fell on April 1, the same day as Easter and

or advertisements do not necessarily

April Fools Day.

In the meantime, thank you for all the love

"Oh yeah," I said. "Thanks! It's been a fun

looks bright!

advertisers. Opinions expressed in articles reflect the opinion of the publisher. Argyle Living is not responsible for omissions or

information that has been misrepresented

ride so far."

agencies assume all liability for advertising

I've been a writer and editor for a little

to the magazine. Advertisers and its

content. No part of this publication may

be reproduced or transmitted without the permission in writing from the publisher. © 2018 Murray Media Group

more than 20 years, but when I went off on my own four years ago (April 1, 2014), Edit This was a very small, niche thing. I had no idea if it would catch on. Well, through the grace of God, my dream


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and support over the years. The future

Sincerely, Steve Gamel

Writer & Editor




On the Cover is: Tom (left) and Jolette (right) Schoeve


Who You Work With Matters ASK THE EXPERTS

09 Head Lice : Lantana Pediatrics

14 Home Design with ML Group

12 Inside Community

18 Gardening with Compete Solutions

13 Inside Education

32 Dentistry with Country Lakes 38 Pest Control with Mosquito Joe

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 16 Longhorn Solar Screens : Family-Owned for Your Family’s Home

EDITORS PICK: A Legacy of Excellence


10 Makeover with Cloud 9

28 Edit This with Steve Gamel


19 Local Student Sydney Kraus Honored 22 Foodie Friday of DFW : Mazzola’s Pizzeria 24 7 Ways to Upgrade Your Backyard 30 Liberty Christian Trio : Ready for the College Level 34 2018 Home Trends

THIS MONTH: We’re focusing on home design. Look for the icon to read the best ways to get your interior / exterior home in shape.

PHOTOS FROM ARGYLE 04 Speak Life Annual Gala 08 You Submit We Print: Prom Night 37 You Submit We Print: Prom Night MAY 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 7


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LICE by Dr. Rebecca Butler


hile parents often have a strong reaction when they find out their child has head lice, they

are not a health hazard nor a sign of poor

hygiene. Head lice are common in schoolaged children and while inconvenient, they cause no medical harm and they do not spread any disease. They are

contagious (head-to-head) and should be treated.

(about the size of a sesame seed and tan

in color) as they usually move very quickly. You will be more likely to see nits at the base of the hair and empty egg shells within an inch or two of the scalp.

How can I treat head lice? We usually recommend you start with one of the

over-the-counter (OTC) lice shampoo/

rinse treatments such as Nix or RID. It is

What are signs of head lice? Unless the

important that you follow the directions on

likely to see nits (lice eggs) than live lice

insecticides and using it more frequently

yellow, tan or brown dots on hair shafts

increase the risk of side effects. Treatment

spot since the eggs are kept warm until

a few more days to resolve. It is important

dandruff but they cannot be shaken or

of the nits/eggs with a fine tooth comb

substance which makes them stick to

to the directions. This can be a very

infestation of lice is heavy, you are more

the label for these products, as they are

crawling in the hair. Nits look like tiny

than suggested or in larger amounts may

close to the scalp. The lice prefer this

usually kills the lice, but itching may take

they hatch. Nits often look like flakes or

that you do your best to remove as many

brushed off as the nits have a glue-like

after applying the medication according

the hair shaft.

Nits hatch 1-2 weeks after they are laid

leaving behind a shell which is white in color and remains attached to the hair shaft. This is the stage when they are easiest to spot as the hair is growing Sponsored Content

often difficult to find nymph or adult lice

longer and they are within an inch or so of the scalp.

Many children will experience itching and scratch their scalp in response to

louse bites which may be your first clue to inspect their hair/scalp more closely. It is

tedious process, especially in children with long/thick hair. This is where the

term “nit-picky” comes from. We usually

recommend repeat treatment 7-10 days after the initial application to kill any

newly hatched nits. If you are looking for

someone to do this job for you, there are companies that provide this commercial

service such as Lice Doctors and Nit Picky who even have some in-home treatment services available.

There are several prescription medications for resistant head lice, but we reserve

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these treatments for patients who have failed first line treatments with OTC products that were used correctly. One little known secret is that an easily obtainable horse de-worming medicine called Ivermectin (which is in some of the prescription products available) can be very inexpensively obtained at a horse feed/saddlery store or online as the prescriptions are often very expensive especially when treating multiple family members. You can mix the Ivermectin paste with your favorite conditioner (1/3 paste, 2/3 hair conditioner), coat hair and scalp thoroughly, leave on for at least 10 minutes and then rinse in cool water. Shampoo as normal the next morning. You still have to pick out all the nits! How contagious are head lice? Lice can’t jump or fly but they can crawl and cling firmly to hair. They are usually spread when two children “put their heads together” but can also spread when combs, brushes, hats or bed linens are shared. Lice can live up to two days on a non-scalp surface. Check with your school regarding recommendations on return regulation.

Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Lantana Pediatrics, Dr. Butler and/or Melanie Bitzer, CPNP or to schedule an appointment with one of these providers, call the office at 940.455.7200.


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Ask The Expert: Makeover


Color by Toni Tucker



Makeup by Taylor Compton

Taylor started by applying a moisturizer followed by primer. To help eliminate under the eye baggage Taylor used

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tones with a 7nw and 8n in Redkin shades eq.

Cut & Style by Rachel Rafferty

Rachel trimmed Karen’s hair and kept it

the perfect length for her fine hair type, which looked best at shoulder length.

She then gave her lots of layering to help give it beautiful movement around the Photography by Jeff Stephens

a Rose Gold highlighter, Barbie Pink blush and a nude lip liner with a peach lip gave Karen a rich new look.


dimensions with 20 vol developer and

Mineral based powder was then used

Karen’s cheek bones. To finish the look off


an all over highlight with redkin blonde

neck and face.

give definition Taylor used concealer on

Makeover and clothes provided by

which is incredibly enticing, so Toni did

a peach primer under Karen’s eyes. and blended down her neck. To help


Karen asked for some carmel highlights

Jeff is from Highland Village and has

been doing photography for about 8

years which has been his passion. He has

identical twin boys that are 8 that he loves and adores. To get in contact with Jeff for photography call 972.900.7477.

Want to be the next Makeover? Email and tell us why you deserve it!




Grace Like Rain will be hosting a 5K Color Run on June 2, 2018 at 9am. The race will

take place in the Harvest Community of Argyle, Texas. The 5k will be followed by a color splash party at 11am. This event will also have food trucks, bounce houses, and fun for the entire family. For more information and tickets visit Photo courtesy of ©MIHAI ANDRITOIU/123RF.COM

NEW CHIEF OF POLICE Argyle’s Town Manager, Matt Jones, recently announced that Argyle Police Department new Chief of Police will be Temple Cottle. Temple has been with the Argyle Police Department since December 1998. During his tenure, he has served as a Reserve Officer, Officer, Sergeant, Captain and Interim Police Chief. His service to the Town includes Criminal Investigations, Patrol, Services and Technology. Photo courtesy of



Denton County Public Health reported the thirteenth influen-

As many cities throughout North Texas continue to experience

za-associated death in the county for the 2017-2018 flu season.

rapid and unplanned growth, Argyle City leaders hope to

Although the number of positive flu cases has decreased since February, this recent death proves that the influenza virus is still a serious health concern. Weekly Denton County flu

slow this residential growth. Argyle recently passed changes to Argyle’s comprehensive plan, placing limits to all future

surveillance reports and additional information is available at

residential development. This plan requires that all residential

homes must be constructed on at least 1 acre of land.


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INSIDE EDUCATION DISD EMT/FIRE PROGRAM Next year the Denton ISD, in partnership with the Denton Fire Department, will be offering a program that will allow students to earn their EMT and firefighter certifications before graduation. The 2 year program will be taught at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex in Denton and will serve DISD and its surrounding eight districts — including Argyle ISD.

SUMMER ART CAMP Argyle Middle School is offering an art camp this summer! The camp will be held at Argyle Middle School (6601 Canyon Falls Dr., Argyle) in Room 1536. The camp cost is $100 and dates will depend on the age of the student. For students entering 1st - 3rd Grade: camp is June 4th - 7th from 12:30 - 3:00pm. For 4th - 6th Grade: camp is June 11th - 14th from 12:30 - 3:00pm.



Congratulations to the AHS Boys Golf Team.

Congratulations to the Argyle Middle

This is the golf team’s 7th consecutive trip

School 6th Grade Choir for their superior

to the state tournament and they will be

performance in their first choir concert

competing to win the programs 4th state

ever! This is also the first year Argyle Middle

championship in a row. Meanwhile, the

School has ever had a 6th Grade Choir. After

second team finished in the top half at

receiving the highest scores possible from all

regionals and Logan Diomede made the all

three judges, they have definitely set the bar

region team. Photo courtesy of AISD Facebook Page.

high for years to come. Photo courtesy of AISD Facebook Page.

Photos were submitted by area residents. If you’d like to submit your photos for publication or if you have any questions please email us at


Ask The Expert: Home Design




Focus On The Porch First


hen it comes to any home upgrade, one of the first places we as homeowners turn to for change is the interior. We’ll load up on new light fixtures, buy new furniture, choose a warmer shade of paint, install granite countertops, hardwood floors, and switch out older appliances for stainless steel.

• Enhance details, like adding cedar or

But what about the outside of the home –

At the ML Group, Inc., we design for

project, so start small. And in terms of

has changed over the years. Here are

accomplished by repurposing the money

our “curb appeal?”

You’re probably thinking, “Well geez, Mike! There are a million directions I

could go with that. It’s overwhelming.”

It’s true there are a billion design ideas to enhance the outside appearance of your

home, from subtle changes like improved

landscaping and a charming new mailbox

the way you live – even if your style

just a few crafty and budget-friendly architectural tips to give that older,

outdated porch a much-needed facelift. •

Change the style or color of your

front door by painting it; use different hardware or buy a new door.

to those that completely alter the facade.

• Add appropriate light fixtures to match

But how about starting with the porch?

the desired style you are going for.

Think about it: a porch is the first thing

• Enhance architectural details to the

visitors see when they walk up to your

house. I’d venture to guess it was probably the first thing you noticed when you

bought your house. You hesitated to do

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metal accents, corbeling, or shutters. We realize the thought of beefing up your curb appeal can feel like an overwhelming budgets, many of these ideas can be you would normally be happy to spend redefining the interior of your home. The ML Group is not just a build-fromthe-ground-up architect. Our reputation for creativity, experience, attention to detail, and sensitivity to economics and environmental issues consistently delivers results. Give us a call today!

ceiling (bead board, dropped beams, or a pattern like herringbone).

• Change the look by staining or scoring the concrete floor. Most builders start by using plain concrete.

by Mike Love ML Group, LLC. 972.355.8700


Business Spotlight




any homeowners these days are putting a lot of money into upgrading their outdoor living space, from grills to new countertops, pergolas, seating areas, etc. It’s the popular thing to do, creating another space to enjoy. Homeowners are also realizing that they want the area screened in to protect them from bugs, insects, and even the sun!

Your neighbors at Longhorn Screens. Shades.Shutters. in Denton want to be your first call – every time. Owner Jeff Rinehart, and sister-in-law Christy Spigner, have served all of Denton County and beyond for more than 12 years. They have become the go-to source for screens (bug, solar, patio enclosures and roller screens) and also for all your energy efficiency solutions and home improvement needs.

see all the different selections available.

Their list of services includes everything from; bug screens, solar screens, patio roll-away shades/screens, screened in patios, interior window treatments (blinds and roller shades), custom plantation wood shutters, and seamless gutters. Not only do these products look nice and are built to last, but many of them help you save energy and money on your utilities. Not to mention, enhance the beauty and functionality of your home!

way – from there. We know the difference

Longhorn will come out to your property and work with you one-on-one and give you an estimate. They also have a showroom for customers to stop by and


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They have a variety of custom selections to fit your needs.

Jeff said, “When I started 12 years ago it

was just me in my garage, I installed solar screens on my own home and enjoyed the results.” “Now, we are on to our

fourth location because we outgrew the other three. It started with one satisfied

customer, and it snowballed – in a good our products can make on a home.”

Now, Longhorn is a leading provider

of energy efficient products and home

improvement projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We are super happy and fortunate for

the success of Longhorn”, Christy said. “It has definitely been a process and

every day we are learning better ways to do things. I’m so glad that Jeff took that

leap of faith 12 years ago and started this

business. We look forward to many more

prosperous years and satisfied customers.”

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Ask The Expert: Gardening

What to Do




hen you ask people what they think of their patios, some will say, “it’s a boring slab of

Having the ability and an adequate

amount of counter space to grill out

Fireplaces, fountains, fire pits, and other features won’t only set your space apart from others but will also provide some function to your outdoor living. Whether it’s that focal point that a fireplace offers, a relaxing sound you get off of a water feature or fountain or being able to gather around the fire pit on a cool night. Adding features to your patio space not only creates interesting destinations but also brings people together enabling you to enjoy the space that much more. Once you’ve gotten your patio footprint

during the week or entertain on the

together, it’s always important to balance

cook with ease can greatly enhance your

and landscape areas. Much like the patio

round and round never really being able

burner, extra storage, or even a fridge can

it yourself task, but sometimes design and

less how to get to the point of breaking

of the space. You don’t have to go huge,

through by a local professional. We get

extension of the house – furnished and

just build to suit your needs, and most

weekends allowing you to prep and

your hard space with a combination of turf

outdoor experience. Putting in a side

itself, landscaping could definitely be a do

to nail down what they envision much

all add to the usability and convenience

installation are better left to be thought

ground. Your patio space should be an

super luxurious, or over the top with it –

functional. More than anything, it should

importantly, make it functional for you.

concrete,” or “it’s way too hot to use,” or,

“definitely not enough space back there.” Others think up endless ideas but go

be a space that’s designed to fit your

needs. This allows you to effortlessly get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Having a cover over your space really

allows for more useable time throughout

the year no matter the weather conditions and gives you the opportunity to truly

make it feel as if it’s just another room in

the home. Sometimes a good balance of

covered as well as uncovered patio space

is the answer – just ensure you’re investing in a vision that’s going to fit your family’s needs the best.


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calls and visit homes on a daily basis where people have put together a space only to find out it’s not large enough. It

With our economy continuing to boom

doesn’t offer the function or privacy they

construction industry, creating privacy is

given their ideas to a “patio builder” who

and no slowing down in sight for the and should be at the top of our lists.

had envisioned, or better yet, they have doesn’t necessarily specialize in layout/

Whether it be some taller landscape

design. Now, they need to manipulate

and rod set up that you can pull back-

something more usable.

that creates a screen wall, simple curtain and-forth as needed, or some remote

what they’ve already paid for into

solar screens that offer UV as well as bug control, creating that element of privacy and really finishing the space off, can

make all the difference when your home and trying to unplug.

by PJ Kratohvil of Complete Solutions

photo courtesy of Jayne Kraus


Student HONORED Argyle Middle School Student Success press release


ydney Kraus, a 7th-grade student from Argyle Middle School in Argyle, Texas, is among the students being honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT. She will be recognized at a ceremony at The Texas Academy of Math and Science, University of North Texas on May 17, 2018. For more information please visit MAY 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 19

Who You



by Steve Gamel

n 2004, Jollete Ryon-Schoeve was a single mom working three jobs. Today, she’s a locally, regionally, and nationally recognized realtor who regularly represents sellers, buyers, investors, and banks. “We’ve experienced all manner of calamities and crisis,” Jollete said with an infectious laugh. “But we made it work. You have to work hard. And at the end of the day, the question you have to ask yourself is: would you have hired or fired yourself today?” Jollete’s rapid ascension to real estate prominence is due in no small part to her work ethic and that wild journey. That makes her equally driven husband Tom, and the rest of the RE/MAX® North Texas Team in Argyle uniquely qualified to help and build lasting relationships with your family as you too embark on life’s journeys. The North Texas Team serves the residents of North Texas, delivering the highest level of service in regards to all things real estate, and are experienced with everything from development lots and new construction to single-family homes, luxury estates, and farm and ranch properties.


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She specializes in

our phones, our team is committed,

Jollete is one of only 12 Realtors in the

and farm & ranch but

work to find the best possible homes

explaining to viewers just what is going on

the luxury properties

delights in helping

first-time buyers.

we think outside the box, and we go to for our clients.”

DFW Metroplex chosen as market experts, in their respective micro-markets.

Building a company that truly helps

“We are empty nesters now, but this

dream come true for Jollete. Originally

plans to move. We love helping people

more than 25 years ago. But sometimes

love watching the miracle happen when

Jollete assumed the role of sole provider

when they get their home sold for values

multiple jobs as she studied for and took

opportunity to educate, engage, and

each and every day to demonstrate to

license. The North Texas Team was created

you, hear about your dream, and make


married the following year.

Tom agreed.

Incredibly, she takes

people – from scratch, no less – is a

remains our home, and we have no

from South Texas, she moved to Argyle

and serving this area,” she said. “We

life throws you a curve, and in her case,

someone walks into their perfect home or

for her three small boys. She worked

they didn’t think achievable. It’s also an

Basically, Jollete explains, “We set out

the Real Estate test, quickly earning her

empower our clients. We want to meet

anyone that walks in our door that WHO

in 2007. Jollete met Tom in 2013, and they

sure we set you up for success.”

the time to review and

approve every contract the

team writes.

With over 50 years of combined

experience, this dedicated and

driven group serves a growing list of

satisfied customers.

the move is across the

street or cross country, our team has the

A former executive at

“You have to work hard. And at the

compassion as well as

the knowledge it takes to photography by Your Candid Memories (

handle every nuance of the buying and

selling process.” All of Jollete’s staff

members are licensed,

end of the day, the question you have to ask yourself is: would you have hired or fired

which means, if all of the

yourself today?”

agents are in the field

can be helped with any need – regardless of who is there.

Verizon, Tom also quickly became licensed and

partnered with Jollete, bringing with him a

proven business acumen, a passion for sales, and exemplary customer

service. Together they

have quickly become an

unstoppable force in the

North Texas/DFW Market.

showing property, any

client who calls or walks into their office

IBM, Enron, MCI, and

A RE/MAX Hall of Fame member, Jollete is the annual recipient of Top Producer

awards and is universally recognized as an

“Being with RE/MAX gives our clients

Elite agent in the industry. Recently, she

philosophy is very boutique. We want

television show The American Dream. This

and intimate,” said Jollete, whose office

CBS affiliate TXA 21 and delves into all the

building located in the heart of old town

entrepreneurship, local philanthropy,

national exposure, but our service

was selected as a regional expert for the

the customer experience to feel personal

national show airs Saturdays at 1 p.m. on

is in the iconic former Argyle State Bank

elements of the “American Dream” –

Argyle. “It’s a simple formula – we answer

and home ownership.

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“She did all this, starting from scratch,

and her story is incredible to tell,” said

Tom, who with Jollete now has a blended family of five children between the ages

of 18 and 26. “From her days as a startup to becoming a highly respected regional

authority, her passion for delighting clients has never changed. Each year she sets

new goals and invariably exceeds them.

And you’d never hear it from her, but last year, for example, she was the No. 1 RE/MAX agent in Dallas region

and fourth in the state. THAT’s an extraordinary journey.”

Foodie Friday of DFW: Mazzola’s Pizzeria



PIZZERIA In Flower Mound


enton County has been abuzz ever since Mazzola’s Pizzeria opened up at the end of March in Flower

Mound! This Boston-style pizzeria and bakery has quickly become notorious

for serving up incredible pizzas, coffee,

stop in starting at 6 am to pick up a

breakfast pastry and a cup of coffee, or

you can come with the whole family in the evening to enjoy a fantastic dinner.

When we visited Erik, he showed us how they create their popular

and baked goods (most notably, their scones!). Owner, Erik Stenson,

created the restaurant by

modeling it after his Uncle Joe’s well-known Boston pizza shop and bakery

called Mazzola Brothers Bakery. Everything in

the restaurant is scratch-

Mazzola’s is open to feed their customers morning, afternoon, and night. You can stop in starting at 6am...

made using the best of

ingredients. They’ve designed the menu to incorporate the traditional Italian

influences Erik grew up with as well as

some unique healthy creations for today’s busy lifestyles.

Carne Pizza which comes topped with pepperoni,

sausage, brisket, roasted peppers, pepperoncini, red sauce, and a blend

of cheeses. It’s unlike any pizza you’ve had before because they prepare

all of the ingredients the “Mazzola Way.”

At Mazzola’s, you’re not

just getting a pizza. You’re getting a true culinary creation unlike anything else

you’ll find around here. So go check them out if you haven’t already - for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

469.763.3515 1913 Justin Rd., Flower Mound, TX 75028

Many of the items on their menu are

shareable in true Italian fashion so that the whole family can enjoy their meal

together. But they have lots of individual items to make it easy for their customers to enjoy their food on-the-go as well.

972.724.2540 |

Mazzola’s is open to feed their customers

morning, afternoon, and night. You can 22 | ARGYLE LIVING

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2624 Long Prairie Rd. | Flower Mound, TX 75022



Upgrade Your


ummertime is almost here, which means we’ll be spending more of our free time outdoors. For many

of us, that means taking a long, hard

look around the backyard to see what

can be spruced up, added, or upgraded to either prepare for a slew of backyard

get-togethers with friends or create that well-deserved quiet oasis.

That can seem like an overwhelming

project this late into May, but it doesn’t

BUILD A SEAT WALL If you’re creating a fun and inviting living space in your backyard, you need plenty of seating areas, right? Seat walls are a custom and functional addition to any

landscape design. With a seat wall, there’s no need to take up space with traditional chairs or benches. And the best part is

by Steve Gamel

Home Design Article

it the pop it deserves, then the project is

totally worth it. The right lighting can give

your backyard depth and make certain areas feel bigger than what they actually are. ADD A WATER FEATURE Any time you walk into a friend or

neighbor’s backyard and see a water

they come in all shapes and sizes.

feature – no matter how big or small it may


your own. These, too, come in all different

be – it makes you wish you had one of

have to be – and it doesn’t have to be

Admittedly, lighting can get pretty

shapes and styles (stacked stone, stacked

upgrade ideas to keep in mind as you

looking backyard living space and light

because of the sights and sounds, add a

super expensive, either. Here are 7 smaller move forward with your summer: 24 | ARGYLE LIVING

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expensive. But if you already have a snazzy

vase, a traditional fountain, etc.) and,

fixtures are the only thing needed to give

tranquil ambiance to any landscape.

CLEAN UP YOUR LANDSCAPING Sometimes, just rolling up your sleeves and clearing out dead bushes or plants from your landscaping and adding fresh mulch will make a world of difference in the overall appearance of your backyard. Also, think about adding unique elements such as custom steel boxes and ovalshaped pots for your plants. UPDATE YOUR POOL’S COPING Coping is a term used for the stone or concrete material used to cap the wall around your pool. There may be nothing structurally wrong with your pool, but it could be in massive need of an update if it were installed 15 or 20 years ago. Natural stone coping and decking are useful swimming pool renovations and can add some much-needed style. RE-STAIN YOUR FENCE AND PATIO COVER

This is another quick way to update the look of your backyard if you’re not in the market to add any new elements. Maybe do a quick power wash and use a different color than the stain you’ve been using. STAMP OR STAIN YOUR CONCRETE One of the more well-used techniques for giving ordinary concrete a decorative and formal look is through staining and stamping. Staining concrete is literally changing its color while stamping involves stamping a pattern and/or texture into freshly laid concrete. Many of the projects listed above are not overly complicated. If you don’t feel like doing it yourself, there are plenty of trustworthy companies out there who can transform your outdoor living space into the envy of the neighborhood. Two, in particular, is Complete Solutions in Flower Mound and Green Meadows in Castle Hills. MAY 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 25

Ask The Expert: Edit This

Sometimes, you must rein in a difficult employee.


What’s the DIFFERENCE?


elcome to another grammar lesson brought to you by Edit This®. Today, we’ll be talking about the difference between Reign, Rein, and Rain. Do you find yourself getting tripped up on the proper usage for all or some of these?

And last but not least ... Rain. Rain is,

well, those water drops falling from the

sky. It can also refer to a large amount of something and can be used figuratively. It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.

My son’s baseball games always get rained out this time of year.

Thanks for reading! If you need help as a king or queen. It also means a period

telling your story, whether it be business

and editors (including yours truly) either

something is the best.

I like to say we handle all your writing and

stumble on these or find themselves at

The King’s reign lasted 40 years.

Please don’t feel bad if you do. I’m here to tell you that even the most veteran writers

least pausing to think about which one they need to use in a particular sentence. So let’s dive right in, shall we? Reign, Rein, and Rain – What’s the difference? Reign refers to a period of time in which someone rules or occupies a throne, such


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of dominant power, or that someone or

Her reign of terror dominates this office.

or personal related, give Edit This® a call. editing needs, including blogs, content writing for websites, press releases, and more.

Rein, on the other hand, refers to those

fancy straps we use to control a horse. It is also used in common phrases such as “rein in” or “give free rein.”

Make sure to hold those reins tight.

by Steve Gamel Edit This 469.360.3611


Liberty Christian Trio

“I have always wanted to play a college sport, and here I am,” Scalzi said in the release. “I am so proud to be here.” She has played volleyball non-stop since she was in the 7th grade and has been recognized multiple times in her career. At



by Steve Gamel

iberty Christian School officials announced early last month that a trio of its standout athletes had signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Ryan Folk, Taylor Scalzi, and Hunter

Stinnett celebrated the signing at a special ceremony at the school on April 11 along with friends, family, coaches, and media. Folk signed to swim at Rhodes College in Tennessee while Scalzi plans to play

volleyball at Henderson State. Stinnett, a

star wrestler for the Warriors, will continue his career with Schreiner University.

It was the third signing day at the school since November and gives Liberty

Christian 12 college-bound athletes

representing multiple sports during the

2017-18 school year. Some of the bigger schools they will be attending include

Oklahoma, Tulsa, Duke, Auburn, and TCU. This latest trio of signees is no different.


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“This honor allows me to attend a prestigious school and pursue a higher level of swimming,” said Folk, a threetime All-State athlete who will major

Liberty, she won the Warrior Heart award. Earlier this year, she was part of a solid senior class that led the Liberty volleyball team to the playoffs. “Something just felt right when I was playing, like I belonged,” she added. “I have had countless practices and games, and I am excited about many more to come. I am ready for the next level because the coaches and teachers here have always pushed me to be the best I can be. There will always be a ‘Navy Storm’ wherever I go.” Last but not least, officials said it is no surprise to see that Stinnett is continuing

in computer science, in a school press

his wrestling career at the next level. He

release. “I have been dedicated to this

led Liberty to another state championship

sport my entire life, and I cannot depict my

this year and hopes to challenge for

life without it.”

similar success at Schreiner.

“It looks like I better start liking the

In the press release from Liberty, Hunter

blues,” Folk joked about his eventual

said this honor means he has the

move to Memphis.

opportunity to go to college and do what

Meanwhile, Scalzi has turned into an allstar athlete for Liberty in both volleyball and softball. She chose volleyball for her next step and said the opportunity to

he loves. He thanked Liberty teachers and coaches for encouraging him to be at his best at all times. He says he plans on pursuing a marketing degree.

play at Henderson State was too good

“I have always had a competitive edge

to pass up.

and a desire to be the best,” he said.


Ask The Expert: Dentistry

multiple restorations at once or even use multiple implants to restore removable


Revolutionary DENTAL IMPLANT


uring a routine appointment, I had an enlightening conversation with one of my pediatric patients. As she tapped away on her smartphone, our conversation led to her inquiring about how phones worked when I was young. Not realizing that it had been a while since I had thought about it, a rush of almost comedic memories arose including stretching cords into other rooms for privacy, making collect calls for “long distance,� and even, at the very least, needing to remember phone numbers. The conversation reminded me of the great climate we live in with incredibly revolutionizing advances, and when I reflect on a treatment I believe has recently revolutionized dentistry and dental care, I immediately think dental implants. A dental implant is essentially a titanium post that integrates with the bone in your jaw to replace the root of your tooth and is restored with a crown. This on its own is an


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incredible feat as we can actually replace a tooth without having to use dentures or dental bridges. Even so, dental implants can offer so much more and have produced even more advances. With the digital age upon us, we are now able to digitally plan implant placements and restorations prior to the treatment using 3D radiographs, digitally scanned impressions, and printed surgical guides. Furthermore, we can plan

or permanent dentures. Restorations can also be easily removed or replaced by simply removing them from the stable

implant. Additionally, advancements in the fabrication of dental implants have resulted in success rates of implant

placements reaching up to 95% with minimal post-operative recovery. Dental implants have certainly

revolutionized my practice and have allowed me to offer a spectrum of

treatment to my patients. If you are

considering replacing missing teeth, please visit your dentist to see if you

are a candidate. It can be life-changing. Happy smiling!

by Dr. Matt who is the owner of Country Lakes Family Dental



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Home Home Design Article


TRENDS by Madison Reid


s the years pass, we know styles are always changing. Now, this does not only apply to clothes and cars and things as such. It also applies to the changing trends of our homes. A lot of people take pride in their home and how beautiful it looks or how big it is. As the new year rolls in, there are different preferences to what the stylish home trends are when it comes to remodeling in North Texas. Interior Home Trends Home trends 2018 are filled with fun and daring differences. First off, if not most importantly, the kitchen. It is official that white themed kitchens are out, and a more modern looking kitchen is desired. You can get this modern looking kitchen with the incorporation of stainless-steel appliances or soft colored wooden cabinets. In the past we have seen cabinets in dark or light brown, but this year grey is the new brown. The incorporation of these two features alone can have your kitchen looking up to date and stylish. An upcoming trend that may be a bit unexpected is floral print. There has been a huge increase in the popularity of floral print recently. In order to successfully incorporate this into your home, you have to be sure to not use too much.

Keep it subtle, such as a floral throw pillow or floral curtains. This can add a nice tone to the room overall. Exterior Home Trends As there are changing trends of the interior of your home, there are also new exterior trends. Some outdoor trends that are becoming popular in 2018 are outdoor kitchens and beautiful patio furniture. In order to incorporate a lot of the 2018 trends, it is good to have a nice canvas. Xeriscaping, is a new trend in North Texas. Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation and ends hassle of daily watering. Another trend we are seeing a lot of are sun shades. Sun shades are a great way to allow you to use your outdoor space even when the 100 degree temperatures arrive. They not only provide shade from the sun, but they are also a great way to protect your outdoor furniture from the scorching sun and prevent fading. When it comes to the outdoors, it is nice to have thick wood and soft tones when it comes to your furniture and pops of color to brighten up the space. Gone are the days of only having an outdoor table and a few chairs. Today we are seeing everything from complete living room suites to even outdoor beds. Whatever your taste is home improvements in North Texas are proving to be a solid investment. MAY 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 35


EXCELLENCE by Steve Gamel


smile and getting the thank yous than I do when they pay money.”

That servant attitude is what makes Estes the perfect person to carry on such a

long-standing tradition. From its humble beginnings under the direction of Mr. Barnes, the program has grown from

servicing only Denton High School to as

many as 12, including Lake Dallas, Guyer, and Argyle.

our years ago, Yvonne Estes had no clue what the Texas Leadership Salute was or anything about its

history. All she knew was her son, Joe,

was in line to win a college scholarship

and received a professional photo shoot out of the deal.

Today, Estes not only is the driving force

behind the program, but she has selflessly taken ownership of what was once a small concept graciously operated and passed down over the last 34 years by area

photographers to showcase the good

deeds and amazing accomplishments of area high school students.

“When I go to bed at night, I’m usually

thinking about what made me happy that day,” Estes said. “This makes me happy.” The mission of the Texas Leadership

Salute is to celebrate and showcase high school leaders in the North Texas area with their families, educators, peers,

and others who may not know them in

tangible acknowledgment of

their high school leadership and academic achievements.

Estes took the reins this year, following in

the footsteps of her photography mentor Peter Horn. He and wife, Marla, had

All scholarship and portrait dollars are

operated TLS for approximately 10 years,

businesses and various donors. The

educator of 20 years – as she looked

photographer Don Barnes and wife, Dee,

When Mrs. Horn mentioned that they

Estes has expanded the program to

to a new photographer, Estes was their

winners and two runner-ups.

“I remember telling them that I didn’t have

raised and made available from area

and Peter helped guide Estes – a former

program, which was started in 1984 by

to chase her passion for photography.

originally awarded one $500 scholarship.

were thinking about passing the TLS torch

$1,500 split between two first-place

obvious choice.

This year’s winners were Nathan Hardwick

any money to buy it, but they wanted to

Swastika Sah from Denton High School.

Estes said the next step is to continue

from Flower Mound High School and

Jackson Crandall of Frisco Reedy and

Abbey Harrison from Lake Dallas were the two runner-ups. Estes, the proud

owner of Yvonne Estes Photography in Hickory Creek, said there were a total

of 280 applicants this year. That list was whittled down to 98 before final selections were made.

give it to me,” Estes said.”

expanding the program as a 501c3, which would allow bigger companies to jump

on as sponsors in the coming years. After all, the students she acknowledges have

proven the sky is the limit when it comes to what they can do with their future.

Why not reach for the stars with Texas Leadership Salute?

the community. TLS aims to recognize

“It’s hard work, but I wanted to do more,”

“This is important to me, and it obviously

a scholarship and a portrait display as a

doing things for people and seeing that

doing it if it didn’t.”

one or more outstanding students with


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Estes said. “I get more pleasure from

drives me,” Estes said. “I don’t think I’d be


Photos were submitted by area residents. If you’d like to submit your photos for publication or if you have any questions please email us at MAY 2018 | ARGYLE LIVING | 37

Ask The Expert: Pest Control

tick check using a mirror to see hard

to reach places such as the underarms,



icks arrive in our area before mosquitoes, so it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for elimination

and prevention. Ticks sit on the tips of

grass and shrubs while waiting for hosts. When brushed by a moving animal or person, ticks quickly climb onto the

host. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach

firmly to the skin, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time while feeding.

Awareness about ticks and important prevention techniques can assist in

reducing your family’s exposure and the health risks they carry. Recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and


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Prevention (CDC) estimates about

300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually.

Here are a few tips to help protect you and your family from ticks:

• Keep grass mowed, trees trimmed and remove excessive leaf litter.

• Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is higher.

• Wear long sleeves and pants when

walking in wooded and heavy grassy areas. Remove shoes and wash

clothing promptly after coming inside. • Bathe or shower right after spending

time outdoors and conduct a full-body

belly button, behind the knees and on the scalp.

• Place a barrier of cedar chips or gravel between your lawn, patio, and play

equipment and any wooded areas. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas.

• Check pets for ticks daily and remove them as soon as possible if one is

present. Pets can carry ticks inside homes as they hide in their fur.

• Protect pets by reaching out to your local veterinarian.

• Consult a professional if and when the need arises.

by Lee & Hollie Woodham, Owner of Mosquito Joe Northwest DFW

Argyle Living Magazine May 2018  

Argyle Resident's favorite source for local news, events and community notices.

Argyle Living Magazine May 2018  

Argyle Resident's favorite source for local news, events and community notices.