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KIDS ‘N COPS The annual Lake Dallas Police and Municipal Court Kids ‘N Cops was on April 28th at the Lake Dallas Police Department. Kids and their families enjoyed free food, fun, music, gifts and entertainment.

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Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray


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


Guy T Photography 469.500.5657




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!

feedback, story suggestions

that's the case, what anniversary is she

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That was earlier in March. Whew! But if talking about? "What anniversary, honey?" I finally said out loud.

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

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 fell on April 1, the same day as Easter and

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

April Fools Day.

In the meantime, thank you for all the love

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

looks bright!

ride so far." 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 editing services company in Denton

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

permission in writing from the publisher.


So, what is Edit This? Edit This is a writing

magazine, they clearly keep me very busy.

I've been a writer and editor for a little

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dreams – and we're only four years in!!

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

content. No part of this publication may

be reproduced or transmitted without the

company has grown beyond my wildest

and support over the years. The future

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On the Cover is: Baird Family Dental Team


We Keep Corinth Smiling ASK THE EXPERTS

14 7 Ways to Upgrade Your Backyard

12 Fitness with Jesse James Fit

18 Inside Community

26 Makeover with Cloud 9 Salon


EDITORS PICK: Are You Networking? Well, You Should Be!


08 Gardening with Complete Solutions

22 Edit This with Steve Gamel


19 Inside Education 25 2018 Home Trends 28 Foodie Friday of DFW: Mazzola’s Pizzeria 29 LDPD Rebranding 30 A Legacy of Excellence


We’re focusing on home design. Look for the icon to read the best ways to get your interior / exterior home in shape. MAY 2018 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 7

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

cook with ease can greatly enhance your

“definitely not enough space back there.”

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

concrete,” or “it’s way too hot to use,” or, Others think up endless ideas but go

round and round never really being able to nail down what they envision much

less how to get to the point of breaking ground. Your patio space should be an extension of the house – furnished and

functional. More than anything, it should be a space that’s designed to fit your

needs. This allows you to effortlessly get

outdoor experience. Putting in a side

burner, extra storage, or even a fridge can all add to the usability and convenience

photo courtesy of Complete Solutions


PATIO features to your patio space not only creates interesting destinations but also brings people together enabling you to enjoy the space that much more.

super luxurious, or over the top with it –

Once you’ve gotten your patio footprint

importantly, make it functional for you.

your hard space with a combination of turf

just build to suit your needs, and most

With our economy continuing to boom

together, it’s always important to balance and landscape areas. Much like the patio

and no slowing down in sight for the

itself, landscaping could definitely be a do

and should be at the top of our lists.

installation are better left to be thought

construction industry, creating privacy is Whether it be some taller landscape

it yourself task, but sometimes design and through by a local professional. We get calls and visit homes on a daily basis

out and enjoy the outdoors.

that creates a screen wall, simple curtain

Having a cover over your space really

and-forth as needed, or some remote

only to find out it’s not large enough. It

control, creating that element of privacy

had envisioned, or better yet, they have

make all the difference when your home

doesn’t necessarily specialize in layout/

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.

Having the ability and an adequate

amount of counter space to grill out during the week or entertain on the

weekends allowing you to prep and 8 | LAKE CITIES LIVING

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and rod set up that you can pull back-

where people have put together a space

solar screens that offer UV as well as bug

doesn’t offer the function or privacy they

and really finishing the space off, can

given their ideas to a “patio builder” who

and trying to unplug.

Fireplaces, fountains, fire pits, and other features won’t only set your space apart

design. Now, they need to manipulate what they’ve already paid for into something more usable.

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

by PJ Kratohvil of Complete Solutions


Ask The Expert: Fitness

by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Jesse James Fit, Outlaw Bootcamp & Outlaw Fit Camp •


athing suit season is right around the corner. Are you ready?

Most people want to slim down before

baring it all, so I’m here to warn you of

the 5 Flat Tummy Myths that could waste your time:

Myth #1: Do extra crunches to flatten

your abs

Excessive crunches aren’t the

answer for tight abs. To achieve a toned look, you’ll have to focus on burning

off the layer of fat that is covering up your tummy.

Tip: Don’t obsess about crunches instead focus on fat burning.

Myth #2: Take diet pills to speed


I know it’s tempting! The ads make compelling claims about the power of

popping a pill, but don’t fall for it. There

is no “magic pill.” Diet pills are more likely to burn through your pocketbook than to slim you down.

Tip: Don’t pop a pill - instead burn calories with intense exercise.

Myth #3: Turn to packaged diet products

are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body

doesn’t need and certainly won’t help you attain that tight tummy.

Tip: Don’t eat packaged diet foods -

instead stick with nutritious whole foods. Myth #4: Avoid all carbohydrates to

achieve tight abs.
Carbohydrates have

need to know in 3 simple steps:

 Step One: No more junk.
The best way to do this is by purging your kitchen. Throw out the sugary, processed, and fat-filled

while slimming down. The key is to stick

that your beach-ready abs depend on

because you can (and should) eat carbs with whole grains, oatmeal, and brown

rice while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars.

Tip: Don’t give up all carbohydrates instead stick with wholesome carbs.

Myth #5: Starve the chub away. 

Trying to lose weight by starving yourself is

not only ineffective, but it can also be dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the

quickest weight loss, but your body is

complex, and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.

loss” aids. Quite often, these products

the day.

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flat tummy game plan. Here’s what you

foods. Once the junk has been cleared

Tip: Don’t starve yourself - instead eat


achieve tight abs, it’s time to go over your

been given a bad rap, which is unfortunate

to boost results.

Don’t fall for the foods that are packaged as “diet” or “weight

Now that you know what not to do to

small wholesome meals throughout

out, don’t buy any more of it. Remember what you eat – don’t eat junk!

 Step Two: Eat whole foods.
Replace the junk food in your life with plenty of the following: cooked and raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, moderate amounts of seeds and nuts, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Clean eating is that simple.

 Step Three: Come train with Us.
This is the most obvious step. You’re ready to get into great shape, and we can make that happen for you. Call or visit us to get started on an exercise plan that will get you those amazing abs.



Upgrade Your


by Steve Gamel

Home Design Article

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

custom and functional addition to any

it the pop it deserves, then the project is

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

no need to take up space with traditional

your backyard depth and make certain areas

project this late into May, but it doesn’t super expensive, either. Here are 7 smaller upgrade ideas to keep in mind as you move forward with your summer: 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 14 | LAKE CITIES LIVING

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landscape design. With a seat wall, there’s chairs or benches. And the best part is they come in all shapes and sizes. AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT Admittedly, lighting can get pretty

expensive. But if you already have a snazzy looking backyard living space and light

fixtures are the only thing needed to give

totally worth it. The right lighting can give 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

feature – no matter how big or small it may be – it makes you wish you had one of

your own. These, too, come in all different

shapes and styles (stacked stone, stacked vase, a traditional fountain, etc.) and,

because of the sights and sounds, add a 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.


RE-STAIN YOUR FENCE & 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.

Coping is a term used for the stone or

Many of the projects listed above are

around your pool. There may be nothing

like doing it yourself, there are plenty of

concrete material used to cap the wall

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.

not overly complicated. If you don’t feel

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.


photography by Guy T photography

We Keep

CORINTH by Steve Gamel


alking about how long he’s been a dentist is often a double-edged sword for Dr. Danny Baird. On the one hand, he wants his patients to have confidence that they are building a relationship with someone who has more than 30 years of experience in general dentistry, but, on the other hand, he jokes that the longevity makes him sound old.

“When you start talking numbers, in my mind, people read this and think, ‘Oh wow, he must be really old. I’m not old,’” Baird, 58, said with a laugh. “I do want them to know I’ve been around for a long time, though. I’ve pretty much seen it all.”

Well, for starters, he’s a home-grown

product. The husband and father of two

grew up in Lake Dallas. He went to school here and at the University of North Texas

before moving on and graduating from the Baylor College of

Dr. Baird has structured his practice to meet the scheduling needs of any patient. That includes offering Saturday appointment times.

These are exciting times for Baird, who is the proud owner of Baird Family Dental. He just opened his new office off Swisher Rd. in Corinth, just west of Lake Dallas High School,

in December and has quickly gained a loyal following in an industry that provides plenty of options for residents – especially in the Lake Cities community. 16 | LAKE CITIES LIVING

But Dr. Baird is different. How different?

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Dentistry in 1986. His wife is from here, his kids

“I want to make sure people know this is where I’m from,” said Dr. Baird, who used to own Cornerstone Dental in Hickory Creek before selling it in 2007. “We are not a corporately-owned office. We are private, and we care about the patient and what’s best for them. I want them to feel like they can be long-term patients in

went to school at Lake

a place where their needs are taken care

his longtime friends

rolled off a conveyor belt.”

Dallas, and many of

and family still live right

down the street.

For more than 30 years, Dr.

Baird has worked in various

offices everywhere from Hickory

Creek to Flower Mound, Denton, and

of instead of feeling like they are being

The entire staff at Baird Family Dental seeks to provide patients with many of the services they come to expect from a general dentistry office, including everything from fillings, cleanings, root

Cross Roads. Now he’s come back to his

canals, implants, and laser therapy to teeth

going anywhere.

cosmetic veneers. Dr. Baird has ongoing

roots with his own practice – and he isn’t

whitening, gum disease treatment, and

relationships with other local doctors in the community in the event he needs to refer patients to an orthodontist or an oral surgeon. These are all services you can find at any dentist office, but where Baird Family Dental stands out is in the service and quality. Dr. Baird is a gentle, caring dentist who strives to meet the wants and needs of every patient – whether that be a young child to teenagers, adults, and grandparents. Dr. Baird continually seeks to expand his knowledge about new dental techniques through ongoing education courses to ensure you receive the most current care available. “I’m not reinventing the wheel here, but what we are doing is staying up to date on everything and providing the best care so that we can pass that on to our patients,” Dr. Baird said. There are two other key points of interest when it comes to Baird Family Dental. For one, Dr. Baird has structured his practice to meet the scheduling needs of any

patient. That includes offering Saturday appointment times. Dr. Baird has also partnered with the University of North Texas for the last several years and, with the opening of his

940.279.4221 3003 FM 2181, Ste. 300 Corinth, TX 76210

new 2,700 square-foot practice, he operates a dental assisting school called PDI. It is here that aspiring students can learn how to become a


dental assistant, and when they leave, they are fully certified. Bottom line: Baird Family Dental may be the new kid on the block when it comes to the myriad of dental options Lake Cities residents have. But the experience, unrivaled education, and attentiveness to every patient’s needs make Dr. Baird the local dentist everyone should get to know. “I’ve been searching for this opportunity for a while,” Dr. Baird said. “This is where I want my practice. It’s my home.” MAY 2018 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 17

INSIDE COMMUNITY CORINTH PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING Thursday night the Corinth Council voted unanimously to authorize Public Works Director Cody Collier to proceed with Lamb-Star Engineering to oversee renovations of the existing public works building located at 1200 North Corinth Street. Renovations are scheduled to begin in June with completion targeted for December 2018. During the renovations, the public works staff will relocate to the old police headquarters located at 2003 Corinth Parkway.

Photo courtesy of LDISD

MAYOR FOR THE DAY Jayshon Hardimon, a 5th grader from Shady Shores Elementary, was chosen to

serve as Hickory Creek’s Mayor for the day! Jayshon was chosen out of about 30 5th grade students who are all apart of Lake Dallas ISD’s Leader in Me Program. He even stopped by the Hickory Creek Police department to say hello. Thank you Hickory Creek and Mayor Lynn Clark for giving Jayshon this opportunity.

FLU IN DENTON COUNTY Denton County Public Health reported the thirteenth influenzaassociated death in the county for the 2017-2018 flu season. 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 surveillance reports and additional information is available at 18 | LAKE CITIES LIVING

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SOLSMART SILVER The city of Corinth has been recognized by the national

SolSmart program for making it fast, easy, and affordable for Corinth residents and business-owners to convert to solar.

The recognition received is a Silver designation, which means Corinth has removed the obstacles associated with going

solar, and encourages solar development and growth! For

companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Silver designation is a signal that Corinth is “open for solar business.”


Next year 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. Current freshmen and sophomore students who are interested need to contact their counselor immediately to ensure they are enrolled in the appropriate pathway courses.



Photo courtesy of DISD

Students who are signed up for a course at the Advanced

Technology Complex for the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to attend an Open House on Tuesday, May 22 from 6-8pm. It will provide useful information regarding transportation/shuttling to the ATC, facility tours, parking/driving information, class fees, and other general information.

LDISD OPEN ENROLLMENT Lake Dallas ISD will be accepting applications for open enrollment transfers for both residents and non-residents. Transfer approval is based off the student’s academic

LDMS CHOIR SOLO & ENSEMBLE LDMS Choir students competed in UIL Solo and Ensemble contest, hosted by Killian Middle School. Out of 4 ensembles and 19

history, discipline, attendance, and passing

solos, each one earned at Division 1 rating –

STAAR scores. Open enrollment spaces are

the highest rating possible. The musicians,

limited and will be processed on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Applications will be accepted through May 31 and parents

directed by Stephanie Hamilton, brought home 37 medals. Pictured above: Tatumn Carpenter,

will be electronically notified of their

Macie Wilson, Delilah Ramirez, Rory Odell, Kayla Burgess.

application status.

Photo courtesy of LDISD.

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Are you networking?

Are You


y o u

s h o u l d

b e!

by Steve Gamel


ennifer Harvey didn’t know the first thing about networking when she moved to Texas four years ago, and if you get her talking, she might try to convince you she’s still not a pro at it. But you’d never be able to tell as she stands confidently in front of a packed room on another Thursday morning.

Once again, she’s happily doing introductions – for a networking group she helped launch.

The loyal attendees include everyone

“Sometimes I wonder, how did we do this?” Harvey said with a shy laugh. “It’s magic. It has to be.”

chiropractors, and even a Mayor and city

Harvey, a registered representative with New York Life, and fellow local business owners, Dave Reese and Diane Barton, started Lake Cities Coffee & Connections in late-September. They hold meetings at 8 a.m. every Thursday at Beatitudes Tea Room in Lake Dallas and have emerged as one of the more talked-about smallbusiness networking groups in the area. LCCC has an average of 24 to 27 participants each week and has its own Facebook page with 204 followers. 20 | LAKE CITIES LIVING

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from insurance agents to artists, mortgage officers, SEO experts, roofers, council member. “It’s people who have a passion for what they do,” Harvey said. “And part of that is helping others grow.” The growth of LCCC

been around for years. The goal for each is simple: build relationships with one

another on a grassroots level, grow your

business, and be engaged in the growth of business in your community.

“It’s foolish not to engage in some type of networking,” Harvey said

should come as no surprise to avid networkers across North Texas. There are countless groups in every nook and cranny of the Metroplex – many may have started yesterday, others have

And there’s never been a better time to make new connections.

“I saw an article once

that said, ‘networking is

dead,’” and I thought to

myself, well, you obviously haven’t put enough

into the process,” Dave Reese said.

“Networking is a big tool at your fingertips as a business owner, and you broaden your reach when you are in the right group with the right people.”

Reese has a Farmers Insurance office in Corinth and echoes the sentiments of many business owners who insist the benefits to being in at least one networking group each week are endless. Those include: •

The peace of mind that you are referring/promoting someone you know and trust

Making new friends and being invested in your community

Endless career opportunities

Learning and sharing best practices

Positive influence and increased confidence

“It’s foolish not to engage in some type of networking,” Harvey said “If you want seafood, you’re going to ask a friend where you should go. It’s the same for all of us. You want people talking about you, and networking is the cheapest form of advertising. It’s also the most effective.” Barton agreed, saying that business owners across all industries take pride in building connections. “I want everyone who walks in that door to feel like they belong here,” said Barton, a representative with Stream. “I knew of a gentleman who was coming as a visitor one time, and I looked up his picture on Facebook beforehand, so I knew what he looked like before he got there. I wanted him to feel like he belonged. I get more joy from promoting others than I do talking about my business.” Harvey said that selfless attitude is a big reason why LCCC has caught lightning in a bottle when it comes to networking. She invites everyone to see for themselves. “There’s a certain chemistry with this group,” Harvey said. “I don’t know how to describe it, but it works.” MAY 2018 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 21

Ask The Expert: Edit This


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?

Please don’t feel bad if you do. I’m here to tell you that even the most veteran writers and editors (including yours truly) either stumble on these or find themselves at least pausing to think about which one

they need to use in a particular sentence.

Let freedom reign. 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.”

That’s because Reign, Rein, and Rain are

Make sure to hold those reins tight.

same but have different meanings and

My wife has free rein to decorate

include complement and compliment, or

Sometimes, you must rein in a

homophones — words that sound the

spellings. Other examples of homophones there, their, and they’re.

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 as a king or queen. It also means a period of dominant power, or that someone or something is the best.

difficult employee.

We are trying to rein in our excitement for the trip, but we can’t.

It is important to keep a tight rein on your finances.

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

well, those water drops falling from the

The King’s reign lasted 40 years. Her reign of terror dominates this office. High school football reigns supreme in Texas.

He is the reigning champion, and no one can beat him.


our house.

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sky. It can also refer to a large amount of

My son’s baseball games always get rained out this time of year. In Texas, a hard rain every so often during the summer is a great thing. Thanks for reading! If you need help telling your story, whether it be business or personal related, give Edit This® a call. I like to say we handle all your writing and editing needs, including blogs, content writing for websites, press releases, and more. When it comes to owning your own business, what I have found is that many owners don’t have the time to write or double-check their work. In some cases, they admit they are not good writers. This leads to mistakes in grammar or an important message coming across the wrong way. Edit This® can bridge that gap, and the passion I have for what I do for a living shows in the quality of my work. With a little brainstorming, there’s no telling what we can accomplish together.

something and can be used figuratively. It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.

The rain washed all the dirt away. It’s raining cats and dogs outside!

by Steve Gamel Edit This 469.360.3611



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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 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 25

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!


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

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| MAY 2018

2624 Long Prairie Rd. | Flower Mound, TX 75022

LD Police Department


In January of 2017, the Lake Dallas Police Department began the process of rebranding the organization. The process included updating the look of the police vehicles, creating a new and unique badge, and lastly, designing a new shoulder patch. The Department rolled out the new shoulder patch on May 1st. Chief Daniel Carolla said “the rebranding is complete and has been warmly received by the public. Every part of our new look was designed and implemented by our officers.� photos courtesy of Dan Carolla MAY 2018 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 29


EXCELLENCE by Steve Gamel


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.

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.

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

Lake Cities Living Magazine May 2018  

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

Lake Cities Living Magazine May 2018  

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