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48 What’s Your Blend A colorful spin on Autism Awareness. 12 Beauty and the Brews Louisiana Ladies’ favorite brews and breweries. 7 Louisiana Lady Jane Green Smith personifies the joys of being a modern-day grandmother. 85 The Women Who Forged My Soul A tribute to friendships around the world. 112 From Her Perspective Molly Causey Gilliam - Miss Louisiana 2005. 106 Champagne Charlie’s Uncork North Louisiana’s new mobile bubble bar.


38 Bulletproof Beauty Baroness de Pontalba.


95 Movement for Health Integrate Your Health with Dr. Nicole Cotter. 61 Fab After 50 Embracing the beauty in life after 50. 67 Skinfessions The real deal on what to look for in skin care.


98 Geaux Bags A labor of love for easing the transition of foster children. 70 Reveling Through Generations The history of the Red River Revel. 80 Purchased, Not For Sale Giving access to a restored life. 108 Events


22 Gone Fishin’ Fashion Outdoor fashion for summer days at the fishing camp. 72 In Be “TWEEN” Tween Fashion that is “totally cool” and “mom approved.”


19 The Cursive Conundrum The lost art of cursive writing. 58 Mommin’ Ain’t Easy Supporting new mommies with bringing home baby. 102 Keeping It Real with Teri Netterville There’s No Place Like Home-Base. The story of a baseball mom.


42 Hostess with the Mostess Thoughts on Themes - An Outdoor Moroccan Dinner Party. 32 Kitchen and Bath Cottage Bringing worldwide designs into your home. 89 Honey DON’T Trends to avoid in home design.

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y family and I recently moved back to my

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hometown. I truly beam with pride for Ruston, and


how this treasure of a small town has evolved since I moved


to Shreveport almost 15 years ago. Ruston continues to

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embrace such a nostalgic, home-town vibe, yet it feels like Ruston has gotten a fresh coat of paint. New faces and business fill the beautiful downtown streets. Events and festivals bring families and friends together to celebrate art, culture, football, fashion all in keeping its small-town charm. It has been such a treat to see how Ruston has grown and getting to be a part of the fun. Often, people will ask me how it feels to be “home.” That is an interesting question. I grew up in Ruston and graduated from Louisiana Tech. My mother was from West Monroe, so I spent much of my childhood there, walking the streets of Antique Alley, and at my grandparents’ eating way too much fried fish. After living in Shreveport for nearly half my life, Shreveport is also a place I call home. I did not technically grow up in Shreveport, but I have certainly grown over the past 15 years. I grew a family, grew a business, grew some of my greatest friendships, and grew from a kid making her way in the world into a real life grown-up.

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Dr. Nicole Cotter Donesa Walker Jessica Comegys Teri Netterville Angela Vinet K.C. Kilpatrick Kaysie Hermes Bolton Sarah Garrett Myron Griffing Clinton Downing Beth Woods Rosemary McMaster Chelsea Cutlip Mary Ann Elston M. Suzanne Tinsley PhD, PT, NCS Marie Vazquez Morgan PT, PhD Dr. Lindsey Pennington Clint Davis Meagan Tinsley Molly Causey Gilliam

at Kiroli Park in West Monroe, to digging for treasures in the “sand dig” at The Red River Revel

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and my favorite ice-cream served in mini baseball caps at Shreveport Captains’ games. I have


Home, to me, is North Louisiana. From searching for the Peach Prize and Tech football games in Ruston, to eating the world’s greatest corndogs at Corndog 7 in Pecanland Mall and playing

been lucky enough to experience it all. Lola Magazine was created to do just that: To bring the experiences of North Louisiana together and to shine light on all of the wonderful people and places. This issue of Lola Magazine brings you “home” in many ways. The kids are getting out of school and everyone is gearing up for summer. Take a trip to the camp with our Fishing Camp Fashion. Host an outdoor summer dinner party. Be sure to check out our Louisiana Breweries in our “Beauty and the Brews” feature. We are also excited to welcome our friends from Lake Charles and Hammond to this issue. We hope that you enjoy this season and have the opportunity to experience it all -- the people, the food, the festivals, the culture and all the good times that a Louisiana summer brings!

Cheers, Bevin

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By Clinton Downing • Photos by Misty Swilley Photography Green Acres was the place to be, you might find such a parallel world in the community of Antioch on the outskirts of Farmerville in Union Parish. Jayne Smith Green is one of those unique souls who will inhabit your heart at your first encounter. Jayne and I first met almost twenty years ago while planning her daughter’s elegant New Orleans wedding. She is one who pays great attention to detail. There is not a label that can define this lady. Mother, grandmother, sister, advocate, friend, businesswoman, dog lover, community activist, political enthusiast and devoted wife are just some of the many characteristics that make her a LOLA Lady. Jayne is the youngest of five siblings born to the union of James “Big Jim” Payton and Foye Smith. She is mother to Janelle Burford Snelling and Chad Burford. Her motherly role also spans to their spouses, George Snellings III and Morgan Duschesne Burford respectively. These unions have brought her six of the greatest joys to her life. She has four granddaughters, Sally Jayne Snellings, Georgia Snellings, Peyton Burford and Parker Burford. She also has two grandsons, Blayne Burford and Quinn Snellings. Collectively she refers to them as “The Termites” and they call her “Nayne.” “Termites” was a term that Jayne’s father had coined for his thirteen grandchildren at family gatherings. He also referred to them as the dirty dozen. On any given day, she will trek back and forth from Farmerville to Monroe several times. Whether it is soccer games, ballet practices, art classes, sleep overs or just a dinner date with them, they are a big priority in her life. They keep her young and she keeps their lives interesting. Jayne came from humble beginnings being the granddaughter of an evangelist, Reverend J “Duff ” Smith, who would later serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives for Union Parish during the administration of Gov. Jimmie Davis. Her father would also serve in the House of Representatives for Union and Morehouse parishes under the administration of Gov. John McKeithen from 1964 to 1972. Thereafter, he would serve as the sergeant-at-arms for the Louisiana Senate from 1972 to 1992. It is from this upbringing that she began her fascination with politics. From the green pastures to the Governor’s Mansion, Jayne has created a life filled with love, laughter, and happiness. She is a little bit “Town and Country” mixed with “Garden and Gun.” Her unique and diverse personality is Page 7 | LOLA MAGAZINE | May-June 2018

When I spoke to her daughter, Janelle, I asked her what her mom’s greatest qualities were. In two words she replied with, “strength and creativity.” cleverly and accurately portrayed in the news feed of her Facebook page. It is quite refreshing to witness her “what you see is what you get” take on life. That attitude combined with intellect has seated her at many a dinner party at the Old State Capitol with the movers and shakers in politics. She has coordinated press tours and book signings for former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, worked alongside Gov. John Bel Edwards and established an amazing friendship with many others in the political realm. She has continued to embrace her political roots and parlay her presence in Baton Rouge and election seasons that would make her father and grandfather proud. It seems that scheduling a cover shoot is not always favorable with Mother Nature. We met Jayne at Stalin’ B Brangus Farms despite rain in the forecast. Her cover costar for the shoot was Suelynn, a three-year old cow adorned in a wreath of tulips, delphinium and lilies. Even with a downpour of rain in a pasture with an anxious costar, Jayne handled it like a pro. It was a fun morning that would end up resulting in a reshoot on a sunnier day, retiring the cow and taking it in a direction to include all six grandchildren. News of a reshoot didn’t perplex Jayne. Much of this patience and professionalism could be attributed to the numerous TV commercials and ads she and her husband of twenty-five years, Bobby Green, have created for their cellular and securities business. From the most outlandish and eye-catching billboards to the zaniest of commercials, acting is another feather in her cap. Beyond those shoots she and Bobby along with their four dogs -- Loutre II, Loutre III, Loutre IV and Loutre V -- create photo magic with their well-thought-out Christmas cards and shoots for many other occasions. These fur babies are just like her children. They are pampered with ham and eggs for breakfast as well as the daily drive thru to Sonic for treats. They are spoiled to say the least. When I spoke to her daughter Janelle, I asked her what her mom’s greatest qualities were. In two words she replied with, “strength and creativity.” Janelle went on to elaborate that her mom designed and sewed her own wedding dress. As her father walked her down the aisle to

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Surviving a divorce and raising two children set its challenges for Jayne, but she was determined to make a better life for herself and them. give her away, he handed Jayne a one-dollar bill and told her that it was the last dollar that she would receive from him. She was on her own and the buck had stopped there. Not defeated by this news, it only added fire to her determination to make a great future for herself in this new life. Jayne would go on to study finance at Dale Carnegie and George May University. When it came to entering the workforce, Jayne went against the grain. She entered a male-dominated profession of selling automobiles. Her charismatic upbringing made her a natural working both at Monroe Auto World and Joe Mallard Lincoln Mercury. It is at the later that she would become the finance and insurance manager. Surviving a divorce and raising two children set its challenges for Jayne, but she was determined to make a better life for herself and them. While on the path to redefining her life and creating a better one, she began to see blessings from God open new doors. Her perseverance kept her on her feet. It was in time that she would attract the charms of Bobby Green, her soulmate. Their journey together would evolve from courtship and into a marriage. In 1989 and 1990, Jayne and Bobby opened the first cellular telephone store, Central Cellular, that was the test market for cellular communication for Century Telephone, which is now known as CenturyLink. Over the years, she has transformed that business as the director of Central Protection Services, one of the most reputable alarm and security

companies in the region. All work and no play would make for a dull Jayne. She has found a great balance in transforming business trips into family vacations. While work is her hobby as much as it is her career, it is with such passion that none of it seems like work at all. Following her life journey, one cannot help but notice her Southernisms, some familiar and some her own. “Busier than a woodpecker in a petrified forest,” “I’ve eaten like a gar,” “If you are the smartest in your group, you need a new group” and “Some days you are a cow, the other days you are a steak.” Just as she is in person, so is her genuinely kind heart, honest soul, and sense of humor in each of her posts. To know her is to adore her and for those who don’t, she will have them intrigued and begging for more. Each journal entry in social media land will brighten your day and inspire you in the worst of days. It will also make you wonder where she gets her vivacious energy and vitality for life. When I asked about the daily detailed post of her life, she informed me that it was a living journal for her children and grandchildren. She wanted these posts to be a legacy of her life that will last beyond just their memories of her when she goes to be with God. One of my most favorite posts was of her thank you to those acknowledging her most recent birthday. The entry dated December 5, 2017 read:

“I am blessed so many gave 2 to 5 minutes of your time for my birthday yesterday. I have been overwhelmed by your sentiments and bylines. As I read each post, a memory of our relationship flashed before me. Prone since childhood to take the road less traveled, I met many of you traveling that very same road. Thank you for caring for me, with knowledge all of us have imperfections. Your posts were so kindly over the top. I invite you to speak at my funeral. Don’t you know my haters forced to be in attendance, would be elbowing and whispering in the pews, ‘she wasn’t that great.’ As a birthday cake is incomplete without a candle, a gift incomplete without a ribbon, I’m incomplete without family and friends like you. A Methodist church minister of our church pointed out into the congregation one Sunday, when you look at a person with special needs, our eyes look differently at them. He added, the person with special needs looks back at us with their eyes, thinks we are different, too. Always know, when looking at someone else’s faults, they are equally summing up your faults,too. “There will be no segregation in heaven as there is on Earth. We tend to congregate in groups of the same belief system, religion, race, political and social status. God is the only true judge of people. I pray this year, I am a better mother, grandmother, wife, sister, and friend. With good people like you in my life, I think I will succeed. A poor mouth equals a poor life. “ To know Jayne is to love her. To call her a friend is a blessing.

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Louisiana Ladies Favorite Pick Brews and Breweries Look out boys, there’s a new babe in town. And she loves craft beer. With breweries setting up shop in every major Louisiana city, your laid-back LOLA Ladies are loving the local brews. A perfect place for the girls to gather and plainly just have a good time, the breweries are proving to be a hot spot. We can mix, mingle and munch in a relaxed atmosphere while sampling a variety of brews with a flight of five choices of smaller beers served on a plank. What’s interesting: many ladies are finding they not only enjoy full-bodied craft beers but are coming back for more. The breweries offer tastes for every palate. Our ladies are finding the variety of choices exceeds expectations, and most importantly -- beer is best served with friends. WRITTEN BY ANGELA VINET UTILITY PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALLACE LEE RED RIVER BREWING PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHANNON PALMER

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Your taste buds will thank you after stopping by Monroe’s Flying Tiger Brewery. Always brewing up something special and fun, these Heroic Brews and specialty beers have North Louisiana beer lovers jumping for joy with tasty treats specially brewed to go with our favorites when in season, like Ruston peaches and Sal Petitio’s strawberries. The perfect spot to have casual fun, Flying Tiger has indoor and outdoor game areas to occupy an entire evening with close friends and partake great conversation. Flying Tiger also regularly hosts community events that benefit many local non-profits. A spacious outdoor green area complete with stage is the perfect place to spend a day or evening. With not one, but two movie screens -- one for in and one for out, on those too-hot days, ladies can enjoy the show more comfortably in the taproom. This sophisticated crowd enjoys tasting new flavors and savoring handcrafted beer served with a side of fun.

Flying Tiger Brewing in Monroe


Try the War Hawk that finishes with a sweet pear and white wine flavor, as well as the seasonal releases that feature Ruston peaches, Louisiana strawberries or RoeLa Roaster’s Coffee Porter added to the flagship beers. These are made only in small batches, so drink up while available and enjoy the indoor and outdoor game boxes plus vintage arcade games!

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Downtown Shreveport’s brewery hot spot, Red River Brewing Company, is where all the cool kids go. Spacious taproom and outdoor seating have the ladies able to socialize while sipping mouth-watering hoppy beers. The special acoustic ceiling tiles allow the jam sessions and live music to keep toes tapping and conversations moving. Delicious treats abound with the permanently stationed Fat Calf Boucherie. Mixed teams play Corn Hole and Ping Pong where the loser buys, and now that the kids can join in on the fun and games, Mom and Dad have some extra time to catch up and relax. Red River Brewing Company is working on Brew Pub status to expand the menu and add flowing spirits to their brew line-up. Their brews, pleasing to every palate, have the girls all coming back for more.


Red River

Brewing in Shreveport

Perfect space to chill with lots of room to roam, several spaces for events, fun music, super helpful staff. Heliopolis and Countess are quite tasty to add to the flight. Betting beers on a game of Ping Pong is a crowd favorite, and every girl needs to win a Corn Hole tournament to add to her bragging list. This family friendly brewery is easy and convenient!

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Ruston’s Utility Brewing has it all: atmosphere, uber cool outdoor patio and a piping hot pizza oven serving up deliciousness to pair with their craft beer. Offering something for everyone, they serve sodas and wine alongside their brews where this up-beat establishment is a community favorite. The ever popular “buy your friend a beer” wall is a fun surprise for any LOLA Lady who spies her name on the board. Perfect for a quiet spot under party lights, the intimate patio will have the girls enjoying date night while sipping on brews freshly made with thoughtful care. Forget Bunko, weather permitting, Wednesday nights are Pub Quiz nights where the party is popping in Ruston with prizes, beer and friends.


Fresh Nutella or spicy artichoke pizza, intimate patio time with party lights, Wednesday Pub Quiz Nights, and sipping on the Honey Saison using local honey from Jennings Apiaries!


Brewing in Ruston

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Pizza and beer go hand-in-hand. Add a dash of games with friends and two patios to enjoy them with, and you have yourself a perfect night at Crying Eagle Brewing Company in Lake Charles. Beer lovers have plenty of choices to quench their thirst, and new-to-beer-loving ladies can enjoy sipping on any of their beer cocktails. These are your favorite cocktail with some specialty released beer to make the perfect mix. This brewery is excellent for an afternoon of hanging out with great music. Crying Eagle offers unique events like complimentary samplings, Family Day, Beer Yoga and the much-anticipated Latin Dance Night. This spot knows how to party with a keg toss and costumes for Octoberfest. The Eagle is not the only thing landing here; the ladies are keeping the taproom busy.


Crying Eagle

Comedy nights, their Dark Saison with Blackberry and Ginger and the Ready to Mingle Belgium Style beers, food truck nights, hot out of the oven pizza, and the beer cocktails with Beermosas and Bloody Mary Beer as favs!

Brewing in Lake Charles

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Beer is not gender specific at microbrewery Gnarly Barley Brewing, where women aren’t scared to try something hoppy and bold. A treat for the taste buds, their brews are just as good as their names with the Juicier I.P.A. and Catahoula Common reigning supreme. Recently named one of America’s fastest-growing breweries, this Hammond hot spot celebrates life and new beers, throwing events so laid-back that kids draw on the brewery floor with sidewalk chalk. Friday nights and Saturdays are booming with groups of ladies, dogs on leashes and food trucks. Ladies are feeding their bellies while sipping on full-bodied flavors that keep them coming back for more. Here, making beer is art that has everyone sampling the flavors.


Release parties, kid and dog friendly, comfy sofa seating, bag toss and games, Peanut Butter Beer, and the mouth watering and extremely delicious citrus-flavored Juicier I.P.A.

Gnarly Barley Brewing in Hammond

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ast week, I had the pleasurable and amusing good fortune to overhear and watch a teenager and his mom discuss the importance of writing thank-you notes. I say pleasurable and amusing because just being a bystander brought back such a flood of memories for me. It reminded me of my struggles not so long ago. I, too, had the same unpleasant battle with my teenage son. “You have to write them by Friday, or you will not be going to prom! No thank-you notes - No car - No date!” “Awghhh, Mom, no one cares about a thank-you note anymore. You’re so old, everyone just sends emails in this century. Stop living in the past.”“That’s not true, when someone gives you a gift, the least you can do is to say thank you. Stop being lazy and just get it done,” said a frustrated mom.“Come on MOM, it’s just such a pain. Handwritten notes, really? What time does the p o n y


express stop by to pick them up?” How about a nice personal text? James’ mom let him write texts to everyone he got stuff from, and they all loved it.” They say patience is a virtue, and this mom had plenty. She steadfastly explained, “We will not send a text, we will write and mail a thank-you note to everyone who sends a graduation gift. If you don’t write the notes by Friday, you will not have a car. Your aunt won’t understand why you don’t care enough to mail her a simple thank-you note. Just please, get it done.” I got tickled listening to the excuses, sheer panic, and banter. I remember well my own son having the same dread and excuses. It got me to thinking. Why do so many people have so much fear of writing a simple handwritten note? It is true, that today, most communication is instant. We type out an email or text, hit send, and often have a response in minutes. What gives? There may be a couple of important things to consider. Handwritten notes and letters are important because they are so unique today. They hearken back to a simpler time when people communicated through the mail. Love letters during military service are a sacred and treasured item in many families. My own family carefully preserves letters written to my sons long before they could read, written by my grandfather, a prolific letter writer. He passed away before they had the chance to really

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The point is, handwritten notes can be more than just a simple passing of information between two people. know him and we all love reading and rereading his letters to them. I’m not so sure we would find an email as entertaining. Examining the cursive handwriting style provides a glimpse into the soul. It tells us so much more about the writer than the mere words. Putting pen to paper is an expression of who we really are. Personalities are exposed. Is it perfection with every letter formed like a grandmother would? Is it all flowery and flowy, swirls and big swooping y’s and g’s, maybe even i’s dotted with little hearts? It must be my teenage niece. What about the hurried scratching of someone with lots of ideas? Mistakes, corrections in the margins? We can almost picture what was happening. The point is, handwritten notes can be more than just a simple passing of information between two people. Studies show that we are more creative and utilize the creative side of our brain much more fully when we hand write something instead of type it. The hand-eye coordination and the fine motor skills employed force us to slow down and make our words more expressive. Our vocabulary expands and we are more thoughtful in sentence structure and composition. Our schools have gotten away from focusing on handwriting. Schools used to teach us handwriting in first grade and introduce cursive writing skills in about the third grade. By the fifth grade, we were all writing our “essays” on a Big Chief tablet with a No. 2 yellow pencil in carefully crafted cursive because our teacher was grading the handwriting just as much as the content of our story. Today, the focus on learning cursive writing is almost gone,

replaced with keyboarding skills and technology. Educational leaders argue that with limited school days and so many things to focus on, handwriting is getting pushed to the back burner. I agree. The common core standards don’t require cursive writing skills, and our overworked teachers simply don’t have time to focus on the softer and less-tested areas. Many teachers I have talked with sadly admit they don’t have time to teach things like cursive writing and manners. Both skills are quickly becoming extinct in our fast-paced society and we are all the worse for it. But, that doesn’t mean these skills are no longer relevant. Just consider, how many of us have saved an email or text from someone special? The pony express is coming by soon. Will you be ready? Home Academy, a local tutoring and test prep company, is offering a cursive writing class this summer for everyone who wants to improve their penmanship. Practicing and improving handwriting to unlock creative thinking is such a valuable skill when you are faced with the dreaded “thank-you note curse.” To assist all of us “last century” moms, we are also offering scheduled times and dates when we will provide qualified tutors to assist our graduating seniors with writing thank-you notes. If you are already a customer of At Home Academy, this is a free service to say “thank you” to our friends. If you are not a customer, please call or visit us to learn how we can help you through these and many other difficult times. Email or call athomeacad@gmail.com or 318-465-6475 for details.

Beth Woods

Beth Woods has over 30 years of professional education experience teaching children and adults of all ages. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has worked with the Louisiana Department of Education, public and private schools serving in the classroom and in administration. Today she owns and operates At Home Academy, a new private tutoring company specializing in individualized private subject tutoring, test prep services for tests such as the ACT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and others. With over 30 professional tutors busy every day, she still makes time to offer career and college counseling, including aptitude and skill assessments, which uncover strengths and weakness for those making important education decisions or contemplating life changes. Page 20 19 | LOLA MAGAZINE | May-June 2018

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Gone FishinG Fashion

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Louisiana Ladies

know that

when the summer time comes around, it’s time to get out the fishing poles and head to the lake! Whether you’re lounging by the water or trekking through the woods, we have you covered for that summer-time camp style! Shorts and t-shirts are a must for humid mornings, but make sure to get yourself a pair of boots and a rain jacket for those unexpected



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Spaces Mary Ann Elston – making your design dreams a reality Photography By Eric Elberson ary Ann Elston’s search for her dream kitchen became an unexpected path to her dream career in 2001 when she and her husband, Terry, a custom homebuilder, were building their home. They searched diligently for high-end, custom products for their own kitchen and bathrooms, and were unable to find what they wanted locally. Mary Ann and Terry then realized the need in North Louisiana for a locally owned, custom, home design firm that specialized in top-quality products and unique cutting edge designs. Her dream came to life when she and Terry opened Kitchen and Bath Cottage that same year. Originally, Mary Ann opened Kitchen & Bath Cottage in the rear of Pierremont Common in Shreveport as a small custom cabinetry, appliances and design showroom with only two employees. In 2012, Mary Ann and Terry had grown the business and its product offerings so much that it required them to relocate Kitchen & Bath Cottage to the front of Pierremont Common into an expanded showroom that looks out onto Line Avenue. By 2016, the business had become so successful that it was recognized by Inc. Magazine and received inclusion into the Inc. 5000 as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Today, Mary Ann is forging ahead as a woman in business enjoying the realization of her vision, and now proudly operates with ten employees who make up a team of experienced professionals working together as a family to fulfill the design, remodeling and new construction needs and desires of the business’ clientele. Mary Ann and the team at Kitchen & Bath Cottage, which once began as that small two person business offering only custom cabinetry , a few appliances and design services, now offers a multitude of products including Marvin Windows & Doors, Wood-Mode, Bentwood, Page 32 | LOLA MAGAZINE | May-June 2018

Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, Thermador, Bosch, LaCornue, Scotsman, Hoshizaki, Walker Zanger, New Ravenna and Artistic Tile, Phantom Screens, Solatube Daylighting Systems and much more, now ina new and delightfully custom showroom,. With new goals and a renewed vision, Mary Ann is still hard at work growing her business with a carefully assembled teamis ready to help bring everyone’s dream spaces kitchens and bathrooms to life not only in Shreveport and Bossier, but throughout the ArkLaTex. She had a mission to be the premier building and remodeling source in North Louisiana and to offer unmatched service and quality. Typically, the building and remodeling business is a man’s world, and that is why Mary Ann’s vision is so unique. She and her team have has an eye for classic style and hip new trends, and her team of designersbut she also haves the expertiseience and skills regardingfor the structural aspects of home design.

What are some of Mary Ann’s personal favorites? She has particularly fallen in love with Wood-Mode cabinetry because of its beauty and lasting finishes, as well as the furniture quality of the cabinetry, along with and its a lifetime warranty.

Kitchen & Bath Cottage “Top of the line” is not a phrase taken lightly bywith the Elstons’. If you only want the best of the best- the team at the MaryAnnKitchen & Bath Cottage and Mary Ann’s teamhashas you covered. Appliance linesKeeping a pulse on construction and design trends, Mary Ann realized a few years ago that there was a growing trend toward outdoor living spaces. Once again, she and her team adapted to the desires and needs of her clients expanding lines further to includeinclude high quality and innovative brands such as Wolf, SubZero, LaCornue, Miele, Thermador, Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, Scotsman, Hoshizaki, and Kitchen-Aid. Kitchen & Bath Cottage also carries outdoor appliance brands such as: EVO, Fire Magic, RCS and DCS grills in addition to as well as stainless steel Danver cabinetry, which

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all of which work great when designing and building the perfect outdoor kitchen and living space. and kitchen. In an effort to address other significant design needs of the market and understandingSeeing the demandneed in Shreveport for unique specialty tiles like Walker-Zanger and Artistic Tile, the decision was made to add a tile showroom and display a wide selection of choices for homeowners and designers alike. “ As we planned our new showroomlocation, we made the decision to become an exclusive dealer for of Walker Zanger, Artistic Tile and New Ravenna,” stated Mary Ann. “Our designers are now seeing requests from some of our clients who desire to tile ceilings and entire walls in common living areas and entryways for dramatic effect, taking a room to a whole new level of WOW!,” she added. Kitchen & Bath Cottage is now a showroom where designers, builders and architects bring clients to select tile instead of having to plan trips out of town. If you want one of a kind, stunning tile work, check out WalkerZanger or Artistic Tile. They’reIt is gorgeous! Their team can also work with a home owner who just wants a small remodel of their space, but with a great deal of impact from just the addition of breathtaking tile. Mary Ann’s team can help coordinate and get most of the items needed in a construction project, offering the one-stop service that most homeowners, builders, designers and architects are seeking. Easy and fabulous!   The designers at The Cottage are seeing a direct move in the of direction of a simple, light and airy feel in new kitchen design. They can help you achieve this look through neutral color palettes and clean, elegant lines. They feel it has something to do with the desire to unclutter and simplify the hectic lifestyle everyone seems to live these days, as clients want their homes to be calm and soothing. Think spas and high-end hotel décor! Greater attention is now being paid to details and the quality of materials, such as a unique slab of quartzite on the island or

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hardware that looks more like jewelry. The business also expanded as a certified Marvin Windows and Doors dealer and installer. According to Mary Ann, “That was the easiest decision we ever made, as Marvin’s Marvin is a family owned company, now being led by the fourth generation of Marvins with a mission and a high standards for quality lined that lines up perfectly with the Cottage’s.” Solatube Daylighting was added to the product mix when Mary Ann was looking for a way to bring natural light into areas lacking windows. Solatube was the perfect solution and is one of the things clients come back frequently to add another one in their home after experiencing the change and impact of additional daylight within an enclosed space. Mary Ann and the entire team at Kitchen & Bath CottageMary Ann is so appreciative of all their her clients for choosing to visit the showroom, supporting a locally owned businesshershowroom and by choosing Kitchen and & Bath Cottage for their home construction and remodeling needs. “It makes themus happy that people can getwe can source most everything they our clients need to make their dream home a reality right here in Shreveport as that was the whole reason we started our business,” stated Mary Ann. They Ark-La-Tex residents once had to travel to larger cities to find the best of the best, but now this Shreveport lady has made these products available here at home so you can make your dream home a reality. Mary Ann and “Our team hersteamtruly considers their our clientele to be our extended family and walk with them through every step of the process . They work so closely to build the spaces they call home.” Mary Ann Elston dreams become a realityeach timeshe is able to make her dear clients dream a reality as well.

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B U L L E T P RO O F B E A U T Y: When walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans, one cannot help but notice the French and Spanish influence in the architecture that sets the city apart as the most European-influenced in the United States. Behind each structure is a great story that goes beyond the brick and limestone facades with the cast-iron balconies. WRITTEN BY CLINTON WHITNEY DOWNING


n October 2003, I was asked by my dear friend Janet Haedicke to accompany her to New Orleans to decorate for the New Orleans Opera Guild’s preview of “Pontalba: a Louisiana Legacy” by composer and librettist Thea Musgrave. It was a two-act opera loosely based on the life of Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba, a prominent figure in 19th-century New Orleans. It was based on Christina Vella’s biography of Micaela, “Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba.” Having not known the backstory, I became further intrigued on the drive down for the weekend’s events. Janet shared the history and life of the Baroness de Pontalba. Janet’s insightful love of Southern literature and Feminist history reinforced by her doctorate in English Literature made this an enlightening drive of knowledge that satisfied my curiosity. Micaela Leonarda Antonia Almonester y Rojas was a wealthy New Orleans-born aristocrat, businesswoman, lay architect and real estate developer who was one of the city’s most dynamic personalities in its history. She has been described as “a temperamental, flamboyant redhead,” though her pictures portray her as a brunette with blue-grey eyes and

pale skin. She was intelligent, strongwilled and commanded much attention from the Parisians for her opulent social affairs. Her peers called her vivacious, intelligent, shrewd, bright-eyed, vigilant, and business like. She was Spanish by birth, French by marriage and American once Louisiana entered the Union. Micaela was born on November 6th, 1795 from the union of Andres’ Almonester y Rojas and Louise Denys de La Ronde. On April 26th, 1798, when she was just two and a half years old, her Spanish father died, leaving her as his sole heir to a considerable fortune. Her mother would administer this estate until Micaela would marry her French cousin, twenty-year-old Joseph-Xavier Ce’lestin Delfau de Pontalba on October 23rd, 1811, in St. Louis Cathedral at the age of fifteen. It was an arranged marriage by her mother that kept with Creole tradition that attracted the most influential members of Creole society. It was not a marriage she favored as she was in love with an impoverished man. It was more of a business merger of two families for a transfer of wealth. She would move to France and endure a less desirable marriage, where she became a prisoner within her own home at the Pontalba chateau. During this union she

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bore her husband four sons, Joseph, Ce’lestin, Alfred and Gaston, as well as a daughter, Mathilde. To advert her boredom, she would convert a large room at the chateau into a theatre and put on plays. A lot of enthusiasm would go into these productions as she would order costumes and hire locals for roles. She would often perform on the stage in the amateur productions for her friends from Paris. Micaela’s father- in- law, Baron de Pontalba, had orchestrated the marriage to his son. It was a maneuver he persuaded to happen in an effort to gain her vast inheritance. For more than two decades, despite his concerted efforts, he would fail to succeed on taking possession. Micaela’s attempts to protect her fortune and separate from her husband Ce’lestin enraged Baron de Pontalba to the point that he resorted to violence. During one of her visits to the chateau on October 19th, 1834, he stormed into her bedroom and shot her four times in the chest at point blank with a pair of dueling pistols. She would survive the shooting attack. A bullet crushed her hand, her left breast was disfigured and two of her fingers were mutilated. That evening the Baron committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with the same dueling pistols. As Ce’lestin succeeded his father’s barony, Micaela was henceforth styled Baroness de Pontalba. She would go on to separate from her husband after thirty years of marriage, though they would never divorce. She would move out and commission the construction of a mansion in Paris to host a lavish succession of soirees and balls. Her mansion today is known as the Hotel de’

Pontalba and serves as the official residence of the U.S. ambassador to France. In 1848 at the outbreak of the French revolution, Micaela departed for New Orleans with two of her sons, Alfred and Gaston. Upon her arrival, she instantly became the leader of fashionable society. The city’s most influential and important people were drawn to her salons. Her contemporaries regarded her as vivacious, shrewd and business savvy. After such a lengthy absence from New Orleans, she immediately noticed that the once-stylish section of the city had become tattered and unsightly. The once magnificent area was

unrecognizable. The Place de’ Armes, in the heart of the quarter, was little better than a blighted area. Its parade grounds were muddy and houses were deteriorated and repulsive. It was not a sight that appealed to her. She owned most of this property as part of her vast inheritance. Despite owning the third most-valued property in the French Quarter, Micaela made little profit as most of her tenants were unable to pay their rent. It was a situation that she knew she must remedy. She commissioned the houses to be demolished and hired a skilled contractor Samuel Stewart to revive and renovate the Place de’ Armes, which are now known as the Pontalba Buildings at Jackson Square. She spent much of her time on horseback supervising the $300,000 construction of these buildings. She was meticulous with the design and construction. It was an inherited trait from her father. Prior to his death, her father had commissioned architect Gilberto Guillemard to

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design and construct the Cabildo, the Presbytere and St. Louis Cathedral, all of which line one side of the Place de’ Armes. The cast iron decorating the balconies was also her personal design. She had her initials, “A P” carved into the center of each section. At the time the completion, she was instrumental in the change of Place de’ Armes to Jackson Square. She was also responsible for the parade ground being transformed into a formal garden. She also helped finance the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson, prominently featured in the square. Her uncle, Col. Pierre Denys de La Ronde, had fought alongside him at the Battle of New Orleans. It is rumored that she threatened the mayor at the time of landscaping the gardens of Jackson Square with a shotgun when he showed opposition to her removal of two rows of trees. In 1851, she departed New Orleans for good and went back to Paris. She spent the

remainder of her life there at her mansion on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore’. When her estranged husband suffered a mental and physical breakdown, she took him in and cared for him until the time of her death. She died on April 20th, 1874 at the age of seventy-eight. Now 146 years later, her legacy lives in the heart of the French Quarter. If you look up, you will notice the “AG” initials still adorn the heavy black iron rails on the two sides of Jackson Square. The bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson has withstood recent opposition for its placement as a reference to history. The design of her father’s vision of Saint Louis Cathedral still sets the backdrop for the formal gardens. As artists, musicians, fortune tellers and tourists scurry about the slate-covered square, it is the legacy and vision of the Baroness de Pontalba that rejuvenated an area of New Orleans that is the heartbeat of the city.

Clinton Whitney Downing is a man of many talents. He resides in his hometown of Monroe. He is a writer, floral designer, interior decorator, historical preservationist and fashion designer. After much travel, he has returned to his southern roots and his love of Louisiana. He is devoted to his community, lending his talents to various charity organizations. Much of his enjoyment in his life comes from spending time with his two rescue puppies, Cookie and Cooper. He is excited to be joining the LOLA team.

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e love the concept of the backyard dinner party — not only does it make you feel connected to your friends and family, but also being surrounded by things that are living (plants, flowers, herbs, trees) has a calming effect. You can’t help but be inspired by the thought of lounging in the grass, watching

the sky transition from bright blue to dusky pink as the day turns to night. Life is busy. So busy. Sometimes it’s hard to stop, but when you make the effort to create a truly beautiful space it gives you a wonderful excuse to STOP - and enjoy it! And when you create somewhere special like this, and see all your loved ones stopping to enjoy the moment too, it’s all worth it.

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THEMED PARTIES ARE THE WAY TO GO EVERY SINGLE TIME! To find inspiration, select a favorite recipe or drink you want to try and let it evolve from there. We decided on a Moroccan Moon Gazing theme. The full moon is thought to be a symbol of letting go. In this case we are letting go of the stagnant winter and welcoming the spring and summer with all its blooms and blossoms.





I’M ALL ABOUT THE SNACK BOARD. It’s a super fun way to keep with party interactive and allows your guests to design a meal for their tastes. The more flavors the better! Like DIY bruschetta or in this case, hummus and dips. Aim for lighter dishes that use a lot of plants and maybe even healing ingredients, such as certain herbs and spices. Cooking and dining with one another is the most ancient way to connect, so have your guests help you prepare and decorate. The day of the party, get your guests excited for the meal they’ll be making by setting out the ingredients in a beautiful display. Make bouquets of fresh herbs and greens; mound vegetables into bowls grouped by color; and put out spices into small bowls so that everyone can take in their gorgeous colors and intoxicating smells.

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DRINKS! Green mint tea is super traditional for a Moroccan dinner, but with the weather warming up, I wanted to make an iced version. So I made an iced mint tea with a little lemon and then topped it off with some sparkling water… because you can never go wrong with adding just a little fizz. If you wanted to make these more of a cocktail, just add a splash of vodka…which would not only be extra delicious, but if you are hosting a big party…possibly quite necessary!

4 SOMETHING SWEET NO PARTY COMPLETE WITHOUT SOMETHING SWEET: Instead of making the traditional rice pudding, we opted for an easier more timefriendly chia pudding. Sweetened with honey and flavored with a touch of vanilla and rose water, and then topped with pomegranates, pistachios, and more honey. Perfection!

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SET THE MOOD: There’s nothing that says “relax here” more than a soft throw or a cozy cushion. We laid down rugs and blankets, placed wooden pallets on top (found at local warehouse) then draped them with more blankets and runners. Tossed around floor pillows and more blankets for the ultimate cozy feel. Decorate with lots of candles and fresh plants. Try gathering flowers and foliage from the surrounding area, put into short vases and even place them freely around the table.



BOND & ENJOY BOND AND ENJOY! Light the candles, pour some drinks, let your hair down and enjoy the evening!



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Moroccan Snack Board INGREDIENTS 1 cup red harissa, homemade or store-bought 1 cup hummus, homemade or store-bought 1 cup spicy marinated green olives 1 jar wedges of fresh lemons, or preserved lemons 1 jar (8 ounces) marinated artichokes fresh radishes, halved fresh carrots fresh mint and or cilantro assorted fruits, such as dried apricots, blood oranges, and pomegranate roasted pistachios and or marcona almonds fresh naan, homemade or store-bought • Arrange the harissa, goat cheese, and olives on a large platter arrange the remaining fruits, veggies, herbs, nuts, and naan around the dips. Serve.

Marinated Goat Cheese 1 log (10 ounces) goat cheese 1 cup chopped fresh herbs, I use thyme and mint crushed red pepper flakes extra virgin olive oil • Cut the goat cheese into rounds and place in an 8x8 inch baking dish. • Sprinkle with herbs and red pepper fakes. Pour olive oil over top, mostly submerging the goat cheese. Let sit 1 hour or up to 2 days in the fridge. • Bring to room temperature before serving. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils, if desired.

Colorful Hummus 5 Ways! 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tbsp kosher salt, plus more to taste 1⁄2 c tahini Juice of two lemons 6 tbsp olive oil give or take depending on how smooth you like, plus more to garnish 2 garlic cloves Dash of freshly ground black pepper • Add all ingredients to a food processor. Purée until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, then serve with pita chips and fresh veggies. Make It Pink— • add 2 medium roasted red beets, peeled and roughly chopped + 1 tsp red wine vinegar Make It Yellow— • 2 medium carrots, grated + 2 tbsp white prepared horseradish + 2 tbsp orange juice + 2 tsp turmeric Make It Green— • 2 c fresh or frozen peas cooked Make It Orange— • 2 roasted red peppers (1 c) + 1⁄4 c harissa + 1 tbsp sweet paprika

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Kaysie is a Shreveport Native. She moved to Lake Charles in 1997, graduated from Texas Christian University in 2003, and made Lake Charles her permanent home in 2006.


Isn’t it amazing when you find yourself amidst one of God’s jigsaw puzzles (pun intended)? November 2016, I shared my current confliction with a family friend of not feeling like I was neither serving God’s purpose, nor contributing to the world. He earnestly said in return: “Kaysie, you are mother of three, raising good and kind kids. What is a better contribution to this world than that?” Even though his words of sincerity rang some truth, I still had an unsettling feeling. Two months later we had our son evaluated for Autism. In late March 2017, we received his diagnosis, and a month later, we were enrolling our son in therapies up to eight hours, five days a week. And in May 2017, Bayou Blend Apparel, LLC was created.

y personal Autism journey began when my son was about twenty-two months and his speech regressed. He was no longer saying “mmmm” when eating or “mama” or “dada.” There were a few other recognizable traits, but many that could have been attributed to his age or considered “quirks.” Not all two-year-olds have good eye contact, and not all kids who walk on their tip toes are on the Spectrum. Our first thought was that his regression must be because baby sister was brought home from the hospital at a pivotal speech growth. But when we had our two-year doctor visit, we started to talk about speech delay. We began with speech therapy. Then we tried some Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA), and although he progressed, we knew there was an underlying problem. A friend suggested we take our son for an evaluation to the St. Nicholas Center for Children, a non-profit organization that provides many therapies for children with special needs. After all we went through, multiple therapies, professionals telling us he wasn’t Autistic (yet he needed therapy five days a week); we found ourselves feeling frustrated and confused until we walked through those doors. I remember crying with fear and relief. However, just because we had a diagnosis we “weren’t out of the woods.” We had another hurdle, insurance. Our son is considered mildly Autistic, Level 1 on the Spectrum. In order to receive all the necessary treatment and therapies, we needed insurance to recognize HIS special needs. We needed more documentation to back his diagnosis. I called our case worker and explained to her the dynamics of Louisiana. The cookbook, “Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make A Roux?” best describes relationships in this great state. I text, call or knock on my wonderful doctors’ doors. Not all conversations are documented on paper or done in the office. They are family and

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friends of mine in the community; it is a perk of living in a small city. I told her my entire story of trying to get our son the help and therapies he needs and prayed for favor. She listened and said calmly, “If only more parents called us to plead their child’s case, their needs can be met. I can assure you, he will receive the necessary therapies he needs with our help. Just get us some more documentation.” Due to all our previous therapies and with our doctor’s help, we were able to gather the necessary information needed for our insurance provider. As parents, we are our children’s voices and best advocates; never stop if you believe there is a need for your child. Being a parent of a child with special needs immediately catapults you into being outside of your comfort zone. You have to immerse yourself in this community by educating yourself, teaching your child new ways of learning, supporting others going through the same thing, and in return be supported by others. I have been that parent crying in my car after I tell my son good-bye and a dear friend opens the car door and hugs me through those tears, as I have done the same for others. It’s amazing the kinship among those with family members who have loved ones with special needs. We all know parenting is hard from the get-go, but the pressure of tolerating, learning, and accepting the characteristics of someone on the Spectrum can be challenging and exhausting. Yet, it can also be incredibly enlightening. It’s humbling to see the limitless expression of their minds when they have limited physicality or motor skills through various art forms, such as music or memorization. *Lake Charles locals can shop Bayou Blend Apparel at We Rock the Spectrum Gym and Gifts and Grinds.

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My son would only wear tees from the Soul Project, a store in Laguna Beach, CA. They sell surfing, soft tees, trucker hats, and other ocean-related merchandise. We were impressed with the company’s “What’s in a Dollar” campaign; a dollar from every Soul Project item purchased is donated to numerous kids and environmental charities. And in this particular case, the dollar was going to an Autism foundation. Little did we know, a year later we would receive our son’s diagnosis. One day, Christy Jones, the center’s founder and director, complimented the tees he wore every day. I was excited to tell her the back story, how those particular purchases gave back to an Autism non-profit. I said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we found a local retailer to create an Awareness shirt with the same edge and appeal. Not just the typical Awareness shirt; one that is fashion focused? And then a portion of the proceeds can go back to the Center?” As soon as I heard myself say it, I knew it was God telling me to do it. Buying the Soul Project shirts, the desire to help others and fulfill a purpose, our son’s diagnosis were all pieces to a puzzle, a divine plan. I was determined to pay it forward. I created the brand with the #WEARAUTISM™ line in mind, Autism Awareness shirts that were stylish streetwear. Most “Awareness” shirts are fundraiser driven. I wanted to separate myself from the shirt that is given at the end of the 5k run, which is great. However, I wanted to create something that was design driven, in a creative artistic way. Many people on the Spectrum

are extraordinarily artistic and creative. Think about all the creativity that goes into the way they perceive, interpret and learn tasks and information. And their talents are amazing from painting to playing music and recalling facts. A lot of Bayou Blend’s #WEARAUTISM™ designs focus not only on those talents, but characteristics of someone on the spectrum. Take “Autism Counts” for example. One day my son saw a chart with multiple cars on it and immediately said, “Six trucks!” It was within seconds! I added the “peace sign,” to illustrate the hand gesture for the number two, as well as the word “Peace.” My ultimate goal was to create a shirt that represented the “cool” side to Autism, a positive way to capture their unique abilities. But then one day, while sitting in a waiting room, I had a huge “Ah-ha moment.” My son had his first major public fit. For a long time, he was non-verbal, a wallflower, and was quiet about all his emotions. Once he started receiving therapy, he started to have a voice. Like most toddlers, it was one of frustration. He screamed so loud while hitting his ears, that it silenced the room. I got him to calm down, but overheard one of the adults say, “Whoa!” But it wasn’t a “Whoa, we have been there, mom!” It was one word, full of judgment and disgust. I looked at my friend and said, “That is why I am making the shirts.” She had no idea what I was talking about, but I did. I got it. I knew exactly what God was telling me. Bayou Blend is for all those parents who have had to leave the grocery store and baseball fields because of the embarrassment or shame felt by those around them. There is no physical recognition to Autism. Often someone on the Spectrum is misinterpreted and misjudged. I know, I have been that person, looking at the mom in the store thinking, “Doesn’t she know how to control her kids?” Now I wear my “Spectrum spectacles,” and can assess those situations with an educated perspective. The intent is not about getting the public’s approval; it is about giving society a visual cue to what is the situation at hand. I want kids and adults to feel confident, and know that one shirt can say a lot. We just recently traveled as a family. Our son was wearing

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one of the #WEARAUTISM™ tees. He was challenged with sensory overload during our vacation, and had a huge meltdown in the airport bathroom. For the first time, my heart didn’t start to race. I was calm and collected, which allowed me to focus on calming him. I felt a pivotal moment as a special needs parent. I knew people were staring, and I knew people were watching us. But as I knelt down in front of him to start his breathing techniques, tell him he was safe, and wipe his tears, I knew this was a teachable moment not only for me, but for others. Perhaps someone in this room is learning, understanding, becoming aware of what a child with Autism looks like. What used to be those looks of judgment and misunderstanding were now compassion and understanding. I walked out of the restroom and burst into happy tears. After seeing the potential of the tees, #NOTJUSTANOTHERGRAPHICTEE™ became the slogan, and the true meaning of the brand was born. To reach a larger audience, I decided to expand the brand by creating two other apparel lines that signified my blend: L.A. to LA, a California vibe with Louisiana roots, and SPIRITUALITY, an expression of faith and positivity. I wanted to take the concept further, based on my son’s own needs, and sought out to make all tees sensory friendly, not just the #WEARAUTISM™ line. Please note: One does not have to have Autism to have Sensory Processing Disorder. It is, however, a common trait for those on the Spectrum. Working with some of the top vendors in California, we figured out the formula: the use of premium fabrics, special inks and custom print methods to insure a “soft to feel” touch. Bayou Blend Apparel is #NOTJUSTANOTHERGRAPHIC™. With EVERY purchase of a tee, we donate a portion of the proceeds to an Autism non-profit. This is our way of giving back to the community that embraced my son after his diagnosis. We have come full circle to another year, and officially launched www.shopbayoublend.com, an online retail store of sensory friendly tee’s, hats, accessories, books and opportunities to help create Autism awareness and acceptance. We invite you to shop with Bayou Blend Apparel and help us GiveBackBayouBlend™.

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Finally, a place where you never have to say “I’m sorry” WE ROCK THE SPECTRUM LAKE CHARLES is a sensorybased gym that allows children of ALL abilities to learn, grow, and play together all under one roof. With the motto, “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry,” We Rock the Spectrum provides an environment tailored for children with

KID’S BEING ABLE TO BE THEMSELVES, no matter what, is a rewarding feeling and builds confidence. With being such an inclusive environment, neurotypical children are able to learn about the varieties of special abilities, gain understanding, and open their hearts with acceptance and love. The benefit for children with special abilities

special abilities and an at-home feel where parents can feel comfortable and worry free. The handpicked equipment you will see in the gym aides not only those children with autism and sensory processing disorder, but EVERY child in his or her development in a multitude of areas.

is AMAZING! Not only are they learning and growing through sensory integration and motor skills, but the social skills and life skills built at the gym are lifelong. When we are able to function in a fully inclusive setting with love and understanding, we know our world is moving in the right direction.

OUR GYM HAS: √ Suspended equipment with swings for balance and vestibular treatment √ Crash mats and crash pit allows for fun, motor plan ning, and strength √ Zip line for stress release and joint and body relaxation √ Trampoline for building leg and core strength

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D iscombobulateD : ` Surviving in the Smart but Distracted World of Technology & High Stress/Pace


pring is here, spring fever is in the air and summer is truly on its way. So much is happening with graduations, getting ready for college, or even getting those babies and young ones set up for an amazing summer experience with camps and vacations ahead. The stress/pace of this high-tech happening world surrounds our minds and it honestly gets super overwhelming sometimes, especially for those who already struggle in this area. The saying goes “when the cat’s away, the mice will play.” In other words, when there is not a strict demand of order, chaos reigns. This is true in the brain also and the skill most associated with this CEO position is called the Executive Function. Just as we all have different irises in our eyes and different face shapes, and unique fingerprints, so our brains vary from person to person. In fact, identical twins often have the same iris print, fingerprint and DNA/blood, but I have never seen/heard of the same exact brain function and in fact, of all the twin sets we have tested, none have tested exactly the same. This matters because some brains are incredibly creative and others are extremely organized. Some are easy to work with and others need to

learn how to work with their own brain. Executive Function (EF) is a set of skills that includes cognitive flexibility, and this has been determined to be one of the top ten skills necessary to compete in the job market by 2020. EF includes time management, emotional and behavioral control (EQ), initiative, attention, working memory and persistence (GRIT). So how do we measure these things in life and how do we approach the training of these skills to their upmost efficiency? Many books are written on this very topic, but we are going to touch on just a few. First, a little biology. The prefrontal cortex, which is the area where most EF takes place, is still developing in young people up to their midtwenties ... necessary to know before you blame everything on the Millennials! New skills on average can take around twenty-eight days/ repetitions to become a habit, but those who struggle with Executive Function Disorder often take three times as long to develop these habits necessary to effective employment and successful academic performance. As a mother of young men, I often see the struggle with managing this brain growth

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and steering it in the right direction. As a professional brain trainer, I often see “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Know what I mean? While many of these skills were still developing in us when our parents “trained” us, we did not have the technological affluence to add to the battle. Recent research and informational data loads have demonstrated that the youth brain in development is

highly sensitive to the reward center receiving dopamine (the feel-good hormone) dumps just by touching their phones. Wow, and I thought a little chocolate was bad! Since the young, developing brain is constantly rewarded via technology for being off task and inattentive, the battle is harder than we realized, and this applies to adult brains, too.

So, what to do? Here is a list of tips to restructure and train the brain into a better state of EF. 1. Perform a self-assessment. Be honest with

yourself and write down the areas of struggle. Grade yourself, then also have at least one someone else (a friend, colleague, parent, spouse) “grade” you in the following areas 1-5, with 1 being weak skill and 5 being high skill (self-understanding, organizational skill, time management ability, emotional/behavioral control, flexibility, initiative, attention, memory, persistence.)

4. Change your perspective. The saying that

“attitude determine altitude” is truth. If you are constantly seeking your own way and never looking objectively at the situation, then you will not make change. If at first, you don’t succeed, then try, try again!

5. Reach out to professionals who can help.

If you struggle with cognitive flexibility, attention, organizational skills or memory, reach out to a professional brain trainer like LearningRx or a local doctor who specializes in these areas. If you struggle with emotional/behavioral control, get with a counselor, psychologist, or behavioral therapist and seek help. If time management is an issue, there are lots of apps out to there to help you become better at this. If you struggle with initiative and persistence, partner with someone, even a parent or friend, to help you learn these skills.

2. Create a growth mindset by getting rid of

all negative talk, especially self-talk. Research and scripture has taught us that this leads to a negative mindset and little is accomplished from that. Restate negative thoughts positively.

3. Accountability. Get an accountability partner who

will “justly” not “rudely” hold you accountable for your successes and your failures.

Procrastination leads to failure. Get up and get going. Start now!

R A T E YO U R S E L F O N A S C A L E O F 1 - 5 : ____Attention Selective


(I am truly aware of my strengths and weaknesses)

____Organizational skill

(I can manage and organize my space/life/work details well)

____Time management ability

(I am prompt and timely in my performance/attendance to expectations from others)

____Emotional/behavioral control

(I do not let things around me overwhelm me to the point that I lose control)


(I can roll with the changes/punches life sends my way)


(I can self-start, and I do not procrastinate to avoid people/situations)

(I can focus and ignore distractions)


(I can pay attention to even boring things for a long length of time)


(I can multitask and not lose place of what I was doing)

____Memory Short term

(I can remember what I am told and follow multi-step directions well)

____Long term

(I can recall important information and details of events and happenings for a sustained period of time)


(I do not give up and I will keep trying no matter how hard the situation is)

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ounded in 1987, MedCamps of Louisiana began as a one-week camp for 13 children with severe asthma and allergies. Since that time, MedCamps has grown tremendously. In the summer of 2017, MedCamps served nearly 350 children. Over the course of 30 summers MedCamps has provided camp to over 7,500 children living with varying illnesses and disabilities. MedCamps offers up to 11 camping sessions each summer, each catering to the specific needs of each camper who is chronically ill or disabled. These specialized camps target children ages 6 to 16 living with: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, asthma, sickle cell anemia, autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy, juvenile arthritis, hearing impairments, speech impediments, visual impairments and those living with cognitive disabilities. “MedCamps fills a void in our campers’ lives,” said Caleb Seney, executive director. “Far too many children living with special needs view life as a spectacle that is to be watched and enjoyed from a distance as it passes by. Children living with medical fragilities or disabilities often resign themselves to this life on the sidelines. Not at MedCamps! At MedCamps, we modify activities to accommodate a child’s special needs, and we design them for success to promote self-confidence. Our focus is on what each camper can do. We encourage and challenge our campers to reach their full potential.” While at MedCamps, campers are introduced to traditional summer camping activities that include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery and much, much more. “Not only do they get to participate in all these new and exciting activities, but they do so surrounded by other campers who have the same or similar disability.” Seney said. “At MedCamps, it is our hope that our campers lose the feeling of uniqueness and that the stigma of their disability is relieved. At school, they may be the ‘kid in the wheelchair,’ but at camp they are just a kid.” MedCamps of Louisiana’s summer camping program takes place annually at Camp Alabama located just north of Interstate 20 near Ruston, La. Camp Alabama is a property of the Presbytery of the Pines that is operated by MedCamps and provides campers with facilities that include air conditioned cottages, a beautiful lake,

scenic trails, an accessible swimming pool and specially designed canoe launches and archery ranges that make activities barrier free for all who participate. “Our relationship with the Presbytery of the Pines has been foundational to our success as a summer camping program. We are grateful to the many individuals and churches that comprise the Presbytery of the Pines,” Seney added. MedCamps of Louisiana has never charged any dues or fees to attend its summer camps. The camps are funded by the generous support of individuals, organizations and corporations and by the continued success of MedCamps’ fundraising events. “There are endless ways to support us. We ask our supporters to give us their time, their talents, or their treasure. Individuals or organizations can support us by volunteering at special events, workdays at our facility, and service projects during camp,” Seney said. “They can also donate to the camp or participate in our fundraisers like our annual Fun Shoot & Auction. There really are a hundred different ways to get plugged in to our support system.” MedCamps of Louisiana is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. To make a donation, request a camper application packet or simply learn more about this worthy cause, please visit MedCamps online at www.medcamps.org. Follow them at facebook.com/ MedCamps, twitter. com/MedCamps, and Instagram. com/MedCamps. Contact by email at info@medcamps. org or call toll free 877.282.0802.

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Mommin’Ain t

Easy By Chelsea Cutlip


ave you ever heard the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child?” Truer words were never spoken! In this day and age, so much pressure is put on us as mothers to “do it all” … cook, clean, work, take the children to a million activities, make time for our husbands, be involved in our community, the list goes on and on. Although we are strong women, we often overload ourselves in becoming “supermom.” That’s where ABC Mom Care comes in. We can do it all, but why do we need to? Beth Ann Menger is a full-time mother, wife and the former Executive Director of Girls on the Run - Shreveport. I met her last year while she was preparing for baby #3. I can honestly say that in the time I have known her I have never seen her frazzled. She is always warm, always calm, always together. Her home is inviting, and her children are precious. She is the definition of “supermom.” With two young children, a neurosurgery resident husband, and a baby on the way - how can this be? The answer is simple. She realized her need for the village. Beth Ann first heard about our service through a newsletter distributed in Southern Trace. Since her Page 58 | LOLA MAGAZINE | May-June 2018

hands are already full, Her home is inviting, she thought and her children maybe she could use an are precious. She is extra set. After visiting with the definition her about her needs and of “supermom.” what we can do to help, ABC sent one of our specially trained, CPR certified, experienced caregivers to come to her home a few times a week to help with light housekeeping, meal prep, laundry and running errands. “ABC Mom Care has made my life SO much easier, I am now looking forward to enjoying the new baby and seeing all three of my children together. I would recommend this service to anyone!” - Beth Ann Menger This excitement comes from a mother who knows that “mommin’ ain’t easy” and hiring our service can reduce the stress - both before and after baby. Our caregivers are available 24/7 for a few hours a day or for overnight care. We can assist pre-delivery or post-delivery with housekeeping, organizing, meal preparation, shopping, bed rest restrictions, care after C-section and so much more! ABC Mom Care is state licensed, bonded, insured and accredited. All our caregivers are specially trained, CPR certified, and background checked. Call us today and let one of our experts make your life a little easier.

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after Embracing the Beauty in Life After 50

By M. Suzanne Tinsley PhD PT NCS Assistant Dean of Development, Parks Endowed Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation, Center for Brain Health Associate, Director - NeuroRehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Neurology LSU Health By Marie Vazquez Morgan PT PhD Associate Professor, LSU Health School of Allied Health Professions


he kids have all grown up, they are out of the house and you have more time to yourself! This should be the best time of your life - and then menopause hits. Is this physiological phenomenon inevitable? Unfortunately, yes it is. Are you helpless to all of the changes you may experience with menopause? Absolutely not! Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. It is the time in a woman’s life when the function of her ovaries ceases. The average age of menopause is approximately 51, but it may occur as early as a woman’s mid 30s or as late as in her mid 50s. Usually, women tend to undergo menopause at an age similar to that of their mother. Some of the most common symptoms experienced during menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, and irregular periods. Not all women experience these symptoms, and the severity of the symptoms also varies. The hormone estrogen, which comes from the ovaries, is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system. It also plays an important role in cardio-protection, as it helps regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Estrogen is responsible for bone and skin health (including oil production, elasticity, thickness), as well as fat distribution. In the

brain, estrogen also influences core body temperature and impacts memory. With menopause, we see a decrease in estrogen levels, therefore we see changes in all these body systems.

a new onset of a “crepe” like appearance to the skin, due to a loss of collagen production. There is also fat loss under the skin, which can cause sagging around the neck, jawline, eyes and cheeks.


Fat distribution and weight gain

As one gets older, natural changes occur in skin. As the skin cells age, they become less able to carry on their normal functions. The skin becomes thinner as production of collagen and elastin, two vital proteins that allow skin to maintain its shape, decreases. Also the release of superficial dead cells begins to slow down, causing skin to appear dry and dull. These changes become even more pronounced in areas of the body that are usually exposed to the sun, due to the accumulated damage from sunlight. These natural changes in skin become accelerated when a woman reaches the peri-menopause stage, which often starts around the age of 45 and can last up to for 4 years. During this time, menstrual periods may begin to become irregular, and hot flashes may begin to be experienced. Once reaching menopause, the skin changes again. It becomes thinner, since there’s a relationship between collagen production, skin thickness, and lack of estrogen. Skin texture can also change, with

During menopause, women tend to lose the small waists they once had as fat starts to be deposited in their midsection. This hormonally driven shift in body fat distribution is called “visceral adiposity,” and besides being unsightly, it is actually dangerous to heart health. Several studies have demonstrated that menopause is associated with increased fat in the abdomen as well as decreased muscle mass in the body. This suggests that menopause plays a role in the transition from being pear-shaped (wide hips and thighs, with a smaller waist) to apple-shaped (wide waist and abdomen, with more weight above the waist). Excess weight in the abdomen raises the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and even breast cancer. It can also bring on fatigue, and create a poor self-image. Although the average woman gains only

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five to seven pounds during menopause, some women have a heightened risk for greater weight gains, dependent on their nutritional intake and level of physical activity. A decrease in muscle mass is generally observed with aging as individuals tend to be less active. Decreases in lean tissue will in turn decrease a woman’s basal metabolic rate (BMR) which is the rate at which the body burns calories at rest. When BMR is decreased, caloric needs lessen, so there isn’t a need to eat as much food. However, many females as they age do not change their dietary habits and continue to eat the same amounts.


During menopause changes are also seen in hair. It may appear to have decreased luster and growth due to hormonal changes. This can lead to thinning, breakage, and loss of hair. The thinning of hair is not necessarily due to increased hair loss, but due to brittleness, causing it to break somewhere along the hair shaft. Hormonal changes can also lead to growing hair in places not seen before such as facial ‘peach fuzz’ or even chin hair. It is estimated that up to 40% of women going through menopause will experience changes in their hair.

Hot flashes, Insomnia and Night Sweats

Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, with about 75% of all women experiencing them. Hot flashes cause a sudden increases in core body temperature and increased heart rate and perspiration. Needless to say these symptoms can make sleeping difficult. According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 61% of menopausal women experience some type of insomnia due to hot flashes. During peri-menopause, estrogen levels begin to decline, setting off occasional isolated hot flashes, night sweats, and/ or temporary insomnia. These symptoms can become much more frequent and intense during menopause. Unfortunately, for some women, insomnia doesn’t end after menopause. In fact, studies show that it can become indicative of more serious sleep disorders in post-menopausal women including restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.

Emotional Lability/Depression

Besides the aesthetic changes that we see during this time of life, some women also experience other symptoms like mood lability, and depression. Menopausal women may

experience feelings of joy one moment, and sadness the next. Compared to before the onset of menopause, menopausal women are more than four times as likely to have symptoms of depression. Factors that impact the likelihood of experiencing depression include the availability of social support and being employed. Studies show that women with partners are 40 % less likely to experience depression compared to single women. Those that are gainfully employed have less than 50% chance compared to unemployed women. It has been further demonstrated that women with a history of severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may have more severe mood swings during menopause. Also, women with a history of depression seem to be more vulnerable to recurrent depression during this time.

Heart health As we age, the risk for having cardiovascular disease rises for both genders, but for women, those risks escalate after the onset of menopause. Why does this shift in heart health occur? Estrogen appears to have a positive effect on the inner layer of the arterial walls, helping to keep them flexible. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, arteries become stiffer. We also see detrimental changes in cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol, tends to increase while HDL, or the “good” cholesterol declines or remains the same. Triglycerides, which are other types of fats in the blood, also increase. All these changes can lead to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The hormonally driven shift in body fat distribution also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. This occurs because visceral fat is the type of fat that is metabolized by the liver, which turns it into cholesterol that then circulates it in the blood. LDL cholesterol collects in the vessels where it forms plaque that serves to narrow the lumen of arteries and cause hypertension. Lifestyle factors can also negatively impact heart health. Women whose diets are high in sugar, trans fats, and salt have higher chances of heart disease during this time. Smoking and leading an inactive lifestyle also increase the risk.

Sexual Function

For many women over 50, the white elephant

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in the room is the decline of sexual function that is frequently experienced. Sexual function is a paired response of both physiological and psychological functions. For both aspects, hormonal changes associated with aging play a vital role. Three hormones responsible for maintaining or heightening the sexual response are: estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. It is well documented the levels of these hormones decrease with age and many women become discouraged as they begin to experience associated menopausal changes. While, yes, this “changing of the seasons” has its consequences, it doesn’t mean pleasure with sexual activity has to cease. One cannot go through the day without seeing at least one commercial for the everpopular medications used to treat the primary male complaint associated with aging, erectile dysfunction (ED). However, for women, there is only one available medication on the market for sexual dysfunction, and there is very little information on alternatives and advice to improve the sexual experience for women after menopause. Flibanserin (AddyiÒ) has been introduced in the United States and may have promise to assist, but this drug has some serious side effects and has significant restrictions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its use. Understanding what is happening with sexual function as we age can assist females in making educated decisions on how to combat these issues. As stated earlier, there are both mental and physical responses during sexual activity. One physical aspect of sexual pleasure is simply a reflex: a touch or physical stimulus (sensory stimulus), which then activates a sensory receptor, that in turn produces an involuntary physical response (motor response). Many studies have shown that with aging, our bodies are less sensitive to sensory stimulus and therefore require more stimulus to produce a response. Clinically, this is defined this as slowed reaction time. Slowed reaction times are linked to a variety of hazards including increased falls, increased motor vehicle accidents, as well as a general decline in function. This phenomenon is also a problem for women during sexual activity. The body just doesn’t respond like it used to and sensory receptors need to be continually activated to keep them responsive. However, as women age and sexual function declines, many women choose to reduce or stop engaging in sexual activity. This is absolutely the worse thing to do from a reflexive standpoint. The old adage, “use it or lose it” holds true here. These sensory receptors

will respond, it just may take a more consistent stimulus for a slightly longer period of time. There are over the counter aides that can assist with this stimulation. A simple external vibrator can provide the answer for many women experiencing this problem. Unfortunately, some women are reluctant to broach the issue with their partner as it might be taken as criticism that they can no longer do what is needed to give their partner pleasure. However, if the subject is approached from the standpoint that is has nothing to do with a partner’s ability and it is just a natural consequence of aging, external vibrators can be included as a valuable tool to improve sexual function and response. There are several external vibrators available on the market and those that have multiple frequency options seem to work best for providing variability to individual preferences. Lastly, several drugs commonly prescribed for women over 50 can also negatively affect sexual function. One of the most common are the serotonin-selective uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) medications often prescribed for menopausal depression. An alternative to these SSRI medications that has less negative effects on sexual function is bupropion (ZybanÒ). It not only produces fewer sexual side effects than other antidepressants, but can

actually help to alleviate sexual dysfunction. Although not indicated by the FDA for this use, many psychiatrists express it is the drug of choice for the treatment of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. Other drugs identified in the literature that may reduce sexual function are statins for treating high cholesterol levels, several medications used to treat hypertension (diuretics, beta-blockers, alpha blockers), H2 blockers for treating indigestion and gastric reflux, and benzodiazepines for treating anxiety and insomnia. With many of these drugs, there may be viable alternatives and these should be discussed with your primary care provider. Feel like the old you - only better! There is no doubt the menopause can bring about signs and symptoms that are both aesthetically unappealing and pose a danger to health. However, women experiencing menopause do not have to succumb to these changes. Many of these signs and symptoms can be attenuated through lifestyle modification.


A sound nutritional plan like the Mediterranean Diet that includes eating whole

grains, fruits, non-starchy vegetables, and lean protein can assist in losing some of the midsection fat that accumulates during this time. Other tips for better heart health and weight loss: • Stay away from processed foods and fried foods -they are usually high in hidden sugars and calories, and have low nutritional values. • Keep a food diary to help you assess the types of food that you eat. • When you eat out, skip the bread basket and take half the serving home. • Eat smaller amounts, but more often. This assists in keeping metabolism up. • Eat foods high in fiber, as it serves to help you feel full and assists in weight loss. Furthermore, a diet that includes foods high in antioxidants, selenium, protein, zinc and tryptophan can also help with depression. Salmon, turkey, non-starchy vegetables and fruits have shown to boost dopamine and serotonin levels. Eating nutritiously can also help with the changes we see in the skin and hair. Vitamin E, Omega 3 and essential fatty acids are important for healthy skin and hair. Foods like avocadoes, tomatoes, nuts, seeds and oil-rich fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are a wonderful choice. It’s also important that you drink plenty of water and stay away from sugar in soft drinks

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Is it reasonable to think that we all could live a long life?

If so, is it reasonable to think that each of us could experience frailty at some point? While all of our personal circumstances are different, having a discussion about extended care is for everyone, as there are consequences associated with any care situation.


Having owned and operated a home care business, along with serving as a family caregiver myself in years past, I fully understand the physical, emotional and financial concerns one may ponder when imagining a life in which they were unable to fully perform activities of daily living. • Where would I want to receive care – in my home or in a facility? • Which family members would be willing and able to provide assistance? • Would I rather my children be caregivers or care managers? • How would I reallocate my retirement income in order to fund a care need that could last for years? These are some of the concerns that have, repeatedly, surfaced in the many conversations I’ve had with individuals and their families when addressing potential extended care needs. It would be a pleasure to exchange perspectives on extended care planning with you.

Let’s talk about it. Jimmy Campbell

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Jimmy Campbell is a 2001 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he earned his MBA from Louisiana State University in 2009. He developed his keen understanding of the needs of older adults while owning and operating a Home Instead Senior Care franchise from 2010 to 2015. In addition to mandated insurance licenses, Jimmy carries the CLTC (Certification for Long-Term Care) designation. Page 65 | LOLA MAGAZINE | May-June 2018



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SKIN fessions

A breakdown of the main ingredients and the most frequently asked questions in today’s fight against aging.

Antioxidants What is it and how does it work?

Antioxidants are found in plants such as blueberries, green tea, and in compounds such as vitamins such as C and E. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation primarily from the sun can create unstable atoms, which have free electrons in their outer-most levels. These free radical molecules then cause photodamage to skin through the process of oxidative stress. Antioxidants bind to and neutralize these unstable electrons and stop the damage before it happens.


CE Ferulic $168 Oil of Olay Reginerist $22

What does it treat?

Reduces wrinkles and aging. Reduces inflammation that’s present in cases such as rosacea. Potentially, antioxidants can even help prevent skin cancer.

How and when to use it?

Which products are best? MEDICAL GRADE:

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic $168. There are many clinical trials that have been done with this product promoting its stability (antioxidants can be difficult to package and keep active) and skin penetration ability. It is one of my favorite products that I carry and recommend it for just about every patient.

Apply daily to clean, dry skin. It should be the FIRST layer applied every morning!

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OVER THE COUNTER (OTC): Olay Regenerist Regenerating Moisturizing Face Serum $22.

Growth Factors


What is it and how does it work?

Growth Factors are naturally occurring proteins that signal pathways within cells capable of altering cellular growth, proliferation and differentiation. They play an integral part in maintaining healthy skin structure and function. As your skin ages, levels of natural GFs and the number and activity of fibroblasts (a cell that secretes GF) decrease. Supplementing Growth Factors enhances the activity of fibroblast in addition to other natural repair processes to reverse the damage resulting from intrinsic and extrinsic skin aging.

What does it treat?

Clinical studies have shown that topical application of products containing high concentrations of a physiologically balanced mixture of Growth Factors appears to reverse the signs of skin aging. That includes skin texture, skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles.

How and when to use it? May use 1-2 times daily, morning or evening. Apply as first layer to clean dry skin and may layer other products on top. Take Note: I usually recommend to use in the evening (since I do antioxidants in the morning) as I recommended doing products


from thinnest to thickest, and since these products are serums much like antioxidants, you want each of them directly on the skin for best effect.

Which products are best? MEDICAL GRADE SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum $320. This is by far the best Growth Factor product on the market available with tons of clinical research behind it. In the “cosmeceuticals world,” it’s termed “The Fountain of Youth.”

OTC Neocutis BioCream Bio-Restorative Skin Cream $109.


How and when to use it?

Retinols are compound derivatives of vitamin A and are the most researched anti-aging ingredient on the market. By binding to retinoid receptors in the skin, retinols trigger collagen production, which provides the framework for skin and signals the body to create new skin cells.

Cleanse with an oil or cream-based face wash to decrease in stripping away natural oils. Pat your skin dry and apply. Retinols absorb faster into wet skin and this can increase the risk of irritating your skin. Use at night. I recommend starting with use once a week for 2 weeks, then as skin adjusts, increase use to every other day, with the goal of nightly application without drying out your skin. Retinol use with time helps your other ingredients absorb better, so they work synergistically with other products especially with Growth Factors, which trigger collagen

Addresses wrinkles and dark spots. Tightens skin and improves texture. Treats acne and clogged pores.


Vichy Active Retinol

What is it and how does it work?

What does it treat?

Skin Medica TSN Serum

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production in a different way than retinols. You can apply the retinol in place of the Growth Factors at first (when working up to nightly,) or apply them as a second layer.

Which products are best? MEDICAL GRADE

SkinMedica 0.5 Retinol Complex $78 or SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 $64.


Vichy LiftActive Retinol HA Concentrate $36 or L’oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Overnight Moisturizer $17.

Hyaluronic Acid What is it and how does it work?

HA occurs naturally in your body and is the key molecule involved in maintaining skin hydration. It is able to absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water! A main characteristic of youthful skin is its ability to retain water, which decreases significantly as we age. HA is unable to penetrate the skin’s surface, but topical application restores endogenous production of HA and decreases the enzyme that breaks down HA as well. It serves as a big drink of water for your face, softening fine lines, making skin look firmer, and smoothing out dry patches. It also plumps and adds volume to your skin instantly making it more radiant and smooth!


Skin Medica HA5


Eucerin Hyaluron-filler


What does it treat? Fine lines, wrinkles, tactile roughness and dry skin.

How to use it? Apply to damp skin to help hold in moisture and increase plumping to smooth out skin. I love a fresh spray of Evian Brumisatuer facial spray first as well.

When to use it? It can be used prior to make-up application or even after, especially as a touch up in the evening over make-up before going out to help smooth and soften any fine lines. I also recommend application of this product after patients receive any

injections of fillers. Fillers are made of this same Hyaluronic Acid. Using this product could potentially help decrease the breakdown of these injections and increase their longevity.

Which products are best? MEDICAL GRADE

SkinMedica HA5 $178 or SkinMedica HA5 Smooth and Plump lip $68. This is one of my favorite products! It instantly smooths lines around my mouth, plumps my lips, and creates a natural rouge lip color.


Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate $48; Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Treatment $9.

Anything else to keep in mind? Not all products are created equal. Just because the label says a product has certain abilities, there is no guarantee. Most OTC products have lower concentrations of active ingredients due to not being sold in a controlled (doctor’s office) setting and to help keep the price down. They tend to have more “extra ingredient.” It makes them smell good and look good, but can lead to increased risk of reaction or intolerance of the product. For those reasons, I highly recommend sticking with medical grade products. They don’t always have the fancy perfume smells. It’s actually an inside joke in my office that one of my favorite products comes in a dark brown bottle (which protects the antioxidants from degrading) and smells like bacon. It contains no extra fluff, just high concentrations of the active ingredient to prevent aging. All of the medical class products have undergone clinical trials to prove effectiveness and are well tolerated by patients. Having a good skin care routine can do wonders for anyone’s appearance. For protection and maintaining skin integrity, I recommend a moisturizer such as HA and sunscreen. For repair and regeneration, go with Growth Factors, retinols, and antioxidants. Finally, to prevent ongoing and future damage, antioxidants and sunscreens are key.

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ou might not know this, but here it is. If you’re a part of the Shreveport-Bossier community, the Red River Revel is part of you! My journey began behind the scenes with my mother, Margaret Sour, who is an active Revel volunteer for over twenty-seven years. She was Festival Chairman, or “Red Apron,” in 1996 and headed up the Music Committee most of my life. As a child, I remember staring up in awe at the big, shiny tour buses backstage, mesmerized by the controlled chaos of it all. I would dodge the people dressed in all black hurriedly m o v i n g equipment on and off stage while waiting for the lights to go out and the crowd to erupt. For the next ninety minutes, Revelers were immersed in the likes of Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Marc Broussard, Irma Thomas, or Morris Day & the Time to

name a few. For eight days each fall, I had the unique experience of being “along for the ride” in shaping people’s happy Revel memories while witnessing my mom and her friends tirelessly serve their community. Over the years, my role with the Revel has evolved from child participant to volunteer to board member; I currently serve on the Revel’s Executive Committee as the governing board secretary. Along with eight other volunteer women, I am a member of the Festival Production Committee (FPC) that is charged with programming the festival each year. Part of programming an event so large involves listening and responding to our community’s desires. Social media and survey responses are evaluated by the FPC, which initiates a course of action to format each Revel to be the best version of itself. 2018 Revel dates are Saturday, September 29th – Sunday, October 7th. Adding one extra day will provide Revelers two full weekends to enjoy the festival. Other adjustments include the festival’s hours, a transformed layout, free parking adjacent to Festival Plaza, a children’s area that offers more free and affordable activities, and more unique

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food items as well as revised pricing. If art, music, and food are in your repertoire, the Revel is the place for you! For 42 years, the Red River Revel has brought people together to collectively “Celebrate the Arts” in multiple formats. With an economic impact of $7.1 million and three artsin-education programs, the positive effect on our community is vast, multi-faceted, and far-reaching. If you have resided in the Shreveport-Bossier area, there is a good chance that you contributed to the success of the Red River Revel Arts Festival at some point over the years. Whether you attended as a 4th grader, volunteered, enjoyed the festivities as a patron or were a part of one of the 30 non-profit organizations that use the Revel to raise funds, your involvement has created lasting memories and helped build the Revel experience that keeps our community strong.

Tell us your favorite memories of the Revel! The redand-blue striped tents? Visual art? Exceptional food? Headliners, concerts, dance performances? Share your ‘Revelness’ on social media – tag redriverrevel in your post…. https://www.facebook.com/RedRiverRevel https://twitter.com/redriverrevel https://www.instagram.com/redriverrevel/ redriverrevel

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Cassie Hammett founder of The Hub Ministry


of male privilege and cultural expectations. As a boy, I always noticed the amount of housework and details my mom had to do while my dad was working. My mom worked too, by the way, but that didn’t seem to change the weight placed on her to cook, clean, and get the kids together. On my father’s side, girls were the majority as well. I was dressed in dresses and even wore makeup and lipstick a few times. I was used to being around women and comfortable with my emotions in ways that most of my male counterparts seemed to have not learned. Other than typical sibling rivalry, I always felt responsible for my sister and her emotions as we grew. I felt the need to protect her from others MERGE MY and affirm her goodness EXPERIENCES WITH THE throughout her childhood and some into her LESSONS TAUGHT BY adulthood. In my family, I was always drawn to JESUS ABOUT SERVING the women because of the multitude of women AND LOVING OTHERS, and my desire to connect AND IT WAS A RECIPE and get my emotional needs met that were not FOR BECOMING A so readily available from the men in my life. My COUNSELOR IN SO MANY parents divorced when I was around eight years DIFFERENT WAYS. old, and I became even closer to my mother and the women in my family in unique ways. I learned to read people and find out how to take care of their emotions to gain affirmation and attention. Merge my experiences with the lessons taught by Jesus about serving

am so excited to be able to write in Lola Magazine and have the opportunity to advocate for the women I work with and to shine a light on their amazing courage in order to bring awareness to our community. It is an honor and privilege, as a man, to be able to see the strength and willpower of so many amazing women. I feel like God has shaped and molded me to be prepared to do his good work. As the oldest grandchild and the only grandson, I have been surrounded by women my entire life. During meals and holidays, I always found myself drawn to helping the women in my life with the tasks they so graciously took on, while the men went for a smoke or to shoot the breeze. This was not because the men were heartless or did not love their wives, but because

Clint Davis M.S., LPC, CSAT EMDR Provider Director of Recovery for the Hub Urban Ministry

Photo credit: Jarret Warren

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LeAnn Bussey (Director of Purchased) and Shakeria Dominique (Survivor Advocate)

and loving others, and it was a recipe for becoming a counselor in so many different ways, good and bad. I went through some rough periods in my personal relationships and fell into many traps. With the help of Jesus and some healthy men in my life, I was able to grow and work toward a new direction for my life as a young man and future husband and father. As I have grown and developed, I have been drawn to advocate for those who are on the fringes and the ones who are underserved and powerless. I have also learned that education for our communities is vital to helping us heal and restore what has been broken. Purchased: Not for Sale is one of the ways I have been able to put these God-given passions and experiences to use. This is an organization under the umbrella of The Hub: Urban Ministries that helps women out of a life of human trafficking. As the Director of Recovery, I have the joy of forming relationships with women from all over the country who have come to us in desperate need of the Gospel and specific psychological needs that are not usually paired together. We are a small team which includes some amazing individuals doing difficult work: Cassie Hammett (Founder), LeAnn Bussey (Director), Shakeria Dominque (Survivor Advocate) and Cailtin Wankowski (Juvenile Services Coordinator). Human trafficking is more pervasive than we would like to admit. It runs through our cities and through our families like a silent assassin, stealing and killing the joy out of our men, women, and children. It is ruthless and conniving. It knows the tricks of the trade, and it uses them on those who have been cast aside and groomed for victimhood. We have seen hundreds of women at Purchased and 9 out of 10 claim that they were sexually abused in childhood by a caregiver or a caregiver’s friend. This means that these women did not choose this life but that their choices were ripped away from them early on by someone who was supposed to be safe. This is what we describe as trauma or traumatic. Trauma affects the



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brain, nervous system, and a person’s perspective and understanding of God. It fractures their view of self and teaches automatic responses to unusual experiences that get carried into every interaction moving forward, whether they are with safe or unsafe people. These women lose their identity and sense of self. When someone approaches them offering them the illusion of connection and intimacy, they are too traumatized and desperate to see their demise. Before they realize it, they are trapped with limited or no resources and no way out. Leaving is not a choice without significant consequences to their bodies one way or the other. This cycle continues until they are addicted to drugs, discarded, or in our case, rescued. Rescue is a word that we Christians know very well. Jesus is our rescuer. He comes into dark, broken situations when his people are helpless against the powers of evil.  He breaks chains, unbinds hearts, restores sight to the blind, and heals wounds. In some cases, he even resurrects things that are dead. A great example of this is how he ministers to a woman at the well. The great thing about Jesus is that he meets people right where they are.  When you read the parable of the woman at the well, it communicates that he isn’t ashamed of her or embarrassed of her. At The Hub we are in the business of rescuing and meeting people where they are, regardless if that is at a strip club, on the streets prostituting, or in prison. We do this from the stance that we are not the answer, but the Holy Spirit is. We are broken people who have been rescued from our own places of pain and sin. We are continuing to walk the road of recovery and healing, and it is our duty to offer that to others. We are passionate about seeing these ladies restored to the life that God intended them to receive. Our adult program is made up of 4 phases over 18-24 months. The women receive individual and group counseling every day. They take trauma

informed classes like yoga, addiction recovery, seeking safety and a lot more. These classes are paired with Gospel centered classes about boundaries, healthy sexuality, and relationships. They learn to live and love together in ways that they haven’t experienced in years, if ever. We also have a new program, Rejuvenate, that is for girls from 12-17 years old who are at risk or currently victims of human trafficking. We believe that by walking alongside them and doing life together that they will slowly start to believe that they have worth, value, and a future. We want them to base their worth on the truth of Christ and what he has done for us all, not the things they have done or the things they do. We have been able to do this successfully because of the support of advocates in our community from Gingerbread House, Caddo Juvenile Court, to other agencies like The Center for Children and Families. However, the need is far greater than the workers. Since doing this work was so important to me, I started Clint Davis Counseling, my private practice counseling agency. I did this in order to grow a practice so that we could treat these women in the capacity that they deserved. I believe it is crucial that they are treated as survivors, not victims.   I also wanted a center where they could be treated with the newest and most effective forms of therapy currently available. We

have 7 clinicians on staff who teach classes and do individual therapy on a weekly basis, all at no charge to Purchased. We have built our practice so that we reach a diverse array of needs. We currently offer the following services: play therapy, marriage therapy, sexual addiction, eating disorders, anger management, grief/loss, business coaching, biblical counseling/temperament testing and much more. As we have pushed and advocated for victims, our community has begun to see that we are all victims of something. We are all in need of counseling due to our brokenness and histories. We all are broken and in need of rescue. Our hope at CDC is to educate, serve, and walk along our community as we help everyone from every socioeconomic status. Our focus is getting to the root of the issue so that we see lasting external change from internal growth. We want to partner with different community groups, businesses, and churches to form a community of professionals who serve in a professional, personal, and healthy capacity. This in our eyes is being the church that God calls us to be. We envision a community where we can share our resources and partner together to make a better Shreveport/Bossier. The things that I have been able to see as a counselor in my practice and as the Director of Recovery for The Hub have been nothing short of miraculous. I get the chance to see God work in individuals, families, and couples lives in a way that blows me away. The world is filled with so much pain and heartache and yet God, with a little bit of good, can turn it all around. I see people who have been abused and neglected for years become sober and less destructive in as little as two years in our program. They come in beat up, untrusting, angry, and they leave clean, sober, and most importantly they believe they are worthy of so much more. They believe that we love them and that the God of the universe knows them personally and is going with them and before them into their future. The work we get to do is humbling, overwhelming, and chaotic at times, but we get to see God transform lives, change hearts, and restore relationships. If you are out there and are struggling with behaviors, feelings, or beliefs that have held you back your entire life, know that you are not alone. You are not unseen or unheard. You have a father and a community of believers willing to walk alongside you and fight by your side until you believe you are beautifully and wonderfully made. If you are suffering in your marriage or struggling in parenthood, you don’t have to battle this alone. There is hope and healing right around the corner.  If you believe that your experience is too bad or not bad enough, don’t allow this faulty thinking to keep you from the life God wants to so richly lavish on you. You were made for so much more than this and God is in the miracle business. www.clintdaviscounseling.com • www.thehubministry.org

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THE WOMEN who forged my soul


his is a long, drawn-out, thank-you letter. It is a letter to every woman who has seen in me a vibrant soul worth love and sunshine and care, especially when I didn’t think myself worthy of any such kindness. It is amazing how women today are pitted against each other. We are pitted against each other for the token spot in the board room, the last spot left in the residency, the unique position left for us by the recently retired woman from a men’s majority council. I see the fight we are left to drag out. It is an arena of singleness and we are left to fight for the last spot among the row of men instead of asking why there is only one spot open for a woman. This is a trend that has been on my heart for the last few days. It is a trend that spans millennial. Instead of asking why great kings of the past allowed only their wives to voice their thoughts, we bicker over why one woman was greater than another. Why is one woman only greater than another, rather than great on her own two feet? She is not a cripple and yet history would have us believe that crutches are the only way women stand without the shoulders of the dominant. Why is it that Empress Theodora is only re c o g n i z e d

because she was smart enough to wed an emperor? Why is it that Catherine de Medici is depicted as homely and conniving and untrustworthy when her character as a man would have been lauded as gentlemanly and strategic and tactful? These characteristics are easily turned around depending on the external reproductive system left by chance on our bodies. The reason this is at the forefront of my mind is because, for the past year, my closest girlfriends have been talking to me about “Girl’s Trip,” the movie with Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. It is a movie about a group of women from college who go on an adventure in New Orleans and find themselves finally honest with each other about their faults, their triumphs, their joys and their fears. I literally cried at the end of this move. Tears y’all! Not because the ending of the movie was sad. It wasn’t in the slightest, but it was because I was again reminded of the novelty of my girlfriends, my soulmates who I was lucky enough to meet before I was 18 years old. My soul’s missing pieces were placed into my life before I even knew what it meant to have a part

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“I was again reminded of the novelty of my girlfriends, my soulmates who I was lucky enough to meet before I was 18 years old”. ms, , Martha Willia Maddie Russo Stott an y, (kneeling) Se Meagan Tinsle

of your soul missing. These are incredibly strong women who have so freely given of themselves. My soul is no longer my own. It belongs in part to the souls shared by the ones who forged it into being, the women who have seen me at my weakest and continue to love me. There is something powerful in the vulnerability broken open at the bottom of the gorge that is still pieced back together by love and patience. My rocks cradled my weakness and forged it into strength. My fabric is stitched together by the threads my sisters gave to me of their own volition, no matter the personal cost. We are human. As such, we are social creatures. We crave contact. We yearn to be known by another. This is why we pair up. Not only to ensure the survival of our species, but because it is too hard to navigate our thoughts in the ether alone. So, I ask you, have you told the springs that feed your soul that you love them? Have you whispered to them the gratitude in your heart? Have you shouted from the moon that the stars are lucky to witness their names fall from your lips because to hear those syllables is true peace? Take a moment to think of the ropes that bring the boat closer to shore. My shore would be a far distant memory if not for my anchors who continue to ground me in a truth

I still do not accept, a truth that says I am loved and cherished and treasured and valued. All I ask is that you think of the people who have shaped your life as I think of mine. My diamonds are tall, robust and proud peaks of gemstone that have been forged by life and yet still weather the storm. They are flowers who refuse to die even when winter beckons. They are pieces of my soul that will forever remain branded on my heart. And I pray they are scars that never heal.

WRITTEN BY MEAGAN TINSLEY 1st Year Medical student lsu HealtH – sHreveport

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veryone has heard of the “Honey-Do List,” right? Well, in keeping with my glass-half-empty (realistic) view of life, I am creating a “Honey-DON’T” version. This list is compiled of

“issues” we see ALL THE TIME and it is our job to present clients with new, updated and fresh(er) ideas. These are in no particular order, but some do vex me more than others… so, here we go.

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DON’T 1 allow children to pick the color of their rooms: This is KRAZEE! It’s like letting them pick out your outfit for an event or work… Heck, why stop there, let them choose your next car or home! Inevitably, they are going to choose the brightest, most abrasive tones like Barney-PURPLE, Shocking-PINK or Electric-BLUE. Instead, why not pre-select three muted, more palpable versions of these colors like: plums/lilac, dusty rose, navy/denim and present to them as their ONLY choices. They are still getting to choose which color they prefer and it can transition into adolescence. Also, try painting just the ceiling or an accent/focal wall in these colors mixed with white, taupe or cream.



hang family portraits or kids’ photos in EVERY room! I am not anti-family, I have one of my own and they are perfectly fine; however, I don’t need to view my nephews whilst eating dinner or watching tv. Instead, designate a hallway or one wall to display your kinfolk. This will make them more special and can be viewed all at once vs. scattered about your home, like a small “family” gallery. If you display within shelving, mix them with other items and art.


be afraid to MIX things up! We see this all the time with full “sets” of matching furniture; sofa, loveseats, coffee and end tables…ZZZ!! Instead, try mixing up your style. This adds interest and dimension to a space, it breaks the monotony and forces your eye around the room. Again, unifying elements such as patterns, colors and texture help pull this look together and make for a far more interesting space. It is perfectly ok to mix differing metals and woods together, I promise.

I realize most people don’t have the same aesthetic eye as designers (thank the sweet Lord), and trust me folks, you don’t want ME doing your taxes or defending you in court. These tips/pointers are a for everyone out there wanting to spruce

up their homes but don’t necessarily have the means to hire a designer.Don’t fall into the mundane trappings of sameness. Be an individual, be bold and “Honey-Do” whatever makes you comfortable and happy.

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paint every room in your home a single color. This is a “tired-and-needs-to-be-laid-to-rest’” idea that builders and homeowners have been doing for decades. It is thought this makes a home more appealing to ALL buyers! Well folks, all homes are not created equally. A buyer for a $750,000+ home in Pierremont or Southern Trace should expect to see more than a monochromatic palette. White is an exception to this rule. At this price point, these homes should be designed by a professional to make them special, not run-of-the-mill. I’m not saying paint every room in your home a completely different color. You can use coordinating colors instead (try to stay away from overly bright hues.) There needs to be a unifying element connecting each room; i.e., the same color molding, to pull off this look. Each room needs to “speak” to the adjacent space MYRON GRIFFING & JAMES OSBORNE


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Traditional Southern Potato Salad 6 med potatoes cooked and diced or mashed 1 small onion minced 2 stalks green onion finely chopped 6 eggs hard boiled 1 TB Salad Dressing (I use Blue Plate) 5 TB Miracle Whip 1 tsp mustard prepared 1 tsp garlic powder Salt and Pepper to taste ¼ tsp paprika (In a mixing bowl) • Rough chop the eggs and mix in with remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings. Feel free to add or delete any ingredients to your taste. Spinkle with Paprika to garnish Optional: 2-5 ounce cans cans of tuna in oil drained* Potato and Tuna Salad was prepared by Hardette D. Harris for a 4-H “Cooking with Egg” contest when she was in the 5th grade at Richardson Elementary in Minden. She won!

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was lucky this year to take my family to visit my sister over spring break. She and I were reminiscing about the (more challenging) times when our kids were babies and she mentioned a routine that got me thinking. After her daughter was born, she decided to go outside with INTEGRATE her every day for at least YOUR HEALTH fifteen minutes. She saw with Dr. Nicole Cotter this as an opportunity for a daily change of scenery and much needed activity. On the days when they went outside, they would have a “good day,” in which she recalls feeling refreshed and in good spirits. On the days she did not get out, she describes feeling stressed and confined. Those fifteen minutes of getting outside for some fresh air and movement made a world of difference in her life and that of her family. Movement is one of the pillars of health. Physical activity is essential, yet it is often overlooked as a necessity and underappreciated as a medical intervention. Physical activity has innumerable health benefits and should be encouraged for everyone. Exercise, a structured and purposeful form of movement, is often recommended only for weight loss. Although physical activity can help

with weight control, exercise and movement in general serve a more profound role than managing a number on the scale. In addition to improving signs and symptoms of numerous chronic medical problems, physical activity has been shown to simply improve quality of life. When physical activity is embraced as part of a regular routine and becomes an important part of a person’s life, that is when the vast benefits are truly realized. We humans are not meant to be sedentary. Sedentary behavior is the time we spend sitting or lying down and too much of it is associated a shorter life expectancy. The good news? Physical activity helps you live longer. Physical activity improves attention and memory. It decreases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Physical activity reduces the risk and symptoms of depression. It reduces anxiety and helps manage the symptoms of chronic problems such as fibromyalgia and sleep disorders. Regular physical activity decreases blood pressure, cholesterol, and the chance of developing type two diabetes. If you are physically active, you are less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Physical activity even decreases your risk of cancer.

“When physical activity is embraced as part of a regular routine and becomes an important part of a person’s life, that is when the vast benefits are truly realized.”

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So why are we not all moving?

There is not one form of activity or exercise that is overall superior to another. Many organizations have published guidelines regarding physical activity. For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity for adults, spread throughout the week. They suggest increasing aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes a week for additional health benefits and muscle-strengthening activities twice a week. How you specifically get this physical activity, however, is less important. Any amount of physical activity is better than no physical activity but, in general, the more you do the greater the benefit. Find what works for you, your life, and your schedule. Look for the kind of activity that is sustainable and will become meaningful to you. Take a walk with your significant other after dinner and catch up on your day. Walk your dog. Wake up early and meet your friends to walk the neighborhood and visit. Join a gym if that excites you. Find the local community of runners. Try a yoga class. Swim. Mix and match your activities. Rather than planning an exercise regimen, think about just getting moving. One size does not fit all when it comes to physical activity. The important part is that you DO it… whatever that may look like in your life.

“The important part is that you DO it… whatever that may look like in your life.” Physical activity is a great way to spend time in nature. It is easy to become disconnected from nature in our modern lifestyle, but time spent outdoors has proven to be beneficial to our health. Hospital patients with views of nature have better medical and surgical outcomes. Research has shown that as little as 5 minutes in nature improves self-esteem and mood. Blending exercise with time in nature can make it all the more enjoyable. Physical activity outside can strengthen the body and lift the spirit. Now that Spring has arrived, I encourage you to embrace your physical ability, whether you are already in a routine or need to get started. I am reminded of the quote “exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate.” Recognize that being active is about health, longevity, productivity, and mental clarity. Being active is a gift, not to mention a really cheap medicine. Allow yourself to create a new habit and reap the health benefits that regular physical activity has to offer.

Dr. Nicole Cotter is a board-certified Integrative Medicine doctor in Shreveport, Louisiana. She graduated from LSU School of Medicine. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in both Rheumatology and Integrative Medicine. She is the owner of Integrative Medicine of Shreveport-Bossier (www.integrativemedicinesb.com), a consultative practice where she partners with patients to create personalized health plans that integrate complementary medicine with conventional to care for the whole person. Page 96 | LOLA MAGAZINE | May-June 2018



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It all started with two innocent toddlers who desperately needed our help. They arrived with the clothes on their backs and a meth pipe in a Winn-Dixie shopping bag.


Here is the complicated, yet simple truth: These children were rescued by a call to 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437), which is the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) help line. Fortunately, concerned family members reported their parents, who were not capable of caring for these two children. These babies, at the age of one and two, had already seen the worst of what life could offer in terms of abuse, neglect, and the destructive cycle of addiction. When they arrived at my certified foster-to-adopt house, there wasn’t time to prepare. It was an emergency. It all happened so fast. They were delivered to me by a well-meaning, yet exhausted, overworked, underpaid DCFS worker who was a mother herself. This worker had a huge heart for children but there was not enough time in the day or resources on hand to even scratch the surface of their basic needs. Currently, the DCFS is so under-staffed that the state of Louisiana would have to hire 1,200 additional workers statewide to carry the proper caseload in both child welfare and family support. Children removed from such brokenness with addiction, neglect, and abuse don’t bring along any items to start over with in their new home. Thankfully, children from these hard places are entering a better phase of life, but they are temporarily left in limbo in the system as “gap children” or even considered to be “state property.” These children are so far below the status quo of “at Children in foster care risk” children, that they are in Louisiana in 2017: perceived as an assigned “set of numbers” in a system. These Covington Shreveport precious humans are instantly 1371 1217 dehumanized numbers to Alexandria be managed around their 645 Lake Charles risks and their liabilities. This Baton 774 Rouge Greater system is so 504 TOTAL New Orleans 581 huge and Thibodaux ultimately Lafayette 936 1031 AGE RANGE: flawed that Monroe 976 33% = 0-5 years most people 33% = 5-13 years (including 33% = 13-18 years


myself) can’t even start to comprehend real world solutions for this mess. After getting mad about the situation, I knew that doing nothing was not an option, so an idea was born. Of course people wanted to help, but they needed to know what to do exactly. We started to ask what can actually help during that awful first night in foster care, and how can ordinary people support these children. Thus began our small but mighty organization in 2013 and two years later, we became an official 501(c)3 named Geaux 4 Kids, Inc. Geaux 4 Kids recognized this serious need, and immediately began working on how to help meet it. With our flagship project, GeauxBags, we provide a new pack of underwear, new pajamas, new socks, diapers if needed, and right-size toiletries with age-appropriate comfort items (like blankets, stuffed animals, colors, books, and music). All are clean, practical items organized by size, from infant to teens, and neatly packaged in new, reusable GeauxBags (green for girls and blue for boys), then neatly labeled for DCFS workers and first responders. To date, we have operated entirely from donations, most of which have been in the form of in-kind donations. Storage and supplies are housed in the Common Ground Community Center, free of charge. Once Geaux Bags are completed, they are given directly to our local Department of Children and Family Services offices to deliver to children entering foster care on their first night. Since our humble beginnings, we have successfully provided over 4,000 GeauxBags in Shreveport and Bossier as well as outlying parishes. Over 2,000 children enter foster care in our Northwest Louisiana (Region 7) every year, and we hope to serve all of them in the future with their very own GeauxBag. In addition to providing immediate support, we also hope to bring awareness to how children are treated entering foster care and the great need for more services. We held our 3rd annual “May the 4th” breakfast this year with participation from foster children, foster parents, Mayor Ollie Tyler, and the head of the Department of Children and Families for the State of Louisiana, Marketa Garner Walters. The purpose of

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this breakfast is to bring awareness to foster care and the need for social change regarding this issue. These children are the most at-risk; they are instantly orphaned without any legal guardians except “state services.” They sit, alone, in the excruiciatingly long gap of time between their horrific past, and an unknown future. The very headlines of tragic news stories, they have seen the worst of what the world has to offer. Can’t we show them love, kindness and dignity? The need has never been greater. Statewide in Louisiana, 8,057 children were in foster care in 2017. Each one deserves dignity and hope for their future in that moment when they are thrust into foster care through no fault of their own. Geaux 4 Kids can help in a direct and impactful way. We are now securing funds, volunteers, and resources to have one HUGE Pack and Sack event every year. This year’s event will be on November 4, Orphan Sunday. Afterwards, GeauxBags will be distributed to the local DCFS so they have them on hand the moment they receive a call to help a child in trauma. We believe that this grassroots effort has been very successful in getting GeauxBags to local children in need when entering foster care. However, we would like to move to a more structured, long-term operation as we complete our mission of becoming a statewide organization in 2018. To serve all foster children in Louisiana, we need 15,000 bags ready and available to cover their basic and immediate needs. With community-wide donations, we will have the ability to organize and purchase in bulk to extend our reach to more children than ever before.

anyone can help! The goal of Geaux 4 Kids is to advocate

The most surprising and heart-warming discovery on this journey is that more people are being led to adopt from foster care--all thanks to the outreach and education efforts by Geaux 4 Kids Inc. and project GeauxBags. No one chooses to leave their family, or to be orphaned, or become a ward of the state. We as a society must rescue children in love and dignity.

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aseball players are typically known as “The Boys of Summer”. Therefore, I guess you can call us baseball moms “The Moms of Summer”.


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After all, we are the dry-fit wearing, frog-tog toting, Florida water buying, baseball blingwearing moms who have enormous experience and expertise in how to effectively battle the summer heat while cheering on our red-faced, dirt-stained, battered and bruisedup baseball boys. Although the baseball mom caricatures we’ve read and laughed about are all true, albeit a little exaggerated at times, there is actually a side to us that is rarely discussed but is more significant than those roles we play in the bleachers. There is a sisterhood…a camaraderie…an unspoken I-gotyour-back mentality among moms of baseball players. It’s like this unique sorority of sorts that begins for each of us the day our boys choose to make this sport of baseball their passion. This is not a sport for the weak minded and, quite frankly, it takes an arsenal of “mommy tools” to keep your boy pumped up, focused on the bigger picture and equipped for the many life lessons this sport offers its players. As moms of baseball players, we are all well aware of the ups and downs to this sport that is actually known as the “game of failure.” The highs are

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extraordinarily high, while the lows are exceedingly low in the heart of your baller. And as your player rises through the ranks and the different levels of this sport, those highs and lows become magnified. From the time our little fellas get their first taste of this game on a little league field somewhere in their hometown to the day they take their first step onto home plate at their first collegiate game, our job as their mom is to simply be there. They need us to be there to lift them up when they are down; to give them a quick thumbs-up or a wink that says, “You’re okay. You’ll get it next time” …and also to be there for a swift and fierce glare if our baller gets out of line. We baseball moms feed off of each other, while also keeping each other in check when one of us has allowed negative aspects of this game to get the best of us. There is a solidarity that is hard to explain. We root for each other’s boys no matter what team they play for. We are there for each other. Sometimes the support comes via a phone call, a quick note or a simple text. I’ll always remember a message that I received from a mom (from a rival school) who heard that one of my boys was struggling a little bit at the plate. She sent me an encouraging message and ended it with this hashtag: #Weinthistogether From that moment on, all of our messages have ended with #witt. It’s a support system like no other. The other night, I was feeling down. My son, Steele, is a freshman baseball player at Louisiana Tech University and our #25-ranked Bulldogs had just been defeated by the #19-ranked LSU Tigers, 2-0.

As we made our way through the LSU parking lot, I glanced back one last time to see the bright lights at Alex Box Stadium still burning brightly. My mind couldn’t help but replay the heartbreaker my son experienced at the plate in the 8th inning. It was the top of the 8th inning. LSU was ahead 2-0. Our team was up to bat and we found ourselves in scoring position with runners on first and second base. There were two outs, so this next at bat was crucial. We needed a hero. A home run hitter. Since Steele wasn’t in the lineup that night, I didn’t think too much of it. I was relaxed and ready to cheer on our next batter and hope he could pull us out of this mess. I could see the next batter on deck taking some practice swings. After a couple of good swings, the coach suddenly calls him back to the dugout. Two seconds later, my son emerges from the dugout with his batting helmet on and is quickly strapping on his batting gloves.

Wait! What?! I was shocked. I literally had to blink my eyes a couple of times to make sure I was seeing the right number on the jersey of the kid walking up to the plate. Yep. It was my boy. My heart leapt out of my chest. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry that my baby was in this situation. And as he stepped up to the plate, I couldn’t help but notice how strong he looked.

I was feeling so many different emotions all at once. Inside my head, I heard my inner voice cry out in desperation, “Please God. Please let him have this moment. Please. Please.” “You’ve got this Steele!” shot out of my mouth. And apparently, it shot out so loudly that many of my friends back home said they could hear my voice carry through their radio! I have to admit that made me laugh. I think I was hollering loud enough for the angels in heaven to hear me at that point. Everything in my being believed that he was going to do exactly what I found out later his coach asked of him as he left the dugout…to hit a home run for his team. I fully believed in him. His coach fully believed in him. And I know Steele well enough to know that he believed in himself. He loves these moments ….lives for them. It was his time. His moment. I felt it in my bones. Suddenly, my eyes began to water without permission and my hands automatically cupped together in prayer-form while clutching my chest. When it came down to that final pitch, things began to move in slow motion, yet almost too fast for my brain to compute. In the end, that 91 mph fastball proved to get the best of my boy that time. As I watched my boy make his way back to the dugout, I took note of his teammates showing him love with “heads-up” gestures and taps on his helmet and backside as they made their way to take the field for what was to be their last inning. My heart felt stomped on. Although I feel very vulnerable sharing these text messages below, it most certainly gives you a raw and truthful glimpse into the sisterhood among us baseball moms. We honestly count on each other the way our boys

count on us to be there. On the way back home from this heartbreaker of a game, I received a few text messages from some of my baseball moms who were already reaching out to help recharge my “baseball mama heart battery.” One message came from one of my high school baseball moms who simply wanted an update. I felt my throat lock up. I looked to my left to see my husband staring straight ahead in silence as we headed north on the interstate toward home. I knew he needed the silence. But I needed to express my heart to one who could wallow in the misery with me for just a minute before making me put on my “big girl panties” and buck up. Denise Arthur was just the one I needed that night.

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“Well, the coach put Steele in cold in the 8th inning with two on base and two outs. Denise, I really thought this was going to be Steele’s moment. But unfortunately, he struck out. He just barely missed it. Had it made contact, that ball would’ve soared. I’m crushed for him and have already sent him my ‘Keep your head up. Your time is coming’ pep text. But D!!! Ugh!! My heart! Why couldn’t this be his time? I felt it in my bones!! I wanted it so badly for him. So badly.”


“Sister, it looks like a loss on the scoreboard and it looks like a strike out in the books, but that’s your Mama-goggles. My D-Glasses see that Tech gave LSU a run for their money tonight and a few years ago, the kid that got the opportunity to strike out today was almost so broken he thought he would never see college ball. I see dreams coming true and like I said before,

he has way more pavement in front of him than he has behind him. God is Good. Steele Netterville just struck out in a game against LS freakin’ U. Hell to the yeah. In another year, he will be stronger, wiser and more badass than he is at this moment. One day, he will strike out playing Chicago freakin’ Cubs. No, that won’t work because I’m going to need him to play for them. Lol. Teri, one day in hindsight you will see all these perfect storms and so will Steele. Until then, God keeps sharpening Steele. I’m so proud of him.”

ME: “You literally have me in tears on this dark ride home. I sent my boy an encouraging text already but didn’t realize I needed one until I received this from you. I’m literally wiping away tears. You are so right. This sport really is something on a mama’s heart, but my ultimate job is to keep pumping him up like you just did me. And I will. I’ve got to keep him focused on the bigger picture. All of this is in preparation for something so great in his future. So incredibly great. I love you so much! Thank you!!” DENISE: “You need to say out loud, ‘My son pays ball at LA TECH. My son is living out a dream that most kids never see.’ ‘MY son is just getting started.’ ‘My son has all the tools emotionally and physically to get to the next level.’ ‘My son is in the hand of God, who is forming his mind, body and spirit.’ Now, pat yourself and Kevin on the back for bringing him this far and having what it takes to carry him to the yard. I love ya and you got this sister. Pity Party over and fully prepared for the next hurdle. This is how we mamas roll.”

With that one text from one of my treasured baseball mamas, the pity party really was over. I was already thinking, praying and visualizing the next bigger and better thing that God must surely have in store for my boy. A few days later, I was on the phone with one of my other baseball moms giving her the same encouraging pep talk after she called me so bummed because her son had just played one of his worst games ever in front of a college scout who had come to watch her son play. That’s what we do and that is who we, baseball mamas, are. We are family. And the one thing you can always count on with family is love, support, e n c o u r a g e m e nt and to always… *Keep it Real.*

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It’s time to un-cork Louisiana’s tastiest craze - and see what’s bubbling By Angela Vinet and photos by Wallace Lee

Something’s popping in Shreveport and it’s more than the corks to the bubbly.

Champagne Charlie’s Portable Bubble Bar is serving up Champagne and Prosecco....um, YES! Just as sparkling and bubbly as the Prosecco she serves, Casey David has embarked on a journey that will have her at every festival in the South soon enough.  Champagne Charlie’s Bubble Bar is the latest and greatest in pop-ups as a portable bar serving up Champagne and Prosecco as Casey peddles her passion - a little bit of bubbly to celebrate life itself.  Taking her love of bubbly to the next level, the concept for her portable Bubble Bar all began with a vintage horse trailer.  As an up-cycle, green project, the trailer is pure perfection compete with a disco ball, three bartenders, and the exact cork used to cork her beloved bottles of bubbly as the surfaces for the bar - Portuguese Cork, a renewable resource.

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No longer do non-beer and hard alcohol drinkers have to suffer in silence because the bubbles are ready to be at all the hot spots. With eyes on events all over the South, Champagne Charlie’s Bubble Bar is hitting the road serving up sparklings to thirsty goers. With bubbles on tap, it’s time to throw caution to the wind and sip some sparklings. Get those corks popping at any private event, wedding or festival, Champagne Charlie’s Bubble Bar has hit the scene and will be in high demand.  

Where did the name come from? Taken from the first song ever written about Champagne in 1868, “Champagne Charlie” is about George Leybourne’s Champagne Charlie stage character. The song was composed by Alfred Lee and written by George Leybourne.

Champagne Charlie’s BUBBLE 101 •

Always sip from a clear glass to enjoy the bubbles

If there are no bubbles, it’s not worth drinking (it’s gone flat)

Sparkling Wine Break Down: Sparkling wine is a blanket term - not referring to a specific region as some regions have their own names for their “sparkling wine.”

- sparkling wine from the Veneto region of Italy. Generally speaking, Proseccos will be sweeter in taste than


Champagnes or Cavas.

Cava -  sparkling wine from Spain (and

made with some unique grapes with spicy little names like Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarello.

Champagne - sparkling wine that is

specifically produced from the Champagne region of France. •

Sparkling produced here in the states uses the term “Sparkling Wine.”

Cava and Champagne are more alike in structure. If out at a restaurant, and Champagne is not in your budget, order the Cava!

If there is only a sparkling option (U.S. produced) ...good LUCK, that’s like rolling huge set of dice….so ask the waiter or bartender for some direction

Sparklings are meant to be served in flute but prefer the coupe.

A pressure cork will give your bottle another day or two of freshness.

Champagne Charlie’s Disco Bar Facts: •

There are about 49 million bubbles in a bottle of bubbly.

The smaller the bubble, the higher quality of the wine.

The ‘coupe’ or goblet shaped glass used for drinking champagne was rumored to have been modeled after Marie ANTOINETTE’S BREAST!!!

Marilyn Monroe once bathed with champagne; 350 bottles were used to fill the tub.

James Bond is ACTUALLY seen drinking more champagne than martinis in his movies.

The cork of the champagne bottle can pop at a velocity of 40 miles per hour and it can even reach to a speed of 100 miles per hour.

Bubbly pairs well with ALL food, burgers, caviar, crawfish ...and it’s the only acceptable drink to have before noon!

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From Her Perspective,

Molly Causey Gilliam Miss Louisiana 2005

my name is Molly. I’m a daughter, a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a former Miss Louisiana … wait, what? That’s how most people respond when they learn that about me -- and sometimes even I have to sit still, squint my eyes really hard, and try to remember that time in my life! I’ve been told before that I’m “the least pageant, pageant girl”… and in a lot of ways that’s true! My hair and makeup can be described, at best, as decent these days. I wear minimal sparkles and jewelry. And I only wear heels when absolutely necessary! These are just some of the things people think of when they think of “pageant girls.” But let me give you a glimpse into what it REALLY means, in my humble opinion, to be a pageant girl. Let me go WAY back for a minute.  My brother came home from school one day and told my mom that a boy in his class had played the piano for their music class, and he wanted to take lessons, too. Now, my family has very little (OK, zero) musical history. We’re more the sports type.  My grandfather was Maxie Lambright, head football coach of Louisiana Tech University; my dad played football for my grandfather (and was dared to take out the head coach’s daughter -- I’m sure glad he took

that challenge!), and ninety-nine percent of my summer memories of growing up revolve around being at my brother’s baseball games. Piano was foreign to us! But my mother supported my brother’s dreams, and soon I

I won some. I lost some. But most importantly, I learned the lessons of perseverance and hard work. wanted to take lessons as well. What started as a “crazy idea my brother had” became a big part of my life. When I started lessons, I quickly realized I was pretty good. So, my mom, my piano teacher, and some friends who had also started this crazy adventure, started looking for any piano competition within driving distance, and we would load up and go! Piano was a huge, everyday part of my life, and competition is what drove me. I guess you could say it was the “sports” side of my family coming out in a different way. I won some. I lost some. But most importantly, I learned the lessons of perseverance

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and hard work. Pageants started as another way to compete with my talent, playing the piano. Then the more I learned about the Miss America Organization, the more I fell in love. It encouraged me to not just focus on perfecting my talent, but to also become involved in my community, to push myself to be my best physically, and to gain enough confidence to do all of this while smiling and wearing five-inch heels! My mom was the most reluctant. A friend called to ask about this crazy rumor she heard -- Linda’s daughter competing in a pageant? *gasp* My mom was silent; she didn’t know how to explain it. We just weren’t “pageant people.” But then my first scholarship rolled in, and she jumped on board! Competing in the Miss Louisiana pageant became my “college job.” I earned enough scholarship money to graduate from college debt free and then to earn my master’s degree. Last, but certainly not least, I also gained some of the best, most meaningful friendships of my life. People always seem skeptical when I make that last comment -- like girls who are competing for the same sparkly crown are cutting each other’s dresses, not cultivating friendships. Not everyone I competed with became my best friend, but lots of them did, and I’m so very thankful for these smart, beautiful, talented women that I have the honor to not just be acquainted with, but to be doing life with! My day-today life as a mom is quite different from my day-to-day life as Miss Louisiana, but the big picture isn’t all that different. I still win some and lose some. Each day I challenge myself to be better. Each day I try to make the world a nicer, better place. Each day I cultivate the most important relationships in my life — my family! I’m so thankful that I came from a family that supported me, even when my dreams seemed crazy! And I CAN’T WAIT to support my own children’s crazy dreams one day!


So much more than a fun place.

Shemeta achieved her result with Damon-Q Clear brackets at CSO.


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