Make the Most of Summer

In Bevin Hicks, Lola Shreveport, Staff by Lola Magazine

TWO vacations down and it is only July! That’s right, two vacations in one summer! I still can’t believe that I took that much time off. The past two years have been so jammed packed with other obligations for my family and me, vacations have been a luxury we had to put on the back burner. That being said, one of my favorite quotes is, “You have to work hard to play hard,” so I decided to take my own advice.

Now, I will not pretend that my time off did not make me a bit anxious about playing
catch-up when I returned, but I certainly did enjoy my time with family and friends. As I sat on the beach, watching my kids build a crooked sandcastle and drinking their fifteenth juice box of the day, I had a minute to reflect. I grabbed a crumbled-up water park flyer and an almost dried up marker to write down my thoughts on what I believe in at this stage in life. There really is something about salty air that can renew your soul and clear your mind. I soaked in every minute of my vacation but when the week was over, I was ready to come home to Louisiana. I was excited to get back to work on bringing you this issue of Lola Magazine.

In this July/August issue of Lola Magazine you will find everything you need to make the
best of your long summer days and prepare to take on “back to school” in August. Our “Hostess with the Mostess” shares tips on making out-of-town guests feel like royalty during their summer visit. Get the scoop on all the hottest summer essentials in our exclusive “Summer Must Haves”. If you have kids headed off to college, see our “how
to” on turning a dreary dorm room from drab to fab. Get a good laugh about parents’ biggest pest- head lice! Find out all the scoop on The Red River Revel and The American
Cancer Society White Out Cancer Gala. And don’t forget to get your tickets for “Lola Party
Presents Havana Nights” to be held September 8, 2018. It will be a celebration to remember!

I hope that everyone gets some time away from the daily grind this summer. We all need a chance to take a breath of fresh air, let our hair down, and make new memories. Even if it is as simple as a baby pool in the back yard; light the grill, turn on your favorite tunes, pour a cold drink and enjoy some time with the ones you love.


I believe that sometimes the worst circumstances can show you the very best the world has to offer. I believe “no makeup days” can be more fun and bring more laughter than all the fancy events you will ever attend.

I believe that you can be just as connected to people who appear to be your opposite as people who seem to ft your mold.

I believe in sibling relationships. Some can be complicated, some simple, but regardless, the bond is strong.

I believe there is more good than bad in our world. Modern day media has many thinking the
opposite, and that is the real shame.

I believe a few days on the beach really is good for the soul.

I believe gratitude is a choice and gratitude will bring happiness, even in darker times.

I believe that parenting is tough and the absolute greatest honor a person can have. Take it seriously ninety percent of the time, and the other ten percent just let them be little.

I believe in achieving big dreams but enjoying the little things in life more.

I believe in having conversations with older people and taking their advice. They have been around much longer than we have, and they know more than we do.

I believe in family, and I believe in friends that truly become family.