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Cast Iron Care with the Boss of Southern Cuisine

In Hardette Harris, Home and Entertaining by Lola Magazine

Whether you choose to use soap or not – when it comes to cleaning your cast iron pan, never use strong harsh chemicals. The best way to clean your pan is with a soft kitchen sponge under hot running water. If you must use soap, squirt a tiny drop at this time and immediately rinse well. Dry with a paper towel or over medium heat. Dampen another paper towel with vegetable oil and spread over the pan. Wipe clean to store. From time to time I place a few pieces …

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Sell Tickets through ReadLola.com!

In Community, Lola Shreveport by Lola Magazine

Promote your event and sell tickets through readlola.com! Your event will appear on our online community calendar, and our event management system makes tracking ticket sales easy! Did we mention that our fees are lower than our competitors? Check it out for your next event – https://readlola.com/events/community/add How does it work? STEP 1: Create an Account Type in a username and your email address here: https://readlola.com/wp-login.php?action=register wordpress@readlola.com will email you a link to create a password (check your inbox and spam please) Once logged in, you can add your event & ticket details here: https://readlola.com/events/community/add STEP …

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Women in Business: A Brewing Community

In Kirsten Gladen, Louisiana Ladies by Lola Magazine

Who knew that coffee can build community? I didn’t know either until I met mother-daughter duo Teresa and Shelby Sheppard. These women own and operate two of Monroe’s newest coffee houses and are taking a unique twist to the ever-growing Coffee Culture.  The Sheppards are no strangers to entrepreneurship. Theresa and her husband Phillip have owned several businesses throughout the years like a garbage company, an arcade, and a community swimming pool to name a few. However, in 2010, the couple sold their commercial and residential construction company. Teresa then …

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Up With People

In Community, Lola Shreveport by Lola Magazine

Up with People is a global education organization that empowers young people to be positive agents of change in their communities and the world. Through our unique blend of music, social action, and international travel, we impact communities for the better while providing youth the knowledge and experience they need for today’s complex global environment.  For more than 50 years Up with People has been breaking down cultural barriers and enhancing understanding to help create a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world. Families in Ruston and Shreveport will have the …

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La Tech vs. Grambling State: FOOTBALL ties community together

In Tonya Oaks Smith by Lola Magazine

Louisiana Tech & Grambling are scheduled to face off Sept. 7 at Joe Aillet Stadium in what will be the first ever meeting in Lincoln Parish for the two programs. The Bulldogs and Tigers have met once on the gridiron in the all-time series with Tech defeating Grambling, 20-6, to open the 2010 season at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. “We are excited to be involved in what will be only the second meeting between Louisiana Tech and Grambling and the first time in Lincoln Parish,” Louisiana Tech head coach Skip …

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2019 St. Jude Dream Home: The Inside Scoop

In Home and Entertaining, Myron Griffing by Lola Magazine

It is that time of year again! The 29th annual KTBS St. Jude Dream Home is in full-on construction mode and everyone involved is scurrying around like ants to complete by our mid-July deadline. The St. Jude dream home started in our area by Dr. Mack and George Rodgers. Since 1990, it has raised well over $30 million. Georges son, Philip Rodgers, has since taken the helm of building the home and this is Space: interiors’ 3rd time to design it. The home is located in Kingston Plantation in NoBo …

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Summertime: Make it Count

In Louisiana Ladies, Teri Netterville by Lola Magazine

I saw a quote the other day that said, “Remember, you only have 18 summers with your kids and this is one of them, so make it count.” I’ve been through 20 summers with at least one, then two, and finally three children by my side looking up to me to help them make sweet summertime memories. Luckily for them, I grew up in a home where making memories was a priority.  Providing opportunities for memorable experiences was more important to my parents than just about anything else…even, many times, …

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What is Play Therapy?

In Kiddos, Nicole Lahr by Lola Magazine

“Play therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” -Virginia Axline Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and …

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Shekinah Academy: A Shining Light on God’s Beautiful Children

In Brittany Strickland, Kiddos, Leesa Wallace by Lola Magazine

Shekinah Academy is a thriving ministry for kids with special needs and their families. It is a ministry that God fashioned and pieced together more than fifteen years ago. At this time, I was a home-schooling mom of five children. I had my BA in Special Education so I was able to help other home-schooling families faced with non-traditional challenges. From this natural outreach came a phone call one day. The desperate grandmother asked if I would consider home-schooling her medically fragile grandson with learning difficulties. Immediately the Lord impressed …

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Resurrected, Reconstructed, Restored: Le Bossier Event Center

In Angela Vinet, Brittany Strickland, Fashion by Lola Magazine

Clothing provided by Vertage Clothing and L.E. & Chalk What began as a landmark hotel for the newly built Louisiana Downs Racetrack evolved into a hot spot for big name entertainers gracing LeBossier main stage.  Names like iconic Lena Horne, country singers Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell and Mel Tillis, the effervescent Jerry Lee Lewis or the comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Redd Foxx all enjoyed this stage.  Perhaps others listened to the smooth beats from Buddy Rich or the Count Basie Orchestra’s toe-tapping, big-band sound sailing through the air all the …

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Myron’s Makeover Your Man Challenge

In Home and Entertaining, Myron Griffing by Lola Magazine

FBI, CIA, JFK, KFC…MSP? We are inundated with acronyms nowadays. I’m certain the vast majority of you are well aware of the first 4 mentioned but, are vexed by the last (smh). Of the 5, it is certainly the least recognized, but, that does not necessarily make it less significant. Local Realtor and non-profit guru Michael Sean Powell (MSP) is known for a lot of things: Being one of the top Realtors in our area, founding a popular non-profit called Roy’s Kids (named after his brother) and seemingly endless posts …

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Ball Mom: Taking Crazy to a Whole New Level

In Louisiana Ladies, Payton Denney by Lola Magazine

Several weeks ago in the Kroger checkout line, a beautiful, muscled-up specimen of a man winked at me. He smiled. I was tempted to turn around and look behind me, but Instead I mustered up all the courage I had and returned a smile. “Awesome!” I thought to myself. “I’ve still got it.” But as I wheeled past the sliding glass doors, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. There past the hem of my Sunday dress, halfway down my calf, was my two-toned ball mom tan line. I had …

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Heirloom Farms: The hype and history on heirloom plant varieties

In Caroline King, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

If we told you our tomatoes were over 100 years old, would you believe us? We have been known to shock customers into thinking about produce. We don’t only sell vegetables, we sell agricultural history to our customers. It’s what makes us different from resellers and average growers. Heirloom Farms was started in 2013, dedicated to growing organic heirlooms and saving seeds for future generations. An heirloom seed is usually classified as a seed that has been around for at least 50 years and is not genetically modified. Our heirloom …

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Not So Sweet: Artificial Sweeteners

In Dr. Nicole Cotter, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

SWEET TEA: The perfect drink for hot summer days in the South. Cool, refreshing, delicious…and full of sugar. I know, I know…I am raining on the parade of a southern tradition, but the sugar content of beverages is a huge contributing factor to the obesity and chronic illness epidemics. As a result, I am honor bound to address this with my patients and with you. Unsweetened tea? Drink water? Some people are receptive to these ideas, but others are horrified that I would suggest such things. This conversation naturally leads …

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Levi’s Legacy

In Kiddos by Lola Magazine

Levi’s Legacy: A mother’s mission to save lives after the tragic drowning of her three year old son, Levi. Written By Nicole Hughes My son, Levi, will never turn 4 years old. He will never have a 4th birthday party, surrounded by friends wearing Paw Patrol party hats. He will not grin with pride and embarrassment as his family and friends sing to this little boy who was adored by so many. Levi will never celebrate another birthday, because on June 10, 2018, our precious son drowned while we were …

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Katie Bug

In Kiddos, Lola Shreveport by Lola Magazine

Written by Morgan Grantham “God Loves You The Best” Those were the words that 4-year-old Katie Grantham poured into the heart of another little girl sitting with her at lunch one day at school. My history as a witness for Christ has been lackluster on the best days and nonexistent on others. But Katie, that girl had it down. She didn’t get it from me either. Sure, I talked with her about God’s love for her and His love for others. But the Holy Spirit has done something inside that …

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Hostess With The Mostest: Summer Soirée

In Home and Entertaining, Jarrett Warren, Jessica Comegys by Lola Magazine

Are you hosting a party this summer? Need some inspiration to throw a truly southern belle chic event? Here are some tips from a few fabulous Louisiana Ladies on how to host a summer soirée. I am a girl who has a vision for what I am creating. For me, the best part of making something is being able to see it in my head and then working hard to make it a reality. I love to make vision boards and lots of lists. My party tip: Pick a vibe …

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5 Habits of Successful People

In Dr. Karen M. Pendleton, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

Did you know that it only takes 66 days for a behavior to become a habit? If you know your “why,” then you know the person you want to be. However, it’s not always easy to be that person every day. Your habits sometimes work for you and sometimes against you.  Thus, successfully navigating these complex minefields to become the person you aspired to be can be challenging. I’d like to set out to inspire you and share with you some practical codes for successful living and working in your …