Friday, August 26, 2016


Babies can communicate using sign language as young as 8 months old. Sign language is an excellent tool to provide access to communicate with your baby before your baby is able to speak.
It has been noted that those who learn a second language show greater cognitive development in mental flexibility, creativity, problem-solving, conceptualizing, and reasoning skills. *
Whether you want your baby learn sign language in order to help them to start building their language/communication skills at an early age or if your child is Deaf, hard of hearing, autistic or non-verbal; learning American Sign Language can be a very helpful tool in communication and an excellent opportunity for you and your child learn together.

 Cost:  $80 / 6-week session
Saturdays (starts Oct 1, 2016)
10am – 11am
5324 Canal Blvd, NOLA, 70124
(Enter the side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)

Class sessions are 6 weeks long for parent(s) and babies from 8 months to 18 months. Resources such as study materials, study links and video aids are also provided for your continued practices with your family at home. If you are interested in this fun-filled, bonding, learning opportunity of learning sign language with your baby, please contact me:
Dr. Barbara Lovas, Th.D.
RID CI/ CT, NAD IV, LCD V, MO Licensed
New Orleans Sign Language Services, LLC
LinkedIn address:
E-mail --
Video Phone for the Deaf # --
504 273 1152 ,  Cell/Text/Facetime – 504 722 2967
New Orleans Sign Language Babies and Kids / New Orleans Sign Language Services, LLC offers a wide range of programs and experiences for you and your child. We also provide ASL parties and in-home sessions for you and your family and friends:

Rescource: Cognitive Benefits of Learning a Second Language.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Duke University, 2007. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Interpreting LYRICS Workshop--March 26, 2016 at 10am--4pm, 5324 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

11th Annual Mid-South Deaf Women’s Retreat

Date:   April 22-24, 2016
Location:   Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center (Linden, Tennessee)
Theme:   “Power of Forgiveness”
Bible Verses:   Ephesians 4:31-32
Cost:   $110 (Special Early Bird before January 31, 2016)
$125 (February 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016)
Guest Speaker:   Barbara Lovas (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Music Leader:   Laura Atwell (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Leadership Team:
Rhonda Stephens – Leader
Amanda Miller – Assistant Leader
Stutzen Hendricks – Assistant Leader
If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Some of you have asked me to start posting some of my older articles about kefir and kombucha. I will start posting some of them here to make them easier to find. Of course, if you want more to read before I post them, you can Google them by using my name and the subject matter. Here is the most requested article first (NOTE: Now at age 55, my hair is more blonde and healthier than when I wrote this in 2008):

Sept 20, 2008

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Since I had started washing my hair with Kefir Whey and Kombucha my hair has become noticeably thicker and shinier. I am almost 50 years old now, and prior to using the kefir and kombucha my hair had been starting to turn grey. My hair is now coming in healthy, shiny and back to it's original blonde color for the most part.

When I noticed that my hair was going back to my original color I was a bit embarrassed to tell anyone what I had noticed; because I was sure that people would think I was imagining things, so I said nothing. Ironically, within a day or so of my noticing this, someone in my kombucha group had noticed the same thing. Their experience was more evident than mine, because that person and their spouse's hair had changed from grey back to brown. I replied and shared my experience and so did others. So, I am not the only 'crazy' that says my hair has gone back to it's original color. Since that time, which has been at least a year ago now. Several people have commented on my hair. The ones who knew that my hair had been thin my whole life ... and that my hair had become dry, brittle and dull as I had become older have been even more shocked.

So, now are you wondering what I do to wash my hair? First of all, I haven't been able to go totally soapless on the hair yet. Though, I use so very little shampoo, that one large bottle of shampoo with essential oils lasts me forever ... I mean, FOREVER! I tried the "no poo" method with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. It was too drying for my hair. Though, I must mention that it does work very well for others.

Here is what I do: I soak my hair in the kombucha at least once a week. I also soak my hair in kefir at least once a week. When my hair needs washing between those times I use a pinch a good quality herbal shampoo with essential oils ONLY on my roots. As I rinse the shampoo out (rinsing it out very well!) the shampoo water runs down the remainder of my hair, though I don't intentionally 'wash' the rest of my hair or ends.

I used to pretty much just take a handful of shampoo and slap it on my wet hair/head and sort of scrub my hair around until it looked like a nest (which is the common practice of most), then rinse it out; followed by conditioner. My poor hair certainly needed the conditioner after that horrible abuse!

I no longer use conditioners or hair sprays. Thankfully, I don't need them anymore. Being that my hair used to be so thin, it used to quickly become oily. This is no longer the case. Now, I use a little bit of pure coconut oil in my hair after washing. It works great! Every once in a while I mix up some coconut oil and lanolin and use it on the tips of my hair.

Let me warn you! If you wash your hair too often in kombucha, your head will smell like vinegar when you sweat. That happened to me once. Not good! Which also reminds me, if you are a person who likes your hair to smell good you can do what I do. When you add the coconut oil to your hair add a drop of geranium oil, or any other essential oil that is safe for your skin. Your hair will smell great and look shiny. It also holds up well to humidity. I live in New Orleans, the capital of humidity, and my hair holds up great.

Posted by barbara lovas at Sept, 20, 2008 3:26 PM
Labels: holistic, kefir, kombucha, natural, no poo
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Free Monday Night ASL Classes meet tonight (Except Advanced / Intern)

ASL STUDY GROUP / Free of cost!!!
This study group meets on Monday nights at 6:45 pm and is for all ages: hearing, deaf, deaf/blind, students, friends and family members of the Deaf, professionals serving the Deaf and those who want to learn sign language:
  • Beginners Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Advanced Level (not meeting tonight 1/18/17)*
  • Intern Level (not meeting tonight 1/18/17)*
COST: FREE! Mondays, 6:45pm
Canal Blvd Baptist Deaf Church, 5324 Canal Blvd NOLA, 70124 (enter side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)
Hope to see you there!!! For more info: or cell/text 504-722-2967
*Advanced and Intern are not meeting because I (Barbara) am having problems with my back and I need to stay home and get rest to heal my back. If those in the advanced group still want to meet without me as a self-led group, please do. Feel free to meet in our usual place. I will be with you guys next week. HUGS!!! Barbara

Friday, September 25, 2015

Water Kefir & Healthy Cooking Workshop on 10/10/15 in New Orleans

The Deaf Church in New Orleans presents …
Water Kefir & Healthy Cooking Workshop

It is time to stop drinking soda (which is bad for you) and opt for something that tastes a million times better, is healthy ... and is much more affordable!!!

Instructor: Barbara Lovas, Th.D.
October 10, 2015,  10 -- 1pm
5324 Canal Blvd, NOLA, 70124
(Enter the side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)
Cost: $10 (Pay at the door)

(R.S.V.P. -- due to limited space -- 504-722-2967 or

 Another last minute water kefir workshop because my kefir is growing so fast that I need to give some away!!!

Those who attend will be given some grains and instruction on how to make water kefir. I will include a recipe and resources. Please bring to the workshop a regular canning jar (pint or quart).   I will provide you with all the instructions, ingredients and the recipe needed to make your first batch. So, you will go home prepared to make your first batch. As always, I don't sell my grains or scobies, but will give them away.

We will go over general guidelines to eating healthy. Topics will include homegrown probiotics, fermented foods, and our body's need for fatty acids. We will also discuss how to make healthy tasty alternatives to replace foods that we need to eliminate from our diets. Of course, you can expect me to fuss a bit about white table salt (poison) and artificial sweeteners (poison) ... but I will give you healthy alternatives! In fact, I will give you an opportunity to taste them.

NOTE: As lagniappe we will have choice of at least 10 amazing teas and kombucha to drink during the workshop, and we will talk about and taste a recipe made with coconut oil. If you want milk kefir, water kefir or a kombucha scoby, remember those are available according to my supply. That being said; If you ask in advance, I should have some milk kefir grains and maybe some kombucha ready to give away on the day of the workshop.  As I always give away kefir and kombucha for free. If you need an interpreter, please request an interpreter immediately: specify the language needed.

Don't worry, if you accidentally kill the kefir I have given you, I will always be glad to give you more.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please reply to this e-mail and let me know you plan to go so I can hold your seat.  Feel free to invite your friends, just make sure you inform me, so they are added into my headcount.:)  I am looking forward to seeing you there. Seize the day!!!  Barbara

To see a video of what kefir looks like while u are making it, go to my Youtube video at
This workshop is sponsored by CBBDC  at and co-sponsored by New Orleans Sign Language Services at