Free Haircut Tutorial! How To Cut Long Layers in 5 Minutes

Do you all remember how I used to cut my own hair? Oh my stars, I’d rather not reminisce about it too much. I was terribly unskilled at it. But hey, it saved a lot of money.

haircut2sm.JPG

Noooo! Don’t do it!

haircut3sm.JPG

Nine years later, I’m thankful to say that I’ve gotten professional help (in more ways than one). My hair now has actual layers that match on both sides. It curls nicely. It behaves most days.

But what if it IS possible to cut your own hair and have it actually look nice when you’re done? What if?!

hair cut tutorial

Most of you know I’ve been working with Paula, a Lilla Rose consultant for many, many years. She’s the one who changed my life with Flexi-Clips! She has several daughters, all of whom have gorgeous hair. Without hesitation, I would call her a “Hair Expert” because she’s been working with and studying hair beautification for many, many years. So when she said, “Hey Laura! Did you know it’s possible to cut long layers in 5 minutes?” I definitely took notice.

Un-be-liev-able! Where was this tutorial back in 2008 when I was struggling through my own pitiful haircuts for 2 hours at a time? I can’t believe how simple Paula makes this! If you have anyone at all in your life with long hair, you must go download Paula’s Free Haircut Tutorial! Even if no one in your life has long hair and you will never cut anyone’s hair and everyone you live with is bald, you should check it out just to be as fascinated as I was!

After you’ve picked up your freebie, then you must to sign up for this amazing giveaway Paula is offering. Truly, it is amazing.

She has offered to give away not one but TEN Flexi-Clips! Eeeeeeee!!

There will be ten winners of this giveaway, so your chances of winning are quite good. If you are one of the ten winners, you’ll get to choose any Flexi-Clip you want (up to $17 value). Isn’t this fun!!

Go check out all the fun Flexi options and start drooling over what you’ll pick if you win. Sign up for this giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. I’ll draw 10 random winners on Tuesday, August 22!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What Happens When You Ask Your 15-Year Old Son to Open Your First Aid Kit

It’s amazing that in our household of four boys we haven’t been to the emergency room more often {knocks on wood}.

Our oldest son holds the record for “most times in the ER for stitches.” For once, his brothers are okay with losing a competition. But by the way – why is it that most “emergencies” take place after normal business hours? (And why does a tiny piece of gauze cost $52 in the ER? Did you know you also pay a fee for the tray that holds the gauze? I am very serious.) I’d like to request that in the future, all accidents should take place between the hours of 8:00a-8:00p where stitches cost a fraction of the price. Is this too much to ask?

Just a few weeks ago, our youngest took a pretty hard spill off his bike – after normal business hours, of course. Not that I think about money when my child is bleeding. But still.

My husband was a rock star and spent about an hour and a half getting him cleaned up, comforted, and bandaged. Thankfully, we didn’t need an ER visit this time, and Malachi limped along for a few days while he healed up. The timing of Malachi’s fall was perfect (as if there’s ever a perfect time to fall off your bike?). What I mean is – we’d just received this First Aid Kit as a review item and were so very grateful to have all its contents on hand just when we needed it!

macgill first aid kit

It contains everything a family needs to handle basic emergencies at home so a wound will be cleaned and bandaged properly. It holds everything from cold compresses to eye wash to bandages and gloves. We’ll probably keep ours in the car to have at all our sporting events. I’m not sure why we hadn’t thought of this genius idea before!

But allow me to share when I heard when I first asked my 15-year old son to unpack our new First Aid Kit and give me an idea of all it contained:

“Let’s see. Here is a bandage to use when someone gets stabbed. Here is a pair of small scissors…to cut out bullets. Here is a handy little barf bag…” And on he went…

Yes. For all of our many bullet removal and stab wound needs, we are now prepared, thanks to the MacGill First Aid Kit. And in a less likely, practically unimaginable event that one of our kids falls off his bike or turns an ankle on the basketball court, I suppose we’ll be prepared for that too.

We were especially impressed that the MacGill First Aid Kit came with so many items we didn’t already have but really do need. Sure we’ve always had bandaids and ointmen in our cabinet. But this little kit holds such a variety of helpful items beyond bandaids. And the best is that it holds a simple but thorough instruction card so that in the case of an emergency, we can reference it to see how to properly proceed with treating a wound.

Definitely check out this First Aid Kit! What a great family tool to have on hand.

You can win a free one when you enter the Rafflecopter below! I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, July 26.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Special thanks to the folks at MacGill for sending this First Aid Kit my way!

Learn Your Letters/Learn Your Numbers Learn to Serve Package Giveaway (For you and a friend!)

This giveaway is extra fun because you can win a package for yourself and one for a friend! Share this with a friend so she can enter too, then you all have double the chances at winning!

malachi_apple_pie_344

What is Learn Your Letters (and Learn Your Numbers), Learn to Serve? It’s a complete early learning curriculum kit that helps you teach your young kids basic counting and reading skills and at the same time…

Teach them to serve others.

Teach them to think of others. Teach them to be creative in their service to others. Teach them to be comfortable with older people, younger people, sick people – all people with needs.

Learn Your Numbers Learn to Serve cover sm

Read all about Learn Your Letters/Numbers, Learn to Serve packages here. This downloadable package contains hundreds of pages of ideas and instructions for activities to help your kids learn letter sounds and counting skills. They’ll memorize scripture associated with each letter sound. You’ll read Bible stories together.

LYLLTSfrontpage2b_sm

There are printables, book selections, and all kinds of service ideas! There’s so many ideas, you can’t possibly do them all, but that’s part of the fun. You can pick and choose what works for your family and your individual kids and run with it!

See all the details about Learn Your Letters and Learn Your Numbers, Learn to Serve here.

Want to win a package set for yourself and for a friend? Enter to win the Rafflecopter below. Tell your friend to come enter to. Then you both double your chances of winning!

I’ll draw a random winner on July 14. Watch for an email sharing about the winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make Your Family Time Count (Win $50 to spend at Red Rock Traditions!)

As one by one my boys are graduating and leaving home, it has become glaringly clear to me that while most days are crazy and hectic and loud and busy – there are really only a few things in life that actually matter.

The problem? Sometimes the crazy and hectic and loud and busy take over, and all the things we “hope to do with our family some day” never happen. We think we’ll get around to it “when life settles down” or “after I get through this one thing.”

Life doesn’t slow down, there will never be more time, and what we all need to realize is this: If we want good for our family, we need to prioritize it, pray for clarity, and take the next step toward it.

Family prayer time? It doesn’t happen if we don’t schedule it in. Time to read our Bible as a family (or as an individual)? It doesn’t happen if we aren’t intentional. Serving together as a family? It gets tossed by the wayside if you don’t make a plan and execute it. Choosing good in any form? It’s too easy to let the schedule dictate the hours of our day.

I encourage you today (not tomorrow…today) to write down goals you have for your family. What does God want for your tribe? How can you make that happen? The truth is that if God wants it for you, He will provide the time and energy for you to make it happen. It’s as simple as that.

Regarding all things good for our family – and this looks different for each of us! – it can be as simple as sitting around the living room on pillows and bean bags talking about God’s goodness and praying together. But sometimes having something tangible in your home can make a huge difference in helping us carry out a plan or achieve a goal.

red rock 3

Red Rock Traditions is a company that has created many fantastic items for families who want to be intentional about character training and time together. I pulled out a few of my favorites to show you, but I really encourage you to look through the catalog and see what fits your family’s needs best!

red rock 4

My very favorite is this Thankful Hearts/Loving Hearts Guest Book! You can use it to fill with things your family is thankful for, but we got one and we’re going to use it for hospitality! Each time we have a guest, they will sign a wooden heart and slide it into the frame. It will hang on our wall as a loving reminder of all who have blessed our home. We will see their names and pray for them. This will soon be filled with great memories!

red rock 2

I’d love to hear some of the ways your family has chosen to be intentional about your time together. Do you block out family prayer time? Do you set aside time to read the Bible together? What provides you with the best conversation time? How do you schedule this in with busy schedules?

A Blessing for Your Family

Johanna, a Direct Sales Leader with Red Rock Traditions, is giving away a $50 gift certificate for one of you to spend on these fantastic family items! Here’s how this will work:

  • Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win.
  • Look through the Red Rock Traditions catalog and leave a comment here sharing a favorite product you found for your family. This will get you a second entry in the giveaway!
  • Anyone who places an order before the end of June will receive Red Rock Bucks!

For every $25 purchase you will get $5 Red Rock Bucks for your next purchase. For every $75 purchase, you will get $10 Red Rock Bucks for your next purchase. And for every purchase over $150 you will get $20 Red Rock Bucks for your next purchase.

I’ll select a random winner for the $50 gift card on Tuesday, June 27.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jenuinely Pure – Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Giveaway

Some of my favorite cleaning products include the very cheap and non-exciting: vinegar and water. And also washrags. Children are also a great help. (Let’s hear it for teaching our kids the importance of doing chores around the house.)

Well, water and vinegar (and children) are all well and good, but sometimes we need more than that – for the tougher jobs (as if all cleaning isn’t tough, but don’t worry, I won’t start my typical “I don’t like to clean” whining fit).

jenuinely pure

This Jenuinely Pure All-Purpose Cleaner is the one I’ve used on my shower that left my husband asking, “Who came and installed a new shower in our bathroom?” Yep. It got the shower THAT clean.

I personally love that not only does this work very well, it is completely organic and non-toxic. And if all that isn’t great enough, it truly lives up to its “all-purpose” title. I mean windows, carpet, bathrooms, kitchens – one cleaner really does do it all!

Jenuinely Pure All-Purpose Cleaner boasts:

Safe and effective on all surfaces in your home – use in kitchens & bathrooms, spray lightly to clean windows & mirrors and floors; treat stains on clothing and carpet, dust wood surfaces…leaves surfaces clean, streak-free and smelling fresh. Plus, the essential oils used in this cleaner are known for their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Jenuinely Pure also has a great variety of products from Bar Soaps (super high quality, wonderful smelling, luxurious!) to Foaming Hand Soap and Gentle Baby Products.

These Jenuinely Pure products are worth trying. They are hoping this 20% off code will tempt you! (Use 20%off at checkout)

Not only that, they are giving away two $20 gift certificates to spend in their store. Want a chance to win? Enter the Rafflecopter below. I’ll draw two random winners on Tuesday, April 18.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Care to Know How Often I Wash My Hair? (Plus win a $50 Lilla Rose Gift Certificate!)

I’m sure you’ve all been wondering how often I wash my hair. Just like you’re surely curious the frequency of how often I pull out a fresh tablecloth or shake out my bathroom rugs.

No? Don’t really care that much? I don’t blame you in the least. But I do feel it’s worth mentioning that I’ve trained my hair to need very infrequent washings.

laura4

 

Photo credit to my oldest son, Asa. For the record, he took this on a day I washed my hair. :)

Certainly no head is created equal, so what works for me may not work for you. I’m just happy to have developed a lower maintenance hair lifestyle. I mean, back when I washed my hair every day, my hair thought it needed to be washed every day. Or, is it possible that I just thought it needed to be washed every day but it really didn’t? Maybe I was just in the habit of washing it every single morning without even considering the need to actually do that.

Either way, as the years have gone on, I’ve either gotten lazier or I’ve started to actually pay attention to what my hair actually needs. As it turns out, my hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. It doesn’t even need it every other day. My hair stays nice and healthy when I wash it just twice each week.

lilla_rose

Lazy or not, it sure is nice not to have to mess with washing, drying, and curling every day. I’ve said it many times before, and I don’t mind saying it again that I don’t know what I’d do without my pretty Flexi-Clips. I wash, dry, and curl my hair on Sundays for church. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I simply pull my curls back into a Flexi. My hair isn’t anything fancy, and sure, the curls begin to flatten after that many days and nights of living life and sleeping. But my Flexi-Clips make it easy to pull my hair back in about 10 seconds. I get compliments on my clips all the time! It has nothing to do with my hair. The Flexis are just that cute!

What I love best about the Flexi-Clips is that I believe they help keep my hair healthier. They don’t break my hair like rubber bands did. They don’t pull my hair like rubber bands did. And unlike rubber bands, which stretch out and need to be thrown out after just a few uses, Flexi-Clips last forever!

lilla_rose_1

So there you have it. My hair-fixing life consists of infrequent washings, Sunday only curlings, and practically every day Flexi-Clip wearings. After so many years of Flexis, I have a fun little collection so I can match them to my outfits or moods.

Want to start (or add to) your own collection? Paula, our very own Lilla Rose consultant, is giving one of you a $50 gift certificate! Think of all the Flexi-Clips! And of course, they have Bobby Pins (which I also love) and other accessories too.

Sign up in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the gift certificate! I’ll draw a random winner on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Watch for an email announcing the winner that I’ll send to everyone who signs up.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Supporting a Company that Makes a Difference (a Love Justly Giveaway!)

I always want to support good causes and sites with ethically sourced products, but I’ll admit that sometimes the prices hold me back. This is why I’m so excited to learn about Love Justly. It’s the best of both worlds!

love justly

What if we can get a good deal on great products and help people too? What if we can buy items that are fair trade, are ethically sourced, or have a social mission? And what if the products are super cool too?

This is what Love Justly is all about. I encourage you to read the specifics of what this site offers to learn about how they choose the products they offer. Each of the items they offer are high quality, reasonably priced, and fun! We can feel good about where these products came from and who they help support.

Jenny, of Love Justly, offered to send me something from their site to try out. I chose this beautiful Crystal Pendant Necklace.

starfish necklace

 

While the necklace itself is beautiful and wonderfully made, the best news is that it is part of the Starfish Project. From the Love Justly site:

Starfish Project provides dignified employment for women who have been rescued from exploitation and abuse. Each piece of jewelry is handmade by women in Asia, whose lives are being restored thanks to Starfish Project.

 Every purchase helps:

  • Provide career opportunities;
  • Reach the exploited;
  • Provide safe housing;
  • Provide counseling;
  • Provide vocational training;
  • Provide health care;
  • Unite families;
  • Educate children;
  • Facilitate empowerment.

Isn’t that fantastic? My necklace is so much more than a piece of pretty jewelry. There are many more options to pick from on the Love Justly site – from clothing to kid’s items to shoes and bags. Not only are the prices great, you get free shipping on orders over $50. And don’t forget the best part of all – buying these items helps make life better for others!

I’m so glad to be made aware of Love Justly and to share it with you, too! To help the excitement grow, Jenny is giving away a $25 gift certificate to be spent in the Love Justly shop. Sign up below for a chance to win! I’ll draw a random winner on Monday, January 30. If you sign up, be watching for an email with winner information.

Even better! Jenny’s created a 20% off discount code for all of us to use! Use the code 20%off at checkout for the discount to apply. Take advantage of this great offer!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

For the Moms of Kids Who Don’t Like Veggies

Here’s what you need to know about my family:

Just because I promote the veggies, encourage the veggies, and always provide the veggies doesn’t mean my kids always love or want to eat the veggies.

Fruits and Veggies On the Go 2

Can you relate?

It drives me a little bit crazy until I remember that when I was a kid about the only veggie I ate was canned green beans. I finally learned to like iceburg lettuce when I was in college. Somehow I survived until I learned to love many different kinds of veggies. I want better for my kids, and thankfully, they are getting way more veggies than I ever did, even if it isn’t always what I would consider “enough.”

Veggies for veggie scramble

Some tips I’ve learned through 19 years of trying to get enough veggies into my kids:

1. Provide them for every meal.

They can’t learn to eat them and love them if you don’t buy them and serve them.

2. Offer a variety.

I don’t love every single veggie in the world, so why would I expect my kids to? Not all of my boys like the same veggies, but they all like some. I try to serve more than one at each meal. That means that sometimes they’ll get more than one if they like everything I serve. But even if they don’t, they can at least choose the ones they like.

3. Sneak the spinach into (almost) everything.

You can’t even taste it. Check out this list of foods I tear spinach into while cooking.

4. Be a good example.

If the parents are whining about the veggies, so will the kids. Again, you don’t have to like them all, but you can be a great example to your kids when you take a nice portion of those you do love. I encourage you to try new ones every once in a while too. Our palates really do change through the years!

5. Relax.

I know we all want what’s best for our kids, so it can feel pretty awful if our kids hate vegetables and only want to eat gold fish crackers. Keep trying. Don’t nag. Don’t force. My kids have gone from eating very few veggies to loving many as they’ve gotten older.

By the way, after we had been on the road for so many days during our Christmas trip, ALL of my kids were begging for veggies and were even asking if we had spinach for salads when we got home. Their bodies have learned to crave the good stuff. Hallelujah!

Calling in for back up

I think our nourishment comes best from food. But supplements can help make sure we’re all getting what we need each day since most certainly, our diets are going to have gaps.

Our family was recently sent Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables for our kids to try. From their website:

Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.

juice-plus

I personally found that the chewables are too sweet for me (it doesn’t take much!). I’m glad they are not sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, and wish they weren’t sweetened at all. But, just like I don’t mind my kids dipping veggies in ranch dressing as a way to get the veggies down, I have to land on the fact that even though these have added sweetener, at least it’s getting the nutrients in. My kids really like the taste and don’t mind at all helping themselves get some extra nutrients in the form of a gummy! (Also, Juice Plus+ offers capsules in addition to their gummies – no sugar!)

If you are concerned that your kids aren’t getting enough nutrients from veggies and fruits, Juice Plus+ is a great option to consider. In fact, it’s not just for kids! Adults are also often short on getting enough veggies. Juice Plus+ has capsules for the grown ups, for the kids, for everyone who wants to get more necessary nutrients from fruits and veggies.

Want to try some for free?

Jennifer, a Juice Plus+ representative working with me here, is offering to give one of you a month’s supply of Juice Plus+ Kid Chewables. Warning: If your kids are like mine, they’ll need to be held back from eating the entire package at once. My kids thought it was cool I had gotten them some “healthy fruit snacks.” That’s how good these taste to them! I had to holler in, “Hey, whoa! One per day, guys!”

Juice Plus+ is definitely worth checking into as an option for supplemental nourishment for your family. Check out Jennifer’s Juice Plus+ site here. Enter to win the giveaway for a 2-month supply of chewables below! I’ll draw a random winner on Monday, January 9.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win 2 Christian DVDs and a $25 Target Gift Card!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.

This year, our family enjoyed putting together some little goodies for several people in our disabled and low income community who have become our friends. It isn’t much, but hopefully it showed the love of Christ. I hope these dear ones know how special they are and how much they’ve come to mean to me.

Can you tell those candy canes are supposed to form a heart?!

community-gifts

Our prayer as of late is that God will help us to:

  • See people through His eyes
  • Learn how to truly love people

You wouldn’t think either of those would be difficult, but we most definitely need God’s help in these simple areas. He is faithful. It’s been amazing how He’s opened our eyes and hearts and helped us learn to love better. It’s been amazing who we “see” at church and in the community when we ask God to “help us see who you need us to see today.” Truly amazing. I encourage you to try it.

As the countdown to Christmas is winding down, here’s a fun and inspirational giveaway for you! Grace Hill Media has recently released two DVDs, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise and Greater. I love watching films like this with my family!

I haven’t seen these yet, but they are to arrive in my mailbox soon. Guess what else? I’ll be receiving copies for one of you, too!

AND, they are sending a $25 Target Giftcard to share with the winner! What a fun Christmas package that will be!

Enter to win this set of DVDs plus the Target giftcard in the Rafflecopter below. I’ll draw a random winner on Friday, December 23.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

P.S. These movies will be available December 20. Check them out here: Greater and Hillsong: Let Hope Rise.

You Can Win a Big Berkey Water Filter (worth $258!)

Tis the season for amazing giveaways, huh?

Today the folks at Berkey.com are offering to send one of you a Big Berkey, worth $258! Isn’t she a beauty?!

big-berkey_7_1024x1024

We are so thankful to have a Big Berkey in our kitchen to purify our drinking water (thanks to Berkey.com for sending us one!). As you can imagine, our family goes through a significant amount of water each day. It is a relief to know that because of the Berkey, our water is free of:

  • Fluoride – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Viruses – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Pathogenic Bacteria – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Lead – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Arsenic – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Iron – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Mercury – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Chlorine – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Trihalomethane(THMs) – Removed to greater than 99.8%.
  • Bisphenol-A – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Chloramines – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Pharmaceuticals – Removed to greater than 99.5%.
  • Petroleum Contaminants – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Methylcycohexane-methane – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Pesticides – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Heavy Metals – Removed to greater than 99.1%.
  • Coliform and e-Coli – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Atrazine – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Uranium – Removed to greater than 97.0%.
  • Gross Alpha emitters – Removed to greater than 98.7%.

We can taste the difference in Berkey filtered water compared to straight tap water. This is such a simple, yet amazing item to have in the kitchen. It filters up to 2.25 gallons at once, which means you can fill it in the evening before bed and have plenty of filtered water the next day for your family. Read more about the Big Berkey here!

Want a chance to win a Big Berkey? Enter the Rafflecopter below for not one, but three chances to win! I’ll select a random winner on Friday, December 16.

a Rafflecopter giveaway