Win a Set of Themed Bobby Pins from Lilla Rose!

While Flexi-Clips are my favorite Lilla Rose product, their bobby pins are my second fav. They are soooo well made, don’t pull my hair, and of course – they are adorable. Below is my hair, several years ago, sporting two Lilla Rose pins. These suckers stay in place. Love them!

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Our lovely Heavenly Homemakers Lilla Rose consultant, Paula, is giving away three sets of our new themed bobby pins (one set of four to each of three winners)! They are simply adorable, not to mention, very durable and well-made.

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To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post. For additional entries, do any of the following and leave an additional comment for each thing you do:

These are all great ways to get hairstyle ideas, see newly-released products, and get members-only special deals and giveaways!

And how about an awesome – for Heavenly Homemakers readers only – deal?!

Get a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI-CLIP when you place an order of $40 or more!*

*To redeem your surprise flexi, you must message Paula after placing your qualifying order of $40 or more, excluding tax and shipping, through Paula’s website. Say that Heavenly Homemakers sent you, and if you are a new or returning customer.

Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires July 31, 2015. This is for both new and Paula’s returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she will appreciate it! Thank you!

Guess what else?

Paula will be donating all the proceeds from this promotion to bless others. I love this!

For the May promotion, all proceeds were donated to the Preemptive Love Coalition, a relief group providing education, jobs, and medical care to the women and children displaced by ISIS in Iraq. For more information about the heartbreaking situation there, along with how we can help, you can read Ann Voskamp’s post, Into Iraq #2: What the News isn’t Telling You, and Why We Can’t Afford to Pretend It’s Not Happening.

Let’s make a difference! All proceeds from purchases made through Paula’s website through this promotional period will be donated to pro-life, adoption, or displaced widows and orphans in Iraq.  See the full updated list of causes that your purchases have helped support, HERE.

Be sure to leave a comment to enter this giveaway!

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Why Redmond Sea Salt is Good For You ~ Plus a Giveaway!

We always hear that salt is bad. I’m here to tell you otherwise.

Let’s be clear. Some salt actually is bad. Some has been altered so much from its original form that it is nutrition-less and therefore harmful (sounds like hundreds of other foods here in America). Some has added ingredients (you mean it’s not just salt?!). Some has been bleached. You want to tell me that those salts are bad? Yep, I believe you. I’ll avoid those.

But what about sea salt? Well, not all sea salts are created equally. (Actually, they were probably created equally but then altered to become less-than.) When I see “Sea Salt” at the store, I can definitely tell that some of them are not as nutritious. I avoid those and stick with Redmond Real Salt. It is my very favorite because it is absolutely pure and thus very delicious.

This is from the Redmond Real Salt website:

Real Salt means – well, real, authentic salt. A quick glance at the ingredients label on most salts might surprise you! Many salts contain anti-caking agents and even dextrose (sugar). Others have been heat processed and stripped of their natural trace minerals. Real Salt brand, on the other hand, is unrefined and full of natural minerals and flavor – the way salt was meant to be savored.

Redmond Salt has over 60 trace minerals in it. This is wonderful since our bodies desperately need minerals in order to thrive! The Redmond folks add nothing to their salt, and they take nothing away. We’ve been using this salt for 8 years now and I love it.

I love that it is good for us, so I don’t have to hold back on using it. The beauty of this is that our bodies naturally tell us when enough is enough. Food that is too salty isn’t yummy. Some of us prefer our foods saltier than others. Could that mean that some of us need more minerals than others? Yes, I believe so.

I encourage you to look at the salt you’re using and be sure it can be used for good in your body. I have complete confidence in Redmond products…which is why the following is so much fun:

My very favorite of all Redmond products can be found in one lovely little package:

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These are awesome for grilling season (don’t mind if I do).

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Redmond is giving three (yes 3!) of you an Organic Seasoning Gift Box! Leave a comment here for a chance to win a set.

I’ll draw three random winners on Monday, July 27 (after I get home from camp). Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

 

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How an Accessory Can Bless Your Health ~ Plus a Giveaway From Vessel Scents of Style

You guys know that I barely know how to dress myself and that my accessories are few. I just don’t get it. How am I supposed to know what necklace or scarf goes with what outfit?? Color combos? Beats me. My boys aren’t much help, God bless ’em.

Beyond accessories, I don’t wear perfume because it gives me a headache. But I was just blessed to review some products from Vessel Scents of Style. No joke – now we can all look cute, accessorize, smell good, and enjoy the benefits of essential oils all at the same time. For real.

Here’s me, wearing a locket from Vessel. See how cute it is? But the best part is that inside the locket are three adorable spheres that I soaked in one of my favorite essential oils. Yep, I’m wearing my oils around my neck in that sweet little locket. Throughout the day, I catch wafts of my oil. It’s awesome!

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Here’s how this works…

Jolene, a consultant with Vessel Scents of Style, let me pick out a fun locket to enjoy. The shopping was too fun.

First you pick your locket.
Then you pick your scent spheres (which will go inside your locket).
Then you pick your scent (I chose unscented so I could add essential oils myself).
Then you pick your chain (or you use one of your own).

You can choose one of their scents if you prefer. I just really love that they offer unscented and that those work right along with essential oils. What a wonderfully healthy (and cute!) idea.

I love that the spheres come in a pack of 18 – but only 3 fit into my locket. This means I can soak my spheres in different oils to have on hand for different days and different needs.

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So now, one of you gets to choose $40 worth of products on the Vessel Scents of Style page. Fun! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I’ll draw one random winner sometime next week. (I’ll be at camp, so my apologies if I can’t get online to post a winner in a reasonable amount of time.)

For additional chances to win this giveaway:

A bonus for everyone!

Anyone who places a $50+ order using Jolene’s consultant number #100304 will receive a charm of your choice for free! (Don’t order the charm with your other items. Instead, contact Jolene after you make your purchase and tell her which charm you would like to receive. Her email is  pand5js@gmail.com.

Okeedokee! Let the comments and bonuses and all the fun begin!

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Favorite Things for Summer Giveaway

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Want to know my favorite thing about summer? Well let me think…SUNSHINE!!! (You know I love it when I interrupt myself to blurt out my answer.)

I love sunshine coming in through my windows. I love sunshine beaming down on my face. I love warming up in the sunshine. And I love laying in the sunshine, soaking up Vitamin D. (Responsibly, of course. Don’t go all “harmful UV rays” on me. God made the sun, the sun is good, we need Vitamin D from the sun, amen and amen. I don’t overdo it, but still, sunshine is my very favorite thing about summertime.)

Now, women shall not live on sunshine alone. (I mean, we also need butter. Duh.)

In celebration of summer (and sunshine!) (and sure, butter. why not?) – I’ve teamed up with 11 other bloggers to share many chances for you to win some of our very favorite things for summertime. What’s included in our Heavenly Homemakers favorite summer things giveaway?

  • A “Night Owl” Flexi-Clip from Lilla Rose (valued at $14.00)
  • A Half-Tee Tank from Deborah and Co. (valued at $17.99)
  • 1/2 pound of Vanilla Beans from Olive Nation (valued at $39.95)
  • Bug Block Bar, BeeSilk Stick, and Peppermint Lip Balm from MadeOn (valued at $29.10)
  • Stainless Steel Fruit Slicer, Pastry Blender, and Mini Slotted Turner from Paula’s Bread (valued at $24.99)
  • My very own Oh, For Real Cookbook (valued at $25.95)

Altogether, that’s over $150 worth of my favorite items for summertime. You can win all of it!

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Why are these my favorite things for summer?

  • I keep my hair pulled back in my Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip all summer long.
  • I wear my Half-Tee Tank from Deborah and Co. under my summer dresses and tank tops for modesty and comfort.
  • I start a batch of homemade vanilla extract with Vanilla Beans from Olive Nation in June so that it will be ready to give as gifts at Christmastime.
  • I safely protect my family from mosquito bites with MadeOn’s Bug Block Bar – and I use BeeSilk Stick, and Peppermint Lip Balm every single day of the year.
  • I use a Stainless Steel Fruit Slicer, Pastry Blender, and Mini Slotted Turner from Paula’s Bread for fresh summer produce and fun summer dishes.
  • I use my Oh, For Real Cookbook pretty much alllllll the time.

Simply leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this entire package. I will draw a random winner on Monday, June 1. Be watching for a post stating the winner!

Are you new to Heavenly Homemakers? Sweet! I have the greatest readers ever, and I’d love for you to be one of them. Subscribe (for free!) to receive our daily(ish) newsletter which includes everything from easy real food recipes to encouragement in your marriage or parenting to really ridiculous thoughts that you should read at your own risk.

Here’s my latest craze: coming up with recipes that are delicious but low in sugar. Check out the low sugar treats I’ve come up with so far, then be watching for this Low Sugar Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait recipe coming within the next week or so. It is incredible!

UPDATE: Here’s the recipe!

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See you back here soon!

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Want a chance to win even more of these wonderful Favorite Things for Summer Giveaways? Click around on all the blogs below to see what they love about summer and to enter their giveaway too!

1. Thriving Home // 2. Happy Money Saver // 3. Happy Home Fairy // 4. Heavenly Homemakers // 5. Kitchen Stewardship // 6. Nourishing Joy // 7. The Nourishing Home // 8. Intoxicated on Life // 9. Tried and Tasty // 10. The Frugal Girl //11. Mommy Hates Cooking // 12. Stephanie Blue

 
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Here’s a little bit about each of these bloggers:

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Thriving Home

Friends and stay-at-home moms, Rachel and Polly, began Thriving Home in 2012 as a way to encourage and equip moms in several areas of home life. They share healthy kid-friendly recipes, evangelize about freezer cooking as well as documenting many other topics relating to running a home and family including a few spectacular parenting failures from time to time. Swing by to join in on their crazy journey through parenthood.

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Tried and Tasty

TriedandTasty.com is a premium and well established recipe blog with a friendly, conversational writing style paired with magazine quality food photography. The recipes are typically very health conscious, with rich and decadent desserts occasionally included for good measure. TriedandTasty.com has a loyal following of ‘foodies’ and is gaining new followers every day thanks to its recipes being featured on the websites of high profile magazines, news outlets, popular Facebook pages, Pinterest boards, and more.

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Laura Coppinger and her husband have four sons ages 10-17. HeavenlyHomemakers.com is dedicated to inspiring women daily with healthy (and easy!) recipes, homemaking tips, spiritual encouragement, and good ol’ clean fun.

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Mommy Hates Cooking is a national cooking and lifestyle website that encourages families to take back the dinner table. Through her easy-to-prepare (yet looks like you spent all day in the kitchen) meals and her knack for breaking down meal planning, Kristy has become the busy-mom’s resource for the modern family.

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The mission of Kitchen Stewardship is to present healthy living in bite-sized baby steps, challenging people to make positive changes in their kitchens without being overwhelmed, and providing tools to balance a family’s health, budget, time and the environment. Katie Kimball and her team share family-friendly whole foods recipes, weekly challenges, and science-geek research on what’s healthy and what’s not.

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Nourishing Joy is dedicated to real food and natural living. We’re on a mission to equip and inspire parents like you with the tools to make intentional, thoughtful decisions that work for YOUR family easy. Or at least easier.

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Julie Brasington is the creator of Happy Home Fairy, a popular blog focusing on encouraging and equipping moms to choose joy on the parenting journey. She shares easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising her 2 boys, and honest, heartfelt messages to uplift the weary mama. bbb

Happy Money Saver

Happy Money Saver is a website that has a growing population of readers who are passionate about saving money, homesteading, gardening, cooking from scratch, freezer meals, DIY projects and embracing their dreams.

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At Stephanie Blue, I blog about my passions: natural living and essential oils. My purpose is to bring hope to moms and help them discover ways to strengthen their families physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.


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The Frugal Girl is all about living cheerfully (and well!) on less. Get recipes, DIY tips, painting ideas, photography tips, green living inspiration, and more from Kristen, a homeschooling mom of four.

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Intoxicated on Life is a resource for families who are looking to raise healthy families – body, mind, and soul. They cover a wide range of topics from healthy gluten-free recipes, to godly parenting, homeschooling resources, and more!

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The Nourishing Home provides family-friendly GF recipes, free weekly whole food meal plans, helpful cooking tips and techniques, and lots of encouragement to help you in your journey to live a more nourished life.

Leave a comment on this post to enter to win our $150 package of my favorite things for summer. Now let’s all go outside and get us some sunshine. Woohoo…summer!

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All Kinds of Great Deals from Lilla Rose (and our giveaway winners)

The 3 winners of a free Lilla Rose You-Pin are:

1) Sue D: slrdowney@
2) Karen: bluebarnbulletin@
3) Lynette Karg: netteshome@

Ladies, email me and I’ll forward your info to Paula at Lilla Rose!

And now everyone, look at this!!

Color Basics Sale

Thursday and Friday, Lilla Rose is offering free shipping on orders over $40, and 10% off their very pretty new “Color Basics Line.”

The best news yet! You may combine this sale with the Heavenly Homemakers’ Buy 3 Get 1 Free Special!! Here’s a reminder about this offer:

Special offer for Heavenly Homemakers readers only! Get a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI when you place an order for three or more items!*

*Place an order for three or more items through Paula’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires May 16, 2015. This is for both new and Paula’s returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she will appreciate it! Thank you!

Also,
Help support LIFE! All proceeds from purchases made through Paula’s website through this promotional period will be donated to pro-life and adoption ministries. Read more about this fantastic opportunity to bless others HERE.

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Want To Win a You-Pin? Wait. What is a You-Pin?

Well here’s something fun and new. Or at least it’s new to me. From the maker of my very favorite Flexi-Clip is the very pretty You-Pin.

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How do you use these, you ask? Watch this video. (Or click on this link to watch the instructional video.) These are so cool!

Isn’t that pretty?! Paula (our very own Lilla Rose consultant) makes it look easy. But from my experience with other Lilla Rose products, it likely is very easy. That’s the beauty of these products! They make pretty hair-dos simple!

Today, Paula is giving away three surprise pairs of You-Pins (one pair each to three winners). Leave a comment on this post to be entered in a random drawing (newsletter subscribers – please click through to comment). For additional entries, follow Paula’s Lilla Rose board on Pinterest, subscribe to her personal monthly newsletter, and/or join her brand new exclusive Facebook group, Paula’s Super-Awesome Lilla Rose Fan Club! Get hairstyle ideas, see newly-released products, and get members-only special deals and giveaways!

I’ll draw three random winners on…well, next week sometime. (I’m blogging more flexibly now, remember?!)  ;) Be watching for a post stating the winners as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.

One more thing!

Paula is offering all of us a Buy 3 Get 1 Free Special:

Special offer for Heavenly Homemakers readers only! Get a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI when you place an order for three or more items!*

*Place an order for three or more items through Paula’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires May 16, 2015. This is for both new and Paula’s returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she will appreciate it! Thank you!

Also,
Help support LIFE! All proceeds from purchases made through Paula’s website through this promotional period will be donated to pro-life and adoption ministries. Read more about this fantastic opportunity to bless others HERE.

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Live in Nebraska or Visiting Soon(ish)? You Should Check This Out!

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Hey fellow Nebraskans (and those who want to come visit our wonderful state)!

I’m excited that I get to present an opportunity for you to enjoy some of the finest we have to offer.  I mean, you’ve heard of our Omaha Zoo, right?  We’re listed in the Top-10 zoos in the United States.  (You like how I said “we” – like I can somehow take credit for our amazing zoo?  Maybe because my household is often a zoo, so I assume they used me as a model for how to do it.)

Here is a picture of our boys at the Omaha Zoo four years ago when I was still taller than all of them:

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We also visited the Durham Museum several years ago.  Very fun and lots to learn!  (Take note that there is no charge now to visit the Durham Museum!)

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Here’s what Visit Omaha has to offer for free to one of you:

Nice, huh?!  Plus, you can go to the Joslyn Museum and enjoy the following exhibits for free:

  • American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell (through May 17, 2015)
  • Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln (June 21 through October 11, 2015)
  • Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (November 15, 2015 through the end of 2015)

So who wants this fun prize package?  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.  I’ll draw one random winner on Tuesday, March 17.  Be watching for a post stating your winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.

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My Fingernails are Ready for the Basketball Tournament! (and a Jamberry Nails Giveaway)

Clean uniforms – check.  Shoes by the door – check.  Plenty of water bottles – check.  Fingernails covered with basketballs – check.

What?  Isn’t this on every mother’s list before heading out the door for a big basketball tournament with her kids?

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They’re Jamberry Nails.  Heard of them?  I realize they are a little bit hard to see in my picture – but I chose basketball fingernail stickers.  See?  See the little basketballs?  My boys are impressed.  These are perfect for me to wear to our basketball tournament this weekend.

Allow me to walk you through the progression of my thoughts as I applied my basketball nails.

Thought #1:  This is silly.  I don’t care about nails.  This is taking too long.
Thought #2:  Okay, three nails later, I am starting to get the hang of this.  I’m getting faster and better.
Thought #3:  Aha.  Now I understand how to put these on more easily.  These are looking super cute!
Thought #4:  Finished all ten nails.  Well that was way more fun than I thought it would be at first.
Thought #5:  Hehehe.  I can’t stop looking at my nails.
Thought #6:  I would definitely do this again.  I may actually go with something a little more “me” next time.  How ’bout that?

Then one by one, my boys saw my fingers:  “Oh, your basketball nails…Nice!”  Score one for boys noticing and boys liking.  You know what?  Score two.  The noticing and the liking is a big deal.

So Jamberry Nails.  I give them a big thumbs up (which is extra fun because I have basketballs on my thumb).

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I encourage you to check out this fun product.  You won’t believe all the unique style choices!  You will also appreciate that these nails are non-toxic and stay on your fingers for weeks.  Plenty of bang for your buck and time.  I also encourage you to look into this as a possible business option for you and your family.  Who knows?  Maybe you could become a consultant.

Speaking of consultant, Jen Jennings is working with me this month as a site sponsor.  She’s excited to get the word out about Jamberry Nails so she’s offering a giveaway!

Four of you will win one sheet of wraps to try out.  Leave a comment here for a chance to win one.  I’ll draw four random winners on Tuesday, March 10.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.

And now, my basketball fingernails and I are off to our final big tournament of the year.  If my nails don’t bring success, I don’t know what will.  :)

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