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Polyvore: A Tutorial Part 3

Have you had a chance to set up an account? And play around with Polyvore? Did you make any creations? I hope that you did!

Today I am going to take you through a few steps to make your graphic AMAZING!

Are you ready?

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July 26 2014 at the beach for blog


Five Minute Friday: FINISH

Every week a group of bloggers write for 5 minutes on a single topic and then link up together. For several years Lisa Jo Baker has hosted this writing on her blog. Starting August 8th it is going to be moving. But the spirit of the blogging will continue.

Although I only contribute on a hit and miss basis, I have been in love with the concept of 5 minute Friday, knowing that at least once a week I can come to a place to find a topic that is shared by hundreds of others, and I can delve into writing with very little thinking or planning. Simply what flies off of my fingertips.

If you are interested in participating, make sure to follow the link and check out what other bloggers have posted. And follow us as we make the transition to a new host!

Five Minute Friday




Its hard to finish things.

Sometimes finishing means that you have to leave something behind that you love. Something that you don’t want to leave behind.

We are about ready to finish another adventure.

As part of the military, we go where we are sent. Sometimes that means that we go to someplace fun while my husband is doing a training. And sometimes it means that we move to a place for several years that we really don’t want to live at.

We’ve loved living here.

We moved here in February. It was cold and snowy when we left Delaware. What a relief we felt getting to Mississippi to the sun, the warmth (it was in the 60s-70s!) and the water! But even getting here we knew it would be short lived.

And now, as July finishes up, and October quickly approaches, we prepare ourselves for our next step. To finish this short chapter of our lives.

We look forward to the new chapter. Finishing isn’t always a bad thing.

We are going to miss the water. The beach has been fun to visit and the water warm enough to play in.

I am going to miss the thunder storms. I love thunder storms! And the amount that we get here is far greater than any I have ever experienced.

We will miss the Hard Rock. Silly but my boys just love the “Guitar Restaurant.”

But its okay.

We will soon finish with our life here in Mississippi. But it will only mark the beginning of our life in Saint Louis!

July 26 2014 at the beach for blog

And just as a reminder, the Mystery Hostess party is still going on via Facebook.

Mystery Hostess Party Graphic

We will be playing games and drawing a winner for the Hostess rewards on Wednesday, July 30th. Make sure to check it out and get your order in before Wednesday to qualify for the rewards.



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Five Minute Friday: Bloom and MYSTERY HOSTESS

I’m linking up to Lisa Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday (on Monday).

Five Minute Friday


This week’s prompt is BLOOM. Make sure to head over to her page to check out what other people have written this week!



I watch him run in front of me. The little feet pitter pattering as he goes farther and farther away.

“I beat you mommy!”

“Yes, baby, you did. You are so much faster than me!”

And I can’t believe that he was once a 18 month old who couldn’t even walk.

Even the baby has bloomed so much! He climbs the stairs, and runs after his brothers. Faster down the hall than you could imagine! And I chase him in an effort to corral him towards his bedroom.

They still need me. I’m still their mama. But they have bloomed so much. Continue reading


For the days when life is too hard…

Let me be honest with you. There are days when life overwhelms me. Days when my depression takes over. Where I am angry at everything that happens in my life. At my kids, my husband, and even the TV stations. Days when I feel trapped and alone.

It happens more than I would like it to.

Lately I have been succumbing to that anger and depression. I have been wanting to curl up in my bed and just hide or sleep all day. I have been angry at my children over the littlest of things. And I have let my temper get ahold of me.

I don’t share this so that you will feel for me, or out of some kind of pity party. I share this to be transparent. To let you know that you are not alone.

There will be days when you too will be tired of your job, your family, your kids, your significant other…or simply life in general.

There will be days when it will be hard for you to get out of bed.

Days where all you want is to quit.

I’m here to tell you that it is OKAY.

Its okay to have rough patches. To not be yourself.

Its okay to struggle with the day to day and to feel overwhelmed with life.

Its okay to wish that you didn’t have so much on your plate and to want to no longer carry the burden on your shoulders.

Its okay to grieve over the life that you wished you would have, but didn’t end up with.

Its okay.

The trick is to not allow it to overcome you.

Grieve if you need to. Take time for yourself. But don’t let the struggles of today overcome the joy of tomorrow.

I share this with you after having a couple of weeks of pure struggle. Of allowing myself to be overwhelmed.

For me, I find that reading God’s Word and spending some quality time in prayer really changes my attitude and outlook in a way that nothing else does.

It doesn’t have to be a specific passage. But I find that reading stories like Job’s (in the book of Job) and Joseph’s (Genesis 37-50) are great for reminding me how minor my struggles are. Paul is another inspiration. You can read his life stories in many of the letters of the New Testament. Romans is one of my favorites.

Exercise is also amazing for lifting the spirits. Go for a walk, get a breath of fresh air if possible, and get your heart beating. Dance, run, swim, bike…whatever you like to do that gets your heart elevated. It will release all those good for you chemicals and help you to feel more yourself. Plus, its great “me time.”

Another option, is to take a nice warm bath. Soak in some oils, and epsom salt. Play some soothing music. Whatever makes you smile. And simply RELAX. That can be so difficult for us, in our society.

And finally, turn off your electronics. Get off of Facebook. Stop watching TV. Don’t mindlessly play the candy game. Find a book to read. Clean the house. Write a journal entry. Find something productive to do that is off of electronics. Something that does not tell you about the latest drama, or ask you for more money, or cause you to wish for something more. Electronics are not bad. But there are times when they can be draining.

Get outside! Enjoy the sun. Give your loved ones some hugs. And remember that today is just one of many days. This too will pass.

What is your favorite thing to do, in order to get you out of a funky mood?


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Introducing Lilla Rose!

A few months ago a friend of mine invited me to her Lilla Rose Facebook party. I was excited to join, as I had seen the clips before, and was eager to learn more about them. I ended up ordering a beautiful flexi clip called Hawaiian Rose.

At first, I was so disappointed. It was just too big.

My hair was thinner than I had thought it was. So I contacted my friend and her consultant to find out what I needed to do about getting the right size.

It was so easy to get it changed to the correct size! I simply emailed the company with the order information and they gave me a label to print so that I could mail the clip back to them, free of charge. Within a week or so, I had my brand new, Extra Small Hawaiian Flower clip.

I love that little clip! Here’s a photo of me wearing it in a french braid. I just fold the ends under a bit and place the clip on top. Simple and elegant!

Hawaiian Flower

Shortly after hosting her party, my friend signed up to be a consultant, and sell Lilla Rose products herself. She asked me to host a party. I was excited! I looked forward to sharing with my friends and family these beautiful clips, to order some more, and to help her out.

The hostess rewards are amazing! Thanks to my wonderful friends who helped make my party a success, I was able to get some free and discounted clips.

Here’s a photo of the clips I got from the party. The one in the front right, with the heart, is offered to anyone who hosts a Lilla Rose party, and who’s party reaches at least $100. And the one in the front left, was May’s Flexi Clip of the Month, which was a thank you gift from my friend for hosting the party. I feel so blessed! <3

Lilla Rose Flexi Clips

Well, as you can see, I fell in love with Lilla Rose. They are so easy to put in my hair, super comfortable, and just gorgeous! After much prayer, research, and discussion with my husband, I decided to become an independent consultant so that I could help other women fall in love with these beautiful clips.

To learn more about these clips, here is a welcome video which I put together the other day. It should give you a bit of a glimpse into the sizes of the clips and also give you a glimpse into how easy they are to put into your hair. I am working on putting together some more how to videos, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you are interested in owning your own great flexi clips (or one of Lilla Rose’s other beautiful products) check out my shop. And while you are at it, swing by to “like” my new Lilla Rose Facebook page.

If you’d like to host your own party, and discover all the awesome benefits, feel free to contact me on Facebook or email me at I look forward to hearing from you!

Have you tried a flexi clip before? Which one is your favorite?


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PS. I am having a GIVEAWAY going on until NOON THURSDAY (6/26) on my Facebook page.

Giveaway June 2014