Great Gifts for Mom

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Let’s face it.  Moms rock.  But even with all that awesomeness, sometimes we’re at a loss when it’s time to give them gifts.  Here’s a few ideas for gifts for Mom, whether it’s Mother’s Day, her birthday, Christmas or other special time.  If you’ve got some great ideas, leave them in the comments!  (Pictured above: My mom with me and my daughter at the Women of Faith conference in 2009.)

SET-3715_DMothering is hard work and often comes with little down time!  Pick a pretty container and make a Pampering Basket for her!  Include things like Rosewater or Sea Salt Spray, spa socks, relaxing lavender lotion, massage certificate, a Large Upin or XS Flexi, or a Sleep mask.  (Pictured at right are the boar bristle brush and rattail comb, Rosewater hydrosol mist and Bamboo Hair Towel.)

91vxcP1T0jL._SX522_When I was young, I did the pampering gift, even simpler, and got my mom some Calgon Bath Beads!  Easy for a kid with limited funds, and still appreciated by my Momma that enjoyed reading in the tub.  I was surprised to see you can still get Calgon Bath Beads –   and now even gift sets are available online (amazon.com) and probably in stores, too.  She also enjoyed gift cards to bookstores along with her bath beads!

Blue FlowersYou can never go wrong with flowers!  Almost universally, moms enjoy getting flowers for Mother’s Day.  Whether a bouquet, a hanging basket, a corsage, or a perennial for her garden, flowers always tell mom she’s loved!  Make sure to include her favorite color either in the blooms or in ribbon accents.  (Never Lose Faith Arrangement by Twinbrook Floral Design. My mom would have loved this with the blue carnations, keepsake vase, and scripture reference.)

What else should I add as great gifts for Moms?

Explaining the Ready Set Win Program for New Stylists

I’m so excited to have you join me on this amazing Lilla Rose journey!  One of the first things you need to understand is the Ready Set Win program.  Through this program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to $600 in product just by working your new business!

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Everything begins counting from your first full month.  So if you join any time between the 2nd to the 31st day of the month, your first full month is the following month.  So, using Rusty as an example will look like this:

20180731_151934Rusty started her new business by joining on March 18.  Her first full month will be April.  She has until April 30 to reach $350 in wholesale personal sales volume (PSV).  That gives her roughly a month and a half to get her business up and running!  Rusty should jump right in and schedule a Grand Opening to invite her friends and family to introduce them to her new business!  She can also book her first Style Ups (aka parties) and vendor event with just the items from her Ready Set Style starter kit!  Also, any amount of PSV that was over the Month 1 Goal is rolled into next month’s total.

NOTE: If Rusty joined with the Ready Set Style + FAST START kit, her PSV automatically starts out at $500 and she has already earned a $75 Shopping Spree just for joining!  $150 is automatically applied toward her Month 2 goal.

LillaBagOldRusty also has the opportunity to earn a Lilla Bag during her first full month!  By recruiting one friend to join, and helping that friend get to $200 PSV herself, the beautiful Lilla Bag display purse can be hers! Carry like any purse or diaper bag to always advertise when you’re out and about.  A large pocket on the back and pockets inside help hold catalogs,  Lilla Looks and Style Sheets, so you’re always prepared to share your business!

NOTE: If Rusty joined with the Ready Set Style + FAST START kit, she will also get a BONUS when she brings a friend in to join her team – 40% of that New Stylist’s first order!  If the friend joined with FAST START as well… do the math real quick… that’s a $200 Bonus Check!

20180731_151908Rusty’s second full month will be here before she knows it!  Rusty will have until May 31 to reach her Month 2 goal of $525 PSV.  Keep in mind, PSV comes from customers ordering from Rusty’s free website as well as orders placed through her back office.  Any amount that was over the Month 1 Goal is rolled into this month’s total. As Rusty continues to work, the Month 2 Goal will be easy to accomplish and another $100 Shopping Spree will be added to her account!  Any other New Stylists that join Rusty’s team will have earned her another $50 Shopping Spree!  Any PSV over this month’s goal will apply to the next goal.

NOTE: If Rusty joined in March with the Ready Set Style + FAST START kit, any other New Stylists that join her team will again earn her 40% of their first order, up to $200 cash.

20180731_151838Since Rusty joined in March, her first full month is April.  Her second month will be May and her third month will be June.  Working hard has become a habit by now, and it’s paying off!  When Rusty’s roll-over + her PSV combine together to reach $700 PSV, she will earn another $150 Shopping Spree!  These shopping sprees can be used for business supplies as well as inventory, and by now Rusty probably needs to get some more order forms and such for all the business she’s been doing!  Any other New Stylists that join Rusty’s team will have earned her another $50 Shopping Spree, and you know it by now, and extra bonus if she was a FAST START!

Shopping Spree Tip:  Add business supplies to your shopping cart first when using your shopping spree points!  Then if any inventory in your order goes over the points amount, it will count toward that month’s PSV.

20180731_151808The last piece of the Ready Set Win program is the Winning Start, and the opportunity to earn the lovely Sterling Silver Lilla Rose LR Necklace.  This gift goes to New Stylists, Rusty included, when her cumulative PSV for her first three months reaches $2,000 and she has recruited a total of 3 New Stylists.

Through this process, Rusty has worked hard and earned the rewards of a thriving new business, new friendships, and a new place to belong.  Welcome to Lilla Rose, Rusty!

Fall Planted Garlic in North Central Texas

After posting pics of planting garlic in my garden in the fall, I had a number of people comment and message me asking for information, so I figured I’d share about my garlic growing experience.

I’ve always read that you shouldn’t use grocery store garlic for planting. Well… In the past, that’s all I’ve used. I did get organic heads, at least. This was my first year to order from a garlic nursery, so hopefully it grows as well as my grocery store garlic did!

The are actually two types of garlic: hard neck and soft neck. It’s my limited understanding that which one you grow depends on your climate. Here in North Central Texas, I went with a soft neck garlic called Texas Rose.

In October, I ordered from The Garlic Store, though I don’t see Texas Rose listed on their website at this time of this writing. It arrived quickly and I planted on October 27.

I planted one clove about every four inches, then recovered the soil with my wood chip mulch. And that’s it!

 

Update: Late Winter, February 15

Garlic has been growing well! My fall garden produced well and became chicken feed in January (thanks to a hole in the fence that was made by the goats, but not big enough for the goats). Because of the strong flavor, the garlic survived just fine.

It’s about two feet tall, which I think is probably about full height.

I’ll update again as the garlic progresses! Now it’s time for me to cut back the asparagus and perennial flowers to prepare for the spring growth!

 

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Easy Hair How-To with your new Lilla Rose accessories (Flexi-Clip & U-Pin)

I do quick and easy hairstyle demos when I’m at craft and vendor shows, and when I do parties.  Sometime ladies say, “I hope I can do that when I get home!”  Well, this post is just for you!  🙂  This video shows the easy Flexi-Clip twist I most often show, as well as two styles you can do with U-Pins (which works for hair sticks as well).

Lilla Rose, Inc. has also made some style videos to help you!

For even more video help, check out the Sizing & Styling page on my website!  If you need more help, please reach out!  I don’t want anyone to not use their accessories because they don’t know how.

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Tangles: 5 tips to help detangle little girl hair!

Y’all, I sell beautiful hair accessories and have three daughters. You’d think that hair is a priority in our house. But we’re a busy family, and honestly, with these super comfortable hair accessories, we sleep in the same style, so often our hair is the last thing we think of.

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Many times, I’m quickly fixing ponytails as we walk into the church building (or co-op or the grocery store), and hoping nobody notices the tangles that didn’t get removed… even though I reminded them to brush their hair.

As cool as it might be to just let them grow out dreads, I’m just not ready for that. So for now, I’ll continue harping the importance of brushing your hair every single day. Some tricks we’ve learned to make this process a little less agonizing (aka a few less tears):

  1. When bathing, leave conditioner on the hair for at least 5 minutes,
  2. Use a spray-on detangler immediately after bathing on towel dried hair, and again later when brushing out tangles,
  3. For a natural detangler, massage lavender and orange essential oil into the hair,
  4. Invest in a tangle brush,
  5. Occupy their mind with something to do while brushing.

That’s not too hard, right? So let’s get to detangling!

BTW, If you’re not using a tangle brush, I urge you to check out the link below for the Teazer! These work great! My thick haired daughter uses the Thick & Curly, while my other two use a regular tangle brush.

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The tangle brushes we use:

Our beautiful hair accessories

Distractions my girls enjoy while brushing hair:

I’ll be featuring some quick & easy Back to School Hairstyles videos in my customer VIP Club on Facebook on Friday, August 24! Request to join the group and check out the videos if you’d like some info to help you get your girls out of the house faster!

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Giveaway & Natural Hair Tips

DommiesBlessedGiveawayI am currently hosting a giveaway along with Dominique from DommiesBlessed!  Dominique is a mom, blogging about breastfeeding, hair styling on her little girls, and homeschooling!  If you need help with styling or caring for natural hair on your little ones, check out her Hair page on the blog!  It’s full of helpful information!

You can enter our giveaway through Saturday, August 18!  To enter, check for the giveaway posts here:

@DommiesBlessed on Instagram

DommiesBlessed on Facebook

DommiesBlessedGiveaway2The pictures of her girls are just adorable, too!    Our winner will win a $20 credit for Lilla Rose accessories with me!

The suede leather, adjustable hairband pictured above is called Riley.  She was given the standard length adjustable strap in black to blend in with their hair.  The other product they tried was the Daisy Flexi-Clip, sized Small.

Make sure to enter before the giveaway ends!