Author: Hale Homestead

When March comes roaring in…

Yes, it feels like March arrived a little early, as the end of February has been not just rainy, but windy. And I mean windy.

Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like wind? Well, I don’t. I don’t like it blowing my hair around or in my ears.

While I can’t change the weather, there is something I can do about the wind blowing my hair… put it up!

I was so excited to have earned our January Stylist Incentive from my company; and today, I found it in my mailbox! The girls and I were so excited, in fact, that we did the unboxing right in the car, in the post office parking lot!

I love the natural look of these new accessories!

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New products will be available on March 1, 2018, along with this month’s Flexi-of-the-Month (Cliona, center below) and other designs that will be perfect to complete your wardrobe on Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Seed starting time!

I was teaching my 8-yr how to fill the seed trays… pack, but not too tightly. I explained why. Then she asked, “Mom, what’s the most exciting thing about planting seeds?”

Then I showed her this tray! 🙂 The gasp of excitement, the light up of the face…

There’s hope for the world as long as children enjoy planting seeds.

February is for Chicken Magic… and garden planning

In January and February I get the itch. The gardening itch. I begin thinking and planning in my head. On warm days, I go out and shovel wheelbarrows of goodness from the chicken coop and pile it up in the garden. I cut back the asparagus bed, and other twigs of last year’s garden that need to be cut back.

My chickens have had access to the garden since production ended. In January, I usually begin dumping our kitchen scraps into the garden area. The girls work hard in January & February, moving the mulch around, working in the piles from the coop, scratching where I’ve thrown the scraps, and pooping all over everything.

It’s like magic. Chicken magic.

Chicken garden magic.

But now it gets serious. February is here.

It’s time to kick things up a notch. Seed catalogs began to arrive in January, so the daydreaming intensifies. It will soon be be time to set out onions! I ordered my Baker Creek seeds a few days ago! I’ll start tomatoes indoors as soon as the seeds arrive!

I need to check my garden fence and chicken-proof it again, so I’ll be ready to put onions out. (And then I’ll probably need to clip wings until they get accustomed to the fence again.)

Here are the tools I’m using during this preparation time:

  • Clyde’s Garden Planner – This is a new tool to me, but it looks like it’s going to be a great help!
  • Texas Gardener Magazine – I hang onto my back issues because they’re full of great info!
  • Seed Catalogs from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Willhite Seed Inc (a Texas company), and any other catalogs that come in the mail! They don’t have a paper catalog but I’ve had great success with the seeds from Heirloom Seeds for years.
  • Premier 1 Poultry Solutions catalog – Great options for feeders & waterers, banding, portable electric net, and other chicken needs. I’ve got my eyes on their temperature sensitive outlet for next winter.
  • I promised myself I’m not buying any chicks this year, but if I did, I’d order them in February as well, from Ideal Poultry (another Texas company).
  • Triangle U-Pin in black nickel, as seen in the first photo, is an easy way to twist my hair up when I’m outside working.

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

I was so excited to see this year’s Pantone Color of the Year! And if you know me, you know why!

I used to tell people that I selected my college because I liked their school colors best. I might go as far as to say that every year’s Color of the Year should be purple… But that might offend someone… Like my middle daughter.

Here are a few of the Ultra Violet accessories you may see me sporting this year (or any year, for that matter!). Comfortable, beautiful, durable, Ultra Violet accessories!

I guess we’ll just leave the powers that be alone and let them pick a new color next year, but deep in my heart the Color of the Year will always be purple. Or Ultra Violet 18-3838.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

Yes, indeed, the world would be a better place with more purple in it. It’s “what’s needed in our world today;” more purple, people!

I am also excited that I’ll be bringing more Ultra Violet into my garden this spring! My garden was greatly lacking in purple last year, but thanks to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I’ll be remedying that as well! Watch for these beauties in upcoming garden posts this spring and summer:

Purple power!

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Eight Hostess Tips for a Successful Style Up

Congratulations on joining a very special group of Hostesses! As your Stylist, my job is to give you the tips to help you have the most successful event possible.

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  1. Personally invite no more than 50 friends. In this world of impersonal “friends,” this step goes a looking way! Call, message or text each person individually to invite them to your event. Invite only those that you believe would benefit from our product, ladies that enjoy wearing their hair up, enjoy wearing jewelry & some bling, or are just fun to have at your party! Invite ladies that you know well enough that you would invite them into your home. **Do not ADD them** to the FB event until they have responded positively! For easy text message invites, go here: Easy text messages to invite your guests. One more time, this is a personal invitation, not a group message or add without consent.
  2. Offer outside ordering to those that can’t attend. Communicate with your guests before your event. We hate for anyone to miss out on learning about this amazing product, so help them out! This also helps you get the most out of your hostess rewards. You’ll see the direct catalog link on the event page.
  3. Make a Wish List from your catalog. I bet you’ve already got a jump start on that step! Remember that our online catalog has many more options than our paper catalog. Feel free to take screen shots of your favorite items and post them on your event page so your guests know what you’re shooting for! If you don’t have a paper catalog, but would like one, please let me know ASAP.
  4. Comment on everything I post on the event page. Be excited! Your guests don’t know me; they want to hear from you. After all, you wouldn’t invite them to your home and then ignore them, would you?
  5. You are the celebrity endoresement! Post photos with your Flexi-Clips, if you have them, or post pictures of the ones you wish you had. (See #3 above!)
  6. Tag friends in the posts when appropriate. Comments like, “This would be great for you, @Janet,” or “This one would look gorgeous in your hair, @Rosaline,” will help your guests make their selections.
  7. Ask questions. If you have questions about the products, how to do a hairstyle, or the business opportunity, don’t be afraid to ask! Some of your friends might be wondering the same things.
  8. Thank the guests that join the event, and afterwards, those that place an order. I will do thank you posts and you can comment right on those.

BONUS: I thought this article would look strange with an odd number of tips, so I made this one a “bonus!” This is actually more a reiteration of the most important points – personal contact & interaction. As the Hostess, the success of your event largely depends on your involvement. If you click on the invite button and never talk to anyone, I’m sad to say, you will not have a successful event. Your guests need to hear your excitement and love for the product in your conversations with them, as well as in your comments, and they need to see the product in your hair; otherwise, it’s just another invite that gets no attention.

Update June 2018! New Hostess Reward tiers!

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Following these tips, you’re sure to have a fun and rewarding event!

Click the chart above to go to our Hostess Rewards page. There you can see your choices for the Special Hostess Gift, and other Hostess Exclusive items.

I am so excited to be working with you! We both know that our products are of great value to help women save time and feel beautiful. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to help spread the word!

If you have yet to complete my Customer Care form, please do so now. This will help me keep track of your event’s orders so I can make sure your guests receive their product in good order. (If you’ve already completed the form, you don’t have to do it again!)

Thanks again! – Sue Ellen

January/February 2018 Lilla Rose Hostess Rewards

UPDATE: Hostess Swag Bag reward has been extended through February, 2018!

During the months of January-February 2018, Lilla Rose Hostesses are being offered some awesome rewards!

Our regular Hostess Rewards already include: Hostess exclusives2.jpg

  • one Hostess Gift of an exclusive Hostess Love Flexi-Clip or one of our Flexi-inspired necklaces
  • half priced items starting with Boutique sales of just $100
  • free items start when Boutique sales reach just $200

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This January, Hostesses with Boutique sales of $200 or more with at least three ordering guests, will earn an additional Swag Bag full of goodies!  Check it out …

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It’s an exciting time to be part of Lilla Rose!  I hope you’ll join me to reap the rewards in January 2018!

Complete this form or contact me today to reserve one of my limited Boutique dates!  If you are local to Johnson County, Texas, I have limited In-Home Style Boutiques available.  Live Facebook parties are also available.

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