Category: Beauty

Why do we dress up for Easter?

As of today, there’s a week and one day until Easter! I was wondering where the idea of new clothes and gifts for Easter came from…

As I googled, of course there’s pagan roots. Someone always finds pagan roots for anything, if that’s what you’re looking for. But when you’re looking for Christ and godly things, those will be found also.

And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 NASB

So I looked for Him.

One source mentioned the fact that when people are baptized, they’re often wearing white robes. That is true. I wore a white robe when I was baptized back in 1979, and it’s highly likely my kids wore the same robes when they were baptized in the same little church many decades later. But in all my years of church going, Easter was not a big day for baptism. Maybe it is in other places.

Honestly, as I grew up, church attendance was something that caused us to dress up more in general. I was raised during the times of “Sunday best.” That came with the feeling of wearing our best; looking our cleanest and best for church – not to impress the other parishioners, but because it was bringing our best to the Lord. In similar fashion, we also cleaned up and looked nice for company or going to be company. Your never visited someone else’s house looking grungy, and you certainly didn’t visit the Lord’s house that way, either.

Therefore, the answer that resonated loudest in my heart was the “new creation” theory. I distinctly remember my pastor using the words, “raised to walk in the newness of life,” as I was raised out of the baptismal waters. It’s a combination of bringing our best and being a new creation, I believe, that brings us to new clothes, hats or accessories for Easter.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 HCSB

Once I had children, daughters especially, it was fun to shop for new, fresh outfits for Easter… and it usually corresponds with the fact that they’ve grown since last year and need new clothes anyway! Until 2020, their new dresses did double duty as a new dress for the Daddy/Daughter Dance, and for Easter.

So this is where I land in 2021. Do I need new clothes? Unlikely. Do my children need new clothes? Likely.

Will we have new clothes for Easter?

I will go through my closet – ahead of Easter morning – and see what I can mix & match to come up with an outfit that feels new to me, but also feels like a new creation. I may add some new accessories – a new hair clip or Upin, a necklace and bracelet I don’t wear everyday.

My children, well… some of them actually need some new clothes. I will make sure they’re clean, and dressed appropriately, and I will explain to them why it’s important. They’ve all been baptized now, and know the Lord. I will continue to teach them that it’s not the clothes and outfits that are most important on Easter. It’s not the candy, eggs or bunnies, either.

We are honoring the sacrifice of Jesus, to die in our place, and rejoicing in the celebration of His resurrection! He overcame death and the grave! And for that, we will look our best.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV


And if you ARE going to be dressing up for Easter, and need a new accessory to go with your outfit – check out my top picks! Lots of beautiful, florals reminded me of Easter! A few Easter basket gifts are in there, too! I recommend upgrading your shipping at this point – or check with me to see what I have in stock at home.

Shop the Easter Collection Here

2021: The Year of the Gratitude Journal

What are you thankful for? That 2020 is over!

No, seriously, think about what you’re thankful for! This is my focus for 2021. Living with a spirit of gratitude changes your life, but it’s not something that comes easy for most people. We have to be intentional about it. That’s why I’ve started a gratitude journal.

Gratitude Journal from Step Into Success

My 2021 Planner came with a small gratitude journal, pictured above, but there’s lots of places you can get one of these, or you can just use a spiral notebook. I find it easiest to write in mine every night before going to bed. Just a sentence or two is enough. Here’s some prompts for your daily entries:

  • Today I’m grateful for…
  • A person I’m grateful for is…
  • Something in nature I’m grateful for is…
  • The best thing that happened today is…
  • Something that made me smile today is…
  • I’m looking forward to….
  • A hobby I’m grateful for is…
  • It’s important to practice gratitude because…
  • A complement I’ve received lately is…
  • I’m grateful for this friendship…

You see? It’s not difficult to get started. If you need additional help, simply google “gratitude journal prompts” and you’ll have a huge list to get you started!

As a woman of faith, I also use those sale notification emails as an opportunity to practice gratefulness, and as a prayer prompt. I thank God for the clients he brings my way, that he prompts them to remember me when shopping, and that he would bless them. Gratefulness, therefore, takes our minds off ourselves.

Research at Harvard Medical School found that practicing gratefulness makes you more optimistic, feel better about your life, exercise more, and have fewer visits to the doctor, even! I hear that some doctors are even recommending keeping a gratitude journal to their patients as another method to improve their overall health!

As far as business goes, there are many reasons why being grateful is good for business. People enjoy doing business with grateful people. Being grateful takes your focus off of yourself and onto your clients, which drives you to better customer service. Grateful people attract grateful people, which is a good place to be in life as well as in business. Need more reasons? Just google, “does being grateful increase sales,” then pause for a moment and be thankful for the clients you already have and the information you are learning.

Here are some examples of gratitude journals, but keep in mind you can also use a spiral notebook:

The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad.

Psalm 126: 3

Fill your home with beautiful reminders of the Grace you’ve been given and the Gratitude that you have!

Grace & Gratitude Collection

Bring the rose garden into your beauty routine

Some cultures have been using Rosewater for centuries, but here in America, we seem to fall away from traditional uses, stay away for a while and then come back to realize the value of natural products. I believe this is true with Rosewater.

So what is Rosewater? Well, it is NOT rose petals soaked in water. True Rosewater is a hydrosol, a by-product from the steam distillation of rose essential oil. This video explains the process well:

There are so many uses for hydrosols like rosewater!

  • Rosewater makes a beautiful pillow spray at night.
  • Try it as a perfume.
  • Add a little to a dessert to give it a lovely rose flavor!
  • Use as a hair tonic to hydrate and to smooth the hair cuticles.
  • Use as a no-heat hair setting spray when combined with a Swerve U-Pin or other Lilla Rose haircessory.
  • Use as a facial toner daily for dry, aging or irritated skin.
  • Mist in the air or on body to calm the mind.
  • Spray Rose Water on your hair to keep it shiny and vitalized
  • Massage into your scalp to moisturize and stimulate hair follicles
  • Spray Rose Water on your face for an energizing boost of hydration in the morning, or a relaxing mist before bed.
  • When used to fight acne, remove makeup, or treat eye bags, spray Rose Water on cotton and gently wipe the skin.
  • Spray Rose Water directly on the areas you’d like to tone and hydrate.
  • Spray after a workout to cool and refresh.

Listen to what these ladies had to say about their Rosewater experiences:

We 4 girls love the stuff. My girls have waist long hair. I’ve just started being able to use it on my hair again, trying to get it healthy again, hiding my shaved areas from surgery as they grow out. It tames the new growth wispies, too. I’m also using it to stimulate my facial nerves/muscles as I rub it over my face on the cotton ball and while I can’t wear make up. I’m getting compliments on my complexion.

– Deb W.

I LOOOVE the Rosewater! 💓💓 It smells like REAL roses!!😁😁

– Amanda M.

Get yourself some Rosewater 💕 I am so glad I did !! With age comes change – it’s inevitable 😏 – body changes, skin changes, hair changes and I have been privy to them ALL. I have been using rosewater for just about 3 weeks now and have noticeable improvement in my hair and skin. With just ONE product I have literally replaced 4 others I USED to use on my HAIR and FACE!

HAIR – much more manageable and the shine it has is remarkable! It’s no secret to those who know me I am NOT kind to my hair as it is colored on a regular basis, blown dry and just plain beat up !

No more dry fly-aways, and it STAYS manageable all day without ANY additional product and my ends have NEVER looked healthier. 💕

SKIN – Wowzers ! Tone and elasticity ! I now have BOTH !! Yes BOTH ! Who knew ? A quick spritz before bed and another in the morning before putting on my face for the day 💕

– Wendy G.

My hair has been so much softer and smoother!

– Amanda K.

I use it as a detangler for my daughter’s hair. She is now 17 months and has very fine wispy hair. Gets tangled out in just a few seconds with no tears!! I use it on my hair in the morning to refresh areas that are flat (especially around my face) after sleeping on it.

– Amanda P.

I have a perm and use it when I get out of the shower to get my curls back. I also will use it in my flyaway hair to keep it down in stead on looking like a wild woman. I also use it on my dry face wow what a huge difference the Rose water brings back moisture. I’m on my 3rd bottle. It’s a must have in my bathroom.

-Jodi D.

I’m a massage therapist and I spritz it on my sheets just before my clients come. Lovely scent!

– Jackie A.

I use this on myself and my 18 month old daughter. We both have curly hair, mine is a little coarser than hers. She has Shirley Temple curls. I use it to Spritz on her second or third day curls to revive them. Also makes her hair smell amazing! I use it the same for myself, and also on my face as a toner. I think it’s a delightful product! As an FYI, when I got down to the bottom half inch of my bottle I filled it up the rest of the way with filtered water. Still smells great even though it’s diluted. 😃. Just my frugal two cents worth. 😉

– Laura S.

Daughter-Long, fine hair. Slight wave but curls tend to fall. She LOVES using foam twirlers and curling her hair. But after a day, they are quite fallen. A week or two ago, my daughter washed at night and we did a good spray down of rosewater and put in foam rollers. In the morning, we took them out and they lasted not only that day, but we didn’t comb her hair out and the curls lasted the next day, too!

– Erin S.

It’s a great refresher for the skin and hair. It doesn’t make my hair or skin oily or shiny. It can be used anytime you need a quick pick me up, the light smell of the rose water is invigorating, calming and soothing all at the same time. I spray rosewater on my clients hair and scalp when I’m done with their hair. You can also “lightly” mist your face with it, makeup stays put. I love it!

– Cathy S

I’m finding that it is really great, for my super fine hair, at taming frizz and static (which will be even more important as winter comes on with all its dry air)! I used it the other day (below) to take out the frizz after wearing a knit hat for hours! 🙂

– Megan M.

My girls and I love Rosewater, too! I love that ours is also made from organic Bulgarian roses, so I don’t have to worry about extra chemicals on my skin. The ingredients are: certified organic rose hydrosol (rosa damascena). That’s it!

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Great Gifts for Mom

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My mom with me and my daughter at the Women of Faith conference in 2009.

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! 

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Mothering 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.)

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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 and probably in stores, too.  She also enjoyed gift cards to bookstores along with her bath beads!

Blue Flowers

You can never go wrong with flowers!  Almost universally, moms enjoy getting flowers.  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.)

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For the holidays, my mom would have loved this wreath with blue accents, too!  To this day, I still always add blue flowers to her arrangements.

Of course, I must add my favorite accessories to the list, too.  Most moms deal with hair a lot, whether their own or that of their daughters.  And even though the “mom bun” is trending nowadays, moms do like to be noticed and look pretty.

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Enter Lilla Rose.  As you can see from this collage above (click to enlarge), there’s a pretty good variety of styles to meet the needs of most moms.  Of course, I went with the blue theme again.  My kids know to pick purple for me. (wink, wink)  If you’re shopping for a gift for yourself (because I’m a mom, too, I know how Mom’s stocking gets filled…) or for your mom, sister, aunt, or BFF, check out my sizing video or contact me to get you in the right size.  Excuse me?  Size???  Yes!  That’s one of the great things about Flexi-Clips – they are not a one-size-fits-all item.

One of my favorite gifts that I gave to my mom was a new Bible cover similar to this one. She was with me when we were shopping that day. I told her I was looking for a gift for someone that really loves blue, and since she really loves blue, too, maybe she could help me pick out something? I showed her several Bible covers and she picked one with a beautiful tapestry of flowers on the cover. Of course, the background was blue and it included little blue flowers in the design. I told her that would be perfect, and I bought the gift for my “friend.” When Christmas rolled around and she unwrapped the gift, it was quite memorable! I’m smiling now just remembering the time.

So what else should I add as great gifts for Moms? What gift have you given, or received, that were extra memorable?

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Direct links to the hair accessories in the collage (left to right):