Category: Family

The Flexi SPORT is coming your way!

We have a brand new product launch on September 1, 2021!

The Flexi SPORT has been in research & development for years! It was first revealed to Stylists at our National Convention in 2018, and called the Flexi2. John has worked with engineers and product testers for even longer before that, trying to find the perfect materials that would hold up to the rigorous use of our amazing hair accessories.

What he came up with is a no-slip grip that’s perfect for high ponytails, active lifestyles, children, water activities… and just every day! (in fact, I’ve had one since July and my 10 yo has been wearing is 24/7 since then!)

This video features my 14yo using the Sport to make a low ponytail, which is what she does every. single. day. lol! (This was the day we took the clip from my 10yo so I could show it at the Market lol)

Currently, the Sport is available for preorder directly through me, in one size – Medium Flip Size… which can be used as a Medium, Small or Extra Small. Text (254) 988-7217 for more information!

It’s comfortable, no slip, grippy material – made with Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), inside the 8 portion is a high tensile strength spring steel (the same material that the wire in our Flips are made with), high grade polycarbonate for the sliding pin. All parts are latex free and there is no exposed metal.

It’s 100% waterproof! Perfect for swimming, boating and other water sports!

Colors currently include purple (of course), black and turquoise for now. Other color options will be future possibilities, and may even change seasonally! *UPDATE* The shipment that was supposed to contain black, is actually a charcoal/slate/gray.

And the price is pretty sweet, too – $15 for one -OR- a 3-pack of all 3 colors for $39! These will be live on my website on September 1, 2021!

Key points of warning: TPE is a fantastic material in it’s durability, flexibility, and more! However it is susceptible to heat. You’re going to want to make sure to check your pockets in the laundry room. One of our Stylists accidentally washed, and dried, her Sport. It was not good. (Many of us have washed and dried the original Flexi-Clip with little to no damage.) Also, I live in Texas, where the heat in the car can become deadly in just a few minutes. Your new Flexi Sport would likely not survive that either.

Easy Lemon Bars

Here’s an easy, fun and yummy snack for your Sowing Seeds of Grace event!

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15-oz box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 – 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • Optional: 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Bake Time: 26-28 minutes

Preheat oven to 350* and grease or spray a 9×13″ baking pan, or line with parchment paper.

For the crust: In a large bowl, mix the dry lemon cake mix with the melted butter, egg, and lemon extract until well blended. The batter will be very thick. Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.

For the filling: In a small bowl, blend together the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest (if using). Pour this mixture evenly over the cake mix batter layer in the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 26-28 minutes, until the lemon filling is set. Let cool completely in pan, then dust with powdered sugar. Cut into bars or squares.

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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