Category: Work from Home

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!

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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):

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 Tigris as an example will look like this:

20180731_151934Tigris started her new business by joining on September 14.  Her first full month will be October.  She has until October 31 to reach $350 in wholesale personal sales volume (PSV).  That gives her a month and a half to get her new business up and running!  Tigris should jump right in and schedule a Grand Opening Party and invite her friends and family, to introduce them to her new business!  She can also book her first Style Ups (aka parties) 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 Tigris 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.

LillaBagOldTigris 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, diaper bag, or book 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 Tigris 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 also joined with FAST START as well… do the math real quick… that’s a $200 Bonus Check!

20180731_151908Tigris’ second full month will be here before she knows it!  Tigris will have until November 30 to reach her Month 2 goal of $525 PSV.  Keep in mind, PSV comes from customers ordering from Tigris’ 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 Tigris 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 Tigris’ team will have earned her another $50 Shopping Spree!  Any PSV over this month’s goal will apply to the next goal.

NOTE: If Tigris joined 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, each.

20180731_151838Since Tigris joined in September, her first full month is October.  Her second month will be November, and her third month will be December.  Working hard has become a habit by now, and it’s paying off!  When Tigris’ roll-over plus her PSV combine together to reach $700 PSV, she will earn another $150 Shopping Spree for her Month 3 Goal! 

These shopping sprees can be used for business supplies as well as inventory, and by now Tigris may need to get some more order forms and such for all the business she’s been doing!  Any other New Stylists that join Tigris’ team will have earned her another $50 Shopping Spree, and you know it by now, and extra cash 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, Tigris 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, Tigris has worked hard and earned the rewards of a thriving new business and it’s income, new friendships, and a new place to belong.  Welcome to the Lilla Rose family, Tigris!

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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20th Anniversary!

20th Anniversary!

I had an awesome getaway with my hubby for our anniversary! We celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary on the island of St John, US Virgin Islands! We spent a lot of time face down in the water, marveling at God’s creation. (Snorkeling – I got sunburned on the back of my legs only! LOL!) Still in recovery from category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria in 2017, we also saw much devastation.

The hiking trails, beaches, and reefs were definitely changed by these natural disasters, but recovery is coming. If you’d like to learn more about the recovery efforts, and how you can help, please visit USVI Recovery.

I’ll have to do another post on the gorgeous flora and fauna because the underwater pics are on hubby’s camera.

Y’all, this crab was huge! That big claw was bigger than my hand!

Meanwhile back home, Lilla Rose announced an exciting discount on New Stylist Kits!

With $25 off and about $15 saved on shipping, this is such an awesome value! That Fast Start option comes out to well over 50% commission when you sell those items, too!

Highlights of the Lilla Rose opportunity include :

  • Fun times playing with hair!
  • Wholesale access to all the hairthings you and your family could ever need!
  • Free website with no fees for upkeep!
  • No monthly or quarterly minimum requirements!
  • Free weekly training sessions and lots of Home Office support!
  • A strong community of Lilla Rose sisters (and a few bros)!
  • Opportunity to add to your family’s income through commissions and bonuses!

We have a neat Remarkable Opportunity group, too. It’s a place where you can gather with friends to learn about the LR business opportunity in a fun, casual, no-pressure way! You will be able to read and watch testimonials from other stylists, as well as get a small taste of the wonderful close-knit community we stylists enjoy! It is truly a powerful insight into Lilla Rose culture!

To keep the group a supportive and safe place for everyone, we do have a few guidelines: Guests must answer the entrance question of who their stylist is, and/or who invited them. (That would be me, Sue Ellen Hale, unless another Stylist invited you first.) Stylists do not try to recruit you in this group, they always refer you back to your own Stylist, and no recruiting for any other companies is allowed. Let me know if you join the group so I can welcome you! Or comment below so I can add you.

So, between the anniversary, the trip, and the enrollment special, wow what a week! Now if I can just get my body to catch up with these time changes…

What does it mean to work from home?

I work from home.  There’s a number of ways you can work this type of business, but for me, I do about 12 vendor shows a year, mostly work my business online, and sometimes do in-home parties.  With the ever-changing “algorithm” to deal with, and rural internet service, online work can be a challenge.  I’ve done a number of online parties, where I intended to do a live video.  Thankfully, I have a pre-recorded video stored on YouTube, I can link to when I’m in a pinch.

Imagine my surprise when my live actually worked last week!

LydiaPartyVidScreenShotAll that to give you an idea of what it means to work from home.  So here’s the scene…

I did my live video outside, on the back porch, because my daughters & husband were watching Hello Dolly (rather loudly) in the house.  I called one of the clips by the wrong size.  Goats were bleating in the background.  Sometime, when I turned around to show my hair, I was out of the screen.  My son walked in on the video, then wiped his mouth on his arm in the background.  At least he wasn’t picking his nose, right?  Then a goose started honking loudly.  All that happened within a 10 minute video.

Obviously, working from home is not always picture perfect!  If you’re waiting for everything to be in order before you start your work from home business, you’re going to be waiting forever!

But if you don’t get started, you’ll never be a business owner!  And you’ll never be growing a real business!  It’s work and it’s real life.  It’s balancing homeschool, customer follow-up, and healthy meals.  It’s things not always going as expected.  It’s stretching out of your comfort zone, but the freedom to do it from your comfort zone, with all the craziness going on around you.  It’s earning the title, “work from home mom.”  It’s teaching children to be entrepreneurs, to be responsible, and how to put labels on materials straight.  It’s having a cheering squad in the back seat when you open an incentive award package at the post office.  It’s teaching them that success is within reach, without giving up bedtime prayers.

“Network marketing isn’t perfect; but it is better!” – Eric Worre

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Ready, Set, Win!

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I just got home from an ahh-maze-ing weekend in Southern California!

Our company national convention was what took me across the country, and boy, was it worth it! If you’re in direct sales, you NEED to attend your company conventions! There is such an energy and excitement that comes from these events, and in my company, it’s like a family reunion for our family of Stylists. Of course, there is valuable training and new products that come along with convention, too!

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My Team Leader’s Brunch

The most exciting announcement at our convention was the introduction of a New Stylist Ready Set Win program! I know many companies already have programs for success in the first three months, but this was new for us and HQ did a bang up job on this program! AND… just wait till you hear what they did for us!!

HQ is giving all, yes ALL, current Stylists the opportunity to go through the program, starting May 1! Who does that?! They love us so much and are so generous with us!!!

I know you’re dying to know, so here’s what can be earned through the Ready Set Win program (and this will be available to all New Stylists at the time of their sign-up, to help get your new business off to a great start):

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  • First Full Month – Bring a friend with you into the business! Studies show that when you start a new business with a friend, you both achieve success together! Enroll 1 new active Stylist in your first full month and earn the Lilla Bag display purse! ($80 value)
  • First Full Month – Reach $350 in Personal Volume (PV) and earn a $75 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with your Grand Opening and 1 additional home party/Style Up!)
  • Second Full Month – Reach $525 in PV and earn a $100 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with 2-3 Style Ups!)
  • Third Full Month – Reach $700 in PV and earn a $150 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with Style Ups, and perhaps a craft/vendor show!)
  • Winning Start – Reach a cumulative $2,000 in the first three months and enroll a cumulative 3 active Stylists to earn a sterling silver Lilla Rose necklace!

And don’t forget, if those New Stylists select the Fast Start kit, that’s a $200 bonus check in your pocket!

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My Team at the Purple Party

Now you see why there was such excitement at Convention? The room went crazy! It’s such a great program to boost sales and grow a team at the same time! And that bag… well, after all, it is purple!

Lilla Rose also provides a training guide to help you achieve each step, weekly training calls, a free website for online sales, a community of helpful and encouraging Stylists, and an upline sponsor (me!) that loves to see others succeed!


Want to hear from other Lilla Rose Stylists as well? I’d love to add you to our no-pressure testimony group on FB! Comment to connect with me so I can invite you to the private group.

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If you’re interested in my own personal story of becoming involved in this direct sales business opportunity, click here.

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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