Introducing: Lilla Rose! (And Christmas specials!)


Have you ever heard of a company called Lilla Rose? I hadn’t, until a couple weeks ago. But as soon as I saw their products, styled “hair jewelry,” I was intrigued. Their most popular product is the Flexi, a hair clip.
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The first thing that struck me was their beauty—they really are very pretty, and they come in many styles!

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I bought one, and instantly liked it. It holds my hair so securely, yet it doesn’t pull at either hair or head; it’s so light you forget you’re wearing it.
Whether your hair is long or short, thick or thin, there’s a Flexi for you! Here are the 7 different sizes the Flexi comes in, along with their regular prices:

Mini…………………$11
Extra Small……….$13
Small………………..$14
Medium……………$15
Large……………….$16
Extra Large………$21
Mega………………..$26
(Certain styles are a bit more.)

But the Flexi isn’t the only product Lilla Rose sells. They also carry Flexi-Ohs, hair sticks, hair bands, bobby pins, and You-Pins (which are used the same way as hair sticks). These all come in many different colors and styles.

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Lilla Rose is a direct sales company; they rely on word-of-mouth for their advertising. I love the Flexis, and so I became an Independent Consultant with LR and now I’m introducing them to you! Here is my website, through which you can purchase Lilla Rose hair jewelry for yourself and others: http://www.lillarose.biz/StarShiningForever

Click on the Shop Now tab, and then in the top left-hand, you’ll see “Welcome! Please Log In or create a New Account.” If you create an account, you’ll be able to keep track of all your purchases, as well as get early notification of new products and great sales that Lilla Rose does! This is very valuable, as new products sell out quickly, and sales do not last very long. I will also blog about sales that Lilla Rose does.

To start off my business, I’m doing a Grand Opening online party!* This is the party link that you can use for that: www.lillarose.biz/parties/7829 It is open to anyone, and a great benefit of ordering through the party link is that you get $4 shipping on all orders. This is a great time to order, as Lilla Rose products make fantastic Christmas gifts :D Also, Black Friday is coming up, so there is the opportunity of specials and sales! Be sure to sign up on my website, so you’ll be notified of the sales!

*This party will be open for 3 weeks. When it’s over, you can go back to shopping through my web link, instead of the party link. :)

I hope you will enjoy these wonderful products as much as I do! :D

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement


I like making outfits for fashion dolls. I did a whole bunch of them at one time. (That’s actually the reason I originally started this blog ;) ) Anyhow, this one outfit took a lot of time but it came out really well. It’s based on a few “The Lord of the Rings” movie characters, and is my favorite of all the doll outfits I’ve made to date :D So it’s my take on this week’s photo challenge :)
Here you can read the whole post.

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Graduation trip journal (part 1): New York, New York


September 18, Thursday – We took a bus from southern California to Las Vegas, because we got a good deal on a flight from there.

On the bus

On the bus

My first taxi ride was that day, from the bus stop to the airport. At the Vegas airport, we had several hours till the fight so I read “The Hobbit.” We tried to sleep during our red-eye flight …it kind of worked :)


September 19, Friday – Reached Philadelphia in the morning and were picked up by my cousins.

Good morning, Philly!

Good morning, Philly!

Stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get breakfast. The day was spent relaxing, chatting, playing a Lord of the Rings game with my cousin, cooking, and shopping for an outfit as a gift (thank you Victors!).


September 20, Saturday – Graduation day! In the morning, we attended a ceremony for an award I got, and then after a light lunch, the Thomas Edison State College 2014 graduation ceremony in the afternoon. IMG_0601 IMG_0688 We were also able to visit the college nearby and take pictures. IMG_0830 IMG_0836Since my idea of a great evening is pizza and a movie, we ordered veggie pizzas from Papa John’s and watched a cool futuristic movie called “Day After Tomorrow” 8)


September 21, Sunday – First day ever in NYC!! My oldest cousin treated us to a showing of the “Les Miserables” musical on Broadway. Thank you Sarah!! IMG_0937 IMG_0957I’d seen a couple movie versions, and I like the story, so to see the stage production was really neat! It was a wonderful performance! I love the songs and the actors were great! Afterwards we met some of the actors and got autographs.

Javert

Javert

Student

Student

Enjolras

Enjolras

Marius

Marius

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Thenardier

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Times Square

Next we walked to and around Times Square, and spent time walking lower Manhattan. It was so busy! Cars and people shared the road. Truth be told, I didn’t expect it to be quite so chaotic, but it was all good. A different pace altogether, from Los Angeles. IMG_1152 IMG_1151Stopped for dinner at a restaurant that sold several kinds of food and did a little shopping. IMG_1145 IMG_1176The night was pretty warm. The lights and number of people still moving about the street and sidewalks made it seem not quite so late. IMG_1219IMG_1235IMG_1237 IMG_1294We planned to come back the next day, so we left around midnight. I was already anticipating tomorrow :D


September 22, Monday – Having driven the day before, this time we took the bus from our cousins’ place in Philly to NYC. First stop: Wall St. There was a protest going on over global warming; environmentalists were intending to #FloodWallSt, many were sitting around, the Bull was unreachable, Wall St. was closed off, and there were police everywhere. IMG_1483 IMG_1517 IMG_1496It was kind of disappointing to not get to see the Bull up close, but this was an interesting experience. We walked around more…IMG_1464 Then, the highlight of the day (well, kind of the whole trip ;) ): the Statue of Liberty! We took the Staten Island ferry which travelled to the Island, and on the way gave a view of the Statue, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. The ride back I spent on the deck of the ferry, instead of inside, which was fun. My new zoom lens came in handy as I was able to get quite good close-up shots with it. :D And then the Statue against the backdrop of the city looked awesome!IMG_1643 IMG_1662 Next we headed to Ground Zero. There were two huge holes in the ground, where the Twin Towers once stood. They’d been turned into fountains and water kept running down the holes. Forever down. The holes were ringed with the names of all who perished. It was sobering. IMG_1898 But directly behind was the new World Trade Center, the tallest building in New York; quite a demonstration of overcoming.IMG_1895 We rode the subway back up to mid Manhatten, and our last stop was Hershey World at Times Square. We looked around and bought a few souvenirs for the chocolate-lovers in our family :)IMG_1980 And to cap the day off…we took a taxi to the bus station! That New York City taxi ride was way cool. You really have to know your stuff to drive down there…with pedestrians all around, squeezing and streaming though…in the dark…on wet streets.IMG_1228 And that was the end of our time in NYC. I thank God for this amazing experience! And, one day, I want to go back :D


Look for a more detailed and picture-heavy version of this post, coming soon on This Is Our Father’s World.

A most epic trip!


Earlier this week, my dad and I returned from a trip to the East Coast for my college graduation. I attended online and graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. So, while there for TESC’s graduation ceremony, we decided to make the most of the trip and see New York City, which I’d wanted to do for a long while! Then on the way back, we travelled the West for my dad’s business, and more sightseeing! So that’s why my blogs have been silent for a while :)

I’ll be posting about our trip soon, both here and on my photography blog. Stay tuned!

Random thoughts #14: Nautical, classics, beverages, & brothers


“One o’clock precisely!” (Love that book! Read it here for free 8) )

When the theme from a movie you haven’t watched in ages comes on the online radio station you’re listening to. Whoa, blast from the past.

Pretty neat to watch a girl with long, thick hair braid it up into something cool. Like, you can’t even see it and you’re doing such a good job :O

Ah, it smells like rain. :D

I’m in a nautical mood. Just finished reading Treasure Island, visited a Maritime museum, saw ships in a bottle, spent some time at the beach, volunteered at a VBS with a Sea of Galilee theme, heard a presentation on “US history through maritime song,” visited a lighthouse…

Bullfrogs and butterflies
They’ve both been born again…

I’d like a boat ride. Or a ship in a bottle.

Did you know how they make ships in bottles? The boat part is small enough to fit through the bottle’s neck, and the sails are all folded down and attached to a string. The boat is slid into the bottle, then the string is pulled, and the sails go up. Voila! You’ve got a boat in a bottle.

You know what’s super cool? Taking pictures of the moon with your new zoom lens. :D

A rockin’ Christian worship song (in English) song came on the radio and my littlest brother wanted to know if it was Spanish. :|

Pineapple soda is a paradox. Like…this tropical, fresh taste of pineapple, and then this clearly artificial carbonated fizz.

*two younger brothers are playing with action figures*
Littlest brother: “Superman is losing.”
Older brother: “Superman doesn’t lose.”
Littlest brother: “I said losing, not lost.”

Green tea is pretty awesome :D

My favorite name of God is “I AM.”

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Random Thoughts #13: Kid-isms!!


A whole post dedicated to the quotable daycare kids I help watch :) They’ve been super talkative lately ;)

3rd grade boy: “God is like water. Water can take the shape of anything. And God can too. I just came up with that. Right now.”

Same boy: “I want to be an investment banker, because teachers aren’t paid enough and they have to work really hard.” Genius.

2nd grade girl to friend, on a hot day: “Why should I go go over there with you when you don’t even know what you want to do? I’d just be spending my body energy!”

The food chain, as told by a 2nd grader: “And then the whale ate the shark, and the blue whale ate the whale.”

As tech-savvy as the kids of this generation are…they stand there fascinated by a simple Etch-a-Sketch. Losing the old skills, we are.

Elementary-age kid about his sister in middle school: “She got a phone, and she was like “I’ll never ask for anything again”; and the next thing you know, she wants a laptop.” :lol:

5th grade girl: “My dad likes to get massages when we go on a cruise; I think it’s so he can get to lie down and not be considered lazy.”

Later, she was weighing the con of having to wear a fancy dress to the dinners on the cruise, with the pro of said dinners being all-you-can-eat buffets. :lol:

5th grade girl (not same one): “I’m going to say “over yonder” instead of “over there.”” #paidattentioninLitclass 8-)

Boy 1: “Cricket is like the British version of baseball. Except with flat bats.”
Boy 2: “But not flat like a platypus??”
Boy 1: “No, flat like a paddle.”

*kids in daycare are watching a movie, and a character starts crying, then soft music plays*
Kid 1: “Oh, no, not the piano music!”
Kid 2: “Yeah, that makes crying in movies worse!”
:P

One Sunday, the younger grades sang “The Lamb” in church. Their sweet voices singing the simple melody beautifully illustrated 2 things:
1) the innocence of the Lamb, Jesus
-The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
2) His care over us, especially children, as the Good Shepherd over lambs
-I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
-But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16
Listen to the song here:

Goodreads


Hello to all my followers! This is just a note to let you know that my previous post (which you got an email about) was a book review I accidentally posted on my blog instead of my Goodreads account – sorry about that!

And here’s a little bit about Goodreads. It’s “the worlds largest online book community.” Once you get a free account, you can virtually “shelve” books, write book reviews, find friends, participate in giveaways, have fun with trivia and quizzes, and chat about books. If you’re a book lover like me, chances are you’ll find it a great place! I especially like it because I can keep track of books I’ve read and reviews I’ve written. Here’s a link to my page with the books I’ve reviewed.

Check it out, and have fun! :)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Review)


(Contains spoilers.)

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Wow! This is now my second favorite Marvel movie, after The Avengers. It’s especially relevant because of all the surveillance going on now. This movie finds Cap in an America dealing with freedom, restrictions, expanding government, privacy, and how to balance it all. And he doesn’t give up on an old friend, which pays off!

Few initial observations:
•The Falcon is a nice addition to the team – a real friend for Cap.
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•Can I just say it’s really annoying whenever someone in Marvel “dies”? :roll:
•The Winter Soldier…wasn’t in the movie as much as I was expecting. The story turned out great anyway, but they only just opened up the possibilities with Bucky here.

I like how the privacy intrusions committed by SHIELD and the government all turn out to be bad, because Hydra is revealed to be in charge. The movie makes a excellent point about how complacency, apathy, and backing down results in a loss of our freedom.

Dr. Arnim Zola: “HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. … HYDRA created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. … People will fight for their freedom if people try to take it from them. But if you cause enough trouble, people will willingly give up their freedom for a more secure world.”

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

Steve Rogers: “Don’t let control take the place of freedom!”

As SHIELD crumbles, Cap and Natasha Romanoff are forced to go on the run.

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The unstable situation is reflected close to home for Cap as he observes Natasha’s style—one of being willing to do anything, to play the games and tell the lies, in order to stay alive and do her spy work. Cap, on the other hand, holds to moral standards. And that’s refreshing to see in this day and age.

Nick Fury: “Now Agent Romanoff is comfortable with everything.”

Natasha Romanoff: “I find that it’s easier to keep your true self buried under several layers of untrue selves, to protect yourself.”
Steve Rogers: “That’s not a good way to live.”
Natasha Romanoff: “No, but it’s a good way not to die.”

God doesn’t ask us to sway our standards with changing situations; following God’s Word ensures success.

The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
- Psalm 112:6b-8

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
- Deuteronomy 23:4

Through it all, as Captain America fights for right, others join him. His dedication to truth, honesty, and friendship influence those around him to those things as well. His shining example is the cause of much good in this movie.

Steve Rogers: “The price of freedom is high, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay!”

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Random Thoughts #12: Actually, foods, & these kids


1st graders playing “pretend” during recess:
“Okay, and pretend I didn’t care.”
“No, pretend you did.”

Oh hey! Those peanut-flavored Cheetos things I talked about last time? Dipped them in frosting and they tasted much better :D Vanilla was best XD

I actually like those apples that wrinkle up when they get dry. Yum :) I need to do that drying apple slices for snacks thing.

The captions on our iPad got messed up so the first lines of dialogue came below and subsequent lines came on top. And now Elrond talks like Yoda. XD

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When jump ropes tucked into little girls’ back collars and drifting down onto the floor turn them into Rapunzel…that’s imagination for ya!

Interesting is… A pair of women’s pants that are “raisin” in color.

This kid had a toy truck that actually folded out into Optimus Prime 8-)

However did this knot get into this single strand of my hair?

Why do all the pictures of Sleeping Beauty have her in a pink dress, when for most of the movie she’s actually in a blue dress? Besides her waltzing about the forest in a peasant dress, she goes into the castle, pricks her finger, falls asleep, is woken up, and dances with the prince ALL in a blue dress. The only times her dress is pink are when it’s being made and during her wedding dance, at which times the fairies are alternating it between blue and pink. But in all the common Disney princess pictures, her dress is pink. :?

My littlest brother to older sisters: “Can you do me a favor? Can you make more fireworks?” It was so cute, particularly because he’d never before used that first sentence :)

Chili hot dogs are better than chili cheeseburgers.

My littlest brother had a hard time understanding why, when my sister had an earache, she got shots in her arms and legs, not her ears.

Once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop. You do realize I’m talking about watermelon, right? ;)

This lady was wearing a plain grey-and-white striped maxi dress, but she’d jazzed it way up by adding a hat, hair tie, earrings, necklace, belt, purse, and sandals—all silver and sparkly. Completely transformed it 8-)

Teal and bright cherry red. At first, they’re a bit of a jarring sight when you see them on alternating nails, but after some time they actually seem to meld pretty well.

An out-of-towner accidentally drove his car into a deep ditch on the side of a country road. Luckily a farmer happened by with his big old horse named Benny.
The man asked for help. The farmer said Benny could pull his car out. So he backed Benny up and hitched Benny to the man’s car bumper.
Then he yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull.”
Benny didn’t move.
Then he yelled, “Come on, pull Ranger.”
Still, Benny didn’t move.
Then he yelled really loud, “Now pull, Fred, pull hard.”
Benny just stood.
Then the farmer nonchalantly said,
“Okay, Benny, pull.”
Benny pulled the car out of the ditch.
The man was very appreciative but curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.
The farmer said, “Oh, Benny is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling he wouldn’t even try.”

I think this joke actually has a point. Unlike Benny, we do have others around us who are on the same mission. Reminded me of this verse: “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).

Don’t despair, there are others out there who still love God and want to follow Him!

Summer kids movies: “Earth to Echo” & “Dragon 2″


At my work (daycare), we took the kids to see a couple kids movies recently: “Earth to Echo” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Here’s what I thought :) (Contains spoilers.)

Earth to Echo

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“Earth to Echo” is a movie about how some kids find a lost alien and help it get to its spaceship and get home. Just some initial observations: it’s filmed like the boys are filming it with handheld cameras, each of the pre-teen boys has his own cell phone, and they use the word “Dude” way too much. You’d think it’s a nice kids movie and all, but it actually features kids breaking rules and doing all the wrong things. But somehow that’s ok because of their quest to help the cute little alien. Quite the “ends justify the means” story.

The movie makers made the story so that these kids “have” to do all these things you’d never want your kid doing. Like lying to their parents and sneaking out of the house. Like sneaking out to bike out to the desert at night. Like going into a bar and to a wild teenager party (dim lights, drinking, dancing, women, and all). Like stealing and driving (on the road!) a car and a truck. Like avoiding and fighting police because they’re conveniently the bad guys. Like chatting about “hot” girls and kissing. Like breaking and entering. AND did I mention that these kids can’t be more than 12 or 13?! And the only kid who has any moral scruples and protests is made fun of, and then ends up just going along.

Oh, but they help the little alien escape the bad guys and get away to its home. Yeah, it’s got a message of friendship as these kids face danger, help each other, make friends with the alien, and grow to appreciate each other more…all while disobeying their parents and breaking the law… Which is supposed to make all that bad stuff not so bad at all? Quite fitting that the company that made it is named “Relativity Media” :roll:

All in all, not a recommend. This is no family-friendly movie.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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I haven’t seen the first one in this series, but that didn’t seem to be a problem; this story was good on its own.

Dragons. They used to be the terror of the Viking village, but now the people have learned to get along with them and have domesticated some. But now rumors fly of a stranger who’s capturing dragons for a dragon army of his own, which he’ll mind control using a huge “Alpha” dragon, and then use to terrify the villages into submission. How do they stop him?

This story does stay true to the real meaning of family as a close-knit unit, though there are some problems at first.
• Hiccup has grown some years, and it’s time for him to get ready to take over as chief, but he doesn’t want to be chief, and ignores his father’s talk and training to go exploring. By the end, though, he does accept this responsibility.
• Hiccup disagrees with his father on how to handle the hostile stranger, thinking he can go and talk him into a peaceful solution (he is later shown to be wrong about this, and realizes it). Yeah, the peaceful way doesn’t always work.
• But the strangest thing regards Hiccup’s mother, who believed dragons were good even during the wars against them. She was presumed dead in a dragon raid when Hiccup was a baby, but was actually carried away, and in this movie, is revealed to have been living with the dragons for 20 years because she chose them over her family life (she didn’t know that the villagers and dragons are now friends). That, I thought, was not a right choice at all, and surprising for a mother to leave her baby (Hiccup). But when Hiccup and his father find her, she is apologetic for her selfishness and agrees to return, so that was good. The whole family fights together in a battle, which is very neat. Family is encouraged in this film.

Another positive message is the one of how powerful unity is. Hiccup’s friends don’t desert him in tough situations. He and his family together are a formidable force in battle. All the dragons standing together defeat the huge “Alpha.” Shows what being united and brave can do 8-)

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

This movie was better than I expected. Still some things to think about, but a good movie overall.

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