Fighting for Justice: Wonder Woman Movie Review


“Wonder Woman” was much better than I was expecting. 🙂

Getting objectionable content out of the way first: There’s obviously Diana’s corset+miniskirt outfit, some innuendo, and a scene with & shot of a guy with nothing on. 

There’s a little of that feminist “girls are better than guys” schtick, but part of that is because the Amazons are  basically an elite military squad. World War I soldiers in the movie do plenty of fighting. Diana’s just better because she’s had years of specialized training. 

Women in the regular military isn’t Biblical, but women stepping up in time of trouble or war to do strategic, warlike things is (Deborah, Jael, Esther). Diana sees a need in the war and she can do something about, so she does, which is Biblical. This, after her tribe ridiculously does not accompany her to the fight after spending their lives in training for that very purpose. 

“If you know what is right to do but you do not do it, you sin.”

-James 4:17

Also, Diana’s incredulity at and passion against some modern war practices like politicians and generals sitting back in safe offices making decisions that’ll end thousands of young lives is a VERY welcome point. 

Before seeing it, I got the impression that the film was going to bash us over the head about ending war, but thankfully it’s not just one big anti-war sermon. Diana comes to see that ending war isn’t possible; the Bible says as much. The end message is Diana learning to get used to fighting for the right and assisting humanity with all its faults and flaws and glories.  

She finally understands there will always be evil to fight because humanity has been corrupted by the god of war Ares–and they continue to let themselves be corrupted. (Man’s sinful nature, as confirmed in the Bible.) There will always be the innocent, poor, and needy to save. There will always be justice to uphold. Who will fight for that?

That’s a message that echoes the Bible. Humans are complicated and God knows that. He helps us much more than we deserve, too. And He insists on our continued fighting the good fight, upholding righteousness, and “occupying till He comes” 

“But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it. 

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

-Psalm 94:16

-Pictures via the Wonder Woman Movie Facebook page

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10 Hairstyles You Can Do With Lilla Rose Bobby Pins (+ free pins!)


Lilla Rose makes some amazing and pretty products. Their bobby pins are made of metal, have decorations soldered on at the end, and are super-hold. No slipping here! From now till March 31, 2017, you can get 1 of these fantastic bobby pins FREE with a $40 purchase, or 2 FREE with a $50 purchase. 

Here are 10 lovely hairstyles, for both long and short hair, that can be accomplished with nothing but Lilla Rose super-hold bobby pins. You can view How-To videos here for some of these hairstyles.

1. Start making a braid, but after weaving the 3 strands once, stop and secure each strand with a different bobby pin.

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2. Gather a thick section of hair from either side of the head and tie into a knot. Secure with 2 bobby pins. 

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3. Braid a section from the side of the head, but leave it unsecured and clip it to the rest of the hair using 1 or 2 bobby pins.

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4. Twist back hair from both sides of the head, and use those to start making a bun. After you get the circular shape, leave the ends hanging down and stick bobby pins in to secure.  

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5. Braid vertically down either the right or left side of the head, but French braid on the side close to the ear. Stick bobby pins in as needed to secure and decorate. 

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6. Gather 2 strands of hair and tie a knot, then tie a knot again. (Lilla Rose bobby pins work in both straight and curly hair!)

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7. Take the ponytail and tie it in a knot. Insert a couple bobby pins to hold it. 

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8. Loosly braid the hair and wrap it into a low bun. Usually 2 or 3 bobby pins are enough to secure. 
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9. The classic look! Pin back hair behind ear using a bobby pin or 2. 

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10. Pull back hair behind ears, twist once, and secure with bobby pins. 

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Hope you enjoyed these ideas for cute, fun, quick hairstyles that you can do any day of the week! Get your FREE bobby pins and other hair accessories on my website here: www.LillaRose.biz/StarShiningForever 

I’m an Independant Stylist with Lilla Rose and receive commission from purchases made through the links in this post. I only recommend products I truly like, and I hope you’ll come to love Lilla Rose hair accessories like I do! Thank you for your support!

Merry Christmas, and a hair jewelry Clearance SALE!


Merry Christmas to my blog friends! 

My small business, Lilla Rose hair jewelry, is having a Day-After-Christmas sale of 10%-50% off everything! Shop here: www.LillaRose.biz/starshiningforever

Perfect if you’ve gotten Christmas cash and want to scoop up a tremendous deal! 😉 Check out the quick, gorgeous hairstyles you can do with the Lilla Rose hair accessories here: http://www.LillaRose.biz/StarShiningForever/videos

Don’t forget about the December special!

The Annual Lilla Rose Black Friday SALE: Up to 60% off + Free Shipping + Free Gift


This year the annual Lilla Rose Extravaganza goes from Black Friday-Cyber Monday! Enjoy 20%-60% off EVERYTHING sitewide! You get FREE SHIPPING with orders $75 and up!

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And get this free gift of metallic purple pouch and holiday bobby pin set with orders $100 and up!

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These gorgeous previous Flexis of the Month are available only during the sale.

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I am an Independent Stylist with Lilla Rose, but I really love the products because they work, and I can’t wait for you to discover how great they are! I REALLY appreciate it when you shop through my link because you are what keeps small businesses like mine going!

Find your Flexi size and see Hair Styling videos at this link, and shop HERE!

Random Thoughts #24: Love, Yoga, & Oceans


Kindergarteners on a bird in a Dr. Suess book:
“That does NOT look like a bird.”
“That doesn’t look anything like a bird!”
“What kind of bird that?”

Sally: “Do you believe love is the answer to everything?”
Pianist: “Boy, I sure hope not.”
-Charlie Brown

More from our eloquent kindergarten boy:
“You’re faster than me, so this is very challenging.”
“Like a kaleidoscope.”
“You could break a bone, or crack your head!”
“I just got frightened because of a loud noise.”
“Here’s the ridiculous woman.”
“I can’t pronounce some words.”
“A little more effort.”
“My suspect-er went off at him.”
“She’s going to prepare us pizza.”
“To my surprise…”

3rd grader walking by a group of kindergarteners: “Hello there, little dumplings.”

“I need a bandaid, because I damaged myself.”
-tiny kid

Watching a princess movie, a second-grade girl wondered in an annoyed voice, “How come they always have to be about love and marriage?”

“I wonder why adults make such a big deal about kissing on TV when every Disney movie has kissing!”
-perceptive 4th grade girl

“Some exposure to childhood and other diseases in a school environment.” -in a craigslist ad for substitute teachers

Tan, green, and pink are a group of colors that go together very nicely.

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When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust
I will trust
I will trust in You

Snoopy and Sally discussing whether to start a story with “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time” culminated in “Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.” 😛

Had the most interesting convo with a smart and forthright 7th grader
Him: “Do you do yoga?”
Me: “Noooo…”
Him: “Because you look like the type of person who would do yoga.”
Me: “Inner peace and all that? 😉 ”
Him: [surprisingly quickly and emphatically] “YES!”
Me: “Y’know, it’s not yoga. Reading the Bible is really peaceful. You should try it.”
Him: “I tried that a little bit…”
Me: “Try the Psalms. They’re really good. David wrote them, you know that?”
Him: “Oh. Just not the part with David and Bathsheba.”
Me: “Yeah, there’s no Bathsheba in Psalms.”
Him: “Ok. Good.”
Love when I have a chance to naturally share Christ with these kids 😀

It’s been so long since we in Cali had rain, I literally stopped to smell and listen to the neighbor’s running sprinklers.

Cute multimedia art piece!

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The ocean is such a powerful place, but a calming one too, if you know that God sets its bounds and rules the waves.

O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea;
Psalm 89: 8-9

Clearance SALE at Lilla Rose hair jewelry!


Select styles are 20%-50% off until August 20 (Saturday) at midnight PST!  

  

   
 You can score these deals on my website here: www.LillaRose.biz/StarShiningForever. Thank you for supporting my small business! 

W, X, Y & Z: Cool crafts for kids


A Whale, a Xylophone, a Yarn doll, and Zoo animals, all as cute as can be!
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W: Whale
(Made from paper bag & fiberfill)
-Stuff a paper bag 3/4 full of fiberfill, tie off a tail, and paint blue or gray. The water spout is fringed paper rolled up and glued into a slit on the top.
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X: Xylophone
(Made from a cereal box)
-Cut a cross section from the cereal box for the body of the xylophone, cover it with paper and decorate. From the cereal box, cut 6 strips in descending size and marker/paint then in rainbow colors for the keys. The stick is a skewer with a pompom.
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Y: Yarn Doll
(Made from yarn)
-Wrap yarn 50 times around an approx. 8 inch book and slide it off. Tie off a head and body, pulling out and braiding a few stands for arms. Braid the boys’ legs and leave the girls’ free as skirts.
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Z: Zoo animals
(Made from cardboard & yarn)
-Glue colored pictures of animals to cardboard, cut notches in the top and bottom of the cages and wrap yarn around to create the bars.
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Random Thoughts #23: Eloquent kids, boots, Just Be Held


Little girl trying to play with/control 2 balls: “I’m babysitting!”

“First grade is horribler!”
-a first grade boy, during “-er/-est” homework

My sister just ate her oatmeal with a fork.

“I have no idea what we are playing here.” Lamented a first grade girl as she passed with a classmate making strange playacting noises and gestures.

I really wanna see Kung Fu Panda 3.

The middle schoolers had no idea what to do with the answer of “mostly classical” that I gave to their question of what kind of music I like to listen to. That and movie soundtracks. And sometimes CCM.

This new kindergartener has the biggest vocabulary of any I’ve seen so far.
• “Darth Maul is Darth Sidious’ apprentice.”
• “This is excellent! I can make anything I want with this clay.”
• “I’m taped to the ground with indestructible metal.”
• “I’m going to do something on the monkey bars. …If I have enough courage.”
• “Or, as a alternative…”
• “Do you think that would be wise?”
• “The name of the bad guy [in a game of pretend] is Carius Matoya.”
• “And when I whirled around, there was nothing.”
• “Can you see the pupil on this bug?”
• “I was just curious…”
• “Isn’t that oddly shaped?”
• “I love my rock collection. One was all dull on the outside but had sparkling crystals on the inside.”
•”If you look closely, you can see the shimmering on this side of this rock.”
• “I’m not sure, but I’m assuming it’s this one.”
• “I’m suspecting it’s made simply by mixing clay and water together?”
• “It’s a scroll. Which they used for paper in the olden dayspapyrus.
• “I love Greek mythology!”
• “We have a situation over there.”

It’s much better to undersweeten peppermint herbal tea than to oversweeten it.

A windbreaker over branches sounds just like the wind.

These boots of mine made quite the stir the other day!image
Kindergarten girl: “Ooohh! You’re wearing your new boots!”
4th grade girl:”I really like your violet purple boots. They really shine out.”
Random lady at the library: “I LOVE your boots!”

“I’ve been rapping since I was 4.” -7 year old

Some of the daycare kiddos:
“I don’t do anything for Earth Day. What are you supposed do?”
“You clean up stuff other people littered. …For the Earth.”

“Girls like boots, don’t they?” -my sisters’ 60-something male piano teacher
XD 

This song is my favorite right now.

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
-1 Peter 5:7

Katniss’ Red Fire dress


One of my sisters commissioned me to make this for our youngest sister’s Christmas gift. 🙂 Katniss’ interview “girl on fire” dress from The Hunger Games movie. It differs from the original dress in that I added cap sleeves for modesty. It’s a red silky materiel with an attached ruffle of sparkly red lace, and a red wire ribbon flounce/bow.

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It was fun getting to go back to my old hobby! 😀

Springtime Sale: 10%-30% off hair bling!


   
   

You can buy these hair pretties here on my website –> www.LillaRose.biz/StarShiningForever <–and if you do, thank you for supporting my small business!

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