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!

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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Easy, pretty Christmas crafts


A little post to show you the lovely decorations in the daycare room where I work 🙂 These are all neat Christmas crafts for kids!

Puzzle piece wreaths! (Glue puzzle pieces onto a paper plate with the center cut out, paint green, and glue on red beads for holly and a ribbon bow.)

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A reindeer from each kid’s feet and hand prints! (Head is footprint; antlers are hand prints with the thumbs pointing out.)

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The Christmas board turned out real pretty 😀 And has a string of real lights.

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The kindergartners made lots of cool ornaments.

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Snowflake from popsicle sticks and glitter
Reindeer from 3 puzzle pieces glued together and painted brown, google eyes and red pompom nose
Marker-colored paper ball
Silver dove on purple paper background
Paper angel with glittered wings

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And this is one that I just put together- a Christmas tree made from puzzle pieces, painted and decorated 🙂

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Merry Christmas!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~

Mini lighthouses from Pringles cans!


Okay, these are SUPER cool! I love lighthouses, and we had the summer camp kids make these neat models from everyday things.

Just cover a clean Pringles can with colored paper, and decorate with markers and duct tape.
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To make a “working” lighthouse…
-Cut a circle a little smaller than a battery tea-light out of the Pringles lid.
-Use rubber cement or superglue to stick the tea-light to the lid, making sure the on-off switch is accessible.
-Glue on a plastic fruit cup upside-down over the light for the dome.
-Let dry overnight.
-Take the lid off to switch the light on and off.
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And viola! A cute, personalized lighthouse that actually works!

Spring at school


The kindergartners have been making spring flowers and bugs 🙂

Wall 1

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These were painted with a light blue paint wash, then a light purple one.

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Daffodils, made with paper, a single egg carton cup painted yellow, and a chenille stem.

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Poppies made by sticking colored tissue paper squares onto waxed paper with watered-down glue, then cutting out the flower shape.

Wall 2

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Ducks and frogs (the base was an egg shape because it was Easter time) and birds and butterflies, with a couple grasshoppers floating on leaves in the pond.

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Wall 3

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Beehives with bees! The body is a thumb dipped in yellow paint, the head is a pinkie tip dipped in black paint, and the wings, stripes and stingers are drawn on.

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And a group of dragonflies hanging from the ceiling.

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So fun to see their interpretations of some of God’s beautiful creations!

Pretty puzzle piece picture


I like looking for creative, pretty, interesting, out-of-the-ordinary crafts to do 😀 Here’s one I recently did, and I thought I’d share. It’s a terrific way to turn that puzzle that’s missing a few pieces into a cute or beautiful piece of art!
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Over the Christmas holidays, the daycare I work at was cleaning out its shelves and getting rid of stuff. The puzzle I made this from was missing a few pieces and so wasn’t useful for the kids. We were just going to throw the pieces into a bin to use on other crafts, but I thought of another use for it. 🙂

I found a section without holes to use as the main part of the picture, made that part and glued it onto a piece of cardboard for stability. I cut the bumpy edges off, but, depending on the look you want, you could leave them.
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I thought about leaving it like that, putting on a ribbon hanger and calling it done, (and depending on your picture style, you could just put on a hanger and end here) but I kept thinking of more ways to fancy it up-it is princessy, after all! So I glued more decorative puzzle pieces around the outside edge of the picture. I glued them to the back so they’d peek out but not interfere with the main picture, but again, depending on what you want, you could stick this border on the front side. I used tacky glue for this part as it dries faster and you don’t have to hold each piece as long.
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I used a mix of fancy and plainer pieces for the border.
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And then, because glitter makes everything better 😉 I added a little bit just outside the picture.
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Lastly, I wove a string of some gold beads around the outside puzzle pieces, using some superglue to secure it. That also became my hanger.

And that’s it! It took a while but I’m very happy with the finished product! 😀 There are many different ways to do this craft, and I’m looking forward to trying new styles and looks. 🙂

Edible terrain map!


Look at the kindergartners’ latest school project! It’s a landscape of different terrains, all made out of sweet goodies!

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Flat cookies go down first as the base to build on. Green-tinted sweetened coconut makes the “grass” of the “plains.” The “hills” are chocolate chips and the “mountains” are Reese’s peanut butter cups (you could substitute bigger chocolates here), with more chocolate chips on top for ridges and white sprinkles for “snow.”

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There’s a “river,” of blue frosting. Next to the “plains” on that side is a Kit-Kat “plateau.”

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The “river” leads to an “ocean,” also of blue frosting, and bordered by “coasts” of graham cracker crumbs. The ocean contains cheddar whales (the only non-sweet thing, though gummy fish could be used here) and an “island” made of a vanilla wafer.

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What a sweet, educational craft!

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, 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 😀 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! 😀

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 😀


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. 😀 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 😀


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!

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