Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lila Rose Hair Stick Tutorial!

Ever wonder how to use those beautiful hair sticks to style your own hair? If you can put your hair into a small bun or twist you can use them! 

Then you can follow these 6 simple steps to beautiful hair! 
How to use hair sticks...

Wrap your hair in a barely loose bun in the middle or nape of your neck.
(use a pony tail holder if you need to!)

1. Push one stick up through the center with the point of the stick facing up towards the ceiling.

2. After the stick is in the bun, flip the stick around so it is point more towards the floor.

3. Push he stick down.

4. Push the second stick up through the bun just as you did the first. It can be in the same area or on the opposite side so you make an "x". I've done it both ways and the "x" seems to keep my hair more secure.

5. Push it up so the stick is point towards the ceiling, then flip the stick downwards towards the floor.

6. Push the stick through to secure.

Enjoy your creative and beautiful new hair style!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lila Rose Review

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Ever hear the jokes about at-home-mamas and how they stay in their pjs all day?Ladies, somehow we've gotten the bad wrap that if we're going to be home, we're not going to make ourselves look nice. Now, I'll admit, I want to be comfortable when I'm home. I often wear sweatshirts and comfy pants. At the same time, I've been trying to make more of an effort to look nice, especially for my husband. Whether you agree with me or not, I think it is important to make an effort for him. One of the easiest ways to dress up my typically very casual style is by accessorizing with Lila Rose! 

My blogging friend Jennifer, over at A Glimpse of Our Life, introduced me to Lilia Rose. I was ecstatic when she offered me a chance to review some of the accessories! She sent me several sizes and styles of Flexi Clips and hair sticks. The Flexi Clip is their signature item and there are so many amazing styles and themes to choose from! This is just a tiny sample of some styles they have to offer, and it's only the beginning!
This is how my daughter worse her hair for our piano recital using the medium size Flexi Clip at Christmas. She has very fine, naturally wavy hair and almost everything slips out of it. The Flexi Clip stayed securely and she was pleased to have many sweet compliments on this unique accessory. 
No matter how thick or long you hair is there is a clip which can work for you! Rose, Grace, and I have very fine hair so we tend to gravitate towards the smaller sizes. My Beth has thicker hair and can manage some bigger clips. My personal favorite size is the mini. It has just enough splash of color and style to dress up any outfit and I usually pull back just a small section of my hair. When I'm wanting to wear my hair up, I vary between the small, medium, and large sizes. I too have naturally wavy hair, so it all depends upon how long it is and what the weather is doing to it. This is an excellent place to start if you are trying to decide what size is best for you. 
There are numerous ways to wear these clips as well! Beth prefers to have a low-down hair style. This is a simple flipped pony tail with the clip added in. 
As much as my girls love the Flexi Clips, my favorite item from Lila Rose are actually the Hair Sticks. When I was in high school I would sometimes use pencils to put my hair up. This is a much cuter alternative! Hair Sticks take a little time to get used to, but I have a few tips to get you started. 
First, start learning to use these with your hair in a pony tail. This was the easiest way for me to figure how the sticks work best with my hair while not having to deal with all the hair slipping through my fingers. Eventually you won't need the pony tail holder, but I think it's a great way to start. 

I think one of the easiest ways to learn to use them is using a bun. Here are the basic steps.

1. Wrap your hair in a barely loose bun in the middle or nape of your neck. 
(use a pony tail holder if you need to!)

2. Push one stick up through the center with the point of the stick facing up towards the ceiling. 

3. After the stick is in the bun, flip the stick around so it is point more towards the floor.

4. Push the stick down. 

At this point, your hair should be fairly secured. It may be a little loose, but you should be able to take your hands away and it stay up. If it doesn't, try steps 1-4 again. 

And now for the second stick...

5. Push the second stick up through the bun just as you did the first. It can be in the same area or on the opposite side so you make an "x". I've done it both ways and the "x" seems to keep my hair more secure. 

6. Push it up so the stick is point towards the ceiling, then flip the stick downwards towards the floor. 

7. Push the stick through to secure. 

The point of the second stick is to hold the style in place more securely. At this point you should be able to shake your head a bit and nothing come loose. 

Sometimes it takes a little time to get the feel just right. I don't like it to be too tight, but if it is too loose, it will fall down. Also, the length of your hair will determine the way you wear your hair sticks. There are three basic ways I wear the sticks depending on the length of my hair. When it is shorter, I do a simple twist using the sticks. At medium length I use the bun technique. When it has grown out longer I wrap the hair on one stick and use the second to secure it. This last technique was the hardest for me to master. This is one of my favorite hair styles right now and because Lila Rose has such a wide range of styles you can find something to fit your personality in a flash. 

So what about those of you with much shorter hair? Don't worry! There is something for everyone at Lila Rose!

My second favorite item from Lila Rose are the adjustable head bands. I've always loved the look of headbands, but because I wear glasses they have never been comfortable. Lila Rose has changed all of this for me! They have a beautiful selection of adjustable headbands which means my girls and I can share them. They look so fancy and I can wear the all day comfortably. 

Beth wears hairbands without complaint, but my other two daughters usually shy away from them. They were hesitant to try out the ones from Lila Rose, but I asked them to just give them a try for a little while. Several hours later I asked them how they felt. Rose (my oldest) said, "What hairband are you talking about?" She had completely forgotten she was wearing it! 

Some other products include Bobby Pins, Flexi Oh!, You-Pins, and Badge Clips. I haven't used these as much, but all are beautiful and an easy way to dress up your style without a lot of effort. 

Disclaimer: I received 3 Flexi Clips and a set of Hair Sticks in exchange for my honest review of the products. I was not compensated in any other way and was not required to give a positive review. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Mineral Book: A Moms of Master Books Review

It's that time again! I love the opportunity I have to feather a wonderful resource from Master Books each month. No matter what book I get in the mail, my girls and I all get a little giddy when the package shows up on our doorstep. This month's selection certainly didn't disappoint!

The Mineral Book by David McQueen is the newest addition to the Wonders of Creation series. These books are of the highest quality both in content and presentation. The pictures contain such amazing detail and intrigued my girls from the first page turn. Each chapter is divided into sections for various levels of learners, so no matter what age you are teaching, your kids will be fully engaged.

I don't know what it is about rocks, but kids are fascinated by them. My girls have had a rock collection for years. The love saving various rocks because of their shapes or colors and saving them for later. We also have quite a collection of rocks from our local science museum. With the addition of this book to our collection has become more meaningful. They want to know more about the types of rocks in their little collection. They've also become quite fascinated about birth stones as well.

This picture was from earlier in the month before the big freeze and snowfall. It just so happens that the science class my Beth takes at our homeschool learning center studied rocks and minerals this month. She was so excited to take in this mineral book to show her teacher and classmates. She's also been asking me to take her picture with just about every rock she finds around our yard! She enjoys pulling out our mineral book to see if she found any precious gems. She isn't too disappointed yet at not finding much because she is still identifying rock types.

The best part about the books in this series (and everything from Master Books and New Leaf Publishing) is the complete focus on the Creator and the infallible Word of God. I want my girls to know they can trust the Bible and scientific books such as these help them be able to defend their faith. I mentioned the science museum we have locally. We enjoy going and my girls are informed enough about what the Bible says verses what most of the world believes that they can easily tell whether or not what they read or hear there is from people who believe God is the literal Creator. We discuss both sides and I want them to know the evidence both present and why we choose to believe in a literal 6-day creation. I'm so grateful for resources like these which help me teach my girls from a biblical perspective.

Check out more about this book here!

Disclaimer: I received The Mineral Book as part of the Moms of Master Books Team. I was not required to give a positive review. I was not compensated in any other way.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Electrifying Nervous System: A Moms of Master Books Review

New Year...New Books! Yay for the first Moms of Master Books Review of the year!

Our selection for this first interview is absolutely delightful. It is truly a new treasure on our shelf. I always enjoy everything I use from Master Books because not only am I assured that the writing will be high quality and the graphics will be beautiful, I know I can trust the information presented to be God-honoring and edifying for my girls. I couldn't wait to crack open The Electrifying Nervous System from Master Books (A division of New Leaf Publishing).

Dr. Lainna Callentine has created a fabulous resource for kids. She should know what she's doing! Not only is she a medical doctor, she's also a fellow homeschool mamma to her three children. I could tell as I read through the chapters that Dr. Callentine knows how to capture the interest of kids.

We don't have formal science scheduled into our homeschool day because my daughter's are blessed to be part of a learning center where they gather with other kids their age to study science each week. It is a wonderful experience for them and we intend to keep this path. At the same time, I want to keep as many science resources as possible on hand for my girls. They are always wanting to know how the world works and this is just one more excellent resource to add to our shelves.

One of the things I love about this book is the readability for kids. Many of the books I have keep my girls attention because of the fabulous graphics, but I often have to explain the information to them in terms they can understand because it was written for more advanced learners. This is definitely one title they can pull out themselves and glean so much information.

One of my favorite illustrations shows the different functions of the different sides of the brain. I teach piano and have been explaining to my students more about how their minds work as they play and why they have a hard time talking to me or even listening while playing their warm ups. The reason is simply that it is the right side of the brain which processes both language and music.

There is just so much packed into this wonderful book! I loved reading about this history of the study of the nervous system as well as visually seeing how the brain develops from conception through childhood. Ever wonder why you get a brain freeze? What about sleep and how it is connected to our nervous system? How are fevers connected to the nervous system? What about brain surgery? These questions and so many more are clearly and completely answered.

A curriculum guide is available and there are many more books planned for this series. I can't wait to collect them all!

Disclaimer: I received The Electrifying Nervous System as part of the Moms of Master Books Team. I was not required to give a positive review. I was not compensated in any other way. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Week in Review: January 5-9

Oh the first week after break...glad we're back at it, but I couldn't help but feel like I needed a vacation to recuperate from our vacation! Anyone with me? But, we persevered and got a good start in the new year.

Preparing: Unit 31

We are so finishing up this guide. I can't help but feel a little anxious to get to the end. I always feel this way. Sometimes I forgo the last few units if I feel like I just want to move forward, but I'm not doing that this time. Preparing is such a sweet guide and we are both enjoying it immensely. Here she's reading about Peter the Great. We had to catch up from the previous unit learning about Shakespeare because our library had it at the beginning of the year, but not anymore when I needed it! I save a lot by using what our library has from the HOD books, but every once in a while I run into a situation like this. No biggie though. I hopped onto the ABE Books website and snagged a copy.

 History vocabulary was once a pain to get through for various reasons. This year I'm letting Rose define what words she already knows aloud and only write out the ones she doesn't know. She likes this and does well with it. She still has to write her sentences, but this is working to keep her on task.

One of the things Rose is enjoying this year is writing poetry based from the Robert Lewis Stevenson poems we are reading each week. This week was supposed to be a multiple paragraph writing, but she chose to do a poem instead which was really liked.

Bigger: Unit 13

I really, really wanted to be to unit 17 by Christmas, but since that didn't happen I'm letting my original plan go and be okay with that. I'm really good at planning and not so good at keeping the plans loose. But Beth is doing great and doesn't care one bit we're behind where I'd planned to be so I'm taking her lead in that! She had some grammar tests to finish this week that I thought she had done before Christmas, but hadn't checked yet because of kids coming down sick and distracting me! No big deal to her though. She sort of sighed when I told her, shrugged her shoulders and carried on.

Dictation has been going quite smoothly...until right now. Beth suddenly got stuck on one particular set and we spent an entire week on it! Now we're past it and she's fine. Whatever mental block she faced, she overcame and I'm grateful she persevered!

Sometimes I feel a little jealous of Beth. Math makes so much sense to her and she easily handles new concepts and ideas. She loves nothing more than to work on new math concepts, as long as it doesn't take too long! This week she's working on geometry and building shape patterns with smaller shapes. Think pattern blocks, but for older kids. I found an app for my iPad which she enjoyed using to complete the pattern assignments.

My oldest girls really work well together and do a good job of staying on task for the most part. They have their moments of being distracted, especially Beth. Her biggest challenge is wanting to play with her youngest sister. They like to chatter while working which can be distracting for Rose so I have to get creative and sometimes send one or both out of the room to work alone. She hates this, so it is quite the incentive to settle in and focus!

Little Hearts: Unit 2

Well, after several months of waiting, Grace is finally in Little Hearts for His Glory! The first time I taught this was in 2008. I'm looking forward to this third time around and Grace is even more excited to have history and activities just like her big sisters. This is a picture of her working on her poetry for the week which she thoroughly enjoys.

This little girl is such an avid reader! She is working through the 1st grade readers for Abeka, but she's charging through chapter books like crazy. Magic Tree House, Imagination Station, American Girl...she just can't get enough of the written word and it makes my heart smile. She doesn't always understand a word, but she's quick to come and ask without being frustrated. Her older two sisters didn't accept help as easily and I see so much benefit in her easy way of handling both questions and corrections.

When we're done with her work for the day she begs for more, so to keep her occupied I pull out one of the many fun learning games I've collected through reviews, freebies, or friends who gifted them to us. This is one of her favorites currently, the Cookie Sheet Challenge for sight words. Such a fun and simple activity which is already helping her build spelling skills. You can click the link to see my review, but forgive the lack of pictures. All of the pictures from my older posts have disappeared. Boo!

Here is another fun activity. I have no clue where these little cards came from, but they are like puzzles that spell three-letter words. She loved doing this and it occupied her happily for about 45 minutes!

Okay, so there was our week. It was great and I'm glad to be done with the first week of the new year. I'm anticipating the year more now!


Hi, my name is Melissa. Pour yourself a cup of tea and stay a while. I'm completely devoted to my Savior, madly in love with my husband, and joyously raising my daughters. I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy your time here!