Lilla Rose by Laurie Review


I am always hesitant when buying new hair accessories online but when Laurie asked me to review her Lilla Rose’s Flexi Hair Clip I was excited. For those of you who know me you are aware that my hair is a wild crazy mess:)  I have hair issues most days and my usual solution is to throw it up in bun but now that I have been introduced to Lilla Rose I finally have a fashionable solution for my BAD Hair Days!

I have tried a ton of accessories in the past but most did not have the capability to reign in my wild curly hair but with the Flexi-Clip I  did not have that problem at all. The clips are easy to use and beautifully designed. These clips work with all types of hair, from baby-fine to super-thick. I found their online site very helpful too; there are sizing videos to watch which made it very simple to figure out the size I required. I also was able to watch videos for each style and I even created a few of my own. If you’re looking for a super cute stocking stuffer or are in need of a hair style change yourself I highly recommend Lilla Rose’s Flexi Clips!




If you want to learn more about Lilla Rose click here

And if you are looking for a fun and exciting way to earn some extra money click here and ask Laurie how to get started!


If your bun needs a little flare check out these super cool hair sticks!


Eco Friendly Tips for Tree Care and Conservation


eco post

Guest Post:

By:  Jake Hyet

If you have planted some new trees on your property, or even if you want to do better by the ones you have, there are many things you can do to both help the environment and keep your trees healthy and thriving, using wood chips and newspaper is just one thing.  Here are some eco friendly tips for tree care and conservation:

Chemical Free Mulching

Why not forget about using chemicals and use an eco friendly method to kill existing grass.  First begin by edging the bed to disconnect the grass and weeds from surrounding plants that can work against you by keeping them alive.

Next cut the grass as short as you can get it in order to make it dry out faster.  Cover the area to be mulched with newspaper or cardboard.  The benefit of this is that it makes a temporary but extra layer of mulch to help kill off the grass.  Also, the paper will gradually break down and improve the soil below it.

Spread a layer of shredded bark or wood chips over the cardboard.  About 2 to 3 inches should do it.  Keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree to avoid future insect, disease and rodent problems which can arise and lead to the need for tree surgery.  The wider the bed, the better the tree likes it.


If a large mulch bed isn’t part of your plans for your garden, then try planting shade and drought tolerant groundcovers under your trees.  You’ll find that these types of plants are better suited to the environment and less competitive with young trees than grass is.  You might consider Deadnettle (Labium), ginger (Asarum), coral bells, and perhaps foam flower (Tiarella) just to name a few.  Don’t put soil over the roots of the trees.  Instead, plant the groundcovers in the existing soil and mulch to hold back the onset of weeds and conserve moisture.


If you allow your lawn mower to shred the fallen leaves and allow them and the grass clippings normally left on the lawn to do their job, they should provide plenty of fertilizer, thus giving your trees the nutrients they need so that they don’t become sick and require tree surgery.


Now here’s a tip you probably didn’t know about.  Never move firewood.  How can this be harmful to your surrounding trees and wildlife? You might ask.

Well, the “Never Move Firewood” rule got its start due to the damaging effects caused by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, or the EAB if you prefer.  The EAB is an invasive bug, tiny enough to actually fit on the head of a penny, and thus difficult to track down and detect in nature.  When you move firewood, you are unknowingly transporting the EAB beetle, spreading it to new areas, and in the long run endangering more trees.

How this little critter does its damage is like this.  The larvae of the EAB beetle tunnel under the bark of the tree, disturbing the tree’s system for transporting food and water.  If this keeps up, it will eventually starve and kill the tree.  The fact is that tens of millions of trees have died because of the nasty effects of the EAB beetle, which can now be found in various states, such as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and many more.

In order to help prevent the transfer of the EAB beetle and help stop any further damage from happening to our trees, it’s recommended that you burn local firewood, rather than buying wood which has been transported from another area.

Biography:  Jake Hyet is considered an expert in canopy tree surgery and maintenance.  He worked for several years for a professional tree service and now writes extensively on the topic of tree maintenance and how to keep your trees environmentally friendly using things like canopy wood chips and newspaper, etc. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving is
A time of gratitude to God, our Creator and Provider,
Whose guidance and care go before us.
And whose love is with us forever.
Thanksgiving is
A time to reflect on the changes,
To remember that we, too, grow and change
From one season of life to another.
Thanksgiving is
A time of changing seasons, when leaves turn golden
In autumn’s wake and apples are crisp
In the first chill breezes of fall.
Let us remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
As we see the beauty of Autumn,
Let us acknowledge the many blessings which are our…
Let us think of our families and friends
And let us give thanks in our hearts.
– Anonymous

DIY Seasonal Tablescapes

DIY Tablescapes

Table settings are the centerpiece of every holiday dinner. For thanksgiving many people want to see fall assortments with turkeys and cornucopias. For Christmas it is usually Santa and reindeers, maybe even bells. But those are all traditional designs and not very original. So this year why not try one of these original designs that you can DIY with a few simple supplies and a little bit of imagination.


Not everyone experiences Thanksgiving in the traditional sense. Sometimes you live far away from family, or you don’t experience the changes of the seasons due to different climate settings in your city or continent. With these factors in mind, adding a bit of family or seasonal décor can really help you get into the holiday spirit.

Seasonal décor can be done with a few simple supplies and a creative imagination. One of the most popular items that have graced tables for centuries is the pine cone. By simply picking up some pinecones from the front yard spray painting them with a little bit of white snow paint or silver paint for color, you can add just a touch of some of that holiday spirit to your table. But don’t stop there. Maybe get a few thick sticks about two inches long and carve a slit into them for holding place cards on the table. This adds a bit of rustic to your table and brings the seasonal concept indoors.  Some other awesome ideas are to use fresh herbs from your garden as twine for wrapping your silverware with.

Napkins are a great way to add a bit of color to your table settings. Napkins do not have to be store bought. You can make your own napkins for your table with some simple equipment and a bit of time. Sewing napkins together is a pretty simple task and allows you to choose the fabric you would like to use. In case you don’t have a sewing machine or know how to sew, you can always use burlap as a napkin, silverware holder.

Burlap is a very affordable option when it comes to decorating. There are many things that can be done with burlap to add character to your table. Burlap is very durable and can hold paint very well. If you are into stamps or scrapbooking, then you will know that with an ink pad and some seasonal stamps you can add an elegant runner to your dinner table for Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter.



Christmas is the time when there is snow on the ground, stars are shining bright, and Santa is on every child’s mind. Many people decorate their home with lights and a Christmas tree with gifts wrapped in pretty paper, but occasionally they forget to decorate their table setting.  One interesting thing you can do with your Christmas table setting is to get chalkboard paper or  craft paper and chalkboard paint and make a table runner that you guests can leave a message to you and your family on. This will be something that can be admired for years. Other options for table setting décor is to use red and white ribbons to wrap around the stems of your wine glasses for a decorative bow, or red and white pipe cleaners twisted together to form your last initial for the table.

Spruce leaves are a great way to add the Christmas tree smell to your home for the holidays. Making a candle holder out of a hollowed out piece of wood and adding spruce leaves around the outside can add that rustic outdoorsy feel along with the Christmas tree smell.

Christmas is another time when Burlap would come in handy. Making a burlap placemat with holly leaves stamped on the corners could add a little Christmas spirit to any table. Along with the placemats a few sections of linen cloth in a 12×12 section surged on the edges can add a light weight table napkin that can be rolled up and tide off nicely with a holly wreath or set of jingle bells.

All of these ideas are a great way to add character to your dinner table for the holidays. So this holiday season use your imagination and decorate with what is naturally available in your yard or home. And most importantly have FUN


Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

dessert round-up

I have been collecting these for weeks!  If you’re looking to wow your guests this Thanksgiving; I suggest you try some of these fabulous desserts♥ 

Oatmeal Cake with Nutella Frosting Recipe ( hey, there’s oatmeal it’s healthy)

Butter Crunch

Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe (you had me at sour cream)

Fresh Figs Drizzled with Honey and Almonds

Aunt Bonnie’s Pecan Pie Recipe (everybody needs an Aunt Bonnie)

Magic bars VS Hello Dollies

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe(this is so wrong it’s right)

Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Southern Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

I hope you enjoy this list of incredible desserts; I know I did!

Happy Thanksgiving:)

Ultimate Gift Guide for Disney Lovers



If you’re looking to find a gift for your Disney Loving friends then stop on by April’s site for an amazing list of gifts that would make even the pickiest Disney Fan excited.. click Entry-Form to enter her April’s Gift Card Giveaway!



The Appalachian Trail: A Unit Study..The Old Schoolhouse Review



Homeschooling is a series of choices, and one of the most important ones is curriculum.  This year our homeschool has embraced the idea of researching topics through Unit Studies. So, when the Review Crew Blog at The Old Schoolhouse asked us to share our impression of Donna Rees, Appalachian Trail Unit Study with our readers we jumped at the chance . We were so impressed with how well-appointed  this unit study was for both student and teacher. I was pleased at how adaptable it was too; I could utilize it for both our  4th & 7th grader.  With such easy to follow instructions and activities our 7th grader was able to do  a lot of the work independently. This allowed me to spend more time exploring with our 4th grader; who requires some additional assistance.  Donna also leaves  no stone unturned covering  every subject from Science, Math, Reading  & Spelling to Art and even Physical Education. In addition to her very well laid out syllabus there are a plethora of resources so student & teacher are able to take the subject as far as they desire.




If you’re looking for a fun and exciting new way to bring materials to your children allow me to suggest Unit Studies.  Make sure to start your adventure into this amazing style of learning with Donna Rees, Appalachian Trail Unit Study you will enjoy every minute hiking through this academic trail.

To find out more information about The Old Schoolhouse or Donna Rees click here

Got Melk? A Fun New Way to Celebrate Advent




This Advent bench the Elf on the Shelf and fall in love with Melk the Christmas Monkey.  There are so many fun ways to celebrate the Advent season but so much of what the season is about gets lost.  Melk is a gift given to our children by the very talented author Katie Hornor who blogs at Paradise Praises.  Katie along with her husband and five children share their love for God as missionaries in Mexico.  I was so honored that she asked us to share her marvelous new book. Melk the Christmas Monkey  The purpose behind this new holiday favorite is to teach God’s Character through Bible Lessons and Activities that the whole family can enjoy during the Christmas season!


More about this cute fuzzy guy and the lessons he shares.  There are few ways this sweet little rascal can show up at your home by December 1st.


1st Option:

E-book only format: The book contains 30 fun Bible lessons and activities that the entire family can enjoy during the Christmas Advent/season. The activities could also be easily adapted for a Sunday school class or Children’s Bible club. I have passed this on to Sophia’s Girl Scout and Girls in Action Leaders too. There are 90 pages including access to customizable letters to your children from their Christmas friend and  lots of other free downloads. Ebook delivered immediately to your email!



2nd Option:

Melk, the Christmas Monkey (ebook+monthly letters) I just love added touch with the monthly letter from Melk..

With this option you will receive Ebook and monthly mail from Melk, himself.  Each month a new Bible lesson and activity will be delivered to your email (12 months)!


Lastly, there are Melk’s color pages 4 in all. I have to admit we all enjoyed coloring in these precious pages.


Melk the Monkey is a wonderful new friend to add to your holiday traditions. For more information about Melk or to purchase the this delightful E-Book click here.


Enjoy a Free Chapter below:

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