Friday, October 17, 2014

Lilla Rose {Hair Jewelry} Review and **Giveaway**

I have to admit, I am not one to fuss much over my hair or how it is styled. I have thick, long hair that usually ends up in a messy ponytail at best. I have always wanted a solution to my bland hair style without having to spend precious time or energy straightening or curling or trying to figure out some fancy hair contraption. I think I may have found the solution.

A wonderful lady named Melody Detwiler, an independent consultant for Lilla Rose, offered me the opportunity to try out her product, what she described as "hair jewelry," and provide a giveaway through my blog. I wasn't sure at first, but after I looked through all the pictures and products she offers, I couldn't wait to try it.

I received my clip in the mail and was struck speechless. I was beautiful! Sometimes, it's hard to know how something really looks by pictures on the Internet. It wasn't so much that I was skeptical about the product as much as it simply succeeded every expectation I had about it. I immediately found a mirror and tried it on.

It took me a few tries at first to fasten it right, but once I did I was in awe. It was just perfect. It was beautiful and so easy. I wore it everyday for the next week, getting a feel for it and looking fabulous in it. Though it took me a little time to get used to the mechanic of the clip, by the end of the week I could easily sweep my hair into a beautiful style in seconds!

The Lilla Rose Flexi Clip is different from other hair accessories because it is ornate and beautifully designed in a multitude of colors. It is one piece so you do not have to worry about losing a piece of it. The Flexi Clip fits all different hair types and comes in 7 sizes: mini, extra small, small, medium, large, extra large and mega. There is even a sizing guarantee so you can order in confidence. If you do not like the size your ordered you can contact Lilla Rose within 90 days and they will exchange it for different size.

The Flexi Clip is beautiful, but it is also durable. The metal parts are casted in either zinc or brass, which is very strong and durable. To plate the clips, either Sterling Silver plating, Imitation Rhodium or Gold/Silver mixed metal is used. It will easily stand the test of time.

My favorite way to wear my hair is tails-up because it keeps my thick hair off of my neck without being so heavy. Lilla Rose's Flexi Clip is perfect for this style. I look forward to learning the many different ways to use beautiful this clip in my hair!

Now that you know that Lilla Rose comes highly recommended from me, lets get to the fun part...


I am excited to announce a Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Giveaway sponsored by Melody Detwiler!

There are two options to enter this giveaway:

  1. Sign up for Melody's Lilla Rose Newsletter 
  2. Look through the Lilla Rose Online Catalog and choose your favorite clip 

Use the Comments below to announce which clip is your favorite and in which size you'd like. Also use the comments to let me know that you have signed up for the newsletter.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, October 26 at Midnight! Be sure to enter using both options to get twice the chance to win! I will announce the winner on Monday morning. (If you enter using an anonymous user account, make sure I know how to contact you!)

Just One More Thing...

I want to thank Melody for this opportunity to review Lilla Rose's beautiful Flexi Clips! It is truly an amazing product. I want to fully support her and her product.

Check out Melody's Facebook Page and her Lilla Rose Website!

Also, Melody currently has some great deals going on and she loves doing Facebook parties! She will set up the event and all you have to do is invite your friends and attend the party! It is a fun hour of "girl time" with hairstyle tips, a flexi giveaway & Lilla Rose product demonstrations. Free and half price items begin at $100 - so it is easy to receive Lilla Rose products!

*I received this item free in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Make sure to write in the comments that you signed up for Melody's newsletter and which clip is your favorite to enter the giveaway!

Best of luck to everyone!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

{Wordless Wednesday} As Close As Family

We had some friends visit us this past weekend that are as close as family. We have missed them since we moved. It brought our whole family great joy to see them again.

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same." ~Flavia Weedn, Forever

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Wordless Wednesday} Home-Cooked Anniversary Dinner

This past week held our anniversary. My husband, Stephen, made this wonderful home-cooked meal. We had Chicken Cordon Bleu with Italian and garlic asparagus. It was delicious, a great way to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary together.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Observations About City Life

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This summer my family made the 3,000 mile move across the country from Charleston, SC to Seattle, WA. I had no idea how much it would change me and the way I think about things, especially myself.

I now want to launch into a post about my self discovery. It is a good one, but I'll save it for later. Instead, I want to describe some of the things I've notice about living in the city. I am a country girl, but I have always wanted to live in the city. As most great things, the opportunity came when I least expected it. I really wanted to like living in the city, thankfully I was not disappointed.

Living in the city reminds me a lot of being on campus at college. Granted, though it was large, I went to a university out in the middle of nowhere. It was a city, but only a very teeny tiny one. However, there are a lot of similarities. For example, we use buses to get everywhere. When I was in college it was to commute from the parking lots to the classes. In the city, it is from my apartment (to the closet bus stop) to wherever it is I am going. Today I was thinking about all of this while sitting on the bus on the way to the library, which would otherwise be quite a long walk.

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I am also reminded of campus life because everyone, young and old, walk around the city with headphones in their ears. This happens everywhere in college, everyone goes about their day listening to their own soundtrack. It is quite the phenomenon if you think about it. Somehow listening to music makes you feel less alone while you navigate through the day. Any of the people with headphones in will still often acknowledge and talk to you so it isn't fully a means to alienate, it is simply the lifestyle. Everyone accepts it, most do it.

Everyone being so close to each other reminds me of college too. When I lived in the suburbs (so most of my life up to this point), you see people when you get to places. If you go to the library you see people there. If you go to the grocery store, you see people there. If you want to see a friend, you go to their house. My point is don't see people in between. You get in the car and you arrive at your destination. Yes, you see other cars, but not the people in the cars. In the city, there are people everywhere all the time. You see people as you walk, as you arrive and as you leave. People are just closer, they're everywhere, and it is completely normal to have others see you.

Everything is closer. After college, one of the things I always missed was the fact that you were closely surrounded by everything and everyone you needed. The store was close, the coffee shop was close and your friends were close. In the city, everything is close. The store is close (a convenient store is even closer). There are three coffee shops withing two blocks of my apartment (more as you travel closer to the heart of the city). The best part is that my friend is right next door. Even the library, that I complained was such a far walk is still only a mile and a half away.

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I love it. I am glad I do, I really wanted to love it. In fact, I fall more and more in love everyday. I love the weather, the people, the culture and the freedom. There is a beautiful freedom of being seen by others while being you. There is no need to hide because you are in plain sight, with everyone else being unique and themselves.

One thing that has really stood out to me this week is how living in the city makes you the background in many other people's stories. Everything is closer and you see more people. Well, those people also see you. As they go through their day, doing their routine with their own drama and purpose, they see you. You are an extra in their life. They see you walking on the road. They see you on the bus. They see you at the coffee shop. How often have you commented on people you see out and about - what they wear, how they act, where they are going? How many people have commented on you? I understand that this is a thought that could disturb some. However, it comforts me. It lets me know that I am here, I have a story, I have a purpose. I am okay with being an extra in someone else's life. After all, they are just trying to get through the day, same as me.

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Living in the city has given me more confidence in being myself. I am not afraid to choose. I am not afraid to be bold. I am learning to be brave. This is something that began before I moved, but I don't think I would have gotten where I am now without this move. This transition has made it all possible in a way that I can't describe.

It is still life. There are still good days and bad. There are still happy moments and lonely ones. I don't think those things ever change, no matter where you are. However, the city has brought me to life in a way I never expected. For that, I am forever thankful.

Have you ever experienced city life? What are your observations? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: September 26, 2014

September 26 is a very important day in the lives of many. It is the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. That may not mean much to you, honestly, it didn't mean much to me until a brave and beautiful woman, Heather Von St. James, reached out to me to raise awareness for this rare, yet deadly disease.

Mesothelioma is a rare, but aggressive cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. What are asbestos? I'm glad you asked. Asbestos are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were used for many years as an industrial insulation component. Even though asbestos is classified as a known human carcinogen, a substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer, it is still produced and used in America and throughout the world. It can still be found in many homes, schools, public facilities and commercial or industrial buildings.

I don't know about you, but that last fact is a little scary.

Photo Credit: ELSL Law, one representation of mesothelioma victims

Even over 30 years after the peak of its use, asbestos still remains the number one cause of occupational cancer in the United States. It was greatly used throughout the 20th century in a wide variety of applications. Those who are electricians, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics and machinists are especially at risk. Additionally, there is a risk of second hand asbestos exposure if you live with and handle the clothes of one who is regularly exposed.

Navy Veterans from WWII through Vietnam were also probably exposed to high concentrations of asbestos through the engine rooms, boiler rooms and even sleeping quarters of their ships and in the shipyard. This exposure to asbestos often develops into Mesothelioma.

The sneaky aspect of this form of cancer is that mesothelioma has a long-latency period. This means it commonly sits dormant in the body for approximately 20-50 years after the initial exposure. As a result, Mesothelioma is most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 50-70, many years after the initial exposure to asbestos.

Over a long period of time, asbestos fibers slowly inflame the lung's internal tissue and disrupt organ function. Roughly 80% of mesothelioma cases occur within the lining of the lungs. However, there is also peritoneal mesothelioma which occurs in the abdominal lining and pericardial mesothelioma which occurs in the heart lining.

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This is a very serious disease that affects many thousands of people in the United States alone. This year approximately 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. Over 200,000 will be living with asbestos.

However, there is hope! Awareness is the key. The best way to avoid mesothelioma is to avoid asbestos completely, since it is its cause. Nonetheless, consulting with a physician at the first sign of symptoms or if you believe you are at risk can make the difference. Early diagnosis provides a greater range of treatments. Most mesothelioma cases are not diagnosed until the advanced stage giving the patient only on average 10 months to live; however, early diagnosis can quite literally save your life.

Heather Von St. James is a voice for Mesothelioma Awareness. In 2005 at age 36, she was diagnosed with Mesothelioma right after giving birth to her only daughter, Lily. She was only given 15 months to live. However, after a life-saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, she is not only alive, but thriving. After being one of the few to survive this fatal disease, she and her family have dedicated their lives to spreading awareness of Mesothelioma.

I am in awe of Heather's passion and eagerness to give a voice to the victims of asbestos exposure. I am very thankful to have this opportunity not only to learn about this grievous disease, but to spread awareness and hope for the future. There is no cure for Mesothelioma yet, but awareness is the key to advancements in treatment and hopefully a cure for future generations.

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In honor of #MesoAwarenessDay, I am giving my voice to victims.