Eight Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

When I was a little girl, we always, without fail, bought my Mom potted flowers for Mother’s Day. She liked red geraniums. Once I was a teenager, as an act of service, I took over the front flower beds of my parents’ home, managed them, and did all the weeding and planting. Eventually as an act of service for my father, I also added lawn maintenance to my list of summer chores.

Sometimes buying gifts for Mom, like a Mom, Mom to be, friends, etc, is difficult. Sometimes Mom just wants attention and everyone home. Some Moms like cards, especially handmade ones. Some love lunch out or a hike in the woods as a family.

Below are eight gift ideas for Mom!

1.) In the LoveLeavingLegacy blog shop, there are many styles of scarves and wraps.

Flexi clip adornment

All look lovely with a Lilla Rose flexi clip adornment, and there are so many flexi clips to choose from! The just out today Floressa is an example! 

It just so happens that today through 11:59 pm PST May 3rd, Lilla Rose is having a 10% off sale of May’s new releases with free shipping for $60+ orders, and a monthly customer special of a free pair of upins for retail orders over $75. The new Flexi of the Month, Floressa, and the coordinating bobby pins are stunning, and they are the flowers that require no upkeep by mom! 

2.) Lilla Rose products do give the gift of beautiful hair with minimum fuss! You’d be a hair hero if you gifted her some!

Some clips in this video are no longer available but the photos are representative of hair beautified with Lilla Rose. 

3.) Lilla Rose clips also work on hats, bags, and beach wraps. You could add a book by a favorite author for her relaxing trip to the beach! Or a gift card to the book store so she can shop for that book herself would be a nice afternoon out too.

Newly released Shelly, also 10% off today through May 3rd.

Sea Turtle, 10% off through May 3rd.

Purchase a straw hat, a thin summery scarf, and a leather 8 with a stick to coordinate the look!

4.) If your Mom is work outside the home mom who requires a name badge, is a quilter who likes her scissors close at hand, or doesn’t like to carry a purse, but needs something to clip her wristlet or keys too, perhaps she would love a pretty lanyard!

For Moms who deserve to be treated like a princess, who are wise, who offer direction, or who just love flowers.

5.) If the lady you are buying for likes manicures, pedicures, to color her hair, or massages, buy gift cards to her favorite salons or pampering products for her do it at home options. You could also support a local business who makes goat’s milk soaps and lotion pampering products.

6.) A gift card to her favorite clothing store is a lovely gesture for a Mom’s afternoon out alone.

7.) If she likes flowers, or chocolate, or handmade cards or acts of service, show her you love her and meet those desires and needs.

8.) Call the special lady you call Mom, or like a Mom on the telephone or write her a snail mail letter. Tell her you love her, appreciate her, and thank her for making you the person you are today.

Celebrate your Mom.

Life changes quickly, and we are never promised tomorrow.

Perhaps you are a lady who has entered a new season, for whatever reason. Perhaps you desire a change the way you are using your time, need help with finances, or want to mentor young ladies in small business. Maybe you are a blogger. Maybe you would like to consider a Lilla Rose business of your own, and gift yourself a business start up to promote online and in person.

I can help. I can point you in the direction of lovely group on women who support each other, train each other, and celebrate accomplishments.

I’d love to help you get set to bloom in this new season!

I know that Mother’s Day is often a subject and a day filled with pain for many. Not every one has a mom to celebrate.  Not all mothers value their children the way they deserve to be valued. Many have lost children, or have not been able to have a child. I’m not going to pretend that I understand the pain of rejection, abuse, or the extent of losses such as those. But, if you are broken, hurt, have lost your Mom, feel like you have missed an opportunity with your own children, I pray that you find a peace that passes understanding. I pray for a peace that leads to healing, grace, and forgiveness. Do your part to live a life without regret and to be in unity with others, even though this seems impossible.  Surround yourself with those who hold you up in sorrow and pain, and who will love you through it.

You are worthy.

You are deserving of support and love.

You are a son/daughter of a most High King.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;he delivers them from all their troubles.The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18



PS. I need to go find red geraniums to ship to my Mom.

Mother’s Day is May 14, 2017. Don’t forget!

Reverse Hair Washing?

In early fall 2016, I was noticing that my increasingly graying hair was breaking and dry. I got a trim, and that seemed to help some for a few weeks. But, I was also losing a good amount of hair in my hair brush. I do wash my hair daily, as I am bothered by the smell of day old hair, and I’ve been exercising a lot, so my head is getting sweaty too. If I don’t wash my hair daily, even my face breaks out. Yuck.

I’m not a fan of extra hair products, and I use only a slight amount of hair spray to contain wispy strands and fly aways. I began using more conditioner, and I used some coconut oil treatments to try to re-hydrate, but it didn’t seem to be making a difference. I rarely blow dry or used a curling or flat iron my hair, and instead let it air dry. The upside to my graying hair is that it now has some texture and ability to curl on its own a bit.

In September 2016, I read and posted on my Facebook business page about a method called Reverse Hair Washing from a post in Refinery 29. I thought I’d give it a try.

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I used It’s a 10 shampoo and conditioner initially. The products seemed to enhance shine, and my hair was softer. Breakage stopped for a while. And, as a scent aversion person, the scent was light and didn’t bother me.

In January, however, I noticed that breakage was actually increasing, and while my hair was shiny, it felt and sounded like straw.

I changed over to Art Naturals Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner instead. I faithfully conditioned, leaving the conditioner on for 3-5 minutes in the shower, and then washed. Sometimes I would condition after washing too. I stopped doing coconut oil “deep condition” treatments. After a few months of using Art Naturals, breakage has lessened substantially, and my hair is less fly away, shiny, and soft. My grays seems to sparkle like tinsel. I’ve noted, too, that while my hair is air drying, it is actually drying faster. Needless to say, I encourage readers to try the Reverse Wash method of hair care if you are struggling like I was with dry and breaking hair.

My hair is actually soft, tamed, shiny here, but it’s a breezy April day! And, the 9 year old is capturing the photos.

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I love being a Lilla Rose Stylist! Not only do I get to help ladies of all ages tweak their morning hair routine to something more manageable and provide them with tools that work, but I get to work with a company that takes care of their Stylists. In March we had the opportunity to up our sales game, meet a minimum goal, and earn this ten clip not yet released set of flexi clips. They sent two of each design in varying sizes. It contains a much asked for Skull & Crossbones, a Horse, a Shell, a new Turtle design, and a new Butterfly design. All of these will be available to our customers some time in May, 2017, but currently can only be found in the possession of those some 300 Stylists from all over the country who earned the set of clips, and who are selling them in person at events. 

I shared two of the clips with my hard working daughters. My third and eldest daughter has earned the Jean hair band out of the April incentive, which we also have already earned for minimum sales goals. She just has to wait until May to receive the incentive, but it is available for sale now on the website. We’ve had a busy couple of months, and May will be busy too! Hurray!

An extra small in A-Grape’s pony tail.

Medium shell is what Missy-E uses for her pony tail or the base of a single braid.

If you are interested in becoming a Lilla Rose Stylist, to have the opportunity to help ladies redefine their morning hair routine, use an amazing product that is easy to love, and to work your own business with an amazing and generous company, let’s set up an appointment to chat! Let’s not wait to get you started on an amazing journey before the summer and fall selling seasons are underway! Don’t miss my opportunity video in the right sidebar of this blog post, either. I look forward to hearing from you!

In the meantime, don’t forget about the opportunity to receive a free hair band with a minimum $80 purchase, or to earn half price and free products by hostessing a Style Boutique of your own! 

Have a blessed week! I’m working on a recipe to share, and two hair tutorials with photos to share with readers for posts in the coming days. 


The Lilla Rose Opportunity from John Dorsey, company owner and Flexi clip inventor.

Beginning Our Adventures In Chicken Farming

Spring! The Lilla Rose/LoveLeavingLegacy crew welcomes you! We’re ready to move some mountains as we simplify and beautify morning hair routines during this season!

When I was a little girl, I wanted ten children, cows, and to live on a farm. I do live in the country, and our neighbors have donkeys, goats, chickens and roosters, peacocks, and free ranging guinea hens and wild turkeys often grace our three acres. We have been living farm life vicariously through them. We love the sights and sounds the animals provide.

We have a garden in the spring and summer time. In August, we will dice, stew, and freeze lots of tomatoes for use throughout the year. We have a strawberry patch, and once we had blueberries but we seem to have failed at the blueberries. Instead, we buy 70 pounds of blueberries from a local farm and freeze them. We also have a pretty productive rhubarb patch. Our yard has some wild blackberries or black raspberries, I’m not sure which, but they are fun to eat in the summer time. At some point, someone planted grapes. We’ve not actually done anything with them, but we are aware that there are some vines in various locations. I guess none of this makes us farmers, though.

National Farm Animal Day

We have recently made the decision to venture into chicken homesteading. We thought we were going to re-purpose a swing set into a chicken coop and run, but decided maybe we aren’t ready for even that level of design and building. Instead, we’ve just ordered an 8×8 wood shed that is pre-cut, comes with directions, and is ready to assemble. We’ll get adventurous by adding an inside wall with nesting boxes, a vinyl cleanable floor, a chicken door, and build a rectangular-ish run off the left side. We intend to bury chicken wire to prevent predators. The nesting boxes will be contained inside the shed which also will have storage for their supplies. We might also do a little bit of chicken tractoring, relocating some chickens from time to time to reduce some bug populations, and to help with fertilizing our garden before we plant.


Heartland Belmont Gable Engineered Wood Storage Shed (Common: 8-ft x 8-ft; Interior Dimensions: 8-ft x 7.72-ft) Photo credit from Lowe’s website, lowes.com, and is not an affiliate link.

I think we’re going to put a gable vent where the window cut out is, or at least cut out a vent on the other side of the shed, and another window or two for ventilation. Eventually we hope to use solar to open and close the chicken door, as well as to keep water from icing in the winter time.

While homeschooling, owning a direct sales business, mom-preneuring with my children, grinding wheat and baking bread was never on my bucket list of ventures to take on, neither was having chickens, until last spring when I held my friend KB’s chickens. They were sweet and more like pets than hen pecking squawking fearsome buggy eyed creepy beings I thought they seemed!  I have been perfectly content buying and using my chicken-ey friends’ eggs for eating and cooking before that.

Kerrie's chickens featuring Helga

The two darker brown chickens, Helga and Peridot, are probably staying with us forever. We’re going to be chicken sitting all the chickens in June at our house while KB and her family move. The two white chickens, Big Sunshine and Little Sunshine will also stay.

Kerrie's eggs

Fresh eggs!

Artistic A has recently been chicken sitting for neighbors and friends. The chickens he sits for come when they are called. Needless to say, he loves chickens. He can’t wait for coop and run building. Miss-y- E and A-Grape can’t wait to gather eggs and try their hand at raising chicks.

Honestly, there is something about being self reliant that is the common thread to most of our choices. We’re a bit tired of relying on grocery stores, jobs, the educational system–any systems, really, for our well being. The older we get, the more do it ourself-ers and independent we seem to get.

In the meantime, I totally have Spring fever and I’m hanging out on Pinterest and Amazon figuring out how to proceed with chicken farming (aff link)  from here.  Stay tuned as we add developments to this new venture. The shed should arrive on Monday.