Homestead Hair

Doesn’t that phrase just conjure up all sorts of imagery of the frazzled and unkempt sort?  Some of you know from personal experience exactly what I am talking about.  And if not, here’s a hint—“homestead hair” is very closely related to “busy mommy hair.”

And poor you if you happen to be a homesteader AND a busy mommy.

But the good news is that there IS a solution, so hop on over to one of my favorite blogs to find out Jill’s quick and easy answer to this little problem.

That’s right—I am sponsoring another Lilla Rose giveaway, and this one comes with a SUPER prize package of assorted hair lovelies valued at over $50!  Go on, enter; make your hair happy.  I am also offering a buy-3-get-1 special . . . details here.

And while you’re visiting The Prairie Homestead, make sure to browse Jill’s informative posts for all sorts of homesteader how-to.  She always inspires me!


Lilla Rose Giveaway and Specials!

It’s giveaway time again!  Laurie at Common Sense Homesteading is hosting, so head on over, get your entries in, and have a chance at making your hair very, very happy!  The winner will receive two Lilla Rose pretties!

Now through Friday, I am also offering a buy-3-get-1-free special . . . email me to find out how!  My online store is always open.

If that’s not exciting enough, the wildly popular Rosey Heart is making a comeback, and the May flexi-of-the-month will also be released early to allow delivery well in advance of Mother’s Day.  Both of these styles will be priced 10% off this Friday, April 26 only, 12 a.m. – midnight PST!

Like my FB page so you don’t miss any of the fun . . .

Lilla Rose Giveaway

Spring is in the air hair!  How are you celebrating?

Quinn at Reformation Acres is celebrating by hosting a Lilla Rose Giveaway!  Hop on over now to enter!  It’s low-entry, so your chances are good.  ;)  And when you’re done entering, check out her blog for some serious spring inspiration.

Hurry!  The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Lilla Rose Giveaway and Show Schedule

Here’s a quick update for those who are interested in Lilla Rose, and that covers just about everyone, right?  Do you have hair?  Do you know someone who does?  Then you need to check my Lilla Rose website.  Trust me, your hair will thank you!  I wouldn’t still be raving about Lilla Rose so much if it wasn’t true. :)

And I’m not the only one who thinks so.  Check out this great review from a lovely homemaking, homeschooling, homesteading lady I have come to admire for so many reasons (and not just because she likes flexi-clips.)  Enter the giveaway for a chance to win something pretty!  Have I mentioned how much your hair will thank you?

Don’t forget to like my Facebook page to stay up-to-date on other giveaways in the works!  I have another one right around the corner!

And if you live close, please come visit me at any of these events. I’ll have lots of hair pretties, plus you’ll be supporting some great causes!

Saturday, November 10  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

First Book – Trumbull County Vendor Fair Fundraiser

Children’s Rehabilitation Center (Community Room)

885 Howland Wilson Rd., Warren, OH  44484

Raising funds to provide new books for children in need.  Click here to learn more about First Book.


Saturday, November 24   12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

2012 Holiday Open House Charity Event

Parkside Church, Green Campus

4520 Arlington Rd., Uniontown, OH  44685

Fundraiser to benefit the Arnold Family.  Read Baby Blake’s story here.


Saturday, December 1   4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Haiti Benefit Chili Cookoff with Silent Auction and Christmas Shopping

New Baltimore Community Church

7761 Pontius St. NE, Alliance, OH  44601

Raising money for the Haiti Missions Team.  Event information here.

Blueberry Syrup

I wanted to share this blueberry syrup recipe I’ve been using for the last few years.  I may have found it on Allrecipes, but I can’t say for sure.

This goes great on pancakes, isn’t overly sweet, and is nice and chunky with all the fruit remaining rather than strained out.  Homemade fruit syrups are a bit less viscous than store-bought syrups, so if yours seems a bit runny, it’s probably just right. :)

Syrups are really easy to can as well.  This recipe makes 5 pints.

Blueberry Syrup

2 qt. fresh blueberries

5 cups water

2 cups sugar

3 T. fresh lemon juice

Add blueberries, water and sugar to large stockpot.  Stir together and bring to boil, boiling for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat and stir in lemon juice.  Ladle into pint jars and process in waterbath canner for 10 minutes.


Be sure to visit Common Sense Homesteading, where I’m sponsoring another Lilla Rose giveaway this week!

Nesting, and I Don’t Mean the Chickens

I finally have kitchen curtains up!

When we first moved in, we decided curtains were not a priority.  After all, the windows did have either mini blinds or vinyl blinds, and the added expense of window treatments was unnecessary, especially in light of the fact that we had an unsold house as well.

Well, the old house sold months and months ago, and other projects came along.  We had kind of gotten used to the “no curtains” look, and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to dress the windows anyway, so it got put off.
Why I waited until I was 36 weeks along to decide that kitchen curtains were a priority is something probably no one understands (except perhaps another mom who remembers her nesting days.)

Loose ends, incomplete tasks . . . sometimes they just jump out at you and suddenly seem very important, and not always at the most convenient times.

So I eventually made a trip to Hobby Lobby, determined to find some suitable fabric in one stop, or else just let go of the whole curtain obsession.

There is something about ticking I have always liked, and this fabric appealed to me.  It has the right colors—the blue to pull from the border and the beige to match the vinyl blinds.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it has a tea-stained look to it as well, which adds a rustic flavor I want to incorporate more of into this house.

Sewing them up was easy.  Putting them up . . . well, that was no small feat, considering that these windows are in a corner above the sink.  Getting up there just to wash windows is cumbersome enough.  But this time I not only washed windows, but also had to nail up the rods and arrange the gathers just right—all after hoisting up myself AND my 20-lb. gargantuan beautiful belly.  Whew.  The memory itself is fatiguing.

I know I have helpers here, and you may wonder, as my husband did out loud, why I did not just have him do the job.  I’m not sure; I guess some tasks just need mom’s touch.

I’m not sure where the “nesting” ends and the routine maintenance of a household begins, but the big things I wanted to accomplish before baby’s arrival are done (in addition to a number of smaller things)

  • the baby items are all arranged and waiting for the big day
  • meals are being added to the freezer to make life easier after baby arrives
  • the kids’ end-of-year testing is complete
  • next year’s curriculum has been decided on, ordered, and most of it has arrived

And now that the curtains are up, I’m ready to have this baby anytime.  I’m nearly 38 weeks now and feeling very ready.  Looking ready too, wouldn’t you say?


                  Don’t miss my Lilla Rose giveaway going on now through May 8 at           The Prairie Homestead!

“Think Spring” Giveaway Winner

Spring has definitely arrived at Lilla Rose!  Doesn’t this March Flexi-of-the-Month just shout spring?  Snatch up one of these pretties on my Lilla Rose website all month long, while supplies last.

Available in 5 sizes, medium shown.

And while we’re talking spring, I’m happy to announce the winner of my “Think Spring” Lilla Rose Giveaway!

Congratulations to MamaHen, chosen by  You’ll soon be sporting a new spring pretty too!

Thank you to all who entered!  I hope you’re seeing signs of spring like I am!

“Think Spring” Lilla Rose Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed————————–Congratulations to MamaHen!!

30% off retiring styles, now through 2/29, while supplies last!

With March right around the corner, I am thinking spring, how about you?  We’ve had an unseasonable mild winter here too, which makes it seem like spring has already arrived, and I want it to stay!  (So I’ll pretend not to notice the snow that arrived overnight.)

So in honor of my 50th Facebook “like” and with the hope of spring in the air, I’m hosting another Lilla Rose giveaway!

Lilla Rose has so many lovely flexi-clips and bobby pins that remind me of spring, and the winner will receive the flexi-clip or bobby pin pair of her choice from my large personal inventory of various sizes and styles—up to a $15 value.

From flowers . . .







to butterflies . . .




to dragonflies . . .




with many more styles to choose from!

Lilla Rose is also running a special from now through Feb. 29—30% off retiring styles—flexi-clips, you-pins, hair sticks—while supplies last, including pretty flowers, dragonflies and butterflies.  You’ll find these new markdowns by clicking on the categories under “hair items” on my website.

more retiring styles at 30% off now through 2/29


Visit my Lilla Rose website and look over all the spring lovelies, then come back here and comment which item makes you “think spring” the most.   ~   1 entry


Like my Facebook page “Lilla Rose – Jill Wright”   ~   1 entry

Share about this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.   ~   1 entry for each place shared

Make a purchase of any size from my Lilla Rose website.   ~   5 entries   (With 30% off retiring styles, it’s a perfect time!)

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry (up to 10 total!)

Giveaway closes midnight on Thursday,  March 1, and winner will be selected at random and announced Friday morning.

Have fun browsing, and think spring!

Giveaway Winner and Valentine’s Day Top Picks

The winner of the Lilla Rose Bobby Pin Giveaway, chosen by, is

#36 Melissa!

Congratulations, Melissa!  I’ll be in touch soon to send you the bobbies of your choice.

Be sure to check out my favorite sweet styles for Valentine’s Day—hearts, pinks and roses, in assorted sizes.  I do have some of these in stock, and all are available on my Lilla Rose website.  Order soon to receive them in time for Valentine’s Day.

What a sweet treat for someone special . . . and zero calories!

Flower of Hearts

Crown of Hearts

Deep Set Rose

Lovely Circle Pink

Open Heart Dangle

Enchanting Copper Rose

Hawaiian Flower

Scroll Work Heart


Scroll Work Heart

Not sure what size flexi-clip to get?  Watch the Lilla Rose sizing video or contact me if you need help deciding.

Cutest Bobby Pins Ever and a Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed———————————–thanks to all who entered!  And congratulations to Melissa, the winner!

For all these months the girls and I have been so enamored with Lilla Rose’s flexi-clips that we hadn’t fully explored their other hair accessories.  That changed recently when we ordered a hair band and some bobbies.


I’ll talk about the comfy, pretty hair bands another time, but are these the most adorable bobbies ever?  The girls are smitten—Hannah, especially.

There are plenty more styles to choose from too, and with one obvious exception they’re all just as cute as can be.

Seeing these firsthand, I’m really impressed with their construction.  These are not your run-of-the-mill bobby pins with a with a doodad tacked on the end.  They are more heavy-duty, with a noticeably higher quality I can see and feel.

Can you see in the picture below where the back of the flower has small metal clips that actually wrap around the bobby pin and firmly secure it?  I’m confident these bobbies will easily endure repeated use.  (But for your peace of mind, Lilla Rose offers a 1-year money-back guarantee.)

What a great option for shorter-haired ladies . . . or anyone who’d like to keep a few wispies in place . . .

or for little girls who have been growing out their bangs but can’t seem to keep them out of their eyes and their mothers continually threaten to cut them again.  (I won’t mention any names.)

The girls and I are so excited about our new bobbies that we wanted to give away a pair to one of our readers!

The Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, simply visit my Lilla Rose website, browse the bobbies, then come back here and leave a comment telling me which style is your favorite.

If you’d like extra entries . . .

  • Like “Lilla Rose – Jill Wright” on Facebook.  (1 entry)
  • Share about this giveaway on Facebook.  (1 entry)
  • Subscribe to this blog.  (1 entry)

Make sure you post a separate comment for each entry (up to 4 entries total.)

The giveaway will remain open until Sunday at midnight, and the winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday.

Can’t wait to see who wins!