Perfect Lashes {a product review}

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Having eyes that pop on stage for a dancer is really important … with a move this last year into a pre-professional classical ballet company we had to learn some new tips and techniques for stage makeup. While false eyelashes are the go to look of choice, there are some times when you just want to use something a little bit easier to apply.

Mia Adora 3 D Lashes

We were thrilled to be selected to review a great product and a wonderful substitute for false eyelashes – Best 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Mia Adora. In all honesty I had never heard of “fiber lashes” before receiving the product but, my dancers had and they were super excited to give them a try! One huge tip if you are just starting out – make sure to read through the booklet that Mia Adora will send you – it has lots of great application tips that are important. My girls had watched a few YouTube videos also, which I think helped us to have a great first test run with the lashes.

Ava Mae Lashes

Ava Mae’s Demo of the Lashes – she used it on just one eye to show the difference.

Some of the benefits of using Mia Adora’s 3D Fiber Lashes –

  • High Quality, Natural, and Non-Toxic
  • Hypoallergenic Ingredients
  • Smudge Resistant
  • Instantly Longer and Thicker Lashes – magnify your own natural lashes up to 300%
  • Strengthen and Condition your natural lashes

Mia Adora 3D Lashes
The lashes can be purchased directly from Mia Adora. The 3D Fiber Lash Kit Comes beautifully packaged with – 1) Tube of Black Magnifying Gel

2) Black 3D Fiber lashes to extend and thicken your eyelashes

3) Protective Carrying Case made with Recyclable material

4) Free Bonus Eyelash Guide

{Disclosure: Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lashes were provided by Mia Adora for my review, as part of a partnership with Tomoson. I was not compensated for this post, and as always, all opinions are my own.}



A Quick Fix for Bunhead Hair : Lilla Rose Product Review

November 2014 - Lilla Rose - Blog Post 1My 12 year old daughter has “bunhead” hair … her hair is either in a bun or just ripped out of a bun 6 days a week. The life of a ballerina …

We are always looking for quick fixes for her hair … tired of the same old ponytail, we jumped at the chance to try out Lilla Rose. Lexi has very thick and very long hair – not an easy combination when it comes to fixing your hair quickly. While washing, blow drying, and flat ironing is the look she prefers when she is going somewhere nice – it is not feasible every day of the week. Most days by early afternoon she is heading to dance. You can see why our ponytail was the style of choice.

I was skeptical at first that Lilla Rose’s clips would hold Lexi’s hair but, after trying our first updo with the clip, we were sold! Not only does the clip hold all of Lexi’s hair it is easy to use and does not snag and pull at her hair. The hair clips have no sharp hinges, which is a huge plus! We have loved playing around with all the different styles you can easily get with this simple clip.

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So easy to use … even my 10 year old picked up the in’s and out’s of using the Lilla Rose Flexi Clip in just a few minutes. And there are so many great clip designs to pick from – my girls have already gone through the site and found at least a half dozen they would love to have.

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This review was requested by Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, Laurie Martin. You can contact her directly on her website, and she can give you more information and help you pick out a great fit for yourself, family, or friends! Right now, she is running an awesome special for new US customers … buy 3 get 1 free! That is a $16 value. So head on over and pick up these great gifts or stocking stuffers for Christmas!!

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I was provided a free Lilla Rose Flexi Clip in exchange for my honest review of the product – no other compensation was provided.

Summer Wrap Up {2014}

This is it … the last days of summer for our family! It always goes by so fast and yet, other days I yearn for the school year and structure it brings to our day and week.

So here is a recap of our summer and the fun we had …

The summer began with lots of swimming and fun with friends!

Summer Post 2We had a special lunch with a very dear friend who has been Lexi’s tutor for the last four years. It was a sad good-bye as Julia and her husband move to Florida. Though we promised to visit their ocean cottage someday soon! Until we meet again our dear friend … we will always see you as our miracle worker!

Then it was off to Asheville, NC to our family’s mountain home. We spent a fun 4th of July with lots of my siblings. And, the girls brought along one of their best buds. We saw lots of bear!! And, enjoyed seeing what fireworks look like from the top of a mountain looking down into the towns.

We returned from Asheville and the very next day we were off to the airport to meet our French foreign exchange student, Nicolas, who we were hosting for three weeks. Our time with Nic was so much fun! I tutored him in English and he taught us all about life in a small village in France. He even taught the girls the proper way of pronouncing so many of the ballet terms they have been hearing and saying wrong for years. Devin and Nic had a blast playing video games and hanging out – while the girls were off dancing every day. Nicolas is a great soccer player and we enjoyed watching the World Cup Games with him – more new experiences for our family as we are not “big” into as almost everyone in the world else calls it “futbol”. We also had a fun outing to the World of Coca Cola and The Varsity. It seemed all too soon we were heading back to the airport and saying “good-bye” to Nic. Thanks Nic for being a great student and for your invitation to visit your family next summer!

The month of July was also consumed with dancing … dancing … and more dancing. Both Ava Mae and Lexi spent over 100 hours in a summer dance intensive. They learned so much, made great friends, and are looking forward to going back next year. It was fun carpooling with two other families! The craziness that went on every day in the car was epic. Big decisions were made too during July – Lexi and Ava Mae were both accepted into a ballet company and we made the hard decision to move out of our current ballet program and on to a new path.

And, as if our summer wasn’t jam packed with fun … we added sheep to the mix. That’s right for five days we were sheep “farmers” or at least that is how our 9 year old daughter saw it. We were actually renting the sheep to clear our our backyard of all the ivy and random plants that had sprung up. We loved having the sheep (well except for that one morning when a couple of them escaped and one ended up on my deck eating my flowers but, that is just all part of the experience, right). These sheep are just one of several flocks that visit homes and properties all over the Atlanta area clearing out overgrowth – they eat everything except Azaleas. Just watching the sheep herding dogs in action when they dropped off and picked up the flock was amazing! We also go daily visits by one of the shepherds and his sweet herding dog – who is still learning the ropes!

We began August with celebrating 24 years of marriage … can’t believe it is the big “25” next year!

We also celebrated Devin turning “13” years old … we are officially parents of a teenager. So thankful, for the young man he is growing into. His sense of humor and creativeness are just so refreshing! He is a great big brother to two sometimes crazy sisters! And, he takes it all in stride.  Just can’t believe we are here already … I say it all the time but, truly, where does the time go? Happy 13th, Devin!! Love you so much!!

And, just because I have a hundred pictures of the sheep … I have to include one last parting shot. Hoping you had a great summer!!

Dancing to Compete {May 2014}

After a year or two of my daughter asking when she could take part in a dance competition we decided to test the waters this year. We chose to enter the first competition with a duet number with a close friend. After extra private lessons with a choreographer and hours and hours of  independent practice a few weeks ago the girls took the stage at KAR’s Regional Dance Competition.

Their hard work and dedication paid off with not only a Top First place in their division for lyrical dance but, a third place high score in their age division, and a special talent award – which included an invitation to attend a master’s class with the Rockettes in New York City.

So proud of the determination and hard work that went into the preparation – we would have just been happy with the experience.

Pictured above ~ The girls gasped when they saw this competition stage and lighting … it was so fun to watch as they experienced this opportunity for the first time!

Pictured above ~ Lexi and her good friend, Ellie, with their dance choreographer and dance school director. Pictured below ~ the girls performed their award winning duet in our dance school’s recital last weekend.

How the Grinch "Found" Christmas

Last weekend we enjoyed the girls’ ballet school performance of “How the Grinch Stole Found Christmas”. Like two years ago, we had the privilege of having a daughter dance the part of Cindy-Lou. Ava Mae absolutely loved every second of rehearsals and performing. She took the role quite seriously, even deciding the choreography would be better with acrobatics – so we spent several months taking tumbling lessons so that Ava Mae could add in two aerials {cartwheels with no hands} to her dance. Ava Mae also had the blessing of having her very good dance buddy as the other Cindy-Lou {there are two shows and a different Cindy-Lou for each show} – so fun to be able to attend all practices with a friend.

Lexi also enjoyed performing in several dances – including an amazing opening tap “Rockette style” number. And, for the first time Ava Mae and Lexi had a ballet dance where they performed together.

Always love this performance of The Grinch… and though Ava Mae has repeated constantly how sad she is it is over … I, for one, am glad to have a break from all the ballet school craziness for a few weeks.

All photographs are courtesy of professional photographer, Andrew Savasuk – who did an amazing job shooting the performance!

On Pointe

Yesterday was a big day for Lexi – her first official pointe shoe fitting. She is so excited that she begins pointe class next week. For Lexi, she thought this day would never come – it has been a long year of being in a pointe class but, not being allowed to be on pointe because, she was too young. {Pictured above with her very good friend and “dance twin” – Ashlyn. These girls have danced together since 2 years old.}

Of course, it wouldn’t be a ballet outing without younger sisters in tow … Ava Mae and Ashlyn’s sister, Anna, who is Ava Mae’s “dance twin”, enjoyed hanging out with the ballet school director.

It only took 8 or 9 pairs before the perfect pair were found … of course, they had to be the most expensive. At least they are great quality and will hopefully, last the year.

And while the older sisters were getting fitted …. the younger sisters tried to convince Miss Lisa that they should be allowed to wear these types of outfits to ballet class. They didn’t win that argument.

Can’t believe this day is already here … why do kids have to grow up so fast? It seems like just yesterday Lexi was skipping in to the 2 year old ballet class, hair in a tiny bun and pink tutu on. Hard to believe in another two years we will be in this very spot with Ava Mae.

Happy girls with new pointe shoes!

Dance Recital {2013}

And, the curtain closes … on another year of dance! Lexi and Ava Mae had their ballet recitals this past weekend.

Little Ava Mae has always loved dance but, this year she finished her first year of Pre-Invitational Classes and I could really tell how much she has grown as a dancer. 

I thought it was funny one parent even asked if Ava Mae takes private lessons … um, yes, from herself. Seriously, this child dances 24/7.  When she isn’t at dance she is home watching You Tube videos and emulating every dance move she does not know yet. Of course, it helps to have an older sister who dances!

This Mouseketeer dance was amazing! And, it was a complete surprise to find out there was an original Mouseketeer in the audience who came backstage after the first recital to have her picture made with the girls.

Lexi continues to grow as a dancer as well. I can say sending her to a full month of summer dance intensive last year really made a difference.

She has begun to really show her flexibility and acro talent in jazz. She absolutely loves her jazz/lyrical teacher Ms. Kelly! It is one of her favorite classes.

Lexi also had the opportunity this year to help with  a 3 year old ballet/tap class.  Such an adorable little class of girls who all see Lexi as their new best friend.

This dance recital marked the 20th year anniversary of our ballet studio … Our director, Ms. Lisa began the studio with just a handful of girls and a 14 minute recital their first year. Wow, have things have grown! Ms. Lisa is amazing and it was so special to hear all the girls who came back and spoke at her reception. We love you BIG Ms. Lisa!!