Rodan + Fields {adoption fundraiser!}

Hi! My name is Mel & I blog at The Larson Lingo.

I am so about doing a fundraiser on Anna's blog.
I have loved getting to know Anna over the past couple years through blogging.
She is one of the sweetest girls I know. I love how she loves Jesus and her family so much!
I love her passion for orphans and I can't wait for her to bring Miles home!

A little bit about me...I'm a California girl, born & raised!
I love Jesus, wine, coffee, photography & throwing parties.
Target is my Happy Place.

I am a part time 7th grade math teacher and have been teaching for 10 years.
I have been married to Kevin for 11 years and we have 3 sweet kids.
 Kate is 7, Claire is 5 and our baby boy Luke is 18 months old.

I just recently became an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields
Growing up in California, I was in the sun. A lot.
Especially playing soccer my entire childhood. Most of the time I wore sunscreen, but sometimes I didn't. When I got to college and played soccer at University of Colorado, we had soccer practice everyday from 1-4. Peak sun hours.
Sometimes I wore sunscreen, sometimes I didn't.

My skin took a beating, for sure.
 Fast forward to when I turned 30 a few years ago.
My body wasn't feeling older, but my skin was.

I had to get some pre-cancerous skin cancer spots removed from my face.
I should have taken better care of my skin when I was younger...

All those times without sunscreen were taking it's toll on my skin.
I never really had a "good" skin care routine.
In high school/college/20's I would just use cheap face wash/moisturizer.
Once I hit 30, I realized I needed to take better care of my skin.
Sun damage & fine lines were starting to rear their ugly heads.

I tried out several products, but it wasn't until last year that I found a product I was happy with.
It was 18 months ago when I started Rodan + Fields.
I had just given birth to Luke and I decided that my skin was worth was the skin I was going to
have the rest of my life and I better start taking care of it. Plus, I had the "mask of pregnancy" with him. It needed to go!

I started using the Redefine products and couldn't believe how much better my skin looked and felt after just 1 month. I continued to use  Redefine twice a day for a year.

This past August, after I stopped nursing Luke, I started using Reverse in the morning and Redefine at night.

I am so glad I started using Rodan + Fields. I can't say enough about their products.

My skin has never felt or looked better! 

Rodan and Fields is a skin care line from the doctors who created ProActiv.
What they did for the acne market with ProActiv, they aredoing again with the Anti-Aging market.  Along with an Anti-Aging line they also have products for erasing sun damage and dark spots, soothing sensitive skin, as well as products for acne.

Rodan & Fields has 4 product lines:

For wrinkles, pores and loss of firmness.
(Click HERE to read more about the Redefine products)

For brown spots, dullness and sun damaged skin.
(Click HERE to read more about the Reverse products)

For sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness.
(Click HERE to read more about the Soothe products) 

For acne and post-acne marks.
(Click HERE to read more about the Unblemish  products)

Want to know which regimen is best for you?

Take this quick 30 second  questionnaire HERE!

We offer these four different product lines with a 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee.
You can literally return the EMPTY bottles after 60 days for a full refund if you don't like the products.
Most companies don't offer that.  But, R + F does!

One of the reasons I started selling Rodan + Fields is so that I can give back to others.
I love Anna's passion for orphans.
I have been following her journey to Miles for over 18 months.
I don't know about you, but I can't WAIT for her to bring Miles home.
It has been a long, long journey.
But, they still need money for plane flights.
Here is where you (and I) come in.
Every order that is placed between today and Friday April 11th, I am donating my ENTIRE comission of those sales to Anna so she can buy plane flights.
Want to place an order?
Send me an email with the subject line "Bring Miles Home" to:

oh, the {outrage}

my social media is full of outrage at the moment.
one side this,
one side that.
{and the sides are so strong!}
before I had even had a couple cups of coffee this morning I had already had conversations about it.

my bff and I have been discussing this whole homosexual issue for the past several months. 
{in about 4.3 minute conversation snips between naps, school, potty breaks, and sibling rivalries}
we think the question comes down to, 
how do you take a stand for Biblical truth, yet love well?
 i don't think there's an entirely one-answer-fits-all solution,
and i don't want to attempt to find that solution or write about it,
because seriously,  there's been a lot written recently. 

what I do want to say is that i'm just 
{tired of the outrage},
because the outrage, from either side, is so one-topic.

i understand that you may have a passion for something, 
even if it's just, say, horsebackriding,
and you may talk more about it.
but as a Bible-believing follower of Christ,
I'd like to say this:

if you're going to be outraged over same-sex marriages,
please be equally as outraged over orphans around the world.
don't choose to ignore the fact that there are children starving,
and children that have no families,
children that are sold in sex slavery.
children that have no on that knows their favorite bedtime story,
their favorite breakfast food,
the blanket that comforts them when they're sad,
the silly song that helps them not be afraid of the dark.

so glad Miles doesn't wear the title ORPHAN anymore

{be as equally outraged}.

if you're going to post politically-charged stuff on social media,
please be equally as passionate about every other area of sin.
don't overlook your complaining about the grocery store clerk's slowness.
the bad service you got at Starbucks.
the traffic on the way to work.
the way you rolled your eyes behind your spouse's back.
the way you were critical of your boss.
the flirtation with a co-worker.
your indifference to your lost, hell-bound neighbors.

{be as equally outraged}.

which organization you choose to support is your own personal decision,
just don't pick and choose Biblical truth to get more upset about than others.

Fight for what you believe in, 
but one is not worse than another.

Ezekial lists the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, 
a city well-known for its complete moral bankruptcy and quoted often for their sexual sins.

What's Ezekial 16 say?

"‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: 
She and her daughters were arrogant, 
overfed and unconcerned;
 they did not help the poor and needy."

 {one sin is not worse than others}.

i wish we could tranform the energy we're spending on social media debates 
and actually go into this world and do some good - however the Lord may lead.

i doubt anyone has ever converted to Faith by a social media post.
so, let's love better. 
meet our neighbors! be more patient with the grovery store clerks 
or the pizza employee that gets our order wrong.
help feed the hungry in your own area,
become a foster family,
or a Safe Families family.

all this energy AGAINST something.
i wish we could take a stand for truth at the same time loving better FOR something.
FOR the sake of Christ.
FOR the sake of people who don't know Him. 

let's be equally outraged.
let's take our outrage,
use that energy to
{to love better}.