Musical Talents in Children | Mom Minute

June 21, 2014

Music has always been an important part of our family, going back generations.

Developing Musical Talents

In Shaun’s family, his grandmother was a concert violinist, his mom plays several instruments, and every sibling can sing, play the piano, or other instruments. My siblings and I all took piano lessons as children, and one sister is phenomenally gifted with it!

{Like many of you, I personally hated piano lessons as a kid, but LOVE that I can play the piano as an adult!} One of our viewers, Louis, asks the following question, “How do I get my kids interested in music and the arts?”

Music in Kids

So we invited guest, Jorge, the father behind TheRealityChangers music YouTube channel, to share with us his tips and advice on how to nurture an interest in music with our children from a young age. The key, is to never force your child to do something they do not want to do. It also means that we should  not also allow them to give up on something so easily, either. There needs to be a balance between effort and desire, which goes for adults as well as our children Although the twins have dropped piano as a musical interest, they still pursue dance and choir. In our home, we do require that each child have at least one musical activity every year {band/orchestra, piano, choir, dance, etc}, in order to continue with an appreciation for music and the arts. I do feel that music often invites feelings and emotion that sometimes words cannot communicate. Music has always been an important part of my life, and I am so happy that my kids share in that enthusiasm. Click below to view the episode… What ideas do you have about how to nurture musical talents in your children? Other parents would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below! Happy Parenting!

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Milkmaid Braid | Cute Summer Hairstyles

June 15, 2014

We’ll have another BONUS Family Vlog coming this Wednesday, so be sure to check back! {This one will for sure have you smiling from its cuteness!}

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Ever since Brooklyn & Bailey uploaded their Spring/Summer Fashion video a few weeks ago, hundreds of our viewers have been requesting a tutorial for Brooklyn’s hair. I have to admit, she looked adorable in that video.

Milkmaid Braids | Summer Hairstyles

To see Brooklyn in that video, simply click here

The hairstyle is quite simple, really, as she was wearing Milkmaid Braids. For today’s tutorial, we show you how to create Milkmaid Braids, as well as a few tricks and tips to get this perfect Summer look!

Milkmaid Braids

Since this hairstyle is one of Brooklyn’s favorites, she of course volunteered to be my model today. I swear every time I watch back these videos, I notice how my girls are looking more and more like me every day! {You should seriously watch them as they raid my closet pretty much daily!}

Also, congratulations to YouTube users ThisPersonsPage, DeeDoesMakeup, & Melinda Karkola, who were our Fin Fun Mermaid Tail winners!

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For a chance to be featured in our App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHMilkmaidBraids

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Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head into two equal sections…
  2. Gather up one side of hair right behind the ear and begin a simple braid {you want the braid to go toward your face so it won’t bunch up later, and feel free to leave a few wispy strands of hair out in front to frame the face}…
  3. When you are finished with the simple braid, secure it with a hair elastic…
  4. Repeat Steps #2-3 on the other side of the head…
  5. Next, take one braid up and over the top of the head {leaving about 2 inches of hair showing between the forehead and the braid, as you do not want the braid lying directly onto the forehead}….
  6. Now take the 2nd braid and lay it over the head as well {positioning the braids so that they look the way you want them.
  7. Tuck each braid end under the braid on top of it, in order to hide them, securing them with bobby pins.
  8. Then then use a few bobby pins to safely secure the braids into place on top of the head.
  9. {Optional} Go back and gently pancake the braids by tugging on their elbows {this gives the hairstyle its bohemian, true milkmaid look}…
  10. Add hairspray or accent flowers {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Milkmaid Braids! Perfect for Summer, wouldn’t you agree?

Happy Hairstyling!

Since today is Father’s Day, my daughters BrooklynAndBailey decided to upload a “Know Your Dad” Tag video below! It was fun for me to ask them questions about Shaun, film their responses, and then film Shaun giving his answers. How well do you think they did???

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Why I Married My Husband | Mom Minute

June 14, 2014

Since Father’s Day is tomorrow, I decided to share a few of the reasons why I married my hubsband 16 years ago.

Why I Married My Husband | Father's Day

This came as a question from Dominique, one of our viewers, asking, “What does your husband do that makes him a great father?

Father's Day

Being a parent of six children is not easy, and I could never do it without my better half… my husband, Shaun.

Sure, how could you not love a guy who is willing to endure years of helping me with hairstyles, filming/editing our videos, and helping raise six children {five of them girls}? Yet, I could tell early on, even as we were dating, that Shaun looked forward to having children. We would talk about it all the time. Back then, in family settings, I would often sit back and observe him interact with his nieces and nephews, and even my own. It always brought a smile to my face!

Sixteen years later, those feelings are a million times stronger as I watch him interact with our six beautiful children.

He recognizes when I am having a long day, especially near bedtime, and quietly takes the littles upstairs, brushes their teeth, plays daddy games with them, reads them a story, prays with them, snuggles with them, and then tucks them in. It is at least a one hour process, and probably his most cherished hour of every day.

To see more reasons why I am happy that I married Shaun, click to watch the video below…

We would love to hear the reasons why you love your dad, so please comment below! {If you do not have a father in your life, please feel free to share about a favorite brother, uncle, grandfather, or neighbor.}

Happy Parenting!

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Waterfall Twist Rope Braid | Summer Hairstyles

June 08, 2014

Summer is here!  My girls and I are always looking for hairstyles that take the hair out of our faces and off of our necks.

Summer Hairstyles

It’s all about staying cool, for sure.

Kamri, who is my model today, and I want to show you how to create a combo hairstyle, using the Waterfall Twist and a Rope Braid.

Summer Hairstyles

Combined, these two braids make a very pretty look that’s perfect for summertime, inside or out of the pool, or simply when you are out and about enjoying your day.

{If you are concerned about flyways, be sure to use a good pomade, or dry wax to help hold the braid forms. I wouldn’t recommend this to be a hairstyle on an extremely active day.}

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For a chance to be featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own Instagram photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHWaterfallRopeBraid

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Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side of the head…
  2. On the heavy side of hair, pick up a small section near the front temple and divide it into two even sections {feel free to use spray water, pomade, or dry wax to help hold in flyways during braiding}…
  3. Now, cross the bottom strand up and over the top strand…
  4. Next, pick up a small strand of hair from above the waterfall twist and place it between the two original strands…
  5. Let that strand fall down freely with the rest of the hair…
  6. Now take the bottom strand of original hair and cross it up and over the top strand of hair {this will create a little pocket that the waterfall strands will sit in}…
  7. Continue stranding Steps #3-6, with about 5-7 stitches of falling strands} until you have reached near the back of the head, and using a rubber band or hair clip secure that hair out of the way…
  8. Shift all remaining hair to that one side of head, where the braid is, and let it fall over the shoulder…
  9. Gather and divide that remaining hair into  this hair into even strands…
  10. Now, add the the waterfall falling strands into the front section, and add the previously clipped hair from the waterfall twist into the back section…
  11. Next, twist both big sections to the right…
  12. Then, twist the two large strands over themselves to the left {this creates a rope twist that will not unravel when you let it go}.
  13. When you run out of hair to twist, simply secure with a hair elastic and you are finished.
  14. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Waterfall Twist Rope Braid! What other types of hairstyles would you like to see?

Happy Hairstyling!

To check out some of our May Favorites, see which surprises BrooklynAndBailey decided to highlight below!

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Going Through Family Hardships | Mom Minute

June 08, 2014

Family hardships are a part of life, and they come in all shapes and sizes. With the economy as it has been for the past 5-6 years, there are more families going through it than we recognize.

Family Hardships

Today’s #MomMinute question comes from Cameron, who asks, “My dad lost his job for something he didn’t do, and my family is struggling with money. How does my family get through this time? I don’t want to tell my friends because I don’t want them to think of me differently.”

Family Hardships

Unfortunately, each of us will be affected {at one time or another} directly or indirectly by losing a job.

My parents have gone through it, and so has Shaun’s. Both sets of parents taught us to save money in the bank when times are good, just in case. That has come in handy a few times for us.

Family members relying on each other is very important, and as a child, doing what you can to support your parent in their job hunt. See what you can do to help polish up your parents’ resume, or help in practice interviews. Maybe even ask your friends if their parent’s work has open positions available.

Please know that you are not alone. I think your friends will be more understanding of your situation than you think. It may be that they are going through a different family hardship, and need support as well. Maybe choose one friend, the one you confide in the most. Know that they love you for you, and not for what you wear and what expensive after-school activities you participate in. I promise they will have your back.

Like a blacksmith refiner’s fire, hardships can really make us stronger as families. Although they are painful, and often seem so unfair, it is an opportunity for our families to bond together.

Facing the challenge head on will make you stronger, this I know. Love you all!

Happy Parenting,

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