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!

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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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Live Mermaids in our Pool {and GIVEAWAY!}

June 06, 2014

Now that it is summertime, I am trying my hardest to keep my kids entertained while not having them waste time playing video games or watching TV.

Rylan, CGH#4, is my one child that has dreamt of being a princess or mermaid since she could barely talk. She had been begging so long for a mermaid swimming tail for her birthday, which was in March.

We searched around the internet and found an adorable family-run website who makes and sells them, Fin Fun Mermaid. {The other girls have since been playing with the fin so much that we had to get them each one of their own!}

Fin Fun Mermaid Tails

We posted a single photo on Instagram a few weeks ago of Brooklyn in her mermaid tail, and our viewers loved it so much… that we decided to film this bonus video for you all!

Who knows, this may finally be my opportunity to do an Ariel-inspired hairstyle from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid“!

These are the most realistic commercial mermaid suits I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen lots of “Little Mermaid” plays and even beautiful siren/mermaids in swim tanks in Las Vegas!

Mermaids Swimming Mermaid

OK, so they look awesome, and include tankini or bikini tops, but I was very surprised at how fast my girls picked up swimming in them, using the dolphin kick. I particularly love how it gave the girls a core and leg workout without them even knowing it!

Kamri definitely picked up swimming as a mermaid fast! {If you couldn’t already tell in the video!}

I love how Brooklyn and Bailey wanted to relax and “bask” in the sun, reading their books! I… just… couldn’t… hold… back! SQUIRT! Once they were wet, the twins joined right in on the fun!

Mermaids Diving Mermaids

Sweet Pea and Daxton are still not totally comfortable swimmers, so we settled with a “buoying” shark fin for Dax and an adorable mermaid suit only for Sweet Pea {without the tail fins, as seen in the first photo}. Can you tell that they were having a blast that day?

Shark Fin for Swimming Swimming Mermaid

We loved these so much, that we teamed up with Fin Fun to give a discount code for our readers. From now until June 30th, you can get 10% off by entering coupon code CGH10 at checkout! Yes, they do ship all over the world!

YouTube GIVEAWAY

As part of the fun, CGH & Fin Fun teamed up to give away a Mermaid Tail {including top} & Fin to 3 lucky winners! Details of the giveaway…

  • Contest ends at midnight CST, on Wednesday June 11th, 2014.
  • Winners will be announced in our video on Sunday, June 15th.
  • Open Internationally!

{We will not end this contest early, so please beware of scammers or fake winner emails. You can 100% verify that you are a winner if your name appears in our Sunday video on YouTube on June 15th.}

Entry Rules:

  • Go to FinFun.com, and choose which mermaid tail and color you would want.
  • Go to our Mermaid YouTube Video here and leave a comment telling us the name and color of the mermaid tail you want.
  • You may leave a comment there once per day until June 11th.
  • You must be age 18 or older, or have your parents’ permission to enter.

Feel free to tag any photos of you wearing a Mermaid Tail with: #CGHMermaids

Good luck everyone, and enjoy this fun family video!

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Princess Aurora Twistback | Inspired by Disney’s Maleficent

June 01, 2014

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Some of our most popular hairstyles are Disney inspired. This week’s hairstyle fits right alongside them!

Princess Aurora Twistback | Inspired by Disney's Maleficent

Our family went to watch Disney’s Maleficent together as a family over the weekend.  By the end of the movie, Bailey and I had conspired to give you this tutorial today!

The inspiration for this hair style comes from quite a few scenes of Princess Aurora when she was living in The Moors. The style consists of two loose twists into a twistback and adorned with flowers.

Aurora also has adorable curls framing her face, but Bailey’s hair is too long to get that exact look, so our front curls are longer.

Princess Aurora Twistback | Inspired by Disney's Maleficent

Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHAuroraTwistback

We used baby’s breath to decorate this hairstyle, but you can pretty much use any flowers you would like. In the movie, Aurora actually had a tiny blue flower in the center for this style, but we simply had to use what we had on hand.

Princess Aurora Twistback | Inspired by Disney's Maleficent

Princess Aurora Twistback | Inspired by Disney's Maleficent

Princess Aurora Twistback | Inspired by Disney's MaleficentMy kids LOVED this movie Maleficent, and I did, too! The way the story tells the truth behind Maleficent and Aurora’s relationship is very endearing. Without giving too much away, this is certainly a movie we will own as soon as its available for download!

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The ending was beautiful! Definitely a movie for the entire family!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 4-6 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional Step} Use a medium-sized wand to add soft waves as a base to this hairstyle. If you prefer to to use no heat, use two simple braids the night before.
  2. Begin this hairstyle by parting the hair down the middle of the head…
  3. Next, section off a strand of hair about 1 inch above the ear, and about 3-4 inches back from front of the head…
  4. Divide this strand into two equal, but smaller sections…
  5. Begin a simple twist using this hair {you want the hair to go in a diagonal direction behind the ear and towards the back of the head} and don’t twist the hair too tight {you want this to be soft looking}…
  6. When you are done twisting it, clip it out of the way or have your daughter hold it and repeat on the other side…
  7. Complete Steps #3-6 on the other side of the head…
  8. When you have both twists completed, secure them in the middle of the back of head with an elastic…
  9. For the next step, you will need to loosen up the twists…
  10. Do this by gently tugging on every other twist elbow so that the section pancakes out a little…
  11. Repeat on as many bumps as you would like, on both twists, so that they look very loose and almost “messy”…
  12. Now, to hide the rubber band, take a small strand of hair from the remaining hair behind the elastic, loop it upward over the elastic and down behind the twists…
  13. Using the same strand of hair, take it around the front of the elastic again and then back behind, and secure with a small bobby pin…
  14. Add hairspray and flowers {if desired}.

Hope you enjoy this Disney-inspired hairstyle, and see you here next week!

Happy Hairstyling!

Be sure to watch my twins BrooklynAndBailey share with you some of the amazing things their fans all over the world have sent to them in their “P.O Box Haul”…

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Parent-Teacher Relationships | Mom Minute

June 01, 2014

With five of our six children in full day school, we’ve definitely learned a thing or two about how important it is to have an effective parent-teacher relationship.

Parent-Teacher Relationships

Today’s question comes from Susah, who asks, “How do you approach a child’s teacher when you disagree about a grade or think they are being unfair? How involved should you be?”

Parent Teacher Conferences

My first response is to say that you should be as involved as you can be. But, be open in how you approach the teacher knowing that you simply cannot have all the facts.

I am happy to say that we’ve been blessed in nearly all of the individual 31 combined school years our children have gone through, to have had AMAZING teachers. {Some of them were so invested in the success of our children’s lives, that they even follow this blog to this today!}

That isn’t to say that along the way we have not had one or two conflicting stories from our child vs teacher about a missing assignment or failed exam. In these cases, it is so easy to pent up rage against a teacher while listening to our child recant how unfair or belligerent the teacher was while addressing the problem. Sometimes we just want to let the teacher have it via phone or email, or go over the teacher’s head and call up the principal to lecture them about how this educator does not belong at the school.

The best thing we can do in these cases is to never assume our child is 100% correct. In fact, a better practice would be to accept only 50% of what they say as possible fact… the rest is likely exaggeration.

Next, schedule a parent-teacher conference where you can discuss the problem with the teacher openly. {It may be helpful to bring the child with you, because in an open discussion, it will be much harder for your child to exaggerate circumstances. Please know, at this point, the teacher is likely spending more time with your child in the waking day than you are.}

I have found that 99.9% of the time the teacher is truly invested in the growth of our children. I find that they appreciate, even embrace, parents like you who take an active role in your child’s education.

I am convinced that the most ideal environment for the success of our child’s education is when parents and teachers have an open line of communication, meeting often, and working together to ensure the child is progressing. An easy way to do this is to volunteer, if you can, in the class room.

My opinion is shaped from my own experience, plus hundreds of discussions over the years with my mother-in-law, who has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 year.  Also, over the years, I am proud to say some of my closest friends have come from among my children’s teachers! Some follow up with my kids even today, often congratulating my girls via my Facebook page for their many accomplishments.

In today’s discussion, I invited Traci Demuth, a teacher and Ed.D candidate, on the #MomMinute show to discuss how to foster effective relationships between parents and teachers. Click below to view…

For any of our readers who have managed effective parent-teacher relationships, what advice to you have for Sarah for how you were best able to do so? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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