Hard Work and the Value of a Dollar | Mom Minute

February 22, 2014

For my husband and I, both of our families taught us the value of hard work at a young age. It is something we felt was important enough to do the same with our own kids.

Value of a Dollar and Hard Work

Farrah, a fan on YouTube asked, “When should your child get a first job? How can you push them in a positive way?”

First Job

Obviously, we do not have legally-employable teenagers yet, but I do have advice for what I plan to do. This does not mean that I have not been preparing my children from a very young age to appreciate hard work and the value of a dollar.

In fact, just this week I had a parent ask me about how we teach our kids to work.

I went into detail about how we placed our children on salary {allowance} for “additional” household chores when they turned age 5. Keeping rooms clean and regular household chores are simply part of living in the home. Then, for each birthday present I had to buy, field trip or piano lesson I had to pay for, etc, the child had to contribute $0.25 towards it. Very quickly our children started to see that things have a cost, and that money is not plentiful.

{My husband then began a rule that he would charge the kids another $0.25 for lights being left on or outside doors being left open. You wouldn’t believe how helpful this was when it came time that they wanted something, and then did not have enough money to buy it!}

These efforts helped to teach our kids how to not only work for a salary, like in real life, but how to budget and understand the value of a dollar. We even held annual performance evaluations, and offered raises, or bonuses, if results met expectations… just like in real life.

While nobody is perfect in ensuring children learn these valuable lessons, it is important as parents that we do all we can to teach them in a simple and relatable manner while they are young, so each is better prepared for life’s lessons as he/she ventures out in to the world.

To see more about how we teach our children the value of a dollar and hard work in the CGH home, please feel free to view the #MomMinute episode below…

What suggestions do you have the subject, and at what age did you have your first job?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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How to Create an Infinity Bun | Updo Hairstyles

February 16, 2014

If you are looking for Prom hairstyles, the Infinity Bun would be a perfect inclusion!

Infinity Bun Updo Today’s updo hairstyle is super easy, taking literally like 3 minutes to do! {That really was the point, to create something beautiful and elegant enough to look like you spent awhile doing it, when all it took was just a few minutes.}

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Please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHInfinityBun

Plus, you can use the bun in any number of updo combo styles, along with accent braids, pin coil accents, pancake braids, curls, etc!

To show you how to create an Infinity Bun, we began with a simple Frenchback in the front top, and incorporated it into a high ponytail. The instructions for the Infinity Bun further below take it from there.

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Brooklyn wore this to a dance last week and had several compliments on it. This hairstyle is appropriate for all ages, little girls and tween on up to grandmothers – especially for activities such as formal dances, ballet, work, or everyday wear!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our CGH App, which will be coming out later in March! It has been fun working on the app, and makes the portability of our hairstyle tutorials to the bathroom counter much easier, and includes a place to see fan hairstyle recreations as well!

Enjoy the video!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Optional: Begin by adding curls, a braid, or twistbacks, into the ponytail to add some texture and to accent the bun…
  2. Begin by pulling hair back into a ponytail {this looks best if the ponytail isn’t too high or too low, mid head is perfect}…
  3. Now, begin twisting the ponytail counter-clockwise and slightly upward towards the top of the head…
  4. As the twist tightens, it will naturally want to twist up on itself, to use that to begin to form the left loop of the infinity bun, in a counter clockwise direction…
  5. Still twisting the hair the same direction, take it up toward the top of the head, in a clockwise direction, and begin to form the second loop, thus completing the sideways figure  infinity shape…
  6. Because the second loop will have less hair than the first, feel free to loosen the twist a little to add volume, so that the bun looks balanced…
  7. If you have left over hair ends, while holding the whole bun in place with your left hand, simply tuck them up under the edge of the original loop…
  8. As you continue to hold this shape, place bobby pins approximately every inch or so, depending on hair weight and thickness, to secure the bun firmly in place…
  9. With the bun secure, you can go back and smooth any fly aways as needed with hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Infinity Bun updo! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey decided to give you a tour of their newly-decorated room {which was part of their Christmas/Birthday presents this year}, and uploaded the video to their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. It was a fun project for mom, dad, and the twins! Simply click below to watch…

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Girls and Makeup, at What Age is it Appropriate?

February 15, 2014

Many of you know that we’ve been asked the mascara question regarding my daughters’ eyelashes a million times since we started this hairstyle website back in 2008.  {Viewers often thought that I used mascara on my young daughters.} As you have come to know me and my family, you can see that those are my girls’ 100%natural eyelashes.

This does bring up an excellent question, however… “At what age is makeup appropriate for our daughters?”

Girls and Makeup | At What Age is it Appropriate?

The answer may vary, depending on the parents and also the child. There really isn’t a right answer, although we can all agree that lots of makeup on girls at a young age isn’t the norm. {Dance recitals, and other events of the like, excluded.}

In our home, my girls have always loved lip gloss and Santa usually provided some each year in their Christmas stockings. By age 12, we allowed Brooklyn and Bailey to wear a little mascara to help accentuate their eyes. By age 13, we allowed them to use a limited amount of concealer or powder to help hide acne.

Today, at age 14, my girls can wear pretty much what they want, and I am happy that they have decided that less is more!

My mantra with the girls is, “Makeup should only be used to accent your natural beauty, not cover it up.”

If you are looking for a little extra help, many makeup stores and counters will have cosmetologists who are more than happy to give you and your daughter a beginner makeup training. {Also, my twins are posting a video series on their YouTube channel, BrooklynAndBailey, where they teach beginner makeup tips.}

To see more about our position on makeup in the CHG home, please click the #MomMinute episode below…

What suggestions do you have on age appropriate makeup for girls? At what age did you start, and with what?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Rope-Braided Heart | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 09, 2014

We are gaining quite the extensive list of Valentine’s Day Hairstyles, with some from as far back as 2009. Feel free to click the link to view them all!

Today we are going to teach you how to create a Rope-Braided Heart updo.  This tutorial uses aspects from a few of our past Valentine’s Day tutorials, and combines them with a rope braid to bring you this beautiful updo.

Rope Twisted Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHRopeTwistedHeart

We chose a rope braid specifically because of how perfectly it accents and frames the parted heart ponytail, without overpowering it.

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To finish off the elegant Valentine’s Day updo, we decided to add a cute rope-twisted bun at the base of the heart and at the nape of the neck.

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Clearly we were going more for an older look with this updo, especially for those who do not feel comfortable wearing LuvPiggies this week! Brooklyn and Bailey love this one!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much attention this hairstyle garnered as we wore it around this past week!  I promise you will love this one!

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Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head…
  2. Next, starting on the top/back of the head, begin parting a half heart using the rat-tail comb end and using straight line as a middle of the heart…
  3. Now part the second half of the heart on the other side of the part line…
  4. Tightly gather all hair from the heart part, secure it with an elastic near the bottom at the point of the heart, and leave alone for now…
  5. Now, take all remaining ungathered hair on the left side of the part line and secure it out of the way…
  6. On the right side, beginning at the top of the head near the inner eye, begin a rope twist and continue this twist along the hairline, near the ear, around the head and down to the nape of the neck…
  7. To do this, you create a rope twist by taking only two strands, twisting both sections in the same direction {either direction is fine as long as both strands are the same}…
  8. Then take those two strands and twist them around each other in the OPPOSITE direction than the one the individual strands were twisted…
  9. Now add in hair into both strands, twist them both in the same direction, and then twist the two strands over each other in the opposite direction {continue until you run out of hair to add into the twist}…
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Repeat Steps 6-10 on the left side of the head.
  12. Lastly, take both rope braid ends, and create another rope twist with them
  13. Then wrap the rope braid up around itself into a bun at the base of the heart, and secure with bobby pins..
  14. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Rope-Braided Heart updo! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to check out Bailey’s new tutorial for “Simple Valentine’s Day Makeup” on her BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. Simply click below to watch…

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Triple Braided Hearts | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 02, 2014

For those of you who are super fans, you will know that we started this hairblog to document our girls’ hairstyles back in October 2008. Just a few month later, in February 2009, we posted our very first Valentine’s day tutorial on our website, which back then was taught in photos only.

Has it really been that long? That was five years ago! *gasp*

It has been a great journey, for sure, but one of the styles I posted that month was a simple Hanging Heart. Two years later, in Feb 2011, after our transition to using YouTube, I uploaded a video tutorial of that very same hairstyle on YouTube.

Triple Braided Hearts | Valentine's Day Hairstyles Today’s tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                   <——- here!

Here in 2014, for today’s tutorial, we wanted to post an updated variation of the hanging heart, using braids to accent the hearts and doing them in triplicate. Princess Hairstyles also has another beautiful variation of a triple hanging heart.

You do not have to do all three braided hearts if you do not want to, perhaps you would only prefer one or two.  In any way, the hairstyle will look adorable. {A flip-braided heart can also be perfect in any number of hairstyle combinations.}

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Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3BraidHearts

{CGH#4 also wanted to be our model today, because right after filming we are cutting her hair into an A-line Bob. She has been wanting to cut it for months, and I have been the hold up. This week, I relented and we are both very happy with the new cut! We have already posted a photo on our Instagram page…}

Please click here to see a listing of all of our Valentine’s Day Hairstyles!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, small Topsy Tail tool, 6 small red hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side…
  2. Now move down towards that same ear another two inches and create a parallel part line to create a rectangular section of hair…
  3. Secure the rest of the hair over the other shoulder…
  4. Next, divide that rectangular parted section into three more  sections {you want each section going back a little smaller in size, because of the thicker hair on the back of the head… if you section the hair evenly, then the braid widths will not be even}…
  5. Secure each section loosly with a red elastic band…
  6. Now, using a topsy tail flip the hair from bottom to top {this is in the reverse direction of most flips}…
  7. Divide each flipped ponytail into two equal strands and then simple braid them all {you should have a total of six braided strands}…
  8. Take the middle two braids, bring the together to form a heart, and secure them with another red elastic to create your first heart…
  9. Now take one braid from each side, and work it through the middle heart {linking the hearts}, and then form another heart, securing it with another red elastic…
  10. Adjust the heart sizes as desired, and to make sure they lay properly.
  11. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last week, my twins posted a Valentine’s Day Fashion Lookbook on their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. You can see the outfits they put together below…

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