Eating Disorders | Mom Minute

February 01, 2014

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, we invited Kati Morton, a licensed marriage and family therapist to talk about a very serious issue today… Eating Disorders.

Eating Disorders

I am not a licensed therapist, nor would I ever offer advice in any professional manner on the subject. What I will share is what I do to help keep my kids aware of the dangers of eating disorders and if I ever suspect that anything is going on, the first thing I should do is seek professional help.

The media today surrounds us with images of men and women in an idealized state. Often the media will take an otherwise beautiful model, add tons of makeup/powders/gels/hairsprays, turn on unnatural lighting, add a fake breeze, pose them in uncomfortable poses wearing uncomfortable clothes {or lack thereof}… and that is what the general public takes as an acceptable standard for society. If that wasn’t enough, 99.9% of the photos are then photoshopped to remove wrinkles, moles, shadows, skin blemishes, or even add to or reduce natural curves.

Women and young teens are particularly susceptible to desiring the perfect image of their gender, and fooling themselves into believing that anything less is unacceptable. One way they believe they can control their body shape is to alter their eating habits or dieting.

{Men are not immune to eating disorders, but they only make up only 10-15% of the cases. This statistic is something that scares me as a mother of six, with five of them being girls.}

To hear Kati’s recommendations of how to talk about this as a friend, or as a parent to a child suffering from an eating disorder {along with the warning signs}, please be sure to watch the The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

Do you have any experiences on this topic, or any advice for others who either are going through an eating disorder or know someone who is? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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How to Create a Love Bun | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 26, 2014

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and as is customary, every year we try to add one more cute and creative hairstyle that you can wear for the occasion. {You can pick your favorite from our Valentine’s Day Hairstyles playlist.}

Today’s tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                   <——- here!

Love Bun | Valentine's Day Hairstyles A very good friend of mine, whose twin daughters we have used in some of our Disney hairstyles, texted me a photo of a heart bun that she created the other day and wanted me to see it! We loved it so much that we asked her if we could film a tutorial for it… he said that was her intention!

So today, we are going to show you how to create a Love Bun {heart-shaped sock bun}!

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What I love about this hairstyle, is how simple it is to create the heart form out of a simple bun maker and a few hair elastics. I would never have thought of that!

So this Love Bun tutorial is dedicated to my friend Jill, one of my best friends and an even better vacationing buddy!

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

If you know how to make a sock bun, this hairstyle will be easy for you. You can use the bun alone, as I did in CGH#4, or in any number of combinations, including one I show you on CGH#3. You can also do two on top of the head, or incorporate a braid around the base, etc.

We’ve worn this around several times in the past two weeks and had people stopping us everywhere! If you want a comment-getter hairstyle for Valentine’s Day, this is the one!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker {hair donut}, 4 small hair elastics, 2-3 hair bands, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by modifying your bun maker…
  2. Take a standard bun maker, and pinch the bottom of it together until it creates a point, and then place two hair elastics over it to keep the bottom squished together holding that shape…
  3. Now pinch together the top left side of the bun maker and slide two more hair elastics of it, and do the same on the right side {this will create the “M”-shaped divot at the top of the heart, now leaving you with a more triangular-shaped bun maker instead of a donut}….
  4. Next, create a ponytail on the back of the head and secure it with a hairband…
  5. Now take the modified bun maker, and slide it onto the ponytail holder and against the base of the head…
  6. Then, have your daughter tip her head down and let the hair fall evenly over the bun maker…
  7. Once you have the hair evenly spaced, take a hair band {you may need to use two hair bands} and slide it over the bun {it should cinch down enough to hide the bun maker completely with hair, pulling the hair tight against the bun maker and forming a heart-shaped bun}…
  8. You should still have remaining hair ends sticking out from the bun, so pick up a small section and begin twisting the hair, adding in more hair as you go…/li>
  9. Continue twisting in hair until you have included all the hair around the base of the bun, and secure with a few bobby pins {you can also use the to create a braid-wrap accent, if you want}…
  10. To help emphasize the heart shape, gently pull down on the middle hair of the “M” of the heart and secure it with a bobby pin…
  11. Next, gently tug on the arches of the heart to make them more full, which will also add more definition of the heart divot.>
  12. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

I know some of you will ask, but yes, you could carefully wrap the head in an old towel and  spray the heart red with temporary color {adding a spritz of glitter spray as an accent}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of Valentine’s Day Love Bun idea!  Of the two ideas shown in the video, which was your favorite?

If you love the look of this hairstyle, please help us by sharing it on YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc! I have a feeling that this video will go viral with your help if you send it to as many friends as you can! The Love Bun is simply too adorable to keep a secret!

You can also share the link by clicking any of the social share buttons in the floating sidebar to the left!

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

A week ago, Brooklyn had her braces taken off and filmed it all for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. You can see the process, before and after, including her reaction by clicking below…

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Bandana Curls | No-Heat Curl Hairstyles

January 19, 2014

Our No-Heat Curl tutorial series has been very popular, because a lot of teens and moms are trying to avoid using too much heat on their hair but still want voluminous curls.

It’s about time that we posted another no-heat tutorial!

No-Heat Bandana Curls {The styles are also popular for single or involved daddies who are intimidated by using heat tools anywhere near their daughters!}

Today we are going to teach you how to create beautiful No-Heat Bandana Curls using just a few bandanas/handkerchiefs, a few rubber bands, and a water spray bottle.

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This curling technique gives you more of a wave than a full curl, and it dries fairly well because the fabric breathes and allows moisture to evaporate as you sleep. This is what helps set the curl.

No-Heat Bandana Curls No-Heat Bandana Curls We have used the curls as is, and we have also incorporated them as a base for several hairstyle combos. In this tutorial, my daughter Brooklyn simply added a simple daisy accented headband as an accessory.

This No-Heat Bandana Curls tutorial is so easy, we know that you all can do it!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, spray bottle, 3-5 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair, and parting it where you  normally would…
  2. Now, divide hair into halves side to side…
  3. Then, divide each half into half once again, but top to bottom this time {you should have four total sections each creating essentially a square shape}…
  4. Using a water bottle, take your first top section and spray it down until slightly damp {not soaking}…
  5. Now take a diagonally-folded bandana and wrap it in half around the base of that hair section, next to the head…
  6. Then tightly braid the hair around the bandana, using the bandana ends ad your two other strands…
  7. When you run out of hair, secure the ends with an elastic {the bandana will help pull some of the moisture off the hair, and also add thickness to prevent the hair from getting too kinky or wavy}…
  8. Sleep on hair overnight, or let it dry all day.
  9. The next morning, take the bandanas out, tip the head upside down and gently shake the curls loose with fingers {this separates the curls enough to give them a nice voluminous look}.
  10. Tip the head back up and finger comb the hair until the curls are to your liking.
  11. Add a cute accent braid, accessory, or hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Banana Curls! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a 2-in-1 Valentine’s Day Nail Tutorial video!!

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Note from Mindy: We are holding our very 1st international “Meet & Greet” in Singapore on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, from 5-7pm at the Atrium at *SCAPE! We hope to see as many of you from Singapore as possible, so please bring your friends… and meet some new ones! We will be giving away an autographed CGH t-shirt to the first 20 people there!

Singapore Meet & Greet

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Teenage Peer Pressure | Mom Minute

January 18, 2014

Those of us who have grown past our teenage years, know of the seriousness of peer pressure. We also know that it will never completely go away as we grow older.

Peer Pressure

What we can do, is condition and prepare ourselves, and our children, so that we know what we will do whenever those situations arise.

People, despite growing up in the same area, can have varying moral thresholds. Each family is different, just like every person is different, and the diversity is something we celebrate. Because of this, something you or I may not agree with may be perfectly fine to do by someone we consider as a peer.

I am just a few years into the teen years with my twins, and have another 16 years of teenage-dom ahead of me. I pray that my children may remain humble and grounded in their moral standards, and choose friends who not only love them… but will stand up for them in such peer pressure situations. I teach my children to do the same.

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, we share our views of peer pressure, and what we do in the CHG home to help our children maintain their morals in such situations, and share a few examples!

Feel free to watch the The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What tips do you have for other teens, and parents of teens, to prepare for peer pressure situations? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Happy Parenting!

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How to Create a Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

January 12, 2014

This braid is similar-looking to a conjoined double Cobra Braid, only the stranding is different and very tricky.

This is not a new braiding technique, but the braid should be included on the list as one of the most beautiful braids out there!

How to Create a Zipper Braid I first saw this technique in video form on YouTube in Spanish back in July by a talented braider named Diana Rojas. Our version uses the technique diagonally across the back and ending in a braided bun for an absolutely gorgeous updo! {The braid would actually look great in any number of hairstyle combos.}

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHZipperBraid

We imagine this hairstyle as being a perfect updo for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion.  You are going to simply LOVE IT!!!

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My first huge tip is to wet down the hair before braiding. For braids that involve multiples in stranding, we find that this helps the braid be more clean and crisp in the final look.

As you braid, you may find a few “sharks” {parts where the hair sticks up like a shark fin in water} will appear. Simply comb them towards the braid and tuck them under it, to help hide them.

How to Create a Zipper Braid

How to Create a Zipper Braid

This is an expert-level braid that can be difficult the first few times, but is easy each subsequent attempt and truly amazing if you know how to do it! Again, the first few stitches are the most difficult, so keep practicing until you get it!

CGH3 has worn this to school a few days over the past few months.  The girls at her school loved it so much that they were taking photos of them on their phones and texting it to their friends.

Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Apparently the photos spread to older sisters, who then showed the photos to my twins at their Junior High asking them to show me the style! My twins and CGH3 thought that was so funny how fast it spread, and came back full circle to us!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hairband, 3-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting down the hair…  
  2. Start with a small section near the top of the head, and divide into three strands…  
  3. Now, take the middle strand and take it over the left strand…  
  4. Then take the new middle strand and take it over the right strand…  
  5. This completes your first stitch of the braid.  
  6. Now take the new middle strand and take it over the left strand again, then take it under the two strands to the right, and have your daughter hold it {this secures the first stitch in place, without slipping}…
  7. Pick up a tiny section of hair on the right side of your head, which will be come the new strand.  
  8. Next, take this piece over the middle strand and then under the left strand, and ask your daughter to hold it…
  9. Up until this point, you have been prepping the base stitches for the core braid.
  10. Now you will begin the Zipper stranding… 
  11. Pick up hair on the left side of the head, take it over the middle strand and under the right strand, and ask you daughter to hold {she will now have two strands of hair in her right hand}…
  12. Take the first strand she was holding, and bring it UNDER the new strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand…
  13. This will create a little sandwich around that strand of hair. 
  14. Pick up more hair on the right side, and take it over the middle strand, and then under the left strand, and have your daughter hold this second strand… 
  15. Now, take the first strand of hair from her, and take it UNDER the second strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand {from this point, the braid is repetitive}…
  16. Continue to repeat Steps #11-12, and 14-15, until you run out of hair {as you go, the braid will continue to take form and look more and more like a zipper}…
  17. Feel free to finish it off with an elastic for a ponytail, add a bow, or continue with a simple braid and twisting it up into a bun {as we did in the video}.
  18. Use bobby pins to secure any option bun in place.
  19. Add hairspray {as desire}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Book Review video, sharing their thoughts on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Marie Lu’s Legend!

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