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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Discovering Talents | Mom Minute

January 25, 2014

I perfectly understand that each child comes into our lives with his/her own set of abilities and hidden talents.

It is my role as a parent, to raise these children and to help provide opportunities for them to explore their natural abilities.

Discovering Talents

When our children turn the age of three, we enroll each child into a few activities hoping that they can begin discovering what they are good at in their younger years. We began with soccer and dance first, and then added piano by the time they could read. Over the years, we have also implemented violin, gymnastics, modeling, and theater and some of them have stuck.

It may be that a skill we are really good at is not something we particularly enjoy. It’s hard to see that gift as a talent, when it is something we do not like to do. The talent is there, but maybe the passion comes from noticing how our talent affects the lives of others. Then we can be truly happy in our talent. {This is why my husband regrets on giving up playing the piano when he was young.}

Finding our talents can be a learning process, taking several years or up to a lifetime to achieve. For myself, creating braided hairstyles was not something I was good at in my teen years {my friends can vouch for this}. Hairstyling was something I developed in motherhood, and it took several years and lots of practice before I felt comfortable sharing it with the world.

Most of us are not lucky enough to be a child prodigy, but we are each born with at least one talent. Our responsibility is to discover what that talent is, nurture it, and share it with others. There are few things sweeter than seeing how something we are good at… can truly bless the lives of others.

Our talent may be something subtle, but equally as impactful as more awesome talents. Those subtle talents may be your laugh or smile, or being a peacemaker. The size of the talent does not matter… it is what we do with it that counts.

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, I share our views on finding and nurturing our talents, as well as share a special talent of my 3rd daughter!

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

What tips do you have for others when it comes to discovering talents? Please also feel free to leave your comment below letting us know what you are good at doing!

Happy Parenting!

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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!


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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Making Fitness Fun {with Samantha Harris}

January 11, 2014

I am going to honest and say that as great as we may be at hairstyles, our family is not as active physically as we should be.  We certainly try, but are far from perfect.

Making Fitness Fun with Samantha Harris There is always room for improvement. A few weeks ago, we talked before about how to maintain healthy eating habits in our home, but what do we do for exercise?

I recently asked Samantha Harris to join me on the Mom Minute set, to share her tips on family fitness as a mother of two beautiful daughters.  You all know Samantha, as she has worked as a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and also served as a co-host on Dancing With The Stars {DWTS} for eight seasons. This fit and beautiful mother has also graced  the covers of 11 fitness magazines!

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, Samantha gives us her expert advice, and I provide insight into what we do in the CHG home to help stay fit! Feel free to watch The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What tips do you have for other parents to help make family fitness and exercise fun? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Happy Parenting!

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