250th YouTube Video & Big News

April 27, 2014

Two BIG announcements today!  I love days like today, because we get to share some fun news with you, in a way that is for sure to make you smile!

CuteGirlsHairstyles Kids Names

First, we launched our hairstyle app today, which can be found on iTunes and Google Play!

CuteGirlsHairstyles App

There are 2 versions of the app, a free version and an in-app premium upgrade…

The Free Version of the CGH App includes:

  • Access to all the most-recent 10 hairstyle video tutorials!
  • Access to our Twitter feed!
  • Add supported.

The In-App Upgrade to the Premium Version CGH App includes:

  • Get EARLY ACCESS to our weekly videos… {See them 1-hour before they go live on YouTube!}
  • Access to all 250+ hairstyle video tutorials!
  • Access to our Twitter feed!
  • View all “hashtagged” Instagram recreations by you and fellow CGH Hair Ninjas {if over 50 likes}, and gain your own fan base!
  • Chance to become our Featured Member!

DISCOUNT: For these first 2 weeks {from now until May 11th, 2014} the Premium upgrade will be only $0.99. After that date, the price will go up to its standard rate.

Feel free to tag your own photos of our app {on your device} with: #CGHApp

Secondly, and we have been thinking about this for some time, we’ve decided to RELEASE the names of our children!

Since many fans had been finding them out, and sharing them online, we decided to release the kids’ names on our own terms.

A few months ago, I was in LA filming with @TheMomsView where we had invited my good friend Colette Butler {yes, ShayCarl’s wife} on the show. We were talking, and I asked Colette if she ever regretted revealing her kids’ names last year. She said that she and Shay did not, and that it really had been a very positive experience for them and their fans.

I am not naive enough to think fans couldn’t find out our children’s names, since we’ve done quite a few appearances where the media went ahead and shared them anyway.

From there, fans began sharing with more fans, and it is something that we literally hold back anymore. We were spending so much time deleting comments referring to names that it was hard to find time to practice and research hairstyles. So, we are jumping on board with this name release on our own terms!

Lastly, we received our YouTube Gold Button Plaque for reaching 1,000,000 subscribers, which is funny, because we just passed 2 million! We just want to thank each of you for being with us all these years! We really feel like you are all part of this ever-growing family of ours!

Items Needed: Pure happiness and a SMILE!

Time Requirement: Indefinitely

Skill Level: For all ages

Hope you enjoy the app, and more importantly, continue to enjoy our family!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins’ video for this week was an Easter Basket Haul, showing BrooklynAndBailey channel fans what types of things they find in their Easter baskets. Click below to view…

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Traveling with Kids | Mom Minute

April 27, 2014

One thing our family loves to do is travel. Rather than buying things to make us happy, we prefer to create memories with our children.

Traveling with Kids | with Colette Butler

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to travel with so many kids. For today’s #MomMinute on The Mom’s View, we invited my good friend, Colete Butler, another famous mommy YouTuber who herself is a mother of 5 young children.

A viewer asked the following question, “What are the best places to travel with your kids? What are some tips for traveling with kids?

KidsTravel

Together, we discuss each family’s best practices for how to travel with kids. {Nope, our girls do not practice hairstyles on each other when we travel. Just like all families, we have bickering and unplanned potty stops!}

I have to say, I learned a lot from my discussion with Collete, and know that you all have great ideas, too!

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what suggestions do you have for how best to travel with your kids? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

 

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How to know if you have ADHD | Mom Minute

April 19, 2014

Most of you will not know this, but our son was diagnosed with hyposensitivity disorder as an infant when he wouldn’t respond to normal everyday stimuli. Through years of several types of therapy, including the implementation of a multi-sensory environment for him, he has been able to progress significantly.

As we felt we’ve been able to manage that hurdle fairly well, our son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD.

ADHD

After years of low points, and feeling like failing parents more than any parent should, two months into his kindergarten year, Little Buddy was expelled for several days. Without going into details, the ruling was that he was becoming an extreme danger to the students and his teachers.

This wasn’t the first sign of problems in school, it had gradually built up over those first two months despite close observation and guidance at school and at home. We literally did not know what to do at that point, or where to turn.

There’s plenty more I could share about those years, but I am just not ready to do so. That behavior wasn’t my son and I knew it, my son was my son and I love him no matter what. But it wasn’t easy, and there were nights where I cried for hours and felt like the most awful mother for not being able to help him.

We of course prayed heavily about how we could give Little Buddy what he needed to be successful, without enabling bad behavior. We’d dreaded even thinking about ADHD or early Autism, but felt we couldn’t help him solve his problem if we couldn’t find its root. This diagnosis was not something we took lightly, as he is a boy, and boys often are extremely energetic and inattentive. But something seemed off.

The diagnosis, and all the research we had done previous to it, helped place Little Buddy’s early years’ behavior into context. Especially as the ADHD was paired with the Hyposensitivity Disorder, making the early years a very frustrating situation for him.

We tried specialized diets and certain types of in-home therapy, but there was little improvement. We then spoke to our pediatrician about it, who recommended that Little Buddy was old enough that we could take him to a child psychiatrist for analysis.

The subsequent help we have received, via careful medication and therapy {for Little Buddy and us}, has made a world of difference in our son’s behavior! He’s advanced one full year in academics in just two months, reads like a pro, follows instructions, and shows those sweetest sides of himself nearly all the time. He’s happier, and doesn’t want to go back to the way things were before.

Kids who have ADHD are wonderful! Now that we are aware of the disorder, we are finding more and more people we know who are very successful adults who are also medicated or therapy-aided ADHDers! We all have imperfections, the key is to not let them define us. We work through them the best we can, try to learn to be confident in who we are, and that’s what makes us beautiful!

One of our viewers, Sarah, wrote in asking… “I think my child has ADHD. How can I be sure, and how can I help him/her if he does?

How to know if you have ADHD

So for today’s #MomMinute on The Moms View, we invited Dr. Chiovanni Chopra, a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, to come and talk with us about ADHD, its symptoms, provide her recommendations on how to manage it, and specifically address Sarah’s question.

For more information, go to Premier Mind Institute and, under “Resources“, click the link to the national organization’s page about ADHD.

To watch our discussion, simply click the video below…

For any of our readers, I am curious to hear what your experiences have been with ADHD or knowing someone who has. {Please keep in mind, that each situation is different. There are varying opinions and treatments out there, as well as some harsh judgements, and not every approach will work for everyone.}

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Best Advice I’ve Been Given | Mom Minute

April 12, 2014

I am very grateful for all the wonderful advice given to me over the years, particularly from my grandmothers, my mom, and friends. Not only for the advice given to me as a young girl and the challenges I had faced, but for advice given to me as I came into my own in motherhood.

Best Advice

Today’s #MomMinute question comes from Donna, who asks the following, “What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Best Advice

I have to say that I am far from perfect, meaning I have a lot to work on as an individual, and as a wife and mother. But, there is a piece of advice I heard years ago that has always stuck with me. It is something that I went home and quickly memorized, and I recall that advice very often as an adult.

Want to know what it is?

To see the entire episode, including the best advice I have ever been given, please feel free to click the video below…

For any of our readers, how would you answer Alisha’s question? What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Parents vs Your Best Friends | Mom Minute

April 06, 2014

Today’s topic is a very interesting one, and definitely one that needs to be discussed from both perspectives!

Parents vs Best Friends

Alisha, one of our viewers, specifically asks the following question… “My parents do not like my best friend. What do I do?

Parents vs Best Friends

Moms? Do you remember as a teen how you wanted your independence, the freedom to hang out with whomever you choose, and the hope that your parents would simply trust you and your friends?

Now as a parent yourself, with a much greater perspective, you understand why your own parents had those concerns. It wasn’t about mistrust. It was about your parent’s concern for your longterm safety.

For our teen readers who may be in Alisha’s situation, I totally get it. We have all been there as well. The advice I provide in today’s #MomMinute episode on The Moms View gives both perspectives, from the teen and the parent, with one final counsel for you.

Our parents have a pure love and concern for our longterm happiness, as opposed to maybe our short-term concern for what fun events we have planned for this weekend with our friends.

I promise that your lifelong love and personal interactions will be much greater with your family members, especially your parents, than with any friend you have as a teenager. I hope you trust me on this one.

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what would you suggest to do in Alisha’s situation? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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