Hairstyle Ideas for Girls: Creative, Cute Hair for Your Little One

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It’s easy to keep your little angel looking cute, coifed and camera ready with simple yet stylish hair looks featured on The Today Show from Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair.

The Heart Braid

Cozy’s signature style, this is a must-have look for the holidays – and beyond.

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What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part.  Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid ear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.

 

The Present Bow

This adorable style will make your child’s hair the talk of the town.  It’s an easy style that can be used for everyday wear as well. Note: the hair should be long enough to create a bow.

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What you’ll need: Brush/wide-tooth comb, spray bottle of water, fine-tooth comb, hair spray, spary-on hair glitter, hairpins

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush or comb the hair to smooth and detangle it. Lightly mist it with water so it is slightly damp. Using the fine-tooth comb, part hair in the center.

Step 2: On one side of the part near the hairline, pick up a 1-inch section of hair to create a long strand.

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part, to create a second strand of hair. Join the two strands together by creating a loose knot. Spray the knot and pin it in place. Then loosely create the perfect bow, tying the two strands together. Pin each bow in place and spray with hairspray to secure the bow. For a finishing touch, cover the bow with spray-on hair glitter; be generous with the glitter if you really want your bow to sparkle!

The French Braid Headband

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Besides being a great way to keep hair off the face, this braided headband makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail.

What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, jaw clip, decorative bobby pins

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.

 

The Braided Bun

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This simple way of scooping hair up always makes girls feel grown-up. And the braided bun is extremely versatile – it can be adorned with a fun clip or headband to dress it up, or worn alone as a stylish and effective way to keep hair off the face.

What You’ll Need: Ponytail holder, bobby pins, beaded/decorative pins, decorative hair band.

Step 1: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. Make a braid with the ponytail, tying it off with a ponytail holder.

Step 2: Twist the braided ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

Step 3: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides.  Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray or spray-on hair glitter to lock in the style.

 

The Quadruple Twist

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A quick flick of the wrist creates this cute coif that only looks complicated. You can fancy it up with pretty beads or barrettes to go with your child’s special outfit.

What You’ll Need: Spray bottle, fine-tooth comb, hair clip to section hair, small ponytail holders, mini- clips, hair gel or light styling cream

Step 1: Mist the hair with the spray bottle to make it damp but not wet. Part in the middle with a fine-tooth comb, and gather a section of the hair on one side of the part, from the part to the outer eyebrow.

Step 2: Divide this section in half, with one half near the part and on half away from it. Clip the half closest to the part out of the way.

Step 3: Hold the remaining half and begin twisting it on a diagonal path toward the part. Twist firmly, gathering additional hair as you twist, but not so tightly that it hurts. Twist till you reach the part, then secure the end with a ponytail holder, letting the excess hair hand down.

Step 4: Unclip the half-section closest to the part and mist again. Using the same method, twist this section firmly in the direction of the part. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 5: Repeat the process on the other side of the part to create tow more twists, for a total of four.

Step 6: Attach pretty clips to the ponytail holder on each twist, be creative with these as it’s a holiday style. Rub a pea-sized amount of gel or light styling cream between your palms and scrunch the curls to finish.

To see Cozy talk about these fabulous styles on The Today Show please visit: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49917555
For more information on Cozy Friedman, So Cozy products and more, please visit www.cozyscutsforkids.com

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Christmas Quotes

christmas quotesHow I love Christmas! Here are some of our favorite Christmas quotations, from short Christmas Quotes, to classic Christmas quotes, and even a few from Charlie Brown and friends.

Short Christmas Quotes

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Charles M. Schulz

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

“Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” Freya Stark

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” Ruth Carter Stapleton

“If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away.” Author Unknown

“Christmas, my child, is love in action.” Dale Evans

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” Mary Ellen Chase

“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” Helen Steiner Rice

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber

Classic Christmas Quotes

“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.” Henry. W. Longfellow

“May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.” Author Unknown

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you.” Traditional Christmas Rhyme (England)

“Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.” Christina Rossetti

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another.The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.” Emily Matthews

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Andy Rooney

“‘One can never have enough socks,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.’” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” Dr. Seuss

“Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,but always it will be a day of remembrance -a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” Augusta E. Rundel

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Charlie Brown Christmas Quotes

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess.” Charlie Brown.

“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.” Linus Van Pelt

“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” Linus Van Pelt

“We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate you know.” Lucy Van Pelt.

“It’s too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.” Lucy Van Pelt

And here’s my favorite Christmas quote of all:

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Buddy the Elf, Elf.

Merry Christmas from my home to yours.

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5 NEW Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

If, so far, your holiday season has been reduced to shopping for others, wrapping up projects at work, planning a trip home, thinking about hosting relatives, or worrying about budgets, then you really are not enjoying the most the holiday season has to offer.

Although the holidays can be stressful, hectic and overwhelming, they are also a great opportunity to branch out and try new things before the New Year.

As you plan your next few weeks, start thinking about all the things you can do this year to truly enjoy the most the holiday season has to offer. Here are five new ways to enjoy the holidays:

  • Playing Architect: True, the tradition of building gingerbread houses has been around for a while, but with the increasing popularity of Pinterest and extreme cooking shows, these days, you can find some pretty out-there designs to try at home. Take some time aside with your friends and have an adult gingerbread house competition to see who can build the most extreme – with plenty of eggnog to go along with the show.
  • Going Out More (to Holiday Shows): Holiday entertainment doesn’t stop at Nutcrackers and Christmas Carols. And you can only let your family watch A Christmas Story so many times before they start thinking they should get their own leg lamp for next year. Branch out and discover new shows by using sites like Goldstar.com to uncover unexpected shows your city has to offer—many at half-price.
  • Skip the Holiday Party Hop: All too often, we get stuck in the same social situations over and over again—the office holiday party, followed by the neighbors, and maybe a visit to a friend or two. This year, try to branch out and meet new people by hosting your own fest where everyone brings someone new to their social circle, as well as a bottle of wine.
  • Giving the Gift of Giving: Volunteering at a homeless shelter or a community kitchen is something that you can do any time of year, but the need is most apparent in the cold winter months. Visit sites like Networkforgood.org for tons of volunteer options.
  • Go Traditional: Skip the fake Fir and the canned snow. Take a group trip to a local Christmas tree farm get a real tree. Plan a tree trimming party with your family or friends and ask everyone to create their own ornament to display. You’ll have a great time, and some great ornaments to save the memories.

Hanukkah Treats for Babies and Toddlers

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Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the re-dedication of the Holy Temple after it was reclaimed from the Syrian-Greeks more than 21 centuries ago. Fried foods are traditional fare during Hanukkah, commemorating the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that lasted eight days when it should have only last one.

Here are delicious Hanukkah recipes your toddler will love.

Toddler Treat: Potato Pancakes

2 medium Russet potatoes
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 egg
2 Tbsp. flour
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
¼ tsp of each salt and pepper
Dash of nutmeg
Perfect Applesauce (see below for recipe)

Wash, peel and grate potatoes (for grating use a box grater or a food processor). In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the egg, scallions, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg and egg. Add potatoes and mix thoroughly.

Pour oil into a large, frying pan. The oil should cover the bottom of the pan about 1/8-inch deep. Heat oil on medium high heat. Using about 1/3 cup, drop the potato mixture into hot oil and flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in low oven until serving time. Repeat until all potato mixture is used.

Makes about 8 potato pancakes. Serve warm with applesauce

Perfect Applesauce

Cooking apples (such as Golden Delicious or McIntosh)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/3 cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon

Wash, peel, and remove the core from the apples
Place apples, butter, sugar, water and cinnamon in a heavy pan.
Cook on low heat until apples are soft and mushy, about 25-30 minutes.

Make about 3 cups, 6 servings

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Make This Your Healthiest Holiday Season Yet

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Guest Post by Jocelyn

Although it seems that summer was just here and that the holiday season is altogether too far away to start thinking about holiday eating, the truth is that it’s never too early!  How and when we start thinking about how we’re going to prepare ourselves for the arrival of holidays and all the abundance of sugary, processed, highly carb-laden treats is crucial.  General consensus has it that it takes about 21-28 days to establish a habit.  If this is the case, starting now will put us in an excellent position to be ready even prior to Thanksgiving and be ready to power our way through December and into January, ready to continue our healthy eating patterns, not start them as a resolution.  Besides, wouldn’t you rather set new resolutions this year?  Ones much more fun than “eating carefully” or “losing holiday weight” and things more like “go skydiving!”

While we can control (and should control!) what food items make it into our own homes, it’s impossible to do this for social activities, the social activities that are about to multiply triple fold in our lives very soon.  And, what do we do at the majority of social festivities?  We surround ourselves with food, and unfortunately, it’s usually the types of food that tend to be high in sugar, fats, carbs, etc.

Taking in mind that you can keep your home stocked as normal and keep out those items that would prove particularly tempting or dangerous (Christmas cookies are not allowed in my home!), I am going to share some of the tips that have worked best for me when it comes to eating outside of the house.  There’s no reason to skip social events simply because of the food.  You can always “make it work,” just adjust accordingly and prepare yourself to practice the will-power you’re about to start building up!

Cut Down Your Food Options

Sometimes one of the safest things to do in times when the types and quantities of foods available are sure to be overwhelming, is to make yourself a list of all the foods you are going to let yourself eat for a set period of time, like a week.  After the week, create a new list.  If it’s not on the list, it’s not an option.  It’s amazing how easy it is to resist a food if the option to “decide” whether or not you’ll eat it is simply gone.  If you have a “choice,” chances are good you might cave in the moment.  But if the choice is non-existent, you won’t have to think about it.  End of story!

Bring Your Own Approved Options

If you’re worried there really will be nothing you’ll be able to feel good about having eaten afterwards, ensure that you have options by bringing your own!  Bring veggie-rich dishes that double as appetizer/meal.  If it’s a sit-down, offer to bring a side dish that doubles as a main dish, like a hearty vegetable casserole or a filling veggie soup.  For hors d’oeuvres, your options are much more open.  Fruits, vegetables, wraps, you name it!  Bring a variety and bring lots, there’s a good chance you aren’t the only one hoping for choices that won’t break your caloric allotment for the day in just a bite!

Eat the Same, Every Day

Even if you have a party that night, do not, eat any differently throughout the day.  All it really takes is one day of throwing your eating pattern off to put your whole system outta whack.  And, while many feel that if they eat less throughout the day, they’ll have more calories “available” for that night, this is a bad idea on multiple levels.  Number one, you’ll get to the party ravenous and be much more inclined to eat anything and everything and continue to do so until the “starving” pangs go away.  Secondly, as I mentioned, breaking “rules” or patterns, even if just for the day, can make doing so the next day seem like no big deal, until you find yourself a week into off eating patterns and your hard-earned habits put under unnecessary stress.

Got the Munchies?  Munch on Water

We’ve all been there.  We’re sitting around chatting, maybe enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing, maybe playing a card game or two or maybe even catching a thrilling game of football.  And, everyone else is munching.  You can hear the crunching of chips and pretzels and finger foods in every direction, and suddenly you too, have an unstoppable case of the munchies.  Now, while you may not literally be able to munch on water, you can do the next best thing and fight the urge by munching on water laden foods.  Find veggie choices like celery sticks, cucumber slices, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.  Broccoli is a fantastic choice, it’s 91% water!  Carrots are close runners up at 87%.  See fruit nearby?  Grab the watermelon (92% water) and citrus options like oranges or grapefruit (90%).  You’ll fill up your stomach with volume, leading to that “full” feeling, all while keeping your fingers and mouth busy, allowing you to feel like you’re much right along with the best of them.  And only you know that each one of those Pringles is about 10 calories a piece but you’re eating an entire cup of celery for 20!

In the End

When it comes down to it, you can read all the articles you want and try all the “secrets” you happen to find, but it just takes practice.  It takes a habit of healthy eating.  And really, the only way to succeed in the holiday season is to have that habit already in place.  So, start now!  Here’s to instilling wonderful, healthy, delicious eating habits that will energize us and power us through the holiday seasons.  (And bonus!  Our new year’s resolutions won’t have to involve a new gym membership!)

About the author: Freelancer Jocelyn is passionate about living healthy, sustainable lifestyles, particularly in eating.  When not writing foodie related articles, you’ll find her at work writing green tips for hot water heater selection and use.

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Memorial Mother’s Day – Honoring Your Mom Who Has Passed

If your mother has passed away, Mother’s Day can be a special time to honor her memory.

Here are a few ideas:

* Create a special spot in your yard or garden for your mother’s favorite flowers and plants. Your children can make garden stones to place in the flower garden. You might even want to place a small bench or chair in the garden so you can have someplace to sit when you miss your mom.

* Visit your mother’s grave or spend some time in the place that you go to remember your mom. Bring flowers and allow  yourself to spend time in reflection and  silent prayer.

* Call your father and your siblings. They’ll be missing mom today, too. Talk about your favorite memories of mom.

* What was your favorite thing to do with your mom? Today, enjoy a little bit of that with your family.

* Your mom has passed, but her legacy continues on in the family that she created. Spend time with the generations that wouldn’t have been possible without your mom – your kids as well as your nieces and nephews.

* Honor your mom by taking some time to honor other moms who may not have family coming to visit them on Mother’s Day. Call nursing homes in your area to see if you can arrange to come in and hold hands and listen to some senior women on this day – or  in the days and weeks following Mother’s Day.

Give a flower to each of the ladies at the nursing home. Anna M. Jarvis gave out white carnations at the first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908, so this would be a particularly symbolic choice.

* Send a donation to your mom’s favorite charity. Was there a particular cause or charity close to your mother’s heart? Make a donation in your mother’s memory.

* Send a donation to a single mom’s shelter in honor of your mom.

* Send a donation to a charity that helps children in need. A couple of ideas: SavetheChildren.org or The International Rescue Committee at http://rescue.org has a campaign called “from harm to home” that allows you to give money to refugee moms who have been separated from their children: http://www.fromharmtohome.org/

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