Mom. Madre. Maman. Okaasan. Mama. Mãe. We all have our own way of saying it, and for each of us, the word comes with different feelings, and so much meaning!
May 10 is a day to celebrate mom, motherhood, stepmoms, mothers-in-law and all mom-like influences in your life. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve pulled together some fun facts about moms—and Mother’s Day—throughout history.
But first, please accept a warm “Happy Mother’s Day” from our family at Pigtails & Crewcuts. We hope you have memorable plans for the day, and share it with friends and family. (Personally, we’re partial to a day at the salon!)
– Mother’s Day was declared a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson
– Today, Mother’s Day is considered the third largest holiday for retailers, behind the winter holiday season and back to school.
– Last year, shoppers who bought gifts online spent an average of $47 on jewelry, $37 on brunch or dinner, $27 on consumer electronics and $25 on flowers.
– According the National Retail Federation, two-thirds of those celebrating Mother’s Day will mom flowers, spending a total of $2.3 billion.
– Carnations are the most popular flower purchased for Mother’s Day.
– People make nearly 122 million phone calls to moms on Mother’s Day in the U.S.
– According to a survey by FTD.com, men with children spend three times less on Mother’s Day than men without children.
– According to Guinness Book of World Records, the title “Most Prolific Mother” goes to Mrs. Vassilyeva, a peasant in Russia who gave birth to 69 children.
– 353,000 babies are born each day around the world, according to UNICEF. Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year.
– According to BabyCenter.com, the most popular names for girls born in 2014 were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Isabella. The top boy names were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah.
Whatever your culture or creed, hair is something to celebrate! It’s one of the first things we notice about one another, and the way we style our hair is one manner of expressing our own uniqueness. This month, we’re turning our attention to all things hair, and spotlighting different works of art that shine light on our favorite subject.
First, let’s kick off with some of the most memorable hair lyrics of all time, from the musical, “Hair”:
“Hair, flow it, show it
Long as God can grow
My hair, flow it, show it
Long as God can grow
Below, you’ll find some other favorites. What are yours?
Who knew 70 feet of hair could actually be a super power? This Disney movie, loosely based on “Rapunzel,” is a journey of self-discovery—and hair! On that note, be sure and check out “Rapunzel,” too.
“I Love My Hair”
In this beautifully illustrated book, a young girl learns to love her hair—even if brushing it can hurt. This “Sesame Street” video, “I Love My Hair,” is pretty adorable, too.
“The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair”
In this book, taking a break from hair brushing is a dream-come-true for one little girl. Until friendly mice take up home in her hair, and she begins to realize the importance of the ol’ comb!
“Bad Hair Day”
The Disney Channel’s new movie is a cute one! It tells the story of a teenager’s misadventures as she prepares for prom.
Want to give your kids a quick lesson on hair? Check out this great, educational video on KidsHealth, today. You might learn something!
Here at Pigtails & Crewcuts, we love our animal crackers. We hand them out freely, because they make kids happy, and that makes moms happy and all of the above makes us happy.
Plus, they’re a tasty snack that’s not loaded with sugar, and who doesn’t love to nibble off an ear or two? Animal crackers encourage you to play with your food!
April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day, so we thought we’d do some detective work and learn about the history of the animal cracker. Here’s what we found:
- Barnum’s Animals, which later became Barnum’s Animal Crackers, were created by Nabisco in 1902. They were inspired by a British recipe and named after P.T. Barnum, founder of “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
- The nostalgic-looking Barnum’s Animal Crackers box, which was designed to resemble a circus wagon, doubled as a Christmas ornament during the holidays, hence, the string handle.
- 54 different animals have been featured as crackers in an array of different brands. Barnum’s Animals have included 37 different species.
- They’re famous! Shirley Temple sang “Animal Crackers in My Soup” in the 1937 film, Curly Top.
- 2002 was the 100th anniversary of Barnum’s Animals, and in honor of the occasion, Nabisco introduced a koala bear into the mix. That koala was voted in by fans, defeating its cobra, penguin and walrus challengers.
- You can make your own! Here’s a popular recipe for Animal Crackers from AllRecipes.com. Nabisco also offers a number of recipes that incorporate the crackers, including this adorable merry-go-round cake.
- More than 40 million packages are sold each year, and the U.S. exports them to 17 countries.
Spring is here! Every April, our thoughts turn a little bit greener, as Earth Day reminds us to embrace our beautiful planet and take care of it. From tweaks in your beauty regimen to adjustments around the house, here are some ways to celebrate the earth, every day.
Use chemical-free shampoos and conditioners. Avoid products with words you can’t pronounce—namely sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate and formaldehyde (yes, formaldehyde!). Stick to natural shampoos and conditioners. It’s better for your health and the environment.
Make your own beauty products. Did you know you can blend your own conditioner and create your own face mask using products from your garden or pantry? Check out our blog on how to do it.
Leave the car in the garage. This week, make it a goal to walk or bike, rather than driving. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by skipping two car trips a week you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by two tons per year.
Shop local. When you put your dollars into independently owned businesses, that cash is more likely to stay in the community. Plus, if those dollars happen to be going to a farm-to-table business, whether it’s a restaurant, dairy or garden, you’re enjoying local, seasonal food, rather than a meal that traveled hundreds of miles to get to your plate.
Watch your water consumption. Water has a sneaky way of adding up. For every 10 minutes in the shower, for example, you could be using up to 25 gallons of water. A leaky toilet could waste 200 gallons a year. Be mindful of the water in your house, and conserve it whenever you can.
The less packaging, the better. Our landfills are filled with plastic and cardboard waste. Try not to add to it! Opt for products with minimal packaging.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. You’ve heard it before. Now, make an effort to do it just a little bit better.
All across the country, rivers are turning emerald, shamrocks are in abundance and visions of leprechauns dance through the streets. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As the nation prepares to celebrate all things Irish, the question on our minds is this: Have you found something green to wear? According to tradition, those who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day risk getting pinched. When you think about it, that’s kind of an odd tradition, isn’t it? Curious, we decided to look up where it comes from.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the pinching is actually an American creation, and it started somewhere around 1700. “St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green),” says the newspaper. “People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.”
Being in the hair care and beauty business, we know all kinds of tips and tricks to work green into your wardrobe March 17. Here are some favorite ideas to share with your brood.
Three-leaf clover braid. Your little one will leap like a leprechaun for this adorable three-leaf clover braid! See the instructional video from Cute Girls Hairstyles here. Tie on a green bow, and you’re good to go!
Nail it this holiday. Get your creative juices flowing and break out the green nail polish! Any little bit of green will do, but the more clever the better. Nails’ Magazine’s Nail Art Gallery has some great ideas and Irish inspiration.
Accessorize away. Green bows, green barrettes, green headbands, green hair clips—a little color goes a long way! You can even make your own by following these instructions by Fiskars.
Planning a family getaway for spring break? Book it now and you can save big bucks! Here are some travel planning tips that will help you save more on travel so you can really splurge on vacation.
- If you’re flying, buy early. It’s no mystery to airlines that spring break is a popular time to travel. Book ahead of time to cut down on costs.
- Be flexible. If you’re interested in a getaway, but don’t have a destination in mind, you have a lot more freedom. Do some research on sites like Kayak.com and Orbitz.com to find special deals to less popular spring break destinations. You might fall in love with a new city, while you’re at it!
- Take advantage of the “sharing” economy. By renting someone’s apartment or house (or a windmill, farm or treehouse), rather than a hotel, you can save hundreds of dollars. Plus, you’ll have a kitchen to cook your own food (restaurant savings!) and you won’t have to worry about housekeeping knocking on your door every morning. Check out AirBnB.com, HomeAway.com and VRBO.com to see what’s available.
- Save through an app. If you book a hotel through HotelTonight—an app that allows you to book a stay from your smartphone—you can save big off listed hotel prices. The catch: you can only book seven days out, so if you’re trying to plan ahead, you might want to use another service, like Priceline, which offers travel discounts and even lets you bid on hotels, rental cars and airfare.
- Drive. Gas prices are low, and expected to keep dropping throughout 2015. Load up the family truckster and enjoy a good, old-fashioned road trip!