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!
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It’s a new year and a new you—and that means it’s time for a new ‘do! Are you tired of the same old bob/bangs/crewcut that your child wears like a habit? Switch things up in 2015! Opt for a new style, accessories or products and add a little excitement to your daily routine.
Today, finding inspiration for a new haircut is easier than ever. Gone are the days of poring through hairstyle magazines or searching, endlessly, on Google for styles that inspire. With bulletin board sites, such as Pinterest, your kids’ next hairstyle is right at your fingertips.
New to Pinterest? It’s easy to get started. Just sign in and start searching, using key words like “kids hair,” “hairdo for kids,” “kids braids” “kids hair accessories” or anything else that inspires you. Here are some of our favorite kids’ hairstyles.
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Happy new year! It’s been kind of dreary this month, hasn’t it? We would like to help brighten up your child’s day! For the month of January we are offering temporary colored gel (spike or streak depending on their style) for only $3.00 with your child’s haircut! We’ve got lots of colors! Come on in and see us!
The holidays are full of beautiful, fun, symbolic and sometimes wacky traditions. Where else can you find a military Santa tracking operation and an elf hidden on a shelf? Read on for the origins of these traditions, and more.
What’s with that Elf on the Shelf? It seems like it’s been around forever, doesn’t it? That little elf, sitting on the shelf, watching (and taking notes on) your behavior so he or she can report back to Santa. But Elf on the Shelf sprang into this world in 2005, when Christa Pitts and twin sister, Chanda Bell, joined forces with their mom, Carol Aebersold, to market their own childhood tradition: Elf on the Shelf. It was a hit, to put it mildly. Today, the incarnations of elf include multiple elf dolls, figurines, elf clothing and accessories, books, a DVD and more. It’s become a multi-million dollar franchise, wowing people as much as—if not more than—a certain flying reindeer with a glowing nose.
When did NORAD start tracking Santa? Nothing says Christmas like watching the military track Santa. The origins of the NORAD Santa tracker are actually quite sweet. In 1955, a Sears Roebuck ad inviting kids to call Santa Claus had a typo in the phone number. Rather than routing them to a man with a belly like a bowl full of jelly, they routed them to a top-secret air defense emergency phone at The North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs (at the time it was called CONAD). After a few disarming calls from earnest children wishing to speak with Santa, the guys in uniform decided to create a Santa tracker, showing Santa’s path across the world. Follow on Twitter at @NoradSanta.
Why is this the season of eggnog? This drink of merriment and richness dates back to the 14th century. Back then, it didn’t contain eggs. Rather, “hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or the like, often sweeten and spiced,” according to Mental Floss. In the 17th century, “nogs” were a drink for celebrations, hence, the ties to the holidays. The recipe morphed through the years, making its way over to the American Colonies, and eggs were added for that drink-able custard goodness we know today.
Strolling through your hometown mall, it’s easy to forget that the holidays aren’t just commercial. This season, be sure and remind your kids that the holidays are a time of gratitude, giving back and embracing family. Want a season to remember? Here are 12 ideas to get you in the true holiday spirit.
- Volunteer. Take the family and spend a few hours at a non-profit that’s meaningful to you. Homeless shelters, kitchens, family-centric charities and others could all use a helping hand this season, and throughout the year.
- Make a meal—or even just muffins—for another family. We all have someone in our lives who could use a little extra TLC. Let them know they’re on your mind by baking a spontaneous treat.
- Shop local. When you’re checking things off your list, keep your money in your community by shopping at an independent, locally owned store.
- Host a card party and help a hero. Have some friends over and get crafty, making holiday cards to spread cheer to servicemen and veterans. Learn more about Holiday Mail for Heroes here.
- Shop with a heart. Look for buy-one-get-one-free deals when shopping for holiday gifts, and donate the bonus gift to charity.
- Try something new. Always wanted to check out that Ethiopian/Indian/Chinese/Fondue restaurant? Curious about a new park or shop? Excited to sign up for one of those girl’s-night-out painting classes? Make a list of all of the places you’ve wondered about and start checking them off.
- Phone a friend. We’re all so preoccupied with texting and email these days, it’s easy to forget how touching it is to have a real, live conversation. Call someone you’ve been thinking about and catch up.
- Put your skills to use. Do you have a knack for knitting? Are you keen on quilting? Think about your talents and put them to use by donating the fruit of your labor to a local charity. Or offer to teach a friend or family member how to do the craft you love.
- Unplug and enjoy family time for a full day. That’s right, we said it. No TVs, no iPads, no phones. Just you and the kids for a whole day. What will you do? Whatever you want, as long as it’s centered around humans, not technology!
- Visit a museum. When’s the last time you visited your town’s art/history/children’s/science museum? Holiday break is a great time for an educational outing.
- Learn a new skill. It can be anything. Maybe you always wanted to ice skate or ski. Perhaps it’s time to teach the kids to cook or make their own lunches. Maybe that old harmonica needs dusting off. Use this time to master a task together.
- Host a movie marathon. No holiday season is complete without viewings of “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and the list goes on. Pop a tub of popcorn and settle in for a night of holiday cheer.