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In July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed, and we’ve been celebrating July 4 and America ever since! While fireworks and backyard barbecues may be the first thing that spring to mind when you consider the national holiday, there’s a lot more to it.
Here are some fun facts you may know about July 4.
- John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Because of that, his name later became synonymous for the word signature. “I need your John Hancock.”
- 26 copies of the Declaration of Independence exist.
- The White House held the first event celebrating the Fourth of July in 1801.
- The date wasn’t actually declared a national holiday until 1941.
- If Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would have become our national animal. He was outvoted, and the bald eagle won.
- Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday alone, according to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC). They’ll eat 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia, was born on July 4.
- More than 14,000 fireworks displays will light up the skies on the Fourth of July, according to the The American Pyrotechnics Association.
Looking for some fun Fourth of July activities? Read on!
- PBS has great coloring pages you can download, just click
- Martha Stewart has tempting barbecue, salads and sides recipes, just click here.
- The Crafty Crow is packed with red, white and blue craft ideas, just click here.
- Need some kid-tainment ideas? Better Homes and Gardens has a bevvy of contests and games to try out, just click here.
Summer is here, and that means parks, pools and all the play you can muster! With so much time spent outdoors, you might want to have a few hair solutions handy, in case of a bad hair day. Here are some tips for stocking your summer toolkit.
- Accessorize. If you’re running the kids from soccer to swimming to piano to gymnastics and everything in between, you might want to pack a couple of hair styling helpers so you don’t have to intervene between each session. Our favorites: a baseball had and/or a fabric headband. Both look adorable in a pinch—a little accessory goes a long way.
- Ward off the green. If your children have light-colored hair, you know all too well the damage a little chlorine can do on their darling strands. First and foremost, wet their hair before they jump in the pool. That way, the hair strands will absorb less chlorine. Next, wash their hair with some kind of clarifying shampoo (talk to your stylist about what’s best for your family). Green looks great on Halloween, but the rest of the year? Not so much.
- Protect your hair (and scalp). You hear about sun damage to skin all of the time, but did you know UVA and UVB rays also damage hair? Sun damage leaves behind dry, brittle wisps, making hair feel almost as though its been bleached. Carry along a ball cap, sun hat and/or umbrella, and try to stay in the shade when possible. If you are in the sun, remember to put sunscreen on the scalp, it burns, too! Also, make regular appointments for trims, so your stylist can help you go out with the old and in with the new.
- Go short and simple. Crewcuts for boys, bobs for girls, what could be easier? An adorable new, low-maintenance cut ensures a happier, easier summer. Not ready for a big change? Grow the hair out enough that it can be swept into a quick ponytail, and keep it out of the face.
- Help them be tangle-free. Hair tangles and summer go hand-in-hand. The onus is on parents to be proactive. If your child has long hair, style it before you leave the house. Braids are a surefire way to keep the tangles at bay!
This month, something cool happens: Father’s Day falls on June 21, aka the Summer Solstice, aka the longest day of the year. That means you have extra time to celebrate all fathers, stepfathers, fathers-in-law and father figures in your life!
How will you celebrate? Well that’s up to you. But we’ve got some ideas!
Get crafty. Personalized notepads, coasters, picture frames—it’s all doable! Martha Stewart has some wonderful simple (and not-so-simple) craft ideas to create for the dad in your life. Check out her website to get started.
Kindness counts. Food and gifts are nice, but kind words stick around longer! Do something for your father (or father figure) that lets him know what he means to you. Write it in a card, say it before dinner, or hide nice notes around the house so he’ll find them throughout the day.
Summer of style. We love it when dads bring in their kids and get haircuts together! Stop by for a daddy/daughter father/son cut, and prepare to be pampered. (No, we don’t expect dad to sit in our police car chair. We’ve got grown-up size chairs at the ready!)
Don’t forget dessert. Mustaches are about as “in” as “in” gets right now, and what a great theme for a cake. For a straightforward, fairly simple mustache cake, check out Pampered Chef’s instructions. For a more involved, hidden mustache cake, the website, Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cardio has a great idea, which you can see here.
Hooray! Summer’s here! Happy dance!
And then day two sets in.
Try as we might to fill our days with playdates, classes and camps, we, as parents, inevitably hear those dreaded words: “I’m boooored!”
Fight boredom before it begins by having a few tools at the ready. Here are some ideas for keeping kids entertained this summer.
Start a book club for kids. This is a great way to teach kids that reading can be a fun and even social activity. PBS has some great tips on getting started, check them out here.
Plant a garden or build a terrarium. Playing in the dirt is fun for all ages! Planting a garden teaches kids all about where food comes from and can help initiate important conversations about nutrition. For a quick intro to gardening, check out this article on OrganicGardening.com. Don’t feel like dedicating part of your yard to a garden? Build a terrarium together. All you need is a jar or bottle to get started. Learn more at KidsGardening.org.
It’s never too early to start yoga. Yoga is a rewarding tool for parents and kids. It can help improve focus and invite a sense of harmony. Check out this piece on Parenting.com for some simple moves for all ages.
Host a dress-up party. Whether you prefer pirates, princesses or a combination of the two, your dress-up party will keep the kids entertained for hours. Don’t feel like cleaning up? Pigtails & Crewcuts has a party room, costumes and party planners, we’re happy to do it for you!
Get artsy. It used to be that your imagination was your only limit for coming up with crafts and activities. Now, thanks to the Internet, you have no limit! Check out this Buzzfeed piece on arts and crafts to keep kids busy. It’ll teach you how to create roads out of tape, devise targets out of chalk and sponges and make a river in your own backyard.
We are open normal business hours on Saturday and resume normal business hours on Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend. Thanks to all who serve and have served.
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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.