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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!
For months, the kids have played to their hearts’ content, watched movies, frolicked at the pool and done anything and everything but, well, math (with the possible exception of counting change at the lemonade stand). Now that school is just around the corner, it’s time to exercise that brain again. These apps for reading, math, science and more are a great place to start.
My First Day of School. First day of school jitters? Prepare your kindergartener or preschooler the best way you can: with a story. In this iStoryTime book, “My First Day of School,” Charlie is a little bit nervous about the first day of school, but with a little preparation and a lot of questions, he does a great job. And he can’t wait for day two! (99 cents, for iPhone and iPad, ages 4 and up.)
MeeGenius. For those nights when you just can’t find the energy to read “just one more” bedtime story, MeeGenius can do it for you. This virtual library gives you and your child access to hundreds of audio e-books, and with the read-along feature, your children can highlight words and continue their own quest to read. The site offers a few free books to try the service out, or your can subscribe for a monthly fee. (The MeeGenius app is available through the iTunes and Google Play stores.Recommended for kids up to age 8).
Math Academy. Hopefully, your kids have gotten lots of practice adding and subtracting the spoils from their lemonade stands this summer. If you’re ready to kick that math up a notch, download Math Academy, a math app aimed at elementary school aged children, which rewards kids with a virtual sticker collection. Free in iTumes. (Recommended for ages 4 and up).
Chicktionary. It’s easy to understand why Chicktionary, a spelling game of the chicken variety, was named Top 25 iPad App for Kids by TIME and a Top iPhone and iPad App for Grade-Schoolers by MSNBC, Mashable and Tecca. It’s just so darned cute! In the game, each chicken has a letter on it. Arrange them to make words and earn “eggchievements.” (Available for Apple and Android, $1.99, recommended for ages 4 and up.)
Ansel & Clair with Little Green Island. Does your little ecologist want to save the world? Ansel & Clair with Little Green Island is a great place to start. Kids can create their own island, plant their own trees, clear trash, clean up oil spills, replace pesticides with natural methods and more. This is the best kind of learning a kid or parent could ask for: it’s a blast. (Available for iPad and iPhone, $1.99-$4.99, recommended for ages 6 to 8.)
Going from the relaxed setting of summer to the rule-filled classroom can be challenging for a lot of kids. One day, you’re staying up late and sleeping in, the next, it’s up at the crack of dawn and rushing out the door. Whether your kid is going to school for the first time, or is an elementary veteran, these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics can help ease the transition from from summer to scholar.
Make the first day easier.
Choose a safe backpack.
Develop good homework and study habits early.
Having a frizzy day? Apply some avocado. Feeling oily? Sprinkle some cornstarch on your scalp. Spend too much time in the sun? Honey is the cure for dry and sun-damaged locks. While many of us have spent a fortune on hair and skin products over the years, it seems that most of the answers to our beauty questions are actually right at our fingertips—and in our gardens and pantries. Here are some recipes you can try at home.
Mix your own sugar scrub. All it takes is sugar, essential oils and scents that you and your kids love! Visit Wellness Mama for recipes that create pumpkin pie scrub, lemon hand scrub and lemon lavender facial scrub.
Create your own facemask. Facemasks you buy at the store are expensive and often filled with ingredients you can’t even pronounce. We found a variety of masks for all skin types at Stylemom.com, and learned a lot in the process. Did you know that turmeric and yogurt will help brighten your skin? Lemon, honey, milk and cucumber will soothe, and yogurt and oatmeal are great for sunburns. Dark chocolate, which is high in anti-oxidants, is even great for your skin!
Blend your own conditioner. Your refrigerator could actually be storing your next hair treatment. Avocado, mayonnaise, rosemary, coconut milk, soybean oil—they’re all ingredients (although not necessarily together!) in these DIY hair care products. The site EverydayRoots.com even offers recipes for homemade dandruff treatments.
Round up your own remedies. From conditioning dry and damaged hair to drying up that greasy sheen, Woman’s Day pulled together a number of home remedies to address the most common beauty challenges.
We’ve all heard that natural ingredients are better for our hair. Items that aren’t natural often include chemicals that are potentially harmful. While Europe and other areas are stringent about banning potentially damaging chemicals in beauty and food products, the U.S. is far more lax in what’s allowed. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the following products, which are found commonly in hair items, could be associated with potential health risks.
Formaldehyde – Found in some shampoos and bleach, formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions and, according to the EPA, has been tied to cancer.
Lead – A common ingredient in hair dye, the EPA states that lead can be harmful. If you’re going to dye your hair, find a product that is non-toxic and chemical-free.
Sodium Hydroxide – Found in perms and relaxers, sodium hydroxide can be damaging to the skin and lungs if overexposure occurs.
Dibutyl Phthalates– Used as a fragrance in hair products, overexposure has been tied to digestive issues in humans, and has posed greater health risks, including cancer, in animals.
Hydantoin DMDM – Found in children’s conditioners and detanglers, this “antimicrobial formaldehyde releasing agent” can be damaging to kids’ developing systems.
DEA/MEA/TEA – These three-letter acronyms put the foam into many shampoos, and can be irritating to the eyes, skin, nose and throat.
To avoid exposure to unnecessary chemicals, we suggest that you always talk to your Pigtails & Crewcuts’ stylist about what products are best for your child’s hair. We’re constantly researching the latest items and are happy to share our expertise.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas, aunties, and mother figures out there! May is your month to celebrate all you do. Come on in all month long and enjoy these specials:
Pigtails & Crewcuts loves the Spurs! Throughout playoffs, save $2.00 on a haircut when you come in wearing your Spurs gear on game days.
Want to know some fun facts about Mother’s Day? The holiday was first created in America by a woman named Anna Jarvis in 1908, and six years later it became an official holiday when President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day. Jarvis, who became known as “The mother of Mother’s Day,” and was actually never a mother, herself, grew to loathe the commercialization of the holiday, and worked, unsuccessfully, to actually have it removed from the calendar! Clearly, she didn’t succeed, and some of us are rather relieved about that.
It’s a mystery to us why mothers are celebrated only one day a year, but, hey, as moms, we’ll take what we can get! May 11 is Mother’s Day, but please know that we at Pigtails & Crewcuts appreciate you year round. You’re there when noses run and knees are skinned. When angers flare and smiles melt. You’re there to brush her hair, braid it, or whisk her to the nearest Pigtails & Crewcuts salon when she decides she’s big enough to cut that hair, herself. You’re both the family’s manager and No. 1 groupie, and we sure love you for it. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of our favorite quotes about, well, you.
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”
“Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it’s the most exquisite love of all.”
— Maggie Gallagher
“If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?”
“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.”
“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.”
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”
—Honoré de Balzac
“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of energy.”
“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.”
—Toni Morrison, Beloved
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”
“The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.”
—W. R. Wallace
“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.”
“If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”