Heart Hairdo {video}

Heart Hairdo motherhood-university.com

Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Girls of all ages will love this cute do. Try it with braids, twists or even a double twist. You can wear it all up, half up or pig tails. Fun year round!


If you can’t see the video, watch it here: Heart Hairdo

Video Notes
  1. with hair half up, do a “topsy tail” to point the hair up
  2. divide the hair into 2 parts, right side and left side, twist, braid or double twist  each side
  3. bring together and secure with rubber band
  4. shape heart, you may need a hair pin

Ever see a hair style and wonder “how do they do that?” ask us in the comments below and we’ll make you a video!


~ Regina

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Counting Down To Thanksgiving With Gratitude

Gratitude Thanksgiving Countdown


One of our family principles is: gratitude is the best attitude. We practice being grateful all year, but November is like our high holiday of gratitude. Thanksgiving is our beginning and end. It’s when we reflect on a year’s worth of blessings as well as think ahead to all the ways we can share our gratitude with others. So, like many people do advent calendars to countdown to Christmas, we countdown to Thanksgiving. It’s different each year. This one is an oldie but goodie.

You will need:

  • brown paper – we used paper bags from the grocery store
  • a leaf template – we googled that
  • construction paper in green, yellow, orange and red
  • tape or sticky tack
  • pencils or markers or crayons


  1. Decide how long you want your countdown to be – the whole month of November may feel overwhelming.
  2. Make the tree trunk and branches (you don’t have to be Picasso, this is process over product). Consider making it a kid friendly height.
  3. Cut out 2 sets of leaves, one set of green and one set of autumn colors. You will need enough leaves for each child and each day in both sets.
  4. Attach the green leaves to the tree.
  5. Explain it to your family.

Each day on an autumn colored leaf you will write down something for which you are grateful. Then you will take down a green leaf and replace it with the autumn colored leaf. As we get closer to Thanksgiving there will be less green and more autumn colored leaves. When all the leaves have changed it will be Thanksgiving Day.

*If you skip a day or double up on a day just adjust the number accordingly.

When you’re done, you can make a little Thanksgiving scrapbook with the autumn leaves and pictures from Thanksgiving.

Be sure to join our Facebook event The Gratitude Project this month.


~ Regina

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Father’s Day Traditions & Freebie

Holidays are about more than just gift giving. Instead of giving Dad yet another tie (insert cliche here), consider starting a Father’s Day Tradition. There are many things you can do to make this holiday unique to your family:

  • Family photo shoot (watch your family grow each year)
  • Carrot cake day, or YOUR Dad’s favorite dessert day
  • Dad’s camping weekend
  • Kid crafts for Dad
  • King for a day – complete with a crown, foot rub and the remote control
  • Or try this one…

Make an All About Dad Book.

  1. Start with a 3 ring binder.
  2. Add some section dividers and label with the year.
  3. Include some notebook paper and photo album refill pages in each years’ section.
  4. Next print the “My Dad” questionnaire below, one for each child and help them fill it out if needed.
  5. Be sure to take a picture of Dad and the kiddos.

Each year update the book. Throughout the year you can add drawings and letters from the kids as well as photos. Also, write to Dad – tell him when you recognize him being a great Dad, doing something “extra” around the house or being a parenting super hero.

It’s never too late to start a new tradition. What is your family’s Father’s Day tradition?

My Dad

~ Regina

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Nothing Tastes Like 6 Years – Dad’s Final Wisdom

This is my Dad. The picture speaks for itself. My Father was an all around great guy: hard working, fun loving and always had a joke.


The last 2 years of his life were tough (disease and illness) but he fought hard and conquered everything, well almost. It’s hard to watch your super hero fade but even at age 70 he worked out daily and golfed a couple times per week. When I say worked out that usually involved placing bets on how many push ups he could do – silly 20 year olds, he always took their money. 

8 months pregnant, cleaning up after my brother’s wedding, a “good” song came on and Dad grabbed me to dance

Three days before he passed I remember my Mom asking his doctor “the” question – how  long do you think he has. Expecting to hear months we were crushed to hear weeks, and we actually only got 3 short days. Later that night when we were alone, he was such a Dad – comforting me, preparing me and sharing his final wisdom.


Dad knew I’d been struggling with some baby weight from my third child. So he started to tell me about a magazine article he had read a few weeks prior. The article spoke of healthy lifestyle changes that can add years to your life. I can not for the life of me remember the specific change Dad told me about but basically this one little thing had the potential to add six years to your life.


He reached out to take my hand. With is brow furrowed, Dad asked “Do you know what six years is?” He went on “I’ve lived a good life and I’ll go when it’s my time, but six years is everything right now.”  In his Southern way “You’re young and this may seem like a lifetime away, but six years would let me watch my grand-baby turn double digits” (my first born daughter was just 4).

And that final wisdom he shared? 

Please. Regina, take care of yourself. Be an example to your children – because nothing tastes like six years.


A great Dadism on changing the world.

No more words were necessary. I knew this was my last “Dad talk”. There would be no more mis-spelled notes inside my birthday cards, and no more quick hugs around my shoulders just to ask how life was treating me. THIS was the last thing he wanted me to hear, Nothing tastes like six years. 


*Everyday we are given a choice. We put things in our body and the body of our children that either add to the quality and longevity of our lives or subtract from it. We may not all agree on what specific foods those are – but we KNOW it’s not chips, snack cakes and “most” drive through fare. If you’re awake there is no way to avoid seeing the “health crisis” in our country.

Choose nutrient dense foods – by the way, they’re NOT beige!



~ Regina

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Side Pony With A Twist (Video)

This is a cute hair style that’s easy and appropriate for many ages.



If you can’t see the video, watch it here – Side Pony With a Twist

Video Notes

1. Brush out your hair.

2. Create a low side pony tail (usually the opposite side of your part).

3. Pull the hair tie down a couple inches and separate the hair above it into 2 parts (I use the end of a rat tail comb or pencil)

4. Flip the pony tail up and then down through the hole to create a “Topsy Tail” and pull it tight.

Now you’re ready for the twists.

1. Separate the hair into 2 equal parts.

2. Spray the hair with water or products to tame any fly aways.

3. Twist both sections of hair individually but in the same direction.

4. Now twist the 2 section around one another in the opposite direction (this will hold it together, if it’s not staying, try the other direction)

5. Secure the ends with a hair tie and add a cute barrette if you like.

Enjoy your cute “do” – Share with a friend!


~ Regina

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