Nail Art for Kids with Piggy Paint

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

My Mom is a wonderful artist, but I got absolutely none of her creative talent.  I can’t even paint my own nails without making a huge mess.  But both of my young daughters are really into nail art and I love spending girly time with them, so I am doing my best to create fun and easy designs we can do together.

Piggy Paint, a water based nail polish, recently sent us many colors to try.  As a Mom, I have been a long time fan of Piggy Paint as it does not have a harsh chemical smell.  Since the weather is getting warmer and flip flop season is almost here, my daughters decided they wanted Spring Strawberry nails.  We found a great tutorial that looked simply and easy for us to recreate with Piggy Paint.  Here’s how we did it:

Paint all of your nails using Piggy Paint’s “Something Sweet.”  Use several thin layers instead of a thick coat to allow the polish to dry faster.  You can also dry with a hair dryer set on warm for 1 minute.  If your kids are anything like mine, sitting still is not their forte.

Next, we used a white polish to create the leaves by zig-zagging close to the cuticle.  Color the leaves with Piggy Paint’s “Ice Cream Dream.”  Finally, using black polish, create seeds. Ta-da! Our nails are completely Spring ready!

If your daughters are itching to create their own nail art, Piggy Paint can be found in select Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com.  You can also stock up on your favorite colors by heading to Piggy Paint’s website and using code piggypaint20 which will expire March 31st.

Ready to get started?  One lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win the Piggy Paint Glitter Girls Gift Set! Winners must be 18 years or older, are limited to the continental United States and are only eligible to win one giveaway prize per campaign.  Enter below:
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Black Friday Steals and Deals: Including Exclusive Coupon Codes!

giftIf you are anything like me, shopping on Black Friday is the LAST thing I want to do after I am stuffed with turkey!  I absolutely hate the hassle of  the local Mall during the holidays, and I just do not have time (or patience) to stand for countless hours in line, so I try to get most of my shopping done online.  Because we knows Moms realize that time is money,  The Double Duty Divas put their heads together and rounded up some of the best steals and deals (including lots of EXCLUSIVE coupon codes you won’t find anywhere else!) for those of you who avoid the mall on Black Friday as well!

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Get Cool for School #5: Grade School Prize Pack

I hope you are enjoying all of the great Back to School product giveaways! If you have kids in grade school, you will not want to miss this next prize pack!

Prize #1: Sparklehearts

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Sparklehearts offers natural beauty products for girls. Made with 99.6% natural ingrediants and without the harmful chemicals that you find in many bath and beauty products, these are products you will feel comfortable giving to your daughter. With delicious scents and fun packaging Sparkleheart products are bath and beauty items that your daughter will be proud to call their own.  Check out Victoria’s review of the Sparklehearts line!

The winner of this prize pack will receive the Shine Shampoo and the Rainbow Soft Conditioner from the Sparklehearts line!

Prize #2:  Piggy Paint

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Piggy Paint offers kid-friendly, non-toxic, odorless children’s nail polish in 14 fun and exciting colors!  These Piggy Paints are as natural as mud and even offers a natural non-toxic nail polish remover.  Want to see what I had to say about Piggy Paints?  Click here!

In honor of the “Get Cool For School” Giveaway Event, our readers can save 15% off their orders (including sale items) when they use Code:  COOL15L.  This offer expires August 31, 2009.  Also, spend over $25 and domestic shipping is FREE!
The winner of this prize pack will receive a $20 gift card to Piggy Paint.
Prize #3:  A Touch of Whimsy

A Touch of Whimsy Designs is dedicated to providing whimsical, fun stationery at an extremely reasonable cost. The high quality merchandise is just as unique as every customer! The adorable products include personalized note cards, stationery, invitations, announcements, stickers, luggage tags, memo sheets, gift tags, calling cards, mommy cards and more! The designs are perfect for baby, wedding, party, kids, adults and holiday. The personalized envelopes and teacher notes are a must-have for back to school!  Check out my review of these great Back to School must-haves!

The winner of this prize pack will receive a $25 gift card to A Touch of Whimsy Designs.

Prize #4:  Baby Legs
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BabyLegs is THE ultimate accessory for the kids in the family.  Whether you are looking for a pair of leg protectors for your crawler or if your teen is looking to throw back to the flash dancer era with some leg warmers, BabyLegs is your place to get high quality and great looking products at an affordable price.  The best part?  One product with a multitude of uses…as parents we all know the importance of that!   I was fortunate enough to review the Baby Legs products!  See what I had to say!

The winner of this prize pack will receive a pair of Baby Legs of their choice.

One winner will receive  ALL FOUR prizes!  SEVEN runner ups will receive a pair of Baby Legs of their choice!
How to enter:

Please fill in the embedded form in order to enter. DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS POST.

Mandatory entries (you MUST complete these tasks in order to enter):
1. Visit Sparklehearts and look around then come back and tell me what your favorite product is.

2. Visit PiggyPaint.com and tell us how you would spend your gift card if you won this contest.

3. Visit A Touch of Whimsy Designs and tell me how you would spend your gift card.

4.  Visit Baby Legs and tell me how you would spend your gift card!

Extra entries:
1. Subscribe to my blog.
2. Follow me on Twitter (@BridgetteLA) and tweet this giveaway.
3. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.
4. Favorite me in Technorati.
Make sure you visit the other participating blogs and enter there as well! Entries from all 8 blogs will be combined to pull a winner randomly.
Life Starring the Kids and Me
Momstart
Blessings Abound Mommy
What Mommies Need
3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Contest ends at 11:59 CST on August 19, 2009. Open to U.S. Residents only.

WINNERS!

We have had some awesome contests in May here at The Not-So-Blog!  And I am not done YET!  Wait till you see what I have for you on Monday!  You will NOT want to miss it!

Thanks to all who entered the recent giveaways!  The sponsors are so pleased with the participation of my readers! THANKS!

Sweet Muse:  Becca

Leg Huggers:  Andrea H

Piggy Paint: Victoria

Misikko Flat Iron:  Rose

ProActive Parenting: Daphne

Little MissMatched:  Kristy

Bob Evans:  Katie

Build-a-Bear:  Mariah

Please claim your prize within 72 hours of receiving an email to claim your prize! CONGRATS!!

Piggy Paint: Review and Giveaway

As the Mom of two girls, I am destined for a life of hairspray, bows, frilly dresses, makeup and nail polish….and I LOVE IT! Already, my 4 year old is obsessed with “doing her nails!” I enjoy spending time with her as we paint our nails, but I find that lots of children’s nail color goes on quite sheer, while adult nail polish has an odor that make her eyes water.

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Luckily, I have come across the perfect solution for our manicure sessions!  Piggy Paint is a water based polish created by Melanie Hurley, which is non-toxic, odorless, kid friendly and comes in fun, vibrant colors. From the website:

Piggy Paint™ is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone. Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paint™…it’s as Natural as Mud!”

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Lily couldn’t wait to try out her new polish provided by Piggy Paint!  We first removed her old polish with the Piggy Paint Nail Polish Remover.  I was amazed that this remover did NOT have ANY harsh odors!  It even contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to nourish your little one’s nails.   Following the instructions, we cleaned Lily’s nails, applied 2 coats of Girls Rule Piggy Paint (a vibrant pink), and air dried for 60 seconds, and blew dry on low heat for 1 minute.   I was completely impressed by the coverage and the lack of odor.  Perfectly polished piggies with Piggy Paint!

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Piggy Paint also offers cute gift sets perfect for birthday gifts!  Check out the May Special!  Do you have a need for polished piggies?  Get 20% off your order with the code JUMPIN20L which expires on June 1, 2009.  Piggy Paint has also generously offered one Not-So-Blog reader a $20 gift card!

How to enter:

1.  Visit Piggy Paint and tell me which color is your favorite!

Additional entries:

1.  Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog.

2.  Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway.

3.  Subscribe to my blog.

4.  Favorite me in Technorati.

5.  Place my “Gear up for Summer” giveaway button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 15, 2009.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited.  Open to U.S. Residents only.

This giveaway is listed on the Ultimate Blog Carnival on LiveGiveaways.com!