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Mother Daughter Pedicures with Piggy Paint

I received samples to facilitate the following post.

I don’t need a full day to be recognized as a mom. I already have the greatest gift – my daughter. But regardless, I had a great Mother’s Day this year. We went to my husband’s softball game as a family, had professional mother-daughter photos taken, ate dinner with my husband’s family, and did mother daughter pedicures together.

Snacking at Softball Game

You may be saying to yourself, you painted your 21-month-old’s toenails? This was not a decision taken lightly and trust me, I wouldn’t paint them with just any nail polish knowing the toxins that are in most brands.

I first learned of Piggy Paint, a non-toxic, water-based nail polish, at Toy Fair New York last year. Created by a mom looking for a safer alternative for her daughters, Piggy Paint is kid-friendly, hypoallergenic, and virtually odorless. As I passed by the Piggy Paint product booth, I witnessed the “Styrofoam bowl” demonstration. It was eye-opening both as a woman and as a mom. When dabbing Piggy Paint on the bowl, the paint lay atop it, like one would hope. When dabbing a traditional solvent-based nail polish on the bowl, the paint started bubbling and began to disintegrate the Styrofoam!

“One day, my daughter dropped a glob of her solvent-based polish onto the foam plate we were working over,” recalls Piggy Paint founder Melanie Hurley. “Shortly after, the paint had ‘eaten’ through the plate. From that day on, I decided that any flammable substance that could cause foam to disintegrate was unacceptable for children’s fingernails.”

After seeing this first-hand, I felt more than comfortable doing mother daughter pedicures with Piggy Paint.

Mother Daughter PedicuresPiggy Paint comes in a variety of fun colors. It dries within minutes, is safe for pregnancy (it was fun to be able to paint my toes again!), can be removed from carpet (if cleaned promptly), and is a fun way for little girls and their moms to express themselves. It’s made in the US with non-flammable, natural ingredients and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), ethyl acetate or acetone.

For our piggies, Bear selected the Groovy Grape and I chose the Sea-quin, both from the from the Birthday Bash Gift Set. I’m not usually one to paint my tootsies blue, but it was a fun change for the spring (and it turns out it matches the doors of my daughter’s princess castle perfectly!). I felt “pretty and pregnant” as I spent Mother’s Day out and about with my family. Plus, it’s the perfect shade for my friend’s upcoming wedding (it’s the exact teal of my bridesmaid’s dress – T, if you’re reading this, I’m so happy I found this color!).



I just can’t get over how cute Bear’s little piggies look painted in purple. love that thanks to Piggy Paint, we could have a “girl’s beauty day,” even at a young age. Plus, a total positive for me, it’s super easy to remove. The polish doesn’t last as long as a solon manicure per se (think of the shelf-life of organic fruit vs. fruit filled with preservatives and hormones), but it’s great for temporary fun and lasts about a few days before it starts peeling off. I prefer it this way because it means that I don’t have to worry about the smell and chemicals of typical drugstore nail polish remover. If you’re looking for your manicure or pedicure to last longer, just prep your nails with the Basecoat and top the polish off with the Topcoat from the Make it Last Gift Set.

There is a candy store of Piggy Paint colors – everything from pastels and traditional red to bold neons and glitter! Save 15% off your next order at now through June 30, 2014 with the promo code piggypaint5 at checkout. Plus, be sure to enter to win a Little Miss Firecracker set now through May 27 here!

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers - "Bear" and "Little Man." She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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