Pinterest, you failed me

How is it March already?! Obviously, I really am the very worst gift giver as I haven’t even finished my 3-part birthday post and over two months have passed. Unfortunately, they won’t be finished today either so instead, here’s a quick recap of what we were up to this past January.

The Sarge was working crazy, long hours and the weather was cold and dreary. I try my best to avoid plopping Lena in front of the tv for hours at a time so I was forced to turn to Pinterest for toddler-friendly activities. Luckily, I have a special board just for these occasions titled “Fun for Lena Eva.” It should really be called “Messes for Me to Clean Up” or “Ways to Slowly Lose My Mind.” Not wanting to actually leave the house and be forced to put on a socially acceptable outfit, I decided we’d make homemade face paint since I had all the necessary ingredients on hand. The recipe called for baby lotion, corn starch and food coloring – easy enough – and the little girl in the pictures looked happy as can be so I knew we were in for a real treat.

We mixed up our paint, plopped down in front of the mirror and got to work beautifying each other.

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The look of concern and fright on Lena’s face should have alerted me that something was about to go wrong but instead, I let her slather my face as well in a fun assortment of primary colors.

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It did dawn on me that food coloring usually stains anything it comes in contact with but since the original recipe post didn’t mention anything about it, I naively assumed it wouldn’t be an issue. Here we are, blissfully ignorant (and super attractive, obviously).


Since Lena likes being messy about as much as me (which is not at all), the Face Paint game was over as quickly as it started. Or so I thought. Despite scrubbing our faces with castile soap and microfiber cloths, we were left with a ghostly reminder of the days activity in the form of dyed skin. On our faces.


Let me assure you, there was no color correction done to this photo and neither are we suffering from gangrene. This is simply a Pinterest party gone terribly awry. And in fact, it was much more noticeable in person. In honor of our sorrowful state, Lena serenaded us on her tiny violin.

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Lucky for Lena, she’d attended a birthday party the past weekend and received this frog mask as a party favor. Little did we realize how practical it would be!


By | 2017-02-26T22:53:19+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Personal|0 Comments

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Wife, mama, graphic designer, and documentary photographer. Never met a piece of chocolate I didn't like. I love celebrating special occasions, exploring new cities through their local cuisine, and kissing my babies incessantly.

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