Kids are Messy

As a mom, you spend so much time fighting messes, sometimes it’s fun and a little freeing to just let go and embrace the mess {read to the end to find out how Quirky Momma is making it EASIER to embrace messes with the help of Seventh Generation}.

Life is messy!  Kids are messy!

kids are messy paintman Our family embraced the mess one day last week when my husband was home during Spring Break.

We called our game Paintman  It was kind of like a life-sized version of Hangman, minus the hanging and with lots and lots of paint!

Make a Mess!

We set up the game board on the side of our house (I’m sure the neighbors thought we were crazy) using butcher paper, masking tape, and tempera paint.

My husband and I agreed on the first word and taped up that number of blanks.

First up was our older daughter who we sent to the “gallows.”

She guessed one letter at at time.

If she guessed correctly, my husband painted it on the correct paper square.

If not, she got a body part painted by her very obliging younger sister.

messy girls with paint We did:

    • nose
    • cheek
    • cheek
    • chin
    • forehead
    • neck
    • arm
    • arm
    • hand
    • hand
    • foot
    • foot

If she guessed the word before all of her body was painted she won, if not…well, you’ll see. messy kids paintman “Hmmmm, I wonder what it could be?”

“M? No, it’s not ‘Liom.”

She guessed the word just in time (with only one unpainted foot left).

Next up was little sister who needed a little more help guessing.  We sang through the alphabet with her several times to help her remember the names of letters.  She thoroughly enjoyed being painted, and I think she was a little disappointed when her word was finally all filled in.

two messy girls paintman Of course, no game of Paintman would be complete without the opportunity to paint a parent.

My husband picked the word, and man, it was a doozy!

I was thoroughly stumped, and after my last foot was painted and I still hadn’t guessed it, my husband gave the girls permission to charge me with the paint- no holds barred.

paintman mom

The girls talked about this event for days.

paintman two girls very messy We made a memory they’ll remember for a long time.

I Have to Do Laundry!

We had so much fun cleaning up which is the spirit of Seventh Generation.  They have teamed up with the Lorax to help fun-loving families effectively do the laundry while conserving the earth’s resources with conscious consumption.

Seventh Generation’s Natural 4X Laundry Detergent uses a multiple enzyme system to fight the toughest stains without the synthetic cleaning ingredients.  The formula is biodegradable, hypoallergenic, free of optical brighteners, free of synthetic fragrances, non-toxic, designed for high-efficiency machines and is a USDA Certified Biobased Product.  Oh, and one bottle cleans 66 loads of laundry…that is a LOT of Paintman! 

If every US household replaced just one bottle of 100 oz. 2x concentrate petroleum-based laundry liquid with Seventh Generations 50 oz. 4x concentrate plant-derived product, we could save enough oil to heat and cool 15,700 US homes for a year.

Seventh Generation also makes a nontoxic and biodegradable Natural Laundry Stain Remover and a cholorine-free oxygen bleach, Natural Oxy Stain Remover and a Natural Fabric Softener.

You can find Seventh Generation products in retailers like Target or online where they are now offering free shipping for purchases over $50.

As the Lorax says, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

How do YOU live like the Lorax?  Tell Seventh Generation below and be entered to win a Green Your Home prize pack {one Quirky Momma reader will win!  Winner will be chosen on March 31}.

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Katey About Katey

Katey never gets bored. Her three children, hungry husband, and backyard urban chickens see to that. You can read about all the unnecessary but fun things she does to avoid doing the dishes at her blog Having Fun at Home.