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Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Life is hectic enough just taking care of my own family, which often leaves little room in my heart to think about the interest of others. Helping people is something that makes me feel close to God, so I’m glad He sends me a reminder daily to do so.


We live about ½ mile from the interstate and in the mornings, there are cars backed up to our subdivision. To get on the road that leads to the interstate, I typically have to rely on a car to stop and let me out. I am always grateful to that person, and in return, I let a car (or 4) out at the next subdivision. Almost every day, the same scenario occurs, and I LOVE watching the sequence. Someone lets me out, then I let the next person out, then that car lets another car out, and so on. This occurs until we hit the interstate. Even as frustrating as the traffic is, I giggle frequently and thank God for the reminder.


The other day, my oldest daughter heard about “Drive-thru Difference Day” on the radio and insisted we participate, so we paid for the car behind us at a fast food drive-thru. I could tell the man taking our credit card was perplexed. As we were driving away, Madeline stood on her knees to see how the driver reacted when she found out. We left too soon to see, but began discussing how fun it is to bless others. I related it to back to the above interstate story that she experiences daily. I am pretty sure my 10 year old, with her big heart and childlike faith, “got it” more than her self-absorbed Mom.


Most likely, when you help someone, they will want to bless someone else, and these blessings just multiply as people pass along the kindness. Showing love with a selfless act usually spreads more joy than we intend.


As we approach Thanksgiving, I’m going to try to slow down enough to be thankful for my blessings—and mindful to pour those blessings into others. I hope you will too!


– Melanie Hurley
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Popcorn Garland using Homemade Popcorn – Fun Family Activity

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

This past weekend, Melanie had a houseful of girls to keep entertained. Since they already have their Christmas tree up (yes, we know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet), she decided to have them make popcorn garland! Unable to find plain popcorn at the store she decided to try making homemade popcorn for the first time. Using a large pot, she popped the kernels on medium heat. POP they did! The girls enjoyed this part so much because just when they thought it was safe to take off the lid, popcorn popped everywhere!


Once they had the popcorn ready, all they needed was needle and thread!


Be sure to supervise this part. ALL four girls ended up pricking themselves with the pin during this process!


 Some people use cranberries as well but Melanie was afraid the dog would eat them, so she opted out on the cranberries. At this point, you simply use the needle to slide the popcorn onto the string until you have a long and lovely piece of art! Here are her girls acting silly with the final product!

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Melanie hopes your family enjoys this little activity as much as they did!


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Win it Wednesday with Piggy Paint & Bobbi-Toads

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in News | 1 comment

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Want to win a Piggy Paint Toe-Tally Fancy gift set & a pair of Bobbi-Toads? “Like” both Facebook pages, follow @piggypaint & @bobbitoads on Instagram and enter here!

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 Bobbi-Toads: Bobbi-Toads shoes have “toes” embossed into the rubber cap, which can be painted with nail polish – over & over again – just like your real nails! Works with any nail polish and remover! (Value $49.95)

Bobbi-Toads is also offering 30% off their entire site for everyone through 11/30 with the promo code: PIGGY


Piggy Paint:  This Piggy Paint gift set contains non-toxic shade Forever Fancy, PINKie Promise, & Girls Rule! (Value $24.99)

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Here are some cute images of Bobbi-Toads & Piggy Paint at Keio department store in Tokyo, Japan!

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Calling all Costumes! #CostumePiggy Contest

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in News | 4 comments

Enter the #CostumePiggy Contest and you could win! First place will win a Piggy Paint Color Me Happy Gift Set (value $57.99)! Second & Third  place winners will get a Toe-Tally Fancy Gift Set (value $24.99)!

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How to Enter:

1. Match your piggies (fingers and/or toes) to your costume.

2. Take a photo or video of you in your costume. This can be at any event or just at home.

3. Post to @piggypaint with #CostumePiggy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

4. Photo with the most “Likes” wins! So tell your friends!


Contest is open 10/20 – 11/1

Must tag @piggypaint and #CostumePiggy to be eligible

3 winners will be selected on 11/3

Profile must be public on 11/3 to win

US residents only


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Piggy Paint Takes L.A.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in News | 0 comments

This weekend, Melanie & Katherine made a quick trip to L.A. for a special event (details coming soon) and made some extra time for a little play. Check it out.

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Walking the Red Carpet!
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Dinner on Rodeo of course!
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Then off to Hollywood!
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Katherine comparing her hands to Marilyn Monroe’s.
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Yes! No spoilers please, still need to watch!
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Another one we couldn’t resist. #teamboth
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and the best part… Melanie drove to San Diego and visited one of her former students, Daryl, who is now a linebacker at San Diego State. 
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