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and the winner is..

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in News | 0 comments

We have a winner for our giveaway with Aloette of Upstate SC & Western NC and Piggy Paint! Congrats, Dawn Madewell! You will be receiving an email shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered!

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*If your company would like to participate in a Win it Wednesday giveaway please contact us!

xo,

Piggy Paint
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2 Girls + 2 More Girls = More Love

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in News | 4 comments

Writing is therapy to me, and I need a lot of it right now.  Short background: Before I started Piggy Paint, I taught 2nd grade in Georgia.  I wasn’t a Mommy to my 2 girls yet (heck, I got married, turned 21, and moved 850 miles from home—all within a few weeks), so my students were my life.  I immediately fell in love with little Ava.  She came from extreme poverty, but had a heart of gold.  Two years later, I asked her 4th grade teacher if I could speak to Ava privately.  I got down on my knees and explained that I was moving, and it would be a long time before I could see her again.  I can still remember her falling into my arms and crying so loudly that it echoed in the empty hallway.

Fast forward 9 years.  I was the one sobbing uncontrollably when she called to tell me she was pregnant and had dropped out of school.  Every time I go to Atlanta on business, I always take an extra day to go see my Georgia kids.  My trip in January was different, as my baby was now a Mommy to little Melody.  In 8 hours, I could barely look at her newborn.  I was too afraid to connect, knowing that I would have to leave her behind in a world not fit for that sweet baby.  With 2 bags on her back and the essentials we picked up at Walmart, Ava was trying to figure out which friend she was going to stay with that night.

I came home, paralyzed with fear for Ava and her baby.  After discussing it with my husband, I called to see if they wanted to live with us while she got her life on track. Did I mention I have a very supportive husband?  I stated our expectations, which are extremely high, and explained that if she chose this opportunity, she better be prepared to work harder than she’s ever worked before.  It was my way or the highway, and I’m a lot to handle when I’m passionate about something.

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We are now on week 16 with Ava and baby Melly (nicknamed by my youngest) as part of our family.  I’d like to say that everything has been easy and swell, but I’d be lying.  It’s been a difficult journey with lots of tears (mainly mine).  We’ve worked through countless issues and I am confident everyone involved will be better because of this decision (my girls included).  Though nearly every step has been a challenge, God put wonderful people, experiences, and even obstacles in our path to help Ava succeed.

Ava and Melly are leaving on Friday to go back to Georgia.  Sigh.  Ava has learned valuable life and parenting lessons, and has been able to complete high school.  She got a job, where she has worked hard and put in a lot of hours to save money for their new beginning.  Am I certain that her future is the future I envision for her?  Nope, I’m scared to death.  Ava is very intelligent (she finished a 9 week on-line course in 8 days with an A), enthusiastic, sweet, and is capable of accomplishing anything if she puts her mind to it (hence why she will have a diploma tomorrow instead of a GED).  It is ultimately up to her.

The hardest part?  Not waking up to that happy, squealing, precious baby in our house.  I will miss how she coos and smiles when I talk to her, how slow she drinks her bottle (which gives me plenty of time to gaze into her eyes while she holds my pinkie), and watching my girls give her kisses every chance they get.

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This story is basically people helping people (people do it all the time), and I hope it inspires more to do the same.  The world would be a better place if we occasionally acted with our hearts instead of our heads.  God has blessed us all in some way—with time, talents, or finances, etc.—and we should bless others with these blessings.

 

Life is short, so while we are here, it is important to make a difference.  It may be impossible to change the world, but making a difference in one person’s life may very well change their world—and the generations that follow them.  At the end of the day, you’ll never regret doing a good deed, no matter how hard it is during the process.

Thanks for the therapy session,

Melanie 
Founder, Piggy Paint
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Win it Wednesday!!

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in News | 4 comments

It’s that time again! This week we are teaming up with Aloette of Upstate SC & Western NC for our Win it Wednesday giveaway! Win this Joie de Vivre Color Collection (value $55) and a Piggy Paint Toe-Tally Fancy Gift Set (value $24.99)! Enter to win here: http://tinyurl.com/k2z7gd8

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Piggy Paint Gift Set contains 3 non-toxic nail polishes, Forever Fancy, PINKie Promise, and Girls Rule! Our best selling 3 polish set with pink and purple!

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About the Aloette Joie de Vivre Collection:

Spring into the season of life with Joie de Vivre by Aloette Beauty!  This exquisite color palette gives you six airy eye shades–in Vanilla Bean, Lime Blossom, Chiffon, Chocolate Shimmer, Spring Fling and the always-popular Rich Cocoa Powder Eyeliner.  Our Bronze Glow and Pink Elegance Cheek Colors will give you that extra special touch of spring glam.

How to: Eyesilks:  Apply a light shade over your entire eyelid from lash line to brow. Apply a medium shade to your lower lid, from your lash line to the crease of your eye. Blush and Bronzer: Using a blending brush, apply color to the apples of your cheeks, softening outward toward the hairline.

Good luck!

xo,

Piggy Paint
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NEW Piggy Paint Bath Items!!

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Piggy Paint is excited to introduce our new bath products available exclusively at select Walmart stores! This strawberry scented non-toxic bubble bath is in a cute little milk jug and is a great way to add some good, clean fun to bath time!

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Strawberry scented Piggy Paint Bath Fizzers are in the shape of our signature pig head! Find them now in the bath section at select Walmart stores!

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Still with non-toxic ingredients that you expect from Piggy Paint!

 

xo,

Piggy Paint

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May’s Mystery Box!

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in News | 1 comment

Last month Piggy Paint introduced our new Mystery Box! A $20-$25 value for only $10!

Check out what was in April’s Mystery Box!

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A new box each month full of Piggy Paint nail polish and accessories! Get yours here to find out what is inside! May Mystery Box!

 

xo,

Piggy Paint

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Love Your Planet Giveaway!!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in News | 1 comment

Tuesday is Earth Day and we would love to share with you the opportunity to win some great products!

The Love Your Planet Giveaway has started!  23 AMAZING eco-brands have come together to share green living tips and give away must have prizes for parents.  One winner will be chosen on May 1st; winner receives all prizes! BUT, everyone will get something special as a thank you for entering.  If you love Mother Earth enter here and please share:  http://doubleblessings.com/blog/love-your-planet-giveaway/

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How are you and your family celebrating Earth Day? Maybe just spending some time outside together enjoying nature? Some of the Piggy Paint team enjoyed some time outdoors this weekend when they participated in the MS Walk.

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Here is our friend Glynda, pictured left with Piggy Paint Founder, Melanie, on the right at the MS Walk. Glynda, a local graphic designer, has been working with Piggy Paint since the beginning and is the creator of our adorable logo.

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Here is Melanie’s husband and two girls opting to ‘Ride for the Cure’! :)

xo,

Piggy Paint
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