We’ve been trying to have the kids play outside as much as possible while we get the inside of the house ready for sale. Luckily, the weather has been cooperating with us.

Now, some things you don’t mind on your kids. Natural, broad-spectrum 30 SPF sunscreen? You bet — we’re going to be in the sun for a while. (Actually, I’ll take some too.) A little dirt, from playing outside all day? Not a problem. Let them have their fun, and they can get cleaned up with a little bubble bath later. Permanent marker all over your little girl’s face?

Hold up.

See, Eleanor got a new toy puppy the other day, and it came with bunch of veterinarian accessories, including a prescription pad. I watched her writing (scribbling) on it with a blue marker, carefully filling out each line and narrating as she went. It was adorable, but I thought nothing more of it. Turns out she held on to that marker. A couple of hours later, E suddenly thought it would be a great idea to be a tiger! Actually, I think she was trying to be Diego’s baby jaguar friend. Either way, that blue marker ended up on her face, hands and arms.


I'm a baby jaguar.

No, she had never drawn on her face before. She did a pretty decent job, considering the lack of a mirror, eh? Oh well— it was just a little marker. Permanent marker, mind you, but it will fade soon enough. At least the sunscreen did its job.

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  • Sarah
    June 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Wow, you’re kind of lucky that marker ended up on something as sturdy as skin! Just imagine if it had made it’s way all over your ready to sell walls!

  • Marissa
    June 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I bet a little bit of hand sanitizer will take that right off!

  • Robin Grey
    June 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

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  • Brianne Heape
    June 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

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  • Ruby Roughhouser
    June 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I’m a derby girl and know a bit about permanent marker on skin (in my case, my arms…) Use a bit of rubbing alcohol and it will come off super easy :)

    • Making it Lovely
      June 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Ah, I knew it took off temporary tattoos, but it’s good to know it works on marker too.

  • jennifer
    June 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Cute tiger! Permanent markers & scissors, the bane of my existence with the 5 and under set. Just had to take my four year old to the barber 2x to fix a chop job. Though, they make for great stories in a few years! : )

  • Christine
    June 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    oh my goodness, this totally cracked me up! The girl should consider a career in face painting ;)

    p.s so wishing Honest products shipped to Canada!!

  • katie
    June 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I think olive oil will help remove it, too. If you want! I think it looks adorable.

  • B
    June 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I was just thinking the same thing as someone else. Hand sanitzer helps get permanent marker off all all kinds of things, it would probably work on skin. ;)

  • Jen @ Rambling Renovators
    June 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Oh sweet Eleanor! Cutest baby jaguar I’ve ever seen.

  • Susan G.
    June 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    What is this good weather of which you speak? Not this week in LF!

    I found a permanent marker cap in my printer tray the other day. Just the cap. Can’t wait to see what happened to the marker. :\

  • Thelma
    June 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I have to say…it’s pretty cute! My son has suddenly been idolizing “Bird Man”…a Miami Heat player who has tattoos up to his neck (eek!), so my son took it upon himself to draw tattoos all over his arms so he could look like Bird Man. With a Sharpie.

  • Marla
    June 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Oooooooh… writing on face!! Here’s a little FYI from one mom to another: cutting of her own hair can’t be far behind!!

    • Making it Lovely
      June 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I’m hoping we can somehow escape that little rite of passage…

  • Alicia
    June 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I remember when my daughter decided to use a marker to create her own “belly screen” like Bot on Team Umizumi. She basically just colored her entire stomach blue. Twice.