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Jamaican Flag Nail Art for Kids

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I haven't posted in a while, but I am back with a video! Yes, there have been requests for more nail art tutorials, and so while I was doing my daughter's Saturday manicure, I turned on the camera and made this quick tutorial.  Check it out, share, and if you do it - post pics on our facebook page!

For the flag of Jamaica, you'll need base coat, green polish, yellow acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, and top coat. Acrylic paint comes in those little paint pots that you can get at any discount or craft store. You'll need three paint brushes, one small, one flat, and one striping brush.

Jamaican Flag Nail Art Tutorial ::  SocaMom.com

A Striping Brush (click to buy)

Small brush

Wide flat brush

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in I-rush Luck 445 (click to buy)

Yellow acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Check out the video to see how I did it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1ebZIM10g

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Trinidad and Tobago Flag Kids Nail Art Tutorial

Trinidad Flag Nail Art Tutorial  ::  SocaMom.com

It's Caribbean American Heritage Month, and there are festivals and celebrations going on all over the country! This month, I'll have several quick videos to help you get your kids involved, and to represent their Caribbean heritage year round.

I'll bet you didn't know that I was a nail technician in a former life. Now that I have a little girl, I am back at it with these Caribbean flag nail art tutorials. For the flag of Trinidad, you'll need base coat, red polish, white acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, and top coat. Acrylic paint comes in those little paint pots that you can get at any discount or craft store. You'll need two paint brushes, one small, and one really small. Preferably with a point.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Family Time: Carnival in Winter - Fight the Carnival Blues and 'Get on Bad' at Home

This time of the year always gets me down - not particularly because it's winter or that we're in between holidays. It's because over the weekend and for the next couple of days there are millions of people getting on bad!

Yes, its carnival season, and while those of us on the East coast try not to get stranded in the snow, a bunch of feathers, sequins, masks and banners are being paraded in over 10 countries around the world...

Fêters in Brazil, Bolivia, India, Italy, Aruba, Panama, the Canary Islands, Haiti, Dominica and of course Trinidad are reveling in the music, costumes, culture and expression of freedom that is carnival. They're even doing it in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!

After a few years of sulking whenever carnival season came around, and blocking posts and pics from friends in Trinidad, I decided to be part of the fun instead by celebrating 'Carnival in Winter.'

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Tricia Clarke is a Guyanese-born mom of two boys. She is the owner of Crave Culture Events(tm) - a multi-cultural event planning and production company and creator of the website Brits Across The Pond. She is also a freelance print and broadcast journalist and has worked for organizations like BBC (London) and NPR (Washington DC). She currently resides in Maryland.

Let's Paint Faces for Carnival: Children's Creativity Sheet

What would your son or daughter want their face to be painted like for Carnival day?Give them some crayons and glitter so that they can show you! Click on the coloring sheet image below to download and 8.5 x 11 version.

Click here to download this coloring page!

Get your glitter, sequins, feathers, crayons, paint, and coloring pencils! It's time to get ready for Carnival day! Enjoy designing a great face paint look with your kids, then get some face paint and try it out!  For a face painting tutorial, click here.

Click here to download this coloring sheet: icon Carnival Face Design Sheet

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Have a great day everyone!

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Great Designs for DUCK TAPE® Water Bottles!

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Ready to drop those water bottles in the cooler, but you are worried that the labels you spent a lot of time and money on will fall apart as soon as the ice melts? Fear not... you can have water bottles that match your color scheme that are cute AND waterproof!

Doing your party in black and white? What about Zebra Duck Tape?

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Going with an animal print theme? Combine the zebra bottles with some leopard ones!

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Now, Duck Tape is actually a brand of DUCT tape.  When most people think of duct tape, they think of the shiny silver tape used in duct work in the ceiling - well, not anymore.  Duck Tape brand duct tape now comes in a lot of fun colors and patterns, and people use it for everything from flowers and flags to house shoes and prom dresses!

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Anyhew - the whole point of duct tape is that it is weather proof - perfect for the cooler full of ice and water!

These never made it into the cooler, but they could have!  Next time you have a party and you want your water to match your party theme AND to be cold, try some colorful duct tape.

1. Remove the original water label

2. Unroll about 8 inches of duct tape. Cut.

3. Line up the edge of the tape with the grooves in the bottle where the label used to be

4. Wrap tape around the bottle until the edges overlap

 

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Duct tape comes in rolls and sheets with various patterns, so let your imagination run wild with all the things you can do.  For ideas, or to share your own, go to http://www.duckbrand.com. Here are some of the patterns available.

Got a denim theme? They've got tape for that...

 

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How about preppy? Try out some argyle to go with those socks.

 

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Feeling the 70's? Maybe the 80's? Tie Die or paint splatters... will those work?

 

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There are even more in the stores including NFL licensed tape! You know I have some... I'll post pics as soon as we have a football party...

DuckTape roll photos by Ducktape.com

What do you use Duck Tape for?

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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