Gathre, Keeping the Mess Contained

Isn’t it funny how with the second (third, fourth, fifth) child you tend to forget things or in some cases not even do them at all? You know with the first you document every little second, and are so eager to try new things with them but then come the next child you are just so frazzled and e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d that you are like paint with kids? Are you kidding me, I already have a big enough mess to clean up, I don’t need more!! Case in point over here. By the time Hazel was 18 months she was painting circles around me and we would happily get messy and then head for a bath, everyday. Well poor Everett has been slightly neglected in the crafting department and I have no one else but myself to blame. I just haven’t had the energy to watch him eat paint, until today. Today I FINALLY busted out the paints and thankfully using our new Gathre mat, I was able to keep some of the mess contained.

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Hazel was eager to get started and is fairly trust worthy these days with paints (I say that very lightly as she still totally covers herself in paint) but for the most part I can just let her go and have zero worry about paint on my walls. Everett was super eager to get going too but the moment the paint was placed in front of him, he was suddenly cautious. He watched his sister for a bit and then with some prompting he cautiously poked at the paint. I was fully expecting him to get right in there and be a complete mess but he wasn’t quite sure of how the paint felt (or tasted) and most certainly did not enjoy the mess on his hands. I had to laugh because he was the complete opposite of Hazel! 

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The mat I have on the table is the Gathre mat. Ours is the highchair mat in navy and it has quickly become one of my new favourite go to’s for the kids. The mat is made of bonded leather, with a suede bottom.  The bonded leather makes it super easy to wipe clean, whether its food, paint or sand, it’s meant to handle all messes. They even have a micro size which can be used as a change mat or even a place mat. The highchair mat has been the perfect size to use at the table for crafts and most certainly has been keeping my floor clean under the highchair. 

I think my favourite part of letting the kids and the mat get messy is the clean up. Cleaning up the table was super easy, with a soapy  cloth I was able to wipe my Gathre mat clean in seconds and left it on the table to dry. Once the mat was dry it was folded up and put away for another day of messy fun. My little artists were just as easy to clean up, as they headed straight for the bath and an afternoon nap. 

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And should you be inclined to purchase a mat, use code CHEERIO15 for 15% off your order until the end of the month. PS I saw on Instagram that they have a printed mat coming this month and it looks AMAZING!!

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Xo. Andria

{Disclosure, I received product in exchange for this review, however all opinions stated are my own.}

3 thoughts on “Gathre, Keeping the Mess Contained

  • March 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm
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    That looks really helpful. I honestly don’t paint with my children often because the cleanup takes SO long. I think this would cut down on that.

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  • March 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm
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    I need one of those, like yesterday! Such a cool product.

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  • March 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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    Wow! That’s pretty cool! You can use that for just about anything. It looks like it’s really high quality and durable, too.

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