If you read this blog, you know that I don’t believe being a cool mom requires a degree in Martha-ese, sewing the most elaborate Halloween costume, baking the perfect cupcake or sneaking just the right amount of veggies into your kids’ mac ‘n cheese. It’s about letting loose, being authentic and having fun with your kids. Audrey Hepburn once said the happiest girls are the prettiest ones. I think that happiest moms are the coolest ones.

That said, every once in a while you need a down and dirty, simple, cheap trick up your sleeve to reinforce your level of mom coolness. Today’s trick? Shaving Cream Bathtub Paint.

I can’t take credit for this idea. I saw it on Pinterest months ago, although I can’t remember where. Best part is you have all of the ingredients for this mom magic around the house. You’ll need shaving cream, plastic containers, paint brushes and food coloring. Combine, mix and paint. Easy peasy.

Don’t worry — a few drops of food coloring may turn the bathtub water green, but your kid won’t turn coloriffic.

The Bug squealed when I said go ahead and paint the tub. And unlike commercial products that require tons of scrubbing no matter what the package says (I’ve tried every bathtub crayon out there), this cleaned up in a snap.

The one mistake I made was using “original” shaving cream instead of unscented. So my kid may have gone to bed with that ‘clean shaved’ smell…

Shaving cream paints aren’t just for the tub. Check out how you can paint with shaving cream on mirrors or make shaving cream art hearts!