I love it when the girls come home from daycare in child care Claremont Meadows and school and can’t wait to show me their latest artwork.  We talk about it and then it sits on the island in the kitchen until I sort through it.  I keep every item that is made with hand prints.  I just think they are adorable and it’s a way to capture their growth over the years in a cute way.  I also keep all holiday decorations to use over the years.

It’s the everything-other-than-hand-print papers that are the issue.  Truth be told…these papers wind up in the recycle bin buried under newspapers.  There have been times I’ve felt guilty about putting their creations there but there is just no way we have the space to keep every paper that comes into the house.

This morning I couldn’t sleep so I was checking out Pinterest and I found this wonderful app for my iPhone from Artkive.  (It will be available for Android in September!)

Artkive allows you to photograph your child’s artwork with your smart phone.  Then when you’re ready you can create a coffee table book of their creations.  Once you set up your account you can add each child and you can create a book for each one.  Brilliant!

With a new school year about to start I’m VERY excited to have this app.  If you’re interested go to Artkive now as the app is FREE.  I don’t know how long it will be until you have to pay for it so check it out now!


I Needed A Project

Being out of work for a few months is not something that agrees with me at all.  I start to get stir crazy and eventually I find a project to tackle.  Something small, that won’t cost a lot and can be done in a few days.  The last time I was unemployed I organized the pantry and I’m still enjoying it, sometimes I do other things like remodeling the bathroom,  and I know we can browse around here to find the best services for this.

This time I set my sights on a project that was bigger and would require me to do something that I really hate doing – painting.  I decided to change up the playroom.  I was tired of looking at this all the time.

When we first got our house at, I really wanted to get rid of the shelves that we’ve been using to hold all kinds of stuff for the girls.  So off we went to Ikea.  I had an idea of what I wanted and actually thought I knew exactly what I’d buy.  But then I found something even better than what I had envisioned.  And to sweeten the deal, it was on clearance so we got it for a great price!  I have to give a big thanks here to my 16 year old neighbor Molly who came over to help me with the final steps in building it.

Next on the list was deciding on a new color for the walls. For two girls, that blue had to go! I wasn’t really sure what I wanted and of course the girls requested PINK!!!  However, Bill was having no discussions about pink paint in there.  He had a valid point, we’d just have to paint it again in few years and well….see above for how I feel about that!

After Bill did some tooling around with colors we finally decided on ‘Restful’ from Sherwin Williams.  We felt it complimented the Down Home color on the other walls in the common area of the house which can also be decorated with glow in the dark garden pebbles.

The girls love telling everyone who will listen about their ‘new’ playroom.  Here is the finished product.