Tips for Preserving Kids’ Artwork (Without Keeping Everything)

Tips for Preserving Kids' Artwork (Without Keeping Everything)It’s never too early to start weighing tips for preserving kids’ artwork—or you may find yourself still dealing with it when your kids have their own kids. When my parents were cleaning out their attic recently, they found some old artwork of mine from when I was young … which means it had been up there for decades. I ended up getting rid of most (or maybe all) of it, partly because I already have enough tangible reminders of my childhood, and partly because our house is already becoming overrun by my own son’s school papers and art. When at least one thing comes home in his backpack every day, and there are 180 days in the school year … well, it adds up. (Luckily, there isn’t enough stuff to have expanded into our attic yet … or basement.) So, moms, do tell: How do you organize and preserve your kids’ artwork and schoolwork? Do you save everything? Save only a few special or otherwise noteworthy things? Throw everything in a big box for now, or sort it neatly by grade or age? 

We’ve rounded up a few tips for preserving kids’ artwork (without keeping everything):

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: ‘Sprig’ Bottle Drying Rack

Special festive bottle drying racks for your kids: yea or nay? We never had one, but honestly I kind of regret it — I think it would have been a bright spot in the otherwise dreary task of washing bottles (and ZoLi cups and Take & Toss, and so forth) and would have made the kitchen look nice, too. I always think of the faux grass–looking one, but this new rack from Boon looks like it takes up even less counter space. It’s $12.99 at Nordstrom. Boon ‘Sprig’ Bottle Drying Rack

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Makeup Monday: Mini Lipsticks

If you’re looking for a little something nice for a mommy present for yourself, do note that Nordstrom is now selling Little MAC Lipstick. Each one is only $10 (with free shipping, as always), and there are nine colors available, from Russian Red to Twig to Velvet Teddy to Whirl. Right now they’re 15% off, bringing them down to just $8.50, so it’s a good time to stock up. Little MAC Lipstick

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Weekend Open Thread

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So I seem to be a litttttle obsessed with green shoes lately.  And for $54, these are definitely in my wheelhouse. (Fun question: what are your favorite ‘fun’ sneakers — so many brands with staunch loyalty, such as Converse, Vans, Superga, Tretorns, Keds, etc…) Have you found that you wear them LESS or MORE since becoming a mom? Did you favorite sneaker brand change? Chuck Taylor® ‘Shoreline’ Sneaker

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News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The Week shares how parenting made one previously-hip mom feel “uncool,” even though she has tattoos and an asymmetrical haircut—and she’s fine with that.
  • Forbes provides eight TED Talks that will “help you get closer to your own definition of work-life balance and give you some practical tools to begin working towards it.” (Ad may autoplay.)
  • Working Mother suggests a “cheat sheet” to save time on repetitive tasks.
  • The BBC offers an experiment where adults considered gender when providing toys to toddlers (video autoplays).
  • NPR asks, is it safe for pregnant women to drink even one alcoholic beverage?
  • The Washington Post shares why a sports writer and mother said goodbye to youth football.
  • Jezebel reports that fewer than half of teens finish their HPV vaccine series. The Wall Street Journal offers a more in-depth look. (WSJ article is behind a paywall.)
  • Scary Mommy explains why “Pink has basically become the poster-mom for keepin’ it real, and this post is no different.” (Possibly NSFW language.)
  • The New York Times provides a roundup of apps for parents to monitor during back-to-school season.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the culture of a labor ward likely determines whether a woman will have a C-section. (Article is behind a paywall.)
  • Recipe of the Week: Half Baked Harvest has a 20-minute cranberry-orange stir fry. Substitute tofu for pork for a vegetarian option.
  • Laugh of the Week: The Onion shares the tale of a toddler who could still grow up to be anything!

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Family Friday: Non-Skid Kids’ Socks

If you’ve bought little boy or little girl socks that have the little rubber grips on the bottom, you may have noticed that they can be kind of hit or miss online. I have to say that we’ve had nothing but good luck with Old Navy and Gap brand socks. They stay on, they’re affordable, they don’t get holes, and they hold up to machine washing. So if you’re looking for something easy to buy online, I definitely recommend these socks. Many are on sale right now, too — for example, a 6-pack of non-skid crew socks for toddler/baby (pictured) is $8. Old Navy Non-Skid Socks

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