I digitized my kids’ artwork (and it was the best thing I've done all year)

Artifact Uprising x Plum Prints

Nothing quite describes the feeling when your child starts bringing home artwork. Seeing pieces that their tiny hands made, well, we might start crying thinking about it right now. It's special. And you want to save all of it—from the sparkly butterfly to the massive Halloween witch they decorated with pompoms and pipe cleaners.

At the end of the school year—who am I kidding, I'm usually going through last year's artwork the night before the new school year begins!—I gather all 476 pieces and awkwardly shove the bulky items into a giant paper bag in each of my three kids' closets. And that artwork sits there, never to be looked at again.

Until recently, this is what I've done.

So, when I heard that one of my favorite printing companies, Artifact Uprising, had partnered with kid artwork digitization brand Plum Print, I was all in. Offering two packages—the Classic and the Premium—of photo books, cards and prints, you simply pick which you prefer, and you're sent a pre-paid shipping kit, where you curate your favorite 30 items and ship them back for scanning and printing.

Here's where I get deep, ya ready?

Skimming through their pieces made me laugh and get emotional, as I re-lived all the ways they grew and learned and gushed with creativity during the school year. And then I picked 10 favorites from each child, sealed them in a box, recycled the rest of the pieces… and oh my goodness, the weight lifted off my chest was enormous.

Because let's face it, dealing with the onslaught of artwork totally stresses us mamas out. But knowing that I was going to be able to memorialize their masterpieces in a clutter-free way in my home made me want to legit do a happy dance.

Now onto the results: I sampled the wares and can attest that the products are gor-geous. If you want to spend a bit less, the classic package's items are smaller and the book is soft covered, whereas the pricier premium package's goods are a few inches larger and the book is a luxe-looking, fabric-bound hardcover that will be a beautiful addition to your coffee table, bedside or on a bookshelf.

Since arriving, the books have been entertaining my kids endlessly—they feel like professional artists!—and now Grandma wants her own copy. While I didn't quite get the appeal of the cards and prints at first, after seeing them in person I'm delighted by them. Printed on thick archival paper, the pieces are mementos you can send out to friends and family or place atop the included easel for a rotating gallery.

Shop both the collections below and you too can get all of your children's art out of your drawers and into these timeless packages.

The Classic Package

What it includes: The pre-paid shipping kit, digitizing of 30 pieces of art, a 5x5 softcover Color Series photo book with die-cut and foil-stamped cover, a set of 10 5x5 photo cards, a set of 12 prints and wood block to display them.

$150

The Premium Package

What it includes: The pre-paid shipping kit, digitizing of 30 pieces of art, a beautiful 7x7 fabric-bound hardcover photo book, a set of 10 5x7 photo cards, a set of 12 5x7 prints and Aritfact Uprising's best-selling brass easel.

$225

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It's time to go shopping for your little ones mama. Not long ago we shared the super sale on Hunter boots for us moms, and now the super colorful and water proof boots are on sale for kids! Perfect timing as Spring is approaching and there will be a lot of puddle jumping in our futures.

The sale is up to 50% off in select styles, but in all the colors of the rainbow! We don't know how long the sale will last so act fast because some sizes are already on low stock!


Here are our favorite styles to shop from the sale:

The original grab handle boot in light blue

Original Kids First Classic Grab Handle

Originally $55, the original Grab Handle boot is 50% off right now.

$28

The classic gloss boot in blue

Original Kids First Classic Gloss Rain

Originally $55, the original Classic Gloss boot is 40% off right now.

$33

Chelsea boot in yellow 

Original Big Kids' Gloss Chelsea Boots

Originally $75, the Chelsea boot is 40% off right now.

$45

The original grab handle boot in pink

Original Kids First Classic Grab Handle

Originally $55, the original Grab Handle boot is 40% off right now.

$33

The classic gloss boot in yellow

Originally $55, the original Classic Gloss boot is 40% off right now.

$33

The camo boots

Original Little Kids Storm Camo Rain Boots

Originally $75, the camo boot is 50% off right now.

$35

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Babies come with a lot of stuff. And when you're out and about, a roomy, comfy diaper bag is the place for everything you need to be prepared for whatever the day throws your way. But is a cute, trendy diaper bag that doesn't scream, well... DIAPER BAG, too much to ask? It's not, mamas.

We've rounded up our favorite diaper bags that don't actually look like diaper bags, but instead like the cute, super stylish bags you might have carried before the days of finding crushed up puffs at the bottom of your purse.

These bags prove you can get the job done, mama—and look darn good while doing it.

Freshly Picked City Pack

Freshly Picked City Pack

This simple, modern backpack can easily take you from a day at work to dinner with the kiddos. We love the hardware details, the lightweight design, and the hidden back pocket.

$150

Vogshow Waterproof Bag

Vogshow Waterproof Diaper Bag

A sleek look, plus a padded laptop compartment, anti-theft and insulated pockets and magnetic buttons instead of zippers. 🙌

$34.99

Skip Hop Travel Bag

Skip Hop Travel Bag

With a large zippered main compartment, there's plenty of room to keep all of the things. We love the adjustable straps—you can wear as a backpack, cross-body, messenger bag, or attach to the stroller.

$99.99

Companion Quilted Backpack

companion quilted backpack diaper bag

Are you off to sit on the beach for a few hours, or taking your toddlers to the zoo? No one will be the wiser, mamas. We love the quilted look, padded straps, and roomy interior.

$178

Mommore Diaper Backpack

Mommore Diaper Backpack

With a water resistant exterior, wet clothes pocket and a main compartment that completely opens up, you'll love having this to tote around.

$34.99

JJ Cole Brookmont

JJ Cole Cognac Diaper Bag

As stunning as it is functional. It has 15 pockets and a removable liner on the inside so you can easily clean up messes in no time.

$99.99

Little Unicorn Boardwalk Tote

If you're looking to keep things simple + stylish, mamas, this is the bag for you. It's versatile, functional, and will get tons of use well past the diaper days.

$69.95

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

This stunning tote would make the perfect on-the-go bag. It comes with a changing page and a couple pockets on the inside to keep everything organized. Don't forget to personalize it!

$99

Ticent Tote

Ticent Diaper Bag

With nearly 500 reviews, this one has incredible ratings. It offers multiple pockets, including an insulated one for snacks or bottles. The waterproof cotton material is ideal for those inevitable spills.

$30.99

Fawn Design Original

Stylish and versatile, this bag can be worn as a cross body or as a backpack. It's roomy without being bulky, and has a total of 10 pockets for awesome storage.

$159.99

Skip Hop Greenwich Backpack

No one would ever know this bag is packed full of baby's items. 😉

$69.99

Rosie Pope Highbury Hill

Highbury Hill Diaper Backpack

If you're looking to up your style, this chic backpack will help you get there. Lots of inner pockets and zippered compartments make it simple to organize your stuff, and the top flap and wide opening make for quick + easy accessibility.

$159.99

Babymel Robyn

Babymel Robyn Diaper Backpack

We love everything about this effortlessly stylish faux leather backpack. It's easy to wipe down, converts to a cross body bag, and even comes with a changing pad and drawstring bottle holder.

$90

Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Tote

This two-tone canvas bag could not be prettier. We love that it easily stands upright when set down, and that it's super functional as a diaper bag yet super stylish as an everyday purse.

$159

Skip Hop Duo

Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag

The timeless stripes on this 11-pocket bag means it will never go out of style, and the durable cotton canvas means it will stand up to years of use.

$70

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A good kid's winter coat needs to do a few basic things really well: be incredibly warm, water-resistant, easy to clean and a classic style so it can look good bundled over any other clothing they're wearing. For this reason, I usually avoid coats with heavy branding or patterns so that any winter outfit I put my son in "goes" with his jacket.

Primary is always one of my go-to brands for their super simple classic styling, so I was happy to see that Primary is currently having a sale on their solid-colored and high-quality winter gear. This kid's winter puffer coat caught my eye because it's on a steep discount (more than 50% off!), fits all my criteria above and even has a few bonus features I didn't know I needed but now totally love.

Kid’s winter puffer coat

I'm loving this jacket because it's fleece-lined, has thumbholes (so helpful in making sure my toddler doesn't lose his gloves) and comes with an "I belong to" ID label so that his coat won't get mixed up in the sea of other winter jackets at pre-school. Plus, it comes in six great colors and has a five-star rating.

As one reviewer put it, "This coat prompted my first review because it's perfect! Warm enough without being restrictive, easy zipper for my 5-year-old to manage himself and easy to clean! He loves the thumb holes!"

Originally $68.00

$29.50
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From tummy time through those first steps and beyond, play mats offer a soft, cushy space for your little one to grow and play. They're a must-have in every new parents' home—and with their bright, primary colors and loud designs, they're also almost impossible to take your eyes off of.

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