Artkive App; You Need to Get it

Written by Role Mommy Contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum

photo-7.JPG Once in a while something comes along that makes me think, “this is brilliant, why didn’t I come up with that?” Artkive is one of those things. If you have or had small kids, you know those moments when you hold your child’s “beautiful” art work in your hand and say to yourself… do I keep this or do I throw it away?
If you’re like me, you will stand holding the fabulous finger painting for a good ten minutes, tortured over what to do. Should you add it to the piles and piles of papers in the basement which you swear one day you will organize, or throw it out? If you choose the latter, the chances of your child, the artist, seeing their masterpiece crumpled up with last night’s dinner is pretty high. They will throw a fit, you will feel very guilty and lie in bed worrying that you have scarred them for life.
Here is where Artkive comes in and saves the day. Step one- download the Artkive app (right now it’s FREE, so hurry up!!) Step two- use Artkive to take, tag, and store an image of their work in just seconds. Step 3- at the end of the year, turn your child’s Artkive into a book or other great gifts and keepsakes. I know, it’s genius.
This amazing picture above that my 5 year old son painted this summer is my first Artkive, now I can throw it away, guilt free. I can’t wait to keep going as he starts kindergarten and turn all of his artwork into a book at the end of the year. My kids will thank me one day when they can look back at all the Artkive books and see their artwork through the years, condensed and organized.
To find out more, go to http://www.artkiveapp.com/. Take a look at this funny video and see why it’s so important to save your kid’s art.

Labor Day Blues: The Summer of Dreams

IMG_0124.JPGThere’s something about Labor Day that totally bums me out. Don’t get me wrong, I happen to love the Fall, but after a long summer where I got the chance to re-connect with my husband (the kids were in camp for a month) and we traveled to the Caribbean, the Hamptons and New England, I have to say throwing caution to the wind and living life like an ultimate adventurer was something I will never forget.
For so many years, I have always been consumed with work obligations that prevented me from doing all the things I loved and over the last year and a half, I found myself doing less and less of the things I enjoy. And so, after many months of soul searching, I’ve finally found myself again. It’s been so liberating these last few weeks and it’s given me the strength and courage to get back on course and rebuild my career.
There’s something to be said about stability — it’s boring and stressful when you’re in a situation that is sapping the lifeblood out of you one day at a time. Too many times in my life I’ve said yes to business opportunities when I shouldn’t have. A sure thing is not necessarily a good thing and it’s taken me a long time to realize that despite the fact that things could be tight financially, I am going to persevere. I’ve got visions and dreams that are finally going to be realized and I’ve decided to focus my attentions on doing just that. Sure it’s scary — but you never know unless you try. And even though I started trying many years ago — it’s time I finally finish what I started.
So here’s to the end of summer and the beginning of an amazing school and career year. The sky’s the limit — as long as you give it your best shot.