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Laura's Likes: Summer Break Edition

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School is out soon for most kids and here are some items to button up the year and launch summer break on the right foot.


As we close out the school year, how many parents are inundated with stacks of kids’ artwork that have grown throughout the year. You have ''strategically'' disposed of some of it along the way -- with guilt -- no doubt.

But those pieces you just can't toss? You only have so much refrigerator and wall space for them.

Now that is changing since I just discovered Artkive. It's an app that is simple to use. Create an account, add your kids' names and then start taking photos of their art.

You can share the art with family and friends as it comes in. And later, once you have a collection, you hit print and Artkive will turn your collection into a book. You can also create other products: a mug, a calendar, etc.

Jedd Gold came up with this after watching his wife trying to organize their daughters' art. He thought there has got to be an easier way.

He looked for an app, but couldn't find one. So he created one.

ITunes has featured Artkive as one of the best apps for parents. It has received a ton of parent awards.

They offer unlimited storage for free and back up automatically to the Cloud so all the pictures are safe.

The books make a beautiful keepsake. It is a 20-page minimum for $25. Extra pages cost a dollar.

They are working to enhance the app right now. By fall, they will be offering more products and new features. Find out more at

Luna Star Naturals

When you’re home for summer, what parent doesn't want to limit the screen time and promote the creativity? Here is a great way to get creative and artsy without compromising health and safety.

My girls love to play with makeup. My son also likes to play with face paint. When you go to your local drug store, you find all sorts of makeup -- some of it with lots of harsh chemicals and not good for your child's skin.

Luna Star Naturals claim to be a safe, healthy alternative. They say they use only natural minerals. They are paraben and phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and no synthetic dyes. They are made in the United States and Canada.

Luna Star is a member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Business Network.

They have four different lines from facepaint for kids three and up to daily makeup for teens. You can be a princess or a pirate.

Prices start around $12.

More at


And while makeup is fun, the most important lesson is that inner beauty is what matters most. And that is why I love this game. It’s called PrettyPro and it's got such a fun story behind it.

The game is a makeover race with an inner beauty twist. Players use skill and luck as they race their friends to create the perfect look. But they soon realize that inner beauty is needed before any makeover is complete.

Debbie Decker and Lynn Decker Enyart, local sisters from Arlington, Va., worked together to launch this in February at the International Toy Fair.

Debbie, a teacher and entrepreneur, developed an interest in inventing and designing games and toys. Lynn is a graphic designer. They say in this game, they wanted girls use makeup as an art on paper while focusing on the lesson of what it means to have a pretty heart.

In the few months it has been out, the game has won several awards including the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval.

You can find out more at

The game retails for $24. Locally, Kinder Haus Toys in Arlington sells it and Toy Corner in Oakton.

When the face pad runs out, you can go on the website and print out more for free.

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