Category Archives: Professional Service

Organize, Preserve, and Share Special Memories with Artifcts


We’ve recently emerged from a major renovation on our house, specifically digging out the basement to create another level of space.  It’s wonderful to be done and have a whole new living area, but it has also presented us with a new task:  Organizing all of the stuff that used to be stored in the old, unfinished basement.

We purged a lot pre-renovation, but also kept a lot to make decisions about upon completion. Now, that time is here. There are crates of books, bags of the kids’ artwork from over the years, sentimental items we couldn’t let go, and boxes of other things we didn’t previously have space to use or display.  As I’ve started to go through it all, I’ve realized we can’t keep everything.

So when Heather Nickerson, Co-Founder & CEO of Artifcts, reached out to introduce her new company to me, I immediately got it.  Artifcts was created to help people capture and preserve the meaning and stories behind the objects of their lives, while allowing them to declutter and purge without worry or guilt.  Even more, those stories, special memories, and other fun tid bits can be shared with friends and family to ensure they live on for generations through its community-style web and app-based platform.



How Does It Work?
Artifcts is very easy to use. You choose an object, take a picture (or two or three), add a story (however long you like), and save.  Done!  If you want to do more you can attach documentation for insurance purposes (certificates of appraisal, reciepts, etc.). You can also print a QR code and attach it to your Artifct; QR codes are a great way to bring your Artifct to life. You can also easily export a single Artifct or your entire collection with a click of a button, making it easy to include Artifcts in a will or estate plan.

There are other fun ways to use Artifcts.  Heather mentioned that wine is a popular category, and a lot of people record the bottles they like and the stories or special celebrations behind them.  It has also served as a way to save and share recipes, as people snap photos of their dishes and include recollections of family traditions along with cooking instructions.

So far, I’ve used Artifcts to save some of my kids’ old artwork that I definitely want to remember, but not necessarily hold onto or display. And I plan to do this with more items as we continue to organize all of the stuff that’s been stored away for years.


Check It Out!
Want to try out Artifcts?  You can sign up and try it for free with up to five Artifcts that can be shared privately or publicly as well as downloaded.  For larger collections, subscriptions start at $36/year for up to 30 Artifcts, or $89/year for unlimited Artifcts and the ability to add up to three friends and family members to your account.

Visit for more about the service, including inspiration for using it, concierge options, and to browse public items!


This is post is sponsored by Artifcts, however, I only promote services, products, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Soccer + Fun: Programs for Kids of All Ages & Skill Levels with DC Way!


This is a paid post from DC Way, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Free Music Lesson with the International School of Music!


Looking for fun and engaging youth musical instruction? Give your kids something to get excited about and start them on music lessons (in-person or online) with the International School of Music!

Voted Best for Music Lessons, International School of Music has a team of nurturing and patient instructors who will customize lessons to students’ goals so each child can progress at their own pace and learn the music they love.

From the Early Childhood Music Program offering music classes to toddlers and preschoolers to the Private Music Lesson Program that serves all ages, the International School of Music provides award-winning instruction in piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, flute, recorder, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, trombone, tuba, french horn, baritone, bass, uke, banjo, and more.

ISM’s fun, engaging and personalized instruction helps bring structure into students’ lives and boosts their confidence, concentration, and self-expression that lasts beyond the lessons.

Give your kids something to get excited about, and let the International School of Music bring out your child’s inner star!

Sign up for lessons by September 30 and save 50% off registration or call 301-365-5888 to schedule an intro lesson today!



 Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson at the International School of Music in any instrument or voice with one of their amazing teachers!  Want a chance to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me what instrument (or voice) your child would love to play. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! Contest is open to new students only. This giveaway will run through Tuesday, September 7, 2021, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


This post is paid for by International School of Music, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Start Thinking Fall: After School Programs with Enrichment Matters


While it’s a busy time for end-of-school-year activities and summer plans, fall is just a few months away, and it’s good time to start planning for it!   We know that over this past year, lots of kids have missed participating in fun, in-person enrichment classes — sports, STEM, dance, pottery, chess, and more — and are excited to return to them.  As things slowly start to make their way back to normal, many great, area companies in the DC area are also looking forward to teaching students in-person once again.

One local, small business focused on quality after-school programs is Enrichment Matters. The company works with PTAs or PTOs to help plan and manage enrichment programs during the school year.  Programs are facilitated through their large network of vetted, enrichment class providers, also mostly local, small businesses — and many who are probably favorites of KidFriendly DC readers!  Their friendly team is made up of parents who personally understand the great benefits of enrichment classes. Most importantly, their services alleviate much of the work asked of school volunteers in order to run a quality after school program.

After a mostly virtual or hybrid school year, kids are eager to experience more activities in-person and will be especially excited for them as schools return to full-time in-person learning this fall. Enrichment Matters offers their pick of opportunities to explore new interests in a fun, social environment that promotes learning.  Kids can learn to play soccer, build a robot, cook a new dish, create some art, play an instrument, learn chess strategies or the art of debate — just to name a few!

It’s not too soon to start making plans for the new school year. Whether you’re a PTA/PTO volunteer or a parent interested in starting an enrichment program at your elementary school, learn how Enrichment Matters can help your school offer exciting, safe after-school activities in the 2021-2022 year.

This post is sponsored by Silver Knights Enrichment and Enrichment Matters, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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