I once had an older woman walk up to me in a department store and ask me if I had a baby.

“Yes! I do!” I was honored that this woman thought I looked like a mother even when my baby wasn’t with me.

“Honey, you’re going to want to step into the bathroom, you’re leaking.”

I was confused.

She pointed at my chest and said “Guess you’ve been away from that baby for too long!”

I looked down and realized there was a wet-looking stain right over my…well. You know.

“OH THAT? That’s a very unfortunately placed ranch dressing stain from lunch.”

Yep. I was lactating creamy buttermilk ranch, or at least it seemed that way.

Perhaps you’ve seen the commercials for Tide Stain Savers? A product that you can place over a special stain so it doesn’t get washed out? While ranch dressing on my chest wasn’t exactly worth saving, the commercial makes a pretty tight case for saving a super tough dune buggy stain.

Think it’s ridiculous? It is. Because it’s not a real product, the commercial even says “Not a real demo. Duh.” Besides, only my grandma could pull of a Chinese Dragon tattoo. Tide will be airing a commercial during the 3rd quarter of the Superbowl that will show everyone a stain worth saving. Don’t think there’s a stain worth saving? While our meaningful stains aren’t from salsa or in the shape of legendary rock stars, we have few on-purpose stains around this house that we’ll be saving forever (meaning never wash in Tide.)

I wrote love notes on the ties Cody wore on special occasions.

Whenever important events happened during our early years ofย  our marriage I would write on the back of whichever tie Cody was wearing that day (Cody wears A LOT of ties.) He proposed to me in the yellow one, the terribly striped on on the left is the one he wore on our first anniversary. There’s other ties to commemorate birthdays, the day he baptized me as well as ones he had from his mission (he named a lot of the ties he wore on his mission. Endearing, no?) I’m not sure what we’ll ever do with them, but for now they sit in a very special bag in a very special place in our totally average closet.

Have you ever marked up meaningful clothes and packed them away?

Disclosure: Special thanks to Tide for sponsoring this post. I have been compensated for my time in promoting the Tide Stain Savers campaign and Superbowl commercial, not for promoting a particular product. Iโ€™ve loved Tide for a long time for free, always will.


  1. if you’re done collecting, you can frame them. you can put the ends together in a circle/star pattern and gift it to Cody for a special event.
    that was my first thought anyway.
    i really think this is beautiful.

    Casey Reply:

    @souphead, Sounds like something I pay someone else to do for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Michelle Reply:

    @Casey, I was going to suggest this. I’ve had a lady come into the op shop (thrift store) I work at looking for ties to turn into a quilt or something.

  2. Well sort of… I kept one shoe from each size from my baby’s first year. I made a shodow box with the left shoes and I hang the right shoes on the Chiristmas tree with her age written on the sole of the shoe.

    Casey Reply:

    @Charlane, That’s really brilliant.

  3. So I don’t know if you have seen this or not, or if you’re okay with it but apparently Vivi has beceome an internet meme sensation?
    It showed up in my FB feed and I thought it was Vivi but had to search your posts to make sure. Just wanted to let you know.

    Casey Reply:

    @Krystal, My baby is a Jesus Meme.
    Oy vey.
    Thanks for telling me.

    Krystal Reply:

    @Casey, If she’s going to be a meme at least it’s a good one!

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  5. Yes, My mom made me a memory quilt before memory quilts were mainstream.

    I’ve started saving t-shirts that have different dates or school names on them for my daughter.

    My mom also used to save my underwear that I had in a big bag to trash…(I know…I know …sounds gross..but I had a Victoria’s Secret habit so bad that none were hardly ever worn and then I got pregnant and never wore them again) and she cut out the butt part of them and made me a baby blanket for my daughter.

    When my daughter was in ballet for 3 years (from age 4-6) I saved every pair of her ballet slippers. I wanted to hang them together with a picture of her hanging on pink satin ribbon from each pair to remember her dance years and put them in a frame.
    So that’s what I’ve saved thus far…lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Cute! It was funny. I love the idea of wearing on the ties.


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