Pink Chicken – Nod Artist Interview

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself…

HOMETOWN: Alexandria, VA
CURRENT TOWN: NYC!
FAVE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: mint chocolate chip! (hagen daz)
FAVE BREAKFAST FOOD: I usually don’t eat breakfast but if I am going to treat myself, nothing like a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
FAVE HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving!   All about family and friends and food. . . being grateful and giving back. No presents getting in the way.
FAVE COLOR:  So hard to choose!  I love all colors.
FAVE DECADE:  The 70’s – love the bohemian vibe and hippy clothes.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?  I have always been a dress girl… You can find me in a dress and flip flops every day.  At Pink Chicken, we say our clothes are ‘no fuss and always stylish’.

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WHAT ARE THE MOST REWARDING AND MOST DIFFICULT PARTS OF RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? One of the most rewarding things is seeing kids wearing your clothes… I am surprised and so excited in the best way every time! And the most difficult, I would say, is all the hats you have to wear, the creative, brand development and customers I love. But a lot of my time is spent in production, finance, shipping, technology issues, etc.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR KIDS AND HOW YOU BALANCE WORK/MOM LIFE.  My girls have always been a big part of the business, they are my little muses. They tell me what they and their friends love and what they don’t. they love working/playing in the stores and being a part of the photo shoots. I think they are proud of me which makes it all worth it.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I LOVE India and Tulum, Mexico, probably my two favorite places ever.   I have never been to Morocco though, and I think that would be amazing and inspiring!

IF YOU COULD POSSESS A SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?  I’m not sure it’s a super power but I would love to be able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to stay healthy and strong!  Donuts and BBQ ribs, bring it on!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLABORATION WITH THE LAND OF NOD. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT?  We are so excited about this collaboration. To be in the company of such incredible brand is amazing, I’m still pinching myself. It’s amazing to see what we do every day for clothing come to life in a room.  I learned so much from Jason, Nod’s head of merchandising, and he was amazing to work with.

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HOW WOULD YOU STYLE IT IN A ROOM? Well I love how Nod styled the crib… the mix of patterns is everything. Our crib bedding with the Ashley Goldberg graphic rug is perfect! Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

ANY HOBBIES & INTERESTS?  I love to go listen to live music, I used to do it a ton living in the city in my 20’s … and I’m making an effort to get out more now too!

Check out the full Pink Chicken for Nod collection HERE.

Stacey Fraser created Pink Chicken in Amagansett, New York. Taking a break from corporate life and finding her footing as a new mother, Stacey used her daughter’s naptime to sew clothes from the fabrics she’d collected over the years. She whipped up little sundresses for her daughters, tunics for herself, simple dressing for each. She knew she’d tapped into something people wanted and something that she, as a designer, loved. And thus, Pink Chicken was born.

Nod Printable Coloring Page – Instruments for Musical Kiddos

Nod Fun Pages designed by Michelle Romo

Are your kiddos aspiring musicians? Keep the noise level down for a few minutes with this free instrument printable coloring page HERE. Share a pic of your little one with the finished product on Instagram (use hashtag #landofnod) or our Facebook page. We may feature it!

Nod Printable Coloring Page - Instruments for Musical Kiddos

Michelle Romo is our newest Nod illustrator, she’s a self-taught illustrator and designer fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese and Scandinavian design, along with pretty much anything cute. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games and crafting.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

We’ve still got about a month of summer vacation, and despite my best efforts, we need some new ideas. I have a summer goal of doing more art projects with the kids. Especially the messy, memorable ones; and now is the perfect time to get cracking on our list. Most of our summer camps have dwindled down; swimming lessons are over; as is our family vacation; so now I’m pulling out the (washable!!!) paint.

I’m planning on inviting friends, family and neighbors to the back yard at the end of summer for a gallery walk where the kids can show off the projects art projects they’ve completed this summer.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids Checklist

For easy reference, I made a list of 50 Art Projects for Kids; and you can print it out here. My kids really liked painting with race cars and bouncy balls, and I have to admit that I gave it a whirl, too. If you’re going to paint with bouncy balls, or other projectiles, for that matter, here are a few tips: 1. Use washable paint. Obviously. 2. Wear old clothes 3. Work outside. Cover the ground or a table with a drop cloth; or use a table you can easily wipe down when the fun is over.

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50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Salt Painting

I think my favorite summer art project though, was the salted watercolor paintings. The example above is my 9-year-old’s masterpiece. Even he isn’t too cool for most of these projects. (Hooray!) Simply “draw” a picture with Elmer’s glue, sprinkle liberally with salt; shake off the excess. While the glue is still wet, use watercolor paints and just touch the salt gently with your paintbrush. It’s so much fun to see the salt absorb the color; and it’s also a great exercise in color mixing.

I’m sharing our 50 summer art projects for kids over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there @christinawilliamsblog; and if want to play along, use that hashtag #cwsummerart so we can create a virtual gallery walk for our kids! I hope you’ll join in the fun!

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Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams. 

Bedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod

Post by Rebecca Green of Not So SAHM

Bedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod

Our kiddos were not good sleepers when they were little. So although I tried to remain slightly flexible when parenting, bedtime was one of those areas in which I established a routine and then clung to it for the sake of sleep. Since they’ve been just a few months old, it’s been dinner, bath, books + bed. Nothing complicated, just consistent.

As they’ve gotten older, bath time has become a drawn out ritual. Kane will listen to books on tape in the tub like its his job, constructing elaborate toyscapes as he soaks. Cam likes her bath products and arting in the tub. I let them have at it because it means I get the dinner dishes done before I have to tuck them in (is there anything worse than finally getting your children to sleep and then dragging yourself back to the kitchen to wash the dishes!?). But even as they’ve grown up, they’ve both insisted on keeping their baby bath hooded towels — those super soft, hooded towels you bought when the baby was just the size of a pea. So cute, but so don’t cover their butts anymore.

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It was time to move on and when they spied the Little Golden Books for Nod collaboration at the Nod Tour Bus’ trip to DC, they begged for the adorable character towels (which, thankfully are generously sized and cover their tushes with insanely cute tails too). Kane picked the Tawny Scrawny Lion set and Cam went straight for the Shy Little Kitten (both happened to pick books that jibe with their personalities). After a recent bath time, they curled up in their jammies, re-donned the adorable towels and we read the accompanying books.

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It’s been our routine, at least since Cam got her new big girl bed (you can read all about her new big girl room right here), to alternate reading time between each of their rooms every night. They each pick out a book or two and we curl up to read. They are both beginning readers, so sometimes they help sounds words out and sometimes they just make up a story they see to match the illustrations. Then either their dad or I read a bit as well. Whoever is reading, including their stuffed animals is always a must.

These gift sets would be a fabulous way to help a new parent get that consistency started and, hopefully(!!!!), get their kiddos set on a good path to sleep. Thanks to The Land of Nod for helping keep our bedtime routine a success!!

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM. 

Summer Lawn Games – Multi Uses for Lawn Bowling

Post by Nicki of Little Island Studios

It’s mid-summer, my children’s activities have slowed down, and I thought I over-heard the word “bored” last week. So, I think it’s time to pull out our classic summer lawn games and get out our Inflata-Bowl bowling pins!

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Here are some ways we played with the pins by using our imagination and thinking outside of the box.

Lawn Bowling Soccer Goals:

  • Place two large bowling pins on one end of the lawn and two on the other end. You don’t want them so far apart where the kids get discouraged, but enough to tire them out!
  • Put the ball in the middle and have one side, usually the youngest, kick off.
  • Have the kids try to kick the ball into opposing goals.
  • Play up to five points/goals and mix up players for the next game to make things fun and fair.

Lawn Bowling In and Out:

  • Place all of your pins in a line approximately three feet apart.
  • Have the kids line up at one end and start kicking the ball in-and-out through the pins, around the last pin, and back again. For an easier approach – have them run the ball in-and-out until  they reach the end of the pins.

The laughing, pins toppling over, and kids getting mixed-up on whether they were in or out, will be enough to make them want to play this game over and over!

Classic Lawn Bowling:

  • Place the pins in a triangle and have the kids throw the ball to roll over the pins and for a fun twist – kick the ball into the pins!

Lawn Bowling Tag A Pin – One of our Favorites from my teen! (this is fun for all ages):

We made colored bracelets for each child using construction paper. We cut the paper into strips and colored them to match each pin’s color – orange, blue, yellow, pink, green, purple – then provided each child a colored bracelet to coordinate with a pin that will be considered their “home base.”

  • Place the pins all around your yard or desired play area.
  • Choose a child to be “it”.
  • The child who is “it” is in charge of tagging someone else.
  • Children can avoid being “it” next if they reach their home base (same color as their bracelet).
  • Once a child is tagged outside of their home base, they are “it.”

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Happy summer and happy summer lawn games!

Nicki Bradley is the mom behind Little Island Studios, a blog dedicated to family travel, fun, healthy living, eating, yoga, and playroom designing – everything MOM. 

Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

Post by Eden of Sugar and CharmDinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

When my son, Romeo, turned 3 years old, it was time to say goodbye to the baby crib, baby toys and give him a “big boy” room. Since we moved into a house and his current room is pretty small, I wanted to keep it fresh, simple and not too cluttered.
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The theme of the room is really just a classic, modern, rustic vibe. We peppered in dinosaurs because who doesn’t love dinosaurs as kid?! I still do! I figured it was one thing he might still like at the age of 8 because, let me tell you, we go through character phases fast around this house! Thomas Train one day, Darth Vader the next! Still can’t decide which song is driving us crazier.

I figured keeping the room somewhat classic and simple will hold the longevity of the room look and keep everyone happy for awhile.
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We chose the Bayside Panel Bed from Land of Nod for its timeless, traditional style and then  incorporated a modern bedside table to add a touch of retro to the room. The bedding was too cute to pass up with tiny orange arrows and we both fell in love with the flannel bedding and dinosaur pillows, which we take on vacation with us now!
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I tried to keep the furniture to a minimum since it can really fill a space up quickly. So we put a few shelves up on the wall, for books and toys and then two small vintage crates, I picked up at an antique store, for the other toys.

Inside the closet, we have a shelf filled with books and of course, more toys!! I layered a jute rug and a classic blue rug to add to the traditional decor of the room. I really love the contrast between traditional and modern!      Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

And, to spruce up the white walls a little, we added tiny tree decals to one side. They’re charming, easy to put up and easy to take down! Yay for keeping it easy. We’re really happy with the results of pulling Romeo’s dinosaur themed big boy room together and the best part is that he seems to be happy with it! Although I’m sure he’ll want it to look like Vader’s Death Star by the 2nd grade!

Eden Passante founded Sugar and Charm to share her passion for sweet recipes, hosting inspiration and easy ways to add charm to the daily life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and darling baby boy, Romeo.

Lulu DK – Nod Artist Interview

Lulu DK - Land of Nod Artist Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself…
  • HOMETOWN: New York City
  • CURRENT TOWN: Los Angeles
  • FAVE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Mint chocolate chip
  • FAVE BREAKFAST FOOD: English muffins (with butter and jam)
  • FAVE VACATION SPOT: Beach beach beach. Palm trees, aqua ocean a must. Preferably in Africa or somewhere exotic
  • FAVE COLOR: Ivory
  • FAVE MOVIE: The Sound of Music
  • FAVE DECADE: Now

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WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN BEING AN ARTIST? I am the youngest of 6 children, so from a very young age, I would watch my family members drawing and creating all the time (I come from a very hands on, creative “make it yourself” type of family… so naturally I just followed along.) My first remembered memory is me drawing on the floor… I remember exactly what I was wearing, thinking and drawing. I mention it because my pants were bright red with yellow decorations on it (they were awesome and I wish I still had them – so very me to this day).  And I was drawing a billion colors… I remember exactly that I wanted to find a way to cover the page with a billion colors… I think it is safe to say my path to the current was already in motion. Quite a dream come true when you know what you want to be (and become it) from the age of 5. Blessed.

WHAT ARE THE MOST REWARDING AND DIFFICULT PARTS OF RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? I am on such a path of creation, that I wake up and thank my lucky stars every morning, but make no mistake about it, running a company has many many challenges that nobody on the outside ever gets to see… Call me if you are planning on starting a company and we can talk. 😉

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR KIDS AND HOW YOU BALANCE WORK/MOM LIFE.  I have 3 boys (twin 6 year olds and a 4 year old).  They are amazing and perfect and crazy and loud and funny and wild and somehow I find a little peace to work and create (like when they are at school all day). I also have an amazing & very, very hands-on husband. If he could have 4 more children, he would! I involve the children in a lot of what I am creating and doing. They draw and create right next to me a lot of the time… I’m a painter, not a lawyer, so I realize this is a little more exciting for them, but kids are eager to learn and will do so in any department. I have them help me with my emails so that they can practice reading… saying things like “these words are getting too small for my eyes… can someone help me?” Etc… gotta keep it fun

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I’m a Morocco/ India type of girl.

IF YOU COULD POSSESS A SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would totally fly.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLABORATION WITH THE LAND OF NOD. Working with The Land of Nod was one of the most fun experiences because they let me fly (wink wink) where a lot of companies hold back on color and design because they feel it won’t reach the masses. The Land of Nod was more “go big or go home”, which is clearly fun for any designer!

HOW WOULD YOU STYLE IT IN A ROOM?  I have always loved the main parts of a room to be more on the neutral/pastel organic (such as walls, sofas, etc.) and then all the accessories pop. I like this for many reasons 1. It allows me to really maximize a room with accessories that all work together and create a statement while still keeping a room quite zen in flavor. 2. You can change it up more, so one day you are feeling more pinky, red orange, well then you can change up the room to be that, rug, pillows, blankets, etc. Or perhaps your child has grown up… the base stays neutral but the bedding, rugs, pillows and details can mature without doing a whole expensive room makeover.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?  Preppie bohemian. Classic and clean, but well traveled, organic and enthusiastic.

ANY OTHER HOBBIES/INTERESTS? Sleep is a big hobby of mine. Travel, swimming, reading, writing.

Check out the full LuluDK for Nod collection HERE.

Lulu deKwiatkowski was born and raised in New York City, spending her childhood between the electric streets of Manhattan and the colorful and sun-drenched beaches of the Hamptons and Bahamas. Studying abroad during her high school years, she returned to New York, graduating from Parsons School of Design with a Fine Arts and Interior Design degree. In 1998, Lulu happened upon a fabric mill outside of Paris, and inspiration struck. A few months later Lulu DK was born.

Join us for Camp Nod!

Post by Lauren Baker, our fearless marketing events manager

Join us this summer for Camp Nod!

Camp Nod is back! Join us at our store locations from Monday, July 27, to Friday, July 31. Each day, we’ll have a FREE activity at 3 p.m. for you and your little ones! Attend all five days of Camp Nod and you’ll receive a $25 gift card!

Space is limited, so RSVP to nodevents@landofnod.com and indicate which location and days you’d like to attend.

When Lauren isn’t planning ridiculously awesome #nodevents for The Land of Nod, she spends her time putting up with the crazy antics of her English Bulldog, Lola. She also loves searching for treasures in vintage stores and summer antique markets. Due to her previous adventure living in Canada, she has a strong obsession to Hudson Bay stripes, as well as the fine cuisine of poutine (Don’t make her choose between the two…that’s like choosing between Ryan Gosling and Jason Bateman for her!).

A Creative Way to Display Kids’ Artwork

Post by Courtney of The Chirping Moms
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Both of my girls love creating art. They spend hours each day drawing, coloring, glueing and painting. They also go to a school where they are constantly bringing home wonderful masterpieces. I love displaying their art, and if it were up to them, we’d display each and every thing they make. Our refrigerator was quickly packed with pictures and the pantry door was quick to follow. They moved onto trying to tape everything they made throughout the living room and dinning room. I truly love looking at their art, but wanted to come up with a neat way to display it. I also thought it would be cool to come up with a way to display the art that also really doubled as decor for the room. We decided on a special “Art Wall” for our dining room.

First I started with items to display the art: I chose a few white art frames and big metal clips. The clips are awesome because you can easily switch out the child’s masterpieces. My girls love adding something new in the clip and can do it themselves (instead of taping things to the wall).

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Next it was time to add some items to the art wall. I knew I wanted a mirror and loved the big green triangle from The Land of Nod. To give the wall some texture and something that really “popped” (literally), we went with the awesome Land of Nod giraffe head. It’s made of paper mache and it is truly a piece of art.

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I thought a framed poster reading “Super Superb” was a perfect addition to the wall and described how we feel about the awesome art our kids create. Last, we added some metal letters that spell ART to complete our wall.

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What used to be a blank grey wall in our dining room is now my favorite wall in the house. The wall reminds me of the importance of encouraging my kids’ and their creativity. It’s bright, cheerful and filled with the most beautiful art I could imagine.

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Courtney Byrne is a mother of three little children. She has two girls and a baby boy. Courtney is the Co-Founder of the popular blog, The Chirping Moms. The blog share adventures in motherhood along with great activities for kids, crafts, recipes and ideas for family travel. You can keep up with them on Facebook, Pinterest and as @TheChirpingMoms on Twitter and Instagram. In addition to writing The Chirping Moms, Courtney is also a contributing writer to the Four Seasons family travel site Have Family Will Travel and has been featured on The Huffington Post and What To Expect.