Girls’ Shared Space Design Ideas – Nursery & Bedroom

Design by Sara Polacek of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team

Amanda was looking for ideas around a shared space design for her girls, giving a fun update for their combined nursery and bedroom. She was looking for a functional space with lots of girly elements and wanted to use a bed she already owned. To balance the pink, we incorporated grey and black accents. The flokati rug, pillows and grey pouf add texture and interest to the room. The best part about this space is it will be easy to update as the girls grow.  Accessories and artwork are the most cost-effective way to switch up a room!

Girls' Shared Space Design Ideas - Nursery & Bedroom

Pink abstract bowtie print / Pineapple print / Owl love print / House wall shelf, similar / Heart garland / Vintage Bed / Pink Velvet Sham / Triangle Pillow, Ferm Living / Flokati Rug / Aqua Woven Hamper / Star Pillow / Grey Drop Sheets / Bear Pillow, Ferm Living / Grey & Pink Blanket / Green Heart Pillow / Grey Petal Pouf

Our Design Services team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.

Halloween Decorating DIY Projects

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

The best part about this time of year is that Halloween festivities span the entire month of October. From hosting ghoulish kids parties to making creepy Halloween treats, what would be a better way to celebrate the spirit of Fall than with kid-friendly Halloween decorating DIY projects.

Halloween Decorating DIY's: Halloween Table

If you are looking for easy Halloween DIYs to do with your little ones, look no further than Spooky Eye Halloween Cards and Milk Jar Mummies. Both DIYs require little instruction and your little one can make them all by themselves.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards Supplies

For Spooky Eye Halloween Cards you will need black cardstock, glue, googly eyes, a ruler, scissors, and a metallic pen.

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First, using your ruler, trace a 6 x 8 inch rectangle onto the black cardstock and cut out with scissors. Next, fold in half.

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Write your spooky Halloween message on the inside of the card.

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Place a small drop of glue on the back of your googly eyes and secure them to your card. Add as many as you would like and help your little one deliver these to all their friends!

Milk Jar Mummies 

To make Milk Jar Mummies you will need mini milk jars, gauze, googly eyes and glue.

Milk Jar Mummies Supplies

Begin by putting a small dot of glue at the top of the milk jar and place one end of the gauze over it.

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Next, wrap the gauze around the milk jar until it is completely covered. To keep the gauze secure, rip off excess gauze and glue the edge down in place.

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For the finishing touch, glue the googly eye on the front and place them around the house for ghoulish décor!

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Beeswax Crayon Fall Leaves Kids Craft

Blog post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM
Beeswax Crayon Fall Leaves Kids Craft We are in full-on fall decorating mode around our house and now that the kids are a bit older I thought it would be fun to tackle an arts and crafts project making some beeswax crayon fall leaves (a favorite of mine from when I was young). The Land of Nod’s Beeswax Crayons were the absolute perfect fit for this art project — the colors are gorgeous and the larger, triangular shape lends itself to easy use for young fingers (particularly during the grating process!). We loved how they turned out. A little abstract and a whole lot of bright fall color. Here’s how to make them yourself!

You’ll need:

  • Beeswax crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Leaf templates (you can purchase these at an arts/crafts store or even print an outline out to trace)
  • An old kitchen grater or oversized pencil/crayon sharpener
  • Old dish towels and paper towels
  • An iron (to be used with adult supervision)

Once you have your supplies:

  1. Grate the crayons into small pieces (this gets messy, so plan for a good work spot ahead of time!)
  2. Place a dish towel onto an ironing board, and then a piece of wax paper on top
  3. Sprinkle grated crayons on one half of the wax paper — spreading the colors out and keeping the layer thin
  4. Fold the other half of wax paper over the grated crayon and cover with a piece of paper towel
  5. Using an iron set on the lowest setting, iron over the wax paper, melting the crayon shavings sandwiched inside
  6. Trace a leaf outline and cut out. If necessary, repress the leaf with the iron to fuse the edges again

It’s fun to experiment with amount and placement of the shavings as well as how long to iron each one. My favorites are those with a thin layer of melted wax and some spottiness — I love how the light shines through each one a bit differently. Happy fall, all and enjoy this fall kids craft!

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Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace

Written by Darcy of No Monsters In My Bed

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace 1When I saw skull necklaces in Martha Stewart Living I realized that the kids could probably make these on their own (yay! for easy). So we spent an afternoon making LOTS of skulls (and other silly face). And now my son never wants to take his necklace off. Below are the steps for this easy Halloween kids craft; DIY skeleton necklaces.

Here’s the scoop:

Materials: Air Dry Clay (similar to this), brown or black cord (similar to this), a kabob stick for the eyes and the hole in the back, and a needle for the teeth.

1. Roll clay into a quarter sized ball (or slightly larger, depending on the look you want).

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2. Pinch the sides of the ball in and then use your thumb to create a forehead-type indent.

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3. Use the kabob stick to make the eyes and to make a hole in the back for the cord.

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4. Use a needle to draw in “scary” teeth and a nose.

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Easy! HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Darcy blogs at No Monsters In My Bed and is a mother of three children (8, 7, and 5 years old) located in Arlington, VA. She likes: sleeping in, Alice Munro, cheap red wine, old rocking chairs, shoes without heels, mix tapes, balloons, the color grey, & discovering new things.

Wildflower Themed Birthday Party

Post by Tara Berger of One Stylish Party

I’m here to share with you a wildflower themed birthday party thrown in honor of a sweet 3 year old little girl, Alexis Maria who just so happens to be the daughter of my best friend Victoria.

Inspired by the birthday girl’s love of flowers and tea parties, my goal was to capture her vibrant personality with a whimsical and colorful celebration. Once we decided on the wildflower theme birthday party, I immediately set out to find the perfect party props and stumbled upon the Floral Teepee and Flower Love Poster Decal from Land of Nod which served as the jumping off point for the color scheme and party decorations.

Wildflower Themed Kids Birthday Party - 6 For the dessert table, I tapped a few of my favorite vendors to bring the wildflower party theme to life in the form of beautiful edible creations. Desserts included a rustic buttercream cake adorned with glittery fondant flowers, red velvet macarons, wildflower sugar cookies, floral crown cake pops, stacked sugar cookies with fondant flower toppers and homemade strawberry cupcakes with edible flowers.

The ivy backdrop with handmade crepe paper flowers served as the focal point of the dessert table and I incorporated several wooden vintage props to give the table varying heights. Along with my go-to milk glass cake stands, I also incorporated a few ethnically sourced floral trays from The Little Market, which complimented the theme perfectly.

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The tea party table included a gold sequin table cloth with a vintage floral table runner, fresh flowers and an age appropriate place setting for each little girl. The woven rag rug, throw pillows, tassel backdrop and Love Poster were a few of the other elements that helped bring the tea party table to life.

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And last but not least, the teepee play area was a hit among the girls at the party. The Floral Teepee was accessorized with plush blankets, throw pillows, colorful tassels, a jumbo balloon and a custom wooden calligraphy sign that read “you belong among the wildflowers” which couldn’t have been more fitting for the party theme. Outside of the teepee, I included custom floral crowns and ribbon wands for the girls to play with during the party.

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Wildflower Themed Kids Birthday PartyYou’d never know it from the pictures, but on the day of the party it POURED down rain, so we made a quick location switch from a backyard party to a pavilion at a local park. Thankfully we were able to still be outdoors and stay dry and the birthday girl and her guests still had every bit as much fun despite the weather!

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Tara is the owner of One Stylish Party, an online party boutique and creative studio featuring designs and inspiration for entertaining in style.

Get The Look: Happy Camper

Written by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert

It’s fall again, and you know what that means! Snuggling up with cozy textiles and your favorite pumpkin-spiced beverages! It is also a good time to refresh your home for the season with nature-inspired décor such as wildlife motifs and earthy colors, or what we at Nod call, elements of the ‘Happy Camper Trend’. Incorporating a few camping elements and woodsy themes will make you long for a campfire to roast some marshmallows on!

This wall has the perfect green color! The wolf print and the log bench add the perfect fall touch:

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Hang up your favorite wildlife prints and try a fun wall storage idea like this wooden crate:

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Even this toddler room gets into the spirit with textured fabric and wood accents:

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What a fun idea to frame a vintage rucksack, or string small driftwood pieces to make a garland:

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It’s easy to incorporate a few touches to get the campy look.

Get the Look: Happy Camper Mood Board

For more inspiration, click here.

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

DIY Kids Halloween Class Party Crafts & Games

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

A couple years ago, I got roped into doing the class Halloween party for the entire first grade. This was for my oldest child, so I was inexperienced with class parties back then. I really could have used a “recipe” for a Halloween class party. I looked high and low and couldn’t find anything that fit my needs, so I’m putting one together for you. The next time you have to do a Halloween party, you’ve got everything you need right here!

Class parties are typically one hour long, and I planned activities that are A) easy to explain, B) easy to prepare and C) inexpensive. So here’s how it works, I divided the kids into four groups and the kids rotated between four stations: a pumpkin craft, a bean bag toss, a haunted house project and a bingo game.

Activities

Craft: Halloween Pumpkins

Just grab some orange paper plates, some different colors of construction paper, scissors and glue. The kids can cut out simple shapes to make a silly jack-o-lantern face on their paper plate.

Kids Halloween Craft: Halloween Pumpkin PlatesActivity: Beanbag Toss

I filled dollar store knit gloves with beans for some cheap, funny beanbags. Toss them in a cauldron (or several different cauldrons) to win prizes. I stocked up on cheap Halloween-themed carnival prizes: erasers, pencils, spider rings, etc.

Halloween Bean Bag TossProject: Roll A Haunted House

All you need for this game is chalk, black construction paper, foam stickers and a couple dice. I explained the process in depth on my blog, so go there for complete instructions and a few helpful tips. But basically, the kids roll a die and earn a sticker to decorate their haunted house. Easy as pie.

Kids Haunted House GameGame: Halloween Bingo

What would a Halloween party be without a bingo game? Thankfully there are all ready so many cute printable versions I didn’t even have to make my own. I used this cute free printable Halloween Bingo from Artsy Fartsy Mama and the kids loved it. We used paper circle as markers, since the kids would be eating candy all day long, but candy corns would be cute, too.

Kids Halloween Bingo

Kids Halloween Party Ingredients:

  • Orange paper plates (one for each child)
  • Construction paper (scraps would work great!) Yellow, purple, white, black, green.
  • Glue
  • Kid Scissors
  • Beanbags (or cheap gloves filled with beans)
  • Witches’ cauldrons (or plastic jack-o-lantern buckets)
  • Tall black construction paper
  • White chalk (10-12 pieces)
  • Foam Halloween Stickers
  • Dice
  • Printable Halloween Bingo Cards (enough for 1/4 of the class)
  • Bingo markers (candy corn, paper circles, etc.)
  • Cheap carnival-type prizes (spider rings, vampire teeth, etc.)
  • Timer
  • Bell
  • Stickers


Before the Party

Gather/buy all the ingredients listed above. Some of the stuff (chalk, glue, scissors, etc.) should be available at the school. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Send out a sign-up sheet for the parents to donate items from the list, or enlist a few of your friends to be on the party committee. After you have the supplies, separate them by station. Prep anything you can ahead of time to make things run as smoothly as possible.

Party Time

Step 1. Divide the class into four groups. (I used stickers – candy corns, spiders, ghosts, and pumpkins). Each sticker represents a different group.

Step 2. Each group rotates to a different station every 12 minutes. (That leaves 3 minutes to clean up and rotate to the next station.) I brought a timer so we could keep track of the time, and a bell to signal it was time to change stations.

Step 3. There’s a set of parent helpers at each station that remains with that activity for the entire party.

 

So there you have it! A recipe for an easy, fun Halloween party. Happy Haunting!

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 self-named blog, Christina Williams.

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October Nod Notes

Post written by Rachel, our PR & Social Media guru

‘Tis the season for some ghoulish fall fun.

We were lucky enough to be a part of a recent Halloween party with The Effortless Chic. We’re a little jealous we weren’t able to physically be there though after seeing the table setting and the ghost grilled cheese. See more from the party on Jen’s blog.

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If you’re looking for a way to entertain your kids during snack time, look no farther than this monster juice box tutorial from Christina Williams. Yes, there are juice boxes under there!

DIY Kids Craft: Monster Juice Box Tutorial

Here’s a few of our favorite links that are inspiring us this month:

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits

Blog post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

Pumpkin Pie Gelato ParfaitsWe developed a serious thing with gelato this past summer — trying out every gelato shop, truck and cart we came across. I love that it packs so much flavor and richness, that just a little bit is enough. And even though the weather has started to turn cooler, we’re not ready yet to give up our favorite dessert. So we thought we’d try our hand at mixing up a yummy gelato treat full of seasonal flavors. There are plenty of recipes out there for making pumpkin gelato from scratch, but we chose to keep it simple and doctor up one of our favorite local gelatos with pumpkin. Add in our other favorite pumpkin pie ingredients and we had a huge win. Delicious!

(And super super cute when topped with one of our Jack O’Lantern macarons, if I do say so myself)

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Cinnamon Gelato
  • 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • Pecans for garnish
  • Pumpkin Pie Sugar + Spice*

Directions 

  1. Let gelato sit at room temperature until it just starts to soften (about 5 minutes). Scoop gelato into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in canned pumpkin. Place mixture back in freezer until well frozen.
  2. Layer gelato, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream into parfait glass. Press each layer gently with the back of a spoon.
  3. Top with pecans and sprinkle with pumpkin pie sugar + spice.

*To make pumpkin pie sugar + spice, combine: 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 3/4 tsp ground allspice, 3/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 3 Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 5Rebecca 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

Mad Science Kids Game

Post written by Paging Supermom

Your kids will get a kick out of this Pop-Up MAD LABORATORY kids game for Halloween.

Mad Science Kids Game

In this game, kids try to guess the contents of several spooky specimens jars. This Laboratory is surprisingly easy to construct using free printables. It all begins with a Mad Laboratory Backdrop. You can print this is a black-and-white, engineering print at a local copy center for less than $10. Download, print and tape into place. Add inexpensive test tubes filled with a mysterious, green potion (just neon food coloring + water) to bring the lab to life.

Mad Science Kids Game 2Recycle jars, spray-painted black are used to hold the specimens. Download and print the Mad Lab Specimen Jar Labels.

Mad Science Kids Game DIY Specimen Jar

Mad Science Kids Game 2TO PLAY: Fill the prepared jars with items recommended below, feel free to substitute. Have your Mad Scientists take turns reaching in to feel each jar’s contents, trying to determine what each specimen really is. Have them record their findings on the Mad Lab Experiment Forms.

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Mad Science Kids Game: What to Use In Mad Lab SpecimensFor younger kids that may not be able to identify the specimens by touch, have them describe each one with words like “slimey” or “squishy” etc. The labels and jars could also be used to hold spooky treats on a Halloween Party food table.

Mad Science Kids Game 10Grab the free printables:
Mad Laboratory Backdrop
Mad Lab Specimen Labels
Mad Lab Experiment Forms

Paging Supermom is written by “Sometimes Supermoms” Aimée and Bettijo, and came to be after many discussions with each other sharing their best insights on homemaking, parenting, party planning, teaching, playing and sometimes simply surviving. They soon discovered that although they can’t claim to be super all the time, each had their own moments. By sharing successes (and some of the funny moments when they fell flat on their faces), they hope to inspire others to find their inner superhero a little more often.