9 Ways to Connect With Your Kids During the School Year

Post by M.J. of Pars Caeli

9 Ways to Connect With Your Kids During the School Year

The store shelves are stocked with folders and notebooks, and the camps and vacations are coming to a close. We’re all soaking up the last nuggets of summer before the school schedules, activities, and homework begin again! Every year the relaxing family time seems to go faster and faster, and I will miss the sweet moments, connecting with my three kids, learning more about the incredible people they’re becoming.

But the quality time together doesn’t have to be limited to summer fun, we can make it last throughout the year, too, with a little extra planning and patience. We try these nine easy ways to connect with your kids during the school year. See what think of these playful and practical suggestions:

9 Ways to Connect With Your Kids During the School Year

1. Spend time together before school – I am not a morning person so getting out of bed to be cheerful and/or excited for a new day is not my strength. However, I love having small moments with my children every morning. Some days that’s an extra snuggle and chat before changing out of PJs or lip syncing a Taylor Swift tune to bring on some giggles.

If you’re off to work before the kids, consider leaving them a note to read at breakfast or the comics to bring a smile. Days are so much better when they start off on the right foot (for us all)!

2. Send a little home with them to school – Since full-day kindergarten began for our family, five years ago, we’ve been sending lunchbox notes with our children. After hearing from my daughter about quiet lunch times and wanting to have something to chat about with friends, I decided to add a joke and doodle to these notes. Teachers and lunch helpers would read them to the kids as they were learning to read, and everyone got a kick out the silly pictures and corny jokes.

I started sharing these notes on Instagram and hearing from other moms and teachers who would reuse them with their kids! I loved the idea that I could help other parents connect (in the middle of the day or on a long drive or in a doctor’s office) with their children.

The seeds of Lunchtime LOL Notes were born! I’m so delighted to partner with the Land of Nod to bring these jokes to life in a pack of 180 (the whole school year!). I wanted to make it easy for parents to send their love so one side is blank for your message with the other side bringing the silly along! And now you can… so go grab your family a pack.

9 Ways to Connect With Your Kids During the School Year - Lunchtime LOL Notes

3. Coach, lead, assist – Not all of us can fit it in, but if you can, I’ve heard it from the mouths of my own babes, coaching your kids can be a great way to connect with them. In coaching or leading an activity, or volunteering in the classroom, you establish a new context for your relationship as a parent and not only get to see your child in a new light, but also get to know their friends, too. . . which leads me to #4

4. Get to know their friends – Where you can, be the parent who drives the carpool, goes on the field trip, watches the games. Get to know your children’s friends. The older your kids get, the more insight this will provide into who they are becoming! It also lets your children know that you’re really interested in their lives, even the nitty gritty details. This comes in very handy when you hear the stories come home and know who’s who to ask your children the right questions. :)

9 Ways to Connect With Your Kids During the School Year

5. Be goofy – There’s a time for antics and a time for. . . yada, yada, yada. We all know that adults and parents need to be mature. The work conference call, the brilliant tweet, the email – sometimes they have to wait. Make sure to spend some all-out-silly time with your kids, too!! Whether it’s dance parties, wrestling, or silly string fights, let them see that you’re still a kid, and that you can laugh until you snort, too!

6. Listen (and fall in love with) their music – For those of us who live and die by our favorite tunes, this can be a challenge. However, sometimes it’s the nonverbal communications that can speak the loudest. We spend a decent amount of time in transit, in the car, listening to music. Sing your heart out to their favorite tune (even if the words make no sense) and drum along to the weird beat. Showing a love and an embrace for what they love, let’s them know you’re trying.

7. Talk over the day – How was your day? Answering this question goes really well with some children and not so well with others! In our house, it completely depends on the day who wants to share happy/good/sad/surprising news. Some days there’s silence. But I do want there still to be a space (usually over dinner) where we all talk about the latest. Sometimes I have to talk about my weird day at work to prime the pump, and sometimes I’m inspired by their insights and observations. Ultimately, I want them to know that we’re interested and listening – always.

8. Read what they’re reading – Enjoying books with my children has been a total unexpected highlight of motherhood! We read together at bedtime with our youngest, exploring our favorite picture and chapter books. But we’ve also started a kids bookclub with our 8 and 10 year olds to read along with our children and their friends – some long-time favorites like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and new ones like Wonder. It has elevated our conversations and broadened our understandings of one another. Reading together has also been truly beneficial to their reading confidence and interest.

9. Go on dates together – We are a mix of introverts and extroverts in our house, and, at times, it can be hard to get everyone engaged as a full group of five. My husband and I make it a priority to go on “dates” with each of our kids. They used to get jealous when we’d leave on a date together. Why don’t we get to have a special time with you? Well, now they do. Often these take the simple form of a trip to the bookstore or library or playground. Other times the dates can be a special shopping trip or dinner out. Bonus: my children have a new level of understanding of Mommy and Daddy needing one-on-one time together, too!

Here’s hoping we get a few more weeks of summer to squeeze in all the fun we can. And once school begins again, we’ll be ready to dig into some other ways to stay connected with our kids, too. How do you do it? How do you stay close when schedules leave you spending so much time apart?

9 Ways to Connect With Your Kids During the School Year

M.J. is a graphic designer and illustrator and proud momma to three. She founded Pars Caeli (meaning a piece of heaven), a happy blog and shop on the web, three years ago to share projects for kids, parents, and home to add a little creative to the everyday. She worked with our team to bring her lunchbox jokes to life in our product Lunchtime LOL Notes, now available to kick off the school year!

Bedtime Routines for Babies

Post by Corri McFadden of corrimcfadden.com and Glitter and Bubbles.

Bedtime Routines for Babies

Bedtime with Zelda is one of my favorite hours of the day. There’s nothing like winding down and getting ready for some relaxation time with your babes! For all you Mama’s out there, determining a bedtime routine for your baby is extremely important to develop good sleeping habits. (Moms—we know that a baby with bad sleep is an extremely cranky one!)

A calming routine that follows a pattern every night helps give your little a head up that it’s bedtime, which will help him or her transition more easily. Even more so, bedtime is an amazing way to bond with your babes at the end of a long day. I’ve used some of Zelda’s very favorite Land of Nod products to help put her down at bedtime.

Bedtime Routines for Babies

A soothing bath is great for your little in terms of help calming them down for bedtime. (This totally works for us adults, too!) Make sure the water is warm to the touch and not too cold. This will create a cuddly-like, warm atmosphere that will put your babe in a calm mood. Zelda loves splashing around with her monster rubber duck before we end her bath with a gentle massage to help relax her little muscles.

Bedtime Routines for Babies - Reading

Just the sound of your voice can help lull your little one to sleep! Spending time with them while you read one of their favorite books is a great way to bond and help establish a bedtime routine. It also familiarizes them with more words and numbers, so you can totally credit yourself with being a multitasking Mama as you put your babe to bed and lend them a little knowledge. One of Zelda’s favorite books includes The Saggy Baggy Elephant, which she loves to read in her hooded elephant towel right after bath time!

Bedtime Routines for Babies - Hooded Bath Towel

This is usually my last step before I put Zelda down to bed. Rocking your babe in your arms or a rocking chair is a great soothing technique to lull them to sleep. After I rock Zelda in her favorite rocking chair, I put her down in a dark room, with the exception of a night-light, and secure her in her baby blanket. It’s great to put your little to bed while they are still awake so they know how to soothe themselves to sleep.

I’ve found that each bedtime routine depends on your little’s personality. For example, bath time before bed may turn into a rowdy activity instead of a calming one–once they learn how to splash, there’s no going back! In that case, you’d ditch the tub and skip straight to a massage. It’s all about how you and your babe connect and what methods work best to put them to sleep!

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 more tips and tricks on her website, Corri McFadden. She also recently launched Glitter and Bubbles, a savvy site for modern-day moms looking for inspiration through fashion, décor and food.

Pink Chicken – Nod Artist Interview

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself…

HOMETOWN: Alexandria, VA
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’.


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.


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!

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

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.

Pink Chicken - Nod Artist Interview

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.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Painting with Bouncy Balls

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Race Car Painting

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!

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Bouncy Ball Painting Project

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.

Bedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Bath SetsBedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Bath SetsBedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Bath Sets

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.

Bedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Shy Little Kitten

Bedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Tawny Scrawny LionBedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Tawny Scrawny Lion

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!!

Bedtime with Little Golden Books for Nod - Tawny Scrawny Lion

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!

Summer Lawn Games for Kids - Lawn Bowling

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.”

Summer Lawn Games for Kids - Lawn Bowling

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.
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
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.
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
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!
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
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

Lulu DK - Land of Nod Artist Interview

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. 😉

Lulu DK - Land of Nod Artist Interview

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.


Lulu DK - Land of Nod Artist Interview

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.

Lulu DK - Land of Nod Artist Interview

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.