Girls Clothes

Say whaaaat? It's true, I made some girl clothes a few weeks ago.

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Finn's friend had a birthday and I took it as an opportunity to make girl clothes :) Here is how the conversation went in my head. "Oh your daughter wants a certain toy and will be bored if she has to open clothes? Welp, I have two boys and would like to make a skirt." I think it's the perfect situation- I get my two funny, rowdy, crazy boys and I will make all of our girl friends dresses so I won't have to miss out on that. One thing I will gladly miss out on… the drama-filled, moody, teenage girl years.

I used Dana's Simple Skirt Pattern for the skirt. Her pattern is for 3-4T so I just subtracted 2 inches or so for a 2T. It was really easy and quick. 

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For the top, I started with a plain off white t-shirt. Ironed fusible web to a scrap piece of the skirt. Cut out the letter "K" and ironed it in place. Then I hand embroidered around the edge of the letter. Lastly,  I added a little heart just to girl it up even more.

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I added a taylormade tag.

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And wrapped it up.

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Taylor sign

Post by Taylor Urban : www.itstaylormade.com

Vivian & Daniel’s Playroom

One of our customers, Armanda C., reached out to us on Facebook because she was having a hard time putting together a playroom that could serve the needs of her family, which includes Vivian (4 ½) and Daniel (2 ½). Armanda has a space that needs to function as a playroom, an office, a family room and, most importantly, a soothing oasis for her son Daniel who is on the autism spectrum.

In Armanda’s own words “I want it to become a functional space for the whole family, playroom (which is the main focus), an area the whole family can play games and watch movies together, but also office/craft space. My biggest concern is my son and his needs. He is autistic and gets sensory overload so the space has to exude calm. Need lots of storage and organization to reduce stimuli, things need to be within his reach but hidden away. Safety is another big issue, he will climb and get into anything (no items with sharp edges but must be sturdy).        He loves soft textures (similar to your Chenille Schlimazel Blanket) it’s very relaxing for him.”

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To put together the room, I started with our Activity Table. This table can function as a coffee table, a play table and a game table. Also, it has tons of storage beneath it to keep the toys within reach, but out of sight, something Armanda said was important for her kids. Along with the table, I added a couple of our one-seaters, this will give the kids a comfy place to sit when playing at the table.

Since the family would be watching movies in the space, a couch was in order, but the room’s just 12 x 12’, so I didn’t want to overwhelm it. Our Sofa Sleeper is perfect for this. The microfiber upholstery is easy to clean, and soft to the touch. Plus, it opens into a twin sleeper, so it gives the room one more function, guest room! I chose a cameo color, to keep it neutral.

Next, the rug. Armanda mentioned that Daniel enjoys the feel of Chenille. So, our super-soft Shaquille Chenille Rug is the perfect fit. It’s durable, easy to clean, and adds some color without being overwhelming.

No playroom is complete without some storage. Our cube collection is a great solution for a shared space. Mixed with the canvas bins, it provides a place to keep everything, and you don’t have to see the mess. Also, our Grab Bag Storage is a great place for Vivian to keep her dress-up clothes. And, as a safety note, all of our large furniture comes with safety anchors that can be used to secure them to the walls. Many kids like to climb, so it’s important to be super-diligent about anchoring bookcases and dressers to the wall to avoid injuries.

Finally, to add a little fun I mixed our Modern Menagerie Prints designed by A Modern Eden. Their soothing color palette and graphic illustration style provide interest without being overly-stimulating. And, of course, we need some lighting. Our Pennant Pendant Lamp adds a little touch of color and playfulness to tie the room together.

Overall, I think it’s a very functional space that the whole family can enjoy. Hopefully this helps point Armanda in the right direction. If you have any decorating dilemmas of your own, post to our Facebook page or comment below and it may be featured in an upcoming post.

By Danielle Kurtz

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 4 ½-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 4 1/2 years old?

Moxie Bombs

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My daughter is always STARVING when I pick her up from school. Usually I’m thinking about what to make for dinner, whether or not I actually sent that last email for work, and wondering why my son is saying “uh-oh” in the backseat. I certainly have not had the forethought to actually PLAN a snack.

Enter my recipe for Moxie Bombs. These super-easy, healthy snacks can be made in batches and kept in the fridge for a week. Lazy Sunday afternoon? Go ahead and whip these up for the week ahead! Chances are they won’t last that long (especially if your husband notices….ahem…). They are easy to grab in between school and dance/gymnastics/soccer/swim etc. A nourishing snack with lots of protein that will keep kiddos energized until dinner.

This is just one small step toward gaining balance this month. You might have to spend a little more time fine tuning the details of your routine, but rest assured, you can eat a tasty snack while doing so! Did I mention these require NO COOKING?!

To begin:

Pulse dates (and a dash of water if needed) in a food processor until a paste forms. Removed and place in mixing bowl.

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Add cereal and nuts to food processor and pulse into course crumbs. Add to date mixture.

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Add the flax, peanut butter, honey, salt and chocolate chips and stir well to combine. I usually heat the honey up to make this step easier.

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Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll rounded TB of dough into balls and then coat in shredded coconut.

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Keep refrigerated in airtight container for up to one week.

Recipe:

6 Medjool Dates, pits removed

1 c. multi-grain cereal flakes

1 c. raw nuts (I used 1/2 c. almonds and 1/2 c. pecans)

1/2 c. ground flaxseed

1/4 c. honey

1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

pinch salt

1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

1. Place dates in food processor and pulse until paste forms, adding water if necessary. Remove and place in mixing bowl.

2. Add nuts and cereal to food processor and pulse until course crumbs form. Remove and add to date mixture.

3. Add flax, honey, peanut butter, salt and chocolate chips to bowl and mix to combine well.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Measure out rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into ball. Coat balls with shredded coconut.

6. Keep refrigerated in airtight container for up to one week.

TIPS:

Nut allergies? Replace nuts and peanut butter with your favorite seed and seed butter!

Only have salted nuts? Omit pinch of salt!

Sub chocolate chips for peanut butter chips or carob chips!

Add your favorite dried fruit (cut into bite size pieces)

Pop these in the freezer the night before and put them in school lunches the following morning!

BE CREATIVE!

 

Post by Meredith Falconer : Mom Colored Glasses

Easy Easter Décor

We’ve picked a few of our favorite décor pieces to bring a little cheer to your holiday celebrations!

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Top Image: Spell Ya Later Letters Boy & Girl
Bottom Image Clockwise from Top Left:
Garland, Bunny Pillow, Paper Lanterns, Rattan Basket, Dot Rug, Flower Decals, Knit Garland, Wall Flowers

Check out more inspiration on our Pinterest page!

By Anna Passadori

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.)