Nod Printable Coloring Pages: Snow Day

We’re all about keeping your kiddos occupied. Michelle Romo, an amazing artist who recently joined the Nod team as an illustrator,  created a few Nod Fun Pages to do just that. With all the snow we’ve had recently in Chicago, we figured we should start with a printable coloring page dedicated to snow days.

All you need is a printer and markers. Make sure you download the full size printable coloring page HERE.

Share the finished product on Instagram (use hashtag #landofnod) or our Facebook page and we may feature it!

Enjoy!

Land of Nod Printable Coloring Pages: Snow Day

Nod Celebrates the Holidays

Post written by Rachel, our PR & Social Media guru

This holiday season, we created a winter wonderland at our offices. We held a cube decorating contest (Frozen won), hung snowflakes everywhere and held a holiday party for 100 kids – Nod employee kiddos and little ones from Englewood, a community in Chicago that we’ve partnered with for a number of years.

We turned our office into a winter wonderland and are having a holiday party for our Nod family kiddos and children in need. Follow along as we celebrate with cookie decorating, holiday carols and more!IMG_6840IMG_6938 We decorated cookies, made sock snowmen and were treated to a performance by Emerald City Theatre and a sing-a-long from Lauren Hubert.

IMG_6959IMG_6946IMG_7026All the kiddos were able to take a picture with Santa and then each received a present to take home with them. Best of all, we presented a $15,000 check to a church in the community to help them fund their childhood programs.

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Happy holidays from Nod!

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.

The Effortless Chic - Halloween Party

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:

Fox & Sparrow Photo Workshop

Written by Lauren Baker, our fearless marketing events manager

We couldn’t help but notice all the amazing magic the ladies of The Fox and the Sparrow have been making on the Instagram universe with their modern take on photographing women and children. We were so excited to see that they were headed to Chicago in September to shoot some sessions, and had to ask them if they would be interested in hosting an event at our flagship store in Chicago. To our amazement, they said YES!

So a few weeks ago, the ladies set up a free mini-workshop for our customers to come in and learn tips on how to style and take beautiful pictures of their own kiddos with just a camera phone.

The Fox and the Sparrow WorkshopRachael Lunghi from Siren Floral Co. taught our customers how easy it is to make beautiful flower crowns (Who don’t love a flower crown?).

The Fox and the Sparrow Workshop 3Erika Beukelman from 1011 Makeup chatted with the ladies on ways to style their hair and makeup. And she also worked her magic on some of their hair with top knots and braids (Lucky ladies!).

The Fox and the Sparrow Workshop 2Lastly, Rachel Castillero from Studio Castillero gave the workshop attendees tips on shooting with their camera, including some awesome tutorials on the VSCO application.

The Fox and the Sparrow Workshop 1This was such a lovely event for our customers, and we loved having these ladies in store! Check out the Fox and the Sparrow on Instagram for upcoming dates of their sessions and to see their amazing work.

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!).