The Nod Bookmobile is Coming to DC!

Written by Lauren, our fearless marketing events manager

Nod Bookmobile in DC

The #nodtourbus Bookmobile is headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend, and we are very excited to partner up with some awesome local businesses on our stops around the city! Be sure to come join us for books, story time and activities around our nation’s capital. For every Little Golden Book purchased from us, Random House Children’s Books will donate one to Milk + Bookies. Dedicated to promoting the joys of reading and literacy, Milk + Bookies is a charitable organization that provides books to those who can’t afford their own. Come out and see us, and help us spread the joy of reading.

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!).

Decorating Teepee Cookies

Post by Lauren Baker, our fearless marketing events manager

Decorating Teepee CookiesWhat’s better than decorating cookies? How about decorating teepee cookies? We loved this idea from our good pal Chef Caroline from Caroline’s Kitchen Table. She even used it for an event at our Land of Nod Oakbrook store. The little ones were first able to practice their designs on paper before decorating their own teepee cookies to take home.

Check out Caroline’s Kitchen Table blog to read more about this fun Nod Event! Thanks Caroline for hosting!

Decorating Teepee Cookies

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!).

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!

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!).