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!).

Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening

A few weeks back, we celebrated the Grand Reopening of our University Village Store. We were so excited to share its new look with our customers, that we just had to throw a big bash to celebrate the occasion.

Our customers were first treated to mini cupcakes from our good friends at Trophy Cupcakes. The cupcakes were not only delicious, but also adorably decorated with artist Michelle Romo‘s bear design on top.Celebrating our Seattle Store’s Grand Reopening Cupcakes

We also had an in-store face painter, Melissa from Happy Go Lucky, painting her amazing face art on the kids.

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Magician John London performed a hilarious magic show for the partygoers and treated them to awesome balloon twisting throughout the day.

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Our final performer was Caspar Babypants, one of our favorite kids musicians, playing a show for a full house!

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Thanks to everyone who attended our big day. And if you missed it, be sure to stop by and check out our new exciting look at the University Village Mall in Seattle.

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Lately Lily Joins Us For Camp Nod

It’s no secret we are BIG fans of Lately Lily (have you checked out our new exclusive bedding we carry?!).

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So we were so excited to have Lately Lily illustrator Micah Player in our South Coast Plaza store to read their brand new picture book, “Adventures of a Traveling Girl.” Afterward, Micah gave the kids a special drawing lesson on how to draw Lily.

Such incredible drawings came out of the art lesson. Check them out, and thanks so much to the entire Lately Lily team for this very special in-store event during Camp Nod!

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