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Sweet Pink Valentines Day Treat

Posted by Jenn L. on


Valentines Day is just around the corner and I don't know about you but I am such a sucker for a sweet treat that day (or any day for that matter!) I always try to make it special for my kids too. I remember my Mom making special treats for us every year and it has always held special memories for me. Our fave lady Chef, Addie Gundry, is back with the easiest and prettiest treat! It's so easy that your kids can even help with the creation!

Pink Chocolate V-day Wafers

INGREDIENTS

  • One (14-oz.) bag Strawberry Wafer Cookies
  • One (10-oz.) bag white chocolate melting wafers
  • One (10-oz.) bag red chocolate melting wafers
  • Assorted sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine white and red chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in batches, so use half of each bag first and then melt more chocolate as needed.
  2. Dip wafer cookies in the strawberry colored chocolate. Rest on parchment paper and sprinkle with assorted sprinkles.
  3. Allow to cool and harden, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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LN Gift Guide 2018

Posted by Jenn L. on

Tis the season for gifting and so we've gathered some of our very favorite gift ideas for little ones this year to share with you all. Some of these items are on our very own shopping lists if we don't already have them!

LN Gift Guide 2018

1) Craft Box

Made Modern makes so many awesome craft kits but I love this one that leaves it up to the kids to create whatever they want. My kids have had one box for what feels like ages and are still using it to create their masterpieces. Perfect for a rainy or cold day inside.

2) Kid Sized Broom

My children love to help me clean. Why not display this beautiful broom to encourage them to help sweep up crumbs after dinner?

3) Bug Sticker Book

For the insect lover in your life! I'm always looking for new sticker books. I love this one because it teachers children about the bugs and their environments.

4) Tassel Pom Bonnet

I have a soft spot for bonnets and there is no question this little beauty will be making it's way onto the head of my two year old this Winter!

5) Glow in the Dark Fort Kit

Is anyone as tired and I am of their entire living room being torn apart to create massive forts? This is the perfect solution to create some awesome forts! I love that it glows in the dark as well.

6) Personalized Tea Set

I love the idea of children learning to sit properly and share food and drinks at an early age. I think it makes them feel special and there's nothing more beautiful than a hand painted set to keep for years to come.

7) Fisherman Dress Up 

While I will admit that my Son loves a great princess dress and tutu for the dance party his big Sister coordinates on a nightly basis, he is often looking for other fun things to dress up. I love the creativity of this fisherman outfit.

8) Bath Buckets

We are on a constant rotation of bath toys in our house because they usually get moldy from sitting in the bath bin and need to be tossed. These bath buckets stay clean and are fun for babies and little kids!

9) Pretend Cash Register

Playing store is a regular occurrence in our house (with children ages 2-6) and I love the look of this cash register. It is both colorful and fun without being obnoxious.

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10) Hazel Village Doll

All the Hazel Village dolls are beautifully made and each comes with their own personality to fit each child. There are clothing and accessories that are each more special than the next. 

11) Umbrella

The novelty of the umbrella never gets old. I love this umbrella and possibly pairing with a good set of wellies!?

12) Ice Cream Teether

My daughter had this teether as a baby and it was one of her favorites! I love how sweet it is and the shape made it super easy for her to hold as a young baby.

13) Mini Instant Camera

My children are obsessed with taking photos (there are several people to blame for this, including me.) Why not give them their own cameras to take photos?

14) Big Bashful Unicorn

I admittedly have an obsession with everything Jellycat. It's the only stuffed animal that will never be tossed/given away in my house. This giant Unicorn is for the child who is unicorn obsessed!

15) Lincoln Logs

I still remember building Lincoln Logs as a kid and I'm so happy they've become popular again. There is nothing more fun than building as a kid and I envision a large log cabin will be built to house many dolls in my future!

16) National Geographic Subscription

We have a subscription to National Geographic Kids and it is one of the most exciting mail days when it comes. We pull out the little cards inside and learn all about that months animals. A subscription would make a wonderful gift to any child + parent who doesn't need any more toys!

17) Giant Coloring Poster

For the kids who love to color (who doesn't!?) This giant coloring poster will keep kids of all ages coloring for days.

18) Remote Controlled Car

My Son saw this and wanted it immediately. It's durable and does some added tricks to keep the kids playing with it for hours. 

LN Gift Guide

19) Stacking Rocket

To this day my children go back to the stacking toys they've had since they were babies. I love the colors of this stacking rocket. Pretty enough to display!

20) Sticker Kaleidoscope

I am obsessed with these sticker kaleidoscope pages. They are currently a favorite of my six year old. I bring them with me to our meals out at restaurants and when she's done they are the most beautiful pieces of art to display at home.

21) Toy Car

There is no question that most families with little kids have their fair collection of vehicles but I love the look of this one. I imagine this one looking pretty on a shelf in a nursery as well!

22) Winter Themed Loose Parts Box

This Etsy shop is one of my favorites. I love this Winter loose parts box. It is the perfect mix of activity, textures and treasures for hours of creative play. 

23) Wobbel Board

This Wobbel board caught my attention months ago and is currently waiting to be wrapped for a certain little boy. I love how beautiful it is and how many uses it has. I encourage you to visit their website to see the video. It is part balance board, chair, stool or whatever else your little one can imagine.

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Happy 2nd Birthday (to Us!)

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We're celebrating our two year anniversary this week! It seems like only yesterday that Little Nomad was born when 762 awesome mamas backed our Roam Free play mats on Kickstarter. We raised over $100k in 30 days! Since then, our community has grown to thousands and we were even featured on Shark Tank.

First LN shipment and Shark Tank pitch

Thank you so much for being a part of the journey. We've been so grateful to find other moms who are just as excited to create an amazing play space for their little nomad without turning their home into a circus.

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We wanted to feature a few special supporters from our very earliest days in today's post:

Courtney, Owner of T'Nees was and still is a huge supporter. Not only does she love her LN mat but she has always shared her expertise in the business and is a true example of women bringing up other women. We've loved getting a chance to work with people like Courtney.

Courtney from T'nees Teepees

Rachel is one of our very first kickstarter backers. She first connected with founder, Elizabeth, through Instagram right before the Kickstarter began. They both had little girls around the same age and they were both named Talia/Taliah, resulting in an instant soul-sister connection. Rachel says

"not only did the play mat immediately grab my attention with the color but the print was gorgeous! When my mat arrived around the holidays before my daughter was one, it was perfect timing - my whole family was in awe at the quality and look of it!"

Rachel Original Little Nomad Kickstarter Backer

Another one of of very first backers is Laura. Laura shared with us what made her fall in love with Little Nomad:

"The LN mats were everything I was looking for: it looks like a gorgeous rug, and yet is padded and safe for my kids to play. No one who enters my apartment knows its a foam mat, but rather it looks like a proper, sophisticated rug."

Laura original Kickstarter backer

Here at Little Nomad we appreciate each and every customer. We love that we get a chance to be in your homes and a part of making some of your very first memories with your babies. Thank you for continuing to share your stories with us and be a part of our LN Tribe.

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But it's not going to stop with just play mats...We understand when your little one is tucked in bed after a full day, you want to relax into a sea of calm - not in an ocean of chaos. Which is why we wanted to do more, and what's inspired our new mission:

"To help you create a beautiful safe play space that’s fun for your little one without cluttering your home."

To this end, we've been carefully selecting fun wooden toys, beautiful decor, and functional-yet-chic storage solutions handpicked from brands that share our values. Our beautiful range of play gyms, toys, and storage baskets have all been tested by us. They all have the Little Nomad stamp of approval for making mama and child happy.

New decor, swings, baskets, and wooden toys

Thank you for helping us celebrate these amazing two years!

With love,

The Little Nomad team

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Homemade Slime (or "Goo" as my kids call it!)

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Our family is on a huge "goo" kick right now. I'm not sure why it's become SO exciting lately, but I have to say, any activity that occupies a 5-, 3-, and 2- year old for more than 20 minutes is a huge win in my book. When I realized how easy it was and how few ingredients you actually need to make it yourself we decided to give it a go!
Slime Ingredients
You will need:
  • 4 oz. of clear Elmer’s glue - Do not use white Elmer's glue as the glitter will get lost.
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • glitter (I bought mine at Michaels)
  • 1 tablespoon saline solution (make sure the ingredient list includes "buffered" saline)

Simply mix all the ingredients together! Add more a few drops of saline solution to thicken the slime if needed.

How To Make Slime

I used an old jam jar to do the mixing and you could even store it in there. I will say that similar to playdoh or any sort of messy activity, the goo should stay on hard surfaces and should not get into the hands of any little ones who might want to put it into their mouths.

Getting Slimy!

I think the little jars filled with goo would make the cutest party favors! Easy, homemade and fun for all ages!

Slime Party Favors 

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Back to School Bento Box Recipe

Posted by Jenn L. on

The back to school transition is one of the hardest times I can think of (for us parents, too!) For some of our little ones, it might be the first year they are staying an entire day and will need to pack a lunch. I'm a huge fan of bento box style lunches these days and we are lucky enough to have a really fun and easy plan of attack for your dinosaur loving kiddo thanks to our go-to Chef and Mama, Addie Gundry. It's almost too cute to eat!

Lunchables Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Handful of Pretzels
  • 4 pieces of boiled or Steamed Broccoli
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (with green spots – using a permanent marker)
  • Red Leaf Lettuce (as the bed for the dinosaur sandwiches)
  • 4 slices of white sandwich bread (or any bread! I used Texas Toast bread for a thick slice)
  • 2 pieces of salami
  • 2 pieces of Swiss cheese
  • Mayonnaise and mustard (optional)

Container is from a frozen TV dinner. I removed the items and washed the container.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place broccoli in one compartment.
  2. Place hard boiled egg in the center compartment.
  3. Place pretzels in the third compartment.
  4. Lay down a bed of lettuce.
  5. Using a dinosaur cookie cutter (or any fun shape), cut 4 pieces of bread. Place a piece of salami and a piece of cheese in each dinosaur. I used a cookie cutter to slice my salami and Swiss cheese so it would match the cookie cutter. Spread mayonnaise and mustard if desired.
  6. Enjoy!
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