As a parent I get overwhelmed sometimes by all the products out there that are harmful to my children. I have a tendency to be a bit of a worrier and get stressed out by by all the toxic chemicals (so many we're not even aware of) in everyday products and what I should and shouldn't do. I'm so grateful for responsible companies like The Honest and The Land of Nod who can do some of the worrying and research for me. Both companies believe in making sustainable, non-toxic products while not sacrificing on style. Today I'm teaming up with these two incredible companies to offer readers a chance to win the Feather your Nest Pin It to Win It Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will receive an entire years worth of Honest Bundles and a $1,500 gift certificate for The Land of Nod to create or makeover their nurseries, kid's rooms, or play rooms. The contest starts the 21st (today) till November 1st. How cool is that?!!!
1. Click here to visit The Honest Company's Facebook page and choose the "Feather your Nest" sweepstakes tab. 2. Follow “The Honest Company” and “The Land of Nod” on Pinterest. 3. Complete and submit the entry form provided on the The Honest Facebook application and accept the Terms & Conditions of the Sweepstakes. 4. Complete your entry by creating a Pinterest board and naming it “Honest & Land of Nod Feather Your Nest.” Pin at least one (1) item to this board and tag the image(s) with #FeatherYourNest. Limited to one (1) entry per person. Best of Luck!
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Tip#1-- Play with scale and color. I love combining contrasting and complimentary textures, colors and sizes. It's so fun to see something dramatic and unexpected in a space, especially a child's room. The Wow, that's a big lamp is a beautiful and large floor lamp, which provides soft, directional lighting while reading our stories at night.
Tip#2-- Explain to your children why. As a child I remember being told to do something but not knowing why. I notice that when I explain to my children why they need to wear sunscreen, or brush their teeth they're more apt to obey without complaining (most of the time). Did you know that the only sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays is Zinc Oxide? This one is non greasy and non-whitening.
Tip #3-- Keep soft toys/rugs around to cushion a fall. Rugs and stuffed animals are cute and cuddly but can also protect little children while playing rough. I also like the first thing to touch my children's feet when they wake up in the morning to be something soft. In Maja's room I used this blanket as a plush rug for her little feet.
Tip# 4-- Have your children in mind when decorating and picking products. When I saw this bunny lamp I knew my daughter would love it. She has a bit of an obsession with bunnies and sleeps with three every night. Maja is potty trained, but during her naps she still wears training pants. I keep them stored in the bin on the floor so that she can put them on herself. She prefers the princess pants, and they are gentle on her skin because they are chlorine, bleach and chemical free. Maja also loves lip balm, she calls it her "lip", so we keep it on her bedside table for her to apply when needed.
Tip# 5. Keep it fun and playful. Who says a bathroom can't have art in it? Or that a wall can't be an entire chalkboard? Have fun with your kids and their interests. Maja likes to draw, so we painted an entire wall in her room with chalkboard paint. In our bathroom we hung some vintage prints from a favorite sea voyaging kid's book, as well as this clock (well, something similar).
Tip# 6. Know what's in the products you're giving to your kids. Harsh chemicals in soaps, shampoos and conditioners can cause skin to become irritated, dry and even disrupt hormone levels. What I love about this bubble bath, shampoo, and conditioner is that the ingredients are safe, natural and gentle on my children and I can pronounce all the ingredients. I have a saying that I live by when grocery shopping "If you can't read it don't buy it".
I hope that these tips are easy and helpful for you in creating safe and stylish spaces for your children. I wish you the best of luck in entering the Pin It to Win It Sweepstake! I hope you win!
Also, if you'd like to see what products I used to style these spaces, you can check out my Pinterest board here.