MommyQ is Loving The Land of Nod

reading-tentI’ve gotta blog about my holiday shopping experience with The Land of Nod because it has been a pleasure. In my recent post, “Moms, what’s under your tree?” I mentioned that I bought the Home Sweet Play Home reading tent for one of my kids. I saw it at a friend’s house many months ago and loved it. My oldest kiddo loved it too and played in it throughout the afternoon. I made a mental note – “Get this for Christmas!” Believe it or not, my brain remembered.

I ordered the Blue Home Sweet Play Home and the cushion online. The website said both items would arrive by the 24th. I was a little bit worried, but the items arrived in plenty of time. When I took the cushion cover out of the box, I noticed the directions said to wash it before use. When I unzipped the cover to find the washing instructions, I was pleasantly surprised. The directions ended, “Do not dry clean. Do not pass go. Sleep tight!” Well, that was such a clever little treat. Making laundry fun – what a novel idea!

Last night, I put the clean cushion cover on the cushion and was so impressed with the fluffiness of it all. This is one luxuriously fluffy cushion! The play tent is beautifully made and it is quite stunning in person. I am so thrilled with this purchase and only hope it is as pleasing to my child on Christmas morning.

Find the tent online at The Land of Nod for $99 and the matching cushion for $49. It also comes in lavender, pink and green.

Playtime Gets Funky & Modular

If you’re a mom like me, you have a tacky train table located somewhere in your house. Sure, it’s perfect for the train set, but that’s it. Nothing more can be done on this table unless you take all of the trains off. And for those of us that aren’t engineers, they never quite seem to fit the same again…

Well, a clever company called P’kolino has devised a Play Table that truly captures the spirit of creative play. The company, founded by two dads, has been featured on the Today Show and in many national magazines including Time (April 2008).

Since the photo doesn’t do this table justice, let’s see if words can help paint the picture. What makes this table unique is it is actually a modular piece that can be reconfigured a zillion different ways. Yes, a zillion. It’s constructed with high quality materials that do not include nuts and bolts. Rejoice – you don’t have to drag out your dirty, unorganized toolbox! The wood is bent maple that has been machine pressed for increased strength and protected with a clear water-based finish. P’kolino also uses high density foam and premium stain resistant fabrics. You’re in love, right?

Here’s more:

– Interchangeable play kits fit into the table for neat storage and are easily removed and replaced for a quick activity change.

– The uniquely designed foam benches offer a soft, safe seat at the table as well as a fun rocker when flipped, and the removable foam blocks act as puzzle pieces or objects for a game of catch.

– Color schemes include light blue & purple and blue & green.

It’s a pricey piece – $1,399 – but if you think of it as bedroom furniture that provide hours and hours of creative play for your kids for many years to come, it’s certainly worth it. When all is said and done, you’ll spend that much on trains. Trust me.