Michelle Kohanzo is a mom of 4: Emily 17, Connor 14, Henry 10, and Everett 8. She's a wife, a sister, a friend to many - and oh yeah...she runs The Land of Nod. How does she do it all? Read below to get the scoop!
Motherhood has softened me. It’s made me more patient and more present.
Breastfeeding my kids was really important to me. I breast-fed each of them for about a year and a half. The hardest wardrobe challenge for me was dresses. It’s virtually impossible to nurse elegantly in a dress. I wore a lot of skirts and tops, or dresses with buttons. I feel like the options are so much better today than they were when I was in the thick of it.
I don’t think motherhood has changed my style, but I would say as I’ve gotten older I’m more confident which has allowed me to really get pretty outrageous in my wardrobe choices. I would say my #momstyle is loud, playful and eccentric. I have also recently sworn off waistbands altogether – think tent!
I was the 10th employee at Nod. When I started it was a bit like the wild west. You never knew what hat you’d be wearing on a given day. It was an amazing experience, I got to learn everything about retail and I got to make a lot of mistakes.
Here’s my list of roles:
Customer Service Representative
Customer Service Manager
Operations Manager (lots of departments)
Opener of stores (not official)
Marketing and IT Director
General Merchandise Manager
Managing Director (today)
It’s amazing that it’s been 16 years. It feels like no time has passed, but so much has changed!
Bedtime Story: Dinosaur Encyclopedia (boys!)
Lullaby: You are my Sunshine
Vacation Spot: Tybee Island
Restaurant: Loveless Café (Nashville)
Children’s Brand: The Land of Nod (of course)
That moms are human and that’s okay – love your kids unconditionally and everything else will work it self out.
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventure…” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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