This Charley Harper x Land of Nod Collection Is Perfect for the *Wild* Child
Jungle-themed kids’ decor has been all the rage lately, especially since the release of the latest Jungle Book film, so it’s no surprise that both kids + parents are crazy for the Charley Harper x Land of Nod collab that’s filled with all kinds of whimsical wildlife. The exclusive collection features wildlife artist Charley Harper’s iconically simple-but-complex prints that perfectly capture all the wonders of the natural world. These limited edition wildlife-inspired embroidery and appliqué designs will make both you and your child feel right at home on a dreamland safari. Scroll down to get inspired and snag your faves!
1. Charley Harper Lucky Ladybug Quilt ($219+): As the days get warmer, more and more people are swapping their duvets for more airy quilts. This cozy and breathable quilt is made from 100% cotton, so you can rest assured that your little one will be comfy cozy all summer long. Plus, it features an exclusively-designed appliquéd ladybug that’s perfect for the aspiring entomologist.
2. Charley Harper Butterfly Throw Pillow ($32): True to Harper’s wildlife roots, this butterfly throw pillow channels its real-life depiction. It’s whimsical, but with a dash of sophistication that keeps it from appearing too childish, so your kiddo can hang on to it for years to come.
3. Charley Harper Ladybug Throw Pillow ($29): Bring a little ladybug luck to their room with this bright and bold ladybug throw pillow. Its embroidered design and plush exterior will add plenty of life to their bedroom, without taking over the decor scheme.
4. Charley Harper Ladybug Sham ($32): This colorful and comfy sham features a vibrant striped pattern that coordinates with the Charley Harper Lucky Ladybug quilt. Both colorful and comfy, it’s an easy way to brighten up their space without much effort. Another pro is its versatile design ensures your kiddo won’t outgrow it too soon.
5. Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham ($30): Just as colorful as Harper’s designs, this 420-paged illustrated book pays tribute to the iconic designer’s best nature-inspired works. Curated by New York-based designer Todd Oldham, this book will keep both you and your child occupied for hours with its colorful and graphic illustrations.
6. Charley Harper Florida Keys Toddler Quilt ($129): No details are spared in this intricately printed and embroidered quilt. Boasting both color and playful designs, this toddler quilt is one they’ll be sure to love.
7. Charley Harper Poster Decal ($49): Create your own wallpaper with multiple decals or stick one into a frame as art. Whatever you decide to do with it, it’s a fool-proof way to brighten up any plain wall into a magical wonderland of wild animals.
8. Charley Harper Flock of Birds Rug ($399+): If there’s one thing that’s for sure about a hand-tufted rug, it’s that it’s gonna be soft. Make sure your kids’ playing space is plush and colorful with this charming flock of birds rug made of wool.
9. Charley Harper Growth Chart (Flamingo) ($59+): Pretty and practical, the flamingo growth chart promises to record just how quick your little sprout grows. As recommended, use a fine-tip permanent marker to jot down their progress on this cloth growth chart.
10. Charley Harper Growth Chart (Giraffe) ($59+): If your little one is super into giraffes, this giraffe-inspired growth chart is one that’s perfect for hanging in their room. As you keep track of their growth in the years to come, there’s no doubt this giraffe chart will have a special place in both your hearts.
11. Charley Harper Ladybug Rug ($299): This bright red ladybug rug will certainly draw attention. If their bedroom space is in need of a little more life, this vibrantly colored wool rug is sure to do the trick!
12. Charley Harper Animal Sheets ($79+): This black and white printed pattern features Harper’s most memorable animals. Simultaneously simple + complex, the designs are printed on 200 thread-count cotton to ensure a super comfy bed. If you’re decorating for a young ‘un, opt for the smaller Charley Harper Animal Toddler Sheet Set with the same iconic print in a sized package for $49.
13. Charley Harper Changing Pad Cover ($35): Complete the set with a coordinating changing pad cover that’ll keep their room cohesively patterned in the whimsical print. Lightly quilted for softness, the pad cover also features side slits to accommodate safety belts.
14. Charley Harper Raccoon Pillow ($49): Is your little tyke as mischievous as a raccoon? This playful pillow will be perfect for them. Sure to make bedtime a little comfier, this embroidered and appliquéd pillow is the one to get for their room.
15. Charley Harper Tiger Throw Pillow ($34): Capture the ferocity of a tiger in this beautifully designed tiger throw pillow. Don’t be fooled — as fearsome as the creature is, you can believe this throw pillow makes for one cuddly cat cushion.
16. Charley Harper Zebra Rug ($499+): This optical illusion of a rug will help develop young minds while they imagine the herd on the move! As simple as the lines are, there’s no denying the complexity of Charley Harper’s work. Add this playful zebra rug to their room for a truly captivating piece of decor.
17. Charley Harper Zoo Babies Shower Curtain ($79+): Don’t let their rooms have all the fun! Bring some of the wildlife into the bathroom with this fanciful shower curtain. It might even make convincing them to get in the tub for bath time a little easier! Though there’s a chance that they’ll never want to leave…
How many items will you snag from Charley Harper’s collab collection with Land of Nod? Check us out on Pinterest for more exciting nursery and kids room decor!
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com