I reached out to Nikki after seeing about her amazing talents as a food artist on Instagram.
Read about how she used her creativity to fight picky eater syndrome.
This is one Instagram account you’re going to REALLY want to follow, so find her accounts below!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Nikki Garcia, a recent stay-at-home mom of 3 with a background in accounting, although I’ve always loved the arts, crafts and all things creative. But like every other parent, I never found time to sit and complete any of the craft projects because it would take time away from my kids, chores and things that needed to get done around the house.
With bento and food art, I allow myself to be creative, but my kids are able to benefit from the time I spend making their fun and healthy lunches.
Nikki with her family after becoming a family of 5!
What inspired you to start making lunches this way?
I’ve got 2 picky eaters. Before bento, I would eyeball it and serve them random amounts of food, then they would pick at it and say they were full. I needed a way to accurately measure how much they were eating. Bento allows me to do this and at the same time, serve healthier food.
I came across creative kids lunches online (Pinterest and Instagram) that looked intimidating at first, but the food ingredients they were using were easily accessible and the steps seemed pretty straight forward.
A Super Mario bento box lunch for school? I would even eat PEAS!
How did you learn how to make these? They look very intricate.
Taryn and I had a weight lifting class together in High School and I’ve been intimidated by her ever since 😉
I was impressed by how quickly she grew her blog and following so I reached out to see if there was something I could learn. Of COURSE there was…
Read on if you’re into interior design and need some inspiration
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Taryn! I am the author of Design, Dining and Diapers, a home & garden and interior design blog that covers everything from DIY Projects & Tutorials, Home Decor, Seasonal Crafts, Entertaining, Food and Life with Kids! I live in the greater Seattle area with my husband of (almost) 7 years and our two kids (soon to be 3)! We recently moved into our dream home out in the country, so as of late my blog has been focused on decorating our new home and making it our own.
Portrait of Taryn Whiteaker, creator of design, dining and diapers
Why did you get into interior design? What made you decide to start your blog?
I’ll try and keep it short but there is a story behind it! It really has been a combination of things that led me to where I am now. The saying really is true, ‘everything happens for a reason’. I have always loved the arts and being creative. I learned how to sew at the age of nine by watching my mom make my clothes and before I knew it I was making most of my own wardrobe in middle school and high school. I always had plans to go to design school but in the end I decided to attend The University of Arizona and get a major in Communications and minor in Sociology & French. After I got my degree, I was lucky enough to land a great job doing Public Relations for some amazing companies around the world. It was right around this time when blogs and social media started to make their way into mainstream media and companies started to see the value of having an online presence. I found myself working with bloggers on behalf of my clients and learning a lot about the industry.
Fast forward a few years….In 2011, our daughter was born and I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to be at home but it was a hard transition going from the corporate lifestyle to being home all day. I needed something to keep me busy (as if a newborn wasn’t enough). During nap times I started reading DIY blogs and found myself digging into my creative side again. Instead of making my own clothes, I channeled all my creativity into transforming our house into a home and I was loving it! I felt like I found a piece of me again. It wasn’t too long after that I decided to use the knowledge I gained in my professional career and take a chance on starting my own creative blog! I literally had no idea what I was getting into….or what it would become.