It’s heeeeere! Winter and the holidays are upon us. It has already been a whirlwind around these parts, how’s it going around your house? The trees are up & covered with decorations and beautiful sparkly, glittery things. I have a giant Christmas red peony surrounded by eucalyptus branches in a vintage blue ball jar sitting on my desk. Life is good, my friends. Life is good. ♥
I just wanted to send you a little reminder to spread joy this holiday season (and always). Joy is contagious! Spread it around like glitter. Let it fill in the dark craggy parts of your soul & let it shine bright. I am wishing you the merriest, most lovely, joyful & glittery holiday season! Celebrate with this free gold glittery “spread joy like glitter” phone wallpaper. ♥
If you love this little wallpaper, could you pretty please share it on Pinterest? That would make my little heart pitter patter!!! ♥
Hey there, lovely! I just wanted to remind you that you are doing an AMAZING job. I know mama-ing can be overwhelming. My boys are teenagers, and I still have days where being a mama can seem a bit thankless. But then I look into my boys’ baby blues and realize that it’s all worth it (even when they’re rolling them at me). So snuggle up with those babies (tiny and big), and remember that you are doing the MOST IMPORTANT job and your sparkle is not going unnoticed. It may not seem like it, but I guarantee they see your sparkle.
Sending you all of the mama love, support, and virtual hugs in the world!! ♥
Here’s a little reminder – a wallpaper for your phone, so you never forget that your sparkle is most definitely noticed. Keep shining on, you sweet mama.
Do you love this or know someone else who needs a little encouragement & unexpected joy? Pretty please share on Pinterest – that would make my heart so very happy. ♥
Happy Day to you!!! ♥ You’re working hard & sometimes it can be difficult to remember to count your little blessings…but they really do add up. Here’s a sweet little reminder (and an adorable birdie) for you.
It’s here! Hooray! I love making these every year. This is my third annual free Valentine’s Card printable & I went a with a bit of vintage inspired fruit & fun theme. This is my most popular post every year – hooray!! I’ve added the links to the previous years’ Valentine’s below in case you’d like to see them all. They’re perfect for your kid’s classroom Valentine Party or your very own Galentine celebration with your bestie!
It’s still early enough that you won’t have to stay up the night before Valentine’s Day, frantically gluing, glittering and stickering…I’ve got your back, mama. Just print, cut & have your kiddo sign them. Super easy peasy.
Okay, lovelies, I printed mine on matte photo paper (matte, so that they can be signed by your little). But honestly, card stock will totally work in a pinch! Don’t fret! You’ve totally got this. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can send them to a photo printing place like Staples or Walmart, otherwise your home printer is just fine.
If you’re feeling super extra fancy, feel free to tape a heart chocolate on the back of the card (or a quarter for older kids if you’re looking for a candy-free Valentine option). Voila, chocolate, cute cards, signed by your kiddo…score one for mom!
Okay, so click the button below to download your PDF printable. Then print away! It will print on a regular old 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, and the cards measure 3.5″ square (that will help when you’re measuring out to cut).
How did it go? If you use the cards (from any of the years), I would sooooo love to hear your stories & see how they turned out for you! If you tag them #littlegirlspearls when you post them, I will be able to find them. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!
Are you looking for more Valentine Printables? Check out our other free sets:
I love little animal friends, and I wanted to share some with you. When I was a kid, I grew up in Fair Oaks, California. We lived on an acre backed up to a lush, green, oak-laden ravine and wild park land. We spent countless hours exploring the overgrown bamboo patch, traipsing through the tall grasses to the bottom, and making tiny boats to race down the stream (during the times we actually had a bit of rain).
We had families of foxes take up residence in the ravine over the years. Spring was always fun because the tiny baby foxes are just the cutest little things!
While we had a sweet doggie, there were always kitties around. They would prowl for mice and gophers, and would sing their howly kitty song at night.
We would shimmy down the grassy hill to the bamboo patch and pretend that we would see pandas climbing up the tall stalks that rustled in the breeze.
Our bunny rabbit, Hopper, was a gift from our biggest sister one Easter. He was black, silky, and so soft. He would get enough speed running around our round geodesic dome that he would actually start running on the walls! So here’s a fun little bunny to hang on your wall.
The file is a PDF and is set to print each of the 8 x 10 prints on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of letter size paper on your printer. If you’d like to trim them to fit an 8×10 frame, you can trim off 1/4″ from the top and bottom and 1/2″ from each side. If you run across any questions, just let me know.
What was your favorite little animal friend when you were growing up?
A baby shower is all about celebrating a brand new life and supporting the mom and dad to-be as they prepare for their new roles as parents. It’s so exciting to be part of a friend or family member’s life at this point and to share in their happiness as they get ready to welcome a little bundle of joy into the world. Although you’ll have to wait a little while to greet the new baby, his or her mom and dad will be grateful for your presence (and presents!) at their baby shower.
There are endless great ideas for adorable and useful baby shower gifts: the tiniest pearl baby bracelets, booties, onesies, teethers, baby hats, blankets, children’s books, toys, and so on – you get the idea. It’s easy to find something that will make both you and the mom-to-be say “aw.” What can be a little trickier is filling out the accompanying card. We all get a little tongue-tied when it comes to writing messages that are sweet and meaningful. But don’t worry! You don’t have to resort to baby talk. You can use the messages below to share your excitement and well wishes with a newly growing family at their baby shower.
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #1 – Sending you so many warm wishes as you head out on this new adventure! You are going to be amazing parents to your new little sweetie girl. She will be so blessed to have you as her parents!
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #2 – Congratulations! I’m wishing you a tranquil pregnancy, a sooth delivery, and endless joy at home with your new sweet baby girl!
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #3 – Congratulations, Mama! I’m wishing you the very best as you look forward to all of the wonderful moments of raising a new baby: each toe wriggle, nose wrinkle, coo and sleepy grin. I hope you find endless joy in motherhood.
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #4 –
I am so happy for you! Cherish these little moments. They go far too quickly. Soon you will get to snuggle your precious little girl! You are going to be an amazing mama! You’ve totally got this.
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #5 – Hang on tight! Your world is about to get a little bigger. She is going to turn your world upside down in such an amazing way! You are going to be the best mama ever!!
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #6 – Congratulations on your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy! I hope that every diaper is matched with a big joyful smile and that every sleepless night is matched with a priceless memory.
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #7 – I am so excited to celebrate with you! I can’t wait to snuggle your little sweet pea & spoil her rotten. You are going to be the best mommy ever…but I will be the very best auntie!
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #8 – Your days are going to be filled with endless firsts that will be more precious than pearls. Treausre her while she’s little. She will grow so very quickly.
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #9 – Tiny toes, itty bitty nose, twinkly eyes and sleepy smiles… She’s coming so soon! I know you can’t wait to snuggle her. You’re going to be the very best mama to your precious little pearl.
Baby Shower Gift Card Message Idea #10 – I know this is such a big change in your life. Don’t worry, I’m always here for you. Well…maybe not for the diaper part. But I’ll definitely be here for the snuggling part!
So there you go…if you need a super quick, last-minute baby shower gift card message idea, you’ve got 10 to choose from! So give the new mama-to-be a sweet little gift card & let her know you’ve got her back. That’s all we mamas need – a tribe of other great mamas to help us in the ups and downs of being a mom. xoxo
Here are a few beautiful ideas for a precious keepsake gift for the new little baby girl!
“She is clothed in strength & dignity & she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25
This verse has always sounded lovely to me when I was growing up and in college, but it wasn’t until I had my own kiddos that it really spoke to me. It seems when you are put in charge of the care and feeding of tiny humans, fear of the future just settles in – it hunkers down and lurks in the back of your mind. There are always worries about making sure we do everything perfectly as parents. Laughing at fear of the future was a completely foreign concept to me.
Our family was a bit more on the “crunchy granola” side of things with co-sleeping, breastfeeding, baby wearing, homemade baby food & cloth diapers… We did what “felt right” for our kiddos. But oh man were there nay-sayers along the way & they shook me to my core! I questioned our decisions regularly. It seems that when you are raising tiny humans everyone and their brother has an opinion on the best way to do it to be sure your kids turn out to be productive members of society.
Now that my boys are 13 and 16 (seriously, when did that happen?), I can look back on all of the minute decisions and see that whatever we had chosen, our boys would’ve turned out just fine. I am not kidding you. As long as your kids are loved, fed and safe…really the rest is just details. So if you’re just starting out on your mama journey, please know that all will be just fine. Raising little people is stressful and exhausting and harrowing – our oldest had colic for four straight months of nightly crying (both him and me) & our youngest didn’t sleep through the night until he was 7. But had I known I could have done it all without fear of the future, it would have made my new mama life so much easier.
So I’m giving you permission. Permission to do what works for YOUR family. What works for your kid. What works this time, might not work with the next one – and that’s okay! Seriously. Roll with it. You, my dear, are clothed in strength and dignity. So whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, whether you cloth diaper or regular diaper, whether you homeschool, private school or public school…they will turn out just fine. Just love them. Love them with all your heart. Give them your time. Give them grace. Then head on into tomorrow and laugh without fear of the future. You’ve totally got this, mama!
So click on the button above to DOWNLOAD your free printable to remind you that you are AWESOME and you’re gonna rock it, mama! ♥ To fit an 8×10 frame, simply trim 1/2″ off of either side and 1″ off of top and bottom. Voila! A perfect little printable for her nursery or your refrigerator!
I have two boys. They are so old now. I can’t believe how quickly they’ve grown. 12 and 16 is far too old for this mama. When did this happen? When they were little, their imaginations soared. Just like Peter Pan and Wendy through the night sky. They were gleeful and giggly and silly and wonderful! Now that they are older they are just as imaginative. Far more creative and brilliant than I ever imagined they could be. The things their minds dream up are crazy amazing and wonderful and insane. They make this mama proud. It’s amazing how it’s hard to watch them grow up, but it’s so wonderful to see the people they have become. They bring a joy to my heart that I will never be able to explain. I’m such a goof – I’m tearing up a bit thinking about it!
My husband and I always joke that before kids we never lost our temper, yelled, worried or cried nearly as much as we do now. However, we also never laughed as hysterically, dreamed as big or imagined as much as since our boys joined our family. My mama hope and wish is that they never lose that creative and imaginative outlook on life. Enjoy, my sweet not-so-little boys. Know that this mama is right there behind you, cheering you on as you soar through the night – to the second start to the right and straight on ’til morning.
This little free printable is set up to print neatly on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of letter size paper. The file is set to print at a very detailed 300 dpi (so it’s nice and crisp) – but it makes it a bit of a big file, so download it & walk away to get a cup of tea while it finishes popping up on your computer.
It is a PDF file, so you’ll need a PDF reader (like adobe PDF) – they’re available free online. Simply print, cut off 1/2″ off the top & bottom and 1/4″ off of each size. Voila – a great 8″x10″ print for your kiddo’s wall! Just click on the image above to download your PDF. If you have any troubles, give me a holler. ♥
When searching around for quotes for your free printable this month, this old American Proverb really spoke to me right now. I am a worry wart. I mean seriously, I worry about my kiddos all…the…time! My boys are 12 and 15, which I truly can’t believe. I have a slide show of their itty bitty baby faces looking at me from my computer screen daily. I absolutely cannot fathom that from those itty bitty babies I now have a spunky pre-teen and a ginormous teenager. How on earth did that happen???
When our oldest was born we had nursing issues. He was so tiny and sad because he was hungry. It just broke my heart. We spent weeks going daily back and forth to the next town to the lactation consultant. It took 3 months, but we finally got the hang of it.
In those early days I was so worried about him gaining weight and growing. Now he’s over 6 feet tall, taller than his daddy, and still growing. He can polish off a 3 pound pot roast and a couple of pounds of carrots if we let him. Oh my word. So in the middle of it, we were terrified and worried constantly…but now from his small beginnings, he has definitely grown and blossomed into a wonderful young man doing great things. He’s studying for his driver’s test (what?!?!?) and has become an awesome farmer and wood turner. So even in the midst of the worry, no matter how tiny your little one is…just know that great things will come from her small beginnings!!
So here’s a big old hug to you, mama! We are totally in this together. Every age brings a new “small beginning” and in the end, great things will certainly abound! So print it out and hang it in her nursery or big girl room. ♥
To download your free printable – something perfect to remind you that will all work out – just click the poster below. You just need a PDF reader to open it. It fits in an 8×10 frame. enjoy!!
You may not know why, but this is so near and dear to my heart! Firstly, I married an astronomy geek. ♥ Secondly said amazing astronomy geek works on Vandenberg Air Force base here on the gorgeous Central Coast of California. We are incredibly lucky to get to watch various rockets launch on a relatively regular basis.
There’s something so magical and amazing watching the rockets soar into outer space right in front of our very eyes. So because their daddy does what he does & they have grown up watching these amazing fiery balls of light jet off into space, both of our boys are completely in love with the stars. Our oldest is convinced he’ll be traveling to Mars and has decided to study sustainable farming, so he can be the first Mars farmer.
So while their feet are right here on the ground, their heads are all floating among the beautiful stars. Giant balls of gas and fire that capture our imagination, creativity and love from a very young age.
My boys know that when I tell them that I love them more than all the stars that it is a BIG deal. I love them so much, and this is just an itty bitty way to remind them. Do you have a kiddo with her head in the stars? This free printable might make a fun little graphic for her wall or a cover of a notebook.
It’s set up to print on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. I used photo paper, but feel free to use card stock or whatever paper you have on hand. If you’d like it in a frame, you can cut 1/2″ off the top and the bottom & 1/4″ off left and right to fit in an 8″ x 10″ frame. It’s a PDF document, so you can use any free PDF reader to open it.