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February Amethyst Birthstone

February Birthstone Amethyst

Amethyst, February’s magical birthstone, is one of my favorite gemstones of all time. I love its beautiful purple color, which makes it really stand out when mingled with lustrous pearls in a piece of jewelry. Amethyst is a kind of quartz, and its color can vary from a pale pinkish violet to a true deep purple to green.

February - amethyst birthstone name bracelet. February amethyst and pearl earrings

The stone’s beautiful color means that it’s been cherished throughout history. Ancient Egyptians and Romans used amethysts to make stunning engraved gems, Ancient Greeks used them to decorate elaborate drinking glasses, and European soldiers made protective amulets out of them. Many of these people believed that amethysts could protect them and keep them calm. I’m not surprised that people of the past thought that amethysts must be full of magical properties. The color is so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it’s natural; maybe there is some magic hidden away in there after all.

February Amethyst Adorable Bracelet February Amethyst and Pearl Necklace

Magic or no, I know that little girls love the color of amethysts. Who wouldn’t love that gorgeous purple color? It looks beautiful on its own, and it also looks wonderful when surrounded by shiny pearls and sparkly silver jewelry. When set in gold, an amethyst looks like it should belong to a queen or king. It’s a simply beautiful birthstone, with a color that’s magical.

10 Sweet Valentine Gift Card Message Ideas

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Valentine’s Day isn’t really a romantic holiday around here.  My hubby has never been a practitioner of big romantic gestures, so ever since we welcomed our boys into our family, we have always treated Valentine’s Day as a great time to show them how very special they are to us!  I’m sure your sweetie daughters, granddaughters and nieces all know that they are important to you, but Valentine’s Day can be a fun time to celebrate your how much she means to you & make her feel extra special.

For our boys, Valentine’s Day has always been a day that we shower them with love and hugs and kisses and special little things like heart-shaped pancakes and special little notes.  Flowers, chocolate and conversation hearts sometimes make their way into our family day, but really it’s the little gestures of love and appreciation that make the day one of my favorite days of the year.

One of my favorite family traditions centers around the little mailbox we got each boy when they were little.  It’s a little red metal mail box (it’s absolutely precious), and each of our kiddos sets it outside of their room on February 1st.  Then every day through February 14th I leave them a new little note letting them know how much I appreciate them and love them.  I make sure to let them know what I love about them and why they are so special to our family.  I also leave little candies, toys, and other special goodies in their mailboxes.  Wouldn’t a keepsake pearl bracelet make the perfect gift for her mail box on Valentine’s day???

If you’re stumped on what to write to your special little Valentine, here are 10 Valentine’s Day gift card messages to help you show your littles how very much you love them!  There are 10 different messages & then below them I have included the messages written out in case you want to copy & paste any of the messages into your special gift card.

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All you really need to do is to take a little extra time to make your little one feel happy and let her know she’s loved.  How about a special family dinner that you all make together?  A family walk around the block or to the park?  Or a quick trip out for her favorite ice cream (this is my boys’ favorite).  Family dance parties are also a big hit at our house.  Even now that the boys are older, they love being totally crazy and weird dancing around the house with hubby & I!

One thing that was surprising to me was that my youngest loves to pick me little bouquets of flowers for my office desk.  So I decided to pick him a little bouquet for his desk.  He was absolutely thrilled!  There are infinite ways to celebrate with your Valentine!

Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, start a fun tradition that you can repeat year after year.  Especially now that the boys are older, it’s fun to see how they’ve hung on to even the smallest of traditions – never forgetting *anything*.  Seriously, they have the minds of elephants!!  So have some fun with your little Valentine!!  They’ll remember it forever. ♥

10 sweet messages for new baby girl gift cards

Your friend just had a precious baby girl, and you found the perfect gift! But what to write on the card? I've got 10 sweet messages just for the parents of brand new baby girls. ❤️ #babyshower #babygift

There’s nothing more wonderful than welcoming a new baby into the world. When my boys were born, my favorite time was when they fell asleep in my arms.  They are so snugly when they’re tiny!  A little one’s birth is a moment to celebrate not only for itself, but for the many years of joy and love to come.

I know that the weeks following the arrival of a precious little baby girl are going to be full of many irreplaceable moments:

  • the first time she smiles at you
  • when she wraps her tiny hand around your finger
  • when she stops crying as you hold her
  • laying your cheek in her precious head while she sleeps

Of course, there may also be some difficult moments (dirty diapers and loss of sleep are fairly unavoidable), but in your memories even those will become part of the joy of celebrating the arrival of this precious new little one.

Whether you are the mother, father, family, or friend of the family, you’ll want to remember these moments forever. You may also want to give a gift that shows your love for the baby girl and symbolizes the bond between you. Even though your heart may be full of emotions, it can often be hard to write a gift card that conveys your affection. You may want the entire family to recognize the love you attach to your gift, or you may hope that your new dear one will be able to look back on your note in the years to come. Either way, you want a gift card that is meaningful and sweet. I know how hard it can be to come up with the perfect message. You can use the following ideas verbatim or as inspiration for a lovely note to a beautiful baby girl. These cards are perfect to accompany our Little Girl’s Pearls, but they can be adjusted to accompany any meaningful gift.

You will find the gift messages numbered below – perfect for sharing and pinning!  Below that you will find the messages that you can copy and paste for her perfect New Baby gift card. ♥

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"Although you are small, I love you more than words can express...." Truer words have never been said about sweet baby girls. ❤️pink x divider

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You've got pearls for your baby girl, but now you need the perfect gift card message... I've got you covered! ❤️

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"See it as a symbol of my love for you..." and 9 more sweet gift card messages for parents of baby girls.

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Gift card message ideas for parents of new baby girls.

"Congratulations on your new daughter".... here's a sweet message to go along with a gift for a brand new baby girl. ❤️

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"Congratulations on bringing a beautiful new life into the world..." What better words for a parent of a sweet new baby girl? ❤️

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Sometimes the message doesn't need to be fancy... a simple congratulations is always appropriate for a baby girl's gift card. ❤️

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You've put a lot of time and attention into picking the perfect gift.... you don't have to think of the perfect message. I've got you covered! ❤️ #babyshower #babygift

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10 sweet gift card message, perfect for paring with that thoughtful gift you picked out! ❤️

In case you’d rather copy & past – here are the gift card messages written out for you.

Gift Messages to Write in a New Baby Girl Gift Card:

Message #1 – Although you are small, I love you more than words can express. As you grow each day, my love for you grows, too. Know that you are in my heart wherever you go, and I am always her for you to comfort you in life.

Message #2 – Welcome into the world, little one. If I could, I would give the whole world to you.  But it wouldn’t fit in your tiny, sweet hands. I give you these pearls as a sweet little token of my love and of all that I hope to give you as you grow.

Message #3 – Daughter, from the first time you smiled at me, I knew that I was blessed. I am so grateful for your presence in my life and for the pure happiness each of your smiles brings. I promise to do everything I can to protect each of your dreams and to dry all of your tears.

Message #4 – These pearls for you are timeless just as you, my love, are in my heart forever.  These moments I have with you now, your sweet smiles, and the touch of your tiny fingers, will last in my memory forever.  I cannot tell you how much I cherish these moments or how very much I love you.

Message #5 – My little dear, I hope that each time you look at this gift you see it as a symbol of my love for you. Know that my love is everlasting and you are my heart’s joy. Having you here is a gift to me, and I hope that every day I can remind you of how precious you are.

Gift Messages to Write to the Parents of a New Baby Girl:

Message #6 – Congratulations on your new daughter! [Name] is lucky to have such kind and caring parents, and you are lucky to have such a beautiful little girl. I know that in the years to come she will help you grow in both wisdom and happiness.

Message #7 – Congratulations on bringing a beautiful new life into the world. I hope that the coming days are full of joy, smiles, and love. You deserve all three, and I’m sure you’ll find them all in your new, sweet daughter.

Message #8 – Congratulations on your beautiful little girl. I hope that this gift will help you celebrate her birth and become a treasured keepsake as she grows.

Message #9 – Congratulations! I hope that the arrival of your new little girl fills you with happiness and wonder. I wish your family all the best and am thinking of you all during this most exciting time.

Message #10 – Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! I’m sending my own token of love your way, as well as hopes for the happiest of days to come.

Sweet pearl baby girl bracelet - newborn infant and baby gift.

Elegant Pearl and Sterling Silver New Baby Gift Bracelet - the perfect gift for a new baby or her baby shower.

Pearl & Cross Bracelet for her new baby gift. Such a sweet baby shower Christian gift!

 

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though she be but little she is fierce free printable

though she be but little she is fierce free printable

This is one of my most loved quotes of all time.  I studied Shakespeare in England for a summer during college, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was one of my very favorite plays.  I thought this would be perfect a for a nursery or little girl’s room.  She is so very small when she is a new little sweetie, but she will do amazing things as she grows!

“though she be but little she is fierce” – William Shakespeare

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You can print it on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper or photo paper.  It prints out full sheet and can be trimmed to fit in an 8×10 frame.

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE HERE.  It is a PDF document.  You can open it with a free PDF reader.  If you run across any questions or issues, just let me know.

Each month in 2016 I will post a new free printable.  I can’t wait!  This is going to be such an exciting project. ♥  I can’t wait to share a new one with you every month.  You can find them here on my blog each month, or if you’d prefer, sign up for the Little Girl’s Pearls email list & I’ll send them to your inbox each month.  {Easy Peasy}

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Thankful free printable

Thankful printable from Little Girl's Pearls.

I am thankful for you.  Each and every day for the last 16+ years, I’ve gotten to make pretty things.  I get to do what I love, and help families with their lovely celebrations.  I have the very best job in the whole world because of YOU.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to create sparkly things for your special events.  I can never truly put into words how very grateful I am for you.

Free 8x10 thankful printable for Thanksgiving.

I wanted to make you something sweet and fun and lovely.  Here is a little thankful free printable for you on this beautiful Thanksgiving week.  You can print it on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper or photo paper.  It prints out to fit in an 8×10 frame.

DOWNLOAD THE THANKFUL PRINTABLE HERE.  It is a PDF document.  You can open it with a free PDF reader.  If you run across any questions or issues, just let me know.

Wishing you and your family an amazing Thanksgiving!

 

June – Pearl Birthstone

Happy Birthday, June babies!

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You lucky duckies, your birthstones are classic pearls and gorgeous moonstones!  What a beautiful combination.

I can’t help but love June—that magical time of year simply bursting at the seams with weddings, anniversaries and graduations. Why not make an impression as dazzling as the summer sunshine with this month’s official birthstone: the simple, chic and always classy pearl!

Little Girl's Pearls - beautiful pearl bracelet for June's birthstone

It makes perfect sense the especially social-centric month of June is associated with the pearl. As Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady and legendary fashonista icon, so eloquently put: “Pearls are always appropriate.” Needless to say, I wholeheartedly agree with Jackie! And thanks to a recent resurgence of popularity in mainstream fashion, thanks to stars such as Coco Chanel to Sarah Jessica Parker, they continue to remain fashionable, elegant and unique keepsakes cherished by runway models and casual dressers alike. Throughout history, pearls have been associated with love, innocence and purity, making them an ideal gift to symbolize a “new beginning” in life such as a birth, romance, anniversary, wedding or graduation. No other gem conveys the promise, depth and gravitas of eternal love in the subtle, yet elegant way that a pearl does.

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Pearls are distinctly versatile. Their multitude of colors, sizes and styles make pearls adaptable to any occasion—both as a gift and as an accessory. From the romantic nuances of the pink pearl immaculately expressing the everlasting passion and ultimate commitment to your significant other on an anniversary or engagement, to the bold, extremely rare black pearl long believed to bring good luck and protection from evil that makes it a superb gift for new grads facing the challenges of adult life—I can assist you in creating the impeccable ensemble for your unique occasion.

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all pearls are the same! Little Girl’s Pearls has over a decade of experience creating personalized and unique gifts that will be cherished by you and your loved ones for years to come. I love helping you choose the perfect gem—whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to memorialize that special person’s important life event with a thoughtful, lasting keepsake. From brides and flower girls to new mothers and grandmothers to recent grads (the possibilities are endless!), or you’re searching for just the right accessory to accentuate your outfit, be it a classic “Southern Belle” look or an elegant appearance that would look right at home on the red carpet, you really can’t go wrong with pearls!

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frilly florals

I am seriously a sucker for a gorgeous flower arrangement.  When I saw the bouquet created by Lace & Lilies for the Vintage Whites Market, I just swooned!  I am not near either of these lovely businesses, so I must live vicariously through facebook, blogs & pinterest.

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There’s just something so beautiful and quaint about garden tea roses, larkspur, peonies and ranunculas!  Add in a vintage tin and it’s just plain over the moon for me!  I have a wonderful little spice tin collection from my sweet grandma.  I’ve thought of oodles of great projects to make with them, but popping in a lovely garden bouquet was so easy and turned out incredibly sweet.

What about you?  What are your favorite quaint businesses that you have to visit only through pictures?

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