How early is too early to decorate for Christmas?

The other morning I woke up and started my day in the normal way. But then, something odd happened: Jack Frost nipped at my toes!

Here in sunny California, we don’t wear socks for 9 months out of the year, so when I reached for my fluffiest socks, I realized something ridiculously exciting – CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

I tried to hide my Cheshire grin, so my family wouldn’t see (and judge) the over-eager, trigger-happy Christmas Sherlock welling up inside my soul.

Fluffy socks are the first Christmas clue.

The first clue had been discovered, on that cold October morning.

But alas, I had to wait for the Christmas bug to catch on a bit more before donning my jingle bell earrings. The whole world doesn’t share my eagerness, and I know it can bring out some early-bird Scrooges if I’m not careful. But make no mistake, the magic of Christmas was already in the chilly fluffy-sock air.

I was patient…on the outside.

Cut to about a month later: as we all sat around in a Thanksgiving induced turkey coma, watching our annual family movie-a-thon. That little bit of glee started building again, as I recognized the second seasonal clue. Tomorrow is the day AFTER Thanksgiving!

Surely that’s soon enough to start decking the halls and sprinkling green and red glitter like it’s real Christmas magic…right?

But no, it’s still too early. Gotta get the hubby and teenagers on board.

Nobody was stirring from that turkey coma to get the staple gun and untangle the lights.

Okay. I’ll wait. I can be patient, right?

A full week went by as I “patiently” waited for my magic to be “acceptable” to the outside world – even though secretly in my heart we could totally have decorated for Christmas in August.

Then! While driving the boys to one of their many teenage activities, I finally spied it.

My inner Christmas Sherlock did loop-de-loops in my stomach (or throat or heart or somewhere around there). It’s heeeeere! Without even trying to contain myself I squealed, “Look look look! Don’t miss it!”

The teenagers, who regularly think I’m losing my mind, excitedly looked around for why I was freaking out. I gleefully pointed at the once empty field and exclaimed,

“They’re building the fence for the Christmas trees!”

This was of course followed by many teenaged eye rolls. Those come by the dozen around these parts. But those simple little beat up makeshift wooden fences signaled the start of something amazing, and nobody could deny it.

So, then I’m all in.

I started slowly at first (so as not to freak out the hubby too terribly much), and I played a Christmas song here and there. That went well, so I simmered some cider on the stove (here’s my favorite recipe). Then, I found the perfect Christmas wreath for the front door.

Slowly it all came together and the Christmas spirit started to grow in everyone around me. I saw eyes starting to sparkle and people starting to hum and wave at perfect strangers.

Until that one day happened – the one when you walk into the mall and then…BAM!

is it ever really too early to unleash the Christmas spirit.

It’s like someone yelled, “release the Christmas spirit!” We walked into the mall to be greeted with Christmas muzak being piped through the ceiling, and an entire Christmas village for Santa and his Elves.

Every surface had light-donned, ornament-topped wreaths.

Everyone had a red or green shopping bag – surely filled with Christmas gifts. A faint smell of gingerbread was in the air.

When I saw no fewer than four different people wearing jingle-bell clad sweaters, I knew that not even the teenagers could refute the Christmas spirit in the air.

My inner Christmas-Sherlock was transformed into Cindy Lou Who when I heard a mall security guard humming jingle bells under his breath.

That moment when Sherlock turned into Cindy Lou Who.

My husband and I looked at each other and knew that it was time to go home.

Our boys like to “surprise” us each year, and somehow we knew today would be the day. They still don’t know that we’ve caught on. The day we hit the mall for some Christmas shopping, they quickly pull out the tree and set it up.

They look through all of our dusty Christmas boxes in the attic, to decorate the tree with their very favorite ornaments. Each year, we see those old favorites and some new surprises as well.

We came home with hot chocolate for everyone and ooohed and ahhhed at the tree.

Isn’t it silly how family traditions just form themselves sometimes? And how they can pack so much nostalgia and togetherness into a seemingly unimportant series of clues.

Baby's First Christmas Tree Heirloom Ornament.

Shop for Baby’s First Christmas ornaments at Little Girl’s Pearls

So still now, each year, our boys find or make a new ornament to add to the tree.

We add the date somewhere on it, so we know which year it was added to our collection. Then, when they are grown and on their own, I’ll pack up all of their ornaments from over the years and present them with their own little box of special decorations for their very first on-their-own Christmas tree. Maybe I’ll keep a few for my own. ♥

And then, when the wonderfully delicious peppermint stick chaos of Christmas is over, I carefully take down ornaments from the tree and lovingly put them into the box for next year.

Wrapping them in paper and placing them gently in their little compartments for safe keeping. I reach for the big red Christmas ball and my boys start singing at me. I had bumped the little button that recorded them singing “Frosty the Snowman” so very many years ago, when their voices were tiny.

I cried…just a little bit.

Not with sadness, but because I realized the best part of Christmas was them – my family. Our family movie nights, our rousing card games and cozy soup nights, driving around the city with Grandma and Grandpa sipping cocoa and gazing at twinkling Christmas lights.

These are memories that we will cherish forever. ♥

I’ve had oodles of ideas over the years to create a special heirloom ornament for you to add to your collection. This year, I was finally able to bring the magic all together.

I’m so excited to introduce our very first Heirloom Keepsake Ornament.

Personalized baby and grandparent Christmas tree keepsake ornaments.

Shop Personalized Heirloom Family Christmas Tree Ornaments at Little Girl’s Pearls

It’s personalized with their name, the year, a special message – whatever you’d like – to make it extra meaningful just for your family. Because family is such a big and beautiful part of the Christmas season.

My heart’s desire is to offer a new ornament each year, so she can collect them for when she has a tree of her very own.

So pop on over to the shop & let me know how you’d like your very first special LGP ornament to be personalized for your family, from me and mine.

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3 heirloom keepsake Christmas tree ornaments for grandparents and baby.

Shop for heirloom family Christmas tree ornaments

I currently have a limited number of these heirloom personalized Christmas tree ornaments, so head on over to the shop right now.

Wishing you the most magical Christmas. Now pass me the cider…and maybe some Kleenex.

~ Julie

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How to embrace your family’s winter chaos.

If it’s raining – or snowing again, and the kiddos have been cooped up for what seems like an eternity. They are wiggly and whiny and sometimes you feel like the weather tries to suck the joy out of life.

One quick tip to help embrace family chaos this winter.

If that sounds like your typical winter day, it might be time to embrace a little Hygge in your family life. But if trying to achieve that level of perfect coziness stresses you out, have no fear – throw a little Craic in there for balance and everything will work out just fine – trust me.

Definition of Hygge and Craic and how to embrace it in your family this winter.

I know the hype is all about embracing Hygge, and don’t get me wrong, I adore fluffy socks, pillow forts and eating by candlelight as much as the next mama. But striving to find that level of calm with my rowdy boys gives me anxiety!

Family Hygge doesn't have to be perfect this winter.

We have very Irish roots in this household, and I was tickled pink to find a name for what we’ve already been doing all these years with our kiddos. It’s called Craic, and though it doesn’t have a direct translation, it basically sums up the raucous joy that is shared when good friends or family come together and enjoy each others’ company.

Ideas on how to embrace your family's winter chaos this year.

Craic describes our family nights to a tee! Learning about it has helped me to embrace our less-than-perfect Hygge family model. We definitely dig eating home-cooked meals by candlelight & pulling out the blankies and pillows for a good old-fashioned family movie in a tidy and warm space. But we also enjoy a rousing game of ultimate uno or exploding kittens, around these parts. Family game night is epic around here. It’s too loud and full of craziness to be considered Hygge, but it brings us closer together & it makes wonderful memories just as much a calm Hygge evening does.
And, let’s face it, a little Craic helps to get the wiggles out during a big storm.

Embrace a little Craic in your family this winter to balance out the coziness of Hygge.

I know it’s easy to get sucked in to technology – especially on those blustery days, but let’s make a pact that we’ll work on some family-care during the next big storm, no matter what that entails. Whether your family needs some calming Hygge or some rousing Craic, don’t let perfection hold you back!

No matter what you choose, you’ll be making amazing memories with your kiddos and starting traditions without even trying. They could be traditions that are passed down for generations…or not, and that’s okay.
Embrace the calm AND the craziness of family life and enjoy the ride. They grow up so quickly, I don’t want you to miss it.

Mom, how to stop stressing over Hygge this winter with your family.

I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions during storms. Comment below, and give us some ideas for our next winter storm!

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Life’s too short for Black Friday!

Let me paint you a picture: you’re standing outside in the freezing cold at 4am with a mob of strangers, all clamoring to get the latest and greatest toy or tech.

Mama, Life's too short for Black Friday and what to do instead.

You think you’re calm and just here to pick up something perfect for…someone – until you hear that nagging voice in the back of your brain that sucks you into the urgency and madness of the whole thing.
That voice is the voice of FOMO (fear of missing out): it’s totally a real thing, and it’s trying to ruin your Christmas

Black Friday madness has become an expected – and even celebrated – part of the holidays for a lot of people. But I want to challenge that.

When you stand in line before dawn – with your teeth chattering, hands wrapped around your hot coffee, and wholeheartedly wishing you were still back in your bed, ask yourself this: is it worth it?

When I ask myself that question, the resounding answer is, “No! This is not the start I want for the season that I love so dearly.”

all the reasons you should stay home on Black Friday and what to do instead

What if this year, you chose to:

  • Sleep in with that snuggly toddler who climbed into your bed at midnight,
  • Wake up slow and make pancakes while your kiddos hang out around the breakfast table
  • Simmer some cider on the stove, so the house smells amazing,
  • Make Black Friday a family day instead of an insane shopping day!
  • If you skipped Black Friday, how would your life change? How would your perspective on the season change?

Now, don’t get me wrong. When my boys were little, we spent a couple of those Black Friday mornings frantically shopping in the dark with the hordes of other shoppers. Last year, I got sucked in to the online frenzy of deals – afraid I might miss out.

But guess what? I didn’t get even one single thing that became something they loved and valued. In all that craziness, I didn’t find the perfectly meaningful gift or start a wonderful family tradition. What’s worse? It got my holiday self off on the wrong foot.



So we are purposefully UNPLUGGING FOR THE ENTIRETY OF BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND.

Mom, here's what you should really be doing on Black Friday, and it's not shopping.

Yeap, for the first time in my 19 years in business, I will be doing nothing but making memories with my kids. No shopping. No lines. No sales. No insanity. Just some good, old fashion bonding time with my husband and teenagers.

I’m picturing family hikes, lazy breakfasts, a great movie or two, a trip the the beach, a round of pool, and of course, ultimate Uno.

Why you should stay home on Black Friday and what to do instead.

Just writing that makes my heart rate slow down a bit. And at the same time, I am giddy at the thought of starting the season with some family fun – forgoing the insanity.

So, as a small business owner, I have decided to embrace this professionally as well. Instead of sending a crazy sale with lights flashing at you, screaming to buy stuff, I’m not sending out one single sales email during that weekend. You’re already bombarded enough as it is! I want to be a part of your respite & peace, not your overwhelm.

Mom, let's skip black Friday this year, and let's do this instead.

Our 2018 holiday sale is over – just in time to rest and relax and make some memories with our family. Did you miss it, no worries and no FOMO here! If you want to get a reminder of future sales & get more ideas on how to start family traditions & make memories with your family, Join the Little Girl’s Pearls Family, because you’re my favorite, and giving joy to the people I care about is my favorite part of the season! Way better than shopping lines.

Wishing you the very loveliest holiday season and the very delicious-est cider too,
~ Julie ♥

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Snuggle in for the Season

Snuggle in for the season - cozy products for winter.

The season of cozy fires and sipping tea while watching the rain is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited! Oh autumn, I love you so very much. Is it your favorite season, too?

I’ve put together my very first Fashmate collection just in time for the snuggle season. Head on over and take a peek to find out where you can get all of these lovely hygge-happy goodies for snuggle time with your sweet girl today.

  • Sparkle up your snuggle in this matching mama and daughter “read to me” pearl set (because matching is the best)
  • Wrap her up with you in the coziest blankie (extra gold stars if it’s super fluffy)
  • Use these adorable mother daughter hot cocoa mugs with birds on them…because…birds
  • Cover your toesies in the snuggliest matching fluffy socks to keep warm
  • And dive into an entire treasury of wonderful children’s stories to share together

You can find these products over in my Fashmate collection.

I would love to know your family’s favorite snuggle accessory for blustery days.. Share one in the comments below, so I can go add another cozy thing to my own wishlist.

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snuggle in for the season round up of cozy products

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Halloween Family Traditions You Should Try This Year

Traditional and non-traditional family activities for the ultimate framily-friendly spooky season with your kids.

Halloween Family Traditions you should try this year with your kids

From candies to costumes, parties and an altogether spooky vibe, what isn’t to love about Halloween? Halloween is a great time of year to carry on family traditions while celebrating the season with fun anticipation. Below are some fun Halloween traditions you and your family may like to try this year.

Deck your haunted house - pumpkin candle decorations.

Country Living has some adorable DIY Halloween decoration ideas including these precious jar pumpkins.

Deck the Haunted House

One of the most exciting parts about Halloween season is not only seeing how everyone else spooks out their house but decorating your own house! Get the kiddos involved. Decorate little paper pumpkins, or throw some glitter on construction paper bats. Of course, if you are not into spooky, you can always decorate your house in fun fall décor while engaging the whole family in the spirit of the season – string some felt leaves on string for a garland. Need some inspiration? Here are some fun Halloween craft ideas from Country Living.

Get Cozy and Watch the Classics

Have an annual Halloween movie extravaganza with your family. Get your cozy clothes on, grab a blanket, a hot drink and a fun treat like popcorn or Jack Skellington Cupcakes and sit back and watch a movie, like The Nightmare Before Christmas. If your kids are a little younger or you are not a fan of the eerie vibe, watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – or just watch both! We do – even thought the boys are now teenagers, we still hunker down with popcorn for a family night of Hocus Pocus!

Boo your neighbors this Halloween

Go get your Boo printable from Melissa over at Bless This Mess

“Boo” Your Neighbors (Nicely)

This is another fun Halloween tradition. Make a Halloween goodie bag for a neighbor and leave it on their porch with a poem or sign, telling them they have been “Boo’d.” Don’t forget to ring the doorbell before you run! Kids enjoy ringing the doorbell and running. The recipient is supposed to reciprocate and “Boo” another neighbor. Here are some Halloween Boo Signs and Poems for inspiration!

Host a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party for Kids

Carve Pumpkins with a Party

We’ve been doing this one for years! A pumpkin carving party is way more fun with friends. We pick up a dozen pumpkins, throw down a giant tarp & let the all kids have at it. Choose a theme and provide decorating materials and carving tools. Now that the boys are all so huge (goodness) we pull out the drill along with the traditional pumpkin carving tools. Don’t forget to have some spooky Halloween snacks available for your pumpkin carving party! Throw on a pot of chili and consider playing a spooky, Halloween-themed playlist too!

Day of the Dead Dinner

Traditional to Mexico, the Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a day that falls on the day after Halloween, but you can celebrate it whenever you like. Set up an area in your home where you put up pictures of the pets and people you want to remember and eat a meal together. Choose a meal one of your lost loved ones enjoyed while sharing memories of those who have passed on. This is a great way to change things up in the Halloween season and to keep memories alive. We all loved the movie, Coco – which is a lovely story of holding onto family memories. You may want to add that in this year, too.

Schedule a Visit from the Pumpkin Fairy

Each year, kids get loads of candy after trick-or-treating. Each year, parents fight against the forces to keep their children from falling ill from sugar overload (or from eating all of the good candy before parents have a chance to get to it!). Combat these issues by scheduling a visit from the Pumpkin Fairy. The Pumpkin Fairy is a delightful little fair who trades fun toys and trinkets for candy from your kids’ Halloween candy stash. Read more about the Pumpkin Fairy tradition at The Magic Onions.

 

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6 Family Halloween Traditions for kids you should try this year

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4 unique creative baby shower gift ideas for girls

4 Great Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Girls.

Buy something unique, creative, and meaningful for the special little girl in your life.

Shopping for a new baby girl can be so much fun! Today, thanks to the influx of adorable baby clothes, clothing items are one of the most common gifts given at baby showers, often resulting in a baby wardrobe suitable for three babies even if triplets aren’t in the works. If you are searching for something that will be treasured for years to come, see our list of four sweet and useful baby girl gifts you can buy for this precious new little sweetie – gifts that are unique and will be cherished for years to come.

Beautiful heirloom pearl baby bracelets - a unique and meaningful baby shower gift for mom and new baby girl.

{shop for Baby Shower Bracelets from Little Girl’s Pearls}

Keepsake Newborn Baby Bracelets

Becoming a mama can be a bit overwhelming, help your bestie start a new family tradition with a beautiful heirloom pearl bracelet. It’s ridiculously adorable (you won’t believe how small their little wrists are when they’re born), and you’ll get all the oohs and ahhs at the shower.  Mom will adore it and new baby girl will be so very precious wearing her pearl baby newborn bracelet. It even comes gift wrapped in a beautiful pink jewelry box, wrapped up with a big pink satin bow!

Adorable floral pastel monthly baby girl stickers for first year photos.

{find the monthly baby girl stickers at Maine Mom Boutique}

Baby Girl Monthly Stickers

New moms are known for filling up their news feeds with loads of pictures of their little ones, including photos of baby thoughtfully laid out on a neat backdrop with something like these monthly milestone stickers from the Maine Mom Boutique. These are a great way to track baby’s milestones and growth in photos. Nearly every mom will use these and may not think about adding them to her registry.

Duo Diary - for mom and baby.

{check out the beautiful Duo Diary}

Duo Diary

The Duo Diary doubles as a mom/baby gift as it helps mom to remember to track not only her newborn’s feedings, behavior, sleep patterns, diapers and more but it also encourages mom to take care of herself – because mama self-care is important. There is a food journal which encourages moms to keep track of water intake as well as a place to jot down any exercise and sleep. This is a great gift for any expectant mom and is something to hang onto, so she can look back in years to come on the details of those sleepy early days.

Personalized soft pink baby stroller blanket.{find the softy baby blankets at Pottery Barn}

Personalized Blankets

Blankets are a great gift for those tiny squishy babies! Look for high quality blankets, such as the Pottery Barn Chamois Stroller Blanket, which comes with a personalization option. These take-along blankets come in several color options and feel amazing – so softy! Perfect for her first trips out into the big wide word.

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Do you want more baby shower gift inspiration? Follow our Pinterest board filled with oodles of ideas. ♥

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7 Unique Unicorn Gift Ideas for Girls

7 unique unicorn gift ideas for girls - baby, toddler and big kids.

Finding the perfect gift can be a little overwhelming. But when you choose an adorable gift theme, it becomes quick, easy, and fun! I always love searching for and discovering unique and creative gifts for the special little girl – one that embodies her sweet little personality and celebrates her own adorable quirkiness. Unicorns are always a hit! Finding a unicorn gift – both figuratively & literally is as elusive as their magical single-horned counterparts. Here are seven beautiful unicorn ideas to celebrate her special day.

sparkle unicorn bracelet - unique unicorn gift from Little Girl's Pearls

{shop for the sparkle unicorn bracelet at Little Girl’s Pearls}

Sparkle Rainbow Unicorn Bracelet

This is my favorite!  The sparkliest Swarovski crystals…ever…paired with real freshwater pearls & twinkly sterling silver daisies are the perfect backdrop for her very own silver unicorn charm!  It even comes with her very own birthstone crystal (or her favorite color), so it’s personalized just for her.  All girls love a little glam & twinkle!  The best part is, with the extension chain, it’s a gift that actually grows with her. ♥

Sparkly glitter rose gold unicorn shoes.

{shop for the sparkly unicorn shoes from the GAP}

Unicorn Sparkle Ballet Flats

Imagine a pair of unicorns at a girl’s feet. The Unicorn Sparkle Ballet Flats will give her just that. These beautiful ballet flats are in the shape of a unicorn covered in rose gold sequins that make them glitter with every step she takes creating that magical experience. And did I mention that they are extremely adorable?

unicorn emoji bag for girls.

{shop for unicorn emoji bag at Prima Trends}

Unicorn Emoji Shoulder Bag

She always needs a little bag to carry her precious treasures in! What better bag to have than one that is shaped like a unicorn! Seriously, need I say more? Totes adorable!

sparkly stars unicorn dance tutu dress.

{shoot – H&M sold out of these adorable unicorn dresses, but they have other adorable unicorn gifts}

The Unicorn Dance Outfit

If she’s one who loves to dance then this Unicorn Dance Outfit is just for her. It’s a one-piece dress making it an easy choice for dressing up or . The top half of the dance outfit has a cute unicorn complete with a colorful tutu and a matching lace cape.

adorable pastel unicorn night light for her nursery or big girl room.

{shop for the unicorn nursery nightlight at amazon}

Unicorn Night Light

Many kids feel uneasy in the night and are afraid a monster or two will pop out from under their bed. This unicorn-shaped portable battery powered bedside lamp makes a great gift. The Unicorn Night Light will keep the little girl company while she sleeps.

unicorn jewelry box - music box for her trinkets and treasures.

{shop for the unicorn music box at amazon}

Unicorn Musical Jewelry Box

Ladies didn’t just start being conscious of their jewelry. This is something that goes way back. Every little girl needs a jewelry box for safekeeping. This Unicorn Musical Jewelry Box is an ideal gift just for her. When she opens the jewelry box the music begins to play and hidden inside is a mini unicorn. There’s plenty of room in the jewelry box to keep her necklace, bracelets and rings.

sparkly sequin color changing magic unicorn pillow.

{shop for the sparkle unicorn pillow at Mermaid Pillow Co.}

Magical Unicorn Pillow

Every girl needs a soft huggable snuggle pillow. The Magical Unicorn Pillow is velvety smooth with her very own adorable unicorn on the front and silver sequins at the back. The best part is that it can be personalized with her name – extra special for her.

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So head on out there to the magical land of unicorns.  I’d love to know which unicorn gift caught your eye – comment below with your favorite! ♥

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10 Diaper Bag Essentials

Don’t leave home without any of these diaper bag must-haves!

10 Diaper Bag Essentials - all the things you need to make sure that you have what you need when you're out and about with baby. ♥ Little Girl's Pearls #diaperbag #diaperbagessentials #whattoputinadiaperbag #perfectdiaperbag #diaperbagideas #littlegirlspearls

During your pre-baby days, you may have been able to breeze out of the door with a small handbag, your lipstick & phone. These days, you probably feel like it’s impossible to go anywhere without bringing half the nursery along. Here are a few essential items you should have in your diaper bag. (Hopefully this list helps you to confidently leave home with less, rather than lugging an overfilled bag around that is four times the weight of your baby.)  Better yet, make up an extra diaper bag and keep it in the car…just in case.  You never know!

Diapers and Wipes

This is obvious but, believe it or not, it does happen that moms forget – face it, you’re exhausted. It seems to happen when they are needed most – like on those quick, 5-minute trips to the store and baby decides it’s an excellent time to have a blow-out.  Seriously, remind me to tell you the Disneyland story – it *may* have involved us throwing away a lovely cloth diaper, because…ewwwww!!  You can never have too many spare diapers & wipies.

Extra Outfit for Baby

This is another thing that follows Murphy’s law: If you pack it, you will never need it, leave home without it and your little one is sure to make a big mess. Don’t risk it!

Hand Sanitizer

Because the world can be dirty and gross and you want to keep your sweet little one clean and germ-free. Plus her little hands touch everything & then always end up in her mouth.

Baby Socks

Socks have a sneaky way of disappearing. Especially if it’s chilly out, her little tootsies will get chilly when her socks decide to wander off.  They so tiny, an extra pair takes up almost no room at all in your diaper bag.

Water and Snacks for You

Have something handy for you for when hunger and thirst strike you and you need an energy boost. If you are breastfeeding, you need to stay well-hydrated and have plenty of snacks between meals to keep your production up.  Nuts make a great high-protein snack for when mama hunger strikes (or you forget to eat breakfast…).

Nursing Cover

Speaking of breastfeeding, you absolutely shouldn’t feel obligated to cover up in public, but sometimes a situation arises when it’s nice to have a cute and stylish nursing cover handy to cover up with if you need to feed your darling while out-and-about, especially if it’s chilly.

Changing Mat

Changing tables in stores and restaurants often have a place to change baby but more often than not, those paper table liners are out of stock. Have your own to be certain you always have a sanitary place to lay baby for a change!  They have so many stylish options now that fold up into a little pouch.  How cute & convenient!

Extra Pacifier

Like socks, these tend to go missing at the most inopportune times. Have an extra (one, two, three…), so you aren’t left having to make a run to the nearest Target for more.

Diaper Cream

Diaper rash can be pretty nasty on some poor little sweeties. Have cream handy just in case a rash begins to rear its ugly head so you can nip it in the bud even when you’re out and about.

Baby Toy

Babies are definitely wiggly little creatures – especially during diaper changing. A good toy to keep in your bag is a teething toy to not only serve as a distraction but help soothe those sore gums when teeth are popping though!

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What are your diaper bag must haves?  I’d love to know your best tips and tricks on your diaper bag idea list!

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Throw a Boho Chic Themed 1st Birthday

Celebrate your little princess with a boho–inspired birthday party.

DIY Boho Chic First Birthday Party Ideas and Inspiration ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #firstbirthday #1stbirthdayinspiration #firstbirthdayideas

If you are looking for a unique, chic theme for your little girl’s 1st birthday party, why not consider having a boho chic theme? A breathtakingly beautiful party with simplistic details is perfect for your precious baby girl. From a cake adorned in flowers to floral crowns and pearls, this is the perfect theme for a little girl. Here are some tips to make it happen!

Pastel Party Favors

Jenn over at Hostess with the Mostes suggests sending your guests home with cute party favors, like these Pastel Animal Jar Party Favors. All you need is a cute glass jar, plastic animal toys, and a little pastel paint. Fill the jar with tiny knick-knacks or candy!

Boho Chic Birthday - Pastel Animal Jar Party Favors ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #pastelpartyfavors #pastelfavors #pastelparty #pastelbirthday #bohochic #firstbirthdayideas

Photo from Hostess with the Mostess’ toddler Boho Birthday Party

Outdoor Teepee

Create an outdoor teepee for excellent photo opportunities and wows from your guests – tiny and big alike. If the weather is not favorable, move it inside! It’s a perfectly chic prop for your party décor.  This is the lace teepee we used for our flower field tea party.  We found the most beautiful vintage lace table cloth and simply draped it around 3 sticks tied together with a rope.  It was Boho fabulous.

Vintage Lace Tablecloth Teepee for her Boho Chic 1st Birthday Party ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diybirthdayteepee #diyteepee #diy #firstbirthday #1stbirthdayinspiration #laceteepee

 

Don Her in Pearls

Nothing says chic like a gorgeous row of pearls. From pearl bracelets and necklaces to earrings, you can adorn her in beautiful birthday pearls that become a keepsake for her whole life.  A lovely tradition is to tuck them away for her wedding day – a beautiful way to celebrate how much she’s grown!  Check out the baby-to-bride pearls, so lovely!

Boho Chic Pearls for Girls - a great idea for her birthday party! ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #bohobirthdaygift #firstbirthdaygift #birthdaygift #firstbirthday #1stbirthdaygift #firstbirthdayideas

Beautiful keepsake pearl jewelry for girls - perfect for her first birthday gift. ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #specialbirthday #birthdaykeepsake #firstbirthdaygift #firstbirthday #babytobride #firstbirthdayideas

 

Floral Cake

Order a plain white cake for your party, in whatever shape or size you prefer. Either have the bakery add fresh and/or edible flowers for a gorgeous boho chic cake!  Or you can do what they did for Amelia’s beautiful outdoor first birthday party over at Style Me Pretty – they added silk flowers.  You can even wash them off after to save them as a beautiful keepsake and brighten up her big girl room!

Boho Chic First Birthday Easy DIY Flower Cake ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #firstbirthdaycake #smashcake #bohosmashcake #bohocake #flowercakeBeautiful 1st Birthday Boho Chic Floral Smash cake photo from Style Me Pretty.

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Decorate with Paper Flowers

You can’t really get more boho than by adding tons of flowers. If you aren’t up for spending the money on real flowers, make paper flowers and place them throughout the party room! They will absolutely add a boho chic vibe to your décor!  After the party, you can decorate her big girl room with the flowers – not only a lovely memento of her first birthday bash, but something whimsical to cherish!!  Anastasia over at PaperPro Tutorials has some amazing DIY paper flower ideas, tips and tricks!

Boho Chic DIY Paper Flower Decorations ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #firstbirthday #diypaperflowers #paperflowertutorial

Photo from Anastasia’s PaperPro Tutorials

Darling Photo Banner

Take photos of your baby or have a special photo shoot of her in a boho-style outfit. Hang them from a banner of twine!  We just did this for our son’s 18th birthday and included photos from his entire life!  We then boxed up all the photos in a pretty box with some tissue paper and mailed them to his Great Grandma & Grandpa who couldn’t attend the party…such a lovely keepsake.  I can’t believe he’s already 18.  Go snuggle those babies, mama!!  They grow so very quickly.

Easy Twine Photo Gallery to celebrate her first birthday in Boho Chic style. ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #diyphotodisplay #easyphotodisplay #firstbirthdayideas

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Bunnies + Tea Printable Valentines Day Cards for Kids

Are you searching for quick, easy, and adorable FREE printable Valentine cards for her classroom? Check out these precious bunnies with balloons, flowers and tea cups - they'll save you hours of glue and glitter + they're the sweetest! https://blog.littlegirlspearls.com/bunnies-tea-printable-valentines-day-cards-for-kids/ ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #valentine #valentinesforkids #valentinecards #classroomvalentines #bunnies #teacups #pastel #freeprintable

Your kiddo’s Valentine’s Day party is creeping up.  If you haven’t already finished up her Valentine’s cards, let me help you out!  I put together six sweet tea loving bunny Valentines for your little love bug to take to school for her classmates.

Print them now to save yourself a night of glue and stickers and glitter…everywhere!

Click HERE to download the adorable free printable Valentine Cards for Kids - featuring precious bunnies, balloons, tea cups, and adorable flowers. | Little Girl's Pearls #printablevalentines #printablecards #valentinesforkids #classroomvalentines
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