Christmas

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.

pin it for later

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

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 ♥

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! ♥

Spread Joy Like Glitter Phone Wallpaper

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!!! ♥

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