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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.

I’m still going to offer you a sale at the beginning of the season, but a calm, lovely sip coffee in your fluffy socks kind of sale.

My annual sale will be a full three days – so you can leisurely browse in your PJ’s with your favorite cup of jo. No rush, no craziness, just some much-needed holiday calm. And it won’t happen during that onslaught of emails you’ll be getting about “ALL THE BEST SALES!”

I won’t limit you to times or specific things – you get to pick your very favorite heirloom piece from the whole shop, and you can do it on your own clock. The entire three days will have all the same discount, so there’s no hurry, no rush, no craziness. No FOMO!

Cause you aren’t missing out when you decide to avoid the crowds & chaos.

Click here to take a peek at all of the sale details.

Hooray! I’ll even wrap it up in our signature pink jewelry box, wrap that in a gift box & top it with a pink satin bow – like I always do. It will have all the trimmings, care instructions, a special pearl pouch made just for you, and a polish cloth to keep her piece shiny through the years.Fancy Christmas Gift Wrap is included with all heirloom pearl jewelry for girls from Little Girl's Pearls.

So mark your calendar for November 16th, 17th, and 18th. A full three days to find a keepsake heirloom that will be passed down for generations.

If you want to get a reminder of the sale & get more ideas on how to start family traditions & put family first, 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 ♥

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. ♥

Be Mine Cute Floral Mouse Free Phone Wallpaper

Are you looking for the most adorable smart phone lock screen wallpaper? Mr. Squeakers and his precious bucket of flowers is the perfect background graphic! Head on over to Little Girl's Pearls to download now. ♥ #littlegirlspearls #iphonewallpaper #phonewallpaper #phonebackground #mouse #flowers

Well, hello there, lovely!  Will you be mine? ♥

Seriously, how precious is Mr. Squeakers and his bucket of flower joy?!?!

Click HERE to download the Mr. Squeakers Flower Bucket Be Mine iPhone Smart Phone Wallpaper Background Graphic. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥ #wallpaper #phonewallpaper #iphonebackground #lockscreen #phonegraphic #free #mouse #valentine

This month I wanted to follow in the tradition of my dear friend and offer both a lock screen background graphic for smartphones as well as a more minimal (but equally beautiful) background wallpaper.  That way, the graphics won’t interfere with your apps.

Are you searching for a beautiful free smart phone wall paper background? Head on over to the Little Girl's Pearls blog and download this beautiful blush and pastel wallpaper graphic for your phone! ♥ #blush #free #wallpaper #phonewallpaper #phonebackground #iphonebackground #iphonewallpaper #lockscreen

Blush Floral Phone Wallpaper Background ♥ Little Girl's Pearls #wallpaper #phonewallpaper #phonebackground #flowerphone #littlegirlspearls

My sweet friend, Neesha, over at Paper Wand is the inspiration behind the creation of these fun free phone wallpapers and lock screen graphics!  Her newest graphic is the most beautiful watercolor hearts.  You absolutely must go check her out and show her some love.  Trust me, you’ll absolutely thank me when you peek at her beautiful creations.  They’re right up your alley.

If you love adorable Valentine goodies for your sweetie, be sure to check out the Little Girl’s Pearls Valentine jewelry line. ♥

Are you searching for adorable Valentine gifts for your little girl? Check out Little Girl's Pearls for beautiful real pearl jewelry! #valentine #valentinegift #valentinegiftforgirls #valentinejewelry #littlegirlspearls

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Meaningful Keepsake Big Girl Gift Ideas Guide

It’s so much fun to watch her grow!  She’s a big girl now, and here’s a lovely round up of beautiful, meaningful, keepsake gifts to celebrate her big girl status!

Her First Pearl by Little Girl’s Pearls – SHOP HERE

Celebrate Wonder Art Journal – by Paperwand – SHOP HERE

She Believed Art Print – by Bonnie Lecat Designs – SHOP HERE

Sister Birthstone Necklace – by {Jules} – SHOP HERE

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October Birthstone – Pink Tourmaline Gemstone

Every girl loves to feel special on her birthday, and a birthstone is on thing that cane make her feel truly celebrated.  Her birthstone is a lovely way to show her how special she is (especially when it’s a princess pink birthstone)!

Green tourmaline was first thought to be discovered in the 1500’s where it was confused with emerald.  It wasn’t until the 1800’s that scientists discovered that it was its very own gemstone.  Because of the confusion, the name even means “mixed gems” Sri Lankan.  Tourmaline can be found in a beautiful rainbow of colors, but here we focus on the lovely and feminine pink hues.

It has been found all over the world including California.  It makes me want to take a quick trip down to San Diego where they still find the beautiful, multi-hued gems!

Take a peek at the SPARKLY BIRTHSTONE BRACELET here.

For October’s birthstone, I focus on the dainty pink tourmaline, which is particularly delicate and lovely.  October actually has two birth stones, opal & tourmaline.  Because of its gorgeous color, pink tourmaline is a favorite for jewelry for girls.

Celebrate her October birthday with a sweet ornate cross necklace with pearls and her birthstone.

One of the most exciting things about tourmaline is that it comes in a beautiful spectrum of hues and intensities.  Peeking at a pink tourmaline is like gazing into a mesmerizing pink pool of pretty!

Shower her with love & a darling pearl and sparkly birthstone crystal necklace for her October Birthday.

So whether you’re looking for something dainty baby pink to celebrate her October birthday, or a more deep, rich pink, tourmaline is definitely your go-to stone.

October birthstone and real pearl earrings for her birthday.

When you gaze into a piece of tourmaline, you’re likely to spy all of the hues of pink, soft delicate pinks, touches of deeper rich pinks, and everything in-between.  This variety adds a beautiful depth to her October birthstone creating a natural ombre effect.

Pink Tourmaline – October’s birthstone, is a favorite among girls of all ages, whether their birthdays are in October or not, because of its beautiful color.  Baby Pink tourmaline jewelry has a particularly delicate and feminine look and feel, which makes it a great choice for new babies.  The stones look beautiful paired with real freshwater pearls, silver or gold.  It’s the perfect choice for your precious princess!

All of the October Birthstone Gifts – Pink Tourmaline & Pearls

Darling Pearl & Birthstone Necklace | Ornate Cross Necklace with Birthstone | Darling Pearl & Birthstone Bracelet | Adorable Birthstone & Pearl Earrings

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June Birthstone – Pearl Moonstone Alexandrite

You lucky ducky girls who are born in June are lucky enough to have three birthstones!  {Pearl ♥ Moonstone ♥ Alexandrite}  While I obviously love pearls (I get to play with pearls every single day – lucky me), I also have a great appreciation for all three of the sparkly, stunning June birthstones.

Moonstone is a semi-transparent stone, and I think it is definitely one of the best at capturing light in the most beautiful way.  It gives off a milky white light that can also include little flashes of blue when the light hits it just right.  Moonstone often looks as if it has a little bit of a glow to it.

Pearl and Moonstone June Birthday Bracelets For Girls – Shop Now

It’s easy to see how the stone got its name; moonstone seems to have captured the stunning light of the moon.  In ancient Rome, people used to believe that you could identify the different phases of the moon within moonstone.  While we don’t believe that the stone physically changes appearance with the moon’s phases anymore, it certainly does have an ethereal, almost otherworldly appearance.

Adorable Pearl and Moonstone June Birthday Necklaces for Girls

When it is micro-faceted into the beautiful little gemstones I use in my jewelry designs, it plays with the light beautifully.  I love pairing it with silver and pearls as the moonstone seems to throw light against the other surfaces of the pieces.  It’s so much fun to turn moonstone jewelry to different angles and see how it changes as it catches the light.

If you’re on the lookout for the most traditional June birthstone, pearl is your girl.  I absolutely adore creating pearl birthstone jewelry for all the lovely June birthday babies!  The pearls I use are genuine cultured freshwater pearls in a luscious creamy white color, natural pink, and sometimes I even have some peachy or lavender pearls available.  Pearls have the most amazing timeless elegance and have traditionally symbolized purity and innocence – pearl jewelry makes a perfect baby gift.

Personalized June Pearl Birthstone Bracelets for Girls

Alexandrite has a controversial history that started all the way back in 1834 in Imperial Russia.  While a miner was working in an emerald mine, he came across a gem that he thought was an emerald, but once he held it up to the light, he realized it was something new entirely.  It flashed different colors depending on the light.  It is fabled that the stone got its name from Alexander II because it was discovered on his birthday.

Shop June Pearl and Alexandrite Birthstone Name Bracelets for Girls

The Russian mines were exhausted in the early 20th century leaving almost a century until a new deposit was discovered, this time in Brazil.  Natural Alexandrite is extremely rare, and incredibly expensive.  So, in my jewelry creations, I use genuine Swarvoski Austrian crystals in the pale lavender of Alexandrite, so she can celebrate her June birthday without the crazy price tag!  Not to mention, because they are represented with a crystal, they are extra sparkly!

Pearl and Alexandrite Earrings for Girls

Whether you are searching for a classic, traditional June birthstone gift in pearls or something more ethereal like the sweet moonstone with the blue flashes, or the beautiful and elegant lavender alexandrite, you lovely June birthday girls will find meaningful, stunning birthstone jewelry at Little Girls’ Pearls.

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May Birthstone – Emerald

May’s birthstone – the beautifully green emerald, is one of the rarest and most popular gemstones.  That doesn’t surprise me in the least!  The gorgeously vibrant green color always catches my eye.  My dear friend {hello, J ♥} has an emerald in her wedding ring, and it’s absolutely stunning.

I think that an emerald was the perfect choice for May’s birthstone because it embodies the life and color of spring.  In May, you’ll see the deep green emerald reflected in spring tulips, in the foliage of trees, and in the grass that’s finally recovering from its long winter’s nap.  Emeralds are the color of new life, perfect for May!  That’s probably why emeralds have been associated with rebirth for centuries.  For me, emeralds are a bright symbol of new beginnings, growth, and happy energy.

Adorable Pearl & May Birthstone – Emerald Necklace

A fun historical tidbit about emeralds is that Cleopatra was said to be all but fanatical about them.  The first known emerald mine was a Greek mine near the Red Sea.  Cleopatra claimed it as her own.  The ancient Egyptians fervently believed that emeralds could treat eye diseases, and were the symbol of fertility and rebirth.  That’s one of the reasons why Egyptian pharaohs insisted on being buried with emeralds – the hope of rebirth.  Visiting heads of state were said to have gifted Cleopatra with emeralds that had been carved in her likeness – oh man, I’d love to see one of those!

Darling Pearl & May Emerald Crystal Personalized Name Bracelet

In the emerald jewelry that I lovingly create, I diligently attempt to capture that spirit of life, energy, and renewal.  Emeralds look beautiful nestled among pearls, as a pair of delicate earrings, or as a personalized pendant necklace.  At Little Girl’s Pearls, all of my birthstone jewelry has the option to be created with genuine gemstones that are micro-faceted to give them that little bit of twinkly sparkle.  The emeralds I use are a beautiful lighter green color, un-dyed and natural.  I absolutely adore the varied hues and inclusions in these stones, they seem to speak a story all their own.

So I wish you the happiest of birthdays, you beautiful May babies!! ♥

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Anatomy of Fancy Schmancy Gift Wrap

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I am SO excited!  After 18 months of travel, planning, changes, delays and a few tears – but plenty of excitement, my new gift packaging is here!!!

In my 17 years of being a jewelry maker, my gift packaging has gone through several iterations.  I started with a simple organza bag, moved on to basic off-the-shelf gift boxes, then on to my first custom gift box design.  And now…something so precious and lovely that I can’t help but smile when I think of it. {sigh}

I must say looking back, I’m so proud of my packaging changes, but possibly even prouder of my improved photography skills!  Whoa!  That’s craziness.

I work super hard behind-the-scenes to make sure your pearls are perfect (another blog post about that is coming soon), your gift wrap is gorgeous, and that her pearls make it all the way to her hands without a hitch.  I think you’d be surprised at the journey of this gift packaging’s path into existence.  It was quite a roller coaster, but a ride definitely done out of love.

It all started in 2015 – hubby and I packed up and flew to the bright lights of Las Vegas to our very first major trade show.  Coming from our little town of Lompoc, we were crazy overwhelmed.  Holy moly!  We had spent weeks making a plan of attack, so we didn’t miss any vendors at the show.  It was all mapped out & loaded up on the phone.

It took us THREE solid 8 hour days just to get through all of the vendors.  We had meetings and looked through what seemed like a gazillion box choices with scores of vendors.  We were exhausted, so we spent the last night binge watching House of Cards in our gorgeous room at the Aria – while looking out over the beautiful lights of the strip.

We left Las Vegas exhausted, with a bag full of colorful business cards, brochures, and contact information.  We even ran into my business crush, Lisa Leonard, at the airport in Santa Maria [I was too nervous to say hello].  Goodness. {blush}  I felt like a goofy groupie.  So silly!  The funny thing is that I’ve been in the jewelry biz far longer, but she’s just AMAZING.  Seriously.  Amazing.  Cat got your tongue kind of amazing.  But I digress…

After looking through the piles of the colorful brochures and business cards, the research began.  I spent literally 3 months researching, contacting, chatting, requesting samples, and generally getting to know several box manufacturers across the country.  I wanted to find the perfect box to hold the pearls while still sticking within the budget, so I didn’t have to raise my prices just because of gift packaging.

We found a company relatively close to home (and only a few minutes from Disneyland…can’t beat that!)  So we took the trek down several different times to meet with the company, design the boxes, choose all…the…things.  It’s insane how many decisions go in to making a superb box!  The shell, the fabric, the lining, the outer covering, the hot stamping foil choice, the outer gift packer, the bow.  Then I found the best anti-tarnish cloth that was also soft enough to safely store pearls, and I hired a seamstress to custom-make my special anti-tarnish pearl pouches to fit perfectly inside of our new custom boxes.  Hooray!!

We found that to have the manufacturer tie the ribbon on top of the box (not around the box…I want you to be able to open them before gifting), was going to QUADRUPLE the price.  What?!?!  Seriously.  Craziness.  So I sourced the perfect pink ribbon and now we individually cut, attach, and hand-tie each ribbon to the top of each box, right here in our little California studio.

So after a crazy journey of elation, disappointments, joys and tears…I present to you the fancy schmancy gift packaging that comes complimentary with every Little Girl’s Pearls order!

So what do you think?  Do you love it, too?  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!! ♥

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Top 10 Baby Shower Gift Card Message Ideas

10 super cute baby shower gift card message ideas | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

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 #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! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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 #2 - Congratulations! I'm wishing you a tranquil pregnancy, a sooth delivery, and endless joy at home with your new sweet baby girl! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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 #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. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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!! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

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! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥
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!

Mom, you're not alone. I'll always be here for you. You've totally go this! | Encouragement for mom from Little Girl's Pearls. ♥

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!

Baby shower pearl jewelry sets. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Pearl baby bracelets - baby girl baby shower gift ideas. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Pearl baby necklaces for her baby shower gift | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

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August Birthstone – Peridot

Peridot - August Birthstone | the history of the beautiful green gem for all of you August babies! Little Girl's Pearls ♥

August has a special place in my heart.  Our youngest was born in August & my dad’s birthday is August.  The weather is always spectacular here on the Central Coast of California and it seems that we have oodles of great marshmallow roasts and family chats sitting on the patio watching the stars.

Peridot and Pearl bracelet - a perfect gift to celebrate her August birthday! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Peridot (pronounced per-i-doh) is a wonderful bright green color that is reminiscent of sunlight through the leaves.  My silly spell check doesn’t even recognize Peridot as a word!  Whatever…I think it’s beautiful.  Some of the amazing facts I found while researching the history of peridot include:

  • Peridot has been mined for over 3,500 years!
  • Peridot is the only gemstone (other than diamond) that is created in the magma of the earth’s upper mantle (about 20 – 55 miles below the surface of the earth).
  • Peridot is brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions that push the magma up through the crust of the earth.
  • Many believe the “emeralds” in the ornate jewelry of Cleopatra was actually peridot stones.

Adorable keepsake pearl and peridot necklace - a lovely little gift for her August birthday. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

I find it interesting that some of the properties believed to be possessed by peridot are that it is thought to ward off anxiety and help with being successful in relationships.

Gorgeous pearl and peridot birthstone post earrings for her August birthday! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Whether or not the gorgeous pale green stone contains mystical properties is definitely out-shined by it’s true beauty and earthiness.  If you’re lucky enough to be born in August, you get to claim the beautiful peridot as your birthstone.

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