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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 ♥

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. ♥

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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♥ adding cherished keepsakes to your family



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

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.

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January Garnet Birthstone

January Garnet Birthstones
I am a January baby, so naturally garnets are some of my very favorite gemstones! January’s birthstone is the beautiful garnet – a stone that varies in color from a deep burgundy, to a lighter purple-red, yellow to orange to green, and on the rare occasion even blue.

Keepsake Pearl and Birthstone Necklace.Pearl and Birthstone January Garnet Bracelet.

Garnets have always been one of the most popular gemstones. In fact, they’ve been used in jewelry and decorations for over a thousand years. In ancient Rome and medieval Europe, people used garnets in their jewelry, decorative weapon fittings, and more. The gemstone has a long history of making objects beautiful for kings, queens, and nobles of the past. Maybe that’s why garnets always seem so royal to me. They have a rich color that makes them simply majestic. I can certainly see why people all over the world have loved them for centuries.

Pearl and Garnet January Necklace.

Pearl and January Garnet Earrings

At Little Girl’s Pearls, your jewelry adorned with garnets features a lovely burgundy color with a gorgeous purple tone. The effect is a gemstone that’s delicate and feminine. Garnets pair so well with pearls and silver but also look amazing with gold. It’s such a wonderfully versatile and beautiful gemstone.

Personalized Name Bracelet - Pearl and January Garnet

To me, garnet birthstone jewelry seems perfectly fitting for a royal princess. It, of course, makes a lovely gift for those of us lucky enough to be born in January. Whether you were born in January or not, everyone should get to feel like a beautiful princess donned in luxurious garnets!

January Birthstone Gorgeous Burgundy Garnets.

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