DIY Card Booklet

After Charlotte’s 2 baby showers I knew I wanted to keep her cards from everyone but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. I knew I didn’t want them thrown into the bottom of a box like most other cards I keep (hello our wedding cards). I came up with this little idea so that I would be able to easily look through them and read all of her sweet messages from family and friends.

I started with 2 pieces of card stock and picked out the largest card to measure the size I needed to cut covers. (I wanted to make sure that none of the cards stuck out the sides.) With my paper cutter I cut both the front and back cover, so that they were slightly larger than the biggest card. I then cut a little rectangle, in the solid paper, so that I could write a little title. I also had to cut the rectangle smaller after I wrote out the title because I am terrible at centering anything! Glue your little title on the cover and now its time to put it together!

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Next I cut two pieces of ribbon (way longer than what was necessary…oops). I took a three-hole punch and lined up the cards to the bottom so that all the holes would easily line up.

Loop the ribbon through the back cover and then through each card individually. Attach the front cover and tie cute little bows in the ribbon. Make sure you don’t tie the loops so tight to where you can’t look through your cards. I also took a little bit of glue and dabbed it on the bows so that they would stay tied.

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And Ta-Da!! All done!

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Hope you guys enjoy and are able to do something with all those cards lying around! I’m planning on making one for her first year too, with all of her first holiday cards.

Love Always,

Sam

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My Favorite Small, Online Shops

I am most definitely an Instagram addict, and through this addiction I have found a lot of smaller shops that have great things that are either handmade or unique from the big chain stores. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a couple of these shops, some I’ve simply shopped, and a few I have been admiring but just haven’t bought anything…yet.

I know for where I live I don’t have a lot of great shopping near me (I would have to drive about an hour or further for decent shopping), so online shopping is what I prefer. I’m always on the lookout for new great online shops that are budget friendly but provide great quality and options. Enter Instagram and now I am finding great little boutiques daily. Here is a roundup of my favorites so far:

The Plush Boutique:

Little Miss Charlotte is currently a Brand Enthusiast for this cute little Etsy shop. This is a great shop for mommies of little girls. She has handmade bows, skirts, shorts, little tops, and little booties, plus a lot of the items you can buy to have matching pieces or in sets. Her prices are great too and incredibly reasonable, especially when compared to the prices of some of the larger shops with similar products. Here is Charlotte “modeling” some of her items:

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Perfectly Sparkled:

Another great little Etsy shop that has the most adorable (and hysterical) onesies and tees for both boys and girls. Charlotte was just announced to be a brand enthusiast for this great shop as well, and I am beyond excited because my wish list was seriously growing! Obviously by the name all the little girl stuff has tons of fun sparkle, but my favorite part about her items is the phrases she printed on her pieces. They’re unique from what you will find from the big name brand baby clothes providers, because let’s be honest the cliché, typical baby onesie gets a little tiresome after a while.

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Photo courtesy of Perfectly Sparkled

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Photo courtesy of Perfectly Sparkled

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Photo courtesy of Perfectly Sparkled

Pink Blush Boutique:

This one is fantastic because they offer both maternity and regular women’s items. If you look a few posts back you can read all about a particular from them that I love! I have worn it 8 months pregnant and more recently two months postpartum. They also have great wrap dresses in maxi length and knee length that are nursing friendly! I love this site for stylish pieces for us mommas! The prices are great and nothing is overly revealing, super short, or otherwise outside of this mom’s comfort zone. I honestly look through and “window” shop this site daily because my wish list is always growing and their site is just stinking pretty to look through!

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Truly Kustom:

First off these girls are the sweetest so shopping with them will be nothing but pleasant I promise! I have been dropping hints with my hubby for months now that I want one of their gold bar necklaces with my daughter’s name engraved for mother’s day (let’s see if he pulls through; chances are he has already forgot). I love how simply and sleek everything is, and I love that you can personalize the necklaces. These designs will go with everything in your closet and are perfect for those days you just have enough time to throw something on and head out the door. You will chic and effortless and no one will be the wiser that you were a frantic mess before leaving. Seriously though, check these ladies out; they are fabulous.

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Photo courtesy of Truly Kustom

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Photo of Truly Kustom

 

Southern Bow Company:

This is another shop geared to us “girl moms” because she has some of the cutest bows in all shapes and sizes! From sparkles to felt to holiday themes there is something for every little girl. These bows are great too because the band is elastic, so they are super easy and quick to get on those little movers and shakers. Along with bows she also has adorable little moccasins in pretty much every color imaginable! This is another great Etsy shop ran by a fellow momma, and the prices are incredibly reasonable and fair.

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Photo courtesy of Southern Bow Company

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Photo courtesy of Southern Bow Company

Lend Me Your Kite:

She has the cutest and sweetest graphic tees! Let me just say that a catchy graphic tee is a momma’s best friend; you can style it a million different ways and you automatically look fashion-forward and effortless. My personal favorite of hers is the “Party like its naptime” shirt because hello, every mother can relate to this, am I right!? Another great one for those days you need a pick-me up besides just coffee is her “Your best is enough” tee. Make sure you check her out and show her some love!

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Ella Bootique:

Another absolutely adorable little shop filled with cute little t-shirts and onesies for your little girls. Her stuff has some of the funniest phrases on them and they are so stinking cute. Plus she also has pretty cute one for us moms too, “mommin ain’t easy.” Who wouldn’t want that!?

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Photo courtesy of Ella Bootique

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Photo courtesy of Ella Bootique

Let’s support small business and our fellow mom’s by checking out and sharing these wonderful shops!

What are some of your favorite small online shops?

Love Always,

Sam

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Being a Mom to a Little Girl

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Being a Girl Mom

So first off let me start by saying that I am so stinking excited to have a little best friend for the rest of my life. I still want a boy(for a laundry list of reasons) but let’s be real here for a second, I was and still am relieved that my first is a little girl. For some reason it just felt a lot less intimidating as a first time mom to have a little girl. As I start to think about her future I have to admit that I do have some fears regarding how to raise her and the type of woman that I hope for her to become.

Strong, yet feminine:

I want my daughter to know that she can take of herself, that she can changer her own tire, shoot a gun and hunt with her dad, and basically be a tough girl, however I don’t want her to forget her femininity. Like how about some pink camo or hunting gear with her daddy? There’s nothing wrong with a girl who can handle her business but let’s just be  honest for a second I don’t want her to “butch.” How do I convey that a pretty little girl in dresses and hair bows and can get dirty and be tough too?

Confidence without the Attitude:

Alright so we all have had those encounters with women, young girls, or teenage girls that are just a little too full of themselves, like they are fully aware that they have it going on. I don’t know about you but these are females that I do NOT want to be around. More importantly I don’t want my little Charlotte to be one of these either. On the flip side I also don’t wish my daughter to be meek. In my dreams she is humble, yet fully confident in her abilities and her strength. How do you teach a little girl to be self-assured without being “full of herself?”

Pride in her Appearance, Minus the Vanity

We are all aware at this point that my little girl has a momma who loves style and shopping. As a (strong) female I hope she always takes pride in what she puts on her body and how she presents herself to the world, but that is not to say that she needs to dress for anyone else but herself. I’m not asking for her to be a sheep or to dress to fit a mold, but I also hope that she doesn’t go out in the world everyday in dirty sweatpants and messy hair (now we all have those days but on occasion). With this pride in one’s self I hope she avoids the traps of vanity and materialism. A cute handbag or pair of shoes is never more valuable than the experiences of life. So ask how to teach to take pride appearance without it becoming the most important aspect of her life?

 

The Ability to Navigate this Crazy World with Grace

This modern world is getting nuttier and nuttier by the day and being a female there is added stress. How do I teach about being aware of her surroundings in order to protect herself without causing her to live in constant fear? How do I explain why a man still makes more than she does? What do I say when her first boyfriend breaks her heart and she never wants to date again (by the way according to my husband she is never allowed to date anyways)? My little girl is my whole world, but I want her to build a full and multifaceted world for herself, where she experiences adventures, is aware of the dangers of this modern world, and at the end of the day knows who she is and adds a little “pretty” where ever she goes.

 

As a new mom questions like these plus many more cross my mind everyday, and I look into her pretty little face and I am so excited to see her grow and become her own person. Of course these are all rhetorical in nature but they are something that will be answered as my husband and I navigate being her parents, and of course my little Charlotte will become the person that she wants to become.

Nothing but love and support to all the moms out there (and I know all you boy moms have your own list of hopes and dreams being a girl mom is just my experience).

Love Always,

Sam

and Little Miss Charlotte