Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hip-pity Hop Hop

Oh. My. Goodness. Holidays are the best! Especially with our Sweet Em.

We started the morning off by going to a new church that we have never been to before.. Em loved the band and we are pretty sure she had a great time in the baby room. :)

Then we went to a friends house to eat brunch and have an egg hunt. She even had little eggs filled with puffs for Em. It was too cute. Afterwards, we headed over to one of our good friend's houses just for a quick visit.. and then came home to relax. We took a mid-day nap {Hubby and I was amazing} and then played outside with Easter Eggs!

It's the beginning of our spring break and I just can't wait to spend this week with Em and Hubby! Life has been just so busy lately - I am ready for a moment to breathe.

Here are some pictures from our day! xoxo. Happy Easter Everyone!

She picked the golden egg out right away. Our daughter has great taste.. What can we say? :) 

Her new favorite game.. and she loves playing it.. over and over and over again. 

{A baby in a basket full of eggs? Crazy Mama and Dada.}

Leaving all the eggs behind and going to check out some weeds  plants on the other side of the yard.

And finally - After Church - She found her first Easter Egg and wore her first smock dress!
 She is a southern lady after all. :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baby Shower Flashback

Well - I'm just going to keep taking walks down memory lane as my baby gets older and older. :) Thanks for understanding. Ha!

My baby shower was just perfect. I love when I can have a lot of the people I really care about in one place!
We definitely had a "co-ed" shower. The boys hung out in the basement, while we all squealed over  little clothes and accessories. We live in South Carolina, but had my shower in Ohio with the family. We rarely get to come home - so it only made sense to include the boys so my hubby could hang out with his friends too!

It was just perfect - and made me so excited for Sweet Em's arrival.
Top Right Corner - I had a headband station... preview to PrettyLittleElm? I think so. :) 

Okay - Walk down memory lane is over for the night  a while. I promise! :)

Flash Forward to today:


Monday, March 25, 2013

Facebook Official

Pretty Little Elm is Facebook Official! I have to admit.. at first I was extremely nervous to post my shop on Facebook.. I know that sounds crazy, but until recently {like yesterday} I haven't  really mixed my blog/etsy life with..oh you know.. the rest of my life.

And since Facebook is full of people from the rest of my life - I was a little terrified nervous about it all. That I would fail terribly and they would be there to see it.. or that they would think that my headbands were awful. Ha. Is that normal? Probably not.

Anyway - I got a few quick pep talks from my mom and amazing hubby {For the record.. neither of them called me crazy} Sweet Em gave me some kisses - and that was that!  :)

I teach my Firsties every single day to be confident in themselves and be around people that lift them up, not push them down.. I should probably start taking my own advice. It was a little ridiculous that I was so nervous about letting people in on this not-so-secret... secret. :)

On a lighter note, we found a bunny in our house yesterday and we tried to catch her all day with no luck. Any suggestions? It looks like she's here to stay. :)

Happy Monday & Thank you SO much for all of your Etsy Love and Blogging Support!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Colorful Weekend & 20% Headband Coupon Code

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It's another rainy day here in Charleston. We were hoping for some warmer weather today so we could play outside and take some 11 month pics, but it has been nice to stay inside..warm and dry! :)

Yesterday this Mama had the chance to go run through color! ColorMeRad was so much fun. I highly recommend it. We were in our cars warming up and heading home before the rain actually started. I spent the rest of the day playing with the little baby and trying to get all of the color off of me.

I've told you all before that a little bit of sparkle makes me happy. So. Do. Tutus. :)


Ahhh Mazing.

{After!} Eek! I'm still washing pink out of my hair. :) 

Now on to what I've been doing today while the baby naps {besides cleaning and firstie lesson plans}

{Pink Ombre & Gold PrettyLittleElm Headband}

{Pretty Little Yellow & Gold Bow}

Friday, March 22, 2013

Month by Month Baby

Em turns 11 months tomorrow.. 11 MONTHS! I just can't handle it. She is growing so fast. She took her first steps yesterday {EEK!}

It's just so hard to believe that last year at this time she was still in my belly! It seems just like yesterday..but at the same time it seems like a lifetime ago.
Life has changed so much since then...and my life has never felt more complete. I have never felt more blessed and tired. :) All at the same time.

Anyway - Here is a little re-cap of our month-by-month photos. Since I'm a brand new mama blogger, I thought I'd catch you all up!

{You should see the out-takes. Rolling over, Chalk on the face from the chalkboard, a few tears, headbands over the eyes...trying to eat the flowers.. ahh. Those might be better than these.}

Happy Weekend!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring with PrettyLittleElm!!

I would love for you all to check out my {Etsy Shop} and like my {Facebook Page}

I've learned one thing - It's so easy to get lost in the Etsy World - Especially when you are a newbie shop. I'd just love to see what you all think!

We have been having so much fun playing in the sunshine the past few days! Emersyn cracks me up because when we put her down in the {crunchy} South Carolina Grass - she doesn't like her legs to touch right away. 

If you can tell in this picture.. she's holding one leg up. Ha. :) Love my crazy daughter. 
I'm hoping this Sunshine continues!
Today after we played outside - I added a few more pretty little things to PrettyLittleElm! :) You all will have to let me know what you think! Em likes the purple one.. it's her favorite color of course. :) 

{Lavender and Plum Cluster}

{Pretty Little Bows}

Also -  Check out Megan @ TRENDY TOT TUESDAY - The Them is Etsy Shops this week! My Favorite. :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mint&Gold Weekend

Ahh.. It was a wonderful weekend. And now that Monday is here - I feel like I need a weekend from my weekend! Does that even make sense? Has that ever happened to you?

Because it happens to me all. of. the. time.

Anyway - After all of the St. Patty's Day fun on Saturday - We decided to keep it calm on Sunday.

Our St. Patty's Day Shoes! Gold+Mint= My Favorite. 

We had some baby free time at the beach on Sunday. {Emersyn+Wind & Eating Sand=Nightmare} We RARELY get baby free time since both of our families live in Ohio. I didn't know what to do with myself! I kept checking the back seat - grabbing the paci wherever we went & making sure we had cheerios on hand in case of an emergency.. Haha. I am only exaggerating a little bit. :)

After we got back from the beach - Em and I got busy making some pretty little headbands. Then when she went down for her nap, I had the chance to add some to the Etsy shop! :)

Sparkle Headbands - {Pretty Little Elm}

Headband Duo - {Here}

{Really Mama? St. Patty's Day was just yesterday.}

Happy Monday! Xoxo.

PS - My giveaway is still going on for a trio of PrettyLittleElm Headbands! Head on over to
{Chirping Moms} to enter!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lucky Lady

I'm a Lucky Lady.. that's for sure. We've been having such an amazing weekend so far. I just LOVE this beautiful South Carolina weather - and I love St. Patty's Day. Who knew a green beer holiday could be so much fun with a little babe. :)

We started out the day with a Shamrock Shuffle 5K. I ran it... but it wasn't as easy as it used to be {pre-baby}. Boo. Then we went to a St. Patty's Day Block Party and ended the night cooking out at a friend's house.

Em's Crazy Tutu = Endless entertainment for us all day
                                        ...especially when she shaked her little booty to music! :)

Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Headband Giveaway!

Happy Friday Friends! I'm having my FIRST EVER giveaway! Eek! I'm pretty excited about it.

 I'm giving away a trio of pretty little headbands today at an amazing blog: {The Chirping Moms}

You should head on over there and enter!

Julie and Courtney are SO sweet... and I'm very thankful that they are taking the time to feature my brand new little Etsy shop! I'm telling you - I have met the nicest people through this whole blogging/etsy process.. it's been so refreshing and encouraging.

Julie is about to have a baby girl {like any day now} so I had the pleasure of sending her some of my headbands to try! :) I can't wait to see her pretty little baby girl in them!

TheChirpingMoms is a perfect blog for Mamas! As a brand new Mama who is still learning {a lot} I love keeping up with them and all of the fun and creative ideas they have!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Lovin' and Thursday Blues.

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Oh Thursday.. how I wish you were Friday.

This "Spring Forward" time change has rocked our WORLD. Em is just now getting used to going to bed at the new 7:45.. and my first graders are just now starting to calm down from their sleep deprivation craziness. {Right before the weekend starts of course.}

"Wait.. you want me to go to bed an hour early just because the time has changed? Silly Mama."

After school today, Em and I spent the afternoon reading Pat The Bunny {at least 5 times} and looking at fuzzy farm animal books. She is SO into books lately, especially ones that ask her to do something.

She can't get over playing peek-a-boo with Paul, smelling the flowers, and putting her finger in Mommy's ring. If you don't have a copy of this little book - you should MOST DEFINITELY go get it tomorrow. At Target. Wherever your favorite store is.. Like Target.  :)

Em also loves cuddling with her stuffed animals.. like to the point of tackling them on the floor.. 
Every. Single. Time. And it's probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. 


Bahaha... Okay. I apologize if this is one of those times where you "had to be there" but I just love my crazy little daughter. She is a mess. An amazing, cute, perfect, {pretty little elm}, mess.

Xoxo. Happy Thursday friends!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy Little Saturday

It's a beautiful day in South Carolina! We played outside all morning at a birthday party. Em napped on the car ride home, so when we got home, we played outside some more. Now - she is fast asleep upstairs. I've checked on her a few times using my amazing Mama Ninja moves.. you know.. getting down really low and sneaking up to the crib to make sure she's okay. Yes - I still do that. Most people say it's because she's my first.. I think it might just be because I'm crazy.

Almost always, Oz our cat ends up sneaking into the room with me and then I have to scurry around to try to chase him out - which he thinks is a hide and seek game.. and before you know it, I crash into something and wake my daughter up. Not today though - Today I was a successful crazy cat lady. :)

Em LOVES drinking from her Bunny Cup. And it's of course.. from Target. :) {She also loves chewing on the ears, throwing it as far as she can, and smashing it down on her high chair tray.} 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Personal Day.

So..  I took a Personal Day today from teaching and it was ahhh mazing. I mean.. all I did was clean our crazy house - which has been sadly neglected since Emersyn made her debut - but oh well - it's only been 10 months, right? :)

Em still went to her sitter so I could have some Mama time. I had a moment where I felt a little guilty - but I kept reminding myself that Mama's need some time too! I was amazed at how much I could get done with out our little Terminator  baby by my side.

All in all though.. I missed my little sidekick and was excited to pick her up. I seriously think she thought we moved into a brand new house considering the piles of laundry were gone {yes. I said pileS} and her toys were in a neat nice basket. {that only lasted for a hot second}.

My To-Do list actually got done today - which hasn't happened in a long time. I even managed to go to Starbucks and make a quick Target stop before picking her up.

And I'll let you in on a secret..  Target is a little bit of a problem for me.

Tonight, Em and I played around with some new headbands. Coral and White - Sparkles and Teal... Ahh. Sweet Spring - you aren't too far away! :) What do you think?


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Just a little newborn

I just can't help it. Sometimes at night {when I should be grading papers} I look back on Emersyn's life. That's the beauty of this little Apple Computer. I can look at the events/pictures over the course of the year anytime I want. And lately - now that Em is getting close to a year - I just keep looking back at her little newborn pictures and all of the memories that have been created over this past year. I am just so thankful.

All of the laughs and firsts. All of the sleepless nights and stroller walks. Late night cuddling and early morning play time mixed in with baths and peek-a-boo.

Sometimes I get a little sad that everything is passing by so quickly.

But most of the time, I think about how blessed and lucky we are. I know that there is a theme in my posts lately - but I just can't help it. I really did love being pregnant.. but being a Mama.. that's been more than I could hope for.

Here are some of my favorite pics from when Em was a newbie. :)
My Favorite Picture and Em's Birth Announcement - Sweet Emersyn at the Hospital - 1 Day Old

Heading Home! 3 Days Old

1 Week Old - Just a Baby in a Basket {I devoured that cupcake.. by the way}

2 Weeks Old - In Her Very First Tu Tu :)
{No more cupcakes for weekly celebrations because Mama attacked ate the last one.}

I can't wait to share more with you all! {This was only her first two weeks...} :)

Thanks for Reading and Reminiscing with me! xoxo

Monday, March 4, 2013

Summer.. Come Back.

Okay okay.. I know I can't complain because I live in South Carolina and the temperature is considered cold if it's below 40 {We are weak}.. but I just can't wait until the weather gets a little warmer and school is out sweet summertime!

Last summer we were loving life {and extremely sleep deprived} taking care of our itty bitty newborn. This summer should be a whole new adventure with a toddler running around! Did I just say toddler? Is that really what Em is going to be considered soon? I don't believe it.

Last July - Our Itty Bitty 3 month old in her Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Blue Polka Dot bikini One Piece.

Luckily - Her legs have gotten EVEN chunkier since July - which makes me want to squeeze them all of the time, along with her chubby cheeks. Ahh. I just love that lady.

Here is a pretty little polka dot headband that I just added to the shop today.. Happy Monday Friends!

ElmBaby Teal Polka Dot Headband

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