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Isn’t she lovely?…

“The loveliest masterpiece is the heart of a mother” -St. Therese of Lisieux

May has always been a busy time for our family with birthdays and Mother’s Day celebrations which means lots of gift buying opportunities. Here is a sampling of pretty presents for your mom (or maybe you).

{Gift card to the new The Nail Barre owned by mother of four, Lauren Truslow. Just download the Mind Body app or Nail Barre; click “book an appointment”; scroll to find gift card options; and email columbia@thenailbarre.com to request a personal message or wrapping // Lele Sadoughi earrings carried locally by Monkees of Columbia (and they’re hosting a trunk show with more from the designer this week, May 4-6) // a beautiful orchid or plant from Cricket Newman (offering 15% off May 3 & 4) // customized tote by Barrington Gifts (use code 4MOM for 10% off and order by midnight tonight to receive in time for Mother’s Day) // a framed photograph of a favorite mommy & me memory // Itaglio set available at Hue Home Studio}

Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Lovely Spring Break…

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” – Mark Twain

This year, having spring fever coincided nicely with our family’s spring break, and we packed in events, outings and a beach trip into our week.

The break kicked off with a beautiful Easter weekend and some quality time with family and of course the Bunny.

My dress is by Devon Baer Design and Eloise’s pearl heirloom dress is from Posh Pickle.

We also had a special time taking Eloise to her first Disney on Ice performance and watching her eyes light up as her favorite princesses took to the ice.

The weather was perfect for outdoor activities, so we ventured to Cottle Strawberry Farm for berry picking and eating one afternoon and to Riverbanks Zoo for a morning visit before the crowds arrived.

Eloise’s adorable strawberry watercolor dress is by Little English and her bonnet is from The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Mid-week, we packed up and left town for some relaxation at Litchfield Beach. Although it was a little chilly, our Little Lovely was determined to play in the sand and water! I was grateful for taking long walks, taking in quiet sunrises and even taking time to finish a book, A Man Called Ove.

As an added treat, my mom and brother joined us for a few days. Eloise loved her time with Nonni and Uncle Dillon, and we even got to sneak away for a date night at the charming Caffe Piccolo in Pawleys Island.

My spring fever might not have completely subsided, but breaking from routine to enjoy family and make memories has us all feeling refreshed and recharged.

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A Lovely Little Heart…

“I loved you then. I love you still. Always have, always will.” -Minnie Mouse

The wintry days of January can feel very long, but a holiday filled with pink hearts, sweet treats and love is on the horizon! Here are a few, lovely gift ideas for your Valentine:

Place your order for adorable and delicious cookies by Sugar Columbia // Comfy heart pocket dress by Boden // Delicate ceramic heart bowl and initial necklace by Susan Gordon Pottery (check out a fun Giveaway from @SouthernMamaGuide) // Valentine’s loungewear by Posies and Puddles // Custom treat tags for class Valentines by Scrapbits //Anna Loves Elsa is a sweet story for every Frozen fan

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A Lovely Little Cookie…

Yesterday afternoon, we invited friends over for cookies and fun with Santa!

Santa cookies by Sugar Columbia

After fueling up on the yummy treats that everyone brought to share, the little ones were ready to sit on Santa’s lap and deliver their Christmas wish lists.

Little Lovely and I are wearing matching plaid by LaRoque.

A few hugs before the big guy had to hop in his sleigh and head back to the North Pole.

Bye, Santa! See you again next year, and don’t forget to keep us on the “nice list”!

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A Lovely Little Stocking Stuffer…

“First comes the stocking of Little Nell

Oh, dear Santa fill it well

Give her a dolly that laughs and cries

One that will open and shut her eyes

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Up on the housetop, click, click, click

Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick” – Up on the Housetop Gene Autry, 1953

I love this Christmas song probably because it was one of the first ones I learned at school and also because my dad was a nostalgic fan of singing cowboy, Gene Autry’s jolly version. And now it’s part of my Little Lovely’s repertoire of toddler tunes, including “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Happy Birthday.”

A few weeks until Christmas, and while I’ve wrapped up most of my big shopping, I’m working on filling stockings and finding white elephant gifts. Here are a few favorites for friends, children and maybe yourself…don’t forget to tell Santa! 🎅🏻💕

{Metallic Mini Madeline Earrings by Mignonne Gavigan available locally at Scout and Mollys // Jellycat Bashful Unicorn brand available locally at Cottage and Vine // Silhouette ornament by Mark & Graham // Rose All Day ornament from Swoozies // Hand painted angel ornament by L Mitchell Art // Monogram dishes by Susan Gordon Pottery // Voluspa Visions of Sugarplums Petite Candle Tin // Corksicle Tumbler brand available locally at Just the Thing // Prosecco Pong}

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A Lovely Little Folly…

Happy Labor Day!

Our family spent the holiday weekend in Folly Beach, SC, visiting with cousins, playing on the beach and cheering on the Gamecocks to their first win of the season!

Eloise was so excited to follow her older cousins around and particularly enjoyed her cheese quesadilla dinner at local favorite, Taco Boy. Mom and Dad were also excited to sneak downtown for brunch at The Grocery and King Street shopping (so many great Labor Day sales).

{These Gamecocks were ready for a win!}{Brunch at The Grocery}{Skinny margarita at Taco Boy 🌮🍹}

Hope you enjoy your day off!

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A Lovely Little Fourth…

“Every heart beats true under red, white, and blue…”- You’re a Grand Old Flag, George Cohan

Sunshine, sand castles, family dinners, ice cream, wave jumping and even a few date nights- it was another fun beach week celebrating the Fourth of July with Little Lovely in our favorite seaside spot, Litchfield Beach, SC.

Eloise had a ball playing hard and spending quality time with our extended family. Here are a few photos capturing some vacation highlights: