Petite Lemon in Real Life – Cara

When we’re designing our personalized baby gifts, 1st birthday shirts, big brother shirts and big sister shirts, we can’t help but think about the wee ones that will be enjoying them and the memories they’ll become a part of. It motivates us and inspires us, which is why we love the Petite Lemon in Real Life feature on our blog.

So when Cara (IG @caramhanson and tagged us in a picture of her son Ian wearing our Color It Up Big Brother T shirt on Instagram to announce her second pregnancy, we were just so thrilled and completely honored. Of course we had to ask her to be our next Petite Lemon in Real Life feature!

Here’s Cara’s responses to our line up of questions:

How old is Ian?: 

Ian is 18 months old and will be turning 2 two weeks before our new little one arrives.

What is your due date with #2?:

I am due October 15, 2014.

What brought you to Petite Lemon and to purchase Ian’s big brother t shirt?

I saw an Instagram post by @thriftylittles when you first joined Instagram.  It was for a giveaway which I entered but didn’t win…boo!  Shortly afterwards we found out we were expecting our second and I knew for sure I wanted a Petite Lemon big brother t shirt to make the announcement to family and friends.

What are your favorite Petite Lemon products and why?

Everything is soooo adorable, but I think the tees and personalized onesies are my favorite.  I loved his “promotion” tee and absolutely plan on getting personalized shirts for both children for photos this Fall.

What are you enjoying most about having one child?

Naptime…haha!  I’m joking…although I never knew how fast I could work when you have to make that hour really count when it comes to staying on top of the chores.  On a more serious note, I love having the time to devote solely to Ian.  I’m lucky to be a stay-at-home-mummy and we do everything together.   He’s getting super helpful now and I love having my little man around!

What are you looking forward to about having two?

I’m really excited to have a little one again.  Although I love having a toddler who is more independent and running all around, I do miss those sleepy snuggles with a tiny baby.  I’m also really looking forward to seeing the sibling relationship develop!

Anything you are nervous for? 

I’m a tad nervous about how I’m going to juggle a two year old and a newborn…not going to lie!  I know I’ll figure it out, but I’m sure it will be a bit of a learning curve.  I have a very supportive husband and a great friends group, many of whom are having their second babies as well.   My best friend is due three days before me, so we’ll all be going through it together.

What kind of big brother do you think Ian is going to be?

I’m hoping he’s going to be a loving, caring big brother.  He really is very sweet, gives hugs and kisses all the time and is generally very thoughtful.  He does love to pull hair though…still working on curbing that not so delightful behavior!  I really do think he will be great though J

What is your favorite blog right now: 

Oh I have sooo many blogs that I love!  I’m going to have to do a top three…can’t just pick one!  For food: Gina at, for home and life: Ashli at and for fun:  Being English, I have to get my Duchess of Cambridge fix somewhere!

What is your favorite Instagram to follow right now: 

I fell in love with @2sisters_angie after their recent social media discovery.  Her daughter’s paper dresses and adorable poses always make me smile when they come across my feed!

Define motherhood in one word:

Love!  It may seem cliché, but even on those hardest days, love is still the reason why we strive to be the best mothers we can be.


Awww, thanks for participating Cara! We just love all of your answers and are totally motivated to keep designing the best personalized baby gifts we can.

Have you used our 1st birthday shirts, big brother shirts or big sister shirts to celebrate a special moment in your child’s life or mark milestones of their personalized growth chart? If so, please let us know if you’d like to be featured in a future Petite Lemon in Real Life. Email us at buzz (at)

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Petite Lemon Presents: Mad Libs Thank You Notes

We’ve been super busy – as you may have read about the personalized growth chart announcements (now longer AND with thicker, more durable paper) and an updated Fun page – so we wanted to take a break and let off a little steam. And how to we do that? With some crazy Mad Libs-style notecards that have our kids (and us) cracking up!

Mad Libs

( Download our Mad Libs Thank You Notes here)

Big brother t shirt designs and big sister shirts can wait!!  Our littles have some thank you notes to get to — and they’re going to have SO much fun filling out our note cards, mad libs style!

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Earth Day Inspired Personalized Baby Gifts

Have a baby due around or on Earth Day (April 22)? Our beautiful planet makes a wonderful inspiration for a baby shower. Here are two ideas for Earth-inspired baby showers with décor, sweets and personalized baby gifts ideal for bringing this worldly theme to life.

Show some love for planet Earth with green and blue colored cupcakes, personalized onesies, and décor. (Shown: Graphic Fun and Modern Name personalized onesies; cupcakes by Sweet Treats by Susan, décor by One Charming Party) earth_day2

Incorporate nature-inspired treats, décor, and personalized baby gifts to celebrate Mother Nature (and the mama-to-be). (Shown: Hoot Hoot personalized growth chart; pudding treats by Martha Stewart Living; décor by On To Baby)


Our personalized baby gifts aren’t just adorable, we make sure they’re good for your little ones, as well as the planet. You can read our Three Ways We’re Green blog post to learn more.

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Spring DIY Round up!

As you know, we often create fun freebies in addition to our line of personalized baby gifts, 1st birthday shirts, big sister shirts, and big brother shirts and have stored the newest ones on our Fun page. Over the years we’ve been asked about different projects, like the Month-by-Month Printable Onesies and the Burp Cloths How-To, which had been archived. Well now we’ve updated the Fun page to showcase all of the various freebies we’ve created so you can take advantage of all our DIY goodies, games, and more whenever you want.

Petite Lemon's Fun Page!   


Celebrating a kiddo’s birthday? The Fun page has several projects to help make a birthday party really festive, from hats to interviews to printable infographics, all inspired by our collection of 1st Birthday Shirts.

Planning a baby shower or just want a fun project to do with the kids? You can’t go wrong with the DIY Flag Pennant, Crayon Bag Tutorial, or Easy No Sew Tutu.

The DIYs for moms, like lunch notes and planning forms, make treasured keepsakes, because we know how fast time flies and wee ones change and grow. That’s one of the main reasons we love creating personalized growth charts, 1st birthday shirts, and big brother shirts, as well as freebies.

Check out our new and improved Fun page and let us know what you think!

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What We Love Now: Pastels (+ Link to Yummy Recipe)

When designing our line of personalized baby gifts, big sister shirts, and big brother shirts, we look for inspiration everywhere, including in the kitchen! When we saw this amazingly delicious (and super pretty!) recipe for Bunny Bark by Bakerella on, all we could think was, “Wow, we love pastels!” Ok, our first thought was “Get in ma belly!” but you know what we mean.


Pastels may not be bold, but these happy hues work just as well for boys as they do for girls, especially when mixed in with bright colors. Our big brother shirts and big sister shirts are proof of that!

Pastel blues and greens!



(Shown: Whale of Fun Big Sister Tshirt and Big Brother T shirt; Love to Sketch Big Brother T shirt and Big Sister Tshirt)

Pastel pinks, purples, and more!


(Shown: Chic Style Big Sister Tshirt; Modern Fun Big Sister Tshirt; Kids Play Big Brother T shirt)

Want some more pastel inspiration? Click here to check out last week’s blog where we found adorable pastel colored nurseries and showed each with a complementary personalized growth chart.

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Introducing Brand Enthusiast Carly from Ever Clever Mom

We recently announced our new Blog Ambassador program (click here to read more) and we wanted to introduce you to our next Blog Ambassador. Actually, you’ve met her before – she’s Carly with Ever Clever Mom and she was featured in our Petite Lemon in Real Life last week.




Carly is a married mama of two adorable kiddos – Eva and Calvin – who started blogging way back in 2006. Carly loves to share all kinds of recipes, style, home decor, and parenting advice, as well as lots of expert tips on how to live well as a family of 4 in a small space. A nut free family ever since Eva was diagnosed with a nut allergy, Carly also started a very informative site to help all of those other parents with little ones in the same nut-free boat. Check it out here.
Are you a fan of our personalized onesies? Do you have a favorite big brother t shirt or big sister tee? If you have a super mommy or daddy blog like Carly of Ever Clever Mom and want to be a Brand Ambassador, let us know by shooting us an email at buzz (at) petitelemon (dot) com.
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Exciting Personalized Growth Chart News from Petite Lemon!

We recently incorporated a thicker, more durable signature paper for our personalized growth charts and now we’ve got another announcement – we’ve extended the length of all of our personalized growth charts by a full 6” — the side ruler on each design now measures up to 66″!!

Now these adorable personalized baby gifts will last even longer, allowing you to record even more memories and milestones for the kiddos in your family.


Shown: Doodle It Up Personalized Growth Chart with our adorable model Lily

What do you think about our new, longer personalized growth charts?

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Congrats to our Instagram Contest Winner

You know what they say about all work and no play, so even though designing personalized baby gifts, big sister shirts and big brother shirts isn’t dull by any means, we decided to have a little fun and host our very first Instagram contest.

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We asked our followers to regram the adorable pic of Jack in his Color It Up Big Brother T shirt for the chance to win a choice of any of our big brother shirts or big sister shirts. And we’re thrilled to announce that @rcpinnegar, who also tagged friends to earn extra entries, was our winner! We can’t wait to hear big brother t shirt or big sister tshirt will be chosen!

Ok, back to work designing more personalized baby gifts!!

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Spring Break 2014

Do you have any fun plans for spring break? If not, here are a few fun ideas for the family:

SpringBreak1 Shown: Sunny Flower, Flower Power, and Blooms big sister shirts

SpringBreak2 Shown: Whale of Fun Big Sister Tshirt and Big Brother T shirt

SpringBreak4 Shown: Rock On Big Sister Tshirt and Big Brother T shirt

SpringBreak3 Shown: Skyline and Kids Play big sister shirts

Whatever you do, we hope it’s a fun filled time with your family!

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Big News from Petite Lemon: Growth Charts Now with Thicker Paper

As business people, we know our customers rely on us to offer them the best quality personalized baby gifts around. And as parents, it’s what we demand of ourselves and wouldn’t give anything less to our own kids. This is why we’re always paying attention to what’s on the market and looking for ways to be even better.

And while we’ve always used high quality signature paper for our personalized growth charts, we recently discovered an even thicker, more durable cotton-based art paper to use, so of course we had to get it! We have and always will continue to strive to keep our line of personalized baby gifts at the peak of perfection so our beloved customers know they only get the best when they come to us.

We have another exciting announcement about our personalized growth charts coming up very soon, so keep your eyes open. And if you’d like some ideas of how to hang your child’s growth chart, here are a few links to ideas:

How-to Hang Personalized Growth Charts: Binder Clips

Décor Trend: Washi Tape

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