Happy 1st Birthday June!

As our fabulous Artistic Director, Hillary creates many of the designs in our line of personalized baby gifts, from big sister shirts and big brother shirts to 1st birthday shirts and décor. Her adorable daughters, Lily and June, offer lots of inspiration and are important members of the Petite Lemon family. So we thought we’d take a moment to wish June a very, very Happy 1st Birthday.

Happy birthday wishes to you June! We’ve seen you go from wearing our personalized onesies to modeling other tees in our line of personalized baby gifts and we know you’ll continue to be one of our most favorite models.

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(Shown: Striped Number, Watercolor Fun, So Cute, Play Party Hat 1st birthday shirts)

Which of these Hillary designed 1st birthday shirts do you think June should wear for her party?

 

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Nursery Décor Trend: Rope

Sometimes when you’re decorating, a simple design element can make a big statement. Rope is one of those simple things. It works well for a range of themes, from nautical to beachy and country western to cozy cabin and it also makes a fantastically chic neutral no matter the room’s style or baby’s gender.

We found several nurseries that incorporate rope into their décor in one interesting way or another and paired them with personalized growth charts that would nicely accent each space.

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Love this rope framed mirror, which perfectly accents the navy blue and white gallery wall and décor pieces in this nautical themed nursery. The Perfect Pennant personalized growth chart in Navy Blue would fit in nicely too! (Project Nursery)

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Want to create a comfy spot in the nursery for sitting and reading with books within easy reach? Consider this DIY reclaimed wood shelf hung with ropes from Restless Oasis blog. And how cute would the Birdie Buddies personalized growth chart look next to it?

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Pops of red stand out in this cowboy themed nursery with adorable personalized rope wall art, which is why we’d add in the Perfect Pennant personalized growth chart in Roaring Red. (Project Nursery)

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We love this awesome DIY rope handled dresser in this little boy’s room on the Me and Jilly blog and we think the On the Go personalized growth chart would be a nice way to add a bit of color to the space while keeping with the transportation/travel theme.

Let us know how you’ve added rustic rope elements into your baby’s nursery design and which of our personalized growth charts would work well with the look.

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Décor Trend – Barn Doors

Were you born in a barn?” “No, but I had one in my nursery” may be your kiddo’s response if you are as enamored with the barn door as décor trend as we are. We love the wow factor wooden doors add to a room, whether the room’s theme is rustic, sophisticated, sweet, etc.

We found some beautiful nurseries that incorporate barn doors in their décor and chose a personalized growth chart to complement each.

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Rustic wood picture frames and barn doors are a perfect background for the chic white cribs and décor accents in this nursery for twins, and to keep the symmetry in the room, we’d add two Animal Crackers personalized growth charts to the space. (Living Fairy Tales)

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Used as wall art in this vintage travel themed nursery, the white washed barn door offers a great spot for a monogram – or another option would be to hang a personalized growth chart, like the Vintage Circus design, there. (Project Nursery)

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A splash of purple and a barn door on the closet add a bit of contrast to an otherwise neutral gray and white nursery, so we’d choose the Hoot Hoot personalized growth chart in Lilac to give the look another pop of color and interest. (Roomzaar)

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The barn door behind the crib offers a perfect spot for hanging pastel hued pennants in this sweetly feminine nursery, which would look ideal with the similarly colored and themed Woodland Fun personalized growth chart. (Project Nursery)

Do you like our choice of personalized growth charts for each room or would you go with another design instead?

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Welcoming a Little One Into the Family

Babble recently wrote a nice story on how parents can “trick” kids into liking the new baby. While we’re not crazy about the idea of “tricking” kids into things, as parents who have dealt with this transition, we totally get what they’re saying and appreciate the various ideas.

Of course, as designers of big brother shirts and big sister shirts, we completely agree with #3 – Get Them a Gift. We’ve used a big brother tshirt or big sister tshirt to help a new “big” get excited about welcoming a “little” and seen how helpful they can be in starting to establish a sibling bond.

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(Shown: Only Child Expiring Big Brother T shirt; Something to Say Big Brother T shirt, Taped Up Big Sister Tshirt, I’ve Been Promoted To Big Sister Tshirt)

Another great idea they suggest? Read them stories about siblings. These stories not only help prepare kids, story time is another wonderful way to bond with your child. At this sometimes anxiety ridden time, reading together is perfect for a little one-on-one time.

Want to read more tips from Babble? Click here for the whole article by Lauren Hartman.

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Get Inspired: 2015’s Hot Colors 

Have a baby due in early 2015 and already dreaming about color palettes for the nursery? House Beautiful recently featured interior designers’ picks for the top home décor color trends for next year which are sure to help get you inspired (see here).

Here are three of our favorites from this list with complementary personalized growth charts.

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Greek Blue – so pretty and lively, it could work just as well for a girl’s nursery as a boy’s in our opinion. (Shown: Picture Me personalized growth chart)

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Bold Color Mixing – you know we love us some bright colors! (Shown: Doodle It Up personalized growth chart).

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Sour Green With Blue – soothing, yet strong, we think this color combo would be perfect in a baby boy’s room and could easily transition into a big boy’s room. (Shown: Spell My Name personalized growth chart)

Which of these 2015 color trends do you like most?

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Paper Lantern Baby Shower Décor & Personalized Baby Gifts

We’re not sure what it is about paper lanterns, but we’re slightly obsessed with them. In patterns or solids, in white or the boldest hue, they add the perfect touch to party décor. And if your baby shower theme incorporates the same or complementary colors as your nursery, you could even re-use the lanterns in the baby’s room afterwards.

We found some adorable baby showers that feature paper lanterns used in a variety of ways and offered some ideas on personalized baby gifts that would be fitting for a similar themed shower.

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Not all paper lanterns need to be hung up to make an impact. We love how these lanterns add the perfect touch to a pea-in-the-pod themed shower’s dessert table. Recommended personalized baby gifts: polka dot or green and white themed gifts, like the Perfect Pennant personalized growth chart in Chartreuse.  (via Creative Baby Shower Ideas)

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Paper lanterns AND puffs in white and shades of pinks create a chic focal point to this bunny themed shower. Recommended personalized baby gifts: pink on pink onesies, like the Charming Hello or Scallop Monogram. (Bump Smitten)

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Paper lanterns hung over the outdoor dining table draw the eye upwards and create a wow factor in this vintage themed gender neutral shower. Recommended personalized baby gifts: Monogrammed onesies, like Balloon Bouquet, with the initial of the family’s last name. (Kara’s Party Ideas)

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Turning paper lanterns into hot air balloons is super cute, and using tea cups as the baskets is pure brilliance! Recommended personalized baby gifts: hot air balloon themed personalized growth charts of course, like the Up Up Away. (Décor Hacks)

Have you used paper lanterns for your baby shower décor?

 

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Family Birthday Movie Night

The family that celebrates together, stays together! Sounds fun too, right? If you have family members that share a birthday or have birthdays close together, why not throw a combined party that’s fun for everyone. A movie night – indoors or out – totally fits the bill!

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We saw this backyard movie night party with a monogrammed “concession stand” on Project Nursery (details here) and thought it would be so sweet if all the kiddos dressed in coordinating personalized onesies, 1st birthday shirts, big sister shirts, and/or big brother shirts to show family pride. (Shown: Birthday Girl and Birthday Boy 1st Birthday Shirts; Modern Monogram and Classic Monogram personalized onesies; Playful Doodles Big Sister Tshirt and Big Brother T shirt).

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For an indoor movie night party, we love this classic movie theater theme we found on Kara’s Party Ideas (details here). Choose personalized onesies, 1st birthday shirts, big sister shirts, and/or big brother shirts that complement the color scheme or movie genre, like superheroes for example. (Shown: Super Big Brother T shirt and Big Sister Tshirt; Superhero Birthday and Happy to Be 1st Birthday Shirts; Playful Hello and Chic Color personalized onesies).

Five great movies that both kids and parents love include Up, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, The Incredibles, and The Princess Bride.

 

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Décor Trend: Teepees

With fall on the way, it’s time to cozy up décor. One way to do that is to create a warm nook-like area and teepees are an instant solution, not to mention adorable! And if you think teepees only fit into a rustic décor theme, think again!!

We found some sweet nurseries with teepees and matched them up with some of our personalized growth charts.

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The Colorful Words personalized growth chart in Pool & Lime would fit in perfectly with this nursery that features a colorful striped teepee against a patterned wall design. Plus, there’s even a DIY to create the teepee here via Dress This Nest.

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Neutral hues with lots of texture give this “glamping” themed nursery a soothing feel and we’d add in the pastel Woodland Fun personalized growth chart to add a bit of soft color while complementing the animal accents. (The Little Umbrella).

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An orange and white striped teepee really pops in this gray, white, and light blue nursery, as would our Animal Crackers personalized growth chart in Orange and Charcoal.(via Grey Likes Baby)

To create a unique nursery, teepees and personalized growth charts can’t be beat, don’t you think?!

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Fall Themed Personalized Baby Gifts

If you’re on the lookout for personalized baby gifts for upcoming fall birthdays and baby showers, we’ve chosen a few here that are perfect for the season of crisp days and cozy nights.

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A woodsy or tree branch themed personalized growth chart is perfect for fall themed rooms and you can’t go wrong with personalized baby gifts of tees and onesies in autumnal shades of yellow and orange. (Shown: Hoot Hoot and Woodland Fun personalized growth charts; Crane Monogram and Plaid Pocket personalized onesies; Chic Chevron and Watercolor Fun 1st birthday shirts)

And don’t forget our sale ends today, you can get personalized baby gifts from our decor, tshirt and onesie collection for 15% off using code BIRTHDAYS.

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When to Wear Big Sister Shirts & Big Brother Shirts during the School Year

We think one of the best times to wear a big brother t shirt or big sister tshirt is to the hospital on the day the new little sibling arrives, but since we’re in back-to-school mode, we thought we’d offer up a few great times during the school year that kids can wear their big sister shirts and big brother shirts to show off family pride.

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If kids have become a “big” over the summer or if their “little” is now attending the same school, a sibling tee is a great choice for their first day of school outfit. (Shown: Chic Style and Double Trouble big sister shirts and big brother shirts)

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Like the first day of school, picture day is a perfect opportunity to wear a favorite sibling tee. (Shown: Super Big Brother T shirt and Big Sister Tshirt)

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Kids have a class recital or play? A big sister tshirt or big brother tshirt worn on stage will look even cuter with their “little” cheering them on in the audience in coordinating personalized onesies or tees. – (Shown: Rock On Big Brother T shirt and Big Sister Tshirt; Kids Play Big Brother T shirt and Big Sister Tshirt)

 

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And by the way, these times are also great reminders to mark kiddos’ heights on their personalized growth charts.

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