Eleanor is Four

Today, my girl is four years old. She alternates between her girly and tomboyish sides, but the other day she wanted to be extra fancy. That meant layering every necklace she owns over her pajamas, including one with Christmas lights that blink on and off. Plus fairy wings and a charm bracelet.


Eleanor's Necklaces

She also asked me to take a picture of her “stinky feet.” Ha! See that smile?

Little Feet

Man, we love that girl. She’s turning out to be someone pretty amazing. Happy birthday, kiddo.


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  • Helen
    April 29, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Well if you cant over induluge on necklaces etc when you are 4 when can you – very cute.

  • bunavita
    April 29, 2013 at 3:51 am

    happy bday for your sweet Eleanor! may all the happiness surround her! she’s cute!

  • rue du tambour
    April 29, 2013 at 3:53 am


  • Alex
    April 29, 2013 at 6:29 am

    First time commenting but I just had to do so b/c as soon as I saw your daughter with all her necklaces I laughed, if only b/c I recognize a huge batch of them in my own daughter’s room. Happy Birthday to your little one!

  • heather
    April 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Where did you get her charm bracelet? I love it and so would my daughters. Looks a little retro, which I love!

    • Danielle
      April 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

      YES! This reminded me of those charm necklaces I had back the day. It is so cute!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      The charm bracelet, and most of the charms, are from Gap Kids.

  • Kathryn
    April 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Extra fancy is very important. As are stinky feet. Happy Birthday Eleanor!

  • paula
    April 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

    omg that little lady is so chic! great pictures!!!

  • Rebecca@beautifulsquarefeet
    April 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Happy Birthday Eleanor! Wow those years fly by don’t they! She looks so bright and full of intrigue!

  • Kayla aka Kilo Bravo
    April 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Happy Birthday Big Girl!! Looks like you’ve got a fashionista on your hands!! Must get it from her mama :-)

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    April 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Happy birthday to Eleanor (and her stinky feet). P.S. Great photos!

  • poulattitude
    April 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Happy birthday Eleanor! I remember you when I discovered your mum’s blog 3 years ago… what a change :D

  • Valerie O.
    April 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Best wishes on the happiest of birthdays to dear Eleanor! She is such an delightful little lady.

  • Valerie O.
    April 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Best wishes on the happiest of birthdays to dear Eleanor! She is such a delightful little lady.

  • Jennifer
    April 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love!!! Nicole, E’s bracelet is too cute. My girls would love something similar. Is hers a custom piece? Where can I get them something similar?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Check out your local Gap! They sell them by the register, usually, with all kinds of adorable charms.

  • jbhat
    April 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

    She’s all kinds of precious, that one. Happy birthday to Eleanor and to all of you. And hey, enjoy 4. Four year olds are pretty much the awesome-est.


  • Sarah
    April 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    loooove the charm bracelet…so adorable. must know where its from!

  • Crista
    April 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Martina
    April 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Birthday, Eleanor! Man, I needed this today. I’m feeling a little down and among other things feel like my little girl is growing too quickly. She’ll be 2 in a few months. This was such a timely reminder that four years old is just as awesome as 1 year old and we still have so much wonderful, sparkly, accessory-layered, silly, creative girly fun in the years to come.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      You still have so much fun ahead. I know though — they grow up way too quickly.

  • Tristan B.
    April 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Eleanor! I can’t believe you have been her for four years, it was just yesterday you were in your Mommy’s tummy!

  • Wanda Espana
    April 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Lovely photos, lovely model ;)

  • Bonnie
    April 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I “met” you in the Chicago Tribune when Eleanor was a newborn. Just stopping by the say that she appears to be an intelligent, fun-loving and stylish girl. I keep thinking I might run into y’all (I’m from the south!) about town one day. Happy Birthday Eleanor!


  • Rose
    April 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Gosh, I’m crushing on Eleanor’s charm bracelet. How adorable is that! She certainly has an eclectic style.

  • kristi@SimplePrettyThings
    April 30, 2013 at 8:31 am

    She is one cool kiddo! Happy Birthday little girl

    May 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Ha, Love “fancy” Eleanor! :) Seriously can’t help but smile when I look at these photos. :)

    Isn’t it so fun as they become older and you really get to know the wonderful little person that they are!

  • Arlena
    May 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Eleanor! Growing up fast…and having a lot of fun of it I can see…:)