A playroom for Emmy

Emmy is a busy little lady these days! Like most toddlers she wants to get into everything! So when she started getting into big brother’s legos and big sister’s tiny Shopkins, I knew it was time to create a safe and fun space for her to play. We have a little room off the girls […]

January 16, 2019


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Pretty Smitten began as a creative outlet after the birth of my first child in 2008. What started as a sweet little Etsy shop has now grown into a full Southern California Life + Style site featuring home decor, food, entertaining and wellness content. I believe there is beauty in the simplified, and I strive to create a beautiful happy home where we can stop to enjoy the little things. I hope within this blog you'll find a little inspiration for your own home life as well.

I'm also now thrilled to be offering fine art lifestyle photography. Documenting love in all forms is truly a gift...sweet little newborns, expecting mamas, families and couples...photos are our only "pause button."  Learn more about Elizabeth Johnson Photography by clicking below!  

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Merry Christmas!

Remember our Minted holiday card? These are a few more of the images I got from that photoshoot. It was FREEZING cold. We couldn’t even be out there longer then 10 minutes! I got what I could and hustled everyone back to the warm car!! My kiddos were such troopers though and we did manage […]

December 23, 2018


Holiday Charcuterie Board

One of my go-to appetizers will always be the charcuterie board. I’ve served them at all types of gatherings…from smaller dinner parties to larger events….and they are ALWAYS a hit. I think people just love to graze and pick at all their favorites! I also love that they can be created to reflect the season […]

December 14, 2018


Holiday Cards

Opening the mailbox in December is way more fun than opening it any other month…don’t you think? It might start off slow, but then they all start to trickle in…holiday cards!! The sending and receiving of holiday cards is definitely one of my most favorite traditions. I can’t remember how many years it’s been now, […]

December 10, 2018


Little Miss Sunshine

A few weeks ago, with the big kiddos busy at school, I had my friend and fellow photographer, Vanessa Lentine, over to the house to shoot some photos of just me and Emmy. She’s our last baby and growing up SO fast. Like light speed fast. I take plenty of photos of her around home, […]

November 30, 2018


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