Your New Leaf



Click on the images above for a larger view. See the photos of the necklaces on the necks my readers here in my New Leaf Necklace photo gallery. Once you get yours – take your picture and e-mail it to me at and I’ll add it to my photo collection.

About the necklace

The necklace chain is 16.5″, the leaves are tiny and sweet – one representing you and the other your child or children. Each necklace was handcrafted by Tres Joli who sells her jewelry on To watch the original seed of this idea and the reason behind this necklace check out this video and then this video (in which I actually get a leaf tattoo).

Buy now

Cost: $28.00 + $3.25 Shipping & Handling [all orders from 7/10/09 on will not be shipped until 8/1/09 because I am sold out again. But please order yours now to reserve your necklace as quantities are limited.]

Want a longer necklace?

I now have a handful of necklaces with a longer chain (if you would like one of these please add a note to your PayPal purchase telling me).

More about your new necklace…

This necklace represents the growth, passion, love and strength every single mother carries for herself and her children.

Inspired by my readers and their input I worked with an Etsy designer to create this custom necklace. The larger leaf represents the single mother – finding herself again, the open leaf is ready for a new beginning. The second smaller leaf represents her child or children.

Single motherhood can seem like the most daunting and challenging experience a woman can face but if taken on with strength and acceptance of change only good things will come.

Know that you are not alone in your journey on both the dark and the light days because there will be hundreds of other single mothers wearing this same necklace.

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Lindsey May 22, 2009 at 4:39 am

Love love love it!! Going to get my Visa!!! Glad I stay up late. 🙂


Sheila May 22, 2009 at 4:46 am

i love it!!! yay! can't buy it until next friday — could you pretty please save one for me?


mssinglemama May 22, 2009 at 10:45 am

Yep. I'll save one for you… xoxo


Juggle Jane May 22, 2009 at 5:13 am

LOVES. IT. It's gorgeous!!!!


Sara May 22, 2009 at 5:45 am

I'm so proud of you! What a beautiful necklace!


Victoria May 22, 2009 at 11:57 am

Just beautiful. Love the style and the detail … Any chance there will be a silver one?


Lesli May 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I am a silver girl, too….what say you, Alaina? Silver in the future?


mssinglemama May 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Definitely a possibility I think… let me talk to the designer. And after this round I'll have more funds to invest in additional designs.



speedgirl May 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm

The necklace is gorgeous! I will proudly sport this and tell everyone that asks it is a symbol of single-motherhood. You should be very proud of yourself MSM! Well done, girl 🙂

I can't order my two until next Friday (one for me and one for a coworker who is going to meet with an attorney and start her new journey today) Hope you still have some left!


Wind2Energy May 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Single parenthood, perhaps? Single Dads rock, too, and not just because I yam one. W2E


bsmommy99 May 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Ohhhhhh, I absolutely LOVE it. It's better than I thought. Even though I re-married, most of the time I still feel like it's me and B. I guess I'll never lose my single-mom mentality. And guess what, I'm happy about that.

I'm so proud of you for uniting us all in this way, and for taking the leap and quitting your job. I'll help any way I can.


Jenn P. May 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Though I'm not a single-momma, I am the proud daughter of one (though she has remarried) and I will be wearing this necklace in support of you wonderful women!


Ana May 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Great choice on the necklace…it's just perfect. And, congratulations on your leap of faith…you inspire me to take more chances.


Sheila May 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Thank you so much!!! xoxoxoxo


Bobbi February 4, 2015 at 4:25 am

Cute outfit. 🙂 I love the print on your dress and that bag is so cute!I miss lainryeg though! Summer is nice and all, you get to see your friends and spend time at the beach and eat watermelon, but fall will always be my favorite season.


jeffra May 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I think I'll buy one for my mom, to represent all those years that she raised us three kids, alone. Before there was support, friendship and blogs like yours to comfort her! She is my champion! I will tell her to check out your blog and see what she thinks about your fantastic movement! Congrats on breaking out on your own. I hope to find a new passion, myself…Maybe after the baby starts sleeping through the night!


mssinglemama May 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm

That's a really nice idea… I want to give one to my mom too, even though she wasn't a single mom.

Thanks so much for being here.


Carrie May 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm

So beautiful! I'm buying one… Good luck with the new gig!


Oksana February 4, 2015 at 2:47 am

hi, sorry for the late my ‘blog watch’ I would mention and renilk your blog and write something about your outfit (the navy/black), because I think it’s gorgeous. I would like to take two pictures which show the fabrics of your outfit at its best. above that it would bring traffic to your blog as well. what would you say about the idea?alex


Martini Mom May 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I've been a single mom for six years. These years have been the hardest, most agonizing, most indescribably beautiful years of my life. And now, through some miracle, I have found an amazing man who loves me and adores my son. And I find that I am ready to share my life again – and my home (he'll be moving in in a few short months). I've been looking for something to symbolize this new chapter in this still new life. Your necklace is perfect. I am a single mama who feels like she's made it; not because I found a man, but because I found me.

Ew. That's a little sappy. I almost threw up a little. But it's true, nonetheless.


Speedgirl May 22, 2009 at 7:06 pm

It is SO true that many of us are happy, not merely because we are not married to "that guy" anymore, but because we have finally found ourselves. I think that makes us more open to finding true happiness in a relationship! Congrats 🙂


Mz Mami May 23, 2009 at 12:04 am

I love it!! You must already be sold out on the pre orders but I will definitely put in an order within a week and see what happens. Silver would be good too…my mood varies.. 😛 CONGRATS (and good luck -good vibes) on quitting your day job. Cheers to single mamas….


JenniB May 23, 2009 at 1:48 am

I'm a Mama, but not a Single Mama. Can I have a new leaf too? 🙂 Love your blog!


mssinglemama May 23, 2009 at 2:59 am

Of course you can!

Sent from my iPhone


zee May 23, 2009 at 2:30 am

what is the necklace made out of? i love the design!!


mssinglemama May 23, 2009 at 11:48 pm

You know what… I'm not really sure. I think it's a brass metal – definitely not gold or any kind of precious metal. I'll find the specifics soon and get back to you.


2luvs4nj May 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I love it- it's perfect…


SueB. Ont.Canada May 23, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I love the necklace, I have this thing for leaves and trees. I've been a single mum for 10 years now and wouldn't have had it any other way. Can you ship to Canada?


mssinglemama May 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Yes! No worries.

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SueB.Ont.Canada May 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Thanks, just placed an order for one. Can't wait for it to get here


christeen May 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Gorgeous!! I cannot wait to get one of my own! Simpy beautiful…….


PT-LawMom May 28, 2009 at 3:14 am

This is so gorgeous!


Steph May 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

Wow i did it i've paid for my necklace. am so happy u had International delievery (am from london) can't wait to get it, this was such a wonderful idea and a great design, can't wait to wear mine!

p.s Hello ms single mama, ive never left a comment before but i must tell you how much i love your blog/ you! i came across your blogg at the end of last year when i really needed it and now could not live without it.


Lorena January 29, 2015 at 1:12 am

ooo very nice find with those shoes! i’m looking frwaord to the memorial day sales- i’m ready to make a dent in my card. and i do that all the time with dresses and skirts- a belt fixes any bagginess 😉


Irishmom June 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm

waiting (patiently) for my symbol of hope. Thank you! : )


Serenadragon June 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Hi Alaina – not sure if anyone else has asked this but…are you able to ship to the UK and if so how much is the shipping cost?? I really want one of these beautiful necklaces…and as I just had my birthday I figure I can buy myself a present 😉


mssinglemama June 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Yes, I will… if you can tag a few extra dollars into the shipping until I get that formally set up. But, yes, buy one and you’ll get it!


Serenadragon June 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Thank you!!! You are a star 🙂


Toronto Mama June 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

It's absolutely gorgeous!


Jamie June 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I received my new necklace today, and I LOVE it! It is beautiful!! Thank you so much.


Rebecca K. June 9, 2009 at 3:00 am

I just received mine in the mail over the weekend … I TOTALLY LOVE IT!! Already making a list of other gf's to get for … THANK YOU, ALAINA! 🙂


Matthew January 29, 2015 at 4:05 am

I love your purple jeans and such a great deal!! They are pcfeert for fall and I really need to find some! Following you now :)xo,Angela


Lindsey June 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Got my necklace and love it!! Will order a silver one too if you make them!!


nat July 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

just recently became a single mum, to 2 kids 5 and 3 months, i think the necklace is really lovely and would love to order one, i take it you can post to the uk? if you could let me know how much extra you would need. thanks in advance


mssinglemama July 1, 2009 at 9:31 pm

No extra cost, but if you want to add a few dollars more to your purchase that would be nice.

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Kauluwehi339 July 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Hi! Can you keep me on the list if you make a silver one? I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE one! Thank you so much!!


a July 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I really like this necklace. It’s symbolic and attractive and nature friendly all in one. May I ask a small suggestion, can you make the pictures brighter and a little more detailed? I read the description of the necklace and I am puzzled as to where the small leaf is as a symbol of the child/children? Thanks in advance.


a July 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Silver might be a nice option too. 🙂


a July 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Opps…never mind my previous question about the leaves. Can’t wait to buy.


Arlyne Andrevil January 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

I am in love, in love, in LOVE with this necklace! Do you think there will be more in stock soon either on your site or etsy?
Please let me know! It’s so beautiful.
Thanks! And happy new year!


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