Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Thanksgiving week is here & we are sooo excited! Not only for all of the delicious food that we are about to eat, but also for all of the family we will have around our table this year! My out-of-town brothers and their families will all be making their way to our house this year & we can't wait to have a full house. Also! My oldest brother (two years younger than me) & his wife will be welcoming their first baby into the world any day now, they are literally on their way to the hospital right now!
So much to be thankful for!

I thought I would throw it back to a picture of Harper & Eloise on their first Thanksgivings, both wearing the same dress & bib that miss Claire will be wearing on Thursday. Look at these sweet little BABIES!

We are still finalizing our menu, dessert line up & decorations for the cutest little kids table that I can't wait to put together! I love trying one new recipe each year, and this year it will be this Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole. I can't tell if this should be considered a main dish or a dessert, but it looks delicious!!

I love a fun twist on the traditional cranberry sauce, try a cranberry cocktail like this delicious moscow mule, served in a pretty copper mug.

This wishbone bottle opener would make the perfect hostess gift or festive addition to the bar cart.

Stumped on what to wear for Thanksgiving? A comfy sweater or plaid button up are easy to dress up with some sparkly jewelry. Or maybe with these amazing sequin pants, I am dying to wear a pair for the holidays!

If you've followed my blog for long, you probably know that cinnamon butter is one of our favorite Thanksgiving dinner garnishes, you can find the recipe here. We love making a double batch, packaging them up in mason jars, and passing them out to friends, neighbors & coworkers.

I love this round-up of the best craft beers for your Thanksgiving dinner.

 Share a meal by donating to the fight against hunger, 'tis the season to pay it forward.

And don't forget to make a Thanksgiving dinner playlist! Ours is ready to go with some Michael Buble, Mumford & Sons, and of course some brand new Adele! ;)
Cheers friends, Happy Thanksgiving Week!! XO

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ten thoughts that go through my head every single day.

1. How is it already morning? Is Claire ever going to sleep through the night, or are the girls ever going to sleep later than 6:30 am ever again? Hmm. Probably neither any time soon. Thank the good Lord for coffee.

2. *after drinking too much coffee* What should we do today?! We should go to the park! Or let's go to the zoo! Going to the mall with three kids isn't so bad, let's go! Let's do all the fun things!!!

3. Holy shit why did I attempt to do all the fun things. Not enough hands. Not enough energy. Why is the park so crowded? Why is the train table so full of germs? We should drive through chic-fil-a.

4. When was the last time I washed my hair? One glimpse in the mirror (or even worse, the horrifying accidental front facing camera) tells me it wasn't anytime in the last 72 hours. Ooh, maybe I'll shower when the kids are napping! Spoiler alert: I won't.

5. Can my kids actually not hear me? I mean, I did tell them ten times not to yell while Claire is sleeping or put their socks in the toilet, right????

6. I really need to vacuum.
7. Where is Ellie's sippy cup? Why am I always looking for Ellie's sippy cup?
8. Is it wine o'clock? Did I just hear a car door? No. Was that the garage opening? Nope. Hang in there, we're in the home stretch. Brandon's almost home. Brandon's almost home. Brandon's almost home.

9. Ughhhh, they're all so cute and sweet. Drinking their milk & reading books before bed, I love them. I wish they could all just sleep in our bed.

10. Was I a good mom today? Did I yell too much? Did my kids have enough fun? Why does Brandon have more patience than me? Because he isn't home all day with them, right? If I went to work, I would be overflowing with patience when I came home at night, right? Maybe I should go back to work. Or maybe I'll just try to do better tomorrow. Let's watch Breaking Bad.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sugarboo Collaboration Launch

I am so excited to announce the launch of my print collaboration with Sugarboo & Co! Sugarboo is local to Atlanta, "Dealer in Whimsy" is absolutely what best describes them because everything in their stores is incredibly dreamy! And I am so honored to have my prints be a part of it. I got the very first one printed this week, as an oversized hand crafted wood gallery wrap & couldn't wait to hang it!!! Our print collaboration is now available at Sugarboo, and as always, you can find my prints as digital downloads in my Etsy shop! :)

I had every intention of taking a picture of the finished product, but thought that the in progress shot was even more beautiful. The only thing missing are the girls themselves, who had run off to tickle baby Claire's feet with garland trimmings. Holidays are just so magical with kids, I can't get enough!

We will be kicking off the launch of our collaboration with a little holiday mix & mingle at Sugarboo at The Collection, this Friday night from 6:30-8:30, so if you're local, please join us! Thank you so very much for the continued support of my blog & art, I am so incredibly thankful for you all!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Happiest at Home.

As the holiday season rolls around, our schedules become busier & we find ourselves scrambling to fit everything in. We love visiting family, going to fun events & doing all sorts of seasonal activities with the kids. But with three small kids, we have learned that sometimes, it is best to just stay home. No carseats, no overtired kids who missed their nap or their bedtime, no changing diapers in the back of the car or being stuck in traffic while one kid is puking yogurt parfait all over themselves (looking at you Ells). But just being home, and bringing all of the magic of the season home with us. Snuggling up on the couch in our pajamas, listening to Christmas music & making s'mores in the fireplace. I am so thankful that we were able to have some fun photos taken to capture some of our very favorite moments like these, these girls are the happiest at home, and I don't think we can blame them.

Mint Snow Day Scarf // Socks (sold out from Gap, similar here) // Reindeer Pajamas
Stockings (old from Anthropologie, similar here) // Pink Fur Pillow
Jonathan Louis Lombardy Sofa (read more about our collab in this post!)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide

 While we are dreaming of turkey legs & apple pie over here, the realization has set in that Christmas is only six weeks away! Six weeks from TODAY! And I am so excited to share a small holiday gift guide that I have put together, including a few of the things my girls absolutely love & a few things that will be under the tree for them this year! 

 One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven // Twelve // Thirteen

I love using something they want, something they need, something to wear & something to read as a guide for picking out gifts. It makes things simple & practical in a world where holiday shopping is just plain overwhelming. Every year, I love picking out a few books, some pajamas (and tutus!), and some new puzzles, alphabet activities or art supplies. That leaves the "want" category open for a thing or two that they pick out on their own.

Harper has asked for a hula hoop & a doll bed. She has two of the sweetest ballerina dolls that she loves to pieces, so I am thinking this would be a fun DIY project for us to build her something for them to sleep in! And if you are in love with those dolls as much as we are, our friend Erin at Candy Kirby Designs is offering 15% off to our readers, with coupon code CKDLOVESTHEGARVINS. We love her too! :)

Eloise wants a puppy & a basketball. Simple enough!! ;) Eloise is obsessed with dogs, so I found this hilarious dog house full of puppies that I am fairly certain will blow her mind.
The play kitchen is the perfect gift for kids of all ages, we waited to get this for Harper until her third Christmas, but were surprised at how young Eloise was when she started to play with it as well. It is still the most loved toy in the house & it is always so fun to add new kitchen accessories. I am currently loving this felt food breakfast set & these super adorable wooden popsicles!

And then there are babies! I think it's always so hard to come up with Christmas gifts for babies, because 1. they're babies and 2. you probably already bought all the things you really need for them. A few of my favorite gift ideas would be milestone cards (if you haven't already seen these, they're really the cutest photo props ever!), which would also be the perfect gift for a baby on the way! And some adorable, all natural teethers (like the rubber boat or plush snail) that can also be used as toys!

I hope this has been helpful for anyone still in need of gift ideas, and as always, please share any of your great finds with us in the comments! I cannot even handle the excitement I have for the holidays this year, Christmas with three kids will surely be the best ever.
Happy Happy Friday!!! XO

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cozy Family Room Style with Jonathan Louis Furniture

We are so excited to have teamed up with Jonathan Louis Furniture to give our family room a cozy little makeover! With three wild & crazy kids, long work days & infinite amounts of housework, there is nothing we look forward to in a day quite like relaxing on the couch together once our house is quiet. Candles required, wine optional.

We bought our first sectional as newlyweds, without any idea the amount of baby spit up, apple juice & cheerio crumbs that would eventually cover the entire surface. Our couch was destroyed by years of letting friends sleep on it, eating late night pizza on it & of course, letting our kids use it everyday as a bounce-house. So while it was very well loved, it was time for something new, something that would work much better in our space.

Enter Jonathan Louis, and their insanely comfortable, totally customizable selection of furniture. The sofa we chose, and customized for our space, is a classic, but modern chaise sofa with down-like, super plush cushions. We chose from their over 600+ fabric swatches, and eventually picked this ultra durable, textured material in a color called Cork Bar Sand. I love the swiss-dot effect that the fabric has! I know what you're thinking, how could we possibly have chosen a light colored couch with three kids?! Here's the deal, I have found that darker fabrics tend to show messes just as much, especially water marks which is the most common thing spilled on our furniture. It is more about the fabric itself, which is why we love this one because it is naturally stain-resistant & easy to clean, and has already proven itself against a blue m&m! ;) We have made more of an effort to not let the kids run around with juices or crayons (which duh, we should have done a long time ago, just ask our walls & carpets). Because of our tall trees outside, our family room doesn't get a ton of natural light, so for me, a light colored sofa is really the only way to go in terms of making the room feel bright & airy. I am excited to hunt down the perfect bold rug for the room next!

Our living room is long & narrow, and all about function, so we loved the idea of a chaise arm sofa because it took up so much less space than a full sized sectional. We also opted to get rid of our ottoman for the time being, which was basically being used as a trampoline, and with kids, floor space is so much more useful! Coffee tables (or anything with hard corners) are really out of the question for the next few years, so instead we opted for one of our small wooden tree stump tables to be brought into the room. We keep it tucked off to the side when the kids are running around, but can easily move it over to put our feet up or set drinks on once the kids are in bed. We love the way the couch cushions are wide enough for two people, and especially love the end chaise for snuggling! It really is the best seat in the house!

If you are interested in seeing more of their furniture in person & customizing a piece for your home, you can visit one of their retailers, ZGallerie, Macy's or other local furniture stores nationwide. Thanks so much to Jonathan Louis Furniture for this super fun opportunity! You can find us right here for the rest of the season.

Photos by Scobey Photography.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


It's been a little while since we've done one of these, so let's dive right in to a few mom confessions, shall we? :)

1. Lack of sleep is totally catching up with me, I find myself waking up already grumpy with the kids instead of in a good mood. Aside from a random night or two, Claire has been waking 2-3 times each night, with last night being the worst yet. I am so looking forward to her sleeping through the night so I can get back in the habit of dragging myself out of bed before everyone wakes up in the morning. A cup of coffee in a quiet house before everyone is bouncing off the walls does wonders!

2. I used the NoseFrida Snot Sucker on the girls this week with their colds, and although I was extremely skeptical (and maybe a little grossed out) by it at first, I think it just might be one of the best baby products ever.

3. I already hung our Christmas stockings. Fa la la la la!

4. I am over nursing. Cue the breastfeeding enthusiasts exiting the page now, but wait! I am not quitting :) I am just getting burnt out & admitting it. Claire is still eating every 3-4 hours and still refuses a bottle (aside from a few random times when she willingly took one, and we can't figure out how to make it happen again). She is my little ball & chain, I love her, but it would be nice to be able to get out the door for a holiday party or upcoming weddings without having to nurse her before bed & have to hurry home in case she wakes up to eat in the middle of the night. I know, suck it up and stop whining right? K.
5. I splurged on a $28 candle this week and I'm not even mad about it, because have you ever walked into Anthropologie and wondered how/why/what makes that store smell soooo amazing? It is this scent, Capri Blue Volcano, and it is worth every. single. penny.

6. Eloise has started saying "yeah" instead of her enthusiastic yes, or "ass!" and we are really sad about it. Luckily, Harper still calls hummus "helmets" so we hope to be hanging on to that one a little bit longer.

7. We aren't sure if we are going to move anymore, and I can't decide if I am happy or sad about it. Long story short, we decided that building was actually not the best option for us, we felt like we were getting caught up in the excitement & new-ness of the opportunity, and were getting further and further away from our original reason of moving, which was to get a bigger yard for the kids and additional bedrooms. There is a lot more to it, which I will save for another post, but ultimately we are just trying to make the right decision and it is not easy. So for now, let's just put up Christmas decorations!

8. Saving the best for last, I had to take the girls out the other night after dinner because we were out of our evening essentials, wine & milk. Brandon wasn't home & we were in a rush because it was close to bedtime meltdowns so I hurried the kids out the door. After I buckled Claire into her carseat, I looked back and couldn't help but die laughing when I realized what the girls were wearing. Harper had on a dress-up minnie mouse dress, two skirts & was wearing a cape as an apron. And Eloise was wearing Claire's moose hat, no pants, and carrying a soccer ball. You guys, I cannot make this stuff up.

Sorry for the bad photo, it was dark. Have a confession? Do tell! ;)
Happy Hump Day! XO