Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hey Friends! Happy Friday, and better yet, Happy Fall!!! We have been busy over here, nearing the end of our kitchen reno & I am so so so excited to share some photos next week!! We have been painting, hanging curtains, changing light fixtures, installing floating shelves and so much more. We are looking forward to taking it easy this weekend, collecting some pumpkins & decorating the porches! I need some of this green gourd goodness in my life!!

photo via pinterest.
I wanted to round up a few Friday Favorites before signing off for the day!

Obsessed with these oversized plaid flannels for Fall, especially the orange and the buffalo check! And they're on sale! ;)

Loving this lineup of 10 Pumpkin Muffins to try this Fall, challenge accepted!!

I bought this pumpkin souffle candle the other day & cannot get over how good it smells. I want to keep it burning all day long!

The cold brew coffee press of my dreams, love making my coffee as strong as I want it & having it ready as soon as I wake up!

My Fall Playlist has been on repeat all week, do you have a favorite jam that you listen to this time of year?

Hope you all had a great week, and a happy weekend ahead!!! XO

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Our Morning Routine

Cool morning weather & the sunlight pouring into our bedroom windows are two of my favorite things right now. Having the girls in school has forced us into a new morning routine & I am realizing how much we really needed this. The first week was tough for us all, but hooray! we finally have our shit together & we are loving it. Although it's already Fall Break next week, which I'm so confused about because the kids have been in school for approximately five minutes so I'm not sure why we already need a week off, but then again, I'm new to this. Money says I take them Monday anyway and then realize nobody else is there.

So in order to effectively get out the door in the mornings (meaning fed, on time & everyone is wearing matching shoes) this is what our routine looks like. I usually get up around 6:30 when Brandon is taking off for work. I make some coffee and make my bed because, the state of your bed is the state of your head. I get out things for breakfast & start packing their lunches for school, by then Harper is usually skipping down the stairs.

Harper puts on some cartoons, I pack lunches & snacks, then quickly get myself ready. I usually shower during naptime or after the girls go to bed, so in the morning my routine is washing my face (I swear this is the key to actually feeling awake!), dry shampoo & mascara! ;)

Once Claire & Eloise are up, everyone is chugging milk & eating breakfast. During the week, we usually eat yogurt, fruit, scrambled eggs or toaster waffles. I try to keep it super quick and easy, and every single day I wish pop-tarts were an acceptable breakfast. We have been loving eating breakfast outside, a little fresh air first thing in the morning is an amazing way to start the day, plus less clean up! ;) The girls love to play on the deck for a bit before we get ready, which I love because they are all so happy and sweet in the morning.

I set all of the girls outfits out the night before, this is an absolute MUST for us being on time in the morning. Everyone is already stalling bedtime by two hundred years so it's easy to get them to cooperate on helping me pick their clothes. I get them all dressed, we search all over the house for everyone's shoes & I tell everyone five times that they cannot wear tap shoes to school. We do hair, we pack back packs, scramble to find show & tell items, fill up water bottles & head out the door!

We usually wait in car line for quite a while, so we try to use this time for good! I love letting them pick songs to listen to to put them in happy moods, we chat about being good friends & how important it is to be nice to everyone and sometimes get to FaceTime with dad at work. Once I drop off the girls, Claire & I hit our errands!! I usually pick up a few forgotten things from the grocery store, go to the post office, we stop at the park or go for a walk, she sometimes takes a morning nap if we go home, while I clean or get a little bit of work done. If I'm feeling super productive I will prep dinner while making lunch for Claire, although one of these days I swear I am just going to come home and lay on the couch watching HGTV the entire time they're in school.

The best part of the day is picking up the girls, I love to peek into their classrooms and see them with their little friends or sitting at their desks. And there is nothing better than them running across the room to the door when we get to come in! :) I freaking love them so much it hurts.

Do you have a good morning routine with your kids?! Would love to know any tips or tricks to keeping things on track!!
Cheers to being halfway through the week, and FALL starts tomorrow!! XO

Monday, September 19, 2016

Feels Like Home

There is something about the sound of football on tv that feels like home. Maybe because it was always on while I was growing up, or maybe because it's only on in the Fall which is of course my favorite time of year. With boxes everywhere, an unfinished kitchen & a brand new routine with school, things have been sorta frantic since we have moved in. But waking up Saturday here, with college gameday on & yellow leaves raining down from the trees in our back yard, things finally felt like home.

We got almost all the rest of the boxes in the house unpacked & made lots of progress around the house. We finished the rest of the painting in the kitchen & drawing out where all of our floating shelves will go. Our tile will go up this coming weekend, then comes shelves & range hood, I am honestly so excited to see this wall come together!! If you follow me on Instagram (@jlgarvin) you may have seen the great mirror debate, we finally decided on the gold one & I love love love how it looks! I am excited to accessorize the mantle & hang curtains in this room!! There is still so much to do but we are finally getting to the fun part, I am dying to put up Fall decorations. Just as soon as I find them. ;)

We are starting back up our tradition of Sunday Dinners (what we used to call Soup Sunday because, well, we always made soup). But every Fall, we love to cook up big dinners and invite friends & family over on Sunday afternoons. It's such a fun way to end the weekend! Hoping to share a few of them with recipes we are trying, I have been in such a meal rut since we've moved, but I'm going to blame it on a partially unfinished kitchen. Long live pasta & homemade garlic bread.
Hope you all had an amazing weekend!! XO

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Master Bath Plans + Inspiration

We are slowly making progress unpacking & decorating some of the rooms in the house, it's actually been much more of a work in progress than I thought. We decided not to take on any other major projects until the kitchen is finished, but next up on the list will be our master bathroom! There was another room in the house that we almost used as a master, I loved the sky lights & space, but ultimately we realized the full bathroom & bigger closets trumped everything.  I thought I would share a few pictures of our current master bathroom along with some inspiration that I am loving!

This bathroom has come a long way since the first time we saw it. Last Fall when it was foreclosed, it was a total wreck, it had wallpaper & dark floor tiles, and an old shower that is now one of the closets. I sometimes look back and can't believe we were going to try to take that on ourselves! I am thankful that things worked out as they did, the investors that then bought the house did a total gut job & remodel, and we are pretty thankful for this space in its current state.

The bathroom really is in great shape, so we aren't going to spend a lot of time or money on it.  It's not necessarily my style, I would have loved to see different tile, especially in the shower, but we will work with what we have! I do LOVE the tub, maybe one of these days I will actually get to use it! Our plans for now are to replace the tub faucet (this one is so modern, it reminds me of Wall-E), paint the walls, replace some of the trim around the doors, update knobs & hinges with bronze, update the light fixtures & mirrors, and add lots of fun personal touches to give it some character. I would love to add shiplap or a brick wall treatment to the walls surrounding the tub! We ordered a plantation shutter for the large window, I love all of the light in this room & it gets the best sunset views in the evenings.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite bath spaces, I am soaking up lots of inspiration from these & can't wait to get to work on ours!!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Would love to hear any thoughts or ideas you have!! I have loved getting your feedback & input! Thanks as always for reading!! XO

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mama + Mini // Fall Favorites

My favorite time of year is ALMOST here, the first day of Fall is next week & I cannot believe it!!! The last few months have just flown by & I am just hoping we can be settled enough in our house soon to really enjoy the upcoming season. Cool mornings on our back porch put me in the best mood, and while it has been fun letting the kids run around in nothing but diapers for the last few weeks, I am ready for all the cute Fall clothes!!

Rounding up a few of my favorite finds lately, I just picked up this wool fedora & cannot wait to rock this in place of my typical top knot. So ready for suede boots, cozy sweatshirts & all the Fall accessories!!

A few of you have asked about the distressed jeans I wear often, they are these Joe's Jeans and they're the absolute best investment I have ever made in my wardrobe. A great pair of jeans is SO underrated, they're honestly just as comfortable as leggings (yay for the stretch!!) & are the best wash for dressy or casual looks. Also just grabbed these super cute deer pajamas for the girls, love them for Fall & Winter both!! It seems everyone is always growing out of their pajamas around here, why is that?!

Would love to know your favorite Fall looks & what you have your eye on this season! Hope you're all having a wonderful week!!! XO

Friday, September 9, 2016

The never ending laundry pile meets the LG SideKick

Laundry. It's never ending in our house, and it's usually one of the most dreaded items on my to-do list. But today we have partnered with LG Electronics to introduce you to the coolest thing to happen to laundry since... well, ever. The LG SideKick™ pedestal washer replaces your storage pedestal that sits underneath your front load washer and acts as a second washing machine for those smaller & specialty loads of laundry, allowing you to wash two loads at once. Like those yoga pants that you wear every other day that wouldn't warrant a full load of laundry in the regular washer. Or your kids favorite lovies that got gross all of a sudden and need to be washed & returned in less than thirty minutes. In our house, there is almost always a precious princess tutu with guacamole spilled on it just minutes after the rest of the laundry gets finished. Here is where all of these problems can be solved!!

The LG SideKick offers six different wash cycles, and can run independently or simultaneously with a load in the main washer. Throw in one or two items, some delicates or things you just need to wash often in between laundry days. We have had our LG SideKick for only a few days & have used it already more times than I can count, it is so handy & truly makes laundry so much easier. And much more fun for the little ones & their helping hands!

Now through October 19th, LG is having a promotion: buy a four- piece laundry bundle (LG front-load washer, companion dryer, LG SideKick pedestal washer & dryer storage pedestal), and LG will cover the cost of the SideKick upgrade. Click here to learn more! 

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Best of luck friends, and may we all eventually find our way to the bottom of that laundry pile! ;)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sister Snapshot

It has just been a whirlwind of change around here lately, so before I forget any of the most important things, I wanted to share a little sister snapshot of my three babes. And a little peek into their new shared room, I can't wait to show you all how fun this room is, as soon as Eloise's big girl bed arrives we will have it finished!!

Tulle Dresses // Never Grow Up Sweater // Schoolgirl Bow Headband // Acrylic Dollhouse // Matchbox Mice

Harper // 4 1/2 Years
Oh, my big girl! Harper has always been too grown up for her own good, and we say this now more than ever. She is so sweet, caring & attentive to everyone's needs. She takes the best care of her sisters & loves them so much. Helping is her favorite thing to do, she loves to set the table, make beds, and lately pack and unpack things. She is still obsessed with art, she loves to draw & write letters. She picks pages from books and tries to draw them, and writes all of our names on pictures that she draws of our family. She makes her Ms upside down, so when she writes Mommy, it actually says Wowwy. :) She still has her sassy moments, but for the most part, she is just so kind hearted & fun, she has the best sense of humor & I love the friendship that has grown between us as she grows up. She comes in my room every morning & goes into my closet, and asks me what I'm going to wear & usually comes out wearing a pair of my heels.
Harper's favorite foods are pancakes, grandma's spaghetti & carrots and hummus. She still carries her sweet kitty (the one that she named Izzy just like our cat) around with her everywhere we go, I will be crushed when she doesn't do this some day.
She loves school so much, I knew she would because she just loves to learn & do new things. One of her teachers in school is actually our babysitter that we have had for the last few years, so that is extra special for her & just one more reason that she is always excited for school days.

Eloise // 2 Years
Eloise has given a whole new meaning to terrible twos, she is so terribly cute & tests every ounce of my patience. She has the spunkiest personality, she bounces off the walls from morning til night, I love walking into her room in the morning to get her out of bed and seeing her big happy smile.
She is going through a very clingy stage, she wants me all the time, and spends a lot of the day on my lap or literally trying to climb me if I am in the kitchen cooking. She loves us so hard, loves her sisters & her excitement for everything is so contagious. We are still so obsessed with all of her words, the way she talks is the absolute cutest and we love all of the funny things she says. I will be so sad once she has perfected all of the words she mispronounces right now because it really is my favorite thing ever. She is finally saying "cqua-lare!" instead of "ky" and it is all sorts of bittersweet!
Eloise is probably the pickiest eater of all the girls, but mostly because she would rather play than eat. She loves fruit, pancakes, anything with ketchup & chocolate milk!
She's obsessed with singing & dancing, loves to play dress up & take care of her baby dolls. She sleeps with about fourteen of them in her bed at night, has names for all of them & knows every time which one is missing. She is Harper's shadow, anything Harper says, Eloise repeats the last few words of it. I am so thankful for this because Harper sets an amazing example for her.

Claire // 14 Months
Not quite a baby anymore, yet still totally the baby around here. She loves to snuggle & be rocked, still loves a bottle over a sippy cup & loves flipping through books. Rocking her each night before bed is one of my favorite parts of the day, I love how she always puts her foot up on my chest or face, and she gives the best open mouth kisses. She is currently getting her molars, teething with her has been the hardest of all the kids, but we are almost through the worst of it. We are in the scream for everything stage since she is only saying a few words, this girl can throw one monster of a tantrum, but it's so funny because she is so sweet & laid back all the rest of the time. She loves to just sit back and observe, she does so well in the car because she loves to just look out her window or look in the mirror.
She loves her B Stacking Blocks, Push Wagon & playing with Little People, all of my girls are obsessed with these actually. She eats everything, she loves pretty much all food except mashed potatoes (so weird, none of my kids love them!) and lately loves popsicles & smoothies.
She's not walking yet, and while this is a little bit later than the other girls, we are in no rush! She crawls at light speed, pulls herself up, walks along the couch & can climb the stairs like a total ninja. I'm sure it will be any day now, and I know she is going to be so happy to be doing what her sisters do. I imagine that once she is walking, it will only be a few hours until she is running to keep up with them. I love watching her grow & seeing her blue eyes light up as she discovers new things she can do!