Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wedding Weekend in Iowa

We just came home from a quick weekend trip to Iowa for a wedding. Harper & Eloise stayed here with my parents, and we took Claire on her very first flight back to the midwest, where she stayed with Brandon's parents for the weekend. We took off early Friday morning, and laughed quite a bit about how flying with your third child, and by herself nonetheless, was so different than when we flew with Harper for the first time. I think all we brought her on the plane was a bottle & a blueberry muffin, compared to half of our belongings & enough toys & snacks to stock a daycare center when we first flew with Harper. ;)

The rehearsal Friday night was at the White Star Ale House in Cedar Rapids, which had incredible food & a pretty impressive craft beer selection. We had a blast catching up with old friends & loved being able to be a part of our friends' wedding festivities.

Floral Maxi (similar options here & here) // Cut Out Wedges

Saturday morning, we got our hair done & I worked on the chalkboard for the wedding reception entrance. I loved the fishtail braided updo that the girl at the salon did, it definitely motivated me to keep working on my braiding skills, I would so love to do some fun stuff like this with Harper's hair! The wedding was beautiful & the weather could not have been more perfect for the day. We jumped on a party bus in between the wedding & reception, and headed out to the river to take pictures. We stopped by a fun hole-in-the-wall bar where everyone writes their names on dollar bills & pins them to the ceiling. A fun memento for the bride & groom to come back and see them all in years to come! I am kicking myself for not taking more pictures of all the beautiful decor, but I'm not sure I even had my phone or camera with me during. The reception was at the Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids, which was so nice & the whole atmosphere was just beautiful. We danced the night away & made sure to go back for a second piece of wedding cake because it was just that good! ;)


How gorgeous is this bride & all of the amazing dresses she chose!? Plus, those bouquets! So stunning. We welcomed our post-wedding hangovers with open arms as we slept in with no kids climbing on us, stopped for brunch & then headed home to pick up our babies! And now we are back to reality, a house full of laundry & a to-do list that is a mile long, but so happy to be home with the girls! ;)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Good Snaps Workshop Recap

This past weekend, we held our first ever Good Snaps Workshop, a hands-on learning experience in capturing moments. We hosted our event with Scobey Photography at the beautiful Avalon in Alpharetta, and enjoyed an afternoon of learning, laughter & plennnty of iced coffee. We covered everything from learning photography basics, to navigating through our cameras, editing & finding your photography style. We learned that everyone there had a vision, they knew what kind of photos they wanted to get but some of the technical details of the camera or editing process were missing. We were able to spend quite a bit of time doing some more hands-on learning, where we worked with each individual to answer their questions & help walk them through getting the perfect shot.

We got so much great feedback from everyone & saw lots of "ah-ha!" moments happening all around the room, which made us so very happy! To the amazing group of girls that took a chance & came to our first workshop, it was a learning experience for all of us, and we love you for it!!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors & everyone who helped spoil our attendees, you can see more swag bag details on Instagram.


We are also soooo excited to share that we will be bringing this workshop to you online very soon!! You'll be able to watch the workshop & follow along from the comfort of your own home. You can sign up here to be the first to hear when the workshop is available, we can't wait to share it with you! 

Of course, we have also been talking about how much we would love to do another workshop, and based on feedback from this one, something that has an even larger hands-on portion where we can really help you get to know your cameras & your shooting style! We would love to know WHERE you would like to see us host the next one, so let us know in the comments below! 
PS. If even one person suggests Burlington, VT or Salem, MA, we are so there. ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Watermelon Fruit Pizza

Nothing says summer like a fresh, juicy watermelon! All of our girls love it, and love making a mess of it, it's such a quick & easy snack. Claire has been such a champ eater, watermelon was one of the first foods we gave her when we started baby lead weaning. And as you can see, she's still a big fan!!


With a fridge full of fresh fruit these days, I decided to put something a little more fun together for the girls, especially since they have had colds on & off for like ever... so they need lots of vitamin c & hydration! I grabbed some blueberries & bananas, fresh coconut & what was left over of our watermelon. We sliced it down the center & cut it into pizza like slices, then I let the girls go to town making their pizzas. There are a million different ways you can make this, I've even seen it Caprese salad style with balsamic glaze, and it looked amazing! It would also be delicious with some sliced strawberries, pineapple & maybe some chocolate chips if you're feeling like mom of the year. ;) So if you're looking for a healthy afternoon snack for your toddlers, watermelon fruit pizza is where it's at!


Now for the weird part, my favorite part of watermelon is the super light pink, almost white part where it meets the rind. I'm not the only one, right? ;) Yum!
Happy snacking! XO

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

5 Favorite Rainy Day Activities

If you're a mom with a house full of toddlers, you know that a rainy day stuck inside can be bananas. Especially in the Spring, when you're just getting into the groove of being outside every day, our kids are sure to stand with their face pressed up against the windows just waiting to go out & play. So I'm sharing a few of our favorite rainy day activities that are sure to keep our girls happy & sanity in tact even when it's gloomy outside.


1. Take advantage of the covered porch. Just because the rain is falling doesn't mean all outdoors is off limits for us, we love to still spend time on our screened in porch! They love to have lunch outside, or just bring out toys to have tea parties or play legos. The sound of the falling rain is really calming to our kids, and it's something sorta out of the ordinary, so they stay entertained for much longer than they normally would! 

2. Indoor treasure hunt. The girls are obsessed with this game, and it gives me a little bit of peace & quiet too! The girls wait in the other room for a bit, while I hide a few things & then make a list for Harper (usually drawing things out so she knows what they are). The girls grab their bags or old Easter baskets & run around finding all of their goodies. Bonus: I usually tell them they have to pick up the playroom before we can treasure hunt & it works like a charm! ;)

3. Whip something up in the kitchen. Smoothies, cut out cookies, or even homemade play doh. We especially love to open the windows or the back door to set the mood a little bit, they always get excited to help make things in the kitchen, so this makes it a little extra special.

4. Arts & Crafts. We have a house full of little artists, so we do arts & crafts almost every day. But I like to save a bunch of things back for when we really need to fuel our creativity. I love to roll out a long piece of kraft paper & give the girls their water color paints or jumbo crayons to color on. This can get messy pretty fast, so saving it for special occasions seems to keep their attention much longer. They love to do chalk on their easels, decorate the windows with washi tape or make cards for dad that we seal up in envelopes to give him when he comes home from work.

5. Dance in the rain! As long as the temps are still warm & there is no lightning, playing outside doesn't necessarily have to be off limits. Some of our very best splash park days last summer were in between rain showers, when the parks are almost empty! They're getting wet anyway, so why not! ;)

Of course, all of these things can be done any day of the week, regardless of the weather. But there's more fun in knowing you have a back up plan for days that you can't take your troops out of the house. Lots of fun to be had, save it for a rainy day! 

PS. If you love these sweatshirts, be sure to follow us on Instagram @jlgarvin for an amazing giveaway coming later this week!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mama + Mini Swimwear

We have a major swimsuit addiction over here, and as soon as the summer weather rolls in, we will be spending as much time as possible at the pool! I love dressing three girls, coordinating their outfits is so much fun & swimwear is no exception. Today I'm rounding up a few of my favorite coordinating mama + mini swimsuits, including a few of my very favorite flattering one-pieces, and the cutest toddler swimsuit patterns I've ever seen!

The black one piece is my favorite, the ruffles are off the shoulder like the striped bikini I wore a few posts back. These are great nursing styles, or post nursing when you don't have a whole lot going on up top! ;) Do you have a favorite?!
Wishing you all a happy weekend + lots of sunshine!! XO

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jump Around!

  We are so excited to introduce our newest addition (and not a baby this time), a little piece of magic that turned our forest into a space that our kids could actually play in. It's a trampoline!!! We are so thrilled to have partnered with Springfree, World's Safest Trampoline, to bring a whole lot of fun to our back yard.
  

The girls are absolutely obsessed with it, but I think Brandon & I might love it even more. For the first time ever, we can send the girls outside to play. They can climb up into the trampoline & zip it shut, and jump their little hearts out!! The trampoline is designed to not only eliminate the springs (hence the name) but also the impact areas that cause most trampoline related injuries. If you have followed us for a while, you know we have been taking our girls to jump at the local trampoline park for the last two years, and they have been begging for one, so this was basically like Christmas morning to them! They love to bring their stuffed animals out with them & even color on it with sidewalk chalk, it washes right off! ;) It's also an amazing workout for adults! We can't wait to see all of the summer fun that is in store!

If you have ever debated getting a trampoline, I will honestly say we cannot recommend Springfree enough. Local friends, you can check them out at the Collection at Forsyth or East Cobb locations, you can bring your kiddos in to jump any time! I was skeptical at first, as I'm sure most parents are when it comes to their kids' safety, but we have been so impressed with how well the kids have done on it, nothing but fun!! 
 
This post was in partnership with Springfree, all opinions (and mad jumping skills) are our own.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

These are the days.

After the last few weeks of traveling & sick babies, we were so thankful to have this quiet weekend together. We had breakfast at our favorite spot & took the kids to the park to enjoy the crazy beautiful weather. Brandon got me an hour long massage which was Heaven on earth after toting a twenty three pound baby around in my ergo all weekend & then had a fun dinner out with family. Harper made me the sweetest homemade card, which was cut into a heart shape & had all three girls drawn on the front. I think it will have to remain on the fridge for the next 30 years.


Maxi Dress c/o Rent The Runway // Striped Crop Top // Headband // Playsuit

This was my fifth mother's day. It seems surreal that I have been a mom this long, yet I look back and really can't remember much about what life was like before my babies. It won't be long before these precious years are gone, the years of bringing life into this world, snuggling your tiny babies whose smell you never want to forget & being needed every minute of every day. The few short years of your life where you will lose your patience over another lost shoe or find yourself on your hands and knees three times a day scooping up food from the floor. Those toes won't be little for long, their voices won't be so small & there will eventually be things they'd much rather do than follow you to the bathroom.

Motherhood has this way of breaking us down & building us right back up all within mere seconds. It is hard, and it is draining, but there is still so much beauty in this journey. I wanted to be a mom my whole life, I couldn't wait. I hoped and wished and prayed to have little girls some day, and now here we are, five whole years into it. And it has gone by so fast.
These are the days, right here in the palms of our hands.

Lots of love to all of you who celebrated mother's day this year, I hope it was an amazing one. XO