Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

 We had another wonderful Thanksgiving over here, and I hope you did as well! The weather was beautiful, we had a house full of people we love & lots of yummy food on the table. So much to be thankful for!

We had three types of turkey this year, the turkey trifecta! Brandon fried one in our beloved turkey fryer, his boss who joined us for dinner cooked a smoked turkey & my mom made a traditional roasted turkey. So much food, and even better, so many leftovers! The candied pecan sweet potato casserole was a huge hit, I almost didn't make it as I was running out of time, but Brandon's eyes lit up when I mentioned it, so I couldn't back out! ;) We also had another friend join us from London, she taught Harper all about the queen during dinner & her accent made it feel like a scene straight out of Love Actually.

Claire wasn't quite old enough to try turkey this year, but she did get her very first taste of sweet potatoes (before I added all the sugar & nuts and all the other good stuff). This is only the second food she has tried, and is still figuring out the whole spoon thing, but overall she seemed to love them! Harper & Eloise were mostly excited for dessert, their little teepee crafts we made earlier in the week & mini pumpkin pies covered in whipped cream.

White Sweater Dress (from Gap, similar here) // Pink Sweater Dress // Lace Top (bought at Target in store, similar here & here)

Thanksgiving quickly faded into Christmas after a late night of leftovers & snuggling up on the couch to Christmas Vacation. We wandered over to the Christmas tree farm first thing Friday morning, skipping all of the Black Friday shopping & chaos, grabbed some donuts & picked out a tree. And before we could even hang lights on it, the kids parked it right in front of the tree for most of the day.

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Koozie Sale + Canvas Printing Instructions

Hey friends! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! It's Cyber Monday, and I thought it would be fun to have a little sale in my Etsy shop! Today only, we have a limited number of Oh What Fun koozies (perfect for your holiday parties or hostess gift ideas!) left for only FIVE dollars, all prints are marked down to $10 AND one of my very favorite prints, Auld Lang Syne has been marked down to only $5 to fill your empty Christmas frames after the holidays are over! No coupon code needed, all prices are adjusted in the shop until midnight tonight! 

 Also, I have been getting a lot of questions about how to print on canvas & if my prints can be resized to fit larger frames, so I thought I would share some instructions & tips. First of all, the reason that I sell my prints as digital files rather than hard copies is because everyone has different spaces, frames, walls, etc. to fill, so it is more fun if you are able to pick exactly what you want for your space, especially when it comes to the holidays. My prints can be used as holiday cards, printed like a photo and framed for your gallery wall, or blown up onto a gallery wrap canvas and hung above the fireplace. They are all high resolution files, and I have printed most of them as large as 24x36. 

While the prints in my shop are already formatted for the most common printing size of 8x10, all you need to do is upload them to the printer of your choice, and select the larger size that you'd like. Usually one of the steps before printing will be to adjust your print margins, it will show you what it would look like on the size you have chosen, and you will just need to make sure that the print is centered & the edges, if printing on a gallery wrap, are set to "mirror." This way, the design will still be centered properly on your larger print. 

Tips for the best print possible would be to always print regular prints as matte finish through a professional photo printer, I like to use mpix.com. For canvases, I have used both easycanvasprints.com and canvasdiscount.com. You can also save prints to a flash drive or email to your local staples or kinkos, and they can work with you in the store to get you giant poster sized prints as well! If you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments & I will answer there! :)  

And how amazing are these customer photos? 

Clockwise from Top Left

 Thanks so so so much for all of your support of my little business, you all are the very best!!!
PS. If you follow us on Instagram @jlgarvin - there is a super fun giveaway that you won't want to miss!! XO

Friday, November 27, 2015

Gift Guide for Her + Black Friday Love

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! Watching football, spending time with family & decorating for Christmas make this the best long weekend ever! Who else is putting up their tree?! :)

Today I am sharing my holiday wishlist (and a few of my favorite things) for those of you making your Christmas list or shopping for special women in your life! You can't go wrong with cozy slippers, comfy pajamas & a few other every day indulgences essentials.

I'm sure most of you have already done your Black Friday shopping but I wanted to share a few of my favorite sales & picks with you as well. I save most of my Christmas shopping for today because I just love a good deal!

Have a holiday party coming up & still need a dress? Rent the Runway has THE best dresses, and is offering 25% off orders today for Black Friday!

I grabbed a few of these modal crew tees from Banana Republic for 40% off, they're the softest, best fitting shirts & I love layering them!

We are huge fans of our Little Unicorn swaddles, and they just released all of their new prints for pre-order today. Obsessed with the blueberry print!

25% off everything at Anthropologie, including sale items, which means my very favorite pair of jeans ever is marked down to under $100. I had the maternity version & could not wait to get my hands on the non-maternity pair, most comfortable jeans on the face of the earth! ;)

J.Crew is having an amazing Black Friday sale as well, you can score these amazing glitter slippers for 40% off!

Can't wait to give these to the girls on Christmas Eve!
Cheers to you & yours, and happy shopping!!! XO

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!)