Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Fever

I know I'm not the only one dreaming of Spring lately, with warm weather right around the corner I can't help but think about sunshine & sandals! I got out all of Harper's Spring dresses this week & can't wait to put them on Eloise, even though she is quite a bit smaller going into this season, I think they will still fit. I have rounded up a few of the fun new pieces that have caught my eye lately, that dumpling onesie must be mine for baby number three!
Darling Tee // Pink Kantha Dress // Dumpling Onesie // Bow Chick Pajamas // Striped Pocket Dress
Glitter Sandals // Jelly Shoes

Boy moms, this King of the Castle one piece might just be the cutest thing ever, I was so hoping there was a girl version, but no such luck! Both girls are quickly outgrowing their current pajamas, yes they have still been wearing ones from Halloween & Christmas, but luckily there are so many cute ones new for this season. AND I love that I can match them, since Gap typically carries size 6-12 months all the way up to 5T. Next year at this time, there will be three little ladies in matching jams, I can hardly wait! These bunny jams are my favorite!!

Bunny Pajamas // Fringe Boots c/o Gracious May // Grey Wrap Headband // Knit Crown (similar)

The first day of Spring is only two weeks away, which also means the dreaded daylight savings that never ends well with toddlers. We were up early this morning for the girls' well visit, so naptime came early as well, and of course Harper wasn't having it. I told her that if she didn't take a nap she wasn't going to get to go to the zoo tomorrow, and she said "good! tell the monkeys I said hi!" I wonder where she gets her sarcasm!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Brunch + a Happy Monday

I took the girls to the grocery store the other morning, at one point Eloise was squealing, backwards-facing doing the splits in the top part of the cart (all somehow while buckled in), while Harper was riding in the back tossing things out every once in a while & trying to open snacks while we shopped. A sweet woman approached me to tell me that her daughters were just this age not too long ago, and then she blinked & they're both in college. And that she would give anything to have them both back in her shopping cart. I thought it was the sweetest sentiment, especially considering I thought she was coming to tell me how unsafe it was that my ten month old was doing gymnastics in our shopping cart. A little encouragement like that goes a long way!

 Brandon comes home today from a seven day trip to Hawaii for work, so I basically woke up feeling like it was Christmas. This is his last work trip for a while, his schedule has been insane lately, and being pregnant + two energetic kids + nonstop yucky weather has me feeling majorly worn out. The girls & I hit up a new brunch spot (Bantam + Biddy) with my brother this morning, sunshine & good breakfast food always cures a case of the blues. Eloise is at that age right now where she hates being constrained in any way, carseats, strollers, high chairs are all completely unacceptable forms of torture. She wants to be crawling on the ground, eating things off the floor as she goes. But, she took her first step this week!!!!!! So it is only just a matter of time before we can really take advantage of parks & other kid friendly places where she will be able to keep up with big sis!

 Chipped nail polish & French toast for life. 
So today is a happy Monday indeed, we can't wait to see our favorite guy this afternoon!

PS. Thank you all SO much for your feedback & kind words on my last blogpost, all of your comments mean so much & I will definitely be doing my best to post more of what you love!! You all are the best!!

PSS. I spotted the coveted knit bunny ear hat back in stock this year! One of my all time favorites!! Ok I'm really going now. XO

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Makeover + Your Feedback

The blog got a long overdue facelift & I'm super excited about it! Thank you to everyone who has left sweet comments, your kind words mean so much! As you may notice, we have been in the process of rebranding over the last year to Garvin & Co., which is mostly the umbrella brand over my etsy shop & chalk business. As I continue to take on more custom work & local projects, it has been fun to give that little business it's own brand.
 I am working on adding a search feature to the blog so it will be easier to find past posts, but also will continue to expand the topics list along the right hand side for navigation as well! I hope you find this helpful & let me know if there are specific tags you would like me to add. I want to hear from you!  
What content do you want to see more or less of on the blog?

There are also a few sponsor spots available now in my sidebar, so if you are an etsy shop or small business & would like to chat about rates, please send me an email with "sponsor" in the subject line! As our family continues to grow, the hours in the day that I am available to work or blog become less & less. And while I understand that sponsored posts & content are always controversial, these options are what make it possible to dedicate the amount of time that I do towards blogging. I can't thank you all enough for your continued support over the last 3+ years, I have grown to love so many of you, your blogs & all of the amazing relationships that have formed though this blogging community!

And because I can't post a post without a picture, this one will have to do! ;) Happy Weekend!! XO

Thursday, February 26, 2015

For the Easter Basket

Harper & I were chatting about Easter the other day, she asked me what bunnies eat & I told her that they eat carrots. She asked me if they eat hummus with their carrots too, because that's her favorite food & maybe she could share some of it with the Easter bunny. Or maybe trade for some extra m&m's. Love the way she thinks!

Here is a roundup of all the fun things that I am thinking of for the girls' Easter baskets this year. How cute is that book?! This will be Eloise's last "first holiday" which is always bittersweet.

Bunny Doll // Vegetable Rattle // Wolfie the Bunny // Heart Sunnies // Natural Beeswax Crayons // Tegu Magnetic Blocks // Mini Rabbit Nightlight // Straw Sippy Cup

What's going in your little bunny's baskets this year?

It's hard to even imagine a warm Spring day right now with all of the snow on the ground outside, I'll admit, I was really excited about it when it first started coming down but we are on day three of not leaving the house other than to play in the yard. Stir. Crazy. But I really am so glad Harper got to play in some snow this year, you know her little Frozen-loving heart was so happy! Hope you all are staying warm & having a great week! XO

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nursery Inspiration & Girls Shared Room

With a summer baby on the way, what more fun inspiration for a new nursery than the little mermaid!! I love mermaids, and Harper does too, so she has been having fun helping me pick a few new accessories for baby girl's room. Here are a few things that have caught my eye & some colors that I am loving for the room!

 Having all girls, I have never thought to use a lot of blue, but I am loving teal & mint right now! We may paint the room but you know how I am about committing to color. ;) We took our changing table to Goodwill because I've realized how little I used it with either of the girls, so in this nursery we will just have the dresser, rocker & we will be purchasing a new crib. We have talked about building some fun bookshelves to display a few fun gizmos & gadgets. And the prettiest mermaid crib blanket that is so soft I want to sleep with it myself!

As for Eloise & Harper's shared room, we moved the twin bed to the far wall & will put the crib where it used to be when this was Harper's nursery. I am still searching for some curtains & will just be combining most of the things they already have, hoping it will all fit into one room! I combined their two tassel garlands into one, have a few prints to hang on the walls & want to find a new light fixture.

Brandon's parents bought Harper this bedding for Christmas & we just put it on her bed the other day, she is so obsessed with it! Brandon actually saw the firefighter & astronaut set for boys (on the Chive, surprise!) and came home to show me, asking if we could find Harper a princess set. It really is the cutest thing! And they have a ballerina set as well that we will maybe get for Eloise once she upgrades to a twin bed. I added this princess throw blanket with fur backing because I loved the colors & pattern, I think they compliment the duvet so well & help make it not look so grown up! ;)

Hoping to have this all put together in the next few weeks, although not so sure when Eloise will actually move in. She is still wild in the middle of the night (like loudly rocking back & forth, humming & baby talking to herself for an hour or two... anybody else?!) so I don't think Harper is going to want her as a roommate quite yet!

Monday, February 23, 2015

21 Week Bump

Of course I am behind on monthly chalkboards, so for now I thought I would do a little 21 week bump update! This pregnancy seems to be flying by, most likely because of the two busy little bees that I am always trying to keep up with. Here's what's happening with the belly.

 How far along: 21 weeks
Gender: Girl
Weight gain: 12 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Wearing my maternity leggings a ton still because it is so damn cold here & lots of drapey tunics like the one above. Asos Maternity has tons of cute new dresses & off the shoulder tops that I have been loving as well. Harper always wants to play dress-up in my closet & wants me to put on dresses every day, it is making me long for warm weather so I can actually wear them with her! She loves to tell me that my belly looks like a basketball or poke me in the belly button & then talk to the baby like it is an intercom system.
Sleep: Sleep is still good, I am usually so exhausted at the end of the day that I can almost fall asleep while brushing my teeth. I sleep like a rock until the girls wake me with air horns at the crack of dawn.
Best moment this month: Doing lots of fun things with our family of four (before we add one more!) and having healthy ultrasounds/doctors appointments.
Worst moment this month: Getting sick & having sick kids. It's so stressful & overwhelming to have sick kiddos, especially while you're down & out yourself. Counting down the days until we can open the windows for a few days to get some fresh air in the house!
Miss anything: Sunshine, sleeping in & adult beverages. But I guess not all of that is pregnancy related.
Movement: Finally started feeling movement around 18+ weeks or so. Now we have full somersault type movements & Brandon can feel the baby kicking.
Cravings: Sushi, apples, strawberries, cereal, fountain coke & cucumbers.
Queasy or sick: Still feeling really good this pregnancy, it has been the easiest of the three so far.
Looking forward to: Nursery progress & deciding on a name, the fun stuff!!

Okay, so speaking of fun stuff! I got super excited for Easter this weekend after seeing some of the cute new things that Target has on their shelves, I am loving all of these fun colors & couldn't wait to share a few of the things I got!! This felt + gold Happy Easter pennant banner is PERFECT for Spring, I love the colors & material so much!!! I also grabbed a fun little Easter egg hunt kit with little directional signs for the yard & a cute plastic table cloth for making Easter crafts. And of course, the newest flavor of my favorite popcorn & a cute peep lollipop, which would be so fun to use with the magic Easter jellybeans!!! ;) If you haven't already hit up Target for some of these goodies, you have lots to look forward to on your next trip!

Lots of more fun Easter stuff to share this week, hope you all have a happy Monday!!! XO

Friday, February 20, 2015

When a Tree Falls in the Woods

....and comes crashing down within inches of your breakfast nook window while you're eating waffles. That is the story of our Tuesday morning. It scared the living daylights out of us, we could hear it cracking like fireworks. I grabbed the girls, thank God for Ellie's high chair being on wheels, and within seconds the tree crashed right outside this window.

It was so scary. And our yard looks more like a jungle than usual. ;) Should be a super fun weekend cleaning it all up!

We are hoping for some warm weather soon, this little lady is dying to get outside & ride her new bike!! We, along with grandparents, got her this Radio Flyer bike for her birthday, it is just the perfect size! It has both an adjustable seat & removable training wheels so she can definitely continue to ride it as she grows, then eventually it will get passed down to her little sisters! I really want to get her a cute little basket to add to the front!

While we were in Florida, we got to visit one of my brothers, his wife & their four month old baby. It was so fun to see them & they just announced that they're moving closer, to Charlotte, NC in the next few weeks! We have never been there so we are super excited to go visit & explore their new city with them. My brother that still lives in Iowa just proposed to his girlfriend this week as well, and she said YES! We are so happy for them & can't wait for their beautiful wedding in the next year or so. And in two weeks, Brandon's sister & her family will be coming to visit us for a few days & we will get Eloise baptized while they're here. We can't wait to see them & for the girls to have lots of fun with their cousins since they are all so close in age! :)

And a few Friday Favorites because visions of SPRING are dancing through my head!! For those of you who loved my reversible metallic tote, I found a new similar style in rose gold that is so pretty & affordable!! I have been loving my bag & use it instead of a diaper bag often!
These baby espadrilles are too cute for words, I had to get them for Eloise & can't wait to see her chubby little feet in them.
Strawberry & toasted coconut bruschetta, this recipe had my mouth watering! They call it dessert but I call it breakfast. I have been craving fruit like crazy & can't wait for Strawberries to be in season again.

Wishing you all a fun & relaxing weekend!!! XO