Monday, March 25, 2013

Your Questions Answered (Part 1)

Happy Easter Week, everyone! We are all still a little on the sick side over here, our colds are totally overstaying their welcome.

(Thanks for the cute H&M dress, Uncle Zach!)

I wanted to take the time (while working from my sick-couch-bed watching it SNOW) to answer some questions that I have gotten via email or comments.

What do I do for a living?
I work from home as a marketing strategist for a digital marketing agency based out of FL. When we lived there, I worked in the office every day, but when we relocated to GA, I ended up keeping my same job/position but work remotely. I travel once a month or every other month for a few days to the office or to client meetings. It was such a blessing once Harper came along, it is amazing getting to be home with her during the day, but as you can imagine, it's also a complete shitshow half the time. I've gotten a lot of emails about tips for working from home with your kids, my best advice would be to wake up extra early, don't even count how many cups of coffee you end up drinking & stay as organized as possible. (This is also the reason that I am years behind on emails, so if you have sent me one & I haven't replied, PLEASE FORGIVE ME.)

Where do I buy most of Harper's headbands & how do I organize them?
 I buy most of Harper's headbands & bows on Etsy. I usually seek shops that have something similar to what I am looking for & then request for them to make custom items for me to match whatever outfit I have in mind. Other times I just come across ones that are already awesome & then I have to hunt for an outfit to match :) Up until recently her headbands were scattered all over the house (and the diaper bag) but I have finally organized them into these awesome glass canisters! Much easier to find what I'm looking for & oh, so cute.


Keep an eye out on Instagram (@jlgarvin) for a seriously awesome headband giveaway that is in the works.

What is my everyday style & skincare/makeup routine?
Well, this is embarrassing. I work from home, which means on a normal day it consists of a sweatshirt, leggings & chapstick. But in the event that we will venture out in public, that doesn't always fly.

Shopping for myself really breaks down to the cost-per-use. Don't laugh, it's totally the way to go. While I would occasionally splurge on an expensive dress or pair of jeans (and by occasionally, I mean once a year, if that) I am much more likely splurge(ish) on comfy clothes. I live in Victoria's Secret sweatshirts, Target long & lean tanks and my favorite Pure Body crews. This is me on a normal weekday, rocking my old cotton capri's from a hundred years ago.

Victoria's Secret Sweatshirts are a little pricey, they are so soft & fit so well! I wear them almost every day, therefore the cost per use is minimal

Also, you'll never be the same after you rock a pair of Pure Body dance pants. I originally bought them to wear home from the hospital after having Harper. I felt them (and their forgiving waist band) in the store & was in love. I recommend them to EVERYONE. Whenever my husband mentions a zombie apocalypse, I just respond with "well I hope I'm at least wearing dance pants." (shout out to my Walking Dead fans!). I save all the fun clothes for the weekends, maxi skirts & colorful v-necks are my fav! And of course, warmer weather means lots of dresses! :)

Makeup & skincare. I've really struggled to find the perfect skincare regimen, although I might almost be there with my recent purchases of some awesome Philosophy products. I realized one day that every.single.product that I've ever bought from Philosophy has blown my mind & always ends up being my favorite. I've recently bought some of the skincare products (moisturizer, cleanser, etc.) so we'll see how they stack up! :)

My go-to makeup item is easily the Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush (in bronze). If I could only have one thing (other than chapstick) I would pick this. I was introduced to it probably 8 years ago & have never looked back. It's a little pricey, but lasts 3-5 months. I can honestly say that almost every single one of my friends that has seen/tried/heard me rave about mine, has bought it & fallen in love with it. I also use Benefit Porefessional Primer, Laura Mercier Concealer & Nars Bronzer in Casino. I use a random assortment of eyeshadows, blushes & highlighters on occasion. I love love love the eyeliner & mascara that I use, I've tried tons & am positive these are the best. I use L'Oreal Lineur Intense, Buxom Lash Mascara & L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. I know makeup is totally one of those things where certain products work better for different skin types, but I will rarely try a new product unless I got a great recommendation from someone. (Happy to elaborate more on all of this in another post!)

What is the secret to drawing on my chalkboard & when will I do a tutorial?
I swear there really isn't a secret. I use dry crayola chalk & clean the board with a wet hand towel in between drawings. I have been drawing & taking art classes since I was little, but really it just takes lots of practice & patience. Sometimes I walk away from my board & come back the next day if I feel like it is getting sloppy or if I am struggling. 
 

I still plan to do a tutorial, but things are so crazy with work, Etsy & the kiddo that I just haven't had the time yet. But it's coming! :) Hopefully in the future I will also be able to offer custom prints, but that is still up in the air for the time being.

What are some of the workouts that I do?
If you remember, I hate hate double hate working out. I go for workouts that are QUICK & that I can do at home. I still do the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, but for the most part, I do Crossfit workouts. (You can find more about working out/losing baby weight in this post).
My go-to workout when I don't have much time & the weather is uncooperative, is what I call the Dirty Thirty.


 It's easy, but it sucks. I sometimes switch out squats for lunges or jump squats if I'm feeling ballsy. You'll be surprised how quick this goes & how much you'll feel it the next day! :) You can find some other quick Crossfit-inspired workouts here & here.

How do I make picture/product collages? 
I don't use a website to do this, although I think you can make styleboards similar on Polyvore. I search for items that I want & save the images of each item as .PNG files (to keep the background transparent) and then I arrange them & add text using Adobe Illustrator.

This covers a lot of the questions that I had, if you have anything additional, please ask in the comments section of this post & I will do part 2 this week! Hopefully everyone will be back up & running over here soon, we have big plans for Easter & hope to be healthy in time! :)

145 comments:

  1. So basically, what you're saying is that I can buy a $300 Anthro dress and as long as I wear it every other week we're golden? Sounds really damn good to me.

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  2. what app do you use for your emoji icons?! thanks!!

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    1. It's an iPhone thing. If you have one, go into settings-general-keyboard-international keyboards and select Emoji from the list :)

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    2. The app is called Emoji Free & it gives instructions on how to pull it into your keyboard :)

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  3. I'm a crossfitter, too! Been in love with it forever! You should check out http://calicrossfit.blogspot.com/ for some fun new workouts! She posts every weekday.

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  5. Well shiznit! I ended up buying the Gap yoga maternity pants. Oh well, I guess it'll give me room to expand for our next baby. :-/ Hope you all feel better soon!

    Cytonoodle.blogspot.com

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    1. I've never tried those but I'm sure they're great, all of Gap's maternity pants are awesome!

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    2. Good LAWD have mercy you got a lot of responses to this blog post! lol! Anyway, just got my maternity Gap yoga pants today! I love them! They are a bit long though. :-( I am really long waisted with shorter legs. But the fit is nice. What size do you buy in the dance pants? extra small? You seem like you might be a bit smaller than me so I should get a small (that's what I got it the mat pants). Can't wait to see the next blog!! :-)))

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  6. Feel better soon! I love the explanation of price per use! I am a total cheapo but splurge on my favorites and always feel so guilty... I'm definitely going to have to use that one when explaining comfies to my husband!

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  7. That's so cool that you are doing marketing! Do you just have a bachelor? I graduated with my bba almost 2 yrs ago but got pregnant rigt after graduation and haven't worked since then ha. I'm hoping to get back into it by going back to get my MBA and hopefully find something where I can work at home and make the big bucks and still be able to look after my munchkin!

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    1. I have my bachelors degree, major in marketing & this is actually the first job I had right out of college & have been there almost five years! ;)

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  8. I work from home too and have a 10-month old girl (and another girl on the way!). I'm curious as to what your day to day schedule looks like. You said you get up early -- how early?! I've gotten up at 5am to work before but usually sleep til 7 if the baby was up a lot at night (she's never slept through the night...ay ay ay). So yeah - just wondering how you get it all done and what a day in the life looks like for you! Thanks! :)

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    1. I wake up around six to get a head start on work when she is still sleeping, but I will post a daily schedule if that is helpful! :)

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    2. I would love to see a daily schedule! I'm trying to figure a way to work from home but I worry about how much actual 'work' I'd get done with a 5 month old :/ Do you work a straight 8 hours or just where you can find the time between naps, etc? Thanks!

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    3. Please do post a schedule. I want to work from home but my boss is skeptical how much work I can get done with a mobile child and is insisting it is only possible with a nanny or mother's helper in the house too.

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    4. Thanks for the response! I was up at 6am today too for work. It's tough - but I LOVE being home with her. Can't wait to read your post on what your day looks like! Also feel free to send any work from home tips you have our way, haha! (Like are you able to cook dinner every night or do you guys typically go out? That's something I majorly struggle with. On busy work days I do not cook...slower days I can but I've never really been that into cooking).

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    5. If y'all don't mind me asking... What is your work from home job? I would LOVE to stay home with my son! TIA

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  9. I work from home too and have a 10-month old girl (and another girl on the way!). I'm curious as to what your day to day schedule looks like. You said you get up early -- how early?! I've gotten up at 5am to work before but usually sleep til 7 if the baby was up a lot at night (she's never slept through the night...ay ay ay). So yeah - just wondering how you get it all done and what a day in the life looks like for you! Thanks! :)

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  11. Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the issues.
    It was really informative. Your website is useful.
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  12. Never heard of those pants. I will look into them :) I post quick and sweaty workouts on blog if you are interested. Thanks for answering the questions.
    xoxo, Tamara
    www.theworkoutmama.com

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  13. Oh that's how I feel about work too!

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  14. Always love learning more about you and your day-to-day life!!

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  15. I love how real and honest you are!

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  16. Awesome tips and thanks for all the info! Hope you're all feeling better too!

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  17. I hope your family is feeling better ASAP! It was fun reading a little about you! Make-up preference,clothing etc. Thanks for sharing! Harper looks to cute! Have a beautiful Easter!
    xoxo Carly

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  18. That first picture of Harper is just beautiful. How to you handle the postpartum hair issues? I have long hair and I feel like it is falling out constantly and I have to wear it up all the time because my son will grab it all the time. I try so hard to make it cute but I always end up throwing it up. Yours always looks so cute!

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    1. thank you!! Oh postpartum hair, just remember that it eventually stops falling out! ;) I didn't realize until my hair started growing back that I lost most of it around my hairline. I wore it up in top knots almost every day when it was falling out but now that it is growing back, it's best to keep it down & curly to hide the crazy flyaways!

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  19. Do you make all your holiday circled garland or buy it from somewhere? totally cute!!!

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    1. I buy them from http://janeelookerse.storenvy.com/ - they're the cutest!!

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  20. Thanks for the post... I always say "I hope I'm in my comfiest clothes when the zombies hit!!! Lol" I can't wait for part 2... Happy Easter Week ��

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    1. Too funny! Although my husband says I would never make it through the brush if I had on leggings - it is such an argument in our house! ;)

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  21. Hope you guys feel better soon! I love the cost per use and will for sure keep it in mind for my Victoria's Secret purchases! I do have one question. My best friends' baby girl is turning 1 year old in April. She's my "niece" and I have NO idea what to get for a 1 year old. I want something that she will love and can get many uses out of! Anyone can suggest something. That would be rad.

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    1. Thank you! VS is totally my guilty pleasure, cost per use is totally the way to go! And for first birthday gifts, one of the push around Radio Flyer Wagons (harper loves hers!) or a baby swing for outside would be great gifts! If you look back, I posted Harpers birthday list and lots of Christmas ideas (thinking ahead for when she would be one) so that should help! :)

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    2. Ah! Thank you so much! I totally forgot to go back and look. Those helped me out! :)

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  22. Beyond stocked to try your crossfit circuit! I am a creature of routine and have been doing the same 5k run-situps-crunch-plank workout for who knows how long! Also excited to have something I can do at home on the weekends :)

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  23. Do you count calories are just eat small portions?

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    1. Definitely no calorie counting, I guess you could say I eat small portions, but I eat often. I really like bland foods & could eat the same stuff every day (weird, I know) so I typically eat maybe a piece of peanut butter toast & a banana for breakfast, snacks are always apple slices w/peanut butter, strawberry frozen fruit bars or grapes, usually tuna or turkey for lunch & then dinner is usually homemade pasta or mexican food of some sort.

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    2. My problem is definitely portion control, I need to start eating more often and smaller portions, but with two little ones you just forget �� thanks for the tips!

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  24. I really hope you guys feel better soon. We had the nasty cold, then chicken pox, and then a stomach bug, all in the space of a month. (There are 9 of us too.)

    I love your q&a post. We are die hard Walking Dead fans too. I was wondering how you always look so beautiful. I will most definitely check out your suggestions.

    I know a couple involved in Cross Fit and the live by it. They look amazing. I don't know how they do it. I'll stick to Weight Watchers...lol.

    Can't wait to read your next q&a!

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    1. Freaking out about the Walking Dead finale. 26 will die, including main characters....ugh!

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  25. Price per use rocks! (Though I'm always glad to find a awesome coupon from Gap, and get 35% off my purchase in one go.) If I spend a little more on a fantastic pair of jeans or something I know I'll wear to death, I'm happy.

    Thank you so much for the Gap maternity leggings reviews in your pregnancy posts- I bought some a few weeks ago and I could not be happier. I will be buying more with the next coupon they send me!

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    1. I hear you! Always on the lookout for good coupons! :)

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  26. I love love love following your posts! I have been following for a while- ever since I found your journey through pregnancy pictures on Pinterest! I finally have time to start blogging so I am hoping I love it as much as you do :) Your little girl is adorable!

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  27. I LOVE your blog; I read it every week- usually while nursing my son :) He's about to be one in April- which actually relates to my question: I read in a previous post that you used to breastfeed/pump for Harper. When did you wean her? How did the process go? What tips can you share for both momma and baby? I am weighing the pros and cons of extended breastfeeding right now, but feel as though I might be leaning towards weaning my boy after his first birthday. (He has taken a sippy of formula on occasion for me!) TIA!

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    1. I still owe a post on our breastfeeding experience, I stopped breastfeeding well before a year so I can't give any advice about going beyond one. I hope to finish the post about our journey soon!

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  28. Thanks for sharing! As a new mommy, who is exclusively breastfeeding, can you talk about how that has gone for you, and what you do to be able to socialize/drink/etc while nursing. Thanks!

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    1. Absolutely, I am hoping to finish my breastfeeding post soon! :)

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  29. You have mentioned that you too have experienced postpartum hair loss! Did you do anything special/specific to help with the regrowth (and creation of your cute shadow unicorn)?

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    1. It was the worst, but unfortunately I'm not sure there is anything you can do about it. Just know that it will pass! :)

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  30. would love to hear about your breastfeeding struggles!

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  31. Love the cost per use idea, never thought of it that way! I live in my American Apparel yoga pants and cotton t-s but I may need to check out those Victoria Secret sweatshirts :) Hope you ladies are feeling better!

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  32. Hope you're feeling better soon. I'm suffering from a horrible cold myself at the moment and on top of being very pregnant I feel totally exhausted. So lets hope we're both feeling better asap. Your home looks so lovely in your first pic. I'd love to be able to work from home like you, but in my current job it's something that would just never be possible!

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    1. Thank you!! And hope you feel better soon, colds are even worse when you're pregnant :(

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  33. Great post! I love Q&A posts, always makes me feel like I get to know the blogger a bit more outside awesome pictures and what not. I need to start upping out collection of bows as Ashlynn's hair is finally getting long enough to warrant clippies... can't wait for the giveaway, we could use it!

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    1. Thank you!! Some of the bows have the little sticky insides to help them stay in even the shortest/finest of baby hair! ;)

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  34. If only we could all look as adorable as you in loungewear!

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  36. Because of you, I just ordered my first pair of dance pants :)

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    1. Be sure to come back and tell me how much you LOVE them!! :)

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  37. I've been reading here since the beginning and have always been a fan, but the fact that you just mentioned The Walking Dead in the same posts as headbands makes me love you even more. Is it Sunday yet???

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  38. I love your blog!!! Any tips on finding a stay at home job?? I was a teacher , got cut at the end of last year, and welcomed our baby girl a few months ago ... I would love to go back if I can find a job but I love being at home with my daughter too ! (plus no child care costs!)

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  39. This was awesome! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Especially for the explanation on the collage boards :-)

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  40. I love the blog and this post! I work at home too (though I don't have kiddos) and tend to live in my sweats/yoga pants/pajamas, etc. I am definently looking in to those dance pants and VS sweatshirts! Now if only I could look as good as you do in my work from home clothes!

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  41. You answered my e-mail question in this post, thanks!! Great advice throughout the post! :)

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  42. Can you please share what type of camera you use? And do you edit/photoshop? Love the photos and am expecting my first so want a good camera for baby pictures!

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  43. You mentioned two types of mascara you use...do you use them both at the same time? I've been searching for mascara that I like for years, so excited to try!

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  44. I'm a mom to a 3 month old and am going back to work next week. Thankfully I have the opportunity to work from home now. How do you balance getting work done versus keep Harper entertained during the day? Any tips would be helpful! Thank you for sharing on your blog - I love the chalkboard drawings and the month by month favorites :)

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  45. Please post about your nursing difficulties. I had issues and had to stop nursing after only 2 weeks of trying! :(

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  46. I am totally on board with your Jillian dvd shoutout.. that is my saving grace! and also loving your mention of walking dead.. most addicting tv show ever?! Totally random, but we are in the midst of moving into our new home, and I remember loving all of the neutrals that you used in your house tour... what are your go to colors? I am having such a hard time making these decisions lol! Thanks!!
    -jen
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  47. I have an almost 8 month old little girl, and your posts have been unbelievably helpful! I'm the first of my friends to get married & start a family, so I really don't have any friendly/helpful advice coming in from anybody other than your blog. Just wanted to say thanks and I think you're awesome :)

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  48. Philosophy is literally my favorite skin care line of all time. Been using it for 6 years now! And glad I'm not the only one in leggings 90% of the time ;)
    I'm gonna have to give the dirty thirty a try this week! Thanks for sharing! Feel better soon momma!

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  49. thanks so much for this :) Hope your family starts feeling better before the easter bunny comes!! :)

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  50. What VS sweatshirts do you buy? There are so many styles. I want to know which one you reccomend before I splurge. lol. =)

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  51. Love your blog!! Any tips on creating a WEDDING registry? :) I know its rewinding a few years back for you but you did such an amazing job highlighting baby registry I have to ask! My fiancé and I live in an apartment (no children yet + saving for a house) and are always having people over. if you have any suggestions on items to get (or skip!) they would be so very appreciated! thx!

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  52. Jessica, if you love Jillian's 30 Day Shred, you should try her Ripped in 30 DVD. It is 4 levels rather than 3 and absolutely amazing. I certainly prefer the work outs in Ripped in 30! However, there are several similar moves taken from 30 Day Shred. I hope you two feel better soon! Happiest of Easters, Garvin Family! Also, we would LOVE it if you could detail the Crossfit work outs you mentioned! Thank you for sharing!

    - Katie Machotka

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  53. Hi Jessica, love love love your blog! I think your fam is just the cutest, and I totally love how open and honest and totally hilarious you are!

    My question is how do you keep things fun and exciting with your husb? Day to day life gets pretty stressful for us, and we don't even have a little babe yet! It makes it hard to imagine adding a baby to the mix, yet you make it sound so fun!

    Also, would LOVE for you to post a tutorial on how you do your eye makeup!

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  54. Lower abs!? Any advice there? I cant get my flat tummy back (and dont want to give up my carbs!)

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  55. Your cost-per-use cracks me up. I think about it this way: If it costs ten bucks, I only have to "ten dollars like it." If it costs $200, I have to "two hundred dollars love it." I've put many unnecessary items back thinking this way. :) With no regrets!

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  56. Hope you feel better soon! Also, how do I get a job like yours? :) Really though, I am curious in how you developed your blog and Etsy store and got popular. I found you through Pinterest with your photos of your pregnancy and have read you ever since.

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  57. Where are your kitchen chairs from? Love your furniture!

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  58. Where are your kitchen chairs from? Great furniture!

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  59. Love your hair in the mirror picture. Did you use a curling iron or flat iron to get those pretty waves?

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  60. how do you get your chalkboard so clean? we did a chalkboard guest list for my wedding and i keep having to repaint it.

    http://scaifebabywatch.blogspot.com/

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  61. How do you entertain Harper while you're working? I'm a freelance designer and while my job is not a 9-5, I often have to lock my one-year-old in my office with me and it's a total shit show! Any tips?

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  62. I loved this post! :) Thanks for taking the time to answer so many questions! :)

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  63. I would love to be a part of your headband giveaway! I have an etsy shop, and that would be awesome!

    www.etsy.com/shop/buhnon

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  64. YAY WALKING DEAD ;) and thanks for all the help Jess! You are amazing!

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  65. Great post! I love the skin & makeup products you mention. I'm currently trying to find a new moisturizer might have to try Philosophy's =)
    Hop everyone gets better soon! Happy Easter.

    mamaslittlesecretblog.blogspot.com

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  66. I'd love to know if you take all the pictures you post with your iphone or another camera? Do you use Instagram filters? If so, which filters are your favorites? Your pictures always look so crisp.

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  67. I have a question, you guys live in Atlanta, right? And from Iowa...so do you have family close, or good friends? Do you have a babysitter at times for Harper? Reason I'm asking is because I'm from Ohio and thinking of moving to Houston...and I won't know anyone :( How do adjust being far from home?

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  68. I LIVE in VS sleepwear- love their long cotton sets!!

    I has to stop BF wayyyy early too and had massive hair loss.

    Do you just work while she's napping? How can I get people to follow my blog? Thanks!

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  69. I LIVE in VS sleepwear- love their long cotton sets!!

    I has to stop BF wayyyy early too and had massive hair loss.

    Do you just work while she's napping? How can I get people to follow my blog? Thanks!

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  70. Adorable dress on Harper!!! I emailed about the social media bar on your blog- I'm trying to spiff up my blogspot but have no knowledge of how to do so. Any tips? peacelovemusicgrows.blogspot.com

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  71. I LIVE in VS sleepwear- love their long cotton sets!!

    I has to stop BF wayyyy early too and had massive hair loss.

    Do you just work while she's napping? How can I get people to follow my blog? Thanks!

    www.themilehighmom.com

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  72. Hi! I've been following your blog for a while now and love your creativity and style! I know you just answered a tone of questions but I have a few more (sorry). I'm a teacher of 3rd graders and I saw you reading the "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day" to Harper (super cute name by the way) and I was wondering if you thought it was a good book? I love reading holiday type books to the school and the kids really love it too!! So I'm always looking for new holiday books. Another very random question is what is your iPhone case? In the picture you took of yourself in what you wear normally throughout the week it looks like the case is wood. I know you like Etsy and that there are some wood cases from there so I was wondering if that is where you got it? And if so which Etsy shop? Thank you for sharing your projects, your family, and your life! Take care and hope everyone gets better soon (working at a school I know that there is A LOT of stuff going around)!

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    1. It is a great book. The whole "Night Before" series by Natasha Wing is wonderful.

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    2. Thank you Farrah Miller! I've seen a lot of the "Night Before" series on Amazon but wasn't sure if I should get them or not. There are always so many books that I want to get for my kiddos at school that its hard to pick and choose. So I appreciate your reply!

      P.S. I'm totally embarrassed that I said "tone" instead of "ton"- and yes I am teaching the youth of America! It should be noted that I also teach them that teachers/adults are human and that we all make mistakes- which I think is an equally important thing to teach them, especially since I make a lot of mistakes ;)

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    3. Ha! I didn't notice, and I'm a literacy tutor. Being a new mom, you just expect to lose a little bit of your mind for awhile.

      I'm exciting for my son to be old enough to read the Boxcar Children series. I loved that one when I was little. Enjoy your picks!

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  74. I work party time from home and have a six-month-old daughter, and your description of it being a shitshow is completely accurate! On the days I work it looks like a bomb went off in my house! And there are definitely days I am in my yoga pants until bedtime. It's good to know I'm not the only one who finds WAHM-ing it a challenge!

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  75. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I get so excited every time I see a new post! What kind f vehicle do you and your hubby drive? Any advice on family friendly?

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  76. Hi, can you share your favorite leggings and basic tees? So hard to nail those ones down. Thanks :) :)

    Ps feel better we are all feeling it too.

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  77. Speaking of tutorials... a brief tutorial on setting up a blog would be great. I'm thinking of trying it out myself. Thanks!

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  78. Hello! Thank you for your great blog! Harper is the cutest little thing. I would like to know which prenatal vitamins you took. I'm thinkin about havin my second child and would love a recommendation!

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  79. I was wondering where you get all your ideas for holiday fun? You always are doing the cutest stuff for Harper & I love how into holidays you are and how fun you make them! Your blog is awesome :)

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  80. Harper looks adorable in her shirt dress !. I tried unsuccessfully to bid on Sunday, these mummy's were fast!.

    Sickness has hit our family too, husband caught a cold and passed it on to us, Sophie is teething too and is miserable, poor babe, hoping we are all feeling better by the weekend.

    I am so glad I am not the only zombie loving person out there!, I love anything zombie, Walking Dead - oh my god, best episode ever last Sunday, I cannot wait for next Sunday's, Daryl had better not be killed off, Resident Evil oh yeah, if I had my way I would be hiding tins of food, and building an under ground shelter...just in case... not crazy really...lol

    Thank you for the post, your blog has been such a help for me as a new mum. Still working on the wagon, the lake is half frozen...check it out http://www.woodridgelake.com

    Feel better!

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  81. Thank you so much for answering our questions! I absolutely love your blog :)
    Did you find a solution to Harper's sleep troubles when she was younger? My daughter just turned 4 months. Starting at 2 months, she slept all through the night, but the last week or so she has been waking up every 2-3 hours again. Our schedule/routine hasn't change so I'm not sure what's up, but this momma is tired!
    Happy Easter to you and your family; I'm sure Harper has an adorable Easter dress to wear!

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  82. Holy shit those "quick Crossfit-inspired workouts" were no joke!!!
    But on to the important stuff.... as another commenter asked, how do you get those pretty waves? Loveloveloveee the blog!

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  83. Love your blog!! Can you expand upon, your wardrobe, crossfits, harpers/your daily schedule, how you got Harper out of the swaddle, what your eat? Thanks !!! Feel better!

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  84. How did you get Harper to nap not being held or swaddled, when are you guys thinking if having your next baby ?

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  85. Love the shirt dress and all your answers!!!! :)

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  86. Just did your dirty 30, and it about killed me! Must get in shape. Thanks for kicking me in the butt.

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  87. Great post! I'm totally going to have to try the Philophsoy make up. Can never find a perfect foundation. Would love to know your hair care routine-your hair is beautiful!!

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  88. love your blog, im happy to know your a walking dead fan ! :) best show ever. and i agree with the yoga pants, i hope im wearing mine as well. i try to do my chalkboard like yours but my hand writing sucks compared to yours ........you are inspiring with everything ! thank you for your awesome blog i been following for over a year now! <3 :)

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  89. Loved this blog post sister!! I agree, more pics of you in your daily outfits and where you purchase the items and hair routine. I wear VS sweats as well, but I don't look as put together as you. So this blog is totally helping me with that. Can't wait for part two!! When is baby number 2 on the way :0)

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  90. Great blog entry. Your answers are honest and fun to read. Sometimes being at home all day is hard enough, let alone add a job in the mix!

    Megan Brown's etsy shop, the frilly elephant, has some adorbs stuff for Harper and her prices are excellent. I think she follows you. (50% off today with code FACEBOOK).

    Keep up the great job...baby number 2 soon?:)) I have three, girl, boy, girl. :)))

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  91. would love to get an update on must haves for a one year old!

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  92. would love to get an update on your 1 year old must haves!

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  93. I would LOVE a tutorial on how you draw on your boards...I draw on mine and am getting much better! :) Also what type of brush you used to apply your chalk paint please. Was it a sponge brush? :) Thank you for answering our questions!

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  94. I wish you would turn your handwriting into a font!!

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  95. I wish you would turn your handwriting into a font!!

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  96. I just want to say I love love love your blog have a wonderful easter!

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  97. Thanks so much for your posts!! I especially wanted to thank you for the weight loss post. I bought both DVDs...and have since bought four more of hers! I also switched to clean eating and have lost 20 pounds in two months!! All because you inspired me to get up and do it!! Happy Easter! :)

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  98. Not sure if my post... Posted. Just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your life with us!! It's such a joy to see your happy family and cute Harpie pics! A huge thanks for that weight loss post. I bought both DVDs and have since bought four more of her workouts! Switched to clean eating and In two months I've lost 20 pounds!! All because your post inspired me to get up and move. 5 months after baby and I'm 10 pounds under PPW. Can't wait to see a Baby #2 post from you!! Happy Easter! :)

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  99. awesome post!
    I used to be a freelancer for Philosophy so yes, I am also a big fan of their products. Purity is the best eye makeup remover esp on clothing.

    Enjoy your Easter holiday!

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  100. Great post! I do have a question for you!
    I know you live in Georgia, and your family lives in Iowa. I was curious how you deal with being a younger mom, with a young baby, and living so far away from your family. I live in Georgia as well and stay home with our son, and our families live in Tennessee. It's not as far as Iowa, but feels like it to me! haha I have a hard time coping so far away from our families. We haven't lived here long, so we don't have a lot of friends here and zero family. Is there anything you suggest to make it easier on raising a baby with no family/friends nearby to help out?

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  101. Hi! Love your blog :) When I read that you have struggled to find the perfect skincare regimen, I felt compelled to comment on this post. Rodan and Fields is AMAZING and has something for everyone! It's worth checking out! https://csmith4.myrandf.com/

    Happy Easter!

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  102. Hi Jessica,

    Thank you for being such an inspiration in all aspects! You might have already answered this question (regarding picture/product collages) do you recommend other ways to creating these collages other that using adobe and Polyvore? What about a short tutorial on how to do these? Sorry if its too much to ask for!

    Liz Brown

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  103. Do you use the: My go-to makeup item is easily the Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush (in bronze): as a bronzer or all over. I am just wondering if I should get bronze or a lighter color. I am pretty light skinned (probably close to you) BUT have blond hair and no dark features.
    heidiannbroberg@gmail.com

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  104. I stumbled on your pics and then your blog through Pinterest while you were pregnant and posting the weekly pictures of your the baby's progress. I am in my early 40's, don't have kiddos. But yet I totally love following your posts of your sweet family. Keep up the good work. I saw someone mention a post about your diet...I must have missed that one. I would like to see diet, exercise, crafts, cooking tips, product recommendations (that extend beyond baby items)in addition to your home, hubby and Harper posts.

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  105. Would you ever consider turning you handwriting into a font?

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  106. weird question - do you do the dirty thirty 3 times total, or 4? i always get confused when i see things that say 'repeat x times'

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  107. What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?

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