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Three Month Bump

Happy Monday morning, friends!!
I am about three and a half months pregnant right now, and although I initially thought I would definitely not do chalkboards this time around, I decided doing them monthly might be manageable. So here it is, month three with baby number three!
Jeweled Sweatshirt (on sale!) // Maternity Tank c/o Blanqi // Boots (old but similar here)

How far along: 15 weeks
Gender: Girl
Weight gain: 6+ lbs.
Maternity clothes: Ashamed to admit that I mostly still live in leggings, but I have promised myself that this pregnancy I will not just frump around in pajamas for 9 months. I bought two pair of maternity pants, these side panel Andie Pants & a pair of these Citizen of Humanity full panel jeans on ebay. I love them both & they’re so comfortable! Do people actually ever return to regular jeans after wearing maternity? πŸ˜‰
Sleep: I have been sleeping great, aside from one or both of the kids randomly waking up in the middle of the night at least once or twice. It’s not a big deal right now, easy to go give Eloise her paci or Harper her water or snuggle with her for a minute if she is scared, but I think this is going to get harder as the months go on. Getting out of bed during the last few months is never any fun.
Best moment this month: Healthy ultrasounds & finding out the gender! Also, having energy & loving coffee again.
Worst moment this month: The exhaustion over the first few months has been really hard, trying to run around all day with the girls & still keep up with the house/blog/work/etc. is no joke. But I am happy to report that I feel like myself again & we are finding a good balance.
Miss anything: Fitting into all of my jeans/clothes. I also hate random pregnancy food aversions, like when you spend an hour cooking dinner & then all of a sudden you are repulsed by the food and no longer want to eat it. That happened so many times to me over the first trimester & resulted in toast for dinner.
Movement: None yet. If I remember correctly, I felt Eloise move sooner than 15 weeks, so I keep waiting and waiting for this one, hoping for it any day now!
Cravings: Fish, sushi, cucumbers, watermelon, fountain soda, bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches.
Queasy or sick: Surprisingly I have felt really good this pregnancy, hardly any nausea or headaches, unlike my last two pregnancies.
Looking forward to: I guess it isn’t really pregnancy related necessarily, but excited for our trip to Florida next month. Between the cold weather & Brandon’s crazy work schedule, it will be so fun to get away as a family for a few days of fun in the sun!! 
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Thanksgiving Plans + a Print

I wanted to give a free print for Thanksgiving next week, for anyone interested in some last minute Thanksgiving Day decor. You can save this file directly to your computer, then have it printed by a photo finisher as an 8×10 matte finish print or on card stock from a high quality inkjet printer. I always love framed prints set up next to a pretty drink bar or appetizer display! πŸ˜‰ I am thankful for all of you, and all of the love, support & kindness that you bring to this little space.
We will be hosting Thanksgiving this year, my family will all be coming & we will have a few friends over. I’m especially excited to have my mom, the pie making extraordinaire, here to contribute lots of delicious desserts! One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is watching the Macy’s parade in the morning while eating breakfast, I know Harper especially is going to love it this year! We will be pulling our breakfast nook table into the dining room to accommodate everyone, it is a must that we all eat in the same room. I would love to do some kraft paper table runners on both tables, we’ll see if the girls let that happen! πŸ˜‰

We will be frying our turkey, having all of our favorite sides like cheesy potatoes & green bean casserole, and trying a new appetizer inspired by the traditional cranberry sauce, these Cranberry Brie Bites. Do you serve appetizers for Thanksgiving, if so, what are your favorites? Bacon Wrapped Smokies are always a favorite for us but they can be pretty dangerous!

You can find some of our Thanksgiving posts from last year for some decor & recipe ideas, here & here. Hope you all are enjoying your Thanksgiving planning & daydreaming about all of the delicious food that is on the horizon! XO

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Halloween Vibes

I know it’s only September, but Halloween is the next holiday on the roster & we are feeling festive!!! Come October 1st, it is Halloween decor & outfits all month long! I have mentioned before that we bought the book Room on the Broom last year & it has been a favorite of Harper’s ever since. I swear it has made her love Halloween as much as me. She was so excited when I told her I got her a witch shirt & a skirt to match! Every year, I look so forward to seeing the Carter’s Halloween Boootique, they are my favorite place for festive holiday outfits, and this year did not disappoint! I love that they have matching things for infants & toddlers, which is hard to find anywhere else. Plus, glitter cat leggings? We’ll take two!! πŸ˜‰

And of course matching, glow-in-the-dark, candy corn adorned skeleton pajamas were a must!! There is nothing sweeter than these little sisters with their freshly washed wet hair, all ready for story time & snuggling before bed.
Thanks so much Carter’s for outfitting my babes in the most festive Halloween outfits!

We are planning our annual party for the night of trick-or-treating, can’t wait to share all of the fun things in store! I am loving these cauldron bowls for popcorn & candy. I am hoping to put together a caramel apple bar for all of our friends that will be coming by, do you have a favorite topping? I also can’t wait to get started on our costumes! πŸ˜‰

If you follow my Instagram (@jlgarvin) you may have gotten a little Halloween sneak peek of new chalkboard prints in the shop! This one is one of my favorites ever, I was loving the look of the fresh chalk dust on it so I had to include one print of it before I blew it all off! You can use coupon code AMOKAMOKAMOK for 31% off in my shop through the end of the month!

Now, who’s ready to watch some Hocus Pocus?! πŸ˜‰ Wishing you all a great weekend meow!!! XO 
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