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Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas, friends!

On Christmas Eve, we had some friends over for breakfast & made reindeer pancakes for the kids. Such a fun way to kick off all of the festivities!! We had candlelight service at church & a Christmas party to attend that night, so we decided to make chicken noodle soup for dinner during the day so that it would be ready by the time we got home and we wouldn’t have to cook. Between noodles & the rest of our sugar cookies, our counters (and kids!) were covered in flour for about five straight hours. The girls were so excited all day long, Harper’s class at school made reindeer food (dry oatmeal + glitter) and she has had it in her backpack for over a week just waiting so patiently to get to put it outside. We read the night before Christmas, set out our cookies & milk, and the girls sprinkled their reindeer food off the back deck before going to bed. We got to work in Santa’s workshop for the next few hours before calling it a night, there is no sight quite like the tree lit up & covered in presents on Christmas Eve night!

“Hark, the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king.”

I set my alarm to wake up early before the girls so I could see their faces when they came downstairs, but of all days, they slept in! Brandon & I were awake drinking coffee and debating whether we should go wake them by the time they finally came peeking out of their room! They were SO excited, I loved every single minute of it!!!! Harper was screaming “Ellie! Santa brought us princess dolls that we didn’t even ask for!!!!!” We opened gifts, then went to the kitchen to make cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, and then later came back in to open stockings. Every attempt to make it last a little bit longer! Harper loved the princess dolls and beads most, Eloise loved her boots & bubble tape, and Claire got her very own toy tablet that she played with pretty much all day.

We had my family over for lunch, we did a cheese tray & another batch of chicken noodle soup, then the kids got to take all of their new toys outside to play since it was 65 degrees! It was beautiful weather, although I would totally have preferred a white Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We had spaghetti dinner at my parents house, and ended the with some moscow mules & a dance party with my siblings after the kids were in bed.

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  We are keeping our tree up for a few more days & enjoying the festivities as long as possible. I love this time of year so much! I hope you all had the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS and were able to spend time with the ones you love. XO


Minted Holiday Cards + Giveaway

It’s that time of year again! I love Christmas card season!!! I’m a last minute person with almost everything, and although I start scrolling through beautiful holiday cards at Minted on November first every year, it usually takes me up until the very week of Christmas to have our cards in hand and ready to send out. Run, run, Rudolph!!

This year we are teaming up again with our amazing friends at Minted to giveaway a $250 credit for holiday cards!!! It’s never too late friends, their selection of New Year cards are SO amazing & would be such a fun way to send some holiday cheer!

This year we went with a traditional Merry Christmas message, but did a fun shape & I am attaching little bakers twine knots to them! And if you get one in the mail from us that is covered in crayon drawings of Christmas trees or stick people (with beards), that’s just Harper’s way of saying hello! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enter by leaving a comment below telling us what cards you would send, some belated Christmas cards, New Years or maybe even Valentine’s?! I love sending fun snail mail in February! Winner will be announced on my Instagram @jlgarvin tomorrow at 12pm EST.

Five more sleeps til Christmas! XO




Happy Christmas Week!

Less than a week until Christmas. How is that possible? We have been loving every single second of this holiday season over here, chaos and all, it is the absolute best. I love the girls running into our room first thing to tell us where the elf is & what sort of mischief she is up to. Our elf is pretty well behaved (read: lazy) so mostly she just moves from room to room, but the day she wrote on the bathroom mirror? Well, that was just the best. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There is nothing I love more than kids excitement about Christmas. We took them to see Santa a few weekends ago. Eloise & Claire wanted absolutely nothing to do with him, Harper loved chatting with him and getting a candy cane after.

Today was the big girls last day of school, they made reindeer food in their classes and are bursting at the seams to sprinkle it on the yard on Christmas Eve!! We have dozens of cookies to still frost & are planning our annual baking day for Friday just in time for the weekend. We always drive around looking at lights & drop cookies off to all of our favorite friends & neighbors. Our family will be arriving on Christmas Eve and we can’t wait to have a house full of family, hopefully drinking a little eggnog and watching Christmas movies on repeat in front of the fire!

Also wanted to share a few last minute gifts & stocking stuffers! We did the rest of our shopping yesterday, which is always one of my favorite days of the year, and I can’t wait to get started wrapping (which I actually suck at, but do enjoy the fun of it!).

If you still need things for the kiddos, my girls are obsessed with these jumbo sticker books, they literally keep them busy for hours.

Our favorite tutu dresses for girls are marked down to $5.99, such a steal!!!

Probably the best cookbook of all time, laughed out loud reading it & totally something you’ll want after eating sweets all season long!

Everything at Gap is 51% off today with Christmas Delivery! Grabbed these adorable Valentine’s tights for Claire’s stocking!

And the best yet. We got the girls all four seasons of …wait for it… David the Gnome! on DVD! and I cannot freaking wait to watch it with them!!! Somebody tell me this was your favorite show as a child too?!

Hope you all are having the BEST week!!! Tis the season to be Merry!