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I’m having the best birthday and so much of it is because of all of you. Thank you for the birthday love! ???A post shared by Jennifer Garner on Apr 17, 2018 at 2:43pm PDT Jennifer Garner is living her best life. She dropped 200 pounds of dead weight last year and is still reminded occasionally of what it felt like to drag that around all day. She’s sunnier, she’s more authentic and she’s been active on Instagram, giving the world a glimpse of her home life and interests. Garner celebrated her 46th birthday on Tuesday and shared the photo above in which she looked both glamorous and silly, which is her brand now. She’s owning that and it’s fun to watch. E! had a whole analysis of Garner’s “reinvention” which Lainey alerted me to. They note how deftly she’s been flitting between her career, homelife and being a mom, which she discussed during her sit down with Vanity Fair promoting her new business, Once Upon a Farm, offering organic baby food. Most of us multitask like that but she’s putting her own gloss on it. Over the last few years especially, Garner has had the chance to put some of her Sydney Bristow skills to work, namely the one where she effortlessly shifts from one identity to another: actress, entrepreneur, pitchwoman, domestic warrior and resilient divorce who could care less about salacious headlines–or who at least could teach a masterclass in battling through with a smile. Then, of course, there’s the one hat she never takes off, which is mother of three.After 10 years of marriage, Garner is still holding down the fort at her longtime home in Los Angeles’ celeb-filled Pacific Palisades neighborhood, where she’s frequently spotted taking her daughters and son to school, grabbing coffee and going to church on Sundays. Thanks to Instagram, fans are even treated to the occasional backyard sighting, such as when she donned full marching-band regalia to wail “Happy Birthday” on the saxophone for her friend Reese Witherspoon last month. Obviously she’s a woman of many talents, which lately also include gardening, beekeeping, raising chickens and being adorable on social media, whether she’s enjoying story time with her dog Birdie, sharing long lost footage of herself in ballet class as a kid, or admitting to a homemade bagel fail on her “Pretend Cooking Show.” And now there’s Once Upon a Farm, the line of organic baby food and eco-friendly spoons, cups, onesies, etc. for tots that she co-founded.All of which begs the question: Does Jennifer Garner ever sleep?…Moreover, it’s been a year since Garner filed for divorce and they still haven’t made it official. A source tells E! News that Garner wants to make sure Affleck is where he needs to be with his sobriety before they finalize a custody arrangement.“She is very supportive and wants her kids to have the best dad that he can be,” the insider said. I think a lot of women feel this way in their 40s after leaving a difficult long term relationship. All of a sudden they’re calling the shots and they’re not beholden to their partner’s rules and moods. It can be particularly freeing when the other person is unpredictable, which is the impression I get of Affleck. He’s so controlling of his image that I imagine he’s not the easiest person to live with. Garner said as much in her Vanity Fair interview, if you read between the lines. Read those last two paragraphs in the excerpt from E! above. There are some subtle hints there that she’s keeping Affleck on notice that he better stay sober if he wants to share custody. Oh and about the giant scarf – Garner stepped out on Wednesday in an oversized striped knitted scarf. E! compared it to Lenny Kravitz’s famous scarf circa 2012. Our agencies don’t have those photos but you can see them on E! or on Getty. She looks so happy in that crazy scarf. Update: Buzzfeed has a lot of great photos too.photos credit: Backgrid and Instagram/Jennifer GarnerCelebitchy

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