Pumpkin Patch Fun

Me - Jeans //  Boots //  T-shirt  //  Denim Jacket  //  Backpack
Girls - Stripe top //  Overalls  //  Jeans  //  Boots
Hudson - Top  //  Pants  //  Boots

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! We had a really fun time with family in town and enjoyed some beautiful fall weather on Sunday.
A couple weekends ago we hit up the pumpkin patch with the kiddos - one of my favorite things to do in the fall!! The petting zoo is always the kids' favorite. There was a cute little goat that kept trying to eat our boots :) My favorite is walking through the corn maze with them - although, this year, Hudson got kinda nervous that we weren't going to find our way out ;) It is these fun experiences I hope our kids will remember when they look back on their childhood. We hit the apple orchard and pumpkin patch...trying to decide where else we need to go before the beautiful fall ends! Any recs?
xo, Brooke

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Fall Reading List

Aside from beach side reading on a vacation, nothing tops curling up with a good book on a cool fall day. I have always been a big reader and tend to read several books per month. Reading before bed is my favorite way to unwind and escape. 
I read on my iPad using the Kindle app. To avoid it from being too bright on my eyes, I switch the paper color on the kindle to black with white letters and decrease the brightness of my app to the lowest setting. 
My friends and I are always trading off good book suggestions and I thought I would begin sharing those books I have read here. In the Fall, I am in the mood for a good novel or historical fiction - compared to summer/vaca reading where I want more of a quick/thrill read. To start off our Fall Reading List, I have compiled a list of 5 of my most recent books that were great reads.  You may notice a theme - I was on a bit of a WWI/WWII kick ;) I promise these reads are engaging, eye-opening, and soooo worth the read!

1. Lilac Girls - This book follows the separate lives of 3 young women during World War II. One is an American socialite, one a Polish teenager, and the third a new doctor - all three who's lives are changed by the war. It follows them during the war and after as their paths cross and justice is sought. Reading this was disturbing at times knowing that people actually went through these horrendous crimes. 

2. The Alice Network - This book is set during the aftermath of WWII. Charlie St.Claire is a young socialite who is searching for her cousin, Rose, who was lost during the war. Charlie meets Eve - an unlikely spy in the war. They journey across Europe searching for Rose while unveiling the incredible story of a network of female spies during WWI. This book was a little more of a page turner for me than Lilac girls. If you liked Lilac girls, you will love Alice Network!

3. Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Based on the life of a young Italian man, Pino Lella. He becomes a spy for a network of local spies as he works his way up the ranks and becomes a driver to one of the most powerful Nazis in Italy. The story follows Pino through the war as he tries to save his family and his love. This book was a little slower read for me. I usually prefer female protagonist, but I really enjoyed the story of Pino and his brave efforts - especially knowing it is based on a true story.

4. The Secret Wife - This is a great historical fiction that starts at present day. A young wife from Britain flees to her late grandfather's cabin in upstate New York following the discovery of her husband's affair. While there she discovers an incredible secret her grandfather kept. Parallel to this story is the story of the Romanov family's uncertain future and their daughter's love and possible escape. I loved this book. It was a page turner and I loved the idea of a possible Romanov survivor. After finishing it, I read more on the Romanov family I was so into it!

5. The Nightingale - If you haven't read the Nightingale, you need to add this to the top of your list. I have actually read it twice. It is the story of two sisters who are very different. When one's husband goes to war, the other travels from the city to the country to help her sister. The story follows them through WWII as they struggle to survive. The bond these sisters share carries them through the horrors and uncertainty of war.

I am excited to share this new section with you! I will try to narrow down my favorite books I read and I would love to hear recommendations from you to!


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Fall Family Pictures

Photography - Tracy Raver
Aaron - Shirt, Blazer, Jeans, Shoes

Oh my gosh, you guys. I know I say this every year, but this year's family pictures are my absolute favorite!! I teamed up with Janie and Jack to create coordinating outfits for the kiddos and they couldn't have turned out sweeter! The girls are dressed in the Sweet Stables line and Hudson is wearing clothes from the Lakeside Days line. Janie and Jack has always been one of my go-to places when I need timeless and adorable clothing for the kids. 
For family pictures, I try to layer our looks and add a pop of pattern. We took them at dusk with the amazing Tracy Raver. The beautiful location and lighting made for pics we will treasure forever. Now to decide which ones to frame!!!

My look:

Aaron's look:

Girls' look:

Hudson's look:

This post was sponsored by Janie and Jack, but all styling and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Blushing Momma!!
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Perfect Polka-Dot + Thursday Event

Look with Evereve

Who doesn't love polka-dots?!? I recently found this darling polka-dot blouse and knew it would be a great classic to add to my closet. This top is a great day to night top - can easily be worn to work and out to dinner. I paired with my new favorite jeans and my go-to black heels

I am so excited to be partnering up with Evereve to celebrate the opening of their new store in Omaha!! I will be at the store Thursday evening from 6-8pm. I would love to have you join me for some fall fashion, drinks, and discounts!! There will be gifts throughout the night as well as 15% off your purchase!!! 

XO, Brooke

This post was sponsored by Evereve, but the outfit styling and opinions are my own. 

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ShopBop Sale

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14

It is time for another great sale at Shopbop!!! This sale happens a couple times per year and is always a great time to buy as the discount is large! Take 20% off purchase under $500 and 25% off your purchase over $500!! While there are some brands excluded from the sale, many favorites like Tory Burch, Free People, Madewell, Citizens, and many more!! 
Happy Shopping!!
XO, Brooke

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Apple Picking

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was full of fun celebrating Hudson's birthday. Aaron was out of town, but when he got home Sunday night, we made a trip to the apple orchard - something I look forward to every year! I was a little worried because we had some big rainstorms yesterday afternoon, but we made it to the patch just as the rain cleared. With the evening sun and the recent rain, it made for the dreamiest lighting! I just love these pictures - I of course got lots with Aaron and the kids too :) They picked way more than we needed and I am going to have to get baking this week! 
Here's to a great week!

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Hello, I am Brooke...wife + momma to 3! I love coffee, lists, and anything monogrammed. Here you will find fun things that inspire me and I hope you enjoy as well. Thanks for stopping by!! XO


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