Christmas Tree Farm

Elle - Boots   Hudson - Boots   Harper - Boots

On our quest to experience all things Christmas before the big day arrives, we hit up a local Christmas Tree Farm. We have never gotten a live Christmas tree before and always used artificial. My poor, deprived kids (and myself!) have never experienced the fun of going to a farm and selecting your own tree. While we weren't in the market for a tree, we were looking for some outdoor fun while these beautiful temps lasted. 
I was surprised by how much fun we all had! Elle and Hudson had the most fun hiding and chasing between the trees. There were reindeer, hot chocolate, and a fun tractor ride. I loved seeing all the different types of trees. Luckily for Aaron, most of the taller trees had already been purchased...otherwise I may have been tempted to bring one home!
Although the air temps were warmer than usual, we still needed to bundle up and put on boots. We are all wearing our Kamik Boots. While I used to think of Kamik boots as your traditional snow boot, I have realized that they also have so many stylish options. Known for their quality, Kamik boots are a family owned company that produces some great boots. The kids LOVED their new winter boots and I was pretty excited about how cute they were in them ;) Now we just need some snow!
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Weekend Fun

Harper - Red dress, Vest, Boots

You guys, it is only 12 days until Christmas!! This holiday season always flies by and there are so many fun things to do and see - it is tough to fit them all in! This past weekend we checked a couple things off our holiday bucket list. First up was visiting Santa's reindeer. My kids get such a kick out of this and always try to decide which of the reindeer are visiting. For those of you in Omaha, we visited the reindeer at Mulhall's. The greenhouse is decorated so beautifully, we had to stop for a couple photos ;)  In addition to visiting the reindeer, we got in a Christmas movie night, and a trip to the Christmas tree farm! I love creating these traditions as a family and am excited for the next 12 days of fun!! Hope you are having a great week!
XO, Brooke

PS - Almost all of the clothes we are wearing are on sale!! Linked the below!

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Shopping with Elle

Our Holiday shopping is well under way around here! After years of finding ways to shop without kids, or just shop online, I took Elle with me and actually had a great time. She is at such a fun age and I love seeing her put thought into gifts. I genuinely appreciated her input and we had such a fun time. We got several gifts crossed off our list and also picked up some cute decorations for the house. I hope to make this an annual tradition – one I can see us doing for many years to come!

In addition to having fun shopping and picking out gifts, we also had time to talk. I tried to make this a learning experience and explain the value of money and how much we can spend on each gift. With her big heart, she would buy everyone every little thing she found! We created a little budget and tried our best to stick to it. Going a little over budget is a little easier knowing we will be earning rewards with our First National Bank credit card. First National Bank currently offers several different rewards credit cards. It’s a nice way to earn rewards on the money we spend on our holiday purchases.

Have you made much progress on your holiday shopping?!
XO, Brooke
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Gift Ideas for Kids

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1. Magna Tiles - If I had to pick only one toy for my kids to have, this would be it. Hands down. This is their most played with toy and I think we have 4 or more sets. They started being able to play with this toy around age 3 and all still play with it.  Definitely worth the cost!!

2. Cuddle + Kind Doll - these cute dolls are some of my kids' favorite stuffed animals. They are soft and cute and also serve a purpose. They donate meals for each animal purchased.

3. String Art - I think this fun string art a cute and creative project for the kids. You can use the patterns to create an initial or word as shown.

4. Play Kitchen - The play kitchen is one of my favorite toys :) I dread the day my kids no longer want to cook for me in the kitchen. They began using this at age 2 and all continue to play. This particular kitchen is super cute with its farmhouse sink. Definitely more stylish than some of the plastic kitchens!

5. Balance Bike - This is the best beginner bike! Elle learned on a regular bike with training wheels and it took her much longer to learn to ride than Hudson, who learned to ride on one of these at two and a half. Harper has just started showing interest in the balance bike we got her.

6. Robes & Slippers - Robes, Slippers, and PJs all are great gift ideas. It is one of those "needs" that they actually love :) Gap and Nordstroms are my favorite places for PJs.

7. Water Bottles - Another one of those "needs" that they actually want. My kids always need new water bottles and these make a great stocking stuffer. My kids love new water bottles, so they are each getting one!

8. Magnetic Tablet - My kids love these magnetic tablets. I try to save them for car or airplane rides or times when I need them preoccupied :)

9. Instapix Camera - I have one of these fun instant cameras and the kids always want to use it and end up fighting over it. So this year, they are all getting their own! I am surprise that Harper, at 3 years old, already knows how to work it and take cute pictures.

Hope this gives you some good ideas for the kiddos!!
XO, Brooke

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Fun & Easy Dessert

We love our sweets and desserts over here, so it is no surprise that we LOVE ice cream!! Harper and I are sharing a fun, easy dessert that is one of our favorites - an Ice Cream & Topping Bar! It makes a great dessert for holiday parties and gatherings since it requires very little prep and it is guaranteed everyone will love!
We started with our favorite ice cream, Graeter's! This handmade ice cream comes in so many delicious flavors (my stash seen above!!). For the holiday dessert bar, we went with the Peppermint Stick, Classic Vanilla (my favorite!!), and the Mint Chocolate Chip (Aaron's favorite). Our toppings included peppermint flavored sprinkles, chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbles, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream. The great thing about an easy dessert like this is you can include any sweet toppings you have at home such as fruit, chocolate chips, or sprinkles. Put the toppings in some cute dishes and, viola, your dessert looks festive and fun!
We buy our Graeter's Ice Cream online - we usually get the pack of 12 and mix and match flavors :) In addition to making a great dessert, Graeter's Ice Cream also makes a great gift! I ships anywhere in the country and they have gift packages available. Try some and take $5 off your order using code Blushing-Sweets. Must order by 12/13 to get discount. Enjoy!!

XO, Brooke

This post is sponsored by Graeter's Ice Cream, but all opinions and ideas are my own.

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3 Fun Holiday Looks

It is the season of parties and events - all which require getting a little fancier than usual! I am partnering up with Evereve today to bring you 3 fun holiday looks perfect for different events!! I worked with my favorite ladies over at the Village Pointe Evereve - they are always so helpful and put together the cutest looks. Evereve really has become one of my top places to shop and we are so lucky to have 2 in Omaha!

Look 1 is my favorite look! I love getting dressed up and this outfit feels so feminine and pretty. The faux fur collar adds such a glamorous touch. How fun are these studded heels?! This skirt is beyond pretty and soooo flattering. It is a deeper color than it appears online. You could dress down this outfit by removing the collar and adding a denim or leather jacket. 

Look 2 is a fun and timeless look. Leopard really has become a closet staple and a this leopard jacquard coat is a little more classic than some of the louder patterns you see. The sweater dress has fun lantern sleeves and is very flattering. You can dress up a little more by adding black pumps or OTK boots. 

Look 3 - Gold Thread Sweater, High Rise Jeans, Gold Heels

Look 3 is a more casual look. The sweater has gold thread - hard to tell by the pictures. The gold gives it a fun holiday look. I paired it with these amazing high-waisted jeans and some gold heels. You could easily dress this sweater up with some black ponte pants or a black skirt.

I hope these outfits give you some ideas for holiday looks!! If parts of these outfits inspire you, but aren't entirely you, head over to Evereve to have them help style you. They have trained stylists to help you put your outfits together - something we all need help with at times!! As I mentioned, I love my girls over at the Village Pointe Evereve and encourage you to head over there to check out the new store!!

XO, Brooke

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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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