Scenes from Christmas (and after Christmas sales!)

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We sure had a fun week celebrating the holiday and made the most of our few days off school before Christmas! Friday night we bundled up and went to the Winter Garden Aglow at the Botanical Gardens which is one of our favorite pre-Christmas activities! The gardens are lit up with so many beautiful lights, and they also have food trucks, carolers, and fire pits scattered throughout to warm up at. Santa was also there and the kids got to make one last visit with him to tell him their wish lists!img_8416

Saturday I braved the crowds for my Christmas dinner grocery shopping. And of course no Christmas prep is complete without making cookies for Santa! We spent Saturday evening making dozens of cookies so the kids could make their perfect cookies to give the big man.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSweater // Scarf // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Sunglassesimg_8512

Sunday we headed out for a little ice skating! Ev had never skated before so it took a lot of convincing to get him to try it. But eventually he worked up the courage to give it a try and he ended up having fun! (Even though his face says the opposite!) We even lucked out with a little snow flurry while we were skating.My Coat (Zara) // Scarf (J Crew – old similar here) // Hat

Christmas Eve we spent the evening driving around looking at the Christmas lights! There were a few really incredible displays near our home, and at one we got out and had hot cocoa and candycanes with Santa! When we got home we had our annual Christmas Eve tradition of opening one gift – matching pajamas which we all wore to bed!

Christmas morning! The kids were just giddy with excitement and Cole even kept saying “it felt like a dream!” There’s just nothing like experiencing your kid’s joy on Christmas and it really is magical.Our Pajamas

Last night we headed out to go see the new Spider-Man movie! I only got to see the first half because the little one got restless so we went to the lobby so my hubs and Cole could finish the movie. They said it was amazing & I look forward to renting it when it comes out! We went out for Mexican food after and ended up staying out pretty late so we are all dragging a bit today. We’ve been spending a lot of our holiday week just relaxing in jammies at home, and it’s been a really wonderful break. I think today is our last day of enjoying our Christmas decorations, and I’m ready to take them down tomorrow to bring in the New Year with a tidied house.My Coat // Tunic Sweater // Leggings // Boots // Bag

There are SO many amazing after Christmas sales happening right now. I’ve already grabbed a few things I had been eyeing, and there’s still several more things I’m considering! Here’s a few of the best things I’ve found:

Nordstrom Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale is on! My favorite jeans (that I’m wearing above) are on sale and they are such a great fitting jean. It’s also a great time to grab some classic Ugg boots, or a splurge like this gorgeous Vince coat or sweater. I’m also eying this adorable puff sleeve sweater and these cute booties.

J Crew J Crew is having an additional 50% off of their sale styles and there are some great deals to be had! I already snagged this parka that I’ve been wanting for a few years now, and I think this coat and this coat are gorgeous too. I love this velvet bow (like Kate Middleton has been wearing!) and these glitter/tartan heels are stunning. I also ordered this Fair Isle sweater which will be so pretty all winter long. And I’m loving these pretty wrap dresses in crepe and velvet.

Macy’s I love Free People Sweaters and this one and this one are both on major sale! These wine colored Uggs are super cute and I’m also loving these blush colored Nike’s. There are some great deals on home items like this Nespresso, this Vitamix, and I have a Shark vacuum and love it.

H&M has so many great deals, many under $20! This sweater is so chic, I love this dainty pointelle sweater, this under $10 draped v-neck sweater would go with anything, and these pajamas would be so cute for Valentines Day. I’m really tempted to try these jeans for under $10, and I really like this oversized cable knit sweater. This mohair sweater and this knit sweater are great basics, and this oversize houndstooth print sweater looks much more expensive than it is. This faux fur bomber is so cute and this is a great price for a classic cashmere sweater.

And a few last things – at Bloomingdales I’m loving this wash of my favorite AG jeans on sale, and at Abercrombie I think these tops and this button back tunic sweater are super cute. At Shopbop I think this (still pricey on sale) cardigan is gorgeous, I really like the neutral gray/taupe color of these shearling trim hiking boots, I love this sweater with the button sleeve detail, and these leopard booties are super cute. And these boots are a gorgeous splurge!

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