myBAB Weekend Picks

65 degrees and rain for the weekend, hey there Fall. There’s so much to do this weekend, here is what we will be drinking, eating, playing, and watching this weekend. Hope to see you!

Where To Wear Your Boots and Sweaters

Cary Ale House is throwing a four-day Oktoberfest with beer and sausage starting on Thursday night. Want more beer? Head to Woodstock on Saturday for their Craft Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass celebration with over 80 beers. Stop by and grab a stein. 

Where To Go When You Want To Run

Sunday, you have two opportunities to get in a good run. (Bonus: both events benefit not-for-profits) Run & Roll for the Dole Duathalon gets you running and biking with proceeds benefiting the arts. The Pumpkin Stampede is a run for the whole family benefiting the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund.

What To Do If You Want To See Kites Fly ~ myBAB Bubbles Pick

Keep your eyes to the sky and watch professional kite flyers fly over 100 kites at Lippold Park for the annual Kite Fest. The first 250 kids receive a free kite.

What To Watch At Midnight on Friday

We’ve all heard of Foxy Knoxy and the case of her murdered roommate while they were studying in Italy. Twice convicted and acquitted of murder, Amanda Knox speaks out in this Netflix documentary you’ll want to stay up for with a bottle of wine. 

What’s New-ish? ~ myBAB Bubbly Pick

Blush Salon & Spa has called downtown Crystal Lake home since 2008. Last month they moved to a bigger, beautiful space and Saturday they’re opening their doors to celebrate and you’re invited. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and giveaways! 

For more ideas on what to do, check our Upcoming Events and Weekend Happenings.

Fall Bucket List


Now that the fall season is in full swing and we have lower temps it is time to start knocking items off of our fall bucket list. We have already gone to Richardson Adventure Farm, Johnny Appleseed Fest, been lighting fall scented candles, drank pumpkin spiced lattes (well not me because pumpkin flavor is gross but my friends and family!) and watched some football.

October is a busy month for us here at myBAB because Blake and Adelyn both turn 5!! How the heck did that happen?? We are planning another joint birthday party (this year’s theme: Halloween) and between that and Halloween and a surprise trip for the Malic family (hint: it will be Blake’s first time on an airplane) it will be action packed. We need to start cruisin’ through our bucket list before Christmas season is upon us!!

myBAB Weekend Picks

It’s officially Fall and we have your weekend planned right here with myBAB picks. 

Where To Go To Get Your Fest On ~ myBAB Bubbly Pick

Deicke Park is kicking off the season with a fest for the whole family. We’re talking scarecrow contest, pumpkin maze, pumpkin bowling, petting zoo, tractor and car show, video gaming, live music, food vendors, beer garden and more. Admission is free.

What To Do If You Have A Taste For Apples ~ myBAB Bubbles Pick 

Downtown Crystal Lake will be Johnny Appleseed’s playground on Saturday with children’s games, pony rides, petting zoo, and all things apples — including apple cider donuts — do we need to say more?

Where To Take Your Little To Relax

The littles need yoga in their lives too. Duke’s is offering a FREE children’s yoga class on Sunday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. {Pro-Tip: Stick around for lunch, kids eat for half-price and grab a Bloody Mary for you.}

What To Watch With The Fam 

Storks is in theaters on Friday and it is not just a kids movie. It’s really about parenthood which makes it the perfect family movie night.   

What To Drink With All Those Apples 

Apple Cider Mimosas. Sweet and bubbly, the perfect drink to welcome Fall. We’ll be pouring ourselves a few of these this weekend. 

For more events and fun be sure to check our Upcoming Events and September Weekend HappeningsLet us know where you will be!
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myBAB goes to Richardson Farm

Last Friday, we had friends in town from Michigan and we wanted to do something fun with the kids so we packed up the car and headed to Spring Grove to Richardson Farm.


Our strategy was to go early to avoid the crowd, and in doing that, we discovered a big secret. NO ONE IS THERE during the week. We literally had the entire farm to ourselves. It was AWESOME. No lines and the kids got to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Now I realize the reason there was not a crowd was because most kids are in school and most parents are working, but if you have the option to go during the week. Do it. Well worth it.

The admission was $16 per adult and $13 per kid (3 and younger were free). Included in that admission was: Corn Maze (Star Trek themed this year and largest corn maze in the US), observation tower over the corn maze, large slides, kids area, petting zoo, carousel, train rides, wagon rides, corn shooters, pig races and much more.

We had two almost 5 year olds and a 2.5 year old so we opted out of the corn maze and instead the kids sprinted towards the observation tower. They thought it was really fun to see over the maze. The almost 5 year olds were easily able to climb the tower themselves.

Then we headed over to the slide area. The kids loved it (until my son got hurt sliding down, then he was over it).


We then hit up the carousel and train rides followed by the kid area and petting zoo. Lots of fun to see!

At this point the kids were getting hungry so we headed over to their concession stand. Unfortunately, the workers weren’t around so we weren’t able to get food. I would say that this is my biggest critique of going there. There was no one around for us to order food. I am guessing it is because there was no one there so it wasn’t fully staffed. You could bring your own snacks etc. I would also recommend a stroller for little ones as the activities are spaced apart fairly decent and it might be a lot to walk. We ended the trip with a wagon ride and the seats were old school bus seats so it was comfy…heck Brooke even fell asleep on it!!

Overall, I thought it was a fun trip with plenty to do. It was a little pricey but you get a lot for your money. I do wish there were better on site food options but other than that, it was a great time.

I should point out, they do have some additional items for an added fee that we didn’t do.

  • Rent a space to have a bonfire and hang out and go through the maze etc
  • Zip Lines
  • Orbiting

For more information, check out their website: Richardson Farm

myBAB Picks For The Weekend

The first five days after a weekend are brutal, amiright? But the good news myBAB is bringing you everything we think you should check out this weekend.

Ready To Bust Out Your Lederhosen?
myBAB Bubbly Pick

Crystal Lake Brewing’s 2nd annual Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday at 3 p.m. with live music, German-inspired food and of course, lager!

Did Someone Say Chocolate and Beer? 

Ethereal Confections and Half Acre Brewery have teamed up for a Craft Beer + Chocolate pairing on Friday September 16th, at 7PM! Get your tickets now and experience local chocolate and locally brewed beer.

It’s Almost Fall Y’All 
myBAB Bubbles Pick

Goebbert’s is giving you a preview of what their Fall Festival is all about. Take a pony ride, get spooked in the haunted house, take a wagon ride, and more!

Walk and Wine

On Saturday, take a stroll in McHenry’s downtown, enjoy appetizers, sweets and visit eleven shops while sipping at each three tastes of specially selected wines.

Who’s The Daddy?

Bridget Jones is back and she’s having a baby! One of my favorite Brit’s is back and lovable as ever after in the sequel. {Eye Candy Alert}

For more ideas, check our Upcoming Events and Weekend Happenings.


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my BAB takes on skincare

Our lives are hectic, and we rarely have time for ourselves and sometimes when we look in the mirror it can show. I thought I would give everyone some tips and info I have learned along the way on how to make your skin look its best.

None of these tips are ground breaking, earth shattering new information (well except for maybe one!), but serve as great reminders for us on how to make our skin picture perfect.

Drink LOTS of water. There is so much to be said about the power to hydrate from the inside out. It really can transform your skin. The goal should be to drink in ounces half of your weight everyday. Example, if you weigh 120 pounds you should drink 60 ounces of water each day. Plus, having a healthy diet can also work wonders on the skin. As much as we wish donuts, cookies and wine would make for great skin, the reality is we need to put the good stuff in to see good results.


Lifestyle Habits. It is bad to smoke, not get enough sleep, have stress, etc. Exercise is a great way to help fight off the stress or sleep.

Exfoliate. but, don’t over exfoliate. Once or twice a week is all you need for great skin. If you over exfoliate you can dry out your skin. When you do exfoliate use gentle circular motions to not hurt your skin. And here is a CRAZY tip that I swear works and don’t freak out when I tell you…. dry face shaving. Yes, I said it…. getting rid of that peach fuzz will not only give you super smooth skin, allow your makeup to say on better but it will gently exfoliate the skin. Trust me this works….. and no your hair doesn’t grow back thick and dark. Don’t believe me, check out this video! I buy these razors on Amazon and they are what the video recommends as well.


Toner. I never really even considered using a toner up until a few years ago, and to be frank, I didn’t even know what it was supposed to do for my skin. Toners help to restore the pH balance in your skin after you cleanse. It hydrates your skin, which is essential to maintaining elasticity. It removes the oily residue and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin thus reducing breakouts. It tightens and shrinks the pores and the list goes on… another tip: NEVER use a cotton ball with a toner, it absorbs all the toner and you waste so much. Instead, use a cotton pad, this allows a better application and you use less product.

SPF. When I was young and naive I would only wear SPF 15 on my face (if at all) because I wanted that bronze sun kissed skin…(insert dumb here!!). My best defense against skin cancer and wrinkles is my new BFF SPF. Now I use at least SPF 30 (most times SPF 50) year round every single day. If I want the sun kissed look, I let my bronzer help me out.

Wash off your makeup before bed. Ladies, please, please, please don’t go to sleep with makeup on. They make lots of great and easy products to get your makeup off. I personally love using the cloths because they are so easy and simple.


  • Having a skincare routine that works for your skin type. This might have been the biggest “ah-ha” moment for me when it comes to understanding my skin. About six months ago I was just feeling my skin wasn’t looking its best and wanted to try and get serious about how I resolved that. I was in my early 30’s and wanted to “act like a grownup” about my skin and try and take preventive measures to combat signs of aging before they started to happen! I looked into MANY products (hi, my name is Jen and I am a product JUNKIE) and decided to give Rodan + Fields a try. I noticed results almost immediately, even despite the warnings that it takes your skin about 30 days to turn over new skin cells. I loved my results so much that I made my husband start using the products and I started selling the products. The key is to find the right combination of products in the right order for your skin to get great results. Here is what a typical routine looks like:
    • Morning
      • Wash, Tone, Moisturize (with SPF)
    • Evening
      • Wash, Tone, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturize
    • Once or twice a week: Exfoliate

We all have different skin concerns, whether it is acne, sun damage, redness/sensitivity and anti aging these tips should help all of us start to feel better about our skin.


If anyone has questions or wants to try Rodan + Fields, I would love to help! Feel free to email me at or visit my site:

myBAB picks for the weekend 

We’re just as sad as you to see Summer go, but we’re ready for Fall to roll on in with its Oktoberfests and pumpkin everything! Here’s our picks for you to get your eat, drink and fun on this weekend.

Where to go to raise your steins and salute the arts: Rauetoberfest features German music, gair, beers and meant to evoke the spirit of community and support for the Raue Center.

Where to go to take a hayride: Cary Fall Family Fest has a great day for you at the park. Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, crafts, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more!

What to do to see a fight: Cary Waterfights will be a firefighter battle with high pressure hoses. Warning-if you get too close you may get wet.

Where to go to see a princess: Royal Storytime with Belle and Cinderella at Too Cute consignment store will give your kids a magical day cheaper than a Disney World ticket.

Where to eat if you have a taste for sushi and a view: Shakou in Barrington has a heated rooftop terrace, unique dishes and yummy drinks for you to get a city feel in the suburbs. Pro-tip:get there early to get your seat on the roof and the Champagnini is delish.

myBAB takes on exercise

myBAB takes onEXERCISE

Most days just surviving the day is exercise enough (does it count as arm curls when drinking wine?) however, we are trying to get/stay in shape as best we can and here is what we do.

Jen’s Routine

I used to have a gym membership and then I realized I was paying a lot of money for something I rarely was able to utilize. Between work and the kids and sheer exhaustion I was lucky to get there twice a week. Then my old job had an onsite gym (for only $8 a month) and I was able to get in a workout about 3 times a week. It was awesome….then I got a new job and that went away. So without a gym and given the chaos of our life it was hard for me to do anything and get motivated. I went onto Pinterest for some inspiration and there are a few simple routines I try and do daily. I always do some type of stretching daily (I am not a yoga person but I do find I feel better if I stretch a bit everyday). I also try and do some planks and squats/jumping jacks. I used to HATE running, and if I am honest, I still don’t love it but hey, it is a free activity so I reluctantly jumped on that train and try and do this 3 times a week. In order to stay motivated throughout my jog (because lets be real, I am not a runner) I downloaded the Asptiv (formerly Skyfit) app. It is a great app that allows you get it a personal trainer in your ear and set the workout for you. It definitely pushes me to keep going. For example, I pick Outdoor Run and then I pick the type/duration of a workout and hit start and I get some great music and someone coaching me through the run.Here is what the app looks like…

It costs $9.99 a month (you can get better rates if you pay for 6 months or 12 months up front). It also has workouts for treadmills, ellipticals, cycling,  yoga and strength training. I have no clue what I will do when the cold weather hits because I am not an outdoor runner in the cold type of gal so maybe Santa can get me a treadmill 😉

I also do wear a Fitbit and I find that it does serve as a nice reminder throughout the day to try and get up and move a little more. I try and wear it as often as I can, but in reality wear it about 4-5 times a week. Especially on the days I am working all day it is nice to see, how heck I only have done 2,000 steps I should get up and go walk around a bit.

Wen’s Routine

Finding time to work out is the last thing on my to do list and the baby weight (from nearly five years ago) is still hanging on. Like so many others, I made a New Years Resolution to get some of the weight off and get back in the gym. I realized it wasn’t just the weight, there is something to be said about getting in a bit of a workout and how you feel when it’s over. Not the sweaty pig feeling, the relieving of stress and letting go, with carved out time for yourself.

I made a goal to workout in a class once a week and do something everyday at home. Like Jen, a gym membership was not for me. My husband has a gym membership, so tagging on wouldn’t be that much money, especially since I get a discount through work, but it’s the time. I’m the type that needs structured classes and I need something that would work with my (overbooked) schedule. And with my knee and arm restrictions — my doctor thought spin classes might work for me.

 photo credit: Tensile Strength Studio

Much to my surprise, it was a lot harder to find a spin studio near me, so I make the 22 minute trek to Barrington to Tensile Strength Studio – Barrington Yoga Loft. While the drive is not ideal, the studio is a perfect fit. On Sunday mornings, I reserve a bike for the Studio Cycle class, a high cardio 45-min workout with music and video to keep you going. It’s a great way to start my Sunday morning and sets the tone for my week. With Friday’s off in the summer, I could get a Pilates class in at the studio. I love the stretching and core workout I get from the class. Now school and fall activities have started back up and my week day free time is limited. The studio also has some small group workout classes, it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area.

Jen also turned me on to the aaptiv app for some strength training. The app is for any ability and time frame, so there is no excuse for me to not get some sort of exercise in since the app has 12 min workouts. The Abs Intensive is my go-to, since that area is my trouble spot and the 16 min Yoga class has been my evening relaxation.

To try to keep me accountable, I asked for an Apple Watch for Mother’s Day. I wear a watch every day and love the functionality of the Apple Watch. One of the most notable features of the Apple Watch is the “Stand Reminder”, which, is a reminder to stand up every 50 minutes and move around for a bit. This feature is the gentle nudge I need as I sit all day at a computer and need the reminder to get up. The watch is how I set my goals for the day with activity and workouts, but sometimes it’s 10 minutes into the workout before I remember to set it. When I work from home, I don’t put the watch on right away, so that is something I’m trying to get better at.

When all else fails and drinking wine is the only exercise we can fit it, we at least try to get a workout in before opening the bottle.

myBAB takes on Kids Resales



I remember back to when Blake was first born and I went to Buy Buy Baby and Target for everything and got all of these really cute outfits and thought I had it all figured out, ha! Kids are rough with clothes and grow so fast that I quickly learned that it costs a fortune to buy a whole new wardrobe every season every year. When some friends offered some clothes for Blake I gladly accepted and it was like Christmas getting all these free clothes. In addition to the clothes, it was also the toys, kids get into different things and develop different interests and toys/games/bikes are just as hard to keep up with. By the time I was pregnant with Brooke I was on the hunt for getting hand me downs from other Mom’s and trying to save some money in the process. Don’t get me wrong I still buy them a lot of new stuff but when I can, I try and get hand me down’s or shop resale/consignment. Last weekend I went to my first resale “pop up” in Crystal Lake so I thought I would share my experience and some tips I learned from my first rodeo.

  1. Get there early! My sister in law and I showed up at 8am (when it opened) and we were #163 in line. Mom’s take this resale seriously and are looking to score great items so they get there early. However, if you are willing to risk it, the last hour of the sale is usually half off so if you want to wait you can score some potentially even better deals!
  2. Bring your own tote bags, laundry baskets, whatever you want to use to carry your items. They don’t have bags or carts so unless you have Hulk muscles (which you might from carrying kids!) bring a bag with you.
  3. These sales are seasonal. Meaning you typically won’t find shorts and t-shirts during the fall/winter sales.
  4. I do not recommend bringing your kids with. If you do, they are required to stay right next to you. There are a lot of people and it is a VERY organized system and it can be really hard to sort through all the stuff while chasing after kids and then wanting to buy every toy they see.
  5. Resales are great places to find holiday/costume stuff that the kids won’t wear often as well as winter apparel (I got Brooke snowpants for $8!!!!).
  6. Just because it seems like a great price, don’t get it unless you really need it. I found a lot of Mom’s just throwing stuff in their bag because it was a $1 or $2 but in the end if the kids aren’t going to love it or wear it, it isn’t worth the cost.
  7. Volunteer to work the sale and get early access to the sale.

In the local area Too Cute Consignment in Crystal Lake is a favorite of ours. They do a great job of sorting through the stuff and only selling great condition items. There are also many Facebook groups or apps like Minted Kids or Kidizen that allow you to buy or sell super easy.

Local Pop Up Resales that are coming up:

Multiple Choice Children’s Fall/Winter Resale; Lake Zurich, Saturday September 17th.

Growing Cents of Style; Lake Barrington Saturday October 8th-Sunday October 9th

Happy Shopping!!

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