myBAB Weekend Picks

If you’re looking for some fun Halloween themed events this weekend, you’re in luck!

BUBBLES EVENT OF THE WEEK: Halloween at the Y

Sage YMCA is hosting a Halloween party on Friday, October 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free and open to both members and non-members, and will feature tons of spooky family-friendly activities.

BUBBLY EVENT OF THE WEEK: Picasso at the Lapin Agile presented by WSR

Closing weekend for this Off-Broadway show comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

TO EAT & DRINK: Beer vs. Wine

Call the sitter and make this a date night! A five course dinner featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients paired with both beer and wine.

TO WATCH: Halloween Movies

Freeform (Formerly ABC Family) has the 13 Nights of Halloween line up out. Pop the popcorn and watch classics like Hocus Pocus, Scooby-Doo, and The Goonies.

TAKE A DRIVE TO: Boo! at the Zoo

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time at this not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy.

TO DO: Join the Teal Pumpkin Project

Kids with food allergies often miss out on some of the Trick-or-Treat fun of Halloween. The Teal Pumpkin Project makes sure all kids can come home with something they can enjoy. It’s simple: buy non-food treats and paint a pumpkin teal. {Tip: you can print a teal pumpkin flyer to place on your door instead of painting a pumpkin}

Friday we celebrate another myBAB birthday ~ Adelyn turns FIVE! {Put the Party Hat on}

There is more Fall and Halloween Fun to be had, be sure to check our Upcoming Events and Weekend Happenings!

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Self-Care Sunday Tips

Self-Care Sunday is now part of my weekly routine. As moms, we really need to get some “me-time” in and what better time than Sunday? Monday means we’re back at it, so what can you do to get yourself ready for the week ahead? Here are my tips for Self-Care Sunday.

#1 – Plan your week 
I am a visual person and while I use google calendar, iCal, notes, I still am old-fashioned and need it on paper. My {Erin Condren} planner is my catch-all for planning my week. I like to have a picture of what my week looks like. I also take the time to update our wall calendar.

#2 – Meal Plan
With two working parents and a busy child, meals have to be planned or we end up grabbing fast food or eating cereal way too much. Even if it is “frozen pizza”, “sandwiches”, or “take-out” I plan it out. I’m a big fan of quick, easy, yet healthy-ish meals on the week nights. Dinners are so stressful, having something planned takes some of that away.

#3 – Prep lunches
Eating out can get expensive, so I like to prep a few lunches to make my mornings easier. I’m not big on planning the whole week out  but putting a few things together for those first few days set the tone for my week.

#4 – Do some pampering
Sundays are my face mask days. Nothing like washing off the face mask and feeling fresh, clean skin. Give your body a scrub, paint your nails, grab a coffee, anything to give yourself a little pick me up.

#5 -Relax
Whether it is catching up on TV shows, reading a book, taking a nap, or having a glass of wine, try to carve some time out to relax. Your week and most likely your weekend was hectic, you need to set aside this time for you.

#6 – Make something easy for dinner
I used to try to cook a big dinner on Sunday as it was the only day I have the time. But I quickly realized I didn’t want to be in the kitchen for hours on Sunday. I started making “big” but easy meals. Something that can be used for leftovers the next day so you don’t have to worry about Monday lunch or dinner. I tend to go to comfort food like a big pot of soup. And the smell of it simmering on the stove in the afternoon – Yum.

What are your self-care tips? Let us know how you’re taking care of yourself in the comments.

cheers-w

 

myBAB Weekend Picks

It’s Friday Eve, and we’re ready to get started. But first, put your party hat on ~ today is a very special birthday at myBAB ~ Happy 5th Birthday to Blake!

This weekend looks to have some nice weather for us to check some items off the Fall Bucket list, so let’s get to it!

BUBBLES EVENT OF THE WEEK: Maze ‘Til Midnight

It’s a full moon weekend and the Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze will be open until midnight. This corn maze is the World’s Largest maze winding through 33 acres of corn! The Star Trek design features 5 corn maze games suitable for all ages.

BUBBLY EVENT OF THE WEEK: CASA Cup

Join us on the backstretch for the only broomstick horse race in McHenry County! While you’re there you can watch the Cubs game and bid on our awesome auction items. Can’t make the event, but want to support the cause? Go here to donate or bid on silent auction items.
{Disclaimer: Wen serves on the board of CASA of McHenry County and would love your support!}

TO EAT & DRINK: Pub in the Park Craft Beer Festival

Make it an early date and enjoy great beers from 40+ Breweries, Food Trucks and Live Music with proceeds benefiting residents who use LITH Parks and Rec Programs. {Tip: A special designated driver ticket is available.}

TO BINGE WATCH: The Fall

This Netflix import series returns for Season 3 on October 29th. Get caught up on the first two seasons so you are ready to see what this “cat and mouse game” has in store. Stars Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan and Irish accents.

TO CHEER FOR: CUBS!

The Cubbies are back in Chitown on Saturday and Sunday after winning the NLCS in San Fran on Tuesday. The best-of-seven series will determine the winner of the NL pennant and which team goes to the World Series. Don’t have tickets but want to be part of the fun? Wrigleyville is the place to be with games start at 7:08 p.m. in the bars but will {hopefully} spill into the streets for celebrating some W’s.

TAKE A DRIVE TO: Chicago Museum Week

Take this opportunity to check out 30 participating Chicago museums and take in some culture. Illinois residents can get 10 to 25 percent off admission at institutions that charge admission with several of them free of charge.

TO DO: Get Your Pumpkins

Head out to the patch and pick the perfect pumpkins. Pumpkins add stylish, creative and fun touches to fall decorating whether you carve or not.

Where will you be this weekend? Need more ideas? Be sure to check our Upcoming Events and Weekend Happenings. 

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Stitch Fix Review

I don’t know about anyone else but I often feel like I get into a style rut. I will look in my closet full of clothes and say “I have nothing to wear!”. Or, I tend to always go to the same style and never branch out. I wish I could say I was more fashion forward (that award goes to my brother, he is stylish one) but I am not. With two kids I tend to want stuff that is comfy, easily washable and can hide when I eat a cheeseburger. I was constantly seeing advertisements for Stitch Fix so I finally decided to give it a try, I figured I didn’t have much to loose!

How it works, it costs $20 a month for a styling fee (this also covers the cost of shipping the clothes to you and if you need to make returns). If you decide to purchase any items in your box the $20 is applied to the price. If you buy all items in your box you get a discount (25%) on the entire purchase.

Stitch Fix asks you to complete a decent length profile for their stylist get to know you and your preferences. You set limits on budget and what you like and don’t like. A tip that I heard that I find to be very true is to make sure you have a Pinterest account with a board for your style. This is the best way for a stylist to get to “know” you. You can also set up how often you would like a box and request specific items. For example, in one box I asked for tops that I could wear with leggings.

I found that the first box I received was OK. I liked a few items and others I wasn’t crazy about. I gave very specific feedback on the items and added more items to my Pinterest board. I also got more specific with what I was wanting and my next box ended up being so great I ordered the entire box!!

One of my favorite parts of the process is that when your box comes it comes with a note from your stylist about the pieces as well as pictures of ideas of how you can wear the item in outfits in various ways. Totally helpful!

The biggest drawback I have found is that you only have 72 hours from the time you receive your box to decide if you want to purchase the items or return them, if you don’t decide you will get charged for the items. You need to make sure you are really on the ball once you get a box and don’t let it sit for a few days.

Here are some pictures of my favorite fall items. I wanted casual but fun. I feel like I can wear all of these items either around on the weekend or on date night or girls night!

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If you want to give Stitch Fix a try go here. We would love comments on your review of Stitch Fix or if you decide to give it a try!

myBAB Weekend Picks

Hey there weekend, we’re so glad to see you. Here are myBAB’s picks for where to go and what to do on this Fall weather weekend.

BUBBLES MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life

You may feel like you’re back in middle school when you watch this movie (AKA the awkward years). It’s fun, creative and full of pranks — your kids will love it!

BUBBLY MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Girl On The Train 

The bestseller book turned movie is a box office thriller with stars Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux (aka Jennifer Aniston’s husband). Girls Night Out or Date Night — you pick.

TO GO TO: Settler’s Day

The annual fall event in Marengo kicks off on Thursday with a parade, carnival, petting zoo, and more fun for the entire family.

TO EAT & DRINK: Neoteca

Take a night off from cooking and head into Neoteca for a seat by the windows, antipasti, insalate, wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza, and a bottle of wine to share.

TO BINGE: Gilmore Girls

After eight years, the iconic show is returning on Nov. 25 to Netflix. If you need a refresh or have no idea who Lorelai and Rory are, get comfy on the couch because you have seven seasons to get caught up on.

TAKE A DRIVE TO: St. Charles Scarecrow Fest 

For over 30 years, the award-winning festival boasts 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows for you to view and vote for your favorite. Kids can make their own scarecrow to take home.

TO DO: Get ready for Halloween

The Halloween pop-up stores are open and your kids have finally stopped changing their minds on their costumes. Get the decor up, check off your Fall bucket list, and grab an Oktoberfest beer, there’s only three weeks until it’s Christmas season.

Where will you be this weekend? Need more ideas? Be sure to check our Upcoming Events and Weekend Happenings. 

 

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