MyBAB Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year for us mom’s to get spoiled, amiright? But why is it so hard to come up with gift ideas and the day becomes a default plan of mediocre brunch that is overpriced with over-juiced mimosas {I’ll have a mimosa, hold the juice} and overly tired whiny kids.

Here at MyBAB we decided a few weeks ago we both wanted a spa day for our gift and what will make it more fun than spending the time together! Since we’ll be spending the actual Mother’s Day with our families, we have this planned for a week later. Our husbands have had several hours of golfing, beer festing and the like, it’s time we cash in. We’re going to start our day having brunch, then hit the spa for some much needed and long overdue pampering. We can already taste the champagne and cucumber water and smell the fresh clean scents.

If you’re still in need of ideas of what you can forward to your significant other, here are some other ideas we love!

 1. LayeredAndLong : while your order will not arrive by Mother’s Day, these dainty necklaces are on our wish list. As you can see, they can be worn alone or together for a layered, long, and trendy look.

2. Mornings Are For Mimosas : you can’t go wrong with adding a little sparkle to your Sunday mornings with this stemless glass. This shop has darling items!

3. Spa Day : every one of us deserve some pampering. Take time out for yourself, get a pedicure or a massage, relax, and recharge. Mommin’ ain’t easy. 😉

4. Weekender Bag :  If you don’t have a weekender bag you’re in love with we recommend a Catalina from Lo & Sons. The price {on sale for Mother’s Day for $84} makes it worth a look. Wen has the OG bag, but is highly considering snagging this as well – love the bottom pocket!

5. Tieks : Wen fell in love with Tieks when Oprah featured them on her O List in 2011, then again in 2012 on her Mother’s Day list. It took awhile to click the order button due to the price tag, but seeing as flats are the only shoes she wears, it has been worth it! {Tip: order two sizes to try since they are in whole sizes only – free shipping and returns}

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! img_9903-7

 

We are all a little crazy

Our friend Erika over at A Little Bit of Everything has a series where her and other bloggers Own It and claim their crazy. Basically, they talk about all their crazy quirks.

We thought it would be fun to do this as well, so here is a sneak peek into Jen’s crazy!

View More: http://photos.pass.us/malic-christmas

  1. I have a very weird thing where every night before bed, the absolute LAST thing I do before getting into bed is go to the bathroom. So, lets say I get ready for bed, go to the bathroom and then walk into the kids room or run downstairs to grab something, yep I have to go back to the bathroom before I get in my bed. It is totally weird I know, but I can’t fall asleep and relax if I don’t.
  2. Speaking of night time routines, I do not like being the last person in the house to go to bed. It freaks me out. I would much rather go to bed knowing my husband is up, it is just cozier to me.
  3. Pickle juice= EWWWWWWWWW. If I am ever at a restaurant and they serve a pickle on the plate next to the fries and burger my husband knows it is his immediate job to remove it from my plate. The juice soaks into the fries and bun and NOOOOO it ruins everything. And it doesn’t even smell good. EEEWWW. I don’t even want to get into how if I am in a drive-thru line and they screw up my order and put pickles (or mustard for that matter) on it, it totally ruins my entire meal.
  4. I am known for leaving half drank beverages all around the house. I am basically the girl from Signs (ya know the movie from way back). Especially cans of pop (which I rarely drink) I will NEVER finish. But everyone knows I will most likely leave your house with a half drank glass.
  5. I cannot stand having dirty dishes on the right side of the sink, yet I have no problem leaving clean dishes on the left side of the sink for days……. like what is that about?
  6. I cannot stand my feet being cold. I wear socks ALL THE TIME and I wear slippers year round in my house. I definitely won’t wear no socks from the months of November-March. I do wear socks to bed but once my bed is warm I take the socks off.
  7. I don’t like having unread messages on my phone. If I see a little number in the corner of that icon, I have to check it. I may not reply right away, but I will read it 🙂
  8. I do not drink any hot beverage. No hot chocolate, no tea, no coffee. Beverages should be refreshing, warm drinks are weird. Speaking of coffee, I don’t drink that at all, in any form. Gross.
  9. I don’t like things on my feet that aren’t shoes. This means no skiis, rollerblades, ice skates etc. I don’t feel in control and I don’t like it.

I am sure there are a million other weird things about me but I can’t think of anymore. I will say that it was a dangerous game I played when I asked my husband to help me come up with this list 🙂

Spring Break Staycation & Activities

With Spring Break approaching, we are ready for some warm weather and some fun! While many are planning to escape the winter temps and head to warmer destinations, if you’re like us, we’ll be staying home (and working). A Staycation is a fun way to explore your local area and make some memories. Whether you have time for an overnight, a day trip or need a day camp while you work, we put together some Staycation ideas and Activities for your littles to enjoy in Chicagoland.

Overnight Locations

Chicago - Bean

photo credit shutterstock

If you’re looking to stay downtown Chicago, we recommend the Swissotel. The hotel has Kids Suites (with video games, kid-sized furniture, coloring books, dvds), an indoor pool, includes four museum passes and is steps away from everything Chicago has to offer.

A less pricey option for an overnight is the Embassy Suites in River North. The two-room suites are spacious with a separate living room area. Enjoy free breakfast, nightly reception with snacks and beverages, an indoor heated pool and the city outside the door.

Just over the border and less than an hour drive, Lake Geneva’s Timber Ridge Lodge offers a perfect getaway for families. Packages include one or two bedroom suites with water park passes included. The water park is a blast for kids 10 and under with swings, slides, mushroom waterfall, activity pool, and a lazy river. The Abbey Resort in Fontana has a full list of spring break activities from Moana’s Quest to Minute To Win It Games to Splash & Glow Pool Time, there’s sure to be something for your kids to enjoy!

wilderness

photo credit Wilderness webpage

Located three hours from Chicagoland, the Wisconsin Dells is the Water Park Capital of the World. Make a splash at one of the indoor water parks, jump around at the trampoline park, or race around the arcade, there’s fun for all. MyBAB are big fans of the Wilderness Resort with several lodging options (including villas, condos and cabins), four indoor water parks that are exclusively for the guests of the resort (no day passes), and Sundara spa is right down the road.

Make it a Day Trip 

the-choo-choo-logo

photo credit the choo-choo webpage

Hop aboard the metra to The Choo Choo Diner in Des Plaines. The restaurant is located one block from the Lee St. Metra Station. Sit along the counter and model train will deliver your food. The menu has hamburger, hot dogs, and cupcakes topped with a train whistle. Before boarding the train back, spend some time in the Des Plaines Public Library – the kids area on the second floor is great for all ages.

Make the drive to Glenview for a day of fun starting with interactive fun at the Kohl Children’s Museum, grab lunch at The Glen (the Yard House is our favorite) and let the kids burn off energy at Funtopia as they climb, jump and slide.

Local Attractions

Make the most of your visit to the city with the CityPASS. You’ll get VIP admission to Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago.

While not included in the CityPASS, Navy Pier’s Children Museum is hands-on fun. Dig for dinosaur bones, splash in the water playground, or paint in the art studio, Through May 14, kids can create their own kingdom with the Once Upon A Castle exhibit.

header-ldc-center-logo-2x

photo credit Legoland webpage

Who doesn’t love LEGO’s®? There are plenty of things to do at Legoland in Schaumburg. The ultimate indoor LEGO® playground is exciting and interactive family fun with the 4-D cinema, two rides, Pirate Island Adventure and more!

Spend a day at Chicagoland’s largest zoo –Brookfield Zoo. Meet Nan the polar bear and the new Amur leopard cub that was born over the summer, feed the goats, and if it’s a cold day, play inside at the Hamill Play Zoo.

Day Camps & Activities

If you are like us and will be working during Spring Break, but need to keep the kids busy, Sage YMCA and Health Bridge are offering day camps for the week of March 27th – 31st. Full Day, Half Day or individual day options available. Swimming, field trips, yoga and more!

Bear Paddle, the new swim school located in Lake in the Hills, will be offering Swim Camp the week of March 27th.

Drop in for some craft or LEGO® fun at the Crystal Lake Public Library, or participate in a life-size game of Candyland!

If you can’t get the heck out of Dodge this spring break, with all the fun the area offers hopefully your kids will have a blast!

Note: Some residency restrictions may apply. Please check hours and dates before heading out.

img_9903-7

 

 

Friday Favorites

friday-favorites-01-1

Hello Friday! We are so happy to see you. We’re linking up with Andrea to share our favorite things…

Jen’s Favorites

Ok, first up, I am obsessed with these Fiber One Lemon Bars. I could eat an entire box in one sitting. My favorite dessert is a lemon cake my Mom makes so this shouldn’t be a surprise. And at only 90 calories, you can totally eat a whole box. I have found these at Target, Wal-Mart and any grocery store I am at.

friday-favorites-02

Next up, because what is a post of ours without some mention of wine. Wendy and I love us some Cooper’s Hawk. The food is delicious but so is the wine. We are wine club members and my go to for a good glass of white wine that almost everyone likes is the Cooper’s Hawk White.

chw_prodimage

Wen’s Favorites

I’ve been a bit stir crazy with being home on medical leave, but have found myself watching Netflix or Amazon, reading books, or listening to podcasts. My new podcast: Missing Richard Simmons. I had forgot all about this “case” — in 2014, Simmons uncharacteristically disappered from the public eye with little explanation, and shut himself off in his Los Angeles mansion. I am intrigued how this podcast will play out.

As a working mom who is on the go often, I am a big fan of Peapod. Groceries delivered right to my door – sign me up! I already do most of my shopping online, might as well shop for groceries too! The selection, prices and meal kits are great and bonus -there are coupons and delivery savings often. I’m so grateful for conveniences like these.


MyBAB favorite photo 

All we want is one nice photo of our three kids. This is as good as it gets.


MyBAB favorite meme


It just always works that way, doesn’t it?

#read4luv

The Love for Reading Day (February 14), sponsored by the Warner School of Education and themed Share Your Love for Reading With a Child, is a new annual event designed to celebrate a love of reading and to ignite and nurture reading at home and in the community through a new social media campaign. This February 14th, readers near and far are encouraged to document, share, and tag photos of themselves reading aloud to children on social media, using the hasthtag #read4luv.

Research shows that reading aloud daily to children improves their long-term reading success and sets them up for a lifelong love of books and reading.

To help show the value of reading with children this Valentine’s Day, please share pictures of reading with your Valentine on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and tag your photos with the hashtag #read4luv. If you don’t have a young one in the house and want to share your love of reading, please post photos of reading to your favorite critter or teddy bear. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at #read4luv.

For more information visit: https://www.warner.rochester.edu/newsevents/story/1898

Friday Favorites

We’re back with another link up with Erika, Andrea and Narci to share our Friday Favorites.

friday-favorites-01-1

Jen’s Favorites

Amazon Prime. Can I get an Amen for all the working Momma’s who just can’t function without two day free shipping? School says they need to bring in a costume on Friday, don’t worry Prime has your back!! Not to mention all the extra videos and movies that we have on the Amazon Fire. Like, what the heck did I even do before this? I might actually have an addiction. Don’t tell my husband.

Soft Lips Chapstick. I am a Chapstick snob. This is my absolute favorite and bonus it is small so I can fit it in my pocket or clutch and it isn’t bulky. Bonus, you can order it on Amazon, ha

1194060_1194060__74991_std

 

Wen’s Favorites

Stranded Dry Shampoo. Let’s face it–washing your hair is a complete pain in the you know what. Then it’s a big production to blow dry and style it (which I avoid often). While dry shampoo isn’t new, it’s become popular in the past few years and I think we have fellow moms to thank for that! I’ve tried a few brands and right now I’m loving The Stranded brand. It is a hair powder that matches your hair color (blondes, brunettes and redheads!) and is free of dyes, sulfates, parabens and gluten. A portion of every Stranded purchase is given to the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation.


Pajama Day at school. Today is pajama day in my daughters Jr. Kindergarten class. She was so excited about it she picked her pj’s out three days ago. Anything that makes our mornings easier and getting out of the house without a fight is a win for us!


MyBAB meme of the week. We’re looking at the positives here and counting down to white wines and spring weather! 

Let us know some of your favorite things, we love to try new products. Enjoy your weekend!

img_9903-5

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-YAY! We’re linking up for our first Friday Favorites of the year with a few of the blogs we follow (Andrea, Erika, and Narci) to share some of our favorite things!

 

friday-favorites-01-1

Jen’s Favorites

I have been battling a stomach bug/sickness all week so my current favorites are my new Ugg Slippers I got from Santa. They are so comfy and hold up very well. And I should know because I wear slippers pretty much 365 days a year.

998670-p-4x

Next on the list is a show that I know many people have talked about and obsessed about over social media, but This Is Us is truly an amazing show. I literally ugly cry every single episode. I am even more excited that they will be back for two more seasons!!! Binge watch to catch up, you won’t regret it.

this-is-us

Last for this week is a new perfume that I got a sample of in my December Birchbox that I really enjoy. I can’t use a lot of perfumes because even though they smell yummy they tend to give me a headache. This one smells great and no headache. It is a little on the pricier side but I noticed that the scent does last the entire day, which is not always the case with others. Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume

notaperfume__00081_zoom

 

Wen’s Favorites 

I had surgery right before Christmas so I’ve been sitting on my butt for the past few weeks and my favorites reflect that.

For starters, Netflix is my BFF. I’ve watched Gilmore Girls, while drinking coffee of course; Breakfast At Tiffany’s, a classic that should be watched while sipping champagne and next up are some documentaries from this list. Drink TBD.

Since I’ve been doing a whole lot of lounging, I’m living in and loving my Lululemon Fresh Tracks Pant. The pants are a step up from sweats in that I can get away with wearing them on casual days at work. I’m sure if you run, they’re good for that too, but I wouldn’t know, I don’t run.

With winter here, it’s nothing but dry skin. My hands have been so dry and are desperate for a manicure. But in the meantime, I have mad love for L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I received the hand cream in the Winter Causebox subscription.


If you haven’t checked out Causebox, take a look. Fun Fact: Each box is filled with socially conscious brands. Order today and you’ll receive a Welcome Box while you wait for the Spring 2017 box! Use coupon code WELCOME10 to save $10 off your subscription!

Thanks for joining us today. We’d love to hear some of your favorite things, we’re always looking to try something new!

New Year’s Resolutions

d98ba48d629fff1263a10cfac19b0582

 

If you all are like us it can be really challenging to stick to New Year’s Resolutions. We all have the best of intentions but then reality and life sets in and it never goes as well. This year the big thing for us is being intentional.

For me, this really means how do I want to spend my time. I have a full time job that takes a LOT of my time (including nights and weekends) and often leaves me exhausted. Then I have two little kids who want my attention 24/7 and then my husband and I need time together to keep our relationship strong. Then throw in chores around the house and kids activities and spending time with family and friends life gets chaotic. So if that means I have to say “No” to going to certain events then please know it isn’t because I don’t want to be there, rather I need to prioritize and give myself some slack. I need to re-shift my time and spend it where it makes me happy.

In the same line of thought I really want 2017 to be the year that I put my marriage higher on the list. It is so easy to put my marriage after my kids but I want to start being intentional about planning date nights and alone time to keep our connection strong. Even though while we are out on dates we will talk about the kids the entire time, just being together alone is much needed!

Oh and of course on my list is also to eat healthier. Isn’t that a yearly thing? I want to try and be more planful with meals. I want my kids to try and eat healthier (my daughter won’t eat a single fruit and will only eat corn for veggies). So it is definitely a challenge to make a well rounded meal that everyone will enjoy.

Working out. Ha. Assuming wine glass arm curls don’t count this is another area of focus. I want to get in better shape. It isn’t about losing pounds for me as it is feeling more physically fit. We got a treadmill for Christmas (insert sign of old age here!) and I have been trying to get more time on it. Even if that means just walking for 20 minutes between my meetings. Heck, already this year I tried Soul Cycle and let me tell you, I was sore for days. But, it was actually a great workout and I felt great that I did it.

So lets raise a glass (see I am technically doing an arm workout) and cheers to a productive and healthy 2017!