Five Brunch Menus in the (far northwest) Burbs We Love

Perfect Brunching outfit tee & jeans from Nordstrom paired with Tieks

We think Sunday brunch is the perfect way to end your weekend – it has breakfast and lunch items, desserts, and bubbly – it’s everything! Brunch is perfect for families (plenty of options for even the pickiest eaters), QT with your gal pals, and a mid-morning date with your SO.

Since we love it so, we’re always looking out for new places, but have to admit, we venture back to our tried and true favorites and here they are:

  1. Pinstripes | South Barrington
    • Bottomless buffet style brunch and bowling, is right up our alley! We love the casual yet upscale atmosphere, and during the warmer weather sitting outside on their killer patio, sipping our $4 mimosas or $7 bloody mary’s. Stick around to check out the amazing shops in the Arboretum of South Barrington.
  2. Beelow’s |Lake Zurich
    • Featuring a Prime rib carving station, omelet and waffle stations, and plenty of drink offerings, this Farm to Table brunch is our spot before we hit up Deer Park Town Center for some shopping.
  3. Port Edward | Algonquin
    • There’s a reason their champagne brunch is Award Winning – it’s full of seafood, including crab claws and lobster tails, along with made to order omelets, london broil carving station and a chocolate fountain, oh and champagne is included, or you can get yourself a bloody mary for $5.
  4. Benedict’s La Strada |Crystal Lake
    • While it’s not a buffet, Benedict’s menu is one of the best for brunch. From traditional breakfast items, benedicts, stratas, to lunch salads, sandwiches, you can’t pick wrong. They serve coffee by Intelligentsia, fresh squeezed OJ make their mimosa’s tasty and their homemade bloody mary mix is a good one. {myBAB note: beignets are not available on Sundays}
  5. Brunch Cafe | McHenry, Fox River Grove, Huntley, St. Charles, Niles, Roselle, and Kildeer coming soon
    • Well-known for their twist on the regular menu items like chocolate bacon pancakes, breakfast sliders and fruity pebble baby cakes for the little brunchers, this not-so hidden gem is worth the visit. The menu includes lunch options, but we tend to stick to the breakfast and brunch items with a strawberry mimosa. {mBAB tip: join the wait list before you go}

Do you have a favorite brunch spot? Tell us below.

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BTS Series: Get In Style With Gymboree

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We can’t believe we’re already talking about back to school – didn’t Summer just start? We’re not ready for Summer to end quite yet, but kindergarten is right around the corner for two of our littles! It’s an exciting time, but we’re fully expecting some tears — from us, not the kids — on that first day. Since this is a big year, we have some #KidGoals for our littles – be brave, have fun, and meet new friends, while the #MomGoals are to not cry {much}and only follow the school bus once {or twice}.
As we approach the end of July, school supplies and new shoes have been purchased, next up are clothes. The back to school clothing sales are beginning and over the next few weeks we’re going be posting our favorite looks from a few of our go-to brands.

Gymboree has been a staple in our wardrobes and this year we expect to have a few items in rotation. Trendy, age-appropriate, and affordable are what we love about this line.

The space loving, future astronaut picked the Galaxy tee with the Super Skinny Moto pants and the Twofer dress with the shooting star. Getting her in a dress these days requires fun prints and bribes.

Cool and comfy is all we need and we’re in love with these Cargo Joggers. Since they have a real drawstring, they’re adjustable and we know they’ll fit. Paired with a Cool Monster tee and we’re set for the first day.

You can find shoes, backpacks, and several Gymboree pieces can be mixed and matched to maximize the littles looks and make getting ready in the morning a flash. #KidGoals #MomGoals

What are some of your favorite looks from Gymboree for Back to School? Do you have any #KidGoals for this school year? We’d love to hear yours!

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