Not only are we getting ready to head back to school, we are also heading back to activities. I've mentioned my daughters are dancers, but they also love gymnastics.
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As soon as I walked in, I knew I would hang out at BurgerFi on a regular basis. The space was a full circle and incredibly spacious, reminding me of the Jetson's apartment. The decor reminded me of a chic Chicago timber loft, with naked bulbs dangling from modern fixtures. I later learned that locations include chairs made from recycled Coke bottles, tables formed from pressed recycled wood and massive ceiling fans that use 66% less electricity. TOTALLY downtown Chicago loft, right?? Betsy and her two, Dylan and Mia, joined Bryson, Charlotte and I for an amazing lunch!
And I haven't even talked about the food yet! BurgerFi serves only all-natural, free-range beef with no additives or chemicals (Jamie Oliver would be proud!). My suggestion- order from the "Secret Menu"- the Alternative Style Burger is smothered in grilled onions, American cheese, mustard and BurgerFi sauce (swoon!).
Not a burger fan? There is something for everyone on this menu. They also have quinoa burgers, chicken apple dogs, brisket, and even a 100% Wagyu Kobe Beef dog. The sides are heavenly as well, my favorite being the onion rings as big as your head. They offer a wide variety of toppings for their delectable french fries- salt & vinegar, parmesan & herb, and chili cheese.
Bryson and Dylan loved the automated beverage machine, mixing up flavors like grape Sprite and cherry vanilla Coke. Mia had the most delicious Peanut Butter shake, and I almost went for the Red Velvet shake myself! How could I resist the craft beer selection on tap, though? Since we were there on a Tuesday after hitting up the Kohl Children's Museum (minutes from the Glenview BurgerFi location), all draft beers were $2...including some of my favorite craft brews (and yes, that is an infant formula bottle next to my beer- Charlotte, my 11 month old, joined us as well!). I am thinking of having a standing date for family dinner on Tuesdays at BurgerFi- no cooking for me, a rotating selection of totally affordable craft brews, and a family-friendly environment. They also have wine by the glass or bottle, and on Wine Wednesday you buy two glasses and get the whole bottle.
BurgerFi has it all, and I can't wait to go back. My husband saw the leftovers that I brought home and requested that I bring him for dinner next time! They are located at 1735 Milwaukee Ave in Glenview at the corner of Milwaukee and Lake. You can find more locations here. Check out their website for additional information and a full menu, and make sure to go hungry!
What is your favorite way to order a burger? Onions? Bacon? Cheese? Tell us!
Disclosure: I was provided with a meal at BurgerFi for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.
As we retire our summer linens, light cotton sun dresses, and gauzy skirts, we move to different textures and layers. This fall, one of the hottest textures is ultra soft bouclé, which lends such a cozy feel to any outfit. J. Jill has embraced this texture and incorporated it into their Pure Jill line, which uncomplicates dressing for women. One thing I adore about this line is that although the textures are on-trend, the clothing isn't "trendy." The pieces are clean, simple and timeless- they seamlessly blend with whatever pieces you already have in your closet. Check out some of the looks I put together with the Pure Jill Plush Cardigan and the Pure Jill Plush Infinity Scarf.
Look 1: Sporty Casual
I love pairing a basic, vintage-washed graphic t-shirt with a cozy sweater. It is the ultimate in comfy casual while still looking put together. I paired the Pure Jill Plush Cardigan with this fun t-shirt, skinny jeans, open toe leather booties and a quilted top handle red bag.
Look 2: Smart and Cozy
The Pure Jill Plush Cardigan pairs so well with a basic v-neck t-shirt- just add a simple necklace and it completes the look. Putting an outfit together that is cozy yet sharp can be tough- I love the slim cut moto pants paired with this open cardigan. The glasses lend a smart vibe and the suede booties bring the look into trendy territory.
Look 3: A Little on the Wild Side
I have heard many times that leopard is a neutral; in my opinion, it can go either way. It is the focal point of this outfit, but the Pure Jill Plush Infinity Scarf brings the bold print down a notch and makes it perfect for daytime. Pair this scarf with a classic well-cut leather jacket and you are set for fall! Warm wool tights and leather ankle boots keep you cozy while adding an edge.
Look 4: Dress It Up!
Did you consider pairing a cozy cardi with a cocktail dress? It is a great way to incorporate your evening wear into your daytime rotation. The key to belting this Pure Jill Plush Cardigan is to keep it at your natural waist. My body type is more athletic, so I have a difficult time creating curves. The wide leather belt carves out your waist, and the pleats add some movement and shape. Ankle boots and opaque keep it casual!
Make sure to check out the comforting and comfortable Pure Jill line at your local store or on the J. Jill website. Invest in some of the classic pieces to help transition your wardrobe and stay snuggly warm through the fall and winter months!
What Pure Jill pieces would you love to cozy up with this fall?
Disclosure: I was provided with J. Jill Pure Jill clothing for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.
As a mom, date night can often be more hectic than hot: a screaming tot tosses her cookies on your outfit, you haven’t had time to get those highlights you so desperately need. Here’s a tip- book the sitter an hour early and take your time getting ready. Primping can be an event unto itself! Great tunes, a glass of champagne...relax and reinvigorate. Here's what to wear on Valentine's Day night. Now is the time to invest in a new LBD if you haven’t updated your look in years. This number can get you from date night to business meeting to dancing ‘till dawn (ok, midnight) if you accessorize appropriately.
If you are feeling a little overlooked lately, spring for a red hot number and flaunt your favorite asset. Great legs? Try a slit. Enviable eyes? Select a color-enhancing hue. The goal is to feel confident and sexy. You know what your best asset is- if you don’t ask, your date. Never hurts to get an extra compliment!
One of my all time favorite parties to host is a Favorite Things party with my girlfriends, and what better event than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the love! Have each friend bring 5 of the same gift worth $5 each. At the end of the night, everyone goes home with five fabulous finds, curated by your inner circle.
A night in with friends calls for comfort, but not of the sweats and no make up variety (save that for the inevitable flu this season). One of my go-to home party outfits is a great pair of skinny jeans matched with a loose sweater. This allows you to get comfy on the floor but still amps up the chic vibe.
I have tried on dozens of pairs of skinny jeans, and am amazed to admit my favorite pair comes from Forever 21. At around $11, these hug your curves without robbing your wallet.
What are your Valentine's Day plans?
When my husband and I first started dating, one of the things we loved doing was going to the movies. Over 11 years and 2 kids later, going to the movies isn't the same! When we find ourselves at the movies now, we are usually a family of 4 watching the latest animation movie! I will admit is a pretty enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon with my family. A few weeks ago my husband and I had a chance to have a double date with friends of ours. We went for a nice dinner without kids and then headed to the moves. We went to see Cloud Atlas in IMAX.
This was my first IMAX experience and I was very intrigued to see how different the movie experience would be! From the moment we sat down we felt a difference. The theatre felt more intimate but not overly crowded. It actual felt more comfortable than when we sent in a normal theatre. We were much closer to the screen.
Once the movie started you felt like you were in the movie! You are immediately transported into the movie, you are able to feel and see it like you can't even imagine. Cloud Atlas on the other hand was a movie that was great but almost too much for me. You have to really concentrate and pay attention or you won't understand what is going on!
I couldn't believe what a difference watching a movie in IMAX would make. I would love to check out a movie in IMAX 3D because I know that would make the experience even better! It was truly an amazing entertainment experience and I know for our next date night movie we will be heading to IMAX!
Have you seen a movie in IMAX?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own.