Rockabye Bucktown

Navigating motherhood beyond The Windy City

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For simple summer dinners, I’m really loving this homemade bruschetta I’ve been throwing over grilled fish lately. It’s so easy and so delicious! 

Chop Roma tomatoes, a few yellow (Heirloom or cutie) tomatoes (to give it some color), red onion, minced garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Let it sit for a few hours and top fish (or chicken). I then take the remaining tomatoes (that I haven’t eaten while chopping), basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and layer over fresh mozzarella for a light appetizer. Also not too shabby with your favorite rosé…

For simple summer dinners, I’m really loving this homemade bruschetta I’ve been throwing over grilled fish lately. It’s so easy and so delicious!

Chop Roma tomatoes, a few yellow (Heirloom or cutie) tomatoes (to give it some color), red onion, minced garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Let it sit for a few hours and top fish (or chicken). I then take the remaining tomatoes (that I haven’t eaten while chopping), basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and layer over fresh mozzarella for a light appetizer. Also not too shabby with your favorite rosé…

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When you are tightly wound. | Kate Baer

When I read material like this, I am glad I’m not the only one that can’t seem to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but yet pours a big glass of wine, binge watches whatever non-intelligent show is DVR’d and can’t possibly mutter any additional words with any actual adults (texting only) at the end of the day. It’s so true; you can never turn parenting off (especially in your own head). Now excuse me as I go and retrieve the hidden chocolate in the freezer. Wound tight indeed…

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Hair inspiration for tomorrow’s salon visit: a little softer, a little waiver and a little different. Subtle changes are good every now and then!

Hair inspiration for tomorrow’s salon visit: a little softer, a little waiver and a little different. Subtle changes are good every now and then!

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Besides affordable cashmere and comfy tees, there’s something else that J Crew does well - their fine jewelry collaborations. Yesterday, they launched their Jennifer Fisher line. I’ve been a fan of her jewelry (by way of Barney’s) for awhile now and was excited to see what she had in store working with alongside Jenna Lyons.

While I wish there were more pieces to choose from, I was pumped to see her emblematic skull make an appearance (although sold out at the moment), amongst some other fun gems. Bonus: they are all ideal for layering!

[Skull bracelet and ring via Barney’s New York; skull charm via J Crew]

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Happy 8 months, Queen B!

This is quite possibly the sassiest little girl on earth…already! At eight months, she has it all figured out: she knows who she likes and who she doesn’t (and if she doesn’t, yikes, look out), she only wants to feed herself because baby food, yawn (I need a good gif of RHOC Vicki here), crawling is so last week (she will pull herself up to standing where she wants, thank you very much) and she will be chauffeured/held by her mother at all times unless sleeping/crawling/standing. And, guess what? I love it! While it’s a dramatic change from Burke’s personality, I am obviously so happy that she has her own. I’m even happier to see that (while still young), they are developing an adorable sibling relationship. Burke loves playing the nurturing “big brother” role and she is content playing the copycat “little sister” one.

Now to take full advantage of the indulgent mother role and enjoy all of the carefully curated tunics, leggings and booties while they last. I know someone will definitely have an opinion on what she’s wearing in the not so distant future…

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I affectionately call this “baby jail.” Both kids love piling all of their stuffed animals into Burke’s crib and jumping on top of them (especially MacGyver, I mean Blaine). Judging from the way this morning has started, they are going to be spending quite a bit of time in here today…

I affectionately call this “baby jail.” Both kids love piling all of their stuffed animals into Burke’s crib and jumping on top of them (especially MacGyver, I mean Blaine). Judging from the way this morning has started, they are going to be spending quite a bit of time in here today…

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I’m not typically one for crustless sandwiches and Earl Grey in the middle of summer, but I am into checking out new hotels, eating things with buttercream and chocolate and, of course, catching up on life with some fellow busy mamas.

Sunday afternoon was a lovely day for tea at The Langham. I can’t even tell you what was on my plate to start because I was too busy talking about the children we all left at home, but the desserts (gluten free double chocolate pecan cookies, chocolate covered strawberries and blueberry buttercream macaroons) were worth every calorie! I can tell you that the hotel itself is beautiful and the service is outstanding if you are looking to host an event…or if you just want to get out of the heat with some girlfriends (and wear something other than a bathing suit cover up). A glass of champagne doesn’t hurt either…

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