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My Name is Dana Ivy.

Hey hey! I’m a MOM of two, here to share and I’m so happy you found me!! As a Chicago lifer {currently settled in the North Shore ‘burbs}, self-admitted shopping addict, and foodie, at the core I’m really just a mom {and a wife, gotta give a shout-out to my hubby!} just trying to balance it all! My two crazy toddler boys, Brody {who’s 4} and Levi {who’s 2} are my whole entire world and while being their mom is the BEST thing ever, it ain’t always easy! The chaos is real and because I adore mom life SO MUCH, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Would you?? I created this space for all the moms out there who are just trying to get by... I want to help make your lives a little easier, one blog post at a time! Join me on my quest to share allll the mom tips, simple style ideas, REALLY easy recipes {if I can do it, you can do it!!}, and our travels. Read More.

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  • EVERYYYYTHING I PURCHASED AT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 💁🏻‍♀️ on the blog now!!! 🔗 in bio!!!! You asked for it and while it took me a little longer than I anticipated + this pic above is from last year because I couldn't get my act together to take another 😝, *everything* I actually bought during this year's #NSale is on the blog now!!! Sharing what I got for myself and for my kids!! 🛍🥳
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I'm not just showcasing my "picks" - I'm taking a different approach and telling you what I actually spent our hard-earned money on. And a lot goes into that decision! Check out the post now - I hope it was worth the wait!!! 😘
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👉🏼 Have you shopped the sale yet?? Tell me what you got in the comments of this post!! ⤵️
  • WEEKEND VIBES 👨‍🚒🔥🍩☕️🥳 I cannot believe we made it to Saturday!!! To say that this past week was a doozy was an understatement {hence the being so absent on Instastories thing - that ends today!!!} 🤩 BUT looking at the positive, I took a bunch of @onepeloton classes 🚴🏻‍♀️, made dinner most nights for the fambam 🥩, and even got a little {slash a lot} of #nsale shopping in 🛍!!!!
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Who wants me to show you my #nordstromanniversaysale purchases on the blog??? If you do, let me know below! ⤵️
  • I ATE GLUTEN IN ITALY & WAS TOTALLY FINE!! You guys! By popular demand, on the blog I'm finally sharing the deets on why I ate gluten in Italy and how it made me feel!! Link in bio to read the post 🔗 {You'll also get to see really yummy glutinous foodie pics + @harfster and I being Italian chefs and making our own pasta!!! 😋}
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Most of you know that I have Celiac and when my husband and I were in Italy this past April, so many of you wrote me and told me that's it's most likely ok to eat gluten while there. I didn't believe it at first but wellllll, I did it. The pic above?? One sandwich was for my hubby and the other, for me!!! 🥳 STILL FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT. My full story is on the blog!! I hope you'll check it out!!
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👉🏼 Have you ever done anything crazy that you never imagined you'd do?? Doesn't have to do with food, but tell me about it below!! ⤵️
  • TIME FOR A DETOX 😳 Umm, I don't know about you but this past holiday weekend was eating central for me!!! On holidays calories don't count right??? Wrong!!! Boy do I wish that was true though! 😭
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I woke up today feeling totally blahh and unfortunately, not totally myself. Jumping back to my regular scheduled routine of eating in moderation + spinning on my @onepeloton while #MrLeviTanner naps. Anyone with a #peloton want to follow each other for motivation?? My name on their platform is the same as on insta - @danaivy 👊🏼
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I found if I schedule my workouts in my calendar, than I actually do them 🗓  #workouttip This week, I'm planning on hopping on today, tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday. You know I'm totally telling you this to also keep myself accountable... you're cool with that, right??? 😂😂 But I hope this post inspires you too! Let's workout together this week!! YOU IN??
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👉🏼 What's your favorite way to detox after enjoying yourself over a long holiday weekend?? Tell me below!! ⤵️
  • SERIOUS QUESTION {kinda 😂}: How does everyone get such cute family pics?? 🇺🇸 Had THE BEST day yesterday on the 4th but came home and realized that not only did we not get a cute family pic, but we just didn't even take a family pic altogether... Like, we completely forgot!!! 😭 Good thing for this random photo that Levi and I took above! 💁🏻‍♀️
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I guess that means we were having too much fun?? ❤️💙 Anyways, it's become our tradition to watch our town parade with our same friends every year {more on my stories!} And then we host a BBQ with my brother's fam and always make wayyyyy more food than necessary 🤷🏻‍♀️
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👉🏼 How was your holiday celebrating America's bday? Do you have any 4th traditions?? Let me know! ⤵️
  • LITTLE HIPSTER 🤘🏼 This summer, #MrLeviTanner started taking a hip hop class at @get_rootz!!! This is the first class we've taken there and I signed him up without any friends because I wanted him to try a class somewhere new!! 🥰 BEST IDEA EVERRRR. If you don't know what Rootz is, I have a new blog post up all about it + our experience there as a new family!! #linkinbio 🔗
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PSA: also sharing a discount code for you to use for fall registration! 🙌🏼 Let's just say this is a must read, especially if you're local!
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👉🏼 Please tag your North Shore friends who have kids ages 0-18!!!! 😘 And if your not local, tell me about the kind of kids classes your kids are taking and LOVE ⤵️

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