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Weekly Wins // #7

Weekly Wins is a series where I touch on my “wins” from the week in the categories of love, do, buy, eat, give, read, tech, watch and wear. It’s 100% my favorite post to write. Enjoy! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #7 // #iadorewhatilove

Did you have a fun St. Patty’s Day? Will you judge me if I tell you that I kind of failed in celebrating this year?? While I’m typically all about the green, I didn’t even dress for the occasion this week, nor did I dress B up either. Wah wahhhh. And I’m kind of feeling guilty about it now {even though Brods doesn’t know the difference}, but there’s always next year, right!?!?

Ummm, you guys!! Exciting news in my life!! For 14 and a half months I’ve been waiting for Brods to say MAMA and on Wednesday, my dreams FINALLY came true!!!!! I mean, what took him so long?!?!? I’ve probably said this amazing word 900,547,000,000,000,000 times since B was born in hopes of him catching on and in that time, he had said it once. AND THEN NEVER AGAIN {insert angry devil emoji here} But on Wednesday, he said it in the smack dab middle of the day – completely out of nowhere – and hasn’t stopped!!!! Music.To.My.Ears!!!!!!!! Anyways, the fact that he’s now saying mama is the best thing ever but even better is HOW he says it! He smacks his lips together so hard trying to get the word out and it’s so sweet and so hilarious all at the same time. Take a look at the babe in action on my insta!! {and follow me, too, while you’re at it!}


The highlight of my week! #finally #mamasboy #mrbrodymax

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I went to the Chicago Wine Riot with my besties Alyse and Blake and we had a pretty epic night! I think we literally tasted over 250 wines from around the world… which just so happens to be their slogan if you didn’t know. HA. But seriously; we had A LOT of wine! We decided that we’re going to make it a tradition for years to come, something that I obvioussssssssly look forward to. For those of you living in the chi, you should definitely check it out when it comes back next year because I mean, who doesn’t enjoy trying tons of different types of wine?!?! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #7 // Wine Riot Sign // #iadorewhatilove

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #7 // Wine Riot Glasses // #iadorewhatilove

Wine Wipes! Ahhh omg I’m ridiculous and I’ll tell you why: since I knew Blake, Alyse and I were going to the Wine Riot I bought one box of these Wine Wipes for each of us before hand. Obviously I planned to give it to my friends at the event but Oooops! I accidentally forgot them! Anyways, I did give Blake her wipes this week and I opened my box after having an after-dinner-glass on Monday night. Guess what… they really do work! The perfect solution for those grimy red wine teeth stains! I bought them via Amazon HERE.

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #7 // Wine Wipes // #iadorewhatilove

Brody and I ate lunch this week in Greek Town. I love me some greek food! And so does Brody!! I decided to order gyros to go thinking I would give it to him for dinner at some point during the week. Welllll, that turned into me eating it for dinner one night as well BUT I repurposed it for myself and created gyros TACOS!! I toasted corn tortillas, then put the gyros inside of each taco, along with tzatziki and lettuce. OMG they were so yum! {reminder: i can’t eat pita so corn tortillas were the next best thing!} And filling too! You can probably repurpose anything into a taco and it would taste delish! Try it for yourself and report back por favor!

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #7 // Gyros Tacos // #iadorewhatilove
{photo taken with the foodie app!}

My niece’s second birthday was on Tuesday and her birthday party is this weekend. I’ve already bought and wrapped her gift {obviously!} and I’ll tell you guys what it is BUT you have to keep it a secret until she opens it on Sunday, okay?! Thanks!!! So I got her this really freaking cool Beauty Boutique Play Hut {more details here}! I kind of want it for myself. Don’t tell anyone that either. Ahahahassssshhhhh

PS if you’re in need of buying a FIRST birthday gift: Wednesday’s post featured 15 tested and approved gifts for all one-year-olds!!

{child not included}

It’s Throwback Friday so let’s throw it back to an older post of mine… all about The Honest Company! I know in last week’s Weekly Win’s post I touched on how OBSESSED I am with their diapers but in case you weren’t aware, before baby, I was already using a ton of their products! One that has stuck around as my all time fave is their Shampoo + Body Wash! The title of this #tbf post that’s an absolute MUST READ is called “The Honest Company Saved Me” so if you want to find out more, head on over to that blog post now after you finish reading this post!

The Honest Company Saved Me -

The Elmo Calls app {$1.99 in the app store} for your little ones!! First of all, you open up the app and it starts ringing, then you answer like you would a normal FaceTime phone call and all the sudden Elmo is talking to your child on the screen!!!!!! Not only is it genius but it’s also the cutest thing ever!! My friend Lauren turned us onto it this week and Brody is mesmerized with it! Each FaceTime phone call is different and covers various topics such as health, self-confidence, and letters! 


Obviously my watch-win this week was the Bachelor Finale AND the After The Final Rose live show!! Did you think I was going to mention anything else?!? Ha. So, you guys, the bach producers totally had me fooled… regarding a bunch of different things actually. I always thought Lauren was the girl that Ben was going to choose BUT after watching the promos when he was talking on the phone, I for sure figured that he had told her he was picking JoJo then called her back once she left, realizing he made the wrong choice. Ummm, it did not go down like that at all! They GOT ME! Then, I was completely convinced that Caila was going to be the next bach, well, only because US Weekly wrote an article “confirming” the news and even though I didn’t want to believe it,  I totally believed it. I wasn’t a huge fan of her so I was not too thrilled about it, at all. Wellllll, fast forward to Chris announcing that JoJo is going to be the next Bachelorette and I screamed so loud that I’m surprised I didn’t wake the Brodster up! SO HAPPY! Seriously, that news And now, instead of going into the next season annoyed {whenever it airs… we have a while}, I feel so super excited! Brody’s happy too… see for yourself here.


This pink top! It comes in other colors too but I fancy the pink! It’s called the burnout raw edge sweatshirt and let me tell you, it’s SO PERFECT! It’s not really a sweatshirt so much as it’s really lightweight but it’s supes {yes, I just said supes, as in super, ahahha} comfy and OMG oh so soft! It’s one of those great run-around-town-and-do-your-errands kind of tops! You can shop it HERE

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #7 // Stem Pink Burnout Sweatshirt // #iadorewhatilove

[bctt tweet=”@honest, @nordstrom, @secondglass, #winewipes = #weeklywins #iadorewhatilove”]

What’s up this weekend?? Any fun plans? Let me know in the comments section now! 


  • alliecat11 March 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

    The honest beauty products look worth checking out too! Happy weekend!

    • Dana Ivy March 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I’ve tried them but I’m not a huge fan! Their shampoo, however, it’s THE BEST!! Xox

  • Lily Ayala March 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

    How sweet, loved hearing him say Mama! Definitely a win for sure! Hope you have a great weekend!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy March 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      You’re the sweetest, Lily!! Didn’t that just melt your heart! Ha can you tell I’m just a little bit obsessed?!? Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! Enjoy your last weekend of SB2016! Xx

  • Alyse March 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I have listened to the video of Brody saying “MAMA” a million times!!!

    • Dana Ivy March 18, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      You and me both Alysey… never gets old!!!!! Love you!!

  • Nina March 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I can imagine how happy you would be to hear MAMA first time from your little cute boy. This food looks so yummy, I love Greek food. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  • katelyn ryan March 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    you are so cute.. and we love the honest company!

    and random question.. i’ve been thinking for a while to switching to disqus commenting, do you have any of thoughts??


    • Dana Ivy March 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Aww you are SO sweet, Katelyn! Seriously! And yep, the honest company is great. Their shampoo is the best!

      About disqus, I absolutely LOVE it! I feel like I’m getting more comments since switching because it’s a much more intuitive platform than the wordpress comment form I had previously been using. Also, it’s definitely more interactive. I absolutely love it and have no complaints! In fact, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from friends and family {and readers who have even emailed me!} to tell me how much more they like the comment area on my blog than before! I’m not so sure what took me so long to switch. I highly recommend!!

      Hope that helps you!! Happy weekend lady!!

  • Naomella March 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Oh wow congrats that B is saying mama now ! I understand that you are so proud of that! :) Have a great weekend! xxx

    PS: There’s a giveaway on my blog!

    • Dana Ivy March 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      YES! Beyond proud and excited and emotional and just HAPPY! Been a long time coming, that’s for sure ;) Oooo, I’ll def check out your giveaway!! Xox

  • Charity March 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I want to go to the wine riot next year! Looks like a blast ;)

    • Dana Ivy March 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      It was so much fun, Charity!! They go to all different cities so definitely check out the schedule!

  • Jamie March 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

    your son is sooo cute!!! Gavin kind of says “maaaa” but only when he’s cranky!! xxo

    • Dana Ivy March 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you, Jamie!!! Awww maaaaa is so cute too!!! How old is your little man?? Love the name Gavin! Xox

  • Jill March 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Great blog… Such great info… my favorite story is MAMA MAMA… And I’m not prejudice one bit!!!

    • Dana Ivy March 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Next he’ll say GRAMMY!

      • Jill March 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Can’t wait!!

  • Sher March 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    aw that insta clip was adorable!!! so cute, i love how you captured his first mama moment :)


    • Dana Ivy March 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      So sweet, Sher! Even though he continues to say it nonstop, I’ve probably watched the video more than 1000 times. I’m not obsessed or anything… Xox

  • Adele Miner March 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Aw I love this post, such cute pictures! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Adele!! You’re so sweet!! Sure, let’s follow each other!!! Xox

  • Trang Do March 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    MAMAMAA haha he is so cute! Love this post dear!


    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Awww you’re the sweetest Trang! Thank you! Muah!

  • Lauren Napper March 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely post sweetie! What a beautiful clip <3

    The Dazzle Guide

    • Dana Ivy March 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      So sweet, Lauren! I still can’t get enough with every time time he says mamama! The best!! Xox

  • I Adore What I Did // March 2016 March 29, 2016 at 8:40 am

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  • […] Listen, Brody isn’t walking yet or really saying anything more than “dada” {well, he did start saying “mama” and words that start with b, like “ball”; and he says “hiiiii!”} but […]

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