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I Adore What I Did // April 2016

This series, I Adore What I DID, allows me to catch up with you on a more personal level! Plus, you can see and get the deats on WHAT WE WORE!!! Take a look at my month through pictures {and some words, too}. Xox

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Wait, what? April is already pretty much over? How did this happen, I just don’t know! What a fun and special month!!! I say it was a special one because for me, the most exciting moment was that my brother and sister-in-law made me an auntie again to the cutest, sweetest, most perfect little nephew that I’ve ever laid eyes on! You can see pictures of his cute face a little later in the post! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Lunch at Cheesecake // #iadorewhatilove

WHAT {my} BRODY WORE: His striped tee is sold out. Click here for one that’s similar.

We started out our month with a perfect lunch with two of Brody’s best buds, Asher and Brody! They’ve both been featured on the blog before a ton and I’m sure this won’t be the last time! Can you tell by the smiles on these boys faces how much fun we were all having at The Cheesecake Factory?! {hint hint: SO MUCH FUN!}

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Bump Club Birthday Bash // #iadorewhatilove

WHAT BRODY WORE: Ballin Paris tee. Sweatpants {not available online}, similar herestride-rite shoes

Having a blast at Bump Club and Beyond‘s BCB Birthday Bash! Wellllll, trying to at least! Oops, we woke B up from a nap because we were meeting friends there and he was in a daze the whole time. Case in point: he didn’t want to be on the parachute and usually it’s his FAVORITE. With that being said, it was a great event… a Lollapalooza for kids, if you will…  and I’m glad we went! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Cleveland Wedding // #iadorewhatilove

WHAT I WORE: Black check bell-sleeve baby doll dress, BCBG, but no longer available, similar here that I LOVE; Nude heels – NOW $74.25 down from $99!! {I’m OBSESSED with them and they are comfortable}

Isaiah and I went to Cleveland for a friend’s wedding! It was fun! The funny thing was that we were really there for Isaiah’s good friend from college {the groom} but he also grew up with the bride! Isn’t that random? And he did not introduce the two of them! Ha! Because of this coincidence, my in-laws were there too since they’re close with the bride’s parents. This made for a really jam-packed, busy, and all around great weekend!

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Marissa's Wedding Shower // #iadorewhatilove

The next weekend, we were back in Chicago and I spent my Saturday at my friend Marissa’s bridal shower in the burbs! It was a very special shower for a good friend who’ve I’ve literally known since I was three! How amazing do these cupcakes look? Obvs I couldn’t eat them because they weren’t GF but everyyyyyone was raving about how delish they were!!!!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Dinner at Siena Tavern // #iadorewhatilove

That night, I went to Siena Tavern with my friends Alyse, Traci, and Sam. I literally left there feeling SO full… but it was the best night filled with hilarious stories, lots of catching up, and tons of girl talk! Nights like this are some of my favorites!

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Afikomen Holders // #iadorewhatilove

I’ve mentioned this in the past on the blog but every other Sunday I teach Jewish Family School! On this particular Sunday, the entire synagogue got together for a bunch of Passover activities. Myself and some other fab teachers ran the station where the kids made afikomen holders… with puffy paints and all! I obviouslyyyy had to get in on the action and actually made one for Brods and one of my niece… and then forgot to bring them to Passover this past weekend. Wah wahhhh. But how cute, right?! Saving them for next year of course!  

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Brody's first haircut // #iadorewhatilove

After family school, Isaiah and I took Brody to get his FIRST haircut! After 15 months we finally bit the bullet, you guys! And Brody did SO great, too!! Well, he was sitting in a chair that looked like a car and watched TV the whole time. These kids haircut places really know what they’re doing! And then he got a certificate with some of his hair attached to it!! I die! 

PS Isaiah dressed him on this day while I was teaching and decided to put him in the same outfit he wore a few weekends before to the Bump Club event. DADS! {but it is cute, so I’ll give him that!}

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Isaiah and Brody on swing // #iadorewhatilove

It was a BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood so after Brody’s haircut, we strolled to the park! Before we left the house, Brody found these sunglasses in his room and wouldn’t take them off, which worked out well for a sunny day on the swings! 

PS his sunglasses are from last year, but this pair is equally as cool! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Lunch at Boundary Outside // #iadorewhatilove

Had to include that at the beginning of last week, Brody and I lunched at The Boundary in Wicker Park with my besties and his aunties Alyse and Blake! It was the most gorgeous day and we ate OUTSIDE!!!! It was SO hot and SO sunny, not that I’m complaining! Don’t worry, we sat under an umbrella! Also, how about those chicken tacos??? YUM.

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Emmy // #iadorewhatilove

Meet Emmy! My friend Dena gave birth to this little cutie weeks earlier than expected… but she is healthy and doing so so well after a month of being welcomed into this world! Brody and I went to visit them and she was literally the tiniest baby I’ve ever seen in person!! I could just eat her up… and hold her all day long! She is SUPER chill and really sweet. If missed, see the gift we brought her in this weekly wins post, under the “give” section! Also shown on my insta.

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Brody and Jeffrey in strollers // #iadorewhatilove

We went to the park and took a walk with our friend Jeffrey one night! These boys have been besties since they were born {brods is two days older than jeffrey} and this photo is just a crazy reminder of how much they’ve grown up! We stopped in 7/11 and had to snap this pic because it cracks me up! They are big boys already! Exciting/sad/crazy/allllll the emotions. 

PS Brody is OBSESSED with Vita Coco Coconut Water! I don’t blame him; so refreshing!

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Mom with Brody at Nordstrom // #iadorewhatilove

WHAT BRODY WORE: Grateful Dead T-shirt; Gray and black hoodie; Jean-like sweatpants, no longer available, similar herestride-rite shoes

We met my mom a few times this month at Nordstrom. The BEST meeting spot EVER {duhhh}. In this particular moment, Brody was dying to get out of the stroller so my mom decided to practice his walking skills with him {which by the way, we are still working on!}. This pic makes me smile!

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Owen Cole // #iadorewhatilove

Andddd thennnn, my nephew was born!! Welcome to this world perfect baby, Owen Cole! He made his appearance this past Saturday weighing 6 lbs, 12 oz, and my month was made! Baby boy, your uncle, cousin, and I are BEYOND obsessed with your sweet cheeks and gorgeous face! I feel so lucky to have had tons of auntie/nephew time with you this weekend and can’t wait to spoil you rotten all your life! Insert allllll the heart emojis here.

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Sprinkles Cupcakes // #iadorewhatilove

We brought some Sprinkles cupcakes to the hospital… but of course! I didn’t get to eat any but they smelled INSANE.

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Brody seeing Owen // #iadorewhatilove

Unfortunately, Owen’s cousin wasn’t allowed in the hospital but he LOVES looking at pictures of him! This was the first photo Brody saw of his new cousy and he was studying his face!! It was too cute! Can’t wait for them to become besties forever! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Meet Owen Cole // #iadorewhatilove

I mean, what.a.cutieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. He’s actually a total clone of his sister Sloane, but holding him brought me back to when B was an infant and he reminds me a lot of him too! Just adore. Also, Owen is a super jew! He was born on Passover! Speaking of the holiday… 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Passover matzah ball soup // #iadorewhatilove

…we celebrated with my entire fam {with the of exception of my bro and sister-in-law who were at the hospital} on Saturday night at my parents house! My mom is really thoughtful and made me my very own gluten free matzo ball soup. Isn’t she the best mom ever?!?! I think so! It was YUM.

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Brody and Sloane on Piano // #iadorewhatilove

Then Brody decided he wanted to be shirtless for the majority of the night. Okay Brods! Whatever you want, cookie! {ha, that’s what I call him} Anyways, he was having the most magical time playing the piano with his cousy, Sloane. Can you tell? {just look at that smile… which might be hard, because all I can focus on looking at this pic is his hot bod}

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Family walk // #iadorewhatilove

WHAT I WORE: Embroidered Peplum Tank;  Linen Soft Shorts.

On Sunday, we took a family walk to Sbux in the morning {as mentioned on my instagram} and then walked to Water Tower, had lunch at Food Ease, and after made out way to the hospital to see our cutie nephew again! It was so nice outside that I wore SHORTS all day long. Ahhh, if you know me, you know I love me some shorts. It was pretty freaking amazing! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Ice Cream // #iadorewhatilove

Ice cream!!!!!! Took a walk with my bro and got a chocolate vanilla twist from M Burger. Just look at that perfectly coiled cone!

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Brody with Sox Hat // #iadorewhatilove

On Monday, Brody rocked his White Sox hat all day long. We met my friend Nicole for lunch at the most amazing resto in Logan Square called Lula Cafe. I can’t believe I’ve never been before. THIS is what we got. I want to go back… Again and again and again.

PS Another pic where B looks like such a big boy!! Gahhh.

I Adore What I Love Blog // I ADORE WHAT I DID APRIL 2016 // Workout Class // #iadorewhatilove

WHAT BRODY WORE: Beatles T-Shirt; Sweatpants {not available online}, similar herethe best children’s natural hair pomade.

Last but not least, yesterday we went to B’s favorite gym class at Kidville. I mean, he LOVES this class, you guys! He is always shy with everyone at first and then comes out of his shell about half-way through. Can’t wait to go back! 

And that was April!!! It was jam-packed, filled with action, lots of social activities, and delicious lunches! But most importantly it was SPECIAL. Looking forward to what May has in store for us! 

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PS Mother’s Day is in less than 2 weeks, friends!!!! If missed: take a look at the ULTIMATE Mother’s Day Gift Guide that I posted on the blog last week! It’s awesome and filled with 30 PERFECT gifts that will show your mama how much you love her! 

What was your favorite thing about April?
 Do tell in the comments area of this post or on social media, using the hashtag #iadorewhatiDID


  • Ashon April 27, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Aww beautiful pictures, love your post!


    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

      So sweet, Ashon! Thank you! Hope you’re having a great week! Xox

  • Courtney April 27, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Congratulations on becoming an aunt again!! Thanks for sharing such sweet photos!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Courtney!! Being an auntie is the best! Glad you enjoyed reading about our month! Xox

  • Nicole Miller April 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Isn’t the cafe at Nordstrom the best?! Glad you had a great month, loved looking through your pictures!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Nord cafe is THE BEST! We are there pretty much weekly! They know us, ha! THough I am mad at them because they got rid of my favorite strawberry goat cheese salad. Wah wahhh. You are so sweet! Thanks for reading girl! Xox

  • Jill April 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

    My fave blog so far! Love every single pic!πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘ πŸ¦

  • Susan April 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I LOVED reading all about April!! Loved the content AND the pics! Your descriptions make me want to go to every place you mentioned and all the food pics look DELICIOUS!! I give you so much credit for being able to avoid those scrumptious looking cupcakes and sticking to your gluten-free diet. Not always easy to do! My favorite pics were all the ones of BRODY and the GORGEOUS pic of YOU and your HANDSOME HUBBY at the wedding! You both look like movie stars!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thank you!!!!!!!!! Xoxox

  • Lily Ayala April 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Yay! Congrats on being an auntie again! So many sweet pictures! Love the dad & son swing pic…you have to frame that! Mr. Brody always puts a smile on my face…love seeing him! You and your husband look fabulous!!

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Thanks girl!! Being an auntie is the best! And I love that pic of Brody and Isaiah too – def need to frame! You are so sweet! Hope you’re having a great week! Xox

  • Nina April 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Great pictures. Congrats on being an auntie again. Love this haircut on your nephew, he’s so handsome, and the cupcakes look delicious.

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Thanks girl! And the boy with the haircut is my son! My nephew is the little tiny baby with the alphabet swaddle blanket! Xoxo

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista April 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Such an amazing month and congrats on being an auntie again! LOVING that black dress on you – gorgeous <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Ahhh thanks Kate!! You are the sweetest! I hope you are having the best week! Xox

  • Lauren Scorzafava April 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Sounds like such a great month! Love it!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      It was a great month!! Thanks for reading and stopping by the blog! Hope you’ll be back! Xx

  • thefashionfolks April 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Your black lace dress looks so good! And those cupcakes too! Xx

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Oh why thank you! I got so many compliments on that black dress, who knew?! Xox

  • She Said He Said - Fashion April 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Congrats on becoming an aunti! I love your black perforated dress so cute!

    XO Chelsea

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Aww thanks Chelsea! And that dress was equally as comfortable as it was cute… not that being comfortable matters when it comes to fashion {except that for me it does! hahaah} Hope you’re having a great week girl! Xox

  • Biana Perez April 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    So much about this post made me hungry lol!! Aww yay for celebrating passover and getting to enjoy the soup!! Hope May is a wonderful month for you! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Looking back, I guess I did post a lot of food pics! Yes!! The soup was delish! My mom did good =) Happy almost May to you my friend! Xox

  • Ladyofashion April 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Aw, this is such a cute post. Congratulations to being an aunt. Love these photos, especially the food. :) /Madison
    Art Book For Foodies

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you, Madison! {PS I love your name!} Glad you stopped by to read this post! Hope you’ll be back! Xox

  • Dara April 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Busy month! Congrats on the adorable new nephew! That must be so fun watching your family grow! And so sweet of your mom to make you your very own GF matzah ball soup, my mother would never :-)

    -Dara //

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      You can say that again… super busy! Hahah you’re funny about your mom!! My mom just knows how much I love matzah ball soup and how much I was going to miss it if I couldn’t have it! It was much appreciated that’s for sure! Hope you’re having a great week, Dara! Xox

  • disqus_5n9vU7FZce April 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Such a cutie pie!!!!
    Congrats on being aunt! :)

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you! Being an auntie is the best!!!! Xx

  • for seven seasons April 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    All of those desserts are making me drool! Especially the cupcakes. Too and you couldn’t eat them! Also congrats on becoming an aunt!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      I couldn’t eat them! It’s okay though! And thank you!! Owen is the sweetest!! Xox

  • Sana April 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Seriously, where did April go?? Also, we need a parachute for ADULTS!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Ughh, I wish I knew! And yes!! Great idea! I would sit on top of it for sure! Xox

  • Colleen K April 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I loved this post, your family is so beautiful!! And seriously, all of that food (mostly the cupcakes!!) is making me salivate! It looks like you have been having so much fun!!


    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      So sweet, Colleen! Thank you! We did have a great month! Hopefully May is just as exciting! Ha! Xox

  • Ridgely's Radar April 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I love seeing all the fun things you are up to and your new nephew is adorable! Not to mention Brody – who steals the show!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      You have no idea how much I appreciate you saying that! I write these posts and then think to myself – who is really going to care to read this?! So it’s so sweet to hear you say that you enjoy it! This comment made my day!! Brody appreciates the love too, girl! Xx

  • Carina Vardie April 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Brody is such a cutie! Gorgeous pictures, seems like a wonderful busy month!


    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Carina! So glad you found my blog and enjoyed reading! Hope you’ll be back girl! Xox

  • Alyse April 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    What a busy (but normal for the Harf’s) month of April!
    There is nothing I enjoy more than reading your blog posts- your talent with words truly amazes me and makes me so proud!

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      WHOA. I just got the chills. For realz. I love you so much and am so lucky to have such a supportive best friend. Thank you for making my day Alysey!!!! Muahhhh

  • Glenda Rivera April 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    OMG looks like you really have a great time with those kids. They’re the cutest ;)

    β™₯ from

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      We really do! Thanks Gienda! So glad you found my blog! Hope you come back to read more! Xox

  • Luci's Morsels April 27, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    What a fun catch up post! I’m excited for some upcoming weddings on our calendar! And yay for all those cupcakes!!

    Luci’s Morsels :: fashion. food. frivolity. Follow Along on Instagram – @lucismorsels

    • Dana Ivy April 27, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Yay! Weddings are the best! And so are cupcakes! Ha! Hope you’re having a great week, Luci!! Xox

  • Brittany April 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

    That ABC baby wrap is so cute!

    • Dana Ivy April 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Totally agree! Need to ask them where they got it!

  • Shauna C April 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’m with you – how is April already over?! Love all of these pics, and you look absolutely stunning!!


    • Dana Ivy April 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

      I do not know, girl, so nuts! And you are too kind! Xox

  • Jalisa April 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Wow, you had such an eventful and fun month, Dana! First off, congrats on being a new auntie again, he does remind me A LOT of Brody, very similar features! I love the LBD you wore to the event, it’s SO pretty and those shoes are so lovely, too, you look like such a babe! I’m seriously obsessing over that ‘Ballin’ shirt, I would totally get one if I had a little guy! Brody seemed so calm during his cut, such a good sport, and he looks SO precious playing that piano, I love when I see babies so happy like this! You are such a GREAT mom, Dana! I love how you keep Brody active and social at this stage, he’s going to have such excellent social and communication skills! Thanks so much for sharing your month with us, it was definitely fun taking a look at the pics and reading all about them! I hope you’re having the best day so far, beautiful!



    • Dana Ivy April 29, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yes! You can say that again, Jalisa! Eventful it was! Owen reminds me of Brody too… especially the newborn stage! If you can believe it B was 6 lbs too when he was born and now he’s huge! I have a feeling Owen will be the same way! Thanks for the love on my LBD and nude heels! Brody was SO great while getting his haircut! We were impressed! And seriously, to say that I am a great mom is a compliment like no other! I love you for that! I am obsessed with the little man and just stare at him all day wondering how he’s mine! We are very social and he is very verbal and I just want him to stay innocent forever!!!!! Happy Friday girl!! Have the best weekend!! Xoxo

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  • Deena Simair May 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    ummm…totally distracted with all the wonderful food and adorable kids!

    • Dana Ivy May 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Awwww you’re SO sweet!!! Hope you’re having the best Wednesday! Xox

  • Justine Y May 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I’m with Deena, I agree, give me all the babies and all the cupcakes!! Looks like you month was busy busy. We waited till my son was 18 months old to cut his hair the first time… it was so sad but badly needed so what are you gonna do? :(

    • Dana Ivy May 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      It was so busy! Busier than normal I would say! And totally about the haircut. I was so nervous and wouldn’t let the hairdresser cut much and now I regret it because we need to go back already! Hair grows so fast!! Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you’ll be back to read more!!! Xox

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