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Weekly Wins // #17

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

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // #iadorewhatilove

Ok, is it me or did this week FLY by?!?! It must have been because of the 3-day holiday weekend and the hubs was with us all day on Monday, which was obviously a delight! I’m not complaining AT ALL but how is it Friday already?!! Either way, bring on the weekend! And PS stay tuned on Monday for a new addition of Monthly Musts! Woohoo! Take a look at my wins from this week! 

This weather! I know, I know, talking about the weather is SO lame but when you live in a windy frozen tundra for the majority of the year, to have the sun shining bright and to feel the warmth in the air just makes me smile. BIG. We can actually go out and do things via walking instead of driving. I’m so sick of the car so to get a chance to walk to my favorite places again is pure joy! Not to mention that for my active toddler, the fresh warm air means lots of park time too {see below!} and outdoor excursions in his SmartTrike, of course! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Brody at Park // #iadorewhatilove

I randomly decided after 17 months that I needed a new diaper bag for Brody! Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE my Marc Jacobs diaper bag that I’ve been using since he was born but I mean, I typically get a new handbag more than once a year so why shouldn’t I update my diaper bag too?! It’s funny though, I didn’t even know that I wanted a new bag until I saw the one I got and basically, HAD TO HAVE IT THAT VERY SECOND! It’s actually a backpack and so far, I am LOVING it so much. Backpacks are in you guys, and they also make life ten.times.easier. Typically, I carry my world in my diaper bag and it gets pretty heavy but with a backpack, the weight is distributed evenly so it feels WAY lighter than it should given all the stuff I bring with me. Shop my Honest Company backpack diaper bag HERE. And not only is it SO chic, it’s super functional and large enough too. I am obsessed! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // The Honest Company Diaper Bag // #iadorewhatilove

First I got a much needed haircut and went to Dylan’s Candy Bar on Friday, then we had a parents night out last Saturday. We celebrated my brother’s birthday with the fam on Sunday, and finally, had a Memorial Day BBQ at our friends on Monday… BUT, the highlight of my week was getting a massage at the Nordstrom Spa on Saturday morning. It. Was. Glorious. And I was in absolute heaven! The masseuse told me I need to come back at least every 6 weeks because I was “terribly tense” and had “more knots than she had seen in a long time on a client.” As much as I love him, I blame Brody!! He’s 28 pounds of cuteness but my body isn’t too happy with me for holding him all the time! Good thing he’s walking now! Woohoo! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Spa Massage // #iadorewhatilove

The highlight of this week was going to Stan’s and watching The Brodster devour his glazed donut! I couldn’t physically be in there without purchasing a gluten-free version for myself so we got the pistachio flavor and OMG. Let me tell you, if I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was a regular donut without a doubt. It was SO FREAKING GOOD. Also, if you weren’t aware, today is National Donut Day! Tons of donut shops are having promotions and giving out free donuts so make sure to check that out in your area! I know Dunkin’ Donuts is doing something as is Stan’s, and I’m almost positive that they aren’t the only ones celebrating! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Stan's Donuts // #iadorewhatilove

Remember how I told you that we went to dinner for my brother’s bday this week. Well I totally forgot his gift at home! Oops!! So I can’t tell you what we got him because I still have to give it to him! Instead, I will tell you about a gift I got from my mother-in-law… after reading my “Hot Pink Perfection” post {all about the hot pink stuff I’m so into right now}, she sent me the hot pink Zoya nail polish and the splendid headbands that I featured in the post! Wasn’t that sweet? I love! Obvy! {polish not pictured… sorry!!}

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Hot Pink Splendid Headbands // #iadorewhatilove

You guys! You know I loveeeee when you comment on my blog and I obviously read every single comment and always try to respond back as soon as possible! Well, I truly feel like I have new friends in my life because most of you who do comment are bloggers and I will always go and read your blog posts {which I LOVE doing} to return the favor! I have truly enjoyed this aspect of blogging more than anyone could ever imagine and I absolutely adore each of my new friends! Deena from the blog Shoes to Shiraz is also a contributor of The Blended Blog, which was founded by a group of bloggers who came together to make one separate blog together. So awesome, right?! Anyways, Deena has been a blog supporter of mine and I just love her! She asked if I wanted to answer a few questions about myself and be featured on The Blended Blog and of course I answered with a big YES to that!!!! Go read the feature about me here!! It was fun to “be interviewed” and makes for a even more fun {and easy} read if you want to learn more about me! Another huge shoutout to Deena for making it all happen! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Feature on The Blended Blog // #iadorewhatilove

My tech-win of the week is the fact that I got a new computer!!!!!!!!! I knew the day was going to come where I would have to give my computer back to my school district and it happened on Tuesday. How can I be a blogger without a computer??!?! The answer to that question: I can’t be! So, we bought the 13-inch MacBook Air laptop and it is glorrrrrrrrrrrious!!!!! So light weight {case in point: I’m holding it with one hand in the pic below}, super sleek, and FAST! Insert all the hands in the air and heart emojis here!

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // New MacBook Air // #iadorewhatilove

Did any of you watch the season premier of Mistresses?! I’ve yet to miss an ep and I was so excited to watch the first one of this season. I hate to say it but I was sort of underwhelmed. I think it will get better {we all know that a typical first episode sets up the story line to come so I have high hopes} and was totally confident that it would be my watch-win this week but instead I have to give it to Jimmy Kimmel’s production of the BABY BACHELORETTE! It’s ridiculously adorable and equally hilarious! You can watch episode #1 embedded below!

Workout clothes to run around town… and then lounge around in at home! Ha! If I leave my house, I am the first to admit that I’m totally that person who puts a full outfit together for myself every time. But my friend Lauren inspired me last week because she was out and about running errands in workout clothes and ya know what, I decided to do the same yesterday. I have to say that I kinda loved it and will have many more days this summer of wearing my workout clothes doing random things! Shop what I’m wearing in the pic… my Lululemon pants here and my favorite loose workout tank – that’s under $17 from Target!! – here

I Adore What I Love Blog // WEEKLY WINS #16 // Workout Clothes // #iadorewhatilove

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What are you up to this weekend?! Do tell in the comments section below! 


  • Charity June 3, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I pretty much live in workout clothes anymore! Love your lulu pants and I noticed that they match your nail polish ;) Great post and have a great weekend. P.S. You might have to go back to Stan’s because it’s #NationalDonutDay

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Charity! Hahah yes, they did match my nail polish and I didn’t even put two and two together with that! I wanted to go back to Stan’s yesterday for national donut day but my in-laws are in town and we’ve been nonstop all weekend long! Hope you got yourself a donut of course! Xox

  • WhatWouldVWear June 3, 2016 at 9:43 am

    So sweet, congrats on the interview! It was such a fun read! Love the fact when bloggers support each other! Also, I’m with you! The weather has been amazing in Chicago — I always get super excited! This means more fun outdoors with the boys! :)

    Happy weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Awww thanks Vanessa! You’re the best for hopping over to the blended blog and checking it out! Yay for outdoor fun with the boys!!! Today was a little funky with the rain but it ended well! Happy weekend to you – hope you’re enjoying every second! Xox

  • Courtney June 3, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I laughed so hard when I saw Jimmy Kimmel’s Baby Bachelorette the other day! And I love your new diaper bag!

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Haha me too! I laugh and smile just thinking about the baby bach! Isn’t the diaper bag cute?!?! And the best part is that it feels so much lighter weight that was I used to carry all the time! I’m happy with the purchase! Hope you’re having the best weekend Courtney! Xoxo

  • Lily Ayala June 3, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Congrats on the feature, will head that way after leaving here! Brody always makes me smile, he’s such a happy boy! The donut…yum!!!
    I am wanting a laptop and I think this one just made it to the top of my list! ;)

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      You are so beyond sweet, Lily! I seriously say this all the time but I truly believe it – we got blessed with a happy and healthy boy! All your Brody love warms my heart! As for the laptop I love mine! SO easy to carry and ridiculously lightweight! PS did you take advantage of national donut day?!!? Xox

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista June 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    There’s nothing like the feeling of a fresh hairdo and nice weather after a long winter. Growing up in the northeast has made me super appreciative of the warmer temps and sunshine down in FL, definitely one of the best feelings! Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Couldn’t agree more Kate!! I feel like a new person with my haircut but the massage still took the cake for my do-win for sure!!! And PS I need to move to florida stat! Hope you’re having the best weekend!! Xox

  • Aimee June 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I love running around in workout clothing! If I didn’t have a job, I would only own workout clothing in my wardrobe!


    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Why am I so late to jump on this wearing-workout-clothes-out-of-the-house-but-not-working-out bandwagon?!!? Personal trainers have to wear these clothes for their jobs! Could you imagine?! So awesome! Xox

  • thefashionfolks June 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Workout clothes is definitely a comfy go-to outfit !Xx

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Heck yeah!!!! I don’t know why I’ve never done it before! Xox

  • Kathryn June 3, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Such a great article on The Blended Blog, Dana! Congrats. Also, I’m pretty impressed that the backpack happens to be a diaper bag… it’s so cute, and I never would have guessed it was a diaper bag. Those gold zippers are on point.

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Aww thanks Kathryn! You’re so sweet to hop on over there and read it! And about the diaper bag… so cute, right?! It can totally be used as a regular bag without question! Thanks for the love girl! Xoxo

  • StyleToLove June 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    i adore your blog, thank you for sharing!!!
    have a beautiful weekend my dear..

    xo Hadasah

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Hadasah!! That compliment means more than you know! Hope you’re having the best weekend as well! Xox

  • Deena Simair June 4, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I have absolutely adored getting to know you- and even thought about you today when I was in the Apple Store, drooling over Apple watches…

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Omg Deena!!!!!! I say since you’re thinking about it so much than you should OBVIOUSLY get one already! Without question!! Hope you’re having the best weekend and thanks again for featuring me on The Blended Blog! You’re the best! Xoxoox

  • Neha 14wow June 4, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Lovely clicks… love your blog dear…. xo, neha

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Yay!! You’re sweet my friend! Hope you’ll be back to read more!! Xox

  • Nora Gouma June 4, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Amazing post, I love it, love your blog too, thank you for sharing!!!


    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Nora thank you!! So happy that you found me! And hope you’ll be back!! Going to check out your blog now! ????????????????

  • Maggie Dallospedale June 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love these pictures
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      You’re so sweet, Maggie!! So happy you found my blog and I hope you’ll be back to read more!! Xox

  • Harlynn June 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I love Deena’s blog! She reads up on mine too, which is where I agree blogging can create a whole new social life.
    I FORGOT IT’S FREE DONUT DAY! Thank you, gotta go get those free donuts today.

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Yes!! I really do feel like a have a ton of new friends in my life. It’s so nice!! And ugh, the free donut day was yesterday!! But I hope that didn’t stop you from getting a donut today!!!! Let me know!! Xox

  • Yvonne June 4, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Think I need a new laptop also! This is such an interesting post! Thank you for sharing!
    xo Yvonne

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      I hope interesting in a good way! Haha!! Obsessed with the macbook air, you should get it if you’re in the market for a new comp! Also, so glad you found my blog and hope you’ll be back to read more!!! Xox

  • Jessica Luxe June 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Always excited for a good donut – especially when there’s a day for it, then you jsut have to celebrate!

    BLOG >>

    • Dana Ivy June 4, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Yes! 100% agree lady! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Happy weekend!! Xox

  • Jill June 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    That backpack is so cute! Somehow I missed national donut day and will have to have a belated one! Love the Baby Bachelorette video! Heading over to the Blended Blog now!

    Doused In Pink

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Yes! Nothing wrong with a belated donut day!! How cute is that baby bach?!? I die! And thanks for the Blended Blog love!! Appreciate you reading, Jill! Xox

  • Mica June 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Oh I like your backpack! I have a Marc Jacobs bag for the babies and I haven’t felt the urge to change it yet – only because I don’t think I’d ever find another one big enough to hold the stuff you need for two under 2, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I hear ya girl! My old one was Marc Jacobs and fit everrrrything but I have to say I am impressed with the amount of stuff The Honest Backpack fits! And it just feels so much lighter too which is a huge plus there! Xox

  • Alyssa June 5, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I like that backpack and your baby is so cute :)


    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Thanks lady! So sweet! I am obsessed with the backpack too but Brody just a little bit more! Hahah! Thanks for reading girl! Xox

  • Amy Ann Arnold June 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    That donut looks amazing!!! I am loving the weather lately too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:46 am

      YES!!! {and now after thinking about donuts again I think I need another!} haha

  • Stephanie June 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    What a fun series! I think it’s great that you’re celebrating these wins in your week. That donut looks so tasty. I’m definitely craving something sweet now, haha!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Sarah! So sweet! The donut was oh so yum and now after talking about it again I’m craving another! Ha! Xox

  • Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side June 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    How fun, I love this recap! Your son is just the cutest! Looking forward to getting to know you more! :)

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Aww thanks Sarah! The feelings are mutual! Glad you liked the post and thanks for reading!! Xox

  • C A M I June 5, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I see you had a great week girl, have more fun!

    My Vogue Style –

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Yes! No complains here!! Thanks for reading lady!! Xox

  • Trang Do June 6, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Such a lovely post! Thanks for sharing!

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

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Trang! Glad you liked the post! Thank you for stopping by and reading!! Xoxo

  • Glenda Rivera June 6, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Wow a new computer and an uber chic diaper bag, nice!! Love the look of your toddler playing outside, my daughter love outdoors too :)
    ♥ from

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Not going to lie, it was a good week for purchasing things though my wallet is a little thinner! Haha! And the weather in the chi has been on par! Kids playing outside is the best! Xox

  • Kimberly Myers June 6, 2016 at 3:57 am

    This is so nice, nice post :D
    Have a nice day!

    • Dana Ivy June 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Thanks lady! So glad you stopped by to read it! Hope you’ll be back to read more!! Xox

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