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I Adore What I Did // June 2016 {PART 1}

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 our month through unedited iPhone pictures {read: they won’t always be the best quality but #reallife} and some words, too. Xox

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Gahhhh I know it’s July but as I told you yesterday, last week was a bust for me when it came to blogging =( However, as I also mentioned, this week I am back in action, and even have a bit of a pep in my step! Woohoo! With that being said, I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t blog about what we did this past month along with all the goodness of what we wore! I’ve been told by many of you that these posts of mine are some of your favorites so I couldn’t just skip it!!!! Right?!!? Right!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: since June was SUCH a busy and fun-filled month for us, {hello first days of summer and doing everrrrything outdoors!!} I’ve decided that I am going to split this post into… get ready for it… THREE POSTS!!! So today is the first installment of what we did and what we wore {in June} and you must come back tomorrow to read about the second part of our month, and then on Thursday, I’ll tell you all about how we ended the month of June with a BIG bang! Okay, cool, yay! Here it goes! 

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June started with lots of family time! Isaiah’s parents were actually in town over the first weekend of the month {unfortunately we have no photos from their time here} and before they left, we went to my aunt’s house to celebrate some family birthdays, anniversaries {including ours!!}, and graduations. There’s a park right next to their house so we took Brody and my niece, Sloane, there and they swung on the swings together! The cutest! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similar; White t-shirt; ABC harem pants, no longer available online, I love these ones!! 

B hates the sun but he loves his Gigi and Pops!! {aka my grandma and papa!}

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similarSunglasses, Star Wars T-shirt, no longer available online, extremely similar version; Pull-on Denim Shorts; Nike Roche Gym Shoes {adult version found here}

Brody and Griffin are the sweetest and coolest sports rivals you ever did see… #truth =) On this particular day, we went to The Lincoln Park Zoo together and literally had such a fun morning including strolling the grounds and eating at the Green City Market, which was something I had been wanting to do for foreverrrr. {i even talked about it in my monthly musts post for june!}

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WHAT BRODY WORE: “We Are The Future” t-shirt, no longer available {grr}; gray comfy shorts; Kid-safe hair pomade

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know that Isaiah and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary this month! On the actual day, he sent me flowers to our home while he was at work. Such a fun surprise! I think Brody wanted to smell them in this picture… or he just wanted me to pick him up?! Either way, he’s damn cute and aren’t the flowers gorg? Posted the prettiest photo of them on my insta here… looking back at the pics of these flowers just makes me happy! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similar; Striped tank top; Jean shorts; Nike Roche Gym Shoes {adult version found here}

We met my friend Jeri and her darrrrrling babe Neve {i meannnn, look at her!} at Old Orchard Mall for some park action and some lunch! It was a HOT day outside and while you can obviously tell that these two were pooped from the sun in this pic, they played so nicely together! 

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WHAT I WORE: White lace eyelet top; light pink foldover bag {no longer available online}, obsessed with this clutch.

I posted this on my instagram but had to post again here… the hubs and I celebrating our anni with a night on the town {just the two of us} at one of Chicago’s oldest and most delicious restaurants: Gibson’s. I love this guy with everything I got and seriously can’t believe we’ve been married already for four years. Time flies when you’re having fun!!!!

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similar; Sunglassestank top, no longer available in gray but comes in other colors and on sale; Jean shorts, sold out, similar.

Obviously I can’t have an “I Adore What I Did” roundup without including a photo of the Brodster with green drink in hand!!! Duh!!! This one was from Real Good Juice Company. They might know us there. And by “might” I mean they definitely do.

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Crossing another thing off my list from my Monthly Musts post… we managed to make it to the Old Town Art fair this year! Fun stuff. We met a ton of my friends there but unfortunately, it was a pretty chilly day outside and we couldn’t stay too long due to B’s new-at-the-time one-nap schedule. Check out the hubs pushing Brody around in the stroller… he’s wearing a jacket it was that cold! Hi Isaiah!

{and then there’s the random girl in a tank top to the right… remembering back to that day, I’m getting the chills thinking about how uncomfortable she must have been there!!}

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We spent at least one of the weekend days each weekend in June at my parents. Brody has so much fun there and he loves the little kiddie pool my mom and dad put out for him!!!!

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Orange tank top; swim trunks, not sold in orange online, but we have this neon green color too.

He also lovesssss bubbles and they have a bubble machine! Which brings me to the fact that all Brody says these days is “bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!” I die! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similar; “IL love you forever” Illinois t-shirt; Gray comfy shorts; Nike Roche Gym Shoes {adult version found here}

 You guys. I am obsessed with Jeffrey and Brody because they’ve grown up together and as Jeffrey’s mom likes to say, when they were younger they played together because we {their moms} kind of just made them hang out but now they WANT to hang out and play together and they get so EXCITED to see each other!! They actually enjoy each other’s company and it’s the coolest!!!! Is that dorky to say? Ummm but it’s true. I love them! 

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Just two boys checking out the dirty Chicago River #lovethisviewfromtheback

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That same night, we ate dinner at Jeffrey’s house and Maayan, his mom, whipped up this pretty cheese platter. And it was so good, too. Had to snap a pic! 

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WHAT BRODY WORE: “IL love you forever” Illinois t-shirt

Okay… so… the boys didn’t want to wear pants so we said, “fine, don’t wear pants” – they watched some TV together and I couldn’t take the cuteness. LOVE this view of them from the front that I took above but also…

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…LOVE this view of them from the side even more. Actually, I’m not sure which view I like better. I just love both these photos. These boys are real people!!!! Like, whaaaat? What happened to my baby?!?!

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WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similarStriped top; Jean shorts; Nike Roche Gym Shoes {adult version found here}

Another Wednesday spent at the zoo and at the market. We happened to run into our very good friends Amelda and her son, Esti! Brody was sweeeeeeaty. I’m almost positive it was 3,0458 degrees outside that day. Regardless of being sweaty, he sure is happy! Esti was into those chicks and I think B was so super smiley because he thought they were really funny! He kept laughing at them! 

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Then, Maayan, Jeffrey and Brody and I walked all around the zoo that same day too. We went there with them originally and ohhh, on this particular day, I left my purse at home, couldn’t find a free parking spot so had to park in the zoo’s lot and only then realized I had NO MONEY. No nothing, actually. Maayan to the rescue who let me use her credit card to pay the hefty $17 {gasp!!!} parking fee. Don’t worry, I already paid her back but that is a good friend right there! 

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PS this tiger was out of control. He was roaring his lungs away! Brody actually started crying because he was scared and I don’t blame him, it was pretty harsh!! Oh tiger. I should tell you that Jeffrey loved the roaring. He was super into it so at least one of us enjoyed him. 

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Then, that same night after the zoo, Isaiah and I got to have a last minute date night at the White Sox game! Isaiah found out about the tickets the same day and I’ve never called my babysitter so fast!! Luckily, she was available! Do you see where we are sitting, you guys?!?! It was AWESOME. Not to mention that the game was a real nail biter, they ended up winning against the Tigers, and I had Dippin’ Dots! Win win win win… literally!

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WHAT I WORE: Oversized purple workout top {it’s long length = bonus!}; Workout pants, old, similar here.

I just want to note that I went to yoga a few times this month too. I love it. I also love this workout top of mine that I’ve been wearing on repeat. It’s UNDER $20!!!!

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 WHAT BRODY WORE: Infant White Sox Hat, not available, similar; Star Wars T-shirt, no longer available online, extremely similar version; Black and gray sweatpants shorts; Nike Roche Gym Shoes {adult version found here}

Brody and Esti hung out again one day at the park near their house and Brody was loving the fact that this park was different from ours. Not that he’s sick of our park, because I know he’s obsessed with it, but he was exploring this one like it was his job! I was dying! How about the two of these boys on the teeter-totter?!!? Of course it’s further to the ground on Brody’s side since he is wayyyy bigger than Esti {and every other child his age #letsbehonest #lol}

And there you have the first installment of all the most fun and memorable things we did during the first days of June andddd the deats on what we wore!!!! Tomorrow, you’ll see Brody paint {it was seriously the cutest!}, go to a friend’s bday party, hang with his cousins, take a music class, and spend the day with our besties from Colorado! Woo! You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s post! Dare I say that June was the best month of all of 2016 thus far?!?!?!! If you couldn’t tell, we’ve been nonstop!!! {#luckybrody #luckymommy} Omgosh I can’t even believe that our month didn’t stop there because there’s still more to come! UH-MAY-ZINGGGGGG!!! 

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PS if you missed yesterday’s post – July’s Monthly Musts – click here to read it now! 

See you tomorrow friends! Did you have a great June too?
 Tell me about it in the comments or on social media, using the hashtag #iadorewhatiDID


  • Biana Perez July 5, 2016 at 6:04 am

    3 posts are needed for such an epic month!! Your apt is amazing – that view is everything! xo, biana –BlovedBoston

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Right?!?! Thanks girl… I thought 3 posts were needed too! And while I live in the building next store and our places are very similar, that apartment is my friend’s!! She’s a little higher up than me and her view is amazing!!!! Hope you had the best 4th of July weekend! Xox

  • Dara July 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Busy month indeed! Happy 4 year anniversary, and I love the pictures of B — he’s such a cutie :-)

    Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend, and glad you’re back!

    — Dara //

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Dara! You’re the sweetest!!! Hope you had the best fourth of July too!! Xox

  • Deena Simair July 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

    sooooo, random question…how does one who lives in Chicago decide which ball team to cheer for??

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      hahaha north side = cubs and the better side {south side} = white sox! However, I am from the north side but have south side family roots… so that’s where my love of the white sox comes from! My papa wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ve been given sh*t for it all my life but will always be a proud sox fan!!!! Woo!!!

      • Deena Simair July 6, 2016 at 9:35 am

        I would give the sox my vote- they have three of my fave former Jays: Navarro, Lawrie and Cabrera!

  • Nicole Miller July 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love that white top and would never have guessed it’s from Target!! Nice find :) Also, being from Detroit, I’m jealous you got to see the Tigers but maybe even more jealous of the Dippin’ Dots…

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Can you believe it?!?! Target is the best! I actually wear it way too much… but, #reallife! Dippin’ Dots are so damn good!!!!!!!! Come to a white sox game and you can get them!!! PS hope you’ll be back to read parts 1 and 2 tomorrow and thursday of this post series!!! Xox

  • thefashionfolks July 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely month!! So good with the Yoga time too, love your workout wear! Xx

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks girl! I really tried to motivate myself to workout this month and it paid off! Hope you’ll be back to read parts 2 and 3 of this post series! Xox

  • Lily Ayala July 5, 2016 at 11:15 am

    What a busy, busy month girl! I love seeing all of these pictures with Brody, he is so cute and looks like he is enjoying the kiddie pool!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Such a busy month, that’s for sure… and that’s just part 1! Hope you’ll come back tomorrow and Thursday to read the rest of this series, Lily! And oh my, lol, Brody lovesssss that kiddie pool. So much! It’s hilarious! Xox

  • Candace July 5, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Family time is always nice. You have s gorgeous family. I’m sure they keep you well entertained lol.

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Aww Candace. That means so much to me! I’m def well entertained!!!! Xox

  • Mallory July 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Your family is adorable :)

    mallory |

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Awww thanks Mallory for stopping by the blog! So glad you found my little space on the net and hope you’ll be back to read more!! Parts 2 and 3 of this series will be posted tomorrow and Thursday! Xox

      • Mallory July 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

        Awesome! I will be on the lookout!!

  • Colleen K July 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I love seeing your recaps, your family is so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful July Dana!


    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Aww, thanks lady! Hope you’ll be back for parts 2 and 3 of our fun June that will be posted tomorrow and Thursday! Hope you’ve had a great start to your week, Colleen! Xox

  • Kasie Chelanne July 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    WOW, it was clearly an eventful month! I’m looking forward to Parts 2 and 3. Brody is so ridiculously cute I don’t know how you ever get anything done!

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      You can saw that again! So eventful! Parts 2 and 3 are sure to please as well so I’m glad you’ll be back to read them!!! And awwwww, I think B is cute because I’m his mom but it’s always so sweet to hear others say that too!!! xoxox

  • Carina Vardie July 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Brody is adorable. It seems like you had a wonderful time in June, can’t wait for the next two parts!


    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thanks girl! June has been amazing!! Glad you’ll be back tomorrow to read more about it! Xox

  • Brooke & Erica July 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    We’ve been really busy lately too. There is just so much fun to be had when summer rolls around! :) We’re hoping to make it to the zoo tomorrow. :)

    pumps & push-ups

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Yes yes and yes!! You can say that again! We seriously went to the zoo once a week in June. The best! Enjoy your outing tomorrow! Xox

  • Jalisa July 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I LOVE this post, Dana! You guys did so much, Brody is such a socialite, haha! You know, it’s so funny because I literally cracked up when I saw the pic of Isaiah wearing a jacket, as well as EVERY other person in the photo, except that random woman, hahaha. I was just looking at it like, what!? Then, I scrolled down a bit and saw your comment and started cracking up, you really do know your readers’ mindset! I can’t wait to see tomorrows post and learn how Brody liked his music class! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!



    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Omgosh I’m dying!! That is seriously so funny that you thought that, Jalisa! It was seriously my first thought after looking back at these pics! So glad you’re going to be back tomorrow!! Spoiler alert: he loveqdddd the music class! Hope you are having a great start to your short week!! Xox

  • July 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    June was jam-packed! In a fun way!! And this is just part 1! Brody is so dang cute!!!

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Yes!! Couldn’t have said it better myself!! {about june being jam packed in a fun way!} Thanks for the sweet Brody comments, too!! Hope to see you tomorrow on the blog! Xox

  • Jeri July 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Whoa, you guys really seize the days! Love all of the action and of course our little date the most! Next time I can include what Nevie wore, hah!! Xoxo

    • Dana Ivy July 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Hahaha I’m just seeing your comment!!! Yes, we totally need to include what Nevie wore next time for sure! And I just posted this link on your Facebook wall, so feel free to ignore because now I know you saw it! Oops. Our date was the best, need to plan another one soon please!!

  • Tina Phan July 6, 2016 at 2:11 am

    What a month you had! Omgosh I need to live it up like you guys heheh. Your family sounds so fun!


    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Tina, just seeing this comment! ugh! June was great! Thanks for reading – makes me so happy!! Xox

  • Floortje van Cooten July 6, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Looks like June has been a great month for you!



    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Ah just seeing your comment, Floort!! So sorry! June was great but July has been even better! Xox

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  • Neelam July 8, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Holy smokes! What an epic month! I absolutely love your little guy – SO adorable! Amazing apartment! So envious of that view!

    • Dana Ivy July 29, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Ah just seeing your comment, Neelam!! So sorry! June was great!!! Thanks for the Brody compliments – you’re so sweet!! Xox

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