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Monthly Wins // October 2017

October 30, 2017 in I Adore Mom Life, I Adore What I Love

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

You guessed it – this is totally a play on my former series known as Weekly Wins, which was an area of the blog where I touched on my “wins” from the week in the categories of love, buy, do, eat, give, read, tech, watch and wear. It was always 100% my favorite post to write BUT it was definitely time consuming. Instead of continuing to write this on a weekly basis, I’m going to start a eerily similar series called MONTHLY WINS where I will aim to post my wins from, you guessed it, the month :) I’ll post at the end of each month because I’ve heard from a lot of you that you miss it and obviously I have to appease my readers!! But honestly, it’s the same thing as before!! Hope you enjoy!!!!!

All things October!!! I never realized how much I actually adore this month. I think maybe because I have a child who understands {most} everything related to Halloween this year that it’s made celebrating so much more fun! We’ve done apple picking, the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, driven around town to find all the cool Halloween-decorated houses, eaten too much candy to even disclose, and dressed-up in costume. Basically, we’ve really taken advantage of the holiday activities that October has to offer. Plus, the weather has been super fall-like and just glorious in Chicago. So thankful!!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

I bought these shiny black workout leggings from Athleta and since then, I have basically been LIVING in them. They fit like a dream and don’t ride down while I’m running on the treadmill. Major points for that. I also just wear them around town running errands on any given day. They make me feel chic! Find them HERE

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

Traveling to New York this month was pretty much the highlight of my life. Be on the lookout for a post alllll about it coming your way shortly. With that being said, if you’re not already signed up to have blog posts delivered straight to your inbox, you should be!! Click here to add your name to my email list now!! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

Candyyyyyyy. Tis’ the season! While I keep a big glass pumpkin bowl of candy corn on my entryway table, I’m not a big fan of them. Which is actually why I allow myself to keep them in my house during the month of October in the first place. Genius, right?! LOL. Wondering what kind of candy is my favorite?? Ummm York Peppermint Patties,  Tootsie Rolls, and classic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Miniatures please. Thank goodness they’re all gluten free too. Shoot, now I’m hungry…

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

If you see my children during the cold months of the year {or even on warmer days}, chances are they are probably wearing a Noxx beanie. These beanies come in all shapes and sizes – they even have them for adults – and each one is cuter than the next. Noxx is an online shop run by Jennifer who is the nicest woman ever!! We have a million of her beanies and Brody chooses which one he’s going to wear each day. The point of this story is that I’ve started gifting them to my friends with new babes!!!! And my gosh do they make the best gifts ever!!!! I asked Jennifer if she would be willing to give you guys a discount and she said yes!! Click HERE to use code ADORE10 for 10% off!!! Valid 1-time use until 11/15. By the way, she also sells headbands for girls and adds more inventory to her shop every Sunday :) 

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove{want to shop my top? click here}

For those of you who have a halloween party to attend tonight or tomorrow, but still don’t have a clue as to what to dress up as, these 35+ easy last minute DIY costumes are seriously next-level and so so cute!! 

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Raise your hand if you have an Amazon Echo!! My brother and sister-in-law got the Echo Dot for me for my bday in September and to be honest, I wasn’t sure about it. Like, why would I need this?! Yes, I’m obsessed with technology and always have been but I just didn’t think this was something I’d everrrr really want or let alone use. A few weeks ago I decided to unbox it, was able to set it up in basically .5 seconds and WOWZA. I can’t even tell you how I ever lived without it. I talk to Alexa about everything!!!!! I ask her to tell me the weather each morning, the daily news, and most importantly, she’ll put on my favorite music station by simply asking her to do so! Alexa is the and if you don’t have her at your fingertips you are MISSING out!!!!!!! {you guys, the dot is only $49.99!!!!} Plus, Brody talks to her now which I think is hilarious in itself. Oh and once I had her read him a book while I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner. Remind me to have her do that again… game changer.  

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

The Chew!!!!!!! This has been my favorite talk show on TV since I started watching while on maternity leave after Brody was born and my dreams came true sitting in the audience last week! If you like to cook – or even if you don’t – The Chew is action packed and you’ll finish every episode learning something new. Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Mario Batali are the hosts with the mosts! 

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove{5th cast member… don’t I fit in perfectly?}

Halloween costumes, of course!!!!!!!!!!!! Just because I’m not a fan of dressing up doesn’t mean I don’t have the best time ever figuring out what my kiddos are wearing =) It’s Levi’s first halloween and this year, Brody is a Bears football player {sans the helmet because he WILL NOT put it on or even go near it} and Levi is a football!!!! We haven’t taken any photos of the two of them in their costumes together yet {stay tuned for that on instagram and on my facebook page} but when we do, the cuteness will be REAL!

I Adore What I Love Blog // Monthly Wins October 2017 // #iadorewhatilove

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Happy Halloween tomorrow!
What are you {and/or your littles} dressing up as?!?!  


  • Anissa Watkins October 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    This was adorable! I love month wrap ups! Please keep them coming!

    • Dana Ivy October 30, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks lady!! You’re the sweetest!! So happy you found my blog and hope you come back again! Xo

  • meghan October 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Love those leggings! They look so comfy!

    • Dana Ivy October 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Omg they are the best. I should be embarrassed for how much I wear them… but I’m not! Haha!! Glad you found my blog. Hope you come back soon!! Xox

  • Jalisa November 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re back with another blog post; I’ve missed you! It looks like you’ve been having so much fun this past month and I’m sure te kiddos have been, too! You’re such a great mom, Dana. You’re always taking them out to explore and get active, which is no easy task, now that I’m a mommy to a little myself. Yet, it’s SO important to make sure they’re truly enjoying and getting the most out of their childhood. Thanks for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you’re having a great start to your November. I can’t wait to see what plans you’ll have this month!!



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