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I Adore What I Did // January 2018

February 2, 2018 in I Adore What I Love

I Adore What I Did January 2018 // I Adore What I Love Blog // www.iadorewhatilove.com #iadorewhatiloveThis 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

Ummm, where did January go you guys?? I’ve missed you! Apologies for the lack of posts lately, we’ve had quite the month. While New Years Eve seems like forever ago, this month as a whole has flown by and it doesn’t even make sense to me #mindboggled. To sum it up, we took our first family of four vacation, attended a gazillion 3-year-old birthday parties, have done a ton of cooking and baking, as well as overcome a few sicknesses. So basically, except for the last part of that sentence, January was the best month ever!!!

With that being said, HAPPY FEBRUARY!!!!!!! Stay tuned for a Valentine’s Day GIFT GUIDE for the GUYS coming atcha TOMORROW {!!!!!} and one for the GIRLS hitting your inbox on Monday {that is, if you’ve signed up for my emails :) if not, what are you waiting for?? click HERE to subscribe now!} February is short which means it always flies by too but I am going to try to really take it in and enjoy every minute because come March, Levi turns 1 and that is just depressing!!!!! But that’s an entirely different conversation that I’ll save for a later date. For now, I thought it would be fun to SHOW you a few happenings of what’s gone on in my life lately. Here we go…


NYE was pretty epic this year because Isaiah and I got to spend it with the kids {and a bunch of our friends} and  then later, sans kids we went to the city and had a great rest of the night spent with a few couples who still live down there. It was the best of both worlds. Also, this NYE festive photo-booth background that my friend Samantha created in her house basically made my night! Her and her husband truly know how to throw a party… they had like 20 kids over and were calm as could be!!! –> PS my top is sold out now but click here to shop some other adorable lacey little numbers + the rest of my outfit that night!!

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Oh! And I made this mini m&m’s rice krispie bundt cake for the NYE party since I know it’s not only a kid crowd pleaser, but also loved by adults alike! SO. MUCH. YUM. –> I posted the recipe on my Instagram feed here

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Another part of our epic night, you ask? Isaiah and I took our first staycation ever {with just the two of us!} and ended our 2017 by staying at the gorgeous hotel, The Gwen. LOVED IT. Not sure why it took us so long to staycation in the city but my advice to parents: take a one night {or two would be even better!} staycation as much as you can!!!!! They are NECESSARY!!! –> Click here to shop my favorite leather with fur biker jackets. 

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Off to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for our first trip with just the four of us! I was nervous about the traveling and dealing with the kids being off their normal schedules but it was the best thing we’ve ever done!!! Brody loved flying Southwest!! –> Shop B’s favorite water bottle here.

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We arrived at the hotel from the airplane SUPER LATE at night and went right to sleep but when we woke up, this was our view!! Take me back!!!! We stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa and it was perfect for our family.

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Basically all we did on vacay was LAUGH.

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And I was very gung-ho on taking family photos. We typically always forget and taking more fambam pics was actually my New Years resolution this year #succeeding. –> Click here to shop Brody’s pizza shirt. Only a few sizes left!!

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Pretty much my favorite photo ever of the two of us. Pure happiness over being in FLORIDA! Yep, I’m totally framing this one. –> Shop Brody’s cool windbreaker jacker here.

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Not going to even lie, it was a little chilly while we were there, but that didn’t stop Brods from making sure he was going to get in the pool! He was sooooooo happy to finally be swimming in an outdoor pool! Luckily it was heated!!

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Besides for laughing nonstop, we ate A LOT of ice cream. If you’re ever in Ft. Lauderdale, you must stop at Jaxson’s. It’s right by the airport if that makes it any more enticing :) There is nothing like it anywhere else!!!!!! {pictured: my husband’s cookies ‘n cream cone that was legit bigger than my head!!}

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And of course we had to visit the Museum of Ice Cream {because clearly, we’re all about that ice cream life}. We literally drove to Miami to go there and I think I can speak for my whole family when I say it was one of the most fun experiences we’ve ever had!! I honestly loved every minute, as did Mr. Brody who was in all his glory eating an exorbitant amount of ice cream!!!! #whenonvacay –> Shop Levi’s raglan tee here{it’s personalized and says “elmo, cookie, oscar, levi”}, a similar but even cuter version of my ripped t-shirt here, and my shorts here

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If you catch me on a nice-ish Chicago day, these are probably the shoes I’ll be wearing. They’re casual but also super chic. Obsessed. I miiiight also have them in blush pink but unfortunately their sold out. –> Shop the gold ones here before they sell out too!

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Levi’s first shopping cart experience. Apparently grocery store ceilings are super exciting because he just kept looking up!

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As I mentioned earlier, we attended so many bday parties in January. Which made Brody a happy camper because not only did he have the best weekends hanging with all his friends but he also got to eat all the cake a boy could ask for! –> ALL BEANIES SEEN ON THE BOYS IN THIS POST ARE FROM THIS COMPANY.

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With all the busyness, we snuck in a few lazy days too. Levi is truly obsessed with his lovey that we got as a gift and I had to buy another one for him to have in his carseat with him. –> Shop his lovey here and his pajamas + other adorable boys + girls pjs here {ps he started wearing two-piece pjs in January because every time he would stand up in the one piece zip-up onesies with footies he would slip on our wood floors… so two piece it is!!}

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Wait, it snowed SO MUCH last month!!!!! Brody was all about it! Mommy, not so much, but seeing Brody so excited about it was definitely sweet. –> Shop Brody’s boots here and his jacket here.

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My new snow boots that I’ve been LIVING in. They are not only the warmest and the comfiest, but they are COOL. And I feel cool wearing them. Hahah did I say that out loud?? But you know what I mean, right?! –> Shop themhere{they run big and they’re sold out everywhere but amazon right now!!}

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If you don’t know about Stages Chicago, stay tuned because I am doing something fun with them!! In the meantime, we’ve been attending their music classes where they put on a different broadway play or musical each week for the kiddos. It’s literally the best. And Levi is always obsessed with the actors… I mean, looking at him cuddling above!! I can’t even handle it!! Can you guess what musical we saw that week? I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with Kohl’s :)  –> Shop Levi’s little adidas shoes here.

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My new favorite sweater. It’s lightweight and super EASY to wear and the best color combo ever. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything color blocked. I’m currently on the hunt for THIN sweaters so if anyone has any suggestions on where to look, let me know in the comments at the bottom of this post!! –>  Shop this sweater here.

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One of the highlights of January was taking my best friend Alyse registry shopping for her baby boy that’s due in April!!! It’s crazy how many new things are out now that weren’t around even 10 months ago when Levi was born!! I saw this chalk board and freaked because it is so perfect. Would make an adorable gift for any mom who wants to do monthly photos. –> Shop it here

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My mom and I went to see Daniel Tiger Live with Brody and my niece Sloane. It was adorable! And the kids loved it, not just because my mom bought them all the candy and food they could ever want {insert cry-laugh face emoji here}. They ate m&ms, cotton candy, popcorn, sour patch kids, and more m&ms. By the end of the show, everyone was feeling the sugar and the kids literally giggled nonstop on the car ride home.

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Here’s a fun idea for when you aren’t sure what to do for dinner: put together a make-your-own pizza night at your house with the kids! Brods and I did this and he was SO EXCITED about it. He chose the toppings, spread everything on the pizza by himself, and then helped me keep track of time when it was in the oven. As he was eating it we realized the shirt he was wearing said “Pizza Saves My Life Everyday” –  we couldn’t stop laughing over this coincidence!!!! I mean, what are the chances?!?! Actually, probably pretty great because he has numerous shirts that mention pizza on them. LOL!! –> To shop some pizza tees for your littles, click here

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A definite highlight of January? I got to eat a bagel for the first time in years!! Being gluten free isn’t the hard part… having an allergy to tapioca is. Obviously there are many gfree companies who make bagels but unfortunately for me, they all have tapioca in them. HOWEVER, the bagels pictured I made myself and they are AMAZING. So simple with only 2-ingredients {0% Fage Greek yogurt + self rising flour – which you can make yourself in 2 seconds} and actually relatively healthy. –> Check out the recipe I used here.

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Did I mention that Stages Chicago {where we take the Broadway music classes!} has the best props for the kids to play with. Levi was super into the fishy frisbee and this awesome floor piano!!!! –> Shop the floor piano {which  would make an awesome first birthday gift! It actually plays music when you step on the keys!!!} here. Shop Levi’s PUNK shirt here and shoes here.

Told you we had lots going on in January!! For more fun and excitement, follow me on Instagram!!! I try to post at least once a day but with this stupid Instagram algorithm {that’s always changing, by the way, grrrr} you should probably turn on your notifications to know exactly when I post something new on my feed. All you have to do is go to my Instagram page, click on the 3 dots on the top right of the page, and choose “Turn on Post Notifications” – easy peasy!! As my {new!!} insta bio reads, “sharing recipes, style ideas, product reviews, life hacks & mom tips is what I do best” so it’s truly worth your while to keep up with me!!

Catch up session with @iadorewhatilove!! Find out what she and her kids wore everywhere they went! Click To Tweet

Ok so now that I caught you up on my life over the past month, tell me in the comments about your favorite thing that YOU did in January!!

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