WIAW: The Past 3 Months

Hey y’all.  I planned to go to Stroller Strides this morning but those plans got derailed due to a pooplosion.  It happens.  If a parent tries to tell you that their angelic baby never had a pooplosion they probably just aren’t comfortable with airing out their dirty laundry, quite literally.  Even the sweetest, well-mannered baby poops.  Thankfully Evie loves bath time so she has double the fun on the crappiest of days.  Lucky little lady!

Since we didn’t make it out of the house in time for Stroller Strides, but we were all packed and ready to go, we swung by Starbucks and picked up a few groceries before the snow came.

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I haven’t done a WIAW post since ohhh sooo longgg {October 16th to be exact} so let’s take a look at what I’ve been eating over the past three months.  When we first brought Evie home Ryan was a big help and cooked dinner most nights.  I quickly started to miss cooking so we’ve created a bedtime routine so that I cook dinner while Ryan gives Evie a bath.  It doesn’t work out every night, but most days it does.  And the best part – listening to their conversations about their day, what pajamas Evie wants to wear, and all of their silly sounds.  It’s absolutely precious.


Coffee has become its own food group.  It makes early morning feedings easier.  Since I started avoiding dairy, I’ve tried a few different dairy-free alternatives.  So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Beverage is delicious – too bad it’s a seasonal item, I wish they offered it as an everyday coffee creamer!







Most mornings Evie wakes up around 5AM for a feeding.  After a quick diaper change we go downstairs, I make a cup of coffee, she eats, and eventually falls back to sleep on my lap.  Once Ryan is ready for work he holds her so I can make breakfast.  Pre-portioned oatmeal and pancake pouches have been a huge help – I prepare the pouches over the weekend and in the morning I just need to add eggs, milk/water, and whatever toppings {one of which is always peanut butter}.










The first two months were difficult because Evie always wanted to be held, unless she was sleeping.  When it was lunchtime {I use the term loosely} I would put her in the carrier or would wait to eat until she went down for a nap.  Nowadays, she enjoys sitting in her rockaRoo so she’ll sit contently while I make something.  I like lunch to be voluminous so typically it includes a piece of fruit, veggies, a source of protein, and some type of carb.







There’s no chance that I can last from lunch until dinner without a snack, even more than ever.  If we’re out and about I’ll throw a piece of fruit and a power bar into the diaper bag.  If we’re at home I’ve been enjoying Brown Bag Popcorn, apples/celery with peanut butter, peanut butter filled pretzels, a bowl of cereal, or homemade trail mix {a mix of nuts, raisins, dry cereal, pretzels}.





Between feeding and entertaining a newborn, taking care of things around the house, running errands, tutoring, and going to the gym, the Crock-Pot has become my savior.  We’ve been enjoying lots of soups and stews, make-ahead meals like lasagna, and quick 15-minute meals such as chicken sausage pasta.  And the days where the last thing either Ryan or I want to do is to cook we pick-up Chipotle or order/make pizza.










My cookie craving the past few months has been off.the.charts.  I have a love-hate relationship with cookie exchange parties.  The first month or so I enjoyed {a few too many} cookies and ice cream on a regular basis.  Once we realized that Evie’s tummy troubles were due to a lactose sensitivity, I swapped the cookies and ice cream for oatmeal.  It’s comforting and healthier, but can still be doctored up to fulfill my sweet tooth.  Trader Joe’s Organic Midnight Moo Chocolate Flavored Syrup is sinful.







— Allison


Friday Funnies 10.17.14

Happy Friday!  I’m at training today so I thought I’d share a few funnies that have made me laugh out loud recently…  Because sitting in six hours of training for state standardized testing feels more like 600 hours.


Elementary math, you make no sense – sure, let’s teach them fractions before multiplication?!?!


If we get Baby Szed a BMW at birth, what will she expect on her 16th birthday?


“What is this contraption?  What is that annoying sound?  Get me outta here!”


My brother sent me some Halloween costume ideas – I love the troll and wrecking ball.


This defines the third trimester of pregnancy perfectly.


“Oh, you’re out of toilet paper?  Your loss, my gain!”


As Ryan said, there needs to be a volume 2 for understanding pregnant women.


Darn you pumpkin creepers.


No, it’s not a mistake, he confirmed it.  Only dads can be in charge of the house, sorry moms.


Spoiler alert!  I better start getting ready…


Girlfriends provide great support when you’re feeling down.


Watch out Jim Carrey, your job is in jeopardy!


It’s only the first quarter, we’ll learn the other two syllables by June.

Silly Apple Seed Eater

The phrase “Eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” really screwed me, literally.

Question:  What’s the silliest thing you’ve seen recently?

Question:  Have you picked out your Halloween costume?

— Allison


100 Happy Days: Day 18 – Day 40

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

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Charlie made me happy a lot day 1 – day 8.  Then, the focus shifted to Baby Szed day 9 – day 17.  And this time it seems to be an even mix between family, home repair, and back-to-school stuff.  This week is an overflow of pictures because I didn’t share last week.  Whoops!

Day 18

Day 18

Painting and eating crumb cakes.  Thanks BUNCHES for the sweet find, Sarah!

Day 19


Two weekends moving, two days painting, two days without a shower…  We’re totally moved out!  Looking forward to making happy memories in our new house.

Day 20


        First, my student picks me flowers.  Then, an elderly lady stopped me in the grocery store to tell me “You look so pretty.  You’re going to have a beautiful baby.  Bless you.”  So happy to be surrounded by beautiful people!

Day 21

Day 21

A Day late, but happy National Dog Day!  We love you lots, Charlie

Day 22


Hard to believe how quickly time passes…  Four years ago I was about to begin my senior year at Boston University.  Two years ago we picked up our marriage license.  Both are very happy memories!

Day 23

Day 23

Pregnancy is a beautiful, incredible thing.

Day 24

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My momma felt bad that I was still at school so she came to help…  Until the custodian kicked us out.  After a week of 12+ hour workdays, I’m happy to have a 3-day weekend!

Day 25


Charlie mustache you a question…  Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?

Day 26

Day 26

Supposed to increase my calcium intake…  The things I do for this little girl already.

Day 27


Adding some va-va-voom to his perm.

Day 28


Happy to have met my student and to have finished the first day of school without anyone having a meltdown!

Day 29

Day 29

He looked like such a stud

Day 30

Day 30

30 weeks pregnant today and I can still {barely} see my toes.

Day 31

Day 31

I’ve had a lot of “Ms. Szed, what if…?” questions this week.  TGIF!

Day 32


Pictures of cute baby giraffes make me so happy.  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us have been…  GIRAFFES!  Her themes are: giraffe and pink.  Baby Szed is already maxing out the growth chart so it’s fitting.

Day 33

Day 33

I love bread butts.  Topped with garlic hummus and pepper jack cheese.

Day 34

Day 34

Fueling momma and baby for our workout!  Luna Bar you made my day with this new-to-me flavor…  I’m sure Baby Szed will be a Luna lover like her momma {and dad}!

Day 35

Day 35

Squee!  My momma sent me a baby shower invitation!  I LOVE IT

Day 36


It’s been a hard week, but I’m happy to be at the gym for the third day in a row.  Gym time = me time.  Time to mentally checkout.

Day 37


First can of pumpkin this season – happy morning!  Made Pumpkin Oatmeal Fritters.

Day 38

Day 38

Happy {funny} Friday!

Day 39


Rainy weekend happiness.

Day 40


The master bedroom looks beautiful and our periwinkle storage room is starting to look like a baby girl’s nursery ♥  Happy to be almost done!

See past 100 Happy Days Challenge pictures…

Day 1 – Day 8

Day 9 – Day 17

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

— Allison