100 Happy Days: Day 1 – Day 8

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.

100 Happy Days Challenge Header Evidently Charlie made me happy a lot last week.  He’s been great company this summer, especially while Ryan has been away for work.  He’s such a charmer and cuddler ;)

Day 1

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I love that he loves laying on my baby belly ♥  Today marks day 1 of the 100 Happy Days challenge…  I thought it would be a fun way to countdown to Baby Szed’s due date.  Day 100 is November 13th.

Day 2

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So much to be happy about today.  Today marks 26 weeks pregnant!

Day 3

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Spent this past week in Philly!  I LOVE{d} having the opportunity to travel with my husband {Charlie too} on a business trip and spend the days touring.  Back to VA to start packing for our move next week!

Day 4

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What a WONDERFUL night!  Had a blast celebrating the newly engaged couple and seeing old friends!

Day 5

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I’m incredibly thankful for everything my husband does for me and our growing family.  He’s the hardest worker that I know, is extremely modest, puts the biggest smile on my face, still makes my heart flutter after 5 years, and is gonna be a great dad…  So much love ♥  And yes, he’s showing off my baby bump!

Day 6

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Be the person your dog thinks you are.  Give lots of kisses, seize the day, always be ready for adventure, stick by the ones you love, and love unconditionally.  Love my first baby, my fur baby

Day 7

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Listening to the pouring rain, culling on the couch, and catching up on the DVR.

Day 8

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Happy to have a rich blue sky today after yesterday’s downpours – it’s a beautiful day in Virginia.

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

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

 

— Allison

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Smoothness On The Go {Venus Snap Review}

If you live on the east coast you’ve probably heard it at least a dozen times…  Go home winter, you’re drunk.  One day it’s sunny and 60*, then the next day the ground is covered with snow and the wind is whipping.  Hopefully winter got the memo that yesterday was the first day of spring.  But judging by next week’s forecast {sNOw}, apparently not.

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Nonetheless, with the warmer weather quickly approaching and more hours of sunlight, there seems to be a funny direct correlation…  Longer days = shorter clothes.  That itty-bitty bikini you’ve been eyeing for the past three months?  Or those Daisy Dukes?  Tank tops?  And flip flops?  Well, it’s about time to take them out of winter hiding and time to strut your stuff!

I received my first Stitch Fix box yesterday {perfect way to welcome spring!} and inside I found some wonderfully bright colors.  Without a doubt my favorite piece was a chevron dress that despite not having a chance to try it on yet, I plan to keep and wear to a wedding next month.

Without sounding too blunt and sharing TMI {too much information}…  I cannot wait to wear the dress not only because I love the color and pattern, but because I can bare my legs.  After wearing boots/moccasins, thick knee-high socks, and corduroy pants for the past 5+ months, it’s about time my legs saw some sunlight.  A fresh pedicure, flip flops, and silky smooth legs.  Perfect!

Venus Snap

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the  Venus Snap mini razor because something that I don’t typically share with people is, I’ve used a Venus razor since the first day I started shaving.  I saw that my momma used one so I bought one for myself because momma’s know best.  Admittedly, I’ve tried a few other brands but in all honesty, none are comparable.  They cut my legs, left me with razor burn, and the soap and/or moisturizing gel around the blades was sticky.  All were icky experiences and I quickly regretted trying anything different.

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Fun facts about the new Venus Snap mini razor:

  • Instant smoothness on the go – at the gym, on the beach, a night out, anywhere!
  • Your perfect accessory
  • Your new must-have
  • Comes with Venus Embrace blade
  • Mini-handle & cute compact case
  • Mini-handle is easy to grip
  • Pivoting heads hugs your curves
  • Water activated ribbon of moisture for smooth glide

I definitely will be bringing my Venus Snap mini razor with me to Arizona next month and to Boston in May!  And most likely it will join me at the gym a few times in between ;)

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Question:  Have you tried the Venus Snap mini razor?  Thoughts?

Question:  What’s your favorite spring piece of apparel?  Skirts and sundresses!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

— Allison

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Thinking Out Loud: If they only knew…

Thanks to two snow days and a 2-hour delay, this week has flown by!  Last night I worked my first team night at the running store.  Team night is when a local high school’s cross country/track team comes in to get fitted for shoes for their upcoming season {and receive a super sweet discount!} – the store was the most crowded it has been since I started working, but it was a lot of fun!

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Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

1.  Truth: I used to refer to the treadmill as the “dreamill,” but this past winter I’ve had a change of heart.  It’s always there for me, it’s never covered with ice/snow, the temperatures are consistent, and the hills are…  Nonexistent.  Plus, it’s a great chance to catch up on trashy TV {i.e. Bravo}.

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2.  Yes, yes, yes.  Runner’s World is so smart.  This is exactly why I run.

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3.  Did you celebrate National Pancake Day?  If you missed out but still want to celebrate this weekend, check out Tuesday’s Favorite Finds: National Pancake Day post.

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4.  Or if pancakes don’t tickle your fancy, what about muffins?  These Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Morning Glory Muffins would be great to make and freeze for a quick weekday breakfast.

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5.  Today I took a personal day because I had two different dermatology appointments.  PSA: Get yourself checked!  Melanoma doesn’t discriminate!

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going back in April to have the mole that’s circled removed & tested

6.  Speaking of health, I want to talk more openly about my “health hiccups” on the blog this year.  By doing so I hope to connect with others who have gone though/are going through similar situations, share my experiences, and inspire others to keep a positive attitude.

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shared via Instagram this morning

7.  I love when “throw everything together and hope for the best” dishes turn out to be delicious!  These meatballs contain a few ingredients that may make you question my cooking ability.  I want to make them once more before I share the recipe, but in the meantime, I need help naming them…?

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8.  Another “throw everything together and hope for the best” recipe…  Except, this one has a name.  Three Bean Bell Pepper Chili.  With a side of dog.

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9.  I overheard a group of high school girls chatting and one of the girls said “Ugh, I’m starving!  I overslept this morning and didn’t have time to eat breakfast or pack a lunch.”  Her friends suggested she go get a sandwich, but she ended up buying a banana and pretzels because “I need to fit into my bathing suit for spring break!”  Wish I {could have} said something.

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10.  And an obligatory snow picture.  Everything looks so tranquil covered in snow.  I wonder if we’ll see another storm this season?

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Question:  Do you ever jump into conversations if you overhear something that grabs your attention?  Yes, I do BUT I think it really depends on the situation and topic.  Chatting about coffee in the line at Starbucks?  Sure, I’ll jump in.  But a conversation between high school girls and body image, that’s a tough one.

Question:  Snow – sick of it or hope for more?

— Allison

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