10 Random Tidbits 12.31.14

Good morning, y’all!  It’s New Year’s Eve – how are you feeling?  Excited about what the new year may bring?  Overwhelmed by the fact that you don’t even remember the resolution{s} you made last year?  Stressed about making new resolutions for 2015?  It’s all over the news, online, and social media.  But that’s not what we’re discussing today, maybe tomorrow.  Today I’m scatterbrained.

Tidbit 1:  Over the past few weeks we’ve settled into a bedtime routine that seems to be working for all of us.  We typically start around 6:30PM and are ready for bed by 8PM.

Tidbit 2:  An 8PM bedtime makes a 4AM wake-up much more enjoyable.  A happy, babbling baby and coffee also helps.

Morning Coffee

Tidbit 3:  Last Friday I took a class called “Club Mashup.”  It was the hardest class I’ve ever done – we didn’t stop moving the entire 60 minutes.  Even though my legs ached through Monday, I’m hoping to make it a weekly occurrence.

“A fun and creative cardio and strength interval style class designed for a full body workout.”

Tidbit 4:  For Christmas Ryan gave me a gift card to our local running store.  I used it to purchase a new pair of running shoes – the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.  I’ve run in the Adrenalines for years and love them.  Plus, they’re pink.  Really pink.

Brooks Adrenaline 15

Tidbit 5:  I’m registered to run Boston’s Run to Remember in May as my first postpartum half marathon…  But Monday night I outlined a training program with the hopes of running the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon in March.  It would be the third year in a row if I run, but I’m leaving it up to my body to make the ultimate decision.

Tidbit 6:  Every day since we brought our little bundle of joy home, I’ve eaten at least one large bowl of oatmeal.  Fun fact: oatmeal is thought to help with lactation.  And with all that oatmeal, I’ve consumed many, many heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter.


Tidbit 7:  I’m way overdue with updating this little part of the internet.  In the past I’ve had help from a web developer, but this time I’m trying to avoid the hefty fees.  I have no problem with the back-up component, but I’m nervous that I’ll lose all of my customizations.  If things look a little funky, you now know why.

Tidbit 8:  We’ve seen hardly any snow this winter.  I know winter theoretically just started and I’m in the minority when I say it, but I’d like some snow!  Everything looks so beautiful dressed in white.  According to The Farmer’s Almanac, we’re supposed to have a snowy winter…


Tidbit 9:  Last night I got a haircut with a new stylist after a recommendation from a friend.  I’m trying to grow my hair out so she just trimmed the length, added long layers, and brought back the side swept bangs.  On my way out I made an appointment for March to try something new – balayage.  Have you heard of it?  This article gives a good summary.

Tidbit 10:  The likelihood that I’ll stay up until midnight to see the ball drop tonight is less than 1%.  There’s a better chance that I’ll check out the New Year’s Eve countdown on Netflix after dinner with my momma and brother.  It’s an on-demand countdown that parents can stream at any time.


Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

— Allison


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


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


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

Day 3


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


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

Day 5


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


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


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

Day 8


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


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.


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.


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 ;)


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