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


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!


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}.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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…?


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.


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.


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


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


MIMM: Life Lately in Numbers

It’s always tough to get back into the blogging groove after missing a few days, or in this case, over a week.  Lots of things happen, lots of food is eaten, many miles are run, memories are made…  I don’t know where to start.

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

My 1st.  Last weekend my momma, my BFF’s mom, Ryan, and I went out to dinner.  We went to The Tavern {a local restaurant} and I tried my first buffalo burger.  It was good, but the conversation that lasted three hours was better.  I’m glad that Ryan and I are already married because he might have run after hearing about our childhood shenanigans.


3 jobs.  Within about a week I went from working part-time as a substitute teacher to working three jobs – elementary special ed teacher, tutor, and sales associate.  My days are long and we’ve eaten lots of random meals {or take-out} lately, but I’m really enjoying everything that’s going on in my life right now!


2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  After shuffling schedules for a few weeks, trying different combinations, my schedule is finally set.  I teach one class of each: 4th grade math, 4th grade science, 2nd grade math, and 3rd grade math.

7 students.  The number of students on my caseload.  I’m lucky, they’re all precious  Seriously.

3 meetings.  Every week I have at least three meetings before school, which means I’m out the door between 6:30 – 7AM.  Thank goodness for quick breakfasts and Starbucks.


50/50 split.  My school day is split 50/50 – half of the time I’m co-teaching in a general ed classroom {“inclusion”} and the other half I’m in my classroom working with a small group of students who need additional support {“pull-out”}.

3 miles.  Last Monday Sarah and I went to our first Monday Funday Runday at =PR= Fairfax Corner.  It was hosted by Brooks Running so we got to take their latest shoe {the Transcend} out for a three mile test run and were served root beer floats when we got back to the store.


Lots of hours.  I’m scheduled to work lots of hours at the running store this month – every Wednesday, most Fridays, and at least one weekend day.

1 post.  Last week I shared just one post, a guest post by Jenna about injury prevention {thank you Jenna!}.  This week I’ve got a couple of guest posts scheduled: a wheat-free, dairy-free muffin recipe on Wednesday and a career-related post on Friday…  Plus a few next week!  If you’d like to guest post, please send an email to

3 exams.  Two teaching exams and one running store exam means that there’s lots of studying to do!  Plus, studying middle school math to prep for tutoring.  Bring on the coffee, highlighters, and index cards.


10 miles.  Yesterday morning I ran the Reston 10 Miler!  I’ve run a few half marathons, but yesterday was my first official 10 miler.  Race recap coming later this week.

Too long.  I spend too long writing race recaps.  I type up my thoughts but then always go back and second guess myself {same is true for product reviews}.  I don’t want to leave anything out, don’t think I was thorough enough, think I rambled too much.  Hopefully I’ll get better with time.

At least one.  Truth: I’ve eaten at least one bag of PopCorners everyday for the past two weeks.  I’m addicted.  My favorite flavors are white cheddar and kettle.

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2 inches.  After waiting way too long, I got a haircut yesterday.  I asked my stylist to for just a trim, but I think she chopped off about two inches.  I’m not hating it though…  My hair finally feels healthy again.  The blonde highlights last spring butchered my hair.

60 minutes.  Ryan had a 60-minute massage scheduled yesterday, but gave it up for me to take.  So sweet, love him!

Too many.  We had snow day number ?? today.  I can’t keep up.  The roads are still snowy and it’s supposed to be only 7* tonight so I have a feeling we’ll be home again tomorrow.  The laundry is clean, the bathrooms are shiny, I made a batch of meatballs, potatoes were roasted, {break & bake} cookies were baked…


Question:  How much snow has your part of the world gotten this winter?

Question:  Have you tried PopCorners?

— Allison