He’s Turning 30!

Happy, happy birthday Ryan :)

I hope your 10th annual 20th birthday is an absolute blast!

I hope the year ahead is full of adventures, fun, love, and prosperity. 

I love calling you my best friend, my Dear, and my husband. 

I love you! XOXO

“Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it.”

~Laura Mercier

— Allison

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Season Premieres & Birthday Plans

Last night was the season premiere of Modern Family!  It’s probably one of the only shows that Ryan and I consider “our” show…  Meaning that “my” shows include Real Housewives, Beverly Hills Nannies, or the Food Network and “his” shows include Seinfeld, Modern Marvels, or football.

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Despite having two gigantic TVs [boys will be boys] and different tastes, we have come to an agreement.  Since I fall asleep by 9:30PM, I get to watch my shows first and then Ryan gets to watch his shows.  It works for us and it’s nice to spend time with each other after a day at work…  We’re learning the rules of compromise :P

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Last night was also my birthday eve.  In my mind, birthdays are not just one day, they’re month-long celebrations!  That does not mean I am a princess for 27 days [only 1 day, the 27th], but it does mean that I start counting down as soon as the calendar says September 1st.  Ironically, Modern Family last night featured a birthday!  They’re obviously aware that September is one of the best times of the year [second only to December, aka Christmas]!

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Today has gotten off to a great start and it’s only going to get better…

  • I woke up before the sunrise for an early morning sweat session [I really need to get back into a morning workout routine]
  • I made a hearty, fall flavored breakfast which featured a chocolate pumpkin English muffin [chocolate + pumpkin is an awesome combo]
  • Charlie went to his first day of doggie day camp and passed their temperament test [phew]
  • I have received an overwhelming number of birthday wishes from family and friends [thank you all very much!!!]
  • Tonight Ryan, my momma, and I plan to indulge in burritos and sweet treats [holy yum, I feel a food baby already forming inside of my tummy]
  • Anddd the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere is tonight [oh em gee, last season’s finale left me a bit unhappy but also very curious]

Today’s big question…  What type of dessert shall we have tonight?

Something intense and rich, chocolate?

[as seen on: foodess]

Something airy and light, fruity?

[as seen on: Annie's eats]

Or something classic and simple, vanilla?

[as seen on: The Answer Is Cake]

What about a little of each?!

XOXO <3

Allison

Question:  Do you watch Modern Family?  Grey’s Anatomy?  What’s your favorite show this season?

Question:  What’s your favorite birthday cake flavor?  Do you have the same flavor/ style every year?

— Life's a Bowl

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Feeling Freaking Fabulous

If only it was Friday, I could say “It’s been a freaking fabulous Friday”- talk about a tongue twister!  I don’t know if it’s the brisk chilly weather I woke up to, or because I wore my sweet new sneakers to work, or the tasty hummus and vegetable wrap I packed for lunch, but I have been feeling freaking fabulous all day!  And I’ve also been going at hyper-speed all day.  I swear, my coffee was decaf this morning…

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Fabulous #1:  I made pizzadillas last night for dinner [think: pizza meets quesadilla]…

Served up with a small salad, a few veggies, and a bowl of Campbell’s Select Harvest Light Italian-Style Vegetable Soup.

whole wheat tortillas

Alouette Light Spinach Artichoke Spreadable Cheese

shredded mozzarella cheese

turkey pepperoni

spinach

tomato sauce on the side for dipping [Classico's Tomato and Basil is a family fave]

***Katie over at Dashing Dish shared a similar recipe yesterday that reminded me of my pizzadillas!***

Fabulous #2:  Today is my half-birthday and I’m a whopping 2_ 1/2-years-old ;)   I’ll let y’all guess how old I am…  Hint: I graduated from college last year.  I am a huge fan of birthdays and think birthdays should last a whole month!  If anyone wants to bake me something, I’d love one of these beauties…

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Fabulous #3:  A mom of one of my lovely students offered me two tickets to the Caps game next week [their last home game]!  This is the same mom that gave me tickets to the Caps vs. Bruins game for Christmas AND is bringing me lunch on Thursday, just because she wants to [too nice].

Fabulous #4:  On my way into work this morning I was listening to the radio and heard that tonight is the mega millions drawing…  So guess what, Ryan and I are buying a lottery ticket!  This is my first time buying a lottery ticket [not counting those scratch and win tickets] and I’m feeling lucky…  180 MILLION DOLLARS after taxes, I think that’ll do!

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Fabulous #5:  The headache that I had Sunday afternoon and all day yesterday was gone when I woke up this morning AND my insides don’t feel like they’re doing somersaults inside of me…  Healthy = happy!

Fabulous #6:  I spent my lunch break stumbling around Pinterest and scrolling through emails and found a fabulous article on Shape.com with the “25 Most Deceiving Exercises.”  I definitely want to incorporate more of these moves into my routine but first, can someone please explain to me the proper way to do a burpee?!

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Fabulous #7:  Our STDs [save the dates, I don't want to know what you were thinking] arrived this afternoon!  My momma, a family friend, and I are planning to have a girls date to address them all- in reality, I’ll be cooking and they’ll be writing…

Fabulous #8:  I realized yesterday when I was at the gym that the picture of the sneakers I shared yesterday are actually not the shoes that I bought.  Both pairs are cute IMO, but I like the neon pink on mine more…  But that’s not to say I wouldn’t mind having both pairs [heyyy Nike] :P

Fabulous #9:  Ryan is joining me at the gym tonight and we have one goal: to turn our mush into muscles!

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Fabulous #10:  I used up the last of the PB this morning so guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow…  OIAJ!  Yes, I’m already psyched about tomorrow’s breakfast :)

Daily Memorable Moments

March 26:  It was a super productive day at school and home, exactly how it needs to be for the next couple of weeks.

March 27:  It has been an all-around a freaking fabulous day!

Question:  What makes you feel freaking fabulous?

Question:  Have you ever won anything?  Money?  Lots of money?  The lottery?!

— Life's a Bowl

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