10 Random Tidbits 1.15.15

Tidbit 1:  I can’t believe we’re already two weeks into 2015.

Tidbit 2:  This morning one of my daily emails featured an article about fresh baby food delivery services, “Yummy in the Tummy: The District’s Freshest Baby Food Delivery Services.”  This would be awesome for parents who want make their own baby food, but are too busy to make it themselves.  The food is pricy, but it’s farm fresh and delivered directly to your house or office.

Tidbit 3:  Aren’t they precious?  Since the day we brought her home, Charlie has adored his little sister.  He always greets her when we come home, has to know where she is, and loves to give her kisses.





Tidbit 4:  Have you heard of the app Sit or Squat?  I laughed at my mom when I saw it on her phone, but now that we have a baby I don’t think it’s so silly…  Sit or Squat uses your location to find the closest, cleanest public restroom and allows users to view, rate, review, and add bathrooms.  Public restrooms can be absolutely disgusting – there’s toilet paper all over the floor, the sinks are continuously running, there are no paper towels – but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Tidbit 5:  I’ve been watching Ellen most afternoons because it’s Evie’s feeding and nap time.  I laugh throughout almost all episodes!  One day I will be in the audience – preferably one of the 12 Days of Christmas episodes.

Tidbit 6:  The Crock-Pot has become my favorite kitchen gadget lately.  Last week it was Southwestern Bean & Rice Stew and yesterday it was Chunky Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.  I’m all about wicked easy, one pot, hearty dishes during winter.


Tidbit 7:  After a week of debate, I’ve decided to purchase a race pass through our local running store instead of running the R’nR USA Half Marathon.  R’n’R USA will always hold a special place in my heart since it was the weekend we found out that we were expecting, but we’re trying to be a bit more frugal with our money since the baby was born.  Plus, the race pass will allow me to run four local races rather than just one.

Tidbit 8:  Yesterday we were out of coffee.  Thank goodness for an awesome friend who saw my desperate plea on Facebook.  She delivered and saved the day!  Coffee is necessary when your baby is going through a growth spurt and in the early stages of teething – she’s drooling like crazy!


Tidbit 9:  Running out of coffee made me think…  Why are there no coffee delivery businesses?  There’s a pizza shop on nearly every corner.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent who would appreciate it.

Tidbit 10:  Our family is going through a lot of changes.  Fortunately, they’re all positive but it’s still overwhelming.

— Allison


Happy 3rd Birthday Charlie!

Happy Birthday to my first child, Charlie!  We love you more everyday and know that you will be a great big brother in just a few weeks.

Over the past year you done many of your favorite things like taken long naps, given lots of kisses, chased leaves, stolen socks, gone on car rides, eaten chicken, and cuddled.  But you also have…


completed your first 5K race


helped with chores


explored Skyline Drive


kicked dad out of bed


gotten into the holiday spirit


been brave at the vet


kept the community clean


embraced the snow


comforted me when I was sick


attended the Cherry Blossom Festival


not learned to love bath time


gained a pound


celebrated becoming a big brother


listened to Baby Szed


swam for the first time


learned to ask for treats


stayed in a fancy hotel


helped with home renovations


tested Baby Szed’s new gizmos

Happy 3rd Birthday, Charlie!

P.S.  Now you’re legal {in dog years}.

See Charlie’s past birthdays…

Charlie’s 1st Birthday

Charlie’s 2nd Birthday

Question:  How do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

Question:  What’s your favorite Charlie memory?

— 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