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


Sunshine Award

Thank you (on behalf of Charlie) for all of the birthday wishes yesterday!  I’m pretty sure that he had no clue that it was his birthday, since we spoil him on a daily basis, but he definitely enjoyed his eggs for breakfast and a pumpkin muffin (recipe coming soon!) for “dessert” :)


Another thank you is in order, this time to Molly at Heart, Sole, & Cereal for nominating me for the Sunshine Award back in August!  I always enjoy reading surveys (which sounds kinda nosy?) and thought that it would be an easy way to get back into the blogging groove…  Remember, I’ve committed myself to blogging consistently throughout the month of October thanks to the Octoblog Challenge!


First, Molly’s 10 questions…

1.  What’s your favorite back to school memory?  I don’t remember any of my first days of school, but I do remember the first day that my best friend and I drove to school without our parents. We felt so cool!

Funny flashback: my best friend was (and still is) notorious for diving with her gas light on.  One morning we were driving to school with the light on – she didn’t remember how long it had been on, but she thought that we could make it to the gas station in the next town over where we got our daily bagel + coffee.  Whelp, we didn’t make it.  All of a sudden her car started puttering and broke down in front of a creepy house (read: a rusty swinging gate, dark windows, a black cat) and we had to wait for her nanny to bring us a gallon of gas.   That said, we still went to the bagel bakery for breakfast…  All’s well that ends well!


2.  Do you still stalk your first crush on Facebook?  Nope, I don’t think we’re friends on Facebook?

3.  What’s your favorite way to get physical?  Woah, getting personal!  Kidding…  I love to run (even if I get into ruts) and recently I’ve started doing more strength training and I’m liking the results (even if my guns are itty-bitty)!


4.  If you had to pick one genre of music to listen to for life, what would it be?  Country.  I love me some Blake Shelton,Gloriana, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Tim McGraw, and Zac Brown Band.

5.  What’s one thing you’ll spend ridiculous amounts of money on besides running/exercise gear?  Getting my nails done – it doesn’t costs THAT much each visit, but it definitely adds up.  And traveling – I love visiting my family + friends, going to the beach, taking a weekend trip up to Boston.


6.  ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98*, or O-Town?  ‘N Sync all.the.way.  I’m proud to say that I went to their first concert in DC and soon after I developed a soft spot for Lance Bass that lasted through elementary school.  Then I moved onto Enrique Iglesias in middle school (true story).

7.  If your life were a soap opera, what would it be called?  This is a tough one.  Ryan jokes and likes to call those types of shows “stories” so maybe “Allison’s Stories”?  I think the plot would focus on my family, my health, and my everyday shenanigans…  So many a sitcom would be better?

8.  Name one small thing that brightens your day no matter what your mood is.  Charlie.  Immediately as I walk through our front door he’s there, wagging his tail, begging for attention, and offering oodles of kisses.  Unconditional love is something that’s so special.


9.  Have you ever dyed your hair?  Do you regret it or was it the best choice ever?  Yup, I have a few times but I’ve never done color all over, just highlights.  It took me a while to convince my momma but eventually she budged.  Two things that I’ve learned: bleach blonde streaks do not look good on me whatsoever and color dries out my hair.


10.  Do, date, or dump – the men of Dawson’s Creek: Dawson, Pacey, Jack.  Confession: I’ve probably watched 2-3 episodes of Dawson’s Creek?  So I don’t know much about the men, but I’d say…  Date Dawson, do Pacey, and since I have no clue who Jack is, that’s an automatic dump.

Now, my 10 questions…

1.  If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be?

2.  What are your favorite sundae toppings?

3.  Favorite fall flavor – apple or pumpkin?

4.  What’s your favorite season?  Favorite holiday?

5.  Would you rather get a massage or a facial?

6.  Who’s your favorite celebrity?

7.  Salty or sweet?

8.  Where’s your dream vacation?  If you’ve already been, would you go back?

9.  What’s your current favorite TV show/series?

10.  What’s one thing that you recommend that I have to do before I turn 30?

And the 10 nominees…

1.  Alysia @ Slim Sanity

2.  Bess @ Bess Be Fit

3.  Brittany @ Blissful Britt

4.  Cait @ Cait’s Plate

5.  Christina @ Hungry Meets Healthy

6.  Cori @ Olive To Run

7.  Elle @ nutritonella

8.  Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

9.  Katie @ Healthy Diva Eats

10.  Robyn @ the Real Life RD

Question:  Answer any of the questions that I answered or asked!

Question:  If your life were a soap opera, what would it be called?

— Allison


Three Words Thursday: Things I’m Loving


salty sweet satisfaction


easy as pancakes


one of each


ash canvas TOMS


Puffins, Puffins, Puffins


I love Lucy[Activewear]


peaceful early mornings


watching ‘talented’ pups


my two favorites


best friends forever


go George go!


vanilla bean please


summer birthday BBQ’s


hiking Great Falls


growing ze muscles


neighborhood party train



P.S.  Charlie is a finalist in “The Dog Days of Summer” photo contest and I’m a proud momma 😀  Please take 2 seconds to vote from him…  Anddd you can vote more than once if you’d like to *ahem* using your phone, home computer, work computer, etc.  Click here to vote!

Question:  Your three words today: _____ _____ _____.

Question:  Do you watch America’s Got Talent?  We don’t usually but Charlie wouldn’t let us change the channel – he was mesmerized by the dancing pups!

— Allison