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 :D   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


Two Words Tuesday: Glad It’s July

June was an absolute whirlwind month.  Looking back through my files, I just realized that I only posted 9 times - cats have 9 lives.  I don’t know where I was going with that but it popped into my mind…  Moving on.

Between being sick, trying new-to-me products, hosting two giveaways, developing an addiction to candy crush, packing and moving, attending my cousin’s bridal shower in Richmond, attending my other cousin’s wedding at The Ritz in Key Biscayne, taking a minute to remember that life is a gift, and patching up our old place…  I’m over the moon glad that it’s July.

Looking at my July calendar, things should be much more low-key thankfully!  I have grand plans of sitting out by the pool [while wearing SPF of course], going to a few Nats games, catching up with friends, running a 5K [the start line is less than 100 feet from our front door, score], and continue to make our new place feel like home.


creamiest sandwich


snackers beware


banana butta


great girlfriend


royal dreamer


always playtime


underrated toast

7-2 Nails

neon nails


Sunday Funday


very… interesting?


pink planker


all gone


office attire   


when’s dinner?

Question:  What’s your favorite adult beverage?  I’m definitely more of a wine-r and love me some bubbly!

Question:  Two words for today: _____ _____.

— Allison