Taking Part in Marvelous Monday

I’ve seen this badge around the blog world for a few months but had no clue where it started…

That is until I clicked on it [duh] and got linked back to Healthy Diva Eats!  I started following Katie on Instagram a few weeks ago and I am slightly envious of her cool style, tasty eats, and sweet treats!

[click here to read more about Marvelous in my Monday]

Now only my first Marvelous Monday post…

Columbus Day…  I’m thankful to have a 3-day weekend!  Saturday and Sunday I spent time with friends exploring DC [yay, pickles] and getting pampered at the nail salon [Pinterest inspired].  Today I plan to finish all the to-do’s that didn’t get done-  baking, cooking, cleaning, switching from one white iPhone to another [aka my birthday present has arrived!], and sneaking in a sweat session.

Pancakes…  I cannot stop making pancakes for breakfast- they’re fluffy, full of flavor, and keep my tummy satisfied until lunch.  What’s not to love?!  This morning I tested a new recipe and it turned out pretty tasty!  P.S.  They’re not burnt, they’re brown because they’re whole wheat and they’re loaded with cinnamon!

Charlie…  He has not stopped hiding his bone.  His favorite secret spots include: behind the couch pillows, in my gym bag, behind the dresser, under any table, and behind the curtains.  He’s so silly- he’ll run off and hide the bone for .2 seconds and then runs back to get it.  Separation anxiety is in full-force!

Blog…  I am *hoping* to make a few big decisions about the blog this week.  I’ve been in debating it for the past few weeks and need to decide.  To self-host or not to self-host?  That is the BIG question!

Instagram…  I know some people think it’s silly but I think it’s awesome- a fun way to edit and share photos with family, friends, and some strangers!  I relate it to Pinterest, except it’s a personal pin board full of silly, stylish, tasty, and memorable pictures from your daily happenings 🙂  P.S.  Feel free to follow me: lifesabowl.

…such as when the gym is offering free car washes when you sign-up for a new membership!

…or you try beets for the first time and eat a rainbow for lunch!

…or your hubby surprises you and goes to the gym too- couples who sweat together smell together!

Baking and Cooking…  This afternoon I’m planning to spend a few hours in the kitchen.  On the menu: pumpkin pie peanut butter cups and pumpkin quiche!  I’m a bit of a pumpkin fanatic [especially in the fall] if you couldn’t tell.


Operation Beautiful…  This month I am participating in Lindsay’s October Photo A Day Challenge.  One of the challenges last week was to leave an Operation Beautiful note- I left my note in the frozen foods aisle at Whole Foods!  Thinking that a random person would find my note was initially a bit overwhelming, “What if they think it’s silly?”  Those thoughts were quickly overpowered when I thought about finding a note myself…  We all have those kind of days when we could use a little pick-me-up!

***Feeling inspired, I have decided that every Monday I will write 5 motivational notes and post them at work, out at lunch, at the gym, wherever I am!***


[click here to read more about Operation Beautiful]



Question:  If you blog, any tips for making the switch to self-hosting?!

Question:  Will you join me in my Operation Beautiful challenge?  Don’t feel obligated to do it on Monday if another day of the week works better for you…  Feel free to post a note today, sometime this week, or next Monday and link back!



Filed under Blogging, Charlie, Family, Fashion, Food, Friends, Health, Holidays, Inspiration & Motivation, Recipes

14 responses to “Taking Part in Marvelous Monday

  1. Yay for 3 day weekends!! And I loooove pickles. Yum!! I’m also an instagram addict so I hear ya!

  2. Yes yes yes get self hosted! You know I’m going through it too but I think that it’s the best option because eventually, you will find a NEED to be self hosted. I have found one because I realized I wanted to put together a media kit so that I can show brands or potential jobs my worth, but WordPress doesn’t provide analytics detailed enough for that. The only way to add Google Analytics is to be self-hosted! Also I wouldn’t mind a little extra revenue for a banner ad or two. Nothing IN your face, just subtle!
    I love Instagram. I actually resisted joining for forever, claiming I was on social media overload. Yeah, then I joined and became obsessed. Sometimes I wonder if I’m instagramming too much!
    The pumpkin PB cups look to die for, and that gym car wash pic made me smile!
    I too love cinnamon. I adore how much you put in your pancakes. I dump it in my coffee or tea daily!

  3. I love IG. It’s totally addicting though. 🙂

    I started out self-hosted so I don’t know about switching… but I can tell you I’m happy with being self-hosted. Good luck!

    • Life's a Bowl

      Haha, look at you! No need for any hand-holding, you took the plunge right from the beginning! I’d love to hear about your experience, specifically any tips or tricks 🙂

  4. I am SOOOO happy we found each other through instagram! I love following you on there! You are so sweet!

    Ok, YAY for joining in on MIMM! Thank you! ❤
    Your rings are gorgeous! LOVE!
    Your pup is SO damn cute! Looks so warm and fuzzy, ha!
    Happy Tuesday love! Sorry I didn't get to comment until now! ❤

    • Life's a Bowl

      Haha you’re too funny 😛 I’m glad we did too! And thank youuu very much- he’s super silly and loves attention haha!

  5. Pingback: Marvelous Monday [MIMM #2] | Life's a Bowl

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