The Bachelorette; Epsiode 9 - SHOCKER.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.


Well at least we know who is going to be the next Bachelor. Guys, how was I so wrong? This is crazy. Excuse the pause in the action, I got a little teary-eyed! That was so sad! Babe, why did she send Luke home? She's crazy. 

Don't get me started on hometowns. While I am a huge proponent of the Bachelorette (duh), I'm not a huge fan of the overnight. YES, I think spending alone time together is important, but potentially sleeping with three people, three nights in a row is so creepy to me. Why can't everyone be like Sean Lowe when he chose to forego them - look at him now, married with a baby.

Is anyone buying this shit that Robby is spewing? When did he start calling her Joelle? Hands up for those who think Robby wrote the note himself.

I know there are probably as many Jordan haters as there are Robby haters, but I honestly kind of love him. I have yet to feel that icky feeling like I do with Robby. I think he adores her. And the thing I like about Jordan is that, yes he feels it with JoJo, but he isn't forcing it like Robby is. Robby is telling her exactly what she wants to hear. Jordan seems to be more real.

Why was she so hard on Jordan and not Robby? I'm starting to think JoJo isn't the best judge of character. Do they really had to show JoJo laying on the bed while he closes the door?

You all know how I feel about Chase (aka he was my favorite besides Luke) but I just don't feel it. Um, did anyone see JoJo's face post I love you. Yikes. Poor little Chase bun. Cue Chase shutting down.

WHAT ARE WE ALL MISSING REGARDING ROBBY. Chase is one of the good ones, told ya so.

PS I will not be blogging tonight via Men Tell All, but let's tweet together! Come find me - @kristengrace1


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Friday Favorites.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Happy Friday loves! We finally made it. Even though it was only a 2 day week, it certainly dragged over here. But then again, weeks always drag when you are preparing for vacation! I haven't done a Friday Favorites in a while so I figured it was time. There's a lot of crap going on in the world and on the internet, so why not talk about the good stuff.


Happy Friday everyone! Have the BEST weekend! 

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Recipe [Recreated]: Mushroom Truffle Burger

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Recipe [Recreated] is the newest addition of "themes" over here at Everyday Grace! I follow a lot of blogs that post delicious meals and I want to be able to share those meals with you.


Recipe [Recreated] will be recipes I have discovered from other blogs/books/ect and have not created on my own. With all of the Recipes [Recreated], I have done something a little different; added my own flair, but the idea/suggestion comes from someone else.

Reason ONE for doing this is I want to be honest with you about where and how I come up with recipes and TWO I want to give credit where credit is due! I never want a blogger/chef to feel slighted.

It's all about sharing the love people!

This burger recipe is from my favorite Paleo Website, PaleoOMG. She just came out with a cookbook and my girl, Callie got it for me for my birthday! AH! It's seriously the greatest. She shares paleo ketchup, paleo truffle sauce and everything and anything, I reference it about 10 times a week. It's my favorite.


Let's talk Mushroom Burgers. 


Ingredients
Burger: 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • half of a yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Toppings: 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, diced
  • 1 cup crimini mushroom, sliced (mine and Adam's fav!) 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 batch truffle aioli (mayo (paleo) and truffle oil)
  • prosciutto (so much, so good)
  • salt and pepper
  • tomato
  • avocado
How to Make: 
  1. In a large bowl, mix all burger ingredients until combined. Make as many patties as you like. (Making the toppings took me a while, so I threw them in the fridge until I was closer to being done). 
  2. Add a tablespoon of oil to a saute pan, medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until clear (about 4 minutes). When clear, add the mushrooms and cook until tender. 
  3. Cook the burgers. I cooked mine on the stove because it was 105 degrees out and Adam didn't feel like grilling. 
  4. While cooking, cook eggs over easy. Adam doesn't LOVE runny eggs, so he left an egg off his. I loved my egg. 
  5. Make the burgers. Burger, aioli, shallot/mushroom mixture, avocado, prosciutto, and of course the egg. 
  6. Enjoy! 
Want some delicious sweet potato fries to go with your burger? My recipe is here

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10 Tips for Traveling with your Pup.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today is a great day! We are off to Tahoe for the rest of the week! Talk about the best (and most needed) time for a vacation! In about 5 hours I'll be sipping a vodka/soda with my fambam and I cannot wait.

Henry has been traveling with me both in airplanes and in cars since he was a very little pup, 8 weeks to be exact. He took his first trip to California on Southwest when he was just 10 weeks old. I'm pretty sure he's been on more planes than most humans. When we travel, people often ask me how do I do it.

Is he drugged? Does he like it? How much does he cost? What do you do with him? 

The truth is, it's not the easiest thing in the world, but having my pup with me on vacation is totally worth any bit of hassle (or cost).

  1. Make sure it's safe for your specific breed to travel. There are certain pups that cannot travel. Certain pups have small nasal passages that make it hard for them to breath at that high of altitude. This website has a great article on short-nosed pups and why they shouldn't fly. Check it out here
  2. Check the airline you are flying for their rules and policies. I usually fly Southwest. They charge $95 each way for your pup. (Save the gasp for later -- I know it's crazy). Each airline has their own rules and costs. Southwest is the cheapest! 
  3. Get a great bag. We've been through a lot of different bags trying out which bags he likes the best. We've settled on the one linked here -- it's great because it's large enough and doesn't collapse on him. It's big enough that I can put Henry in it (obvs), a blanket and his chewer. 
  4. Know your pup and talk to your vet. The first time I flew with Henry I chatted with our vet about what she thought I should do. Because Henry was so little she thought he could do it without any meds. Some dogs though are overly worried or panic so ask your vet about either an anxiety med or a proper dosage of Benadryl. I give Henry half of an adult Benadryl and it doesn't knock him out, it just calms him a little and makes him sleepy. By the time we land, it's worn off and he's ready to party. 
  5. Bring something that will make your pup feel safe and happy (& treats). Ever since Henry was a pup he's had the same blanket and the same stuffed animal. I make sure to bring them everywhere because I know he's used to them and it make him feel a little more secure. Also, he gets a few extra treats on travel days. 
  6. Get your pup used to his bag. Before Henry got used to it, I would take the bag out a few days before we left and let him feel it out. I would take him to the store in the bag. I would carry him around in it, so he got used to being in the bag and feeling comfortable in it. Now when it comes out, he automatically jumps in the bag without me having to ask. 
  7. Give yourself extra time. This is key. Before we go in the airport, I make sure Henry has a little mini walk around to pee one last time. Then you have to pay for him, go through security ect. In regards to security - you have to carry your pup through the metal detector, no body scanner for you. Then they have to swab your hands and test them. I've had this go off a few times which in that case you have to have a full pat down in a private room. Most times the swab doesn't go off and we are good. But the few times it has, it has left us running to the gate. 
  8. Check the airport rules. Some airports like Phoenix have dog parks you can take your dog too in the airport for them to use the bathroom. Phoenix even let's you walk your dog on a leash in the airport Some airports like Omaha don't allow you to have your pup out of the bag. Denver let's me hold him right up to the point of walking on the plane. It's important to know the rules for where you are leaving from and arriving in to. 
  9. Be considerate of others. The matter of the fact is some people don't like dogs and don't want dogs near them. I always ask before I pick a seat if they are comfortable with a dog. 99% of the time, people are ecstatic. But I've had people practically yell at me that I couldn't sit by them. Their loss because I will 100% guarantee that my dog is quieter than the baby that they let sit by them. Oh and remember, when traveling with a pup, no emergency row for you! 
  10. Be considerate of your dog Most dogs are not as airport friendly as Henry. Traveling, like for humans, creates a lot of chaos, anxiety and nerves. Like I said before, a lot of people love dogs and they will want to pet your pup. Remember that being a bag with tons of humans wanting to pet him can be nerve wrecking I try to keep Henry to myself most times just to make sure he stays calm. Hey, if people think I'm being a bitch, that's fine. The safety an well-being of my pup is way more of a concern than you wanting to pet him. 

See, I told you he loves his bag. Do you travel with your pup or animals? What advice would you offer?
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The Bachelorette; Episode 8 - Hometowns.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HOMETOWNS IS MY FAVORITE EPISODE.


Does anyone remember last season when JoJo's mom was caught chugging the wine bottle? The possibilities are endless people. Let's get ready people, first stop, COLORADO.

Chase - Highlands Ranch, Colorado (aka my neighbor!): First, that gorgeous park is Daniels Park. It's stunning. Good on you Bachelor. Chase's mom is a bun. Stop. Chase telling JoJo he is falling in love. I'm dying. She asked for emotion, she totally got it. Move to Colorado JoJo!

Chase is 3/4.

Jordan - This is the weirdest hometown date. Hey babe, let's go to my high school where my glory days were born and also where they died. And, now they're making out in the library. Next. I'm with JoJo, I would by dyinnnngggg to know what the deal is with his brother. As much as this pains me to say, she obviously loves Jordan more than Chase, just based on how nervous she was to meet his parents. AARON WHY HAVEN'T YOU COMMENTED ON THIS FEUD? This episode made me like Jordan so much more and not think he's slimy. But it does make me think twice about Aaron...

Jordan is 2/4.

Robby - Before we start this, can anyone out there in blogland honestly say they like Robby? That they trust him? Because blech. One, good for JoJo sticking up for herself and two, drink that wine girl. It is time for him to go home.

Robby is 4/4. 

Luke - They are the cutest little couple ever. My gosh. Luke's sister is a super model and his grandpa is the cutest. Um, this setup Luke created is to die for! The sun setting on bales of hay and perfectly placed lanterns. Good on you Bachelor. Welp, if Luke doesn't win after the flower heart and Dan + Shay playing, I don't know what wins.

Luke wins, he's 1/4. 

WHAT DID SHE JUST SAY? LUKE. WHAT. Babe, what did we miss with the Luke thing? 

This is a joke. To be continued. This has to be a joke.

See ya next week people.

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The Bachelorette; Episode 7 - The one where JoJo makes all the boys cry.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

After a week hiatus, it's time for The Bachelorette. Cue the over-analyzing by Alex and the over-aggressiveness of James, only to result in both of them going home.

Let's play The Bachelorette. Where men turn into ladies and JoJo rules the roost.

Let's break down the men.

Alex: This is so boring. Can we talk about how completely uninterested she is in him. Why doesn't she just send him home? JoJo looks amazing and Alex looks like he's in a play. Can we talk about how weird that horse thing was and how corny Alex is. This is the type of shit I draw the line on..when they're cuddling a horse in a field. Wow, JoJo looks like she is searching for words to say after the I love you drop. Yikes.
I give Alex a 8/10 for effort. You go Alex, and when I say go, I mean home. 
Jordan: It's cute that he thinks he has to work hard for her. She loves him, or at least lusts him. They drank the foot wine. Blech. This whole conspiracy theory that Jordan is a certain way in the house is so weird because it's never shown on TV. The only example they give is that his brother is famous. Holy Jordan with his speech -- winning the game. Slash does anyone else wanna talk about why Jordan doesn't have a relationship with his famous brother?
I give Jordan a 7/10 for being "emotional." Whether it's real or not, I believed him and that scrappy head of hair. 
The Group Date: It's pretty funny. But then they are all laying in bed together. Robby: I can kind of see him having a wandering eye. She is not sure about him. He's not super convincing. Robby is getting a little crazy -- his front runner talk is silly. Chase: This conversation kind of makes him sound dumb. But good on you for opening up. James: JoJo said it right, he has all the qualities that she would want, except for that attraction. She obviously knows how sweet and wonderful he is, but I think she's bored.
I gave Robby a 3/10, mostly because he gives me the heeby jeebies, but also because I think he's a bit rehearsed. 
I gave Chase a 6/10 because he's trying. Not very hard, but he is. 
I gave James a 10/10. Do what you gotta do (even if its not enough) Throw Robby under the bus, eat a billion french fries, watch other men take their clothes off. You are (were) in it to win it. 
Luke: The true front-runner. The best is when she goes to celebrate after shooting the skeet and Luke grabs the gun from her. He's the protective type. They'd be perfect.
I gave Luke a 10/10 because I think he wins and he's just the cutest with her. 
Are the guys seriously going to the rose ceremony in a horse drawn carriage with the dogs chasing the carriage. I can't. CHRIS HARRISON WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? James you are the sweetest little bun cakes.


The ones who left: Alex and James. (Did I tell you, or did I tell you)

Let's go to hometowns people! Welcome to Colorado JoJo, let's be best friends.

How would you rate the men this episode/season?

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Recipe: Paleo Beef Enchiladas

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mexican food is my most favorite food. Is there anything better than tortillas and cheese? Throw some guacamole and a cold corona in there and I'm good for a long time.

The fact that mexican food consists of two very important things, both which are not allowed on paleo, makes consuming mexican food tricky.

I'm so sick of making chicken in lettuce cups and calling them tacos. Those are not tacos. That is chicken and lettuce. Then, my eyes opened to the world that is paleo tortillas. Whole Foods became my best friend when I found these babies. They are my perfect solution to my strong need for mexican food.

Once I found those, I knew I had to make enchiladas. Needless to say, I won the wife of the week award when Adam came home and found these babies in the oven. Warning --> they are a little harder to eat because they tend to fall apart easier, but hey it's mexican food and I am happy.

I used my old enchilada recipe and just subbed out the things that aren't considered paleo. Most enchilada sauces are semi-paleo so if you don't want to make your own, just check the ingredients, you are probably very close!

Or, even better, follow my recipe! (selfless plug -- I can't help myself). Without further ado -->


Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ground beef 
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 
  • divided 1/2 onion, 
  • finely diced 1 jalapeno minced 
  • 1 avocado, diced 
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • 9 Paleo tortillas


  • For the sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 cups tomato sauce 
  • 2 cups chicken broth 
  • 2 tbsp chili powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano 
  • Salt, to taste  


  • Instructions
    1. To make the enchilada sauce, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. 
    2. Sauté the onion and garlic for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add in the remaining ingredients except the salt and bring to a boil. 
    3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt. If desired, use an immersion blender to puree the onion and garlic into the sauce.
    4. Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft. Stir in the ground beef and jalapeno and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned, then remove from heat. 
    5. Stir in a few spoonfuls of the enchilada sauce to coat the meat. 
    6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish with a very thin layer of the enchilada sauce. 
    7. Fill each tortilla with the meat mixture and roll over. Place the tortillas in the baking dish side by side. Cover with the remaining sauce and bake for 12-15 minutes. 
    8. Serve immediately, topped with avocado and cilantro. 





    Happy Wednesday everyone and enjoy!

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    My Checklist to the Perfect Summer Vacation.

    Friday, July 1, 2016

    Happy July everyone! Can you believe we are more than half-way through 2016. That is just mind-blowing to me. But that just means we are one step close to my summer vacay, one step closer to my Adam's birthday and one step closer to Christmas!

    Today, I am dreaming about those careless days of summer and what I would be doing if I had all the vacation days in the world. Because let's be honest, summer isn't what it used to be.

    Remember being in college when you had 3+ months off (besides that perfect internship) and you could go to the beach at 2pm on a Tuesday? Those were the days. Now, it's all summertime in the city. Denver isn't a bad city to do summer in, but it doesn't compare to those Malibu beach days of my good ole' college years.

    Adam and I are escaping the 90+ degree heat of Denver in a few weeks to zip away to Lake Tahoe. Land of 80 degree days and 60 degree nights. Tons of sunshine, boat rides, paddle-boards and cocktails. Lake Tahoe holds a special place in my heart because I've been going since I was 8 years old and have missed maybe 3 years ever. It's my escape from life.

    It's one of my favorite places in the world.


    If you need to find the PERFECT place to find your favorite place, I suggest going here --> The biggest list of getaways you will find!

    This year we're heading up with a bunch of family for a little weekend reunion. I'm more than excited. The countdown on my phone says 19 DAYS until we go. Hallelujah. Let's do this.

    In preparation for my beach trip and all the beach trips you hopefully have planned, I created a little checklist for ya. These are the five necessities for any great beach vacay.
    1. Something to blast the jams. If you don't have a Bose or the like, I suggest you get one! Here is the Bose one I have and its amazing! Might I suggest putting Hailee Steinfeld on your playlist? 
    2. Delicious cocktails are a must. Need I say more? What is better than cool water, hot sun and a cold cocktail. This is my heaven. 
    3. Sunscreen. I used to think it was cool to fry my body, be tan and look good. Now, skin cancer, sun spots, wrinkles and all the horrible stuff that comes with sun is on my mind. You can enjoy the hot sun without having it on your bod. This hat from Nordstrom is my favorite or this one
    4. Friends. Duh. I LOVE sand volleyball more than anything! It's so fun! 
    5. A great magazine or a great book. I'm reading People Magazine (duh) and the newest Elin Hilderbrand book, Here's to Us. It's so good. I'm obsessed with her.

    Are you going anywhere fun this summer? Tell me all about it! What are your beach must-haves? 

    PS. Don't forget -- if you need some help finding some great places to go, check out this article out, it will definitely inspire some travel plans for ya! 

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    Everyday Grace Review: Kylie Lip Kit

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Let's talk about Kylie Jenner. I honestly never thought this day would come. A day where I would voluntarily blog about anything related to the Kardashians. But it's happened before. And, guess what, unfortunately it's happening again.

    I can't fight what the public loves.

    I begrudgingly started following Kylie Jenner on Snapchat about 3 months ago because I really wanted to buy one of her lip kits. For those of you who don't know, her lip kits sell out in record time. So, on her Snapchat, she alerts her followers when she will be releasing more. So as you can see, I was practically forced into following her,


    Let's talk lips. Kylie has some nice big lips. Sure, they might be injected, but that doesn't really matter. If you got it flaunt it and hey, I'll buy anything so I can talk about it here. And, I LOVE the packaging. So, I'm sold.

    I had tried Kylie's Lip Kit before I bought it so I semi-knew what I was getting into. When I was at Coti's Bachelorette party, I tried her matte lip kit and loved it.

    Kylie was flaunting a new shipment of lip kits the other day and off I went to Kylie Cosmetics. I bought the matte liquid lipstick and liner in Koko K and I bought the lip-gloss So Cute.

     Three is a bit obsessive, I agree. 

    Then, the best thing EVER happened and I won a Kylie Lip Kit giveaway through Royalty in Reality. I won the matte liquid lipstick and liner in Candy K. I am living the dream people, 3 lip kits. PS. Go check out Roxy's blog. It's so cute and she is just the sweetest.


    Let's talk about them. Starting with the matte liquid lipstick and liner. For those of you who know me, I am not a huge lipstick wearer. I prefer chapstick, my but mother is always telling me I need more color on my lips. I like the liner/lipstick combo because it actually gives me lips. I like the way the matte looks because it's not overly glossy. It has a teeny sticky feeling, but it lasts for a long time (like through my whole tumbler of coffee and some) and the sticky feeling goes away.


    Koko K is a perfect pink. I love it. I wear it every day and get compliments, swear! It's dainty and pretty without being too much. Sometimes I feel like a strong lip color, especially on a blonde can be a lot, and this color is just perfect.

    Candy K is a perfect mauve. It's a deeper color than I usually wear. I wore it the other day when I went to court and I felt like a badass. It would be perfect for a night out.

    So Cute lip gloss. This is just a great light pink lip gloss. It's easier to use than the liner and lipstick and it just kind of your basic gloss. It's not sticky, it's nice and shiny and honestly I love it, if not just for the name. I don't know if, for the price, it's worth it, but it's a great color and I use it almost every day.



    Have you tried a lip kit before? What are you thoughts?

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    Recipe: Honey Sriracha Glazed Pork Tenderloin

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Growing up, pork tenderloin was also the meal my mom made for special occasions. It's my dad's favorite meal, the one we always make for birthdays, fathers day, any holiday. It was the first "real" meal I learned how to make and it was one of the first meals I made for Adam.

    It's no secret that I love spicy food. Spicy buffalo chicken wraps. Spicy chicken tortilla soup. Spicy coconut chicken. Horseradish Salmon. Carne Asada Tacos. Spicy kale chips.

    I also really love easy recipes. It was one of those nights and I had gotten home from Pure Barre late and had no idea what to make. I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer and all the other ingredients are ones most people have in their pantry.

    I had made chicken the last 4 days in a row and I knew Adam would not want chicken, so pork it was. My other favorite pork tenderloin recipe is this honey glazed one, but I wanted a change/needed one. Luckily, after a few modifications, I had crafted the best spicy pork tenderloin.


    Ingredients:
  • 1½-2 pounds pork tenderloin (two small or one medium-large tenderloin)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Rub
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Glaze
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce 

  • How to Make: 

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle an oven-safe pan or skillet (such as a cast-iron skillet) with the olive oil and preheat on the stove over medium-high heat til the oil is hot. 
    2. Whisk together all rub ingredients. Sprinkle the rub mixture all over the tenderloin and use your fingers to massage into the meat.
    3. Place tenderloin in skillet and allow to brown for 3-4 minutes, turning the meat throughout to sear on all sides.
    4. Mix the glaze ingredients together and spread mixture over the tenderloin. Transfer to preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through.
    5. Cut tenderloin into 1-inch thick slices. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze from the pan all over the tenderloin just before serving.
    So many delicious seasonings. 
    It makes a thick glaze, but don't worry, it melts nicely.
    Look how delicious it looks! 
    Searing is important before you put it in the oven. 

    Once you're done, start devouring. The best part, it makes your house smell amazing! Happy Wednesday everyone! Cheers to hump day and to delicious dinners! 

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    The Bachelorette; Episode 6 - That time I met the Bachelor*

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Here's where the asterisk comes in -- I have to preface this post with a little story. Saturday night Adam and I saw Jason Aldean in concert. When we were waiting for him to come on, Adam says to me, "Isn't that Chase from the Bachelorette - the one from our neighborhood?"

    And, my friends, my husband was right! There was *Chase, my top 3 front-runner taking pictures. Since last week I chickened out when I saw Lauren, I was not going to let this time slip. Grabbed my self phone and ran to get a selfie.


    He took the first selfie, which was bad -- see above. Then I told him I think he wins and I showed him how to take a better selfie -- see below. Oh, then when I was waiting for a beer, we took a snapchat video and he bought me a beer.


    Guys, he is so nice and as cute as you think he is in person. When I told him I think he wins, I couldn't tell what he thought because he had reflective aviators on. Think Chris Harrison makes him wear those? Let's do this Chase, I still think you win.

    "I'm looking for my unicorn." -JoJo

    On to the episode. Have any of you been to Buenos Aires? I have always wanted to go -- this episode just confirms my desire to go, it looks beautiful!

    Sidenote: I think the Bachelor gods heard me when I said last week was boring. This week, the Bachelorette is way better.

    Why are the boys so shocked that Wells hasn't kissed JoJo? He has been less than relevant this entire season and if we'e being honest, I'm shocked he got a one-on-one. I always thought wandering the streets of a city you're in would be sooo dang fun, but Wells is proving this is anything but fun, but instead incredibly boring. DID ANYONE SEE THAT AWKWARD CHEEK KISS? I cannot. Wells, next. Bye Wells. (Cue the dramatic producer grabbing his suitcase exit).

    On to the group date. This guy needs to grow a little confidence (referring to James T).

    Here's my theory on James Taylor. I think James Taylor is the littlest bun there ever was. But here is my thing with James Taylor. I think this is JoJo's personality on and off the show. Sure, it's a little overdone because she's the lead, but I think she's outgoing and fun, obviously beautiful. And James, if he wants to be with her long term, needs to figure his confidence out. Being shy is cute for a while, but JoJo is going to be famous after this nod she needs someone who is confident to handle that and her.

    Okay --- rant over. She loves Luke. Cue the heavy breathing. Oh Derek, your confidence is unwarranted.

    Hey James, when will you learn that talking shit about the other contestants will not bode well for your chances with the lead. I feel bad for Jordan. I cannot tell if he is a good guy, but I feel sad for him that he is constantly questioned and picked on. That has to be exhausting just because he's pretty and has a famous sibling. Stop, Jordan almost crying.

    Derek, I honestly feel like everything about you is fake. I feel like you know exactly what to say and how to act and it's all a show. I hope you go home. "I'm falling for you." "I appreciate that." Let's compare that to when Luke said something similar and she sad "I love seeing you." Ew Derek.

    "That reason is to be with you, that reason is to leave with you." Chase killing the game. PS look at that little bun face.


    See ya John Krazinsk. These guys are so sensitive, Derek why are you crying? 

    JOJO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?


    Alright next week, let's do this. I'm cited because that means she just has to cut extra people. Who do you think is going home?

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    44 Years Together & all the things I learned from my parents.

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    Today my parents have been married for 44 years. Let that sink in for a minute. In a world where we celebrate 72 day marriages, "making" it to 44 is quite amazing. I don't take for granted for one minute that I am able to live in a world where my parents are married.

    My parents started dating when they were 16 year old little buns, which not to age them, marks 50 years together. To say they've set an impossible standard for a relationship and marriage is an understatement, but together they've proven that life can be done, happily, with a partner.

    When I was 16, I looked at the person I was dating and under the impossible standard of my parents thought I had to get married. Thank the lord that wasn't the case, but I knew I wanted what they had. A love that would span my entire adult life. Someone to walk hand in hand with through all the amazing times and through some pretty bad times.

    My parents have successfully (think what you want) raised three kids, a grand kid, lots of fur babies and have given everything for their marriage and their kids. They've moved to 4 different states, different houses, schools, and here they are.

    I've learned a lot from my parents both individually and together.

    My mom taught me how to be kind and compassionate and to love everyone. My dad taught me to be strong and independent and that I should never stop striving for greatness.


    I'll be forever grateful for those things, but the greatest of those, are the things they taught me without them knowing, just by watching the two of them together.
    • I learned that life is so much better with a partner. 
    • I learned that a marriage isn't just romantic, but it's work. It's strength. It's encouragement. It's laughing. It's traveling. It's growing independently and dependently. 
    • I learned that if you both like Fox News, you'll be set. 
    • I learned that you can still have inside jokes from the past, even if the past if 44 years young. 
    • I learned that married people love to dance. You should see my parents on the dance floor.
    • Traveling and having your vacation spot is important. (See, Lake Tahoe in 3 weeks). 
    • I've learned that if you love like they do, people gravitate toward you. My parents are loved by so many. There is nothing better then your friends telling you how much they love and respect your parents. 
    • Bickering is actually a form of endearment. 
    • I've learned that sometimes when one person is going through a tough time, the other automatically becomes stronger. It's like a beating heart. One side takes the reigns when the other is struggling. 
    • I've learned that raising kids was a part of my parents lives, but not their whole lives. They're still their own, even though they would do anything for us.
    • 1970's weddings were way cooler. 
    • I've learned that putting God first in your marriage is the only way for it to thrive. 


    This one is dedicated to my parents who taught me to find the one I love and never let him go. To keep fighting for love everyday and to work at it every day. Marriage is a day in day out kind of thing, not something you let coast. Thank you for inspiring and supporting Adam and I in our marriage. We're at year one, but cannot wait until we're at year 44.

    I hope you are celebrating with sushi, mom a glass of wine and dad a gin and tonic. We cannot wait to cheers to you in Tahoe in few weeks.

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