Fab Fit Fun!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? Ours was so fun! After the flu ravaged our house last weekend, we needed to get out. Happy hour, dinner with our friends, home improvement projects and binge watching Homeland. It was great.

I'm so pumped to share with you all the details of the Fab Fit Fun box! I've heard so much about it and when I finally got it, I was not disappointed.

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Let's chat Fab Fit Fun.

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Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing MaskThis hair mask features an argan oil 7 formula, which detangles hair, controls frizz, prevents color fading, seals split ends, protects from chlorine and salt water, restores silkiness and shine, and enhances hair's natural body. Not only that, the 100 percent argan oil moisturizing treatment provides long-lasting and effective results for color-treated, dry, or damaged hair. -Made in the U.S.

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Happy Monday friends, lets make the a great week! 

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The Bachelor Recap Season 22, Episode 2 - Bumper Cars & Tears

Friday, January 12, 2018

So we've met the ladies, picked the villains, found our favorites and judged Arie. The second episode is always where things get a little nuts. We're still learning the girls names, we have our first one-on-one and the "falling in love" toasts are in full swing.

Part of me wishes this post was blogged in real life because making this a drinking game would be amazing. Drink whenever they say "falling in love" "date card" "Arie" "talk about his eyes" "jealous" "pillow lips"

First One-On-One: Becca K. Don't you wonder how Arie picks the first one-on-one? I honestly don't remember much of her from the first episode so I'm curious as to how he picked her. Sidenote: the road their driving down is the road I used to live on in college and it makes me soooo jealous (drink!). I just want to be there. RACHEL ZOE - WHAT. I want her to dress me! And Christian Louboutins? Okay, well this would be a great date to be on. No way she gets to keep the Neil lane diamonds. This is the ultimate bachelor swag bag.

Is it just me or is the silver dress not the dress I would have picked for the date? She got the rose.

Second One-on-One: Krystal. Krystals voice irritates the **** out of me. They're going to Scottsdale. I instantly get jealous when people go to scottsdale because I'm so protective of it! Kryal goes all he way to Scottsdale and he takes her to his highschool? And then baby pictures? I'm bored. Wouldn't it be so awesome to never have to carry a purse? Lauren B met Ben's family early on the Bachelor and she won - just saying. Arie's mom is a babe! Literally watching Krystal talk drives me crazzyyy. I think she's gonna go far, but I'm over her. PS this is the song they danced too - he has a beautiful voice. The highlight of this super boring date.


Group Date: Maquel, Marikh, Tia, Valerie, Annaliese, Lauren G, Kendall, Bekah, Jenny, Janna, Caroline, Brittany, Bibiana, Chelsea. Bekah is literally wearing no clothes. This part should be like a lululemon ad or something. Everyones just in sports bras and leggings/shorts. I'm sticking to my thoughts that Tia is still one of my favorites.

Cue the tears Annaliese. She literally hummed the circus song, talked about being a kid in bumper cars and wont stop crying. She literally was the most scared but she was also the most badass. I think this would be so fun! I want to do this - anyone know where we can?

I take back my earlier thoughts, Chelsea is the worst. And, I officially hate watching Arie kiss.

Not that it's funny, but I love guessing which girls are going to unravel the quickest. I didn't expect Bibiana to be that girl, but she is quickly losing it. She's already almost crying. She's fighting with the other girls. She has a horrible attitude. And she yells at the producers, like "hey girl you signed up for this shit."

Okay, I get it, age is just a number, but Bekah is 22 and Arie is 36. 14 years. 14 years. 22. 36.

Seinne gets the rose! Hooray! I love her.

The Rose Ceremony. Did Bekah really just say she always needs a fur on her? Cue the eye roll. Lauren B is so cute. I really like her. Oh my gosh, Krystal interrupting Bibiana. Shits about to go down. Bibi just gave it to Krystal. Whew. You can watch it here. You gotta love that they put Krystal and Bibiana next to each other.

Spoiler Alert: The girls who go home are --  Jenny, Valerie, Lauren

Wow Jenny, not even saying goodbye. Further proof she is only 25. "I'm not sad about you, I'm sad about the girls."

Next week looks extra good. So many tears, so many fights.

Happy Friday friends! Monday - all the details on FabFitFun! It's a post you don't want to miss!

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My Happy List.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Is it just me or is January the worst. Its the longest, coldest and most boring month of the year to me. It's full of diets and resolutions, Christmas is over, the decor down and now it's just cold and all the leaves are off the trees. There are no more holidays until like Easter and that's only a day. If this was a Christmas post, I'd end that with a bah humbug!

We currently have nothing on the schedule (except a quick trip to AZ! whoo!) and while I'm excited we are free, I need some fun stuff to look forward too! Send ideas!

This doesn't seem like much, but let's make a happy list. Simple, tiny, easy things to do daily to make your day a little brighter. I'm talking to myself here.

January doesn't have to be all cold weather and resolutions. Let's get happy.

2 // DRINK A LARGE LATTE. Maybe add Carmel. 
3 // TURN OFF ALL YOUR ELECTRONICS. Even the TV and your cell phone.
4 // LAY IN BED. Talk to your spouse, read a book, sleep.
5 // EAT A BREAKFAST BURRITO. Add salsa. Add guac. Add cholula. Eat three. 
6 // THIS IS US. Binge watch it and thank me. Cry and thank me. Tell other people to watch it.
7 // PRAY. 
8 // COOK DINNER. Make dinner with your loved one, your friend, your family. Eat it together. 
9 // READ A REALLY GOOD BOOK. Get lost in a different world with different characters.
10 // LAUGH.
11 // GO FOR A WALK/WORKOUT/MOVE. This is huge for me and my sanity. Fresh air people!
13 // LIGHT THE CANDLES, TAKE A BATH, DRINK WINE. There is nothing better than a relaxing bath.
14 // FACETIME FRIENDS. Since I don't live in the same state, this is my saving grace.

Happy Thursday friends! We're almost to the weekend! I am so pumped for this weekend. Last weekend, the flu and extreme colds kept us down. I cannot wait to get out of the house and enjoy the weekend! We're so close!

Stay tuned, tomorrow -- all things bachelor, including a girl who cried about bumper cars. Cue the eye roll.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions!

Monday, January 8, 2018

We're officially one week in to the new year! So far, 2018 has been the year of the colds. Adam and I spent new years in Breckenridge with his family and everyone got sick. Between colds, flus and altitude sickness, we were all ready to burn the house down when we left.

Adam and I took those colds back to Denver and Adam's unfortunately turned into the flu. At this point, everything has been disinfected, the cleaning ladies came yesterday, the sheets have been washed and things are shaping up.

Over the last few months, between Insta and this blog, I've been asked some of the same questions multiple times! I figured instead of answering them one-by-one, I'd just do one fun blog post. If you have more questions, make sure to leave them in the comments!

Let's get to know each other!

I get this one all the time. "I'm starting paleo, send me your favorite recipe." "My mom is coming in town, send me a great recipe." "What do you love cooking for Adam?" Adam is sweet and says he loves all my recipes bu these three are his favorite:

Paleo Mushroom Ravioli
Paleo Lasagna
Paleo Banana Bread

If you're looking for more awesome recipes, check the paleo tab. There are tons of delicious (and easy) recipes!

Lastly, great for a group? Beef Enchiladas. Make them with chicken. Add more cheese. Make three pans. Do wha you gotta do.

This is a trick question. The easy answer? Yes. I get my nails done with hard gel. Think of shellac, but harder, I only have to get them done every four weeks instead of 2. The polish doesn't chip and I'm obsessed. My nail girl is incredible. The steps: file off the previous color and top layer of gel. Fresh layer of gel. Light. Polish. Light. Gel. Light. It takes a little longer than a regular manicure, but it also lasts 4 times as long. If you're in Denver, you can contact my nail girl Nicole by Insta or Facebook!

Let me start by saying, my big sis in college taught me how to curl my hair every day for over 2 weeks and I still had a hard time. If you've never curled hair before, it's a challenge. But you can do it! To start I use a Hot Tools Ceramic Curling Iron, size 1 1/2. I separate my hair into two parts, top and bottom. The tip - keep the curling iron straight up and down. Take a small piece of hair. I don't use big chunks, but thats preference. My hair curls better in smaller chunks. Curl the hair, leaving 1 inch out at the bottom, hold for 5-10 seconds, let go. Remember, keep the curling iron up and down, don't turn it sideways. When done, run fingers through hair to combine curls. I don't spray, but if you know your hair needs it, a light mist should do the trick!

As many of you know, I used to be a practicing attorney. I graduated law school in 2013 and have been doing some version of practicing law since then. Late last year, I was offered a position to work for a startup. I was approached with the question, "Do you want to keep practicing law or do you want to try something new?" I had been struggling with whether or not I waned to keep practicing but I'm a creature of habit and switching jobs was terrifying to me. Adam and I sat down and really talked it out. We talked about our future goals, both personally, financially and with out family. We talked about how this would change my life for the good and bad. And at the end of the day, his whole goal, he wants me to be happy and do what I want. After we found out we lost the baby, life kind of changed for me. Priorities shifted and my ego that was telling me I had to stay a lawyer quickly dissipated. I knew I wanted a change. This new position allows me to work from home, have a little bit more flexibility and overall is a great change. I am the Director of Content and Sales for the startup. I'll let you guys in on more details once we launch, which is soon!

Patience, a love for dogs, wine, a kennel and a partner to help you with the animals. I've had Henry since I graduated college. I am very used to life with a small dog who listens to pretty much everything I say. He's tiny, can travel with us and is so dang good. Enter Lola. My 30 pound wonder. She's so hyper, loves to exercise, is super emotional and is the sweetest dog.

My tips: 1) Introduce the dogs in a neutral place. 2) Have a partner who loves dogs and will help with the training, walking, feeding and loving on. 3) Have a strong kennel or gate to close them off so you can separate them when necessary (and separate them from you). 4) Stick to your training. Its very easy to let them sleep on the bed or get on the couch, but if you don't want that to happen, you gotta start early, even when they are cute little pups. 5) Reward 6) If you have big pups, exercise them. Built up energy is when they start acting out. 7) Love on them hard. Dogs are the greatest gift ever.

Happy Tuesday friends!! Get excited, Friday's bachelor blog is gonna be amazing. Did you guys watch last nights episode? Crazy town. And, we're just getting started.

Ps. If you have more questions, leave them in the comments! 

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The Bachelor Recap: Season 22, Episode 1 - Blast from the Past

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Happy Friday friends! I don't know about you, but I am SO glad this week is over. Starting the week on a Tuesday makes the week seem extra long. Throw the husband getting the flu in the middle of it and wham bam it makes for a long week. I am so excited for the weekend. 

Here we go folks, another round of Bachelor recaps. This time? It's a major blast from the past. Need a little update? Arie was the runner up on Emilys season over 5 years ago. She sent him home heartbroken and based on his intro in this season, he's been pining over her ever since. 

In the meantime, Emily has gotten married and had three kids since. We all move on at different paces. Well ladies and gentleman, Arie is back. 

He has a plethora of pretty girls and most of them are older than 20. Thank god because Arie is 36! The good thing about his age is hopefully he's a little more mature and semi knows what he wants. He's still enjoying the nickname 'kissing bandit' so... maybe not. 

In all my years of bachelor watching, I have to say, I like the girls a lot on this season. They all (well more than half) have real jobs, no-one got black out drunk on the first night and no-one cried on the first night until they got sent home. Winning! 

Let's start with the good first impressions -- these are my top 6:

Caroline26. From Florida. Stunning. Realtor. She was the first one out of limo, which is always a great sign. She made a clever “off the market” joke since they're both realtors. I like her. Top 5.

Tia: 26. From Wiener Arkansas and friends with Raven. Their accents are too cute. I have a theory that this town makes gorgeous girls. She's funny, gave him a baby weiner and then joked with the other girls about how stunning and smart the other girls are. Top 8.

Seinne: 27. Long Beach, CA. She is stunning. I loved that she gave him elephant cuff links, it was very sweet. Plus, I loved her dress. She managed to pull off incredibly sexy and class in one dress.

Lauren S: 31. Dallas, Texas. She was eager, sweet and sort of stayed in the background. I have a feeling she is going to be silent attacker. Top 8. I had a friend ask me to find where Lauren's first night dress was from and it's from Reformation. You can find it here

Annaliese: 32. San Mateo, California. Initially I was not amused by her kissing bandit costume but she she came to talk to Arie, I really enjoyed her sweet demeanor. 

Lauren B: 25. Virginia Beach, VA. She was the stunning blonde in the silver dress.  

Runners Up: 

Have you guys seen the meme that Arie looks like Ross. Try not to see it, I dare ya

These are my least favs: 

Chelsea: 29. Portland, Maine. She's a single-mom and really wants to get married. She got out of the limo looking like she wanted to eat him. Not that those are bad things, not what I'm saying, but from jump street, she's already jealous, talking shit on every girl that walks in and is pretty damn catty.  Next.

Kendall: 26. Santa Clarita, CA. She is a taxidermy collector which alone is pretty creepy. Then she showed  Horrible shiny pink dress. 

Jenna: 28. Upland, IN. What’s with the arm movements doing her intro? Then she starts massaging his feet? She is legit all over the place. Either she’s drunk or on something and even Arie thinks she's a little out there.

Bekah M: 22. Fresno, CA. She is a nanny and on her bachelorette info page and on her title on the show, she doesn't show her age. Thanks to buzzed, I found out she is 22. But I have a feeling her age is going to be a major topic and controversy. Then she showed up in a red car. I’m already annoyed by her. 

Adam got the flu this week and I watched late due to the holiday so unfortunately, I don't have much Adam commentary this week. He walked in while I was watching and asked, Is she the villain” referring to Chelsea.  So either he is super intuitive or he was secretly watching upstairs. 

Is it just my TV or do all the girls look airbrushed? Like is there a lady in the back spraying girls? Now that I’m watching Arie make out with all the girls, it’s bringing back memories of the sounds of kissing on Emilys season - blech.

Calling it now --> Chelsea is going to be the girl all the other girls hate and Arie holds a blind eye too until the end when one girl volunteers as tribute to talk shit and finally tell him the truth. Verdict - they both go home. 

Refinery 29 did an awesome piece that Bachelor creepers like me love - all the girls Instagrams. Go stalk and be merry. 

Stop reading now if you don't want spoilers. The following went home this week. 

Only 8 more weeks until we all know their names I want to know how he remembers all their names first night especially the Laurens. 

Girl bye. This week we said goodbye to: Amber, Jessica, Lauren J, Ali, Olivia, Brittane, Bri, Nysha 

PS. I'm thinking of permanently moving Bachelor blog posts to Friday. Thoughts? 

Happy Friday! 

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8 Life Lessons to Live By 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Welcome to 2018! I cannot believe this year is already here. Not gonna lie, I was so ready for 2017 to be over. Don't get me wrong, it was a great year, but it was also a really hard year. And there is something about a new year that creates a sense of a renewed spirit.

I am so ready to get back to my routine, start fresh, start clean. I know, I know, I don't need a new year to have a fresh start but there is something symbolic about the first of the year.

Last year was the first year I gave up resolutions and picked intentions. Last year my intention, my phrase was, "If its not a hell yes, it's a no." I looked at what I want less of and what I wanted more of. It was a decision to chose the things I want and need versus the things I was blah about.

This year, I'm setting goals. I'm creating new intentions.  Call this my vision board for 2018. It's time to set intentions and watch them come true.

The hardest part for me about setting intentions is watching them not come true. Part of my intentions is learning to live those intentions through God's plan. These are my intentions. But I'm walking in to 2018 knowing that Gods plans and intentions are way bigger and better than my own.

Today, my family and I lost a very important man. He's been a mentor, friend and now guardian angel to my family for over 50 years.

During his life, he made it his goal to live by 5 lessons; Be Honest, Work Hard, Have Fun, Be Grateful, Pay it Forward. I learned a lot from him during my life. And today, I'm writing out my 8 life lessons. 8 in 2018.

Accept each season of life as it comes all while knowing the season will change. 
This has been my hardest thing for me to do. It's so easy for me to get bogged down in the middle of a Thursday and forget to look up and see the weekend is only 2 days away. Or get bogged down in a hard month and accept that this too will pass. This year I really want to focus on accepting each season and choosing to learn what I can from that season knowing that it will pass eventually.

Make babies, raise babies, love babies.
This has been a personal goal for a while and here's to watching it come true this year.  This also applies to all the other amazing babies in my life. Nieces, nephews, friends babies. I have a feeling 2018 is going to be the year of the baby.

Someone else's success is not your failure.
This has been on my heart a lot lately. It is so incredibly easy to get bogged down in the success of others and compare it to yours. I work on this daily. Here's to supporting other girls, other guys, other bloggers and instagrammers.

Start each day with a grateful heart. 
Oh gosh, its so easy to wake up with a why me attitude. Why do I have to get up so early? Why do I have to make the bed? Instead, I'm choosing to wake up thinking, I get to go to work. I'm lucky to have a bed to make or dinner to cook for my family. Seeing the positive in the minute tasks is powerful.

Work harder. 
This was something my dad used to say (and still says) to me all the time. He used to tell me, "You may not be the valedictorian of your class, but you can always be the one who works harder." At the end of 2017, I started a new job with so many new challenged and this year I'm pushing myself to always work harder. Work harder than I did yesterday, work harder than my co-worker, work harder than myself.

It's never too late to start again. 
This goes to everything. Did you have a crappy day? Start again tomorrow. Did you have a bad hour? Start again next hour? Was the blog post bad? Write a better one tomorrow. Jump in, start again, stop waiting for something or someone to create your future, your goals, your life. Keep moving forward.

Be intentional. 
This whole post is about creating intentions and sticking to them, but what about being intentional. I desire to be intentional with my relationships, my friends, my jobs. I crave relationship. I crave closeness to people. I desire intentional time. I desire intentional moments.

Chose kindness. 
Being kind is so much easier than being mean. Spread kindness, show kindness, speak kindness. It's incredible what one small token of kindness can do for someone. Life is hard enough, don't be mean.

Happy 2018 friends! Let's make this year the best year.

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Ten Most Fascinating People of 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

We are so so close to the end of 2017! It's crazy to believe we've moved almost 365 days around the sun, again. But, here we are.

And you know what that means, it's time to meet the most fascinating. Usually this list is done in jest. It's full of ridiculous list makers like Blake Lively's baby and the guys who decorate their beard. But this year, it felt like a changed was needed.

I took an Instagram poll to see who you guys thought was the most interesting. Turns out, you did NOT think Melania Trump was interesting, but really loved the Pope. You thought Selena Gomez was a joke, but loved on Taylor Swift.

This has been quite a year, from Trumps Inauguration at the beginning to powerful men being dethroned by its end. It's been a year of strength and triumph but also sadness and despair. It's been a year of greatness. And this year, I felt like this list needed to focus on the real people of 2017.

The do-gooders, the change makers, the most fascinating. Lets do this.

10. THE 'THIS IS US' CAST // This show has quickly become a worldwide phenomena. It has a cult like following that will keep this show on the air for years to come. The story line covers drug use, alcohol abuse, race, foster care, weight loss, weight gain, miscarriage, loss, death, love, marriage and everything else in between  It's true what you've heard, every episode may make you cry, but its in that good feeling kind of way. Trust me on this one, this is not a show you want to miss.

9. KARDASHIAN BABIES // Even though I don't watch their show, follow them on social or particularly like any of them, its hard to deny the fact that they are indeed fascinating. This has been the year of the babies. Kim is pregnant by surrogate with her third, Khloe just announced she is pregnant with her first and Kylie is still refusing to share her baby news. This family is a little quirky, but aren't all families? Their first goal is to protect each other, and for how huge their influence is, I find pretty awesome. I may not agree with most of what they do or like watching there show, but millions and millions do. This next year, we will finally "meet" all the Kardash babies and its safe to say, the lives of these babies is going to damn fascinating.

8. TAYLOR SWIFT // Agree or disagree, you have to admit, Taylor is having her year. She started 2017 hiding out in what I can only imagine to be a NYC flat where even the annoying paparazzi couldn't find her or her 20-something year old british boyfriend. She had burned most of her celeb relationships with the epic Kayne phone call earlier in 2016 and was creating a new album. Move along to August 2017 and we got a taste of her new sound and unfortunately her new hairdo. November she dropped her newest album reputation and I haven't stopped listening since. On top of the music industry, earlier in 2017, she won a groping lawsuit against a creepy Denver radio station host and won. The best part, she sued for $1 to prove the point that it doesn't cost money to be a silence breaker.

7. DAISY RIDLEY AS REY IN STAR WARS // Let me be honest up front, I have only seen three Star Wars movies. Don't hate, I LOVED them, just not on the top of the movie priority list right now. But, even without seeing the most recent Star Wars, I too, have heard the buzz that is Daisy Ridley and her character Rey. I think the Telegraph said it best "Leia aside, previous Star Wars films weren’t exactly heavy on inspiring women – and it’s great to see how Rey has captured the imagination of younger Star Wars fans, giving them a female character they can look up to, whose courage and strength they can emulate – and who they can actually enjoy dressing up as." Go Star Wars for casting a strong female lead, RIP Carrie Fisher. Now, if we could just figure out if she's Lukes daughter, Obi Wan's granddaughter, Luke’s daughter and Obi Wan’s granddaughter or Han and Leia’s daughter (and Kylo Ren’s little sister). Regardless, it's going to be fun to watch and find out!

6. IVANKA TRUMP // Think what you must of her father and his antics, but Ivanka is killing them game. She's smart, outspoken, bold, (stunning!), a mother, a wife, designer, author and businesswoman. She's also her fathers right hand woman. She is proving that woman can take on any role they want and they can do it all. You might not agree with her policies but I think we can all agree, seeing a strong woman in a leadership role is what the world can use.

5. MEGHAN MARKLE // This is Meghan's second year on this list. Last year, she was the girl who broke Harry as his girlfriend. This year she is making her debut as the fiancĂ© of the prince. While that is incredible fascinating, her marital status isn't the only reason she is fascinating, even if she will be the Royal Highness the Duchess Of Sussex. First, she's so smart, graduated from Northwestern (she was a kappa!) with a double major in theatre and international relations. She's been acting forever. She's obviously stunning. She's been married and divorced (a first for the royal family). She's an advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. And as a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, she has traveled to India and Rwanda to promote clean water initiatives and women's education. Her and Harry bonded over their love for humanitarian work and there is no doubt their union will be absolutely fascinating. Harry got lucky with her. She's the real royal here.  

4. JJ WATT // JJ Watt is a football player. He's a defensive end for the Houston Texans and all around football badass. He is the reason I initially drafted the Houston Texans as my defense in my fantasy football team. However, earlier this season he broke his tibia. Okay, so what makes JJ fascinating? Besides the fact that football is his career, he's one of the best humans.  He lives in Houston, it's his home and his community. After Hurricane Harvey came in and ravaged the town, he set a goal to raise $200,000 in Hurricane Harvey relief. He was on Instagram daily with updates on his fundraising and pushing goals to raise more. Wanna know how much more?  J.J. Watt ended up raising more than $37 million from more than 200,000 donors. Go JJ. 

3. THE HURRICANE RESPONDERS // This year brought some of the worst hurricanes in history. From Hurricane Harvey in Houston to Hurricane Irma that devastated Puerto Rico, Florida and so many more islands, we saw devastation, but we saw hope. In total, Harvey inflicted more than $200 billion in damage and Irma inflicted more than $66 billion. Yes, billions. In the midst of tragedy, look for the helpers. Look for the first responders. Look for the people giving up their own lives, possessions and money to help those they don't even know. It was absolutely incredible to see the relief people brought to those affected by the hurricanes. For Harvey, over $510 million has been raised and thats not counting the federal money. For Irma, the fundraiser, Hand in Hand raised over $55 million. People are doing good things.

2. THE CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS // Through December 3, more than 6,762 fires burned 505,391 acres this year. During that same period last year, 4,742 fires burned 244,297 acres. The five-year statewide average for that period is 4,749 acres and 202,696 acres. More than 8,500 firefighters have battled the blaze, the largest mobilization of fire crews to fight any wildfire in California history. The firefight has cost $130 million. 8,500 firefighters, let that sink in for a bit. Firefights from all over the country have come in to help with these wildfires and they aren't slowing down. It’s now the third-largest fire in California history but is likely to become the second. This is a shout-out, a thank you, a huge virtual hug to all those men and woman risking it all to protect others. You are the real MVPs.

1. THE SILENCE BREAKERS, THE #METOO MOVEMENT // It's safe to say, 2017 has been the year of the powerful female. From Tarana Burke who created the #MeToo movement to Alyssa Milano who popularized and encouraged its strength; this year has been the year woman have said enough is enough and stood up to the "powerful" men in their world. October 5, we saw the ungraceful fall of Harvey Weinstein, only to be succeeded by men like Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, James Toback and Mark Schwahan. Girls, keep fighting, keep talking and keeping standing up for yourself. Let's make this a standard and not an exception. 

Honorable Mentions
Generation Z - the new new millenials
Serena Williams - won Wimbledon while pregnant!
Santa Ana winds - goes hand in hand with the firefighters
The Pope - you guys voted him in!

Happy Friday friends! Thanks for joining me again in another list of the most fascinating. If you created a list, who would be on your list? Leave them in the comments!

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The Best of 2017.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? For us, this weekend was so perfectly uneventful. Adam went to a boys 'scotch and steak' night on Saturday. I got takeout, watched Hallmark and was in bed by 9pm. Heaven on earth, I tell ya.

Can you believe we are officially one week from Christmas and two weeks until 2018! Cue all the Christmas movies, music, cookies and decor! I am so excited for the buzz this week brings. Christmas is my most favorite time and I plan on soaking in all things Christmas from now on.

Usually this post comes in more of a review style. You can check out some previous years here:

2014: the year we moved to Denver
2015: the year we got married
2016: the year of new babies, weddings of best friends and happiness. 

A lot happened in 2017, but I felt like changing up the style of the post. Plus, those review posts take forever to read and who's got time for that.  2017 has been a very unique year.

It's been a year of growth, changes, extreme highs and extreme lows. Adam and I grew closer than ever. We learned to lean into each other and God more than we thought possible. We celebrated some of our greatest joys, some of the best weddings and some of the best birthdays. I turned 30, we traveled, we lived.

This won't be the ultimate recap, instead, lets talk about the best of 2017.

Instagram, you funny little thing. I've loved you and I've hated you.

1. I turned 30! 2. I celebrated my #mcm. 3. Adam threw me the best thirtieth birthday party. 
4. You guys LOVED this pink lace jacket. 5. My BFF, Whitney celebrated her birthday. 
6. Adam and I celebrated two years of marriage! 7. Henry and I posed together. 
7. Best friends. 8. Mama. 

Like I said, instead of going month by month, we're going quarter-by-quarter. 

January - March: I hate to say these months were a blur. Nothing crazy happened, nothing bad happened, nothing super notable happened. Trump was inaugurated, Nick was the Bachelor again, I did my first blog photoshoot and I posted the bloopers. We started the new year fresh, strong and ready to take it on. 

The best of: Leo was baptized, Otto was baptized, my father in law turned 60, my cousin Rachel came to visit. Who am I kidding, we had a great first quarter. 

My first official unofficial photoshoot. 

April - June: The quarter of bachelorette parties. Calistoga, Austin, you name it, I celebrated it. There is nothing better than watching your best friends marry their person. Bachelorette parties get a lot of bad raps. "Too much money" "Too much time away" "blah blah blah" I will admit, I've made these complaints before, but in the end, if someone thinks I am worthy of celebrating their marriage with them I am 100% game.

I wrote a ton of travel guides, Austin, Napa, Grand Cayman. I celebrated my mom and I celebrated the big 30. And, I found the best jacket from Target. I love the early summer months.

The best of: Learning that 30 wasn't as scary as I imagined.

My 30th in Arizona with the best of the bests.

July - September: In July I got to watch one of my best friends get married in what I describe as the most incredible wedding I've ever attended. Not only for its beauty, but the love of these two humans. July we celebrated Adam's birthday and ventured to Estes Park. In August, we watched two more of our fabulous couple friends get married. Like I said before people, I love watching love.

September 1, we found out we were pregnant. We heard the heartbeat, we told our friends, we told our families and the rest of that month was prepping for baby.

The best of: Hearing the heartbeat.

Two hours before this photo was taken I saw those two beautiful blue lines.

October - December: Officially the hardest quarter of the year. The first of October we found out that we would no longer be parents. If I'm being totally honest, October and half of November went by in a blur that I'm happy to forget about. The silver lining of sadness, leaning in to those closest to you. Adam and I experienced things we never wished for in our lives together. But we got through them together. One day, we'll look back with a rainbow baby in our hands and realize this was all a part of His bigger plan.

November, I spent time in Michigan with my grandmother, Thanksgiving in Arizona with my family and soon to be Omaha for Christmas. The over-arching theme of this quarter? Family.

The best of: Letting those who love you, love you a little harder.

<3 he makes any year the best

Happy 2017 people! Can you believe we are only two weeks away from 2018! That is crazy. Here's to spending those last few weeks with the ones you love, doing what you love and creating the best memories for next year.

Thanks for joining me on this crazy ride this year. 

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Recipe: The Best Gingerbread Cookies

Friday, December 15, 2017

Every Christmas growing up, my mother and I would bake Christmas cookies. And, when I say growing up, I mean, we still bake even at 30 yers old. Every year when I am home, we bake. We bake my grandmothers gingerbread cookies, German chocolate hearts (I'll share these one day), those peanut butter cookies with kisses pressed in the top. We love to bake. We pour large glasses of red wine, turn on Christmas movies and turn her entire kitchen into a baking mess.

It's one of my favorite traditions. This year, Adam and I aren't going to Arizona for Christmas, but that didn't stop me from baking or making a complete mess. Last Sunday when I was grocery shopping, I had the urge to make gingerbread cookies. I wanted to turn on Christmas movies and fill our house with the smell of gingerbread, so that is exactly what I did.

Does anything smell like Christmas more than gingerbread? If so, I have yet to find it. To me, it is the smell of Christmas. While I was baking, my neighbor stopped by and she immediately commented on how good the house smelled, gingerbread. Adam came home with the same comment, gingerbread.

I'm telling ya guys, these cookies are Christmas. Throw on some sprinkles, red hots, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

I learned a secret through this last baking escapade. When the cookies were coming out, they were super fat and fluffy. My best, Coti told me it's because the dough is too warm. Keep it cool. Use small amounts and while you're rolling out the other dough, keep the remainder in the fridge. Oh, and the thinner the cookies are, the crispier.

Let's get to the fun stuff, the cookies.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick, room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg

How to Make: 

  1. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt and pepper into a medium bowl. Set aside. 
  2. In your kitchen aid mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the butter and vegetable shortening until well combined (about one minute).
  3. Add in the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is light in texture and color (2 minutes).
  4. Beat in the molasses and the egg. 
  5. Gradually mix in the flour mixture. Slowly. 
  6. Divide the dough into two thick disks, wrap in seran warp and put in the fridge. 
  7. Let cool for 3 hours (or lasts for 2 days). 
  8. When cooled, work with one disk at a time. 
  9. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle the top of the dough and the rolling pin with flour.
  10. Roll the dough out until 1/8 inch thick.
  11. Make sure the dough is cool. Luckily my bff told me that if the dough isn't chilled the cookies get fatter and spread out. 
  12. Place the cookies one inch apart on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  13. Decorate! 
  14. Cook for 10-12 minutes. For the first 5 minutes, place the cookies on the top shelf, for the next 5 minutes, place cookies on the bottom shelf. 
  15. Once cooked, let them rest on the pan for 2 minutes before cooling on a cooking rack. 
  16. Enjoy!

Happy Friday friends! It's the last full weekend before Christmas! Make sure you get to baking and shopping! 

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Instagram Roundup!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hey, what's up, hello! Happy Wednesday! There has been a lot going on in the Instagram world and I haven't updated you in forever. From Dear Baby to job changes, life is a changing and I'm doing what I can to keep up.

It's been a whirlwind of a year, mostly great, some not so great. I am excited for what 2018 has in store. Stay tuned for next week, we're doing the 2017 Most Fascinating People list! We start with 10-6 and then a few days later, the big reveal of #1.

Who would be on your list thing year? I for one haven't given this a ton of thought. Off the top of my head? The silence breakers and the CA firefighters. They are indeed the most incredible people currently making their way through celeb-world. And, for the best reasons ever. Remember though, this list is usually in jest, we are poking fun people.

Leave me a comment on who you would pick to be on this list this year! You never know, I may bump one of mine for yours!

In the meantime, Instagram has been busy. Some new fun items (see the furry slides) and some staples (looks like I need a new bag!). 2017 has been great, let's update.

Fuzzy slides that feel like slippers? Merry Christmas to me!

I'm so glad velvet is trendy, because I'm obsessed with this jacket. Oh, and it has shoulder pads.

I wore this sweater out last night and half was through dinner Adam looks at me and says, is that sweater green or black. Oh yeah, it's got a tonnnnnnn of dark green in it. I'm obsessed.

This outfit is what we wore for our christmas photos and I can tell ya that Adam picked out my outfit. Oh yeah, he's got great taste. 

When I first saw this shirt I thought it was a bit much, but when I saw it in person, I was hooked. Plus, the body of the shirt is a thermal. Love is an understatement.

Happy Wednesday friends! Remember, leave your most fascinating below!

I'm pumped to see who YOU think deserve the nom.

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