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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The snow started falling in Denver on Sunday around noon and stopped falling on Monday at noon. Needless to say, the drive into work Monday was super fun! I'm pretty sure the only thing that loves snow is Miss Lola. If you're not following me on Snapchat (Kgrace01) you are missing out on her adventures!

I heard something on the radio stating the third Monday in January is the most depressing of all days out of all months. While I don't love snow days that require me to go into work, I think it's cool/ironic that MLK Day fell on this "most depressing day." MLK's message was one of love and acceptance. I love this part in his speech --
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
That is our hope. That is our dream.

Lots of happenings over here in Denver. Let's do a little roundup.

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Coti's (Bride) Robe: Stone Cold Fox; My (Bridesmaid) Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar (Similar) 
 Sweater Dress: Madewell ; Nails by Nicole 
 Bell Sleeve Turtleneck: Madewell; Jeans: Madewell
Boots: Madewell; Bag: Louis Vuitton (linked similar)
 Vest: J. Crew; Jeans: J Brand; Shoes: Madewell (linked similar)
 Sweater: J Crew (sold out); Boots: Hunter; Jeans: J Brand
 Dress: Everything but Water; Sandals: Madewell 
 Jacket: Lululemon; Leggings: Lululemon; Top: Pure Barre
 Sweater Dress: Madewell; Bag: Kate Spade; Boots: Toms
 Shirt: J. Crew (on sale!); Jeans: Madewell
Boots: Madewell (linked similar); Bag: Louis Vuitton (linked similar) 
 Dress: Banana Republic; Shoes: Madewell  (linked similar)
On him: Suit: Hugo Boss

Happy Tuesday friends! Stay tuned for tomorrow's Bachelor Blog. After the bombshell Liz secret from last week, I promise this week will be even better. 

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The next 5 years.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The other day I was having a boozy lunch with my girlfriend when she asked me what I hope to be doing in five years. Seems like an ordinary question right? But it took me off guard. My first instinct was well I like what I'm doing now, I'm happily married, I'll be doing what I'm doing today!

But on my way home, I started legitimately thinking about her questions. Where/what do I hope to be doing in five years.

It is not lost on me that I am turning 30 this year. I don't do well with getting older. I tend to subscribe to the theory that you should have certain things checked off by a certain age. I know that's a shitty theory, but hey, it's true. So far in my life, this theory has worked, right? I've accomplished a lot in my 29 1/2 years of life and I'm proud of that. But where will I be in five years?

Let's do a little throwback. Five years ago, I was 24. Five years ago, I was a second year in law school. Adam and I had been dating for 2 years. I had just gotten my first A in law school. My brother and sister in law weren't even married yet. I was still living the student life with no idea what my future would hold. If you told me then that I'd be married, living in Denver with two dogs and working as an attorney I would have said you were nuts. But, here we are. I cannot wait to see what the next five years has in store.
In the next five years, I hope to have little Kavan nuggets running around, calling me mom. That they're not annoying and that when my friends come over they tell me how great my kids are and that they're cute. I hope that I still love what I do. I do now, but who knows what five years brings. Maybe I'll wanna work at Costco and I'd be happy checking people's receipts and saying good afternoon. I hope to have found the balance between bad comparison and good comparison with others because we all know I live and die by Instagram likes and comments. I hope I have reached 1,000 pure barre classes and still care about my body. Yeah sure I'll still be sneaking dark chocolate kisses every now and again, but getting older is all about balance and maturity. Dark chocolate is mature. I hope I've conquered my fears and started skiing again and that I'm one of those amazing skiers on the mountain, girls with torn ACLs look at and feel inspired. I hope to remember everyone needs a little more grace including myself. I hope my Instagram is making me money. I hope this blog is more than a hobby and maybe this blog will play into what I'm doing in five years. I hope I've convinced my parents to buy a place in Colorado. Yeah they already have grandkids and a house in Arizona, but hey, maybe if I teach my kids to call them GiGi and PopPop, they'll buy a place here too. Coti and I will still talk on the phone every morning regardless if I'm driving to work or changing my cool kids diapers. She'll tell me I still have road rage even though it was my 2017 resolution and I'll ask her if she still has 13,000 unopened emails. I hope I still like cold shrimp. This has been a touch and go relationship my whole life, who knows if this could change. I hope I've seen Forest Gump and all the Star Wars movies. I've seen some of the classics, but as Adam tells me, not enough. Looks like I need to add a few movie marathons to my next five years. I hope I still make Adam laugh, even if they are pity laughs. I hope Debbie, my car is still running. She's a good car.  I hope I have more nieces and nephews. Hey sister--in-laws, I'm talking to you. I hope I am happy. I hope I am content. I hope I have one of those homes that people feel comfortable in. Ya know the place where you walk in and just wanna grab a glass of wine and sit on the couch without asking? I want my home to be that place. I hope my wine collection only gets better so when people walk into my home they have a lot of options to pick from before they get cozy on the couch. I hope my best friends realize that Denver is a cool place to live and they move here too so we can have bachelor nights and spontaneous dinners on Tuesday nights with all the wine selections I have. I hope I'll have finally written that book I want to write. My journal is full of pages that I need to write. I hope I find the time to write that book. I hope that book becomes a centerpiece to my cozy home that my friends like hanging out at with wine, even with screaming kids running around while Lola and Henry chase them. That is where I hope to be in five years
Happy Monday friends. Here's to the next five minutes, the next five months and the next five years. May all your goals and dreams come true.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

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The Bachelor: Episode 2 - Corrinne is already the villain

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I said I was only going to blog every other week. I said I was going to tweet with the show Monday night. I said I was going to have this post out first thing Wednesday morning. But ya know what, life did not want me to run on any sort of schedule this week.

This crazy show sucks me in and I have to blog about it. I'm hoping it's weekly but all I know is that it's crazy up in here and deserves to be talked about. We can all thank the National Championship Monday night (go Clemson!) for my lack of tweeting Monday night. The game was too good and my husband was too excited. So, let's just say I took one for the team and watched 4 hours of football. I'll make up for it with lots of Bachelor watching. Then the week hit like a damn bat out of hell and the things I wanted to get done yesterday, probably wont get done until Saturday and that is just this week.

But ya know what? We are here, we are blogging and Nick is still the Bachelor. So I promise NEXT week I will tweet Monday and have the post to ya first thing Wednesday morning, at least I'll try.

Let's get to it shall we? We are finally in the season of group dates. I think we can all agree that dating in a group would suck. There is no way around it. Watching a girl you probably hate take the guy you are "dating" behind a wall to go make-out would probably feel like a sucker punch to the gut. But here is my disclaimer that I scream at the TV weekly - you knew what you were signing up for ladies.

Group Date 1: Is it just me or do these girls seem overly giddy about everythingggggg. Date card, whoooooo. Chris Harrison, whooooooo. Mimosas, whooooooo. Buicks, whooooooooo! Maybe it's the nerves, or maybe these girls have never seen a Buick before, the world may never know.

She (Corinne) is really making sure everyone knows she was the first to kiss him. This whole thing is so dumb. Corrinne is so dumb. 

I cannot help but agree with Adam that this is so dumb. This has to be the worst/raunchiest date - maybe not as bad as when Chris Soules made the girls ride tractors in bikinis, but too close to call.
It's pretty damn clean, they are all just kissing him because they think they should. Blech. But the one girls comment about it tasting like Danielle was hilarious. Side-note, I cannot wait until I know their names.

Let's jump to the Liz saga so we can be done with her: I swear to god if we have to hear one more time that she met Nick at Jade and Tanners wedding. OH MY LORD. I understand that the way the producers did this is so it sounds like shes actually saying it that much but really its just a voice-over, but still. Good gracious. She is starting to seem a little crazy town. and her faux-breakup with Nick seemed a lot. Nick is not buying the bullshit Liz is spewing.

Now to Corrinne: Corinne, you are gross and pretty classless. I'm over you. Oh, and brush your hair.

What is Corrinne doing?! Why does Nick keep letting her interact? Is this the third time? He's an idiot. 

One-on-one: Danielle is so darn cute, I LOVE that she got the first date. They are so darling together! She is seriously the sweetest girl ever and she's beautiful. I think they are so darn cute. I love watching them interact. They're both a little nerdy, a little quiet, but compliment each other so well. I think she is going to go pretty far in this game, I mean show, I mean relationship.

Oh my gosh, this conversation between Kristen and Liz is crazy. "I didn't know him like that" except you slept together -- so. Liz, you are starting to sound nuts and Kristen might kill you. PS I know that's not how her Kristen is spelled, but my way is easier.

Group Date 2: Borrrrrringgggggggg. This has to be the worst group date ever.  Slash this is so awkward. Does he mumble or is it me? Does Kristen look like she's 10? This group date was so horrible that I have nothing to say about it. I am bored.

Alright there you have it. Spoiler alert: Liz went home. Now, hopefully we never have to hear that voice-over that she slept with Nick ever again. But I guarantee it will come back to haunt us all. Next week should be interesting as they all finally find out about Nick's dirty drunk little secret.

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Less || More: My 2017 New Years Resolutions

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

They are finally here. My resolutions. Tiny goals to work on throughout the year in hopes of some major life changes. I mixed up resolutions a little bit this year and I'll explain why. I find tiny movements make big results. Big grandiose changes are great but hard to continue. Here's hoping my 2017 is full of small intentional changes, resulting in something great.

Darling Savage is one of my most favorite Instagram accounts as it is always filled with encouraging words and great pictures. Recently, they posted the best picture. A piece of paper with a line down the middle, on the left the word less, on the right, the word more. From there, she created her list of what she desires more and less of in 2017.

I love New Years Resolutions. I love lists. I love setting goals for myself even if I fail to complete those goals by February. I hold myself accountable by putting it all out there, even if out there is just my personal diary.

In 2008, I grew up. In 2013, I vowed to love bigger. In 2015, I made some crazy resolutions. In 2016,  my goal was to be more intentional and my word(s) were to trust the timing of my life.

Now, here we are in 2017 and I'm not sure I'm ready to pick a word to describe the year. I've got a few in mind, things that I want to change, things I want to do and focus on, but for some reason, I am finding it hard to pick one word to define an entire year, a full 365 days. But this is my place. This is where I put words to keyboard. This is where I hold myself accountable. I'm going to set my intentions here. What I want more and less of in 2017. It might not be as succinct as one word, but it's a start.

2017 is my year of no and yes. No to things that I don't want to do 100%. Yes to things that matter.

Jen Hatmaker is responsible for giving me my life motto, one I plan to live by this year. If it's not a hell yes, then it's a no. Time is so so valuable and it's time I start acting like it. This means quality time with people who deserve quality time. This means spending my time doing things that deserve my time. I don't have enough time as is, it's time I start using it wisely.

This year is about learning to say no and saying yes to the great things. This is what I want less and more of in my 2017.

  • Screen time: This is something I'm always working on and when I do, it makes me so happy. . 
  • Complaining: I have way too much to be thankful for to complain.
  • Gossip: Enough said.
  • Road-rage: I've been working on this for a while, I'm getting better...
  • Stress: If not getting rid of it, learning to manage it better
  • Comparison: This biggest thief of joy is comparison. 
  • Settling: in all aspects
  • Procrastinating
  • Stuff
  • God time: church, Bible, community, Him. 
  • Trips: Currently planning some good ones!
  • Love: Everyone needs more of this. 
  • Family and friend time: See line two above
  • Experiences: See the last of less. I don't need any more stuff, but I'll always want more experiences.
  • Success: In all aspects. 
  • Followers on this blog and social media: I'm just being honest here
  • Quite time: It seems like the TV is always on or we're listening to music.
  • Blog posts! 
  • Reading great books.
  • Conversation. Conversation over great food and red wine with great friends. 
Alright everyone, my intentions have been set, that means I cant break them, right? No, that means I can push full force ahead. This is the year of happy, the year of more and the year of no. This is the year where we all find our joy.

What are you wanting more and less of in 2017? Share your lists below.
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Let's talk Paleo.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Congrats, you are officially 9 days into the new year! For the sake of brutal honesty, this is when I start losing all New Years Resolution motivation. I really just want to lay in bed and eat pizza.

Yes, we are 9 days in to the new year and yes, I still haven't shared my resolutions with you yet. I'm so not blog trendy. I'm mixing up the way I do resolutions this year and I'm just not quite ready to share them. Don't you worry, you'll be the first to know them when I do (ps check back Wednesday!).

My friend posted this quote on Instagram and I love it: "And now let us welcome the new year - full of things that have never been." Rainer Maria Rilke.That's good shit right there, thank you Angie.

For a little insight, this quote includes one of my goals, new things for a new year. What about you? What are you working on for the new year? If you're like many out there, diet and exercise is top of the list. I know it's always been on mine.

One of my favorite ways to start the new year is to do 30 days of paleo. Yes, I eat paleo 80% of the time anyways, but most of the time, I allow myself cheat days on the weekends. I love starting the year with 30 very clean days. Even if no weight is lost, it's a great way to start feeling clean and fresh.

Starting clean is hard. On New Years Eve I was eating the most amazing charcuterie I've ever made and now I'm not even allowed to look at cheese. It's hard giving up food you love, but I promise it'll be worth it.

When I started eating paleo I turned to my friend and guru Callie for advice and support. My number one piece of advice when starting something like this is to know what you're doing and have support.
Oh, and hey, side-note - - I am not a doctor. Major life/diet changes should probably be run by a doc before hand. Yes, it works for me, but before you do anything drastic, please make sure it's the best (and most healthy) option for you. 
But, having support is huge. Adam is my biggest support because he loves cooking and eating healthy with me too. It's important for me that he supports me in this because eating healthy is hard and it would be harder if while I'm eating grilled chicken, he's eating pizza. It's easier together.

So you want to get started on a paleo diet huh? Well luckily for you, here are my top three tips:
  • Tip #1: Clean out your pantry and got rid of all processed stuff. Eating clean and cutting things out of your diet is hard enough, don't make it even harder by having pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream in the fridge. 
  • Tip #2: Make a long grocery list and be prepared to shop. Key to this diet is having great food on hand and a little bit of meal prep. 
  • Tip #3: Allow yourself to falter. If you go 100% all the time you will likely get burned out and hate it. Be easy on yourself. We all need a little grace. 
In an effort to help ya out I made a grocery list for you! A great list of all things that are paleo and easy to have stocked in your fridge. Adam and my Sunday routine is to meal plan. We don't pre-make everything but we decide what we're going to make each day. We make a grocery list and off we go. Yes, sometime it sucks because what you picked for Wednesday's meal on Sunday doesn't sound good on Wednesday. Well, it's healthy and it'll save you money. Promise .

Here's my go-to grocery list. I know if I have these items in my fridge and pantry each week I am good to go. 

Now, what to make? Here's what we're making this week --

Monday: Honey Glazed Sriracha Pork Tenderloin
Tuesday: Salmon with avocado salsa
Wednesday: Thai Chicken Salad
Thursday:  Kale Mushroom Chicken Spaghetti Squash
Friday: Paleo Beef Enchiladas
Lunch: Chicken Salad (I make this Sunday and then pack for each day!)
Snacks: Paleo Chocolate Donuts

If you need more help, I've got more tips. Lifestyle changes can be hard! Be easy on yourself people!

Here's my top 10 tips to starting paleo. Good luck, you've got this!

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The Bachelor: Nick, Again.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We are back. Can you believe it? I'm pretty sure the Bachelor airs more times in a year than Keeping up with the Kardashians, which is almost impossible. But, here we are. This is Nicks fourth time on some version of the Bachelor. Runner up with Andi. runner up with Kaitlyn, dumped Jen and now Chris decided it would be a good idea for him be the one. He has been coined the most hated Bachelor in History. What are your thoughts? Were you glad to see Nick back? I for one am undecided.

If you're new around here, welcome! A little about me. I love the Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise so much that I blog about it every week. I don't have time to do laundry, but you better believe I have two hours Monday night to blog along. If you don't like the Bachelor, feel free to skip my Wednesday posts. They don't last for long and they're usually pretty funny. Plus, Adam commentates (he doesn't know though, so please don't tell him if you see him).

I'm changing things up a little bit, I'm gonna be posting on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. I need a little extra time to make the post just right. And, I might only post every other week-- except when I told my friend that, she said that was a bad idea and she wanted a post every week. Thoughts? I need your insight! I'm going to try and tweet more Monday nights so make sure to find me there (kristengrace1)

Adam is convinced that this is going to be the worst season in the history of bachelor. And that is saying a lot because I think he secretly likes watching with me. Yes, he reads the WSJ the entire time, but I know he secretly has one eye on the TV. He even asked if we should play fantasy bachelor. He's hooked.

Let's get to the episode. The first episode is always a little anti-climactic for me. We meet the girls, realize they're all at least 10 years younger than the lead and discover new job titles, like aspiring dolphin trainer, that is not a thing.

Ben, Chris and Sean gossiping about Nick while drinking what is supposed to look like whiskey, but I would assume is some kind of diet pop. I think we could turn this season into a pretty intense drinking game. Every time someone says. "I hated you" or some version of hate/despise or when someone says "Fourth times a charm" DRINK. His last name is vile? If you forgot, all italics are Adam.

Does anyone make the connection that Andi was an attorney and so is the first girl Rachel? Hmm, curious (and she gets the first impression rose? I'm sensing a type).

Oh my gosh, the special needs teacher, break my heart, she is so sweet and those kids are so cute. Josephine, no. Gosh, the girls are so young this year, isn't he like 40? 

Corine is gorgeous, but I think she is going to be the shit stirrer and is probably only here to get Instagram famous. Betches on Instagram posted a photo saying "All the girls that get sent home the first night are just sad they cant sell tea on Instagram now" That is Corinna to a t!

Danielle, the baby nurse seems really normal - I'm sending her to top 4 status. Of course there is a girl that Nick already knows and slept with. Way to create drama right off the bat.

I'm calling it, this is going to be the worst season.

Expectations are pretty low over here people. Danielle is a stunner and he's impressed. Christen is a little celebrity nuts. Law school graduate is not a career - trust me. Balls, beard massages and the hotdog in the book, yikes. I'm starting to agree with Adam that this season might be a little bad.

Why is this season so sexual? I liked it before when it was all latent tension with no actual sex talk. Oh my gosh, the shark/dolphin, that cannot be real.

Oh god, this whole thing is highly unfortunate. Corinne is going to be the crazy girl.

I think it is so funny when girls act all surprised when one girls steals Nick and start talking crap. Ladies, we know you've seen this, you know what is going to happen. Man up. Yes, Jasmine, congrats, you are the first to cry! Rachel, first rose! Yeah girl!

Babe, I just don't think this is gonna be a good one.

My picks for top 4: Danielle L. Danielle M., Rachel, Astrid. Let's be real, this is the first season I don't see a super top front runner.

Alright, that was it. How ya feeling? Here's who went home. I don't know who anyone is yet, so this doesn't mean a lot, but byyyy felicas.

Olivia, Angela, Briana, Ida Marie, Jasmine B., Lauren, Michelle and Susannah. 

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2016 Year in Review!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! How crazy that feels to type! It seems like as I get older the years go faster and faster! One way I try and slow that down is to reminisce on all the things from the last year. Year is Review is one of my most favorite posts. I just love looking back on everything from the previous year.

Before we get started -- a huge thanks is necessary to all you lovely blog readers who have turned friends and supporters. Thank you for loving Everyday Grace as much as I do. Thank you for supporting this space, these posts and me. It wouldn't be here without all of you. Cheers to 2017, better posts, more posts and lots of fun.

Christmas cards // Vail // Buying our home // Lola! // Lola! // The best blogger meet up // 
Broncos // Lola and Henry // Starbucks pink drink 

This is a big post peeps, get ready! 2014, I got engaged. 2015, I got married. 2016, I lived my married life.

This has been a year. Some have called it the worst year for celebrities in history of years. Some have called it the worst year period. And yes, there have been some crazzyyyy things to occur this year, but I still think 2016 was pretty dang good. Let's recap, shall we?

January: January started slow with sober and paleo January. While that isn't the most fun way to start a year, it is such a refreshing way to start. Adam and I celebrated 8 months of marriage, the bachelor was in full swing, the Broncos were in the playoffs, I featured some really fun bloggers and we found out we got the house of our dreams! It was a quite, but fun month! The best part, the quite before the year really started.

February: The month of babies and new houses! In February, two of my best friends had their baby showers. I ventured to Omaha to throw a shower with my girl B, for our best girl Lyndsey. It was such a fun (cold) weekend celebrating all the love a new baby brings. After Omaha, Adam and I closed on our house and finally moved in thanks to his parents huge help! It was so incredible. At the end of February, I ventured to Arizona for Whitney's baby shower! I just LOVED celebrating all these amazing babies in my life. February went so fast, but was one of my favorite months ever. The best part, watching my best friends celebrate their babies.

March: March was the month of visitors. Adams best friends, my parents, my sister and brother in law and a couple friends of ours. Now that we have a house, it is so fun that we can have people stay with us! In March, we found out that Lauren won Ben's heart on the Bachelor, I made some horrible paleo recipes and figured out how to use Snapchat. The best part, I got to go to Arizona to celebrate my best friend and her stunning wedding shower. I'm pretty sure there is nothing better than watching your best friend get married. March was full of lots of love.

April: In April, we celebrated our two-year Denver Anniversary, I surprised my best friends and spent 18 hours in Arizona meeting my best friends new little babe, we celebrated our first Easter together and made rack of lamb and I conquered paleo desserts. The best part of April - Coti's bachelorette party in San Diego. Part of this trip went into May, but the first day of the trip was the best.

May: May was a long month. It started with a bang celebrating Coti's bachelorette party. It was hands down the best celebration ever. Adam and I celebrated ONE year of marriage, crazy! Then I ventured to Omaha to celebrate another best girl of mine's baby, PLUS my brother-in-law got engaged and JoJo became the bachelorette. May ended with some serious sadness in our family with the passing of Adam's grandfather. He was a great man who lived a great life and it was an honor to celebrate him. The best part of May was celebrating our one year of marriage, being married to Adam is the greatest thing ever.

June: I turned 29, but the entire month of June is dedicated to Coti's wedding! We celebrated it in April and May, but the ultimate celebration came in Charlottesville, Virginia! It was the BEST weekend ever celebrating Coti. That was the best part of June and it deserves it's own month.

July: Omaha, Tahoe, Adele and a surprise 30th birthday party for Adam! Oh, what a month. We spent the 4th with our family in Omaha, 6 days in Tahoe with family + we found out we were getting another nephew, friends came to Denver and we saw ADELE and then.. all our best friends and family came to Denver to surprise Adam with a crawfish boil 30th birthday. This month was the best because it was so full of family and friends. My heart is so full.

August: One year post knee surgery, hurray! And the best part, getting Lola! We spent the whole month potty training a pup. We had a great visit from Lyndsey, Kyle and her little babe Caroline! It was a perfectly, slow August full of patio time and cocktails.

September: September started with the gallon challenge. A gallon of water a day. It was SO dang hard, but really glad I did it. Adam and I surprised my Dad for his 65th birthday in Arizona. We had an amazing dinner with our his friends and our family. Celebrating my dad was the BEST part of September.

October: We finished the gallon challenge in October, hallelujah. I had the best girls weekend in Denver and we did everything under the sun. My brother and sister in law came in town and we did the Great American Beer Festival. Then we ventured to Omaha to celebrate my adorable nieces 4th birthday! Last but not least, my parents were so sweet and came to Denver to bring me stuff from heir house, we topped off the weekend with a Broncos game and win! October was so fun, but the best part was all our visitors.

November: Adam and I celebrated 6 years together! Is that possible? Adam went to Notre Dame for football, I went to Omaha for a baby shower. My new nephew was born!! Trump won the election. Cubs won the World Series. And, to cap off the month, Adam and I ventured back to Omaha for Thanksgiving. This month seemed to fly by but the best part is that November is the ultimate month of gratitude.

December: I think December is my favorite month every year. It is always snowy in Denver, full of Christmas lights, fun trips, great happy hours and lots of family time. To start off the month, Adam and I hosted breakfast club and watched the Broncos win, Adams parents came into town and we went to Vail. I found out I'm cleared to ski again! We had happy hours with friends. And then to top it off, ventured to Arizona for Christmas where we got to watch my new nephew get baptized, celebrate my mom's 65th birthday and spend 5 solid days with family. New Years ended with a bang with a great group of friends to ring in the new year.

I'm so lucky for these best friends of mine
My hubs :)
My friends celebrating my mama's 65th birthday!

You guys made it!

I know everyone said 2016 wasn't the greatest year, but I would beg to differ. It's so easy to get caught up in all the bad stuff that happens and forget the great and amazing things. My friend told me the other day, it's easy to be good when life is good, but its when life is hard that you get to be great.

Happy New Year, Happy 2017! I have a feeling this year is going to be even better than 2016. Here's to being kinder than last year, working harder and being great.

Ps. Get ready because tomorrow The Bachelor posts are back and boy do we have a lot to talk about!

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Top Ten Most Fascinating People of 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy Thursday and Happy New Years Eve Eve Eve! It's that time again, time for my most fascinating people list. As you may know, I LOVE any kind of celebrity news or gossip. I am a sucker for scandals, snapchat wars and all things that cause chaos in the world of celebrity. This year has involved lots of breakups, gold medals, new couples getting together, old couples breaking up and let's not forget the worst election in history.

Politics is usually not my blog thing. Heck, I commented on one thing on Facebook regarding politics and my blood pressure still hasn't gone down. However, I find my 2016 list has more politicos on it than I'd like to admit. The politicos are not based on policies just on their ability to be fascinating.

Ya know what else? Someone in the Kardashian/Jenner clan has been on every fascinating list I've ever written. And not even Khloe, the good one. That pretty much goes against everything I believe in, but what can I say, they are the definition of fascinating.

Let me preface this list with this: These people are fascinating, some for the right reasons, some for the wrong reasons and some just because I think they are funny. I fully understand that there are more deserving people, but this list is done in jest, please take it that way.

Time Magazine did a most influential people list and those people are the most influential, worthy of praise. This list is fascinating. Who do you think is most fascinating?

Let's take a quick look back at 2014 (10-6) (5-1) and 2015 (10-6) (5-1). Whew.

The last few years were crazy, but I think 2016 just might top it. Grab your glass of wine and hold on tight, let's do this.

10. Meghan Markle. The girl who broke Prince Harry. She's an actress, humanitarian, clothing designer and on top of it all, drop dead gorgeous. She's been acting since she was a little girl, you may know her from Suits or General Hospital or the 29 other shows she's been in. In 2016, she became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and worked for the Empowerment of Women as an advocate. Apparently now, Queen Elizabeth approves of her relationship with Harry. 2016 was pretty fascinating for Meghan and it looks like 2017 is only going to get better. 

9. Dream Kardashian et all. This poor girl and her poor family. Yes, she's a Kardashian, but she's also the center of some very fascinating drama between her mom and dad. Remember up above how I said I love snapchat fights. Well in case you missed it, last weekend Blac Chyna left her house she shared with Rob Kardashian and took Dream and all the stuff in her room. Rob then went on Snapchat to show us all what went down. But, now they're back together. Oh, and Blac is trying to trademark the Kardashian name. They have only been together about a year, but it is surely the most fascinating celebrity relationship I've ever seen. And at the middle of it all, a Dream.

8. Cubs Fans. In case you missed it, the Chicago Cubs won the world series for the first time in 108 years. Let that sink in. Most fans weren't even alive the last time they won a pennant, which was 71 years ago. Now, they are World Series Champs and most of the world became fans. Ya gotta give it up for Cubs Fans, they have been rooting for a team that never wins. That is some dedication if you ask me. And the thing about Cubs fans, they're only going to get stronger because now they have a win under their belt and the Cubs are still a good team. Jump on the bandwagon folks, being a Cubs fan just got fascinating.

7. Pokémon. A free-to-play, location based video game. This game created quite a stir; people were walking in to traffic, violating peoples privacy by walking into their yards and getting hurt. Pokémon originally came out in 1990 when the Game Boy was released and has been a phenomenon every since. I have to be totally honest, I legit have no idea what a Pokemon is or even the concept behind the entire thing. But, it is clear, people love it. as of December 7th, it was reported that since Pokémon GO’s release, players have walked over 8.7 billion kilometers in total, which is equal to over 200,000 trips around the earth. During all that walking, they were able to catch a massive total of 88 billion Pokémon, which Niantic says equates to capturing roughly 533 million Pocket Monsters each day. I'm not sure what all that Pocket Monster business is, but Niantic, the creator, has had quite a fascinating year. 

6. Priyanka Chopra. This one might be new for some of you, but I highly recommend looking her up. If not, she'll be a household name before you have the chance. She is currently the star of Quanitco, one of ABC's number one dramas. But before that she was the queen of Bollywood. She has made over 50 movies and is beautiful, talented and a hard-worker. Yes, she was always a star in Bollywood, but now she is crushing it in the states. She'll be the next number 1 Hollywood actress before she knows it. Life has always been pretty great for Priyanka, but I think 2016 was her most fascinating.

5. Lebron James. Where do we start with Lebron? Let's pick the less obvious route. Lebron James started a foundation in order to positively affect the lives of children in Ohio through education and curricular educational activities. He is doing huge things in his community, a lesson other athletes could learn from. His foundation is incredible and is enough to make Lebron fascinating. Now to the less obvious. Lebron brought a championship to Cleveland for the first time since 1964. Life in Cleveland just got way more interesting.

4. Simone Biles. 19 years old. 4 feet 9 inches tall. 10x Gold Medalist. 2016 Olympics individual all-around champ and vault champion. 3-time world all-around champion, 3-time world floor champion, 2-time world balance beam champion, 4-time United States national all-around champion and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Do I really need to give any more stats as to why this girl rocks. In 2016, she became the most decorated gymnast in US History. This girl is a bad-ass and only continues to be more fascinating as time goes on. I have a feeling she could be on the list for years and years to come.

3. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the entire cast of Hamilton. I for one did not really grasp how cool this play would be until I listened to the soundtrack (thanks Bryn!). Now, I'm obsessed and trying to figure out how I can come up with $10,000 to see the play on Broadway. The musical made its debut off Broadway in February, 2015 and by August, 2015 was transferred to Broadway. Miranda wrote the book, music and lyrics for Hamilton and then played the role of Hamilton until his departure in July, 2016. Did you know people actually paid $10,000 to get tickets to see him? This musical has received 16 Tony noms, winning 11, including best musical, won a Grammy in 2016 and in 2016 a Pulitzer Prize for drama. There has even been a 60% increase in babies being named Hamilton in the last year. Oh, and Miranda will make over 6.4 million this year just made on his various roles in the production of Hamilton. This musical has swept the country over the last two years and it's safe to say 2016 was pretty fascinating for Miranda and the entire cast.

2. Hillary Clinton. No Hillary is not 2 because she is a woman or a democrat. Do not even start with that. She is number 2 because she did not win. We done? Hillary Clinton is fascinating to me for multiple reasons. First, the obvious, first woman to run for President and be the Democratic Nominee. Go girls. Second, she battled Donald, which even though she lost is pretty damn fascinating. Did you know she used to be a republican, cue the gasps, yep. she campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, was the 3rd female secretary of state in US history and hasn't driven a car since 1996? She fights hard for what she thinks is right and regardless of your stance on her politics, I think it's obvious that Hills year was pretty damn fascinating.

1. Trump. Regardless of your view on Trump, you have to admit, this human is pretty damn fascinating. Multi-millionaire reality TV star, father of five, gone President? That's crazy enough for number one on this list and on pretty much every other list out there. He's insulted everyone from here to the moon, challenged every stereotype and fallen into many. He's loud, brash, aggressive, hardworking, successful and our President-Elect. He announced he was running for President on June 16, 2015 and from there things have only gotten more fascinating (and kinda weird) for this man. The next four years are going to be pretty fascinating. Hold on tight everyone, it could be a bumpy ride.

Well, there ya have it. Some crazy shit went down this year and it's only appropriate to commemorate them with the most fascinating list. Who would you put on your list?

Here are some nominations that didn't quite cut it but I'd hate to leave them off:

  • Kanye
  • Angelina and Brad Pitt and the divorce of the year. 
  • Harambe
  • Great Britain and Brexit
  • Michael Phelps
  • Everyone who participated in the mannequin challenge
  • Bernie Sanders
Only three days till 2017 and then we start building the list for next year! 

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