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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Throwback Thursday: My best friend is married.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

So, my best friend has been married for 11 days, which means it's absolutely time for throwback Thursday post with everything wedding. A few Fridays ago, we ventured to Charlottesville, Virginia to celebrate #MattandCotisayIdo.

I shared with you her engagement, her Bachelorette Party (10 Tips), we talked about Bridal Showers (gold balloons are a must), we spent 18 hours together, I told her what I wanted her to know on her wedding day. Well, now it's time to talk wedding.

Have you ever been to Charlottesville, Virginia? I never had been before either. It's about a hundred miles south of Washington DC, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thomas Jefferson is from there and you can even visit his home at Monticello.  Or, with a short 30 minute drive from Charlottesville is Montpelier, the home of James Madison.

Charlottesville is also home to University of Virginia, tons of amazing restaurants, wineries, cute hotels and shops. Think I'm trying to sell you on Charlottesville? Well, I am. One trip and I'm in love.

If you ever go, here is what I suggest doing while you are there. As always, picture evidence is to follow.
  1. Have a best friend get married in Charlottesville. (It helps if the couple is a STUNNER too) 
  2. Have your best friend get married at a vineyard there.  I suggest Pippin Hill, but the cool thing, there are over 30 vineyards in the area. 
  3. Make sure your best friends has other best friends you can become best friends with. 
  4. Dance.
  5. Smooch. (This one is more bride and groom, but you get it!)
  6. Take pictures in sunsets. 
  7. Eat delicious BBQ - you are in the south ya'll. The Whiskey Jar is amazing. 
  8. Walk the mall. 
  9. Make sure there is a rehearsal dinner at an amazing restaurant. I suggest The Local
  10. Use snapchat and boomerang
  11. Drink champagne.
  12. Photo booths are always cool. 
See, I told you they are stunners. 
Vineyard weddings are the best weddings.
Finding your soul sister in your best friends best friend. 
the perfect first dance by the perfect couple.
Sunset lighting is the best lighting.
The Whiskey Jar, do it, you'll love it.
the mall - it used to be main street. Pretty cool huh.
The Local and the most stunning couple.
Champs & best friends.

To Matt and Coti: Thanks for picking such an incredible place to get married and for inviting all of us to join you. It really was the best time ever, when are we going back? To you two, your love is incredible. I wish you nothing but joy and happiness in the many years to come. You two are a perfect couple and the past ten years created the most wonderful evening. <3

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The Bachelorette; Episode 5 - All the gossip.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I have to start this post by saying that last Wednesday when I was at the Freebird stores in Cherry Creek mall that I saw Lauren Bushnell. For those of who you don't know who that is, Lauren is engaged to Ben Higgins (aka the best bachelor in history). She was so tiny and cute and I was so nervous. I just wanted to take a picture with her, but instead I froze and tweeted about it later

Anyways. Lauren Bushnell, you're a babe and your ring is huge.

Next, while this episode is heavily focused on Chad coming back to the guys house, whistling, I just read on US Weekly, that Chad is dating Robby's ex-girlfriend and Instagramming pictures of them. Oh, and on the subject of Chad, did you know he bought the domain names of Alex, Jordan and Joelle. He uses their domain (www.alex[lastname].com and routes it to his Instagram. If that doesn't prove he was there for the wrong reasons, I don't know what does.

Now, that we've caught up on all the Bachelorette related news, lets get to the episode. Wait that's it? I thought he [Chad] was going to kill someone. 

Let's break down the guys:

Evan: Am I the only one who is ready to see Evan go home? He is so dull and whiny. Every time he speaks, he breeds drama and it's the worst. That guy needs to go home.

Chase: You are a little bun. I really want to play with those big inflatable balls. PS go Chase, I love you.  I think the guys are going to start realizing that you are a front runner.

Alex: We get it. You think that you are hot shit because you "got rid of Chad" but let me be the one to set the record straight. You sent the most controversial, interesting and ridiculous person home and you will not win. Period.

Luke: Your accent makes everything sound better, even if you are confessing your love to her. She adores you. Keep up the good work, keep staying out of the drama (aka Alex).

James: Your poem made me feel awkward and I think it made JoJo feel the same way.

Jordan: I'm really sorry your ex-gf keeps bashing you on Instagram, but I'm a little nervous that she may be on to something. But hey, JoJo loves kissing you so keep it up.

Let's get rid of some people: James (I told you the poem didn't work) & Daniel (yes, your personality sucks)

Jordan: This is the part in the season when everyone starts realizing that Jordan is a front-runner. Cue the shit talking. This is when all the guys start freaking out because they realize that JoJo and Jordan would make gorgeous babies. These guys need to cool it, they knew what they signed up for. The first I'm falling in love! We're finally getting to the good part!

Vinny: I don't think he's going to win, but I think he's a little bun. Hey boys, when are you going to learn that InTouch is the fakest magazine out there. This is crazy. And, I thought you werent' allowed to have "outside paraphernalia." Get it together.

Now, none of them are worried about JoJo, but hours ago, they were all so concerned. Either way, her ex Chad sounds like kind of a slimeball. Wanna see what he looks like? Here's a pic and the article.

This sands killing thing looks so cool! But can you imagine how much sand she has in her skinny jeans?

Luke: Either you are very genuine, or you've seen this show before and know exactly what to say. I'm hoping it's the first.

------> what do you think JoJo drinks? If I were the Bachelorette, I would request champs on the reg. It appears that she likes her poison a little stronger..

John Krazinski (Derek): There is always one who starts to get super paranoid and nervous. He is the one that will tell JoJo every single time he sees her that he's nervous and this is so weird to him.

Alex: You are boring. See above.

Robby: I think he's had the best date so far. I would love to be the one who just eats to tour the city that you are in. Him saying I love you already is a little too much. He's a little too much for me. Do we think he's being for real? I just can't tell. Pump the brakes Robbo. This is your first date and that was a huge red flag. Damn, I'm bored.

Let's kick some more people off: Vinny, Evan and Grant. Oh Vinny, you are very sweet.

That was a boring episode. Anyone else bored? Let's be done with this week. Until next week peeps.

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Henry's Fat + a GIVEAWAY for your pup!

Monday, June 20, 2016

This weekend, Henry, Adam and I ventured to the vet this weekend, exciting I know. But Henry has the worst breath in the world. He's had his teeth cleaned before, he eats dental cleaning chewers and he's still cute, so I never really thought twice about it.

After telling us how cute Henry is, as predicted, the vet told us that Henry's teeth are gross and need to be cleaned, okay. However, the vet also told us, which we were not expecting, was that Henry is fat.

I've always known that Henry was a little pork chop/breakfast sausage, but then the vet repeated himself again, Henry is fat, he needs to lose 1.5 pounds, no more overfeeding and no treats. Keep in mind Henry is a solid 9.5 pounds, so losing 1.5 might not seem like a lot, but it is.

Having someone tell you, you cant give treats to your dog is like telling you not give your baby treats (at least that's how I make the correlation). I knew I couldn't give up treats entirely, but I knew I needed to find a good treat. A treat that is good for his teeth and his future summer bod.

Oh hey, here's the part where I tell you that Henry got to try these treats in exchange for me writing about them. If he had opposable thumbs you better believe it's be writing this because he loved them. 

Cue, Caru Dog Treats. Caru all started because the pet parents had a dog with ear infections. After learning more about what dog treat and food brands put in food (don't read some labels) they knew they needed to make something better.  So in close collaboration with an accomplished animal Ph.D. nutritionist, they created a complete line of nourishing meals and treats that look, smell and taste as good as homemade food.

Here are some reasons you and your pup will LOVE Caru.
  1. Carefully selected, human grade products. This means you could eat them and that they all pass FDA regulations. This is crazy to me that not all dog brands have to follow this. We let dogs sleep in our beds, lick our faces but then we feed them food that is harmful to people? What are we thinking. 
  2. Made in the USA. Go 'Merica. 
  3. Great for dogs with allergies. If Henry is anything like me (and people say we look alike soo) then he is suffering with allergies. Anything that can help, I am on board. 

Henry absolutely loved the treats. He loved them so much that I have to keep them in the garage because he can smell them, through the bag and the Ziploc I put them in. I'm not lying, he was scratching at the laundry room door because he knows that's where his treats are. 

The cool thing about Caru is there are a lot of different flavors to chose from. Do you have a picky dog? Want your dog to try new things? Oh well, you are in luck. From Alligator to Venison, I'm pretty sure you'll find something your pup will love. 

Henry chose the venison and loves ittt. So, what are you doing? You should be entering the giveaway below! 

THREE lucky winners will receive a bag of dog treats, the flavor will be up to your pup! 

So go, enter below! 
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Happy Fathers Day: A Guest Post + Inside Look.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day to all you amazing dads out there! Especially my dad, my brother, my father in law, my brother-in-law and Adam (the best dog-dad ever, no pregnancy announcement here). You dads are rocking this dad thing and I'm so thankful to a part of your life and all the littles you raised/are raising.  Today we celebrate you!

I am super excited for this today's post. In light of fathers day, I thought, what is a better way to celebrate this day then have a dad write the post! Today, my amazing brother-in-law Joe is sharing his life as a dad and all the many adventures it brings. He is the dad to my amazing little nieces, Izzy and V, and such a good one at that.

Without further ado.

Ah the weekend! I know we all get the feeling on Friday morning that the weekend is just mere hours away. Thank God. Shut off the alarm clock, make some plans (or plan to do nothing), pour a drink and just relax. You’ve earned it, the work week can be brutal. Bosses, annoying coworkers, TPS reports (whatever those are) and work clothes, are just the worst. The weekend is for our mental health, so we can forget about all the drama and recharge the brain. As a Dad of two little girls the weekend gives me the time to spend every waking minute of my time with these sweet little angels. Sounds great right? It is, but to be clear the weekend isn’t the break it used to be. 

Now the weekend is a mini work week where my bosses, who are three and one years old, seemingly call the shots, demand the impossible, and keep me on my job from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm . Two 14-hour work days and the pay is lousy. It all starts with a wake-up call from my three-year old boss an inch away from my face. 

“Daddy, wake up. Daddy, Dad, Dad, daddy, WAKE UP!” 

I don’t dare turn over in bed or ignore this request because the volume will only increase. If the volume increases my second boss, the one-year old, may also wake up. I begrudgingly roll out of bed to start the day. Before we even get downstairs I get the first snack request of the day. There will be a 100 more such requests today. “Daddy, can I have a snack and watch a show?” “Yes” I say and I proceed to turn on some Peppa Pig and get her a snack, which is really just the first of many breakfasts. I pour myself some coffee and get into my chair to watch that sweet British Pig for what I hope to be a 15 minute break, but five minutes in I hear the cry of the lil boss. She is awake, now the job really gets tricky.

Lil Boss is different than Big Boss. She doesn’t say much and will act likes she’s my best friend but I know better. Her demand for 1 breakfast is persistent and she won’t stop until she’s in that high chair with a banana. Big Boss sees that Lil boss got a banana and that is not acceptable to her. She WANTS a banana. Let the competitions begin. The day will be filled with mine vs. yours or in their minds, mine vs. mine. I will be their diplomat. 

My wife comes down stairs and that signals to the Bosses that it is time for 2nd Breakfast! I will be their cook today. I whip up some pancakes and all are happy for a time. Meals are good for the family, it gives us all something to do. It’s when they are done eating when things once again get complicated. 

Now it’s the tough decision of what are we going to do today? Its only 0900, what are we going to do for the next 11 hours. On this day we decided to kick off summer right and go to the pool. Going to the pool before the Bosses was so simple. Pack a hat, sunscreen, towel and you’re good to go. With them it’s like packing to go out of town for a few days. Snacks, drinks backup diapers swim diapers sunscreen baby hats, baby goggles swim toys etc.…… Oh and forget relaxing in the sun, the Big boss wants go down the waterside. I get to the top of the slide secretly hoping she doesn’t like the water slide because if she does I will be going down this damn slide 25 more times in the next two hours. We go down, she loves it! Face palm!! I will be her lifeguard

The rest of the time at the pool its alternating snack and slide requests. It’s finally time to go, how do we know? Well I know it’s time because Big Boss is so excited slash tired she is spinning in circles and screaming and Lil boss is out of cheerios. The wife and I are tired. So are the Bosses. We plan to get home for nap/break time. It is 3:00. Still 5 hours left in this work day, we NEED a break. Big Boss has different plans though. Once we get in the house, “Can I have a snack and watch a show? I stand up to her and say no to the snack (shes had about 12 today) but give in to more Peppa Pig. It is quiet time in the house. The Lil one naps and the other watches a Pig jumping in muddy puddles. 

It’s time to gear up for the evening push. The neighbors have invited us over for a BBQ. Again, sounds fun right? Well the wife and I are already running on E and I will have to go to the store. But hey, maybe I can have a couple of beers and adult interactions. Plus the Bosses need time with the neighbor’s Bosses. I will be their social coordinator. 

We arrive at the neighbors and apparently I have a new employer and he wants me to play baseball, then soccer, then football. I will be his coach/teammate

At least I don’t have to cook again as the neighbor takes on the grill. I have to feed the Bosses, the Lil one on my lap. I eat last. Then we play with all the new toys in the neighbor’s house until it’s time to leave. Big boss does not want to leave. She never wants to leave a good time. She is a party. Lil one however is delirious and has a full diaper so its time to wrap up the work day. I won’t go into the bedtime process but just imagine pulling out every negotiating tactic you’ve ever used and cramming them into a twenty minute period. Big boss tries her last few attempts at pulling rank with more requests. The last being that she wants to go to outer space. I say, “But we would need a space ship” She says, “Well Peppa Pig went to outer space?! You can just by a space ship!” Damn British Pig! I lie and say that I will look into it and see if I have enough money for a space ship. I kiss her on the head and say good night. Then switch with my wife so that each boss can get adequate time with their staff for one final review before they fall asleep. I will be their Daddy.

So one day down and one to go. This weekend job is more tiresome than my M-F. As much work as I have done today, my beautiful wife has done more and we are drained. It’s been a long day. I anticipate what tomorrow will bring and it make me even more exhausted. Then, after 10 minutes of time without the requests and the laughter and tears, I start to miss them. 

I pull out my phone and look at my photos of the day (which are posted here) and am once again reminded that I have the best job in the world. I said that the pay is lousy but I lied. It doesn’t fill my bank account but it fills my heart and soul. My wife and I will work for them for the rest of our lives and I couldn’t be more pleased with our choice to take on this job. 

Best Bosses, rather babies in the world!

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An Inside Look at Freebird Shoes

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! If Friday's aren't already the best day, today is my favorite blog & subject -- shoes.

My blogging dreams have officially come true.

I got an email to come visit a shoe store, try them on and take them home. Here's my disclosure that I was given shoes, but not just any shoes, Freebird shoes. She didn't ask me to write a post, post it on Instagram or anything like that, but I LOVE these shoes so much, I'm doing it. You all need to know about these shoes.

PS this is my first "fashion" post, so bare with me peeps.

Freebird was started by a man named Mike who used to work for Steve Madden. Realizing that his brand, Freebird, was a hit, he ventured on his own. Cue the Colorado ties, Mike made his way to Denver to curate the most beautiful, handmade leather shoes and boots around.

Freebird has been selling at places you might recognize like Nordstrom, Revolve, Zappos, Shopbop and Buckle, just to name a few. It was a few years ago when Mike decided to try his hand at retail. Reaching out to his good friend Steve, he asked if he could sell Freebird in the Steve Madden retail shops.

Here's where I came in. I visited the "Steve Madden" Freebird store in Cherry Creek Mall. I have to admit, I had never heard of Freebird before this day. I figured they would be like Steve Madden shoes, which are great, but I haven't worn in a while. But when I walked in, I knew I needed to know them and needed their shoes.

Freebird creates handmade, hand crafted, gorgeous leather boots, sandals, shoes, mules, booties and some bags. Each one is hand done. How amazing is that. Their goal is to recreate the retail shopping experience. Great customer service, great shoes (that last!) and just an overall great feeling when you leave the store, dying to come back. I still haven't told Adam, but we're going back tomorrow so I can get the pair of mules I was drooling over.

Shoes: Bambi (linked similar) Shirt: Madewell, Jeans: Madewell
Watch: Michele, Cuff: David Yurman

Oh, hey men out there, they do your shoes too and they're incredible. Adam, I know what I'm getting you for the next couple birthdays! Let's look at some pictures, shall we?

The best part about this day, besides the gorgeous shoes, was meeting two really amazing Denver bloggers. This blogging community is such an amazing group of woman and I love getting to know more!

Shoes: Bambi (linked similar) Shirt: Madewell, Jeans: Madewell
Watch: MichelleCuff: David Yurman

Make sure you follow these lovely ladies! 

Courtney // Blog // Instagram // Facebook  // Twitter 
Channing // Blog // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

Make sure to stay in touch because we have some really cool things coming up with Freebird. And, if you're in the Denver area make sure to check out the stores in Cherry Creek or the Flatirons. Or, if not, go online. People, you will not regret the money spent on these shoes. 

Okay, let's get one more closeup on the shoes. 

Jeans: Madewell, Shoes: Freebird (linked similar) 

Have you guys purchased Freebird shoes before? What pair do you own? 

Happy Friday everyone!
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To my best friend on her wedding day; 21 things I want her to know.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

THE day is finally here. My best friend, Coti is getting married!

We're celebrated the engagement, thrown the bridal shower, partied at the bachelorette party,

We're all rehearsed, we've mingled with friends, we've cheersed the happy couple and we've toasted. It's time to say I do!

Matt and Coti go way back, 9+ years back. I still remember when Coti visited me in college telling me about him. It was different. He was different.

Today we celebrate them. Today we celebrate a love that deserves to be recognized.

Coti and I have been best friends since we were 13 and today at 29 (okay, shes still 28) she's getting married! I have a lot to tell her, but since she's a little busy today, I thought I'd share those things here. She can check on it later.

21 Things I want my best friend to know on her wedding day. 
  1. The day you've been dreaming about is here. Don't forget to soak in every minute, even the little ones that don't seem important. 
  2. I will probably cry through the entire ceremony, please forgive me for ruining my makeup. We both know I'm not a cute crier. 
  3. I knew when you came to visit me in Malibu and told me about him that he was the one. I could hear it in your voice and see it in your eyes.  
  4. If you're ever mad at him, remember that every morning he makes you honey lattes and every night he falls asleep holding your arm. 
  5. I knew I loved Matt when the first night we went out he held my hair back when I was puking in the rocks while you hailed a cab after a super rowdy new years eve. 
  6. I love that our husbands are friends and are so similar. They both have the best voices. 
  7. I love that Matt loves you so much. 
  8. I hope you know that even when something is hard or you fight, that you will get through it. Because if you can forgive and love me all these years, you can forgive and love him through it too. 
  9. I re-wrote that toast last night 100 times, I'm sorry I cried so much. But, what was I supposed to do.
  10. I hope he understands that I am not going anywhere and he should expect me to show up uninvited and call you whenever I feel like it -- and maybe pick me up from the airport every now and then for surprises. 
  11. I know Matt is your husband now and always your lifeline and best friend, but I'm still here too if you need me. 
  12. Remember all those times we cried over boys? We never have to do that again. You found the boy that will make you smile after you cry and will do his best to never make you cry. We always knew we'd find him and now you did. 
  13. I hope he always puts you first.
  14. I hope he knows that life is incomplete without you, that all the good things in life won’t mean a thing if he is not sharing them with you. 
  15. I hope you become the only thing he truly can’t live without.
  16. I hope he gives you all the kids you want. Even though you don't know what that number is yet. 
  17. I hope your daughter has your sense of humor and your kindness. And I hope your son has his chivalry and his determination.
  18. I promise that we will still have our inside jokes that he will never get.
  19. I promise you I will be his friend too and try to understand him, but he has to know that I will always be on your side.
  20. I want you to know that even though your married, I'm still your best. 
  21. I want you to know that today will be the best day of your life. 

It's your turn Co. Let's do this, let's get you married.

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19 things I've learned in 29 years.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Yesterday I turned 29. It was an incredible day filled with Instagram tributes, flowers, Facebook posts, texts, tweets and phone calls. To say I have the greatest family and friends in the world is a huge understatement. The day ended being spoiled by my hubs with presents, wine and a delicious dinner. I am a lucky lady. 

And to all you fabulous blog friends, I simply adore you. You sure make a girl feel good about getting old. I'm 29. I don't like it, but I'm embracing it.

Let's just say I'm learning to embrace the fact that I'm 1 year closer to 30. As my brother put it, I'm almost in his decade. Yikes.

I've always heard that when you get older you become more self-aware, confident and have pretty much an all around "who gives a damn what you think about me" attitude. While, I'm still not totally there, I would say I have learned a lot in these 29 years here on earth. Because I know you are dying to know what I've learned, I typed them out for you.

You are welcome. 

19 things I've learned in 29 years. Get ready to be inspired.
  1. Marriage is the best thing I've ever done. It's falling in love every day, learning to get along with another person all while choosing that person every single day. It's the best choice I've ever made. 
  2. Most dogs are better than most humans Especially Henry. 
  3. An 18 hour trip is always worth it for family. Especially when that trip includes engagements, birthdays, babies and surprises. 
  4. Baby smiles make life so much better. 
  5. Buying a house is so expensive but so worth it. I wish I would have done it sooner. 
  6. My husband is the greatest human. 
  7. Buy the pretty dress. Or the pretty shoes, or the pretty jeans or whatever makes you feel pretty. Life's hard, you deserve it. 
  8. A tan will always make you feel prettier and skinnier. Even if its just a tan towel. 
  9. Being pretty on the outside doesn't mean your are pretty on the inside. Truth.
  10. Working out is always worth it even when you want to sleep in. 
  11. Praying really does fix things. Even if that "thing" is only your heart. 
  12. Sing loud. Sing in your car. Sing in the shower. Sing at work. It's good for your soul and for the soul of someone who catches you singing. 
  13. A drunk girl is not attractive. 
  14. A phone call always means more than a text. 
  15. Stop worrying about likes on Instagram. 
  16. Say I love you even if you're mad.
  17. Always order dessert, even if dessert is just wine. 
  18. Give compliments and call your mom. 
  19. Be kind. 
Again, thank you all for the birthday love. It's overwhelming how wonderful you all are.

 I'm so lucky and so loved.
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The Bachelorette; Episode 4 -- The most dramatic.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

We all know the Bachelor(ette) is super dramatic and super over-produced. Every episode is the most dramatic thing in the world. It's part of the reason I love this show so much. Some episodes are worse than others and this episode was just one more how dramatic this show is and how much I love it.

PS. Spoilers come early in this episode, so stop reading now!

Reason one: Evan bleeding in the pool on the preview versus Evan actually bleeding in the pool. Basically it made it seem like Chad killed him, but wait he got a bloody nose after synchronized diving.

Reason two: Chad sitting in the dark room, drinking what I assume to be whiskey, alone before the rose ceremony. He's so broody.

Who left: Christian, Nick, Ali

Reason three: JoJo arriving to the resort in a tiny little prop plane and the boys arriving through the muddiest route possible in Jeeps. I mean, are commercial flights and Tahoe Uber drivers not exciting enough?

Reason four: Dog mushing & wood burning hot tubs.

Reason five: The two-on-one date with Chad and Alex. I'm pretty sure Chris Harrison set that one up. He sure knows how to boost those ratings! I'm calling it, both leave.

Guys, Luke and JoJo are the cutest. Luke is amazing at quote too, have you noticed? And the best part, he says all these quotes with a completely straight face. "Hair on the back of your neck" "Something about rollercoasters."

Oh, and I love Dan and Shay. This is the song they sang, it's one of my favs.

Reason six: Dan and Shay. But again, this is why I love this show. And all the people Snapchatting this. Don't you think Chris Harrison just comes in and smashes those phones as to not spoil it?

Reason seven: Ben Roethlisberger, Heinz Ward and Brett Keisel.

Did anyone watch Evan during this entire scene? I mean, god bless his little heart for trying but man oh man. Do we honestly think he's going to get past even the top 10? He is such a dodo.

Poor little white team.

Robby is a sleeper pick. I think he could go farther than I gave him credit for. My heart actually sunk a little when she didn't give him the rose.

Chad calling out people who've "got a problem" with him. I die. All the men who raised their hands. Chad threatening Jordan. Is he dense?

This is the most awkward date I've ever seen. My goodness. What is Chad's past that causes him to be like this? "I'm not an aggressive guy." famous last words. What is the creepy whistle? I'm going to have nightmares now.

Reason eight: Chad whistling through the woods back to the house. When EVER does the person who got kicked off return to the house.

Until the men tell all Chad. Or, maybe next week.

What did you think about this episode? Do you think they are dragging on the Chad storyline a little too long.

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The Bachelorette; Episode 3 -- The Chad Show, Part 1.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

If you didn't know, tonight is only part one of the two part/two day Bachelorette adventure. Yes, you heard that right, tonight and tomorrow I will be Bachelorette blogging while we watch JoJo find love.

Two nights of the Bachelorette is great, but 4 hours is a lot, so let's jump right in.

Date 1: Chase. You all know how I feel about Chase. He is top 3 in my mind. Let's do this Chase, let's get physical. (guys, the date card said that, don't be gross). JoJo is the cutest worker-outer I've ever seen. And Chase's red face is the cutest. The kiss while strange in the middle of yoga was so dang sweet. Guys, if their conversation didn't solidify how you feel about Chase, then I don't know you. And, oh Charles Kelly, I love you too.

Did you love that song Charles Kelly sang? Me too. Here it is for ya!

Excuse my language, but Chat is a butthole. I really like James Taylor and Robby. I think they could be sleepers.

Group date: Even Chad's lifting buddy is embarrassed to be his friend. This whole sex thing is so strange. Sure, we get it, intimacy is important, but sharing sex jokes. JoJo... really. Alwaysssss, I totally forgot Wells was still around, he is so dull. Evan should have known that him talking about Chad in his "speech" would set him off, roid rage or not. I'm bored, lets get to the one-on-one dates. JoJo is very over Chad as are all of us. Next.

Guys, Chad calling out Evan AND JoJo, let's hope that was the final nail in his coffin. And add the security guard into the mix. What show is this?

James Taylor: He's adorable. He's a bad dancer, but he's adorable. I love them. I love JoJo's sweater on this one-on-one. Can I just get her entire wardrobe? He's way to good of a dude to be on this show. His song, swoon.

Chad is eating a raw sweet potato. Did everyone catch that? A raw sweet potato. Oh Daniel and your Trump comment.

Needless to say I'm super pumped for tomorrow. All day pool parties always make for good TV and when you throw a Chad in the mix, you know good TV will follow.

What do you think is going to happen tomorrow? Is the blood real? Does Chat really cut legs off and throw them in the pool? Does Chad stay or does he go?

See ya all tomorrow!
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Recipe: Taco Soup

Friday, June 3, 2016

Are you following me on Snapchat? If you are not, you should stop reading this post (that is the only time I'd ever say this) and go to Snapchat and follow me. I'm fun, I'm promise!

Looking for step-by-step recipes, pictures of Henry and old school rap? Doesn't that just sound like a dream. It is. Trust me, follow me, like me.

Anyways, if you were following me on Snapchat about a week ago, you would have watched me make taco soup. Have I told you lately how much I love soup, especially spicy soup. I love it. Plus, it's been raining in Denver for weeks so soup has been necessary.

A little preface to taco soup. It's literally the spiciest thing ever. When I make it again, I'm going to modify it. I'll put the original recipe in black and then add in my new modifications in red. Go with the red. Trust me.

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 1 medium red onion, diced 
  • 2 bell peppers diced  
  • 2 lbs ground beef  
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder - 2 tablespoons chili powder 
  •  3 tablespoons cumin - 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin 
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt  
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper  
  • 1 teaspoon paprika  
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder  
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder  ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)- don't use this. 
  • 4oz cans diced green chiles - I used tomatoes with green chilies 
  • 18 oz diced tomatoes - See above, I subbed tomatoes for tomatoes with green chilies
  • 4 cups beef broth 
  • 1 can tomato paste, just to thicken it up a bit
How to Make:  
  1. Put everything in the crock pot.  
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or, if you are like me, until you're home from work.  
  3. Break up the meat, stir.  
  4. Top with avocado and cheese.  
  5. Enjoy
Guys, this is why I'm a bad blogger. I posted on snapchat and forgot to save them. Weeps.

Follow me on snap!
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Throwback Thursday: A baby, a baby shower + an engagement.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

This post is a few weeks overdue, but so worth remembering. A couple weeks ago, Adam and I ventured to Omaha. We went for a variety of reasons; babies, baby showers, grandpa visits, engagements and extra family time.

I am sure that extra family (and friend) time is never a waste and always worth it. Even if it is an 8 hour drive.

Omaha is always so wonderful because it's full. It's full of dinner, friends, family, delicious cocktails and this time -- babies.

Two of my best girls are mamas and almost mamas. Lyndsey had the sweetest little bun, Caroline, in March and this was my weekend to meet the little love. Lyndsey is a natural. She is such a great and relaxed mom, even when Caroline pukes on her favorite aunt --> me. She's a happy, beautiful baby and lunch with her and my girls was just what my heart needed.

 Introducing Caroline
The crazy aunts. 

After the girls lunch, Adam and I ventured to visit Grandpa. Little did we know that this would be one of our last visits with him, but it was such a good visit. We were so lucky to have the extra time with him.

Dinner with family to follow and lots of cocktails with my Adam and mother and father in law. The next day it was baby shower time! My girl B is the cutest little pregnant mama. The afternoon was spent with coconut chicken salads, too many mimosas with my girlfriends and lots of baby clothes and necessities. I cannot wait to watch B become a mama.
 So lucky for this beautiful best girl of mine. 
Look at how gorgeous B is. She is going to be the best mama! 

After the shower, I ventured down to the lake for a surprise engagement for my brother-in-law and now almost future sister-in-law. My brother-in-law arranged all the family and her family to be at the lake so when he proposed on the boat, we'd all be on the dock. Needless to say, she did not see it coming. Bring on the next wedding!

The beautiful newly engaged couple! 
My best friend is a 3 and 1/2 year old. She's the coolest. 

Family weekends are the best. They are good for the soul and the heart. I love that I have such amazing friends and family to love and to miss.

Until next time.

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