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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Review: Warby Parker + a poll!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

If you guys saw my eye glasses right now you would cringe, as do I every night when I put them on. Adam and I went to Lake Tahoe this summer and as we were leaving to come home. I realized I left my glasses, threw them in my suitcase and on the plane we went. It wasn't until I got home and my glasses were bent in half that I realized how dumb that was.

That happened 6 months ago. Weeps.

To be totally honest, I don't love wearing glasses. I read and look down a lot and they fall off, they leave those weird little marks on the bridge of my nose and most touch my eyelashes. I much prefer contacts. That being said, I understand the importance of a good pair of glasses.

On to the embarrassing story of 2016. About 3 weeks ago when I was getting ready, I reached into my drawer for contacts and realized I had one left eye contact left. I have different prescriptions in both eyes, and I have two eyes, so one contact did not work. I literally looked everywhere for a contact. Maybe I left on in my makeup bag? Travel bag? Workout bag? Nope, nada. I am unfortunately not one of those people that can go without glasses. I cant see far away, so the whole driving situation would be a little difficult.

I was going to have to wear my crooked, sideways, bent glasses to work. Oh, and I had three hearings that day in federal court. Talk about humiliating. I didn't even post this on snapchat I was so embarrassed. I didn't tell Coti. I didn't tell my mom. I went to my hearings, took off my glasses when I was in front of the judge and faked it until I didn't make it. I tried my hardest not to squint, but I'm pretty sure the judge could tell something was up.

It was then I finally realized I needed to bite the bullet and buy new glasses. Where do I go for new glasses? Warby Parker ladies and gents. The genius behind Warby Parker came from the idea that glasses were too expensive. Genius. The best part - for every pair of glasses you buy, they make a donation to cover the cost of outsourcing glasses, eye exams and give more frames to people who need them.


Well, if that didn't sell ya on WB, you should go look at their glasses! They have tons of variety, shapes, colors and sizes. The coolest part, they offer FREE try-ons! That's right FREE. You don't even have to enter a credit card number, Pick out five pairs you like, try them on, send them back. All free.

Because I was in desperate need of glasses, I raced to Warby Parker to get my at home try-ons shipped! I've had the same small shaped glasses forever, so I wanted to try something different. I picked out five different pairs and I definitely have my favorites but I'm not sure which ones to pick.

Here's the fun part. I need your help! Below are the five glasses I tried on. (PS these pictures are so embarrassing). I need you to vote on your favorite! Who knows, the one who picks the one I buy might just win a little giveaway. Ya never know people, it's the holidays, I'm feeling generous.


Wanna know the worst part about these pictures, besides how awkward I am? Well, never-mind that is 100% the worst part. So mortifying!

Anyways. now you've seen the embarrassing pictures. It is time to vote! I really need your help!

Pick below! Which glasses should replace my horrible, bent ones?


What Glasses Should I Buy?

Jennings
Benson
Kensett
Nash
Laurel

So, you've learned about Warby Parker today, if you didn't already know. Now it's your turn! Go to Warby Parker and pick out your new frames! They are great quality, great price and an even better cause.

Happy Tuesday everyone! We're just that much closer to Christmas! Eeek!

Shop Warby Parker Online

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Paleo Chocolate Donuts!

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's officially Christmas week everyone! I don't know about you, but I am feeling unusually festive for a Monday morning. This weekend, Denver graced us with -5 degree temperatures forcing Adam and I to stay inside, watch movies and for me, bake!

We watched Home Alone, one of my all time favorite christmas movies and it made me realize how horrible Kevin's family is?! I mean, that scene in the kitchen, yikes! And, one thing I don't get - does Kevin ever tell him family about what happened while they were gone? I mean, the cops just left him house and didn't think to come back and tell his mom and dad? Seems a little unrealistic to me.

So, now that we've gotten Home Alone straighten out, let's talk about things I love. I love christmas, I love hallmark movies (who is with me here), I love baileys and last but not least, donuts. It is no secret that I love donuts. If you follow me on Instagram (kgrace01) you will see that I post a new donut picture about once a month. I cannot help myself. Those sugary little circles are my favorite.

My best friend Coti is obsessed with donies. When we were in college, we would go at 2am to the donut store to get the fresh, warm donuts right out of the oven. Man, I miss the days when 4000 calories at 2am didn't go straight to my hips. Also, my donut dish is from my paleo guru, Callie. This recipe is dedicated to Coti and Callie, my two best girls always making sure I'm making the best recipes. <3

My love for donuts is almost always squashed when I try to make them paleo. They are good, but just not as good as regular, white sugar donuts. I made some apple cider donuts a while back and Adam has never asked me to make them again, which is usually a good hint that he was crazy about them. I never really mastered paleo donut making, until now.


I found inspiration for this recipe on Paleo Hacks, one of my go-to recipe blogs. I used different flour, more of some ingredients and less than others and I am so pumped about how these little babies turned out.

Because it's Christmas, I decided on some to crush some candy canes and sprinkle them on top. Cute and SO festive, am I right? Ya know what else would be good? Melt those candy candy kisses and drizzle that on top! Oh man, I know what I'm making this weekend.

This little babies would be a perfect treat for Christmas morning. Can you just imagine. I would have to make like 12 dozen, my fambam would gobble these up. Without further ado, let's get to the good part.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

How to Make: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt) in a large bowl.
  3. In a microwave-safe dish, melt coconut oil completely; Whisk eggs and coconut oil together. Add the other wet ingredients (applesauce, honey, vanilla) to that same bowl and stir.
  4. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
  5. Grease donut pan with nonstick spray; Add dough to donut pan, pressing down so the dough is tightly packed and smooth.
  6. Place pan in oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until dough is no longer soft.
  7. Remove from oven; Flip your donut pan upside down and the donuts should pop right out.
  8. Allow at least five minutes for them to cool before icing them.
The Icing: 
  1. On the stove, heat the chocolate chips and coconut together, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  2. Eat warm or refrigerate to allow the icing to harden
  3. Enjoy!
 Perfect mini donuts.



The best part about these little donuts is that you don't feel like you're eating that many because they are so tiny. So like 9 tiny donuts equals one right? Cool, glad we are on the same page here. Don't mind me, I'll be in the kitchen coming up with all the different things to drizzle on top of these. I wonder if you can melt baileys and mix it with chocolate to make a boozy syrup. I'll report back.

Happy Monday! Happy one week until Christmas! Happy 2 weeks until 2017! Let the countdowns begin!

PS - Wanna be great and repin this recipe? 
Here is super easy pinnable image! 
Perfect for your holiday pinterest board! 



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A delicious breakfast casserole + a Friends reference

Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy Monday! Today is running a little slow for me today. After a long weekend in Vail (ps follow me on Snap for the fun stuff - @kgrace01) I am tired. Dragging a little bit. But I have the best recipe for you tomorrow and then a Vail recap tomorrow! Get excited!

Anyways. I love being the hostess. I love hosting dinner, lunch, wine nights, cookie nights, study parties, you name it I will host it. There is something about having all your friends and family at your house that makes things like that so special. I am definitely the Monica of my friends. While I wish I was more like Rachel from Friends, I am 100% Monica. And if you don't know who Monica is... I advise a little Netflix and Chill session for your future.


Wikipedia describes Monica as, "a very organized character with a signature Type A personality who enjoys being in charge, Monica is known for being a "neat freak" obsessed with cleanliness – especially when it comes to maintaining the impeccable condition of her apartment –neurotic, extremely obsessive-compulsive, and competitive in nature, personality traits that are exaggerated for humor and comic relief; The character is also the loudest of her friends."

A neat freak, competitive and enjoys being in charge? Oh, and I love hosting. I wish my traits were exaggerated for humor... buttttt -- don't get me wrong, I love going to my friends houses but there is something about hosting that just gets me excited.

In the last few months, a group of us have started a dinner club group where once a month (or more) we get together at someones house and eat, drink and catch up. The hostess makes the mail course and everyone else brings sides, wine, basically whatever they want. This month dinner club was at my house except it was breakfast because the Bronocs were playing (and won!).

The breakfast club ladies

Ever since Adam and I met, his mother made the most amazing breakfast casserole. We'd eat it on Sundays when at the lake, Christmas morning, bridal brunches, baby showers and more.

Any time there is an event before 1pm, a breakfast casserole is the best dish. I knew this breakfast casserole would be perfect for our breakfast club because I could prepare it beforehand and then get to hang out with my friends instead of tending to the food the entire time.

Attention: this casserole takes 90 minutes to cook - don't be like me and forget that small detail. 

Wanna know the best part about this casserole - 8 ingredients but ALL the flavor. This is the perfect thing for a lazy Christmas morning! Alright, enough chit chat, let's get to it. Oh hey, I forgot to take an after picture - whoops!

The hash-browns and the mixture. Ya gotta trust me, it turns out to be amazing!

Ingredients: 
  • 24 ounces frozen potatoes - I use a frozen bag of hash browns
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 eggs (or up to 16 depending on how eggy you like it)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon season salt (the secret best ingredient!)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 2 cups (1 package) precooked jimmy dean skinless sauces, cut into bites
  • Optional: cholula
How to Make: 
  1. Turn oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Add the potatoes to the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then add the half and half, season salt, both cheeses and the sausage. 
  4. Pour egg mixture over the frozen potatoes. 
  5. If preparing ahead of time, cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours. 
  6. If ready, bake for 90 minutes. I cover it in foil for the first half and then take it off for the second half. I love it a little browned. Let sit for 10 minutes. 
  7. Enjoy! 
Hey, I know we've talked about this, but if you are really serious about growing your Instagram, you MUST take Helene's course, Instagram for Success. Click the image below to learn all about it. Instagram is super tricky as it, but she has the tips to help you grow your following, find real engaged followers and how to take great pictures. I swear it has helped me TONS! Just do it, I promise you won't regret it. It's the gift that will keep on giving. 

Happy Monday Friends! Get excited for my Vail update tomorrow! 

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Let's chat.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hi peeps, whats up! Long time no blog! I've missed you guys and I've missed this space! It is (finally!) Friday, we are 23 days away from Christmas and I am pumped.


Can we talk about my beef with the holidays for just a quick sec? My beef with the holidays is that work still goes on even when there are holiday parties to attend, presents to wrap, baileys to drink and friends to hang out with. I don't think work should be a mandatory thing during the holidays, but anywho.

Let's chat.

Wanna hear something crazy. Last week I got an email from my blog host saying my blog was down! Do you know how terrifying that is. Pulled up my url and boom, it was gone. My host didn't even call/email/text nothing to tell me. But don't you worry, after about 3 phone calls and some screaming, Everyday Grace is back up and running. Sorry if I scared ya'll there, I'm not going anywhere.

You guys probably all know my blogging mentor, Helene, from Helene in Between - but did you know she has the ultimate Instagram course. Literally the best thing I've ever seen. It's called Instagram for Success and it's insane. Videos, handouts, and all the tools needed to grow your Instagram. The thing I love about Insta is even when I disappear here, I can still connect with all my blogger-loves on Insta! You can find all the goodies HERE! Or click below! GO now, it'll be literally the best thing you ever do for your blog and instagram.

If you didn't know, now you know, but Jennifer Lawrence is my favorite. I think she is probably the coolest actress out there. But, Chris Pratt is making her even cooler. Have you seen this Buzzfeed where he crops her out of all his pictures. It's hilarious. Now, I love them both. Please date. 

I'm hosting a breakfast club this Sunday to watch the Broncos game and I am so excited for three reasons; (1) friends and broncos (2) breakfast casserole that's so easy and delish (3) mimosa bar. I CANNOT wait to show you all the details on Monday's post. Again, see above about that whole working during the holidays again. 

I haven't taken our Christmas card picture this year and I am stressing. It is December 1 and no picture to be seen. I'm going to see if I can rope my neighbor into taking it. Please don't tell Adam, he will be mortified. But hopefully it'll make for a great picture. I already have my Minted card picked out!  Last years was so cute, and I know Minted will do a great job again! 



I know I'm late to this party, but I am obsessed with Pentatonix. I get it, they've been popular for like a bazillion years and I am new to their party, but people --  I cannot stop listening to their Christmas CD. It's insane. And yes, I still listen to CDs. Mary did you know is my favvvvvorite.


Congrats if you made it to the bottom of this ramble! This is the fun part. I really want to get to know other bloggers. I follow about 1000 but I don't know more than a handful and in full disclosure of honesty around here, I hate it. I love following people on Insta but it makes me feel crazy when I see a random person and don't even recognize their face. Anyone with me here? 

Everyday Grace is starting something new. A blogger feature on the blog for FREE. Free never happens so let's do it. I know bloggers aren't supposed to give it up for free, but this is me honestly wanting to know you! Let's do it interview style. I want to get to know you and in the mean time, introduce you and your blog to others! Then we can actually grow a friendship, not just a follow-for-follow type thing. 

Wanna be featured? Leave me a comment with your email address! Can't wait, this is going to be fun. Let's grow our sites together! 

Happy Friday everyone! Have the best weekend. 

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