Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bachelor Pad Recap Week 2


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 I missed my recap last week, but that's ok, the intro show wasn't packin' too much heat and the heat it was packin' (those twins), I wasn't too crazy about! But last night def did not disappoint for several reasons!!! And I also decided to linkup with More from Meg, which makes these recaps so much fun!!!

First and foremost.... what happened to "poor, sweet, loving" Chris from Bachelorette??? I don't really think that. I actually wasn't much of a fan of his at all and knew I didn't like him for a reason. I totally saw through the act for sure!!! I know this is a game at the end of the day and everyone plays differently, but I'm not digging the air of arrogance AT ALL. There are people on the show that have been on it before and someone that has even won (Mike Stag!) and this dude strolls in with a total ego! It's like Kacey all over again without the annoying sidekick or guarding & protecting anyone's heart!!! And Jaime.... poor naive Jaime. I love her! She was one of my fav's on Ben's season and I think she is so so pretty. But what is her deal with Chris?! Why is she chasing him and giving him the satisfaction, feeding his nasty ego? Ugh, it's driving me crazy already!!!

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 And O... M... G... How funny is drunk Ed?!?! Last night was epic! When I saw his little car that said "The Pickle" on it, I thought it was so funny. But later on in the night when we found out what he was referring to... Hilarious!!! "Flying Pickle, oh yeaaaaaaaaa!!!!" Probably totally not funny in the moment when you're the girl in his bed, or when you're the girl that was engaged to him, but still so funny on tv! I was so glad he wasn't eliminated last night since I have a feeling that's not the end of Ed's drunken antics. Especially when him & Reid go at it next week!!!

 The highlight of my night last night was when the twins went home!!! O... M... G.... Not trying to be a nasty hater, but when I was watching last week and I remembered them as the train wreck sloppy messes from Jersey Shore.... Ewwww. I just wanted to throw up in my mouth every time they were on. I'm honestly shocked that ABC even had them on the show. I totally wasn't into the superfan thing to begin with, but allowing those girls on a major network show like that? So glad they left and I can enjoy the show finally!

And saving the best for last... I'm a huge fan of anything Bachelor/Bachelorette and love BP! I was already planning on watching of course, but when I found out a certain guy that I loved on his season of Bachelorette was going to be on, well.... I pretty much died!
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Nick Peterson, from Ashley Hebert's season, was one of my fav guys and I personally thought it was nuts that Ashley didn't really give him a fair shot & he got sent home as early as he did! I've been hoping he would go on BP since then! I am actually shocked that we haven't seen any of the girls go after him yet! Are they freakin blind?!?!? I like a few of the other guys, but Nick is by far, the hottest guy there!!! Def take a sec to check out his new website too. He now offers personal training online for those of us that aren't lucky enough to see him in person in Tampa! The lovely Natalie Getz, one of my fav Bachelorette girlies, even makes an appearance with some awesome tips & organic bodycare rec's!

So until next week! I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this whole thing with Dave pans out. Like I said, I wasn't really thrilled with the aspect of superfans, but Dave has grown on me, and I think it's pretty cool that he seems to be defying his odds and has a fair shot at this game! If you're a fan of the show and planning on recapping, make sure to stop by this linkup! It's going to be so fun!!!

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XOXO
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Getting Real...

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 Today is going to be a bit different than my usual light posts! I've spent a lot of time these last few months covering up daily woes in life with fluff - pretty clothes, favorite shows, and neverending lists of gorgeous wants & needs! And while those things are ok and always lovely, I post about them because they are me, but I don't know how to work in the other parts of who I am. The parts that aren't always so fun & happy. When someone comes to my blog, I want them to take a break from their mind. It might seem like I'm not that deep, but I like to keep my blog as a distraction from the mundane bits of life. From the worries and the stresses. I'm not saying my life is bad. But like anyone else, there are things I definitely stress about! So today it's time for me to knock down those pretty little walls and open up a bit...

I haven't spoken too much about the Holistic Nutrition school I attended. I graduated this past February from the Holistic Health Coach program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Because I was dealing with various Health issues (nothing super serious) last year, I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the program. But I really do think that going through it during those difficult times really helped me! I truly did enjoy the program, but there were times that I was very overwhelmed. You find yourself considering all of these different point of views, questioning things in your life that you thought were pretty concrete. The next thing you know, you're trying new things, loving new things and you also become confused about some things. The thing about learning a more organic, natural approach is that once you know what you know.... it's hard to go back to who you were before. Not that I would want to at all. But sometimes ignorance definitely can be bliss!

At the end of the program I thought I had everything planned out. I was working towards opening a Healthy Lifestyling business. I had all of these grand plans. And then.... I became very overwhelmed with the stresses of life and I put a wall up. Here's a major tidbit about me. I'm a perfectionist. Bigtime. I'm def one of the "go big or go home" mentality. I don't like to do things halfway. I think at the time I was starting to put the wheels in motion for this business, underneath it all I just wasn't ready to "go big"! The thing about becoming a Health Coach is that while it's extremely rewarding and beneficial, it isn't just a career, it's a lifestyle change. I mean you can't exactly help others make big changes in life while you're off in a secret corner stuffing your face with Chick Fil A! Not saying I do that.... ; )

So a few months have gone by since I stuffed by big plans. Another thing about me is that I'm kind of a split personality. No, not like Sybil. Though she had many personalities from what I remember. Anyway.... I've mentioned this before, and it's a daily struggle for me. I feel like I'm two people at times. The J.Crew/Anthro loving, beauty obsessed magpie that loves to entertain and cook big italian dinners and isn't worried whether the chicken is organic or whether there's dairy in that. And then there's the girl that loves green juice and limits gluten & meat, that throws on the boho maxi dress & puts on the 100% natural lip shine to go out and radiates health. I'm a combination of these two women and I try to embrace it and make it work every day. More and more I realize that in a way, this is who I've always been. In HS I was preppy in the Fall & Winter, but once summer came I dyed my hair blonde and lived in bikini's, surfwear and beach clothes. I wasn't healthy back then in any sense of the word (though I might have looked it), but I see that my roots & split interests are still the same.

So as of right now I'm pondering my future. After a couple months of letting go of the changes that after a year started to overwhelm me, I'm starting to ease back into them. I haven't been eating terrible, but I will say that once I got out of my healthy routine, this is probably the most unhealthy I've felt in a while. I have realized that there needs to be balance. And there are some things I still really care about, and others I just accept are beyond my control and realize that I don't need to care that much. Unfortunately, in this messed up world we live in, I feel that it's hard to take a certain stance on health and still enjoy life to the fullest. It's def a challenge, but one I'm willing to accept and help others transition through as well.

I'm taking things very slow right now and am in the research stages! I'm not really considering being a Health Coach, but more of a Natural Beauty/Detox Lifestyle Coach. We'll see..... No set plans right now, just exploring!!! Expect to see some changes here on the blog, but not too much. I'm still the same girl you all know, you'll still see my fav show recaps, lust lists, and of course, Last Thing Thursdays (even though I forgot this week!), I'll just be showing more of my green, healthy side ; ) Happy Friday & thanks for listening!!!



 XOXO
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Bachelorette Finale Recap


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Well last nights show was crazy! And by crazy I mean I was lucky I didn't fall asleep!! It was a tad on the boring side. The only saving grace was Emily's wardrobe. It def started off pretty quickly and immediately jumped into Jef meeting Emily's family. I wasn't too impressed with Jef's "Meet the Parents" attire, however, I do have to remember that they were in a tropical locale and also that he didn't pretend to be someone he wasn't. I def give him props for that!

Jef's meeting seemed to go really well and his final date with Emily went even better! It went so great in fact, that Emily decided to cancel her final date with Arie. I def didn't see that coming!!! Arie and all of us viewers were seriously blindsided on that one for sure I think! Ok, so here is where I have very mixed feelings.....

Let me preface this by saying that I really do like Jef. He's cute, has a very cool, down to earth vibe and seems like a genuinely nice guy. He's authentic and really does seem to be a "what you see is what you get" type of person. When I started noticing that he was going pretty far on the show, I thought that my dislike for Jef & Emily as a couple came from not being able to see them together. But last night my Husband made a comment to me watching the show that really hit the nail on the head. When they were kissing he said "they look like Brother & Sister". That right there my friends is the thing I couldn't put my finger on! I always thought that Jef could kind of pass for Emily's younger brother. But all that aside, I mean the guy can't help it if he was blessed with a baby face, it's the relationship & chemistry (or lack thereof) that bothers me. Ok, just bear with me a sec....

During the last episode where there was the fantasy suite.... It really pissed me off that Emily didn't give Arie extra time because she was afraid being in there with him would cloud her judgement. This is where I have an issue. She spent extra time with the other guys, allowing them the opportunity to talk more and have more one on one time and Arie didn't get that time. Then she allows Jef to meet Ricki and doesn't allow Arie to meet her. I do give Emily credit for canceling on the date if she knew that it was going to be Jef in the end. Every single person in Bachelor/Bachelorette history knew on that last date who they were choosing and strung the other person along. But I just felt so bad because I don't think she was being true to herself.

Ok, so last night I tweeted that I think Jef was the safe choice and that I think she thought there was a chance Arie might cheat on her eventually. I still think that. But I really pondered it a bit and tried to see everything through Emily's eyes. I'm a Mom. I get it. I can only imagine what it must be like to be out in the dating world, having been engaged before and it didn't work out, etc, and having a child to think about through all of this. I can definitely understand where she is coming from in that sense. She has the pressure of not wanting to get her daughter attached to yet another man, and have it fizzle out. The only thing that irks me is that Jef is just as capable of turning around and doing the same things. Would he? Who knows.

There are plenty of relationships that are built on friendship. And Jef & Emily seem to have that for sure. But is it enough to make it last? They just got engaged, are "madly in love" and all you see is peck, peck, peck. I'm sure she doesn't want to play tonsil hockey on a show when she has a daughter, but that didn't stop her from doing exactly that with anyone else... ahem... Arie. And that my lovelies is it.... There just doesn't seem to be chemistry. When I watch Jef & Emily I feel like I could be watching Siblings. I feel like watching him & Ricki interact is like watching a child with her awesome Uncle Jef! Sure Arie & Emily's relationship appeared to be mostly chemistry, but that's what we saw. I'm sure there was more to it.

I honestly feel that Emily cared deeply about both guys, but felt she needed to do what was best for herself as a family unit. "Jef makes me feel more confident" translates to "I don't think Jef will ever cheat on me." It was so obvious what she was trying to say. I'm sure she was just trying to sugar coat it and be nice, but at that point she might as well just come out and say it! She was in love with Arie and knew that if she spent extra time with him that night in the fantasy suite, introduced him to Ricki or went on that last date, she wouldn't be able to choose Jef. She didn't read the journal he left because she knew she would question her decision. She judged Arie based on his looks & lifestyle and assumed that it wouldn't be able to last forever. Who knows, maybe she's right! But lets call a spade a spade here.

I really do wish Emily & Jef all the best. They do look quite cute together, even if it still seems kind of weird to me. I hope it does work out and they are one of the few couples from this crazy franchise that makes it!

Now on to the real drama! Bachelor Pad starts tonight! Woo Woo!!! Who will be watching?!?! I LOVE BP so much. Although last year with Vienna & Kasey was sooooooooooooooo annoying, cue eye roll. I'm so excited about it! The only thing I'm not super excited about is the fact that Kalon is on the show. I really hope he doesn't ruin it with his pretentious snark! Bleh....

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 What I want to know is whether you lovelies want me to do recaps of the show. I don't want to cloud up my blog with a bunch of stuff that is going to turn everyone off. I think there's going to be plenty to say about it for sure! So I would love to do it =)


XOXO
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Last Thing Thursday #7

It's so hard to believe that a week has gone by since my last post! I feel so bad that I've only been posting once a week lately, but it's been really difficult to concentrate on things to post about this summer. Sometimes I feel like if it's just too fluffy, maybe I shouldn't post it at all. I'm really working on being a little more spontaneous on here and opening up a little bit! Def one of my goals for when the summer comes to an end!! In the meantime, here are this weeks Last Things with The Life of a Wife! The Last thing I....

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BB Dakota Maya Lariat Cardi
 I saw this cardi last year and by the time I decided I liked it, it was gone. I just recently saw it popping back up on some blogs and think it would make a great addition to my Fall/Winter Wardrobe!


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I am finally on Currently Obsessed! I love stalking other bloggers fashion picks and I'm constantly compiling my own lists, perusing various shops and die-hard fav's every day!! Make sure to stop by & Stalk Me!!!


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Leave it to me to find yet another show that was canceled to fall in love with! This morning I decided I wanted to eat my breakfast in bed and tried to look for something new to watch. I saw a show called Best Friends Forever that sounded good & it did not disappoint!!! This show is pretty darn funny! But... It was cancelled half-way through the season. USA is in talks of possibly picking it up for more episodes if there's enough interest! It never fails that I try out a new show, end up getting sucked in, then find out it's done.


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 While watching Best Friends Forever, I noticed that Lennon has a super-gorgeous, impeccably decorated apartment! I found myself oggling so many things and was daydreaming about having such a lovely space to live in, long after I turned off the Tv. Yet another reason to be peeved the show was canceled!!!

So there are my last things for the week! A pretty short one this time. Make sure to stop by The Life of a Wife....

Link Up!!!



 XOXO
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Last Thing Thursday #6

Hi Lovelies! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!! It's cooled down a teensy bit here in NJ as far as the humidity goes, which is a nice break after the brutal weather over the weekend! I've been soaking it up hanging out by our pool with my kiddo every single day & loving every second of it! I hope to try to get in more of a rythym over the next week with my blog posts again. I've been feeling a bit of a challenge since I don't have much time to get on the computer during the day now that my son is home! I'm working on it!!! But I'll always be posting on Thursdays since it's my fav linkup!!! So here we go... The last thing I...


 {  Bought - Clothes ...  }

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 I know I've raved about this dress so many times before, and just recently as well! I've been stalking the sample sites like crazy, so imagine my surprise when today I noticed that there was a Gypsy 05 sale on Hautelook! For some reason I had missed it and was lucky enough to have this beauty pop back out of someones cart into mine ; ) I cannot say enough about this dress! It's comfy and flattering and I could literally wear one every single day of the week if I had enough of them. Sadly they are a teensy bit $$ to buy them at full retail. So I wait for them to go on sale. The nice thing is that usually when one sample site has them, eventually the others follow suit. So I'm hoping to grab one more color over the next couple weeks!


{  Wanted to Buy - Accessories ... }

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I know I've also mentioned a monogram necklace recently as well! I've been looking at one from Baublebar for some time, but just didn't want to pull the trigger on it. But today, I came across a pin of this fab post from Effortless Style! This gorgeous necklace is only $69 on an Etsy shop called Keti Sorely Designs! And it's also available in Rose Gold as well!!! Ahhh, be still my beating heart... This baby is def going on the Birthday wish list!!!


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 I LOVE Banana Soft-serve! I previously made it in my food processor and it was awesome!!! I loved the whipped texture and how creamy it was. But my poor food processor was taking quite a beating, so I decided to get the Yonana's machine a few weeks ago. We love it and use it all the time!!! My fav combo so far is 1-2 frozen bananas with frozen mango & cherries! SO good!!! And the best part? There really aren't that many calories in a pretty decent serving. Love it!!!


(  Watched & Loved ...  }

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I've always been a fan of all the Real HW's! I've watched OC from the very first season. And I have to say, last season of NY was tough to watch with all the drama. I love reality shows and the drama, but sometimes it goes way overboard and when it monopolizes every single second of each show... it's a bit annoying. I was sad to see Kelly Bensimon go, but I really think the new ladies on RHONY have breathed a lot of life back into the show! I'm especially loving Carole Radziwill!


(  Read & Loved ...  }

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 Ok, I'm not finished this book yet, but it's next on the to-read list. I just haven't had much time to get into it recently. I read the first in the series and while I wouldn't say it was a fav, it def held my interest enough that I want to keep up with the series. A Million Suns is the 2nd book in the trilogy. I'm hoping it's as good, if not better, than the first!!!


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This is going to sound so cuckoo, but I've been totally obsessing over Winter staples lately. I know it's the middle of summer and it's sweltering outside!!! But I am just beyond picky over boots, coats, and other winter accessories... It takes me FOREEEVVVEEERRR to find what I like. I'm already looking and am really crossing my fingers that I'll find something good when the time comes!


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 Just as we're renovating our kitchen, I'm daydreaming about our backyard. That is a last resort at the moment since we have way to many things that are higher on the priority list. But I still daydream about the yard I'd love to have someday whenever I sit outside. I envision a gazebo like this with fairy lights, gorgeous moroccan details and beautiful patterns. And fairy lights all over the yard of course =)

If you enjoy The Last Thing Thursday, make sure to stop over at The Life of a Wife!

Join in anytime!!!


 XOXO
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bachelorette Recap #9

Wow, I'm still kind of reeling from last nights show! I really enjoyed seeing the dates as I really like the 3 guys that are left. They were a tad boring for major "do I want to marry you?" dates, but ok just the same. I'll go through my thoughts on each guy...

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 First up was my initial front-runner, Sean! I was so excited to see Sean & Emily on this date!! They just seem to fit so well together. But something seemed so off. I didn't want to say anything last week, since I have been on "Team Sean" since day one, but something seemed to shift last week and not in a good way. The hometown date looked like it went well. But there was a moment somewhere in there where something just didn't feel right. I mean, to be completely honest, there was never any huge chemistry between Sean & Emily, but.... I do think if given the chance, that would have developed eventually. I truly think she got spooked by his mention of being with a woman for 3 years that he wasn't in love with. I also don't think laying out that he wasn't as romantic or attentive as he should have been helped matters in the slightest! I still think Sean is an amazing guy and he will definitely make some lucky woman out there VERY happy!!! I could def see him as The Bachelor eventually too! That would be some great TV!!!

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Next up... Jef with one F. Ok, let me preface this by saying that I really like Jef... as a person. He seems so laid back, really cool and fun to be around. I'm sure he will make a great Husband to someone out there! However... I really do not like Jef & Emily together at all. First of all, and I know this isn't really fair, but I can't get past the fact that he is older than her, but looks so much younger than her. I know that the guy can't help if has a babyface in his gene pool, but I'm just sayin! I also feel like whatever is going on between them is more of a brother-sister relationship with some forced flirtations thrown in. I honestly think Emily loves the idea of Jef so much, that she is making herself develop feelings that later on down the line will probably dissipate quite a bit once all the TV magic wears off.

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And last, but certainly NOT least is Arie!!! I really liked Arie from the very beginning and really thought he was so cute. I wasn't too sure about him at first. I couldn't tell if he was for real or if all the charm was just too good to be true. But as each episode has gone by, he def seems to be the real deal!!! Something also shifted for me with Arie last night as well.. I realized that Emily & Arie are the perfect match. Sure, physical chemistry tops the list with them as a couple, but he seems to genuinely love being around her and they always have fun on their dates! There is just something about this man... He's just so swoonie, I don't understand how there could even be a tough decision at this point!

I also want to touch on the Fantasy Suite. I do think it was admirable of Emily to pass on staying the night in a sense. I mean, I'm a Mom of a young child... I get it. But... I also don't think it would have been a big deal just to spend time together when the cameras weren't rolling. How else can you make a major decision like potentially moving onto a real relationship with someone? I also felt really bad for Arie. Anyone who knows this show at all knows what goes on with the final 3 on a destination date. They know there's a fantasy suite. The poor guy.... He must have really been wondering what the heck was going on. He pushed her up against a wall for pete sake!!!

With the rose ceremony, even with my niggling feelings about Sean, I have to say I was pretty shocked. I'm still reeling a little actually. I think he was just as shocked when Jef got the first rose. Did you see his face?! I feel you Sean!!! Jef is a nice guy for sure, but I don't see it and it would be invisible if Sean & Arie were standing there!!! Crazy pants!!! So at this point it comes down to Jef & Arie. I'm curious to see what cat fights will ensue next week on the "Men Tell All". Should be quite interesting... and annoying. And then the finale. I'm pretty disappointed at this point because I have a feeling I know who she'll choose. In all the seasons of both Bachelor and Bachelorette, I have never been wrong about the final 2... EVER. So sad I was this time.

What were your thoughts on the show? Who do you think is the best match for Emily?


 XOXO
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