Monday, February 18, 2019

blogging the bach 23.7

I took last week off because Celsey and I were busy decorating cupcakes for New Beginnings. 

who's watching: Celsey, Alicia, Amanda, Krista, and Whitney

What is with the vlog's this season? I get that it's 2019 and it's the thing to do, but it doesn't really seem necessary.

After a few fun weeks in Asia, they're back in the US..visiting Colton's hometown..to meet with Ben Higgins and Colton's dog. We aren't sure about Hannah B's outfit or any of the girls in the tank tops in the snow.

Tayshia gets another one on one even though she just had one a couple of weeks ago. Does he really like her? Does he want to pick her brain? Is he unsure if he really wants to keep her around? We're just not sure. And/or maybe he is hoping she will tattle tail on the other girls and apparently she will about Cassie and Caelynn who aren't ready for engagement. She however is ready-insert eye roll. I really thought I liked her until now. I don't even really know what else happened on the date. I was not impressed.

Caelynn has the next one on one. They head up the mountain for snowboarding, and Colton quickly addresses all the things Tayshia told him the day before. This is now the case of he said she said. Caelynn is adamant that she is absolutely ready and never said anything about being the bachelorette. For some reason he totally believes Tayshia without really even giving her a chance to express herself. He finally listens to her at night, gives her the rose, and then they have a private concert in the red rock amphitheater.

Caelynn talks to Tayshia and we find out she found out this information by making assumptions. The conversation was pretty dumb and not based on any sort of facts.

Hannah B has the next one on one. They go visit his family. He chats with his dad who suggests he follow his gut rather than listen to what other girls have to say. They talk more with his family and then head to the evening. She wears her best bumble gum dress, and he sends her home. She was shocked but we were not. She handled it really well-probably better than anything else the rest of the season. See ya in paradise Hannah B.

Group date-Colton wants to talk to all the girls and make sure they are ready. He talks to Heather first. She isn't sure if she is ready. We are all sure she is not. See ya in paradise Heather. Kirpa feels like she needs to warn Colton about the things she assumes and thinks-not a good idea. Colton talks to Cassie. She is pretty upset. Kirpa spends her whole time talking about the other girls. She comes back to the group and insists she cares about Colton and his heart. Cassie calls her out on it, and she doesn't have much to say. They argue and nothing is resolved. Colton is not ready to make a decision and takes the roses until later. They get to the evening portion, and he immediately takes Hannah G out and gives her the rose. She goes back to the girls and Caelynn is not happy about Kirpa. She goes to talk to Colton and tells him not to listen to any of this crap. He gives the rose to Cassie and we say bye bye to Kirpa.

The hometowns will be interesting since we haven't heard a word from any of their families. 



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Monday, February 4, 2019

blogging the bach 23.5

who's watching: Celsey, Alicia, me-everyone else is gone or out of town or something

Date #1-one on one with Heather who is no longer never been kissed. We spent most of her date trying to figure out our brackets. We know who is left, but it isn't matching up with the numbers on the bracket. We searched and searched and looked and we're still pretty confused. The bottom line of the whole date is Colton kissed her under the fireworks and has now been kissed. She goes home like a giddy teenager, and we're still not sure if this was actually her first kiss or not.

Meanwhile Elyse is spiraling down down down. I always wonder if these people have ever seen the show. They know how it works before they come on right? She knew he would be dating other girls right? She tells him she can't accept a proposal at the end if he is still dating all these other girls. She got way too deep into her own head and tells Colton she needs to leave. She leaves, and Colton is devastated. He is afraid everyone else feels the same. He goes to bed upset and wakes up to the Colton cam still upset.

Date #2-group date. Today is all about survival. These girls are crazy town-eating bugs, letting scorpions crawl on them, sticking their hands in random holes. They split into teams to try to survive-some with Colton and some not with him. I would definitely die on this date unless I was smart like Demi and went to the store. I take back what I said about Tayshia last week. I didn't see a whole lot of chemistry last week, but there seems to be more chemistry this week. Hannah B is working the system and tells him she is in love. Onyeka tattles on Nicole. Colton addresses this with Nicole. Apparently it is not true and there are tears-a lot of tears. Hannah B gets the group date rose.

Date #3-one on one with Cassie. On a scale of 1-hot Colton is hot. 
Let's spend the day on the boat-Colton
Cassie-oh it's so cute
Celsey-It's not cute. It's ghetto AF. 
Alicia-What is going on? Is the bottom out? I would be terrified.
It cuts to the girls hanging around the house. Some look like they could use a shower or a shave.
Alicia-You've got nothing but time. Shower and get yourself ready.
I'm calling her as the dark horse of the season even if all they have done all day is kiss. They talk a little and then make out some more..in his bed. He likes her a lot.

Cocktail Party/Rose Ceremony
Tayshia takes him out to the beach and lets off a paper lantern. Demi gives him trust rings. Nicole talks to Colton and tries to clear the air. He pulls Onyeka aside to try to get the truth. Colton tries to talk to other girls (Katie) and those two won't stop yelling at each other. Colton walks off. They both follow him, but he doesn't want to talk to them.

To Be Continued...

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Monday, January 28, 2019

blogging the bach 23.4

 

Who's watching: Celsey and Shawn, Amanda, me
We got a late start tonight because #adulting We tried to speed through the show and watch as much as we could.
Date #1-One on one with Tayshia. They had the classic face the fears bungy jumping date. They faced their fears, made out on the beach, and went to dinner. She opens up about being married and Colton looks like he doesn't know what to say. He gives her the rose. I really don't see them together. Does anyone else think it was kind of forced or is that just me?
Date #2-Group date with everyone except Caelynn. Hannah B can't believe and Demi stirs the pot big time. Someone last week (maybe Ben Higgins) described her as a pest. That is very accurate. She definitely likes him more than he likes her, and she has no problem taking all the attention. Between the leeches and pig feet, this date is grossing me out. Hannah is still drama, and apparently Colton and Cassie were siblings in a past life. Hannah spends time with Colton and suddenly everything from last week is in the past. Colton really likes Cassie a lot and not like a sister. Courtney sits and stews all night about why she is getting time with him and then gets into with Demi. Courtney is so upset that she never had time with Colton, but she never even tried.
Date #3-one on one with Caelynn. Colton chooses her for the spoil me/shopping spree date so that says a lot. They have a fun day. She comes home with all of her shopping bags. Some of the girls are so excited and some of the girls are not so much. Caelynn opened about her past history of sexual assault. The show did a really nice job with the edit of this. She was able to open up without any weird music or other weird dramatics. I have had several conversations the past few weeks about sexual assault/abuse. I think the more people open up and talk about their experiences, hopefully the more those feelings of shame and guilt will start to fade away. The #metoo movement has opened up the dialogue, and hopefully more dialogue leads to more awareness. 
Cocktail party/rose ceremony-Hannah G wants to open up which leads to a pretty intense makeout sesh. Caelynn takes Hannah B out to talk. They have a pretty decent talk and maybe the drama is over-probably not but maybe. I didn't actually watch the rest so I have no idea who went home or what else happened. Someone fill me in please.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

blogging the bach 23.3


who's watching: Celsey, Amanda, Alicia, Krista

date #1-katie, heather, hannah b, kirpa, tracy, demi, caelynn, and one other girl
Hannah B is already talking about not getting along with Caelynn. Now would be a good time to start getting along, but that probably won't happen. They get to the date and Colton is in full pirate garb all ready to fight for love or something like that. Naturally Hannah B and Caelynn have to be against each other. Hannah seems to be losing her mind more and more by the second. Demi wants to stand out so she blind folds Colton, smacks his booty, and is overall kind of weird. She gets pulled aside by someone we don't know her name. Colton really likes Caelynn which Hannah B is obviously not happy about and wants him to "know the truth". We all know this never goes well. Has she never seen this show? She doesn't make sense at all, and he isn't having it. Colton talks to Caelynn. She is emotional and says there are things from her past she wants to share eventually but not tonight. She predictably gets the rose, and Hannah B feels like an idiot.

date #2-Elyse gets the first helicopter date. They get to Belmont park and learn it's not actually a one-on-one. A bunch of kids come out to be on the date with them. They were both really cute with the kids and had so much fun. They talk a little about age. She shares about her sister passing away from cancer. She gets the rose and says it is the most amazing first date. The date isn't over and they have a concert.

date #3-Tayshia, NIna, Catherine, Sydney, Onyeka, Cassie, Nicole, Caitlin
They pull up and Colton is waiting for them topless. They do some stretches especially Sydney and get ready for some touch man/woman competitions. He talks to most or maybe all of the girls. He really likes Cassie. Amanda calls her as the next bachelorette. That could be a strong possibility. Caitlin says she feels like she is falling behind. She says she doesn't have a lot to open up about. It is pretty awkward. He sends her home, and none of us are very surprised. It's really unfortunate when girls get sent home and think he is making a big mistake. He says he doesn't feel a connection. That doesn't seem like a mistake.

Pool Party
Colton already knows what he wants to do so they are having a pool party instead of a cocktail party. They have fun playing around at the pool. Hannah B talks to Heather (her cheerleader). Heather totally encourages her to keep up the fight against Caelynn who talks to Colton. He doesn't know what to think and talks to Hannah B. They're both accusing each other of being deceitful. He doesn't know what to do.

Who's left-Caelynn, Elyse, Nicole, Hannah G, Tayshia, Katie, Cassie, Kirpa, Sydney, Demi, Tracy, Courtney, Heather, Onyeka, Hannah B

The preview for next week looks like it's going to be full of drama.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

blogging the bach 23.2


who's watching: alicia, celsey, amanda, and megan

Week 2 is usually all about trying to figure out who is who and what is going on. For some reason this season I kind of have at least a little bit of an idea of some of the girls that seem to be the main girls. It will be interesting to see how the season plays out. Here's to hoping they don't refer to his virginity every other second.

After a quick vlog check in (what? is that a thing this season?), we have date #1
Colton starts out and talks about being a virgin so I guess we are going to talk about it every other season.
Demi, Bri, Tracy, Elyse, Hannah G, Nicole, Catherine, and 1 other I didn't hear
"Today is all about firsts". I am already a little bit afraid. Hannah G is a little bit afraid.
"I am bold"--Demi Is this a foreshadow of things to come? Once she does her talking part/kissing Colton/saying she is getting the first group date rose, it appears she actually is bold. I predict she will be the villain of the season.
Colton definitely likes Hannah G
The group date goes to Elyse


Date #2-Hannah B on her birthday
They ride take a jeep and then ride horses to the middle of nowhere. Colton does a simple generic cheesy toast and then it's Hannah's turn. She literally can't think of a dang thing to say. Things are pretty awkward so far. She doesn't have much to say..at all..all day until the last second when she finally opens up. She saves herself at the last second and gets the rose.

Date #3
Alex, Erica, KAtie, Syndney, NIna, KErpa, Katelynn, Courtney, Caelynn, Tayshia and a few others
Welcome to Camp Bachelor
Red vs yellow-winners stay, losers go. Red wins. Yellow loses and they're all sad they have to leave. 
Heather (we think. we can't remember her name) tells Colton she is a virgin and has also never been kissed. He is really nice about it. He wants to kiss her, but he doesn't do it.
Caelynn tells him she also loves kids and works in children's hospitals because she was in the hospital as a young. They bond over that and kiss.
Heather gets the group date rose.

Cocktail party/Rose ceremony
Girls are interrupting left and right, and they aren't nice about it. It is pretty obnoxious. There is a lot of noise, and then Demi comes out in a bath robe.

Who's left-Hannah B, Elyse,   Tayshia, Cassie, Caelynn, Courtney, Demi, Nicole, Kirpa, Heather G, Catherine, Bri, Sydney, Onyeka, Katie, Nina, Tracy, and one other girl. We tried to figure out her name and a few other names for about 10 minutes and then gave up.

Word tally
love 8
journey 1
virgin 9
tear tally 4

We always wait a few weeks to fill out our brackets, and I think after tonight we are all ready. At least Amanda and I both feel like we know the top 4. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

blogging the bach 23.1


Who's watching: Celsey, Amanda, Alicia
Colton is here and what does he have to lose?!? How do we feel about that tag line? Are we going to spend all season dwelling on his virginity status? Please say no. 
Anyway, it's been a while, and we are all excited for another season of our fave show and our Monday night tradish. Although we kept that up pretty well on the off season.

The show starts with viewing parties around the country. We are all wondering why we aren't in Park City and why we didn't even know they were going to be there.

First Impressions
Cassie-speech. We have a little bit of the same job so I kind of like her on first impression.
Hannah-Miss Alabama got cut off by a commercial
gym girl-We missed her name being cut off by the commercial
Heather-Never been kissed
Onyeka-doesn't care what other people think, when you know you know
Nicole-looking for the real deal
Kirpa-dental hygenist. hopes Colton flosses
Demi-very southern, says she is confetti cake

Chris talks to Colton. He is ready to fall in love but maybe not at first sight.

After lots of checking in with the viewing parties, an engagement, a check in with a few other bach peeps, it is finally time to meet the women. Colton just wants to be present.

Demi-banana yellow,
Tayashia-knows he has a big heart and likes kids
Heather
Nicole-Spanish
Caelynn-wearing her Miss North Carolina sash Miss Underwood on the other side
Sydney-quit her dancing job to come
Elyse-don't be nervous
Tahzjuan-hooked on ...
Cassie-so nervous, brought butterflies
Kirpa-purple sparkly dress with purple eye shadow
Caitlin-popped the cherry balloon
Courtney-sweet Georgia peach
Katie-v card
Alex D-sloth. We all want to die for her.
Onyeka-very sparkly dress
Erika-mcnut
Hannah B-Miss Alabama
Tracy-fashion police
Angeliqu-leaves a little glitter behind
Devin-
Revian-Mandarin
Nina-Croatian
Alex B-sick sign
Bri-faked the Australian accent, hoping he's a sucker for accents
Laura-Dallas same dress as Heather
Hannah G-gift-empty box because no underwear
Annie-football
Jane-photoshopped dogs
Catherine with her dog Lucy
Erin-cinderella

They check back with all the viewing parties and another couple gets engaged. How did they set this up? Did they send out a mass text to all the guys in America and ask if their girlfriends watch the show?--Amanda

Colton talks to some of the girls. We thought he was going to kiss Hannah G but instead he kisses Caelynn. I knew he would like the pageant girls.
Everyone is bringing their A game.
"There's nothing sexier than corn hole"--Celsey
Alex the sloth finally takes off her costume
Catherine gets interrupted and she is not happy. She goes back and interrupts again and again and again even after Onyeka told her she shouldn't do it again.
He talks to Katie and kisses her
Hannah G gets the first impression rose

Who stays
Hannah G
Caelynn
Katie
Alex B
Hannah B
Onyeka
Caitlyn
Annie
Kirpa
Heather
Elise
Tayshia
Courtney
Cassie
Demi
Nina
Erica
Sydney
Bri
Angelique
Tracy
Nicole
Catherine
This promises to be the most dramatic season ever.

I'm bringing back the word tally this season.
love-16
journey-2
virgin-10
tear tally-1 Devin after being sent home and seeing the remaining girls celebrating right behind her.







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Friday, January 4, 2019

Lacey’s floral baby shower 

The Bodilys know how to throw a party, and I am always happy when I get to help. A late summer floral shower was perfect for Lacey's early fall baby.


The food was delicious, and the presentation was really fun.
Side story-We were setting up the night before, and nothing was working to cover the rather large island. All the tablecloth options weren't quite right. Luckily Sandy has quite the stash of table cloths, and we found a pink tablecloth that was surprisingly perfect.

The cream puff tower is always a hit and adds to the decor.

entryway-paper pinwheel fans, small flowers, baby photos, and the take home floral hair tie

the balloon arch is my new favorite for parties





I'm a sucker for a pretty drink



swiss cheese cubes with a grape or blackberry-big hit



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Thursday, January 3, 2019

unblogged bloggable-#bearlakedladies

I don't know how it happened, but somehow this post never got published. In fact, I have quite a few posts from last year I will be catching up on over the next few weeks. One of my goals for 2019 (more on those in another post) is to get and stay caught up on this blog.

Back in August I went to Bear Lake with girls from book club. We have the best time together, but we hadn't spent a lot of time outside of book club together. Some of the girls live in the same neighborhood so they spend a lot of time together. Some of us know each other from other things, and some of us only know each other through book club. This weekend was so much fun and made us wish we could spend lots and lots of time together always.

We left after work on Thursday to drive up. Utah was basically all on fire this summer, and Bear Lake was no exception. This fire seemed so close and big (probably because it was so close), but luckily it was quickly contained. We spent the first night watching the fire and chatting about the weekend.

Some of us (me) like a lot of makeup. Some of us like a little makeup, and some of us don't care so much about makeup. I like to wear makeup especially when I know there will be a lot of pictures. Pretty soon we were all in the bathroom doing our makeup and trying to convince everyone to put on lipsense.

Bonnie made our lunches every day to take to the beach.

The air pump didn't work very well so we ended up blowing up several rafts and floats. It was worth it when we were out on the lake for a few hours floating around.

We rented a water trampoline and found out it is pretty hard for several adults to stand up at the same time. It was ridiculously fun, and we laughed a lot.

Playing crack the egg and other funny games

I'm not exactly sure what happened here except I know we convinced a kid to get on our tramp and take some pictures for us. Somehow the phone survived.

Even at 7 months pregnant, Dylan was not about to miss out on the fun.

Kendra left and Aubrey came (with baby Rosie)

We tried really hard to get the perfect jumping picture.

But we just couldn't quite all get it together.

Aubrey and Aubrey (and baby Rosie)

Bear Lake is beautiful! We had so much fun and can't wait to go back again.


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Fashion Friday-shapewear

*I received these products from CYSM to try out. All opinions are my own.

Some clothes (especially dresses) require shapewear. No matter how well they fit, a little extra compression always helps. I have worn a lot of shapewear over the years, but I typically wear the shorts only. I was really excited when CYSM reached out to me to send some products for me to try out.


II got a slip, leggings and a waist trainer. Even though I followed the sizing on their website, my original order was a little too small. They were so great to work with. They sent me a shipping label to send the items back and sent new ones out in a bigger size. Everything came quickly and fits much better. 
I have found the slip to be much more comfortable than the shorts and works a lot better. CYSM products are high quality and their customer service is exceptional. 



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Monday, December 17, 2018

Murderly Manhattan

*This post is sponsored by Murderly. All opinions are my own.

I have always wanted to host a murder mystery party, but I never had the right opportunity until Murderly reached out to me to work with them. This party has been in the works for a while, but we wanted to wait until Celsey and Shawn were in their new house. We tried to plan it earlier this year, but the holiday season turned out to be the perfect time to host the party. We will definitely be making this a new annual tradition.

We picked the Manhattan party so we could dress up a little. Everyone was awesome and dressed their parts really well. We did a cocktail (mocktail) hour for chatting and trying to solve the murder, dinner, and dessert. We voted on the murderer between dinner and dessert.
the whole crowd
the girls
the boys
the couples
the singles

Since the party was close to Christmas, we went with Christmas decor using mixed metals and pops of red. Celsey wanted garland for her house so we used that with a lot of candles throughout the area.
Drink-sprite, fresh cranberries

appetizers

drink station 
Celsey's character was the bartender so she and Shawn made drinks for us. The drinks were all very good and could easily be made as mocktails or cocktails. 







We wanted a little fancier dessert to match the theme of the party-brownie sundae with homemade chocolate ball that melts with homemade caramel sauce. It was one of the best desserts ever.


This party was so much fun. Hosting anything with Celsey is always a good time and always turns out really well. Planning and hosting something for adults only was different than our norm and so great. Murderly was great to work with, and I would absolutely do another party with them again. If you want to host your own murder mystery party, click here for a 10% off discount on your murderly party. 
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