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Friday, January 31, 2020

Christmas Vacay 2019

I spent the Christmas holiday with Chelsea and her family. I found a great deal on a plane ticket, but the days and times weren’t necessarily ideal. With leaving town again at the first of the year I wanted a few days at home in between. That didn’t happen, but it all worked out. I got extra time with their family which is always fun. 

We went to see the lights at the Oakland temple which is something I have never done. It was so beautiful. 

After the lights we got ice cream for dessert. Parking was insane but we finally found a spot. We had a full table of adults and a full table of kids with 3 families of people. 

We made gingerbread houses. The kids all made their own and they did a pretty good job being creative and getting along with each other. 

We drive around and saw lights a few times. 

Christmas break was so nice. It was relaxing and fun. 
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beauty time Thursday..empties

It’s been a while since I did an empties post. I have slowly been using up some products and trying to use up what I have before buying more. 

I’m really trying to clean up my products and this everyone lotion has been a tray great option. It’s thinner than I’m used to but smells and works well. 
As much as I’m trying to clean things up, I’m still kind of stuck on bath and body works body cream. Twisted peppermint is one of my favorite scents. 
Dry shampoo is one of my favorite most used products and I have yet to find a clean option. Batiste is a favorite drug store brand but I know it doesn’t have the cleanest ingredients. 
Bare minerals lash domination and Clinique chubby lash are two great mascaras. 
Urban decay primer potion is a staple in my makeup bag. 

Urban decay setting spray gets a lot of great reviews. I haven’t found it to be super successful in keeping my makeup in place. 
Another batiste dry shampoo
Big sexy hair brand hairspray-another fave 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

blogging the bach 24.4

Who’s watching: Alicia and Adam for a few minutes, Amanda, Megan, Celsey, and Shawn 

We start out with the girls in the PJs. They are feeling a little bad about Peter and who knows what else. Chris Harrison comes in and tells them there won’t be a date today because Peter is out of town..and they’re Cleveland, Ohio. The girls aren’t excited but once they get there they act like they are.

Date #1-Today our love soars to new heights Victoria F
The date starts and they fly over somewhere and end up on a rollercoaster. There are a lot of analogies about love and soaring to new heights. They go to a diner, talk about the future, and go outside for a concert-with Chase Rice who conveniently dated Victoria F. It is awkward, very awkward. She refuses to kiss Peter or even look up. She ends up chatting with Chase Rice and the awkwardness continues. She decided she needs to tell Peter, but she is scared how he is going to react. We have no idea why she is so nervous. She tells him, cries, and walks away. Peter is not freaked out about it at all. He acknowledges that it is weird but also laughs. They go back to the table, she gets the rose, and they dance and make out to a cello player.

Date #2-Let’s tackle love together 
They’re already talking about how the big group dates always have drama-not a good sign. We still aren’t sure why they are in Ohio, but maybe it is so they can have the whole stadium for themselves for a football game. The game ends in a tie so everyone gets to go to the night portion to spend more time with Peter. Victoria P steals Peter first and Sheinn is so upset. All of a sudden, Alayah walks back in, and the drama comes back again. Victoria swears she is not a liar although she is making no sense. Alayah did tell Victoria not to tell anyone that they are friends. They are both shady. I liked Victoria, but I am not liking this at all. Peter gives Alayah the group date arose even though she wasn’t even on the group date. The girls are less than thrilled. Most of the girls don’t even get to talk to Peter. The drama is so far running the season.

Date #3-Kelsey
This is the explore the town date. How much is there really to explore in Cleveland? Peter says Kelsey is no drama. Has he already forgotten about champagne gate?! She shares her story that her parents got divorced and her dad left the family for a new life and family in Mexico. Peter can tell she is a good person and has a good heart, and he really respects her. Her story is definitely sad, but she really has to try hard to cry. She gets the rose, and Peter really likes her.

Cocktail party
All of the girls are fired up at Peter. They are mad at Alayah and Peter for bringing her back and giving her the rose. Peter doesn’t see it, but every girl that talks to him is pretty upset with him. He feels like he is disappointing people all over, and basically that is what is happening. It ends with to be continued...

Windmill-this seems to have died down and we haven’t heard about it for the past 2 episodes
Pilot/flying-3 (I probably missed a few especially with Victoria F’s date)
Husband/Wife-4 (I definitely missed a bunch of these)
Tear Tally-5 (I am certain I missed some. There were a lot of tears)

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Monday, January 20, 2020

blogging the bach 24.3

Who’s watching: Celsey, Shawn was here for a few minutes but left the room before we got started, Alicia, Amanda, and Megan

Date #1-one on one Victoria P
They are going to Peter’s hometown. They are start out shopping for cowboy boots and line dance in the store. Naturally they go to a concert. They both act like show is over and they have found their person. I may have picked her as my winner on my bracket. I can’t remember. Meanwhile, back at the house champagne gate continues. 
They go to the airplane hanger and Victoria shares her story. She is very emotional and Peter looks like he might cry too. She gets the rose and they both talk about how they might be the future for each other.

Date #2-I love surprises
Demi and her ladies come in the house and wake up the girls with a pillow fight. Most of the girls get lingerie and Savannah gets a muumuu to wear. They fight each other, and these girls aren’t messing around. Alayah wins the competition after sitting on Sydney. She takes one on one time with Peter first and talks about being a pilot’s wife. Sydney is upset about losing and is a grump the rest of the date. She tells Peter some of the girls are fake. Peter asks Kelley if this can work for her. He really likes her. Peter puts Sydney on the spot about being a tattle tale. She calls out Alayah, and it starts a fight while everyone else sits there in awkward silence. She gets the rose, and we all think that was so dumb.

Pool Party
MyKenna is excited for the chill vibe of the pool party. Is she crazy? There is no chill in that house. Peter tells the girls he isn’t feeling the best. He is starting to question things. Sydney tells him to talk to the others. Everyone else is pretty much validating what Sydney says. Alayah confronts Sydney. They have a little fight. She talks to Peter and he seems totally over her. He has time with Madison. He really likes her a lot. He asks Victoria P what she thinks about it all. They know each other from pageant land, and apparently Alayah asked Victoria not to say anything about them knowing each other. He talks to Alayah and kind of throws Victoria under the bus. I don’t love that he does that to the girls. This is at least the 3rd time he has done this. He is really upset and emotional and says he doesn’t know what to do. We don’t understand why he doesn’t just send her home right then. Instead he goes home.

Rose ceremony
Sydney, Victoria P, Victoria F-already have roses
Kelsey, Hannah Ann, Natasha, Lexi, MAdison, Shiann, Kelley, Kiarra, Tammy, Savannah, Deandra, MyKenna get roses
Chris H took away one of the roses and several people went home (more than we expected). Alayah is one of the girls. We aren’t sad to see her go, but it looks like she is coming back.

Word tally (I tried to pay attention, but I am pretty sure I missed a few tonight)
Windmill-hallelujah not mentioned even once
Pilot/flying-I forgot to count this, but it was brought up several times
Tear Tally-8

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Probiotic Maker-Time to Get Healthy

I really really love to exercise, eat healthy, and overall strive to be a really healthy person. As I mentioned in a previous post, 2019 did a number on me. As the year went on and eventually ended, I am was pretty excited to say adios to the year and looked and continue to look forward to a new year and a new decade. My biggest goal for the start of the year is to get back on track with my health. I was really excited when Probiotic Maker reached out to send me the maker to try. We had a gallon of extra milk so it was the perfect chance to try it out.

It comes in a pretty small package and stores easily when not in use.

It really is so simple. You choose a base, put the ingredients in, and plug it in.

Unfortunately, I ended up having a pretty rough day and got home way way later than I anticipated. It was way too thick and processing for much much longer than I preferred. The longer you leave it growing the thicker and more tart it becomes. Overall it is extremely easy. I am excited to experiment more and find some flavors I like.

If you want to purchase your own probiotic maker, use my link to save 50% off the price.

One Little Word-January 2020

Do you pick a word for the year? I started picking one little word as a theme or guide for the year several years ago. Usually around October a word pops in my head, and I know that will be my word for the upcoming year. I don't think too much about it or consider other words. I just know that will be my word.
This year is no different. 2019 seriously kicked my butt! I ran myself completely ragged, and my priorities were swallowed by my stress and stressors. When the word BREATHE came into my mind I knew it is exactly what I need to guide my goals and plans for 2020.
This year I am committing to myself to take a step back, set better boundaries, take better care of myself, and just BREATHE.

Bonny of helix design made this phone wall paper to help me remember my word

I received this morse code bracelet from oNecklace to really help me. I wear it all the time, and it's a good reminder of the goals I have for this year. They have a lot of options for customized jewelry. I love having that visual reminder to keep me in check.

Did you choose a word for the year? How do you go about choosing your word?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Blogging the Bach 24.2

Who’s watching: Celsey, Shawn (or maybe he’s just here to do his bracket), Lacey, Krista, Megan

Group Date continued from last week
Hannah thinks she made a mistake. All the other girls don’t know where the heck Peter is. Hannah is confused. Peter is confused and then they say bye. Peter takes a pause on the date because his head is not in the right space but wants to meet up later. They meet up later for the after party. Some of the girls are still pretty mad and some are ready to move on with it. Sydney gets the rose.

Rose ceremony/cocktail party
Peter doesn’t remember half of what happened on night one. The claws are already coming out. Kelsey and MyKenna are already in a fight. She pulls herself together and waits. Hannah Ann and Peter come upon the chilled champagne and naturally pop it, and she is not ok. Hannah Ann apologized “you feel bad”. 
Date roses-Kelley, Madison, Sydney
MyKenna, Victoria P, Natasha, Jasmine, Sarah, Lexi, Hannah Ann, Alexa, Tammy, Alayah, Deandra, Victoria F, Shiann, Kiarra, Savannah, Kelsey

Date #1-Alexa, MyKenna, Natasha, Deandra, Lexi, Victoria F, Kelsey, Hannah Ann “Time to let your personality shine”
We were a bit distracted with the first part of the date going through our brackets. Victoria F is already crying. She redeemed herself at the end and stood out in a better way than expected and then she loses the confidence. Kelsey redeemed herself too. Hannah Ann and Victoria F win and have to compete against each other. Hannah Ann wins and Victoria F has a meltdown. Peter talks to Victoria F about her time there and she has another meltdown. Kelsey has time with Peter and she has a whole new confident attitude. Hannah Ann tattles about Kelsey. Peter really likes her so tattling gets her more attention. Victoria F gets the rose. Peter talks to Kelsey and her confidence is gone. 

We’re all a little mad there was about 1 1/2 dates on this episode.

Tear tally-9

Friday, January 10, 2020

Blogging the Bach 24.1

I was in Maui for the season premier so Celsey and I are watching at the end of the week to get caught up before next week. 

“The 3 hour premier of the Bachelor takes off right now”-How many flight analogies are we going to hear this season??? Any guess...

There are some mixed feelings about Peter being the bachelor. I am actually really excited about it. I like Peter, and I am really looking forward to a really good season (hopefully)
Peter says the word love 5 times in the first 5 minutes or less so hopefully the show lives up to that.

First impressions
Alexa-waxes lady parts, bare it all
Hannah Ann-model, looks a little bit like Hannah B
Tammy-realtor, wrestler, jet setter
Victoria P-nurse, caregiver for sister
Kelley-attorney, met Peter at a wedding
Madison-basketball, likes a good challenge, excited for Peter
Maurrisa-teen beauty queen, patient care coordinator for plastic surgeon

Limo Entrances
Alayah-deep v, grandma letter, purple silver dress
Sydney-sparkly dress, Alabama (not all girls from Alabama make bad decisions) 
Hannah Ann-dark green dress, 2nd Hannah reference
Sarah-black sparkle, hubba hubba
Lauren-long sleeve black sparkle pant suit, if it scares you, do it
Victoria P-happy dance, navy or maybe purple velvet dress
Mykenna-fashion blogger, beach dress
Maurissa-pinky promise
Kelsey-Hannah comment
Eunice-wings, flight attendant, purple dress
Jade-flight attendant
Megan-flight attendant speaker, direct service to Peter’s heart
Madison-red dress, paper airplane, land your heart
Tammy-metal detection
Shiann-barf bag
Courtney-Tiny plane, sparkle pattern
Kiarra-Baggage-in a suitcase-How did she fit in there?
Lexi-more blue velvet, red car-likes to go fast
Payton-red dress, 4 times
Jasmine-speaking something else
Victoria F-green sparkly dress, bad filthy joke that she can barely even get through
Jenna-red dress with Ashley P the cow
Savannah-red dress, blind fold, focus on the way things feel, kisses him-trying to be bold
Kelley-red dress, sign from God to do this show, dance
Alexa-head wrap
Avonlea-white dress
And then Hannah B gets out of the limo. Everyone started freaking out that she was there. For all the people that freaked out when it was announced that she was on the show, there is no way she was actually on the show. She was filming dancing with the stars at the same time. There is absolutely 100% no way she could have been on both shows. It was sweet that she showed up to wish him well and give him back the wings he gave her. EDIT-she is on more than I expected. We will see what happens, but she was definitely winning DWTS while the bach was filming.

The girls start having one on one time with Peter. At this early point in the show, it is hard to separate who is who and who stands out.
Alayah reads the letter from her grandma.
Natasha and Mykenna have a little tiff about time with Peter. Mykenna kisses him and feels like she has the one up.
There are more windmill jokes.
Hannah Ann takes 2 turns and then 3 to kiss him. I thought I liked her but I am already starting to change my mind.
Victoria brings up her joke. Peter doesn’t even remember it and we are all so embarrassed for her. She then has a complete come apart. 

PSA from Celsey-If you want to kiss a man, DO NOT have a secret handshake. Immediate friend zone.

Rose Ceremony
Hannah Ann-first impression rose
Victoria P, Madison, Kelley, Lexi, Savannah, Lauren, Tammy, Alayah, Jasmine, Sydney, Natasha, Mykenna, Deandra, Sarah, Alexa, Kelsey, Payton, Kierra, Courtney, Sheann, Victoria F

Date #1-Hannah Ann, Kelley, Deandra, Tammy, Courtney, Sheann, Victoria P, Jasmine, Victoria-Look Up
This date is all about flying. Victoria gets major motion sickness. She is really brave and faces her fears. They do an obstacle course and Kelley gets a little one on one time. Some of the girls are mad and trying to start drama. Peter picks roses and gives them to Victoria and it is the sweetest. This is the hotel where Peter and Kelley met the month before. She gets the rose and tries to tone down her excitement about it all. Sheann and some of the other girls are not thrilled.

Date #2-Madison-I want to show you what forever looks like. 
Peter’s parents renew their vows on their date. They are pretty cute together and have a great date. We got distracted talking and missed the last part of the date.

Date #3-Group date-I was busy doing my nails and chatting with Celsey so I pretty much missed this whole date. I stopped all the tallying and didn’t really pay much attention. I got the rundown-Hannah B plans the date. She is very very upset. She runs off crying, and Peter follows her. She and Peter have a one on one chat. She says she still has feelings. He says he might have feelings too. He asks what she would think about coming to the house. TO BE CONTINUED..

I’m bringing back the tally this season (not including part of the one on one and the group date)
Tear tally-5

It looks like it’s going to be a good season. We have a few faves and a few that aren’t really our faves. We decided to do our brackets before the rose ceremony of week 2. I will share my predictions in next week’s post.

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