3 Keys To Safer Driving

Everyone who drives wants to remain as safe as possible while they are on the road, and it is always a good idea to know exactly how you are supposed to achieve that goal. The truth is, staying safe on the roads is a relatively straightforward affair. As long as you follow some basic guidelines, you should find that you are fine most of the time. You can never do everything to completely ensure your safety, as you can’t control the actions of other road users or conditions beyond your control. What you can do, however, is make sure that you are doing everything in your power to minimise the damage and the likelihood of being involved in a crash. Let’s take a look at three qualities of safe driving which you might want to bear in mind.

 

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Patience

 

This is probably the most important quality of all, as it enusres that you are much less likely to have any kind of serious accidents, even if something begins to go wrong. More often than not, when people are involved in road accidents part of the problem is that they were too impatient. This could be impatience directed towards a red light, or impatience at other vehicles at a crossing or somewhere similar. Whatever it is, it is a quick way of getting yourself and those around you into danger. If you have trouble with this particular aspect of driving, then consider learning how to properly breathe. Taking deep breaths while driving, and before you set off, might help you to keep your calm and therefore prevent a number of accidents.

 

Care

 

The more careful and considered your driving is, the more likely it is that you will avoid any unfortunate circumstances on the road. As time goes on and you have been driving for a while, it is sometimes unfortunately easy to find yourself slipping with some of your basic driving practices. However, it is this kind of approach which often leads to some severe accidents. If you want to stay safe, then you need to stay focused on your driving and drive with care at all times. This is the only way to ensure that you are driving as safely as possible, and thus preventing accidents. You might also benefit from finding a defensive driving traffic school online where you can learn more about what you need to know.

 

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Sobriety

 

It might seem like something which is so obvious that it doesn’t need mentioning, but the fact is that the majority of car accidents still have some relation to drinking or drugs. If you want to remain as safe as possible on the roads, then you absolutely have to avoid drinking and driving or driving under the influence of any narcotics. There is a huge danger in both of these practices, and it is important not to fall into the trap of thinking that just a little amount of alcohol in the system is fine. If you want to avoid accidents – and avoid getting any drunk driving convictions – then you need to make sure that you are avoiding alcohol at all costs.

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#WCW – To All The Lady Leopards

Hello Wednesday! We have quite the snow day here, and I’m enjoying my day at home. Which also got me thinking that today might just be a great day to get this post up.

I think you all know that I greatly enjoy social media (FacebookTwitterInstagram, etc.) I like connecting with people, talking to others, and hopefully inspiring others through my various accounts.

The more I am on though, the more I am seeing an unfortunate “trend”. Girls, posting rather exposing pictures of themselves, in hopes to gain followers and “likes”.

“Likes”, that is how the majority of the “younger generation” sees their worth. This is sad. They hear stories about how someone gets “noticed” or “discovered” via Instagram, Vine, etc. Only they don’t realize this is similar to lightening striking. 

Sure, it would be awesome if it could suddenly just happen to anyone, but that isn’t how it works. They also don’t see the hard work behind the accounts for some of these people. 

Do you think someone signs up for an account and is immediately “discovered”? No, there is work behind any account. 

I praise those women who are staying classy and dignified, posting pictures in actual clothing without a ton of cleavage or their butts hanging out.

Please know that taking your clothes nearly off (or completely off) and posting pictures won’t make you famous. It only attracts the wrong attention.

You are not a piece of meat, stop allowing males to treat you like one. Getting comments like “damn, you so hot, I’d hit that.” Isn’t cute, it’s disrespectful, and also horrible grammar.

 

As I said before, this is how a lot of the younger generation is gauging their worth. However, there are plenty of ladies in their late 20s and up who are also doing these things.

What kind of an example are we setting for those younger than us? Our daughters, nieces, etc. I want my daughter to grow knowing that I didn’t do these things, and she won’t either. 

Please remember that you are a lady with class and a woman with dignity. You should be treated as such.

  
When it comes to the truth behind social media accounts and building your own brand, it takes time and work. Hard work. It takes proper attention, and care. You can’t simply “buy” followers. These are fake accounts, and the second their are found and deleted, your follower numbers drops. 

You have to WORK for real followers by putting out good content, that you have to spend the time creating. You can’t just haphazardly snap a poor picture of an outfit and post it hoping you get some “likes”. 

One outfit post for me takes time to put together. Besides picking the right pieces and accessories to go together, I then make sure to get a Vine and Snapchat stories done before I put it on. This shows the pieces up close.

Then I make sure the lighting is right, because a photo that is too dark not only looks unpleasing, but won’t show just how the outfit looks when on. I also do light editing on the photo to be sure exposure, color and light create a photo that is ready to be posted. 

Only then, after all of the time I spent doing that, is it ready to be posted. Again, it takes work. One post takes me at least 2-3 hours of work. From putting it together, to posting the Outfit Inspiration on my site, then sharing it through all of my accounts. I then do my best to respond to comments on all accounts 

Why? Because this is how else you gain and keep followers: interaction. Whether you find posts on your own, or someone finds yours, comment, interact, be kind and polite!

This post recently popped up on one of my favorite Instagram accounts (Humans of NY) and I love it, not just because of what she’s wearing, but also because of what she had to say.

  
Amen! 

So ladies, girls, and all females. Please, respect yourself enough to put your clothes on, act with class and dignity. You are a Lady Leopard!

And lastly, it’s 2016, enough with the “duck face” already. You’re prettier than you know, and we want to see your real smile.

For the Stay at Home Moms 

There I was in the checkout line at Target today, (I know, it’s my favorite store!) when I had quite an unsettling experience. 

I’ll set the scene for you; it’s the Monday before Halloween, around lunch time. The store is apt to be a little busier during this time of day and time of year. I know I was getting the supplies I needed for our Halloween party, and saw others with such items as well. 

I was unloading my cart, having let a lady with one item step in front of me, when what to my listening ears should I hear? But a condescending woman, speaking quiet clear.

“So busy!! All these ‘little’ stay at home ‘mommies’.”

  
My head snapped up so fast you would have thought someone yelled, “Chris Evans is here and shirtless!” 

Sadly no, that is not what was said. Captain America was not there to save the day. Neither were any of the Avengers. (Although I think Black Widow would have been on this woman before I got my head up.)

  
I’ll go ahead and take a little “guess” myself (since this lady decided to make such a knee-jerk choice to assume everyone there was a “lowly, lame, sad, Stay at Home Mom*”) that she doesn’t have kids. 

*SAHM through the rest of the article. (And no, we are NONE of those things.)

I’ll go ahead and also assume she has NO idea how hard we actually work. Yes, I am a SAHM. A PROUD one! 

She should not just run around assuming because a business is a tad busy at a LUNCH HOUR, that everyone is a “little stay at home mommy”. 

Maybe these women, we’ll say they were all mothers just for the purpose of my rant, are on their lunch break? Running to Target to get a few things for their child’s costume, grabbing the snack needed for the class party, or getting bags of candy for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, instead of eating lunch. 

(And because they know that Target will have what they need, they always do! I love you, Target!)

So what if all of us were SAHM?! What? Are you better than us and don’t have to wait in a short line?! We are all waiting, learn some patience! (And trust me, you aren’t better than us, certainly not with that “little” tone.)

She probably has no idea how hard a SAHM actually works. I run my website and all of my own social media accounts for it, take care of our child and household, while supporting and being present in my Husband’s job.  That’s like three full time jobs, I have no helper or assistant, and yet I’m patient enough to stand in line and be polite.

Some SAHM’s run successful in-home businesses. Some run successful craft businesses. Some work part time out of the home. Some work evening/night shifts to be with their kid(s) during the day. Some are also students and are working toward a degree. A lot of us volunteer at our child’s school, with charities/non-profits, at churches, and in the community. 

All while keeping the child(ren) taken care of, errands ran, house kept, schedules organized, etc.

Do you want to try? No. I don’t think you do. 

  
Being a Mom means no days off. No vacation, no sick days. You are on 24/7, everyday of the year. I joke with my husband anytime we travel with our sweet tiny human, it is a “business trip”.  

Potty needs or bad dream at 3am? Yep, Mom is awake.

Sick at school? Mom is on the way.

Class party? Mom will help plan it. 

Also, SAHM’s are smart. Many have degrees or left careers because their children were more important. We have brains, and thoughts, like any normal adult! We can have conversations, and even vote! (I know! “Say it isn’t so?!”)

  

Does it sound like we just sit with our feet up on the couch all day, “watching our stories”? No? 

We work our tails off during the day and still have a dinner ready on time.

  
(Me too, Beverly. Me too.)  

So please, before you run around judging someone because they chose to put their child first, know that we sleep a little better at night knowing our families are cared for, our households are (mostly) in order, and we work harder than you.

  

PS – This is also why wine and chocolate exist. They are really made for us, but we’re nice, and know how to share. #YoureWelcome 

Share Monsters

  
Today I take a piece from Gary Vaynerchuk. 

I love when he brings up being a Share Monster during some of the #AskGaryVee Shoooows. 

He brings up such a great point, stop being lurkers! If you follow a brand/business page and see something you enjoy, or someone else might enjoy: Share, like, comment! 

People on Facebook are so quick to share the “share this if” posts, that are basically the spam of Facebook. (And it’s annoying, stop it.)

Yet, when a new business or brand is trying to grow and gain more followers, they skim past it and don’t think twice about sharing their post. I have noticed that they do this, even if they know the person!

It’s time to change it around. Stop spamming the rest of us, and try to help someone. 

Don’t be a lurker, be a Share Monster!!!!

The Walking Dead – Season 6 Predictions 

  
This is not a drill! I repeat, this is NOT a drill!! The Walking Dead returns tonight on AMC! 

As I said, I would have some predictions on what and who I think will go down. Before going on, be warned that this is full of spoilers. 

Are those that don’t want spoilers or predictions gone?

Yes? Okay, here we go.

Season 5 had our group arriving at a large, seemingly safe community, Alexandria. I remember calling it early on when previews came on and it wouldn’t show much, “They’re going to end up somewhere and get cleaned up.” (It’s fun when I get it right.)

They arrived and met with the “leader” of the community. I know Abraham, “Who’s Deanna?!”

They quickly take places in the town, and others start to notice they are all good leaders in their fields. 

We see, however, the struggles they have. Sasha has lost Tyrese (and it nearly ends her), Daryl feels a bit out of place (or like a trapped cat), Carol is hiding her true self (you’re such a badass), and Rick is well…Rick.

We see Glenn have some major issues with some of the other runners in the town, causing each group to lose a member. (Ooh Noah, you went too soon.)

Maggie trying to keep the peace after Father Gabriel tries to turn Deanna on Rick and the group.

Abraham takes the lead on a construction site, and Eugene totally steps up to save Tara. 

It all ends with Morgan arriving in town to find Rick having just killed “porch dick”, er…I mean Pete, at the request of Deanna who is laying over the body of her husband, Reg. (Whom Pete had accidentally killed in a drunken rage.)

We’re also shown the “Wolves Not Far” sign, which is some serious foreshadowing to who is going to cause problems heading into Season 6. 

So, what do we think will happen this season? Here are some thoughts I have had:

I think, sadly, that it is Sasha’s season to go. She tried giving herself up, telling the Walkers to “come get her”, and even laying in a pile of walker corpses. I feel like she’ll turn everything around and want to live, and that’s when it’ll happen. Whether it is by Walkers or Wolves, that I am not sure. Could be a mix of the two.

Nicholas or “Nicky”. He was responsible for the death of Noah, and tried to leave Glenn for dead in the woods. He HAS to go. I also wonder if he doesn’t turn on the Alexandria group and tries to join the Wolves. Which if that happens, I can see them using him to get closer, or into Alexandria, then “taking care of him”.

Father Gabriel. He’s been around long enough, we all know what he did. He’s going to go. Has to happen, I’m mad at him. 

The Wolves, they are going to try to take Alexandria, I think we all know that is going to happen. Whether they are successful or not, I’m unsure. Will our group end up on the run again?

Deanna and Rick are going to become closer as leaders, but Rick is going to be too aggressive, and Morgan is going to have to intervene. I think it is likely that Michonne will have to assist with this area.

I hope that Aaron makes it through the season, but he also might be a casualty of this season’s “excitement”.

Carol will probably have to take off this fake housewife mask she is wearing and show what a huge badass she is.

I feel like Abraham and Eugene will make it through this season, and I go back and forth on Tara. She’s recovering from being injured on a run, and I think Eugene will try to keep her safe. If he fails, he will take this as a huge personal hit.

Jessie and her sons, hmm…I wonder if something doesn’t happen to them, I feel like I don’t have predictions on them just yet. 

I think both Michonne and Daryl will make it through the season. This could also just be my hope because I like them both a lot.

Carl will be fine, but I think his girlfriend, Enid won’t be. Judith will make it through, mostly because even as dark and twisted as this show is, I don’t think they’re going to do anything to her.

Maggie and Glenn. Ugh, I don’t want to talk about them. There has been so much speculation as to whether or not Negan arrives this season. I’m so concerned about this possibly. I think it happens, and I think we say goodbye to Glenn. My friend Peggy added to it though, she thinks Maggie finds out she is pregnant before it happens. Ouch, our hearts.

What thoughts do you have?! I’d love to hear them! 

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Let’s Talk – The Walking Dead

  

AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, ooh Walking Dead. (TWD for the rest of the article.) I’m hooked, so hooked, but was I always? No. 
Let me take you on a journey of how this show became my (and my husband’s) Sunday night “must have fix”. Note, “spoilers” ahead if you are still getting into the show.

I can fully admit that when this show was first getting ready to premier, I would change the channel or go hide under my bed until the previews were all gone. (Eek! Scary!)

Zombies, excuse me, Walkers, really freak me out. Vampires? Werewolves? Mummies? Nope, don’t bother me. Walkers? No thanks, I should just pass out now.

I, however, struggle with an “illness” that probably doesn’t have a name, but it deals with an over active “curiosity gland”. (That’s what I’ll call it, just play along. I’m sure Doc McStuffins would be able to diagnose me if I could get into her clinic to be checked out.) Anywho, yes, I get curious. What’s worse than being curious? Being curious and having a Peggy. 

If you don’t have a “Peggy”, I suggest you get one, my Peggy is great!  

Peggy has watched TWD from the start, and you guys, she is a FAN! She loves talking about it too. She never once told me, “Just watch the show!” when my curiosity gland got out control and something made me peek from under the bed. I always knew I could message her and ask about the show. She would happily, and fully explain.

Then it slowly started pouring over into Pinterest. I’d sign in and see a TWD meme and think, “Peggy would like that!” So I would send it to her. You all know how Pinterest works, right? If you send something, they have these algorithms that use their Spidey-Senses and think, “Oh she sent that pin! Let’s show her more!”

Basically, my Pinterest got to the point where I was seeing TWD pins ALL the time. This is how I learned character names, and various story lines. 

Then, one fateful day, I was left to my own devices while my daughter and husband napped. This is a very dangerous thing, the curiosity gland REALLY gets wild. It happened to be a Sunday. The Sunday of the Season 4 Finale.

There it was on my guide, the TWD marathon. “Still”, Episode 12 of Season 4 was just starting, I select it. Just Daryl & Beth in the woods, drinking moonshine in a cabin. Not bad, okay, I’ll watch the next. “Alone”, ooh starts off a bit intense with them fending off walkers in the fog, but I don’t hide under the bed. “The Grove” starts, just Carol, Tyrese and three girls trying to make it. 

This episode “turns” fast. (Get it? “Turns”?) At this point my husband, Mark, has joined me, and I’m pretty sure these were my thoughts: 

“What?! Why? Why is that girl playing with a walker?!” 

“No! What! This little weirdo is feeding it?! Oh shiz, run! Run! They’re coming after you!”

“HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!! That freak killed her sister! WTF AM I WATCHING?!”

“What’s Carol doing? 😳 Ooooh Lordy, she told her to look the flowers.”

After sitting there in silence for a few minutes, Mark asked. “What the hell did we just watch?!” I think I answered, “I don’t know….but I’m never watching this show again.” Oh how wrong I was.

Flash forward to October 2014. Mark had accepted a new job and we were moving out of state. Now remember I said I had a Peggy? Yeah, I also have a Dad. He also LOVES this show and loves talking about it. He helped me pack my house. 

This show was pretty much all we talked about on our “pack days”; which looking back, always seemed to be right after a Sunday. This further confirms that he and Peggy were somehow in cahoots with each other. 

The moving truck pulled out in early November, I still had three weeks left in Oregon. My daughter and I checked into the good ol’ “Mom n Dad: Bed n Breakfast” (aka, my parents house), and I prepared for Sunday nights. 

I survived through Season 5’s “Self-Help”, “Consumed” and “Crossed”. Then the mid-season finale aired the night Mark, our daughter, and I went wheels up out of Oregon heading to our new residence. 

I found myself at the airport trying to get the episode to steam on my phone, and couldn’t. 

Wait, what’s happening? 

The next night I grabbed the iPad and got all signed into the AMC website and was able to get “Coda”. Oh yay! I can watch the mid-season finale!!! What? Did I just…seriously, what is going on?!

Oh. My. Gosh. 

It happened. I wanted more. I sat crying and alone on my couch at the end of “Coda”. “Not Beth! Why Beth?? What’s going to happen now?!” I tried to let it go, tried to forget, but I couldn’t. It just wouldn’t stop poking my curiosity gland. 

Mid-December: *Ding* Oh, message from Dad. “TWD Marathon, all seasons from the beginning, starts New Years.” 

He knew you guys! He knew!!!! I immediately set our DVR, and we had them all. Every gory, scary, crazy, walker filled episode. We got them all watched, just in time for the February premier. It was glorious.

True that sometimes it still freaks me out, but not as bad. I finally understand why Carol had to tell Lizzie to “look at the flowers”, how Abraham, Eugene (and Eugene’s awesome mullet) came to be the with the group) and that I am big time Team Daryl/Carol! 

I’m glad I have a Dad and a Peggy. They help me try new things. Thank you Dad and Peggy, thank you. 

Now is it October 11th yet? Someone pass me some of Carol’s cookies while I wait. Maybe I’ll just do some stuff…and thangs to help me pass the time.
PS- Unless it has changed, the ringtone for me on my Dad’s phone is the opening theme for the show. Boom. 

Let’s Talk – Kindness

  

I’ve noticed it, and maybe you have too. 

What happened to kindness? Manners? Politeness?!

No really, what happened? 

I feel like we were raised, and many of us are raising our children to say “please” and “thank you”. Only to have many people come into adulthood, and drop it all together. And sadly, maybe some people aren’t encouraging their children to have these manners.

There is one thing I know, it’s becoming an epidemic, and we need to fix it.

  
I will be the first to admit, one of my biggest pet peeves is rude/inconsiderate people.

It really riles me up when I do something helpful or kind to a stranger, and don’t even get a simple “thank you”.

Now please don’t think that I run around doing things to get acknowledged, because I don’t. I’m one of those rare people, I’m genuinely nice and think that kindness could actually better the world. 

I find it really frustrating when I hold the door open for someone to have them walk through without so much as a smile. This is rude.

I also find it frustrating when some goes through a door, opening it only enough so they can fit through, basically ensuring it closes in my face. This is disrespectful. 

You know what it makes me think when someone does this? It tells me that they think they are better than others 

Spoiler alert: you aren’t.

The people who are running around feeling all entitled need to be stopped. Sorry, but they do. 

There is a lot to be said for hard work, life doesn’t owe us anything, and we need to stop running around looking for a handout. 

There is even more to be said for manners and kindness. We need to think about the fact that we are all facing battles, we all have struggles, we all have tough days. If only we tried to go out in the world with this in mind as we encounter others, maybe (just maybe) we could make our world a little better of a place. 

Earlier this week I paid for gentleman’s coffee, and asked him if he could simply pass it on. Will I ever know if he did or not? No! That’s what kindness is, and I won’t stop doing it, no matter how self-centered people can be. 

(Side note, this gentleman was very polite and said thank you more than once. Yay! Kindness!)

That is what I want to encourage you do to this week – take your politeness, pass it on and remember the following:

 

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Let’s Talk – Bras

Yep, you read that right, bras. 

Earlier today I saw a post making the rounds through Facebook, and I groaned when I saw it.


It made it clear to me, yet again, that women are just not “in the know” about one of the most important pieces of undergarments we wear. 

Back in Oregon I worked at Donna Bella Lingerie, and learned everything I’ll need to know about bras, and it changed my life. I learned how to properly fit women into well made, wonderfully fitting bras; as well as how great I felt when I wore a properly fit bra. 

There’s one company that I won’t name (but seriously, you’ll be able to figure it out) that doesn’t measure right at all, and leaves the vast majority of women who go in wearing the wrong band and cup size. Which leaves them not feeling supported at all.  They put me in a 36DD. What size did I get when I got sized correctly? 30G. No wonder I never felt like I was supported! (Here’s a “secret”, D cups aren’t big.)

A bra should fit snugly around your body, with the band fitting across the middle of your back, not up near your shoulder blades. The snugness of the band is where you get your support from, and it should stay in place. As we would say, “When you lift your arms, your bra shouldn’t travel with you.”

Your breast tissue should fill the cups of the bra with out leaving the fabric loose, but also not “spilling out”. (Seriously, enough with the quad boob.) The straps shouldn’t dig into your shoulders, enough room to slide two fingers through. The underwire shouldn’t dig into your breast tissue, and the gore of the bra should also rest on your chest, between your breasts. 

Your new bra should fit on the first set of hooks, and if you feel like you have a little under arm “wing”, that’s normal. It’s your skin, and no one sees it. Even those skinny 30B girls have it.

When you’re wearing your bra, stand facing a mirror with your arms down at your sides; your breast tissue should be halfway between your shoulder and elbow.

Here are some examples:

 (Panache – Andorra)   

(Freya – Ada Tattoo)

 Okay, so basically now I am going to pick this “bra/boob” post apart. As Kevin Hart would say, “You gonna LEARN today!”

 
1) Somewhat true. There are certain athletic bras I look at and then laugh. Try an Anita Sports Bra, I love mine. I run with it and don’t ever feel like I’m “bouncing” all over the place. 

2) Okay, so this is correct. Bras go to H, HH, and beyond. Bands start off at 28, and go into the 40s+. Women come in all shapes and sizes! (And we’re all beautiful!)

3) BAH!!!!!!! *Insert Annoyed Scream* My “collection” is full of beautiful colors, prints and lace! (Fantasie, Freya, Elomi, Panache, and Wacoal – to name a few – all make gorgeous bras in a wide range of sizes!)

4) 😑 Underwire gives the bra structure and helps with support. It isn’t evil, and when a bra is actually fitting correctly, it doesn’t hurt or dig in. And if you are larger chested, seriously, try cup-sized swim wear with underwire. It’s awesome! 

5) Anyone can get boob sweat, but yeah, okay, I guess larger boobs deal with more.

6) I’ll give them this one too. 

7) Umm…okay? Find a shirt that fits? I wear button up shirts, and I can say that yes, I have tried on certain shirts that do that; just find one that fits properly. 

8) Unless your boobs are fake and perky, yeah, they might not work.

9) Really? I fit many brides, with larger band and cup sizes than me in strapless dresses for their wedding gowns. There are strapless bras out there for women larger than a 32B.

10) Okay, I’ll agree here too. HAHAHAHAHA! That’s cute. 

11) Who cares about squishing your friends face in your boobs? That’s what friends are for! 
If you are in Oregon, head to Donna Bella to be properly fit! (http://donnabellalingerie.com)

If not, search for a boutique near by where you can be properly fit. I also hear that Nordstroms does a pretty good job at getting women into the correct bras.

Happy Bra Shopping!!

The Bachelorette – Premier

  
Last Monday and Tuesday brought us the two night premier of the new season of The Bachelorette. If you haven’t watched yet, this will contain spoilers…so…

*Spoiler Alert*

This season the hit ABC show decided to try something new and advertised that we would have not one, but two Bachelorettes. 

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson both from last season’s Bachelor with Chris Soules, would be heading into this season looking for love. 

Chris Harrison opened up the show of course saying it would be a “Very dramatic premier.” He also used the words “controversial” and “historic”. (I think we’re starting to get a bit “dramatic” with our choice of words.)

Britt is shown in a white flowing gown, with large rhinestone embellished waist, and a slit up the right side of the skirt of the dress. 

Kaitlyn is shown wearing a high neck style, long gown that was covered in navy blue sequins, with a slight train at the back. 

Chris Harrision introduces some video backgrounds of some of the men who will be arriving at the house. 

We see men from different careers (although the there are numerous personal trainer/fitness specialist in the mix), parts of the country, one with a child, and one that is…well…a stripper. So far, the men seem pretty split on who they are going to the house in hopes of meeting. 

Both of the potential Bachelorettes arrive at the house, and we found out that not both girls will be staying. Chris Harrison explains that the men will have “the power” and will vote during the night, using roses. Once every man has cast his vote, the girl with the most roses will be this season’s Bachelorette. 

At this point, things look very awkward between both girls, as well as a bit uneasy. I’m wondering how many people were actually surprised by this news.

The time finally came for the men to start arriving, and limo by limo, they stepped out to try to impress the girls. 

(I’m not going to give a full run down of each guy, let’s be honest, you don’t want to read that much.)

Ryan B, 32 year-old Realtor from Wellington, FL calls Britt a “Disney Princess”.

Jared, a 26 year-old Restaurant Manager from Warwick, RI shows off his “Super Shirt” saying that he has an alter ego, and it is “Love Man”.

Tony, a 35 year-old “Healer” from St. Louis, MO who shows up with a black eye…he has said in his background video that he is “anti-social” (does this explain the black eye?) and talks to plants. 

Numerous men have stepped out of the limo going right to Britt, this has left Kaitlyn looking rather lonely. Thankfully, it starts to even out with men going to her first as well. 

JJ, a 32 year-old Former Investment Banker from Denver, CO approaches Kaitlyn first, with a hockey puck, abs says, “I would love to puck you.” Playing off of her initial meeting to Chris Soules when she said that he could, “Plow her field.” The joke is well received and Kaitlyn laughs very hard. 

A few more men arrive, when Kaitlyn suddenly runs off into the house to say hello to the guys, leaving Britt standing alone outside. Britt says she felt that it was “cheating” and not fair”. 

After a few more men arrive, we see Ryan (a 28 year-old “Junkyard Specialist) inside the house, and he is already pretty drunk. He is shown saying that he is, “All horned up.” He is loud, mouthy, and is badly quoting movies. 

Shawn E. a 31 year-old Sex Coach from Ontario, Canada arrives in a Hot Tub Car. We hear drunk Ryan from the bushes yell, “That car sucks!” 

Chris, a 28 year-old Dentist from Nashville, TN arrives in a candy corn embellished cupcake car, and leaves everyone watching the show wanting one.

The rest of the men arrive, and the girls finally enter the house. 

The cocktail party seems to be going well, with fairly easy flow of conversation, and men discussing who they arrived for, and who they are voting for.

Some men enter the “voting room” fairly early in the evening and cast their votes. 

We continue to see video of Ryan who is being wildly obnoxious, and getting drunker as the night goes on. If any of the other men try to question him on it, he gets rudely defensive and tells them off. 

He is seen basically feeling Kaitlyn up, then slaps her butt. (NOT OKAY!) He is also seen stumbling through the house knocking a picture off the wall, throwing the rose he is supposed to use for voting, then strips down to jus underwear and gets in the pool. 

Shortly after this, we see a Bachelorette Bouncer come in and tell him that Chris Harrison wants to talk to him out front. They send his rear home! He is clearly not here for the right reasons. 

From my view and opinion of episode one, Kaitlyn seems to be making a better impression with the men.

Oh, and apparently Shawn smells good. 

The voting ends, and both girls look nervous….and in true Bachelorette form…the episode ends. 

Tuesday Night:

We open back up to the cocktail party, where both girls have been separated, and sit alone. 

Chris Harrison approaches Britt first, and tells her that she was not the chosen Bachelorette. He walks her out to the limo and says goodbye. She seemed really surprised, and it was kind of awkward. 

Chris Harrison then goes to Kaitlyn and, again, in true Bachelorette, dramatic form says, “Unfortunately Kaitlyn…I had to send Britt home.” Kaitlyn calls her Mom and is very excited. 

Chris Harrison announces her back into the room with the guys, and they all cheer. Some of the men who voted for Britt are later seen saying that they feel nervous. 

Kaitlyn now has a chance to get to know the guys to decide who will get the “First Impression Rose”, as well as those she’ll choose to stay. 

Some one-on-ones went really well with JJ opening up to her, and she was really happy to see him opening up. Chris, the dentist apparently wanted to see how her mouth was, because he kissed her first during their conversation. 

She decided that Shawn (you know, the guy who smells good?) was to get the “First Impression Rose”, and he decided to kiss her as well. 

(Little fast, but whatever.)

During the rose ceremony, Brady (a singer/song writer from Nashville) pulls her aside about half way through. He was very kind and respectful and shares with her that he came for Britt, and that he would like to see if Britt is interested in meeting him. He kindly leaves after talking to Chris Harrison and heads to the hotel where Britt is staying. 

Kaitlyn finishes the rose ceremony without any further interruption. They do many one-on-one camera interviews with they guys, and numerous guys feel that those who voted for Britt should have left. 

The men who did not get a rose leave the mansion…in the daylight! Holy moly! How early in the morning is it?! How long were they in there?

Previews for the season show a lot of animosity between the guys, the return of Nick (from a previous Bachelorette season), and will Kaitlyn sleep with a contestant too soon?! How will the men take it?!

Check in soon for my review of the first “date” episode of this season!

My front runner so far: JJ