MIA – Week One

Picture taken four days before her arrival!

I feel as if I have been mentally writing this post for over a year, yet am not fully sure exactly what I want to say. It’s not easy, and being honest is always difficult in our social media world these days. I really feel the need to share the journey of the last two years though, and shed some light on why I went MIA.

I started this blog in 2015, and have really enjoyed sharing various outfits, recipes, and fun products from small businesses. I loved watching the inspiration it gave to others and have had fun being able to connect with so many people!

I am sure if you follow me on Instagram you have seen posts and updates on my life and happenings. I just felt like I was finally ready to sit down and get back to blogging. While I am not fully sure where it will take me this time, I am looking forward to starting again.   Over the next few weeks I will be sharing various bits and pieces of my life; and hope that you enjoy reading along.

Week One

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016 I found out I was expecting with our second child, we’d find out in January we would be having another girl. My husband and I were over the moon, as we had been trying for a year and a half, and were close to thinking that God didn’t want it to happen for us again. What was even more fun was that we were leaving the next day to head to New York to spend Thanksgiving with his family. We were able to keep the secret all weekend, thank goodness!

I was trying to keep up with posts during the early stages of pregnancy. Unfortunately, I am one of the women who does not have a fun first trimester, at all. Unless I was sleeping, or trying to lay in the fetal position on the couch, I was incredibly nauseous. Like, right on the edge of losing my stomach…all day…but never did, kind of nauseous. (Trust me, it’s as bad as it sounds.) This was the first slow down of the blogging train.

As I moved into the second trimester, I was feeling better, my baby bump was growing, and I was only fitting into certain clothing. I am sure that many would say it would have been the perfect time for me to do some Maternity Fashion; sure it would have been. However, in all openness, I was not feeling that attractive, and was wearing the same few outfits. I felt a little like I had lost my touch, and the train slowed down even more.

Eventually I did find that the train pretty much stopped, and I just wasn’t posting anymore, and of course, it is easy to simply continue to NOT post, to not share. Why though? Well, preparing for a baby, with a school ager (or any age older child, our just any baby whether it be first, second, or fourth) is busy, and at times chaotic. Looking back, I should give myself some more grace for letting the website become “stale” for a bit. Family and time with our oldest daughter before adding our second, was much more important that spending time on my site.

In June of 2017, a little over one month before our second daughter was due, I took a full social media break, and I loved it. I had so much fun spending time with my husband and oldest daughter, creating so many fun memories. This was one of the healthiest things I have done and it helped to put a lot of things into perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I love many aspects of social media and connecting with others, but it simply doesn’t need to consume that much of my time.

Life isn’t happening inside of a screen, it’s happening right in front of us. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Next week I look forward to sharing a bit about life after baby girl arrived! What was life like when you were adding a baby? Have you ever taken a social media break? I would love to hear your thoughts, comment below and let’s discuss.

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