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Much Ado About Teresa {Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Premiere}

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My thoughts on the season premiere of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

When I’m asked which of the Real Housewives shows is my favorite (which actually happens quite often), I usually will answer with Beverly Hills (because Lisa Vanderpump, obvi) or New York. 

Even though I’m a born and raised Jersey girl, the Real Housewives of New Jersey never pops into my head as **THE BEST HOUSEWIVES SHOW.**

It just doesn’t.

But then I start a new season and I’m inevitably drawn into the drama. Read More »

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9 Books to Read This Fall

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Here are some great books to check out this fall…

 

It’s fall, y’all. 

(Even though it definitely doesn’t feel like it in my neck of the woods–hello, 90 degree weather at the end of September!)

But it is a good time of year to cozy up with a book, so here’s my list of nine books you should read this fall… Read More »

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Big Brother 19 {Final Thoughts}

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My thoughts on how Big Brother 19 ended…

At the start of Big Brother 19 finale night, I made a prediction on my Facebook page

Okay final predictions for Big Brother

I’m going with Paul. He ran the house start to finish. Do I like him? No. But he played the game and he played it well.

I didn’t really see how either Christmas or Josh would be able to take Paul out. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 26}

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My old attitude towards having a drink used to be…Why not?

On Sunday morning we packed the kids into the car and went to Costco for some grocery shopping.

As is usually the problem with meat or produce I buy there, the pack of ribs we bought to grill for dinner was way too big for our family of five.

So I invited my neighbor and her family to join us. Read More »

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Bachelor in Paradise Finale Recap

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My thoughts on the end of Bachelor in Paradise…

This season felt so short, but I guess stopping production for several weeks to investigate a non-sexual assault incident will do that to a season!

It seemed a bit anti-climatic, if you ask me.

The best part of the show was talking to the cast after the show had been done for several weeks. Read More »

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9 Shows to Binge-Watch This Fall

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Check out this list of nine shows to binge-watch this fall…

Looking for a new show to get into?

I scoured Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and even HBO to come up with this list of nine shows to binge-watch this fall. Read More »

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10 Thoughts on Bachelor in Paradise Thus Far

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My thoughts on Bachelor in Paradise about halfway through the season…

We were hit with the devastating news that Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi called it quits this week.

I know, I know…you were shocked. 

I actually was shocked, probably because I have an unhealthy obsession with Nick and I could have SWORN he was in it for the right reasons and really followed his heart this time.  Read More »

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5 Things About That First Look at Season 8 {RHONJ}

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A preview of what’s to come for Season 8 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey…

Okay, ummm…

I guess we can’t expect anything less from Real Housewives of New Jersey than lots of cursing and and trashiness. And I say that with love, because I am from New Jersey, too.

But really? Danielle Staub is back? Ugh. Read More »

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For DeMario & Corinne, Paradise No More {Bachelor in Paradise}

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It was curtains for DeMario and Corinne (and their reputations) after alleged “sexual misconduct” that was later found unsubstantiated.

After watching the first two episodes of Bachelor in Paradise (an astounding FOUR HOURS worth of television over two nights), I can honestly say I have even less clarity about the Corinne/DeMario situation than I had before the show started.

And I’m annoyed. 

Media reports at the time intimated that some type of sexual misconduct had occurred and the blame was placed on DeMario.

“I am a victim,” said Corinne in a statement shortly after the news broke. Read More »

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Bachelor in Paradise Drinking Game

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Print your Bachelor in Paradise Drinking Game and join the fun!

It’s almost paradise!

Can’t ya just hear that cheesy theme song playing in your head? I know I can!

Make sure you’re ready to play along with the Bachelor in Paradise Drinking Game by printing out your copy below! Read More »

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9 Reasons Why Peter Should Be The Next Bachelor

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I provide nine reasons why Peter should be the next Bachelor.

So Rachel Lindsay has gone on the record stating that she thinks ALEX would be the best candidate for the next Bachelor. 

Ummm…who?!

Oh, right. Alex.

Ummm….yeah right. He barely made an impression on this season. But nice try. Read More »

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Men Tell All Drinking Game {The Bachelorette}

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Get ready to drink with the Men Tell All Drinking Game!

It’s about that time, y’all…

That week when we realize there’s no normal episode of The Bachelorette and we have to suffer through a Men Tell All and wait ANOTHER WEEK for the finale.

Ugh.

At least we will have Whaboom Guy and Lee to entertain us.  Read More »

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9 Ways to Squeeze in a Workout

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Here are nine ways to squeeze in a workout…

Last week I wrote a post called “Swim, Snack, Repeat” about the harsh reality of what I thought was going to be a relaxing summer.

At the end of the post I promised that I’d share my tips for scheduling a workout when you’re really busy or always have your kids with you. I said I’d have that post to you by Friday…last Friday. Ha!

Almost one week later, I finally have it for you. Read More »

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Amazon Prime Day is Here!

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Thirty hours of Prime Day deals start now!

Happy Amazon Prime Day!

Yep, it’s that time of year again when Amazon rolls out awesome deals in honor of all of us lucky folk who have Amazon Prime memberships.

Don’t have Amazon Prime yet? That’s okay– just sign up for a free 30-day trial and you can take advantage of all the deals, too! Read More »

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Hot Beach Books for Summer 2017

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Check out these five hot beach books for summer 2017!

I’m headed to the beach next week. While it won’t be relaxing the entire time with three little kids, I will definitely have at least some free time to read. 

I think?

Here are the five hot beach books I’ll be packing in my bag…

(Okay so maybe not literally packing them in my bag. Some will be in my bag. Some will be loaded onto my Nook. And some will be on my Kindle app.)

But you get the idea. Read More »

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Oh, the Irony {Bachelor in Paradise}

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The irony in the decision to cancel Bachelor in Paradise…

Let me just start by saying, THANKS FOR RUINING MY SUMMER, BACHELOR IN PARADISE!

Seriously. 

Bachelor in Paradise was the juiciest, soapiest, most delightful treat among all the summer TV shows. It was The Bachelor meets Big Brother meets Temptation IslandRead More »

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The Case for DeMario {The Bachelorette}

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I’m playing Devil’s Advocate here to examine whether DeMario is as bad as we think…

It only took two episodes for the “villain” on this season of The Bachelorette to emerge. Unlike seasons past, though, this villain was revealed and removed swiftly thereafter.

While it remains to be seen if he actually stays gone (as we’ve seen in previews for tonight’s episode, he arrived back at the mansion to try to plead his case to Rachel), I’m guessing that he will.

But is that the right choice? Read More »

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10 Things About The Bachelorette Last Night {Season 13, Episode 1}

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Rachel met the guys. Who made the best first impressions?

Gosh I, like, REALLY like Rachel. I think she may be my favorite Bachelorette since Jen Schefft!

So a shoutout to the producers for finally giving us a smart, charismatic woman who knows what she wants…to get engaged on reality television.

I will forgive the producers for starting the show at 9:00 PM, but only this once. Mama’s tired!!! Read More »

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The Bachelorette Drinking Game: Season 13 Premiere

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Print out your very own Bachelorette Drinking Game!

The Bachelorette Premiere Drinking Game

 

It’s here, it’s here!

It’s Bachelorette Drinking Game time!

And who is a more deserving Bachelorette than Rachel Lindsay, the first African-American Bachelorette that the franchise has had?

Rachel is intelligent, poised, beautiful, and fun. Let’s hope she can sort through this bunch of losers and find a guy or two worthy of a 6-9 month engagement and a broken heart!

So let’s have some fun tonight…get your bottle(s) of wine, invite your friends over, and print out this game to play along!

Read More »

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7 Things About the Vanderpump Rules Reunion, Part 2

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Part 2 of the Vanderpump Rules Reunion is discussed…

Last week’s Vanderpump Rules Reunion (Part 1) was full of feel-good vibes…James and Jax were laughing together, Katie apologized to Lala, etc.

Of course that was too good to be true.

Lala was on the hot seat in the second installment of the Reunion last night and boy did they dish it out.

7 Things About the Vanderpump Rules Reunion

1. Katie/Stassi/Kristen vs. Scheana, Round 67. This time the ladies find fault with how Scheana eats and drinks. Apparently Scheana’s not liking fish (although Kristen won’t eat it either) bothered them when they went to the Hamptons. As did Scheana’s refusal to drink sugary, calorie-laden drinks. I’m on #TeamScheana here…if I looked as good as her, I’d be watching what I ate, too! The other girls are just jealous. Case closed.

2. Might James be coming back to SUR? When Andy asked Lisa Vanderpump about whether or not James would work for her again, she seemed reluctant to give a hard “NO.” I bet he’ll be back. Lisa has a soft spot for James, which (as pointed out by Andy) is much different than how she feels about another ex-SURver, Kristen.

3. Lala’s excuse for missing Ariana’s party. After seeing the previously unseen footage of how rude and mean Jax was being to Lala at the time, how could anyone question her decision not to go on an RV trip with him? I don’t care if Tom Sandoval promised that Jax would be nice, it would still be an incredibly awkward and anxiety-ridden trip for Lala. She bailed. Let it gooooooooooooo!

4. So IS Lala’s boyfriend married? What is the deal here? She says he isn’t married but if he isn’t, then why all the secrecy? I still haven’t figured this one out. According to this, her boyfriend is married producer Randall Emmett. I’m so confused. I thought I could trust Lala’s word. (Lolz.)




5. The N.D.A. thing. Okay so we can all agree that a non-celebrity having just the people she hangs out with (a.k.a. her friends) sign non-disclosure agreements is a little weird, right? She swears this is a normal thing to do (it’s not) and that it’s just to protect her from when she’s drunk and high and saying or doing dumb stuff. Tom Sandoval presented an easy solution– don’t be around people you don’t trust. I have another easy solution– don’t blackout so you don’t know what you’re doing or saying! Also, I thought she was sober now??

6. Nicolai. Was bringing Stassi’s little brother Nicolai to the Reunion necessary? I could have gone without knowing that he’s walked into Stassi’s room seeing her boobs and a “weird expression” on her face. What was that all about?! 

7. Scheana said that Katie has a drinking problem…not to be confused with being an alcoholic. I liked the distinction here and I think she’s right, although to be honest, I think quite a lot of them on that stage could be classified as problem drinkers. I have a feeling Katie is not going to forgive this one.

While I was a Lala fan throughout the season, her appearance in Part 2 of the Vanderpump Rules Reunion left a bad taste in my mouth. I mean, they’re all high on themselves, but she’s taking it to the next level.

My M.V.P.s for last night were Scheana and James.

I will be eagerly awaiting the appearance of Shay on the final part of the Reunion…until next week!

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10 Things About the Vanderpump Rules Reunion, Part 1

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Here are my thoughts on the Vanderpump Rules Reunion, Part 1…

I hope you played along with the Vanderpump Rules Reunion Drinking Game last night. If you didn’t, print it out for next time!

I thought everyone looked really good, but I was confused by the seating of Jax and James next to each other. I assume it was to try to get them to fight? 

Mission NOT accomplished!

Let’s chat about what went down, shall we?

10 Things About the Vanderpump Rules Reunion

1. By far, the best moment of the Reunion was Katie’s (seemingly) heartfelt apology to Lala. It was well-deserved and long overdue. I would love for Lala to be brought back into the fold as a friend of this crew…she was an awesome addition to the show!

2. Oh wait. Or was the best moment when James Kennedy did an impression of Stassi crawling back to SUR from New York?! The James last night was the James that I love. How is it possible that he had all his haters cracking up at him?! Even Jax!

3. Everyone looked gorgeous in their Reunion Wear, but my favorites were Scheana (HAIR!) and Stassi. I think Brittany could have picked a better gown to support her new boobs, but that’s okay. 

4. Stassi telling Scheana how not to be skinny. “Go to Taco Bell…I know how to do it.”

5. I couldn’t love Tom Sandoval more, but when he was defending Lala? That was amazing, chivalrous, kind, and brave. Not even James was sticking up for her!




6. I wish we had heard more about the nasty text Katie sent Tom and Ariana on Gay Pride. I can’t believe she had the nerve to shame them for actually doing their jobs and showing up for work during a tragedy. Girl, please.

7. I felt Kristen’s presence was unnecessary last night. All she did was chime in to tell Scheana to “own her own shit” or roll her eyes whenever James spoke.

8. After a season of being really frustrated by Katie’s attitude, I appreciated her explanation that she was in a bad place and acting out. I don’t think she’s inherently mean and evil. I think she got caught up in treating Lala and Scheana poorly and then didn’t know how to just apologize and stop it.

9. Do you think Tom Schwartz was mad at Tom Sandoval for going after Katie? He was pretty brutal to her…she definitely deserved the criticism, though.

10. The scenes for next week with Shay look really good. He’s got some major balls to want to participate in the Reunion. Or he just needs some cash money for all his “studio equipment.”

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