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Don’t Shoot the Messenger {Real Housewives of New York Finale}

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Luann finally saw photographic evidence of Tom cheating on her…but will she call the engagement off?

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This season of Real Housewives of New York really got off to a slow start.

We had some John/Bethenny drama that was a big deal, then we had Bethenny’s health scare which seemed like a big deal but kinda faded out, and then finally we had the really big deal of Bethenny’s smoking gun photo.


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5 Tips for Ashley I. {Bachelor in Paradise}

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I feel the need to dispense some love advice to Ashley I.


We’ve all been there. Lovesick over a guy who wants nothing to do with us.

Only…we weren’t on national TV and living through it in front of millions of viewers. I feel for ya, Ashley.

(My husband dumped me four times before I finally convinced him we needed to get back together and get married. Not joking.)

But girlfriend needs to up her game and realize what Nick so kindly tried to tell her last night on Bachelor in Paradise. This Jared thing? Not gonna happen.

Not now, not ever.

5 Tips for Ashley I.

1. Ditch the friendship with Jared. Immediately. You cannot be friends with a guy when you are trying to get over him. It just does not work that way. Cease contact with Jared. I don’t care how much you think you’re best friends with him. He’s just trying to be nice when in fact he is hindering your steps to move on.


2. Lose the V-card. Maybe not with Daniel, but I hear Wells is coming into town and judging by the previews, you two may hit it off. He seems like an excellent candidate for your first time.

3. Make a list of all the bad things about Jared. I’ll start. He is boring. He has a wonky tooth. He finds Caila interesting. His hairstyle needs an update. His facial hair is weird. He seems like he would be an awful dancer. HE DOESN’T LIKE YOU.

4. Stop crying. This may be the hardest to do, but it will help you the most. You’ve wasted enough tears on little Mr. Haibon who is not even worth it. Adopt an “I don’t give a f*ck” attitude to everything in your life. Jared’s dating Caila now and they’re riding horses on the beach? I don’t give a f*ck. Two of your press-on nails fell off and your manicure is all messed up? I don’t give a f*ck. The only person left to take on a date is Daniel? I don’t give a f*ck. Maybe Canadians are good in bed.

5. Volunteer. Take your mind off your heartache by doing good for others. Stop doing all the Bachelor events and seeing the same people over and over. Step out of your comfort zone and help others. Go to a senior citizen center. Work with underprivileged children. Walk dogs at an animal shelter. If you’re pressed for time, here’s a really quick and easy way to make a difference. Post a selfie of you with a piece of fruit or a veggie with the hashtag #DrinkGoodDoGood. Naked Juice will donate ten pounds of produce to people living in food deserts.

Ashley I., even though you can be really annoying, you have grown on me since first meeting you on Chris’s season of The Bachelor.

In (sort of) the words of Gretchen Weiner, “Stop trying to make fetch Jared happen.”
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5 Things About Bachelor in Paradise This Week

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Why does everyone have such piss-poor judgment on Bachelor in Paradise? Oh right. The alcohol.


Alright I’m just going to say it– ain’t nobody gonna find “love” on Bachelor in Paradise.

Jade and Tanner’s engagement (on last season’s BiP) and subsequent marriage is the only success story thus far and really, they’ve only been married for like a year and they don’t have any kids yet. So of course it’s easy for them.

I think all the producers really want is an entertaining show with lots of alcohol-fueled drama. I can’t blame them, but I just want to be upfront and say that to all you hopeless romantics, I doubt any of these couples are going to stay together.

With that said, I can’t get enough of this show. I binged on both of this week’s episodes today and I was left desperately wanting more.

Here are 5 Things About Bachelor in Paradise This Week…

5. My conflicting feelings about Daniel. I hated Daniel on JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette. He was too full of himself for seemingly no reason. I don’t think he’s all that cute, except he has a bangin’ body. Also, he liked Chad, so that’s questionable behavior right there. BUT when he gave his rose to Sarah this week, my heart melted a little bit. Who among us doesn’t want Sarah to find love? Daniel could have easily given his rose to Leah, who basically promised him sexual favors if he kept her around….but he gave the rose to Sarah. And then the champagne mini-picnic he threw for her? Adorable. I am a little shocked that Sarah is even considering him, though. But I kinda like it!

4. Evan. Speaking of people I feel sorry for, let’s talk about Evan. He got dumped by Carly, contemplates leaving Paradise, and then decides to go for Amanda?! What in his brain is telling him that he has a chance in hell that Amanda will come up for air from sucking face with Josh and agree to even speak to Evan? It’s just not happening, bud.


3. Josh and Amanda. Amanda, hon, you claim to be looking for a good guy to be a father to your kids. This is the best you could do? You dropped Nick Viall for this douchebag with rage issues? As for the constant making out…do they stop to eat? Does Josh ever burp in Amanda’s mouth? Does he HAVE to make those moaning noises when he’s in the presence of others? If Amanda shows such poor judgment to pick Josh and say that she “trusts him” literally 15 minutes after meeting him, then Nick dodged a bullet here. Good luck with this relationship, Amanda. You’ll need it! (Just ask Andi.)

2. Who is Brandon? Ummm. Who are you? Who? Desiree’s season? I barely remember Desiree, because she was so un-memorable. So I definitely don’t remember this guy. Unfortunately for Carly, though, Brandon does remember the twins. And Brandon likey. If only he could tell the difference between the two.


1. I heart the twins. In related news, I now love the twins. Sure they are a little intelectually-challenged, but they are fun and funny. Please don’t leave, twins. If you do have to leave, though, please take the following people with you and leave them on the side of the road: Josh and Amanda. Oh and Evan. Maybe a lonely señorita will pick him up…

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10 Best Podcasts for Your Road Trip

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It’s all about the podcasts, baby…

I don’t know if you’ve ever had to make a long drive by yourself but it’s easy to get bored and tired. Not the greatest combination when you’re on the highway.

Last time I made a long trip by myself a friend recommended I download the Serial podcast. I was skeptical, but something about listening to other people talking made the drive fly by. Also, it was a captivating podcast, so there’s that, too.

Since I’m embarking on a four-hour drive to the beach today, here’s a list of some cool podcasts to check out next time you head out on a road trip.

10 Best Podcasts for Your Road Trip

10. Serial, Season 1I’m pretty sure most everyone has already binged on this one, but in case you haven’t, you MUST check it out. It is an in-depth look at the case of Adnan Sayed, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student (pictured below) who was arrested for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in 1999. Many people believe he was wrongfully convicted. It is fascinating. And when you’re done with Serial you can listen to Undisclosed, which delves even further into the Sayed case, including the most recent developments. This is not suitable for children’s ears, so it’s best for when you’re driving alone or with other adults in the car.

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9. FreakonomicsEconomists discuss everyday issues in a fresh, entertaining way. Previous episodes include “Why Does Everyone Hate Flying? And Other Questions Only a Pilot Can Answer,” “How Much Does the President Really Matter?” and “Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble?”

8. The Longest Shortest Time. When you’re a new parent, the nights, days, and weeks can seem endless. (Am I the only one who hated the newborn stage?) This podcast reminds you that you’re not alone and that things will get better.


7. Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives BreakdownAfter you watch an episode of Real Housewives, you feel the need to discuss it, right? Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider do just that each week. This one is strictly for the Bravoholics.

6. Pop Culture Happy Hour. Anything with the words “happy hour” in the title automatically grabs my attention, and adding pop culture to that just makes it all the better.

5. The Flop House. Listen in as three guys hilariously dissect bad movies, one episode at a time. I’m particularly interested in the episode that discusses what I remember to be the absolute WORST movie of my teen years…From Justin to Kelly.

4. Dear SugarFor those who enjoy being a fly on the wall in others’ lives, have a listen as readers call in with their problems…like the woman who finds out that her new husband is not at all who she thought he was.


3. StorynoryActors read stories that are designed to entertain kids 8-11 but are sure to delight the whole family, especially if you like listening to a British accent like I do! We tested out the Katie, The Ordinary Witch series on my five-year-old daughter. Conclusion? She loved it!

2. One Bad MotherLess judging and more laughing is the goal of this podcast about parenting!

1. Mohr StoriesJay Mohr interviews celebrities and dishes about his own life. I happen to have loved Jay Mohr ever since the ’90s so I enjoy this one. Plus, he’s a Bravo fan!

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God Help the Men of RHONY

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The RHONY ladies have done a dismal job of picking their men…

The Real Housewives of New York City - Season 8

I guess it’s slim pickings in New York City these days, because the women of Real Housewives of New York have some pretty horrific men in their lives…as evidenced by recent episodes.

Let’s start out by discussing Tom, the man of the hour.


Tom, now engaged to Luann, previously took Ramona on either two, five, or six dates, depending on who you ask. I tend to believe Ramona, because her story seems more credible and she has no reason to lie.

Okay fine. Social circles can be small– it’s certainly not surprising if a person ends up with someone that her friend may have dated a few times. It happens.

But wait.

Tom also slept with Sonja many times over the past decade. Oy.

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Shouldn’t Luann have known about that? Wouldn’t that have deterred her from going after Tom? No?

The more important question, however, is shouldn’t Tom have known that Luann, Sonja, and Ramona were all pretty tight? I mean, he knew they were all on a TV show together. He knew this would be talked about on camera.

But let’s pretend that everyone’s fine with the fact that Tom has a past with all three ladies, because eventually they’ll all get over that.

Now he is in a bar making out with some woman only weeks after getting engaged to Luann? That is low.

And I’m pretty sure that it actually happened. Tom seems to admit to it when he said, “With any relationship, there are always bumps in the road. We had one misunderstanding that led to actions that I deeply regret. What is important is that we were able to work through it and we are stronger than ever.”

For Luann’s sake, I hope that’s true…


As shady as I find Tom, I have even less respect for Jules’ husband Michael. I think even without learning the duo was filing for divorce, viewers would have seen this season and been like, Ruh-roh. 

Every single time he is late or missing from home or needing a shower it just makes me think that he’s off with his mistress. Which I’m sure he was.

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This doesn’t mean I think Jules is an angel. Far from it. But she doesn’t deserve for her husband to cheat on her (while they are filming a reality show, no less) and leave her to parent the kids alone every time he runs off to bang his lover.

What a d*ck. Also how stupid, right??

Your skeletons always come out when you step into the limelight.


I guess after a month or two of filming Dorinda figured out a surefire way to keep John out of the line of fire– don’t let him film.

His antics at the start of the season were awful, though. From drunkenly accusing Bethenny of copying the name “Skinnygirl” from the brand “Skinny Cow” to making that weird remark about the mouthpiece being moist when Tom spoke to Luann on the phone.



I think Dorinda just likes someone who will get sloppy drunk with her and not judge her for it.


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10 Highlights from the Bachelor in Paradise Premiere

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Bachelor in Paradise is BACK and wasting no time with the action!

That. Was. AWESOME!

There is no shame in my game when I say that this is my favorite show of the summer.

It is trashy TV at its best.

It is a reward for sitting through countless hours of The Bachelorette all the while knowing JoJo was going to pick Jordan.

It is Nick Viall back on my television screen again. Hallelujah!

Without further adieu, here are 10 Highlights from the Bachelor in Paradise premiere last night…

10 Highlights from the Bachelor in Paradise Premiere

1. Daniel dumping syrup on himself in the opening credits. I mean…

2. WHY OH WHY CAN’T CARLY GET A GOOD DYE JOB??? This is her third time on a Bachelor-ish show, she seriously needs to up her hair game. It is too brassy. I’m hoping it’s just the lighting making it appear that way? No?

3. Two people said Evan is better looking in real life– Jubilee and Amanda. IS THIS TRUE?!

4. Who is Izzy?! She reminds me of that other one from last summer…Samantha. The crazy-ish one.

5. The cheesy effects– the music, the parrots, Jorge. I. Love. All of it.

6. “I’m excited. Gonna be me, Daniel, roses, alcohol, girls. We’ll be good.” –The Chad

7. The freaky clown with his creeper style and his sexual gestures. Worst date ever. Sidenote: Why do all the girls throw themselves at Jared?

8. Is every night going to be as lively as Nick eating nachos with the twins and Amanda while everyone else sits quietly on tiny chairs and stares at Chad and Lace?

9. “You’re being so un-murdery.” –The Chad

10. Do people still say “I’ll take you down to Chinatown?” According to Daniel they do.

We survived the initial hit of Hurricane Chad, but next week doesn’t look so lucky.

On a related note, could the producers seriously stop showing that shot of Evan getting a needle in his arm? I want to throw up every time I see that.

Tune in next week to see the aftermath of The Chad and find out who goes home in the first Rose Ceremony.

Bachelor in Paradise airs Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.

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5 Things I’m Excited for on Bachelor in Paradise

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Screw The Bachelorette…Bachelor in Paradise is the REAL hot summer show!


Screw the Men Tell All! The best part about last night was the extended preview of Bachelor in Paradise that we were treated to.

Seriously, I could have turned my television off after that. That’s all we wanted to see. Well that, and Chase. #ChaseforBachelor

Also, I can’t believe that it starts in less than a week! To get us all ready, let’s discuss 5 Things I’m Excited For on Bachelor in Paradise… Read More »

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5 Things About The Bachelorette Last Night

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Find out who went home after Hometown Dates and the Fantasy Suites…

After that cliffhanger last week, The Bachelorette really needed to deliver. And it did.

Two sad break-ups that shocked me…

I honestly thought Chase was going to be her final guy. Shows what I know!

Here are 5 Things About The Bachelorette last night: Read More »

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5 Ways Vanessa & Tiffany are Basically The Same Person {Big Brother}

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I thought maybe they just looked alike, but really, they are basically the same person playing the same game.

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Paulie is right. Tiffany’s game-play is looking a little too similar to Vanessa’s, so it’s time to get her out.

After all, Vanessa slid under the radar all the way to third place. And ain’t nobody got time for Tiffany to be doing that this season!

Here is some proof that perhaps Vanessa & Tiffany are actually the same person… Read More »

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5 Reasons Why Robby Needs to Go {The Bachelorette}

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JoJo narrowed the field down to four, but here’s why Robby needs to get sent home.

THE BACHELORETTE - Jo Jo Fletcher first stole America's heart on Ben Higgins season of "The Bachelor," where she charmed both Ben and Bachelor Nation with her bubbly personality and sweet, girl-next-door wit and spunk. Jo Jo embarks on her own journey to find love when she stars in the 12th edition of "The Bachelorette," which premieres on MONDAY, MAY 23 on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin) ROBBY

It’s not that I think JoJo should have kept one of the guys she sent home this week (James or Alex), but I just hate to think that she’s seriously considering Robby as a potential suitor.

Here are 5 Reasons Why Robby Needs to Go… Read More »

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7 Thoughts About the RHONJ Premiere

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The eighth season of Real Housewives of New Jersey kicked off with Teresa’s triumphant return home from jail.

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It’s been almost two years…how is that even possible?

I guess we know who the star of the show is, since Bravo execs decided to hold filming until Teresa was released from jail.

But just until the day she got out (no resting!), because she literally was filming from the moment she got home. Merry Christmas!

Here are 7 Thoughts About the RHONJ Premiere… Read More »

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Someone’s Missing From the 8-Pack

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How is this person NOT in the Big Brother 8-Pack?


Things were looking good for Paulie initially. All the girls had crushes on him, he had the knowledge passed down to him from little brother Cody, and he seemed to be teaming up with Nicole and the other veterans.

Nicole suggested Paulie be the pawn for this week, in an attempt to take out Jozea. Read More »

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6 Things That Annoyed Me From The Bachelorette Last Night

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Here are 6 Things That Annoyed Me From The Bachelorette last night…


You know it’s time to reevaluate your life when you are dreading watching The Bachelorette.

Yet that was me last night at 7:55. Sitting on the couch, messing around on my phone and wishing I could just go upstairs to bed.

I even thought about just reading spoilers to see who JoJo chooses at the end.

But I didn’t. I persevered. I watched the damn two-hour show. Sure I fast-forwarded through multiple parts that I assume were lame (i.e. group date activities), but I made it through to the end. And I’m glad I did, even though I’m getting really annoyed with JoJo’s judgment.
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Big Brother Season 18 Premiere: Some Thoughts

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Some thoughts on the premiere episode of Big Brother’s Season 18…

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This is only my third season of watching Big Brother but if you want to get a feel for my BB style, I liked Zankie and Johnny Mac and I hated Vanessa and Becky.

I also loved Caleb and James.

There was nothing particularly amazing about last night’s episode, but here are some thoughts on the Big Brother Season 18 premiere… Read More »

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When the Ship Hits the Fan: Real Housewives of Orange County Recap

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Vicki finds herself on the outs of the social circle as Season 11 begins…will the ladies forgive her for her role in Brooks’ cancer scam?

The Real Housewives of Orange County - Season 11

Welcome to Season 11 with the O.G.’s of the Real Housewives franchise!

Bravo starts off with a little split-screen action of the ladies, which I am not liking. Dumb. Lose it.

Little Miss Meghan is attempting in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant. This is necessary because Jimmy had a vasectomy years ago. Luckily, he had some sperm frozen, so they aren’t totally out of luck.

Meghan claims that Jimmy wants a baby so that he doesn’t lose her. Always a good reason to have a child.  Read More »

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The Bachelorette: Season 12, Episode 5 Recap

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With Chad gone, will another man become the villain of the group?


After a two-week hiatus, we rejoin The Bachelorette as Chad wanders in the dark woods, maniacally whistling as he plots his next move (which ordinarily would be to go home after one doesn’t receive a rose, but to each his own).

No, instead of leaving in the Reject Limo, Chad goes back to the hotel where the rest of the guys are currently burning the remainder of his protein powder to celebrate the fact that he’s going home. #muscleup Read More »

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Invitation Interrupted: Real Housewives of New York Recap

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Bethenny plans a trip to Mexico, but who will snag an invite?

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So this week in real-time news, we heard that Jules is getting a divorce from Michael. This shocked me, at first.

Not so much after watching this episode, though…

Here are Ten Things You Need to Know About Last Night’s Real Housewives of New York: Read More »

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Unhappy Holidays: Real Housewives of New York Recap

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Dorinda’s holiday sleepover comes to a close but can the ladies mend fences before returning to NYC?

The Real Housewives of New York City - Season 8

In case you somehow blocked it out like I wish I could have, we rejoin the ladies at Dorinda’s ever so festive Berkshires holiday sleepover!

Bethenny has just walked in on Luann loudly (drunkenly?) wondering whether Bethenny is just intent on ruining all of her friends’ lives. First there was John, then Sonja, and now Luann.

I mean, fair point. B is getting a bit out of control with her rants, but I’m not sure how much is for “good TV” and how much is the fact that she needs to be medicated. Just a bit. Read More »

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The Bachelorette: Season 12, Episode 4 Recap

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Find out whether or not Chad gets the boot!


Watching two nights in a row of two-hour-long Bachelorette episodes feels like it qualifies as a part-time job. Thank God we have next week off!

Here are 10 Things You Need to Know about last night’s episode of The Bachelorette…

10. I have to hand it to Chad– faced with getting kicked off the show, he mans up and apologizes to the house. He promises that no one needs to worry about him getting violent. Evan doesn’t buy it, but I kinda do. Read More »

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The Bachelorette: Season 12, Episode 3 Recap

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Chase makes strides with JoJo while Chad makes strides with absolutely no one as he gets violent.


I always get a little weary looking ahead at these “Two Night Bachelorette Event!” weeks.

Four hours? Really? Must I?

But then the first episode starts and it’s clear that YES. I want this. Is four hours enough of The Chad? (That’s what I feel like he should be called.)

Here are 10 Things You Need to Know from last night’s episode of The Bachelorette… Read More »