Nick Viall: The Finale

I just love Nick, so I hope that however his life turns out, he’s happy. The majority of this post will consist of me complaining about the way the show was produced this season- so if you don’t care to hear my rant, carry on.

First of all, the season flew by because almost all of it was consumed with Corinne drama. While I think she showed her true colors at the Women Tell All, I’m not too proud to admit I love when there’s a bit of drama in the house. However- this was too much. Corinne wasn’t the Bachelor, Nick was! The fans of the show want to see him fall in love, not hear over and over again who is or isn’t a bitch and who’s vagine is or isn’t platinum, amirite?! Regardless, they spent so much time making her into villain, and then wanted us to do a 180 and love her. ……hellllloooo! You have the power! If you wanted us to like her, then you shouldn’t have given her so much screen time that painted her in a poor light!

Secondly, announcing that Rachel was the bachelorette was an annoying, but understandable move. However. Right up until she left, all of Bachelor Nation only saw a strong connection between the two of them. It’s hard to build up a love story for millions of viewers to confidently believe in with one week left. I just don’t understand why they didn’t truly build the connections and showcase the love stories between Nick and Raven and Nick and Vanessa? We’re watching this show to see the lead find love- not to “find out what happens next in this exciting thriller,” the whole thing is ridiculous. Stop with the continuing into the next week, and show us the love.

Finally, why on earth would they show nothing but Vanessa crying on the last day and Raven happy as can be? Yes, we understand that it was her being real- but after a season of everyone believing in Nick and Rachel, and getting distracted by Corinne’s nonsense, give us a break! We’ve seen Nick fall in love 3 times on the show- we care about him! We worry! We need a sense of peace and a chance to believe that he’s built a strong foundation and truly fallen for the girl he asks to marry him! We need the love story.

Bring back the days where Brad set up a picnic just for Emily, or when you knew right away that JP was the one. It does everyone a disservice if you don’t. Like when Desiree was dumped by Brooks and picked Chris and everyone thought she settled. Clearly not- they’re married with an adorable baby! But we didn’t see their love grow, we didn’t believe in it, and that’s not fair! They all went on TV to fall in love so we could SEE it happen! Let us see it! Let us believe it!

If you have any thoughts on my opinion, please share in the comments below! This post was not meant to say that I don’t think Nick and Vanessa will make it- only they know that- but merely that I wished to fall in love with their relationship as I had so many times before with the show.

Kass<3xo

Review of Seriously…I’m Kidding

The following is probably an unpopular opinion: I did not love Ellen’s book Seriously…I’m Kidding. It was like one of those movies that made the same joke over and over again and probably could have been an hour shorter. Don’t get me wrong: I love Ellen. She has an amazing personality and she’s great at her job and making people laugh. That personality shines through in this book and made the beginning really truly enjoyable and lovable and heart-warming. However, the jokes soon felt over-played and the sarcasm was overwhelming. I get that the title comes into effect here because she’s kidding- but at some point the whole book became a sort of stand up routine with pauses for laughter and forced quirkiness. Maybe it’s my fault for expecting this to read as a silly memoir and instead getting a joke book- my love for Ellen made my expectations too high. While I did initially enjoy the writing style and the conversational tone as well as the hilarity that is Ellen, about halfway through I was dying for something more.

Have you read Ellen’s book? Agree/Disagree? Experienced disappoint in a popular author or celebrity figure in terms of a book they’ve written? Let me know in the comments!

-Kass<3xo

Changing Bad Habits

Changing a bad habit is no joke. It’s basically a constant struggle and forces you to evaluate and re-evaluate significantly more than is typically comfortable. For about a month, I’ve established a few healthy habits, but it has all been to no avail because I am undoing all my hard work nonstop! My chocolate addiction is out of control and I often found myself unable to stop myself. But it didn’t stop at chocolate. It was popcorn and hot chocolate and stuffed pretzels too! I was feeling absolutely terrible about myself and I was fairly miserable.

So I realized that if I wanted to make any progress, I needed to identify where I was faltering and how I could fix it. The most frequent times that I betrayed my efforts were at school (the vending machine- argh!) and on my way home from school (exhaustion coupled with the desire to reward my “efforts” and driving past 4 WaWa’s…). Not using the vending machine is simple- leave my purse with all my money in the car- or just don’t carry cash!

However- avoiding the temptation of four WaWa’s (and a Walmart) is much more difficult. I struggled and struggled week after week, day after day. My car got progressively messier- smudged chocolate and wrappers and plastic bags. So I cleaned it. This unseasonably warm weather gave me an opportunity to be out in the sunshine for more than 10 minutes without getting cranky, so I took that time to clean my car out. I vacuumed the mats, even getting under the mats, and wiped down the seats and everything else with Clorox wipes. It smelled good, it felt good, and I was quite pleased with how it all turned out. Finally- it looked like a brand new car again!

I frequently listen to the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft. In one of the episodes, they discuss how to harness the power of change. Oftentimes when a major change occurs, that is precisely when a new habit can form (for good or bad!). For example, when you move to new house, all kinds of new habits can form: will you wear shoes in the house, how often will you vacuum, things like that. I felt like I could make the power of change work for me in this case. No, not just cleaning the car- keeping it clean. I started leasing my car in late July, so it’s still a fairly new purchase. Even though it’s been a few months since it was brand new, I decided it would be worth a shot. I felt happy and organized when my car was clean, and since I spend over two hours a day in it- it should feel like a sanctuary. Basically, my plan was to pretend like I had just bought the car again. Start fresh.

So, in an effort to curb my poor eating habits and keep my car clean- I will no longer allow eating in the car. No fast food, no stops at Wawa, not even breakfast in the morning. No food! Water, tea, a protein shake- fine. But no food!

Let’s see how this plays out and if I’m able to consciously trick myself into better habits. Do you have any tricks to change your habits? Let me know in the comments!

 

An Ode To The Pouch

A rough draft- inspired by my frustrations, failures, and fantasies.

 

This little thing is nurtured

Like a newborn babe-

Dairy and milk and cheese

And plenty of sweets

are the only thing to ease

it’s insatiable demand to be pleased.

 

It’s kept covered and safe

Like a newborn babe-

protected from the wintery cold

and sweltering sun

it remains within the folds

almost too big to hold.

 

It grows and it grows

Like an unborn pain-

It never ceases, never slows

And the dreams of a day

where it no longer shows

have become persistent, ugly foes.

A Pinterested Valentine’s Day

Hey guys!

I thought I’d post my Valentine’s Day gift for my boyfriend in case anyone needs a last minute idea! This is our third Valentine’s day together, and we don’t really have a tradition. Our first year we went out to eat and gave little gifts, last year we ate in with my parents and did no gifts, and this year we aren’t actually spending the day together. However, we are still celebrating- just on Wednesday instead!

My lovely man already gave me my gift- he paid for my ski rentals from this past weekend. It’s the most thoughtful gift he could have given me, because I was stressed about the money, and I’m trying to lose weight so a box of chocolates would increase my stress! He’s just the best and really knows me so well.

For him, I’ve been writing every single day this past year about what he has done to make me happy or make me love him that day. And also- truffles! Truffles are delicious and one of his favorite treats! This time I made them with oreos so it was chocolatey and delicious (and yes- I taste-tested to confirm!). All you do is mix a package of oreos (crushed or food processed) with a brick of slightly softened cream cheese, then form it into small balls. However, this time I molded them to flat surface (on non-stick foil) and let them harden up a bit in the fridge. Then, I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter and made them into hearts! Once they were in heart shapes, I melted white chocolate, dunked them in it so they were covered, and sprinkled with red crystal sprinkles. They came out pretty adorable!

I will say this: they are deliciously addictive, and massively sweet. Proceed with caution!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Do you and your bae have any traditions? Let me know in the comments!

What’s Cookin’?

Hey ya’ll!

I’ve been making a lot of new recipes lately- I’m not sure why, I suppose you could say that inspiration has struck! Or perhaps, more likely, it’s my fear of boredom during lunch. I’ve been trying to keep things new and interesting in the hopes that I won’t overeat as I’m typically prone to do! I thought I would share some of what I’ve been making… cauliflower fried rice, coconut blueberry oat squares, and baked crabcakes! I find most of my recipes online, and will give those author’s credit, as well as explaining the changes I made!

Cauliflower Fried Rice from Skinnytaste

  • Pulse about 1/2 a cauliflower head in a food processor until it is a rice-like size.
  • Heat a large pan, spray with olive oil, and cook egg mixture (2 egg whites & 1 large egg, beaten). Set aside. (note: the original recipe used sesame oil)
  • Saute 1/2 onion, 4-6 scallion whites, 2 minced garlic cloves, and any frozen veggie mix
  • Add cauliflower and cook for another 5-6 minutes, stirring and spraying with Amino Acids (in place of soy sauce- which is used in original recipe)
  • Remove from heat, add egg back, and greens from scallions.


Coconut Blueberry Oat Squares from A Saucy Kitchen

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Beat 4 large eggs in a large bowl.
  • Add 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey!), 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Beat until smooth
  • Add 1 cup shredded coconut, 1 cup oats, 3 tbsp coconut flour, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Finally- the blueberries! Gently add in about 3/4 cup, folding the mixture instead of stirring.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, or until it starts to become golden on top.
  • Once completely cooled, top with glaze (1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice) and enjoy!


Crabcakes from The Chew

  • Preheat oven at 350°F
  • Mix together the following ingredients:
    • 1/2 lb lump crab
    • scallions (greens only)
    • lemon or lime zest (I used lemon only because there were no limes. The next time I make this, I will use lime!)
  • In a separate bowl, combine 6 tbsp mayo and 1 egg
  • Gently add the mayo and egg to the original bowl
  • Create small cakes and put on a tray (note: the original recipe suggests to put in the fridge for at least an hour, but I did not and it was fine- however, if you were planning to grill it or flip them in the cooking process, I would not ignore that step)
  • Spray with olive oil, and bake for 30 minutes
  • Broil on high for about 5 minutes, or until lightly brown/crispy on top
  • Sauce for the crabcakes: 6 tbsp mayo, 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning, 3 tsp lemon or lime juice, a few dashes of hot sauce (personal preference)

What have you been cooking lately? Let me know in the comments!

-Kass<3xo