July Monthly Faves Link Up!

MonthlyFaves+ButtonThis is my first time linking up with A Deeper Joy and Make Me Up Mia, but I love the idea of summing up my favorites from the past month, so thanks for hosting ladies!

I’m also talking books with my friend Molly today Colors of Life Blog.

bookwormwednesday1And last but not least I’m joining Holly to share on:



I’ve been super busy this month and haven’t been reading as much as I usually do. My mom moved into town in July, Dave and I went home to Chicago, and my little sister has been in town visiting too, so I’ve had my hands full to say the least.

But I will say that one of my favorite books that I’ve read recently is Wild by  Cheryl Strayed. I would recommend it to everyone. She is such an inspiration and her 1,000+ solo hike makes for such an amazing read. You can find my full review here.




Ever since seeing Amy Schumer on The Bachelorette, I’ve become a big fan. I love her humor and how fearless she is. I’m excited to see her new movie, I’ve heard great things about it.



I know it already started this week, but I am so excited for Bachelor in Paradise. It is such a guilty pleasure show of mine. It’s fun to see past cast members mingling. I hope there are some lasting relationships from this show. I love love and I think you can find it anywhere, even on crazy reality shows 🙂

It'syourday!This month was really eventful and my two favorite events were the Men Tell All Taping and the Chicago Half Marathon.

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071915 Julie's Half Marathon & House-13


And lastly I am trying to soak up summer as best I can and I made a California bucket list that I need to get to before we make the move to Seattle in the fall. I want to do the Potato Chip Rock hike and take my boyfriend to see the tv tapings of Jimmy Kimmel and Conan, among a few other things.



Can’t wait to hear what you all have been up to this past month!



Friday Favorites!

Because I flew in from Chicago Monday night, this week has flown by for me. Can’t believe it’s already Friday! So excited for this weekend. My little sister is in town from Chicago to hang out before she goes back to school in mid August so we’ve got some fun things planned for the weekend. What are you all up to this weekend?

the-new-youThis week I found two articles that were really sweet, sad, and inspirational.

Texas Girl Born with Rare Bone Disorder Raises $11,000 on Her Birthday for the Hospital That Helped Her Walk. You can read more about it here.



New York Couple Adopts Dying Friend’s Four Daughters. People Magazine did an article about them you can read about here. They also have a fundraising page you can donate to.

d862df2a-e0d2-4d2f-b932-f7c5fb462df9_profileTHE NEW YOU(2)Prince George turned 2 this week! I am such a sucker for anything royal. I mean just look how happy that sweet boy is. This is such a precious moment captured and I am officially obsessed.


THE NEW YOU(3)I had the best time at the Men Tell All Taping two weeks ago. I finally did my recap yesterday.

me +my friendfiveThis week I also participated in the List of 10 things I love and hate after I was tagged by Emily. Quick recap I love reading, playing tennis, and am a sucker for rom coms. I hate being late or rushed, clutter, and getting my blood drawn.

0973c21b26cff02884470cb1f045bef5Next week, I’ll share my trip back home and my half marathon experience! See you all next week!


Friday has become the day of the link ups. Here are the wonderful women I’m linking up with each week:

 A Little Bit of Everything BlogGrace and Love Blog, and Momfessionals

Men Tell All Taping 2015 Kaitlyn’s Season

Thank you all for your patience with me getting this post out finally. I attended the taping Saturday, July 11th, was told I couldn’t talk about it until after it aired, went on vacation back home to Chicago, and I’m just getting back into the swing of things again. I hope it was worth the wait!

Before I left for the Men Tell All, I read about Amy @ the Farmer’s wife blog and her Men Tell All experience so I took a page out of her book and got there early. An hour early. We were the first ones in line. Haha. We didn’t quite make friends with the cast and crew like she did but we did talk a mother daughter pair in line who were really sweet. They went to the finale last year with Farmer Chris and said it was super crowded so they wanted to get there early to ensure they’d get in.

hdzO-G_zSZV33Vonsv0qi0Xvq94vO0E9Qqzg2TY2r-c=w657-h875-noHere’s a picture of me and my friend Louise outside the studio where they filmed it. It’s totally a discrete building you’d never know they film the Men Tell All here.

I’m trying to remember the timeline. So we go there at 11, people started showing up around 11:30am up until 12:45pm. We had to fill out paperwork promising we wouldn’t spill the show secrets (there wasn’t anything super juicy in my opinion) but that’s why it took me so long to write this post, on top of being out of town. They started letting people in around noon. They took our phones away, searched our purses, and we went through a metal detector.

Because it is such a long day (11am-7:30pm) they kindly provided us Subway sandwiches for lunch along with chips, cookies, and drinks. It takes a little while to get everyone shuttled in and settled. We sat in that room until 3pm. They took us to the bathroom in groups which took a while because they only have a few bathrooms. It was a lot of waiting around. They were setting up and Good Morning America was there filming a segment too.

During this time I was able to meet Shay from Mix and Match Mama and Sheaffer from Pinterest Told Me To. They were so sweet. I interviewed Shay a while ago, and have been following her blog for years. It was a major fangirl moment for me to get to talk to her and take a picture with her. She has a slight hint of a Southern accent (I love accents) and was so friendly and gracious. I adored her before I met her and am an even bigger fan now. It was definitely the highlight of my night! (I look so under dressed next to gorgeous Shay, but I was scared it was going to be cold in the studio.)

vZi3OCE-UWI2hfbdbBCacdpxxwUPg22prMhvOscQ4sM=w657-h875-noOnce they finally let us in, they did a roll call for seating, based on who you got tickets from. To get into this taping you have to know people involved in the show. So people who know the creator, Mike Fleiss, or the executive producers, and people who donated money to certain charities got precedence and got to go in first. Some people got to do meet and greets too, not sure with who. It was funny to me because it’s already an exclusive group to get into the taping, then once you get in there’s another level of exclusiveness.

We were seated behind all the guys, but got a great view of ‘the hot seat’ Chris Harrison, Kaitlynn, and the guys that went up for interviews.

Once everyone was seated, a group of girls from past seasons showed up, that are also going to be on Bachelor in Paradise. From Chris’s season Ashley S, Carly, Jade, Juelia, and Ashley I. Tenley the runner up from Jake’s season and Clare the runner up in Juan Pablo’s season (who was also on last season of Bachelor in Paradise.) Being such a fan of the show it was really cool to see so many past contestants. They’re super pretty in person.

girlThere was a warm up guy who got everyone excited and we did a few shots of audience clapping and laughing. Then we watched the first half of the show that aired Monday (when Kaitlynn let Ben H go) so we’d be all caught up. Then around 4 or so Chris Harrison came out and thanked us all for being there.

Then the show finally started and all the guys came walking out at once (they wore very nice fitted suits and were very handsome and tall in person.) It was really fun to be there and having been a fan for so many years it was absolutely surreal to be sitting in the studio audience.

I wouldn’t say anything scandalous happened. But the intensity with which people online attacked Kaitlynn was very surprising and appalling. I’m glad they brought attention to it and to not encourage or put up with cyber bulling.

I really appreciated Ian’s apology and that he owned up to his mistakes and didn’t make excuses. I thought it was sincere. He said some things he didn’t mean and got caught up in the moment, while on the show. We all make mistakes, let’s move forward. I was sitting next to Ian’s college roommate in the audience and he said Ian was picked out at Century City mall and asked if he wanted to be on the show. I always find it interesting to hear how people get on the show, whether they’re recruited, nominated or if they apply for the show themselves.

me +my friendDuring the commercial breaks the guys would walk back and forth in and out of the studio, and chatted with one another. Since we were sitting by the guys they were walking near us so my friend I would hang out by the stairs and got Ben Z, Ben H, and Jared to wave back to us. You could tell they’re still getting used to being recognized in public. Because each guy looked a little confused when we said hi to them, you could tell they were trying to see if they knew us, then they’d wave realizing we were just fans. Hah! 🙂 Those boys better get used to it because I’m sure girls are going to be all over them in public.

Also during the commercial breaks the producers and make up artists came out and did little touch ups on the guys and Kaitlynn. Because I’m a super fan (or super nerd depending on how you look at it) I follow a lot of the Bachelor producers from the show. They are all on Instagram and share awesome behind the scenes pictures through out the season, so it was cool to see them in person too.

If you want to follow them here is a list of the ones I follow: Elan Gale, Megan Firestone, Lindsay Liles, Jessica Florence, Peter Scalettar, Peter G, Marco Franzitta, Jules, Lauren Spiegel, Cassie Lambert, and one of the make up artists   Lisa Iverson and the show’s stylist Cary Fetman who I saw at the show.



jfP.S. where do I go to sign up for their jobs? Looks like they’re having a blast!

We were in the room with everyone from about 4pm-7:30pm. After they finished filming they let us out, gave us our phones back and had shuttles waiting to take us back to our parking garage. They also gave us Bachelorette shirts on the way out.

My friend and I stayed a few minutes after they let us out and we saw Ian talking to his friend, and we introduced ourselves to Joe. I shamelessly asked him if he knew where they were going after and he said he had no idea. Haha! Can’t say I didn’t try.


Then once we got dropped off at the parking garage, a girl waved us over to her car. I thought she was asking for directions, turns out she was a reporter for E News that was looking for some inside scoop from the taping! How weird and shady is that?

That my friends, is how rumors start. What would that girl have reported to her boss? Two random girls from the taping told me this and that happened. Reliable sources huh? Doesn’t she know that we signed confidentiality agreements?

So that was my day at the Men Tell All taping in a nut shell. A really long, lengthy, wordy nut shell 🙂 I’d be happy to answer any questions you guys have, now that you’ve all seen the episode.

It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had since moving to California and am so grateful that I was able to go and will never forget it!

Linking up today with Annie and Natalie on Thoughts for Thursday and Amanda for Thinking Out Loud!


Mingle Monday Link Up

I have been doing a lot of blog hopping lately and came across the Life of Meg Blog, Bella and the City, Her Heartland and Soul, and Weekending with Champagne and Suburbs, Manic Monday with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express, I decided to link up with all these ladies, for my first time today. Head over to their blogs today, or next week, to link up!



weekend-snapshotsmmA little weekend wrap up for you all:

Friday was date night with my boyfriend. We talked about a lot of things including our 5 year plans. Planning can be tough because there are so many unforeseen circumstances that arise and can alter our ‘plans.’

We basically talked about when we want to get married and have kids and where we want to set up a home base. Right now we are deciding between Seattle and Boulder for where our future kids will go to school, etc. This is a lot of future talk, maybe this, maybe that, but we just wanted to discuss and confirm we were on the same page. But of course what is the most important to us, is just that we are together. Everything else will figure it self out sooner or later.


We were also able to meet up with Morinda and the fam in Huntington for gelato that night. They are such a fun bunch to hang out with. So much love and energy between them all. Sadly we didn’t take a group picture, but it was so lovely to see them.

Saturday- Saturday was the long awaited day for my friend and I. We were lucky enough to attend the taping of the Men Tell All for the Bachelorette, via an editor from the show, who is a friend of a friend.

On Friday I had email Amy, over at The Farmer’s Wife blog, and she answered my questions about the taping. She couldn’t have been nicer! I link up with her every Friday, and you should too! She attended the live premiere last season with Farmer Chris, as well as After the Final Rose with Chris and Whitney. Check out her posts about them! She met so many people and got to take so many pictures with the cast and crew. She really set the bar high in terms of my expectations!

Unfortunately I’m going to have to leave you all hanging until next Tuesday the 21st, after the episode airs because production asked us to not reveal anything until after the episode airs.

bzSome quick notes, I was lucky enough to meet Shay and take a picture with her, Kaitlynn looked gorgeous, I introduced myself to Joe, and got Ben Z, Ben H, and Jared to wave back to me. 🙂 It was a really awesome, unforgettable night! I’ll fill you all in next week!

Sunday-In the morning Dave and I had a breakfast date at Greenleaf, which is a delicious organic restaurant at the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa. It was really good and fresh and I highly recommend it.


Our friends Erin and Richard came to our place and introduced us to their new puppy Wiggles. She’s really sweet and shy. We all went to the dog beach in Huntington, then stopped for ice cream on the way home before going home to eat dinner with my mom and all our roommates. We capped off the night with a hot tub dip.

It was a great weekend. What did you all do this weekend?


Friday Faves: Jumping, July 4th & Men Tell All!

Happy Friday friends! I’m linking up with the ladies at A Little Bit of Everything BlogGrace and Love Blog, and Momfessionals as usual! 🙂 Head on over to all their sites if you wanna join in the link ups!


I’m also linking up with other blogging women at A.Liz AdventuresCarolina CharmHello! Happiness, and The Good Life Blog.p-txt

 And last but not least The Farmer’s Wife, September FarmFitting It All in BlogLife in Leggings and Meet at the Barre!

 One of my all time favorite post is from this week when I shared pictures from our road trips of us jumping. It’s a fun little thing we’ve done through the years and will continue to do.
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the-new-you1This week was a big one in terms of the new Supreme Court ruling to recognize gay marriage in all 50 states! It will definitely be something our generation will remember. I am not going to get political here on the blog but I got such a kick out of this Jimmy Kimmel video asking kids to explain it. I love the innocence of children and their accepting minds.

I’m currently obsessed with the Tone It Up girls ever since seeing them at the Hermosa Beach Shape It Up event. Here is a quick workout I found on Pinterest.
fourSo last week I shared some of my current favorite bloggers and I thought I’d do it again this week.
Kelley and her family used to live in California and are now living abroad in England. I love following her blog and seeing her family adventures in Europe. Follow her at her blog Madeline in the City.
Ailee is a blogger over at Snap Shots and My Thoughts, that I found recently. She shares her life in Texas with bloggers that include her husband and sweet baby girl. Her photos on her blog are gorgeous like this one:
I found Mattie through the links up recently and she’s a girl who lives in Washington state and talks about life with her finance and cute dogs. She blogs at Northwest Native.
fiveOn Tuesday I got the most exciting and unexpected email:
CaptureSo a little back story on how I met an editor of the Bachelor. He is a friend of a friend. My friend Erin, knew I was a huge fan on the show. She said that one day we would all have to hang out.
Erin is the best hostess I know. She’s great at throwing parties and cooking delicious meals and bringing people together. So one night, months ago, we had a get together and finally I got to meet the infamous editor of the Bachelor.
This was before this current season of Kaitlynn had started. He said “So what do you want to know?” Haha! I had SO many questions! Being a fan of the show for years (I’ve literally seen every season but one) so I, of course, had a million questions. He answered them all and was so kind.
After that party we both went on our merry way and haven’t talked or seen each other since. And Tuesday I got that email out of the blue! How incredibly kind and thought of him! I was blown away and so touched. It says a lot about how great he is to do something so thoughtful for someone he met once.
So thanks to a very nice man I get to attend the Men Tell All taping next Saturday, after watching it on TV for so many years! It’s going to be, wait for it…..”amazing!” Any Bachelor fans out there will know that they overuse that word like crazy every season 🙂
sixAnd lastly I wanted to share some July 4th inspiration for dessert options I found on Pinterest for this weekend.

a83b84fc6ee8dc1226a35481fd707f7b Source: Family Fresh Meals

d4915ab25c4093610deaebd93cc70973Source: The 36th Avenue

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Can’t wait to see everyone’s July 4th weekend posts.

Some friends and I are going paddle boarding with their dog Stitch on Friday. We will probably hit the pool, BBQ somewhere, and my mom is moving to California from Texas to be closer to my brother and I. So lots of fun things happening this weekend!

See you all Monday!