RHOD: A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

We start out with D’Andra and Jeremy, and they’re doing a photo shoot for Hard Night Good Morning, D’Andra’s skin care line. We learn that D’Andra’s college roomie named the company, because D was a former party girl, and you could party all night and still look great the next morning.  I love that D’Andra and Jeremy work so well together – they have such palpable chemistry, it’s so obvious how in love they are.  I love watching them.  D’Andra is the face of her own company, and Jeremy is the photographer on the shoot.

Kameron is helping host the Elizabeth W. Boutique Opening, and Cary and LeeAnne attend the event. The girls get to chatting, and I’m not liking where this conversation is headed.  LeeAnne brings up Cary’s launch party and how hurt she is by D’Andra saying that she & Rich lead separate lives.  Cary doesn’t really want any part of it, however, in her confessional she does say that she hopes LeeAnne realizes how much it hurts to talk about someone’s family, because that’s exactly how Cary felt last year when LeeAnne said some not so nice things about Mark.  (Karma?)

LeeAnne is really stirring the pot in this scene, if you want my honest opinion. She’s coming across like she’s concerned about D’Andra, but saying things like, “you’re showing up to a charity event sloshed and shitfaced” is not showing concern, it’s throwing out accusations that aren’t even true.  Cary really doesn’t want anything to do with this conversation, that much is clear.  And Kameron is just nodding and agreeing with everything LeeAnne says.  I do find it funny, too, that when Cary asks LeeAnne if D’Andra ever had a prior drinking issue, LeeAnne doesn’t really answer the question, but dances around it.  Last week, LeeAnne absolutely implied that D had a previous problem.  I’m not liking this at all.

After the Hard Night Good Morning Shoot, Jeremy and D’Andra are talking, and D tells him she’s stressed about the upcoming cooking class. Jeremy asks why LeeAnne is even invited, and she tells him that Mama Dee invited her and Kameron, but explains how awkward it is right now because of what’s going on between the two former besties. Jeremy tells D’Andra that “that’s just how she is”.

Back over at the Boutique Opening, LeeAnne is still talking about D’Andra & Brandi. She thinks that her words are constantly getting twisted by both girls.  She mentions that she doesn’t have that problem with Cary, Kameron or Stephanie – just D’Andra & Brandi.  She also says that she feels as though they are “bullying” her.  And then she says the word I’ve been dreading hearing – alcoholic.  I honestly wasn’t sure if she was talking about D’Andra or Brandi, but you cannot just throw the word alcoholic around freely like that, like there are no consequences.  That’s a huge accusation, and a very untrue one at that.  Like Cary says, “Those are big words.”   I’m not here for this.

The scene between Mark & Cary was really cute. I feel like we’ve seen a change in their relationship, a very positive one.  Cary tells him how her cousin Camilla from Copenhagen is a musician and she invited Cary to go see her perform.  Cary wants to go so she can reconnect with her family, and she also hopes it will help her relationship with her father.  The day of the performance is a day that Mark is operating, so he can’t go, but he still thinks Cary should, and also thinks it’s a good idea to bring the girls with her.  Cary & Mark FaceTime with Cary’s parents, who are super excited she’s going.  Her dad tears up, as does Cary.  It’s a really nice moment and I’m happy for her.  I’m also excited for this Girls Trip!

Can I just say that I love Steph & Travis? I love that we open the scene with the two of them, and you just hear Steph say, “I think we should just get drunk and sloppy.”  LOL love her.  They’re talking about their vow renewal, which is happening before Travis goes to Harvard for the month.  I love when Travis tells Steph it’s important to him because it’s important to her and makes her happy.  Men everywhere, please take note!  Steph also voices to Travis her worries about being alone.  She expresses that because she struggles with anxiety and depression and has been on and off medication, she’s worried that being alone will be too much for her.  I love how sweet and reassuring Travis is.  I totally feel for Steph, too.  I understand that feeling of struggling with anxiety and depression, and dealing with medication.  It can be a lot.  I know Steph will be fine, she’s stronger than she realizes.  ❤

Now we’re at Mama Dee’s BFF, Marian’s, house, over in Cedar Creek Lake. It’s time for Cooking Lessons!  D’Andra and Jeremy show up first, and we learn that D loves to cook.  D’Andra also shares with Marian what’s going on between herself and LeeAnne, and I love when Mama Dee chimes in.  “Marian, remember when we used to fight all the time?”  and Marian responds, “What do you mean used to?” LMAO.  It gives D’Andra hope that her and LeeAnne can overcome the struggles of their friendship since Mama Dee and Marian have.

Rich and LeeAnne are the first to arrive, and I definitely feel the tension between them. Mama Dee gives D’Andra an apron that says Queen Bee, and apparently D’Andra thinks this is Mama Dee’s way of telling LeeAnne to stop messing with her daughter.  (Ronnie & Ben from Watch What Crappens Podcast thought this too!  I seriously didn’t think that at all LOL.)  LeeAnne tells D, “You can finally be a Queen.”

Kameron, Court, and Kam’s MIL, Jimmy, arrive. Jimmy is an “Icon of Dallas Society.”  Jesus Christ I am rolling my eyes so far into the back of my head right now.  We jump right into cooking, and I’m LOLing at Kameron saying that the meat loaf looks like dog food, and at D’Andra saying she argues with Mama Dee about how much ketchup should be used.

Once the food is in the oven (or on the stove, whatever), D’Andra, Kameron and LeeAnne are just hanging around the kitchen, and D tells us that “there’s an elephant in the room.” Kam asks how Cary’s event was – and D’Andra brings up LeeAnne saying she has a drinking problem.  LeeAnne says that she did not say that, and she can keep on saying it until the cows come home, but that’s not what she said.  D’Andra wants to know what she did say, then, and LeeAnne said she’s just concerned that Brandi only wants to hang out to get drunk together, and that she doesn’t see D’Andra’s other good qualities, or some BS like that.  Kameron agrees, saying that it’s totally okay to go to charity events and have a few drinks, but you have to know your limit – apparently Brandi was “swaying” at the No Tie Event.  D’Andra says she doesn’t visually recall Brandi swaying, and LeeAnne insists that she was.  (I mean, who gives a fuck though?  You guys all drink and get drunk at charity events, why are we picking on Brandi?)  Mama Dee puts an end to this real quick and calls LeeAnne over to chat with her.

Jeremy and Rich are outside talking, and I like that the men can get along, even when their wives/girlfriends can’t. They both made me laugh in this scene.  I know people are speculating about Rich, but I genuinely like him.  I think he’s good for LeeAnne.  I certainly don’t think he’s cheating either.

During Mama Dee and LeeAnne’s chat, it seems like everything is going okay. Mama Dee wants LeeAnne and D’Andra to put aside their differences and make up. I hear that.  In a confessional, though, LeeAnne tells us that “blood is thicker than water”, so at the end of the day she knows Mama Dee is on her daughters side.

D’Andra, Kameron and Jimmy are chatting at the table, just the three of them, and I am highly annoyed by this scene. Kameron is telling D’Andra she needs to be cautious of who she hangs out with. (I’m assuming she is referring to Brandi?)  I love that D’Andra says she’s almost 50 years old, and she doesn’t have to worry about what people think about her; she’s not in her 30’s like Kameron, with little kids.  Jimmy keeps on at it though – she tells D’Andra that Kameron has a friend, and Kameron knows who she’s talking about, that she tells Kam she shouldn’t be friends with because of her behavior, and people are going to associate Kameron with her and believe that that’s how she acts.  Okay – I thought Jimmy was referring to Brandi in this scene, but I honestly had no idea.  I think D’Andra took it like Jimmy was referring to her.  And Kameron is just sitting there nodding and agreeing with Jimmy, and I’m enraged at this entire encounter.  First of all – the who fuck is Jimmy Westcott?  I’m sorry, I don’t care if you’re some “Icon” of Dallas Society – no one in the real world knows you, or cares what you think!  Why are we worried about what this woman thinks?  For Gods sakes, she’s wearing neon green nail polish.  I’m so over this.

I needed a break from that house, so I’m happy we’re with Brandi and Travis right now, at the jewelry store. Brandi is helping Travis pick out Steph a ring for the vow renewal.  I’m even more excited Baby Bruin is here (I just love him – he’s the cutest!)

Back at Cedar Creek Lake, we’re all eating outside. Mama Dee gives a toast, and it’s seriously everything.  She’s a smart woman, we could all learn a thing or two from Mama Dee. (Can we give her a spin off?  I know I’ve been hard on Mama Dee in the past, but it was only when she wasn’t being very nice to D’Andra!  But I love her – and no matter what, she clearly has her daughters back.)  LeeAnne tells us that this toast makes her feel sad, and she feels like D’Andra should know that she’s clearly trying to fix the relationship because she’s there, at the cooking lesson.  She wants to D’Andra to say something, but I’m so confused- what do you want her to say?  She did say something, and you shot her down so fast.  There’s no resolution here.

Now we’re at The Green Room Bar and Grill, for an unveiling of a mural that was replicated of a photograph that Jeremy has taken. D’Andra is pissed at Kameron for coming for her at Cedar Creek Lake.  She says she would never speak badly to Jimmy, because she’s her elder, but she thinks it’s bullshit Kam brought Jimmy to fight her battles for her.  Everyone arrives, but we have no LeeAnne or Rich.  D’Andra tells us that she did invite LeeAnne, because she, too, felt sentimental during her mother’s toast.  Rich does show up, but he tells D’Andra that LeeAnne was going to try to make it, but she was at a Fashion Show.  Like really?

D’Andra and Kameron talk, and D tells K how she feels. She says she’s upset, her feelings are hurt, and she felt attacked.  Kameron literally loses her shit and I’m so confused how we went from 0 to 100 so quickly.  Like why can’t D tell you her feelings are hurt without you being a bitch about it?  Kameron is “disgusted” that D’Andra would feel like Jimmy attacked her.  She says that Jimmy is not someone you want to cross and, I swear, I literally said at the same time as D’Andra, “Is that a threat?”  Kameron is now offended that D’Andra is offended, and this is just a bunch of bullshit.  Cary chimes in, and she tells D’Andra that Kameron is just trying to be honest with her.  D’Andra shoots back that, “It’s none of her damn business.” And I’m like YESSSS, PREACH GIRL!  Kameron is literally so extra, she leaves.  Cary follows her, and K tells Cary, “She’s done.”  She goes on to say that everyone is talking shit about D’Andra and she’s just trying to help her but she’s being a crazy bitch.  No, Kam, I think that’s you.  Kameron leaves super dramatically, and I’m honestly just like, good fucking riddance.  D’Andra tells Mama Dee what happened, and Mama Dee tells her that she shouldn’t care what anyone else thinks.  I agree Mama Dee!

The mural is unveiled, and it’s beautiful.  It is a really nice moment and I’m glad that D’Andra is surrounded by her true friends and family.

Each episode seems to be getting crazier and crazier. Each preview for the following week looks more insane than the last. It looks like shit about to go down next week….we’ll have to wait and see.

Until next week…..

RHOD: 80’S LADIES

I have to start off by saying, #RHOD is giving me life.  This is easily the best housewife franchise there is.  I genuinely love these ladies.  Yes, sometimes they do some questionable things….but who doesn’t?  They’re relatable, they’re fun, and they’re just trying to live their best lives.  80’s Ladies did not disappoint, so let’s get to it.

LADIES WHO LUNCH & BABES THAT BOOZE

Steph, LeeAnne and Kameron are all meeting up for lunch today, and I’m honestly loving this trio.  LeeAnne remarks that she know Kam & Steph will get along well, because they’re like Barbie and Skipper – a perfect match. LOL.

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Meanwhile, Brandi and D’Andra are meeting up for lunch elsewhere.  The waiter asks them if they would like a glass or a bottle of Rose, and they both pause for a moment as they look at each other, and Brandi responds, “We might as well get a bottle.”  Yes!  I love these two.  They are so much fun together.  I’m so happy for Brandi that she hired a Nanny, because she needed the help.  Being a Mom doesn’t have to be your identity, and it’s totally okay to have help, and to have some “me time” or girl time.  I love that D’Andra and Brandi are having fun and letting loose.  Get it girls!

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Back over at lunch with Kam, Steph, and LeeAnne, Steph admits that she was nervous about meeting the girls.  (Steph is so cute, and so sweet.)  I’m LOLing when Steph says she’s like Christopher Columbus- “Stefina Columbus, exploring uncharted territory in the land of pink & carnie.” wmoji  Kam goes on to say that she feels like Steph is their new pledge sister for their sorority – LMAO.

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D’Andra is telling Brandi about her chat with LeeAnne.  She feels as though as LeeAnne is pushing her away.  In D’s confessional, she tells us that she has heard rumors that Rich has been unfaithful.  She also thinks LeeAnne knows that she’s heard this, or has heard these rumors herself.  She doesn’t want to be the one to point out the rumors, because she feels like she’ll be blamed for it.  Which, I don’t blame her – being the messenger sucks, the messenger always get it the worst.  She also reiterates that she feels like LeeAnne and Rich live separate lives.  Brandi listens, and then she gives her own opinion.  She doesn’t believe that LeeAnne has truly changed, and she also thinks that she’s jealous of D’Andra.  I’m not sure how I feel about that statement right now.  I do, however, agree with D’Andra when she says, “best friends tell each other everything.”

Kam and Steph seem to be getting along very well, and LeeAnne points out their similarities; they’re both basically wearing the same shade of pink, their sons have the same name (Cruz/Cruise….sorry I can’t remember if one is spelled with a K!) and they’re the only blondes of the group.  LeeAnne and Kam feel like Steph is different when she’s away from the “other girls”, and I’m a little bit annoyed because obviously when they say “other girls” they’re referring to Brandi.  In Steph’s confessional, she says she feels like everyone lumps her & Brandi together like they’re Siamese twins.  I understand her frustration.  Yes, Brandi is her BFF, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have her own identity or her own friendships.  I’m not blaming Brandi for this at all, either, I’m blaming everyone else who keeps making this some kind of thing, when it’s not.  At least, it shouldn’t be.  LeeAnne then brings up how Cary told her that Brandi said she’s in Kameron’s ear.  There is way too much he said/she said right now, I can’t deal with it.

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When we switch back over to D’Andra & Brandi, they’re getting drunk on tequila shots and having a blast – and I love it!

LGBTQ BLACK TIE KICK OFF

LeeAnne is hosting a charity event for the LGBTQ community.  We see L in a confessional say that she thinks D’Andra’s priorities have changed, because D’Andra isn’t there.  (Yet.)  She says that’s how she became friends with D’Andra; they met through charities.  I don’t think that this is a fair statement.  Even if D’s priorities have changed – who cares?  She’s not obligated to go to every single charity event and she shouldn’t be judged for it, either.  I think it’s pretty obvious that LeeAnne is hurt.  I wish she would just tell D’Andra why.

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D’Andra does show up to the event, albeit late.  And with Brandi, which LeeAnne is NOT happy about.  Should D’Andra have brought Brandi to the event?  Maybe not, but I honestly don’t think it’s that big of a deal.  There wasn’t ill intent behind it – they had been together all day.  Also, it’s a charity event.  I don’t really know how these things work, but isn’t everyone welcome?

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LeeAnne tells D’Andra what Cary had told her that Brandi said, and D’Andra admits that she didn’t know.  D also thinks that LeeAnne and Brandi need to chat – and I agree, but right now is absolutely not the time or the place.  LeeAnne confronts her, and Brandi “calls bullshit.”  Brandi also brings up things that LeeAnne has said; recently, and from two years ago – about B being a bad influence, etc.  LeeAnne gets pissed, and she is even more annoyed that D’Andra has stayed silent.  Nothing gets resolved, of course, and Brandi leaves.  D’Andra tells LeeAnne that she came to be supportive of her, and LeeAnne shoots back that there’s like 12 minutes left of the event, and she showed up with Brandi.

This entire scene was such a shitshow.  I have so many issues with it.  I do feel like LeeAnne was definitely being aggressive, and I am not here for her bashing Brandi for drinking.  So what, she was drunk?  She was letting loose and having fun.  We aren’t going to judge her for that, it’s bullshit.  Clearly, LeeAnne is mad at D’Andra – she needs to just talk to her and tell her exactly how she feels.  Tell her that your feelings are hurt that she showed up late and brought someone she knows you aren’t crazy about!  Don’t be passive aggressive, be honest.  D’Andra has always been understanding.  If LeeAnne approached the situation in that manner and D’Andra reacted negatively, then I would get it.  But she didn’t give D a chance. It’s frustrating.

GIRL POWER AT IT’S FINEST

The scene with Kameron & Court was EVERYTHING.  I hate talking poorly about anyone’s significant other, but I literally cringe when I watch Court speak to Kam.  He can be super condescending, and it honestly enrages me.  He doesn’t really support Kam in her Sparkle Dog endeavor, and a lot of the time I feel like he’s just humoring her.  Hearing how the conference call went made me jump for joy.  Yaaaassss Kam!  Get it, girl!  Court is shocked, and I’m thrilled.  Fuck you, Court, for doubting your Boss Bitch wife.  So proud of Kameron, and excited for her.  I hope Sparkle Dog takes over the fucking world, LOL.

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^ That’s my Kameron face to Court after the conference call.  “I TOLD YOU SO.”

BALANCE & (VAGINAL) REJUVENATION

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We’re with Cary and Stephanie, and Steph is having Vaginal Rejuvenation because “she pees her pants in public all the time” – LMAO, love her.

When Steph’s done, she’s chatting with Cary, and they are talking about the No Tie Fundraiser Prom Event that Kameron is hosting.  Steph says that Cary can ride with her and Brandi, and Cary explains that she really needs to talk to Brandi because she fucked up.  She tells Steph how she told LeeAnne what Brandi had said, and I love how Steph responds to this.  Can everyone take notes please and be a Stephanie Hollman type of friend?  She tells Cary in a very sweet way that she may be going overboard with the honesty thing.  It’s a good thing to be honest, and Steph knows that Cary has good intentions, but it may come across to others that she’s just being a shit-stirrer.  Cary agrees, and basically admits that she’s just trying to find a good balance.  Last year, she felt like she wasn’t honest at all, and now this year, it’s too much.  Trust me, I get it.  It sucks being friends with a group of girls who aren’t all friends, or who are arguing with each other.  You want to be loyal to everyone, and it can be a tough balance to find.  I think we all need to take more notes from Steph, because she has truly mastered staying out of any drama this season.

NO TIE FUNDRAISER – 80’S PROM STYLE

The girls are all attending Kam’s event, and they’re dressing the part. (Can I just say that they all killed it!?)  Before we get into what actually happened, let’s talk about how amazing these babes look.

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D’Andra’s look was my fav – she looks absolutely gorgeous!  I’m honestly obsessed with her big hair – love it LOL.

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Brandi arrives at Steph’s in a limo so she can pick up her prom date.  They are Prom King & Queen, after all.  They are too funny, I loved this idea and I love how much fun these two have together.

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At the event, we see Kam, and she is looking fabulous.  Very 80’s Madonna.  She tells us she is the honorary co-chair for the AIDS Services of Dallas, which is what this event is for.  The girls are all chatting, discussing the 80’s, and Kam says, “I was born in the 80’s.”  LMAO, me too Kam.

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In the limo, Brandi and Steph are chatting.  Brandi tells Steph what happened at LeeAnne’s charity event.  She goes on to say that she doesn’t think LeeAnne is being honest and that clearly something is wrong with her and Rich since they haven’t set a date for their wedding yet.  Steph thinks D’Andra is winding Brandi up.  (I don’t think D’Andra is intentionally doing anything – I think she’s formed a friendship with Brandi and is venting her frustrations to her about LeeAnne, which in turn, is winding Brandi up.)  I 100% agree with Stephanie, though, when she says that Brandi shouldn’t care when LeeAnne’s wedding will be.  Brandi also thinks LeeAnne is using Stephanie to annoy Brandi, and I don’t agree with that.  Steph and LeeAnne have both been making an effort to become friends with each other this season, so I don’t think that’s the case.

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During the event, Cary, Kam and LeeAnne are chatting, and LeeAnne shares how D’Andra and Brandi showed up drunk to her charity event.  LeeAnne is definitely being judgey about Brandi, and I like that Cary steps in and defends her.  Kameron asks if Brandi was invited to the event, and LeeAnne says no.  Again – do you have to be invited to a charity event?  I honestly do not know the answer to this.

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All of the girls arrive.  Everyone exchanges greetings, and LeeAnne and Brandi are actually being cordial to each other, so at first I’m like, Yay, there’s hope!  But that hope crashes and burns pretty quickly.  Brandi asks LeeAnne if they can talk, and they both move away from the group to have a one on one conversation.  Brandi totally comes for LeeAnne in this scene, saying that she doesn’t think she’s truly changed.

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At the table, Kameron brings up the charity event yet again, and D’Andra speaks up and says that she brought Brandi, and it was her fault.  Kameron goes on to say that Brandi was drunk, and Stephanie steps in and says that it’s not D’Andra’s fault.  Thank you, Steph!  Can we please stop talking about this now?

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Brandi and LeeAnne are still talking, and Brandi asks LeeAnne why she hasn’t set a wedding date yet.  I will say, I do agree with LeeAnne 100% when she says that it’s not Brandi’s business.  However, when LeeAnne replies with, “How would you feel if I asked you if you had a baby just to save your marriage?” I actually gasped.  Everyone is going to turn this around and say, “She didn’t really say that, she used it as an example”, but I don’t give a fuck, you don’t go there.  If that thought never crossed her mind, she wouldn’t have said it, period.  LeeAnne is pissed and wants to hurt Brandi, end of story.  Brandi retaliates by saying that she believes LeeAnne is jealous of D’Andra, and when L asks why, she says, “because she’s already walked down the aisle and she’s happily married”, to which L responds, “She’s walked down the aisle twice.”  I think that’s a weird response, honestly.  If someone accused me of being jealous of my BFF, that’s not the first thing that comes to mind to say.

D’Andra approaches them, and Brandi leaves, leaving D and L to speak to each other.  D’Andra tells LeeAnne that she’s concerned about her – she says that they talked for three hours last week, and she basically got nothing out of her.  LeeAnne says that she’s going to look at wedding dresses in a few weeks and hopes D will come.  (Like wait, what?)  D’Andra says again that she’s concerned, and LeeAnne says, “Don’t be.”  D’Andra – “I am.”  Then, L says, “If I hear that we lead separate lives one more time I am going to fly into a rage of fury that no fucking meditation bowl can get me out of.”  Well, that escalated.  D’Andra isn’t one to take shit, though, and tells LeeAnne, “Don’t fucking talk to me like that.”

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The other girls are standing around talking, and Brandi tells Cary she’s pissed at her.  I love this “argument”, if you even wanna call it that.  Cary immediately owns that she was wrong.  “You deserve to be pissed at me.  I fucked up.”  They make up quickly, but Brandi is wary of sharing things with Cary in the future, and I get that.

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D’Andra and LeeAnne get absolutely nowhere.  I feel like D is in such a bad position, and neither of them can see eye to eye.  They can’t get through to each other.  I do find it strange, though, that LeeAnne doesn’t tell D’Andra (either on or off camera) that she has nothing to worry about.  Yes, I know, she tells D she doesn’t have to be concerned, but she’s also being very elusive and vague.  If things were really great in my relationship and my BFF came to me, I might be pissed at first but I would definitely ask her why she had these concerns, and reassure her that I was happy.  LeeAnne isn’t doing these things, which is why I do think that there is more to the story than we know.  I’m just not sure what that is.

Sorry guys, this was an extremely long recap, longer than I realized it was going to be.  I’m excited for next weeks episode.

Until then…..

xo

JULY RECAP| My Favorite Moments

Happy Leo Season everyone!! Here are some of my favorite memories & moments from the month of July:

The 4th of July

Saul & I went to Ian & Sarah’s for a cookout on the 4th.  It was really nice to hang out with everyone, I felt as though I hadn’t seen them, or Kristen & Jordan, in a while.  I made Funfetti Dip & BLT Pasta Salad.  This was a big deal for me, because I am not the greatest cook, nor do I bake.  Funfetti Dip is actually super easy, no baking involved!  It’s one bag of Funfetti/Confetti Cake Mix, Cool Whip (I’m not sure how much cool whip you’re actually supposed to use, I don’t follow directions when it comes to certain amounts, but I used 2 normal sized containers) and Plain Greek Yogurt.  (I used three individual yogurt containers.  I would probably use Vanilla yogurt next time.)  You mix it all together, and voila – you’re done.  It’s delicious.  You can serve it with whatever you’d like, but I used Vanilla Wafers.  For the BLT Pasta Salad – I honestly do not remember the recipe.  I’m pretty sure it was ketchup & ranch, because I remember thinking that it sounded disgusting and that I should probably reconsider using Pinterest recipes, but it came out really good.  I used bow tie pasta, some Romaine lettuce, and tomatoes.  Saul made the bacon, obviously.  (I refuse to cook meat.  It bugs me out!) All in all, it was a fun, relaxing, time.

The Shallows

Saul & I went to see The Shallows – it was great!  Blake Lively absolutely killed it.  She’s so amazing.  I was also really excited because we saw it during Shark Week LOL.

Eat, Drink & Be Martins!

Jacky & Derek’s wedding was on 7/9/16.  They got married at Salvatore’s, and it was absolutely beautiful.  Jack was such a gorgeous bride.  Her entire look was “so her”, I don’t know how else to describe it.  She looked so amazing.  Her dad gave the most amazing speech – I couldn’t help but tear up.  Jacky had sewn a little patch into her dad’s suit jacket that said “Dad, I loved you first”, as a surprise.  It was so sweet.  Jacky and Derek were beyond thrilled – the love they have for each other is so apparent when you see them together.  I am so happy for both of them.

Architectural Digest: Lexington Street Style

I finally saw Jena’s house, the completed project!  To say it looks magnificent would be an understatement.  I’m really not kidding when I keep saying it should be featured in Architectural Digest.  She did such an amazing job, in such a short amount of time.  (Jena will not stop working on a project until it’s completely finished.  She seriously worked her ass off on the house.)  We relaxed on the deck with Boo (her dog), on her gorgeous new patio set (complete with a fire pit in the middle), while drinking Summer Shandy’s.  We had a really nice night.

Girls Night

I hung out at Jena’s again that seem week.  We had a semi-relaxing night in, minus our quick Boston adventure.  We ordered Fusion (really amazing Chinese food), and Talia came over for a little while.  Am & Bob were both there – Am had gone to bed, but Talia, Jena, Bob and myself talked for a while.  It was fun.  I miss living close to my friends. (Jen and I used to live across the street from each other.  I still get nostalgic when I see my old house.)  I’m now about 45 minutes away, give or take with traffic.  My apartment with Saul is super close to my work though, and his as well.  So it makes sense.

Nantasket Beach

Me and Saul went on a day trip to Nantasket Beach.  I had never been before, and I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s very pretty.  Saul’s mom grew up there, so we drove around, trying to find her old house.  (We didn’t find it – Saul had the wrong street name LOL.)  I fell in love with the houses – mostly the porches.  I’m so obsessed with wrap around porches.  I can’t wait to own a house.  A wrap around porch is probably my only must have.  It sounds so nice to just sit outside, on my swing, drinking Lemonade on a hot day, reading my book in the shade.  Or sitting outside during a thunderstorm.  Anyway, I’m getting off track.  We went to lunch at a place called Paragon, which was cute and beachy.  We walked around, and I got to see the Paragon Carousel.  The ground leading up to the Carousel is covered in bricks, and the bricks are engraved.  I was loving reading them all, especially when I found a Rebecca De Winter brick! (Rebecca De Winter is a fictional character from the book, Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier.  It’s an amazing read, FYI.) It was such a nice, relaxing day.

A Rose for My Rose

I came home to unexpected flowers one day after work from Saully.  It literally made my entire day.

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I Love (Vegetarian) Sushi!

Saul & I went out for sushi a few times.  We typically go to Genki, which is located in Legacy Place in Dedham.  We also tried Misono, which is Chestnut Hill.  Both places are very good.  Genki definitely has a larger vegetarian section (I don’t eat any fish!), but Misono’s tastes better.  I like the Sweet Potato Tempura Roll.

Sister Sunday @ IKEA

I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA.  Mel and I went on a Sunday, right when it opened, and it was still packed and full of screaming children.  We still had fun, and I got a really cute bookshelf for $29.  (Ask me if I’ve put together that bookshelf yet.  Nope.  In my defense, it’s been so hot, and we don’t have central air in our apartment.  We will get around to it…eventually.) Mel and I also took a trip to the Christmas Tree Store.  (Don’t you just love a bargain?)

Family Dinner

I met my mom and brother for dinner at The Chateau in Burlington one night after work.  Greta was very  late, so me and Jame ordered apps and just caught up with each other.  It was really nice.  I really enjoyed his company, and my mom’s too, when she finally showed up! (JK Gretch, hehe.)

Beach Days

I went to the beach a few times, which is always fun and one of my favorite things to do in the Summer.  Nothing beats that ice cold water and soaking up the sun! ❤

Weight Watchers

Joining WW & losing 7.4 lbs was very, very exciting for me!

Cookout #2

Kristen and Jordan had a cookout this past Saturday.  Kegan is home from traveling the world, so he came, and brought his girlfriend, Amy, who is a doll.  Ian and Sarah also came as well.  And the pups, of course.  We had a god time.

I have some fun stuff planned for this month, so I’m excited to see what August will bring!

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Saturday On Wednesday Tag

 

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I just started following the blog, Saturday On Wednesday (check it out, it’s amazing!) and decided to do this blog challenge/tag, whatever you want to call it! It seems fun & silly, and a good way to get know other bloggers.

 

Here we go! 🙂

THE VISUAL

Google your name and copy-paste the first image that comes up.

THE VISUAL

Google your name and copy-paste the first image that comes up.

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This is so random.  No idea why this is the first picture that comes up….I think it’s from my Google Plus??? I was super blonde.  I can’ even with those leopard sheets & pink cheetah comforter in the background, either.  Pretty sure I also spy a pink camo pillow case. (Insert monkey emoji when he’s covering his eyes!!)

A picture of your favourite meal that makes you happy

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I don’t have a picture of my Mom or Gandmother’s soup, so this semi-crappy google picture will have to suffice.

Post your favourite silly animal photo

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I love Alpacas!!! Kills me every time. LOLOL.

A silly selfie (if you’re comfortable with that)

The first picture is of Saul & Myself on NYE (Masquerade, if you couldn’t guess :P) I think I like that pic so much because Saul is genuinely smiling in a selfie (very rare, if you know Saul LOL. He’s a Selfie Hater.) But I think we look cute! And the second picture is from Jena’s family reunion a few years ago, and Jen, Myself & Amaritta were having a blast being super silly (how shocking!) I always feel like that picture just captures our friendship perfectly. ❤

A picture of your favourite sunglasses

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I’d post a picture of MK sunnies that I love, but I’m a jerk, and I broke them.  So currently, my favorite sunglasses are these gigantic white framed ones, from Charming Charlie.  Super cheap!

A picture of an object in your house/flat that always makes you smile

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So this picture is actually from my apartment in Stoneham, but I don’t think I have an updated one of my bookcase at my new casa.  I’m just madly in love with that bookshelf.  It’s so gorgeous!! It’s organized a little bit differently now, but you get what I mean!

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

 

SUSHI

Of course, I was being basic, and had to take a picture of my sushi when I was at Misono with Saul.  (It’s vegetarian sushi!! The pieces to the left are Asparagus, cream cheese &…..completely blanking on what else is in there.  The right was my absolute favorite – Sweet Potato Tempura Roll! Amazing.  Misono is in Chestnut Hill, highly recommended!)

THE VERBAL

A joke that you’ve heard recently that made you giggle:

Does an Instagram Meme count??

“The difference between pizza & your opinion is that I only asked for pizza.” 😛

 

What’s your go to pick-me-up phrase when you are feeling down?

Fake it til you make it! ❤ This too, shall pass.

Your happy song?

Me Against the Music – Britney & Madonna

Your quirk that makes others smile?

Saul loves teasing me because to me, I have the worst Boston accent ever.

What’s on your favourite mug?

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I don’t actually own this mug (yet) but I’m obsessed! My favorite mug that I own is my Elvis Mug, I bought it in Nashville.  I know it’s on my Instagram page somewhere, but I don’t have time go searching right now!

What’s the first happy memory that comes to mind?

Hampton days with my cousins.

What’s your favourite way of cheering others up?

Buying gifts/cards. I love giving people presents.

What’s your favourite funny website?

Hmmm….Probably just looking through silly memes on Instagram, then tagging Jen & Am.

Do you know your heritage? IF so, what is it?

50% Italian, 25% Irish & 25% Norwegian!

Best compliment you have received?

That my writing is amazing!! Seriously, when I started this blog, it was actually a huge step for me, because I’m not one to share my writing freely.  When I received so much positive feedback, it was shocking & wonderful.  I loved that people actually enjoyed reading what I had wrote! It makes me so happy.

What are  your favourite pizza toppings?

Eggplant!! Or sausage. Or just plain cheese.

I don’t have many people to tag, so please, feel free to copy & paste! I’d love to read yours!

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