A couple of housekeeping matters before we get to the recap.
FIRST AND FOREMOST…
As always, I was blown away by all of the super deserving moms who were entered for the Special Mom contest. There are so many AMAZING moms out there that need to be celebrated.
I’m very happy to be celebrating this one winner, and I can hardly wait until the next contest. I’ll probably do the next one in October or November, so make sure you enter yourself or friend into that one as well.
So, today’s winner is Penny Howard, nominated by Martha Kosel!
With Penny’s permission, I will be sharing more about her and her family at a later date, but for now let’s just all say CONGRATULATIONS PENNY!
We talked on the phone last night and Penny is SO EXCITED!!!!
We are going shopping together next Tuesday, I will introduce y’all to Penny and her family on a blog post on Thursday, and on Friday you will get to see our shopping trip!
It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN!
I can’t wait till you all get to learn about Penny.
She is as sweet as can be (as is Martha who nominated her) and a VERY DESERVING mama!
One more housekeeping matter…
Before I start the Bachelorette recap, I need to let all of you know the plan for tomorrow’s post,
BECAUSE THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE IS FINALLY GOING LIVE TO THE PUBLIC!!!
Fingers crossed, THESE boots will be restocked!
The sale will go live on the Nordstrom site at 12:00 a.m. PST on Friday.
So…my post will go live then too (which is 2:00 a.m. CST).
I’ve received several e-mails from you ladies saying that you are setting your alarms for the sale, so I want my post to be ready for you!
By the way, I totally respect your commitment. 😉
Tomorrow I will again be functioning as your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Special Correspondent, I feel like there is nobody else better equipped for the job, and tomorrow’s post has LOTS of NEW items I tried on at Northpark on Tuesday that I will be highlighting for the first time!
Yep, you heard me right.
THERE ARE LOTS OF NEW FAVORITES IN FRIDAY’S POST!
I took Northpark DOWN and can’t wait to show y’all what I found!
In addition to all of the new items, I will also be reviewing other favorites at the bottom of the post.
I want everything to be in one place for you ladies that are just now gaining access to the sale.
The post will be as user friendly as possible.
Anyway, I’ll see you back here bright and early Friday morning…or for you die-harders, maybe even at 12:00 a.m. PST (2:00 a.m. CST). Personally, I couldn’t think of a better time to shop than with the kids and the hubby all in bed! 🙂
Is it weird that I’m nervous for you ladies?
Because I am.
But seriously. Don’t worry.
I’ve got this.
OKAY…TIME FOR THE RECAP!!
So, if you recall, we ended last week with Kaitlyn’s and Nick’s Fantasy Suite Date. And in case you forgot, he makes her feel like a desired woman.
We pick up where we left off last week with Gosling/Alf and THE OTHER GUY (He has a name Gosling!) having it out in Nick’s room.
And I have to say, Shawn is looking more Alf than Gosling to me right now.
These boys HATE each other.
And I want to put them both in time out.
Because it’s getting annoying.
2nd OVERNIGHT DATE: Peter Brady
Peter shows up in a navy cable knit sweater WITH A POPPED COLLAR (nice move Peter) and a pair of sensible khakis.
They ride horses and Kaitlyn talks about how she’s never ridden a horse before.
I want to make a “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” joke, but I won’t.
And then after feeding some donkeys, they get chased by donkeys.
That’s not a euphemism. They literally get chased by donkeys.
They sit down at a picnic, and Peter launches into his desire to spend his life with her and the fact that he’s in love. And then they kiss.
They have dinner at the castle, had an “argument” about who out of the two of them was responsible for how awesome things are between them, and I was transported right back to high school phone conversations with Chris with “You say bye”…..”No you say bye.”
And for those of you keeping track, Peter just went up SEVERAL more notches in my book.
Kaitlyn says “it feels good…and right..”.but there’s no mention of her feeling like a desired woman.
She gives him the fantasy suite date card, and he replies with a resounding “Best Sleepover Ever.”
DANG THIS ONE IS CUTE!
They head to the fantasy suite, “ooh” and “ah over the room, and then cut to the next morning with them gazing out the window.
Kaitlyn confesses that they got about 1/2 an hour of sleep last night.
And then she admits that she’s never been more confused.
I’m left wondering if it’s about her decision, or if in fact she is just confused about Peter’s pants.
3rd OVERNIGHT DATE: GOSLING
Kaitlyn picks Gosling up at his castle and gives him a super bright (and dorky) golf outfit. But don’t worry, it doesn’t stay on for long.
And I know this is surprising, but “golf is a lot like love.”
Gosling starts off strong, but then he starts hitting every ball into the water.
They then play a rousing game of truth or dare.
And she dares him to take off his clothes.
But I again find myself confused.
Why the long underwear Gosling? I mean, you’re golfing, not skiing.
The ONLY thing that makes sense to me is that he was possibly trying to avoid a panty line in his white pants.
Don’t worry ladies, he strips the long johns off as well.
And then Kaitlyn steals his clothes and takes off running.
HE’S GOING STREAKING.
They sit down for dinner that night, and as soon as Kaitlyn mentions Nick, Gosling starts on a downward spiral.
Shawn needs to RISE ABOVE, because at this point, I feel like he’s looking wayyyyyyy worse than Nick. He throws down the gauntlet and says that if she chooses Nick then that’s fine with him because they must not have been meant to be together anyway.
Get your head in the game.
If you want this girl, just talk about how you are the right guy for her…and not how Nick is the wrong guy. And stop with the name calling.
I’ll say it again.
They head back to the hotel room, and for some unknown reason the editing guys spare us of being subjected to kissing and slurping sounds.
Is it possible that they’ve heard our pleas?
The next morning, Gosling leaves with a hoodie pulled over his head and walks through a parking lot.
But looks whose casually leaning against the stone building waiting for him?
That’s right, Nick.
Time for Round 2.
So the guys sit down to have a “man to man conversation.”
That didn’t happen.
What they did have was a “jackwagon to jackwagon conversation.” Which is totally a thing.
Gosling needs to cool his jets and make like Elsa.
Here’s the deal about Shawn though, I think he really does love her, and that love is making him a little bit cuckoo right now and maybe he’s doing/saying things he wouldn’t do in real life…and we all know that this set of circumstances is far from real life.
I think that removed from the crazy Bachelorette machine, they could be really good together!
He ends up telling Nick to “get the eff out of his place.”
Nick leaves, and that’s that.
Harrison and Kaitlyn sit down for a heart to heart.
Lucky Harrison, Kaitlyn is wearing a DEEP V dress.
And I have to say, I have a deep respect for Kaitlyn’s boobs.
They’ve got mad skills.
Those suckers stayed put, all perky and and perfect.
Just as she is about to hand out the roses, she panics and leaves the room.
Harrison pulls her aside and tells her to put her big girl panties on.
She marches back in and kicks off Peter Brady.
And I’m like, Marsha is going to be pissed!
But not me, I’m PUMPED Peter got kicked off.
Because OH MY WORD he is the perfect pick for the next Bachelor.
Let’s all write a strongly worded letter to the powers that be DEMANDING it to be so.
Peter takes the boot in stride.
He’s classy and exits with the grace of Jared.
But really, can’t the limo just take him straight to his own Bachelor mansion?
We then spend the next what seems like hour and a half in awkward silence and watching Nick and Gosling fidget and pace.
It was painful.
Let’s all take a minute and pay homage to the fact that we are finally leaving Ireland. It’s time for Hometown Dates….but they aren’t really hometown dates….they go to a hotel somewhere.
Because NO RULES.
1st “HOMETOWN” DATE: Nick
Gosling sits down with his Dad and he leads with “What the hell is going on?”
Get The Look For Yourself here by clicking on what pics you are interested in. I threw in another statement ring because it just felt right. 🙂
And to end today, if you are a cardholder and there is anything in the sale that you’ve been on the fence about, I suggest you go ahead and get it now.
When looking online yesterday morning after the sale went live, THIS vest caught my eye.
Insulated Vest HERE.
During Sale Price: $72.90 / After Sale Price: $109
I absolutely adore the puffy collar that conceals a hood.
I agree with the sizing recommendation to order a size up. I’m wearing a medium.
Other items in the picture are THESE ZELLA LIVE IN LEGGINGS (YES!) and THIS NIKE PULLOVER, also both part of the sale.
When I was at Stonebriar yesterday the Zella stuff was flying off the shelves. Click HERE for all Zella for women that’s included in the sale! And I got several messages yesterday from readers telling me I needed to try THIS ruffle back jacket from Zella because it’s so flattering (make sure you size one size up).
SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW GIRLS!!!!!!