the bachelorette recap - week 4

i have a guilty pleasure you guys and that guilty pleasure is the bachelor franchise. i fought the urge to watch for years and then last year gave in and have been obsessed ever since. i decided since i love this dang show so much, that i would do weekly recaps! i am starting a bit late into the season, so first impressions and all that jazz are something we're going to miss out on, but that's ok. we're starting to get into the episodes where the true colors are coming out and i've already picked out my favorite guys! 

alright, now into the episode. 

drama - week four starts out with a "to be continued" from last week where we see izzy talking to rachel about eric's "intentions". this word is overused so much on this show and it honestly cracks me up. from there lee (eye roll) starts to get involved and begins expressing his concerns to rachel as well. from there we see a full blown shouting match between eric, lee, and izzy. i am totally on eric's side here. i get that these guys have their "concerns", but like keep it to yourself. stop worrying so much about the other guys and just worry about yourself and making that connection with rachel. i feel as though the guys just take turns ganging up on one another and it gets old. they have more drama on the show than the girls do! 

drama pt. 2- from there we see kenny getting some one on one time with rachel and then who show's up to cut in? lee. i have not liked that guy from the beginning and i'm honestly just like, what are you even still doing here?! that starts another shouting match between kenny and lee and honestly, it's just like, let it go. i get it, it's frustrating and in the moment i may react differently, but again, you are here for rachel, not to be friends with these other guys. if you're confident in who you are and don't let that BS drama get in the way, then you have nothing to worry about. she obviously is a smart girl and is not here to mess around. 

swoon - rachel and bryan. oh my god, my heart, he is so dang sweet to her and so mature and you can really tell that he is one of her favorites. also PETER, he is my favorite! that salt and pepper hair and smile? swoon. similar to bryan he is super mature, stays out of the drama, and you can really tell she likes him. 

rose ceremony (spoilers ahead) this rose ceremony made me so sad because diggy went home and he was one of my favorites. not only is he so handsome, he seems like such a genuine guy and it bummed me out that he didn't get more time on the show. and then when he was crying, it broke my heart! he's going to make someone so happy one day! unfortunately, the other two guys bryce and brady didn't really stand out to me so for them to go home, i wasn't surprised.

one on one date (dean) first all, dean is a little cutie and along side peter and bryan, is one of my favorites. their date was sweet and he was able to be vulnerable with her which basically broke my heart. he talked about the passing of him mom and you can guarantee i was sobbing the entire time. they also got to dance on stage during a live performance of russell dickerson. it was sweet and you could see how happy the two of them were, my heart was melting. 

group date (boat and spelling bee) i can't even imagine trying to fight for someones attention amongst a group of attractive individuals. i'm sure it's intimidating and difficult as well. what the guys do to get her attention, however, is just comical. doing pushups with rachel on you back, josiah? making up raps about rachel, kenny and peter? it's hilarious and they're just doing what they can to stand out. the spelling bee was the second part of the group date and my first reaction was, i'd be fucking, fucked if that was me. also, can we talk about how the guys all pretty much got difficult words and then josiah got stunning, STUNNING and then the other guys got words like physiological, like what is up with that?! also speaking of josiah, what was up with he capri pants he was wearing?!

during the group date cocktail hour, peter really stood out to me. i can see their connection and i just adore them together. izzy spent his time with rachel again expressing his concerns about the other guys. he just needs to stop. take that time and get to know each other! STOP worrying about the competition. like ENOUGH. then, again, lee went and ran his mouth during his one on one and there was more drama between him and kenny. lee is obviously delirious and just needs to go. he and izzy are out of control. 

overall this episode was good, but i am just over the drama with the boys. they need to stop worrying about each other and just spend their time with rachel getting to know her. the guys that she has an obvious connection with are the ones who stay out of the drama so maybe the rest of the house should follow their lead. also, lee is the absolute worst and is awful and a huge jerk and that's all i'm going to say about that. 

comment below and let me know if you like these recaps and/or what you thought of this weeks episode! next week is two nights so expect to seperate posts!

whole30 - week one | how it's going

alright friends, week one of whole30 is officially over. that means that i am a ¼ of the way through the month! *insert jazz hands here* so far, it’s been going well and i feel great. i've been experiencing the ebbs and flows of the process and coming in on day 8, i’m feeling fantastic.

days one and two we’re easy. i was feeling optimistic and really ready to tackle the month. then day three came along and I woke feeling super “blah”. my skin was breaking out, i was feeling bloated, i felt tired and hungry, and all i really wanted was some dang pizza. let’s be honest, as I’m writing this, all i can still think about is pizza, but i’ve calmed down a little bit since then. as the week went on, i just took that day as a learning experience and i instantly felt stronger once it was over .i got through it and i was super proud of myself for not giving up! it was a super hard day, but i did it and since then, i've definitely felt like i can make it to the end of the month.

i know that it’s just the beginning and i'll most likely have a couple more bad days along the way, but i would call week one a huge success and i cant wait to get to the finish line!

let me know if you like my updates on whole30 and/or you want to see some more recipes! 

recipe | whole30 mocktails

i am day 7 of whole30 and with it being summertime and about a million degrees outside, all i can think about is a refreshing cocktail to cool me off. since alcohol is non compliant during whole30, that means no real cocktails for this girl. instead of wallowing in self pity because i can't have a fancy, cute, alcoholic drink, i decided to try out a few compliant mocktails that would get the job done! 

let me preface this by saying i don't love lacroix. i know, i know, who am i?! i've never been a huge fan of sparkling water and i actually really enjoy the taste of regular water, so i never really gave lacroix a fair chance. since it is compliant and there are so. many. flavors. i decided to give them another shot and mix them with some fruit to spice them up a bit. 

the best part of lacroix mocktails is how dang easy they are. this one was actually my favorite out of the two i tried. 

lacroix melon pomelo sparkling water
cute cactus glass from pier one
paper umbrellas target's dollar section

if you wanted to get really fancy, you could add in some pink grapefruit and maybe even a bendy straw. *insert heart eye emoji here* 

this one was so good and you could honestly use so many different lacroix flavors with these mixed berries!

lacroix berry sparkling water
colorful paper for trendy instagram picture
again, paper umbrellas from target's dollar section

these mocktails were super fun to make and with this excessive heat we're having in arizona, really hit the spot and were very refreshing. comment below and let me know your favorite lacroix flavors, or if you have any fun mocktail recipes you'd like to share! 

recipe | whole30 mexican skillet

it's day four of whole30 and i am feeling great! i think i mentioned before that i've done whole30 prior to this round and when i did it in the past, i wasn't very creative when it came to my meals. after browsing pinterest for hours after hours, i've found a bunch of recipes and actually tried them out! one recipe that i made tonight was a mexican inspire skillet and i did a little modifying, but i think it turned out amazing!  

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (i used ground chicken so totally up to you!)
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes (you can use fresh ones if you prefer)
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 medium zucchini
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin

1. brown ground beef or chicken, again your choice, with minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

2. cook over medium heat until meat is browned.

3. add tomatoes and remaining spices. cover and simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes.

4. add the zucchini. cover and cook for about 10 more minutes until zucchini is cooked, but still firm.

this meal was super easy to prep and even easier to make! after it was all done, i mixed in some shredded potatoes just as an extra treat. whole30 can be hard at times, but luckily potatoes are compliant and they keep me sane! 

disclaimer: this recipe is not my own, i got it here! 

comment below if you have any whole30/paleo approved recipes for me or if you made this dish, let me know how you like it! 



hey, it's me, kristin. or should i say, collectively kristin.

Hey friends! I'm so glad you're here and I'm so glad you're joining me on my new adventure and my first official post as Collectively Kristin. I have been toying with the idea for some time now about changing my name. I loved being Blush Your Heart Out, but I knew that deep down I wanted to explore more than just beauty with this blog and I wanted a fresh start for doing just that. 

So if you're wondering if i'm done with beauty and makeup blogging, you have nothing to worry about. If fact, that is going to be one of three main components to this blog. I am a hardcore fan of the beauty industry and I could never not talk about it. So that is going to still be my number one topic as Collectively Kristin. 

The second component to Collectively Kristin will be health. For almost 6 years, I talked a lot about health and fitness on a Tumblr blog and that was a huge part of my life for a long time. I loved connecting with people, especially those who were on a similar journey as me. My goal is to talk about healthy eats, workouts, and even the occasional vulnerability post. 

The final component to Collectively Kristin will be travel. I don't do a ton of traveling, but I did start a series awhile back called "Explore the Valley" and that is something I am really looking forward to starting up again. I want to create a travel guide and explore all the hot spots in AZ whether that be sight seeing, restaurants, local hotels, etc. I absolutely love living in the valley and am excited to make exploring it a new thing! 

Overall, a fresh start was what I needed to get my creative juices flowing. I am so excited to be starting this new chapter to my blogging life and I hope you are too.