What to Expect at an Open Casting Call for “The Bachelor”

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One thing most people learn about me early on is that if you suggest taking a trip to a city with great food, I won’t need much convincing to say, “Of course I’ll go!” That’s how my story begins. It was a simple text that said, “Do you want to go to Charleston on Saturday?” It wasn’t until a few days later that I learned it was to attend an open casting call for the next filming of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Seeing this as a great opportunity to do some blog research, I went through the whole process to give you an inside scoop on what to expect and how to prepare should you want your love story to unfold on TV for all of Bachelor Nation to watch. Continue reading

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Tips for Buying Your First Home

first-time-home-ownerOh, hi! It’s been a while (as in more than a year) since I’ve last posted here. Funny thing is that I have 10 blog drafts waiting for me to hit the “Publish” button. But, I was waiting for something big. And this, y’all, this is BIG! I’ve finally found THE ONE. No, it wasn’t on an online dating site (but close!). I recently made things super official and became a FIRST TIME HOMEOWNER! Going about something so big definitely proved to be challenging, especially when you do it all by yourself. Most people wait until they’re married to buy a house, and I’m sure having an extra person to share some of the responsibilities would be helpful. But, there’s something incredibly rewarding about doing this all on my own (well, financially, at least). I feel fortunate to be able to take on this new journey, but it hasn’t come without a few (hundred) questions. Is this the right home for me? How much should I offer? What’s involved in closing? How much is this really going to cost me? Is this normal? Can they do that?! Thanks to the calming efforts and question-answering skills of both my amazing parents and a fabulous realtor, I was able to make it to signing day and that gratifying moment when the keys were finally placed in my hand.

As much as I wanted to believe that buying a home would be super easy, the struggle is real. So, if you’re looking to buy or are currently in the process of buying your very first home, here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way that I hope will help you in your own home-buying adventure.

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5 Things Guys Should Never Do (but do anyway) on Match.com

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It’s been almost a month now on Match.com, and I’ve seen some good … and some very, very bad. Seriously, guys. You often have me questioning the male species altogether. I figured if Match doesn’t lead to an actual relationship, I might as well use my time spent on the site to help others (because that’s just the sort of person I am). So, to all the men out there: listen up! Here’s a short list of things you should never do while online dating. The ladies can thank me later.

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Adventures in Online Dating

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Why not, right? That’s what I’m telling myself at least. It all started off as a great girls’ night. And, after a glass (or two) of wine perfectly paired with the latest episode of “The Bachelor,” it was hard not to long for a fairytale dream date — complete with glass slippers and teardrop diamond earrings (OK, maybe this week’s episode was a little heavy on the Cinderella product placement.). Following the reality-TV version of romance (excited for next week to bring on the drama and an ambulance!), my friend started telling us about her real-life new beau. How’d they meet? On Match.com, of course. Is he sweet and romantic? Of course he is. Should I give it a try? … I think you know how this night ended. Continue reading