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“Oh my goodness they are perfect!” “He is just the cutest thing ever!” “Awwwee!” (squeals, giggles, clapping). This ladies and gentleman is my living room after the Bachelorette finale. It’s a family tradition that my Mom and I watch every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette together. I am a hopeless romantic, and it’s so fun to watch people fall in love, go on incredible dates, and hopefully find their soulmate in the end. This season the gorgeous JoJo Fletcher was the Bachelorette. She’s so adorable, sweet, and very deserving of someone special. I thought Jordan
(now her fiance) was a cutie from the beginning and definitely a front runner the whole show. Their relationship was fun, easy, and their chemistry was undeniable. The joy on their faces after Jordan proposed was precious. I can’t even imagine being in a situation where you couldn’t tell the person you loved how you felt about them because other people were involved.

A lot of people put down the Bachelor and say that it’s “staged” “not realistic” or “fake” but I’m a true believer haha. My boyfriend is one of the WORST. He makes fun of me all the time for being so invested in the show. When it’s on, I’m completely zoned in. Us helpless romantics can’t help that we love hot tubs dates in the forest, love letters, and cliff jumping that represents falling in love….;) Of course, I don’t think everything about the Bachelorette is real. Like crazy Chad for example who is known for his creepy horror film whistle and dragging his fingernails down the glass door like some kind of murder. That’s a bit much for me; I pity the woman who falls into his clutches. It’s interesting to me how so many people bash the Bachelorette for being a “hoe” or not being a good person because she’s dating so many men, but the when a guy is the Bachelor there is little debate at all. In situations such as these, women are always judged more than guys are which is RIDICULOUS but that’s just how society views things.

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So moving on but staying on the romance subject, I mentioned in my post A Plethora of Grub, I recently read the novel Me Before You which was recently made into a movie. I always like reading books before I watch the movie. I seriously read this book in only a few days! I love Jojo Moyes’ style of writing. The book is about this man who became paraplegic after a car accident. This man has lost the will to live, so his parents hire a girl name Louisa to be his caregiver and change his mind in 6 months. There is obviously some romance in this novel but it’s on a much deeper level than in most love stories. The two are forced to connect in other ways besides what most relationships are built from (the physical stuff). It’s incredible to see this take place. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the ending of the book. It’s a pretty controversial subject and there are so many different ways to approach it. I think that if I would have been in a similar situation as Will, I probably would have done the same thing (you’ll have to read the book to see what I mean).

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Enough about romance, let’s talk about girl-time. I have really been missing all my girls lately. It feels like all I do is work, dance, and hang out with my boyfriend and family. Not saying that’s a bad thing at all, but sometimes it’s great to just get out with you besties and let loose a little. I got to see my girl Ashlynn (my Mexican twinsie). We have so much fun when we’re together. I love singing my guts out to Salsa music and Postmodern Jukebox in the car, along with acting like a silly 16 year old with no cares.

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After attempting a massive FAIL at trying to use a parking meter in downtown Asheville, we chose a little Indian restaurant called Cinnamon Kitchen on the less crowded side of Asheville. I LOVEEEE Indian food, and we both have a high spice tolerance (I think I’m part Mexican), so we ordered a lamb dish with the spice level on HOT which is EXTREMELY HOTTTT for Indian food because they use so many strong spices. It was delicious!

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After our fabulous dinner, we caught a chick flick. Cafe Society is a movie about Hollywood upper class in the 1930’s. Who doesn’t love old, flashy, Hollywood glamour and Blake Lively? Even though I disliked most of the characters by the end of the movie because of their snarky and egotistical ways, I thought the dry humor about this time period was so great. Everyone was so ridiculous and utterly selfish, but that’s what made the movie so good. It made me want to fly to New York and go to some late-night jazz club in feathers and pearls….now that would be a good time.

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As many of you know, I’m always on the lookout for new healthy snacks and on-the-go options. I haven’t had time to cook as much as I would like to lately because of my crazy schedule. Here are a few of my new faves that I know you guys will love!

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Lara Bars are my GO TO snack! They only have a few simple ingredients and taste amazing. I usually have at least one a day.
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So I’m not usually a frozen dinner girl because of how mad using microwaves is for our health, but sometimes at work its either eat a microwave dinner, or don’t eat at all. Not only are Evol meals delicious, but they use chicken raised without antibiotics and use cheese from cows raised without hormones.

On a more dancey note, this past Saturday was NATIONAL DANCE DAY which is only the best holiday ever right. This day always makes me really thankful for the ability to dance that God has given me. I love it more than anything and it brings such joy to my life. I have had a week off from dance since my competition, and I’m so ready to get back to work. I have all this energy and drive from the last competition and I’m ready to work my butt off for the upcoming one. I know that I really miss dancing when I start practicing Jive kicks and Cha-Cha New Yorkers at work….

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Alright ladies and gents, I’m out for the night. I made cake, sugar cookies, and fudge today and now I’m starting to feel the effects lol. (No, I didn’t eat any, but yes, I wanted to!) I hope everyone has a fabulous night and starts tomorrow off with a positive and happy heart because… it’s hump day!

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This is the final rose tonight,

Ashlyn Tori <3

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