Monday Morning Obsessions: Reality Television to Binge this Week.

This weekend was a unique one for us, it was the first weekend in a very long time that my husband had to work through the weekend. He’s a geologist so a working weekend is a real rarity. While I wish he was home and we were able to go do something fun it was a nice opportunity to catch up on all of my trash TV, Reality TV. I fancy myself a reality TV expert, I love it, all of it.

Since I was a kid watching The Real World, I have always loved reality TV. In fact, the first paper I wrote in college was about the history of reality TV. While I love it all there is a few reality TV shows that I am so excited for every week and here they are.

90 Day Fiance

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90 Day Fiance

What a gem!! I’m so thankful for the wonderful people at TLC for greenlighting this show. If you have not yet seen, this show follows an American and their foreign partner as they come to America through the K1 Visa. This show is on every Sunday night and needs to be watched. This weekend I did a Q & A with my husband on Instagram during the show and it was so funny! I honestly think this is the best show on TV! Yup, I said it.

Teen Mom 2

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MTV’s Teen Mom 2

I’m going to be so honest, I wish I didn’t love this show. It has turned into such a trashy show that and the show now has very little to do with being an actual mom and more to do with inflated egos. There was an episode this season that still has me shook, after a road rage issue Jenelle followed a man to his home where she proceeded to pull her gun on him, all while her 9-year-old son is in the front seat.

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TLC Unexpected

If you loved 16 and Pregnant, TLC has a new show called Unexpected, totally worth a watch, it’s so good!

The Real Housewives Of New York

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The Real Housewives of New York City

This season was just one exciting thing after another. Honestly, I wish it was like Big Brother and I could have watched the LuAnn saga every day. I am counting down the hours until the reunion this week. I love all the housewives franchises but this is on a whole different level.

Now that RHONY is coming to an end I am so excited to dive all the way into Real Housewives of Dallas. This season is going to be so good because Leeanne Locken is crazy.

Floribama Shore

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Floribama Shore Cast

This show. I find all of the characters on this show rather annoying and yet I still tune in every single week. This was MTV’s attempt to duplicate the success of Jersey Shore, nothing will EVER be the Jersey Shore but it is a very good attempt.

Okay, for as much as I love Reality TV there is one show I’ve never been able to watch, The Bachelor. I find the characters boring and its such a time commitment but maybe I need to give it a try. Is there one season of The Bachelor that I should watch that will totally get me hooked?

Happy Watching!

-Heather

 

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Palm Springs like a Reality TV Star

Palm Springs like a Reality TV Star

I have said this a few times on the blog but will probably say it 100 more times, I really love reality TV. Like my true love in life is reality TV, judge me, but the trashier the TV the more I love it. I specifically love The Real Housewives but in 2018 I began watching Vanderpump Rules and Southern Charm, man oh man am I ever hooked. In honor of Real Housewives of Orange County coming back next week, I wanted to do a post dedicated to Reality TV.

Now that we live in Palm Springs I love to go to new bars and restaurants and talk about the episode of RHOBH that was filmed there or the weekend the Vanderpump kids were here. My knowledge of all things reality TV is a bit embarrassing but I have no shame.

Where to stay:

Parker Palm Springs: Prior to the older Kardashian sisters staying here during a trip to visit their late grandmothers Palm Springs home, there was a show dedicated to the Parker Palm Springs staff called “Welcome to the Parker”. This short-lived Bravo show aired in 2007.  This hotel is gorgeous, I mean the Kardashians think its worth enough for them to stay there. It’s a desert oasis with all of the Palm Springs flair that you anticipate.

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Inside the famous Parker Palm Springs

Colony 29: Remember that one short season when Joyce (Yoce) was a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Yeah, most people don’t. She “arranged” a trip to Palm Springs where the cast stayed at the most beautiful villas nuzzled up against the spectacular Palm Springs mountains.

The Viceroy Palm Springs now the Avalon Palm Springs: this hotel is SO cute but more importantly its the location where Justin Bobby and Audrina escape to where he gives her the promise ring or um, I think he refers to it as a commitment ring, whatever the hell that is.

Must Visit:

Palm Springs Walk of Stars: Visit Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules cast member Lisa Vanderpump’s star located right in the middle of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. This must-visit star is located right in front of Ruby’s Diner. There was a great RHOBH episode where she received the star and was standing next to my favorite Nsync member Lance Bass.

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Lisa Vanderpump star; Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs Aeriel Tramway: Who can forget that uncomfortable scene of Kim Richards praying next to a trashcan? Not one person. That scene was during a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Palm Springs trip where they visited the famous aerial tramway. I love going to the top of the mountain and escaping the extreme heat that is the Coachella Valley in the middle of the summer.

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How beautiful is the Palm Springs tram?

Trina Turk: This isn’t technically a reality TV show but when Martha Stewart still had her talk show “Martha” they did a Palm springs episode and spent time at the Trina Turk in downtown Palm Springs. Even though that’s technically not a reality TV show I really wanted Trina Turk to be on this list because that store is THE CUTEST!

Cabazon Dinosaurs: Looking for a great Instagram photo while driving into Palm Springs, this spot is Kardashian Instagram approved and if we have learned anything about them is that they know a GREAT Instagram opportunity.

Hopefully, Don’t Have to Visit:

Palm Springs Desert Regional Hospital: Do everything you can to avoid visiting the Palm Springs Desert Regional Hospital like Vicki did on the Real Housewives of Orange County. That famous episode where the girls went to Glamis and Tamara flipped the dune buggy sending Vicki to the hospital in a helicopter, no thank you!

Eat:

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge: If you are looking for a great happy hour location then follow the Shahs of Sunset to Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge. This is the location that Reza hosted his surprise wedding to Adam at.

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Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Palm Springs

Jensens Finest Foods: On season one of  Real Housewives of Beverly Hills sisters Kim and Kyle do their grocery shopping at Jensen’s as part of their annual Easter desert trip. Jensens is a great place for a sandwich or a high-end cheese!

If I included all the Coachella hot spots and all of the reality TV Instagram posts, I could go on for days. If all of your favorite reality TV stars haven’t already convinced you, Palm Springs is a must visit spot while visiting Southern California.

Happy Exploring.

-Heather