Thursday, December 14, 2017

Zach and Whit Celebrate 4 Years

Wishing Zach and Whitney Bates a very happy 4-year wedding anniversary!

Zach and Whitney Bates
 Renovating their new house

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Carol of the Bates

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Earlier this week, we posted the first promo video of Bringing Up Bates season seven. The series returns in exactly three weeks!

In the spirit of Christmas, UP has created a mini music video to the tune of "Carol of the Bells." It's catchy, so you might just find yourself singing it in your head all day.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Season 7 Promo Video!

 Bringing Up Bates season 7 promo

Hot off the press! UPtv just launched a brand new website, and they have released the first promo video (embedded below) of Bringing Up Bates season seven, which premieres Thursday, January 4th, 2018. We say this every season, but it sure seems like this one is going to the most exciting yet!

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Bobby Plays 'Pirates' on Piano

We know you all have enjoyed getting to know Bobby Smith, Tori Bates' husband-to-be, but there is one fact that you might not know about him. He is a beast on the piano! Check out this video of his cover of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song. You're sure to be blown away.

Photo courtesy of; video courtesy of Bobby Smith

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tori and Bobby's Love Story

"I used to play those chasing games, and then I started thinking, 'Tori Bates is all I want.' And that's not changing." 
-Bobby Smith

The first time we were introduced to Bobby Smith was on Valentine's Day 2016, which was shown on Bringing Up Bates "A LOVEly Day." At that point, Bobby and Tori were still just friends. They met through a mutual friend--Kelton Balka, who is now Josie Bates' boyfriend--over fall break 2015.

Exactly one year later, during fall break 2016, Bobby asked Tori to begin an official courtship while the Bates were vacationing in Pensacola, Florida.

Rather than wait until the following fall break to ask Tori to marry him, Bobby popped the big question a little bit sooner...and Tori said yes! Their wedding is just five days away.

We're throwing it back to Bobby's musical performance for Tori on Valentine's Day 2016. Check out the video below.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bates Wedding #5 in 1 Week!

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In exactly one week, Tori Bates will recite her marriage vows in front of family and friends and become Tori Smith. This will be the fifth wedding for Gil and Kelly Bates' super-sized clan.

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith will have 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen, with a winter wonderland theme. Their decor is white, silver, and a beautiful shade of purple.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Benfield, UP
Click here to see more photos of Tori's engagement on the UP website.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Webster Christmas Tree

You enjoyed seeing photos of Erin and Chad Paine's Christmas decor, so we thought we would share this snapshot of Alyssa and John Webster's Christmas tree. They purchased it from Kelly's Christmas Trees in the Orlando area. What do you think?

If you remember, Alyssa chose pink and blue as her wedding colors, so it is fitting that her Christmas ornaments are blue.

Alyssa Bates Webster Christmas Tree
Webster family Christmas tree, 2017

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Little Bates Buy a House

Zach and Whitney Bates have big news. They bought a house! It's a fixer-upper, but they say they are looking forward to fixing it up. The previous home they lived in was a rental.

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Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Bradley Bates

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Win Erin's Christmas CD

'Tis the season for giving! Just in time for Christmas, we are raffling off five copies of Erin Bates Paine's "Comfort & Joy" Christmas CD. With classics like "Joy to the World," "Frosty the Snowman," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," this album is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win.

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Photography courtesy of Paine

#FabFitFun Winter Box

Two months ago, I showed you my #FabFitFun Fall Box.

FabFitFun is a subscription box filled with beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products that is delivered to your door four times each year. I was invited to become a #FabFitFunPartner and was sent the fall box for free.

The FabFitFun Winter Box arrived last week, and I'm excited to put the products to use. Check out my unpacking video below, and enter code ELLIE at to get $10.00 off your first box. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Lawson Bates Christmas Tunes

Lawson Bates New Song Back to Christmas

Big news from Lawson! His new Christmas singles have been released! Visit iTunes to listen to a preview of "Back to Christmas" (an original song) and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." You can purchase them for 99 cents each.

As we shared last week, Lawson spent the weekend filming a music video for "Back to Christmas" in Nashville.

Album photo courtesy of

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Erin's Due Date

Seven weeks after announcing their third pregnancy, Erin and Chad Paine have an ultrasound photo to share. Erin is 19 weeks along and due April 28th with Everly Hope Paine. Her morning sickness was severe, but she is now feeling better.

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Everly Hope Paine at 19 weeks

Photo courtesy of Erin and Chad Paine

12 Days of Bates-mas

Now that December is officially underway, we have a fun throwback video to share with you. This is one of the original clips created to advertise the premiere of Bringing Up Bates three years ago. Lots has changed since then!

Photo/video courtesy of UP