Friday, March 23, 2018

Zach and Whitney's House

Last night on Bringing Up Bates, we watched Zach and Whitney purchase and renovate a ranch-style house. It was a big milestone for the couple, as they have been renting since their wedding in December 2013 and were eager to buy a home of their own. Below are a few before and after shots.


Zach and Whitney Bates new house renovations
Zach and Whitney Bates new house renovations


Zach and Whitney Bates new house renovations
Zach and Whitney Bates new house renovations

Photos courtesy of UP, Zach and Whitney Bates

Thursday, March 22, 2018

'Fixin' For New Beginnings' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Fixin' For New Beginnings"

  • Chad, who has recently started his own construction business, is working with Roy, a local contractor. Roy has purchased a dilapidated house, and he and Chad are going to flip it. “Now that he’s doing what he loves, there’s just a whole new light in his eyes,” says Erin of Chad.
  • “I’m hoping and kind of dreaming that Erin and I can work together on one day flipping houses together,” says Chad.
  • The Paines go over to the log cabin style flip house to check it out. Erin is looking forward to helping with the design aspect.
  • When all the work is done, the house looks incredible, like a luxury vacation home. Roy asks Erin to stage it to sell, and it’s not long before they have interested buyers.
  • Zach and Whitney sign the papers to purchase their first home. “I can’t believe it,” says Whitney. “It doesn’t even feel real.” The house needs a lot of work, but they’re excited to start this new journey.
  • Zach and Whitney take Bradley and Kaci over to the new house to start planning their renovations. They want to tear down a few walls, install new floors, and redo the kitchen. Their budget is $15,000, and they hope to finish the project in six weeks.
  • Later, Lawson, Jackson, Warden, and Isaiah come over to help with demolitions. “There’s nothing been built to this day that my family can’t tear up,” says Zach. “And not only can we tear stuff up, we absolutely love to do it.”
  • They run into a bit of an issue when they discover that the bathroom floor is sagging, but Zach adds some supporting beams and easily fixes the problem. “I think it’s plenty strong enough now,” he says. “You could park a Mack truck in there.”
  • Several weeks later, the house is ready for move-in! Zach and Whitney are very happy with how everything turned out.
  • “As the family grows, also the talents, the abilities, and different things that come to the table also grows,” says Chad. “I like to think of maybe what might happen in the future, just around the corner.”

Home Renovations Galore!

Grab your hammer and hardhat and tune in to an all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT. The Paines are helping with a flip house (photo No. 2), while Zach and Whitney are fixing up a home of their own.

Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates
 Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates

fixer upper house

Chad Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Erin Paine, Carson Paine
Chad Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Erin Paine, Carson Paine
 Erin and Chad

Jackson Bates
 Jackson Bates (working on Zach and Whitney's house)

 Zach and Whitney's new house

Photos courtesy of UP

Chad's New Job

"It's kind of like jumping out of a plane. You've gotta jump."
-Chad Paine

This evening on Bringing Up Bates, learn more about the new job that has Chad Paine excited about going to work each day (promo video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Katie and Trace

With all six of her older sisters either married or courting, Katie Bates is the oldest Bates daughter who is still single. At age 17, she is in her last semester of high school and is taking dual enrollment classes at Crown College. Trace, age 21, has also been taking courses at Crown.

 Katie Bates and Trace Bates

Photo courtesy of Trace Bates/

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Paines' Nursery

Life in a two-bedroom house with two (almost three) small children can be a struggle, but Erin and Chad Paine are handling it well. With her due date only five weeks away, Erin has been redecorating the nursery to make room for little Everly Hope Paine. Carson Paine turns three in May, which means there will be a period of time when the Paines have three kids under the age of three.

All the furniture in the nursery, aside from the crib, has been either made or refinished by Chad. For those who haven't heard, he left his job at the metal scrapyard and is now doing contracting work and furniture refinishing full-time.

Erin Bates Paine nursery

Erin Bates Paine nursery

Photos courtesy of

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tori's Dress Day: Exclusive Photos 1

Last week on Bringing Up Bates, fans watched Tori Bates travel to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, with her mom and sisters to choose her wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses. She and Kelly had already met with dress designer Renee Miller to discuss details.

Tori had a bit of a difficult time putting a finger on what she wanted, but she knew she didn't want anything "boufy" (Tori's word for poufy). She was okay with a touch of sparkles but not a ton, and she liked the idea of a long train.

According to Kelly, Tori doesn't like to make decisions, but she does have opinions, although it can be tough to pull them out of her.

On the day Tori chose her dress, the Bates were treated to delicious treats from Thyme Catering.

Whitney Bates and Alyssa Bates Webster

With all the Bates ladies but Ellie (who stayed behind to spend uninterrupted time with her nieces and nephews) gathered in one room, there were no shortage of opinions.

 Alyssa Webster, Tori Bates (with a family-friend who came along and was also a bridesmaid)

Before everyone arrived, I was given a peek at the wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. They were all simply stunning!

As usual, it was a pleasure to spend time with the Bates. Such beautiful women, inside and out. They were also treated to a meal at Tomatoes and Flames (the same restaurant where Joseph Duggar surprised Kendra Caldwell on her birthday, shown last week on Counting On). The meal was off-camera, so Kelly encouraged Mr. Handsome and me to go along with them. We enjoyed chatting while eating delicious pizza and salad.

Photos are property of Renee Miller; may only be used with written permission.

Little Bates Close on First Home

Zach and Whitney Bates

Zach and Whitney Bates are homeowners! They purchased their first home at the end of last year and will be sharing their journey with fans this Thursday on Bringing Up Bates. The property has a beautiful view (photo above), but the house itself needs a ton of work.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Evan Learns a Trade

We know you all enjoy seeing photos of the courting couples. We shared a new snapshot of Josie Bates and Kelton Balka last Sunday, and now we have one of Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart. As many of you know, Kelton is a plumber and works with his uncle in Knoxville. But what about Evan?

At 22 years old, Evan is currently living north of Nashville and going to school to be an electrician. Now, when a Bates couple embarks on a fixer upper project (which Zach and Whitney Bates recently did), they will have access to both a plumber and an electrician!

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart courting
Evan and Carlin

Photo courtesy Bates

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bates Fan File 711

Hope your weekend is off to a good start. This week's Bringing Up Bates Fan File was ready last night (UP graciously does all the graphics and editing) but I was too tuckered out from a long week to post it. The video is embedded below. Stay tuned for exclusive photos and details from Tori's dress fitting.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bates Go Skiing in CO

Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates skiing Granby Colorado
 Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates, Granby Ranch 2018

This week, some of the Bates are at Granby Ranch in Granby, Colorado, enjoying a ski vacation. And their good friends the Duggars are there, as well!

The Bates family went skiing for the first time last year at Virginia's Massanuten Resort, and now they're ready to take on the Rockies.

Bates family, skiing in Virginia 2017

Photos courtesy, UP

Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Big Decision, Bigger Opinions' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Big Decision, Bigger Opinions"

  • The entire family is in town, so they all gather at Norris Dam for an outdoor dinner. While setting up the food, Gil comes across a stack of envelopes. He tries to keep them a secret, but Kelly and Erin are onto him.
  • Kelly can’t contain herself. “What is that?” she demands. “Just give me mine, please!” An engagement? A new baby? Or maybe Nathan or Lawson have girlfriends?
  • “I knew right away when the cards went out that this wasn’t ours,” says Zach. “At least I looked at Whitney real sure, and ya, she was sure. And Erin’s already pregnant.”
  • Inside the envelopes is a card with a poem: “10 little fingers, 10 little toes, 2 little eyes, 1 little nose. Put them together and what do you got? Our baby on the way, ready or not! Due April 2018.” Alyssa is pregnant and due just a few weeks before Erin!
  • “I’m not going to lie, I was very surprised when I found out that I was pregnant again,” says Alyssa. “I am excited, but it did take me a little bit to be like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m pregnant again. I’m having a third kid.’”
  • “When the announcement came, a lot of people were secretly hoping, maybe this is Michael making an announcement here,” says Zach. “That’s gotta be so hard.”
  • Alyssa had shared the news with Michael ahead of time by phone. “She was just really sweet and sensitive to call ahead of time knowing everything we’ve been going through,” says Michael. “And we were just really tickled for them.”
  • Before the Bates leave the park, Kelly reminds the girls not to overwhelm Tori with too many opinions while she is trying on wedding dresses.
  • The next day, the ladies arrive at Renee’s shop for goodies and girl time. Tori has her hair and makeup done while the other girls try on bridesmaids dresses. “For me being a sister-in-law, it’s just really special that Tori included me,” says Whitney.
  • The bridesmaids gowns are gorgeous. Renee has sewn three different styles (all long length) in the same color (a beautiful shade of purple). Each girl chooses the style they want to wear.
  • After Tori is all dolled up, she starts trying on bridal gowns. The first dress is fitted, has long sleeves, and is lacy with a champagne-colored layer underneath.
  • “I’ve been to those wedding dress fittings, and, hey, I’ve tried to tell them, you try on one you like, don’t try on another,” says Lawson. “That’s just like, if you find a girl you like, stick with her. The shopping is over.” Nathan agrees.
  • The second dress is similar but is pure white and has a heavier lace. Most of the ladies strongly prefer this dress over the previous one, but Tori prefers the first. She tries on another pure white gown, but she still really loves the first dress.
  • Tori ends up choosing the first dress, with a few small changes. “Looking up there at her and seeing my little tomboy Tori, and I’m thinking, ‘Where did the years go? She’s fixin’ to get married!’” says Kelly.

Tori's Dress Day (Tonight)

Are you all set to watch tonight's new episode? The show opens with a Bates family get together. The Keilens are in from Chicago, and the Websters are visiting from Florida.

Michael Keilen, Brandon Keilen, Lexi Mae Webster
Michael Bates Keilen, Brandon Keilen, Lexi Mae Webster

When Gil comes across a stack of envelopes, he knows that someone is about to reveal some exciting news. 

 Erin Bates Paine and Gil Bates

Is someone pregnant? Engaged? Or dating? 

Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Alyssa Bates Webster

The following day, the ladies head to Kentucky to choose Tori's wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses.

Alyssa Webster, Whitney Bates, Tori Bates, Kelly Bates
 Alyssa Webster, Whitney Bates, Tori Bates, Kelly Bates

Tori Bates
Tori Bates

When it comes time for Tori to unveil the bridal gowns that Renee Miller has designed, some of the sisters are tempted to peek before she's ready.

 Alyssa Webster and Josie Bates

What a beautiful bride Tori will be!

Tori Bates wedding dress shopping

Tori Bates wedding dress shopping

Photos courtesy of UP

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tori's Purple Bridesmaids Dresses

Are you looking forward to tomorrow's new episode of Bringing Up Bates? The Bates have a family get together, and then the ladies drive up to Kentucky for an appointment at Renee's Bridal. After Tori chooses her wedding dress, it's time for the sisters to pick out their bridesmaids gowns. The color ("dusty purple," as Kelly calls it) that Renee has chosen is absolutely beautiful (promo video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bates Gathering...and Big News?

"There's some kind of news in there. There's a wedding or a baby or something good, and I'm wanting to find out."
-Kelly Bates

During an outdoor dinner gathering with all his children, children-in-law, and grandchildren, Gil Bates discovers a stack of envelopes. Somebody has an announcement to make, and Kelly is eager to hear what it is. Check out this sneak peek scene from Thursday's new episode.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

#FabFitFun Spring Box


With winter coming to a close and spring about to begin, it's time to check out the latest #FabFitFun box. For those who haven't heard of FabFitFun, it's a subscription box filled with beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products that is delivered to your door at the beginning of each new season. I was invited to be a #FabFitFunPartner, which means I receive the box for free in exchange for my reviews.

The FabFitFun Spring Box arrived last week, and it is filled with beautiful pastel colors (my favorite!). Check out my unpacking video below, and enter the code ELLIE at to get $10.00 off your first box. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

All You Need is Love

We hope all our readers are having (or had) a wonderful weekend. To brighten your day, we have a couple sweet photos to share. The first is a granny-grandbaby moment with Kelly Bates and Brooklyn Paine. The second is a shot of courting couple Josie Bates and Kelton Balka.

Kelly Bates and Brooklyn Paine

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka

Photos courtesy of, Josie Bates