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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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Fixed it! Thanks for letting me know.
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On Wednesday I hosted a girls night at my house. This was a new group of friends to me, all of us moms from school or the neighborhood, we'd all just completed a meditation course together and I thought it would be fun to know one another better. The very first woman who arrived asked to use the bathroom, and I showed her to my powder room with the gold Oh Joy wallpaper that I love so much. A few minutes later I heard frantic knocking. I thought it was another guest, so I ran to the front door because,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I've been making photo books. It makes me feel productive. When I discovered chatbooks, I felt like Queen of the family documentary world. It's SO EASY and SO CHEAP. This is not a sponsored post. I swear. I just can't believe that a project that has been on my list forever (making photo books of all my Instagrams), took a couple of hours and a few bucks and now is done. And each time I fill up a new book's worth of current Instagrams, a new book will automatically come in the mail. Talk about filling a niche in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The first Read Great Books discussion on Pride & Prejudice went great. Frankenstein is the second book and I'm looking forward to the discussion on Monday, March 16. RSVP here. Check out the full list of books here. If you want to feel old and unaccomplished, just know that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18. Shelley had been traveling through Europe with friends as a teen, and while in Switzerland had gotten caught up in the occult ideas that were swirling around. The group - which included her lover and future husband Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Happy Valentines weekend to you! * Don't forget! The first Read Great Books discussion will be on Monday, February 16. We'll be discussing Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and I'll be giving away some fun things throughout the day. Join here. This week on the HH facebook page I shared an iPhone photography resource, an interview with the author of one book I really liked, and the mini-series announcement of another book I loved. But this was the most important thing I shared on FB this week. I want everyone to read it, even if it scares you. It definitely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Yes. I would say that though the experience hormonally was pretty similar with my son, my expectations for recovery and superwoman-ness were much more realistic the second time around. So though the fog was still slow to clear, I beat myself up less about it. And sometimes that’s half the battle. Or more than half.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2015 on a different story at hollywood housewife
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It seemed like a whole side story I didn’t want to tackle in this post, but terrible problems with breastfeeding were also a factor in the hormones and numbness with my first. One day I’ll write about that with more detail, because I think it’s a story that should be told, and I know we’re not the only ones who have tied this part of motherhood to success. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2015 on a different story at hollywood housewife
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Congratulations to you!!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on a different story at hollywood housewife
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In the first 24 hours after my daughter I was born, I looked down at her swollen pink face and knew without a doubt that she was the most beautiful baby ever born. I felt sorry for the other moms on my hospital floor, sure that they must have seen her in the nursery and been jealous. My pity for them was the strongest emotion I felt that day. There was no fierce momma bear that came out when she came out. I wasn’t scared of her. I was comfortable with babies in general and mine in particular, but that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Oh, you’re totally right! I listen to both and got them mixed up. Will change the post.
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I've been waking early and also eating lunch alone and it has never been more clear that alone time is the key to my sanity. Wherever I can find it. I am a nicer person when I have had made space every day to be by myself. * This week on the HH facebook page, I asked for recipe suggestions for book club (and y'all came through big time), and we were collectively elated about the news of Harper Lee's new novel Go Set the Watchmen, then understandably nervous when the suspicions of its publication came out. (I still plan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Thank you for saying this! I have thought every single year gets better, which has been unexpected for me. I thought I would really pine for the baby years, but I enjoy parenting and my children so much more as they grow into these little people. I’m happy to know that doesn’t fade.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2015 on property line at hollywood housewife
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Oh mama, I’m sorry to hear it’s the same for you. I wanted so badly to be that mom who rejoiced in the beauty of that season, but it just wasn’t that for me. It was incredibly hard every day, I realize now my hormones were all kinds of whacked out, and the sleeplessness wreaked havoc on my anxiety problems. I promise you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2015 on property line at hollywood housewife
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It IS hard. I knew it would be, but it’s even harder than I thought. But worth it, I think. Even in my beginning stages I can tell that I’m overall more calm and less prone to reactions.
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Both the kids in preschool and The Gorilla working in town has forced normalcy upon us. We go to school, gymnastics, get donuts, cook dinner, feed the fish, curl up to read, fall asleep to television programs, all of the things that feel like a life. It is glorious. There’s been a shift among us, in the spirit of our home, in the last year. It was a slow and sometimes painful unfurling, but we are different than we used to be. The kids being a little older has taken away the largest chunk of my teeth-chattering anxiety. I’m only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Oh, no! I haven’t started it yet, but plan to in the next couple of days. Why am I nervous about it?!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2015 on pride & prejudice at hollywood housewife
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Pride & Prejudice is the first pick for the Read Great Books: A Literature Challenge. We'll be discussing it on Monday, February 16. Coming in at around 300 pages (this version is 226 pages, the one I picked up is 323), if you started today you'd need to read about 23 pages a day to finish before we discuss it. (Also, it's free on kindle!) I chose Pride & Prejudice because I knew that I wanted to include Jane Austen in the list, and this one is probably her most famous. I'm not sure how I escaped reading Austen throughout... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We go through phases of working on our 1920's home. We tackle a section of the remodel every couple of years, which means I go into a frenzy doing several projects at once while we have a contractor available. Then we get tired of all things home-related and take long breaks where we do nothing. See: the stack of framed photos in the corner of a room that never quite made it to a gallery wall. Right now we're knee-deep into a backyard overhaul, which naturally means I wanted to spruce up the dining room. The two big changes to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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YAY! Wonderful, I’m so glad you liked it.
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I guess I expected Sundance to be more mellow, like hippie ski bum style? Low-key cool and indie? This is not the case. Sundance is insane. Walking down the street is like being at a rock concert. SO MANY PEOPLE in such a small town. Lots of fur. Even the men were in fur. Fur boots. Fur coats. Fringe and fur. But we had a blast last weekend in Park City for the premiere of Being Evel. We stayed in a condo that was right off of the two main streets, so we could walk almost everywhere. It's always fun... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at hollywood housewife
That doesn’t sound silly at all! I love that. I’ve heard several people talk about Cozi and how they’re using it in their families. Good tip!
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You never really know how much you rely on your phone until you break it. My iPhone 5S took a swim in a (toilet) bowl of water over the weekend, and though I try not to be one of those people chained to a tech device, I realized that my phone holds way more use than I even imagined. After they pronounced the water damage to be fatal, I was in the process of loading up the new phone with all my must-have apps and thought I would share those that I've been using the most lately (besides the obvious... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Yes, I’ll definitely still be reading other things and sharing those here as usual.
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Mom, we need comments from an advanced generation? How else are we supposed to learn anything?!
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I haven’t sent out the January Secret Post yet. Did you get the one in late December?
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