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from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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A Year of Magical Thinking hurt my heart. I know it’s supposed to. But even reading the title just now made me ache a little bit.
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I read Eleanor Park! I didn’t fall all over myself love it like some people did, but I really did like it. And I’m not super into the young adult genre.
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I haven’t set the date just yet! Summer reading is spotty for everyone (or people have their own things they want to get to especially), plus I thought most would be reading Go Set A Watchman in July, so I inadvertently gave us a few weeks off. I’ll post it this week!
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My reading habits have been in a little bit of a disarray this year because of the Read Great Books literature challenge and my participation in a new local book club. Suddenly I have two "assigned" books each month, and that's knocked into my purely pleasure reading time. It's worth it, though, and I've still managed to fit in a book or two a month off my ever-increasing To Read list. (Last summer I read three life-changing books in a row. In case you're interested in having your world rocked.) A few notables lately: Love and other ways of dying... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hollywood housewife
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Several people messaged me asking about different serving pieces from this outdoor dinner party, so I decided to show some of the best things I've picked up or eyed lately. Many of these items are for outdoor use, and a lot of them are on sale right now. 1. This hammered wine chiller from Pier 1 was the thing the most people asked about. Pier 1 has the best (and mostly reasonably priced) serving pieces. This thing is way lighter than it looks! 2. Copper hammered pitcher 3. Octopus drink dispenser stand. One of my most sophisticated friends thought this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hollywood housewife
That’s a good question! We have people over at our house casually a LOT, several times a month at minimum. My husband will have friends over to watch sports, I host playdates and book club regularly. We finished a backyard remodel earlier this year, and since then have had friends over almost every single weekend to swim and grill. That’s been especially fun. And then we also host more formal occasions like birthdays, baby showers, and holidays, but of course that’s more infrequent. Maybe every other month? At our lake house, we have a steady stream of houseguests in the summer. That’s kind of a whole different subject, but it is training ground for recipes, etc.
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I co-host a podcast called Sorta Awesome. The host/creator/mama of Sorta Awesome is Megan Tietz and I am one of three other rotating co-hosts. It's a new venture and very fun. If you're new to podcast listening, click here. Last week's episode of Sorta Awesome set a record for our new little podcast, with thousands of downloads in the first 48 hours of the show going live. I guess hospitality and entertaining is something y'all are interested in! Good to know, because it's something I like to talk about. The Sorta Awesome hangout group on Facebook has become a great... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We're back at the lake house after a few days of beach vacation. My family has been going to Kiawah island since before I was born, and in the last few years we've picked back up the tradition. It has been really special seeing my kids running down the same beach I played on when I was their age. (I posted this photo on social media and a few people asked about the tunic I'm wearing. It's from JCrew, and it's silky and flowy and comfortable. And it's on sale!) * Speaking of sales...It's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right now.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Thanks! I think I’m going to do a whole post on hostess entertaining tools, because I shopped a lot for that kind of thing after we finished the yard. That wine chiller is from Pier 1. Here’s the link:http://bit.ly/1I2CKtW
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Last month I hosted a dinner party in the backyard for my dear friend Elizabeth (the amazing writer behind Flourish in Progress), who was moving from LA to Austin. The west coast is going to miss this sassy soul so much, and Morgan and I wanted to fete her in a way she wouldn't forget. We didn't have a formal theme, other than pink! pretty!, but I did loosely try to make the event very LA in a nod to her send off. I made some of the sides and appetizers, but we also had entrees from Joan's on Third,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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(An HH waffle - ha!) My re-reading of To Kill A Mockingbird for the Read Great Books literature challenge has me chirping about this classic to every single person I know. You would be surprised at how often I can pull into a conversation, "They address this in To Kill A Mockingbird!" The official discussion was last night (but feel free to read through it, as there were some great thoughts), but I highly encourage everyone to give this one a re-read, no matter what your literature habits. It speaks so much about humanity. (And of course, Go Set A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I can't listen to audiobooks, either! (Some - only SOME - non-fiction exceptions, but now that I've discovered podcasts, I doubt I'll ever even try audio books again.) Loving this list, and thanks for including Sorta Awesome!
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With the imminent release of Go Set A Watchman, the 60-years-later sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, I've been obsessing over all things related to the Finch family. I found some of these great pieces of art, in case you, too, are looking to commemorate this classic novel in a more permanent way: Isn't this great? It's from here. I like the gun and bird image. Find it here. Find this one here. Are they? I guess that's the question. You can find this one here. I love this one so much. You can find an article about it here.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The walls of this lake house hold so much emotion for being so young. We were here, the paint barely dry, the wood floors smelling fresh, on Valentines Day with our first positive pregnancy test. I spent that whole summer in a bikini, belly out. We were here, the next year, when that baby girl crawled for the first time. Proud of herself, she made her way across the old Oriental rug that we’d shipped from Los Angeles, the colors not quite screaming “rustic retreat.” It was under this house that we celebrated my in-laws’ 70th birthdays, a joint party... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Happy holiday weekend! We're at the lake with 4 million family members (okay, really it's 30 people between two houses, but it's still a happy circus), eating, swimming, and the lake. It is classic summer over here. * If you think you missed the latest round of the Secret Posts, you did not. There will be a super-sized summer edition coming up soon, and you won't want to miss it. I'll be revealing a big online change. Sign up to get the Secret Posts delivered to your inbox (mostly) monthly. This week on the HH facebook page, I shared what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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A few summers ago, I got really into grilling. When we're at our lake house, we're regularly feeding between 15 - 25 people each meal, and I was running out of recipes that one can easily make for such a crowd. When we did make burgers or chicken, I had to rely on someone else to man the grill. Why? Because I was scared of it. I had in my head it was a male job (which is ridiculous) and was convinced that I would burn anything I tried. When I finally starting grilling out of necessity, I found that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Our kids finally finished their school year this week. (I know it's late. It is utterly bizarre to me to be in school until late June. I don't think I'll ever get used to it.) It's made me all kinds of weepy to finish another season, my daughter will move up into another program in the fall, and my son has changed so much since started preschool at two years old last September. We're headed to the lake today for our annual summer extravaganza. This is the part where I remind any internet crazies that we have house sitters the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Marshall Knott, a friend from high school, started putting up photos on Facebook of some of the artistic carpentry work he was doing. His stuff is amazing! I love his style and how unique he's making clients' homes. He mainly works out of the OKC area, so if you're local, make sure you look up his website and company, Reclaim 405. I asked him a few questions about some of his work: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background. Have you always been creative in this way? Born and raised here in this fine state, from an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I'm super excited to welcome Amy Allen Clark today, founder of Mom Advice. I've been reading Amy's blog for interesting and practical advice for years now, but my favorite posts are those she does about what she's reading. And now she takes it a step further by interviewing the authors! I highly respect Amy's book recommendations (I'm currently reading We Are Called To Rise on her advice), so I asked her to share a few of her favorite summer beach reads. Hello, friends! I am so honored to be guest posting today on Hollywood Housewife. I am a big fan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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First of all, I'm so sorry that I haven't written this post before now. I tried to announce it on various forms of social media (facebook, twitter, and Instagram) that the next pick for the Read Great Books literature challenge was going to be Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, but I'm sure some of you missed it and now it's becoming crunch time. Originally, I ordered the Read Great Books literature challenge chronologically to when they were written. But in anticipation of Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman, I realized most of us would want to read... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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(Please enjoy this photo of me when I was a baby. It always makes me laugh. My head was...bulbous.) I know I've posted a lot this week. It's circumstantial, I assure you. Don't take this as some sort of a frantic posting precedent. Or maybe it is. I make no promises either way. But I do appreciate the feedback I've gotten lately on the High School Reunion series (make sure you don't miss Part III) and my interview with Lindsay Lawler and meeting Judy Blume. All of this things have been fun to write about during a month where the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at hollywood housewife
It would be a long wait for a Part IV, and my reunion is still a couple of years off. But schedule permitting, I would love to go. I feel nothing but nostalgia for that time and those people. I think I do have a few classmates that read the blog, but mostly it’s Facebook that has kept a lot of people in touch. As another commenter said, social media has kind of taken the excitement out of reunions, still we can be caught with people’s lives without having to see them and ask. Still, seeing faces in real life is special, and like you, it’s hard for me to understand why people wouldn’t want to go. But I guess not everyone thinks like we do. :)
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This week I'm sharing three perspectives on the decision of whether or not to attend a twenty year high school reunion. All three voices are from the same high school in a small town, so the circumstances (school, town, class, dynamics) are roughly similar. And yet each approach to this event was different. Read Part One and Part Two. This is a guest post from my oldest friend Andy. You might remember him from Dear Drew. We are built in layers. I mean, I know that’s not a novel idea. I’m not offering some unique insight to life here that’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Because of your last two sentences, I think you’ll really resonate with Part III of this series. Posting later today….
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This week I'm sharing three perspectives on the decision of whether or not to attend a twenty year high school reunion. All three voices are from the same high school in a small town, so the circumstances (school, town, class, dynamics) are roughly similar. And yet each approach to this event was different. Read Part One. Disclosure: The three perspectives I'm sharing on the blog this week are all friends from my teenage years, all graduates from my same high school. A few grades ahead of me, they are discussing their decisions to attend or not attend their twenty-year reunion.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at hollywood housewife