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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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Every year I hesitate to put together a holiday gift guide because everyone is looking for something different for the special people in their life. Who am I to say what fits your style & budget? But I also know that nothing scrambles the brain more than going to the mall during the holidays. I've definitely fallen into the consumer trap of buying random items this time of year. So here are a few gift ideas. Next week I'll post my favorite books of the year and my favorite beauty purchases this year. So stayed tuned if you need to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hollywood housewife
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The big news around here is that we broke ground for the backyard remodel. This is a project we've wanted to do for the 4+ years we've lived here, so we're very excited for it to be underway. For the first time in the last few years, I'm truly happy that the holiday season is upon us. Usually I've felt really frazzled and overwhelmed and Where did the year go?! and There's so much to do! And I'm not ready! I attribute that to the general buzz and brain of having tiny kids. Now that we're all a little older,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hollywood housewife
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Technically, I've known Rita Ortloff for a really long time. I grew up with her husband in our super small Oklahoma town where our parents are very good friends. But I didn't really meet and get to know Rita much until our paths crossed through blogging. And then we just hit it off like gangbusters. She is delightful! I followed her blog Motherhood Is My Cardio as she wrote so many funny family stories. I read with interest when they decided to take a non-traditional education method with their kids. And then out of the clear blue sky, this woman... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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We got our first holiday card over the weekend. OH YES WE DID. I've barely had time to think about our Christmas cards this year, and that just kicked me right into high gear. The last several years I've used Minted for our cards and I couldn't be happier with the design, customer service, presentation, everything. They are always gorgeous. Last year was the first time I'd used the gold foil printing and it looked luxe and festive. I'll be using Minted for our family cards again this year. I super love how you can upload the photo you plan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Your husband sounds like a wise man!
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Have I ever told you about the time I threw a party and no one came? I’m sure I haven’t. It’s not a story I lead with. It was a long time ago. I was a giddy newlywed and put a lot of effort into the party with custom invitations and delicious food. The party was, incidentally, a favor for a friend. On a different day, I might have told you that in itself was the problem, but that’s not exactly true. I enjoy throwing parties for other people, to celebrate them or their children or their business or their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Ha! You're the only person who followed my original directions. :) But since everyone else just went in one thread, I added your bid to the bottom of the threads so that it's clear where the bidding stands. Hope that makes sense.
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Mary Ambelang bid $600 on the mule piece (bumping it to the bottom of the thread so this is clear)
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Mary Ambelang bid $600 on the Music piece (bumping to the bottom of the thread so this is clear)
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I'll place the first bid for the mule painting at $100
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I'll place the first bid for the music painting at $100
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Last spring I went to Haiti with Help One Now. Those few days in a place not so far from America, but so vastly, heartbreakingly different, will stay with me for the rest of my life. (You may remember how the HH blog community raised over $4,000 in May with a garage and Instagram sale to go towards HON in Haiti.) In Haiti, we spent most of our time with children. In Ferrier village, it was with orphans rescued at the border form human trafficking. In Drouin, it was with the schoolchildren. There was a language barrier, but that was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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I spent a few days this week at the Sanctuary resort and spa at Camelback mountain. In all of my life, I cannot think of an easier or more relaxing trip. From LA, I flew in and out of Burbank (heaven, in terms of airports), the resort was a short ride by taxi, and everything else from dinner to massages went without a hitch. My childhood friend Cara and I had been planning a weekend getaway for ages, and were all set to go to Cabo this week. But the September hurricane changed those plans, so we had to scramble... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at hollywood housewife
We got the cake from Cake Art! They do fun stuff.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2014 on lion party at hollywood housewife
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Sorry that was confusing! I tried to re-word it in the post. Just the head of the lion was styrofoam, the rest of the body was actual cake.
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A few weeks ago we had a lion-themed double birthday party for the kids. They're in the same class at preschool, and their birthdays fall in the same week. I was afraid it was the last joint party we may have for awhile, so I made them come up with a theme they could agree on. We went through a LOT of ideas before we landed on lions. But it turned out just perfect. I'm all for Pinterest-worthy entertaining, but I'm also all for keeping my sanity. So I bought bakery cupcakes, ordered a bounce house, arranged for a taco... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Each month of the year, I'm challenging myself to make or break a habit. January was shopping, February was exercise, in March I gave up all social media, in April I attemped to Utter Nothing Negative, in May I forced myself to get more sleep, in June I started to write 30 letters, in August I ate at home, in September I practiced being on time, and in October I wrote 30,000 words. To date, the least successful monthly challenge this year has been the “utter nothing negative.” Not only was it hard theoretically, it was hard to quantify. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Happy Halloween! Pigtail chose her birds of paradise costume and on the right is my little lion man. The kids are in such a sweet spot right now. I'm drinking it up. I've been racing to finish the 30,000 words I set as a goal this month. By midnight tonight, I hope to be about 3,000 words short. I'm a little disappointed that I needed meet it entirely by October 31st (I will before next week, though), but I'm proud that I got as far as I did while blogging and hosting houseguests and having birthday celebrations for two kids.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at hollywood housewife
I appreciate these thoughts, Zandria, Thank you!
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That’s a Kate Spade gray leather tote. I’m not exactly sure the name of the style, but I bought it at the outlet, and I’m pretty sure that Kate Spade makes stuff specifically for their outlet stores.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on rugged booties at hollywood housewife
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I bought a pair of snakeskin booties of the clearance rack at Anthropologie and they are surprisingly versatile. (I can't find them online anymore, but they have a great variety.) I can wear them with shorts and skirts (it's still warm here) or jeans of any cut. And the heel isn't high, so they're comfy. Once I started looking around, I saw these bohemian/rockstar boots everywhere. They're great for winter because they go with tights and leggings or all kinds of pants. They have more personality that just plain boots, don't you think? 1. TOMS desert cheetah suede wedge bootie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Hi Cheryl, I just want to defend my fellow bloggers for a minute. For those that recycle content or say something similar each season, I want to point out that it is EXTREMELY difficult to come up with new and original content all year every year. And for those that rely on the income, not posting anything at all isn’t an option. Also, while personal blogs to tend to have more loyal followers, I think a lot of the niche blogs (style, in particular) tend to have a lot of turnover in terms of readership, so repeating themselves might not be at such a detriment. I use a lot of Rstyle and amazon links. I do disclose these affiliate because, like you, I think it’s a mistake (not to mention illegal) not to. I have a disclosure in my sidebar and usually on the post. I take a lot of care with those links, though, and never link out to something if I truly don’t like it. Even using those links to a decent sized readership still doesn’t put my blog into a money-making category when I factor in all my time and expenses. I can’t say for sure how other bloggers treat their recommended links, but I have to believe their reputation would be a risk if they linked out to stuff that didn’t fit with the rest of their style. I really do think blogging is changing, which is why I put this conversation out there. Thank you for weighing in as a reader.
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That’s interesting about commenting on facebook. This happens quite a bit, that people comment on the Facebook thread instead of commenting on the post, and I’ve wondered why. It’s easier for me to keep the main conversation in one place, but now I hear you that it’s much easier to comment on FB than it is on a blog. Good to know!
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You’re like a bloggers dream, Darla! Thank you for that. I think it takes a blogger to know the value of supporting the numbers. Most of my readers are not bloggers, so they rightly have no idea what it means to me when people follow on all channels, or share my stuff. I don’t expect them too, of course, and I probably don’t ask them to enough. But that’s the blogging gold mine!
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REALLY good point made, April. I agree that it’s much harder to feel fully invested in a person by simply their social media presence. You’re right that those are just extensions of the blog, it’s the blog itself that is the REAL me. I’d almost forgotten that take on it. Thank you for sharing.
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