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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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You know something I always think about but never do? Tell people how much I appreciate their work. I’ll be reading a book or listening to music and think “I wish I could tell this person how much their art has meant to me.” I can tell them of course. Social media has made a lot of our favorite authors and musicians and journalists and everyone more accessible. Many websites contain email addresses, and fan letters in particular often make it past the people filters for the artist to see. Living in LA, I used to be so nervous about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at hollywood housewife
Hi Jacqueline, I did read Better than Before, and although I really like Gretchen Rubin, I vastly preferred The Power of Habit. They’re pretty different, though. Rubin’s is more personal, and about how she changed her particular habits. Duhigg’s is about habits in general, how they form and break and why it matters. I can’t listen to audio books, so I have to carve out time to read. It keeps me sane! There are a few things that help: I bought a kindle and now I read much more and faster than I did before. I know not everyone is on the ereader train, but as far as taking in content, nothing compares. Having the kindle in my purse means I read when I waiting on something instead of scrolling my phone. It’s better for my brainspace, too. When my kids were littler and I didn’t have the time or energy to read, I would set the timer and tell myself I was going to read for 20 minutes, no matter what. Everyone can find 20 minutes. I’d do this during nap time or right before bed. What almost always ended up happening was I read until the timer went off and then I read for another 20 minutes more. Once I got started, it was hard to stop! But even if I did stop, at least I got 20 minutes in. And you can get through a book in a couple of weeks at just 20 minutes a pop. These days, I usually have one non-fiction and one fiction going at the same time. I read the non-fiction when I wake up in the morning, and believe it or not I still sometimes set the timer for it. So ten or fifteen minutes in the morning with my caffeine before I start the day. In the afternoon or before bed I try to get 30-45 minutes in on a novel. I don’t need to set the timer for that, just set aside the time. Overall, I try to read about an hour a day. Now, of course there are weeks when I don’t read a thing and then weeks where I cram in three books. Both are fine. But if I go too long without reading something good, I get cranky and feel off. It’s my alone time, my private world. It’s how I recharge. The whole household feels better when I’m regularly reading. :) Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2015 on best books of the year at hollywood housewife
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Even though I officially stopped blogging earlier this year, I cannot let the end of a year come without sharing the very best things I read. By the end of 2015, I’ll have completed 50 - 51 books, plus a handful that I started and didn’t finish. This is on par with my usual goals, rounding out to about 1 book a week, even though sometimes I go a week without reading anything at all, and sometimes I read several in just a few days. (You can check out my favorite books of all time here.) As it has been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at hollywood housewife
What a nice thing to say, thank you! I plan to keep the blog archives up AT LEAST until the end of the year, if not indefinitely. I’m proud of what I’ve created here, and I know some people use the recipes/beauty tips/etc. for reference, so I have no desire to yank them down.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2015 on souvenirs at hollywood housewife
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Yes! The plan is to keep posting link on Facebook mostly (but maybe some on twitter as well), and then the best of those will also go in a roundup in the secret posts.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2015 on souvenirs at hollywood housewife
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If you get the Secret Posts, then you received this news last week. THANK YOU for your sweet and supportive response. It meant the world to me this weekend. When I chose Only What Matters for my mantra this year, it never occurred to me that this blog would become a casualty. I’ve loved this space for nearly six years, and I regularly point to blogging as one of the biggest game-changers of my adulthood. But for the last few months, all un-ignorable signs have pointed to me closing up shop here. It’s a strange thing, living out loud on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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That was the bonus with Blog2Print: the options were pretty limited, so it didn’t take much time at all. If I had to sit and make every page beautiful and perfect (with all the custom options in Blurb), I don’t think I would have done it at all.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2015 on turn your blog into a book at hollywood housewife
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Recently a friend asked me if I knew of any resources for printing your blog into a book, and I remembered that I have been meaning to post about this for ages. I DO have a few resources, but I've only tried one. About a year ago, I dug all around the internet looking for this very thing. It is surprising to me that with the immense popularity of blogs that someone hasn't developed an easy and pretty way to turn them into hardcover hold-in-your-hands books. So many people use blogging as a way to capture family and life stories,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I keep hearing good things about The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey! I must check it out.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2015 on podcasts to pass the time at hollywood housewife
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I don’t listen to The Sun, I’ve never even heard of it. I’m looking it up now - Thanks!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2015 on podcasts to pass the time at hollywood housewife
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Katherine, I have to be honest with you that your Instagram story literally had TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS. I was out doing errands that day while listening, and I pulled into the parking lot because I had to stop laughing. So funny. I’m giggling even now just thinking of it.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2015 on podcasts to pass the time at hollywood housewife
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I keep hearing about Pop Culture Happy Hour, I definitely need to check it out! I know it’s a panel show, and I do like it when there is a lively group discussion.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2015 on podcasts to pass the time at hollywood housewife
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It's not secret that I've been come a little teensy tiny bit obsessed with podcasts. It started last year during my exercise challenge, when I found that listening to something interesting while I took a walk made me not dread the task. And then, of course, Serial came along and suddenly everyone was listening to and talking about podcasts. Which made it that much more fun to find new shows to listen to. (If you don't have any idea what I'm talking about, click here for a tutorial on how to listen to podcasts.) I listen to podcasts almost every... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I've been meaning to do a wall collage at the lake for the dozens of photos we have of people skiing/tubing/surfing behind the boat. I half-heartedly stared a few years ago by printing a couple on canvas, but never finished the task. Last year, after I captured a particularly epic photo of my brother and nephew, I tried printing on metal through mpix. I LOVED the way it turned out. It's a sleek-er, less-casual alternative to printing on canvas, and the price was comparable. It's more modern looking, and shinier. Plus, like canvas, you don't have to worry about framing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Within minutes of coming up with the Read Great Books literature challenge, I knew I would have to do The Grapes of Wrath. I've been avoiding Steinbeck for decades (somehow I was never assigned his classic in school), but the Oklahoma-to-California story line is just too close to be ignored. So let us embark upon this Depression-era journey. Published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize. Steinbeck's story follows a family forced out of their Oklahoma home during the Dust Bowl, and what happens when they head west seeking a better life... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I’ve only read Eleanor Park, which I liked but didn’t love. I know people swear by Rainbow Rowell, and I plan to read another one if there’s a kindle sale or something. In general, though, they might be more YA than I typically like.
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One of my favorite author discoveries in the last few years has been Liane Moriarty. Me and everyone else, it seems, as this Australian author has suddenly exploded in popularity with her last few books. I was so taken with What Alice Forgot that I went right out and read every one of the six novels Moriarty has published. And all six are HIGHLY entertaining. Every one. Her entire canon. How often is that the case? Almost never, I tell you. I haven't been this excited about a current pop writer since Tana French (who I also love, although the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We inadvertently took July off from the Read Great Books literature challenge, for no reason other than the summer is busy, everyone has their own pile of books to read, and I felt sure that most of us were peeking at (or abstaining from) Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman after we read and discussed To Kill A Mockingbird last month. But now that it's been a few weeks, let's get back to it. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston was published in 1937 and is now regarded as one of the most important works for both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2015 on books on my bedside at hollywood housewife
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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.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2015 on books on my bedside at hollywood housewife
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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!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2015 on books on my bedside at hollywood housewife
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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 Jul 27, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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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
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!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2015 on Best Podcasts For a Road Trip at Leigh Kramer