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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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Last week we went to the beach for a few days. It went by too quickly, but it was such a nice trip. On this same beach last year is where I very nearly had a nervous breakdown. I was coming off a months-long stretch of mostly solo-parenting, with a toddler who woke all night every night, and extreme family stresses on top of movie-making stresses, and, well, of course I was having a hard time. But I didn't see it that way then. I beat myself up all through town over not being able to handle it. As the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hollywood housewife
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It defies belief that just 18 months ago our family sat in a gray hospital room, quiet except for the steady whir and beeping of machines, keeping vigil over our beautiful Carrie Ann as she lay in a coma. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hollywood housewife
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Ha! There are so many that just arent fit for the internet. :) But, noted.
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Are you sure? They only go out once a month, and the last one I sent was in late June. You didnt get it. Try to sign up again and it will tell you if youre already signed up. If that doesnt work, email me and I can go in and check it manually.
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We havent talked about it in terms of the kids yet. I wonder if his answers will be different? :)
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If you get the Secret Posts, you know that my husband The Gorilla and I are purposefully choosing presence this summer. Our lifestyle is anything but routine, including frequent travel for both of us and chaotic daily schedules. In the past two months, we've made a very deliberate choice to take a break from that. We've had some of the most meaningful conversations, often in the car. Like this one, about facing public criticism, something The Gorilla knows a lot about. Pardon the colorful language. Hollywood Housewife: How do handle the criticism? Gorilla: Who gives a shit about the criticism?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of my favorite store events of the year. I'm not anywhere close to a Nordstrom right now, so I've been browsing online some of the deals. Here are some of my favorites: Frye brown leather cross body bag // Alexis Bittar stone bracelet // Nixon gold & navy faced watch (and also in green) // Rag & Bone gray leather booties If you really want to splurge on some winter basics: Michael Kors white leather hobo // Coach over-the-knee brown leather boots And these deals were just too good to pass up: Nordstrom leather... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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I've been happily reading all summer. And some of those things I can't wait to tell you about (like Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection, holy self-revelation), but there are so many things in my reading queue that I thought I'd share in case you need some summer reading inspiration. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Okay, now look. I'm not giving up my Dr. Pepper habit any time soon, but I'm finally acquiescing to the fact that I need to know more about what I'm putting into my body. I've experimented just a teensy bit lately, and, wonder of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Thats the problem. Your perspective is realistic and healthy. Im trying to move towards that.
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I hear all of this, but especially parenting on the go is easier than playing on the floor for hours. Youre right that even when its exhausting going, going, going, is easier than being still and facing whatever it is were all running scared from.
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I did this before we had kids, too, and obviously Im still doing it. I even do it to the people who ARENT questioning what I do all day (like my husband or my mom). Its like a plea for understanding that Im not a wasting a minute. But its exhausting, the doing and the telling of the doing.
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Im exactly where you describe. My give-a-sh** is on the blink, but even if I was able to be okay with radically changing some things, Im worried about the people who lean on me as the go-to girl.
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Beautiful Elizabeth. Love to you and Im grateful we get to walk this path as friends.
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Totally a stigma. The name of this blog was made tongue-in-cheek because while Im *technically* a housewife, I hardly stay at home all day eating bon bons. But neither do any of the other housewives I know, regardless of how much help they have or dont have. Its a mostly outdated stereotype.
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EGO. Yes, so much of it is about ego and not about what is best or feels right or just works better. Its hard to shake. But lets try!
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It started when I got married. Not that I hadn’t been ambitious before, but in my 20’s as I worked my way up the television production ladder, my goals for success seemed reasonable. Natural. Attainable at the pace I was working. When The Gorilla and I decided to hitch ourselves to one another for life, I was really burned out at the type of reality tv work I was doing, and we were both tired of a relationship with two people working frantically, with lengthy, inflexible travel. Neither of us felt anchored, and we wanted to start a family. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Last week, most of The Gorilla's family gathered for our annual summer week together. It felt really good to be together. Incomplete, but better together than apart. As usual, we ate a lot. We applied sunscreen a lot. We read quite a bit. Watched the World Cup. And, of course, went out on the boat. * I usually take advantage of the holiday sales, but I wasn't online much so I missed those last weekend. But clicking around looking for some curtains (I fell in love with these on sale, and these and these that weren't), I realized that an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Thank you, Jayda. This was beautiful.
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Oh, Im terribly terribly sorry to hear that. What a tragedy. That must have been so difficult. Thank you for taking a moment to share your story and encourage us.
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We were at our lake house in June 2011 when our friend Ryan died. We heard in the early morning, while still sipping coffee and staring out over the water. Our daughter was in the high chair. I was achy and pregnant. The minutes that followed the news, the phone call of confirmation, I’ll never forget that morning as long as I breathe. Ryan’s death was a shock, a tragedy, and his public persona made it open for mass commentary. The following weeks were harried. There were multiple memorials and a re-shuffling of things and that permanent sadness was tinged... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Also, Im sorry to hear about your sons health problems. I cant even imagine how difficult that must be.
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This was the most reasoned and thoughtful dissent to my post. Thank you for writing it. At first I wondered if I was feeling ASHAMED (versus shamed) when I heard Kellys talk, especially since in context it was a room full of bloggers with platforms. Except that it felt like a call to be saying more, when in my experience its not the saying that means all that much. Even with my personal blog platform, its been the DOing that has meant the most. To be more clear, I never meant that we shouldnt be posting AT ALL about hard issues. I was addressing the latest online outrage, which changes daily, and which almost never includes honest conversation and responses. Theyre just drive-by angry points. Which then offends people who feel differently and so they pop off in response and on and on it goes. That, to me, gets us nowhere and in fact sets us back. Its the biased rhetoric of politicians, played out among the people. Which is a huge chunk of the reason American politics is in such shambles.
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This post was born out of the Hobby Lobby controversy that indeed inspired a lot of CRAZY (and I dont use that term loosely) posts from both sides of the aisle in my social media feed. My mention of Kellys talk at Mom 2.0 was to illustrate the point that everyone Im being told that I need to SAY MORE, SPEAK UP MORE! And that I dont feel like the saying is as important as the doing. In the moment listening to her, it felt like public shaming and Im going to own that sure as someone else in the audience can own that they were inspired by it. My whole point was that just because I dont post about controversial things online doesnt mean I dont care about them. I stand by that.
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I think it makes you a reader, too. :) Thank you.
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What a nice thing for you to say. Thank you. Ive spent years in LA being on the receiving end of people saying offensive things about my politics and religious beliefs, and, if anything good could come of that, it has made me much more aware of my words.
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