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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a 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
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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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Totally get that. And good for you! (But I am sorry you went through a tough experience as a teenager.)
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on high school reunion, part one at hollywood housewife
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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. This is a guest post from Megan Tietz, former writer at Sorta Crunchy, current host of the podcast Sorta Awesome. Sentimental and nostalgic by nature, I've always been enamored by the idea of a reunion. Tell me your life story, and I'm a happy girl. The chance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Thank you for sharing these memories of him, Tiffany. We never tire of hearing them.
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One year ago today my husband lost his only brother Dave. One year ago today we were in Virginia having the worst moments of our lives. Dave had been sick for a few years, but we still thought we had more time. Even though he had been living with cancer, his death was still sudden to us. That initial shock didn't wear off for months. I don't know what to say about grief. I will not craft a sentence here that will ring of loss or of healing. It's all so complicated and so individual. My family of in-laws has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Lindsay Lawler is one of my very best friends. Through all the phases of life, as other close friendships have come and gone, we have stayed a "Lindsay and Laura" duo. We were set up as dorm roommates for our freshman year of college. We ended up pledging the same sorority and dating boys in the same fraternity, then later living together in an apartment in Hollywood and dating (and marrying) boys that worked on the same tv show. Our lives have been intertwined for nearly 20 years. But those circumstantial facts are not what has kept us close. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Keeping in mind that her most popular books are aimed at pre-teens, I would probably start with Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. :)
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I was in Texas when I saw on twitter that Judy Blume was going to be speaking in LA at a Library Foundation of Los Angeles event, promoting her new book In the Unlikely Event. I bought two tickets immediately, knowing it would be not even a little bit hard to find someone to go. (Judy Blume, if for some bizarre reason you're unfamiliar, is the author of seminal books on adolescence, including Are you there, God? It's Me, Margaret, Blubber, Deenie, Iggie's House, Then Again, Maybe I Won't, and also the younger books like Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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A lot of us yearn for a life more simple, but aren't really sure what that means, or how to put it into actual practice. A simple life doesn't just happen, you have to be intentional about it. Here are 4 books that helped me clarify HOW to focus on only what matters. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I have to tell you a little fashion secret. It's innovative and fun and easy: The Find Auctions. This is like a combination pop-up closet and flash sale site. And bonus, it all goes down on facebook! I first found out about The Find Auctions in my facebook feed, when several women I know from college were liking and interacting with the page. Turns out it was run by Emily Jackson and Teri Carter, the sister and mom of one of my friends. I watched The Find's page for a little while, not entirely sure how it worked, and finally... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Yep! We got lots of time with Zupan, he’s one of my favorites for sure.
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We've had a great few days in Austin screening The Gorilla's new documentary Angry Sky at the kickoff of the X-games. We've eaten our collective weight in delicious Texas food, and gotten to hug a few friends. Angry Sky will air on ESPN on July 30. I can't wait for you to see this story. (Read more about the Angry Sky documentary here.) * This week on the HH facebook page, I shared pretty journal pages, an inspiring article about a Broadway mentor (who had a great quote that I can't stop thinking about), the importance of Judy Blume, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The other day I heard someone express their distaste for things being labeled "mom." Like "mom jeans" or a "mom haircut," because those have negative connotations. That signals outdated, out-of-touch, and definitely un-sexy. While I don't think this is always necessarily true (see how high-waisted jeans and the short bob have made a triumphant return), I could see her point. A "mom" anything shouldn't be derogatory. So just know that when I call these "mom swimsuits," I'm hardly suggesting they're ugly or out of style. On the contrary, these are great swimsuits that are literally for hot mamas. Because gone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Congratulations! I love your attitude about the move. Good luck in Texas, I bet you’ll love it there. :)
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Inspired by the latest episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast, where Megan and Kelly talk about five things that make them excited for the summer, I'm jumping on the bandwagon and listing a few of my favorite things about this season: 1. Footwear. The warm months make the best shoe style. Living in Los Angeles, we can kind of wear flip flops all year long, but not totally. I've been rockin' boots and booties for months now, just like everyone else. But now it's time to break out the sandals and I'm just gonna say it: Birkenstocks. Oh, I know.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We're recovering this morning from last night's table full of friends. It was our first official dinner party in over a year, due to our quiet summer and then backyard renovations. I was a little out of practice. My outfit was random. The table linens didn't match. (And not in a cute, eclectic way, just in a oops-stick-something-here way.) Minutes before guests were to arrive, a glass bubble bowl centerpiece filled with flowers exploded, flooding the table and place settings. So guests ended up having to sit on towels. It was all imperfect to say the least. It was also... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at hollywood housewife