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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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We still have a week to go until school starts, but doesn't fall feel like fresh starts again? Like Okay, summer was fun, let's get back to routine. And with that comes a renewal of resolutions, so to speak. We all (re)vow to eat better, exercise more, organize the closets. Or maybe that's just me. In the spirit of finishing the year strong, this week I'm giving away a FitBit Flex! So many of my friends swear by their FitBit. (And have you seen the Tory Burch accessories for it?!) Of all my monthly challenges this year, the February exercise... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hollywood housewife
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Several people have suggested Blue Plate to me, but I’m a reeeallly picky eater. We’ve tried similar things in the past, and it’s been nice for the family and ease of use, but actually hard for me to eat.
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How about “If I Ever Get Back to Oklahoma, Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground” by Jason Boland :)
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I’m not offended with 40. :)
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The eat-at-home challenge has been equal parts awesome and annoying. I know that I've saved money and eaten better, but it's also been frustrating to take "quick fixes" off the table, pardon the pun. Like this week when The Gorilla was working late and the kids and I were both melting down hard and the only thing I wanted to do was drive-thru somewhere for french fries and chicken strips to quell the hunger and the cravings. But I made grilled cheese and we soldiered on. The main thing that I'm realizing is that cooking (at least the types of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hollywood housewife
Oh, I love this! Do you mind sharing which kind you have and love?
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When I first started to see higher-end designers display backpacks, I thought...well this won't last long. Because what kind of stylist adult human wants to wear a backpack? But don't ever listen to me. I swore never to buy Uggs and stuck my tongue out at Birkenstocks. And now my closet holds both of these things. I actually do carry a backpack when I'm traveling with the kids, because I usually have a lot of stuff and I need to be relatively hands-free. I stick with an athletic one (this Ogio backpack has served me well for years), but maybe... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I haven’t heard of PDQ! I use DipTic if I’m going to make a collage, but I don’t really do that very often.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on how i instagram at hollywood housewife
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Instagram is just a whole different type of social media than the others. For those of us used to communicating with words, the visual aspect has been fun and stretching of my creativity. While I've dabbled with improving my "good" camera abilities, it happens in fits and starts. I'll go weeks without picking up my Nikon. My phone, however, is always within reach, and I've gotten a lot better at using it to capture the moment. I wish I had a whole arsenal of tools in my belt (there are so many good apps and tricks out there), but I've... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I’m not in my FORTIES!!!!!! I’m not even close to my 40’s. :)
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Have I mentioned that I’ve been solo-parenting for 8 days? And for most of the week before that, too? The Gorilla has been shooting another commercial and the kids and I have been kickin’ it jammie style for days. I’m obviously no stranger to the solo parent gig, but we deliberately spent our summer at the lake all together, and in just those few short months I got spoiled. This time around, it took a few days for the kids and I to get our footing. We were lazier than usual, and also quieter. I’m a lot less rambunctious than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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I'm doing this weird things where I'm saying "no" to stuff. After I wrote about chasing achievement, which happened to be during our slow summer at the lake, it forced me to not only notice how much I cram into our lives, but to change it. (Writing on the internet keeps you accountable in these ways.) So now that we're home, I'm trying to stay as slow and deliberate about my time as I was when we were in a pure resting and healing mode. We're back to a routine (and will be more so when preschool starts for both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Our kids are still not super jewels are restaurants, so we usually spend the whole meal wrangling them anyway. Not worth the cost or the food! And Ive definitely been making more for leftovers, and those are generally my lunches the next day.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on eat at home and don't be late at hollywood housewife
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Yes, more vegetables! For myself as much as for the kids. Our eat-out habits are usually the least healthy offerings.
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Thank you for telling me that, Laura. And for commenting. :)
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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, and in June I started to write 30 letters. I consider learning to fry up a batch of chicken one of the larger accomplishments of my adult life. (Photo of my actual chicken, on my real table with trucks and books, if you're looking for proof of my glamorous life.) Last night while I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Im fairly new to podcast listening, too, but Im working on a post with my favorites (and getting some input from others, too). Thanks for the suggestion, a lot of my posts are born from questions and suggestions like these.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on life-changing books at hollywood housewife
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Oh, if you only knew how close Ive come to shutting everything down….but thats another post for another day. Thank you for your encouragement.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on life-changing books at hollywood housewife
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Im an introvert and Quiet has been on my To Read list for ages. Thanks for the reminder!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on life-changing books at hollywood housewife
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A year of therapy under my belt, emotional family situations, and a deep, deep desire for change made for the perfect storm of self-revelation this summer. I’ve gravitated towards books and television and blog posts and podcasts that will shape me for the better. I am not having a mini-crisis so much as I’m having a mini-awakening. Layers of life stuff can pile on so quickly and so quietly, we often don’t even realize our soul is under there, struggling. Or if we get a glimpse that we’re emotionally going south, who has time for that? There are bills to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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August feels as much a fresh start for me each year as January. It’s not because of the school calendar - my children are still too young to mark time that way, and I’ve stopped having that dream about forgetting to go to class or missing my exams. August feels like possibility because this is the month thirteen years ago when I moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles. I didn’t tell anyone in the beginning that I sort of hated this city. I was emboldened by the adventure of it, proud of myself for following through with my claims, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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We were talking about the US, but great point. Im sure shell be happy to hear that. :)
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This has been an emotionally intense week for most people. The world news this summer has been devastating, and now with stateside unrest and devastating deaths, we all feel just a little more wrung out right now. I can feel it at every turn. Yesterday morning I asked the kids to go play in the other room because I needed to turn the news on. Years ago an aquaintance told me that she didn't allow her young child to watch or even listen to the radio news. At the time I thought that was a little over-the-top and questioned how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Ha!! Ive GIVEN those knowing glances. Hilarious.
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Consider me converted.
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