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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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It's here! Oh, happy day, this is my favorite day of the year on social media. A bunch of us are over on Instagram documenting our day from the moment we wake up until the moment we turn the lights out. It's not to late to join in! You don't have to commit to the whole day, just jump in when you can. I wrote the full details here, but here's how it works: 1. Document your day. 2. Post it to Instagram. 3. Make sure you use the hashtag #OneDayHH so you can follow along with others and they... Continue reading
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Every fall I put out my velvet pumpkins around the house and every year guests ask me about them. I have several sets now from the LoveFeast Shop and they are hands down my favorite holiday decor. I pile them on my dining table as a centerpiece and I have a few smaller ones on the mantle. They are so well made and lush-looking. This week I'm excited to be giving away ONE LARGE set of velvet pumpkins from the LoveFeast Shop to a lucky HH reader. The winner gets to choose which color set. You must leave a comment... Continue reading
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Hmmm…a few things (and you’re not the first person to ask, so I should definitely clarify). I’m sharing pieces of myself in the Secret Posts that I don’t want to live on the internet. I don’t consider them private, but they are more personal. Email is also the only DIRECT way I have to communicate with my readers. Lots of people don’t read blogs regularly anymore, and social media can be hit or miss on whether or not people actually see your stuff. With email, I don’t have to contend with algorithm changes and there’s less noise to fight through. So as an artist, I create something that someone has actively asked to see. In that way, it IS a relationship, and one that I value a ton. Presumably, a Secret Post subscriber likes my content, so it’s that reader that I have in mind always. (As opposed to a random person who clicked through from Pinterest, or someone who followed me on twitter during the Oscars.) As far as the interactive part, I do consider it very communicative, though it’s not for the public to see. In the last two editions of the Secret Posts, I asked for replies on a topic and I received them. So it’s not the public back-and-forth that happens on FB, twitter, or Instagram, but it’s still there. Again, I have lots of readers who aren’t active on those other platforms, but everyone I know has email. I’ve been close several times to shutting down this blog. There is so much content online (a lot of it really fantastic) that the hustle to get your stuff seen can zap the joy out of creating it. The Secret Posts sort of revitalized all that for me. Just me talking to just you. I always try to make it worth the readers time by including things similar to what people like on the blog: a personal bit, book reviews, a beauty tip, etc. And from the feedback I’ve gotten (even though it’s been less than a year and is still evolving), it’s working for both sides. I don’t make any money on the Secret Posts. They’re a labor of love and I LOVE them. There are no tricks here. It’s totally meant to be fun. People can subscribe and unsubscribe at will. (I purposefully never check who is or is not on the list.) I hope this helps. If anyone has more questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Maybe I should do a whole post on this topic? Not just about the Secret Posts, but about how blogging is changing and how bloggers are responding to it. Because connecting with people in a meaningful way is definitely a conversation happening behind the scenes.
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It's here! One of my favorite social media days of the year: the One Day project on Instagram. (See One Day 2013 and One Day 2012.) Last year there were over 9,000 photos in the stream by the end of the day. Going through the day with one another was great. This is such a fun project that everyone can participate in AND it's only One Day. We'll be taking to Instagram and using the hashtag #OneDayHH this Wednesday, October 22. Here's the goal: Most of us are pretty good about getting cute pictures of the kids or selfies with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hollywood housewife
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The point of this post isn't to show off how cute my kids are, although they are that, and I can only wish in another life to be as photogenic and at easy in front of the camera as my two offspring. My point of this post is to encourage you highly - highly - to get professional photos taken of your family at least once a year. We got behind, and it's been nearly two years since we've had a whole session of photos taken of our family, and that's too long. My friend Greer Inez took our family... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I loved it. I didn’t really take it as advice giving or anything, therefore the obvious age gap didn’t bother me. I’m going to do a whole post about it, I think.
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Thank you for saying that! I love passing along good or interesting work on the internet. Friday Links are one of the most popular posts on my blog, and I enjoy doing them, but here’s the secret: I almost never read link posts on other people’s blogs. Weird, huh?
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I loved it. Way more than I even thought I would.
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This year has moved in fits and spurts. Some weeks and months have moved by torturously slow and others have me scrambling to find my head and a clock. Time is like that, I guess, but this year has been especially so. I spent almost every day this week confused. I may have been confused, but I've read a lot, which steadies me. In the past 10 days I've finished this book, read this book and this book, and started this book. I'll do a books catch up soon, probably next week. The Gorilla and I also saw Gone Girl... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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If your life were a map, with the small heartbreaks as rest stops, with all the u-turns and exit ramps clearly marked. If you could trace your life in this way, there's at least one heartbreak that changed everything. Mine was the spring semester of my senior year of college, over thirteen years ago. I had loved two other boys before him, maybe as many as three. Time makes certain things blurry. But our short relationship, and even more so the breakup that followed, is the one that altered my trajectory. I spent years broken, then years healing, then finally... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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There’s this woman who works at the post office who is letting her gray hair grow in. I noticed it a few weeks ago while standing in line - there’s always a line - and watching the large digital clock on the wall, balancing my packages and calculating which postal worker would be the one to call out next. I saw the line of grays in her middle part, growing into her otherwise black hair. I thought she needed a touch up. The line of gray was so stark, she must have been dying it before. Then this week I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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The Gorilla had a meeting in Chicago on our anniversary, so I tagged along for a quick 36-hour getaway. We managed to pack in good food, sweet memories, and a little site-seeing in just one day. * This week on the HH facebook page we talked about the tv series that makes us all cry and I laughed about my wedding's unusual save the date. Before it hits the blog, I usually post on facebook what I'm reading or watching and I love getting suggestions and feedback from you guys. Speaking of feedback, I'm going to be posting some personal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 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, and in September I practiced being on time. If you're a Secret Post subscriber, you find out about the next month's challenge first. My theme for the year is Do the Work. I made it as a vow to myself. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Hmmm…this hasn’t happened to me. Maybe I don’t put a huge ton on my finger? Just one little swipe on the product, then one swipe on the eyelid. Maybe you’re using too much?
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on 5 minute makeup routine at hollywood housewife
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You might have heard me mention that I was reading The Interestings, but it wasn’t because I loved it. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on four good novels at hollywood housewife
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I don’t use an eyelash curler because my eyes are really sensitive. When I try to use one, my eyes water for an hour afterward. So I skip, but I do have naturally pretty long lashes that curl enough.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on 5 minute makeup routine at hollywood housewife
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Isn’t good sleep so life-giving? In many ways. I wouldn’t have believed how life-changing sleep could be to my family and relationships. It seems too simple. But it’s true. Happy anniversary to you, too!
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on seven years, just beginning at hollywood housewife
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I have quite a few, I should probably do a post on just that. My favorite drugstore is the Aveeno Positively Radiant, and my favorite high end is Revive.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on 5 minute makeup routine at hollywood housewife
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Oooooh, I’ll take that suggestion since I’ve seen your awesome makeup skills. I like Bobbi Brown products, but they never seem to make my TOP favorites, you know? Will check out the concealer, though, as that’s rapidly the most important product in my arsenal.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on 5 minute makeup routine at hollywood housewife
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As much as I love to dabble with makeup, I usually only spend about 5 minutes on it each morning. I just don’t have the patience or inclination to do much more than that, considering I spend most of the day at home. The UPS man and the kids’ preschool teacher are fairly well robbed of seeing a daily red lip. But because I love seeing how other women put on their weekday face, and because it’s fun to talk about makeup, there are links to a few friends at the bottom with their own posts and videos. Now, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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That all sounds phenomenally tough, Jackie. I’m so sorry you and your family are going through this. Our family has also been through deployment, so that pain I do know well. All the best to you.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2014 on seven years, just beginning at hollywood housewife
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Thank you for that, Deborah.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2014 on seven years, just beginning at hollywood housewife
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Seven years ago today we stood under a drippy Savannah tree, encircled by our siblings, parents, and dearest friends, and vowed the rest of our lives to one another. Church bells rang as we were pronounced one, and a southern gospel choir broke into song when we clenched hands and returned up the grassy aisle. It took The Gorilla half a lifetime to get married. Our friendship then relationship was a long one. I do not recommend this to anyone - anyone - but almost all of the rocks in our road fell away when we got engaged. When I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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I didn’t see the movie because of my distaste for the book. But that is interesting.
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Yes the code for Lindsay Letters 15% off is FRESHFALL. Just updated the post, too. Thanks for pointing that out!
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