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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Im an introvert and Quiet has been on my To Read list for ages. Thanks for the reminder!
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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago at hollywood housewife
Ha!! Ive GIVEN those knowing glances. Hilarious.
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Consider me converted.
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Yes to all of this.
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Oh, thank you so much! Checking it out now.
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By now, surely you've noticed that Birkenstocks are full-swing back in style. And since I never hesitate to toot my own horn, I'd like to point out that I first waxed poetic about my love for the hippie delights almost two years ago. (If you can count being excited about a shoe that people have been wearing since Jesus days, then I am a true trendsetter.) I bought my first pair of Birkenstocks before I went to Sri Lanka, because I needed something comfortable and durable and light for walking. Now I have three pair - including the black patent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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How to throw a party that's a combination of celebration and promotion, like launching a new business or releasing a book. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Yesterday I was ridiculously excited to go to the grand opening of the Container Store at The Grove. I just love that place. And I won a box of goodies! What a treat. Afterwards I hit Banana Republic to check out the new Roland Mouret collaboration and tried on the dress we talked about on facebook. It was just okay. The fabric was really clingy (and I even went a size up) and there wasn't a hook-and-eye, making it really hard to zip in the back. I had to step out and ask the saleswoman to help me. Also, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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After Dave died, we came straight to the lake. We've been here all summer, healing, processing, sitting in sorrow and letting in the moments of joy. We didn't have the usual stacked up schedule of houseguests. There were full days when we didn't get out of our pajamas. The kids played outside a lot. The Gorilla and I sat close on the porch. My husband's family has showed such incredible strength during this very difficult thing. Strength doesn't always look like you expect it to, that's what I'm learning. We got some things done that we've been talking about for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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It's the last weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (one of my favorites of the year). You can see my picks from last week, but they've added more stuff that I thought were great deals. Here are my picks: Steve Madden snake embossed slip-ons // Kate Spade satchel (a perfect fall bag) // Classic, go-with-anything gold hoop earrings // A Joie ankle-strap heel that's chic and not too high Rag & Bone slim-fit boyfriend jeans (my current favorite brand of denim) // Halogen cashmere tunic (which I'd wear with leggings and boots. Okay, probably uggs.) Hanna Andersson pajamas (the best... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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In five summers on the lake, I've never done anything in the water except tube. Our boat is specifically made for wake surfing, The Gorilla's favorite water sport, but I've never tried it. Two of the summers I was pregnant, but the other three I've been too scared. Growing up spending every weekend at the lake in Oklahoma, I was made to water ski, even though I was terrible and hated it. It's become the family joke now, but being pulled behind the boat bubbles up every ounce of failure and humiliation. This summer, I dunno. I tentatively told my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at 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 Jul 29, 2014 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 Jul 28, 2014 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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