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We're headed to New York City early next week for the Tribeca Film Festival where The Gorilla will be screening his latest documentary Angry Sky. I'll be Instagramming the trip (and will be recording the next episode of Sorta Awesome) if you'd like to follow along. My parents arrive tomorrow to stay here with the kids while we're gone, so we'll have a fun weekend with family before we cross the country. This is our second time to do Tribeca. The first was 5 years ago when The Gorilla premiered The Birth of Big Air, also part of the ESPN... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hollywood housewife
Thank you, Allie! These are all really great questions, some of them I’d never even thought of answering before. Especially our relationship to our nanny, who is like family at this point. I think I’d like to write about that. The parenting hollywood questions would be great for the podcast, though. I’m passing along to Megan now…thank you for the suggestions!
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HA! This made me laugh. Those are great topic suggestions. I’m passing them along to Megan. Thank you for listening!
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Yes! I should have noted that. I don’t usually stream (because I’m mostly in the car), but you’re totally right.
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I’ve heard so many good things about Spilled Milk. I need to check that one out.
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For a long time I listened to political talk radio in the car every day. Then a few years ago I challenged myself to silence for one month, meaning no sound in the car and no droning tv in the background while cooking, etc. I felt like I wasn’t hearing my own thoughts anymore. After that, I realized how angry and moody these talking heads shows made (both on the radio and on cable news). I had a much more measured response to the news when I read it instead of listened to it and all the commentary. So I quit. I also quit watching stressful tv shows like Grey’s Anatomy (though lately I have started intense tv again) and I quit college football after a stressful game caused my water to break early when I was pregnant. So, yeah. I can get a little obsessive.
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I am so excited to be a part of Megan Tietz's new podcast Sorta Awesome. Megan is the queen of interesting content, both on her blog (which she closed at the beginning of the year) and on her popular FB page, plus she has about the sexiest voice I've ever heard, so you can see why podcasting would be right up her alley. Sorta Awesome will post weekly, and I'll be a co-host once a month. The other rotating co-hosts are Rebekah from Simply Rebekah and Kelly from Love Well, and we are all so different that I know the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I’m sorry I didn’t catch this earlier! I fixed it in the post, but here’s another link just to make sure everyone sees it: http://momastery.com/blog/2015/04/06/support-your-right/
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Fixed it! Thank you.
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Interesting, I haven’t heard the same from my gay friends when we discuss it. But I know this is an evolution of language, as well, so I’ll pay more attention.
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We're just finishing up our spring break staycation. It was, like all "vacations" with little kids, full of fun and tears and the need for naps without actually taking naps, lots of water activities, hysterical laughter, an accident or two, a lot of sugar, a lot of snuggles, and a complete and utter loss of what day it was and how long we'd been here. There was a day or two where everything went sideways. Nothing major, just a series of minor inconveniences that added up: a lost parking ticket, two glass vases broken, a significant parent miscommunication. You know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Have you heard of those beauty box services where you get a box of sample-size goodies in the mail once a month for a flat fee? It's a happy surprise every few weeks! Now I know of one that not only is a regular delight to receive, but also supports the actual artisans and empowers women in impoverished nations. Fair Trade Friday is a monthly box with 3-5 handmade items that come from artisans all over the world. You can buy the membership for $32/month and the boxes will start arriving regularly, OR you can buy just one box to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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On a layover in New York on my way home from Israel, I ran into someone who works with my husband. Mike is a writer on a popular show that The Gorilla produces, but I hadn’t seen him in ages and under the circumstances I didn't immediately recognize him. At 7am, I had secured a coffee and a croissant and was waiting at the gate for my second leg home, still bleary-eyed from being on a plane for 12 hours from Tel Aviv. Mike was wearing glasses and carrying a wardrobe bag over his shoulder. After our surprised greetings, he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The peace brunch last weekend honoring was absolutely lovely. Thank you to all who came. * This week on the HH facebook page, we talked about the Scientology documentary, how the future of funding movies could be with the fans (including a great article about the new Super Troopers movie), where I go when I'm homesick, a cute pair of cargo pants, and a paragraph I don't quite agree with in a book I'm reading. (For the record, I'm also reading this and this at the same time. It's new to me to read several books at once, it really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Jane Eyre is the third selection in the Read Great Books literary challenge. The first two were Pride & Prejudice (discussion here) and Frankenstein (discussion here). You can read the full list of books here. Jane Eyre was written by Charlotte Bronte and published in England in 1847. It was originally published under the pen name Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was the third of six children, and her mother died of cancer when she was only five years old. This left the five Bronte daughters and young son in the care of their father Patrick Bronte, and their aunt, Elizabeth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I've been looking for ways to un-tether from my iPhone, and one of the first things I wanted to eliminate was keeping it by the bed. I have a terrible habit of checking it just before I go to sleep, and I think it negatively affects my quality of rest. The problem is that I use it as an alarm. So I thought I would just replace it with that old-fashioned contraption, the alarm clock. I went to Target, Best Buy, Costco, Home Goods, and I couldn't believe the ugliness of the average alarm clock. Too many look straight out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Every year for the past four or five years, I've taken the same photo on the same porch in Colorado wearing the same clothes. It marks the time, doesn't it? Kinda makes me wish I'd done more of these types of photos with the kids. It's never too late to start, I suppose. * This week on the HH facebook page we had genuinely interesting conversations about panini presses and not-ugly alarm clocks. (Both of which I'll be purchasing soon, I think. Enablers!) We also talked about this disturbing article and this very true article. I'll write an introductory post... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Of all the sites we visited and experts we heard from in Israel, meeting the women of the Parents Circle was one of the most moving. The Parents Circle is a joint Israeli & Palestinian organization made up of over 600 families who have lost an immediate family member in the conflict. We talked and made jam with some of these women, mostly grieving mothers, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, all who spoke of how the Parents Circle had given their sadness a purpose as they worked towards peace-building. These stories are hard to hear. Some of these deaths came from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I’ve been skiing my whole life, more or less. I could take it or leave it. When I was little, my family was the one in line when the lift opened at 9am, and strategically managed our time so that we caught the last ride up at 3:55pm before the lifts closed. I thought I was a really good skier because my parents told me I was. But then I went on a spring break trip in college with my boyfriend and some friends, and after bragging about my downhill skills I crashed in such an openly fantastic way on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The trip to Israel was over a year in the making, but as our departure date approached, I became terrified. Lately I’ve been more scared to travel than usual, annoying since our family is on the move so often. It started with the disappearance of Malaysia Air flight 370, but other factors have led to me feeling jumpy about being away from my family, truthfully wanting us all to stay together in our house and never leave. But that’s not reality and going to the Holy Land was important to me, so I (barely) swallowed the fear and packed my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I'm home from 9 days of traveling to Israel. It was a trip I will think about for years to come, and soon I'll be be sharing some of what I learned and experienced. I was all over Instagram last week documenting the sites. After 20+ hours of travel to get back to Los Angeles, I've spent the week fighting jet lag, processing the dozens of important conversations, hugging my family, managing the final stages of our backyard remodel, and prepping for house guests and another trip soon. I knew this season was going to be busy, and I've been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Fixed it! Thanks for letting me know.
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On Wednesday I hosted a girls night at my house. This was a new group of friends to me, all of us moms from school or the neighborhood, we'd all just completed a meditation course together and I thought it would be fun to know one another better. The very first woman who arrived asked to use the bathroom, and I showed her to my powder room with the gold Oh Joy wallpaper that I love so much. A few minutes later I heard frantic knocking. I thought it was another guest, so I ran to the front door because,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I've been making photo books. It makes me feel productive. When I discovered chatbooks, I felt like Queen of the family documentary world. It's SO EASY and SO CHEAP. This is not a sponsored post. I swear. I just can't believe that a project that has been on my list forever (making photo books of all my Instagrams), took a couple of hours and a few bucks and now is done. And each time I fill up a new book's worth of current Instagrams, a new book will automatically come in the mail. Talk about filling a niche in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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The first Read Great Books discussion on Pride & Prejudice went great. Frankenstein is the second book and I'm looking forward to the discussion on Monday, March 16. RSVP here. Check out the full list of books here. If you want to feel old and unaccomplished, just know that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18. Shelley had been traveling through Europe with friends as a teen, and while in Switzerland had gotten caught up in the occult ideas that were swirling around. The group - which included her lover and future husband Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at hollywood housewife