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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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YAY! Wonderful, I’m so glad you liked it.
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I guess I expected Sundance to be more mellow, like hippie ski bum style? Low-key cool and indie? This is not the case. Sundance is insane. Walking down the street is like being at a rock concert. SO MANY PEOPLE in such a small town. Lots of fur. Even the men were in fur. Fur boots. Fur coats. Fringe and fur. But we had a blast last weekend in Park City for the premiere of Being Evel. We stayed in a condo that was right off of the two main streets, so we could walk almost everywhere. It's always fun... Continue reading
Posted 20 hours ago at hollywood housewife
That doesn’t sound silly at all! I love that. I’ve heard several people talk about Cozi and how they’re using it in their families. Good tip!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on 5 useful iphone apps at hollywood housewife
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You never really know how much you rely on your phone until you break it. My iPhone 5S took a swim in a (toilet) bowl of water over the weekend, and though I try not to be one of those people chained to a tech device, I realized that my phone holds way more use than I even imagined. After they pronounced the water damage to be fatal, I was in the process of loading up the new phone with all my must-have apps and thought I would share those that I've been using the most lately (besides the obvious... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hollywood housewife
Yes, I’ll definitely still be reading other things and sharing those here as usual.
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Mom, we need comments from an advanced generation? How else are we supposed to learn anything?!
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I haven’t sent out the January Secret Post yet. Did you get the one in late December?
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Last year I did a monthly discipline challenge tackling some of the things that I want to change about my life theoretically (stop spending, exercise daily, be on time) but that I had previously never actually made an effort towards. I learned a lot about myself with the monthly challenges. I learned that some disciplines matter and others do not. I learned that it’s harder to quantify “success” and “failure” than I would have thought. And most importantly I learned that I am goal-oriented. If I have a goal that I’ve stated publicly, I’m much more apt to follow through... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I know it was technically the second full week of the new year, but travels and sickness wiped out the first week for me, so I spent the last few days giddy over fresh starts and resolutions and planning and dreaming. I swear this happens every year, that I don't really settle into the new year until mid-January. I'm a slow starter in the mornings, too. I prefer kind of puttering into the day. It must be related. Hope you're right where you want to be at the beginning of 2015. * We had a couple of really interesting conversations... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Playing dress-up with Kelly Sauer. What, you don't blog in a long beaded dress and sparkly headband? I read recently in an article about the cancellation of Honey Boo Boo that the average shelf life of a family- centered reality show is about 4 years. Even for a ratings phenomenon such as Duck Dynasty, people eventually tire of watching other people's lives. Turning 5 years old this week, this blog is feeling that strain. Not by the numbers, just by the content. Still, I'm not ready to close it. I love so much about it. Starting this blog has tangibly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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No one is more surprised than I am that I stuck to a full year (almost) of monthly discipline challenges. I do love a good project, but my excitement usually wanes two thirds of the way through something (see: every room remodel in my house, every scrapbook I’ve ever started). But with each month offering something new to change or tweak, but also with a definite end in sight, a different challenge each month worked with my personality. Still, some were more successful than others. A few months stood out as life changers. And it wasn’t always the results I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at hollywood housewife
YES. I’ve been learning this, too. I’m not necessarily a people-pleaser, but I am a control freak. I try to control how everyone thinks and acts and it has been freeing (but I’ll admit hard) just to shrug my shoulders and let go of the outcomes.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2015 on only what matters at hollywood housewife
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I have a terrible and irritating tendency to believe (truly believe) that I know what is best for other people’s lives. It’s actually something I’ve had to discuss in therapy because I get irate when people make dumb decisions to mess up their lives. In reality, it’s probably a reflection of my own fears. It’s hard when someone you love is in pain, and when they don’t seem to want to heal. I know it is. Love to you and to your friend, because I cannot even imagine.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on only what matters at hollywood housewife
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Yes! I have been loving Ashley’s adventure, and have been meaning to write about it soon anyway. She’s living it, for sure.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on only what matters at hollywood housewife
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Yes to all of this. It’s hard to articulate what matters in each moment, so I didn’t even try for this post. You did a much better job of it. Sometimes it matters to me to spend 20 minutes texting with an old friend, even at the expense of my kids in the same room. A much harder thing to discern has been cutting loose the things that do NOT matter, especially when they used to.
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Ignore the Noise is a GREAT ONE.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on only what matters at hollywood housewife
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Blogging didn’t matter to me yesterday. We got home late on Sunday night, I have a nasty cold, and what mattered to me yesterday was unpacking our suitcases and going to the grocery store. So I did those two things and then I took a nap. A tiny decision, but this was a large leap in my head. On another day, I would have pushed myself to write a blog post instead of getting rest, just because it was Monday and this is what I do. I would have added “take down all the Christmas decorations” to the most important... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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There are those years that stand out among others. The years that, when referencing a time period from your past, you judge it by when it was in relation to THAT year. Well, it must have been in ’98 because it was the year after I graduated. That was in 2006 because I know I wasn’t engaged yet. 2011 was one of those years for our family. And, without the full benefit of hindsight, I already know 2014 will be a marked year. 2014 was the year we lost Dave. A year of weeping. Of absence. A year of desperation.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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My warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Maybe. I started it last weekend but have been so busy this week that I haven’t made much time for it. I have high hopes for the book as a whole and on finishing it this weekend.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on best books of the year at hollywood housewife
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We've had such a holiday-ish week. The kids' preschool program, lovely lunch dates, shopping, The Gorilla's production company Christmas dinner. It's been so nice. Since becoming a parent, some Christmas seasons have been sort of rattling. This year I've had the luxury of being more prepared than usual. Both my kids are in school part of the day, I forced myself not to procrastinate, etc. It has made a huge difference in my life, and if I've learned anything this year - and I have learned a LOT - it's that preparation makes life easier and better. But more on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at hollywood housewife
I WOULD HAVE PEED MY PANTS. All caps necessary.
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With the conclusion of today's Serial podcast - a series put out by This American Life that follows investigative journalist Sarah Koenig while she pursues the truth behind a real teenager murder from 1999 - people who had never given much thought to the true crime genre are now riveted. I've always enjoyed true crime, but not the cheesy, airport paperback kind. I like my crime and courtroom stories well-done, thank you very much. These are four of my favorites of all time: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. This is the story of the famous Charles Manson murders and subsequent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Yes! I love goodreads. Here’s a link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1897513-laura
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2014 on best books of the year at hollywood housewife
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Thank you for that! I really do appreciate that encouragement.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2014 on best books of the year at hollywood housewife
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