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Real Talk: Busy times

You all read this blog.  You KNOW how much I love food.  Cooking it, eating it, photographing it.  To use a food metaphor of how busy it's been around these parts lately...Exhibit A: 


This Egg in a Basket is about the only thing I've cooked at home in the past month.  Egg, butter, bread, hot sauce.  That's all mama's had time and energy for.  It's busy times, friends.  

While this is actually one of my most favorite and simple breakfasts, the realization that those few ingredients are about all that's been in our fridge lately has left me craving some real talk here on the ole blog.   

I feel a bit like I failed.  And you probably didn't even know it.  Back in the Spring, I started Westside Bestside and spent this Summer nurturing and loving it.  

A wise friend suggested that I try to give myself a goal of committing to write for at least 6 solid months.  See what doors open from your discipline, she said.  And she was right.  It has been so rewarding; I love blogging.  I’m so proud of myself for what it's already grown into, and excited by the many connections it's allowed me to make.  Little did you know, reader, that I gave myself the personal goal of posting once a day, M-F, for that whole 6 month period.  I knew it was a LOFTY goal and that at some point I may need to have a little extra grace with myself.  That point is now. 

As you may know, I am a freelancer, so when I had a few weeks break, that’s when I started WSBS and was really able to see it grow and flourish.  But on most weeks, when I work full time at a fast-paced job 60 plus hours a week, it’s a miracle if we have any food in the fridge or a pair of clean socks to our names, let alone a post up on the blog.

I thought I could still maintain it daily, sure I’d be busy, but maybe I could squeeze it in during some down time or come home and post at night.  Ha!  If I’m lucky enough to even make it home in time to eat dinner, the scene is far from productive (read: stress-eating over frozen Trader Joe’s pasta and 2 Buck Chuck at my coffee table while Pretty Little Liars plays in the background).  The absolute last thing on my mind is writing a post about parmesan encrusted tilapia.

I'm not complaining, or asking for sympathy.  I know I'm incredibly blessed.  And, we all work hard and lack for time and energy.  I just felt like it was time to get real for a minute.  I think I just needed to get it out there, you know?

The moral of the story is, I can't promise you that I'll write every Monday through Friday, but I can promise you I will write about what I love when I can.  And when I can't, I'll learn to have a little more grace with myself.  I have a feeling I'm not the only one that puts pressure on myself to try to balance so many things at once, so I hope if you're reading this and you empathize, you know we're all figuring it out together. 


It's continuing to be a busy season in WSBS world.  Check back soon to see why... 






Posted on October 13, 2013 and filed under blogging.

Friday Favorites: Space Jam edition

  • Songza--I have to do a whole post for this app soon.  It's like Spotify but with their amazing concierge for music genres by mood.  90s Feel Good Hits are my jam!
  • Lobster Fest!--I think I love lobster mainly as a vehicle for butter, but I'm totally up for going to this... 
  • This Buzzfeed article...although it makes me feel VERY old.  The current class of 2017 was born in 1999 you guys!!!!!??!?!
  • And THIS Buzzfeed also--specifically the ORIGINAL 1996 Space Jam website.  I mean...there are no words for how incredible this truly is. 
  • These pants!  Any time comfy pants can be disguised as real pants, I'm all for it.
  • Oven Love Blog!  I've used some of Natalie's recipes, like for my orange creamsicles, and now we are featuring each other on our sites.  She's super creative with her recipes for all diet types--check her out!

Have a fab weekend!  You won't want to miss next week--a whole slew of posts to inspire your Labor Day parties!  Hasta! 

Posted on August 23, 2013 and filed under blogging, friday fave.

House of the Year via Emily Henderson

Do you all follow Emily Henderson?  Some things she does are a bit too quirky for me but overall I just love her style.  It's eclectic + has a lot of mid-century modern influences, which you know I love

She has a show on HGTV called Secrets From a Stylist, which is where I first heard about her.  Her blog is great, and I follow her Instagram to see all her flea market finds--she was just at the Rose Bowl this weekend.  Love that she's close to home!

This year, she got picked by Country Living to style their House of the Year (read about the concept HERE) a Hurricane Sandy-stricken beach bungalow.  And I'm loving most everything about it!!!  Color palette (aqua, teal, white, reds, + vintage rugs!!!), overall style, patterns, sigh.  You can check out her series of befores and afters, but here are a few of my favorite finished rooms so far: 

Living Room via Style by Emily Henderson

Living Room via Style by Emily Henderson

Kitchen via Style by Emily Henderson

Kitchen via Style by Emily Henderson

Bathroom via Style by Emily Henderson

Bathroom via Style by Emily Henderson

May I please live here!?!?

Guest Post: New Mom, New City

Hi friends! 

Hop on over to my friend, Jenn's, blog called New Mom, New City today.  Remember, my Spicy Mama Enchiladas?  That's her!  She asked me to be a guest contributor so I whipped a little something up for everyone to enjoy!   

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Jenn is an awesome mama of two sweet kiddos, so feel free to read her incredible birth story posts, relationship advice, and poke around the rest of her blog a bit while you're over there.

Have a great weekend--check those items of your Summer bucket lists!  See you back on Monday!


Posted on July 19, 2013 and filed under blogging, LA, yummy.