Posts tagged #blog

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.

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.

House on 8th: Life + Style

The beauty of having friends that also blog is that on days when I don't necessarily feel like writing a big ole post [ahem today] I still have a place to point you so you have something fun to read!  The joy of it all! 


My friend Ali and her cousin Darci have an adorable blog called House on 8th (cute right?  It's where they grew up spending family time when they were kiddos).  They are both so stylish and are total mavens at gathering lots of fun and entertaining niche web finds.  I always learn so much from them! 

You'll see that today, they posted my current favorite Pinterest recipe--Mexican Corn Salad--seriously I've made it twice and it's a total hit, SO yummy!  

My other favorite posts are their fashion features--Al is my real life bestie/personal stylist so I highly recommend Ho8's fashion posts.  Love THIS one on how to replicate a super pricey Anthro look for at lot less $$.  

And there's THIS post which is SO helpful.  Let's be honest, we all love to shop at Forever 21 (even though we're more like Forever 30), but hate to rummage through the piles of clothes.  Ho8 digitally sifted through the store for us and then highlighted some of their favorites.  Nautical stripes, you will be mine!

So, head on over to visit Ali + Darci today, and let them know westsidebestside sent ya! 


Posted on July 18, 2013 and filed under blogging, pretty, style.