Career, Women

The Pie Life… and How I Found Balance

I loved being a stay-at-home mom. For years. The nursing, the middle-of-the-day cuddles, how the smallest activities turned into big, big adventures. And then one day I didn’t love it so much anymore. In fact, I found myself very depressed. My life was completely out of whack.

One night after baby group, I approached another mom whom I knew to be a work-life balance expert, Samantha Ettus. I told her I was thinking about starting a DIY blog and I asked what she thought of that idea.

Her face lit up like I had just given her a gift. And I had— now that she’s my friend I know that her passion is to help other women find fulfillment and achieve their goals.

In The Pie Life, she mentions this night when I came up to her. I told her I’d probably start once my littlest was in kindergarten. “Why not start tomorrow?” she suggested.

That was just the push I needed. I did start the next day, by researching available domain names and handles. And the day after that I started creating content. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. I brought my computer everywhere and often found myself writing in the front seat of the car while my toddler napped in the backseat. I wasn’t sure where my blog was going at first, but I treated my work like a job- I acted as if it was a paying one, and today that is just what I have.

I started contributing to parenting sites like Babble, Momdotme and Huffington Post. After a while, I landed a part on TLC’s What She Said, a comedy show about motherhood. I have appeared on morning shows such as Home & Family and TODAY as a DIY expert. And I have been hired by brands such as Mott’s and Downy. Bringing in money for my family after such a long stretch without has given me confidence that I didn’t have before and has even contributed to my overall mental health.

Neglecting myself and my creativity took a toll on me. Despite being surrounded by my beautiful family, my world had begun to feel muted. Work brought the color back.

The great thing about Sam’s new book The Pie Life is that it’s up to YOU to define your own “slices” in order to create your happiest life. Life isn’t all about career and kids- there are relationships, health, and hobbies to consider. She breaks it down and includes exercises and worksheets to help you focus on what it is you want out of life and how to get it.

We all have different stories. No one way of living can be a fix-all for everyone. But whether you stay at home or work from home or work out of the home or work upside down on the train… imbalance is something that affects us all and The Pie Life can help!!

Sam gave me 2 copies of The Pie Life and I’m giving one away! Enter to win the rafflecopter below– good luck! Have a beautiful day everyone. xo
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How to Care for Your Spouse’s EMMY

Happy Friday everyone!

Last week I posted a picture of my husband and me at the Emmys from 5 years ago. He had won for his work as a producer on a little show you may have heard of called Madmen. Perhaps some of YOU have won Emmys too, maybe even last Sunday- congratulations!! How BADASS is that?!! Please show this video to your spouse/partner/cleaning lady/brother who always lived in your shadow so that they will know how to properly take care of that beautiful prize- while you’re off at work being awesome. Cheers!

*warning strong satirical content.

Special thanks to Ryan E. Hamilton for his amazing voiceover work. Check him out at

And of course, to my husband for his tireless support and unconditional love. I’ll get that thing back, I promise.

Crafts, DIY, Videos

Kid Crafts: How to Make Snow Globes

Hey Everyone! Pearl and I show you how to make snow globes today on Kid Crafts. Now, I know a lot of you claim to not be crafty. I hear it all the time. “I’m sooo not crafty.” “I do not have one crafty bone in my body…” etc. etc. You are my favorite kind of people.  Because you are so easy to prove wrong! Stop judging yourself, watch this video, grab a thing, and glue it to the inside of a mason jar. Don’t overthink it. The glitter stays in the jar of course, so there’s no mess. And the glitter storm- the glitter storm is the magical moment that you deserve. xo

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Crafts, DIY, Videos

Kid Crafts: Glitter Magnets

Hey Homies! This week on Kid Crafts the girls and I made glitter magnets. Yes, that’s right. I let them openly craft with glitter in the dining room- PIGS MUST BE FLYING UPSIDE DOWN IN THE COLD VALLEY OF HELL! Seriously, they had so much fun though, and the result are these beautiful little jewel-like magnets. Check it out and let me know how yours turn out! What fun things have you and your kids ben making? Let us know in the comments! xo

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My Schlage Sense Keyless Front Door!

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[This is a sponsored post. All opinions and enthusiastic outbursts are my own.]

I remember exactly when I starting coveting thy neighbor’s home, it was the moment I saw her open her front door… without a key.

She has a Schlage Sense™ keyless front door.

But the thing is, I live in LA. All my neighbors have all the things. Pools, basketball courts, outdoor kitchens… None of it ever really got to me that bad- until I saw a front door with keyless entry. THAT sent me over the edge of manageable jealousy.

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So when Schlage® asked if I’d like to receive a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and write about it I said, “You have no idea how much YES I have for you.”  Continue Reading…

DIY, Family, Recipes

Mott’s School Lunch Videos on PopSugar!

Thrilled to represent Mott’s school lunch videos on PopSugar! In our first video I talk about making school lunches fun- which might help get that food into our little ones’ bellies!

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Click here to watch the video on PopSugar: Creative Lunchbox Sandwiches!

May all the lunch boxes go out full and may they all come home EMPTY. Amen.

Do you have fun ideas to make school lunches fun? Tell us in the comments!

Happy Back-to-School everyone!


Career, DIY, Makers

Correcting Yellowface Interview on CCTV

I’m going to be honest. I’ve never been more nervous in my life than I was on the set of CCTV America talking about my project Correcting Yellowface. OK, doing the Today show was pretty nerve-wracking, but at least I had a gazillion things to demonstrate and it was only 4 minutes. This was a sit down interview. In a high-tech studio. With a women I’d never met. Talking about a heavy subject. FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES. May Lee introduced herself to me beforehand and even though she was super cool and personable- someone I’d want to hang with outside of work- meeting her didn’t take away the anxiety I had about speaking publicly about my project. CCTV is broadcast all over the world, in millions of households, and it’s super-broadcasted (that means I don’t remember the numbers but it’s ridiculously high) all over China.

However painful, this I learned: I did not die. Yet again, I put myself out there and I. did. not. perish.

If I can do it, you can too. Put yourself out there today. Do the scariest thing you can imagine. ‘Till your pits sweat and you sincerely think you might pass out.

Tell me about it after. You’ll be able to. Because you won’t be dead. xox

Family, Featured, Parties

Madeline Birthday Party Video

Hey Party People! So I’m experimenting with my new Canon 80D and decided to make a short video about Smalls’ Madeline Party. I’m loving the quality of the DSLR- a serious upgrade from my iPad! What do you think? Oh, and what do you think of the party?! I’ve just upgraded my sound situation as well, so stay tuned for bigger and better videos!

Crafts, DIY, Videos

Kid Crafts: Emoji Jars

You guys! The girls and I show you how to make EMOJI JARS on our latest episode of Kid Crafts! Too cute!! I, of course went for a laugh-cry emoji because I feel like this is my motherhood baseline. Which emoji are you feelin’ today?

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