Hi! Welcome to Ramshackle Glam. From 2009-2020, I wrote daily blog posts right here about everything from divorce to anxiety to soup. In the past couple of years I’ve switched my focus to books and my marketing business, so I’m not writing here as much anymore, but ohhh my goodness are the archives ever extensive.
If you’re new to this site, you might have gotten here by way of a Google search for makeup tips for asymmetrical eyes, or because you’re nervous about having a baby (or a second baby) and how it’ll change your life, or because you read the saga of my hacking, or maybe because you’ve stumbled across my (many) musings on single motherhood. All of these ways of arriving here are completely legit, because those are all things that I write about.
Here’s a rundown of what I talk about and do on Ramshackle Glam.
In 2018, my husband of 10 years and I separated, and we’ve now been divorced for almost a year. Writing has always helped me through difficult situations, but never quite so much as now. You can read all my posts on the topic here.
Anxiety (And Other Tough Stuff)
I write a lot about the chronic anxiety I suffered from for over a decade, because I think that all the stigma surrounding mental health issues is BS. I’ve also written about sexual assault, and postpartum depression, and the anorexia I dealt with in my 20s.
I don’t like the idea of hiding these parts of my life, because secrecy feels far too close to shame, and I’m not ashamed.
I shoot a lot of home videos with my family. They are usually ridiculous, and I love them so much (both the people and the videos).
I have a ten-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter, and have written three books that are about either pregnancy or new parenthood, so I think it’s safe to say this is a big topic for me. My general take on parenting is that it’s hard – so hard – and that the more we can talk openly and honestly about our struggles, the better. I’ve written about how scared I was that having a second child would change my relationship with my first, how I worry that my children will grow up and remember me mostly as a rule-maker and a house-straightener and a nag. I’ve also written about much I hate hearing people say “savor every moment! it goes so fast!,” and about the pros and cons of being a working parent who travels frequently.
There is no judgment here, when it comes to parenting or anything else.
Fashion And Beauty (My Way)
I write about fashion and beauty a lot, but mostly enjoy confronting the disaster that is the aging process and being wide-open about it. As some examples, I’ve written about Botox, my breast augmentation, adult acne, and that time I accidentally froze my entire forehead (obviously I made a video about this).
The “pregnant” part of my life is officially in the past, but my maternity style posts are some of my all-time favorites. I guess I feel like if you even manage to put on pants when you’re lugging around a watermelon in your uterus, you win at fashion (and life) for the day.
Home Ownership (And Renovation)
I’ve renovated two homes at this point, and decor and design are massive passions of mine. If you’d like to see some of the projects we’ve done recently, here’s a roundup. I’ve also written how-tos on staging a house for sale, selling a house, and buying a house, and shot a full video series about renovating a house that I bought via FaceTime (really) for Thumbtack.
I’ve written eight books: Ramshackle Glam and Carrying On (which you have probably never heard of), and then, starting in 2016, the ongoing Big Activity Book series for adults, coauthored with Erin Williams…and you totally might have heard about those! Erin and I also collaborated on the Everybody Gets Anxious Activity Book (for kids ages 5-11), which is possibly my all-time favorite project. (A journaling spinoff of the series is currently in production, and will come out next year, so stay tuned for that.)
Any questions? Ask away – and you’re always welcome to contact me at email@example.com; I love hearing from you.