Not Just Another Day…

Feed baby. Play and make funny faces. Put baby to sleep.

Feed baby. Play. Sleep.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

{Except not so much on the sleep part.}

baby in tie onesie

That’s pretty much how my days go now. Except for one day in March.

One day where I just, you know, flew to LA to shoot a video.

westwood la

A video for Subaru. {And before I forget, go enter to win an All-New 2012 Subaru Impreza by going to and clicking on the vehicle in the bottom right-hand corner.}

subaru video shoot

I had so much fun getting a behind the scenes peek at how these things come together. The number of takes and amount of footage that was filmed in order to come up with all the right pieces to put a clip together that conveyed the right message in the right way.


I can only imagine how many hours and hours of footage the production crew had to weed through to find enough non-awkward segments on my part. Winking smile

filming videohow a video is filmed

And I can only imagine how many hours and hours and hours of footage it takes to put together a longer commercial, tv show, or movie.

Have I mentioned before I would love to get a glimpse at how a tv show comes together? Random side story: I have a friend who lived in LA last summer and just so happened to have the chance to witness Rules of Engagement being filmed. Did you know Patrick Warburton is like 10 feet tall? This coming from my 7 foot friend. Anyway, one of the actresses was sick, so they filmed all the scenes without her, then went back and added her clips in after another shoot. You’d never know watching the show how it was filmed and pieced together.

Ok tangent over. What I’m putting off by rambling on is the end piece from my adventure in LA. My Subaru video is done!

It is completely awkward and weird and strange and embarrassing to watch yourself in video form. This coming from someone who thinks it’s embarrassing to hear herself on an answering machine. Well, back when we had answering machines…

Again, anyways. Here it is. My First Car Story video!


Everyone loved their first car. No matter how beat up or broken down, it was a taste of freedom and you loved it. Even though it lasted only for a brief time, that emotional connection is an experience that unites us all. Check out my custom illustrated story, you can submit one too at and bring your story to life with animation and music and share it with your friends.

Let the laughing commence.

In all seriousness, as awkward as I feel about this, I had such a blast taking on this adventure, working with the production and film crew, and meeting the gang behind Glam, who I previously only knew through email. I love putting faces to names, and it just reaffirms that I feel great about my partnership with the Glam Media folks.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the advertiser.

Have you ever seen a TV show or movie filmed?!

The Shoot

I already gave you a glimpse at the behind the scenes of the Subaru shoot, but filming a video in LA is a once in a lifetime experience {for this gal anyway}, so I’m going to milk one more day out of it.

The {chilly} day began at a swank, modern house in the heart of LA proper. I couldn’t believe it when I found out someone currently lives here. It was so…clean!

flowered entrance way

modern house

I could definitely get used to a bedroom like this. So much sunshine!

modern minimalist bedroom

First things first…make me look presentable. Having my make up done for me is more than a luxury as a new mom. Too bad no one saw me in real life. Winking smile

make up artist

Once I was all prettified, I prepped for the shoot with the producers. They went through what they were looking for and gave me a head’s up on what types of questions they were going to ask. We practiced by chit chatting about some of the things I was going to say, which made it much more comfortable when the camera was actually rolling.

chatting with video producers

You can’t see the producers in the video obviously, but it was filmed as if we were sitting down having a conversation. Much better than remembering a bunch of lines!

getting mikedvideo shoot set up

I imagined myself like a reality TV star in one of those confessional booths: I’m sure there’s secretly someone there prompting them with questions, quotes, and clips from the show. Right?!

on air interview

Although I was really quite uncomfortable having the camera focused on me {I’m an awkward talker as it is…} it was really low pressure due to the magic of editing. You could mess up and start over again without it being a big deal- it’ll be clipped and re-seamed together later.

behind the scenes of filming

After the filming part of shoot, they took some “moving stills”- like photographs except the camera was moving to make things interesting.

moving still shots

You could watch what it was going to look like on film on a monitor with headsets outside. Pretty cool.

watching filming on monitor

I can’t say I was thrilled to be on camera, but I loved, loved, loved getting a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes. I’ve always been curious to see what really goes on when filming a movie or TV show, and what the celebrities go through to make it happen.

production crew

You wouldn’t believe how many crew members it takes to make something like this happen. Every little detail was accounted for, including the exact tint of the light coming through the window in the background of the shoot. The crew had to set up and reset up over and over again as the day went on and the light changed. Even the tiniest outside sound could mess up the shoot!

video crewglam girls

The whole experience makes me appreciate why celebrities look so perfect in magazines and on film- it’s not all about Photoshopping. There’s a lot of work that goes into making everything look perfect, from lighting to make-up and more.

lighting set up for video

The rest of the day was filled with other stuff. It’s classified. But included a jaunt around UCLA’s campus and more. Winking smile

uclapalm trees in californiaucla campus

The loooong day ended with an eventful red eye flight home. Including, but not limited to, an in-air re-routing due to severe storms, an extra hour of flight time, a mad dash across a giant terminal resulting in a barely-made-flight, and flying to end destination…and then turning around and flying back due to a closed airport. Followed by a cancelled flight. And then a new flight. I’ll stop now.

plane on runway

All was well in the end though because I came home to the most precious 10 week old in the world.


Just a tad different than my usual Monday, I’d say.

Behind the Scenes: An L.A. Video Shoot

Lights. Camera. Action!

video shoot

Hotels. Drivers. Makeup.

hotel palomar

Film crew. Me.

film crew

Which one of these things is not like the other?

Me of course. These things couldn’t be further from my daily life, but for one day, they were.

modern la home

For one day, I lived a different life. The life of a jetsetter- flying across the country for a single day’s work. If you can count shooting a video as work, that is.

video shoot set

A whirlwind day of travel, prepping, and filming. For the first time I got a glimpse at the life of a celebrity- the behind the scenes side.

production crew

The producer asking the prompting questions. Repeating sound bites at different film angles to up the interest during editing. The moving still shots. The make up. The lighting. The improvising. The necessary silence. The external monitor and the rest of the on-looking team. So surreal.

glam team

Piece by piece portions of the video were filmed. I went first thing in the morning, leaving me without time for my nerves to grow and for me to question what I’d gotten myself into.

video monitor

What I’d gotten myself into was a video shoot as a follow up to my first car story from Subaru post. What I’d gotten myself into was a day trip to the other side of the country. What I’d gotten myself into was meeting some of the faces of my ad network, Glam. After getting to know the team I feel even better about my participation in their network; it’s not just an invisible controller behind a curtain, it’s friendly, smiling, kind faces. This was an opportunity unlike any other and I’m so grateful and humbled to have been chosen to work on this project.

california tree

What a day out of the ordinary!

Feel the Love

My Philly adventure came to a close with a morning 5K with Together Counts.

It was my first chance to really “see” Philly and all the iconic spots. {Minus the Liberty Bell.}

hls group run love sign

A huge group of us gathered in the lobby, then hit the streets of Philadelphia. It ended up being a walking 5K, which was ok by me- except for the fact that I spent the whole time looking at my watch freaking out about making it back in time to get to the airport…

gathering in the lobby

With Beth, one of my roomies, and Freya, who came all the way from the UK!

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Nothing like a giant mob of people crossing the city streets.

walking through philly

philadelphia street sign map

tall city buildings

philly streetsphilly tour guide

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the rocky steps building

horse statuethe love sign

The Rocky steps!! {Of course I’ve never seen Rocky…}

rocky stepsphilly skyline

walking up the rocky steps

And that tour of the city by foot ended HLS and my trip to Philly… Followed by a mad dash to the train station to wait 30 minutes for the next train. Followed by a mad dash to security only to get harassed for 40 minutes. Followed by a mad dash down the longest terminal in existence to hop on my already boarding plane. Followed by an extended wait on the runway. Phew.

Repeat Customer

Welcome to Philly!

downtown philly skyline

philadelphia center city

This weekend is the Healthy Living Summit – a gathering of health, food, and fitness lovers {and a lot of people that like to post pictures of those things on the internet}. This is the first time I’ve ever been to the same conference twice. It’s a lot of fun knowing what to expect, and it’s exciting to see what’s going to be different. Here’s how last year went down:

I met a fabulous group of roommates. We were totally meant to room together.


I learned some things about a giant chip company. Yup, I hung out at a Frito Lay plant at a healthy living conference. Some of it was good. Some of it was bad. Some of it was ugly.

frito lay chip tour

I explored a new favorite city, Chicago. I can’t wait to go back.

downtown chicago

I had my first raw dining experience. It tasted great but my stomach wasn’t too pleased.

raw lasagna

After the conference, I toured a brewery. Add Goose Island to my list of favorite beers.

goose island beergoose island brewery

I also ate at a fabulous restaurant, partied like a rock star, did some yoga and ate some more food.

quartino restaurant chicago

So all in all, it was a great conference and a great trip. Here’s to Philly being just as memorable!


If you were at HLS last year, what was your favorite part? If you’re going {or here} this year, what are you looking forward to the most?