Exploring what it really means for women to "have it all." Sometimes cheeky, sometimes heartfelt. A blog and live show created by Amanda Hirsch (@amanda_hirsch). Daily posts by Melody Bell, the character Amanda plays on stage. Melody is the perfect woman who gives you nightmares, offering up tips for crystallizing your breast milk, color coding your filing system and keeping your sex life freaky. Don't forget to like Melody on Facebook!


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Mar 2, 2014
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Maple syrup and hot tubs

What a gorgeous weekend. We all tucked away to the Hudson Valley — did you know they have Kombucha on tap up there? It’s like the Brooklyn of the north, with the added benefit of nature’s majesty. The mighty Hudson!

Teddy and I think it’s so important to expose the kids to a simple way of life, so we churned our own butter. Then we wrapped it in cellophane for the kids to give their teachers on Monday (we recently gave up dairy).

Then Teddy and I stayed up late in the hot tub gazing at the stars and planning how to invest our 401k.

Now it’s back to reality: An Oscars party at Gwyneth’s. I’m making vegan pate.

Tip of the day: When tapping your own organic maple syrup, hum the lullaby your mother sang to you as a child — the vibrations entice the sweetness out of hiding, like a child from the birth canal.
Love and abundance,
Melody


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Feb 25, 2014
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Bee Pollen & Bouillabaisse

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Tonight the family made bouillabaisse for the local soup kitchen, then Teddy and I helped Eddie build a pyramid for a school project. It was Eddie’s idea to use discarded VHS tapes as building materials a comment on how today’s civilization is built using media instead of natural resources.

Edie was feeling constipated, so I gave her fourteen raw parsnips and twelve glasses of water. That seemed to help.

Tomorrow: The final planning session with Bono for next week’s fundraising concert. Those inner city kids with club foot are going to have the time of their lives. (More on the origins of this project here.)

Now, off to rub my lips with locally harvested bee pollen (pictured above) to soften and plump them.

Love and abundance, 
Melody

Thanks for the photo, beepollenhub


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Feb 25, 2014
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Restore that youthful, rosy glow to your labia »

They used my labia as the model during the development process for this. - Melody


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Feb 19, 2014
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Lustrous hair and beat poems for democracy

What an exhilarating week this has been! On Monday we had our annual President’s Day party where all the neighborhood families come over and we collectively reenact over 200 years of Presidential history through poetry and song. One child tried to do a beat poem about LBJ which just didn’t work at all - but, failure is an important learning tool! (That’s what I told his parents.) I made my famous Lincoln cupcakes (gluten free, of course, and I replace the sugar in the recipe with prunes) and we did sun salutations to honor democracy. A good time was had by all.

Then yesterday filming began on the Millennial Moguls Who Matter reality show I recently pitched and the team celebrated by getting henna tattoos of my name on each of their forearms.

Tip of the day: For lustrous hair, construct a comb made of reclaimed wood, dip it in egg yolks from hormone- and antibiotic-free chickens and comb your hair forty times under a full harvest moon.

Love and abundance,
Melody


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Feb 14, 2014
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Happy Valentine’s Day

…from Paris. Teddy whisked me away this morning. Right now we’re sipping champagne after a rather athletic lovemaking session. The moon is full behind the Eiffel Tower.

To love!

Tip of the day: When attempting to convince the French room service waiter you aren’t just another boorish American, say (in a convincing French accent) “Je parle seulement un peu de Francais” (“I speak only a little French”). And show a little cleavage.

Love and abundance,
Melody


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Feb 12, 2014
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Scrapbooking & Spiritual Thriving

As I marinate the four wild Alaskan salmon fillets we’ll be having for dinner tonight over a bed of organic bulgur and shiitake mushrooms with a side of organic kale salad… I find myself thinking, it’s been a while since I scrapbooked. It’s time! I’m the North American scrap booking champion, after all! Off to the Paper Source for supplies. And I’ll let Teddy know to pick up a good biodynamic scrapbooking wine.

Tip of the day: To help your family spiritually thrive, clean the inside of your fridge each week with a solution comprised of equal parts organic white vinegar, baking soda and love.

Love and abundance,
Melody


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Feb 11, 2014
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Buzzfeed & Slow Cookers

I took a Buzzfeed quiz today that told me I’m most like Samantha from Sex and the City, Monica from Friends and Anna from Frozen. Actually Pixar was making an animated film based on my life but the guy who was working on it choked on a chickpea and died so now it’s in development limbo. Showbiz!

Loved my sunrise yoga practice today, and had a blast doing our weekly grocery shopping at Whole Foods with Teddy and the kids before my morning run. Then I cooked and froze a week’s worth of meals in the slow cooker before jetting off to work, where I had a tremendously productive day and was interviewed by Fast Company for an article on mindful productivity hacks and the meaning of creativity. 

Tip of the day: When detangling your children’s hair at bath time, sing Nordic folk songs to calm their nerves. 

Love and abundance,
Melody


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Feb 11, 2014
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halftheskymovement:

RIP, Shirley Temple. In addition to her worldwide fame as an actress, she also made a major contribution to women’s health. In 1972, in a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she held a press conference to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.”  
Read more about her remarkable life via the New York Times. 

"Don’t sit home and be afraid" - I like that, and it applies to far more than cancer. - Amanda

halftheskymovement:

RIP, Shirley Temple. In addition to her worldwide fame as an actress, she also made a major contribution to women’s health. In 1972, in a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she held a press conference to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.”  

Read more about her remarkable life via the New York Times

"Don’t sit home and be afraid" - I like that, and it applies to far more than cancer. - Amanda


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Feb 10, 2014
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Stoking My Inner Fire

The continued cold weather is really stoking my inner fire!!! Today I came up with such a good idea at work that my boss awarded me a bonus on the spot. My idea was for the Millennial Moguls Who Matter campaign I’m running. I said, What if we rounded up a van full of millennial social entrepreneurs and put them on an island, and made it into a reality show, and the profits went to help millennials in Haiti? Hash tag: #MMMIsland

Plus I think I can get Bey to record the theme song.

BOOM.

Tip of the day: For strong nails, soak your fingers three times daily in a mix of cruelty-free egg yolks and Chanel No. 5.

Love and abundance,
Melody


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Feb 7, 2014
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Reclaimed wood and half marathons

Work was SO relaxing today. My clients are all so low-key and quick to defer to my opinions! What a delight.

And now another glorious snowy weekend stretches out before me… so many crafts I’ve downloaded from Pinterest to make with the kids, so little time! I’m not sure what I love more: Counting Popsicle sticks made from reclaimed wood or choosing an Instagram filter for the photos I take of my children’s creations. But best of all is the joy on their faces when they see mommy has planned another perfect Saturday afternoon (their words — not mine!).

Also on Saturday Annie Liebowitz is coming by to photograph me and Teddy — something about a perfect gorgeous couple in love for a Valentine’s Day spread in Vanity Fair — and then Sunday I’m running two half marathons and leading a yoga workshop for street youth and their pit bulls.

Tip of the day: For better orgasms, drink a purée made of one part your lover’s saliva and two parts local organic produce in peak season (do NOT use out of season produce).

Love and abundance,
Melody