Slow Cooker Pork Ragu

It has been raining the entire week here in Northern California and I can’t believe it! And thanks to this dreary weather, I have been eating my fair share of comfort food 🙂 I’m talking lots of soup and pasta (and I’m not complaining). So, when Ian and I were thinking about something warm to enjoy for dinner on Sunday night with minimal effort, the slow cooker was the obvious choice! There are two great things […]

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Keeping a Clean Space With Pets

I absolutely love having a clean house! To be quite honest, I have always loved cleaning. It sounds silly, and it has nothing to do with what anyone else thinks, but having a clean space allows me to feel calm and relaxed. And while I have always been this way, it wasn’t until four years ago when I got my first cat, Nala, that I really realized how hard it was to keep a clean […]

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Banana Oat Muffins

Happy Monday! It has been surprisingly cold here in the Bay Area, especially with all the rain we have been having. We finally had our first sunny day in a while on Saturday, so we enjoyed a beautiful hike with friends, followed by a delicious brunch…it was the perfect relaxing weekend! To start my week off right, I knew I wanted to make a warm, healthy(ish) breakfast that is equally as yummy. When I noticed […]

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Books to Read in 2017

One of my goals of 2017 was to start reading more. Somehow over the years the amount of books that I have read for pleasure has decreased. I love the idea of curling up in bed at night with a good book and a glass of wine, but lately that “book” has turned into re-watching episodes of Gilmore Girls that I’ve seen 100 times (who’s with me?!). I think the hardest part for me is […]

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Lauren’s Loves

Happy Monday! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like this first week of 2017 flew by! I finally feel like I am getting organized and back into my routine after the holiday. So here are a few things that I’ve been loving this week! The Golden Globes I love love love award season! I am also one of those people who watch all the way from the red carpet through the […]

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

If I could pick any saying that best describes New Orleans, “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” or “let the good times roll,” would be my first pick. New Orleans is the only city where a parade will magically appear for any celebration, Who Dat is a way of life, and drive-through daiquiris are completely normal (and amazing!). There is always magic (and Mardi Gras beads) in the air, and a smile on everyone’s face. In […]

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New Year, New Goals

Hello 2017!! I love the new year because it gives you a chance to really start fresh. For me, that means starting the year with a clean space, a new planner, and writing down a few goals for the year. I just LOVE the feeling of writing down lists, appointments, and goals and seeing my progress throughout the year! Anyone else with me?! This year I really just want to focus on living a healthier […]

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New Year’s Night In

If you are anything like me, sometimes the best way to ring in the new year is with a relaxing night at home. Now don’t get me wrong, it can still be so much fun to have a few friends over, drink champagne, and play games until the ball drops (which for me on the West coast happens at 9 o’clock  🙂 ) This year has been a whirlwind! Moving across the country has definitely […]

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Lauren’s Loves

Merry day after Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends! I am currently traveling back to California after a wonderful week spent at home in New Orleans. I had the best time catching up with family and friends, eating WAY too much, and celebrating the holidays. I took the week off from posting, but to start back up again here are some things that I have been loving! Blue Bell Peppermint […]

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Stocking Stuffers

If your family is anything like mine, stocking stuffers play a big part in your Christmas morning. Even to this day, my three siblings and I wake up before my parents, run downstairs and get our stockings to go through them until we can get my parents out of bed (and yes, we are all in our 20’s!). I think it all started as a way for my parents to give themselves a little extra […]

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