Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have always loved this day for as long as I can remember. Not only is it because pink and red are my favorite colors (bonus!!), but I love being able to celebrate LOVE. Whether with friends, family, or a significant other, I have always found this day to be extra special. For the past four Valentine’s days, I have also been celebrating something else on this day…Ian’s birthday (yes, he is […]

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Mardi Gras Memories

It’s no secret here that I LOVE New Orleans! I was born and raised there, and all of my family still live there now…we are talking aunts, uncles, cousins, everyone.  There are a lot of us! And while there are more than a million reasons to love New Orleans, Mardi Gras is one that tops the list. Most people think of Mardi Gras as craziness on Bourbon Street, and while that is definitely an option, […]

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Lauren’s Loves

Happy Thursday! It’s almost the end of the week and that’s worth celebrating. I’ve been battling the worst cold all week, so I am thankfully that the weekend is in sight 🙂 Here are a few things that I’ve been loving this week: Minimalism // I finally got around to watch this documentary on Netflix and it was so interesting. The movie follows the story of two guys who decided to live a minimalist life after […]

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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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