Key Lime Pie

Y’all! This key lime pie I made earlier in the week ended up being so delicious I HAD to share! I’ll take any excuse to bake, and when I realized that Pi Day was this week (March 14th), I knew I wanted to make something. Little fact about me…one year in elementary school we had a contest to see who could memorize the most numbers of Pi and I won second place! I think it […]

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Eating and Drinking Favorites + a 9 Month Review

It was brought to my attention this weekend that I have now lived in California for 9 months (!!!). Wow, the time has flown by! Some days it feels like I just left Nashville, and others make it feel like a lifetime ago…I guess lots of change will do that for ya! But from our Yosemite trip in July, a windy trip to Santa Cruz, lots of weekend trips to San Francisco, and holiday trips […]

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Lately

This week I thought it would be fun to do a little life update! After about 8 months of living in California, I finally feel completely settled…is that crazy?! Our apartment is pretty much decorated the way we want, we have a wonderful group of friends, and I don’t need a GPS most days. It is a great feeling! I took this picture last week and since then we have made even more changes including […]

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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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