These are a few more shots from Santa Cruz. Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to get away.
WELCOME!I’m Lauren — a gentle wanderlust who lives in a little valley nestled between Sacramento and San Francisco. I embrace life’s littlest and most poignant moments, and share them here.
FOLLOW @theurbanhippie ON INSTAGRAM!Double-whamey bucket listing: See the amazing @lauren_daigle live. Check✅. Stand 6,450 above sea level between two 300-foot acoustically-perfect sandstone walls strategically placed by nature at Red Rock and listen to a favorite artist. Check ✅. It was a lifetime experience seeing one of my faves at the historic @RedRockAmphitheater in Colorado last week. #LaurenDaigle #lookupchildworldtour #lookupchild #redrocksThe plant babies and I have a new home! This summer, I packed up my little lovely treehouse of a home, the one that made me a homeowner three years ago, and dove head first into a new adventure. With lots of prayers and long conversations with my realtor/dream-partner/life-planner/dear friend, I made an offer on a duplex! It was time to build fresh momentum, to rework some things and explore possibilities. It hasn’t been without fear, frustrations and self doubt, but those things all get a little muted under the high-fives, cheers from your biggest supporters and when that one friend keeps calling you LandLadyLo. Now comes the fun - finding each plant’s happy spot, styling cozy reading nooks and unpacking all those boxes. Let the fun continue...! #SoIBoughtADuplex #LetsDoThis #InvestmentProperty #newhome #thankful #plantlady #realestatelifeThose farmers market kinda vibes. #farmersmarket #VegOutToday I raised my right arm, and under oath, was sworn in to a new kind of role. I swore that I will show up for children who have been abandoned. To fight for youth who only know that adults fail them. And to be a light and hope for our community of young people who are caught in cycles of trauma, abuse and neglect. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, I feel honored to be able to make a difference in at least one of the 1,600 foster children’s lives in San Joaquin County. It was extra special to be sworn in beside my dear friend, Candace, who has traveled this journey with me from the beginning. This evening, we reviewed heart-wrenching case files and decided that we will together advocate for siblings who are now in the foster system. It won’t be easy, we know. But we are excited to show up; to advocate for them in court and make recommendations to the judge on their behalf; to work with their foster parents, their social workers and attorneys; to serve as an extra set of eyes for their wellbeing and to help them find their loving, forever home. We are excited -- and ready to have our lives changed just as much as we’re hoping to change these kids’ lives (if not a whole lot more). #CASA #CASAVolunteer #DoItForTheKids #youcanbeacasatooVacation, anyone? Missing sand, waves, redwood highways, bubblegum giggles, exploring? Me, too. Here are a few more photos and videos from last weekend’s #roadtrip. #MoreVacayPlease #redwoods #beach #northerncalifornia #oregon #girlstripThe best way to #roadtrip is, paws down, with a pup in tow. We hit the Northern California coast and Oregon over the long weekend and literally enjoyed the dog days of summer. Here are some helpful tips on traveling with Rover: 🏄🏼♀️Always steal surfboards for a doggie photoshoot 🌭Dine at places where they have fur-baby menus. Seriously. Scroll to see the menu where we ordered grilled chicken that arrived in a dog bowl. 🛴Dog strollers are the best - (especially if your pooch just can’t get around as well and has some cancer, like lil Mags) and push it down slopes when you can (no pups were harmed in the making of this post). 🌊Do plenty of beach walks and don’t skimp on the cuddles. What are your tips?It’s only every couple of years that I get to visit Ashland, Ore. to get lost in the beautiful world of @papayaliving, the boutique that houses my longtime favorite artist @anahata_joy (creator of @papayaart)’s unique creations and inspiration from around the world. For the first time, I also got to experience her second shop, @jupiterrow_ashland, where the indoor plant and beauty game had me swooning non-stop. Thank you @anahata_joy for continuing to create and share. #ashlandoregon #ashland #papayaart #papayaliving #jupiterrow #artistswhoinspire #plants #iSplurged #artCotton candy sunset skies and bubbling waves. Just last night on the seashore. #CrescentCity #NorthernCaliforniaCoast #OceanLoveI love coming across gems like these. Priceless animated GIFS that we made one afternoon when Laura felt so good despite that cancer diagnoses. Her laughter has been on my mind, largely because we should be celebrating her birthday this week and also because I think of her words and advice when I’m faced with new things and big decisions. Now, as I’m buying a new home, I keep thinking of her creativity and vision and all the ways she would jump in — and urge me to jump in. This morning, as I pondered my ability to manage a DIY pergola, I looked back at the outdoor oasis she and Grant created at their home. I love that she is still inspiring me even though she’s been gone nearly a decade. The photos took me back to conversations, art days, cookouts and backyard chats. I’m thankful for the photos and for the memories that I worried would fade, but haven’t one bit. #inspiration #memories #friendship #cancersucks #melanoma #HappyBirthdayGypsyGirl #NoWayForgotten #ImStillJustWaitingForYouToComeBackFromALongGetawayInCostaRica
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