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!After months of being antsy and waiting for the current to slow, we finally got out for a paddle. It was the perfect day (and included friends who met us at the lake with a truck to take us back up the river ... the best option, ever 😂). #paddle #kayak #paddleboard #mokelumneriverProud auntie 🙋♀️ over here! My beautiful niece Sophia Loren graduated high school last night, and I just can’t believe it. So many times we talked about the possibilities of life after graduation, and here we are. She’s smart, deeply intuitive, creative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, compassionate, loving — and she’s ready to take on the world. So proud to be your auntie and friend! I love you! (Swipe for some of my favorites of Sophia through the years 💜💜).Please forward all calls here. #Summerbound #lake #MyFavoriteDesk #attheoffice #thecreativeway🌿🌿🖤My Peace Lily is blooming again this week. It was a gift from my mom after we lost Sara pup in January. This is the first time it has bloomed, and I’m so happy. #peacelilyI’m going to miss spending Thursday nights with these crazy teenagers. Ten weeks ago, we invited 18 student from different high schools to join our program that gives them a 360-view of hospital and healthcare careers. They practiced robotic surgery in the OR, visited babies in the NICU, made it through a zombie disaster drill, resuscitated Ted, the test dummy and whole lots more. They came as shy strangers and left as besties, now promising to stay in touch (guys, they have a massive group chat where they all talk throughout the week!). Thursdays with you @edwards_6 @nicolemurph5 have been awesome — thanks for your vision! Let the next cohort begin! #studenthealthcareleadersGood morning, my plant babies. Summer is upon us. Time to wake up and reach, reach, reach for your sunshiny dreams. #PlantBabies #FiddleLeafFig #IWantAJungleSomeday #ThatMorningLightTho #GrowWhereYouArePlanted #PlantRescueSocietyOfOne #TalkToAndShootYourPlantsMy first trip to the Fruit Bowl meant some pretty delish Easter feasting on giant Delta asparagus. #asparagus #GrillIt #MmmThankful for sprinkles that turn into sunshine and new, sweet friends who take you hunting for golden kumquats bursting with sweetness on their branches. #kumquats #fruits #springtime #playwithyourfood
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This is just a little continuation of that Capitola weekend. As the valley heats up (to 102 last night … eek), I’m feeling the pull of the coast again. Where are you escaping to this summer?
On a weekend in January, when the waves should have been too cold to trample into and the sun should have been hidden in a misty haze, four girlfriends and I held ourselves up in a little beach town and … Continue reading
Last week was a busy one. Not only did I find myself camping on the beach in Northern California, I wound up spending a few days in Santa Cruz. I always find my inner tourist in Santa Cruz, where Downtown … Continue reading
Sometimes, you just have to go to Santa Cruz for the day. I went last weekend and enjoyed a long drive, blue skies and a long walk through a few neighborhoods. I always thought I’d like to live in Santa … Continue reading
While in Santa Cruz Sunday, we stopped in for lunch at Saturn Cafe, where comfort food is made vegetarian style (previously blogged here). I’ve been coming here since high school, when we’d stop here after days of body surfing. Not … Continue reading
Peace. Beauty. Friendship. Relaxation. That pretty much sums up this past Saturday. After our morning coffee and breakfast burritos, Grant drove us to Big Basin, near Santa Cruz/Boulder Creek, where the trees stretch to the sky and spread as wide … Continue reading
These are a few more shots from Santa Cruz. Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to get away.