Off Topic Tuesday Topics

Okay, I admit I love photographs.  I love to take pictures, I love to look at pictures, I love the story that a photograph can tell.

But I’m not an Instagram user.

Sure, I have it. I’ve used it, even.  I think I have three pictures of my dog.  But it’s just not the format I enjoy.  To be honest, I never even think about it.  Plus the majority of my requests to follow are from kids aged 10-15, those I work with at church, so it’s not something vastly entertaining for me, with selfies every six seconds.

So instead of my four favorite Instagram peeps, I instead am giving you four peeps that I read daily (or as often as they post)!  Yay for blogging???Life.Love.Lauren


1.  John and Sherry Petersik.  I know I’ve mentioned them before, but their home adventures in DIY, child rearing, and life in general can be found at  Love them because they seem to keep it real, and they are from my ‘hood.  Like three doors down from where I babysat three nights a week as a kid.  Just bought a new house, so it’s fun to read along. Continue reading

Inspiration can come from anywhere

It’s really hard to type blog posts on a train with spotty wifi connections.  I’m just sayin’.  Not to mention that I thought it was six things from each color last week–so six red, six orange, etc.  And trying to type that on a spotty wifi connection and rickety railroad tracks was not going my way.  So I gave up.  Too much of a headache to try to keep up.  But this week I love the topic!  We’re down to five things:

Life.Love.Lauren Continue reading

All my days are running together

So time for a full confession.  This is the second week in a row that I have put my post together and spent all day trying to figure out why Lauren over at hadn’t put up the link post.  It’s usually around 5pm when I figured it out.

It was Sunday.  This is a post done every Tuesday.

The sharpest knife in the drawer, I am not lately.

Anywho, this is the last week of this week’s round of topics!

Oh, the places you’ll go!

I would love to travel more.  I would love to spend my entire life visiting new places, learning new things, having new experiences, and coming home again.  Because coming home again is just as important as leaving, I think.  It’s what makes it so much fun–by the time you’ve had enough, you get to return to the familiar and the comfortable.

Life. Love.Lauren

I’ve been blessed to have a few fantastic travel opportunities.  Continue reading

Where have I heard that before?

Every now and again you hear a phrase that sticks with you.  Sometimes it’s from a movie.  Sometimes it’s from a song.  Sometimes it’s from that friend you’re with at an all-you-can-eat diner at 3am waiting for her to sober up enough to get home.  But whenever that phrase hits you, you remember it.  It might not make any sense whatsoever, and sometimes it’s just the memory alone that makes it special.  I know I’ve done movie quotes before, so I’ll try to keep it minimal this time! Continue reading

Life is full of lessons

I would be a professional student if I could.  Classrooms, learning, lots of knowledge.  But there are some things you just can’t learn in school!  Which brings us to this week’s Tuesday Topics, as we’re down to #4.

Life. Love.Lauren

  1. Pets relieve stress.  At the end of the day, after working for 12+ hours, caring for an ailing parent, and dealing with frustrated clients all day, the adoration found in a pet is priceless, and better than any psychologist’s couch!

    No matter how much I want to be left alone, he insists on cuddling to make me feel better

    No matter how much I want to be left alone, he insists on cuddling to make me feel better

  2. Never use credit cards.  Seriously.  Pay cash whenever you can, and save the plastic for automotive or appliance emergencies.
  3. They may drive you nuts, but they’re the only family you’ve got.  Value the time you have with them, because it’s never enough.  At the same time, you need to know your limits.
  4. You have a second family, not blood related, that is the one you choose to “do life” with.  You know, the girlfriend that will be by your side when you’re both too senile to remember your shared past.  The families that were there when your kids were growing up.  Or you went through that breakup.  Or you lost that job.  And sometimes, yes sometimes, this family is more valuable than the one you received at birth.