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The Urban Hippie

Thursday 08/21/2014
A little low-country boil

It’s getting close to Friday, which means everyone is likely planning parties and food and outings for the weekend. I could go for a little low-country boil, a little of everything tossed into one pot and then scattered on the … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:19 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Monday 08/18/2014
Life Lately

The blooms have popped up in the backyard.  A friend made me a salad for lunch recently and she mixed a can of tuna to go with it. It was my first time having tuna since high school, and now I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, August 18, 2014 1:34 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Sharing beef stew with friends

Nothing goes together like beef stew and summertime. What? You’ve never heard that? I recommend it. My friends Mike and Andrea fearlessly combined the two earlier this summer. Bowls of hearty beef stew (made by Mike with Guinness) were paired … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:14 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/06/2014
Baby Rowan (or, the newborn who sleeps in the garden … he’s already cool like that)

I love that the first time I ever saw little Rowan Peter he was wrapped tight like a wonton and fast asleep in his crib in middle of rose bushes and a bean tower. He’s a special one, that little … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:33 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Baby , Maternity , Mother , Newborn , Photography , Summer Comments (0)

Thursday 07/31/2014
Kelli & Ryan say I Do | Aptos wedding

I met this ’60-s lovin’, doe-eyed girl with an obsession for zombies and Hershey’s Cookies & Cream almost a year ago. And then a few weeks ago, I watched her marry the blue-eyed, videogame-loving boy she’s been gushing ever since. … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:28 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Aptos , Photography , Wedding Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Four days on the beach | Dillon Beach 2014

It was another year at Dillon Beach. Another year of oysters on the grill. Of dogs running off of their leashes and into those foamy waves. Of those blue hues in the morning, and golden flare in the evening, and all those warm … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:25 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Beach , Coast , Dillon Beach , Lawsons Landing , Marin County , Northern California , Photography , Sonoma , Sunset , Travel. , Vacation Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Loving Love Bug

I met Shoshanna and Eric on a camping trip earlier this summer. I liked them from the beginning: they described their blooming garden; they made homemade yogurt for breakfast at the picnic table (yep, I remember those weird things); they … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:35 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Baby , Couple , Family , Garden , Maternity , Newborn , Photography , Pregnancy Comments (0)

Monday 07/14/2014
Wine & Wildflowers

I feel like this summer is zooming by, and yelling “catch me if you can” from a sunny blur of golden sun. So I’ve been making it a point to stop and enjoy the golden light that doesn’t stay in … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, July 14, 2014 7:06 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Iphone , Lodi , Lodica , Michael David , Photography , Wildflowers , Wine , Winery Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/09/2014
The River Calm

I’m not gonna lie – a few months ago I thought of selling my kayak. “Whaaa?” you gasp. I know, I know. But, to be honest, it can sometimes feel like a clunky, beacoup-work, hobby when you’re doing it solo. I … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:06 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Monday 07/07/2014
Five Senses Monday (and some adopted succulents)

I’m trying to nurture my green thumb with indoor plants and succulents (I’ve murdered a few of each). When a friend asked if I wanted the clippings from the succulents taking over his yard, I was so excited to give … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, July 7, 2014 9:38 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Saturday 07/05/2014
Life Lately | M.I.A. no more

Hi, friends. I know I haven’t been in this space much. I’m not sure why, exactly. Everything seems so busy all the time, yet it’s just normal every day stuff. Just like everyone else. Just like you. But I have so … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Saturday, July 5, 2014 11:01 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/04/2014
This was Mule Days

Yesterday, I told you about my drive to the desert and the week I spent there traipsing around old-school storefronts, running my fingers over the soft, shiny coats of mules and dining on plastic picnic tables with amazing people I … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:00 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Bishop , Donkeys , Mule Days , Mules , Photography , Road Trip , Rodeo , Theurbanhippie , Vacation Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/03/2014
On the road again: Bishop

Aunt Jo and I hit the road on a warm afternoon that had weather people warning of summer rain. I slipped out of my work slacks and ballet flats and into a tank top and pair of rubber flip-flops that … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 8:31 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Bishop , Bishop Mule Days , Mule Days , Travel. , Vacation Comments (0)

Wednesday 05/07/2014
Camping and kayaking

We drove 45 minutes out of town and, voila: it was as though we were on a real vacation. We kayaked, stopping to water loaf and drink beer, until dinnertime. We finished cooking in the dark, and everyone spread bowls of kales and … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:03 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , California , Camping , Iphone , Kayaking , Paddle Board , Paddleboarding , Photography , Summer Comments (0)

Monday 05/05/2014
Five Senses Monday

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with the Five Senses. They’re always fun to write, and they seem to be a reader-fave. So here we go. Share you Five Senses Monday in the comments or let us know … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, May 5, 2014 9:01 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Monday 04/28/2014
The jeweler and her cabin

This is kind of my process: 1. I find a new hobby (gourmet-chocolate making, yoga, jewelry design, cruise liner restoration). 2. I Google the heck out of it. 3. I read about the interesting people whose worlds are saturated by … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, April 28, 2014 2:11 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Beading , Jeweler , Jewelry , Jolan Bogdan , Joli , Penelope's Den , Photographer , Photography , Turquoise , Writer , Writing Comments (0)

Sunday 04/27/2014
The first paddle of the year

Paddles. Check. Doggie lifejacket. Check. Waterproof iPhone case. Check. A summertime-mindset in the middle of April. Double check. It’s going to be a paddling kind of summer, and I think my friends and I are totally on board — literally … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Sunday, April 27, 2014 8:46 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , California , Dog , Kayak , Kayaking , Lodi , Paddle , Paddling , Pet Comments (0)

Wednesday 04/23/2014
Let garden season begin

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger, friends. I’m sorry. I’m trying to find balance with this weather and work and writing and editing photos and watering plants and summer food. And then, today, I decided I really need to read … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:49 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Monday 04/07/2014
Enchanted by the floating homes of Sausalito

The forecast called for a break in the rain that Sunday. We were heading north, and the promises of a blue sky on the bay meant we were in for a bit of luck. Maggie and I hit the freeways … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, April 7, 2014 9:24 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Adventure Tours , Bay , California , Floating Homes , Houseboats , Lifestyle , Northern California , Ocean Life , Photography , San Francisco , Sausalito , Tours , Travel. , Walking Tour , Walking Tours Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/26/2014
The Chinese market | Under the freeway

Early Saturday morning, before we worried about putting on eyeliner or scrambling eggs for breakfast, my mom and I drove down El Dorado to the Chinese Farmer’s Market under the crosstown freeway. She’d ran into friends of a friend at Trader … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:08 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Chinese Market , Cooking , Farmers Market , Food , Photography , Produce , Vegetables Comments (0)

Sunday 03/09/2014
Friends. Weekend. Snow cabin.

Howdy, friends. Last week, I shared this video of the few days I spent near South Lake Tahoe. In honor of my friend Andrea’s birthday, we  snuck away to Bear Paw Cabin, a snowy fortress with plenty of snow, a … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:25 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Cabin , Friends , Lake Tahoe , Snow , Snow Cabin , Tahoe Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/05/2014
Bear Paw Cabin in Tahoe | 8mm style

Once upon a time, I got it in my mind that I don’t like snow. Wow, was I wrong. Here is a fun little video I made with clips of a snow cabin weekend with friends taken on my iPhone. … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 8:20 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Cabin , Lake Tahoe , Snow , Video , Youtube Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/18/2014
The original packaged food: Heirloom seed packets

There are still remnants of the elegant bank that opened its corner doors in the 1920s. The marble floors. The railings, still gold but tarnished after decades of fingers gripping the cool metal. The tall, tall, rounded windows with watermelons … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:33 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Farming , Garden , Gardening , Gmo , Gmo-free , Heirloom , Heirloom Seeds , Petaluma , Photography , Seeds , Theurbanhippie , Travel. Comments (0)

Monday 02/17/2014
Rainy day succulents

The other day I found a few succulents. I did what I always do, and hovered over them with my phone, the Hipstamatic camera ready to go. I didn’t realize the lens changed on its own. But what happened were … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, February 17, 2014 8:13 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Plants , Putasucculentonit , Succulents Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/11/2014
Five Senses Tuesday

It’s been a while since Five Senses Monday, hasn’t it? I guess there are a lot of reasons for the delay: Internet was down while we switched services; I’ve been trying to spend a lot more time moving and cooking … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8:51 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Five Senses , Iphone , Lauren Nelson , Lifestyle , Photography , Theurbanhippie , Tuesday Comments (0)

Thursday 02/06/2014
The walnut harvest

The walnut harvest was a few months ago, but I seemed to only share photos with a little community known as Instagram. This year, I learned to appreciate the walnut. I learned to appreciate the growers. And the people who … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:06 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Food , Harvest , Iphone , Photography , Walnut Comments (0)

Sunday 02/02/2014
48 hours in Bodega Bay

I have sort of a soft spot for dune grass and those little holes that chickenpock the sand as the sea foam rolls out. It had been forever since I’d walked through those long strains of grass or drug the … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Sunday, February 2, 2014 5:40 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized Comments (0)

Wednesday 01/22/2014
The littlest mariposa

She turned two and got butterfly wings.

Posted in Urban hippie on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 6:56 am. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Auntie Love , Butterfly , Niece Comments (0)

Monday 01/20/2014
Five Senses Monday

^ A morning in bed with a new magazine (below). I’ve really, really, really reigned myself in on the magazine obsession, but once in a while, I can’t resist a brand new beautiful creation, such as this. ^ After watching … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, January 20, 2014 9:23 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Five Senses Monday , Lauren Nelson Comments (0)

Monday 01/13/2014
Stromboli My Heart

I suggested Chinese. Maybe a pizza. I was thinking OREOS or M&Ms at midnight. Then she said, “I was thinking about trying stromboli.” And that was that. I knew I wanted a low-key New Year’s Eve. To stay in. To … Continue reading

Posted in Urban hippie on Monday, January 13, 2014 7:59 pm. | Tags: Urban Hippie , Uncategorized , Baking , Cooking , Dinner , Food , Food Photography , Iphone , Kitchen , Photography , Pizza , Recipe , Stromboli Comments (0)

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