Balancing Time | A Day at Home with my Boy

I am still adjusting to this new normal of motherhood. Mom guilt is a real thing, and I’m admittedly struggling at how to organize my day. I find myself trying to write emails while playing peekaboo with my boy while trying to squeeze in 20 squats next to his play mat (how else do I get my bum back in shape?!) My goal for the month is to better organize my…. Read more

Create Your Own Bliss

Are you seeing signs of spring? Everything around me is blooming, and it’s total bliss. Cherry blossom trees are painting the sky purple. Fresh blooms are turning LA’s sidewalks into flower marts. And the days are becoming just long enough to tease us. Naturally — as any Instagram-lover would do — I’ve been snapping photos. Sometimes, the most mundane pieces of beauty following winter are enough to remind us the world…. Read more

The New You & Lu!

Notice something different??? We have a new name! Welcome to the new YOU & LU.  Sometimes, change is necessary. It’s a sign of growth. A sign of hope. A sign of celebration. … and that’s EXACTLY why Lauren’s Lyst needed a re-birth. If you’ve been following along with me since the start, you’ll remember this space started solely as a personal diary documenting my quarter-life. Over the past year, however,…. Read more

Water Workout: Paddle Board Like a Pro

If I told you I were a paddle boarding pro, I’d be lying… I used to think I was a pro [mostly because I had always paddled on calm waters, in Michigan + Maui]. So when I attempted the sport in Malibu for The Chalkboard Mag, I assumed it would be easy breezy. Enter the 5:30 am wakeup call. It’s choppy. Really choppy. The mood is ominous and I feel…. Read more

Fourth of July: Weekend Diary

I’m currently on a life high. You know those moments you want to box up and infinitely keep? I had a lot of those over this Fourth of July weekend. It’s tradition in our family to also celebrate the evening of the third [why not honor the greatest country over two days]?! Our childhood friends fly in each year to bring midwest charm to the west coast, and we make…. Read more