‘Personal – The Lowe Life’ Category

  1. 2013 spread joy challenge

    January 7, 2013 by Lauren

    Josiah and I have lots to be thankful for – and we want to spread that joy to others. And we encourage you to spread your joy too. We normally aren’t super sappy – but we think helping others is awesome.

    We posted this on facebook today: “2013 SPREAD JOY CHALLENGE: We will pick 5 random people who comment on this status to receive a gift from us sometime in 2013. The only catch is that you must also pay it forward to 5 people via your facebook status. You could give homemade baked goods, a handmade gift, a gift card, or or or….” and we were so excited about peoples’ willing responses about spreading happiness to others!

    So. Join us in what we’ve called the 2013 Spread Joy Challenge.

    There’s SO many things we can do for those around us – some involve money, some involve just 2 seconds of your time, some are more involved time-wise and financially. 

    -Buy the coffee of the people behind you

    -Buy an extra can of cat food for the crazy cat lady behind you

    -Bake your neighbors some cookies

    -Get your friend a random gift – no occasion!

    -Give your waiter/waitress a great big tip!

    -Take some college kids out to dinner.

    -Help friends pack and move

    -Offer to babysit for those friends with the crazy kids

    -Send someone money/gift cards in the mail ANONYMOUSLY.

    -Offer to help your neighbor unload their heavy groceries/someone reach that item on the top shelf

    -and endless other ideas! Share ideas in the comments!


    If you think you’re up for the challenge, please join us in “paying it forward” to 5 people. Leave a comment saying you’re IN if you like! And please come back and share what you’re doing to make some smiles. 


    love, love, love,

    lauren and josiah

  2. 2012 review

    January 2, 2013 by Lauren

    2012 review:

    The Burlap Bag:

    -Started the Burlap Bag’s online shop
    -Worked 37 days STRAIGHT in a row!! and now we’re officially open on Sundays
    -Started making candles and have made over 1000 candles to date
    -Met lots of other business owners/managers! SunnieBunnie over at Atown is now a dear friend that we met this year.
    Lauren was on TV! Had a great interview about shopping local that aired on Thanksgiving.
    -Had many awesome sites share our blog posts! Fiji Water, Life Hacker, Buzzfeed, Seventh Generation, MARTHA STEWART, and many others
    -Started guest blogging for Simple Design!
    -Held our own craft fair – with over 1000 people in the shop within 3 days!
    -Had a big ole booth at Renegade Craft Fair
    -Held 2 free clothing swaps for ladies
    -And most importantly… The Burlap Bag turned ONE!! A huge & exciting moment for us.

    The Lowe Life

    -Hung out lots and lots with friends. A few favorite memories: Snowshoeing in Boise with the Vinson’s, seeing Sufjan Stevens in concert with the Salina crowd, hanging on a barge under the 360 bridge, “initiating” Patrick’s new game store with the first game, and having many a visit to dog&duck pub.
    -Dyed 10 inches of my hair pink.
    -Celebrated being married for FOUR years!
    -Discovered Chipotle’s ordering app (this definitely deserves mention… yes, even right after the 4 years of marriage point!)
    -Ran a lot! Ran a whole mile in under 10 minutes for the first time ever. Did our first official 5k (the color me rad 5k!)
    -Started an instgram for the kitties (@carrotsandturnip) and they have over 2000 followers. ridiculous.
    -Discovered our Torchy’s Tacos obsession.
    -Grew a very fruitful (literally!) garden! 4 massive taller-than-me tomato plants, 3 bell pepper plants that are still producing, and herbs!


    Things that would make Josiah and I smile in 2013:

    -Running a 10k.
    -Holding another craft fair/trunk show
    -Hosting more free clothing swaps at the shop!
    -Getting our candles in at least 5 other Austin shops
    -Blog more frequently!
    -10,000 instagram followers for the kitties. They need to be famous and ridiculous.


    Thanks everyone for reading our blog/shopping at our store/supporting us! We’ll try to bring you many more silly posts in 2013.


    Lauren and Josiah

  3. on tv!

    November 27, 2012 by Lauren

    Also last week – I (Lauren) was interviewed on tv! Which is hilarious, because we don’t even own a tv. Ha. But it was great.

    I chatted with the news guy and Rebekka Adams (of the Austin Independent Business Alliance) about shopping at local stores for the holidays instead of the big chain stores.

    you can watch my (awkward) interview here if you’re so inclined.


    So with Renegade, and being on the news, and of course getting the shop ready for the holidays, you can see why it’s been hectic around here! but i’m making time for blogging more this week. ok? ok.


  4. How we live without a microwave

    September 21, 2012 by Lauren


    When we moved into our current home about a year ago, we realized (about an hour into unpacking boxes) that there was no microwave. Soon after, Josiah’s parents offered us an extra microwave that they had. We decided “eh. let’s see how long we can live without one…” (it also didn’t have a washer or dryer but we didn’t last long without those!)

    So we just took it one day at a time. Living life microwave-free. I don’t even really have anything against microwaves, but we really enjoy not having one. It’s less clutter of a huge bulky item that we just don’t need!

    But Lauren, what about ___________…. yes, I’ve got answers.


    But Lauren, what about tea?

    It’s called a kettle and I love it. We have a lovely blue Le Creuset one. You can have water ready for tea in 4 minutes.

    But Lauren, what about popcorn? You gotta have microwave popcorn!

    Nope, I’ve got a Whirley-Popand it’s incredible! The Whirley Pop cooks popcorn on the stove and it tastes SO much better than microwave popcorn. Also, it’s fresh. Also, it’s CHEAPER… popcorn kernels are soooo cheap! Also, you get to decide what you want on top (not NEARLY as much butter as that microwave stuff comes with!) Also, it’s done in about 3 minutes. Also, your house will smell so good, like the fair! Also, go get one. You won’t regret it.

     But Lauren, what about leftovers? Aren’t they so easy to re-heat in the microwave?

    Yes, and they never taste that good from the microwave! Get out a skillet. Grease it and turn it on medium high heat. Then reheat some chicken and rice or pasta. IT WILL TASTE SO MUCH BETTER THAN IN THE MICROWAVE! Microwaves boil out all the water, hence your dry chicken and rice. We actually enjoy eating leftovers now… they taste the same as the first day we cooked them! (sometimes even better! the flavors get to mingle overnight) Besides, how do you think they heated up “leftovers” before they had microwaves? (way to sound like an 80 year old Lauren, and not the 23 year old you are...)


    When it’s a bummer about no microwave:

    Cans of soup.
    Needing to melt butter for a recipe.
    No “defrost” button on my oven.
    If you have children who need their food instantly. (I don’t know this one from personal experience. But I can imagine with kids it’s trickier.)

    How to fix those bummers: Cans of soup – cook in a pot on the stove. Melted butter – use a little skillet or pot.  Defrost – plan ahead? :)


    Not having a microwave does take a little extra time… But we’ve just learned to get over it. And we love it!

    Well, there ya have it. We love not having a microwave. I know, we’re weird. But maybe just try this week to not use yours as much… and see if you could live without one too!