Blog Crawl: My Life As A {Spell} Book...

Thanks to pretty Blair 
for sending you to Aspiring Kennedy.

I was thrilled to see that Beth Dotolo of Hello Splendor
 chose to kick her piece off with a nod to Twlight. 

My excitement came 
partially because I love Twilight.

However, it was mainly due 
to the fact that I had chosen to base MY post 
around a certain series 
that is near & dear to my heart: 
Harry Potter!

My Life Is An Open {Spell} Book

The Setting:

Hogwarts, of course.

Well no, not actually Hogwarts-
but perhaps the closest place we can get in the Muggle world:
Oxford, England!

 My husband is a student at Oxford,
and it’s a different world here.

We have dining halls,
ancient libraries,
 and all the ancient spook factor
one HP fan could hope for.

Oxford is missing the flying brooms & dragons,
 but I’m still have my hopes up
 they'll both turn up soon.

The Characters:

 My Harry Potter. 

The Chosen One.

 He was the only wizard that could really put the love spell on me.

Halloween 2007. I love this!

 Me, Lauren:
Hermione Granger

I'm a booky-but-sensitive-know-it-all 
with uncontrollable hair
{that is looking better as I get older}.

I also look smashing in Burberry 
(just like Emma Watson).

 My family:
The Weasleys.

The whole gaggle of us.
 I love them all- 
and we have a rampant case
 of red hair running through my nephews & nieces 
which obviously only makes them more endearing.

Halloween 2007 with our nephew.

 My friends:
Dumbledore's Army.

Those in the magic world of blogging, 
and the muggle world ... non-bloggers.

Some that hang near & dear are
 Beth of Hello Splendor, Laura of Something Legit, Kellee of If the Shoe Fits, Grant of Cashmere Cowboy, Jenny of Thompson Tales,  Kelly of Fab K, Heather at Social Thread, and Victoria of Victoria Wall Photography.

photography by Kevin Dotolo

The Plot:

Newly arriving from the backgrounds that shaped us,
Tyler & I are in the process of 
getting educated in a new magical world.

We love England,
and are daily enchanted
with the small nuances of everyday life.

Things like
 “white” tea,
bicycle commutes,
and mid-morning rain
are constantly bewitching us.

The Twist:

Like every good book should,
{in my opinion}
 our story carries
a theme of love
through it’s entirety.

 The relationships with our families & friends
are of epic proportion.

Has any other couple ever felt so rich in love?

We hope so.

While many may doubt
if the love
Tyler & I have together
 can be so real-

 the answer is YES!

Our hope is
that above all the tricks & titles
 life may pass our way…
 we will share the love
 that has been given freely to us 
with others.

Continue on our blog crawl tomorrow
 at the amazing blog of

Emily is one classy girl... 
who's life is so fancy- 
it might be leatherbound.


  1. loves it! i did my study abroad at univ at oxford and i fell in love with it. the sweetest little town. make sure you make the trek through the fields to go to the trout pub and look out for the peacocks there :) and the hot bacon and brie panini at sofi de france in the covered market is not to be missed!!

  2. Love your story!!!!! Love that you live in oxford!!!! So fun!!!

  3. I love it! I this makes me miss you even more though. XOXO

  4. Great story :) I especially love that pink bike!!

  5. What a cute post! I love all the pics!


  6. Great story. I'm in love with Harry Potter! I'm a new follower from the Blog Crawl!

  7. What a beautiful post, made me smile so broadly! Enjoy every moment of your story :)

  8. This is so sweet! I think I fell in love with you, in a blogging sense, not a creepy stalker sense. :) I am obsessed, literally, with HP. This is one of my favorite posts - ever! Glad to hear you are enjoying England. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Harry Potter? Miss you LBK! Thanks for the shout-out!

  10. Just when I thought Beth's Twilighty goodness couldn't be topped..........

    You are my fave for doing a parallel to HP.
    DITTO Lindsay's comment above!!

  11. Great post! And I love that last pic. Very sweet.

  12. wow i love this!! what a fun story...and i'm such a harry potter nerd!! <3

  13. What a FUN post! Very creative. :)

  14. Harry Potter rules in our house! Carter, age 8, and I are currently reading book 4! Last year, he WAS Harry Potter. This year, his little brother, Tyler (love those Tyler's!) will be picking up the torch, er costume. And....under much pressure, I pre ordered several of the Harry Potter Lego sets....appropriately to be delivered during October!

    xo Elizabeth

  15. loved reading your story and the harry potter theme couldn't have been more perfect!

  16. Well that was about the sweetest, most well written thing in all of blogland this week! Thank you for sharing it with us...I feel the love! :)

    xo, cassie

  17. Such a sweet story lauren! You and tyler are simply adorable! I'm glad you're loving England so much, it is such a beautiful country isn't it!?

  18. Enjoyed your post! How creative. And, thanks for not putting any pressure on me at the end :) Ha! I'm about to get cracking on mine shortly. . .

  19. It was great getting to know you Lauren! I love the Hogwarts theme!

    A big Harry Potter fan!
    Rambles with Reese

  20. What a fabulous post! I love that picture of the hallways of Oxford, it does feel very HP-ish!

  21. LOVE your story, you are soo creative and the pics are great!

  22. Lauren this is such a fantastic post! I loved it and it looks like you are having a fabulous time abroad. I'm jealous! Let me know if you run into my friend and her sweet Rose.

  23. Okay what a cleverly written one!
    Loved reading this. What a fun story you have to share!


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