All posts by Hilgs

My name is Lauren Pritchett, but some refer to me as simply "Hilgs" which is taken after my maiden name! I love writing about my life in Raleigh. When I'm not blogging, I work as an account manager for an Internet marketing firm.

The Trouble with Treasure Boxes

Let me know if this sounds familiar: Step 1: Graduate from college. Step 2: Move into your parents house for a couple months while you look for a job. (But totally don’t need to come home for dinner every night if you don’t want to because you’re an adult now. (But do anyway because you’re broke.)) Step 3: Ah! Finally. Get a good job. Move into your own apartment. Adulting commences. Step 4: Get married, buy a house, have kids… Step 5: Parents decide they…

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Super Pumped About This

Here’s the before and after of my latest kitchen remodel: After 10 months being back at work (subsequent to 9 weeks of maternity leave) and more than a thousand pumping sessions at my desk, on my living room floor, in the car, bathrooms, conference rooms, UNLOCKED conference rooms, closets at 4am… 11am… 3pm… 10pm… Between low supply scares and building up a freezer stash… I am officially DONE with the pump for Callida! It was the biggest inconvenience, disruption, annoyance, and challenge of my life.…

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8 Places Raleigh Needs That Don’t Revolve Around Alcohol

We are in the midst of an urban evolution here in North Carolina’s capitol. There have been several tweets and sound bites about places closing in downtown. Sure, I’m sad to see a few of them go, but I’m excited to see what’s coming. In Raleigh’s case, change means growth and growth requires change. Will 2016 finally be the year that a grocery store comes to downtown? Will it mark the Fall of the Bottle Shop Empire? I love a good craft brew as much as the next guy, but for…

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Less Stuff, More Presence for 2016

My infrequency of blogging may make it hard to believe, but I actually love to journal! In fact, I maintain three pen and paper journals. Each night, before I go to sleep, I write down what happened that day. I like writing in my journals because it’s fun to keep record of simple day-to-day activities. Even more than that, journaling helps me to take stock in everything I have in my life. When I look back at entries from 2015, rarely do I find details about the Amazon Prime package that…

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Find a Changing Table in Raleigh

Six months into motherhood and I’ve met a fair set of public-facing challenges so far. I know there will be many more to come (toddler meltdowns, anyone?). But there is one that is particularly burdensome to me and that is the lack of changing tables that are available when Callida and I are out and about. How is it that restaurants provide high chairs for our little ones, but no changing tables in the restroom? I don’t really see the logic there. Sure, I change her before…

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