Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy is a dog-loving, candle-making writer living in the Pacific Northwest with her trusty companion, Ruby the rescue dog.


  • Lifelong pet owner
  • Celebrating 3 years of freelance writing with no end in sight
  • Dedicated humane society volunteer
  • Photography enthusiast


Lauren has been writing for environmentally-focused Earth911 since 2016, exploring her passion for the planet. She has gone on to write for notable publications like Hunker and the Huffington Post.

After dog-walking and pet-sitting full-time for two years, she decided to write about it. She has contributed to The Spruce Pets and The Spruce Crafts since February 2018.

She first fell in love with crafting when she joined her local 4-H chapter. The club is usually centered around animals, especially farm animals, but Lauren's chosen path was crafts, cooking, and sewing. She got enough animal care experience at home with two exuberant Border Collies. Since then, she has been DIYing everything she can dream up.

Woodworking is a new hobby for her and she enjoys learning from her expert father-in-law in his backyard wood shop.


Lauren earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in 2013. Skillshare classes, craft clubs, and animal behavior classes made her into the pet and craft writer she is today.

Awards and Publications

Most of Lauren's writing is focused on her expertise, the environment. She has published nearly 50 articles for Earth911 so far, ranging from fun lists on how to be green to explanations of scientific studies. She published an article on the environmentally friendly cooking technique, the Blend, on Huffington Post and prides herself on her ability to write compelling stories in a variety of subjects.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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