Orange is the New Black!

I’ve been watching this TV show for 3 years now and finally read the original book!

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Dusting Hack

So since I’ve graduated from college, I’ve kind of enjoyed cleaning.  Yeah, I’m aware, it’s weird to enjoy cleaning.  Also “kind of” is the key phrase here.  Theres a lot of things I’d rather do, but, to me, it’s not the worst thing ever.

When I moved into my apartment in Boston after college, I moved in with three people I didn’t know (although, after 4 months, I was fortunate enough to have one of my best friends move in), so I wanted to be respectful and I often found myself cleaning after going for a run or working out (yes, this continued when my friend moved in).  I was already sweaty and gross, and it was a great cool down “workout” from running.  If anyone says to you that cleaning is easy, they’re lying.  Washing the floors and scrubbing the counters takes some manpower!  Anyway, since I’ve gotten my own place, I’ve actually somehow found myself enjoying cleaning a lot more.  I think it’s mostly because cleaning up after myself is not as gross as cleaning up after myself + 3 other people, so that’s an added plus.  Also, I’m only cleaning a few rooms in a small apartment, not an entire house.  So at this point, the whole process is not that bad.  It also gives me some weird satisfaction to see things transform into clean.  And, like I said, I’m very organized, so I like seeing things put away and having a neat house!

Anyway, I was dusting some furniture recently and I was using some Lysol wipes, which work really well in catching dust and cleaning off the surface of things.  However, they don’t always get ALL the dust and there’s usually some wet residue left behind.  So I remembered that I had some old socks that I lost the pairs to under the sink that I was keeping for a situation like this.  I used the sock over my hand as a second swipe, getting all the dust.  Super simple, but they are like dusting gloves and work really well!

Step 1:

cleaning 1

Step 2:

cleaning 2

 

Boom.  Everything was shiny and clean.

Hey Hey Blog World + BH&G

My friends will laugh, but I just bought a subscription to Better Homes & Gardens.  I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to write my first blog post.  Hi, my name is Lauren, or Laur for short, and I’m just going to say it…I like being an adult.  Well, if you consider 26 an adult…I do.  I was surprised to come to this realization because I really enjoyed college and thought that “real life” would be OK, but thought I would never be as content as I was in college.  However, three years after graduating, I am finding that “real life” aka “adulthood” isn’t all that bad.  In fact, it’s great.  Call me boring, but I enjoy having a steady job that pays the bills, I like having my own apartment, I like being in a committed relationship, and I like blanket baskets.  YES I SAID IT.  I LIKE BLANKET BASKETS (College Lauren is asking: WHO ARE YOU??).  Other things I like?  My dog, crafts/DIY, plants (ehrmeghad I love plants), fashion, exercise (mostly running, but I can’t do that anymore … because I’m an old lady adult…more to come on that later), travel, and cooking.  That’s a lot of stuff, which is why I’m a “Laur” {Jack} of all trades, master of some.  I’m pretty good at a lot of things (hence the “master of some”), but I have so many interests it’s hard to consider myself like an Emeril Lagasi in the kitchen or Michelangelo in the arts (…& crafts…you get my point).  [Shout out to Ali for the idea!] So I guess now’s where I get to “the point of this blog.”  I don’t really have a point.  I’ll probably post a lot DIY things, plants, dogs, some fashion, workouts, etc., and talk about how much I enjoy being an adult.  I recently moved to San Francisco with my boyfriend with not a friend in over 400 miles, so I have a lot of spare time that I need to occupy (and do something other than binge watch Dexter).

Oh, so back to the Better Homes & Gardens subscription.  I have loved Better Homes & Garden since college (College Lauren is actually saying “FINALLY” to this subscription) and saw a post on Facebook about Best Tropical Flowers for your Patio.  Naturally, I clicked because I HAVE A BALCONY AND LOVE PLANTS.  Then they got me in with a $5.99 subscription offer for one year.  How could I say no?  Can’t.