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Magic Cleaner

Good morning! One more day until the weekend! We can make it! 🙂

It’s February, so maybe you have already begun your spring cleaning, or if you’re like me, you’re tackling it in small doses.

Today, I’m sharing that “magic cleaner” that I mentioned Monday in my Weekend Recap. I found this on Pinterest and decided anything was worth trying once (especially since the last grime on my oven wasn’t willing to budge with anything else that I’d tried). I’m happy to say that this cleaner was a success, and it’s definitely one I will be mixing up to use again!

Take my word for it. After letting this cleaner sit on my oven door overnight, my oven is now looking brand new. It was made with all household ingredients I already had sitting around, and it’s not harsh like many other cleaners out there.

Magic Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Dawn
  • 4 oz. bottled lemon juice
  • 8 oz. white vinegar
  • 10 oz. water

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray on desired surface and let sit overnight (or longer).
  3. After letting it sit, wipe surface clean with a wet cloth.

*If using on an oven, do not use heat, just spray and let it sit.

*To clean my oven, I halved the recipe, and it was the perfect amount. I first sprayed it on in the afternoon, gave it a few more applications throughout the evening, and then sprayed again the next morning. I don’t think one application would have done it. It needs several coats.

*I also used a Magic Eraser to scrub and wipe off the residue the next morning. This worked better than just using a cloth.

This cleaner is also great on showers or countertops!

Happy cleaning!

Question of the Day: What is your least favorite area to clean?

 

 

 

 

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Survey: 50 Questions to Really Get to Know Someone

Hi there!

I’m flying solo a couple nights this week because Travis has work stuff (the worst, right?! 🙂 ) so I thought I’d do a little survey. Maybe it’s the inner middle school girl in me coming out, but surveys are pretty entertaining to me. Play along in the comments if you’d like!

This one has 50 questions to help you really get to know someone. Here goes…

50 Questions to Really Get to Know Someone

1) Are you a morning or night person? Night. I wish I was a morning person, but I love my sleep.
2) Which do you prefer, sweet or salty foods? Sweet. I’ve inherited a giant sweet tooth from my mom’s side of the family (still trying to rein that one in 😉 ).
3) Ninjas or pirates? Pirates
4) Coffee or tea? I like both but I’m definitely a tea girl!
5) Autobots or Decepticons? Huh? …No comment (aka no clue)
6) What was your favorite childhood television program? I remember loving Arthur and the Saturday morning shows like “Lizzie McGuire,” “That’s So Raven” …and the old classic “Seventh Heaven.” 🙂
7) Are you a collector of anything? I’m not so much a collector as much as I just happen to keep buying a lot of these things: mugs and cute blankets.
8) If you could be any animal, what would you be? A dog. They’ve got it made; sleep all day in the sun and get pampered by a sweet family. 🙂
9) If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Hmm…so many I’d like to have. I’m gonna go with mind reading.
10) What is usually your first thought when you wake up? During the week: “Crap. I only have thirty minutes to get ready and out the door. Move it, Laura!”

During the weekend: “I love the weekend! I’m not getting up anytime soon. ;)”

11) What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? I usually think about the lesson I’m teaching the next day and/or any conversation (gossip/news) that Travis and I just discussed.
12) What’s your favorite color? Aqua/Turquoise
13) What’s your favorite animal? Dogs (specifically Italian Greyhounds 🙂 )
14) Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets? Umm…to some extent, yes.
15) Do you believe in ghosts? Same answer as #14… to some extent.
16) Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)? My childhood was full of hours spent playing The Sims. I could spend hours designing houses. In fact, when I hung out with my friend Larissa on the weekends, we spent an ungodly amount of time playing The Sims.
17) You’re given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on? I would buy some land, build my dream house, and then give some to family and friends.
18) Have any bad habits? The social media addiction. I waste too much time on my phone in the evenings. I’m working on it…
19) Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy? This is a super strange pet peeve, but I cannot stand when I go to someone’s house and there is a dried gloop of soap on the dispenser. Wipe that off! (First world problems, I know.)
20) List 3 of your best personality traits: Kind, trustworthy, organized
21) List 3 of your worst personality traits: Shy, uptight, indecisive
22) Have any celebrity crushes? Shoutout to Benjamin McKenzie (my first real celebrity crush from The OC). I’ve always been a Matt Damon kind of girl (though he’s getting a little old for me now) and Ryan Reynolds. Always, Ryan Reynolds.
23) List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself: I wish I could be loud and talkative around everyone instead of just my closest friends. 😉
24) Any tattoos or piercings? Just my ear lobes and one cartilage piercing.
25) What’s the first thing you notice in the opposite sex? Face: smile and eyes (the dazzlers!)
26) What personality traits do you look for in a partner? Funny, handsome, reliable, caring
27) What personality traits do you dislike in other people? Judgmental, moody, attention-seeking
28) Do you see yourself getting married in the next 5 years? Well I already am, and I don’t see myself doing that again…ever. 😉 (#OneAndDone)
29) Are you mostly a clean or messy person? CLEAN- I hate clutter.
30) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I would want to move my family and friends with me, but I’d love to live the simple coastal life in a small town in Maine. (Shocker for that one, I know. 😉 )
31) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Bora Bora or Nantucket
32) List 5 goals on your life’s to-do list: 1) Go to Napa Valley 2) Run a half marathon 3) Have kids 4) Get a book published 5) Own land
33) Name 1 regret you have: Being so uptight and worried about everything
34) Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid: The innocence and the excitement over the littlest things
35) Name 1 thing you love about being an adult: The independence and getting to experience new life experiences with Travis (shoutout to you, boo!)
36) What’s your favorite song of the moment? “Never Be the Same” by Camila Cabello
37) What’s your favorite song of all time? I can’t pinpoint just a single favorite song. My favorite band of all time though is Creedence Clearwater Revival (good ole oldies!).
38) What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night? Have a casual night with friends- hanging out, talking, playing games, drinking
39) What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon? If it’s cold outside: curl up and read a book

If it’s warm outside: take a walk with Trav

40) Have any hidden talents? I can make a three-page short story take up a full 55 minute class period while keeping 23 sixth graders entertained at a time. 🙂 Ha- is that a talent?
41) You’re about to walk the green mile, what do you have as your last meal? I’m much more of a “snacker” and like a lot of little things so I’d have a little bit of peanut Thai chicken with stir fry veggies, a little lasagna, a little carrot cake, and some wine, of course.
42) What would be your dream job? Something with writing- either a magazine contributor, children’s book author, or publisher/book editor
43) Which would you rather have, 100 million dollars or true love? I already have the true love thing, so I guess that just leaves me with the 100 million dollars. 🙂 Haha.
44) If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be? 1) For my friends and family to always be healthy and happy 2) to never get sick or feel sick again 3) for 10 million dollars so I can never worry about money again and help with my number 1 wish 🙂
45) Ever wish you were born the opposite sex? If so, why? Sometimes I think it would be nice to be that “low maintenance” in terms of appearance but no, I wouldn’t actually wish to be the opposite sex.
46) Name 1 thing not many people know about you: I am super loud and goofy once you get to know me and I feel comfortable around you.
47) If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to? I like so many weird and unique names, but I’m saving them for my future children, so I won’t share them now. 🙂 I’d want something kind of unique like Easton or Parker or Rowen.
48) Do you believe in the afterlife? Yes
49) What is your favorite type of cookie?

 

 

50) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Tough call- chocolate chip (classic) or white chocolate macadamia nut

 

It varied between being a teacher, a dog trainer, or a baker.

 

Question of the Day: What is one thing not many people know about you? OR Are you a collector of anything?

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Currently (January 2018)

Good morning!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “Currently” post. Once the holidays came, it was like all chaos ensued and I’m finally getting back into a routine.

Before I start with a little recap of life lately, I want to wish a big (early) birthday shoutout to my Grandma Marilyn whose birthday is tomorrow!

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I so wish I could be home to help her celebrate and go to dinner with the rest of my family, but I’ll have to stick with calling her instead. 🙂

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I’ve never met someone with so much pep and positivity! Hope you get to celebrate big, Grandma!

In other flashback news, today is the three-year anniversary of when Travis and I got engaged.

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Three years ago, we were drinking a lot of wine ( 🙂 ) and celebrating the start of our new life together! Best decision I’ve made in my twenty-five years!

(The bottle of wine that Travis proposed with is still sitting in my kitchen as a decoration. I just can’t decide if we should drink it or not or leave it as a full bottle. I’m having a hard time with the thought of wasting wine. 😉 Ahh-tough decisions! )

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Ok, ok…now back to the regular update for life currently in January.

Watching: Maybe I shouldn’t admit this one, but over Christmas Break, some of my girlfriends mentioned that they watch the show “Shameless” and really like it. We all know, it doesn’t take much for me to get suckered into another show (and become obsessed) so I decided to start watching it a few weeks ago. It’s crude, raunchy, and hilarious.

I liked it so much that I made Travis start watching and catch up to me, and now we usually watch an episode every night. It’s one of those shows that really pushes it and just when you think, “Nooo…they’re not going to go there,” they do. I know the show probably offends some people, but it’s so entertaining…so many drugs and bad decisions in it- ha!

Listening To: Surprise, surprise, I’m still on my country kick. Now that I’m following through on my New Year’s Resolution to workout more, I’ve been loving pump-up songs like “Never Be the Same” by Camila Cabello and “Good Old Days” by Macklemore (featuring Kesha) to make me run faster and keep going on the treadmill. Music is such a good motivator, and songs with catchy beats can make me push it when I’m feeling spent.

Shopping For: The final room that needs a major facelift in our house is my office (aka one of our upstairs spare bedrooms). I just bought some cute baskets from Target with copper details to use in there, and am looking for a few more accessories and artwork to freshen it up. Marshalls, here I come! I’m torn between going with a coastal themed office or more of a pink/girly office. I’m waiting for the right art to inspire me and make me pick a side!

Wearing: Our school has been in near-arctic temperatures lately, which means I can’t wear enough layers to school. The other day, when we had a PLC/ work day, I wore a thermal ski shirt with a vest over it and was still cold. C’mon, Wamego, crank that heat!

Loving: Winter time means plenty of time to get organized and set goals. Last weekend, Travis and I cleaned out our basement storage room, which was the best feeling ever (and long overdue). After that, I went through each room in our house and made a list of little projects to accomplish soon. There’s so many little things I want to do/make/fix (#DIYgoals) and I’m feeling like this is the year! I already have a strange love for organization so getting everything cleaned and perfected makes me pretty dang happy.

Looking Forward To: Emily, Jessica, and I have some big 5K goals in our future. We’ve been brainstorming about which ones we want to do, and it’s looking like our first one might be mid-March. I haven’t done a 5K in years, but I’m so looking forward to being in good shape (Having friends to workout with helps!). All through college, I was much more motivated to exercise if I had a friend with me, so it’s exciting to go through this together with them!

Question of the Day: What is one thing you are loving lately?

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New Year, New Goals

Happy Thursday! I’m still getting used to being in a normal routine again, so thank goodness it’s already Thursday!

At the beginning of any new year, I like to take a little time to make some goals for myself. Sometimes I set way too many and then never really feel like I completely achieve them so this year’s are a little more simple.

Today in class, after reviewing our classroom expectations, I am having my students create their own “vision board” for 2018 with one focus word they want to strive for. In planning this activity with a fellow colleague, we started to think about what focus word we would choose for us personally.

I’m picking two for myself because I’ve got lots I want to work on this year. 😉

My 2018 focus is going to be: time-management and persevere.

I picked time-management because I’ve gotten to be the queen lately of wasting a lot of time. I can spend hours browsing home decor or clothes online and spend way too much time clicking “continue” on Netflix. I want to make better use of the time I do have to get more done (like the items listed below on my goals list 🙂 ).

I picked persevere because I need to work on dealing with life when it doesn’t go exactly as planned. I have a tendency to get frustrated and give up when things get tough and my mind automatically goes to the worst possible scenario. They say you can tell a lot about a person by how they react to bad events, and I need to work on being more go-with-the-flow and being willing to make “Plan B” work just as good as “Plan A” would have.

So, without further ado, here’s my “short list” of goals for 2018. Hopefully writing them down will make me feel more accountable so that I actually achieve them. 😉

2018 Goals

  1. Workout more consistently and run in a 5K race.
    • Right now, I workout pretty sporadically and if I’m tired after school, I have a habit of making dinner and going straight to the couch (see Netflix comment above). On New Year’s Eve, Emily, Jessica, and I made a goal to run in a 5K race together, so that’s going to be my new motivation. I don’t want to get left in the dust! 🙂 (We were also drinking at the time that we made this goal, so maybe it wasn’t our wisest move 😉 ). I truly do feel my best when I am in shape and doing some kind of activity on a regular basis so this is priority number one. I’ve been hitting it hard this week so far on our treadmill and with my kettle bell and am feeling great!
  2. Complete house projects
    • While we have already done quite a bit to our house, there are still a few lingering projects that I want to wrap up this year. On the top of that list is painting our laundry room and my office, decorating my office, and doing landscaping.
  3. Get crafty!
    • This goes along with number 2. I have so many projects that I dream up…and then I never execute them. My Pinterest boards are full of DIY signs, accents, and other home decor projects that I’m dying to try. This is the year! I’m not too crafty of a person, but if you can fake it, you can make it, right?! 🙂
  4. Learn the fundamentals of photography.
    • If I’m being honest, the concepts of photography really don’t interest me much, but as I scroll through other blogs or Instagram, I realize how much impact a well-taken photo has. It’s my goal this year, not to become a professional, but to understand the lighting principles and other basics so that my pictures look better. It’d probably help if I wasn’t taking all of my pictures on an old iPhone, but oh well. Baby steps.
  5. Declutter!
    • I’ve already started this goal over Christmas Break. I’m tired of hanging onto stuff that we don’t want or don’t use. I’ve been selling lots of items on Facebook Marketplace and am amazed that people want my junk. It feels so good to get stuff out of my house and to make a little money while I’m at it. 🙂
  6. Sew a quilt.
    • I used to sew quite often with my grandma when I was in middle and high school, and I miss it. It taught me a lot about patience and learning to slow down. I have some cute quilt ideas pinned and really want to finally try one. I’m thinking either a buffalo check or herringbone quilt in bright, modern colors!

That’s it! Like I said, I’m keeping it simple this year and trying to hone in on just a few goals. I’m optimistic and excited for 2018! Bring it on!

Question of the DayWhat are two goals you have for yourself for 2018?

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2018!

Happy 2018 (a little belated due to some seriously lazy days around here)!

As usual, Christmas Break flew by and somehow, it’s already time to start the second semester of school. I have a PLC day today and the kids come back on Thursday (ready or not!). I got a little too used to being a bum over the last few days of break, and I need to find some motivation real fast now that I have to work again.

But…enough talk about work and the stresses that come with it. Let’s get to more exciting things, like New Year’s Eve! Get ready for a picture overload. (One of my goals this year is to be better about taking pictures and not have to snag so many from Snapchat. Sorry for the crappy quality!).

We spent New Years Eve in Aggieville this year (the first time ever for us!) and luckily, I think the cold kept most people away.

We started at Zach and Emily’s house with a few other friends and played games for a while as we loaded up on appetizers.

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Some good ole P & A rounds. Guess who was the loser this round? 😦

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Jessica’s mom Carol was our personal Uber for the night (We love you Carol!!) and she drove us down to Aggieville where we were shocked to find it pretty dead.

Our plan was just to hunker down at one bar and stay there instead of fighting the crowds and the cold temperatures.

We went to So Long’s and after waiting a few minutes, we got the coveted big booth!

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So Long’s stayed pretty full the entire night, but it was nothing like we had expected it to be.

We talked and even played some head’s up (Girl’s team won- holla!) and then Jessica, Travis, and I braved it at midnight to go outside. There was a fireworks show and even the dropping of a little apple (which somehow we didn’t see because we were distracted by the fireworks).

It was freezing out, but people came out of the woodworks at midnight to see the little show. We even saw some girls in mini-dresses with no jackets. Umm…it was like zero degrees out. They might not have been feeling the cold then but I can guarantee they were the next morning. Yikes.

After the fireworks, we hustled back to So Long’s and drank the free champagne they were giving out.

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Travis kept us entertained by playing “How many straws can I slide through this man’s belt loop without him noticing?” I think he got to around five before we ran out of straws to use. 😉

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Carol gave us a ride home (She’s seriously the best!) and we made it home around 1:30 a.m.

While Jessica and I have been friends forever (since elementary school!), we just met Emily this past April and have become fast friends. Cheers to new great friends! We love hanging out with this crew and I feel like 2018 is going to be an awesome one! 🙂

Question of the Day: How did you celebrate New Years?

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope this post finds you enjoying time with those you love!

The older I get, the more I realize how these relationships are what make the holidays so special. May you share laughs and make even more great memories this week with those who are special to you!

I’m enjoying being with both Travis’s family, my family, and even my girlfriends this week (AKA all of my favorite people 🙂 ). I’ll see you back on Friday with a Friday Favorites post.

Happy Holidays!