Laundry Inspiration

When I was in Jerusalem, I started to really like laundry. Maybe it is because I had so few clothes, maybe it is because they were always dirty, and maybe it is just because I liked singing in the long hallway between my room and the laundry room. Either way, it was good times.

Ever since then, laundry hasn't been much fun- mostly just a hassle. But all that changed.
Ok, not really.
But I do like it more since I moved to Dallas. And it is because I was inspired by a pin I saw on pinterest (thank you Reagan Brown Nelson).

I was intrigued by the picture because I wanted to know what it was. Then I read about it, realized it was a DIY project, and then went through my checklist of whether it was worth my time, energy, money, effort, etc. And it passed. 

So even though certain family members thought it wasn't my smartest move, I went to 3 different stores to find the ingredients to make my very own laundry detergent! 

You just grate a stick of Fels-Naptha Soap. (takes forever, but smells delicious)

Then add some borax and washing soda. 

Ta-da! I initially stored it in a tupperware, but then I splurged and bought this jar at ikea and it makes me happy every time I do laundry. If you want to read a review about it or get the step-by-step directions, here is the link


Buying Furniture

Sometimes when you move into a new apartment you have to buy furniture. This concept was totally new to me a few weeks ago. But, I rose to the occasion and bought some things. It was less stressful than I thought it would be, and way more satisfying than I ever would have hoped.

I was lucky enough to find an ad on Craigslist put up by an architect. Awesome, right?! I just love saying that I bought furniture from an architect. He had a couch I wanted to look at, but when I got to his house I fell in love with his table, so alas I made a deal and got both!

I was also lucky enough to have a really nice sister and brother-in-law who not only let me borrow the van, but also removed the seats for me so I could have a big space to move things around. Big shout out to the Woods! And while we are doing shout-outs, I would also like to thank my roommate for coming with me (more on her later) and the awesome boys in my ward who carried my couch up our stairs and around the corner (no easy task!).

With no further adieu, may I present my first couch:

I love that it is long. I love that is has real lines and it is comfy but looks modern. And I love love the little weave pattern. 

My roommate, Stephanie loves it too. And I bet my mom is going to love my Christmas postcard collage. She sent me these and they are pretty much our only Christmas decorations. 

p.s. We rented a carpet cleaner and shampooed the couch 4 times before we sat on it. So don't be grossed out? Ok? Ok. 

Now to the table! I am pretty sure the previous owner bought this beauty at IKEA. Actually I know he did, because I saw it at the store and in the catalog. But everything is still in great condition! 

Pardon all the things on our table. We were hosting a church activity so my roommate had made tons and tons of cookies so we had to make an adorable presentation. 

I really like the spot where we put the table because I can eat breakfast with the sun creeping over the next building over and the sun kind of gets in my eyes while I eat my Frosted Mini Wheats. 
And I like that. 

Thank you Dallas Craigslist and thank you helpers! 


My Brother, the Model

Remember how my brother is a model?! I do. 

So I realized that I mention my sisters in the blogosphere fairly often, but I have other siblings too. 
And yes, I am related to a model. 

Let me tell you some more about my brother Jesse. 
He is super funny. His hair is better than mine. 
He speaks Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese fluently. 
So of course he lives in China... duh. 

When he isn't modeling, he is doing awesome stuff all over Asia with Zuriick shoes - only the coolest and trendiest shoes in the art department at BYU and every other place that is cool.

And when he is not doing that, you might find him working on visual displays for a little company called Converse. Awesome, right?

Or maybe you might find him setting up stores for Australian designers.  

But right now, it is easiest to see him here on my blog from the scanned magazine spreads I made from the magazine Modern Weekly. They did a feature on Prada so he is wearing all Prada clothing. I don't think I've even touched anything with the name Prada. He has. 

Well let the countdown begin! I am picking him up from the airport in a week and one day. He is making the long trek from Shanghai to Dallas, TX. My whole family is going to be in Dallas for Christmas. How wonderful! Go team!


Living Arrangements

One reason I wanted to move to Texas is because I thought it was always warm. Turns out, I was wrong.

Today it was 35ยบ all day.

It wouldn't have been so terrible, but then there was a fire in my building and we had to evacuate. Meaning we spent a good while outside watching the fire trucks and the helicopters swarm around. I think it turned out to be ok because the firefighters weren't moving very quickly.
I digress. My point is that Texas is really hot and really cold.

But it's ok. I love where I live. And it's so cute that it doesn't matter if it is hot or cold or just right.

Lastly, I have been discussing a couple controversial topics today. 

#1 Skinny jeans are banned at BYU-Idaho. Interesting. Here are the details. 

#2 The Standard of Liberty Foundation. Here is their opinion about how BYU handles same gender attraction.