you know i love me some minnesota nice.

[update: day 2 of my no sugar detox is going well. i seem to have adapted quickly to the lack of simple carbs (no headache today), although the homemade applesauce i had for the recommended snack might have had some sugar in it. however, i am still really wanting cheetos.]

i don’t know how many times i’ve heard that phrase, “minnesota nice”. probably a million. it’s meant to describe how hospitable the residents of this darling state are. and you know what? as much of a cliche as it is, it’s pretty spot on.

strangers here are incredibly nice. they hold doors for you, they make buses wait for you when you’re sprinting in the rain, they chase after you when you drop your sunglasses in a restaurant, and they’re not doing it for any other reason other than it’s what they’d want someone to do for them.

families here are close. i have trouble scheduling time with friends because all of us are too busy hanging out with our families and our significant others’ families. and that’s amazing, to know so many people who are still close with the families they grew up with.

in our new house, we’re surrounded by some wonderful older neighbors who have lived here for years. when i mentioned to them that Mister Man travels a lot, they all gave me their phone numbers so that i could call them “if i ever got scared and needed help”. i mean…come on…is that not the best thing ever? 

and today, a business launched here in the twin cities that is as “minnesota nice” as you can get. the “be nice box” is a subscription box service that exists to spread the nice all over the place. i connected with the mastermind of this “be nice box” on twitter some time ago, and when she asked for help, i told her i would love to help her spread the word.

she’s here today sharing the story of how the “be nice box” got started. read on and go check it out!

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hey everybody!

my name is diana.

can we be friends?!

i live in minneapolis, ride my bike, talk about harry potter a lot & really love being nice to people!

see, i run a blog called a year of minnesota nice.’ i started it after the boston bombings in april, with a goal to complete one random act of kindness each day, for an entire year.

so far, i have completed almost 120 acts ; its been such a blast!

you can see a few of my favorite days here, here, here, here & here.

last month, i left my 13-year career in education, *knowing* i wanted to do something new with my life & time. i had no idea what that was, but i knew i was ready.

since i have started the kindness blog, there have been FOUR other women who have started their own blogs about kindness {so awesome}. you can see them here, here, here & here. i have been SO incredibly inspired by the blogs, emails & tweets that others have been sharing! its been so amazing to watch strangers come together, do good deeds & make the planet better.

i kept asking myself ‘how can i use this blog & this platform and turn it into a career i will love?!’

one night, i was out walking my {super naughty} pup & the idea hit me!

and the be nice box was born!

do you want to know more?!

{say yes!!}

what is it? 

the be nice box is a monthly subscription service encouraging YOU to spread your own kindness!

there are 1, 3, 6, & 12-month & gift subscriptions available!

what do i get?

each month, the box will center around a theme & all contents will be a surprise until you open the box.

but, each month you will receive a list of 13-15 fun, awesome & affordable ideas to practice kindness in your area. along with the list, you will also find 5-7 materials, items & handmade products to help you fulfill some of those tasks. and finally, each box will contain a cool, handmade surprise for YOU!

how much does it cost?

a one-month subscription is only $12! 

you can get 3 months for $33 or 6 months for $62.

a 12-month subscription is only $120 {thats like getting two months FOR FREE!}

the best part?

$1 from EACH box sold will be donated to charity.

{each month, the theme & the charity will align. that way, we can make impact, after impact, after impact!}

also, shipping is ALWAYS FREE! there are no hidden fees or marketing tricks!

the price you see is the price you pay!

where can i sign up?

im glad you asked 😉

you can head over here to sign up!

please note : for the first few months, there will be a limited number of boxes available.

if the november boxes sell out, there will be a waiting list for the december box!

how can i stay connected?

lets be friends!

website // twitter // facebook // instagram // pinterest

i love social media & really believe that we can connect with folks we wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to meet!

other things to note : 

the boxes will ship around the 25-28th of october, so they will be on your doorstep by november 1st!

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