diy

homemade glass cleaner recipe.

hey party people! let’s get crazy today and talk homemade cleaning solutions, shall we?

turns out, a lot of you are very into the idea of natural cleaners. whether it’s because you want to decrease the chemicals in your home, because you prefer to buy cruelty-free products, or even that you just want to save money, there are so many good reasons to start making your own cleaners at home.

my mom has been making homemade cleaning solutions for a really long time, so you’d think that i would do that too. well, let me tell you, it’s taken me until pretty recently to get on board. i used to like the idea of making homemade cleaners, but it just felt like it would take so much time and energy to do, so i decided it wasn’t for me. and then i made my first homemade glass cleaner, and was DUMBFOUNDED that it had taken me so long.

homemade cleaning solutions have so few ingredients, and you probably already have them all in your house already. and i’m not exaggerating when i say that making them takes less time than a run to target.

this glass cleaner is so great because it actually gets the scum off of your windows. the first time i used it on my windows, i could actually see it taking off the residue left behind by the windex that i’ve always used. my windows and mirrors are so clean and i love it! it brings me so much irrational joy!

homemade glass cleaner recipe

  • 1 1/2 C. water (distilled or filtered is best)
  • 1/4 C. white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol
  • 10-15 drops citrus essential oils (i used 12 lemon, 3 tangerine)

add all ingredients to a glass or heavy duty plastic spray bottle. shake to combine before using. spray on windows and wipe with a microfiber cloth, paper towel or newspaper. slap a cute label on it if you’re feeling fancy and store in a dark, cool place.

i have recipes for wood floor cleaner, toilet cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner that i’ll be posting over the next few weeks months (i’m nothing if not self-aware). if any of you try making any of these recipes, please let me know in the comments or send me a quick instagram message, i’ll be so interested to hear what you think! also, i know not everyone is familiar with essential oils, so if anyone is curious about anything to do with essential oils and how i have been using them for cleaning and around the house, or if you’re curious about the type of oils i use, please reach out, i love talking about it!

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DIY: seasonal letter decoration.

when it comes to seasonal decorations (or any other craft), you have to understand that i’m not much of a DIYer. i dabble here and there, yes, but i’m not going to have a craft room in my house anytime soon. i own a hot glue gun (which i use), a sewing machine (which i can barely use), and some craft paper (which i love), and that’s where my supplies end. so an expert, i am not. but every now and again i have some small success on the DIY front.

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one of my DIY successes (a “pinterest win” if you will) has been my letter ‘Z’ decoration. i made it in a fit of christmas cheer the first year that Mister Man and i were married. i love it so much, it gives me all the happy feelings when i look at it. i recently decided that i wanted to have that same feeling year round, and so off i went to the craft store for supplies for fall, spring, and summer ‘Z’ décor.

if you’re looking for an easy way to make your home feel more festive for the holiday season (or any time of year), this is the DIY for you.

this DIY is a great way to be crafty and creative even if you’re not all that crafty and creative. all it takes is a wooden letter, any seasonal trinkets and trimmings, and some hot glue. bonus: if you have a child, they can actually be quite helpful with this type of DIY…it’s easy to have them lay out the decorations where they want them to go. this would be a great decoration for a kid’s room using their initials, or a door hanging for the house with the family initial. if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your décor, go ahead and stretch your creative muscle and try this out!

some inspiration for your crafting!

winter (faux cranberries, silver beads, silver bow): i think that winter is the easiest season to find inspiration for because it’s so…seasonal? i don’t know. you can do fake evergreen branches, pinecones, you can use silver, gold, red, green, the sky is really the limit. plus, have you seen the craft stores during the holiday season? they live for that ish!

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spring (green paper, faux flowers, burlap bow): when thinking about what i’m drawn to about spring, all i can think about is green. green grass, green buds, green stems pushing out of the ground. add in some flowers and earthiness, and you’ve got a great way to welcome the warmth back into your life (maybe even before it gets there, since we usually have snow until may…).

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summer (blue paper, silver stars, red bow): you guys. i didn’t want to go red, white and blue on this one. but i just couldn’t figure out a way to differentiate summer from spring. and also i’m a patriot. so i just let it happen.

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fall (red foam paper, faux leaves, silver bow): fall colors happen to look great in our living room where i hang these letters, so this was the easiest one to put together. i love how it turned out.

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(sidebar: anyone else sing that carole king song “you’ve got a friend” when they read the seasons in that order? “winter, spring, summer, or faaaall. all you’ve gotta do is call. and i’ll be there, yes i will. you’ve got a friend.” no? just me? great.)

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style: diy jean shorts for summer.

alternate title: i’m too cheap to buy maternity jean shorts so i made my own.DIY jean shorts

so according to almost everyone i talk to, it’s going to be hot as hell this summer. more so for me because i’m super pregnant (surprise! did you guys know that? have i ever talked about that here?). and so i’m going to need to wear shorts at some point in the next three months. problem is, i’m also a cheap-ass, and the idea of buying maternity shorts that cost more than $12 makes me cringey.

so when i was given a pair of maternity jeans that were way too short (and frankly, not in a cut that would be flattering for most pregnant people), i decided to get all crafty and make my own cuffed jean shorts. and then i decided to share the process with you! so far, i haven’t distressed them any further than you see in these photos, but that option is always open to me, so we’ll see what i decide.

and away we go!

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step one: pick your jeans. i suggest using a very old pair, or a very cheap pair. don’t take a scissors to jeans you’re going to regret messing up. as i mentioned above, mine were given to me for free.

step two: put on your jeans and decide where you want them to hit on your legs as shorts. mark this spot with chalk or a fabric pencil.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step three: take off your jeans and lay them flat on your work surface. if you’re doing cuffed shorts, measure about two inches below where you marked your original endpoint, to give yourself some wiggle room when you cut.

step four: start to cut! i like my jean shorts to be slightly longer on the inner inseam than the outer inseam, so it’s essentially cut a bit at a downward angle. it helps to cut the top layer of the jeans first, so that you can see the line you’re cutting, and then cut the back layer after so you can match it up perfectly.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step five: once you’re done cutting the first leg, make sure the angle of the leg looks like you want, make sure the top and back layers match up, and you’re happy with the outcome. fold over the cut leg onto the intact leg, and either draw your cut line on the leg, or just go to town with your scissors, whatever makes you comfortable.

step six: compare both cut legs to make sure they match. putting the jeans on at this point can really help ensure that the cuts are the same height on your body. make any adjustments you need to make.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step seven: once you’re comfortable with length and cut, make your cuff. you can see from my shorts that i made my cuff longer on the outer leg, and much shorter on the inner leg. personal preference, you can cuff or not cuff however you’d like. if you decide not to cuff, you’re done! if you do, just a couple steps left!

step eight: once the cuff makes you happy, iron it down to hold it in place. this will allow the cuff to stay in place, even when you wash it. now you can either be done, or you can do the optional step nine of sewing the cuff in place.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step nine (optional): using thread that matches the color of the inside of your jeans, sew a zig-zag pattern around the cuff of your shorts. for the stitch on the visible part, make it short, about a millimeter or so long. for the stitch on the inner part, make the stitch about 1/2-1 inch long (this will help the sewing go a lot faster). i’m TERRIBLE at sewing, more specifically starting and ending the stitches, and even this was incredibly easy for me to do, so have faith.

DIY maternity jean shorts

DIY maternity jean shorts

a couple notes: now don’t get me wrong, i love me a good pair of “jorts”, frayed hem and all, but the cuff just makes it a little less redneck and a little more polished for me. so that’s the direction i went. it’s maybe a tiny bit more work, but we’re talking five extra minutes, nothing more. and really, the last step of sewing the cuff down is entirely optional.

these steps can obviously be used on any jeans, not just maternity jeans, but that’s what i was working with at the time.

if any of you decide to DIY your own cuffed shorts, let me know in the comments below! or if you’ve done it before, and have any tips on how to make it easier, or how to distress them even more, share those too!

[i got my inspiration to make these from here, but adjusted the shape of the cuff to something a bit more my style (less straight across). considering it’s been in the 80s here the last few days, praise the Lord, i have a feeling these are going to get a lot of use over the next 10 weeks.]

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how to: crown braid tutorial.

yes, a tutorial. oh my little darlings. if you knew how out of character it was for me to do what i’m about to do, you would giggle. but because i love and care for you all, i’m going to do it anyway. crown braid

minnehaha falls

minnehaha falls

sometimes my cousin hanna and i like to take field trips. last weekend we decided to head over to minnehaha falls to take some photos of the gorgeous waterfall and the fall colors (and eat at sea salt eatery of course!). we had an amazing time hiking around and spending time together, and got some fabulous shots out of the afternoon. also, my mahi-mahi tacos were to.die.for. holy wow.

minnehaha falls hanna

minnehaha falls

minnehaha falls

it was a little windy, so i wanted my hair to be out of my face because i have TONS of it and i don’t particularly like eating it. but throwing it up in a ponytail was out of the question, because there were going to be cameras there. and because VANITY.

enter: the crown braid. i have no idea if that’s the proper name for it, but that’s what i call it, so that’s what it shall be known as. i never do my hair because it’s just too much work most of the time, but this particular style is one of those magic ones that is easy and adorable all at the same time. it’s casual and pulled together and i think everyone looks good in it.

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and because of all that, and because i had quite a few requests for one, i decided a tutorial was in order and i made this video for you. be kind.

i hope you like the tutorial and that you try out the crown braid! send me a photo on twitter or instagram if you try one.

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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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