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Make It Monday | Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is in full swing in the Masanotti household. Since putting our home on the MARKET in October, our house has been the cleanest it’s ever been…you never know when you’ll get a call for a showing and it’s really hard to drop everything at work to go home and clean. {side note: Someone PLEASE buy our home…it’s the best home in Rock Hill, S.C.}

Having to clean everyday means going through cleaners like nobody’s business…and that can get quite expensive. Also, have you ever read the back of those cleaners…the numbers of chemicals is kind of scary…so for today’s Make it Monday, I am going to feature natural home cleaners that are gentler for you and your loved ones:

 

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Baking Soda
Such a versatile, non-toxic, non-poisonous cleaner, baking soda not only cleans and deodorizes, it does SO much more! Baking Soda removes can be used to clean countertops, remove stains from food containers, clean silver, remove scuffs or grease from any surface, clear out clogged drains, remove “doggie” odors, remove burnt food from your oven or grill and more. Seriously, this is always good to have around to use in the kitchen, the bathroom, etc. etc.

 

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Distilled White Vinegar
Between this and baking soda, you can pretty much clean your ENITRE house! Known to many as the miracle cleaner, Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. Pour it in a spray bottle too to use on countertops and more. Vinegar can be used to remove stickers, stains and more…to clean windows (wipe with a newspaper! not kidding, it’s amazing!), to clean metals, to remove clogs and buildup on shower drains and heads, to clean shower curtains and walls. Seriously, you can pretty much use this for everything.

Lavendar, Lemon or Tea Tree Oil
These essential oils and more can be added to water in a spray bottle and used on most surfaces as an all-purpose cleaner…not to mention leaving your house smelling yummy. I have a friend that uses a dab or two of tea tree oil instead of deodorant everyday! You can add a drop or two of these oils in laundry, in your dishwasher, in your bath…practically anywhere.

If you’re thinking..”Sounds great, but I DO not have time to make my own…” My next suggestion is my new favorite “purchased” cleaner…Mrs. Meyers!

Seriously…this stuff smells AMAZING and works like a charm! Mrs. Meyers knows her stuff and this all-purpose cleaner should last a LONG time. For more thoughts and uses on homemade household cleaners, check out a couple of these websites:

www.eartheasy.com

www.organizedhome.com

www.realsimple.com (especially their fun “New Uses for Old Things” section…super awesome ideas!)

Do you have any??

Make It Monday | Refrigerator Magnets & Lent

Happy Monday, friends! Despite the rain, I had a great weekend…super relaxing and with the kick-off of my church’s Saturday night service, ridiculously thought-provoking. Our pastor, Jonathan Martin, is awesome…I mean, as a person, he is SUPER cool but as a pastor, God uses him to speak raw truth…questioning and challenging the way things “are” or “seem”. This Saturday, he delivered some bombshells…one of my favorites being:

‎”A gospel that does not utterly transform you into someone else is not worth believing.”

and even more

“Why settle for mere forgiveness when you are offered a whole new way of being human…when we could become people of the future?”

He challenged that Jesus’ enemies didn’t seek to kill him because he was merely going around selling “eternal life insurance”…that wasn’t the threat…the threat was His truth of becoming something/someone different and that was extremely provocative  because it threatened freedom from anything and anybody. What’s the sense of being “just like everyone else, but forgiven”? That’s not threatening or provoking…that’s boring and we were all called to be more than that.

I invite you to go watch the Podcast from this past weekend. It was truly awesome! Sorry to hit you with the “deep” before I dive into the crafty, but these thoughts have been plaguing my mind all weekend.

Now for the crafts! We are still trying to sell our home and in the process, trying to organize everything from papers on my craft desk (RIDICULOUS) to trying to find some order to the mess that is on our refrigerator. I never have enough magnets (or maybe I have too much stuff on there…but whatever) and so I went on a search last night for ways to make my own magnets and here are some of the goodies I found…Enjoy!

{Martha Stewart Button Magnet DIY seen on Oh Hello Friend}

{Puzzle Piece Magnets via Real Simple}

{Vintage Milk Bottle Cap Magnets via design*sponge}

{Adorable Matchbook Magnets via Apartment Therapy}

and then lastly, one of my favorite finds via Aesthetic Outburst…combining my love for typography and letters with rustic woodsy stuff:

{Check Out the DIY Tutorial on Aesthetic Outburst’s Blog}

Have you ever made your own magnets? If so, please share you ideas!

And I end today’s post with thoughts on Lent. Being raised Southern Baptist, we never recognized or participated in Lent, but I’ve managed to learn about and start participating in this special time since college. In the past, I’ve given up TV, coffee, etc. This year I’m not quite sure what I will give up…so far I’m debating giving up Facebook (since I inadvertently check it AT LEAST 20x’s a day without realizing it?!), Sugar and processed foods or maybe TV again??

I’ve got a couple days to decide, but what are you giving up??

Make It Monday: Spread the LOVE

“Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.”
– Earl of Chesterfield

I know this time of year is really great for some and not so great for others. There are clubs around Charlotte that are having anti-Valentine’s day parties and are celebrating broken relationships. Valentine’s Day, for me, did not originate from a relationship with a boyfriend and has never really been “about” my dating relationship…it originated with my parents. We used to get little valentines from my mom and dad…because they loved us and wanted to take a moment to show us their love a little differently via a cute, sometimes corny, card and some candy.

Whether or not it’s a “Hallmark” holiday conspiracy by the “evil” greeting card companies of the world, I tend to be of the mindset that…What the heck?  Everyone could use some silly lovin’ one day out of the year and we could all spare some time and effort to give that silly lovin’ to the folks around us or to folks we don’t even know.

If you want love…you’ve got to give love (there’s a reason that’s so catchy…) So if you find yourself without a typical “sweetheart” this Valentine’s, please stop yourself from the cynical pity party that is encouraged and take that energy and make a Valentine craft for someone you love or even better, someone you DON’T love…

Here are some fun ideas and crafts to get you inspired:

{“Unraveling a Letter DIY” from papernstitch}

{Paper Garland DIY via RealSimple}

{DIY Cupid’s Arrow Cupcake via Creature Comforts *Includes Downloadable Vday Freebies*}

Here’s to a happy, crafty Monday…try not to take yourself so seriously today and smile, because you are loved:)