DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own DIY Household Cleaning Sprays

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I‘ll admit that I am super excited for today’s DIY tutorial from Jenn Heller Design Co. Though I have to be honest that Andy does more of the cleaning in our house than I do (he stress cleans and actually LOVES to clean our kitchen … no joke), though I am usually the one buying the cleaning supplies on Amazon. It’d be SO NICE to make some of our own cleaning supplies, so I am pumped Jenn put together these DIY Household Cleaning Spray tutorials (a countertop cleaner and an appliance cleaner). CHECK IT OUT:

How to Make DIY Household Cleaners | By Jenn Heller Design Co.

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Ah cleaning.  Who doesn’t love cleaning?  Oh wait – almost no one likes cleaning. The only thing I like less than cleaning is thinking about all the stuff in commercial cleansers, and how much I have to fork out for a single bottle of an eco-friendly(er?) version.

Get ready for a boost to your cleaning power, because these two sprays are a cinch to mix up, work wonderfully, will save you money, and smell awesome! Plus, they’re simple and free from all the crazy superfluous stuff companies add to their products to make their lives easier.

Generally, the supplies for natural cleaning come in quantities that allow you to make dozens of batches from the initial purchase.  While you’re not saving money instantly, you will after a few batches and bonus, that’s one fewer thing to have to remember at the store.

General note on essential oils: they can eventually cause plastic to deform or corrode, which is why they are always stored in plastic bottles.  For this reason, glass bottles are preferred for these sprays.  If you have a glass bottle with a threaded cap lying around like for bottled water or cooking wine, it will work great with a spray nozzle you can get from a home improvement store. If you want to buy the pretty bottles pictured in this DIY, I got these from Amazon.

Natural Cleaning Spray: All Purpose Cleaner

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This cleaner is soap based, not vinegar based, so it is safe for all surfaces including natural stone countertops!

For each 1 cup warm water, add:

(These ingredients should also be available at Target or other big box stores.)

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Stir to dissolve the powdered ingredients, then pour into a spray bottle.  Add essential oils to your taste, but my recommendation is 10 drops lemon oil and 2 drops of rosemary oil. Citrus oils help with cleaning, and both the citrus and rosemary oils have antibacterial properties.

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For my glass bottles I needed 2 batches total.

Natural Cleaning: Countertop & Appliance Spray

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Because this cleaner is vinegar based, it is not recommended for natural stone counters.

For each 1 cup warm water, add:

Mix the liquids, then pour into a spray bottle.  Add essential oils to your taste, but my recommendation is 15 drops eucalyptus oil and 10 drops tea tree – both have excellent antibacterial properties and a strong fresh scent to counterbalance the vinegar.

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Don’t forget to visit my blog and download the labels for  your bottles – complete with instructions right on the bottle!!

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To attach your labels to the bottles, I used a simple method favored by home-brew enthusiasts: milk!  Print your labels using a laser jet printer (an ink jet-printed label will run once wet!) and wet the back with milk.  Carefully place the wet paper on your glass bottle and voila! It will stick fast almost immediately, so make sure you position the label carefully the first time.  Smooth out any bubbles and let dry, and you’re good to go.

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I hope you enjoy!

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The Ultimate Rockabilly Wedding Inspiration Shoot

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Guyyyyssss. The blogosphere is literally dripping with styled shoots. Some blogs have gone so far as to not accept them anymore. Personally, I’ve cut back, but when a styled shoot like this one drops in your inbox, well the alternative inside me just screams. The tattoos, the fantasy hair, the ink inspired designs, I just can’t!!! These vendors got together at a new venue in Richmond and the result is just so inspiring to me. Hope you all love it as much as I do!

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This shoot was a collaboration of many talented vendors. The florist used a photo of a tattoo to create her pieces. The venue is a new wedding venue and is very rural. You can see from the photos that elements that were used to tie into the colorful palate of tattoos! The invitation was actually a thin piece of wood-like material!

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The organizer of the shoot wanted a Rockabilly meets Midsummer dream feel. I think we accomplished this. The couple was married about a year before the shoot. The dress is from Bygones (listed below) however, bits of tulle from the bride’s mother’s prom dress are sewn into the inside to create the crinoline effect.

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As a photographer, I looked for inspiration around the venue. One of the photos I love is in the main house where I combined their wall decoration (which was a crate and barbwire) with the invitation and a rockabilly cupcake- I think this is great summary of the whole shoot! I also wanted to achieve an overview effect of the venue and a general feel of the day. Attached is a photo of me in the “bucket” taking one of the shoots of the day.

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Vendors ~> Venue: Moon Valley Weddings | Photographer: DG Photography | Organizer: No Ordinary Ordained | Coordinator: Occasions by M&K | Florist: Sarena Floral Designs | Hair: Bobby Pins & Blush, Susan Harris | Make-up: Bobby Pins & Blush, Sarah Lytle | Cake: Sweet Pink Bakery | Dress: Bygones | Paper Goods: Staccato | Couple- Caroline and Charles Oxley

Thou & Preston’s DC Memorial Anniversary Pictures & Marriage Advice

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If you see me today, I am probably mainlining coffee & attempt to soothe my busted feet as I worked a wedding yesterday and didn’t have the Sunday to rest (and stretch and sleep) it off before heading back to the day job. Luckily, despite the rain (seriously, WTF with this rain?!!??!), we had a pretty good week. Full of play dates, movie nights, Netflix, and Alyson & Joe’s beautiful wedding at JBPC yesterday. Almost good enough to forget the horrid stretch of 5am wake-ups Evie has been in. Almost.

For today we have a DC anniversary session!! A travel-happy couple that loves to get pictures taken in the cities they visit (uh, how cool!). Thou & Preston happily shared some marriage & wedding planning advice and I know you guys are going to love the images. Happy Monday Romancers.

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The best thing about being married is getting to come home to your best friend. I get to spend the rest of my life with my favorite person.

The hardest to learn was how to deal with the in-laws. Luckily moving half way across the country solved that problem:)

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Our advice is that there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Communication and compromising is important. We put each other first. Everyone else and work comes after.

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(Thou also does photography and brought along her Hassleblad for some great photos! )

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Our biggest wedding planning regret was not having a smaller wedding. I would rather have a smaller, intimate wedding party than something big. We would have done the wedding party size and hired a different photographer if we got married all over again.

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Katie & Adam’s Offbeat, Personalized Barn Wedding in Maryland

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Katie & Adam love Horses, Dogs, HARRY POTTER and Swords. So naturally I wanted to feature their wedding here. I love this wedding because it’s beautiful in its simplicity. The couple made choices for their wedding, completely based on their relationship and their family and the things they love in life.

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We met online using ChristianMingle.com. Katie winked at Adam – she thought he was adorable in his picture winking and pointing to the camera and he was amazed that someone so beautiful would wink at him! We talked via email for a few months and then decided to meet in person. On our first date we went to dinner at a local restaurant, went to get snowballs and then talked for the next 4 hours outside by the pool.

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The proposal:

We were on vacation in an amazing hotel on the beach in Treasure Island, Florida celebrating our one year anniversary. We had just gotten back from a great dinner from a local 5-star seafood restaurant when Adam left the room for a minute. When he came back in, he surprised Katie with her anniversary gift – a small box! When Katie opened the box, she was at first confused – it appeared to be a ‘golden snitch’ locket from Harry Potter (her all time favorite movie and book series). She thought the gift was really cool at first and was looking it over when she noticed a hinge on one side of it. Katie almost couldn’t open the locket and tried to give it to Adam to open it for her, but she finally got it open. The inside written in Harry Potter script read “Will You Marry Me” – and that is when Katie stopped speaking. Adam got down on one knee, opened up the ring box (upside down by accident) and asked Katie to be his wife. Adam had a whole speech prepared for this occasion, but all that he could get out at the moment was “You make me so happy, Katie will you marry me?” Katie thankfully said yes and Adam is lucky enough to be able to spend his future with her.

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Meg & Kayla’s Intimate, Art Deco Inspired DC Wedding

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Today we have a modern, intimate DC elopement to share – two lovely ladies that first met on Tinder, but quickly grew to a lasting friendship and eventually a relationship! They shared personal vows with family & friends and through an intimate wedding at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC. Love their art deco inspired design! Check it out.

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Meg and Kayla are one of Tinder’s rare true love stories. They first laid eyes on each other on a phone screen and it was love at first swipe. Kayla recalled in her vows that she was immediately smitten over Meg and just knew she had to meet her. They met in person for the first time at the Dc Zoo. They had a connection neither could ignore and friendship and flirting quickly became more. After a whirlwind courtship they found themselves back at the very same zoo, Kayla on one knee, ready to spend the rest of their lives together.

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When selecting a venue they agreed the both wanted to be close to the zoo which had been the background of such huge moments in their relationship, so just a few blocks away at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel they planned their intimate “big” day. Meg allowed the glam of the hotel’s interior architecture and rich, lively history to shape the glamorous Art Deco theme of the wedding. With only 25 guests standing in formation around them, they said their own vows in front of the courtyard fountain and were presented as wife and wife by Meg’s sister.

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A few of the notable details were Meg’s pear shaped engagement ring, Kayla’s stylish socks (which she will tell you look her ages to find), and Meg’s wonderfully simple yet glamorous bridal attire: a BeBe top, Etsy tulle skirt, and amazing jewelled headpiece from Nordstrom.

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Vendors ~>Photography: CYork Photography | Cupcakes: The Icing Baking Company ( with DIY glitter zoo animal cupcake toppers to tie in their the couple’s of the DC Zoo) | Flowers: Wehmans Floral Shop | Invitations and guest book: Vista Print | Venue and Catering: The Omni Shorham Hotel, DC

Giveaway: Win a Custom, Personalized Wedding Venue Print

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It’s been FAR too long since we’ve hosted a giveaway here on the blog. But I am exciiiiiiiited for this one. One of Jenn Heller Design Co‘s new products/services is her stunning hand-painted watercolor pieces. She makes this amazing watercolor portraits of people’s pets (buy here) and also offers a personalized prints of your wedding venue. What a COOL gift idea or wedding keepsake to treat yo’ self with!

To continue celebrating the new brand launch & new products, Jenn is giving away TWO 8×10 prints to TWO lucky winners!!! To enter, simply leave a comment on this giveaway using our Rafflecopter widget at the bottom, OR leave a message on our instagram post (or do both for two chances to win). Your comment MUST include your wedding venue or you will not be entered.

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THE DEETS:

Each winner will receive an 8×10 print of their wedding venue (not the original watercolor painting) in elevation, in full colour or tinted monochrome.  The print can be personalized or not per the winner’s preference (personalization options above). Giveaway win can be for a gift (IE does not need to be your own wedding venue), as long as the venue meets the listed requirements.

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THE SPECIFICS:

Venue does not need to be located in the DC area but must be located within the US, and the winning print can only be shipped to a location inside the US.

Venue must feature a building – outdoor garden venues with no building are not eligible.

Venues must be open to the public for weddings – private homes are not eligible for this giveaway.

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GET ENTERING. THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 20TH at 11:59PM !!!

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Second Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas : Cotton, Lily of the Valley & Garnet

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It’s been a week. Andy was in California for the most of it and I always get so beat doing the single parent dance. We also have Evie’s first birthday party (of course I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram) this weekend and I have SO MUCH TO DO to prepare. Signs to make, decor to put together, and ALL the food to buy! I’d be lying though if I didn’t admit that I am kind of excited for the little favors we are making for all her cousins & baby friends (yes she has baby friends!). I hope to get some good pics to share on the blog, but in the meantime, we have an anniversary gift guide to share today! A few months ago we shared our first wedding anniversary gift guide and today we’re back with ideas for the second year. The second year is cotton, so here’s our thoughts:

#1. Have your vows printed on a canvas or pillow. I got ours designed by local graphic designer Hitchcock Creative & Rexmake also does KILLER vow prints (with gold foil) that would look SO sick on canvas!

#2. Does your partner have a favorite sports team? Grab a new t-shirt (like The Bryce is Right shirt above) or cap with their favorite team, along with tickets to a game for a fun date night!

#3. Spice things up in the bedroom with a customizable Game of Love sheet set!  

#4. If you and your partner love pour over or cold brew coffee, stock up on some reusable coffee socks

#5. I don’t know anyone that couldn’t use another storage bin to help tidy up their home or apartment. Check out these canvas, monogrammed bins from Aisle Always Love!

 

What’d we miss?! Add your cotton gift ideas in the comments!

Jamilyah & Brad’s Cultural, Personalized Wedding at Smokey Glen Farm

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Images: Cynthia Shipp Photography

Practical weddings full of family, simple decor, and wedding planning decisions that make sense – just fill my heart with joy. SO much of a wedding day is excess – unneeded “details” that wedding blogs & magazines attempt to convince us we NEED in order to have a happy wedding day. Well, weddings like Jamilyah & Brad’s prove that notion oh so wrong and it’s why I love sharing weddings like these on my blog, over the super pricey, overly detailed ones. Happy (rainy) Thursday Romancers.

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From the bride:

We decided early on that we didn’t want a lavish wedding and challenged ourselves to keep the budget as modest as possible. Even still, with our big families, keeping costs down would be a challenge. Smokey Glen Farm was a big red barn with multiple playgrounds to accommodate our rustic style and the 20+ babies/children we were inviting. We wanted to throw a big, all day party! It was the perfect place to do just that.

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We had recently purchased our first home and were settling in as we planned our wedding. As we selected decor for the wedding, we envisioned how we’d use the item in our house for the “everafter” part. Most of the decor was hand-made using recycled materials.

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We chose to start our lives together in the middle of the day so that we could celebrate until the sun went down. And then celebrate some more. My grandmother told me not to worry about the weather, and we had the most amazingly beautiful (albeit a bit warm) day. For the outdoor ceremony, the chairs were arranged in a circle around us so we were surrounded by family and no one had to sit in the back.

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Our grandmothers were our flower girls and took their jobs very seriously. Bradley and I were escorted down the aisle by both of our parents. We got married under a chuppah that was shared by a family friend. We wrote our own vows, performed three circles (Polish), broke the glass (Jewish) and jumped the broom (African American). We also sent our guests home with a succulent to plant in their gardens as a memory of the special day we shared. People were the focal point of our wedding and thanks to all our “family’s” hard work, we were able to pull off the perfect wedding without a hitch!

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Our officiant had the right laid-back, personable vibe and we got to know her well through premarital counseling sessions. She helped us incorporate traditions from our African American, Jewish and Polish backgrounds.

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How to Make Your Own DIY Chalkboard Wedding Signs

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Sometimes I really miss my DIY workshops I used to run! They were work to plan, but learning something new was so much fun (plus I loved meeting all the attendees!). Kara actually attended the DIY Chalkboard workshop we hosted with her not-yet-fiance at the time, and figured they could use the skill for more than wedding signs. Then they got engaged & started wedding crafting and turns out Justin is like a master DIY chalkboard sign crafter! So for today, Kara is sharing the DIY chalkboard signs they made for their kick-ass wedding and some tips/tricks if you want to make your own chalkboard signs as well!

DIY Chalkboard Signs Tutorial | By: Kara Britanik

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Chalkboard signs as home décor, and especially as wedding décor ,have become super popular over the last couple years. Even if you have terrible handwriting or little artistic ability, you can make some awesome chalkboard signs yourself.

Before I was even engaged, my now husband and I attended the Capitol Romance DIY Chalkboard workshop. We both figured this would be a good skill to learn, and something we could use for more than just our future wedding. This technique that we learned couldn’t be easier, and we put it to good use when it came time to make signs of all sizes for our wedding.

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SUPPLIES:

Chalkboard paint

– Painting boards (or whatever surface you want to make into a sign)

– Pencil and pen

– Chalk or chalk pens

STEPS:

Step 1. Paint your surface with the chalkboard paint. You may need to use a couple coats of paint to get even coverage

Step 2. While your paint is drying, create the wording/design for your sign on your computer and print it out. Be sure to size your message to the size of your sign.

Step 3. On the non-printed side of your paper, use your pencil and scribble all over the paper. Make sure your scribbles cover your entire design.

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Step 4. Once your sign is dry, place your printed design on top of your sign. You want the printed design facing up. It’s helpful to secure your design to the sign so it doesn’t move during the next step.

Step 5. With your pen, trace your design. This will transfer your design to your sign with the pencil lead that is on the back of the paper.

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Step 6. Once you’ve traced the entire design, lift your paper. You should be able to see the outline of your design on your sign.

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Now you can use your chalk or chalk pens to outline/fill in your design on your sign. Using a chalk pen will give you clean, crisp lines, and the design will be permanent.

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Last step!! And your done! If you want a more authentic chalkboard appearance, use the side of a piece of chalk to shade in the entire sign. Then blend it all together with a dry paper towel.

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