Outsourcing my Stress with Grove Collaborative (and FREE Mrs. Meyers Holiday Gift!)

Peppermint Mrs. Meyers

This is my busiest time of the year at work. My job requires that I organize two MAJOR fundraisers a year, and since one is a Holiday Home tour and one is a Thanksgiving Day footrace, both occur within two weeks of each other! I spent the last weekend in Fargo for the home tour (and it was GORGEOUS!) and next week is Thanksgiving! Eek!

Even though I am busy at work, my job at home does not end. My family depends on me to plan meals, keep things running, and even keep things clean. The older kids are older and able to pitch-in more, but they are also older, and are busier with work and school activities–so I can’t lean on them as much as I would like to.

BUT, I am  a super-smart Mom-Boss! I know that in times of stress, some things can be let go–who needs matching socks, anyway? Not me! Sometimes, I grab a few rotisserie chickens from the grocery store on the way home and call that dinner. We all survive-and really, who needs a mashed potato side dish?

I try to keep a load of laundry swishing. I insist that the big kids keep up on dishes. I harp on the littles to pick up as they go. I sing the praises of grocery delivery. And, best of all–I outsource some of my shopping.

Let’s face it- NO ONE wants to run out of toilet paper, or dish soap, or hand soap, or eye cream (horrors!), or even toilet bowl cleaner (we all need it–no one wants to have to use it!)

I found that I was spending most of my lunch hours running around picking up various household supplies. And I’m picky. Appearance matters, scent matters, and my husband does not want to run around looking for my nit-picky requests (I actually picked nits earlier this year–let’s not have that again–ok?).

I’ve learned that Grove Collaborative carries all of my very favorite household supplies–at a great price to boot! I set up my shopping cart, choose my favorite products, and once a month my own, personal, concierge emails me, or texts me, (or both, because I forget things!) a reminder to review my cart before a monthly shipment. And some months, I just skip a shipment because I have a stack of 4 bottles of Method Toilet Bowl Cleaners (seriously. The best stuff ever. But I won’t clean four bottles worth of toilets this month–I hope!).

I can set my cart to be as automated as I want! And my kind concierge lets me know of products she thinks I will love.

But mostly, I’m just glad that I don’t run out of dish soap. Ever.

If your are super  organized and never run out of dish soap–you can stop reading now.

Peppermint Mrs. Meyers

This year, Grove Collaborative treated us to a new Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Set — and they want to send one to you for free, too! The set includes a Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray and the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up.

My kids have been fighting over who gets to use this Bubble Up to do the dishes! It’s fun to pump the dispenser and make lots of bubbles, and the brush is easy to hold when you’re really scrubbing baked-on cheese off that casserole dish.

When the dishes are done, a quick wipe down with the multi-surface spray gets the counters and sink sparkling clean!

My husband and kids agree that these Mrs. Meyer’s Peppermint soaps smell good enough to eat! It reminds me of the peppermint bark the ladies at our church in Minnesota used to make, and I’m grateful that it’s safe for my family. The soaps also come in Orange Clove, which was a favorite in our house last winter. I can’t wait to grab a few bottles for our other bathrooms and laundry room with my next Grove shipment.

If you’re not familiar with Grove Collaborative, it’s a subscription service that makes creating a healthy, beautiful home effortless and affordable. I can choose my favorite products from brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Method, and Grove delivers them right to my doorstep, on my schedule.

Here’s what I’ve discovered after using Grove: When my kids get to help choose the products and scents we use, they’re much more willing to help clean! They actually get excited when they see the Grove box sitting on our porch. It’s like Christmas for them (and me!).

When you sign up for Grove Collaborative using my link, you’ll get the Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday set for free + free shipping. If you’re already a customer, you’ll get 50% off of the brand new and amazing Grove Collaborative Bubble Up. Don’t forget to sign up for the free VIP trial, too. Not only is the free shipping amazing, you’ll get perks like free gifts, price matching, and personal customer service.


Grove only has a limited number of sets available and the offer ends November 21, so grab yours now! Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here . You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer’s offer for free when you sign up! If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up for 50% off.

2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!

3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.

4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.

5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Here is an example of what you can place in your cart to get to the $20 minimum required to get this great deal! (And yes, that toilet cleaner is the BEST!)
Here is an example of what you can place in your cart to get to the $20 minimum required to get this great deal! (And yes, that toilet cleaner is the BEST!)

Let me know which scent you choose! I just know you will love Mrs. Meyers AND Grove Collaborative as much as I do!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links–that means, if you purchase something from these links, I will get a little money in return. It does NOT cost you a cent more, and it will keep me in coffee and wine for another day! Since this is a special offer through my site, you can visit Grove Collaborative on your own, and shop (and I hope you do), but unless you go through my links, you will not get this special offer. So, shopping through this link benefits us both! And THAT is in the spirit of full disclosure!





Coming Clean in the New Year

I spent Saturday packing away Christmas.

That is always a bittersweet time. When I set up all of the Christmas decorations, I love how warm and cozy my house feels. However, by January 6, I feel like my walls are starting to close in!

Quick tip: I wait to put up our “everyday decorations” for a week or so after putting away the Christmas decorations. This way I make sure that I am only setting up the things we love, not just because those items always sit on that shelf. 

Last month I told you how much I have grown to love ePantry. I hate running out of cleaning supplies. It is not often that I get into a “super great cleaning mood”, and if I do–I don’t want to find out that I am out of my favorite (and great smelling) cleaning products!

When I joined ePantry I answered a few simple questions about my family and my cleaning routines and they set up a great selection of products that will work great for me! I was able to customize it, and now every few months (you can set up monthly shipments too) I get a box of my favorite supplies from companies like Method and Mrs. Meyers delivered right to my door!

ePantry has put together an amazing cleaning kit for my readers! And I am going to tell you how you can get it for FREE (that is my favorite price point!!). Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Kit

This kit features the Casabella cleaning caddy packed with some of my favorite products. It includes Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyers Hand soap, Grove Scrubber sponges and a Grove dish towel.

The cleaning caddy is a great way for you to help achieve your goal of getting more organized in 2016.

If you are anything like me, you have a hodgepodge of cleaning supplies stashed under your kitchen (or bathroom sink). And this is just fine–as long as you are cleaning the kitchen or the bathroom. What if you need window cleaner in the living room or a cleaning spray in the hallway to get toddler smudges off of the wall?  If you stash all of your supplies in this handy caddy, you can tote it with you all over the house, saving you time (and if you are anything like me, saving you from distraction!) Then just stash this caddy under your sink and viola!

Caddy under sink

You are ready to go!

If you have not tried the Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap yet, you are in for a treat. It cuts through our grease and stuck on oatmeal just great, and it has just the right amount of scent. (word to the wise: the Geranium scent is better in theory than in practice). Did you know that hand washing dishes can actually be a form of stress relief? My kids won’t agree, but if it is my turn to do the dishes, I will almost always hand-wash! Between the warm water, the silky feel of the bubbles and the scent of the dish soap, I feel better after I am done than when I started. Don’t believe me? There has even been a scientific study that agrees!

Mrs. Meyers hand soap has also become a favorite. I have been a long-time user of Method foaming hand wash. And, I really do like the Method soap. But the Mrs. Meyers soap seems a bit more substantial and lasts just as long. I try to make sure that we buy hand soap that does not have anti-bacterial agents added. I think our family is plenty healthy without them, and studies are showing that anti-bacterial soaps do more harm than good.  So, it is nice to not have to worry about extra ingredients that we just don’t want or need!

I have a set of Grove scrubber sponges sent to me with every shipment. They may look like ordinary scrubber sponges, but they are anything but! The scrubby part is made of crushed walnut shells. Totally natural, and with great scrubbing power with not a whole lot of elbow grease on my part. I love these silly sponges!

The Grove towel is just nice. And you know you need a new kitchen towel. Go check, I bet you still have towels from your wedding shower stuffed in your drawer. Go look. I’ll be right here waiting.

So, like I said, you can get this awesome kit for FREE!!!! Here is how to do it:

  1. 1. Sign up for ePantry through this link. You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Kit free when you sign up!

  2. 2. Answer a few quick questions about your family and how clean you keep your home (be honest!). This takes under 30 seconds and ePantry uses your responses to customize your first basket.

  3. 3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize the basket of products to suit your needs by adding or removing items.

  4. 4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you want to receive in your first box. (I’m definitely ordering more of the walnut scrubber sponges!)

  5. 5. You made it! Click finish & pay and place your order. (You may wonder what you did without ePantry!)

  6. 6. Stick to your New Year’s resolution with free shipping on your second order. To receive free shipping, make sure you select the free 60 day VIP Trial after you check out.

  7. 7. Already hooked on ePantry? Existing customers click here to get 50% off the Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Kit with your next order.

Don’t forget this special offer is only available until Sunday, January 17,  or while supplies last.

Happy cleaning!

How I Learned to Like Housework

I don’t really like to clean very much. I love a clean house, I just don’t care for the process. Cleaning requires so much, well, scrubbing, and work. . . ugh! And, in a household of eight people, most of my cleaning tasks either go unnoticed, or the results just don’t last as long as I would like.

However, a clean house IS a gift that I can give my family. AND, likewise, a clean house is a gift that my family can give me and each other.

I grew up in a house with a working mom (like me!). I learned to dread Saturdays. Saturdays became house cleaning days. It was NO fun. We pretty much had to scrub the place from top to bottom, leaving no cobweb ignored.

I vowed to not be that mom. (Sorry, Mom!)

And, even though we do sometimes still have Saturday cleaning binges, I try to take a more bit by bit approach.

After dinner each night, I try to tackle one task. If it is bath night for the girls, I am likely to clean the bathroom while they happily splash in the tub. (Plus, the floor usually gets pretty damp, so I can do a quick floor wipe.

Some nights I dust and polish our wooden furniture (the girls LOVE getting in on this!). I try to vacuum the living room carpet nearly every evening. If it happens to be a night when I have to do the dishes (the boys usually rotate through this), I will also deep clean part of the kitchen. . .usually whichever part bugs me the most.

I still don’t love housework. . .but I do enjoy it more.

I also found that just the right products, can make the job a lot more enjoyable. . .sort of a spoonful of sugar.

I like products that work well, smell good, and, especially since my little ones help me, are safe and have minimal toxic ingredients.

I fell in love with Mrs. Meyers and Method brand cleaners a few years ago. I got into the habit of buying them at my local big box stores, but they tended to be expensive and the stores did not always carry all of the products or scents that I preferred.

Then I discovered ePantry!

ePantry is known for carrying all-natural cleaning and personal care products

I learned about ePantry when I read about it on another blog. I fell in love with the prices, and with the fact that they carried ALL of the products that I loved!

ePantry is so easy to use:

Simply sign up, answer a couple questions, and ePantry delivers right to your door.

You have the opportunity to   plan out a delivery schedule months in advance (set it and forget it, whee!), or you can customize an order when you need one.

ePantry has given me an exclusive offer to YOU my readers! A FREE (that is my favorite price point!) Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap and $10 off of your first order!

I am so happy to offer this to all of you, since Mrs. Meyer’s is amazing! I keep a bottle of Mrs. Meyers hand soap by my kitchen sink. (I stock up on the limited edition cranberry scent during this time of year. . .it is my favorite!) Mrs. Meyers hand soap is formulated with aloe vera and olive oil as well as essential oils to get my hands clean without icky anti bacterial additives or parabens. I spend a lot of time cooking in my kitchen, so I like to have a hand soap that works well!

Mrs. Meyers Cranberry Liquid Hand soap


How ePantry works

  • This special offer is available for a limited time only, so sign up with this link.
  • Next, answer a few easy questions about your home, cleaning schedule, and favorite products. ePantry uses your answers to get a feel for what you like & to suggest products for future shipments.
  • Customize your basket! This is definitely the most fun part.
  • Including the hand soap and $10 off, your total must come to at least $20. The minimum is for first-time orders only.
  • Once you have filled your basket, click Finish & Pay. Your free hand soap and $10 credit will already be included.


Example basket: I have put together an example basket to demonstrate the amazing value of this offer! Of course, I highly recommend taking a look through ePantry’s full lineup. They have a lot to choose from and they are adding more all the time!



With a $10 credit, the total for this basket comes to $24.24, a $56+ value!

ePantry is not your usual subscription service. Other than the first order, there are no minimum orders. ePantry will suggest items that they think you will enjoy, but you only order what you want when you want it!

Refer friends and family, get $10 off!

  • If you refer friends and family to ePantry, each person you refer will get $10 in credit for their first order! And, more good news! You will also receive $10 in credit for each person who checks out. It’s a win-win!


To top it all off, ePantry has wonderful customer service! Every question I have ever had has been answered by a real person within a few hours!  This is a family owned and operated company, and they treat you like family as well!They even offer an extra $2 off if you answer the question in the chat box. So go on ahead and check it out!