Free Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Scents from Grove Collaborative

It’s no secret that I get excited about the change of seasons.

Ever since we hit the mall for back-to-school shopping last month, I’ve been dreaming about tall boots and cozy sweaters and the sound of crunching leaves. Of course, living in the desert means I will need to take a road trip to find those fall colors! 

That means I’ve also been thinking about getting our home ready for fall — even if the weather outside is still sunny and hot! (I can’t believe we are still in the 100’s!) I’m getting a head start with this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer’s fall soaps + candle + pretty kitchen towel from Grove Collaborative!

Even if you’re not looking forward to fall as much as I am, Mrs. Meyer’s lovely Mum and Apple Cider scents will get you in the spirit.

I’ve been looking forward to this Apple Cider scent all year. I’m using them in my bathrooms right now, so I thought the free seasonal set would be a great opportunity to try out the Mum scent.

I’m so glad I did! The Mum scent smells like a walk through a crisp fall garden. Not to mention, I’m crushing on this beautiful packaging — it’s the same color as the mums on my front porch!

When you place your first order of $20, you’ll get the fall set in your choice of scents — you can even mix and match if you like:

  • Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
  • Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  • Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s candle
  • Free Grove kitchen towel
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll get a free set of Grove walnut scrubbers.

The Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap, and candle come in matching scents so you can fill your entire home with your favorite fall scent. All the products are non-toxic and made with plant- derived ingredients, so I feel good about using them with my family.

The set also includes a lovely Grove Collaborative kitchen towel. These are not your run-of-the-mill dish cloths — they’re thick, soft, and bigger than a standard kitchen towel. I always keep one nearby when I’m cooking for grabbing hot handles, wiping up spills, and drying dishes.

This set is a perfect example of why I love Grove: They offer an amazing selection of the best natural household products from both their house brand and favorites like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Caldrea. Plus, they remember what you like and ship it to your doorstep, on your schedule. There’s no fee to join — you only pay for the products you buy (and the prices are always lower than my local grocery store).

If you’re on the fence about trying Grove Collaborative, this is your opportunity! When you sign up using my link, you’ll get the free fall set + free shipping + free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales, and personal service.

What are you waiting for? Grab your free fall seasonal set now:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here . You will receive the fall seasonal set for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

If you are an existing customer, click here.

Mary Alice, my buddy

Every child is so different.

I was talking with a friend today about how it still surprises me that their personalities are different than ours. She laughed and talked about how you have your first child and you think the others are going to be like them. Then, you have a second and the second child must just be the opposite of the first one, so any other children are certainly going to fall somewhere in the spectrum between the two.

But then a confusing and delightful surprise happens when a new personality is completely revealed.

Mary Alice certainly has hints of Julia and Nate and Riley. Her smile lights up a room, just like Julia’s. She loves to make other people laugh and feel included, just like Nate. She loves animals and babies, just like Riley. But then she is her own wonderful unique creation.

She loves to dance in front of strangers and sing loudly and say hello to everyone she meets. She is rarely shy. She is fearless. She really is wonderful company for me.

I have such a great time spending the day with her. She keeps me on my toes and makes me laugh all morning long. As all of her older siblings started their school year, it was a big adjustment for her. She would ask me about 20 times a day where they were and what time they were coming home. It is so sweet to see how attached she is to them and how much of her world is just wondering how they are and what they’re doing.

Oh sweet Mary Alice, I love spending my day with you.

Emily Austin Jewelry and my friend Emily

I have someone else I want to to tell you about!  It’s so fun to brag on my ridiculously talented friends without them knowing. It makes me giddy. My next door neighbor, Emily, is a jewelry designer. She told me this in passing one day a few years ago. Then, I saw her jewelry displayed in the Butterfly Wonderland gift shop. My jaw dropped at the amazing crystal necklace with her name as the designer. I had no idea someone famous was living next door to me. I just knew that she celebrated with us when we adopted Riley and took him for walks to see the horses down the street.

We did a photoshoot the other day for her jewelry and I decided it was the perfect time to tell you about her! She has been doing pavé work with Swarovski crystals for 25 years. She loves creating sports jewelry in team and school colors or designing jewelry for a wedding party or the perfect gift. Her work is truly stunning.

Thank you, Emily, for letting us be your models for the day! Your work is beautiful.

Thank you for letting me tell you about my sweet friends.

(Be sure to read about the other friends I’ve shared with you…)

Jenna at Bumbelou

Cindy at Pretty Pretty Cindy




4 Tips for keeping your home clean when you have kids

Disclosure: Consideration has been provided for publishing this article. I thought it was perfect timing to discuss keeping your home clean as we start back to school! 


You love your kids, and you love your home. You just wish that your kids loved your home the way you do. If they did, they might take better care of it. Kids are dirt factories. They also don’t pick up their things. Here are four tips for keeping your home clean when you have kids.

Have a Door Policy

Image via Flickr by WillowGardeners

As a parent, you’re painfully aware of the way your children’s shoes look. They’re monuments to misadventures in the muddiest parts of town. You can’t do a lot about the smell of the shoes, but you can stop the incursion of unclean substances.

Start a door policy.

Tell your kids that your home is a shoeless environment. The instant the children enter the home, you expect them to take off their shoes and leave them by the door. With this strategy, you’ll limit the amount of dirt your kids bring into the home. Plus, it’s the healthy thing to do.

The Quick Wipe-Down

Many parents feel like they lack the free time to do a lot of cleaning. Parenting is a full-time job, yet most parents also hold full-time jobs outside of the home. That means you’re working all the time and don’t want to clean.

What you may not realize is how much you can do in only a few minutes. Try an experiment. Grab a clean cloth and wipe down the area around your sink and oven. How long did it take? The answer is a couple of minutes. Try to do this quick wipe-down a couple of times each week, and your home will look and feel cleaner.

Eat Then Bathe

One of the best ways to keep your home clean is to have a routine. You want to train your kids about how they should organize their days. As they grow older, they’ll hopefully learn to organize their stuff as well. That step is a work in progress over the next decade, though. For now, the important thing is that you teach your kids a set routine.

The best routine is to bathe your kids immediately after dinner. Don’t worry about the myth that a bath impacts digestion. The human body is tougher than that. The dirt that covers your children is also tough. You want to get rid of it quickly. By having your children take a bath after eating, you’ll have a cutoff time for their poor hygiene each evening. Also, sending them to bed when they’re clean will keep their bed linens fresher.

Add an Air Purifier

If your kids are going to track dirt everywhere they go, you might as well accept dirt as a fact of life. However, you can battle contaminants that might sneak their way into your home’s air as your kids go about their messy activities.

Your best bet is to add an air purifier. If you buy a large one, a trusted service like Conditioning Air Mechanical HVAC Services can do the installation. Alternatively, you install a small one on your own. This device will improve the indoor air quality of your home, cutting back on substances that can aggravate allergies or cause odors.

You can take control of the cleanliness of your home. Simply follow the four tips listed here.

Recipe: The Best Queso in Texas

Earlier this summer, when we took a road trip to Texas, we had a big celebration at my sister-in-law’s house in Houston. We were celebrating my in-laws anniversary and my mother-in-law’s birthday. My sweet sister-in-law got a cake that just said ‘Happy’ on it. I really wish I had gotten a picture of it, because it was awesome. I think all cakes from now on should just say ‘Happy’ on them.

Anyway, while my brother-in-laws were outside grilling the best fajitas ever, I was helping her in the kitchen and watched her make queso. This wasn’t just your regular, easy queso dip. She got all kinds of fancy with it.

After it was finished, everyone dug in and was raving about how delicious it was. So, I’ve tried to recreate the recipe for you and I think I came pretty close.

The best part? It stays creamy and perfect much much longer than the traditional easy Queso dip.


1 – Small Box Velveeta Cheese

1 – Can Mild Rotel

3 TSP – Sour Cream

4 oz – Cream Cheese

1/4 Cup – Cheddar Cheese


Cut Velveeta Cheese into smaller blocks. Add all ingredients. Microwave for 45 seconds at a time and stir until desired consistency.


It was such a fun way to take your classic queso and make it even creamier! Let’s just say it’s already a hit at our house. Thank you, Aunt Laura! - You can do it!

Be tsy - Sounds so yummy. Will save for when I reach WW goal 😄