Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Scents Pack from Grove Collaborative


I’m excited to partner with a company that is currently impressing my socks off!

If you love fall scents, don’t miss this amazing deal from Grove Collaborative that’s only available this week (through the 16th)!

Grove Collaborative is a unique company with a passion for household products that are gentle on the environment and gentle on your family. If that is your passion too, they’re an excellent resource for finding tested products in one place at great prices.

You set up a delivery schedule so you never run out of the products you need. I love eliminating stress with subscription services.

When you go to their site, you’ll answer a few questions about your family size and cleaning style, and they’ll suggest products for you. You don’t have to purchase the products they suggest, but it’s a great way to get an idea of the things they offer! Just adjust the numbers of the suggested products if you don’t want them.

Look around at sections like cleaning, personal care and more. If you find $20 worth of things you need (who doesn’t need toilet paper and shampoo and laundry detergent?), you will also receive the Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products seen in the photo! (Not the apples or cider or bowl. Just the dish soap, cleaning spray, handsoap and towels!)

If you’ve been around a while, you know I have to be VERY careful about what scents I have in my home. I was glad that one of the two choices for this fall special was Apple Cider, which is one of the few scents I can handle. The other scent option for this offer is Mum. Honestly, I was so excited to get new handtowels along with the yummy-smelling soaps! New handtowels always make me happy. And turning old stained ones into rags (the one-in-one-out rule, y’know) makes me happy too!

What you get free, in addition to your $20 order of items completely of your own choosing:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Dish Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Multi-Surface Spray
  • Grove Collaborative Kitchen Towel
  • 60 Day VIP Trial
  • Free Shipping

Go here to get this special offer, and check out the many, many natural products they offer.

If you’re an existing Grove Collaborative customer, don’t feel left out! You can get this Mrs. Meyer’s set for 50% off! (See how they take care of people!) Just go here for that deal.

AND, can you believe they sent me FLOWERS this morning to celebrate me sharing this great offer with you?


In my normal spirit of full disclosure, here’s the before and after of my dining room table. Yay for motivation to clear it (mostly) off! i-got-flowers

Get your free Mrs. Meyer’s products here.

In case you didn’t catch it when I said I’m partnering with Grove Collaborative, I am. That means all the links in this post are my affiliate links. I got a free credit with them and will earn when you use my link. The opinions and sensitive nose and messy dining room table are all mine.


Getting Help When I Need It

Are you ready for this? I know I am.

I’m determined to write this post quickly before I head to the doctor for the second time with a kid who has the strangest, won’t-go-away rash.

But I also want to clarify and justify and explain and all that, because what I’m about to tell you could be a little controversial for this particular site.

I scheduled something. Something awesome. Something that makes my heart swell with excitement and makes me smile every time I think about it.

Something that also took a huge burden of stress off of my shoulders the minute I made the appointment.

Want to know what I’m talking about? Well, before I share, let me do a little more concrete justifying.

If you’ve been around a while, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you’re new, please check out those links in the list directly above to fully understand that this isn’t a lightly made decision.

And most of all, you know I’m going to blog all about this and give you a reality-based perspective.

Ready? I hired someone to clean my house. She comes Thursday.

Did you hear a choir singing hallelujah, or is that just in my head??

So what’s the reality based perspective I have to give at this point?

Well, reality is that time and energy are finite. And I’m having a group of people over Friday night. And this week, I’m recording my audiobook two days (in a studio more than an hour away), promotion videos (with a real crew and everything) one day, and I start back to Bible Study on another day. Today was the only day I’d be home, and now with the surprise doctor appointment, even that day is gone.

Not that I feel like I need all that craziness to justify hiring someone, but it prompted me to get busy and get it done.

And reality is that my Crazy Eyes softened to Slightly Overwhelmed Eyes the minute I received confirmation the cleaner was coming.

The details so far:

I stressed over finding someone. How to find someone? I live in a mostly-offline area and googling isn’t really an option. I felt funny asking local friends on facebook because of the whole normal stigma plus the stigma of me being a Slob Blogger, and the worry that someone would offer to do it whom I knew. I wanted a little anonymity. I racked my brain, trying to imagine which friends had cleaners, but feeling funny asking people randomly “Do you have someone clean your house?”

I texted a friend who had raved about her cleaner, but who had said she thought hers wasn’t taking new clients. I thought maybe her cleaner could recommend someone if she couldn’t do it. Thankfully, she had a spot open for me.

I’ve been cleaning ever since I set up the appointment. Post-summer clutter and book-releasing craziness is still a problem around here. I am determined to get the house to a point where she can just come in and deep clean, so that means surfaces must be cleared, floors cleared, clutter piles removed, etc.

I didn’t tell the kids. I just told them to clean their rooms.

I could share more of my thoughts behind this, and I will, but now I need to get ready to head to the doctor.




The Good and Bad of Cleaning with Baking Soda

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Baking Soda is awesome, y’all.

I use it all the time to clean stains off my counter tops. My somewhat-old-fashioned, non-granite counter tops.

Y’all convinced me here, and then I became a believer here.

But even though baking soda is perfect for cleaning a lot of things and is safe enough to use in cookies (which means you actually EAT it!) or for brushing teeth (Hubby tried this recently when we were out of toothpaste, yuck!), there’s a downside.

I’m not knocking cleaning with baking soda, but I think it’s important to understand what you’re getting yourself into before you start sprinkling everything in sight with the stuff.

I’d hate for someone to think they’re doing a quick kitchen clean up before a guest shows up and not leave time for the endless wiping required to remove the film left  behind before the doorbell is due to ring.

Oh. I just gave the downside away. Oops.

There’s a film. A film that doesn’t go away in one wipe, y’all. Or two wipes. Or sometimes even three.

I can deal with it on my baking-soda-colored countertops, but my shiny (other than the burnt on stuff that looks significantly worse in the picture than I ever noticed while doing this and which is therefore a project and post for another day) black stove, not so much.

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I thought I was being all Cleaning Blogger Awesome when I cleaned that stove.

And then it dried.

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And I wiped it off again.

And then it dried again.

And I had to wipe it off again.

And then it dried yet again.

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And my daughter exclaimed how terrible it looked and wiped it down again. And then again. She experienced that strange satisfaction that comes over you when you wipe away visible mess. And then she experienced the frustration of seeing the mess reappear when it dried.

Yes, crusty stuff had come off, but the magically re-appearing white film was getting ridiculous.

Finally, it looked ok.

But I’ve decided to stick to cleaning with baking soda on baking soda colored surfaces.

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Especially after I used baking soda to easily clean this severely-water-spotted-and-long-neglected water dispenser tray on my fridge. It worked, and the mineral deposits (aka ickiness) were mostly gone. But then, when I stepped back to admire my work, I saw the the area around the area I’d just cleaned. Ugh. Did you read the post about cleaning that stainless steel? I’d just cleaned it about an hour before this!

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Yay for natural cleaners that really do scrub out stains and get rid of tough built-up messes. Boo for the mess baking soda leaves behind.

Do y’all have any tricks for me? Do you know the absolute best way to get rid of the film in one or two (or even three) wipes?

Obligatory Amazon affiliate links:

Baking Soda. Really. You can get all sorts of household goods on Amazon. Go here to see how I use it to save my sanity!

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths.

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