7/21/16

Gift Ideas with Caldrea's Summer Entertaining Kit (Get one for free!)


Summer—'tis the season for bridal showers and weddings. Not to mention college students heading off to college dorms and many moving into their first apartments. And, of course, a housewarming party here or there. I love gift-giving for these special occasions, but it's easy to end up stumped trying to find a balance between budget, function, and style. 


Maybe—like me—you're already stocked up on summer-scented cleaning supplies. Maybe—also like me—you're on the hunt for a cute gift idea for a friend's housewarming, bridal shower, or college send-off. This free Caldrea Summer Entertaining Kit is a perfect foundation for an adorable gift basket.


Here's what you'll need
for a lovely Caldrea gift basket

1. Choose a Caldrea dish soap and countertop spray in one of their summer scents. 
(Pear blossom agave, sea salt neroli, ginger pomelo, or tangelo palm frond.)

2. Toss in a pretty tea towel.
I'm a firm believer that one can never have too many cheerful kitchen towel. Pick one with a lovely pattern, saying, or embroidered image.

3. Add a useful kitchen item.
Something simple and inexpensive, but that will totally get used—like a spoon rest, small colander, French press, or nice set of measuring spoons.

4. Pack it all in a basket that matches your recipient's style.
Think of how she decorates (or dresses) and try to match that. Vintage crates, rustic woven baskets, monogrammed storage bins, and metal baskets are all great options.

That's it! It's a great idea to tuck away for when you need a simple, useful, and lovely gift idea.


Want in on the Caldrea deal now—for yourself or a friend? (It also includes a Grove Be Good dish brush!)


Here's how to get your
Caldrea Summer Entertaining Kit

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here and you will receive the Caldrea offer for free!

2. Answer four quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your products—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—there's an example pictured below for inspiration. :)

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

6. Bonus: Don't forget to sign up for Grove Collaborative's free 60 day VIP trial after you complete your first order. I love being a VIP—it saves me time and makes shopping with Grove even more affordable. For 60 days, you can save, too, with free gifts and shipping, price matching, exclusive sales, and personal service. 

Here's an example of how you can spend $20 
to receive a free Summer Entertaining Kit


Remember! The deal is good through Sunday only—and kits are limited.


Already a Grove member? Don't feel left out—you can get a free Be Good dish brush with your next purchase.


Want to hear more about my favorite Grove products and what I think of the pear blossom agave scent?



Note: Grove Collaborative currently does not ship to Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska.

J E S S I C A  H A N S E N

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7/20/16

Get a free Caldrea Summer Entertaining Kit (Your kitchen will thank you—and smell lovely!)


Cleaning should smell good.

I have a confession to make: I'm a compulsive cleaner in the kitchen. No, not because I'm afraid of germs. And not because we're extra messy cooks. But because I love the smell of my cleaning products. Lovely-scented countertop spray makes wiping down the kitchen a delight. And dish soap that smells good and doesn't eat away at my hands? That makes washing the dishes that can't go into the dishwasher so much more bearable. I just really enjoy walking into a clean kitchen that smells of rhubarb... or basil... or radish... or currently: pear blossom agave. Mmmm.

7/12/16

If you read one book this summer, make it 'June'


I've heard it said (and wholeheartedly agree) that a good book is like a good friend. But in this case, a good book is like a big, beautiful Victorian house that opens its doors to you, invites you to come in, offers you lemonade, and serves it up fresh with a side of decades-old secrets on pretty little plate.

I loved this book. This book being June by Miranda Beverly-Whittmore.

I stumbled across an exclusive preview of June on First to Read. A tale of suspense and passion, past and present, in rural Ohio? And a grand old house? I gave the excerpt a quick read, which happened to be the first couple chapters. I was hooked within the first few paragraphs. It was this sentence that really did it for me: "Houses don't always dream. In fact, most don't. Houses that dream are built for the ages (one or two perhaps, in every small American town)."

6/29/16

How I hemmed my curtains in 5 minutes – no iron, needle, or thread!


Our beautiful old house as thrown a few design challenges my way. I recently tackled one of them. We had some company a couple weekends ago, and I really wanted to spruce the guest room up into something comfortable. Most of it was easy: fresh bedding, some vintage decor, a pretty new lamp, and patterned curtains. But those curtains – in fact, all the curtains upstairs – have had me trippin'. Literally.

Even though our second floor has the exact same ten-foot ceilings as the main floor, the windows are positioned lower on the wall. So on the main floor, my standard 84" curtains hang a couple inches above the floor trim, which I'm okay with. But on the second floor, the same curtains sag about six inches. See what I mean about trippin'?

6/9/16

10 Decor Details I'm Doting On | June Edition


Um, can someone please tell me where May went? And we're all ready ten days into June?! I thought that moving into our house would mean lots and lots of blog posts about all our projects. I promise: There are projects coming. We're just still getting settled in and doing some of the not-so-fun, not-so-blogworthy undertakings right now.

In the meantime, I'm starting a new little monthly feature where I can share lovely interior things that catch my eye – the little decor details that I'm currently doting on. To kick things off, how cute is that DIY elephant doorstop above?! It's simple, cheap, and adorable. You can find the instructions over at Max Makes Home.

6/2/16

My Spray Paint (Still) Brings All the Boys (err, Men) to the Yard



I can't believe that it's been almost four years since I published one of my favorite blog posts: My Spray Paint Brings All the Boys to the Yard. Back then, I was living in that lovely attic apartment down the street from favorite bars and hangouts in my college town. That day, a couple guys were drawn to how "I be killin' it with that paint." One even said that my "antiquing got swag." Still one of my favorite compliments to this day.

5/27/16

My Home Office | Tour + Decorating Inspiration


Certain parts of the house are coming along. (You can check out the master bedroom and bath, downstairs bathroom, dining room, foyer, and living room in this post.) While other rooms still feel disheveled and hardly unpacked.

My office was one of the first rooms to get set up with furniture since I needed to have a place to work. But style-wise, it's not as colorful or inspiring of a creative space as I'd like. It needs to function as a motivating office for working from home, as an inspiring space for the creative writing and blogging I do as a hobby, and as a pretty room since it's on the main level and will definitely be seen by guests.