1/16/17

Win the Season 3 DVD of #BroadCity


With the holidays over, winter starts to feel especially dismal. Am I right? Cold weather, dreary skies, icy sidewalks—all perfect excuses to stay inside and binge watch. 

Courtesy of Comedy Central, I'm giving away the new Season 3 DVD of Broad City, plus a $25 VISA gift card—consider it spending money for snacks for your Broad City binge-sesh with friends.

The DVD is available in stores now, but this is your chance to get a FREE copy! 



The Show:
The critically acclaimed Comedy Central series from executive producer Amy Poehler, Broad City Season 3 brings back TV's baddest BFFs for a whole new set of adventures. Join Abbi, Ilana and a lineup of special guests as they find true love (or one-night stands), get high on life (among other things) and show New York City how it's done.


The Season:
Season 3 guest stars include Hillary Clinton, Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Soul Food), Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Alda, Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Tony Danza, Bob Balaban ("Girls"), Seth Green, Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Emily Meade (Boardwalk Empire), Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers), Mara Wilson (Matilda), Tymberlee Hill (Drunk History).



The Giveaway:
YASSS KWEEN! One (1) lucky winner will receive:
  • A copy of BROAD CITY: Season 3 on DVD
    The new DVD includes all 10 episodes from Season 3, uncensored with 30+ minutes of bonus features.

  • A $25 VISA gift card to purchase snacks to binge watch with your baddest BFFS

This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only. Thanks, Comedy Central, for sponsoring this post and providing the giveaway goodies! 

How to Enter:



1/12/17

10 Ways to Use Grove's New Caddy (and how to get one for FREE!)


I'm a storage freak. Give me your wire baskets, fabric bins, and wooden crates—there's always something for me to put in it! G would probably love a nickel every time I gasp and say, "I could store something in that!" 

So it's no surprise that I'm kinda sorta immensely obsessed with Grove Collaborative's new little cleaning caddy in all its shiny white glory. It's so sleek and crisp with its metal finish and pinewood handle. I seriously can't wait for mine to get here.

In the meantime, I dreamed up a few—okay, you caught me... no less than ten—ways to put this adorable and functional caddy to use. 

Pssst! Grove is also offering a free caddy to new customers! Keep reading to find out how to claim yours. :)



This is how I'm going to use my caddy. My kitchen just underwent a facelift and I'm incorporating lots of neutrals along with pops of turquoise. I'm also a Mrs. Meyer's devotee. And now that the holidays are past and I've put away my apple cider and peppermint scented cleaning supplies, I'm looking forward to bringing out my trademark kitchen scent: basil. Doing dishes and wiping down the counters is going to smell (and look) oh-so-very good.

Oh, btw, yes! Mrs. Meyer's now offers hand lotion. And Grove Collaborative is the exclusive online retailer. :) My basil lotion is on its way and I can't wait to lather up my hands (and possibly arms) and smell like this basil-y goodness all day.
Confession: I don't have a gorgeous turquoise washer or dryer. But a girl can dream, right? And since I'm fantasizing, my dream laundry room would include a lean, mean, blue-green laundry machine like this—and Grove's cleaning caddy well stocked with Method's wonderfully scented clothes-washing supplies. 

Perhaps one of the best uses for Grove's new caddy would be its intended use. If Mrs. Meyer's Basil is the trademark smell of my kitchen, Caldrea's Pear Blossom Agave is the signature fragrance of the rest of my house. It'd be really handy to keep their room/fabric refresher and countertop spray in a convenient caddy with some dust rags and a feather duster for quick sweeps of the house before company comes over. (...Meaning, I may have to order a second cleaning caddy.)

Or possibly a third. Because I can't get over how cute this caddy would look in our turquoise bathroom, well stocked with Acure bath, body, and beauty essentials and some pretty towels/rags. 

While I'm feeling a little stingy about keeping the cleaning caddy all to myself, I have to admit that it's also the perfect foundation for a variety of different gifts.

For instance, how cute would this be for a baby shower? Just fill it with some Seventh Generation baby products, an adorable onesie, classic childhood book, and maybe a pair of too-cute-for-words turquoise baby moccasins with gold fringe.

The caddy could also come in handy as a gift for the bride and bridesmaids on bachelorette party day. Make sure it's well-stocked with beauty products for starting out the night (deodorant, facial serum, dry oil body spray) as well as for the morning after (eye make remover and toothpaste). 

For a housewarming gift, wedding shower, or birthday, this caddy would make a lovely present when filled with Grove Collaborative items like their pretty glass spray bottle, lovely kitchen towels, hand cream, hand sanitizer spray, Yes to Coconut lip balm, and a fragrant soy candle.

For the friend who needs to spice up her cubicle desk or the little sister heading off to college, the caddy could corral office supplies, like gold scissors, fancy pencils, silly sticky-notes, kitschy erasers, glitzy thumb tacks, and a cute notebook or planner.

It's also ideal for perking up your favorite java drinker on their birthday or just because. Start with compostable coffee filters, then add in some coffee, coasters, and a travel mug.

Last but certainly not least, this caddy would do well for keeping track of pet supplies or as the starting point for a new-pet-owner gift. Start with eco-friendly waste bags, then throw in a fashionable collar and harness, color-coordinated leash, and nifty toy. Don't forget the doggy treats!





Grove Collaborative is currently running a special offer! 

With their first purchase of $20, new customers will receive the Fresh Start Kit, which includes:
• FREE Mrs. Meyer's Hand Soap*
• FREE Mrs. Meyer's Dish Soap*
• FREE Mrs. Meyer's Hand Lotion*
• FREE Grove Collaborative Enamel Cleaning Caddy
• FREE Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
• FREE Shipping

*In the fragrance of your choice!

That's a value of $40 in FREE products just for signing up and spending $20 on stuff you love from brands like Mrs. Meyer's, Caldrea, and Method. And since you can nab these products for less at Grove than you would at your local store... $20 goes a long, long way. 




And there's a deal for you existing customers, too!

All existing customers will receive a free Mrs. Meyer's hand soap with their next order. Click here to claim your deal.

Here’s how it works: 

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Fresh Start Kit for free when you sign up! If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive a Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap for free with your next order.

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.

Tip to save: Once you’ve submitted your Grove order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

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

Kits are limited and this deal expires Tuesday, January 17, 6pm PT!

1/11/17

Start 2017 off lovely with a FREE Fresh Start Kit from Grove


I don't know about you lovelies, but one of my 2017 resolutions is to really whip this house into shape. That doesn't just mean peeling wallpaper and painting walls (though there's plenty of that to do), but it also means keeping it spic and span. And who's going to help me? Why, Mrs. Meyer's of course.

It's no secret that I'm a Mrs. Meyer's cleaning product hoarder collector. Her hand soap brightens up every bathroom sink in the house. I can't remember the last time I used any other counter spray or dish soap. And my under-the-sink cabinet is well-stocked with Mrs. Meyer's scents for every season. (A girl's gotta have her seasonal cleaning fragrances, you know?)

For a long time, I've wanted more from the dear old Mrs. Meyer's. Like, something not just for my kitchen counters and dishes. Something for me. And a while back, I chanced upon a special edition peony hand lotion. It smelled soooo good—just like the cleaning products. And oh! How it moisturized my hands and arms with just a pea-sized dab.

But that's it. That's the only time I came across lotion from Mrs. Meyer's.

Until now. Mrs. Meyer's now offers hand lotion.

And for new customers, Grove is offering a special offer that includes not only a FREE hand lotion in the scent of your choice—but also a bunch of other FREE products worth a $40 value!

This hand lotion is only available at Grove Collaborative and supplies are limited, so don’t wait! You must try it and find out why I'm so devoted to Mrs. Meyer's.

Here’s what new Grove Collaborative customers get with their first purchase of $20:
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap*
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap*
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s lotion*
  • Free Grove Collaborative Enamel Cleaning Caddy
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges 
  • Free shipping

*In the scent of your choice!


Here’s how it works: 
  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Fresh Start Kit for free when you sign up! If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive a Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap for free with your next order.
  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.
  6. Tip to save: Once you’ve submitted your Grove order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. 


Please note that Grove currently does not ship to Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska

Kits are limited and this deal expires Tuesday, January 17, 6pm PT!


1/5/17

Kitchen Makeover | Part I


When we got this house, I really thought I'd have sooo much more blogging material. And as a matter of fact, I do. I've just been short on the blogging time. So allow me to apologize for blog posts being so few and far between for the last few months. Good stuff is coming, I promise. We spent the summer and warmer months of fall focused on the the exterior. And we're devoting our winter to giving the interior a facelift. That mostly means: peeling wallpaper, fixing plaster, and sealing / priming / painting the walls.

12/20/16

A Fresh Gift Idea for the Person on Your List Who has Everything


It's nearly Christmas! Tell me that I'm not alone in the panic of still having a few more presents to buy for people on my gift giving list?! It's been a busy winter so far—so much that I haven't been able to whip up my usual gift guides or even share a holiday tour of my seasonal decor. But I do want to share this fresh and oh-so-pretty last minute gift idea with you just in case you're having trouble thinking of something lovely to buy that person on your list who has everything.

12/9/16

Ideas for decorating with "Greenery," Pantone's Color of the Year


Hello, lovelies! Long time no blog, right? (So sorry about that.) Anyway, have you heard the news? I get excited when any design or paint company releases their "Color of the Year," but I'm especially stoked for Pantone's Greenery. It's bright and bold. It's lush. It reminds me of Wicked, the Emerald City, granny smith apples, and springtime. (Thinking of springtime is especially important as temps start to drop down to 10 degrees F in Iowa. Brrr.)

11/20/16

Butler's Pantry Project | Part II: Priming, Painting, and Decorating


Hello again! Recently, I posted about peeling wallpaper and picking paint colors for our butler's pantry. Two weeks later... all the wallpaper is gone, the plaster walls repaired, the room primed and painted, and the little space pretty much decorated. :)