SPRING CLEANING FAVORITES

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Spring has officially sprung, which means “spring cleaning” is on the top of many of our to-do lists!  I don’t know about you, but when I have pretty, good smelling AND hard working cleaning supplies, I tend to get a little more excited about the cleaning process.  You’re probably wondering if that is even possible…but trust me, for neat-freaks like me, it is!  Anyway, this is where Grove Collaborative comes in.  

Grove Collaborative is a customizable online hub that delivers all-natural home, beauty, and personal care products directly to your door! Their aim is to make living a healthy lifestyle easy and accessible for you and your family by offering high-quality brands that are healthy for you and for the environment. I love that all my favorite brands are located on one online resource, and that I can even set up re-occuring shipments for my regularly used items I run out of each month.  Grove makes cleaning fun again, and if you’re lucky….you might even be able to convince your spouse to jump in on the action haha.

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Here’s a sneak peak to what is in my basket this month:

Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Concentrate - this is one of my favorite cleaning products from the Mrs.Meyers line. I use this on everything from the kitchen counters, to the bathroom, to cleaning the floors and everything in between. Since its a concentrate, you don’t need much to get an amazing cleaning power! Also, I love that I can mix this in my favorite re-usable spray bottle, that way i’m not contintually purchasing plastic bottles and then throwing them away!

Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap - Does anyone else agree that good smelling soap makes the dishwashing process more fun? Maybe its just me! Anyway, I love this Basil scented dish soap. It keeps my dishes sparkling, and smelling good too!

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap - you might notice a trend here….the Basil scent is definitely my favorite so of course i incorporate this into hand soap as well! This formula is made with a blend of essential oils, so its hard working but not drying. I also like that this fragrance is fresh and not overpowering. Plus the bottle looks cute on the counter.

Walnut Scrubber Sponge- I love these sponges because they are touch enough to handle tough messes but also non-abrasive so they won’t scratch our cookware. I also think its neat that these are made with crushed walnuts and are sustainably made in the USA.

Walnut Dish Brush- This dish brush is so nice! I was originally drawn to the design, what can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty things….even if its just to clean dishes. But this bad boy is not only pretty, but functional too! It is sturdy, well made, comfortable in my hand AND does a great job on the dishes. Plus the dish-head is replaceable, extending the life of the product. An all around winner!

European Dish Cloth- these dish cloths have been used on repeat since the moment I opened my very first Grove package. I pretty much use these in every room and surface in my home because they are super durable, absorbant and most importantly REUSABLE! I seriously save so many paper towels using these. I also love that you can throw them in the microwave or dishwasher to clean & disinfect and the patterns are super cute! If you haven’t tried these yet, you need to!

Right now with the Mrs. Meyers Spring cleaning event, you’ll get a free seasonal kit to help you get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning when you place your first Grove order of $20. Here’s what’s included:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Hand Soap

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Dish Soap

  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges

  • Free Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle

  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

To get your kit, sign up for Grove Collaborative here and the offer will be automatically added to your cart. You’ll answer 4 quick questions about your current cleaning routine, which Grove will use to recommend products for your first basket. Happy cleaning!

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PHOTOGRAPHY | On a Whim

A PET PARENT'S GUIDE TO TOUGH STAINS WITH PERSIL® PROCLEAN®

This shop has been compensated by Persil. #PersilDeepClean #sponsored


Anyone else sometimes feel like they need a laundry intervention? Yep, me too!  As a busy pet parent working full time, planning a wedding and traveling, it always seems like a struggle to keep up on the laundry.  I swear, just when I think I am finally caught up on the laundry pile, Reggie comes running in from outside with his muddy paws, which means bath time….and more laundry! I mean, don’t get me wrong...I love my little guy (just  look at that sweet face)! But I don’t always love the mess he leaves behind, especially on my white towels!

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Today, I’m partnering with Persil® ProClean® to share with you some laundry tips, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to experience a new level of deep clean with your laundry!  Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent is formulated to deliver a deep clean for all of life’s messy moments! And, did you know you can find Persil® ProClean® at Walmart? I’m loving the Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter formula, especially when it comes to getting out those tough stains, including muddy messes from all of Reggie’s outdoor adventures!  

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Life gets busy, and sometimes a little messy too! Like many of you who also have busy lives, I don’t have time to worry about if my laundry detergent is actually going to get the stains out.  I just need it to work! Am I right, or am I right? These laundry tips I’m sharing today will not only make the job easier, it will also get things cleaner...the first time around!

Be sure to read more to see my step-by-step guide on achieving a deep clean you can’t deny with Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent !

So here we go: A PET PARENT’S GUIDE TO TOUGH STAINS WITH Persil® ProClean® !


STEP 1: SORT

  • Light colors- whites, grey, tan- will go in one pile.

  • Deep colored clothes—black, red, navy, brown, dark gray—go in another pile.

  • Heavily soiled clothes (aka muddy towels from your pup) and all whites (such as towels or sheets) should be washed separately.

Also, be sure to always follow the care label instructions in case certain items need specific laundering care.

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STEP 2: DETERGENT

I like using Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter formula because it has stain fighting enzymes specially designed to break down stains and deliver an exceptional deep clean! And the great thing about Persil® ProClean® is it doesn’t require a lot to get your laundry clean!  Simply read the label for correct usage. This will prevent residue from being left on your clothing and also keep your washing machine running efficiently.


PRO TIP: If your clothes have stains, pre-treat them before washing so it doesn't set in.  Apply some Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter directly to the stain, rub into fabric, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on the stain).  Then simply run it through the regular wash cycle recommend for that article of clothing.

STEP 3: WATER TEMPERATURE & CYCLE

It’s best to follow the washing machine instructions for water temperature guidelines, but unless your clothing is caked with dirt and heavily stained, washing in cold water will work for most average loads and bright colors.  Use hot water for white loads, to keep your whites bright.

PRO TIP: For an extra brightening boost, wash your whites with Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent then hang laundry in the sun for natural bleaching!

As far as cycle, you will want to choose the best washer cycle for the fabrics in the load. The “regular” cycle is best for heavily soiled items or sturdy cotton.  Permanent press is best for average loads, but you may also need to use "delicate" for certain fabrics. "Heavy duty" is great for articles like jeans and towels….especially towels that are stinky and dirty from muddy doggies.

STEP 4: LOAD

Load items into the washer one at a time, making sure they are not in a wad. Do not cram the washer too full. The clothes need room to move about in the water.

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STEP 5:  RELAX

When using Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent and its exceptional stain fighting ingredients, you know your laundry will get clean the first time around….even those tough stains like mud and grass from your furbaby!  So now its time to relax, give your dog some extra lovins or belly rubs (Reggie’s favorite!) or tackle those other items on your to-do list…at least until it’s time to fold!

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So, there you have it! A few laundry tips, that I am loving lately to help me make the most of my time, and stay on top of the laundry pile! I know I can use all the help I can get! Tell me about your experience using Persil® ProClean® with #DeepCleanChallenge #Sweepstakes on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. You’ll be entered for the chance to win some seriously great prizes including a laundry room makeover!!Be sure to go to your closest Walmart location to Experience Deep Clean Day with Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent!


What is one of your favorite laundry tips?  Do share!

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MASTER BEDROOM DECOR UPDATE

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In my opinion, your bedroom is a sanctuary. Its where I go when I want to relax and recharge, but I’ll admit that in years past, the bedroom was usually the last room to be decorated. I guess the kitchen and living room always seemed more important since those are the spaces everyone see’s when they visit. But since moving into a new place in January, we decided to start decorating the bedroom FIRST! Its coming along slowly but surely and I’ve added a few new bedroom decor pieces I wanted to share with you all today incase you might be updating your space as well.

Our first upgrade was the mattress! When we moved from a queen bed to a king, I knew I wanted a cream colored upholstered panel bed. After a LOT of searching online, I found this one! It was exactly what I was looking for and also pretty affordable. The headboard is the perfect color, and really gives the room a clean and fresh feel that I was going for. It did need assembled, but Nathan was able to put it together in about 2 hours with just himself and a good ole power drill.

I love white bedding (shocker right?!) and this set is actually from our old bed, but I love it so much that I don’t want to get rid of it until I find something else that I love. So for now, we are making it work! I keep going back and forth on what to place on the wall above our bed. This map print is actually an older piece from World Market, and at our previous place you may remember it was above our sofa. But I actually think it works pretty well here, so I may keep it here until I find another piece that I like better.

After the mattress/bed upgrade, the next most important item on our list was black-out curtains. As most of you know, Nathan works night shift, so we needed something that would block out all the daytime light for when he sleeps. I don’t know if you have ever searched for black-out curtains, but its not easy! Most of the ones online I found looked like cheap versions of hotel curtains, and I just wasn’t liking anything I saw. I knew I wanted a light color, which was an even HARDER task, but when I finally found these I loved them, specifically because they have a slight texture to them so they aren’t just flat white! Honestly, they were even better seeing them in person and I’m really glad with the decision we made. Not only do they do a great job at blocking out the light, they also really add warmth to the space and enhance the high ceilings.

So that’s where we are at now with the master bedroom decor! As we start to add more pieces, I will doing another update for you guys! In decorating your bedroom, just remember, make it a space that you love and enjoy spending time in. Have fun decorating!

DETAILS

BED: Joss & Main

BEDDING: West Elm

PILLOWS: West Elm

CURTAINS: Wayfair

CURTAIN RODS: Amazon

ART: World Market (old) - similiar here

LAMP: Marshalls

FAUX PLANT: Homegoods

PINE WREATH GIFT TAG

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEN FOLIO

Wreaths are pretty anytime of the year, but in my opinion, they are especially beautiful around the holidays!  They are such an easy way to add a natural element and festive touch to a gift, space, etc. Plus I love a good DIY project!  So I decided to craft my own little mini pine wreath gift tags for a holiday event I participated in, where we would be exchanging gifts. I also think these itty bitty wreaths would be really pretty as place cards for a holiday dinner, or could even been used as a napkin ring holder too!  Regardless of how you use them, they are super easy to put together and can be made in about 10 minutes flat!  Scroll down for the instructions, and make these in time to add just the right amount of texture, color and fresh fragrance to your own holiday gift exchange or event!

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CALLIGRAPHY BY LEXINGTON LETTERING

SUPPLIES

  • Greenery, fresh or artificial

  • Floral wire

  • Scissors

  • Handwritten name cards


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut greenery into 10” - 12” piece.  If using fresh greenery, you may need to trim off extra branches in order to get one straight piece.

  2. Cut floral wire into 6” piece, set aside

  3. Form the sprig of greenery into a circle

  4. Holding the greenery in place, wrap the floral wire around the joining ends, pulling tightly to secure

  5. Tie name cards onto the front of the wreaths, covering the wire ( I used gift tags that came with gold ribbon, however you could easily make your own by punching a hole in the end of a card and using twine to create your own tie)

  6. Repeat until you have made a mini wreath for each guest

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5 EASY WAYS TO COZY YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Once the leaves start changing colors and the air turns cool and crisp, you know the holiday season is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you look forward each year to getting your home cozy for the winter season. There’s just something about the twinkling lights, the cozy textures, and the faint smell of pine that is magical! Whether you are hosting out of town guests or just spending time together as a family, I’ve got some simple, budget-friendly ideas that can transform your home into a festive gathering place for all to enjoy. Today, I have teamed up with SugarBoo & Co. to share 5 easy ways to cozy your home for the holidays. Seasons Greetings!

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1. Throw Pillows and Cozy Blankets

Switch out your lightweight cotton throw blankets and pillows for more wintery textures like chunky knits, faux fur, velvet and patterns like plaid. Adding accent pieces like a plaid throw to your sofa, or incorporating soft, plush pillows is an easy way to create warmth without much effort. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy snuggling up with a soft blanket or faux fur pillows?! I also like to display spare blankets and pillows in a woven basket for easy storage and access for guests to grab as needed.

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2. Bring Nature Indoors

One of my favorite budget friendly ways to add festive touches to a space is greenery! Simply go outside and collect your favorite wintery elements like curling branches, fallen pieces of wood, and all different hues of different pine and greens. If thats not an option for you, you can easily find reasonably priced greenery at grocery stores like Trader Joes or Whole Foods, as well as local nurseries. The good thing about greenery is that it is long lasting, especially if you make an arrangement where you can add water, and super low maintenance. Another favorite trick is to invest in a good faux boxwood or evergreen wreath! This is a great investment piece because you can display it all year long, and just add simple touches to transition it from season to season! For the holidays, I like to add pretty ribbon and hang over artwork, or use as a table centerpiece around a large pillar candle.

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3. Create Ambience

Placing scented candles around your home is a classic and affordable way to create ambience in your home. I switch out my candles with the changing seasons, but in my opinion they bring an extra sense of coziness during the winter season. I like to use them as accent pieces around the home, or stack on a tray as a centerpiece display. Select a fragrance that reminds you of the holiday season such as pumpkin spice, balsam pine, or a classic warm scent like sandalwood. Plus candles stored in pretty canisters double as decorative pieces as well!

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4. Mix Metallics

Throw out the notion that all your metals need to match because this holiday season its all about mixing your metallics! Mixing metals adds a timeless elegance to your space, and using accent pieces like mercury glass candle holders adds a warm, festive touch for the holidays. Mixed metal items are another example of investment pieces that can transition from season to season. Simply add candles, decorative greenery, or cute garland and you can instantly transform these pieces into holiday-ready decor!

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5. Center of Attention

The holiday season is the perfect occasion to get a little fancy and add some glitz and glamour to your home! Ornaments aren’t just for the tree, think outside the box! One of my favorite budget-friendly tricks is to nestle beautiful ornaments or oversized string beads in a decorative glass bowl to make a statement centerpiece. Or display some of your favorite ornaments nestled on a bookshelf or on a coffee-table tray for all to enjoy!

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I hope you all enjoyed my 5 ways to cozy your home for the holidays, and hopefully it inspired you to think of creative, inexpensive ways to add festive touches to your holiday decor! What are some of your favorite ways to cozy up your home? I’d love to know in the comments below! As always, thank you for reading and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

XX-SAM and NATE