Top 10 Summer Products from Grove Collaborative

Inside: Wondering what to buy from Grove Collaborative this summer? Here are my favorite things to get in our Grove subscription during the hot months!

Top 10 Summer Products from Grove Collaborative

We’re a little late in the season, but if you’re looking to squeeze the last drops from summer by filling your home with uplifting scents and spending hours outside while skipping those pesky bug bites, you’ve come to the right place.

What should I buy from Grove Collaborative?

If you don’t already know, Grove Collaborative is the bomb dot com. Natural products, good prices, delivered to your door every month (and free shipping for VIP’s). They have things that keep your home clean, things that make you clean, things that make your kids clean–ALL the cleaning things. And a lot more (it seems like they’re constantly adding to their product selection).

To sign up for Grove, you can use my link and get a FREE 5-piece gift set! Right now, that includes:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Free Grove Bubble Up Dish Brush
  • Free Grove Bubble Up Dish Dispenser
  • Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free Shipping with VIP Trial for 60 Days

(I use everything on that list and love them all!)

Mrs. Meyers 5-piece Gift Set

But if you’re a Grove newbie (or a seasoned veteran looking for new hings to try) you may be curious about what you should throw in your cart for your next order.

My Grove Collaborative Summer Favorites (for the Home)

I can’t speak for everyone, but these are things I personally use (most of which I have in my home right now) and love! We’ll start with my home-related favorites.

Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Laundry Detergent

Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Laundry Detergent

Let’s be real–I just love Mrs. Meyers. Period. I haven’t bought anything from this company that doesn’t smell great. And the laundry detergent is no exception.

We have to be careful in this house about scented laundry detergent (my husband and one of our kiddos get rashes from most scented detergents) but Mrs. Meyer’s gets the green light.

And we’re all mildly obsessed with lavender, so that’s what we get!

Honeysuckle Room Refresher Spray

Mrs. Meyer's Honeysuckle Room Refresher Spray

This scent is AH.MAY.ZING! Seriously.

We also love the dish soap and hand wash in this scent. But the room refresher spray made the list because I love to make our living room and bedrooms smell like honeysuckle.

Plus with it being summer, the kids play outside A LOT. And let’s face it, when we all file back inside, the smell we bring with us isn’t always so great. A little spritz of honeysuckle freshens the house back up.

Aunt Fannie’s All-Purpose Pest Remedy

Aunt Fannie's All-Purpose Pest Remedy

Because spiders and centipedes. Nuff said.

Seventh Generation Dish Soap – Lavender & Mint

Even though I love me some Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation also smells so darn good! So I alternate between brands and keep my senses happy.

But what I also love is that it isn’t just one of those plant-based products that smells good but doesn’t get the job done. It actually cuts through grease and gets our dishes nice and sparkly without crazy scrubbing.

Grove Soy Candle – Grapefruit & Lemon Peel

Soy candles for the win! Health wise, we know they’re better. But they don’t always smell as strong as traditional wax candles. Honestly, even the ones from Grove are more lightly scented than regular candles BUT I’ve gotten used to it. And now other candles kind of give me a headache.

And the citrus scent is uplifting for the mood and makes my brain think “clean and fresh.”

Counter Culture – Geranium

Counter Culture Probiotic Cleaning Tonic

This stuff is just super cool.

I used to be an ambassador for a health and wellness company that really emphasized gut health. While I’m no longer doing the network marketing thing, I still am all about the microbiome. So when I saw this, I couldn’t NOT try it.

Most of the products we use focus on killing everything, but this product is a good way to replenish and promote beneficial microbes.

The geranium scent is super light, so I don’t necessarily use it for the way it makes our kitchen smell. But more for the added benefit of having those helpful little microorganisms hanging out on the counter.

Personal Care Summer Favorites from Grove

So in addition to home-related goods, Grove also has a ton of awesome personal care products. These are my favorites for the summer time.

Aunt Fannie’s Kids Mosquito Repellent Spray

Aunt Fannie's Mosquito Spray for Kids

Oh the bugs. Especially mosquitoes.

I don’t know what it is about us, but mosquitoes love to take as many nibbles of our little family as they possibly can while we’re outdoors. And all of us welt up pretty badly. Back in the day, I toughed it out. Put some clear nail polish on it to keep from digging at it, and I was good.

But I hate seeing those angry red bumps all over my babes’ legs. So when I saw that Grove had Aunt Fannie’s, I was all over it.

It smells really nice! I will say that it’s a little oily, so after we spray it on the kids, we rub it in a tad to disperse it evenly. But most importantly, it works.

Smarty Pits Sensitive Aluminum-Free Deodorant

SmartyPits Aluminum Free Deodorant for Sensitive Skin - Lavender Rose

YES.

Obviously during summer, we need a good, reliable deodorant.

I’ve been using this one for almost a year now while also trying a couple other brands, and this one is my favorite by far. It ticks all the boxes:

  • aluminum-free
  • smells good
  • makes sure I smell good
  • doesn’t irritate my sensitive pits

So it’s a keeper.

Rooted Beauty Facial Towlettes

Rooted Beauty Sensitive Facial Towelettes

These were originally a free gift in one of my orders, but I fell in love with them, so I’ve ordered them twice now. Granted, I’m not one to usually use facial wipes at night, so I don’t have much to compare them to.

But the smell awesome, make my face nice and smooth, and hydrate it too. Plus they take my makeup off super easily. I don’t wear a ton anyway (just concealer under my eyes, powder, eyeliner, mascara and the very occasional eye shadow), but it’s nice to be able to just wipe gently to get it off instead of scrubbing with soap and water.

And during summer, they com in handy to freshen up my face after coming inside on a hot day.

Grove Mint & Argan Oil Lip Balm

Grove Collaborative Mint & Argan Lip Balm

This was my very first free gift included in an order, and I still love it. And my kids must love it too because they steal it all the time.

It smells good (kind of a big deal for me since I’ve mentioned the scent on pretty much everything so far) and makes my lips silky smooth and protected from dry air in the winter too.

If you don’t already have a Grove Collaborative account, don’t forget to go sign up with my link! You’ll get a free 5-piece Mrs. Meyer’s gift set.

Until next time,

Audriana

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How to Get Motivated to Clean House | 6 Ways to Spark Your Inspiration

Inside: Wanting to maintain a tidy space but having trouble feeling motivated to keep it that way? Try these 6 tips!

Get motivated to clean house with these 6 simple tips!

I’m a recovering mess-ignorer.

It’s true. I was a card-carrying member of Cleaning Haters Anonymous. Someone who used to walk right by the same mess multiple times a day before deciding it was time to take care of it.

The mom who would be frantic in the morning because I needed to throw the stuff from yesterday’s wash into the dryer so that my kids would have clean pants (…because I’d neglected to get to it the day before).

What I’m trying to say is, I understand.

This post isn’t coming from a neat-freak (no offense intended) who was born with a microfiber cloth in her hand.

I used to abhor cleaning. It’s still not my favorite thing (mainly because it takes time away from my favorite things), but I actually kind of like it now.

6 Ways to Find Cleaning Motivation

Here are some big steps to help you on your journey in the mess-ignorer recovery program.

Shine Some Light on the Situation

As soon as it’s light outside, my curtains come open. There’s just something about the sun that gives me a boost of energy and instantly lifts my mood.

Sun in Window -- Get Motivated to Clean

But if I keep the curtains closed in the morning, I’m more lethargic and slow to get things taken care of.

Simple, but effective.

Get Scent-Spiration

Another easy mood boost comes from whatever scent is in the air.

In the morning, I like to diffuse citrus scents (like grapefruit, orange, and lemon) because they energize me and give off an aroma that my brain associates with cleaning.

Essential Oils -- Get Motivated to Clean

Use Products You love

If I don’t like how something smells or it’s not easy to clean with, chances are, I’m going to avoid using it.

For me, a cleaning product has to tick these boxes:

  • Smells great
  • Not full of garbage
  • Easy to use
  • Effective
  • Doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg

If it does all those things, I’m pretty much sold. Almost all of my favorites can be found on Grove collaborative, meaning they also get shipped to my door every month.

Grove Products -- Get Motivated to Clean

If you want to try it out, you can use my code for a FREE 5-Piece Mrs. Meyers gift set!

Keep It Simple

We often WAY over-complicate the cleaning process. Like did the ancient women of old have a cleaning schedule with 5,042 items that they needed to check off weekly? No. Do you need a cleaning schedule? No.

I used to follow one. (I even made one over on my old blog that other moms could use… *cue eye roll*)

But all that jazz is just really unnecessary.

If you want to know more about what I do now instead, click here:

No Cleaning Schedule -- Get Motivated to Clean

Start With the Most Gratifying Tasks

If you can just get enough motivation to start AND you use it to do the thing that will bring you the right mental reward, it’ll be easier to keep the ball rolling.

For example, once I do my dishes and wipe out my sink, I love the way it looks. But it’s dampened by the fact that there are crumbs and a splotch of jam on the counter. So then I wipe those down. While I’m doing that, I notice some marks on the cabinet. So I tackle that. But now the whole kitchen is clean except for the grass on the floor, so I sweep that. And if I sweep in the kitchen, I might as well go do the dining room and living room too….

And it just keeps going.

So find the motivation to start with something that you know will bring you some satisfaction, and then roll with it.

Vacuuming Rug -- Get Motivated to Clean
Vacuuming is another task that motivates me to clean other areas in the room

Delegate Where Possible

Early on in this stay-at-home mom gig, I felt like I had to do it all myself. This was what I signed up for. I had wanted my job to be taking care of the kids and the home. That’s why I quit my 9-5.

So if I wasn’t able to do it all, I suddenly felt like I was failing at my job.

Which happened daily.

But if my husband tried to step in and help, I wouldn’t let him. I’d even get upset and apologize because somewhere there was kink in my brain making me think I was letting my family down. I wasn’t “good enough” at being a stay-at-home mom.

The weight of feeling like I had to do it all was crushing.

No one wants to be responsible for the cleanliness of the entire home while everyone else gets to make all the messes. It’s hard to find motivation when you’re in a situation like that.

With that being said, do I now find a lot of satisfaction in serving my loved ones and tending to the responsibilities of our home? Sure do!

BUT that doesn’t mean I have to go it alone. My husband is great at doing the things that slip through the cracks for me at the end of the day (and I let him now). And my kids are being taught about responsibility and being members of a team by taking care of the chores I’ve delegated to them.

This isn’t a one-woman show. If it was, there’d be a lot less accomplished in the day.

Kid Chores -- Get Motivated to Clean

How do you stay inspired and motivated to keep up with housework? Leave your tips in the comments!

Until next time,

Audriana

Why You Don't HAVE to Have a Cleaning Schedule

Inside: The reasons why a cleaning schedule just doesn’t work for our home and what we do instead.

Struggling to find a routine for keeping up with housework but feeling like a cleaning schedule just isn't your thing? Check out what I do instead to keep my house tidy and fresh!

Not long ago I was the one searching for cleaning schedules to help keep my home tidy. I tried all the things. Room-by-room. Task-by-task. A checklist for monthly, seasonal, and yearly items. You name it, I was trying to juggle it.

I made a chart, hung it on the fridge, and tried my best to stay on top of things. But somehow, it never seemed like there were enough hours in the day with all the other duties I had to fill.

Like, seriously, who WERE these super people who were able to get all this stuff done?

I was about to have baby #4 and thought I NEEDED to get the hang of a cleaning schedule in order to keep our house from becoming a total and complete train wreck.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

Blankets & Bear -- No More Cleaning Schedule

After trying to stick to my schedule for months after our son was born, I threw in the towel on cleaning schedules. And opted for a simpler approach (that was WAY less stressful for the season I was in).

A Simple 2-Part Cleaning Method

There are 2 main ways our home gets clean and stays clean:

  1. With a daily cleansing power hour and
  2. With simple routines to help KEEP our home clean.

Every day, I have one main burst of cleansing energy. This is the time when I do all the little things throughout the house that are bugging me. Any little loose ends that need to be taken care of are tied up. We’ll talk about that more in a minute.

Then we all have smaller routines throughout the day to keep the house from getting unmanageable and make sure everyone is doing their part to help.

It’s simple, easy to follow, and may just work better for your home if the cleaning schedules aren’t cutting it.

Morning Power Hour

So at some point every morning (either before or after homeschool time, depending on the day), I would quickly go throughout the house, tidying anything I saw out of order. Picking up stray clothes that need to go into a laundry bin, wiping down counters, carrying things upstairs, sweeping floors, cleaning toilets, clearing clutter off the mantle, dusting.

You name it. Whatever catches my eye and needs to be done, I do it.

It’s truly amazing how much can get accomplished in that time. Even if your time spent cleaning doesn’t end up totaling an entire hour, spend as much time as you can accomplishing as much as you can.

I usually already have a running mental list of things that need to happen when I get a minute, just because they’re often things that have already been on my mind. For example, while breastfeeding my son, I’ll see things on our bookshelf that need straightened, mail on the piano that needs to go to our office, and that the rug needs to be vacuumed.

So as soon as power hour drops, I’m ready to get at it.

No More Cleaning Schedule

Simple Built-In Routines

So other than power hour, I have simple things built into my day that help me stay on top of housework. For example, I do dishes at pretty much the same spot in our daily routine, every day. And every morning before I wake the kids up, I throw in a new load of laundry.

My husband and kids have things to get done, too. After everyone is dressed in the morning, we all make beds. When my kids are done playing in a room, they have to pick up their toys before they move on to a new activity. Every evening, my husband takes out the trash if it’s full.

These are all just little ways to keep the mess from piling up and keep our home running smoothly.

No cleaning schedule needed.

Toy Area -- No More Cleaning Schedule

When Tasks Get Overlooked

With a cleaning schedule, if I ended up NOT having time to get something done, it was a big deal. Either it was left untouched until the next week rolled around OR my to-do list for the next day got THAT MUCH LONGER. Neither of those is a good option.

But with this method, if something doesn’t get done, it just goes to the top of my mental list (or note in my phone) for the next day. No biggie.

Easing the Burden of Cleaning Schedule Stress

Maintaining our homes this way can come a little more naturally to us and may also be less stressful. Sometimes we over-complicate things in our quest to find solutions for our time management problems.

It’s not possible to get everything done in a day, and some cleaning schedules seem to heap on the burdens. So it’s often easier to get more done by intuitively checking off the things we SEE rather than incessantly checking a list and struggling to stay on track.


Side note: I use a monthly ordering service for my cleaning products called Grove collaborative. They have so many natural options, and their prices are amazing. If you’re in need of a little motivation to enjoy cleaning, I highly recommend checking them out. Use my link to get a free 5-piece gift set!


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Until next time,

Audriana