The Best Source for ALL the Mrs. Meyers Scents (Plus a FREE Generous Welcome Kit!)

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Grove Collaborative. Is it new to you? I signed up with them a couple of months ago after seeing a promotion in my Facebook feed. And now I’m a fully loyal customer and I want to tell you why. 

But first, let me tell you about the offer I worked out with Grove just for Design Mom Readers. Here’s what new Grove Collaborative customers get FREE with their first $20 purchase:


– A full-size bottle of Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap (any scent you prefer!)
– A full-size bottle of Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap (any scent you prefer!)
– A full-size bottle of Mrs. Meyers Countertop Spray (yes, in any scent you prefer!)
– A handsome, hardworking Grove dishtowel 
– A 2-pack of the BEST Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges
– And 2 months of free VIP membership

Fantastic, right?

I’m guessing you don’t know what the VIP membership is, because I had no idea what it was either until I experienced it. I confess, I thought it sounded cheesy when I was first told about the VIP account, but it has actually become my favorite Grove perk. The VIP trial membership means that in addition to three Mrs. Meyer’s full size products, a really good dishtowel, and set of the very best sponges out there, for 60 days you’ll also get free shipping, fun little gifts, exclusive sales and personal service. And you don’t have to set foot in a store!

For VIP accounts, Grove assigns you a personal contact. They email you each month and let you know what’s in your cart and when it will ship and make sure you have plenty of time to update or change things or even skip a delivery if you’re all stocked up. They give you free shipping, special deals, and they add fun freebies and gifts to your box of goodies.

I really love the VIP service. They email, and it feels like when your spouse texts you and says, “I’m at the store, is there anything I can pick up?” I truly find it helpful. And you get 60 days of VIP membership, plus all those free products, when you sign up with Grove today.

To get the fabulous free welcome kit, click here. When you click over, you’ll be asked a few questions and your cart will auto-fill with $20 worth of product as a suggestion. Of course, you can switch out anything and everything, no problem at all. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you realize that Grove’s prices are really good. In fact, I found many items to be less expensive than what I’d find at Target — plus I don’t have to drive there and stand in line, and I won’t end up with yet another throw pillow in my cart, plus a swimsuit cover I don’t actually need, and a dozen random things from the dollar section. Hah!

And hey, if you’re already a Grove customer, I didn’t forget about you. Use this link and you’ll get free pack of Scrubber sponges. (Grove loves you and so do I!)


Now, back to why I love Grove. There are 3 main reasons: 1) I’m a Mrs. Meyers customer, but there isn’t a single brick & mortar store I shop at that keeps all the scents in stock. So I always feel a little bummed that I’m not getting the full offering. But Grove stocks it all. Speaking of which, have you tried radish scent? I know it sounds like it would be harsh or bitter, but it’s heavenly. It might be my favorite of the Mrs. Meyers scents, and locally, no one ever seems to carry it. (But Grove sure does.)

Reason number two: Grove has put together a really smart collection of goods. They’ve done the research for me, so my decision making is easy. You can shop by category, by brand, by best sellers — and they’re careful to only stock the really good stuff.

For those of you who live in towns where you don’t have easy access to shopping, Grove will deliver all those products you’ve been hearing about right to your door. For those of you who have a Target or Whole Foods within 15 minutes of your house (raising my hand), I still prefer Grove for many items because it’s well-stocked, it’s much more convenient, and the prices are often better. (Go check out the Free Welcome Kit and see what I mean.)

Reason number three is the VIP treatment I described above. I love the friendly checkins and reminders. I’m never pressured to buy anything, and when I get a box and discover the freebies and gifts they included, it’s always such a treat.

Want to give Grove a try? This welcome gift is the perfect excuse to sign up and see what it’s like. In order to get your free kit, simply order $20 worth of household items from Grove. I promise that coming up with what to buy for $20 will be easy as can be. They very likely already carry your favorites.

I should also mention: Yes, your free welcome gift focuses on cleaning products, and I do love buying cleaning products from Grove, but I also love shopping their health & beauty section. They stock everything I need, and they have terrific prices — so I don’t have to stop at several different stores to find my favorites. My last order included: Yes to Cucumber Makeup Removal Wipes (travel size, please!), Acure Organics Repair Serum, Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap (my absolute favorite bar soap), Yes to Grapefruit SPF Moisturizer, and a lovely tube of hand cream included as a free bonus.

Give it a try and then tell me what you think! I want to hear what scents you pick for the 3 Mrs. Meyers Freebies. Does anyone else love the radish scent like I do? And have you tried the Walnut Scrubber Sponges? They really are the best.

P.S. — When I say Grove has all the Mrs. Meyers scents, I’m not kidding. They even have the limited edition scents like peony and lilac!


Grove Collaborative is a partner on this promotion. Please note that Grove currently does not ship to Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom.

Would You Ever Bring Street Furniture Into Your Home?

Years ago, I received an Ask Design Mom question about street furniture. A reader named Valerie asked: 
I found a cabinet at the side of the road with a “free” sign next to it, and was delighted to heft it into my station wagon. I just moved to rural Pennsylvania, and am so charmed by the air of history here.

She was writing to ask advice about refinishing it, and I remember giving her a few suggestions, but I also used her question as an excuse to talk about found furniture. Growing up in the west, I don’t remember much found furniture at all — I think that perhaps my community was too new. But when we lived in New York, it was like found furniture Mecca. On Wednesday nights, before garbage pick up the next morning, residents would set out on the curb, pieces of furniture they no longer needed, that anyone could take for free.

I swear, you could drive through Scarsdale on that night and find enough pieces to practically open your own antiques shop. And I can only imagine that Valerie’s experience in historic Pennsylvania was even better. My friend Kathryn, was a total pro at finding good street furniture and would sometimes call me and tell me to hurry to a certain address with our old VW van to pick something awesome up before it was gone.

And it’s not just me, New York magazine did a writeup all about it.

I had a ton of great found pieces in our New York homes. I remember a sturdy green bench — sort of shabby chic, a side table I repainted in a soft pink for the girls room, a bookshelf I found curbside in Manhattan and brought home on the train, a stack of four modern red chairs, and my all-time favorite street furniture find: a wooden by crib in excellent condition. It was hotel size — about half the size of a regular crib, and the small footprint was perfect for the small bedroom that little Maude, Olive and Baby Betty shared. Plus, you could collapse it almost flat for easy storage. (You can see it here, if you’re curious.)

I loved that crib! We brought it with us to Colorado, and Baby June slept in it too.

Here in Oakland, I rarely see furniture out on the street, and there’s no regular night for setting it out that I know of. But I wish there were. It’s such a great way to pass along a still useful piece of furniture without having to haul it to Goodwill or list it on CraigsList. It’s like having access to a community swap once a week, instead of having to wait for a yearly event.

And now I’m wondering, how common is street furniture in your community? And what’s your take on it personally? Have you ever picked something up on the side of the road and brought it into your home? Or does the whole idea sound awful to you (germs! or bugs! gross!)? And do you have any good stories about street furniture? Any favorite pieces? I’d love to hear.

P.S. — I still remember this vintage suitcase vanity I saw on Etsy in 2010. Such a cool reuse project. Is anyone out there still selling these?

Living With Kids: Julia Ditto

Don’t you ever just want to get away from it all? Get away from the busy streets, and noisy neighbors and go find your own sanctuary on 17 acres in some of the most beautiful country you’ve ever seen? Then you are going to love this farmhouse home tour. This home is as full of light and colorful and welcoming on the inside as the views are breathtaking on the outside. There is charm and personality in every corner or this place, and when you finish reading, you’ll want to rush out and get wallpaper for your fridge. I’m serious!

Come say hello to Julia Ditto and her family of eight (plus a puppy!).

Vintage charm and some seriously breathtaking views ahead!

Why Do We Make Children Sleep Alone?

should children sleep alone?

I read an interesting opinion piece in the LA Times titled Why Do We Make Children Sleep Alone. In case you don’t get a chance to read it, the basic premise is this:

“For all the tenacity with which we cling to the ideal of solitary childhood sleep, it’s a historical anomaly. This system of sleeping — adults in one room, each child walled off in another — was common practice exactly nowhere before the late 19th century, when it took hold in Europe and North America. ” And, “Our sleep, in other words, has a large carbon footprint. Far from being a backward practice, co-sleeping, or at least sleeping in close proximity, may be a more enlightened, sustainable use of space and natural resources.”

The article struck me, because though I’ve had many conversations over the years about co-sleeping — how long we preferred to keep babies in the same room/same bed, and how we handle siblings sharing a room — I’ve never thought about the history of sleep or considered that there are modern cultures where still today, family members all sleep in one room.

More thoughts on kids and sleep, straight ahead.

When’s the Last Time You Chose a New Perfume?

best summer perfumes

It’s a simple thing, but it totally improved my morning routine: I’m wearing a new scent! 

Probably you already have a dozen perfumes to choose from. My teenagers do and I know it’s not uncommon. But until very recently, I’ve been wearing the same scent for about 7 years. When I lived in New York, I became fascinated with the idea of a “signature scent” — of wearing one particular scent so consistently that my kids and my husband and my close friends would come to associate the scent with me. So I searched out a scent that I knew I could love for a long, long time, and have worn it ever since. The scent I chose is by Bond No. 9, and it’s called Eau de New York.

To be clear, I still really love the idea of a signature scent and I still love Eau de New York. But. A couple of weeks ago, I ran out of perfume. My current bottle was empty and I hadn’t made plans to replace it yet. But I wanted to wear a scent, and I remembered that I had a bottle of perfume randomly purchased on a ferry from France to England several years ago. So I pulled it out, and put it on.

And it was so refreshing! I felt like I had just updated my whole wardrobe. I swear, I had a new spring in my step just from putting on a new perfume. I really had no idea a new scent would feel so transformative.

The new scent I’ve been wearing is Lacoste Pour Femme. It’s a light scent and I think I got lucky that I started wearing it at the same time the weather warmed up, because it’s perfect for spring and summer. I’m really loving it. (Speaking of Lacoste, Ben Blair has worn the Lacoste white bottle for ages, and I find it irresistible. So I don’t know why I’m surprised I’m enjoying the women’s version.)

best summer perfumes

Wearing a new scent has been so delightful, that I’ve been wanting to add more options to my collection. The next two on my wishlist are both recommended by my stylish friend Sara Stratford — she says this one smells like lemon drops (yes, please), and she mentioned Beach, by Bobbi Brown, is (obviously) perfect for summer. 

Now I’m curious: How often do you change your perfume? Seasonally? When your current bottle runs out? And do you have a signature scent? Or do you like to switch things up? Or perhaps you don’t wear perfume at all and have an aversion to colognes and scented lotions or candles (during my pregnancies, I couldn’t stand perfumes!). Oh. And if you have a favorite scent at the moment, please share. I’d love to hear/smell what everyone is wearing these days.

P.S. — How to pick out a new perfume.



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