My Favorite Green Household Cleaners

It’s been nearly a decade since I first wrote about switching out my conventional household cleaners for more natural, non-toxic versions, and looking over the list, I still use many of those products. (I don’t use quite as many Method products as I used to- mainly because I’ve found other brands/scent options that I like better. To be honest, I don’t prefer any scent at all, and my local Target never seems to carry many of the unscented Method options.)

If you look into my cabinet of cleaning supplies, Seventh Generation commands the most real estate. (Love their dishwasher gel, unscented hand soap, and laundry detergent, to name a few…) Although, we do use a few Mrs. Meyers and Method products as well.)

The big difference in how I purchase my household cleaners and items now? I use Grove Collaborative.

Let me break it down for ya – I don’t know WHY (someone please explain, pray tell), but the cleaners I use the most are rarely available at my local Target. It completely baffles me….eleventy billion household cleaners staring me right in the face, but THE DISHWASHER GEL AND HAND SOAP I KNOW AND LOVE ARE NEVER ON THE SHELVES. This makes me absolutely insane, especially when I make a trip solely for my household products.

I recently heard about Grove Collaborative’s service, and I was hooked. First off, the products are shipped right to my door every month. Plus, the prices are great. Plus plus, it’s not just about household cleaners…they carry green personal care/beauty brands too. (Acure! Dr. Bronners!) Plus plus plus, they are totally dedicated to helping everyone create a healthy, beautiful home by doing the work to find amazing, affordable and effective natural products – from non-toxic laundry detergents to sustainably sourced argan oil for your skin. Plus plus plus plus, Grove Collaborative is a Certified B Corp., which is one of just 1,700 companies like Patagonia, Seventh Generation, Etsy, and Ben & Jerry’s that meet the world’s most rigorous standard for businesses supporting social, environmental and community wellbeing.

Win win win win win, is all I’m sayin’.

You should definitely check them out, and if you want to pull the trigger, use this link to receive a $10 credit on your order, as well as a free Mrs. Meyers hand soap. Enjoy!


Odds and Ends


1. “What makes you a good person to others (and not just to yourself) is the same thing that makes me, or anyone who can afford the occasional $12 cocktail, a good person: Your vote. Not your coat.” Highly recommend reading this piece.

2. Good people doing good things. This teen is tops in my book.

3. Ikea joins the small group of advertisers willing to talk about divorce.

4. Wita gazed into this store with stars in her eyes last week and I just about died.

5. What caused the death of craft cocktails? Glad they are coming back.

6. Have you downloaded iOS 10? I did, and now I can’t get my phone to open without 49 tries. Why am I suddenly so iPhone challenged?

7. Iris Apfel emojis! Best ever!

8. How Obama’s female staffers made their voices heard.

9. Hey guys, how is Hillary Clinton still alive? Heh.

10. Total cake fails.

11. Best exchange between a mother and daughter in the tampon aisle in the history of ever.

12. I knew my kids were geniuses for a reason.

13. Hey! Try pinksourcing to cut back on business costs!

14. Kids are horrendously awesome. #8 made me cackle.

15. I desperately want to be in one of this artist’s doodles.

Happy Friday! Also, when is Fall going to get here already?!

image credit: wendover art group


Are You a Paper Planner Person? (+ Giveaway!)

Let’s talk about paper planners. Are you a fan? I think we all know by now that am a planner by nature, and although I used to be into paper planners, I migrated to using Google calendar years ago.

Except that, recently, I’ve found my online planning usually leads to, well, online surfing. (It’s just so easy to click a new tab, y’all, and next thing you know, I’m 1-hour deep into Facebook or Shopbop or something. I need to cut back screen time anywhere I can, folks.)

I wanted to revisit a paper planner in hopes to become more intentional with my planning, and what do you know? It worked.

Enter Day Designer.


I’ve really enjoyed grabbing my planner in the morning, opposed to my iPhone. (By the way, we are in the midst of a 1-month-long-completely-screen-free period for my kids, thanks to this article. We’re 2 weeks in, and I can’t even express the difference in my children. Alas, for another time.)

My favorite aspects of the Day Designer are the little details on the daily pages, like “dinner,” “daily gratitude,” and the (always timely) quotes listed at the top of every page. And, frankly, I immensely enjoy sitting quietly with pen and paper. It’s incredibly grounding.


The monthly view is fab too – streamlined, simple, and easy to view.


Can’t help but obsess over the little gold tabs. #swoon


But! What I love best is the philosophy behind Day Designer. Whitney English, the founder, wanted a planner that utilized a simple and easy system created to help find balance, focus and productivity. Plus, Whitney (a fellow Okie!) is all about intentionality, which speaks to me on a very deep level, given the trajectory of my life the past few years.

Thanks to Day Designer, I have an A5 Luxe Leather Planner to give to a lucky winner. It’s just gorgeous, right?


I think it’s calling your name.


Here’s how to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and good planning!