July 21, 2016

things that make me love doing dishes (and a freebie!)...

Caldrea giveaway | yourwishcake.comWhen we moved from our beloved duplex to our current apartment, I went from having a dishwasher to essentially becoming a human dishwasher. I now do a sink full of dishes at least three times a day (sometimes four, if I feel like getting ahead of the game and/or feeling like a domestic goddess). Some days, it feels like an endless cycle, but overall it's not that dreadful. Having a dishwasher now feels like a luxury and not a necessity, but perhaps you should ask me if my feelings have changed if we ever have five children. (You should know I only mentioned the five children thing to freak out my husband, should he ever actually read my blog. Of course, with five children, at least a few of them would become our dishwashing minions, so...)

In any case, in a strange turn of events, dish washing has become a very odd form of "me time"—which I'm sure would make many-a-woman cringe in this day and age. But, hey! I've come to terms with the fact that most days I just won't have any time to myself. For now, at least. Until our youngest is sleeping well enough at night for me to consistently wake up early every morning, I have to relish any and all moments throughout the day when I am somewhat alone and able to indulge in something I enjoy.

Because of this, I've come up with three ways to trick myself into looking forward to doing dishes:

1. I listen to a bunch of podcasts, and love saving my favorites until I have a sink of pans to scrub. My current two favorites are ones I'm sure I've mentioned before: The Popcast (witty banter and pop culture goodness) and What Should I Read Next (I've found so many great book recommendations on this one).

2. I always try to have at least a couple audiobooks to listen to when I'm fresh out of new podcast episodes. I've mentioned the Overdrive app before, but if you haven't used it before, you must do so immediately. You connect your library card to the app, then you can listen to audiobooks (and also borrow ebooks) for 100% free. I also recently downloaded Hoopla, which is very similar and equally awesome.

3. Buying dish soap that smells like heaven kind of makes my life complete (and a sink full of dishes easier to wash). I used to buy the cheapest thing I could find at the grocery store, but since I started ordering from Grove Collaborative, I decided that ordering dish soap that made me happy could be one of those little indulgences in life that I could totally rationalize. Two of my favorites are Method's clementine scent, as well as Mrs. Meyer's honeysuckle scent.
This month, I was able to order some new products Grove Collaborative recently started carrying. I hadn't heard of the Caldrea brand before now, but goodness do they smell incredible and look beautiful sitting on my kitchen counter. I chose the tangelo palm frond scent, which is fancy for orangey-summertime-goodness. Part of me would be okay with using the countertop spray as perfume, but that may be frowned upon. (Unfortunately.)

This week, I'm teaming up with the lovely folks at Grove Collaborative to offer new customers their own set of products to make your own dish washing adventures a little more enjoyable!

Through Sunday, July 24th at 6PM, new customers will receive the following items free with any order of $20 or more:
  • Free Caldrea countertop spray
  • Free Caldrea dish soap
  • Free Grove Collaborative dish brush
  • Free shipping
And any current customers will receive a free Grove Collaborative dish brush with their next order—just click here to add it to your cart.

As always, supplies are limited, so be sure to order soon if you want to receive this freebie (worth over $30). Here's how to sign up:

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here and you will receive the Caldrea offer for free!

2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your products—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.

You don't have to order anything beyond the first $20 order, and you're free to cancel any time after your initial order. If you continue to use Grove Collaborative, they will send you an email each month before anything ships, so you can either empty your basket and skip that month's shipment, or add anything you happen to need to your order (from beauty products to baby diapers to cleaning products galore). I've used them for quite some time and have been very, very happy with the service, prices and referral program!

Let me know if you end up ordering, and what you think! Here's to many happy dishwashing evenings all-around! (Until it hits 90+ degrees later this week. Hold me close, young Tony Danza.)

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  1. Mrs Meyer's Honeysuckle scent is my current favorite. The basil smells nice too.

    Remember how we talked about becoming an influencer? Unfortunately, I wasn't accepted at this time :(

  2. I just got this deal and the products are amazing!! I'm kind of obsessed with the sea salt neroli counter spray. The tangelo dish soap is waiting to be used!! They are so pretty!


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