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Thursday, December 13, 2018

This Is My Go-To Teacher Gift For The Holidays

bj's holiday gifts

bj's holiday gifts 
Around this time of year, most of us are frantically buying presents for a ton of different people. And if you're a parent, that list includes teachers. And for whatever reason, teacher gifts can be easy to forget. (Maybe because you have to give them a little early?) I used to get all the way to the day before winter break and realize I had forgotten to pick something up as I was getting the kids ready for school. I'd frantically write out a note, haul the kids to a local store to buy a gift card, and then assemble it all right before walking into school. And I mean, that's..fine. But ideally, I want to put a little more thought into it! So, now I do by having a go-to gift ready. It makes the process so much easier--and the teachers love it!

For each teacher, I now typically do a combo holiday present of a little beauty gift set and then also a small gift card. (And for the gift card, I almost always do Starbucks.) The beauty part is the fun, indulgent, pampering part (everyone loves a beauty gift). The coffee card is almost a necessity. I know from experience that taking care of kids--at least mine--requires a healthy dose of caffeine. ;)

Then, I wrap them up with a pretty bow, write a heartfelt card, and boom--I'm done. Everyone is happy. (And a little bit prettier and a lot more awake!)

bj's holiday gifts

This year, I ended up grabbing my gifts at BJ's Wholesale Club, where they had tons of great, affordable options, not just for teachers, but for everyone on your list. While there, I grabbed an adorable gift set from Soho with four makeup brushes and a super cute tumbler. (This would also be amazing present for a teen, a niece, a babysitter, etc.) I also bought a pack of eight Burt's Bees lip balms, because please show me someone who does not love--and need--lip balm. (They even have Starbucks gift cards at BJ's! Just saying...)

Other great, affordable options that I noticed (all under $20!): a four-piece set of Soho cosmetic bags, an Axe men's set, and a Paw Patrol bath set that my son would love. (And yes, I may have stealthily placed some of my favorites under an in-store Christmas tree display! #diditforthegram)

What are you guys doing for teacher's gifts this year?

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Gift Guide: The 17 Best Beauty Gifts

Beauty has been my job for the past decade-plus, so asking me to choose my favorite beauty gift is kind of like asking me to pick a favorite child. Especially because I literally saw hundreds of them this year! (Beauty gifts, not children...!) So, I narrowed it down to 17, which I still consider quite a feat. I really, really love the options here--and I know you will, too. Here, my favorite makeup, hair, skincare, fragrance, and candle gifts of the year. 

Sephora Favorites Beauty UnmaskedFace masks are sort of the perfect gift. They're indulgent, but also kind of practical at the same time. There are about 2 zillion different face mask gifts out there these days, but I love this set because it includes seven different masks from seven different brands like Fresh, Glamglow, Origins, and Boscia that are all best-sellers in Sephora. Fun way to try out a bunch of different products!

Sephora Collection Midnight Wishes Eyeshadow PaletteThis was one of my favorite items at the Sephora holiday event and I can't even pinpoint exactly why. Maybe it's because the packaging is so pretty. Maybe it's because it comes with 16 gorgeous and--and this is key--wearable eyeshadow shades. Or maybe it's because of the price. It was a good deal when I first saw it at $24, but now it is inexplicably on sale for $16, which makes it an insanely good deal. Grab it!

Nars Hot Tryst Cheek Palette: Nars makes my favorite blushes, and this kit has four of them, plus two pretty highlighters. But let's get real: I really love this for the way it looks. (Superficial, I know.) I absolutely die for that studded case and that amazing embossed pattern on the blushes themselves. The whole thing is so rocker-ish and cool. Also love this version with red studs!

Dyson Blown-A-Ouai Noir SetIf you (or your giftee) has been eyeing this amazing blowdryer that everyone's obsessed with, now is the time to buy it. With this set, you get the dryer, plus a bonus of four cult-favorite Ouai products for free.

Nails Inc Paint Your Nails Happy SetNails Inc makes amazing nail polish, and with this set you get four bold and pretty-darn-awesome shades. Also, hello--who wouldn't immediately smile upon seeing this cheery rainbow packaging?!

Krisin Ess Dry Shampoo and French Hair Pin Set: For the woman who frequently rocks second-day hair, I love this duo. The set includes a great dry shampoo, and a super chic oversized gold hairpin. Her messy bun will have never looked better. 

Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray: I feel like everybody has had a Chanel No. 5 moment in their life--either they've worn it, they still wear it, or they've dreamed of wearing it. For me, it came back in high school. Fashion and supermodel-obsessed, Chanel seemed like the pinnacle of luxury to me, so I was thrilled when I bought a small bottle of No. 5. I felt so fancy. This new, limited-edition bottle makes me want to live that moment again. I love the deep red glass. It's jewel-like and even a little bit subversive. It's like a big gorgeous ruby and I love it so much. 

Rebels Refinery Skull Lip Balm: A lip balm shaped like a skull. Such a cool stocking stuffer.

White Barn Fresh Balsam CandleShow me someone who says they don't love candles, and I'll show you a liar. Everybody loves candles. This one is one of my all-time favorites, because it smells exactly like a Christmas tree, but the subtle white-and-sky-blue packaging doesn't look cheesy or overly "Holiday." 

Kiehl's Creme de CorpsOne of the all-time best body creams all dressed up in the brightest, cutest holiday packaging.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix By The Dozen: Any makeup-loving woman (especially teens and especially anyone who logs hours watching Fenty YouTube tutorials) will go nuts for this collection. She'll get 12 shimmer sticks that will add color or shine to her lips, lids, and cheeks. 

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Collection: Super luxe, not cheap, but oh so freaking fabulous, this box of drawers reveals 12 Charlotte Tilbury favorites--some full-size, some deluxe minis. You'll get Magic Cream, Wonderglow, Supermodel Body, lipsticks, mascara, and more. 

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer: Yes, everyone loves the Dyson (and it's awesome), but this is the blowdryer I personally use, and I adore it. It's super high-powered, and since I've started using it, my hair looks way better (shinier, less frizzy) and takes much less time to dry. It's certainly not inexpensive, but even at its normal, full price of $250, that's $150 less than the Dyson. And right now, it's actually on sale at Target for $199! (FYI: If it sells out there, it's also sold here at full price.)

Burt's Bees Personalized Lip Balm: How cute is this? You can customize Burt's Bees awesome lip balms online by choosing the flavor (there are seven choices including Cucumber Mint, Vanilla Bean, and Strawberry) and then printing any name on the label. Such a good stocking stuffer for literally anyone. (And would also make great wedding favors!)

Sephora Favorites Lash Stash: I can't think of one woman who wouldn't love this. It comes with ten different best-selling mascara formulas (eight deluxe minis and two full-sized tubes) and includes some of my favorites such as Benefit Bad Gal Bang, Too Faced Better Than Sex, Dior Dior Show, and more.

Voluspa Pedestal Warm Tones Candle Gift Set: Again: Everybody. Loves. Candles. Especially pretty ones. This set has four fragrant candles, each housed in a beautiful jar that looks like colorful antique Mercury glass.

Le Labo The Discovery Set: This is the ultimate cool-girl fragrance company. (Seriously. All the cool girls smell like Santal 33. Prove me wrong.) With this set, you get a mini of every scent they sell. Kind of the ultimate (and definitely the coolest) fragrance wardrobe ever. 

That's it! Which one is your favorite?!


Monday, November 26, 2018

Gift Guide: Alyssa's Favorite Things

luxe gifts for women

Oprah's "Favorite Things" show was always one of my favorite episodes of television. And the "Favorite Things" issue of O magazine is one of the only magazines I actually still buy. Well, I also have a few favorite things of my own, and while I'm not saying I'm Oprah (!), I would like to share them with you! Here, a few of my absolute favorite finds (I personally own, use, and love all of them). Send this link to your significant other or generous parent, or buy some of these things for your BFF, mom, or maybe even, yourself.

Michele's Granola: I love granola, but I can't stand storebought granola. It's either too sugary or just ehh--never as good as homemade or as what you find at a restaurant. But since I don't have the time or patience to regularly make the homemade stuff, I was thrilled a few years back when I found Michele's Granola, which, I swear, is just as good as homemade. Not too sweet, and so, so yummy and fresh. I order it in three-packs on Amazon and it disappears in a flash. (Note: All of the flavors are really good--and actually not wildly different from each other--but my absolute favorites are Cinnamon Raisin and Original.)

Jennie Kwon Designs opal ring: Jennie Kwon's rings are so gorgeous! They're delicate, and justso interesting and special. My daughter picked out an opal ring (verrrry similar to the one shown above) for my husband to buy me for Mother's Day a few years and I wear it all the time. These rings aren't cheap, but they're very classic and well-made. You'll have it--and love it--forever!

Chloe Mini Marcie Crossbody bag: I was given the tan version of this a few years back, and ever since, it has become my everyday purse, even though I used to be a "big bag" kind of girl. It's tiny so it's great for days when you don't want to be laid down (shopping in the city, an amusement park, a concert, etc), but it's still deceptively roomy and holds way more than you'd think. Mine is almost always stuffed with a small wallet, a phone charger, an external battery, three lipsticks, my phone, my keys, and a few other little odds and ends. I get so much use out of it that I really want another one now. Maybe Santa will bring me this gorgeous gray version?

This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps: I've mentioned this book before, but I absolutely love it. I'm a huge fan of Busy's InstaStories and this was basically like a bunch of long Stories strung together (but not in a "random" way!). Very funny, very moving, and lots of juicy, insider-y Hollywood info. Also, for the first time ever (!), I actually did the audiobook version of this, which I highly recommend.

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee, Cappucino, and Latte Maker: This has to be my #1 favorite thing that I bought in all of 2018. I had a one-to-two-Starbucks-lattes-a-day habit, and now I'm down to one or two a week. They've been replaced thanks to this machine, which makes lattes that I truly think taste exactly like my beloved Starbucks. And it's simpleto use! It takes three minutes to froth the milk/brew the K-cup, and you end up with the creamiest, foamiest, most amazing latte or cappucino (hot or iced) you've ever had. I'm obsessed. (P.S.: The best K-Cups I've found for making lattes are these from Target.)

MZ Wallace Large Metro Tote: I was given this a few years back and it's become my absolute favorite bag to travel with. I love it as an airplane carry-on, because it holds a ton and the bag itself is extremely lightweight. I've also used mine as an overnight bag and even a gym bag. It comes in about a jillion colors, and I actually own three of them now: this blue/black camo, a black, and a gray. Bonus: Today only you can get a free surprise gift with the purchase of any bag. Use code CYBERMONDAY.

Clark's Botanicals Retinol Rescue Eye Serum: I love this eye cream. It's the only one I've ever used that led to a noticeable softening of the lines around my eyes (and pretty quickly, too!). It has this cool cold-to-the-touch applicator that helps, I think. And the formula itself acts almost like a primer to smooth out your lines. It's great under makeup. And though I can sometimes be sensitive to retinol (especially around my eyes), I've never had any issues with this one.

Nike Lunarepic Flyknit Sneaker: I've had these sneakers for a year or two now, and I wear them constantly. They are beyond comfortablee; when you wear them, you feel like you're walking on clouds! I think this exact style may be discontinued (wahh!), but I found a treasure trove of them on Amazon. I think I want another pair of the black in case my current ones ever give out. And I'm loving that gray/rainbow one, too.

Athleta Luxe Victory Hoodie: Two years ago, I received an Athleta Luxe hoodie as a gift, and it's pretty much allll I want to wear in the winter. It's lined in faux fur, so it's super cozy--nothing's better for the long walk to the gym or to school pick up. And it's cute! Regular sweatshirts just don't cut it after you've tried this one. Bonus: You can get 20% off today only with code BOOST.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan: I got this for Christmas last year and I have been obsessssed ever since. It's like wearing your softest, comfiest robe all day long, only it has a nice shape to it too, so it's actually cute and not at all schlubby. I wear it with jeans and a tank or tee during the day, and sometimes I even just wear it around the house as a cozy layer. Now I want another one! I already own it in a light gray; I'd love this deeper gray or maybe a black next. 

J.Crew Mockneck sweater: I bought two of these (baby blue and light gray) a few weeks back when J.Crew had a sale, and I've barely taken them off since. They are so soft, so warm, and so cozy. Love! Bonus: You can get 50% off (!) today only with code CYBER.

Stojo Biggie Collapsible Cup: Although I try to make most of my lattes at home now, when I do buy one when I'm out, I have it poured into this genius cup. A few months back, I was stressing at how many disposable cups I was going through each week, so I was searching for a solution. I just didn't love the idea of toting around a giant cup with me all the time. Enter this genius little cup. It's collapsible!! The entire thing folds into itself so that it's a little disc (about four inches across and one inch deep). When you get to the register, you just unfold it and hand it to the barista (who will inevitably coo about how awesome and adorable it is). It holds a grande size drink and can handle hot or cold drinks (it even comes with its own reusable straw). I have the blush pink and white, but there are tons of good colors. (The solid black one is so chic!) 

Happy shopping!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Talking Holiday Tummies

holiday guest room basket
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Okay, let's just put it out there: Holiday eating and drinking--not to mention holiday stress--can lead to stomach issues. Or so I've heard. I mean, I don't ever have tummy troubles. But you know...I've heard some people do. ;) 

The fact is, people get 'em, and no matter how old you get, they can be super embarrassing to talk about. (Uh, apparently.) And the only thing worse than having tummy issues has to be when you're a guest in someone's home and have to drum up the nerve to ask if they have anything to alleviate those...issues. 

So don't let that happen to your guests. When we're entertaining this time of year, we tend to focus on the Martha Stewart aspects of it: planning the menu, Pinterest-ing our tablescape, choosing our outfits. We focus on the big things, but when we do, it's easy to forget the little touches that can truly make your guests feel at home--and comfortable. That's why, it's Entertainer-of-the-Year territory to quietly leave a little basket in the bathroom with a few necessities your guests might need or might be embarrassed to ask for. This year I'm including tampons, deodorant, Band Aids, pain relievers, and yep, tummy stuff. 

Turns out, BJ's was the perfect spot for this. They had all the brands and products I could have wanted, and I walked out of the store with Tums Smoothies Chewable Tablets, Gas-X Extra-Strength Softgels, and Immodium Multi-Symptom ReliefBest part is that they all came in huge jumbo packs, so I'll have a ton left over after my guests leave. I mean, NOT THAT I'M GOING TO NEED IT, of course. But you know. For the next party. ;)

Because, bottom line: Being a good hostess means never making your guest wonder where the heartburn meds are. (Bet Martha Stewart never told you that one.)

Thank you to BJ's for partnering with me on this post. Are you a BJ's member? If not, here's a cool deal: You can get a $25 gift card just for signing up! Click here for details.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You're Going to LOVE This Backyard Makeover

tree house
I'm excited to finally show photos of our backyard renovation! This overhaul has been a long time coming--and quite the ordeal. Part of the reason it took us so long to tackle it is that we actually felt guilty even doing it. See, we didn't have a "bad" backyard. We had a pretty awesome one. In fact, when we bought our house five years ago, part of the reason we fell in love with it was the backyard. It was gorgeous! See this photo below taken by the previous owners. (Note: It never looked remotely this good when we lived here!)

english garden

But soon after we moved in, we realized it just didn't make sense for our family. Neither my husband nor I are big gardeners (to say the least) and this type of yard requires a lot of upkeep. Without the constant pruning and care, it constantly looked overgrown and "jungle-y" back there. And though the fountain was beautiful, it was huge--bigger than it looks in the photo--so it took up a major portion of the backyard. (We also never used it. We turned it on once. At my son's 1st birthday party--four and half years ago.) It just wasn't functional for us. We really wanted to be able to use our backyard for entertaining and for the kids to be able to play, but the fountain and large planting areas meant that we really couldn't use it for either one of those things. It was the perfect space for people who just wanted to sit outside and quietly enjoy their plants, and that just wasn't us. But it was beautiful. So we let it sit there, neglected, for years. 

But this year, we finally got the nerve to get rid of the fountain and we haven't looked back since. We gutted the entire backyard (well, we didn't--we had a contractor and designer!), and basically created an entirely new space. We laid new brick designed to look old (but not as old as the crumbly existing brick. We had tried to save that, but we were talked out of it. Huge, extra, unexpected expense. Ugh). We stained the fence gray (a little thing that made a huge difference), built an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit, constructed a treehouse (!), and created three separate, distinct entertaining zones: a dining area, an upper lounge area, and a lower lounge space around the fire.

restoration hardware outdoor furniture
restoration hardware provence dining chairs
outdoor space

backyard kitchen
The upper level

Our backyard consists of two levels: The main, upper area, which takes up most of the space, and a smaller, lower area. Up top we did the dining area (we got this Belgian Trestle table and the Provence chairs from Restoration Hardware), a lounge-y area (with the Provence Luxe sofa and these Santa Monica lounge chairs from Restoration Hardware, plus these pillows from RH and this big embroidered one from Serena and Lily). I love how--even though nearly everything ended up being from one retailer--we mixed furniture from different collections, so it didn't feel too matchy-matchy. (BTW, none of this was sponsored. I freaking wish.)

And of course, the kitchen! The kitchen is definitely larger/longer than I had originally imagined, but it has been awesome. It has a grill, my husband's beloved Big Green Egg, a fridge, storage drawers, a built-in trash can (this has been a gamechanger), and a fridge. Plus all of that counter space is awesome for serving at parties. 

And everyone asks about that brick wall/big barn door! No, it is not a garage. (I wish.) Or a guesthouse. (Again, wish.) The brick wall actually isn't even ours. It belongs to our rear neighbors and it is the backside of their turn-of-the-century carriage house! And that barn door is actually a faux door; it doesn't lead to anything or even open! The previous owners of our home had the brilliant idea of having that door made to add interest to the wall. I love it so much and am so glad they did it, because I never would have thought of the idea in a million years. 

Oh and if you're wondering why we don't have any grass back here, here's why: First, upkeep. We got spoiled by the ease of having an all-brick yard with no grass to mow. We live in a city where storage is at a premium and there is literally no place in our home to store a lawn mower. Second, we get no sunlight in our backyard. Zero. So real grass wasn't even an option. We could have done fake grass back there (and we considered it--it actually looks and feels surprisingly real), but at the end of the day, we just preferred the look of the brick. It feels like a little courtyard back there (between our home and our--hee, hee--garage) and I love it. 

outdoor fire pit
The lower patio

We went back and forth over what to do with this lower space. We briefly thought about lining it in faux grass, so it could be a little playspace for the kids, but it's really too tiny for that. (Maybe when they were babies/small toddlers, but that ship has sailed.) At first it seemed crazy to do a second lounge area, but I'm so glad we did. When we had a big party a few months back, it was a great option for more seating. And we have actually used it a ton as a family when we want to make s'mores over the fire.

We also decided to give it a totally different vibe for the furniture, and I'm so glad we did. I like how the blue cushions tie in to the blue pillows above, but that the space just has a totally different look and feel. These chairs (the Mustique Aluminum chairs from Restoration Hardware) were a stretch for me; I'm usually way more classic/traditional with furniture. But now, they might just be my favorite thing in the space: so cool-looking, super deep, and SO comfortable. 

Also, if I could do it again, I probably would have got darker cushions (maybe charcoal?) for the upper level, too. The blue is so much better at hiding stains. The upper level is a light gray (that, really, looks off-white), and I swear, every speck of dirt or fallen leaf leaves a mark on them.

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The treehouse

This was kind of decided on a whim. The kids have space to play in our new yard, but it's definitely more focused on being a space for entertaining than on being a place to play soccer or something. We wanted to give the kids some more space to play, so we had been toying with the idea of a treehouse for a long time. We have this huge magnolia tree that sort of had this very defined center with four large branches jutting off from it. We imagined a very simple, open platform, accessible by a little ladder. We explained that to the designer, who basically said, "Yeah, we could do a simple platform and a ladder. Or we could do...THIS!" Once we saw the plans for a true house with a freaking deck, we knew we had to do it. 

So we went for it and then ended up going for the Rolls Royce version where we added the cedar shingles, because we were realizing that a huge plywood box kind of looked like an eyesore. I love how it looks like a little Hamptons house! It's the first thing that every kid who comes over wants to see, it's a definite conversation piece--and my kids had better play in it until they are at least 18.

We love our new backyard, and are so glad we finally pulled the trigger. Unfortunately it didn't get completed until the end of July (and then we were off on this vacation), so the time we had to enjoy it was limited. But get ready for lots of outdoor-space content coming in 2019! The outdoor fridge is already stocked with rosé--and I'm pretty much going to live out there. 

So...what do you guys think?!

Friday, November 9, 2018

14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

grim reaper costume

After a lot of Halloween drama (we had a grim reaper girl and a Minecraft costume), we moved into this week, which was...a lot. Not only did we have to say goodbye to our beloved au pair of the past year (I still get teary-eyed thinking about it!), but we had the election and all the butterflies that went along with it. So, the beginning of the week was a bundle of nerves and emotions, and despite the fact that more nerveracking suff pops up seemingly every hour, I'm going to try to relax at least a little bit this weekend.

I want to catch up on The Good Place (do you guys watch it? So funny!), and hopefully get a much-needed pedicure. (No one sees them for pretty much the entire week, and then I get to Pilates and am super embarrassed when I take off my socks! Does that happen to anyone else?!) Anyway, whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you make it a great one. Here's a few fun links to check out in the meantime.

• My deal for free holiday home products is still going on! You can get three free Mrs. Meyer's products in your choice of holiday scent, plus a cute red metal caddy, and more just for trying Grove Collaborative (an awesome site that I love and use regularly!). Details here.

• J.Crew is having a big sale right. Get 30% off with code FRIENDS. A few of my picks: this  zip-up camo sweater, this sweater-blazer, this silk blouse, and this (subtle!) rainbow sweater.

• Nordstrom is having a big sale, too! I have my eye on this blousy-sleeved cardigan (just $57!), this long sweater (I own several of them already. So good with skinny jeans or leggings!), and this gorgeous gray turtleneck (uh, how is it $29?!?). 

• I just bought my first pair of over-the-knee boots! I love the fleece-y detailing, and I also liked that they weren't crazy expensive. Super cute in person, too.

• Let's talk books! I recently The Size of Everything by Erin Cole. This is a memoir that just came out this week about a girl growing up in an incredibly abusive home. I'm about halfway through and really enjoying it (despite the subject matter, it's actually funny as well as jaw-dropping). It reminds me a ton of The Glass Castle (another amazing read), so if you liked that, you'll probably love this. (It's also free right now on Kindle Unlimited if you have that!)

• Then I listened to Busy Philipps's memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, via Audible, and I loved it. I also really recommend doing the audiobook. I'm sure the regular book is great, too, but the audio version is on another level. Busy cries various times throughout the book. She does voices for all of the characters. You really, really feel her emotions and it totally draws you in. Again, I'm sure the book is awesome, too, but the audiobook is truly a special experience. (And--this is not sponsored--but if you sign up for an Audible trial, you can get two books free. That's what I did!)

• I recently made these banana muffins, and they were so yummy!

• And I made this Paleo Whole 30 Buffalo Chicken Casserole, and it was delicious (and healthy!).

• If you missed it, Ellen sent her producer Andy and Chrissy Teigen through a haunted house, and the results are hilarious.

• Bella Hadid has a freakishly organized fridge.

• Remember the New York subway bomber from a few months back? They captured his morning on video and it's absolutely fascinating. 

And in case you missed it, I...

• Shared some awesome freebies.

• Got the cutest custom sandals made-to-measure to my feet.

• Went on a West Coast road trip (and here's part two of the trip!)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

These *FREE Products* Make Your Home Smell Like a Christmas Tree.

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Years ago, when I first moved to New York to intern and hunt for a full-time magazine job, I worked at a popular clothing and home store during the holiday season. It was hard. The store was crowded, there were never-ending lines of cranky people, and the hours were long enough that I often found myself folding sweaters late into the night while my friends were enjoying themselves at holiday parties. 

But there was one aspect I absolutely loved: The store where I worked sold incredibly beautiful holiday candles, which they kept burning all day long during the season. It smelled like a Christmas tree constantly and I was there for it. 

Because I love holiday scents.

If that's you, too--and if you also love free stuff like me--you will love the holiday deal I have for you today. (Details below...)

grove collaborative deal
Many of you guys have heard me talk about Grove Collaborative before, but if you're new here: Grove Collaborative is a site that carries natural products for home and body, and somehow, manages to offer these high-end, normally-pricy brands at very competitive, very affordable prices. (They carry lines like Mrs. Meyer's, Method, Caldrea, Seventh Generation, Acure Organics, Burt's Bees, and many more.)

The other awesome thing about Grove is that, from time to time, they offer these amazing, limited-time free gifts just for trying out the site. And I have a good one for you today where you can get the limited-edition Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents for FREE!

grove collaborative deal
The three Mrs. Meyer's limited-edition holiday scents (Peppermint, Iowa Pine, and Orange Clove) are so good, and make washing dishes or wiping down countertops noticeably less grueling.

If you'd like to try them out for free, I've partnered with Grove once again to bring you this deal: 
With your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative using this affiliate link, you will get the following (full-size!) items for FREE in your choice of scent:

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday hand soap

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday dish soap

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday multi-surface spray

• Free Grove red metal caddy

• Free Grove walnut scrubber sponges

• Free shipping and VIP trial

The products are worth over $30, so it's a great way to check out some really nice home products that you might otherwise never have tried.

*FYI, if you're already a Grove Collaborative customer, you aren't eligble for the deal above (sorry!). BUT *if you use this link,* you'll get a FREE set of Grove's awesome walnut scrubber sponges.

grove collaborative deal

You can cancel anytime, so honestly, it's worth at least placing one $20 order and getting all the free stuff! Then you can decide later whether or not you want to continue ordering through them. (That's what I planned to do when I got my own deal way back when, but I've totally stayed on and I order all of my cleaning products through Grove now. Since I live in a city, it's way easier to have my heavy cleaning products delivered!)

I'll also be going live later this week talking more about this deal, these products, and Grove, so make sure you've liked me on Facebook and followed me on Instagram, so that you get a notification. It should be fun!

Don't forget: This offer is only available while supplies last, so grab your free products now!