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how to create calm amidst the holiday chaos

We're in that magical and slightly maddening stretch of the year where the calendar is overflowing with holiday parties, celebratory dinners, and family get-togethers.

For the most part it's fun, but sometimes all the activity can leave me feeling frazzled. 

In those moments, it's especially important to me that our home feels like a retreat from all the busyness.

Scent is one of my favorite ways to create a calm, restorative atmosphere, so I'm thrilled that Mrs. Meyer's is bringing back my favorite seasonal scents: peppermint, orange clove, and Iowa pine. This week only, Grove Collaborative is giving away free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Sets to new customers. Learn more about why I recommend these products in today's blog post.  

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how to make pumpkin streusel muffins

It's October, which means it is officially PUMPKIN SPICE SEASON!!! Is anyone else doing a happy dance? 

Every fall, I love to whip up a batch of my homemade pumpkin streusel muffins. The thing that I love most about these muffins is the streusel topping which is made with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. Inside the muffins, I add pumpkin puree to keep the muffins moist along with dashes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin spice which really enhance the pumpkin flavor. 

Read more about how to make pumpkin streusel muffins in today's blog post. 

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stylish summer hosting with Grove Collaborative

Even though it's summer, July is one of our busiest months. Between our family vacation, summer camps, and get-togethers, it seems like we’re always on the go. We also love to host groups of people in our home, whether it's a dinner party with our friends or family from out of town. Naturally, I want my home to feel stylish and inviting. On the other hand, I don’t feel like cleaning for days just so my house feels presentable for guests.

That’s where this Stylish Hosting Kit from Grove Collaborative comes in. Join me #ontheblog today to redeem a FREE set of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap + dish soap + hand lotion + Grove Collaborative sink tray. We are also talking about pro party tips to help you host with ease this July. Check out all the goodness now. 

 

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how baking cakes connect generations

I'll be the first to admit that sometimes it is easier to buy a cake from a store rather than making it from scratch. For some occasions it is totally worth the money to pay for a cake so you don't have to stress. But sometimes nothing beats mixing together flour, butter, eggs, and cream. There are memories (and messes!) to be made cooking in the kitchen and it truly is a great time to connect with your family or friends.  

In today's post, I share the story behind the cover of my new book, Invited, and how Raleigh's Nan Nan taught me the true value of living a life of #connectionnotperfection.

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fall through my window

Mrs. Meyer’s has a seasonal Mum scent! The smell reminds me of the first whiff of autumn when I open my front door. It’s floral and warm, but in a decidedly fall way — just perfect for bringing some of the outdoors in.

The set also comes in an Apple Cider scent. Imagine fresh cider at the orchard — that’s what this smells like. It’s crisp and a little spicy, and makes those days where we’re cooped up inside feel much more cozy.

Read more about how to receive these new fall scents from Mrs. Myers for free!

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