My Son’s Favorite Hand Soap (And How to Get It Free!)

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Weird title, I know, but that’s what I’m hear to tell you about today.

Last month, as we were settling into our new house (tour coming very soon), I received my latest Grove Collaborative order. In this order was a new Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap we hadn’t tried before – Lavender. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the smell, but I ordered it because the packaging would look good in our house full of grays.

When it arrived (along with some other household favorites), I knew the color would be perfect and was ready to put it next to my kitchen sink, but then our oldest son let me know he didn’t have any hand soap in his bathroom. I gave it up to him and left it at that since I still had the Apple Cider Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap at my kitchen sink from the fall (I miss fall).

Just a couple weeks later, I was getting ready to place my next Grove Collaborative order and thought to ask him how the soap was working. His response totally surprised me:

“Oh Mom, I LOVE that soap. It smells SO good!”

Not at all what I expected from my ten-year-old son as he has never commented on the smell of soap before, but what a happy surprise! His response was what convinced me to keep that Lavender Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in my cart AND add the Lavender dish soap to my order, as well! Once I smelled it, I was convinced: everybody needs a little Lavender Mrs. Meyer’s in their home.

Here’s the good news for you – you can get your own Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap FREE! And if you’re a new Grove Collaborative customer, you can get even MORE free right now!

When you try Grove now and and place your first order of $20, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Free Grove Collaborative Kitchen Towel
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

Already a Grove customer? They’ll add a Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap to your next order for free. Just click here!

The free 60 day VIP trial is especially convenient. VIPs get free shipping, which makes it easy to keep your home stocked up on essentials from favorite brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Method. Plus you’ll get free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales, and extra-fast customer service.

Go grab your kitchen essentials kit now — supplies are limited and this offer ends February 12. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Kitchen Essentials Set for free when you sign up!
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — 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.

That’s it! We hope you love the Lavender as much as my son does, but if Lavender isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful, natural scents to chose from!

Are you a Mrs. Meyer’s fan? Which scent is your favorite?

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at The Rose!

I attended a complimentary preview of this show at The Rose Theater.

The Rose Theater is an Omaha treasure. The Rose puts on the most wonderful children’s theater performances and our family enjoyed everything about it last year! The talent is top notch, the stories are unique and fun, and the whole family can enjoy the music, humor, and beautiful theater atmosphere.

I really didn’t think I could love The Rose more, but then yesterday happened. They took one of my very favorite children’s books and performed as a musical. I died from happiness. And now I’m sharing it with you.

First, please tell me you and your children have read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. If not, I’ll wait while you go order it from Amazon or request it from your library. Go ahead. No, really. Do it.

I fell in love with this brilliant children’s book as a child and I still have so much of it memorized. Scieszka cleverly tells the the story of the three little pigs from the wolf’s perspective. It is just delightful.

Take that delightfully clever story, add 60s-style clothes and music, and involve the audience in the performance as the jury for the Big Bad Wolf’s trial, and that is the magic we witnessed at The Rose yesterday! The five-member ensemble cast took us on a captivating journey into the courtroom of Judge Juris Prudence (HA!) where the Mr. Wolf is getting a not-so-fair trial from the pig-biased judge and prosecutor.

The little man and I had so much fun following the story of Alexander T. Wolf (left) as told by courtroom reporter Lillian McGill (right). These two are rockstars, with amazing voices, great dance moves, and lots of hilarity! Lil McGill keeps the audience engaged and informed throughout so they can decide what will happen to Al in the end – is Mr. Wolf guilty or not guilty? The kids went crazy when they got to chime in and celebrated as the cast sang about their verdict – NOT GUILTY! The fun part – each show could end differently based on what the audience decides!

The show is recommended for families of children ages six and up, but my 4.5 year old loved it, too! The show is approximately 60 minutes long without an intermission.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at the Rose Theater runs January 27 through February 12, with performances on Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 5 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $20. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores. Members of The Rose receive four free tickets to the production.

I have FOUR TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY today!

That’s right! One of you will win four tickets to the show of your choice (based on availability)! Just leave a comment below answering this question: Do you think Alexander T. Wolf, aka The Big Bad Wolf, is GUILTY or NOT GUILTY of intentionally killing the piggies? Do you think you’ll change your mind once you hear HIS side of the story?

You can also earn extra entries by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter!

CLICK HERE TO TWEET THIS >> The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is at @RoseTheaterCo! Win 4 tickets from @homewiththeboys!

Just leave an extra comment for each way you share the post on social media! This giveaway runs through Monday, January 30th at 8PM CST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

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The True Story of The Three Little Pigs is sponsored by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Baird Holm, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Special opening night activities are sponsored by Kiewit Companies.

SPECIAL NOTE: The 2 pm show on Saturday, Feb. 4 will be interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; the 5 pm show on Saturday, Feb. 4 is designated as sensory-friendly, with special accommodations made for families attending with a child on the autism spectrum. The 2 pm show on Saturday, Feb. 11 will include audio description services for audience members who are blind. Contact The Rose Box Office at (402) 345-4849 for more information.

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A Sock Love Story: Featuring Me + PRO Compression!

Once upon a time, a runner put on her first pair of compression socks after a long run and fell in love at first wear. As her husband says, it was like “a hug for her legs.” She wore her one pair of black compression socks for recovery during training for her first marathon, but that just wasn’t enough. She added a few pairs to her collection and started wearing them during her runs, too. She saw improvements in her running and recovery and she had way too much fun pairing socks with outfits, especially for races!

Ok, enough of the third person…

I think you get the picture: I really love my compression socks. One brand has won me over with their great product, fabulous designs, and winning attitude all over social media. I’m talking about PRO Compression, which shouldn’t be a surprise if you follow me on Instagram or anywhere else! I’m super excited to announce today that I’ve been chosen to be a PRO Compression Ambassador for 2017!

There are plenty of studies that show the positive effects of compression socks, including combatting muscle soreness and fatigue and speeding up recovery. On top of that, PRO Compression features moisture-wicking fabric (to prevent blisters) and true graduated compression (the amount of compression decreases as the distance to the heart decreases to aid circulation).

The scientific reasons are great, but let’s talk about the designs. I already own many, many pairs, but I want every new one they release because they are FABULOUS. I currently have at least five more pairs on my wish list. PRO Compression also releases a Sock of the Month each month, so I know I’ll be coveting another pair once February 1st hits!

What does me being a PRO Compression Ambassador mean for you? I’ll be sharing the Sock of the Month each of the month, along with special discounts, race meet-ups, and more both here and on social media! Stay tuned because it is going to be an AWESOME year! Whether you’re training for a marathon or on your feet all day as a nurse, doctor, teacher, etc., compression socks are for YOU!

Do you wear compression socks? Own any PRO Compression? What are your favorite designs? (The Gibblers – the rainbow ones shown above – are a must have, in my opinion!)

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Friday Favorites

I have missed this blogging space so very much. Lots of thoughts + very little time to write them + starting to feel settled = WANTING TO WRITE ALL THE WORDS NOW. I’m sure this urge will get even stronger once my office (yes, I have an OFFICE) is unpacked and organized.

I’m going to jump back in where I feel most comfortable – sharing things I love with you, so welcome to another Friday Favorites! (affiliate links included)

I call this a PINT OF HEAVEN. We love Halo Top Ice Cream around here for its low-calorie, high protein yumminess. I’ve enjoyed many flavors, but Sea Salt Caramel wins everything. I would be ok eating this flavor for the rest of my life. Mondays are popcorn nights and Tuesdays are now Halo Top nights. I’m counting down the days…

I’ve used the Believe Training Journal to track my running goals and workouts the last two years. This year, they introduced the Compete Training Journal and it is an awesome update for those of us runners with a competitive streak, even if it is just competing with our previous records. The goal-setting, race-planning, and motivational pieces of this journal make it the best around.

Many of my favorite graphic tees are from Cents of Style, so I’m excited to tell you they are 50% off all weekend with the code INSPIRE17 at checkout! I have that “Be Kind” design in a sweatshirt and adore it. “You can do hard things” is another one of my favorite sayings right now because I want to live that out as an example for my kids! At 50% off, grab as many as you’d like because they are a steal!

Happy sigh…it’s good to be back…tell me about your faves? Which inspirational shirt would you choose?

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Teaching Our Children to Respect Their Leaders

I hear the word respect used a lot. Professional athletes talk about having respect for their opponents who play well. Respecting boundaries is an important topic for both kids and adults. Students are asked to respect one another in the classroom and on the playground.

Most of these instances involve respecting people we come in direct contact with on a day-to-day basis. It is much easier to teach a child to respect someone they interact with often because they are able to practice what they learn immediately. This kind of respect is very tangible and real to them.

When we talk about respecting leaders with our children, things get a little more fuzzy. They have leaders in their everyday life, such as parents, teachers, coaches, and pastors. This is one level they can relate with because of the real-life interaction, but what about the levels above that? Leaders such as the superintendent, mayor, governor, congressmen, and president should be respected by our children, but what does that look like for them when they may never even meet these people?

I am over on the Tommy Nelson blog talk about the keys to teaching our children to respect their leaders – and I’m learning something in the process, as well. Come join me over there to hear my thoughts and what the Bible asks us to do!

 

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One Tunic, Three Ways!

I received these pieces to review from Sweet P & Fi.

Oh, how I love wardrobe pieces that can be worn multiple ways! I love these pieces even more when they are flattering and affordable! You will find lots of pieces like this from from my favorite local boutique, Sweet P & Fi! Today I’m featuring my new favorite: a black long-sleeve tunic with side button detail!

(We’re working with indoor pictures thanks to a lovely ice storm, so bear with me. I miss the sunshine!)

Basic AND beautiful! I love this piece on it’s own because black is always a good idea. The buttons and asymmetrical hem give it just the right amount of visual interest, but don’t make it too complicated. The thin weight allows it be layered in the winter and worn solo into the spring!

Black tunics should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe because they can be worn SO many ways! This one from Sweet P & Fi is only $26 so it won’t blow your clothing budget! Let’s take a look at a few other ways to wear it…

The Everyday Look

Comfy, cozy, classic. I’ll call this my “mom-on-the-go” look, but you don’t have to be a mom to rock it! Target skinny cargos, Minnetonka moccasins, and a great fashionABLE scarf are all you need for this everyday look.

The Day Out Look

Let’s go shopping! This would be a fun look for shopping with my mom and sister or having coffee with girlfriends. We’re supposed to hit temps in the 50s later this week – this fabulous vest (also from Sweet P & Fi) would be just enough to layer over the tunic and keep me warm! Distressed jeans, riding boots, and a black floppy hat pull everything together.

The Date Night Look

Time to get a little sassy with gold leggings and heels for a night out with my main man! This is such an easy AND comfortable look, but it has just the right amount of edge and bling to make your date night special. We could all use an excuse to wear gold leggings, right?!

The black tunic goes with ANYTHING and everything. At $26 you just can’t pass this up! But wait…I also have a discount for you! Use the code Home20 to get 20% off your entire Sweet P & Fi order! That makes the tunic just $20.80 and shipping is always free! Grab that fabulous wrap vest while you’re over there at 20% off, too!

Don’t miss out on this 20% off deal! The Home20 code is only good for one week! Have fun shopping the already great pieces and prices at Sweet P & Fi with a little extra discount on me!

What’s your favorite black tunic look?

 

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Get a Fresh Start with Free Products from Grove!

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This year is all about a fresh start for us. We moved into a brand new home on December 30th and rang in 2017 surrounded by unpacked boxes, but so grateful and happy to be settling in.

A new year, a new home, a new outlook not clouded by the uncertainty of building timetables and moving dilemmas. I’m breathing a lot easier these days. Making this house into our home as we kick off a new year just feels right. And with a fresh start in a new home, I want to be using things that make it feel clean and fresh and wonderful.

Enter Grove Collaborative.

I had a monthly shipment arrive the week we moved in – a box full of pure joy! Who knew I could be so excited about dish soap and toilet bowl cleaner?

These are a few of my other Grove favorites! I take the cleansing towelettes everywhere – traveling, the gym, and even use them in the evenings before bed! The hand sanitizer spray is super convenient and the hand cream smells LOVELY. The best part of all – everything shows up on my doorstep!

I was skeptical about Grove Collaborative at first, but I have been completely won over by their natural selection, great customer service, and wonderful deals. I want you to give it a try and this Fresh Start offer is a GREAT time to begin your Grove experience!

Right now, when you sign up for Grove and place your first order of $20 you’ll get this Fresh Start offer for free:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s lotion
  • Free Grove Collaborative Enamel Cleaning Caddy
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free shipping

Can you believe that? $40 of free product with first order! I’m pretty giddy about all the Mrs. Meyer’s products, especially the exclusive hand lotion!

If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll get a free Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap with your next order when you use my link here

Choose your favorite scent — honeysuckle, lemon verbena, or lavender — when you check out. These brand new lotions are only available at Grove, so don’t miss out on your chance to try them! The offer ends January 15th at 6PM PT and supplies are limited. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Fresh Start Kit for free when you sign up!
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — 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.

Once you have submitted your Grove order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. (I decided to keep the VIP membership after my trial ended, and I can say it’s well worth it! It has paid for itself in free shipping alone.)

Remember, there are only a limited number of free kits, so place your first order and get your free kit before they are gone!

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Friendships and Books and New Things!

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Wow. That was a LONG blogging hiatus! I’ve missed this space!

If you follow me on any social media (@homewiththeboys everywhere), you know that we were in the process of building a house this fall. We just moved into the new house on December 30th, so life is starting to finally settle back into a normal rhythm. It feels SO good. I’ll be doing a couple house tours once all of our furniture is here, but for now, I have other fun news!

I am in a book! Yes, a real book! A book that will be on bookstore shelves and on Amazon has my words in it!

I was incredibly honored to be asked to write a chapter in the very first book published by (in)courage, which is all about one of my favorite topics – friendship.

Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement features the writing of 29 of my favorite internet (and real life) friends. Reading their stories of community has given me so much inspiration and encouragement – I can’t wait for you to read it!

This feels like a different take on women and friendship for me because it features many voices – introverts, extroverts, mothers, wives, single women, women in ministry, working women, women who have been hurt by other women, and women who find their true purpose in friendships with other women. And every single one of them loves the Lord, our true foundation for all meaningful relationships. I sincerely believe every woman can connect with at least one of the heartfelt chapters in this book and benefit from the accompanying challenges.

 

My chapter is based around the story of Ruth and Naomi and my own long-term friendship with my friend, Janna. When you’ve been friends since second grade and made it through all the ups and downs of middle school, girl drama, going off to college, and living in different places for the past 18 years, you know you have something special. Our friendship did not always involve our faith, but it has grown richer and more meaningful than I could have ever imagined because we now share a love for Jesus. It was pure joy to share our story of loyalty and growth. I pray that this chapter encourages you to be the loyal friend you’ve always wanted.

I’m writing about this lovely book because Craving Connection releases today! Yes, you can buy it today! I have the actual physical book in my hands and it’s just wonderful. I know you and your friends will be blessed by it, so grab your copy today! Make sure you’re also following along with (in)courage because they have SO many fun things planned to go along with this book birthday!

Here’s a challenge for today: think of a friend who has truly blessed you. What about her has been the biggest blessing to you – their humor, honesty, loyalty, something else? Leave a comment here with your answer and then tell that friend what you appreciate about her! YOU will be a big blessing to HER with your gratitutde!

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Five Fashion Friday Favorites!

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You had to know this Fashion Friday with Cents of Style would be a special one because it is Black Friday! This week’s amazing deal is not on one item or two items. There are FIVE fabulous customer favorites on sale today, so take a quick break from your Gilmore Girls marathon to check them out:

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You just need the code BACKINBLACK16 to get 40% these five items AND free shipping on your order! Here’s a closer look at each piece on sale:

The Annabelle Cardigan

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The Annabelle Cardigan is just $17.97 on this sale! It comes in sizes small-3XL and 18 different colors! I have the navy and sized up to a medium because I like my cardigans to be a little more roomy. I am VERY happy with the larger size, so consider your preference and check the size chart before ordering!

The Dempsey Beanie

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The Dempsey Beanie is a warm beanie with great texture that comes in 16 different colors! The beanie is only $10.77 with the BACKINBLACK16 code!

The Brayden Blanket Scarf

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A classic, cozy blanket scarf that will be the perfect accessory to your holiday outfits for only $12.57? Yep! And those booties are on sale, too…

Moccasin Bootie Boot

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Look how well all these items go together! The moccasin bootie boot with fun details is available in two colors and is on sale for only $19.77 shipped!

Cassie Herringbone Coat

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I had not seen this herringbone coat until this sale and I’m in LOVE. It looks so versatile and classic. I can’t even believe it’s only $25.77 with the code BACKINBLACK2016 today!

These items have all been HUGE hits in the past, so shop early and grab your favorites before they sell out of your size and color!

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My Favorite Black Friday Sale of All Starts Now!

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I know this is a busy time of year, so I’m just going to get right to it: my favorite Black Friday sale of the year is back and I have to show you some of my favorites!

DaySpring is currently running a sitewide 30% off sale which means EVERYTHING on the site is 30% off! Use the code FRIDAY16 to get 30% off cards, journals, home decor, and great gift ideas for the whole family.

There are a few exceptions to this 30% off sale, but that’s only because the items in the Black Friday specials section are marked down up to 60%! A few of my faves from this amazing sale:

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These GORGEOUS wooden candlestick holders are normally $60 for the set, but they are marked down to just $25 right now!

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Love Does is one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read, so I think this Love Does set makes the perfect gift. These four items – calendar, journal, mug, and gift bag – are only $15 total during this sale!

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If you are a creative person or have one on your gift list, this starter set for creative bible journaling would make an amazing present. Illustrated Faith has been very popular on DaySpring, so these sets will go fast at just $60 (normally $89.98)!

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We LOVE the Letterpress block set we have in our home and there are several sets on sale during Black Friday. This “Jesus” set retails for $48, but it’s only $15 right now! $15!

Amazing deals, right?! You don’t have to wait for Black Friday to score some great sale items – shop DaySpring now! You’ll also want to stay tuned because more sale items will be coming your way in just a few days! I’ll be sharing them all so you don’t miss a thing!

Happy shopping! Let me know if you have any questions about the sale or items – we own so many DaySpring items that I’m starting to be an expert!

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