LOLA- Organic 100% Cotton Feminine Care

Have you heard about LOLA? It’s a great new company by women, for women that is totally transforming tampons. Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require tampon brands to disclose a comprehensive list of ingredients, so most of them don’t. WHAT?! The more I think about it, I’m not comfortable not knowing what I’m putting in my body.

That’s where LOLA comes in! LOLA tampons are 100% cotton. Plus, LOLA arrives at your door in a customizable assortment at the frequency you choose. I think you should check them out! Plus, if you sign up using my code, you get $5 off your first order! Shipping is always free so it’s totally a win-win.


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Grove Collaborative- Get Free Stuff

Okay so I know you want to use natural products and let’s be honest this can get expensive. Not to fear, Mrs. Maker is here. Sign up through the above link and not only get $10 off your first order. If you spend $20 you also get:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Grove Co. Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Lotion
  • Free 60-day VIP Trial
  • Free shipping

Now, you can subscribe to get products delivered each month or so to your door, or you can do what I did and cancel the future orders until you decide if these products are right for you and your family, and how often you want them.

Just a little bit about Grove Collaborative, Grove Collaborative is dedicated to helping everyone create a healthy, beautiful home. They grew out of a simple belief: the best natural products for your home and family should be the easiest to get.

At Grove Collaborative, they do the work to find amazing, affordable and effective natural products – from non-toxic laundry detergents that are tough on stains to sustainably sourced argan oil that will make your hair and skin glow.

Life is too busy for last minute errands so they deliver to your doorstep, on your schedule.

They work in collaboration with partner brands that share their values and vision. Everything you’ll find here meets the Grove Standard:

  • Uncompromisingly healthy.
  • Beautifully effective.
  • Sustainably minded.
  • Amazingly affordable.

Welcome to the beauty of Grove Collaborative.

Grove Collaborative is a Certified B Corp. 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.

Monthly Budgeting

Hi, Kathy (Mrs. Maker) here- Today we are kicking off our blog with a very helpful first post. Our plan is to help you live your best HomeSpun life. What do we mean by HomeSpun? Well, we mean making it yourself, finding new and creative ways of being environmentally friendly, and just becoming the best HomeSpun version of you. We are going to show you how to save money, eat better, spend more time with family, and have fun while doing it.

Before we get to the fun stuff, we need to look at the budget. Not just look at the budget, but actually put one together. Do you have a budget? Does your budget include everything? That coffee? The $1 bin at Target? A last minute happy hour? If it doesn’t that’s where you need to begin.

What I share is that before you even begin to look at your savings on groceries and budget you need a gut check. You need to know what you are currently spending and what you are currently eating. You need to save every receipt for an entire month. This will give you a base to start your budget. What I like to do is set our families budgets by pay days. I pay certain things out of each pay. Mr Maker is self employed and since his income isn’t set by certain days his money goes to savings, entertainment, vacation, repairs, and extras. We attempt to live off one income and that way if a major disaster or job loss comes we can manage without losing everything. The same could apply for single income families.

Here, I included the excel template that I fell in love with last year. Its super easy to use and you can add as many line items as you want.

My suggestion is once you list out your expenses for the month-highlight those expenses that aren’t necessity. Can you cover the necessary expenses with one income? This is where we start. When Mr. Maker and I started this overhaul process we were spending most of our incomes and putting very little towards savings. (download link: Get Template)

The point is not to shame you for a $4 latte each morning, but to show you other options that get you the same thing, and show you that the $28 you spend on lattes can be put to better use.

So let’s get this party started. Grab an energy ball, take a seat, and crunch those numbers.

Please share examples of what you have highlighted or what you think are areas of your budget that you can’t get lower. We would love to help.

Method Smarty Dish Plus Product Review

On my quest to find a gluten free dish washing pod, I can honestly say I have found the answer. Just a few things that I love. This product works in a modern dishwasher. There are no phosphates and no chlorine bleach. It is vegan and gluten free. There are zero spots left on my glasses or dishes. It’s in a lightweight pouch that uses 87% less plastic than the comparable, smaller footprint.

Product Review Method Smarty Dish Plus Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Lemon Mint, 45 Count

Cost $13.99