Stylish Summer Hosting with Grove Collaborative

Grove Collaborative FREE hostess gift!

What does your calendar look like this summer? Ours is already filling up with barbecues, pool parties, and lots of other fun events to attend.

Whenever I go to one of these gatherings, I don’t like to show up empty handed. However, finding the right hostess gift is always harder than it looks!

I always know I've found the perfect present when I have the urge to keep it for myself. That’s how I knew this brand new Grove Collaborative ceramic sink tray would make a fabulous gift for my friends.

Fortunately, you can be one of the first to get your hands on this sink tray — and it’s FREE with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative. In fact, you’ll get the entire Stylish Hosting Kit for free:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Lotion

  • Grove Collaborative Sink Tray

  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove sink tray for 25% off. 

The sink tray is made from made from beautiful white ceramic that goes with almost any decor. In other words, the stylish hostess in your life will be thrilled to display it at her next gathering. (Just don’t forget to order another one for yourself!)

Along with the sink tray, this multi-functional set is perfect for either a kitchen or bathroom. Set your hand soap, dish soap, and sponge on the tray in the kitchen to create an attractive and tidy sink area. Or, place your hand soap and lotion on the tray in the bathroom to stylishly contain drips.

Grove Hostess set

Either way, hostesses and guest alike will love these Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and lotions. They’re my secret weapon for a pretty sink-side display. All the scents and colors remind me of a summer garden bursting into bloom — choose from basil, geranium, honeysuckle, lavender, or lemon verbena for your set. Grove hand-selects the best natural products and delivers them (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. In addition to being healthy and affordable, I love that their products are so beautiful!

And to make things even easier, I have created a sheet of gift tags for you to add that final touch to your gifts. Simply click on the image below, print on your favorite paper and start creating your own gift package. These are for personal use only please.

hostess gifts with grove

Whether you decide to keep the Stylish Hosting Kit or give it to a friend, Grove has another gift just for you — a free 60 day VIP trial! Being a VIP means you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

As I mentioned, this is the debut of the Grove sink tray, so these kits will go fast. Don’t miss out!

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Stylish Hosting Kit for free when you sign up!

  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.

  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

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McKinney Map PRINT

McKinney Map Sketch via Design Roots

Lauren Palmer, of The Art of Living Beautifully, and I met a couple months ago when she took one of my calligraphy classes. Fast forward a couple weeks later and I received an email with a fun idea and a rough sketch. "Could I could help her with a map of downtown McKinney?" she asks. Of course! I was thrilled to do this custom map illustration, and I love how she uses it as an interactive piece within her online digital magazine. Check it out here on her website.  

Want to know some other fantastic news? If you love our custom McKinney Map as much as we do, they are available for purchase! The 8″x10″ map is printed on a natural white card stock and is only $20! Whether to grace the walls in your own home or to send to a loved one far away, we hope your McKinney map will always be a reminder of the treasured memories and landmarks McKinney, Texas holds. 

Make sure to follow Lauren and see what she's up to around town! 

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Travel Pouches + a Summer SALE

We just added our 5th design to the canvas pouch line, and we are thrilled! Meet "safari" - playful and graphic jungle scene on one side and the word "ROOOOAR" on the other. Perfect for that animal lover and just in time for summer. Throw in art supplies, toys, small animals, cars, and snacks. 

safari themed canvas pouch

These bags started out as a way to carry your art supplies on the go, hence the name "the traveling studio" on the original 2 designs. Then I realized these are great for just about anything! My daughter carries art and craft supplies, my son fills his with favorite toys + knick knacks, and mine is filled with pens and pencils for on the go doodling! So, which pouch pattern are you? And what would you put in your canvas bag?

Make sure to enjoy 20% OFF this week with code SUMMERTIME at checkout!

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Summer Bucket List 2017

We have one week left of school for us in Texas, which means the summer countdown has begun! And with the summer countdown comes our tradition of creating this year's Summer Bucket List. The kids and I started this tradition a few years ago, and we're doing it again. I spend an afternoon writing down all the things we want to do over the summer and then create a fun, graphic bucket list to hang on the fridge. Throughout the summer months, we use that list as a reminder to have fun, slow down, enjoy small moments, and live for adventures. Plus, it gives us ideas on days we have nothing to do. So, without further ado... meet our Summer Bucket List 2017! Feel free to print it out, add to it, and then hang on your own fridge. We like to color things in as we do them, but you can come up with your own system. Click on the image below and grab the free PDF printable(this is for personal use only)

And that's not all! If you hop on over to my Instagram page, you will see that we teamed up with Nature Nate's Honey for a fun little giveaway! Click here for details.

Happy Memorial Day y'all!
Enjoy 20% OFF
any purchase in the shop
with code: SUMMERTIME

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And the Envelope Contest Winner is...

designroots envelope contest

First of all, HUGE thanks to all who sent in envelopes!! Once again, I was overjoyed with all the notes and letters I received for our #drMailSwap17! Checking our mailbox during the month of April became the highlight of my day. I absolutely love snail mail and loved reading all the sweet notes inside. There were definitely a few that stood out to me, but before we announce our winner, we have to show you some of our favorites! 

From watercolor to floral designs... these were fun to see when I opened the mailbox! 

envelope contest
envelope contest

Gold always pops on an envelope, and these two below are no exception. Look how the ink pops on the dark colors! Love the designs and doodles!

envelope contest gold

And can we give the most creative envelope flap award to this one!? She used a practice sheet from her calligraphy workbook and created a liner! L-O-V-E!

Check out the artwork on these... this gal sent in her submission with LOTS of envelope samples inside...

envelope contest

But I had to narrow it down, and these 4 stood out the most... the penmanship, composition, creativity... I love them all! 

envelope contest

But it came down to 2.... 

envelope contest winners

And I had a really hard time... so this year I have a runner up and a winner. The runner up goes to... Brenna Malberg! Girl, your envelope + stamp spoke to my nature heart! 

envelope runner up

Which means the winner goes to... Gracie Clark! Congrats girl! Everything about this envelope was beautiful! Brenna and Gracie, please email me ( for details! 

envelope winner

Thanks again for all who participated! You'll be getting some special mail from me soon. And if you didn't get an envelope in on time, please send anyways - we LOVE snail mail! And I will always try and send a letter back to you. #writemore

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Summer Cooking + a Free Chef’s Set from Grove Collaborative

summer cooking with grove collaborative

Summer is my favorite time of year for cooking — or eating, at the very least. Colorful eggplant, juicy tomatoes, and bright berries from the garden are as delicious as they are nourishing. Everything tastes better al fresco, am I right? 

One thing that I don’t enjoy during the summer: shopping for household essentials. Who wants to run to the store when you could be unwinding outside? And you can't exactly pick up dish soap at the farmer's market. So in the spirit of making everything more enjoyable this summer, let me introduce you to Grove Collaborative. Grove is a subscription service that delivers natural cleaning, home, beauty, and baby products right to your doorstep, on your schedule. It’s like having a brilliant personal assistant who keeps your home stocked up on the essentials while you relax and soak up the sun.

Before you dive into the recipes below, grab this FREE Summer Chef’s Set of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap + dish soap + multi-surface spray + Grove Collaborative Bubble Up with your first order from my friends at Grove Collaborative. It’s everything you need to make cleanup effortless, from salsa to full-on summer barbeques.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Summer Chef’s Set for free when you sign up!

  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.

  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

(If you’re already a customer, you’ll get a free set of Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges.)

Now let's get cooking! This easy, healthy pesto (adapted from 100 days of real food) is a favorite in our house. It's so fresh and light, plus I love using herbs from our garden. We put it on anything from pasta and veggies to just dipping carrots for a healthy snack. 

arugula pesto recipe

Next up - garden salsa! This is a new recipe I've tried recently, but I think will become a favorite summertime recipe. Skip the store-bought seasoning packets and make this with fresh ingredients straight from your garden or farmer’s market. And c'mon - salsa goes on everything!

garden salsa recipe

Don’t spend time running to the store for dish soap when the sun is shining! Grab your Summer Chef’s Set and try Grove Collaborative now! Bon Appetit!

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