Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Living with Farmhouse Neutrals 101

The one question I am asked about my house most often is "How do you keep everything white?" Followed by "You don't have kids or cats do you?

Our house has gone through a lot of different changes over the years and through a couple of moves, but one thing that has stayed the same is my love of white linens! Nothing says fresh and clean like white linens!! They are perfect for the vintage farmhouse vibe.....but can seem not so perfect if you are like me and you have three kids, and those kids have friends and your house is the hang out house.

Throw in a couple of goats and cats and I start to seem positively crazy for owning white sofa!

Slip covers are a LIFESAVER! I've had the same sofa for 6 years now. It was a $20 Craigslist score {from Ikea originally}. It has survived all of the kids and their friends, the cats, the goats....red wine spills, nail polish, scented oil plug ins that leaked, various food, mud and so many things that would just make you go EWW.

But most of all my laundry arsenal is my best friend! I'm that flaky person that always forgets to pre-treat or put it in the wash before a stain has time to set in.

Here's what we keep on hand:
Molly's Suds Oxygen Whitener & Mr's Meyers Clean Day Laundry detergent.


Yep, that's it! No kidding! I love to keep life easy peasy and I love that I can order these items from Grove Collaborative and have them shipped to my door every month.

Farmhouse neutrals are so easy to live with and around here I mean that, we really LIVE with it, just ask the goats who think that they live indoors!

Right now for a limited time you can get the following items all for FREE with your first $20 order at Grove Collaborative!
  • Mrs. Meyer's Spring Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer's Spring Dish Soap
  • Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle
  • Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Plus free shipping & VIP trial

Existing customers will receive the Grove Spray Bottle at 50% off

My recommendation to keep those farmhouse whites clean and bright are Molly's Suds Oxygen Whitener & Mr's Meyers Clean Day Laundry detergent. Add those to your cart and you get the items above all for free!

Nicki
Owner/Maker/Curator
The Vintage Farmhouse

*Happy to be a Grove Collaborative affiliate!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Cleaning & Free Mrs. Meyers

I love Spring. It's such an amazing time of renewal, all the fresh bits of green popping up, birds singing, and the smell of sweet flowers. A time when I can finally crack the windows open and do some much needed Spring cleaning after a long winter.


That's why I love this awesome offer from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove Collaborative. When you place your first Grove order of $20, you’ll get a free seasonal kit to help you get a jump start on your spring cleaning. Here’s what’s included:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Dish Soap
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive 50% off of a Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle - perfect for making your own fresh scented cleaner!



The limited edition Spring scents, Peony & Lilac, are my FAVORITE!!!! They smell so good like a fresh burst of Spring air. I don't know about you, but nothing motivates me more while cleaning than having sweet floral smells wafting up at me as I work! {That and a little music on the radio!}


Sign up is easy peasy!
To get your kit, sign up for Grove Collaborative here and the offer will be automatically added to your cart. You’ll answer 4 quick questions about your current cleaning routine, which Grove will use to recommend products for your first basket. You can customize your order by adding or remove items — as long as your order is a minimum of $20, you’ll qualify for the offer.

My monthly stock up always includes Mrs Meyers Laundry Detergent {in Lavender or Lemon-Verbena, sometimes I like to shake it up a bit on the scents!}, Mrs Meyers hand soap because with three kids in the house you can NEVER have too much hand soap, & Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrated Cleaner {also the Lemon Verbena}. I have two Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottles, one I use to make my own mixtures depending on my mood, and the other I use for the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrated Cleaner.


*This offer ends Sunday, March 12, 6pm PST, and supplies are limited.
*I am pleased to be a Grove Affiliate!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Have you Picked Your Word for the Year?

You might think it is a little silly,
 to pick a word that encompasses your entire year. Maybe the way you feel about the coming year has many words attached to it.

For me it's all about SIMPLIFY.

I have kids, and cats, and goats, and life, and stuff, and things, and it is all just a little overwhelming sometimes.
{Isn't it for everyone?} 

So I am going through this thing.....

There is this whole minimalist movement happening. My friends and I have been discussing it a lot on Facebook. My personal thought on becoming a minimalist is this
Minimalism is trending BIG right now and I think some of it is monkey see monkey do....but I also think there is definitely a reason it is trending. We are living in an age where he who dies with the most stuff isn't a sign of wealth or status any longer. We are realizing that all this stuff is sometimes a sign of larger issues. We are taking notice of how we interact with our things and many of us are deciding it is time to spend less money and time on living with things and more on doing things...I personally want to do all the things, every. last. one. 

 
Now I know this isn't for everyone and if minimalism isn't your thing. If you like all of your stuff and truly enjoy it then keep on keepin on!!

 I started my year with a plan and a list.
And I am sticking to it.....
Sometimes things go in the get rid of pile, then come out, but eventually always end up back in.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Long Time, No Type

I've been in the land of limbo............
 ever since we realized that our dream of owning the farmhouse that we lived in for 6 years was not going to happen. They decided at last to sell it for well over our price range. Sadly two years later the old house sits vacant on it's hill, run down and forlorn. The new owners seem to have not had the grand plans that I had for the old beauty.

Time has passed, 2 years almost. We have been trying to find our place in this world where we fit after losing the house we had all grown so much as a family in.

We moved down south, met some great people, and realized it is not home for us as much as we tried to make it. I love my southern friends and will miss them when we are gone.

I didn't blog or take a lot of pictures because nothing felt permanent. 

My year in photos can be easily summed up on our Instagram page @vintagefarmhouse.
 Now here we are in the first month of January 2017 and we have big things, great things on the horizon. I am following my dreams to a place I love. We have plans and are very actively searching for our farmhouse in the place of my childhood summers.
{land of dreams and beaches ♥}

And I promise I won't be leaving this blog alone and lonely. I am excited for this move and excited to share our stories and adventures.