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Five Projects To Do This Spring

Spring is here and I’ve noticed that my readers are starting to search my archives for warmer weather projects. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my older spring-related projects you might want to try this season.

#1. This DIY wood planter adds so much character to my front door. It was an easy built using leftover fence wood.

DIY Wood Planter

This Williams-Sonoma planter was my inspiration but way out of my price range.
planter

#2. Painting the front door made a huge difference to my home’s curb appeal. It’s such an easy and inexpensive fix. I used this door paint and it’s holding up great. I highly recommend it.

Front Door Makeover

Before:

front door

#3. Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s time to pull out those hoses. Why not build this easy hose holder? Much better than having the hose sit in the dirt, don’t you think? I used scrap wood I had around the house. Be creative and use whatever works for you.

DIY Hose Holder

#4. I find pressure washing my property highly addictive. Now it’s dirty, the next second it’s clean. Once you see the difference, you can’t stop. This electric pressure washer is lightweight and powerful. Read my full review here.
power washing

#5. Last year, I built this $4 super simple, raised garden bed. Trust me, it doesn’t get easier (or cheaper) than this. I’m excited to make more.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

 

 

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Who Inspires You? Share & Win $1,000 Each

***This post is sponsored by Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.  All opinions are 100% mine.*** #inspiregoodness 

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”  –Dalai Lamaadoption

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle and not necessarily recognize the goodness in our lives. While writing this post, I thought about how amazing it is that we ALL have the power to inspire goodness. So, why don’t we take this privilege to speak into people’s lives and inspire goodness. A smile, a kind word, a gentle touch… goodness is all about how we treat other people.

Let’s appreciate the fact that we have a heart, soul and mind and use it towards kindness, integrity, honesty, and generosity. All it takes is the right attitude.

Recently, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen reached out and asked if I was interested to be part of their #InspireGoodness campaign and share a story about the person who inspires me. I jumped right in, because we need to be reminded (daily) of how much goodness people have to offer. When you think about it, there’s goodness in every facet of our lives: it’s in our families, our jobs, our friendships and our hobbies. It’s even in the foods we eat!

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

cheddar's scratch kitchen

I find goodness and comfort in sharing a delicious meal with my children. On my daughter’s recent visit to Nashville, we stopped at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen where we enjoyed yummy food, great company and lots of laughter. This was our first time at Cheddar’s, and we loved it.  Did you know Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has been serving up scratch-made goodness since 1979?

cheddar's scratch kitchen

Aside from my children, who not only inspire me daily for their true dedication in everything they do, their generous hearts, their ability to reach out to people and really “see” them, as well as their love for family, friends, and pets –  my sister, Melanie, comes to my mind.

She has inspired me my entire life. Her gentle soul, her generosity and kindness have touched many lives.

Three years ago, in a orphanage in Nepal,  Melanie and her husband adopted a little girl they later named , Nina. After several miscarriages, failed IVF treatments and unsuccessful surrogates, the couple decided to adopt. After years of waiting and numerous trips to some of the poorest countries in the world, they had found Nina.

adoption

Nina is their light… their princess.  But they are also the only parents Nina has ever known. They are her world. Today, Nina is a happy, healthy girl who loves the color pink. Not only does Nina live in a beautiful home, travels all over the world, and has an abundance of cute clothes; for the first time in her life, she is experiencing stability, safety, and lots of love. #InspireGoodness

A few months after Nina was adopted, a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal. The orphanage Nina used to live in was severely damaged. I truly believe God sent my sister and her husband to “rescue” Nina before anything could harm her. Also, my sister and Nina both share the same birthday. They have so much fun celebrating together.

Although at times, life was hard on my sister, she never gave up. She never looked for the easy way out; she wanted it done the right way, no matter what. Nina has been blessed with a wonderful family, with parents who love her more than life itself.

nina3

maldives

#InspireGoodness

Who inspires you? Share your story and win $1,000 each!

From now through August 20, 2017, you can help inspire goodness by joining the conversation. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is encouraging people to use the form on their site to share stories about someone they think inspires goodness – each website submission enters both the nominator and nominee for a chance to win $1,000!

 Here’s how it works:

  1. Nominate someone by telling a story about how they inspire goodness
  2. Continue spreading the goodness using #inspiregoodness, and sharing stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Pops of Blue & Orange

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #LiveLoveColor  #CollectiveBias

pops of blue
color story

A good book can inspire ideas and your way of thinking about certain things. This was the case with Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson, which I recently read.  In this vibrant and colorful book, the author talks about how color positively impacts not just our surroundings but our mood, behavior and emotions.

Moll says our feelings about color are deeply rooted and emotionally based on our personal lives, and the powerful effect of color is most evident in our home. We don’t just look at color with our eyes; we take in color with our emotions, experiences, and even childhood memories. Did you know we all have a color story? I was intrigued and started thinking about mine.

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, after my divorce I was drawn to white. I believe this color represented a new beginning, sincerity, goodness, and mental clarity. White helped me clear my emotional clutter. I love white furniture, white walls, white bedding. Over the years, I started adding pops of color to my home – yellow in the spring, red during Christmas.

pops of blue

After reading Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color I asked myself a question. What color do I feel good in? My answer: Blue. The color blue and I go way back to the time when I first saw and swam in the Mediterranean Sea, at age seven.  It was the prettiest blue I had ever seen.

pops of blue

I love to wear blue clothes. Even just wearing a touch of blue feels great.

pops of blue

Blue and white is probably my favorite color combo. It’s such a classic combination, which continues in dishes, vases, tiles and even curtains. Since blue makes me feel good, I knew this is the color I would feel comfortable having in my home. To me color isn’t about trends; color is about what I think is beautiful. It’s about making it work for me.

A Pop Of Color

DIY Artwork

Each color section in Anderson’s book is full of ideas, tips, and lessons. Moll even offers creative fixes for the budget-minded home decor enthusiast. For example, Moll suggests to find a painting that inspires you and, using acrylic paint and big strokes on inexpensive canvas, you can create a textured piece of artwork. I did the same thing on wood.

Ocean Painting on wood

Accessories

A pop of color goes a long way, says Moll. I couldn’t agree more. I’m not ready to paint my walls blue, but, a little blue here and there is fun yet sophisticated. Colorful accents such as pillows, throws, vases, etc., are affordable and a great way to infuse color into your room with minimal risk. You really don’t have much to lose. The rich blue color of my new throw pillows evokes peace and tranquility and compliments the white furniture.

pops of blue

pops of blue

pops of blue

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers are another great way to add color. Anderson encourages readers to try a new color of flowers every week until they connect to the color that breathes new life into their homes. I think that is such a lovely idea.pops of blue

At the grocery store I spotted a bouquet of mostly orange flowers. Although I have never been a huge fan of the color orange, this flower arrangement seemed like a breath of fresh air. It goes beautifully with the blue pillows and accessories. The orange color brings energy and brightens the room.pops of blue

pops of blue

color story

Reading Moll’s book was such a fun way to explore my color story. Who even knew I had one? As I’m writing this post,  I’m taken back to my childhood.  I can clearly see the azure color of the Mediterranean Sea. I can almost hear the gentle current and feel the subtropical climate. It’s true, I do have a color story.

Are you ready to discover yours?  Do you use color to impact the mood of your home? color story Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson is now available at your local Target.

Also, check out Moll’s fun and colorful Instagram account.