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Pops of Blue & Orange

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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.

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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.

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

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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


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.

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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

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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.

Sweet Memories

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Milka OREO

The Milka chocolate was tantalizingly on display at the store. Stacks and bins (sometimes pallets) of it heaped up for all to drool over…every variety and flavor combination you can think of.

Living in Germany, many years ago, prepared me for the onslaught of chocolate bars displayed in the supermarket. Milka is the most popular chocolate in Germany. Everyone knows the purple cow on the Milka packaging.

Milka OREO

I absolutely love Milka chocolate. It’s the first chocolate I ever tasted. Milka is heavenly.  It’s like symphony to my taste buds, so sweet and so fulfilling. During the cold German winters, my mom and I often drank Jasmine tea and ate our favorite Milka bars. We knitted sweaters, talked and snacked. That was before the internet and texting. Good times for sure.MILKA OREO

At 18, I moved to the U.S. For years my mom would send over packages full of Milka bars. Getting that package felt like Christmas every single time. I remember I would carefully save the Milka chocolate bars for a long time, because I did not want the amazing experience of eating the bars come to an end.Milka OREO

Last week, I had my first bite of the new Milka OREO bar. It’s so delicious. Seriously, you need to try this combo. The rich, creamy, smooth taste brought back memories of my time in Germany. While eating the Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar, I started looking for old photographs. I found photos of my mom, grandma, sister, and other relatives. To this day I can’t figure it out how my sister always knew where our mom kept the Milka stash. milkaMilka

The OREO and Milka chocolate compliment each other well. OREO cookie pieces mixed in rich vanilla creme and coated in Milka. Amazing and delicious!

Why are you still reading this? Head over to your Walmart candy aisle and buy one ( or two) right now!!! When you buy Milka OREO at Walmart you get it at an everyday low price and you can also earn $1 with Ibotta.

I bought five including the Milka Oreo Big Crunch Bar.  Now I have my own Milka OREO stash. I can’t even tell you how much I enjoy it. At night, I light a candle, grab a book and blanket, make tea and nibble on Milka OREO. Probably the best time of the day.


Milka OREO

I bought five including the Milka Oreo Big Crunch Bar.  Now I have my own Milka OREO stash. I can’t even tell you how much I enjoy it. At night, I light a candle, grab a book and blanket, make tea and nibble on Milka OREO. I have no problems eating the entire bar myself. Probably the best time of the day.

Calling All Musicians! #FolgersJingle

“This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”


Coffee has been around for centuries and is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Many people rely on this beverage to start their day. I’m one of them. I love coffee and drink it every morning. What do you know,  I’m drinking coffee as I’m typing this.  My routine:  Coffee in the morning and tea for the rest of the day – which brings me to the iconic #FolgersJingle:

The Best Part of Wakin’ Up™…

We all know the famous Folgers jingle. It has become a piece of pop culture  — something we always start singing along with as soon as we hear it.

                Calling all musicians!

Celebrating the rich traditions of American music, Folgers® is inviting aspiring musicians to make the well-known tune their own. This year, Folgers has teamed up with one of Nashville’s best: Singer-songwriter Chris Young.

Folgers Jingle

So, pour yourself a cup of Folgers coffee and get to work!

How to enter the Folgers Jingle Contest

Submit a video of your best version of the jingle on the website from January 30th through February 27th. Your version of the #FolgersJingle must include the complete melody and complete lyrics of “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup.”

From February 27th to March 19th, Folgers will choose 5 semi-finalists and each will have a mentor session with Chris Young before the online vote.

From March 27th to April 24th, fans around the country will get the chance to vote daily for their favorite jingle. Every vote automatically enters you to win prizes up to $10,000.

Finally, in May, one winner will be selected to win the grand prize of $25,000!

To learn more about the #FolgersJingle Contest and to connect, visit

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