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i love you… that is all

**This post was created in partnership with Minted. All opinions are mine.**

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On April 15, my daughter ,Christy, turned 21. I don’t exactly consider my job as a parent completed, but at least I feel that she has managed to learn most of what she needs to know to have a chance at a healthy, happy and productive life.

Since Christy was able to come home from college, we celebrated her birthday with cake, drinks, and gifts.

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Here are some of the gifts I picked for her. These lovely foil-pressed Minted pieces will look great in her new apartment.  Her zodiac sign is Aries, and this water color print is simple and so fun.

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Christy will be interning in New York this summer, so I thought a map of New York will be a great reminder of this exciting time in her life. I love all the gold against the white background and frame. An independent artist hand-presses the foil. It truly is a work of art.

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And of course, … iloveyouthatisall… this is my heart talking through a piece of art. Although I try to practice acceptance, I struggle with time ticking away. Seriously, how have 21 years passed since I gave birth to this girl? The thought and reality of my children becoming adults, the thought of myself becoming an old woman, and then one day…. not being… is not easy to accept. I guess I just have to take it one day at the time.
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Happy 21st Birthday, Christy! You have so much to offer. I’m very proud to be your mom.

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Right now until April 24, Minted is offering 20% off of all foil-pressed products. Offer includes graduation announcements, invitations, thank you cards, photo gifts, completely custom art, custom art, foil-pressed art… and much more.

Mother’s Day, graduations, and weddings are upon us, so this is the perfect time to shower the special person in your life with beautiful art, invitations, announcements, photo gifts, etc.

 

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GIVEAWAY! HomeRight ElectroLight Fire Starter

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Last year, I got my first charcoal grill. One of the things that kept me from getting one for so long was the lighter fluid situation. I’m not a fan of lighter fluid and certainly didn’t want a gasoline scented burger. Turns out, I didn’t need lighter fluid.

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HomeRight let me try their ElectroLight Fire Starter. The ElectroLight allows you to easily light your charcoal barbecue grill, wood burning fireplace or fire pit in 2-3 minutes. It uses high 1,300°F temperature air to ignite and then fan the flames with built-in blower. No need for lighter fluid or other starter chemicals.

  • Durable polycarbonate handle, aluminum cooling shroud, steel cased heating element and cooling stand
  • Intermittent power switch controls heating element and blower
  • 10 ft. heavy gauge grounded power cord
  • Durable heating element, motor and switch to last for hundreds of lights
  • 2-year limited manufacturer warranty

Charcoal grilling is well worth the extra effort. If you apply a little patience, a charcoal grill can probably cook some of the most flavorful, mouth-watering meals.

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Now one of my readers can win an ElectroLight. Your coals will be ready fast and your food won’t taste like gasoline. Good luck!

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Pops of Blue & Orange

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.