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ABOUT THE ARTIST, MELISSA LYONS

My life lacks adventure.

Yep, I said it. I'm a stay-at-home mom with a busy family and most of the time I’m lucky if I get to take a shower, change into a clean t-shirt and pair of yoga pants. At the end of the day I'm exhausted, yet find that I can't help but feel like something's missing.

Sound familiar?

I’m Melissa, Mother and military wife, artist at heart and passionate homebody, and lover of doughnuts. (I should add that I have an avid sweet tooth and a deep appreciation for coffee. If you can survive motherhood without coffee, you deserve an award or something.)

I sacrifice everything for my family, not unlike you. My life is full of irony. I'm bored, yet exhaustively busy. A little lonely, yet SO touched out. (Feeling some Alanis Mourisette vibes right now. You're welcome, you'll be singing her song "Ironic" for the rest of the day.)

How do I personally maintain my sanity? Taking a little time every evening after the kids go to bed to draw grin worthy, adventurous artwork for this little shops Mom apparel line... that and wine.

My artwork is inspired by adventure, mostly because motherhood parallels it so well. It's exciting, stressful, exhausting, discouraging, triumphant, and at the end of it we all look back and say "Wow. I just did that." And inevitably we look back after some time and wish we could relive that exhausting adventure all over again.

The name Grins & Grace® was not only inspired by my daughters middle name, but also the 2 main necessities I feel all Moms need to survive Motherhood. It's about embracing the joy through the chaos and finding a reason to grin, but also about being gracious with ourselves in the season we are in.

Thanks for getting to know the Mom behind the madness. Feel free to check out our shop or join the Grins & Grace mom club! You'll gain access to special discounts, new arrivals and the first info on sales!