10 Free Summer Printables

The season of heat is upon us!  Here in Arizona we’ve already experience triple-digit temperatures… so here comes Summer!  🙂 If you’re in need of some fun Summer printables, you’ve found the right place — I’ve got a round-up for you this morning.  Enjoy!

*Please remember to go to original sources if you are wanting to Pin these!*


6 Clever Sisters


My Sister’s Suitcase


Hawthorne and Main


Capturing Joy






Katarina’s Paperie


Design Dazzle


The 36th Avenue


Iowa Girl Eats

Houston, We Have a Bed!

Well, the bed came…and it came on a pallet…that would barely fit in my garage…  That was an interesting day.

But the bed is finally in our bedroom, beautifully put together (thanks to my sweet, handsome hubby and his awesome partner from work), and I am in love.


You should have seen my face when this came into the bedroom…  It’s supposed to have nailheads!  They forgot the nailheads!  That’s the first thing I said.  😉  That’s where patience comes in handy — this bed came in a few pieces and the nailhead “wings” hadn’t been brought inside yet.  This is where I hear my Gramma saying to me, “Patience is a virtue, Maria!

Tufting and Color

But check out that button tufting!  It’s perfect!  And the color… I’m so happy that I decided to go with the beige rather than the gray.  It’s super neutral so I feel like it will really stand the test of time (or rather my ever-evolving tastes.  That’s what I’m choosing to call my fickle design sensibilities).


Bed 2

It is a fact that I have never had a bed that is this nice…ever…in my life.  Grey and I crawl into bed each night and spend the first five minutes in bed talking about how luxurious it feels, lol.  Real romantic conversations going on in our bedroom these days.  😉  But seriously, there is just something about having a bed like this that makes our bedroom feel, well, like a bedroom!  Keep in mind that we’ve been sleeping on a mattress and box spring since Day 1 in our new house — and we moved in five months ago!


The pillows look great with the color of the bed, and I am keeping my eyes peeled for a throw blanket or matelassé quilt in the same color as the blue on the background of the pillows for the foot of the bed.  I’m also wondering if I want to have one drapery panel on each window in that blue, too — bringing that color all around the room.  Still undecided.


Our box spring is currently in our garage — we’re trying to figure out something fun to do with the wood since the bed didn’t need it.  And it doesn’t feel like we’re sleeping too low, which is great since I don’t love a low platform bed.  Right now we’re tucking in our duvet all around the sides for a really simple and tailored look.  The duvet cover is from Ikea so obviously doesn’t have gussetts to fit over the corners of the footboard — someday I will have custom bedding that will fit completely perfectly!  😉

Side Tables

Once the bed was here, I was even happier that I decided to purchase these lucite nesting tables — the bedroom really needs the negative space and so far, they’re working out great for us.

There are still some more projects we want to do for this room but they’re taking a backseat right now while we switch to saving up some spending money for our vacations we are taking this Summer rather than pricey home decor projects.  We budgeted $1,000 for this room and once we hit that mark, we capped it off and will do more when $$ permits.  For now, it is so wonderful to sleep in here every night — and glimpsing this room from the hallway, or the living room — it’s a dream!

Thanks so much for following along with us as we transform this space.  🙂

April Birchbox: Reviews By a Non-Beauty Expert

I received another Birchbox in the mail and this one was pretty good, just like the last one.  I ended my subscription last time partially because I wasn’t happy with the samples that I was receiving but I have had two of these boxes delivered to me now and they both did not disappoint!

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 7.01.57 PM

amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

Starting this post off with a winner… I LOVE this stuff.  For styling spray, I usually use this one from Target, but I switched it up to the amika spray when I received it.  This is definitely a product that I will be purchasing once my sample runs out.  It gives my hair so much volume and my hair is shiny when I am finished heat styling it.  Great stuff.

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 7.04.49 PM

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner

First impression of this product is that it is pretty smelly.  But it is a toner after all, and an algae toner at that (whatever that means!) so I suppose that is to be expected.  I will say that I have been using it occasionally at night prior to moisturizing and I do like the way that it evens out my skin.

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 7.08.09 PM

rms beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes

I really like the concept of these because of the coconut oil, but ultimate makeup remover wipes these are not.  They definitely don’t take off all of your makeup, and I used one wipe prior to washing my face, and then used my micellar water on a cotton swab to make sure that the makeup was gone, and there was still a bunch on my face.  Kind of disappointing because the idea of using a coconut oil product as a makeup remover really excited me!

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 7.11.43 PM

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Double the Lip Lipstick Liner in One

I always love a fun lip color — especially for Spring and Summer.  I received Pink Thrills and it is a really bright, almost hot pink that is really cute.  I have been toning it down with a bit of a neutral gloss over the top when I wear it because it is just slightly too bright for my comfort zone.  It’s a soft lipstick, though, and it goes on really nicely.  It definitely doesn’t feel like your typical drugstore lipstick.

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 7.15.26 PM

Number 4 Jour d’automne Sugar Texturizing Spray

This spray was the only flop in the Box.  It did nothing for my hair at all!  Usually these texturizing sprays don’t do much for me, though.  Not a lot to say about it… it fell pretty flat.

Do you had a Birchbox subscription?  What was your favorite April product?

Spring Decorating Ideas

Happy Monday, guys!  I hope you had a great weekend.

I’ve gotta be honest — I have officially taken down the Spring decor in our house!  Between seasons I like to allow our house to breathe and the Spring stuff had been up for several months — we do live in Arizona, after all.  I totally get that Spring is just now beginning in parts of the country, but I’ve got my radar on Summer right now (kind of) and I’m beginning to collect things that I see and like for those seasonal vignettes.  I’m finding that each season in our house is so magical!  The house is becoming more full of pretty things that I love and I am enjoying the evolution of our space so much.

I thought today I would share some Spring decorating ideas from our house and also a couple of vignettes from my in-laws’ house (I snapped a few photos while we were over there for Easter lunch!).

Wooden Eggs

This little set-up is on our coffee table, and the only thing that really changes now and then is what is in the center silver bowl.  I’ve written about the treasures on this tray before, and also about the fact that this marble “tray” is actually a super easy DIY project.  I spotted these wooden eggs at Target in the Dollar Spot, no less, and I know that a lot of people probably used them for a craft, but I thought they were so pretty in their raw state.  I placed them inside of this bowl and then arranged the rocks and seashell on top.  I also pulled out a couple of candlesticks and placed an egg on top of each near our TV.  🙂

Spring in the Foyer

Spring in the Foyer Details

This is my in-laws’ foyer, and my mom-in-law always puts really pretty decor on this table.  This year for Spring it is an impressive assortment of apothecary jars, filled with moss, nests, birds, bunnies…  All the Spring stuff.  🙂  The candle holders are super versatile and are essentially seasonless — they go with everything.

Spring Silverware

We hosted my parents for dinner a couple of weekends ago and I set up the buffet table to be Springy, of course, for a little barbecue.  🙂  I layered two different varieties of wrapping paper to create a table runner (my favorite easy entertaining trick! — see other tables here and here) and I tried to match one of the wrapping papers to the napkins — the colorway ended up being super similar so I was a happy camper.

Plates and Flowers

The plates matched really perfectly, too.  I layered these plates on top of a cake platter with Easter “grass” to give the table some needed height.


I have been treating myself to Trader Joe’s flowers weekly (my trade-off for no fancy coffee drinks) and this pitcher is from HomeGoods — perfect for a big bouquet of just about anything.  I used a smaller bud vase for additional flowers that didn’t fit in the vase, and that little arrangement is now next to my side of the bed in our bedroom (which I can’t wait to show you this week!).  I have about eight of these bud vases and every time I think about getting rid of them because they take up space and I don’t use them super often, I end up needing one and I toss that thought right out the window.  😉

Egg Wreath

This is just a brilliant way to use a wreath, in my opinion.  This is at my in-laws’ house and this glass hurricane gets updated for each season.  Isn’t it funny how certain spots in our homes are areas we just naturally gravitate toward for seasonal decor?  I love that.  This little vignette is super pretty, not at all fussy, and best of all — easy to put away at the end of the season!

Is your home still decorated for Spring?  What is your favorite way to decorate for the season?

Easy Hostess Gift Idea

Happy happy Friday!  I hope you have fun plans for the weekend.  🙂

Just popping in with a quick and easy gift idea.  The time for impromptu get-togethers and outdoor dinner parties are upon us, as is Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, July 4th, etc.  I never like to go to someone’s house empty-handed, whether that means bringing a bottle of wine, a side dish/dessert, or a little gift acknowledging my appreciation for someone else’s effort.

We had Easter at my in-laws’ house this year and I wanted to bring a little something for my mom-in-law!


I purchased the succulent from Home Depot, and these little bucket tins are everywhere these days.  😉  Check the Dollar Spot at Target and I guarantee you you’ll find a few, and in different colors, too.  I just transferred the succulent to the tin, then found some fun ribbon I liked in my stash and hot glued a dot in the back, and a dot on either side, then tied a knot.  The bunny “tag” is actually a banner (that has made an appearance here and here) that I have been using throughout the season for little gifts like this.  I still have one banner tucked away in my Spring bin for future use, but I figured I could spare one in the name of simple crafting!  😉  I just cut around the bunny in an imperfect oval shape and made a little hole by poking my scissors through the burlap, then tied it on.  Super easy.

I hope you have the best weekend.  It really is the little things, isn’t it?!  🙂  I’ll see you back here next week!

Sweet Salvage: Color Story

Hey, guys!  Last Friday I got to take a little break in my day and head over to Sweet Salvage for their Color Story event.  I’ve written about Sweet Salvage a couple of times (here, and here) but essentially it is a once a month vintage market that is only open for four days.  The displays are amazing, there is always a theme, and there is always TONS of inspiration.

I try to go to all of these events, I’m just bad at snapping pictures of them always!  😉  This particular market was all about color stories, so the antiques were arranged in themes of color.  There was plenty of Spring inspiration and even a little bit of Summer thrown in for good measure.

I think my two biggest inspirational takeaways from this market are 1) Using trophy urns as a way to house greenery, beads, or layer with glass domes and 2) Using antlers mixed with Spring decor — greenery, antlers, zinc pots… it turns out, they’re not just for Fall!  (See how I used an antler with some Summer decor here!).

The pictures are quick iPhone snaps, but enjoy the inspiration — there is a lot to love.  🙂