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Free Printable Spring Banner Bunting

Hi Everyone! I’m Annette. I blog at Tips From a Typical Mom. I’m so excited to be one of the new contributors here at Pretty Providence! Every second Saturday I’ll be sharing a fun free printable with you. I’m so excited to share with you some of the things I love. Learn more about me at the end of this post.

Banners have become one of my favorite ways to decorate for a holiday or season. They are so easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your home decor. I’ve made this fun free printable spring banner for you to use in your home for free! I hope you enjoy it!

Free Printable Spring Banner

I love bright colors and patterns for Spring, so I decided to combine the two for this little project. The digital paper I used to create these lovely circles comes from Sassy Digital Designs. I love their paper!

Here’s how to make it. It’s so easy! Just download the banner HERE. It’s only one sheet! Awesome! [Read more...]

Free Geometric Printable Wall Art

Geometric Free Printable

Hey you guys! Things are getting so crazy over here these days. Jess and I are both gearing up to go to a big blog conference in about two weeks and I’m working on a site re-design. To say that we’re busy is an understatement! It’s all really fun stuff to be busy with though, so no complaints here. I wanted to share this geometric printable that I created recently. I have been working on a guest bath makeover and I realized I needed something to put on the wall in there. I didn’t want to spend any money on art that might get ruined in the humidity of the small bathroom. So I just made this cute hexagon art and had it printed at Wal Mart photo, and voila. $3 art for the bathroom!  [Read more...]

When Your Budget Kills Your Social Life

Thoreau was a smart guy.

This week I’m kind of struggling. The husband and I have had a lot of unexpected expenses pop up in the last few months. Multiple car repairs, home repairs, etc. all on top of other expected, but expensive things we are paying for. We try to budget for the unexpected, but honestly we haven’t gotten to the point that we are so on top of it that surprises don’t hurt the pocketbook. Not yet. The thing I’m having such a hard time with at the moment is cutting back on my friend time. I know, first world problems, right? I thrive on social interaction. I’m always planning something with this friend or that friend. I just need it. Usually these outings are worked into the budget and I can have a few carefree girl dates a month. So, all of a sudden I’m finding myself with absolutely no wiggle room in the budget. Like, Jacob and I can’t even go out to eat for a date night, let alone me going out for an extra lunch or dinner once a week.

It’s times like this that I really need the reminder that saving money is worth it later. That missing out on a few things now will allow for more fun in the long run. I know it will. I wish my wants were few, like Thoreau, but they really aren’t when it comes to this. I’m working on it. It’s not like my friends are going to dislike me if I can’t come out every time.

I made this quote into a printable and framed it. It’s such a good one and every time I read it I am reminded to have perspective. If you’d like to do the same you can print it free right here.

I’m pretty good at coming up with fun things to do that are free, but girl dates just always are easiest over a meal. It’s  a social norm. What ideas do you guys have for cheap or free friend dates?!

Pretty Providence

P.S. … thanks for letting me vent! If you want to read some motivational posts on budgeting check out It’s Personal and Budget is not a four letter word.


Treat Bag Toppers – Do you wanna build a snowman

Frozen the movie treat bag toppers - free printable

Hi PP readers. I’m so excited to be back again today with another fun printable for you guys. This week my family has been all a buzz over the release of FROZEN. I’m positive that I am not alone, based on the videos, status updates and lack of product on the shelves. So this week I threw a little party for my kids and a few of their friends. Everyone was so excited for the movie, and loved all the fun treats that we had for them to eat during the party. [Read more...]