Bloom Where You Are Planted + Free Spring Print


As my time in Utah rapidly reaches it’s end, I become more and more terrified of starting over. I’ve lived in Utah since 2003- as an 18 yr old freshman from Connecticut. At first, I felt out of my element at BYU. I was used to being “different” because of my religion and standards. Here in Utah, what defined me before wasn’t what defined me then…I felt a little lost actually. Everyone was incredibly smart, musically talented, well groomed, athletic and the list goes on. I eventually grew to find myself as any young adult would.

After 10+ years of finding myself here in Utah, establishing a family, establishing wonderful relationships and establishing myself as a “blogger and designer,” I am terrified. I will go somewhere where no one knows me. No one knows who I am or what I do. We won’t have any friends in the neighborhood or babysitters who we know and trust. Everything about moving our family of five is overwhelming and daunting. I remember reading this phrase somewhere on Instagram. “Bloom where you are planted.” And I will continue to remind myself that I am capable of “blooming” and being a good neighbor and friend to the people of Seattle. I know everything will be alright and that I need to take these new adventures with a new understanding. Our new adventure will be just that, an adventure where I am in control of my experiences. And I choose to bloom- how about you?

Feel free to download this free print (8×10)!


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.