cool sites and free downloads

It’s the start of another month!  August–my birthday month-has officially made it’s debut…and it’s going to be a hot one.  I’m so excited for my birthday this year because my sweet sister-in-law is taking me to see Mumford & Sons in concert!  Last year I got tickets to see Adele from my parents and this year Mumford…I’m loving this concert ticket birthday streak.  Here’s a picture of the tickets.  Pretty cool, huh?

Since the whole announcement that Facebook was buying Instagram was announced, Instagram has had a huge re-emergence.  I admit, the news made me download it.  And I’m glad I did, because I love it!  If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to have a way to display all of those cool shots you upload on your phone, you’ll want to check this out.  Printstagram is a website that takes your images from Instagram and puts them into mini photo books, posters, and prints like these…

Prices are around $10-$12. Definitely worth it for a keepsake of all those little memories.

And, since it’s the start of another month, we can’t forget about the desktop wallpapers from Smashing Magazine.  Here’s a preview…

Have you been watching the Olympics?  My husband is DVRing the entire thing!…got a lot to catch-up on but I love to see USA doing so awesome.  Makes me proud.

Happy August 1st everyone!

the beginning of june?!

It’s the start of another month which means first-of-the-month freebies!

We’ve got new desktop wallpapers from Smashing Magazine

{here are some highlights}

And a new printable calendar from Creature Comforts

download it here

AND the Summer edition of Sweet Paul magazine is available for FREE download here.

It’s pretty sweet!

It officially feels like summer to me!

what’s up, may!?

Well, our little garden party/dinner went super well on Saturday.  It wasn’t overly stressful and everyone loved it, so I was quite pleased.  Thanks to my new Instagram app {yes, new.  I didn’t realize they had it for Android now!}, I even captured some fun pictures.

The lights!  Definitely the best part!

The tablescape

The centerpieces

The dessert–homemade ice cream {not made by me, but so delicious!}

The friends!

I would totally recommend doing something like this!  The weather was perfect {even in Florida!} and since our small group meetings are pot luck style, I didn’t have to stress about preparing a bunch of food–I just made it pretty.  We had our fire pit going and some tiki torches which also made it pretty cozy.  I would definitely do it again!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share this great tutorial from Ez at Creature Comforts.  It would make a great MD gift or even a fun little personal project.

DIY Brushstroke Mini Bowls

See the full tutorial here  {they’re so easy!}

A new month means new desktop wallpapers from Smashing Magazine–here’s a little teaser.

Be sure to check them all out here!

a free printable {or two} for you!

I realized recently that I haven’t designed any fun freebies lately.  Life has been getting the best of me and I’ve just put it on the back-burner.  Since I missed it and I thought it was time you got a freebie from EC, I’ve designed the “Just Because” collection.  This set of four cards work for all occasions {although, hopefully they’re not too girly to give to a guy}, so feel free to download, print, and share!

Download the full collection here:

Just Because Card Collection


happy almost easter!

It’s April!  Agh!

But you know what the beginning of the month means!  Free Stuff!

For starters, Ez over at Creature Comforts  posted the most recent printable calendar.  So cute!

Then we’ve got the newest desktop calendar wallpapers available for download at Smashing Magazine.  They really have a bunch of great options this month!

I have this one on our desktop and it is so helpful for organizing icons!

…and I have this one on our laptop because I love the bunting 🙂

There’s also a free print available for download at Jones Design Company.

{it’s lookin’ a lot like an “April Showers” theme around here, huh?}

…and finally, a bunch of super cute Easter printables from Mooo.

{you’ll have to type in because wordpress won’t let me share this link}

Happy Downloading!