Create – Free Print

| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

At my part-time job recently I’ve had the chance to spend a little more time designing and less time handling last minute emergencies and “throwing together” graphics with what I like to call my “magic art machine” (hint: although technology is getting better…there is no such thing).

It reminded me how much I actually enjoy being able to concept and revise and tweak. You know, the way the creative process works in Art School, rather than here in the real world where everything is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER and incidentally also needed at this exact moment or better, yesterday.

I think it’s important to have time to create simply for the joy of creating to avoid burnout from the less interesting “creative” projects. While I don’t have a lot of time for it I’m trying to make a point to carve a little time each week to work on something other than client/work project – be it sewing or drawing or designing or crafting or performance art (no…not that…ever).

So I created something today for the sake of creating and I’m sharing here…FREE for personal use. Enjoy!

Download the unwatermarked print, mobile or desktop background below!

8x10 Print   Mobile Wallpaper   Desktop Wallpaper


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The End of Summer

| Bliss

So what have we been up to since July 1st? Obviously NOT hanging around the internet.


We hosted my whole family for the 4th complete with a tin-foil regatta (due to the pouring rain) and a hat parade (due to the weirdness of my family).


My boys got to meet their cousin for the first time. I think they only scared him a little.


Since then, the weather is too nice and there is too much fun to be had before everyone got back into the school routine (of course for my husband that started the second week of July).


We played in the sprinklers.


We threw waterballoons.


Evan got obsessed with Legos (so…many…pieces).


We had movie nights.


Evan got his first bike.


The boys visited their grandparents weekly.


And generally got messy every chance they got.

School starts for them after Labor day (which is super late compared to every other preschool) but it will be here soon enough, and we will spend the next few days enjoying the end of summer.

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WILN: Beauty Deals

| Bliss, Fashion & Beauty

When I get a day without the boys I like to visit the grown-up girl “candy stores” Sephora and Ulta. Unfortunately if you linger too long and you’ll spend a small fortune. So when I heard about these moderately priced palettes from a company called Morphe Brushes I thought the were worth a try without being a huge investment. This are a semi-new favorite for me…as in I’ve had these for a couple months but needed to decide if I liked them. When I find something I do like I want to share it hoping that maybe someone will like it as much as I do.


I love palettes since they’re easy to travel with (and by “travel” I mean doing your makeup in the car while your husband drives…or as my mom would say “Short on time, long on good looks”). I have a couple of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes which are perfectly lovely but the price tag is cringe-worthy.

The Morphe palettes are around $20 and each comes with 35 colors…THIRTY FIVE. If I were better at math I’d tell you how many combinations that equals, but I’m not, so suffice to say A LOT. When I purchased mine they were a little cheaper and I found a coupon code (try this one for 10% off: ADOPTLOVE). So it works out to be $1.75 per color, and if your used to Sephora then you know, that’s a deal.


I purchased the 35W palette and the 9B palette. This is how they swatched on me, I have a little bit of a tan right now and I didn’t try to build the color too much.

35W Morphe Palette


The colors are a mix of matte and shimmers, there’s nothing really “glittery” which I like. A few are a little chalky but mostly they are nicely pigmented and easy to blend.


Row 1:
The 2nd and 3rd color basically disappear BUT they’re good as a base on my eyelids.
LOVE the 4th and 7th as a highlighter.


Row 2:
These browns are great in the crease and the gold and the pink are pretty.
Probably will never use that middle color though.


Row 3:
I pretty much love all of these. I dig the iridescent pink and purple.


Row 4:
Again, pretty browns and plums. I think some of the colors are a little too similar but I suppose if I run out I’ll have a backup.


Row 5:
Dark and smokey. One black is matte the other is a shimmer.

Morphe 9B Blush Palette



I use about 3 of these ALL the time. I probably won’t ever use hot pink or true red. The pans are large and they are VERY pigmented so I probably won’t have to purchase blush again…ever.

The only downside is the colors don’t have names and you can’t purchase the same colors that are in the palettes individually (but their individual colors are $2 each). I think these are a solid choice since drugstore brands can be a little bit disappointing as far as the pigments (and seriously drugstore brands aren’t that cheap anymore) but you don’t want to spend $50+.

Want to try them? Shop Morphe here. What’s your favorite beauty deal?

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