Dorm Decor Ideas with Printiki

Happy Monday and happy back to school season!

I just started my sophomore year of college and my first semester at a four-year college. I live really close to my school so I’m still living at home but I wanted to add some new touches to my room to still have some of the fun of decorating a dorm. It was almost more fun because I don’t have to share with anyone.

These prints from Printiki are aboslutely adorable. I love the look of polaroid photos but have never wanted to spend the money on a new camera and especially not on all the film. With Printiki I can print polaroid style photos that I’ve already taken with my phone and camera.

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I got the retro square M prints.

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I decided to string some twine along some shelves I have and have the prints with some little silver clothespins this way it will be super easy to add new prints or change them out. I think it would also look really cute to arrange them on wall to make a sort of gallery wall.

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I used little nails to hang my twine up but you could also use command hooks or a little bit of masking tape if you need something that won’t put holes in the wall.

If you decide to order the prints use the code CEJRQ9KW * to get free shipping if you are a first-time customer to printiki!

How did you decorate your dorm/room for the new school year? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram, my username is amaizylifeblog

~Maizy

I received these prints for free in exchange for a review. Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month. I received these prints free in exchange for a review. All opinions and words are my own.

Fashion Friday: Chambray Romper

Happy Friday!

I’ve been watching the off-the-shoulder trend that has been around since last summer but I haven’t joined in until now. This chambray romper is so flowy and comfortable (it feels like I’m wearing pajamas!) with smocking around the waist and a ruffle around the neckline and shoulders.

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I paired it with a messy bun and a pair of birkenstocks.

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Romper: American Eagle; Bralette: Aerie; Sandals: Birkenstock

What do you think of the off-the-shoulder trend? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Five Things to Know Before You Go Hiking

Hello!

Living in Colorado, I’ve grown up hiking but I only started doing it seriously last summer. I’ve learned a lot about how to do it safely. In this post I’m sharing my top five things to know before you go hiking if you’ve never been in a place with mountains before or if you just haven’t had much experience with hiking.

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      While hiking in the bluffs behind my house I found a couch that someone had hauled up on top of a cliff.

      The first thing you’ll need when you go hiking is a good pair of shoes. You’ll need something sturdy, with good arch support and deep tread so that you won’t slip around on the trail. I love my Saucony trail running shoes and my Merrell hiking shoes. If the trail is not too rough I sometimes hike in Tevas and Chaco sandals have an almost cult following here in Colorado. If you are doing multi-day hikes (also known as backpacking) you will eventually want to invest in a pair of hiking boots to support your ankles.

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      On the beach after hiking through Redwoods Natl. Park

      Once you have your shoes you’re going to need some clothes to hike in. Weather is extremely unpredictable in the mountains so you are going to need layers. I recommend a pair of leggings or shorts, a tshirt or tank top, a warm jacket or sweatshirt and a rain jacket or emergency rain poncho. Having the proper clothing to stay warm and dry will make your hike so much more enjoyable and is extremely important for staying safe because hypothermia can occur during any season in the mountains.

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      Hiking in Rocky Mountain Natl. Park

      Hiking can be very strenuous exercise and you are going to need to stay maintain hydration and nutrition. This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised the number of people who think a bottle of soda is all they need to take on a hike. For hikes two miles or less one way you shouldn’t need to pack much with you. As long as you are properly hydrated and have eaten well beforehand all you should need to bring is a water bottle and maybe a granola bar. For longer hikes or hikes farther away from civilization you will need a combination of protein, complex carbs, and simple carbs/sugar. I like to combine almonds, coconut flakes, and dried cranberries and a few m&ms never hurt either haha. If you are sweating and working hard water is super important but not enough to keep you hydrated gatorade works but I recommend throwing something salty in with your snacks and I like to use Gu gels that I get from REI. They have 100 calories in carbs and lots of salt and potassium. For longer hikes I like to use a 2 liter resevoir in my backpack to make it easy to keep drinking.

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      The higher in elevation you get, the stronger the radiation from the sun so pick a sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply often.

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Grand Tetons Natl. Park

If you go to any place with mountains from any place without them you are probably going to be making a decent jump in elevation. Altitude sickness is caused by lower air pressure and the resulting lower concentration of oxygen. The most common type of altitude sickness is acute mild altitude sickness which is serious but there are much more serious types that happen at very high altitudes that can be fatal. Symptoms of altitude sickness are a throbbing headache, lack of appetite, nausea, feeling weak and tired, not sleeping well, and feeling dizzy. Staying hydrated is super important for preventing altitude sickness and if you are at high altitude and feel any of the symptoms I listed or feel like you can’t catch your breath go to lower altitude, and drink water, you can also take aspirin or ibuprofen or something similar to help with any headache you might have. If the symptoms don’t go away after you’ve rested at a lower altitude see a doctor. If you come to Colorado from a lower elevation and want to do some hiking in the mountains spend a couple of days in a place like Colorado Springs or Denver and get acclimated to that altitude before you set off into the high country.

Do you like to hike? Where are your favorite places to go hiking? Tell me in the comments!

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Saguaros and Summer

Happy Friday!

I picked up this adorable ringer tee from Target recently and I just had to share it with y’all. Isn’t the saguaro cactus cute?!

I paired it with some black jeggings and a pair of tribal print Teva lookalikes for a look that is totally appropriate for an indoor summer outing or a cooler rainy summer day.

My cat decided to make an appearance

 

Top Target; Jeggings American Eagle Outfitters; Sandals Target

What do you have planned for this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest

Hello!

Long time no post right? Life has been a bit crazy this semester with school and working 24 hours a week but I’m excited to get back into blogging regularly this summer!

For spring break this year my family visited the Pacific Northwest. My oldest sister lives in Portland, Oregon so that was where we started and ended. The trip was a blast and I highly recommend exploring that part of the country if you haven’t already.

Friday

We flew in on Friday afternoon and met up at my sister’s house to decide where to eat. We ended up going to a restaurant called Screen Door. It’s a cute little southern style place, I had chicken and waffles and the french toast. The french toast wasn’t that exciting but oh. my. goodness. the chicken and waffles was amazing.

Saturday

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Saturday we drove up to Washington to visit Mount St. Helens. The road to the actual mountain ended up being closed so we decided to explore Ape Cave instead.

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We hiked down into the cave but didn’t make it all the way through because of how dark and wet it was. Hopefully someday I’ll go back with a headlamp and explore some more.

On our way back we visited Multnomah Falls

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The falls were absolutely stunning but make sure to bring a rain jacket especially if you plan on hiking the trail to the top because you will get in the spray.

Sunday

On Sunday we visited Cannon Beach and the town of Astoria, Oregon which were the two filming sites of the movie “The Goonies.” I’d never seen the movie before the trip but my sister talked a lot about it so of course Saturday night we had to watch it. It was actually quite hilarious and made Sunday’s adventure a little more fun knowing the history of the places we visited.

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Haystack rock from the movie
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Cannon Beach

While in Astoria we had lunch at Buoy Beer Company. I recommend eating there just for the experience, the restaurant has a great view of the ocean and is built out over the water a bit and the area underneath it is a popular hangout spot for sea lions. After lunch we spent a little bit of time in the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Columbia River bar is one of the most hazardous areas of water in the world so naturally the museum had a section on Coast Guard rescue swimmers which, being a lifeguard, I thought was really cool. I might have considered changing career paths.

Monday

Monday we tried to vist OMSI but the line was so long we headed over to Powell’s Books. There are no words to describe how wonderful this place was. I wanted to copy the kids from From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and live there. I was in heaven. I bought at least five books, I know that’s not that many but they had to fit in my suitcase.

After Powell’s we visited one of Portland’s many food truck pods on SE Division St. It was so much fun! I had chicken curry and chicken tika masala from an Indian food truck and a smoothie from Moberi truck. If you ever visit Portland you must eat at least one meal at a food truck pod. After lunch we went to Salt and Straw. They have new flavors every month that are inspired by kids from the local elementary schools near their locations. All the proceeds from those flavors go to the schools that inspired them. I had rose flavored ice cream with white chocolate and waffle cone pieces in it and it was amazing.

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Tuesday

After lunch on Monday we started driving down highway 101 towards California. It was grey all day Monday but on Tuesay, our second day of driving, the sun came out and it was absolutely beautiful.

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The north Pacific coast is so rugged and beautiful it was quite the enjoyable drive.

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While in Crescent City we got to watch some surfers. They were in wetsuits but it still must have been freezing for them. They are way tougher than I am.

Wednesday

Our goal in Cali was to visit the Redwoods and they did not disappoint. The trees really are awe-inspiring.

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While in the Redwoods we managed to lose one of my sisters. She is a runner and while we all went on a leisurely hike she decided to go running. When we didn’t ever meet her on the loop we were all supposed to be on we got a little worried. We regrouped, realized that it was highly unlikely that she’d actually get lost in the forest and my dad set out to hike around and look for her while we stayed at the car. My sister showed up about 20 minutes after that and then the worry was that my dad wouldn’t get back before the sun went down and everything got really cold. He got back just fine and was actually in a great mood from his long hike through a place he’s always wanted to visit. Needless to say Wednesday was a bit more of an adventure than we anticipated.

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Thursday

Thursday we spent a couple of hours in the Redwoods before driving back up to Portland to spend the last night with my sister before heading home on Friday.

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Have you ever been to the PNW? What was your favorite part?

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: Peplum Blouse

Happy Friday!

I recently picked up this adorable peplum blouse from Target and today I’m sharing it with you! I didn’t like the peplum style for a while because when I first started noticing it, all I saw were very fitted blouses and dress that suddenly tapered out at the hips. I’ve noticed the style changing to more loose fitting blouses with more of a ruffle look and I think it is super cute!

I think this blouse is a perfect transition piece for early spring and I can’t wait to wear it during spring break. My family is going to Portland and we’ll be driving down to the redwoods area of California. If you have any recommendations of places to explore and/or eat please leave them in the comments!

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Blouse: Target, Skirt: made by me from a pair of shorts similar, shoes: from Famous Footwear a few years ago similar, bralette: Aerie, watch: REI

Have a great weekend!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Movie Review: Priceless

Starring: Joel Smallbone, Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder, Jim Parrack, David Koechner

Directed by: Ben Smallbone

Rated: PG-13

“We’re all on a journey but it seems somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn.”

James’ life fell apart when his wife died. He can’t keep a job, he lost his young daughter, and desperation has led him to a cross country, for cash, trucking job. Don’t ask, don’t tell, and drive straight through. It’s all fine until, in the aftermath of being run off the road, James hears a person crying the the back of the truck. James breaks the lock and starts down a path that he never imagined.

“If you’re hearing a little voice that’s telling you to stay, that there’s a larger hand at play here. Then you might want to listen to that voice.” 

Priceless is a movie about human trafficking and as such it dives deep into its horrors without making a graphic display. After opening the back of the truck, James chooses rather than to look the other way, to step into that world to rescue a young woman and her sister from its grip.

In the world of “Christian” movies, I am often disappointed by the lack of quality in acting and cinematography but I was very impressed by Priceless. The story was well developed despite the short length of the movie. My only complaint is that I felt that the romance between two of the characters was not developed as well as it could have been.

Priceless was starred in and produced by Joel and Luke Smallbone of For King and Country, one of my favorite bands, and it was directed by their brother Ben Smallbone. Joel and Luke for years have been spreading the message that women are priceless and worthy of respect and honor and I think that this movie was an excellent application of that. It’s not a fun movie, I wouldn’t recommend it for a cozy girls night and it is definitely not entertainment but it is a story that needs to be told and a it shares a reality that desperately needs people to be aware of its horrors. I highly recommend watching Priceless, sharing it with your community, and when you’re done, seriously thinking about what you can do to fight human trafficking.

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Exploring Local Coffee Shops: Mission Coffee Roasters

 

Happy Monday! In an effort to hang out together more, explore our community and try out some tasty food and hot drinks, my mom Michelle from By Quiet Waters and I are starting a blog series of reviews of local coffee shops in our town. I don’t like coffee so I mostly drink tea and my mom enjoys tea and coffee so we will be writing the reviews from the perspectives of a tea drinker and a mostly-coffee drinker. Sometimes the posts will be on my blog and sometimes they will show up on my mom’s blog. The first coffee shop we reviewed is called Mission Coffee Roasters.

Mission Coffee is located on Ridgeline Dr. near New Life Church and the TCA east campus. Their coffee and tea is fairtrade certified and they serve espresso orders in reusable mugs. The atmosphere is casual and there are usually several people working on computers at their central table or in one of the easy chairs in the main area. Upstairs they have group working space available for a fee. They roast their coffee in house and if you come at the right time you can watch the roasters at work.

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Michelle’s review:

While most of the time I drink Cafe Mocha, at Mission I have found another favorite, the Vanilla Lavender Latte, with soy milk.  The Vanilla flavor is full and smooth, and the lavender add a little something that makes the drink delicious as well as interesting.  I don’t recommend the Lavender Latte almond milk though.  The almond milk and the lavender by itself made for a bitter drink.

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Amy’s review:

Mission Coffee has the best chai latte I’ve ever tried. It’s creamy and sweet enough to smooth out the black pepper taste but it doesn’t overpower the spices. They also have a really good selection of teas any of which can be made into a latte. I realized that this is the same order as the tea latte I mentioned in my Coffee Exchange review but the english breakfast latte with lavender is quite delightful.

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Green Swing Dress

I picked up this adorable green swing dress and I just had to share with you how I styled it. I bought it on a recent trip to Francesca’s which is a store that I absolutely love. All of their products are curated and their store is arranged to give the feeling of a small boutique and their clothes are so CUTE! This dress is just a solid green sleeveless swing dress. I styled it with a black cardigan, grey boots, and some gold jewelry.

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Dress: Francesca’s (couldn’t find it online) similarsimilarsimilar; Cardigan: Loft (0ld) similar; Socks: unknown similar; Boots: Target (old) similar; Necklace: Loft (couldn’t find it online) similarsimilar; Bracelet: unknown

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Haul: Shopping Small + Local

Hello again!

I did a bit of shopping over Christmas break so today I’m going to share what I got! Everything I got is from a local store and/or a small business so if you live in the front range area you should definitely check out the shops I mention. This is kind of random but when you are shopping, what do you consider as counting as local? I think for food the rule is that if it’s raised/grown within 400 miles of where it’s sold , or if it’s in the same state it’s considered local. I like shopping at my the local businesses in my town and I also really enjoy finding the local shops and restaurants whenever I travel because I’ve found that that is a really good way to get to know a town and its culture and it feels like a treasure hunt when I look for restaurants that are unique to the area I’m visiting.

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The first place where I bought stuff was a store called the Rocky Mountain Soap Market. Oh my goodness this place is so fun. They have tons of freshly made bath bombs and bar soaps and bath salts and such things. I got the Lavender Charcoal soap and three bath bombs. The one pictures is the scent cool fresh aloe and the other two which I have already used were winter wonderland and oatmeal milk + honey. The winter wonderland was a really fun scent and turned my bath bright blue but the glitter in it got EVERYWHERE and it was super hard to wash off which I wasn’t a fan of. The oatmeal milk + honey scent wasn’t as strong but it was super relaxing. They have two locations in Downtown Colorado Springs and the Shops at Belmar in Lakewood and the also have an online store. I really want to try their Colorful Colorado soap!

Halo

These super cute boot cuffs are from a boutique called Halo. They had tons of cute accessories and I was absolutely obsessed with their Christmas tops. They had one that was a flowy tunic with a reindeer head outlined in sequins, I kind of wish I’d gotten it but I always feel kind of hesitant about getting stuff like that, how many Christmas sweaters and tops do I really need and am really going to wear 30 times? They also had some super cute beanies that I think literally every other girl in my town has except for me so I might need to pick one up and join the club.

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After looking online I realized that this Savory Spice isn’t really local but it was super cute and smelled AMAZING. I bought some garam masala for an indian inspired recipe I really like making and a kit to make another indian inspired recipe that I remembered from when I volunteered at a living history site near my home.

CelestialSeasonings

I was unsuccessful this year at finding some of my favorite holiday teas from Celestial Seasonings so I went ahead and ordered them and took the opportunity to stock up on some of my other favorites. It isn’t pictured but I really love their english breakfast tea from the estate line. It’s not the very best english breakfast I’ve ever had but its certified fair trade and organic and the fact that it’s in a tea bag is really convenient for early mornings before class. I also love the fast lane tea. It’s super caffienated and really yummy so I drink it before my really early (meaning 8am, I’m not a morning person) classes so I don’t fall asleep while driving to class. The Celestial Seasonings factory is in Boulder, CO and if you ever visit Colorado it is a super fun experience to tour the factory I posted about it in my post Colorado Travel Guide: The Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory.

MadeOn

I’m about to run out of my *simply shea facial emollient which I use as a moisturizer at night so I ordered more from *MadeOn and I also got a tinted lip balm in the color *Crimson Rose. It’s such a nice shade for every day. It doesn’t look like I’m wearing a lip color it just makes my lips look more vibrant and its really moisturizing so I reapply throughout the day.

Larabar

I’m not sure that these really count as local but both of these companies are based in Colorado so I say they count. These are two of my go-to snacks during the semester. On a really busy day I can eat a just larabar for lunch and be fine until dinner time and the Almond butter packets are really nice with an apple if I slice it beforehand and just squeeze the nut butter onto the slices. I also eat both of these while hiking. I even eat the nut butter plain and it a super convenient and light weight option for longer day hikes when I want food that will carry me for a long time but won’t take a lot of space in my pack and be heavy. These are the kind of snacks I would take when climbing a fourteener.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did, I would love it if you commented and subscribed!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.