Sunday, May 17, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No.112}

Welcome back to Much Ado About Monday! 

We love partying with you and are so happy that so many of you take the time every week to come and share!

It has been slow around here the last week or so. We are all so busy with the start of swim team and preparing for the end of school that we've  definitely been taking a bit of a break from crafting and creating. It will be so nice to get back into the swing of things once Summer starts.

You all, however, have been just as crafty and creative as always and we are excited to share our favourites!


Jamie's Pick: Coffee Mug Rack via My Newest Addiction

Jill's Pick: Raspberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream Pie via Lou Lou Girls

Lydia's Pick: Reusable Bowl Covers via The Gracious Wife

Emily's Pick: Snickerdoodle Cupcakes via Simply Stacie


And the most viewed post of the week was: Washi Tape Desk Set via The Pin Junkie

Congratulations to all of our featured bloggers, you guys rock!! Make sure to grab our 'I Was Featured' button to display proudly on your blog.


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*We love our followers, and always follow back. Please follow us on GFC as well as BlogLovin:

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* Please link back to us in your post. Whether it be through a text link or by posting our super cute button somewhere in your post. We appreciate it!
* If you do NOT link back to us in your post, you will NOT be Featured on Much Ado About Monday. So, link back! You'll thank us later. :)

*Features posts will be pinned on Pinterest and promoted on Facebook and Google+
* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again.
* Remember to visit, visit, visit! That's the point of a party, right? Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by to party with us!! 





Sunday, May 10, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 111}

Happy Mothers Day to all the beautiful, dedicated, loving moms out there! I hope you all had an amazing weekend with your families and friends.


I for one had a great weekend with my little troop. We headed up to the lake on Friday and spent all day Saturday and Sunday swimming, boating and just hanging out together. Awesome family time!!

This week Jill shared an AMAZING recipe for her Zesty Avocado Ranch Dip. Believe me when I tell you this stuff is fantastic. I honestly cannot get enough of it. It is the perfect appetizer to bring to any Summer party.


You guys shared some delicious and amazing posts this week as well. Picking our favourites was hard but we managed to narrow it down to our top four.


Jamie's Pick: Bow Tie Bows via The Ribbon Retreat

Jill's Pick: Lemon Mousse with Strawberries via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Lydia's Pick: No Sew Felt Pinwheels via Growing Up Gabel

Emily's Pick: Rootbeer Float Cupcake via Shibley Smiles


And the most viewed post of the week was:
Top 5 Benefits of Frugality via Mustard Seed Mindset

Congratulations to all of our featured bloggers, you guys rock!! Make sure to grab our 'I Was Featured' button to display proudly on your blog.



The Rules:

*We love our followers, and always follow back. Please follow us on GFC as well as BlogLovin:

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*You can also find us at these favorite social media sites: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+
* Please link back to us in your post. Whether it be through a text link or by posting our super cute button somewhere in your post. We appreciate it!
* If you do NOT link back to us in your post, you will NOT be Featured on Much Ado About Monday. So, link back! You'll thank us later. :)

*Features posts will be pinned on Pinterest and promoted on Facebook and Google+
* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again.
* Remember to visit, visit, visit! That's the point of a party, right? Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by to party with us!! 



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Zesty Avocado Ranch Dip {Recipe}

Hi y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful Cinco de Mayo. I just had to quickly share this great recipe that would be an awesome addition to any Cinco de Mayo dinner, whether it's for family taco night or a last minute party appetizer! 


I came up with this recipe a month or so back, and since then, I keep it on hand like all of the time. Although it's quick and easy to whip up, it also stores very well in a sealed container in the fridge. That way I'm ready come Mexican food night, which occurs quite frequently in our house! I've used it as a dip for chips or chicken taquitos, sauce for tacos or quesadillas, and it's also fantastic as a salad dressing. The possibilities are endless, I'll leave that up to you!


The best part about this recipe is that it whips up in a few minutes. I use the Hidden Valley powdered ranch dressing from Costco and prepare it according the the dressing recipe on the side. It also works with sour cream if you're out of mayo. The longest part of the prep is blending the avocados with the immersion blender, which I'm sure it would help if you chopped them up a bit first. 



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 110}


May is here and the flowers are in full bloom down here in Texas. The weather is gorgeous and there is only one more month until full blown Summer! This month is a busy one for our growing family as we will be welcoming our newest baby. I cannot wait to meet him or her and introduce them to you!


May also marks the beginning of boat season which is one of my families favourite activities. We'll be kicking it off this weekend with a party called 'Spring Round-Up' which is a featured event of the GCWA (Gulf Coast Wakeboarders Association) of which we are a part. I can't wait to see everybody and their amazing tricks!

Speaking of amazing, you guys shared some pretty amazing links this week. Choosing our favourites are getting harder and harder....


Jamie's Pick: Chunky Monkey Cupcakes via Virtually Yours

Jill's Pick: DIY Collage Mirror via City of Creative Dreams

Lydia's Pick: Lavender Bath Bombs via Simply Stacie

Emily's Pick: DIY Glass Bottle Crate via Our Home Away From Home


And our most viewed link this week was:

Easy Faux Wood Crates via Crafty Journal

Congrats to our featured bloggers, make sure to grab our 'I Was Featured' button to display proudly on your blog.


The Rules:

*We love our followers, and always follow back. Please follow us on GFC as well as BlogLovin:

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*You can also find us at these favorite social media sites: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+
* Please link back to us in your post. Whether it be through a text link or by posting our super cute button somewhere in your post. We appreciate it!
* If you do NOT link back to us in your post, you will NOT be Featured on Much Ado About Monday. So, link back! You'll thank us later. :)

*Features posts will be pinned on Pinterest and promoted on Facebook and Google+
* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again.
* Remember to visit, visit, visit! That's the point of a party, right? Have fun!

**We've switched things up just a bitFrom now on the links you post will be placed in random order to give everyone an opportunity to be at the top of the list.**



Thanks for stopping by to party with us!!




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 109}

Hi, y'all!
What a wonderful weekend we've had! Emily came to visit from Ohio and it was super fun getting together for a mom's night in. It was way long overdue and so nice to just be able to catch up with all of the mom's group that was able to make it. And since it's been so warm, the kids and I have been swimming all weekend too! They start swim team this week, so hopefully they're ready for the unheated pool :-)

This week, Jamie posted about Taylor's 1st birthday party. It was a super cute strawberry theme! Be sure to check it out here!

And thanks to everyone who joined in on Much Ado About Monday last week! We almost had 300 links! You guys are making it super hard to pick, but I absolutely love seeing all of the new and returning blogs and what you've been up to this week!


Jamie's pick: Garden Hose Spring Wreath via Scrapality
Jill's pick: Lego Superhero Birthday Party via The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Emily's pick: Lemon Honey Cream Ice Box Cake via Simply Suzanne
Lydia's pick: Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream via The Gracious Wife

And the most viewed link:


DIY Stenciled Nautical Beach Tote via Vintage Zest

Congrats to all of our featured bloggers!  Be sure to grab our 'I Was Featured' button to display proudly on your blog. :)


Now it's time to party!


The Rules:

*We love our followers, and always follow back. Please follow us on GFC as well as BlogLovin:

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*You can also find us at these favorite social media sites: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+
* Please link back to us in your post. Whether it be through a text link or by posting our super cute button somewhere in your post. We appreciate it!
* If you do NOT link back to us in your post, you will NOT be Featured on Much Ado About Monday. So, link back! You'll thank us later. :)

*Features posts will be pinned on Pinterest and promoted on Facebook and Google+
* Feel free to link up decorating tips, DIY projects, recipes, organizational ideas, sewing and crochet creations or anything else crafty or that you find inspirational.
* Please do not link up giveaways, Etsy shops, or projects that were not made by you.
* You may link up to three posts a week!
* If your post has been featured, please do not link it up again.
* Remember to visit, visit, visit! That's the point of a party, right? Have fun!

**We've switched things up just a bitFrom now on the links you post will be placed in random order to give everyone an opportunity to be at the top of the list.**


Thanks for stopping by to party with us!!








Friday, April 24, 2015

'Sensational Strawberries' First Birthday Party!


I can't believe my littlest just turned one. It saddens me how fast they grow, but it is so much fun to watch! The changes they go through in such a short span of time is fascinating.


Anyway, I like to have themed parties for my girls so I decided to go with a Strawberry party for Taylor. They are probably her favourite fruit and are super cute so it was a no brainer.

For party decor I chose a bright pink and lime green colour palette. It just seemed younger and more girly then the traditional red and green. So, with a few colour coordinated balloons, streamers, tablecloths, dinnerware and a handmade Strawberry banner (of course) the Strawberry themed party came to life!


I even made a tissue paper #1 for the front door. Check back later for a full tutorial on how you can make your own. They make a great wall hanging for a childs room too.


Parties are never a party without some munchies so besides having a boatload of strawberries to munch on, we also had a veggie patch (veggie tray), strawberry and grape shish-kebobs, chips and queso, popcorn chicken, fries and wings and a few strawberry flavoured candies.


For dessert I made strawberry cupcakes for the party attendees and a strawberry smash cake for the birthday girl.


Thanks to Jill, the treats were decorated beautifully, and obviously from Taylor's reaction to her cake,


they were delicious too!!


And just because there weren't already enough sweet treats for the kids, we had strawberry ice cream cones as well. :)


A lot of Taylor's party guests were a bit older than her so we had to have some games to play.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is always a hit with the kids so I made up a Pin the Stem on the Strawberry game.


I wanted to have a pinata too, so even though I couldn't find a strawberry one and didn't have time to make one, I found a super cute #1 that worked perfectly.


The last game we played was by far my favourite. While the kids were outside in the backyard playing, I went into the front yard and threw a bunch of Brach's strawberry filled hard candies everywhere. I then told the kids that a strawberry patch had grown up in the front yard and we needed help gathering all of the strawberries. Then we let the kids loose out front for a strawberry picking free for all. (It was basically like an Easter egg hunt). The kids loved it!!


All of the games were a huge hit and even though she is only one, we found a way to include Taylor in all of them.


We always like to send our guests home with a little treat to say thank you, so in sticking with the strawberry theme, I made chocolate covered strawberries for all of our attendees. Yummy!!


All in all the party was a huge success and even though she couldn't exactly tell me herself, I know she had an absolute blast!!


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