Sunday, September 21, 2014

Much Ado About Monday (No. 78}

Party Time! 
Welcome to Much Ado About Monday!

Welcome everyone! We are so happy you could be here to join us for another fabulous edition of MAAM! 

This week was a super wet one for all of us in the Houston area. We had several days of hard rain and the kids were going a little stir-crazy from being cooped up. So Jamie and I decided to head the zoo with all the kiddos. We figured we may get a little wet, but it would be an adventure. It was the best zoo trip EVER! The rain stopped right when we arrived and we had the entire zoo to ourselves. I'm not kidding, we maybe saw 5 other families there the whole three hours we were there. It was awesome. We also got to watch a zoo keeper feed a clouded leopard by hand and got our own little lesson about these beautiful creatures.  It was definitely a trip to remember!


This week I shared with you guys this adorable Pretty in Peplum Dress {and top!} I made for my daughter. Such a fun and cute pattern to help fill out her fall wardrobe!



This week our picks are:




Jamie- DIY Monogrammed Wellies via Being Bianca
Jill- DIY Pattern Weights via Vintage Zest
Lydia- Modge Podge Fall Coastal Theme Pumpkins via Crafts by Courtney
Emily- Fall Mantle via Blooming Homestead


And our most viewed link this week was 25 Fall Decorating Ideas via Blooming Homestead.

Fall Decorating Ideas #fall #falldecor #pumpkins


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Pretty in Peplum Dress {Pattern Tester}


One of my favorite things to do is to test patterns for designers. I love being able to help out others who have the same passion that I do for sewing and I have found that since I have a deadline, I actually finish the projects within a reasonable time frame. If I run into a snag, I work through it instead of setting it aside for later. I thrive under pressure apparently. 



 My most recent pattern test was for Abby over at Sew Much Ado. This was my second time testing one of her patterns {first time here} and I was so excited to make this adorable peplum dress for my daughter.


I was looking forward to making this dress for two reasons:  1- It's just beyond adorable and 2- It's entirely made with knit fabric. Somehow, I have managed to never make an outfit from a knit material. I think the idea terrified me.


I am so glad that I was able to overcome my fears and make this cute dress though. A big help was the thoughtful tips for sewing with knit fabrics that Abby included with the pattern. I didn't have any problems at all working the material. And bonus: no need for buttons or zippers! Which is great for little independent girl, who loves to dress herself with no help.


It was also kind of nice to not have the fabric fray or wrinkle. And it gave me a good excuse to buy some fun new accessories for my sewing machine. I used a double needle for the first time and I love how professional it makes all the hemmed edges look.


My daughter absolutely LOVES this dress. It's so comfortable and she felt so grown-up wearing it. After I took my pictures, she refused to take the dress off and wore it the rest of the day. Which is saying a lot since it was August in Texas and the dress has long sleeves. This dress is both comfy and stylish; the perfect combination. {I wish I had more clothes like that.}


The other great thing about this pattern is it's versatility. There are three sleeve lengths {short, 3/4, and long} and you have the option to make a top or a dress. I ended up making both.


For both the dress and the top, I used the 4T width with the 5T length, which fit my slender girl perfectly.


The top is just perfect for the coming fall. I can't wait to pair it with her skinny jeans and boots.


This pattern is available in sizes 18-24 months on up to 12 and it available on Etsy for instant download.



I am beyond thrilled with how my latest pattern test turned out. I was able to expand my sewing skills while making two awesome new items for my daughter's fall wardrobe, both of which she loves.

No wonder I love pattern testing so much!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Much Ado About Monday {No. 77}

Welcome back to another installment of Much Ado About Monday! As always we are so looking forward to seeing what you all have to share with us this week.

This past week, and last week for that matter, we have been crazy busy getting our little munchkins settled back into a school routine. Only 4 of our 12 littles' are not going to school this year so there has been a lot going on! On my end, Jaydn is doing her final year of Pre-K before the big Kinder next year and little Brynn has started pre-school for the first time. Both of them are doing amazingly well and are loving every minute of their school experience. And while all that was happening, my baby turned 5 months old!! Where does the time go?


Even though Lydia's two oldest kiddos were headed back to school as well, she still shared a bunch of these great make ahead smoothie recipes that look absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making some in the very near future :)



You all also shared some really great things last week. Here are our top picks.

Jamie's Pick: Princess Anna Dress via No Business Like Sew  Business
Lydia's Pick: Candy Corn Meringue Swirls via The  Simple Sweet Life
Jill's Pick: Barn Board Ceiling via The Heathered Nest
Emily's Pick: Drop Cloth Slipcovers via Refresh Living


And the most viewed post of the week was:
Paper Pine Tree/Christmas Trees via Simple Joys

 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Make-Ahead Smoothie Recipes {To Share!}

My husband and I have been on a bit of health kick lately. He has begun training for a half marathon in December and I recently joined the local Y {again}.  It feels great to be active again {aside from all the sore muscles!}. Other than our activities, we have started eating healthier too. One way we have done this is to start drinking smoothies every morning.


It can get a little hectic some mornings and it's easy to get out of the habit of making smoothies but we figured out a way to make it easier. Every month we gather supplies and separate them according to the recipes and bag them.We label the bags and write what else should be added to make it complete {ice, almond milk, etc.}. Then we stick them in the freezer until we are ready for them.  Since there are two of us, we make double the recipes and it makes enough for us to share a smoothie every morning.


We have found four recipes that we really enjoy and I thought I would share them with you guys, along with our shipping list for a month of yummy smoothies.


Recipes:
{servings for one in black; servings for two in pink}
 
Add everything above the dotted line to a quart sized bag and freeze. Pull out the night before and allow to thaw, then add the ingredients below the dotted line to the blender. Blend and enjoy!

Just Peachy
1{1 1/2} banana
1{1 1/2} cup frozen chopped spinach
2 {3} cups frozen peaches
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1 3/4 {2 1/4} cup almond milk
1 {1 1/2} cup ice


Mean Green
1 {1 1/2} banana
2 {3} cups frozen chopped spinach
1 {1 1/2} tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 {3/4} Greek yogurt
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3/4 {1 1/4} cup almond milk

Strawberry Banana
2 {3} bananas
1 {1 1/2} cups frozen strawberries
1 {1 1/2} cup Greek yogurt
2 {3} tablespoons honey
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1 {1 1/2} almond milk
1 1/2 {2} cups ice

Blueberry Mango
1 {1 1/2} cup frozen blueberries
1 {1 1/2} cup frozen mangos
1 {1 1/2} cup Greek yogurt
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1/4 {1/2} cup almond milk


Shopping List:
{makes 24 smoothies}
- 4  8 oz. tubs of yogurt {23 cups}
- 36 bananas
- 3 pound bag of frozen mangos
- 5 pound bag of frozen peaches
- 3 pound bag of frozen strawberries
- 3 pound bag of frozen blueberries
- 6 16 oz. bags of chopped spinach
- 12 oz. honey {approximately}
- 2 cups of peanut butter {approximately}
- a lot of almond milk :)


 

We are really loving our morning ritual of a shared smoothie {although sometimes I partake of mine a lot later than my husband}. I have noticed that I'm not snacking as much and my energy is up. It's safe to say that we will be continuing this practice for quite awhile!



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Much Ado About Monday {No. 76}

Welcome, y'all!
Wow! It's hard to believe that another week has all ready gone by! We've been really busy over at our new house. We're slowly unpacking (which is extremely hard to do with three young children, in case you were wondering!) and we've had wallpaper removal people here for 4 days, and they're still not finished! And this is only for TWO rooms. It's been a mess. Let's just say that "We fought the wallpaper and the wallpaper won." So that's why we brought in professionals. The big guns were needed to deal with our wallpaper fiasco. I can't wait until it's all over with!
We also celebrated my youngest son's THIRD birthday! Where has the time gone? My sweet little baby is getting bigger by the day and I'm not afraid to admit that I cried on his special day. They just grow up way too quickly! We celebrated with gifts, cake, ice cream and his favorite dinner (pierogies) at home on his actual birthday. And later this month we'll be throwing him a fun dinosaur themed party so that we can celebrate with extended family and friends! :)

 This week on the blog, we were busy little bees, too! Jill shared her gorgeous media console transformation with our readers (be sure to check out the before... she did an AMAZING job!), while I gave y'all a little tour of our new home here in Ohio! :)
We also had some pretty awesome features from last week's party that we just had to share with you!
Emily's Pick: Thoughts on Hitchhiking (Green Bed Makeover) via The Heathered Nest
Lydia's Pick: DIY Marquee Arrow Light via Craving Some Creativity
Jill's Pick: Nightgown Tutorial via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Jamie's Pick: Canvas Lamps via Wesens-Art
And this week's most popular post was...
 
 
 .....this beautiful Rustic Rag Banner from Home. Made. Interest.
 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Our New Home {A Little Tour}

 Y'all may remember that a few months ago my family and I made a huge move across the country from Texas to Ohio. We spent a bit of time house hunting before finding "the one" and stayed with my in-laws for almost two months until we closed on our new home. And two weeks ago, we finally moved in! Needless to say, it's been a pretty long summer! We are absolutely in love with our new place and I wanted to share it with you today. :)
 
 
Isn't she pretty? Our new house is almost three times bigger than our old house. In fact, the basement alone is only 200 square feet smaller in size than our entire house in Houston. Crazy!
 
Come on in!
 
 
The foyer, kitchen, laundry room, half bath and first floor hallways all have this beautiful ceramic tile flooring. I absolutely love it and don't plan on ever getting rid of it! Just past the front door (mind the wallpaper, ha ha!) in the picture above is the living room, which has a doorway into my future craft room. I am over the moon excited to finally have my very own craft space! No more working at the kitchen table for this Mama.
 
 
There's also another doorway in the living room that leads into the family room. We just love the flow of the house and the fact that the living areas open up into each other. It'll be great for parties and holiday gatherings with my super large family! :)
 
 
On the other side of the staircase is the formal dining room. We currently don't have a dining room table (as there was no dining room in our previous home), but we're on the look out for something large and rustic looking. Let me know if you have any ideas as to where I can find a good table!
 

Off of the dining room is the center of the home, the kitchen! My husband jokes that I finally have my "big girl" kitchen. This space is HUGE. I'm in love with all of the cabinet space, the extra large island and the built-in desk. We'll eventually give this room a huge overhaul, but for right now we just plan on stripping the wallpaper, replacing the light fixture, as well as updating the hardware on the cabinets. One thing at a time, am I right?
 

And, from my kitchen island, I can look right into our family room (and more wallpaper, ugh.) Do y'all know how excited I am to be able to decorate a mantel again? We don't need to mount our tv above the mantel in this house and I'm all ready scheming for how to decorate it for Fall and Winter! Oh, and did I mention that this year we'll be having TWO Christmas trees? *happy dance* {There's also a half bath and laundry room on this floor, both covered in wallpaper. Are you noticing a trend?}



Here's our basement. It's a blank slate, which is awesome, yet also a bit daunting. This space is HUGE and we're very excited to make it our own. Initially we wanted to buy a home with a finished basement, but the thought of finishing our basement to just the way we'd like it is thrilling!

Now, onto the second floor. :)
The secondary bedrooms are all nice, big rooms. We wanted enough space for the kids to be able to play in their rooms, so that toy clutter would be kept to a minimum in other parts of the house. Not only are their rooms good sizes, but their closets are HUGE! The boys were so excited to pick out their rooms and are right at home in their new spaces. And, they LOVE to play upstairs, which is wonderful.



Here's the master. We were very surprised when we first looked at this room. Mainly because....



It has TWO MASSIVE closets! I'm in heaven, folks. Jason and I could easily share one these closets, but we each get our own! Just think of the shoes... all the glorious shoes! :)



But then we walked into the master bath. Whomp, whomp, whomp. It is decked out in the ugliest wallpaper in the entire house. Let me just tell you, this stuff is BUSY! The bathroom is a great size and we love the space, but the wall paper and the dark green tile are a bit of an eyesore. We're excited to revamp this bath and put our own touches into the room, but we'll have to save up some money before we tackle this project.


And finally, the backyard. It's green, lush and beautiful. We spend most of our time out here, as the weather is still summery. The boys love running around, playing in the trees and causing general mischief. We'd eventually like to rip out the bushes, tear out the existing patio and replace it with a new one and add a deck. Again, that'll be someday down the road.


This is the third house that we've bought in 8 years. And we finally feel like it's the one for us. This is the house we know we'll raise our family in. This is the house our kids will come home to on college break and the ones that we'll entertain our family and friends in for years to come. It's such a remarkable feeling to know that we're finally home.
 
Thanks for dropping by and checking our new place! I'm excited to keep y'all updated on the progress we've made. :)
 
Have a great weekend!



 
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