Making Monday[#21]


Welcome to the first Making Monday party for 2014.

We hope you each had a wonderful year in 2013 and that it holds many fond memories from all of the experiences, accomplishments, challenges, and joy that daily life offers.  And we hope that 2014 will be a year filled with peace and happiness, even through trials that may come your way.  We’re so glad you’re a part of our lives and look forward to another year of blogging friendships with each of you.

As always, it’s so fun to see what you share with us each week.

This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes
shared by amazingly talented people.
Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers.
By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs,
be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe,
and most importantly make new friends!

This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs.
We love that you’re here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!

A Bright and Beautiful Life | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we’d love to have you follow along!

This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

Feature21-Gracie Gracie is kicking off the year with Monthly Giveaway #4.
You won’t want to miss out so click on over to Kitchen Table Art and enter to win some fabulous prizes.

Banana Nut Muffins

Lori’s first post this year is the very moist and flavorful Banana Nut Muffin ~ her husband’s favorite muffin!

These are the features for this week, chosen by Lori:


#1.  Mayen Designs over at SewsNBows is sharing her adorable Coco Jacket.  The pattern is available for sizes 12 months to 12 years.

#2.  Molly from Just a Little Creativitiy shares her 8 Mom Tested Simple Organizational Tips ~ click on over to discover some you may not have thought of yourself!

#3.  This super cute DIY Faux Chalkboard Menu Board was linked-up by Melissa and Stephanie at 2IY.  They share their tutorial for making it using pic monkey.

$4.  What a fun gift to give {and receive}: A Birthday Gift Card Book.  Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise shows us how she made one for her daughter.


#5.  Yum.  This Applebee’s Chicken Cheese Tortilla Soup that Jay from Jay Tried and True… shared looks creamy and delicious.

#6.  I’m always looking for delicious dip recipes, especially ones like this for cold winter Saturdays.  Kathy from Melding Magic shared her long forgotten Hot Chili Dip recipe.

#7.  Winnie from Something Sweet/Winnie’s Blog linked-up her Date Shortbread Cookies.  If you’ve never visited her site you’re in for a real treat.  Everything she makes looks delicious as well as beautiful.

#8.  OK.  I just can’t pass up a yummy-looking soup.  This Sweet Potato Sausage Soup looks so hearty and good for a cold winter evening ~ visit Phyllis at Grandparents Plus for the recipe.

If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.

A Bright and Beautiful Life

If you didn’t make it as a feature this week remember to check out the Pinterest board and keep linking up ~ next week could be you!

A Bright and Beautiful Life


 ~ Lori
Out with the old ~ in with the new.
Happy New Year!

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16 Responses to Making Monday[#21]

  1. January 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Thanks for the party! Also, thank you for featuring my Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup. Tastes good during this cold spell we’re having! Happy 2014!

    • Lori January 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      You’re welcome, Phyllis. I’m eager to try your soup sometime this winter! 🙂

  2. Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents January 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Lori January 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      You’re welcome, Stacy. Thank you for sharing here and helping make this link party a success.

  3. Molly January 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Happy New Year!! Thanks so much for hosting as well as including my 8 organization tips in your features this week 🙂

    • Lori January 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      They’re great tips. Thanks for sharing them with us, Molly.

  4. Winnie January 6, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    Happy New Year Lori, and thank you so much for featuring my Date Shortbread Cookies

    • Lori January 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      You’re welcome, Winnie. Thanks for sharing with us each week.

  5. Melissa @ Two It Yourself January 6, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Thanks so much for featuring my faux chalkboard menu board…and, of course, for hosting! 🙂

    • Lori January 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      You’re welcome, Melissa. One of these days I’m going to make one ~ yours turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing it and your tutorial.

  6. Kathy @ Melding Magic January 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks so much for the feature, Lori. What a pleasant surprise. Thanks, too, for hosting. Have a fantastic week!

    • Lori January 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      You’re welcome, Kathy. It’s just begging me to make it one of these cold winter Saturday afternoons! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Kay January 6, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    Happy New Year Lori & Gracie!! Thank you for continuing the Link Party into 2014. Always fun to come and see all the “Links”.

    • Lori January 7, 2014 at 2:34 am #

      Happy New Year to you, Kay. Thanks for coming and sharing your great recipes and projects each week.


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