Mint Summer Salad

Mint Summer Salad @themerrythoughtLast week at Lyndsay’s shower, our cousin, Rachel, brought an amazing minty fruit salad. I had three helpings plus a few extra bites every time I walked past the table… I could not get enough of it! I decided to make myself a big bowl of it to eat throughout the week this week and thought you might all like to (or need to) whip one up for Fourth of July festivities this weekend.
Mint Summer Salad @themerrythoughtMint Summer Salad
1/4 Large Honeydew Melon, chopped
6 oz Blueberries
3 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
8+ Mint Leaves, chopped
Juice of 1/2 Lime (Optional)

Combine and enjoy!
Mint Summer Salad @themerrythoughtHappy Fourth of July! Have a wonderful weekend!

xo. Caitlin

Always Rooney Leather Travel Wallet

Always Rooney Leather Travel Wallet @themerrythoughtOur friend, Courtney, is a talented blogger and maker. She makes the most gorgeous leather accessories and she even shares how to make some of your own on her blog – have you checked out these adorable DIY sunglass cases? She’s currently working on expanding her passport cover line to include new debossed designs and is raising funds to buy an Arbor Press. We love her dearly and her work is gorgeous so if you have any traveling coming up (or just need to step up your leather accessory game), be sure to pop over and fund her campaign so you can get your hands on one of these travel wallets!
Always Rooney Leather Travel Wallet @themerrythoughtAlways Rooney Leather Travel Wallet @themerrythoughtAlways Rooney Leather Travel Wallet @themerrythoughtAlways Rooney Leather Travel Wallet @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

Little Babe Brunch – Baby Shower

Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
The last couple weeks have been busy. Crazy busy. Like not knowing what day it is and then forgetting to take children to their appointments kind of busy. Yikes! But it’s also been fun…full of family visits, summer vacation officially starting, good food and celebrations.
One of the celebrations included a baby shower for my baby sister! I still can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that little Lyndsay is having a baby!!  I’m looking forward to a new little one to spoil in the fall – I love being an Auntie! Because of the many parties that were happening within a couple weeks, we didn’t plan for any of the celebrations to be featured on the blog – that just adds a whole new element of prep & planning, and we didn’t want the extra pressure of adding that in. However, we had some requests to show at least a few photos from the shower – so here’s a little glimpse of the baby shower Caitlin, Marla and I (along with my mama) threw for Lyndsay & her sweet babe to be!
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
The shower was a brunch, with a rustic/outdoorsy feel since Lyndsay and her husband, Andy, love backpacking & hiking.   It was supposed to happen outside but we had a mini monsoon that weekend and had to improvise for an indoor gathering. One of the highlights of the shower was a donut bar, with donuts from Paula’s Donuts, a nearby donut shop that we love! We decorated with succulunets (a nod to Lyndsay’s California living!) and lots of ferns and flowers from my mom’s gardens.  The succulents also served as the favors, we wrapped a bunch in kraft paper and guests could take them home. It was a fun morning – spending time with family & friends, enjoying some favorite foods, playing games and getting to love on the mama to be!
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
(The cake was Blueberry Breakfast Cake and it was delicious and perfect for a brunch! You can find the recipe here).
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
Little Babe Brunch - Baby Shower @themerrythought
We can’t wait for this little one to arrive!


Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

Watermelon Mojito Mocktail @themerrythought
Summer is in full swing around here! Even if we can’t tell from all this cool, rainy weather we’ve been having. (Last night at my cousin’s grad party, my Grandma was wearing her winter coat!!) Since heat & I don’t really get along that well, I won’t complain about cooler summer days…all this rain though – ughhh! I could definitely use a break from that – my wood doormat has definitely been broken in with a lot of muddy boots using it (and here I was thinking we made it too late in the spring season to get full use out of it)!
So maybe it doesn’t feel exactly summer-ish weather-wise around here, but it can certainly taste like summer, especially with these delicious watermelon mojito mocktails! The mint and lime blend perfectly with sweet, juicy watermelon, making this a cool, refreshing drink!
Watermelon Mojito Mocktail @themerrythought
Watermelon Mojito Mocktail
(makes approximately 2 drinks)

3 cups chopped watermelon
juice of 2 limes
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
mint leaves
ginger ale
club soda

In a blender, blend watermelon, lime juice and 1 teaspoon sugar until smooth. In the bottom of each glass, muddle 2 mint leaves with 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Add in watermelon puree, filling about 1/2 full. Add ice, a splash of ginger ale and top with club soda. Stir to combine. Garnish with mint sprig and watermelon slice if desired.
Watermelon Mojito Mocktail @themerrythought
Cheers to summer!

– Manda

DIY Rope Market Bag

DIY Rope Market Bag @themerrythoughtHaving a pretty bag to fill with goodies is half the fun of going to the market, right? (The other half is filling up on delicious donuts while you shop for healthy produce.) This rope bag takes under an hour to make! It also doubles as a pretty sweet beach bag – I loaded mine up with my beach towel, sunnies, sunblock and snacks the other day!
DIY Rope Market Bag @themerrythoughtDIY Rope Market Bag @themerrythoughtDIY Rope Market Bag @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Rope (I used clothing line.)
-Sewing Machine

How to make it:
-Cut ten 10′ pieces of rope.
-Put all of the ropes together and zig-zag stitch back and forth three times at the center of the ropes.
-Hang the bag from the center and grab two neighboring string and tie them in a knot. Continue around the entire bag. Keep the knots pretty close to the base of the bag.
-Once you have the first row done, begin a second row of knots 1.5-2″ away from the first row. Take the right string from one knot and the left string from the neighboring knot and tie them together.
-Continue until you have the length of bag that you would like.
-Split the ropes so you have 10 from one side of the bag and 10 from the opposite side. Trim so they are all the same length. Put the ends up next to each other and use a wide zig zag stitch to attach the ends together.
-Cut a piece of leather wide enough to go around the handles and hand stitch in place.
DIY Rope Market Bag @themerrythoughtDIY Rope Market Bag @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

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