Declan Brooks :: Month 4

FOUR MONTHS?! Where has the time gone? This time last year, I found out I was pregnant and began a nine month journey that seemed like eternity..Waiting patiently for this perfect little being to enter the big world. And I must say, he is beyond perfect in every way.

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Easiest Way EVER to Cut Watermelon

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Watermelon. It’s a love/hate relationship. It would figure that one of my favorite fruits ever would cause me the biggest hassle ever to prepare. “I LOVE cutting watermelon”…Said no one ever. It seriously took me like 45 minutes to cut a melon…until my sister introduced me to an epiphany which left me speechless and angry with all those minutes I wasted nearly cutting off one of my fingers.

We eat melon around here like crazy. I even got so desperate that I gave Jordan puppy-dog eyes and a pout to convince him that we absolutely NEEDED a nifty melon slicer from Sam’s Club. It works amazingly on cantaloupe and honey dew..but a large watermelon, not so much. 

I have started this deal with my sister..I buy the watermelon and then hint around for her to cut it. The other day, she began cutting and when I turned around about 2 minutes later, she had these perfect little cubes carefully cut and placed in a giant baggie. My mouth dropped, I popped out of my chair, and had to know her secret…so here it is.

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Mango-Peach Salsa Chicken

I was daring yesterday and decided to clean out “the drawer“. You know, that one where random things seem to wander and you never know what you are going to find. I stumbled upon a stack of hand-written recipes that I received at my Bridal Shower over a year ago. Why they were in that dreaded drawer..I have no idea, but I am so glad I found them. We definitely need to add some flavor and variety to our usual meal plan.

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DIY Baby Bandana Bibs

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So, I must say..I have always been a “tad” salty about the frills, lace, tulle, glitter {need I go on?} that encompasses what being a little girl is all about. We all know that you can walk into a kid’s clothing store and you are flooded with pink, pink, and more pink..topped off with exaggerated, luscious headbands…and then over there in the corner you have a few boy items. Let’s just say I am not swooning over this skull and cross bone or cutesy-animal thing (animals are cute in moderation) going on. It seems as though the market is forgetting about all the little gentlemen out there who just want to sport some serious swag. And then I discovered Bandana Bibs..OMG. Watch out ladies. Little lads know how to ROCK these things and for once, I’m not jelly over the pink and frills. These are super cute for the ladies too!!

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Man’s Best Friend..

Those moments where something happens that just make you melt. Well, we had one today.

You always hear that statement, “Dogs are a man’s best friend.” Who knew that bond could begin so early in life?

I put Declan down quickly so I could start the dishwasher and turned around to our teensy little lady all cuddled up next to him and his sweet little hand gently reaching for her. Right from the get-go, the dogs have absolutely adored him and still get all jittery when they see him. This is the first time I have seen him reciprocate curiosity and excitement. It was simply precious.

I am so glad that I was able to catch such a sweet moment between a little man and his pup.

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DIY Ombré Swaddle Blankets

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Swaddling..My lifesaver and that dreaded startle-reflex’s nightmare. Not only are these breathable, airy blankets perfect for swaddling because they are so large, but they are also ideal for those hot summer evenings when you just need something light. Along with this, they are perfect for using as a nursing cover, car seat cover, or stroller blanket.

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Mediterranean Chicken

Perfect meals are those that can be prepped in a matter of about 15-20 minutes and require little attention to cook and serve. This yummy dish is able to accomplish just that.

One thing I miss from living at home was the delectable meals..and this is one of them. I always assumed it was super hard to make so I didn’t even ask how in the world it was made. I’ve basically lived without this dish for SEVEN years. WHAT?! For some odd reason, I was craving it so badly yesterday and decided to give it a shot. It turned out just as perfect as I remembered.

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