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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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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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.

Muslin blankets are amazing and I wish I could afford hundreds of them. These blankets are very similar and the best part is that they get softer with every wash, plus they are so easy and inexpensive to make! Continue reading

DIY Ombré Distressed Mason Jar Tutorial

Ombre. Distressed. Mason Jars. Those three things create the perfect trifecta. If I could rewind to a year ago, I would have had these flooding my wedding scene. Not only are these inexpensive to make, but they are seriously easy. Plus, they are a perfect decor piece. Simply add fresh flowers for a chic look anywhere in your home. 

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DIY Barnwood Stain

It’s everywhere. That rustic wood stain that everyone wants. Upon going to Lowe’s and seeing that a tiny can of wood stain was at least $8, I decided to take matters into my own hands..and the best part? You only need THREE simple and inexpensive ingredients to whip up a batch of stain that replicates old barn wood! 

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DIY Handmade Reusable Cloth Diaper Wipes & Bum Bottom Spray

I’ve officially entered the world of cloth diapers. Never in a million years did I imagine myself ever saying that. Just the thought made me want to get sick..And then I got used to poo. It doesn’t even phase me anymore. One of my friends spoke so highly of it that I thought it would be worth a try. Little did I know, I would become obsessed with collecting every color of the rainbow and doing extensive research on every little aspect of cloth diapering. 

So here we are..trying out various brands (Charlie Banana and BumGenius ROCK, by the way) and I am quickly realizing that I will forever be in charge of “diaper-changing sessions” as Jordan absolutely despises the whole idea of reusing something you pooed in. I’m sure he will give in eventually.

Something that I realized was a huge hassle was throwing the diaper in the wet bag and then having these random wipes that I would have to get rid of. Sure, I could just throw them in a trash can separately, but I prefer just throwing them in the diaper and being done with it. SO…I decided to make my own reusable cloth wipes last night when Declan went to bed. I was able to make 18 wipes last night in about an hour and a half. I am by no means an expert seamstress, but even these can be made by beginners:) 

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DIY Homemade Lavender Sugar Scrub

Let’s just say I am {obsessed} with this stuff. Not only do I love it because I know exactly what’s in it, but also because it leaves my skin feeling so amazingly smooth. I started making it solely for my belly. It was so dry after Declan was born and I had read from various places that a sugar scrub helped with any moisture issues. And it may be coincidence, but I swear my linea negra faded after using it too..I’ll blame it on the scrub;)

I quickly fell in love with this stuff and use it exclusively as a body wash now. It’s so awesome that even Jordan loves it! I ran out of the first batch and he was quick to ask when I was going to make more..That’s how you know it’s a keeper..Plus it is SO EASY to make!

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