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Kitchen Makeover Progress

When we moved into our house, the first thing we KNEW we had to change up was the kitchen.

When you look at the photo’s below, you will know why:)


Can anyone say, lime GREEN?!


With a side of primary BLUE?!


Then the Home Depot came through and installed our Lyra Quartz countertops (the look of marble, without the price tag, AND a lot more durable!), and our friend Jason came with his crew to re-do the linoleum floors and replace them with a pretty grey/taupe porcelain tile.   I couldn’t be more thrilled about the whole process.  But I will say, remodeling is for the birds!  And maybe this has a lot to do with me being 9 months pregnant.  I had to go without countertops for a few days, my oven was in the carport for a weekend and my fridge was on the back patio, my sink still isn’t hooked up correctly, and we had to take the pantry down to do the counters, and since we are painting the kitchen as well, we can’t put it back up until after we paint.  All of my dry food is scattered randomly across the dining room right now.  We are still living in a little bit of chaos, but it is slowly and surely winding down…phewf!  And I will have to say, after seeing the *almost* final results, it possibly was worth every minute.

So thankful that we are in the last lap though!  Just in time to move to the hall bath….HA!

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Heritage Drive Home I will be back to post the final pictures.  I still need curtains, paint, art, knick knacks, paddy whacks, give the dog a bone.

How many of you have survived a kitchen reno?

Nikki - July 22, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Oh, this brings back memories! I’m so glad I wasn’t pregnant when we re-did our kitchen.

Your new kitchen is BEAUTIFUL!

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I do my best thinking when I’m pregnant…

It must be the emotions of it all.  The hormones I tell you!  They are from satan!!!!

But the truth is, I do my best and deepest thinking when I am pregnant.

Can I just tell you.  Within a matter of 6 weeks, I will be welcoming our newest and itty bittiest baby sister into the family, while simultaneously kissing my oldest baby goodbye and sending him off into the world of the unknown. The world that was created to make Mom’s cry and force them to go drink 600 calories worth of frappucino just to feel a tiny smidgen better.  Yes, you guessed it, the terrible world of KINDERGARTEN!!!

Why do I do these things to myself???  I blame my husband.  What are the odds that we unintentionally planned this out in a way that could result in doing BOTH on the same day.  I just don’t know if I can handle that.  Two complete and total different set of emotions, all exploding out into a puddle of ugly cry face tears at once.

Although, I can guarantee the ONLY thing that will make me not think about my first baby starting kindergarten would be the intense pain of labor, so maybe God really does know what He’s doing here.  Imagine that?!?

And then there’s just the usual thinking that life throws at you.  Tiredness that leads to thoughts of complete despair.  I am that person too.  I typically require only two things to ensure my happiness: Food and Sleep.  That’s it.  When I am tired, I am not fun. When I am hangry, I am mean hungry, I am not fun.  Just trust me.  Also, when I am tired, my mind wanders in a million different negative directions.  Before I know it, I’ve imagined the worst situation possible for absolutely no reason whatsoever.  So, that’s always fun for everyone around me.

I really wish I had a point to all of this, but there really isn’t one.  Well, maybe the only one I can find is:  I am pregnant, it is late, and I am tired…I am also thinking so much that I can’t fall asleep.

Anyone else in my boat?  Maybe you aren’t pregnant, but you still feel like this?  Maybe you just had a baby and you just don’t know how you will survive???

Girrrrrl.  I’ve been there.  I am there.  Get you some lavender essential oil to sniff, and a big helping of Jesus with some Holy Spirit on the side.

I know He breaks me down sometimes just to show me how much He really does love me.  Whenever I feel like this, He is always the one I run to first.  No one else understands me like He does.  I’ve had an emotional weekend and Monday.   I know it’s mostly due to these crazy hormones, but I’m just a mess.  I find myself running off to an empty room and having a good cry and a Jesus talk, and y’all, I am so NOT a cryer but those moments are the ones that start off terribly, and by the end of it, you just feel like God has washed clean water over you and you are ready to give this life another go.  He is just so good like that.  The ultimate recharger and restarter and re-mind setter…you get my drift.

So friends,  Find a spot and let out that ugly cry.  Then cry out for Jesus and let Him sweep over you!  I KNOW it’s this side of Heaven’s best therapy:)

That is all.

And since I have done a terrible job of blogging this pregnancy, here are a few catch up belly bump photo’s for you:


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Family photo’s by Jane Bradley Photography:

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Bye for now friends!!!

Danielle - July 16, 2014 - 3:03 am

Girl, I hear you with the thinking and can’t sleep thing! Our first is due in September, and it’s been a roller coaster! Thankful that He loves and cares for us as He does!


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July 4th Extravaganza

I LOVE July 4th.

It is definitely on the top of my list for favorite holidays.

This weekend, we are grilling out with your family in our new home and we are so excited!

This is the first year we will be close enough to our families to open our home for the holiday!

In the spirit of freedom and love for America, I have compiled some of my all time favorite July 4th ideas.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and maybe even get an idea or two (or 5!) for your holiday weekend!

Happy Independence Day American friends!!!


Idea #1:  4th of July Rice Krispies

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Idea #2: Patriotic Paper Wreath

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Idea #3: American Flag Fruit Kabobs

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Idea #4:  July 4th Chalkboard

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Idea #5:  Stars and Stripes Patriotic Flower Pot

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Lolly Jane - July 3, 2014 - 1:25 pm

4th of July is one of our faves too!! Thanks for sharing our patriotic pot!!


Paula Kathlyn - July 3, 2014 - 2:28 pm

You bet! Such a great idea!

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EASY Double Layer Brownie Cream Cheese Cake





This recipe is so easy…seriously.


But it looks complex, like you slaved over it for hours!



All you need:


1 box of brownie mix (family size)

1 can of cream cheese icing




chocolate chips


cocoa powder



Mix up the brownies and pour half of batter each into two, round baking dishes.


Make sure you spray the pan VERY good!


Bake as directed.


After cooled, pop brownies out.



Take your cream cheese icing and spread half of it on the first brownie layer.



Add second brownie layer on top and spread the rest of the icing over that.


Then sprinkle walnuts and chocolate chips.


I also sifted some cocoa powder on top to make it look a little fancier!



Oh my…it’s so good.


Try not to eat all of it…it will be hard though.


Your friends and family will love you if you bring this with you at the next get together!

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Kathlyn’s Kaviar Recipe- yum!

I LOVE this salad.  It is my go-to, especially when it starts getting warm outside.
It’s easy peasy, yummy, and a great summer BBQ side dish!
Here’s the delish recipe:
1 can corn
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can black eyed peas
1/4 cup cilantro
chopped tomatoes
1 green bell pepper
6oz Italian dressing
Salt and Pepper
And if you’re feeling feisty, you can dice a little jalepeno and add to it too!
Mix everything together, and top with grilled chicken if you’d like for a full meal.
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Happy eating my friends!!!
~The Patriotic Peacock
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The Patriotic Peacock Boutique- BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

We have some big things happening here at The Patriotic Peacock Boutique.

In August 2013, The Patriotic Peacock Boutique was born and it has been such a great adventure.

We have been able to offer lots of clothing styles as well as jewelry.

With our move to Virginia and lots of changes still taking place, we have decided to make the boutique an accessories and gift boutique.

As of May 20, we will no longer be carrying clothing on a regular basis.  We really think this will be a fun change for everyone!

We will be carrying some really cute accessories for all ages, gifts for everyone on your list, and our hand painted door hangers!

So, although we will no longer be a clothing boutique, we are excited to begin our transition over to the world of fun and unique accessories and gifts!

Some even more exciting news, we will be running a 40% off CLEARANCE sale on all remaining clothing inventory marked at regular price!!!

Use code: YAY at checkout to receive 40% off of your entire regular priced clothing purchase!!!

Thank you for your support of our boutique!  We appreciate every customer and every sale:)

Would love for you to share this post with your friends!

Thank you everyone!!!

Here are some really cute items still available in the shop (all clearance clothing sales from here until May 20 are final sales, no returns will be allowed so please make sure you are aware of this!)

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And some fun items that we hope to have in the newly revamped shop soon:

headband mocks bracelets


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Our door signs are now available in the ETSY shop:)

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Fashion Friday- Maternity Edition 24 weeks!

I had everything ready to go for this post for yesterday (which would have been Friday), but I ended up leaving the house at 10am and not getting back until after 10pm!

So, I’m a day late and a dolla short.

But, I’m hoping to bring back Fashion Friday!

This week, I paired one of my favorite Target tshirts with my all time favorite maxi skirt from The Patriotic Peacock Boutique, then added the Mint Bubble Necklace.

I love tshirts and maxi’s skirts.  Two of the most comfortable items of clothing around, and that’s really important right now;)

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Today I am actually 25 weeks!  I can not believe how fast this little one is growing and how quickly the time is passing.

So exciting!

Happy Weekend friends!

~The Patriotic Peacock

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Little Girly Turns TWO

My sweet baby girl turned 2 in April.

It was such a perfect day for a birthday party.  We had lots of our family over for cake and Lorelei had a blast opening all her dolls and strollers and kitchen things!

Here are some of my favorite moments:

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Love her!

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