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Hey Mama’s!!!

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Are you a stay at home Mama, looking for a way to help your family out financially? Do you want to REALLY change your life and your family’s life while helping people at the same time?
If this interests you at all, email me (thepatrioticpeacock@aol.com) and let’s talk!
I will tell you more about this amazing company I work with, how YOU will be able to earn a pay check, and what all it takes to get started.
I work with MANY women who have been able to bring in paychecks to cover their car payment. I work with women who bring in paychecks large enough to send all 3 of their kids to private school on THEIR paycheck alone. I work with women who have taken their family of NINE on a Disney cruise with just ONE of their paychecks, and still had money to spare!
We aren’t a “party” company and we don’t stock inventory  :-D Woo hoo!!!
Whether you are looking for extra spending money, or you would REALLY love to completely change your family’s future, this company has every tool you need to succeed and achieve your goals, no matter how big or how small  

Let’s talk! Today is a GREAT day to make a BIG (or little) change!;-)

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Dressing the bump

With my due date just 10 days away, I thought I’d sneak in one (or two) more maternity posts!

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy pregnancy?!

I just LOVE it!  Not everyone will agree with me on their love of pregnancy, but God has given me an amazing 3rd pregnancy and it’s really hard not to imagine doing this about 10 more times;)

Shhhhhh! Don’t tell my husband!

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite Pinterest bump fashions.

So many adorable ways to dress up the growing bump.  Bump does NOT equal frump!

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All black with turquoise accents
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Nautical Theme:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155233518380102638/

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Work Chic:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/175499716701623557/

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Maxi+Jean Jacket:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/192106740326746812/

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Bohemian Flair: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/221520875391839674/

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Casual comfort:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/447756387923085505/

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And my ALL TIME FAV!  A MAXI!!!  Invest in a couple of great Maxi dresses…they will never stear you wrong! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/342414377892076287/

I am hoping to post my favorite pregnancy and baby products before baby arrives!  So stay tuned for the products that have gotten me through 3 pregnancy and newborn stages:)

Happy Wednesday!!!

Karen - August 6, 2014 - 2:29 pm

I too loved being pregnant – I am hoping that my husband will agree to baby #3 in the near future :) PS – I want to send your girls some matching fun stuff – would that be okay with you??

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Transformation Tuesday

It’s Transformation Tuesday!
A little over 2 years ago, Lorelei was just an itty bitty two months old when I started my journey with Rodan and Fields Dermatology. I really thought I was crazy (really!), but there was just something about the opportunity that I couldn’t stop thinking about. I HAD to give it a try, even though it wasn’t perfect timing, or even good timing (in fact, it was probably really bad timing), but opportunity that involves risk never comes at the “perfect” time. Plus, my skin needed major H-E-L-P, for real (it was baaaad). Two days after I started using the products, my skin felt like someone else’s, and two months after I took the opportunity and ran with it, my paycheck definitely seemed like it HAD to be someone else’s! I was sitting at home, caring for a newborn all day, trying to do my best to take care of an energetic 3 year old, keeping up with housework, a blog, an Etsy business, and yet, I had somehow managed to earn a real, substantial paycheck, and 2 promotions, just from hopping on my computer a few minutes each day and telling other people about this opportunity that I discovered. It almost seemed too good to be true, but when my first pay check showed up, I realized I was headed somewhere with this. There really is never a perfect time to take a risk, but I am so glad that I did, even in the midst of a crazy season of life. Nothing about it was logical, but I had a husband who encouraged my decision (I LOVE that he has always been the type of husband who believes I can do anything, even more than I believe in myself some days!) and I had a confidence that if I tried my best, I could really change our lives without having to ever think about sending my kids to daycare and working a run of the mill, 9-5 job. I used to be one of those people who thought all these work from home businesses could never possibly make real money, but R+F has totally TRANSFORMED the way I think about “working from home”, and given the chance again, I would say YES YES YES 10 million times over! Plus, I really realllllly love helping people change their skin with products that are anything but a gimmick.
This is MY transformation Tuesday and I am kind of loving it. Change isn’t always a bad thing;)
YES I would LOVE to partner with the doctors who created Proactiv…
YES I would LOVE to have the opportunity to change my families lives…
YES I would LOVE to be able to stay at home with my children AND take the stress off of my husband when it comes to contributing financially…
YES YES YES!!!

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37.5 Weeks With Child

My 37.5 week pregnancy update!

37 weeks

Is anyone else out there with me?  I LOVE pregnancy, but I always warn everyone, around 36-37 weeks, I get a little bit grumpy.  This belly is way too big for comfort and I’ve been waiting since November to meet my precious little baby!  I’m READY!!!

Here is the latest conversation I had at the doctor’s office:

Midwife: “So, I am seeing you haven’t brought us a birth plan yet.”

Me (in my head thinking): “hmmmm, whaaaaat…”.
Midwife: “So, tell me what your birth plan is.”
Me (trying to think of something that sounds good, and quickly giving up): “Wellllll, my birth plan with all of my kids has always been to get to the hospital while in labor and birth a baby.”
Midwife: “That’s a good plan!”

See. Life simplified. No detailed birth plan script needed, because Seth and I both know how this will go down.
I really just wanted to tell her, “Listen, I’ll sit here and pretend like I’m going to be wonder birthing woman and tough it out and torture myself and everyone around me by having this baby naturally, but the real truth is, as soon as I get that green light, that epidural is MINE!!! And then we can laugh together in between pushes, and you’ll walk out talking about what a fun delivery we had. Trust me when I tell you, you do NOT want to see me birth this baby epidural-less.”

p.s. I know my posts are mainly about pregnancy right now. I’m waddling around like a lost water buffalo, making strange breathing noises that I don’t even realize I’m making, just waiting for my water to break at any moment. If I seem totally obsessed and consumed with my pregnancy right now, that’s because I am.

Happy Wednesday!

Rachel - July 30, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Never underestimate the power of an epidural :) truly a miracle in a syringe!

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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:)

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Can anyone say, lime GREEN?!
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With a side of primary BLUE?!

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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!

Jessica - August 10, 2014 - 3:27 am

That’s a beautiful kitchen!

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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, cry.it.out.  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:

 

29 weeks

29 weeks

 

30 weeks

30 weeks

31 weeks

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33 weeks

33 weeks

35 weeks

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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!

Blessings,
Danielle

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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

July4 Fruit Kabobs

 

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!!

XO

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

 

walnuts

 

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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