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Time is ticking

With only 22 days more or less to go, things are getting pretty much ready for our new little arrival 🙂
I had an enjoyable baby shower and would love to thank my mother in-law, sister- in law, and my husbands aunt for putting it together for us. I’ll have to work on getting those Thank You cards out sometime soon. I believe I slept for 12 hours straight to recuperate over the weekend.  LOL … but from what I’ve heard mommy and baby are going to be needing all that extra energy!

My husband and I saw Iron Man yesterday in the theater with a couple of our friends. It was an enjoyable movie and had character as well as action which is a must have for all women!

The weather has been just wonderful and it looks like it’s here to finally stay! I always seem more chipper when the sun is out for the most part… it’s because I’m from the south… lol

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What I know now

Though I have only experienced half the joy of becoming a mother ( 4 weeks to go), I thought I would share with you my journey so far.

The questions is “What Do I know Now?” so possibly something I wasn’t aware of before.

I know now how much of a journey from day one of conception to birth really is. It took its toll on me spiritually, physically, and mentally. I wouldn’t change it for anything. The throwing up for three months straight, the fatigue, the getting a lot bigger and not fitting into any clothes, the sleepless nights ( I’m sure I’ll be getting more of those), and everything being new. I was scared sure, I cried a lot, I worried, but then there were times where God assured me that he had my back and that everything would work out just fine. I guess any Mom worries about her baby, it’s only natural but knowing God was there for me has really been what’s pulled me through all these months of my little one growing inside.

I’ll never forget the first time I felt a fluttering of life inside of my stomach. No one can take that away from me ever. And from then on out, the punches and kicks haven’t been so pleasurable but my baby girl makes me laugh. She needs space, wants to come out and play and I really can’t wait to be able to hold her in my arms, to love her, to let her know no matter what that I am going to be here along the way to guide her as my mom guided me on my journey of life.

Becoming a mother starts before your child is ever conceived. Becoming a mother starts as soon as you are born, as soon as you watch and learn from your own mother. My Mom did a great job and I hope I do just as good. What a journey all women go on and each different in it’s own way. I say Mom’s should get a lot more credit!

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Fried Chicken Liver Recipe

Fried Chicken Livers Ingredients:

1 lb Chicken livers
Frying oil
1 Egg; beaten
1/2 c Milk
1 c Flour
1 ts Salt
1 ts Pepper, black

Fried Chicken Livers Instructions:

Heat two inches of oil in a skillet to 325 F or just use a fryer.
Beat the egg and milk together.
Make a seasoned flour dredge.
Dredge the livers in the egg mixture, then in the flour.
Place the livers in the hot oil *very* slowly and carefully.
Cover the skillet, and after four minutes or so use very long tongs to turn the livers.
Cover again, and cook for another four minutes.
Drain the livers on a paper- towel lined platter
You should bet careful when you’re cooking these things, because they’ll pop hot oil right outa the pan and nail you from several feet away.

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1st of May!

Happy 1st of May to everyone! I have my Doctor’s appointment later for 36 weeks. Maybe my doctor can let me know why I’ve been so dizzy lately! I am really really really ready for this kid to come out. I’ve been so out of it lately. My husband had a cold this week and I am hoping a whole lot that I don’t come down with it.  It would be horrible if I attended my baby shower Saturday and I was sick!

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Social Spark

I was introduced to SocialSpark a few weeks ago and decided to sign up. What is it exactly, you ask? It’s basically a social community for bloggers and advertisers alike. You can easily sign up and register your blog, wait a few days or so for approval from customer love, and you’ll be able to browse many types of opportunities, blog about them and make money. This a great way for me as stay at home, free lance graphic designer mom to make money for shopping trips and to put money into my daughters savings account.

SocialSpark also has a great code of ethics, 100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure, 100% Transparency, 100% Real Opinions and 100% Search Engine Friendly. SocialSpark is not only a great money maker but it is also a great community…you can make all sorts friends, send messages easily, leave comments on people’s profiles, give props, and read blogs from fellow social sparkers.

Another great thing about SocialSpark is, lets say you are pretty busy doing things and a great opportunity is available, and your friend is on and reserves it, they can send the opportunity to you so when you get home and log in, its waiting in your inbox so you don’t have to go look for it. Also you can reserve an opportunity that you like and when it is available to write about, you’ll get an email and set time to do so ( about 12 hours).

It’s a great place to get exposure for your blog, make friends, and money! If you are like me and have your own business, Social Spark can bring in lots of potential customers! So what are you waiting for? Go sign up with SocialSpark now. You won’t regret it.

Sponsored by SocialSpark

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Simple Vector Flower Tutorial

This is a tutorial for Adobe Illustrator for those of you who didn’t know. Hopefully this tutorial was very easy for you to use and figure out. Simple designs can sometimes be the best or most preferred by your customers so something as easy as this should point you toward the right direction if you plan on designing stickers, stationary, blog layouts, cards, or scrap booking things. Have fun experimenting with this new trick or be encouraged to use it more if you already know it!

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