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Sex and Women

Yes, these two passions of mine do go together. So it makes perfect sense that I recently became a Pure Romance Consultant! I won’t be sharing too much about that here on my blog because it’s an in-home-party business. However, I do want to explain why I am beginning this exciting adventure!

I am a Christian and I grew up in a Christian family. I received the official “sex talk” when I was about nine years old. It was just me and my mom in the car and we were driving somewhere. I think it might even have been raining. I’m not sure why we were talking about that stuff unless I just happened to be asking all the “right” questions. I remember getting the basic overview and staring out the window trying not belly laugh out of embarrassment and excitement. This was intimate stuff! And it related directly to me as a girl who would be flowering in the next few years. (Yes, flowering.) I don’t remember talking about sex much after that first conversation – at least, not with my mom.

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Our Chicken Story (w Update)

Our recent UPDATE is at the bottom.

We love chickens. Here’s the story as simply as I can write it.

My bestie bought a bunch of chicks and I decided my family should do it too because it’s so easy and fun.

  • We bought 6 specialty chicks: 3 Lavender Orpingtons and 3 Light Sussex. Oh yeah, we bought them during a camping trip.
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I should add that Denai was deathly afraid of them in the beginning!

  • We finally built them a coop and everybody was happy. And alive.

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Another Wacky Problem

Since I have switched to WordPress commenting has been different in some places.  However, on a few of my favorite blogs I haven’t been able to leave any comments.  The buttons don’t seem to be working.  Mr. Sexy can’t comment either from his work computer.  I have tried logging out of WP then logging back in.  Refreshing pages.  Leaving the site alone then returning hoping for a magical fix.

Any ideas on what the problem is?  Below are two blogs that I’m having trouble with and they have the same comment form.

Time Out For Mom

Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

Side note: I feel silly about my wacky problems.

WordPress is Wacky

My dilemma: My WordPress Reader is not working and because of that I am not yet following many blogs under my new name.

What’s happening: One of the blogs I follow is very popular and posts just about every day.  Yet my reader is showing that the newest post is from 11 days ago and there is no title.

What I’ve done: I started a forum asking for help but after they asked me to clear my cache and cookies, I haven’t heard back.  And their fix did not fix my problem.

Question: Am I doing something wrong?  Is this a common problem?  Should I use an outside reader?

Wow.  I feel like such a nube. I don’t like it.

Follow Fest 2014

I happened across this blog hop today and thought it looked like fun. From what I read, this is a hop to meet other bloggers and you post only once during the week.  I’m so busy that this could really work for me!  Visit Melissa’s blog for more details.

Name: 

Mrs. Sexy (I have a real name too but I don’t use it on social media – for now.)

Fiction or nonfiction?

Nonfiction. 

What genres do you write?

I can’t think of another category I would fit in other than nonfiction. 
I write about my life, past and present. 
Writing and sharing what I write is somewhat of a coping mechanism as well as sharpening the writing skills. 

Are you published?

No. 

Do you do anything in addition to writing?

I enjoy videography and went to school for it but am not doing too much with that currently.
I spend a lot of time at home taking care of the kids and the house.  
I currently just got cast in Anne of Green Gables as Marilla Cuthbert.  This should be interesting.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am mom of a blended family which has it’s many challenges. I feel like I can always smell a dirty diaper even when I can’t actually find one. I like the idea of knitting but can’t seem to finish any project I start.  I’m wondering if crochet will be better. 

I grew up living in the suburbs but now I live in the country in an old farm house with lots of ways for field mice to get in.  I’m not an animal person but at home there are 3 dogs, 1 turtle, 2 cats, 1 rooster and 8 chickens. The turtle is the only one who gets to live in the house.  

What are you reading right now?

Anne of Green Gables – I’m looking for insights into Marilla’s character.

What Were You Expecting? – It’s a marriage book for Sunday School.

Which authors influenced you the most?

Uummmm…I can think of favorite books…But really, I don’t read enough. 

Where can people connect with you?

Twitter @5Hearts1Family
Email: 5 Hearts One Family (at) gmail (dot) com

Do you have a newsletter?

No.  I’m really not very fancy. 

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

I have never guest posted and am open to the idea.
I have had one guest post on my blog: Mr. Sexy. My husband.  It’s great.  Read it: Broken Bondage 

I’m just a wife and mom who blogs about the ups and downs that come our way. Sometimes it’s very personal.  Sometimes it’s not.  Sometimes I cross a line that shouldn’t be crossed.  Other times I walk right up to it. 

I hope to publish something somewhere someday.

The Number 11: Liebster Award Post

Liebster awards are a fun way to meet new people and find new blogs.  Here’s how it works: 

1. Brag about the person who nominated you. 
2. Answer the 11 questions asked. 
3. List 11 random facts about yourself. 
4. Nominate up to 11 other blogs that have less than 200 followers. 
5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer. 
I was nominated by Courtney Rose at Business Suits & Riding Boots.  Her and I met because we are paired as part of the cara box exchange at Wifessionals.  It has been fun getting to know Courtney in large part because our lives are vastly different!  She lives a busy life close to New York City while I live out in the country in a small town nobody knows exists!  (Don’t worry, civilization is 13 miles away.)  Anyways, Courtney’s blog is always a nice breath of fresh air!  Go check her out! 
Now for the questions: 
1. How would you describe your blog using 5 words or less? 
Funny
Vulnerable
Flawed
Real
Storytelling
2. What is your favorite blogging topic? 
My journey of becoming a parent to Marie who has down syndrome.  

I wouldn’t say this is a “favorite” subject because so far it’s a hard journey.  However it is what much of my posts revolve around.  
3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
Hmmmm….

I really don’t know since living somewhere is so much different than visiting!  

I want to move someplace where it will only rarely reach above 100 and never snow.  And that somewhere must have fresh water close by like a lake or the ocean.  Where is this place I dream of?! 
4. Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 
Honestly I think my life will be pretty similar to what it is now.  I see myself still living out here in the woods although we hope to have purchased a home by then.  I see myself with another kid on the hip, the process of fostering/adopting started and perhaps pregnant with our last kid together.  I see myself – well, I hope – that I’m still homeschooling Marie although the rest of the kids will be in public school. We will still be snail-scooting our way out of massive debt…and we will still have date night every week! 

Oh yeah, I see myself happily married to the man of dreams. 
5. What is your favorite thing to cook? 
Pork chops. I googled it earlier this year and learned  the perfect way to cook them! 

1. Create a brine by boiling some salt and sugar in water.  Let cool. 
2. Pork chops sit in cooled water for 3-4 hours. 
3. After sitting in brine, allow meat to warm up to room temp.
4. Rub salt and pepper on both sides.  Let sit for about 20 minutes. 
5. Preheat oven to 450. 
6. Heat some olive oil and cook meat for 3-4 minutes on each side over medium high heat.  Once you lay them down don’t move them. You can even hold them with tongs and get the fat on the edges all deliciously crispy. 
7. Place entire pan in oven for 7 minutes. (Don’t forget to set the oven mitt out so you don’t forget the pan will be hot when you take it out of the oven.)
8. Place meat in foil and wrap it up and let sit for just a few minutes. 
9. Serve with favorite sides.

It’s a bit laborious but I LOVE cooking pork chops this way.  It works best with bone in, thick cuts.
6. If you could date one celebrity who would it be? 
Kirk Cameron. lol 

He’s an out-of-the-closet Christian celebrity and I’m incredibly curious about him and his family and how he was raised.  I recently found out his sister was DJ on Full House and she is on this season of Dancing with the Stars! 
7. If you could be any animal which would you be and why? 
I don’t want to be an animal. lol Whatever animal I think of it just sounds terrible!  Although…being a turtle might be interesting. Naw.  They are soooo sloooowwww…
8. What is your favorite blog you can’t go without reading? 
She is a great writer and photographer.  She is not afraid of hitting hard topics and standing up for what she believes.  She is also a huge encouragement to other bloggers – like me! 
9. If you won a million dollars what is the first thing you would buy?
Pay off debt.  Every. Single. Penny.  Then go on a fabulous vacation. 
10. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Half baked by Ben and Jerry’s baby! 
11. What is one item in your closet that you can’t life without? 
Well shoes, duh! lol I love me some cute and wonderful pairs of shoes. 

11 Random Facts
1. I don’t mind the interesting smells my own body makes but I can’t stand it when other people smell like anything less than pretty.  This includes my kids and Mr. Sexy. 
2. I shower daily but I only shampoo when my hair starts to look and feel really greasy. 
3. I watch The Vampire Diaries.  And it’s embarrassing. 
4. I used to watch Gossip Girl.  That is even more embarrassing. 
5. If I didn’t meet Mr. Sexy and gotten married I would have continued in school to become a teacher because it’s the only job I can think of where I can be a single mom and provide a decent life for the kid.  
6. Family night usually involves wine and/or beer.
7. I can be a bit obsessive (like with blogging) and Mr. Sexy says I am borderline OCD sometimes.  Rude right?! 
8. I didn’t cry on my wedding day like I dreamed that I would.  
9. Coloring is stressful because there are way too many color choices and I only want to make the perfect choices.  So I just don’t do it. 
10. Blogging/writing/sharing my life is my passion.  Even on the bad days. 
11. I enjoy sorting laundry, hate having to keep up on loads going through the washer and dryer, enjoy the folding to perfection but loathe putting the clothes away.  
Bonus: I secretly expect perfection from people.  I’m working on this flaw.  Admitting is the first step right?
Questions for my nominees.  There are 11 big ones. 
1. What was the content of the worst blog you have ever read?  No names or links please.  This should be fun! 
2. Do you sleep with your socks on or off?  Or both? (It’s possible.)
3. Do you ALWAYS wash your hands EVERY time you go to the bathroom?  (I won’t judge.)
4. What has been your biggest struggle in the blogging world so far? 
5. What are your top 3 favorite TV shows? 
6. How do you feel now that print books seem to by dying away and technology such as the kindle is taking over? 
7. What are your views on religion/faith? 
8. Do you dream in color or black and white?  (I’m pretty sure this is a thing.)
9. How many hours a day do you spend blogging (including reading blogs ect)?  Hours per week? 
10. Do you sometimes talk about television characters like they are real people?
11. What do you love most about your significant other? 
I want to answer these questions myself now. lol Maybe later. 
These lucky-ducks are my nominees:

(It’s kind of hard to figure out how many followers people have so some of these might have more than 200 followers which is “technically” breaking the rules.  I won’t tell if you won’t.)
Now go give each other some clicky lovin!