Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Essentials Series: Week 2

Hey all! Welcome back for week 2 of our Summer Essentials series. I hope that you are all enjoying your summer so far, and that it is not passing by too fast! Here are my summer essential picks for week two.

1. VERSE: This week's verse is probably my favorite verse of all time. I even have it tattooed on my foot! Its comes from Philippians chapter 4, verse 13, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". I created a cute little design for you this week to print out and bring with you. Just repeat over and over throughout the day and I promise your strength will be renewed!

2. WORD: Our fun phrase for the week is "Treat Yo Self" I have been reading this everywhere. I believe it came from a Parks and Recreation episode, and I think it's super cute. A little corny, but hey aren't we all? I like the meaning behind it. We all deserve a treat once in awhile without feeling guilty about it, especially if it's been a long hard day! So grab a latte, a donut, cookie, whatever it is you are craving, and "Treat Yo Self".

3. RECIPE: This weeks recipe is something that I drink everyday! My homemade iced coffee! I do love the occasional treat from Starbucks, but I can't afford to buy one everyday. I found the basic recipe on Pinterest, but then I tweaked it a little to make it more of my own recipe. To start, I take one cup of ground coffee and put it in a large bowl with 4-5 cups of cold water. I cover it and let it sit over night. The next morning I use my coffee filter from my coffee maker (you can use a paper one if you don't have a plastic/metal one) to strain the mixture and separate the grounds. In a separate cup, I mix a half cup of sweetened condensed milk with one teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. I then stir in the milk mixture into the pitcher with the coffee and store in the fridge till ready to drink. This makes 4 cups of iced coffee and lasts in the fridge for about a week! Enjoy!

4. BLOGGER: My featured blogger for the week is Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 ministries. There are no words that I could say to describe how amazing of a writer she is. I have read several of her books including, Made to Crave, The Best Yes, & What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. She has so much wisdom and knowledge of the Word and her light for Jesus shines in whatever she does. I am super excited for a whole new way to discover and spend time in the word with her new First Five app, that just launched today. You can download it for free in the app store and join millions of women in spending the first five minutes of your day with God! Such an awesome idea!

5. CLOTHING ITEM: What is the easiest, most comfortable thing you can wear during the summer, that can be casual or dressy?............... the maxi dress! It's probably my favorite of my summer essentials wardrobe, because you really don't have to think about it. I can wear it with flip flops for a casual look, or I can wear it with wedges and some fancy jewelry to dress it up a bit. It's comfortable and best of all there are so many different styles to choose from. Check out my Pin board on Pinterest for some of my favorites!

6. NEW USE FOR SOMETHING OLD: One of my favorite things to use for an up cycling project is an old book. There are so many different things to create with old book pages. My favorite one to do is make a wreath. The end result looks like a big beautiful Dahlia flower, which is one of my favorite flowers. These wreaths are the perfect summer decoration. I first saw this DIY created by Myquillyn Smith. She is one of my favorite bloggers. I will share with you more about her next week! The picture below is just a random photo from Pinterest because this item has become so popular to recreate. Unfortunately, mine is tucked away right now in storage, but it looks very similar to this one. It's actually very easy to make. Head on over to www.thenester.com for the full tutorial.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Many Blessings,

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