Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer Essentials Series: Week 3

So last week, instead of posting week three for my Summer Essential Series, I decided to write from the heart. That's the beauty of having your own blog. You can dictate what you write about and when you write it. I can re-arrange my schedule or push a blog post back a week or two and nobody cares. I decided that what I had to share last week, on Monday, was more important than week 3 of my Summer Essentials.

This week, I re-arranged a few things and now we are back on track. As long as there are no more detours, this series will run till August 31st, the day before I return back to work. I hope you enjoy the rest of this series.

1. VERSE: This week's verse comes from Galations. I love the book of Galations, along with Ephesians and Philippians. They may actually be my three favorite books of the Bible. It's from chapter 1 verse 10, and it says, "For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying
to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ". I love this verse because it reminds me that too often I get caught up in trying to please everyone all the time. It's very stressful and disappointing. The only person that I should worry about pleasing, is Jesus. It is impossible to make everyone happy all the time. If Jesus is happy with your heart and what you are doing for Him, then that is all that matters.

2. WORD: This week's word is one that I have never heard before, but I really like it and I would like to start to include it more in my vocabulary. Liminal: occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or a threshold. For example, you are waiting and waiting for the elevator to reach your floor, pondering whether you should just go and take the stairs. You know as soon as you walk away, the light will ding, so instead you decide to stand there and wait, only to question why you are still waiting, because you could have been down to the first floor by now! This is so me!! I also like to think of it as a word to describe many feelings that you are having all at once. It's a great word. Go ahead and surprise someone next time you are in the office at work, and tell them how liminal you feel about your job. They will probably have no idea what you are talking about, but thats ok, at least you'll look smart!

3. RECIPE: Another one of my favorite recipes is this banana bread. I make mine gluten free though, so I use King Arthur All Purpose Gluten Free flour in place of the regular flour. This has been one of the best tasting banana bread recipes that I have made, and it's super simple. There are only 7 ingredients. I love it! It's perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or as dessert. I like to add some flax seed in there sometimes to make it little more healthy.

4. BLOGGER: This week I want to talk to you about my favorite blogger, Myquillyn Smith, aka 'The Nester". She was probably the first person that I ever started to follow on a regular basis. I have a love for beautiful things and everything about her as a person and her blog is beautiful. I think what I love the most is her decorating style and creativity. She has such good taste and is so creative with her design. She recently wrote a book called The Nesting Place, and like her blog, I can't say enough good things about this book. She inspires and encourages you to love the home you are in right now. Whether it's a rental, temporary, or permanent home, she shows you how to see the beauty in your limitations and create a home that is beautiful and serves a purpose. She helps you to see that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful and I LOVE that!! I could go on and on about how much I love her and her work, but you will just have to see for yourself. ~> www.thenester.com

5. CLOTHING ITEM: A new summer favorite for me is the jumpsuit. I really wasn't a fan until I found one that I absolutely loved and realized that I didn't look as ridiculous as I thought wearing one. See, I never actually tried one on until this spring, because honestly, I assumed that they wouldn't look good on me. I guess I should know by now that nothing good ever comes from assuming things. The jumpsuit I purchased is black with white paisley print and I got it from Target. I love that I can dress it up or make it casual just like my maxi's. It's perfect for the summer and you can find them almost anywhere now!


6. NEW USE FOR SOMETHING OLD:  I am always looking for ways to reuse old frames. The most functional way for me id to turn them into chalkboards. I have made mini ones, that I have written one word on, such as 'believe' or 'dream'. I took a medium sized one and made into a cute birth announcement of my son and hung it on his wall in the nursery. My favorite one though, was my big frame that I turned into a chalkboard/message board and hung it in my kitchen. I wrote prayer requests on there, weekly to-do's, love notes, and weekly meals. I used it for so many things!!! All you have to do is take the glass out of the frame, spray it with 2 coats of chalkboard spray paint (make sure you use spray paint, NOT liquid paint), let it dry for 24 hours, and then re-attach it to the frame. Make sure you run a piece of chalk over it, to season it, and then use it for whatever you want!

Many Blessings,

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