February 27, 2012

God's "Naughty List"

“You should know in your heart that as a man chastens hisson, so the Lord your God chastens you. Therefore you shall keep thecommandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For theLord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, offountains and springs that flow out of valleys and hills.”
                                                                                              Deuteronomy8:5-7 (NKJV)

                No onelikes feeling like they’re in trouble, especially not with God. If we arehonest with ourselves sometimes in those not so fun seasons or seasons ofquestioning everything around us and in us it is easy to feel like we have beenput on Gods “naughty list.” We have all been there. We have all been in andthrough difficult and trying times, but what it is so important to realize inthose times is that God is setting you up for something absolutely wonderfuland amazing, something far beyond what you can ask, think or imagine (Ephesians3:20). When we are in these places or seasons we need to be diligent andcommitted to walking in the ways of the Lord and staying faithful to His planfor our lives. If we don’t stay committed to God and seeing his plan tofulfillment our vision of Gods faithfulness and goodness becomes clouded and wearen’t able to see that something great lies just ahead. Then exactly what we don’twant to happen happens, we end up staying longer in a place we never wanted tobe in to begin with because we haven’t allowed God to do the things in us heneeds to, to be able to fully prepare us for what is ahead.  I truly believe that  just around the corner of your trial ordifficult season is something so beautiful that you will look back on this timeand say “it was so worth it.”

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February 26, 2012

Sunday Seven

This week instead of posting my top 7 pins I am going to post 7 things I have tried from Pinterest and how well they did, or did not, work.
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I absolutely loved this dish. The lemon flavor in the chicken was delicious.
I highly recommend this VERY EASY dish.
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Pizza Casserole
This dish was a nice switch from regular pizza.
I also froze half of it and it freezes surprisingly well.
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I made one of these bracelets and have received several compliment on it.
It took me about 30 min to make. You really have to look closely 
at the directions, but once you get the hang of it, it's no sweat.
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I tried to do this, but it does not stay well.
It also does not work well if you have layers; they tend to fall out and stick out.
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This is one of my favorite things I have made from Pinterest.
I bought all the supplies at Michael's for about $25.
The directions say to glue the flowers and numbers but i used wire for it all
and it has endured some severe wind.
I also used an "M" for my last name instead of the numbers.
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This idea was good in theory but my toaster slats are not wide enough to put cheese and 
pepperoni on my toast. Also, my toaster's sides are rounded so it did not lay flat 
on the counter which only created a mess. So try at your own risk
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This game teaches students 5 pennies=1 nickel,
2 nickels = 1 dime, and 2 dimes & 1 nickel = 1 quarter
I did this game with two dice in my math enrichment group and 
it was a huge hit. The students really enjoyed it and I could
see their understanding grow as we continued to play.

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February 25, 2012

You might be a kindergarten teacher if...

There are often moments in my day or over my years that Isimply have to shake my head and tell myself “You are a kindergarten teacher.”Here are a few of those moments….  

©      The other day I was brushing my hair after workso that I could recurl it to head out for the night.  
As I was brushing there seemed to be somethingin my hair. Upon further investigation I found it to be the goldmine that oneof my lovely five year olds found on their mission of “digging for gold.” Gee,thanks for sharing your plunder I suppose.

©      There are some things that they do not teach youin college in your preparations to become a teacher….One of those things arethe many names that students have for their, um, well, private parts.  Here was my conversation on that day when I learnedthat if it is even a possible name for him or her don’t ask and abort allconversations!!

Student: (outside the bathroom) “MissMiller, my winker won’t let me go.”
                       Me: “Honey, I don’t know what you aretrying to tell me and I don’t know 
what a winker is.”
To which my students quickly responded witha shrill “SEE!”
 Insert face of complete shock and horror here!
Oh my my my, lesson learned.

©      The same student as above was turned around oneday in line as we were on our way to gym class. 
He was not just turned aroundbut he had his hands on the face of the girl behind him.

Me: Sean, what are you doing! (This is inmy oh my goodness what is he doing voice)
Sean: What Miss Miller? I was only going tosexy kiss her. (In his matter of fact voice)
                 Me: We don’t kiss and we definitely don’t sexykiss!

Needless to say they did not stand in linenext to each other.

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February 21, 2012

Faux Leather Leggins

The faux leggins look is very in right now. If you haven't noticed just flip through a few pages of the Victoria's Secret Catalog. My friend jokingly calls these pants my "whale pants" saying they remind her of whale skin.
Anyway, I love my pants! I pair them with sweaters in the winter and flowy tunics for spring.
I bought my leggins at Kohls. They are part of the LC by Lauren Conrad line.

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February 19, 2012

The Button Down

Most of us have button downs in our closet. Here are two of my favorite ways to wear mine. 
Purple Button Down: New York & Co.
Vest: Charlotte  Russe
Black Pants: Kohls
Cream Cardigan: Target
Silver Flower Belt: New York & Co.
Grey Boots: Kohls

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Sunday Seven

Okay, here they are. My top seven pins from Pinterest
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I just love the cardigan, well and who doesn't love Carrie Underwood?
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Enamel painted vases
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Looks easy enough; I haven't tried it yet though.
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I'm thinking about trying this in my office at home.
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Wax paper to get rid of water stains
It works! I tried it yesterday.
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I will take these in a size 7 please!

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February 12, 2012

Sunday Seven

Every Sunday I will post my top 7 pins from pinterest for the week. So here is my first Sunday Seven...
The color is fabulous, and I have a thing for backless dresses. 
(Even if I did have this dress I doubt I would wear it to the fruit market, just sayin')

This was the inspiration behind my new haircut!

Stunning gown for one of the many girls who have a wedding coming up.

Talk about using his influence wisely.
3.4 million people Google searched John 3:16 after Tim Tebow has it written in his eye black.

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February 11, 2012


This blog is called “Transparent, Honest, and True” so Iam going to let you all in on a little secret…I really love celebrity news andgossip. You know shows like E! News, Keeping up with the Kardashians, People and US magazine. All of it! You too? Good, then keep reading, you might be able to relate.
I think we often look at celebrities on the red carpetand magazines and fantasize what their lives must be like. The parties thedoors of influence that are open to them, the people they must know, theglamorous life they lead.  Then we lookat our own lives and we go oh yeah there’s Angelina Jolie saving the world and hereI am just hoping I don’t fail my test tomorrow or that I can get all myhousework done before I am out of a weekend. I mean come on Angelina Jolie doesn’teven need to be part of the UN because she has the UN living in her own homewith all of her kids from the 7 corners of the world. HELLO
SO often we look at these celebrities lives and become sodiscouraged when we look back at our own lives and we start putting limits onour lives by using the word JUST. Ever been there? I have.

Look at  Mark 2:1-3 He (Jesus)left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressingeveryone. "We had no idea he was this good!" they said. "How didhe get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?"
But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "He's JUSTa carpenter—Mary's boy. We've known him since he was a kid. We know hisbrothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think heis?" They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell,sprawling. And they never got any further.
In this passage other people were minimizing the work ofJesus, but it made me stop and wonder how many of us are minimizing our ownwork or where God has strategically placed us in our lives by saying I am justan office manager, secretary, stay at home mom, student, you fill in the blank?
Know with confidence that if you are deliberately seekingthe will of God than God has you strategically placed there, and if God has apurpose for you and has anointed you to do it, where is the enemy going toattack you the most? It’s in the very area that God has anointed you. The enemymay be evil but he is not stupid!
Take these next few people forexample.
Moses, Moses was “just” a shepherd who God called torelease the Israelites from the Egyptian oppression.
David was” just” a shepherd that slain a giant.
 Esther was “just” aJewish girl who saved her people from death
All of this came to be because they chose to see thepower and purpose in their situations instead of remaining in the “just”mindset.
Remember: you are not “just” a mother you are nurturingthe destiny of future world shakers. You are not just a student; you have theability to reach people that everyone else has somehow let go unnoticed. Youcan be the face of love, the arms of comfort, and the voice of hope, change,and freedom in Jesus to anyone in your world if you open yourself up to allowGod to do something supernatural through you. Start declaring yourself as more!Start declaring yourself a son or daughter of the most high, more than a conqueror,and anointed to do His work on earth.

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February 10, 2012

Fashion Friday

This is my new favorite outfit.
Here is a close up of the jacket
The jacket is from a boutique in Mobile, AL called Polish 
(I love shopping at boutiques. It is a great way to ensure that your clothes are a little more unique.)
I love the zipper around the collar and the studs on the sleeves.
and the shirt under I got from American Eagle for about $20

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February 4, 2012

Cross Painting

I got a lot of compliments on this painting when I did it over a year ago so I thought I would give a mini lesson on how I made it. It really is not that difficult.
What you will need:
- a canvas
- 4 different colors of fabric paint (2 dark & 2 light) 
(Also, when choosing colors think about where you want to hang your painting after it is done)
- 2 sponge brushes 
- a  small to medium size paintbrush 
- puffy paint (optional)

Step 1: Sketch out the cross on your canvas. You may want to measure to get the exact proportions correct.
Step 2: Paint the cross with your desired color using a sponger brush. 
Step 3: Paint your background with a separate color. It will look better if the cross and background are not both light or dark colors.
Your painting should look similar to this at this point.
Make sure to let this dry before moving on to step four. To speed the process up use a hair dryer, but make sure it is 100% dry before you move on.

Step 4:  Now it is time to add some flair with your paintbrush. Add swirls, hearts, or whatever you wish. This is the step most people stress over. Just loosen your hand and don't stress over it being perfect. You can use this picture as a guide but honestly the less you care the better it will turn out. As you can tell mine is not perfect and it does not need to be.(If you have a dark background you are going to use the lightest of the three colors you are using in this step. If you chose to paint your background light, you will start with the darkest of your three colors.)
Again make sure each layer of paint is dry before you move to the next step.
Step 5: Use your in between shade of paint and paintbrush to again go over your squiggles. Follow the same direction but do not be worried to be directly on top of your other squiggles. Letting the first color shine through gives it depth.
Step 6: After letting the previous paint dry add your third color over the squiggles. (Remember: if your background is light this will be you lightest color on top, if your background is dark like mine this will be your darkest color)
Step 6: This step is optional. I chose to put white puffy paint over my squiggles to make them "pop" a little more.
Here it is hanging in my kitchen! It really is easy and fun.

Below is a picture of my family and their paintings  to give you different examples of colors and designs. Another great place to pick colors for your painting would be on the Pinterest color pallets!

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