Encouraging a generation on the pursuit of Truth.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. - John 8:32

Two Minute Tuesday: Psalm 139:1-4

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Two Minute Tuesday | 14 comments

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What about you? Have you ever felt misunderstood and it held you back from doing something you knew God was leading you to do? I’d love to hear about your experience today in the comments.

[Nicki Koziarz is booking speaking events for the Fall of 2014 through 2015. Email nicki@nickikoziarz for more information and to hear Nicki's heart in waving her fee for this season!]

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Two Minute Tuesday: Isaiah 40:31

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Blog | 11 comments

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What about you? Do you feel like the feelings of loneliness are a good prompting for a conversation with God? Share your thoughts on this today in the comments. 

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How to Make a Pallet Table

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Fun Stuff | 1 comment

The other day my oldest daughter was browsing through this blog. She said, “Um mom, you only have TWO things under your ‘fun stuff’ category.”

Sure enough, she is right.

And while I know this little corner of the world has a specific purpose, I also want it to have some fun. So today I thought it would be good to change things up a little and share with you a FREE project my husband and I did last weekend.

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 Last Friday night I was sitting in the middle school parking lot waiting for my daughter, Taylor, and her friend to finish track practice. I saw some of her teammates carrying what appeared to be nasty, old, wood pallets to the dumpster.

To which my heart began to flutter. :)

To which my middle school daughter turned a fire-engine-embarrased red as her momma pulled the minivan up to the dumpster to gather the pallets. :)

But, we couldn’t fit the pallets in the van. So the next morning the husband came to the rescue.

That’s one good man right there.

So…

Step One: Find pallets

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Dumpster’s are a GREAT place to look for pallets. But you can also find them on Craigslist or ask around local business owners.

Step Two: Take pallet apart

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This was really the hardest part because if you are using an old pallet you need to be really careful. The wood WILL break easily. :) Kinda found that out. 

We took all the nails out and set them to the side in order to reuse them.

Step Three: Create your design plan

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Once you get your pallet apart, you can see what you have to work with.

I only wanted to create a small table so we laid out three boards to see if we liked the look. We also decided how to place the legs and and how to make the table study.

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Step Four: Clamp and Nail

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Since the wood was warped we needed to clamp it together in order to nail it together.

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Then it was time to nail!

I suggest using as many of the original nail holes as possible. Also, if you are going for an aged look, reusing the nails is a great look!

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Step Five: Add Legs

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Okay so…when you take the pallet apart you’ll have the long-thin pieces of wood that go across the pallet and the thicker pieces underneath that hold it together. You’ll want to use those pieces for the legs.

Then you’ll need to do some measuring. We choose to make the legs 39 inches high.

Cut the thicker pieces of wood to the height of the legs you’d like. 

I don’t recommend using the same nails to add the legs. You’ll need some screws to help keep the legs secure. 

Step Six: Finishing Touches

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The last step for us was to add one more piece of wood across the top and one along the back.

This is a step you can be really creative with.

You could do a criss-cross pattern on the sides like this:

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Or keep it really simple like this:

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And that’s it!

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I still need to add a few decor things to this arrangement but…I’m in love with this table!!

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What do you think? :) 

Alright and now its time to announce the winner of The Great Friendship Giveaway!! Drum roll please….

Donna J!

I will email you to get your mailing information. :)

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll see you back here on Tuesday for another edition of Two Minute Tuesday.

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Two Minute Tuesday: Integrity

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Two Minute Tuesday | 12 comments

Hi friends, I wanted to let you know I’ve heard you about the delay in the Two Minute Tuesday post getting out on TUESDAYS. :) I’m so sorry it normally comes the next day, as all my posts do. I’m working on getting that fixed asap!

Thanks for the feedback on that, I really appreciate hearing from you!! :)

Until its fixed I promise to post it to all my social media outlets once its up! So you can follow me on Twitter here, on Facebook here and on YouTube here! :)

Here’s today’s video:


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What about you? Do you find there’s freedom in being right in God’s eyes? Leave a comment and share your thoughts today. :) 

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The Great Friendship Giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog | 252 comments

  *****This Giveaway Is Now Closed! :)

Hi there!

If you are visiting today from today’s Proverbs 31 Devotion I want to say a BIG HELLO! And if you aren’t new to the blog, well, HELLO to you too. :)

For our new people, I hope you’ll take a few minutes and make yourself at home here on the blog. For our regular subscribers, I hope you’ll take a minute and hop over to the P31 site and read today’s devotion.

To go along with today’s devotion, I have one SWEET friendship giveaway to offer you.

It’s a prize package worth over $185! And it’s GOOD stuff guys. :)

YOU COULD WIN ALLLLLLLLL THIS!!!!

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Here’s the details on how you can enter. Please read carefully. :)

For ONE entry: Leave a comment sharing who is a special friend to you!

For TWO entries: Leave a comment and subscribe to this blog! [For those already subscribed, just a leave a comment with your special friend story and say "already subscribed!" :) ]

For THREE entries: Leave a comment, subscribe to the blog and go “like” each of the sponsors FB pages! [links to pages below]

The Spirit Factory Custom Designs
Pajamas for Mamas
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Jamberry Nails

For FOUR entries: Leave a comment, subscribe to the blog, like sponsors FB pages and tweet/fb about this giveaway on your social media! :)

Here’s a pre-made tweet for you: “I just entered to win The Great Friendship giveaway  at www.nickikoziarz.com!”

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY APRIL 11th.

Okay friends, happy entering!

And be sure to come back tomorrow for our Two Minute Tuesday.

Special THANK YOU to all of The Great Friendship Giveaway Sponsors! 

Details From Our Sponsor’s About Their Products

 1. From the very talented Rhonda, owner and founder of The Spirit Factory

Rhonda is a custom jewelry designer who has such a special and unique style. Her jewelry would make a GREAT Mother’s Day gift or to celebrate that special graduate this year. I personally have one of her custom necklaces and I LOVE it.

Just for this prize package, Rhonda has created this special necklace to help us remember…”A friend loves at all times.” -Proverbs 17:17

 

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2. From the inspiring coach, consultant and blogger, Lisa Allen!

Lisa is adding these value cards to the prize package that will help your relationships be GREAT. If you are looking for the world’s biggest cheerleader, Lisa is your girl! She will help you reach all your dreams and has some GREAT, free resources on her website and blog!

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What you value is “value-able”.  Because our values determine our behavior, identifying and understanding our values can create deepened awareness, confidence in decisions and unity in relationships.  Lisa Allen has created a simple way to guide you in the process of determining your core values with her Pathway to Progress “Value Cards”. 

3. From the Founder of Pajama’s for Mamas, Stephanie Clayton! 

Stephanie is adding this cute pair of pj’s from Target to the prize package. You’ll love lounging with friends in these!

I love Stephanie but I love her heart for others even more. She’s someone I would want in my corner during a hard time. Here’s why Stephanie founded Pajama’s for Mamas…

“I love pajamas. They are comfort at the end of a long day. Something we easily take for granted, and something not everybody has. So I started something called Pajamas for Mamas! We provide donated new pajamas to women living in shelters. In addition to pajamas, they receive a customized scripture card with a personal note and prayer written on the back. The ultimate goal is for these women to feel special, loved, and cared for – not just by others – but by God. If you would like to learn more about Pajamas for Mamas you can visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pajamasformamas and/or you can email pajamasformamas@outlook.com for more information about how to donate pajamas!”

 

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(*We will email you for size information.)

4. From the You-Can-Do-It Healthy Living Coach, Amy Lykins

Amy is THE best Healthy Living coach I know. She is full of so much wisdom on learning to eat and live well. Her blog has tons of resources for you and she is available to help you reach all your goals.

To celebrate friendship, Amy is adding  TWO of these fun, water diffusers to the prize package. You put fruit and herbs in them and it makes your water taste SO good.

One for you and one to give to a friend! waterbottle_giveaway

 

5. From You Go Girl T-Shirts!

Founded by just a regular woman…living a regular life…but living it by seeing the glass half-full, pressing through trials and by adding a dash of JOY & POSITIVITY to the mix!! WE ARE ALL FRIENDS, MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, WIVES, & SISTERS ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER ONE ♥ AT A TIME…through the pressures, trials, happy and sad days! Press On Girlz!!

They are adding to the prize package this very bright and cheery t-shirt that will make all your friends smile!

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6. From Designing For One Handmade Jewelry!

Founder owner Amber is a woman who loves God and others so much. Her design reflects that. Amber is adding to the prize package this super cute necklace you can bless a friend with!

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A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison
Let your friend know how much you love who she is with this handcrafted and handstamped Bee You-tiful necklace by Designing4One.

 

Last but not least…

7. From Donelle’s Jamberry Nails!

Donelle is adding to prize pack one sheet of nails you and a friend can do together! How fun will this be? (*please note, image does not reflect the sheet you will receive, this is just a sample image)

 

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Jamberry nails are the new way to get cute manicures and pedicures at a fraction of the salon price. With over 300 styles there is sure to be a design to fit every personality or event. Jamberry nails are free from harmful chemicals found in most nail polish, and are made in the USA. Each sheet will do 2-3 manicures as well as several pedicure. Manicures last about 2 weeks- while pedicures last up to 6 weeks!
Jamberry nails come in both adult and children’s sizes.

The full catalog can be found at www.Donelle.Jamberrynails.net

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Two Minute Tuesday: Philippians 3:14

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Two Minute Tuesday | 15 comments

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Friends, I don’t say this very often but thank you for doing life with me on these Two Minute Tuesdays. It’s so much fun to hear your thoughts and experience God with you.

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Two Minute Tuesday: Think Above

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog | 7 comments

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What about you? Do you struggle with thinking above?

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