Archive for December, 2008


Be Resolved!

Posted on December 30,2008 by Jennifer Carroll

As 2008 is ending my mind is turning to thoughts of 2009. What will it be like? What will I accomplish? These questions have even more meaning for me this year because my grandmother just passed away on Christmas Day… barely a week ago. She was diagnosed only 5 weeks ago with cancer and is now gone. 
Life is so fleeting, I want to remember to take advantage of every moment that God gives me. I love this photo of the woman looking towards the horizon, seeing the journey ahead and with walking stick in hand, she is prepared to face it. I want to be prepared too! So, as I gaze out on the adventure of a new year ahead, I want to embrace every moment that I have and dare to dream! My resolutions for 2009? Be full of faith, hope and courage. With God's grace, these tools will get me through every step on my journey.
I hope you will join me in being brave and daring to dream really big! We can do it!!
Happy New Year!


New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Posted on December 29,2008 by Jennifer Carroll

Check out my party tips for a fun & fabulous New Year's Eve party recently featured in The Hook or read below. For even more ideas visit Martha


Homemade Holiday Gifts

Posted on December 16,2008 by Jennifer Carroll

I love the holidays! Christmas has always been one of my most favorite times of the year and I especially love an excuse for having a huge bake-fest. I turn on a favorite classic movie like Christmas in Connecticut  (my all-time favorite!) or White Christmas and preheat the oven.


Soothing Hot Tea

Posted on December 10,2008 by Jennifer Carroll
Hot Tea 
I've been busy decorating my house for Christmas and I seemed to have unpacked a bit more than just decorations. It appears that I've also unpacked an army of allergens because I can't seem to stop sneezing! Determined to not get sick right before the holidays – I'm turning to my trusty friend hot tea. My favorite blend is organic Echinacea Elder tea. It really works at keeping me going at full speed! The flavor is slightly sweet on its own so I don't need to add any additional sweetener (or calories). Whereas with traditional echinacea tea I find myself dumping in the honey!
Whole Living gives some really interesting recipes for making your own healing teas in this article. Would you care for a cup of Fatigue Fixing tea? I know I would.
Do you have a favorite cold-weather immune builder? If so, I'd love to hear about it! 
In the meantime, I wish you a healthy and warm cup of tea. I'm off to brew mine, right now.

Happy Wednesday!



Handmade gift tags

Posted on December 8,2008 by Jennifer Carroll


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas – especially at my house! As some of you may know, I am busy at work writing a book on easy and fun ideas for entertaining at home. (Such an exciting project! I can't wait to share it with you all.) Next Tuesday we will be shooting the December chapter, so today has been full of activities like putting up the tree, and beginning to place decor. I'm excited to see how it will all turn out but in the meantime, I still have to think about Christmas gifts for my friends and family. My assistant Jenny found these handmade wooden tags and I love them! They would also be really simple to make if you were feeling creative. If you would rather buy a set you can order them through Etsy. They measure 2.5" tall and would also be super cute ornaments!


Celebrate with Jennifer Carroll!

Posted on December 5,2008 by Jennifer Carroll


I'm so pleased to announce the premiere issue of my new e-zine, Celebrate with Jennifer Carroll!, has been published. This has been a dream for
quite sometime and I'm thrilled to share this first issue with you. To receive
the premiere issue and future issues, please sign-up


Favorite Holiday Music

Posted on December 3,2008 by Jennifer Carroll

There is nothing like listening to christmas music to get me in the mood for decorating, wrapping, baking, writing christmas cards, and all the rest of the many holiday activities! I just bought Faith Hill's 'Joy to the World' cd and I love it. The new song 'A Baby Changes Everything' is incredible.


Pumpkin Pie Martini

Posted on December 1,2008 by Jennifer Carroll

Pumpkin martini 

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