Strawberry Butter recipe {Growing Your Own Berries}

Posted on May 30,2014 by Jennifer

Strawberry Butter Biscuits, Strawberry Butter Recipe, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollIt is definitively strawberry season ’round here and I’m so excited that we’ve been growing our own berries this year! Strawberries have been surprisingly easy and low-maintenance plants. In early April I bought several small plants from Lowe’s and planted them in two rectangular planters that I had. I used a Miracle Grow type of potting soil and then just kept watering the plants… and this is the happy result:


Relaxing on the Lake

Posted on May 28,2014 by Jennifer

Relaxing at Smith Mountain Lake, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollI hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I’m still battling some pretty intense head congestion but overall I’m feeling better and was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had this weekend. On Sunday afternoon I was fortunate to be able to play golf with my Dad – a true treat since I haven’t played in probably two years! It reminded me how much I enjoy that game and wish I could play it more often. It took a lot out of me though… On Sunday I headed to Smith Mountain Lake for a day of fun on the lake with my family. This has been our tradition for the last three or four years and I love it! We rented a pontoon boat and just enjoyed riding around. Thankfully I could lay down on the boat which was a big help.


My Back Garden: Before + After

Posted on May 23,2014 by Jennifer

Townhouse Back Yard Before, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollI live in a townhouse that is blessed with a back yard – it’s not huge but it’s large enough for me and my budding gardening ambitions. I haven’t touched the backyard for a couple of years because I’ve just had other things that were higher on the “to-do” list. But this year I felt the urge to get out there and finally put my stamp on this yard. “English Cottage Garden” was the theme I went with (surprise, surprise). I adore roses so I knew I wanted to plant as many of those as I could and I also wanted to put in some edible plants especially to help teach my daughter how we can grow food to eat. Visually, I wanted to add a little bit of drama and symmetry to the space as well. These were at least some of the ideas in my head and here’s how it came out:

My backyard cottage garden, townhouse backyard makeover, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll


Enjoying David Austin Roses

Posted on May 22,2014 by Jennifer

Princess Alexandra of Kent David Austin Rose, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollThank you so much for your sweet comments on Monday’s post. I so appreciate them!! Unfortunately, I’ve now gotten the same virus that my little one has and have been sick in bed for the past couple of days… fortunately I took these photos the other day and I am finally feeling up to sharing them with you. And yes, I really do want to show you my little back garden soon – hopefully I’ll feel up to snapping some photos in the next couple of days. One of the elements that I’m most excited about are my new David Austin roses!! They are beginning to bloom and I couldn’t resist clipping one.

Blue and White Plates, Tonquin Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff china, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollWhat a crazy weekend I had. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I was planning to go to Lucketts this past Saturday for their Spring Market. I didn’t have a babysitter for the weekend so my little one and I were planning to go together. Unexpectedly she came home early from preschool on Friday morning complaining of an earache.  She got lots of rest on Friday and Saturday morning she said she felt great and was excited to go on our Lucketts adventure. Bright and (extremely) early, we got loaded up in the car and were on our way.


Celebrating Summer with TIKI® Brand Torches

Posted on May 15,2014 by Jennifer

Celebrating Summer with TIKI Brand Torches, Apple Green & Black Party Inspiration, Outdoor Entertaining, Pool party Ideas, Elegant Summer party, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

I am so glad that the weather is beginning to warm up, aren’t you!?! I’ve been busy working away in my back yard and can’t wait to share that with you but the new grass is taking its sweet time coming in and it still looks a little too “before” out there for me to share any “after” photos just yet… In the meantime, I’ve been having fun doing some summer backyard entertaining at my parents’ house. They have a beautiful yard where I love styling various parties. It’s almost like playing dress-up but with table linens and flowers instead of dresses and hats! So, when I was recently asked by TIKI® Brand to share some fun summer entertaining ideas, I immediately called my parents to see if I could, once again, come play in the backyard!


Mother’s Day Card Download! {+ a Gift Idea}

Posted on May 8,2014 by Jennifer

Mother's Day Porch Party, As seen in the May/June 2014 edition of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, www.JenniferCarrollMedia.comHave you seen the Mother’s Day porch party in the May/June 2014 edition of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll yet? It was such a fun scene to shoot filled with lots of sentimental touches including a Mother’s Day card turned menu that I created featuring the vibrant tulip image above.


{Let’s Visit} Altar’d State

Posted on May 6,2014 by Jennifer

Altar'd State at the shops at Stonefield, Charlottesville Virginia, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollI am so excited to share my new favorite clothing boutique with you guys today! (And no, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really, really love this shop!!). I know I don’t usually share about clothes, but this store is such a great find, I just had to share it with you! It’s called Altar’d State. Have you been in one yet? I had never heard of it but my mom went in and told me that I HAD to go there. So off I went…


Cinco de Mayo flashback!

Posted on May 5,2014 by Jennifer

Fiesta Party Ideas, Cinco de Mayo party ideas, Bright colored party ideas, summer pool party ideas, Celebrating Everyday Life magazineHappy Cinco de Mayo!! I’m trying to play catch up around here since I’ve been running on over-drive lately but I didn’t want to let the day get away without wishing you a happy 5th day of May! In the first issue of my magazine, the May/June 2013 edition, I shared this fun and festive backyard Cinco de Mayo themed celebration! You can check out the full story in the magazine.

Wrapping a baby shower gift certificate, photography gift certificate, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollRecently I was asked if I would photograph a new mom and her little one. I was so honored to be asked, photography is still a relatively new part of my life since it wasn’t much more than a couple of years ago that I really began to learn this skill. But, when I began, I dove in completely — trying to learn everything I could and found that I am definitely a shutter bug! SO, {back to my story} when I was asked to do this they also needed a gift certificate to give the new mommy. I wanted to come up with a way to present a gift certificate that really felt like a gift and not just a piece of paper in an envelope. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I just wanted to do something a little extra. So, I put my thinking cap on and did a little googling…

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