Styling a Custom Card, Transforming a Card into a Keepsake, Making a special Bon Voyage Card, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollMarion, one of my sweet friends – she’s the one who is always baking the amazing cakes I feature at my daughter’s birthday parties, plus she made the gingerbread houses I featured on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of my magazine – is about to move to another state which of course makes me really sad. She also works at my mom’s salon and the gals there asked if I could make a special card to invite her to a Bon Voyage Party they had planned for her. I was of course delighted to create something for her and knew I wanted it to feel even more special than just a card, I wanted it to feel like a gift. So, I put my thinking cap on and stood in front of my craft closet. Now that it’s all finished, it kind-of reminds me of a mixed-media art piece… here’s how I created it:

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Tips on Installing a Pea Gravel Garden Path

Posted on June 4,2014 by Jennifer

Tips on installing a pea gravel garden path, Backyard DIY project, How to install a garden path, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollToday I’m participating in the All Things Home “Elements of Summer” tour with some wonderful bloggers! You can explore all the inspiring projects via the links at the bottom of the post. Since I’ve been working so much in my garden lately I thought I’d share my tips on installing a pea gravel garden path. My DIY skills have typically run more in the  crafting/cooking/sewing arena, not so much the outdoor DIY landscaping arena so I was feeling a little nervous about my ability to do this project but thankfully I was fueled by my angst over my existing garden path to give it a whirl.

is your attitude toward your problem the real problem? Joyce Meyer Quote, Inspiring Quote, Encouraging Quote, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollI hope everyone isn’t seeing this title and immediately clicking the “unsubscribe” button… ha, ha! I mean, I kind-of would understand it, but I hope you bear with me on this… I recently heard Joyce Meyer say this quote and it stopped me in my tracks.

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Celebrating Everyday Life magazine 2014 Reader Survey!

Posted on June 2,2014 by Jennifer

2014 Celebrating Everyday Life magazine Reader Survey GraphicBecause the magazine is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the current issue, I thought this would be a great time to hear from you about what you like and what you’d like to improve with the magazine. Thus, the concept of an annual reader’s survey was born! I’m new to surveys and I don’t pretend to be an expert. It turns out – there’s a lot of science that goes into these things. Since I don’t have a team of science majors behind me, I’ve tried to come up with questions that are pretty simple but to the point. And, good news, there are only 10 of them! I am truly looking for honest feedback and I hope that you, dear reader, will take this opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas for the magazine.

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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:

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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