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A few touches of Fall

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I wanted to stop in and say “hello,” I’ve been quite busy at the salon and have hardly had a moment to call my own. I’m hoping my schedule is going to settle down soon and I will be able to share more often – at least that’s my hope.  I’m excited to say that I am planning to share some Fall decor updates next week plus hopefully a tablescape too! Until then, the marigolds in my yard are bursting forth masses of gorgeous golden orbs and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you!

DIY: Make Your Own Homemade Foot Soak

DIY Homemade Foot Soak, How to Make Your Own Foot Soak, How to make your own foot scrub, Lavender Rosemary Foot Soak, Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak, Make Your Own Beauty Treatments, Make Your Own Luxury Bath Items, DIY Gift Ideas, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollWith all the long hours (and thousands of foot steps according to my Fitbit HRaffiliate link) that I’ve been putting in at the salon, my feet have been in desperate need of some TLC. I’m such a go-go-go person that I don’t tend to take time to soak in a tub at the end of the day. If my computer were waterproof I’d probably do it more, but as it is, I find it hard enough to get through most of my to-do list, much less, take time for pampering (which probably means I need it more than ever). Sometimes I like to compromise by soaking my feet – that way, I can still have my laptop with me and be working, but my feet are simultaneously relaxing – I guess I’m just a compulsive multi-tasker!

A Summer Floral Arrangement

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It’s hard to believe that it is almost the end of August already! The time is flying. I started working at one of my parent’s salons two weeks ago (I’m helping out at the front desk as well as managing their marketing) and have been trying to adjust to my new schedule. It’s been a little overwhelming but hopefully I’m beginning to find my “groove,” which excites me because I’ve missed y’all over here! I can tell you that I am definitely appreciating my time at home now more than ever. And this past Sunday was no exception.

Repotting a Shamrock

Repotting a Shamrock, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollIt’s been an impromptu gardening week over here – beginning with the How to Pot Succulents post, and then the Battling Japanese Beetles post, it seems like I had a theme going and didn’t even plan it! So, it seems fitting to round it all out with a super quick post about repotting a Shamrock. Do you ever pick up plants (especially at the grocery store) that are so cute at first but they begin to lose their cuteness over time at home? I know this happens to me all the time, especially since I’m a random waterer… (although I am determined to get better!) and so often plants end up looking like this (if I’m lucky)…

Easy Tomato Avocado Salad

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Remember yesterday’s power seed blend recipe? I mentioned that it is an easy addition to lots of meals (I loved Marisa and Gina’s breakfast suggestions in the comments – great ideas for sneaking in more seeds!) and today I’m sharing one of my favorite go-to lunches in a hurry. My simple Tomato Avocado Salad recipe. This is such an easy meal and yet it still feels kind-of special to me. It’s funny how just a few ingredients can come together to make something delicious, I almost feel like it needs to be more complicated but here simplicity is truly best!

Health Boost: Power Seed Blend

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I’m always looking for ways to sneak in a bit more “health” into our diets without sacrificing taste, and recently I hit on a great idea that I just had to share with you. The media talks a lot about super foods like Kale, Spinach, you know all those amazing greens, but did you know that there are seeds which also qualify as “super-foods?” I like to call them “Power Seeds.” These tiny little seeds pack an almost unbeatable punch of Omega 3s, fiber, protein and more which can help balance blood sugar levels, fight heart disease, aid in weight loss and more! Best of all, you can sneak them into a huge array of foods.

Tips for Battling Japanese Beetles

Tips for Battling Japanese Beetles, Fight Japanese Beetles, Organic Gardening, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollOh what a dreadful summer this has been for Japanese Beetles here in Virginia – ugh! Do you have these rotten critters too? I can honestly say that I hate them. They have been steadily chomping on my roses which makes them my arch enemy, my nemesis if you will. My neighbors often see me wandering around my small garden, mason jar in hand, muttering at my flowers. I’m sure I’ve raised more than a few eyebrows. Why do I have a mason jar in my hand you may ask? Ah, I’m so glad you asked…

How to Pot Succulents

How to Pot Succulents, Tips for Potting Succulents, Planting Succulents, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer CarrollSucculents are one of my favorite plants to keep because they can survive well on just a bit of water – which often happens when I forget to water the plants around here! I’ve been trying to do better but watering can still be a little hit or miss. I also like succulents because the little ones are pretty inexpensive. Since they don’t cost too much I seem to pick a pack up every so often and somehow or another I have amassed a rather rag-tag bunch of them that needed a proper home.

How to Make Carrot Flowers – A Video Tutorial

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Want a fun (and easy) way to add style to your salads and soups? Or how about a way to get your kiddos excited about eating their veggies? Then do I have the perfect how-to for you today! Carrot Flowers! All you need are carrots and a knife – no fancy gadgets. A few straight cuts and before you know it you have a really cute garnish that will have everyone ohhing and ahhhing, or at least eating! I’ve made a video to show you how to make these:

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