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Episode 1

Welcome to the premiere episode of Celebrating Everyday Life TV!!

My mom and I are so excited that you are here! For those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time, you may wonder what's happening?!

Well, the blog is moving in an exciting new direction – never fear, you will still find inspiration and encouragement here, but it will be in video form (happy squeal of delight!!), which I sincerely hope will be both extremely entertaining and useful for you.

My mom has joined me to bring generous portions of love of laughter to the show as well as explore a topic previously not explored here on the blog: Senior Living – the art of growing older gracefully and with exceeding JOY!

She and I are delighted to invite you along on our adventures of Celebrating Everyday Life through practical DIYs, Crafts, tips for Senior Living, Entertaining, Decorating, Cooking, and more!

Today's episode is a bit longer than we plan for future episodes but we took some extra time to share about the new direction and our plans with you.

So without further ado, please tune in to see Episode 1 of Celebrating Everyday Life TV!

Before you watch, please note there is a lot of content below the video so please scroll down after watching to get all the links, downloads, and details of what you see on the show! 

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Details on everything you saw on today's episode!

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SOLE recipe

Hydration is an important thing as we age.  Not drinking enough water can put our health in jeopardy.  Starting the day with a 16-ounce glass of filtered water with a teaspoon of Sole in it is a great way to wake up your body and start the gears moving.  Sole is an electrolyte-dense brine that is taken as a supplement every morning.

An electrolyte is a compound that ionizes when dissolved in liquid, meaning it becomes a charged molecule.  Different types of electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium, and phosphate.

Honestly, sometimes I have awakened in the morning feeling very tired and spacey and after a glass of sole water, I feel much better and energetic.  It is really amazing!


Hydration is an important thing as we age. Not drinking enough water can put our health in jeopardy. Starting the day with a 16-ounce glass of filtered water with a teaspoon of Sole in it is a great way to wake up your body and start the gears moving. Sole is an electrolyte-dense brine that is taken as a supplement every morning.
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  • Quart Mason jar
  • Plastic top
  • Sea Salt
  • Filtered Water


  • First, you pour seal salt into jar about ¼ of the way up.
  • Then add filtered water to where the jar goes in to form the neck. Put on plastic top.
  • Shake vigorously, it will be cloudy and set aside overnight.
  • In the morning the water on top is clear and there is a thin layer of salt on the bottom of the jar.
    The clear liquid is the sole. Add to your morning 16 oz of filtered water and drink.
    Voila! A nourishing morning drink to start your day!

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When setting a beautiful table like this one I always try to pair it with a simple menu.



In this episode, I share the recipe for my Honey-Ginger Dressing/Marinade.

It's a delicious addition to elevate your meal that comes together in minutes. It's easy enough for everyday meals but special enough for weekend entertaining too!

You can make this without a blender/food processor but it literally comes together in minutes if you use one, so I recommend it for making meal prep faster and simpler.

Bon Appetit!

Honey Ginger Dressing/Marinade

Light and refreshing dressing that is perfect for easy summer entertaining. Watch Jennifer make this dressing in Episode 1 of Celebrating Everyday Life TV! This also makes a delicious marinade for Pork, Chicken and Grilled Vegetables.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad


  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled (or 1 two-inch piece)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced (or 1 clove)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch salt & pepper


  • Emulsify ginger + garlic in a food processor.
  • Add in honey, vinegar, mustard, lemon zest & juice, salt & pepper to combine with ginger & garlic
  • While the blender is running, slowly add in the olive oil.
  • Once well combined, pour this into a mason jar with a tight lid and store in the fridge for up to one month (if you don't eat it first!)

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I (Jennifer) am mad for all things “Bee!” – in case you couldn't tell in this episode!

I collect Bee skeps and for this table I wanted a petite skep to place at each place setting so I decided to make some. I hope you enjoy the tutorial on the show.

These really are simple to whip up and you'll have an entire hive of them in no time!


Low temp glue gun + glue sticks
Optional: small pot to set balloon in while you're getting started

[dropcaps]1[/dropcaps] STEP ONE

Blow up a balloon with plain air (no hydrogen). I use a hand balloon pump when blowing up the balloon to save my lungs! The bigger your balloon, the bigger your skep. For little ones like this, you don't need to pump that much air into it. This also allows your balloon to keep the shape that you want for your skep.

[dropcaps]2[/dropcaps] STEP TWO

Tie a knot in your jute/twine. This will be the loop at the top of your skep.

[dropcaps]3[/dropcaps] STEP THREE

Add some glue to the base of your knot and stick it on the balloon. Begin wrapping the jute in a circle around the knot and continue adding glue in several spots to keep your jute layers tightly connected. Note: the balloon will stay stuck to your jute.

[dropcaps]4[/dropcaps] STEP FOUR

Once you have the size/length you desire, trim your jute and glue it into place on the inside of the skep.

Pop the balloon. You can try to peel the pieces out or just leave them to help add some support to the skep.


We truly hope that you have enjoyed this episode and found ideas and inspiration to help you celebrate everyday life!

Still have questions or perhaps ideas for future episodes? Click here to email us! We'd love to hear from you!

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Happy Celebrating!

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  1. 4 stars
    You two are just the best! Look forward to seeing much more of your inspiration. Loved the sea salt water tip! All the best to each of you. Blessings.

    1. Oh Gwen, thank you so much for the encouraging words! We are having a blast doing this! Keep watching and sharing.
      Blessings to you too!

  2. 5 stars
    WOW!! What an amazing beginning! Jennifer, I especially loved your entertaining ideas with the salad dressing, the ginger tip (I needed that!), and those too cute bee skeps!!! And Lucinda… Celtic Sea Salt is my absolute fave, too!! Can’t wait to see what the two of you have up your sleeves for future episodes. xoxo

    1. Diane, you are the BEST! We are really committed to trying to uplift and encourage and inspire with all we are doing! I think we will get better and better with each one. Thank you for your kind words. XOXOXO

    1. Beverly, our next one is coming on Wednesday! We are so excited! Hope you enjoy it! Thank you for the positive response!

  3. Peggy Bostic says:

    Congratulations on your new adventure! I so enjoyed this inspirational time and look forward to more.

    1. Hey Peggy, thanks for the good words! More to come every Wednesday! We look forward to sharing with you!

  4. Lollie Christner-Severin says:

    5 stars
    Jennifer and Lucinda, I enjoyed everything you covered in your first episode. I’m drinking 2 liters of filtered water daily but now I will be making Sole, thanks to Lucinda’s segment. I will be making the bee skeps for favors for my next ladies tea. And, I could go on and on and breakdown everything I loved but just know it was all GREAT. And, thanks for the links to where we can purchase things you featured. Oh, and I ordered your book, Jennifer, before I even finisted watching. And, of course I shared on Facebook, so feel free to pull my name out of the hat for that great giveaway. Best to you both! What a team!

    1. WOW Lollie, YOU ARE AMAZING!!! A trillion thank you’s for such powerful words of encouragement! I know you would really laugh if you could see how hard we are working to make this all happen! Painting walls, floors, ceilings in the set Jen uses for her cooking/crafting, using picture hanging wire to suspend a microphone from the ceiling for better sound. You see, it is just the two of us sorting our way, with the Lord’s help, through this adventure, loving every minute of it. God bless you for watching!

  5. 5 stars
    What a fun episode. I am really looking forward to the next one!

    1. Well,Cindy, we will be posting the next episode Wednesday at 7AM EST And we have no thoughts of stopping. We LOVE doing this soooo much! Even with all the work it takes. We are learning all the time! Keep watching.

  6. Jennifer,
    I live the idea if the videos. You and your mom are sweet together. Loved your mom’s segment. I also loved the honey ginger segment as well. I always love a good recipe. ; )
    I would love to hear more of you sharing your event planning expertise on a home entertaining level.

    1. Cheryl, thanks for the input. Jen really had an incredible event business. A lot of info is also in archive posts from her blog. I have always envied her ability to make the simplest birthday or dinner party REALLY beautiful and special. Thank you for watching and please share our show.

  7. Love! May you be blessed on your new adventure. I can’t wait for the next one.

    1. Kim, thank you for sending a blessing! We will take all we can. Wednesday at 7AM EST we are posting the next grand adventure. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for watching and spreading the word.

  8. elizabeth says:

    Loved watching this first episode! Jennifer your mother is so beautiful, now we know where you get your looks! 🙂 I am so looking forward to watching more Celebrating Everyday Life!

    1. Oh Elizabeth, thank you for watching! How kind of you to say I am beautiful! We all have insecurities and one of my biggest worries in doing this show with Jennifer was my saggy profile and how I would look! But I have to say, a wonderful thing happened. I saw myself and my turkey neck and it didn’t matter!!! I just wanted to connect and be real and encourage others to step out and LIVE!!! And then on top of that to have you say I look beautiful, well just goes to show, we cannot let any fears prevent us from doing what we are called to do!!!!!! Never too old, or too ugly, or too fat!!!! Blessings to you dearheart!!

  9. 5 stars
    Congratulations on your premiere episode Jennifer & Lucinda! Very informative and fun – you two make a great team. Looking forward to many more.

    1. Lauri, we are out there for real!! How exciting!! Hope you will continue to enjoy the adventure with us!!
      Thank you again for your encouragement!

    1. Hey Kari, the skep really is simple yet beautiful. That dressing is really tasty and I had never seen the ginger trick that Jennifer showed myself!! So that was something I got to learn too!! Keep watching more to come.

  10. Wow I love how the table arrangement turned out. Very creative and full of life! I might just steal the idea for a summer dinner!

    1. Thank you Delia, Jennifer really does a lovely tablescape! One time she set a Ralph Lauren look alike table by the pool in my back yard and the folks from Ralph Lauren Facebook posted it on their page! I think you can see many more of her tabletops on her blog. Thank you for watching!

  11. This is truly exciting and way to go! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

    1. Lucinda Riley says:

      So happy you liked it! We are going on and loving every minute of it! Please keep watching!

  12. Jann Olson says:

    I love bee skeps too and just made a similar one. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Lucinda Riley says:

      Hey Jann, Glad you love skeps too!!! We are bee lovers all things over here. Keep watching and thanks for you comment.

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