The Life of Jennifer Dawn: May 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

One of the activities that we enjoy most is going down the road to the berry patch to pick fruit. Strawberry season was in full swing a couple weeks back, so we trekked out to get some. Picking their own fruit is a fun, education, and delicious experience for the kids.

Although we enjoyed most of the strawberries cut up and eaten fresh, I used some of them to make homemade strawberry jam. What is it about using freshly picked berries that make the jam so delicious?  This is a must try recipe especially if your kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the way mine do. We now have a large stash of jam that will last for months. Grab some strawberries and mix up a batch for yourself. Don't miss the FREE printable recipe card at the bottom of this post either. You may never buy store-bought jams and jellies again...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Simple Projects That Make a Big Impact in Your Home & Weekly Link Party

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!
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Let's get the party started with five fabulous posts that were linked up last week.
Natalie from The Pampered Mom shared a glimpse into her kitchen with its DIY Herb & Spice Kitchen Art!
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible linked up this charming DIY Photo Frame!
Nell from Rhythms of Play shared how she made a DIY Six Foot Ruler that is certainly a statement piece!
Kristi of Making it in the Mountains shared this amazing Rustic Boy's Bedroom!
&
Julie from Sum of their Stories shared this creative Popsicle Stick Pendant that I just adore!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weekend Projects to Try this Summer & Weekly Link Party

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Let's get the party started with a few fabulous posts that were linked up last week.
Virginia from Fynes Designs shared with us how to make this amazing DIY Wood Caddy!
Brandie of Home Cooking Memories linked up her delicious Strawberry Sorbet!
April from illistyle shared her fun and cute Washi Tape Pineapple Postcards!
&
Michele of The Scrap Shoppe Blog showed how she turned an old drawer into this Upcycled Flower Box!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #140

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Let's get the party started with a few fabulous posts that were linked up last week. I love frequenting the local farmer's markets and making delicious dishes with our finds. These ladies all have some wonderful recipe ideas for those fruits and veggies!
Ashely from Spoonful of Flavor shared this amazing-looking Vegetarian Carrot Top Pesto Pizza!
Kristin of Dizzy Busy & Hungry linked up her delicious Berry Cheesecake Fluff!
Elisa from Lemon & Lime Thyme shared her recipe for Creamy, Golden Butternut Squash Risotto!
&
Sherry of Olives-n- kra linked up a quick and easy Caprese Salad!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hello Summer Giveaway

The temperatures are rising, and the days are getting longer. School is almost out. Yay! Summer with all of its savory sweetness is right around the corner. It's so close, I can almost taste it! If thoughts of berry picking outings, water fun, and outdoor adventures don't already have you craving summer, these summery posts and products will. Get into the spirit of summer with sizzling fabrics, shorts peppered with popsicles, nautical prints, butter-colored cabochon rings, watermelon science activities, and more! Enjoy taking a peek at this fantastic collection of shops and blogs, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

For a little extra fun, I asked each of these shop owners and bloggers to share their favorite thing about summer. I hope you enjoy reading their answers and getting to know a little more about the individual behind each blog/shop. How would you answer that question? What's your favorite thing about summer? Feel free to share your answers with us in the comment section below.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics truly is my favorite online source for designer fabrics! I especially love the coordinating bundles and new knits that have been popping up in this shop.

"My favorite thing about summer...the endless sunlight and warm evenings! Nothing like snuggling in a backyard hammock with a warmish breezy and the fading light." --Diana of Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Aren't these prints the cutest?! In this shop, you'll find wall art, cards, and other printed items all customized to your preferences! They have some fantastic gift options for Father's Day too!

Hobbies from the Heart offers stickers, seals, jewelry, and more! It's a treasure trove full of fun goodies!

"My favorite thing about summer would be experiencing warm weather (after 9 months of winter here in Wisconsin) and attending the farmer’s market and craft fairs." --Marianne of Hobbies from the Heart

Natural recipes and botany lessons for little ones are just two samples of the amazing resources you'll find on my dear friend Tanya's blog. Be sure to stop by and take a look around.

"Going on vacation. Popsicles and the pool are second favorite things." --Tanya of The Natural Homeschool blog

My mom and I both currently have products in our homes from this shop. The handcrafted signs, prints, and decor items are all so gorgeous!

"Summer is my favorite season (with Fall as a very close second). Every other Friday night during the summer, we meet up with a group of friends and their children and have a picnic on the beach while watching the sunset. The kids build sandcastles, the adults throw the football or frisbee and we all just have a great time fellowshipping. Another activity that I love is our family bicycle rides. Whenever my husband has a week day off, we take our bicycles (kids in tow!) and stroll along our county trail, making sure to stop by the local famous Ice Cream Shoppe on the way home." --Brittany of Ellison Made

The garlands and handcrafted goodies that this shop offers are fantastic, but it's the Package of Pretties--monthly subscription boxes--that I love the most! Be sure to visit Earth Cookie Creations on Instagram for more details.

"My favorite part of summer is the bright colors!" --Jessica of Earth Cookie Creations

Natural Beach Living's slogan reads, "Homeschooling with sandy toes and a smile." Here you'll find fun, educational ideas like this amazing post on Watermelon Sensory Science!

"My favorite thing about summer is family time at the beach." --Kimberly of Natural Beach Living

Black and white never looked so good! This shop is filled with monochromatic creations that are perfect for babies.

"My favorite things about summer are the fresh sweet fruit, warm sand, the sunsets, watermelon, sun dresses, road trips, lemonade, lightening bugs, longer nights, and long walks on the beach." --Nichole of Wildly Loved

Don't miss out on visiting Root & Blossom for yourself. It's a toss-up on which is cuter--the blog or the shop!

Whimsical garlands, jewelry, and handmade creations can all be found in my own little shop. Be sure to keep checking back. I have some fun, new items coming soon!

"There are so many things I love about the summer season! I love picking fruits and berries with my kids, impromptu picnics, beach vacations, catching and collecting fireflies in mason jars, visiting the local farmer's markets, and longer days to squeeze in more fun!" --Jennifer Dawn of Bluebird Cottage Designs and this blog

One lucky winner is going to have a very happy mailbox as these summery prizes come pouring in! Could that winner be you? Follow the directions below for your chance to win these amazing prizes...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Happy summer!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #139

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!
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Let's get the party started with a few fabulous posts that were linked up last week. With Mother's Day just around the corner, this week's features all make great gifts for moms!
Jennie from Little Girl Designs shared this lovely Snail Mail Idea!
Michelle of The Gracious Wife linked up these Easy DIY Mason Jar Soap Pumps!
Julie from Sum of their Stories shared her fun DIY Floral Bangle!
&
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible linked up a gorgeous FREE Printable that you can print and frame!

Monday, May 4, 2015

DIY The Very Hungry Caterpillar T-Shirt

One of my kids' favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Who doesn't love that book?! With its colorful pictures and fun story line, it's become one of the most beloved childhood classics of all time! It's also this week's theme here on the blog. Tanya from The Natural Homeschool, Stephanie from Harrington Harmonies, and I have teamed up to bring you a week-long series on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Each day, we'll be showing you a new craft, art project, or activity all centered around that cute little critter.

My craft for today is a t-shirt featuring none other than The Very Hungry Caterpillar himself! These DIY shirts are super fun and easy to make! It's the perfect outfit for a Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party or just an ordinary day at home. Ready to make one for your little ones? Here's how...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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