Secret Garden

Her heart was a secret garden, and the walls were very high. -William Goldman, The Princess Bride

When I took this photograph a few days ago, the first thought that came to mind was ‘secret garden’. I love when a photo takes you somewhere else and makes you think.



Our azaleas in the garden are in full bloom right now. I love how gorgeous these flowers look. Here’s a little info I found about this beautiful flower: a strong symbol of womanhood; softness; fragility; passion; also to take care of oneself. A lovely gift for this Mother’s Day weekend, don’t you think?



This spring’s weather has been up & down- one day it’s 80 degrees, and the next it’s 45 and with a cold rain. Ugh. But, the garden has not disappointed! Here’s a look at what’s been popping up in the garden so far!



Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!  🙂



Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis WaitleyIMG_7844Isn’t this a beautiful quote? It’s been on my mind recently. Happiness is an inside job. I believe we can use our happiness and turn it into kindness for someone else.


Instagram Anniversary!

A year ago today, I decided to create a separate Instagram account for all my crafty adventures. I had no idea how fun it would be to focus on this one topic for an Instagram account! Things really took off once I started sharing my Happy Planner obsession! I was excited to find other planner girls that had the same love for planners as I do. I am so grateful for everyone that takes the time to like a photo, or shares a comment. Long live Instagram! Feel free to follow me @jenmaniscreates. IMG_7241f0790-img

{Heart} Books

Happy Monday!

I have always loved reading books (and magazines) and find endless inspiration in them, but I haven’t made them a priority in a very long time. I hope that this year I can change that. I think I’m not only drawn to particular authors, but I’m drawn to the colors and photos on the covers. Have you ever bought a book because it would look good in your collection? Guilty here!

I Must Have Flowers…

I must have flowers, always, and always… -Monet

This time of year, I always start getting antsy and I need some flowers in my life. As it is snowing like crazy outside right now, I don’t think nature is going to cooperate with me today. But, I always have some silk flowers that will cheer me up, for now…

Holiday Wrap-up 2016

Hello there! I have been wanting to put this post together for about a month now (how has it been a month since Christmas??). I just wanted to wrap-up Christmas 2016 and share a few favorite photos.

My ever-so girly tree.

Athena’s Christmas dress.

Our main (upside-down) tree.

Jake was checking out the Gurglepot to make sure it was ok to have in the house.  🙂

I made these last two photos into cards on the Becky Higgins’ Project Life app. I love how easy it is to put something nice and professional looking together so easily!

That’s it for Christmas! And that’s about how quickly it goes by in real time too! Onto Valentine’s Day…

Checking In :)

Hello!! It’s a very snowy Thursday here. I just wanted to check in because December is always so busy and I kind of have to give some things up- like blogging on a regular basis. But, here’s my elf Natalie… she’s watching over all of us at home to make sure we stay on Santa’s nice list! I’ll be back soon!

Holiday Tree Festival | 2016

Hello! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I wanted to stop by and share some of this year’s Holiday Tree Festival with you. There are always so many creative ideas! We have been going to the Tree Fest since, well, forever, and it’s a tradition I love!