Today I’m spotting a Sentimental Mom. Her name is Jennifer and she is from the blog Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Jennifer is a girl after my own heart when it comes to her love of flea market finds and creating something beautiful out of found objects!  This enamel pitcher is one of my all time favorite finds. I have had it for over ten years and have used it so many times. I could have paid hundreds of dollars for it, instead of the $25 that I did pay, and still have gotten my monies worth.  It looks great all by itself, but drop in a few stems of seasonal blooms or flowering branches and you have a look that’s priceless.  This bouquet of white peonies flowing from the pitcher would look perfect on Jennifer’s mantel, along with her other all white fabulous finds.

Q&A with Jennifer from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

My mother quantified the epitome of a servant. Not “servant” as in “wash my clothes, make my bed,” but she demonstrated servant leadership where kindness, generosity and an open heart, open home mentality permeated our family’s legacy. Hospitality was a theme that ran through my childhood and to this day not a month goes by when their doors aren’t open to anyone who needs a place to stay.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I would be honored if my children would receive the same lessons that my mother taught me. A “Welcoming Home” mentality is what I desire, and I hope that they learn what it means to make home a haven – emotionally, spiritually and physically. Putting others first, while demonstrating servant leadership, are seeds that I hope are slowly being deposited.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

Breakfast in bed has traditionally been our Mother’s Day ritual, followed by what ever “mom wants.” A few years ago, my family surprised me by buying everything needed to develop and plant a flower bed I had been wanting to tackle for years, but had never found the time.  Every year, we add more flowers to that bed and it’s such a wonderful tradition.

Check out Jennifer’s blog Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and follow her on Twitter – @beautyandbedlam

Jennifer, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam – Sentimental Mom


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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