Meet the Brighten Team + Giveaway

Here we are Jemma and Carole, the Brighten Team.  Today we’re sharing who we are and we’re offering a Brighten Workshop Ticket giveaway.  If you already purchased a ticket this is your opportunity to enter and bring a friend.  If you haven’t purchased and plan to attend well then today is your lucky day.

Entry Giveaway Guidelines

  • Must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • Leave a comment at the end of this post sharing your favorite cupcake flavor.
  • Winner will be notified March 6th.
  • There will be one winner between both blog posts, Garden Up Green & At Home With Jemma

 How Brighten Became Real

We’re 25 days from the Brighten Workshop and we wanted to share a little bit about the journey and who we are.  Last year I attended a similar workshop at Jemma’s home; it was a lot of fun. This year Jemma and I have been meeting in Royse City periodically for lunch or coffee to discuss the vision in bringing the Brighten workshop to you.

It’s an event with a lot of heart and beautiful success for everyone attending who blogs.  Our theme is universal, being the best we can be by uplifting one another. Today we’re sharing our stories, beginning with Carole followed by Jemma who is the awesome founder of Brighten.

Meet Carole from Garden Up Green

Hello Everyone!  I’m Carole founder of Garden Up Green.  I’m a wife, author, simplified gardener, and entrepreneur who enjoys life in the country. I live a simple lifestyle with a passion for doing more.

I started my blog in 2014 with the focus to help others do more. I share effective, natural gardening techniques introduced by my Italian Grandmother who was an amazing woman. I spent a large portion of my life with her prior to 1999 when we moved our family to Texas, my husband’s home state.  She always encouraged doing more and our time together influenced my outlook.

My blog is also a fun place for DIY home and garden projects in addition to raising quail and a tiny house project my husband and I are beginning. There’s never a dull moment at Garden Up Green.

Outside the Blog

I was fortunate my first year of blogging to team up with Texas Home and Garden.  That experience brought my heart to the surface; it was a fantastic opportunity.   I led live workshops and wrote monthly articles for their website. In the fall of 2016 I stepped down to focus on the future of Garden Up Green.

You see I had this dream that was becoming a reality and it revolved around freelance writing. In the beginning I thought this was a pipe dream until it happened.  Freelance Writing has been amazing and a nice supplement income. It’s also possible to turn it into something more with the right energy and determination.

At the Brighten Workshop I will be sharing my Freelance experience and how I stepped into the marketplace after a year of blogging.  I’m currently in Backyard Poultry, Grit and Hobby Farms Magazine for spring.  Additional publications can be found here.

I’m looking forward to sharing my freelance journey and showing others how to get published, it begins with you!


Meet Jemma from At Home with Jemma

I am Jemma, a wife, mother and grandmother.  I have a big passion for this life. I strive to live my life fully, gratefully while creating a home that is warm, welcoming and authentic.

Blogging has been part of my life since 2013 and I been enjoying it!  I have met many precious people and made new friendships. I even took a trip to Atlanta to The Haven Blog Conference last year with my friend Stacey from Poofing the Pillows

Well, I came home from that conference very inspired and wanted to create a similar experience for bloggers right here in Texas. I also enjoyed the friendships that were made and all of the positive energy and inspiration.

Through blogging I have discovered things about myself that I never knew.  I found out I can take photos!  I enjoy sharing my photography, recipes and gardening tips while find tuning my writing.

Along the way I have also had the opportunity to work with several national brands.  As one of the presenters at Brighten I’ll be sharing valuable and honest tips on working with brands and using your authentic voice.  Listed below are a few of the brands I have been fortunate to work with.

You will find some of my photography Here, on the Darren Gygi web page.

I went live on Hometalk with the help of a very kind friend, Eilis from My Heart Lives Here.


Carole and I are also working like busy elves putting together some super cute swags, for you to take home after the workshop. Aren’t these Fabric Rosettes from Papirvendage adorable?  

– Now Enter To Win Your Free Ticket Below –

 Thanks so much for stopping by today and giving us the privilege of sharing our hopes, dreams and visions of the future with you! Good luck with your entry and we hope to see you at Brighten!



  1. Patti says:

    What a great event. I wish I lived closer. I do want to attend Haven and hope to see both you and Jemma there this summer.

    1. Carole says:

      I still have haven on my calendar. I really want to go to that one.

  2. Jane says:

    I wish I lived closer! Congratulations to the both of you…I just love that you’re doing this together!

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