August 27, 2014

Baking Day/Hour – my plan


With fall scheduling in full force, pondering why I am barely keeping my head above water in certain “family manager” roles has been a topic. My conclusion? I don’t have a plan. Now, mind you, I am not a “write […]

Banana Blueberry Muffins and Banana Pancakes

blueberry muffins

Baking/bulk cooking day is off to a great start. Using up a gazillion over ripe bananas is a challenge, so we started our morning with some delicious banana pancakes. Now, please note that one of the first things my youngest […]

Welcome to my new home – Tasty Tuesday


Welcome to Tasty Tuesday and my new “home.” Balancing Beauty and Bedlam still has the same feel and the same goals, but our options will help you in the browsing process. Notice the great little “search” box to the right? […]

Magic Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Magic Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Create a sense of wonder and magic in the imagination of your children as you bring the Magic Pumpkin Patch tradition to life. It’s such a fun fall tradition and won’t take more than a few minutes to plan. Let […]

Creative Meal Planning


Welcome to all the Once a Month Mom visitors. If you’re interested in learning more about my Sister Kitchen Club, search and browse my bulk cooking posts. Creative Meal Planning – Part 1 Creative Meal Planning – Part 2

Frugal Fashionista – One Stop Shopping


My goal of this post is different. It’s not to put together my cutest ever outfits, but to show you how you can mix and match while spending pennies on the dollar.

As you are reading, try and guess how much I paid for it all.
You are going to drop to the floor!
I approach my wardrobe much like I do my couponing and stockpiling.
Many local thrift stores offer discounts on certain days.

Under Construction


Welcome to my new home on the web. Please excuse my bedlam moment while this site is under construction. It will be up and running soon! You can still visit my old site until the transfer is complete.

Easy Home Decorating Idea


Slowly, very slowly, I’m frugally decorating my girls’ room. Picking up a dresser here, an end table there, along with lamps, pictures etc. has been a patient pursuit of hidden treasures. Ironically, the girls’ room will eventually be the school […]

Fall Tradition Ideas

Fall Traditions

It’s nearly impossible for me to believe that fall is officially here. With it hitting 80 in NC this week, the weather keeps me from switching into fall decorating mode, but I know I must….that post will come shortly. It’s […]

How to Make a Dirt Cake


I continue to marvel at how God reveals himself through the minuscule, seemingly “meaningless” things. My daughter happened to mention that she wanted a dirt cake for her birthday months ago. Agreeing wholeheartedly with her, that thought went in one […]