January 18, 2017

Present, Presents, Presence: pre-holiday encouragement

Nov11

Welcome! Come join us as we find beauty amidst the bedlam of everyday life. Inspiration and encouragement for meal time, finances, home life, DIY and more. If you’re new, you may like to subscribe for free updates. Subscribe via email […]

12 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Nov1

Four color choices of this free grateful heart print here. Can you even believe that it’s November already? STOP THE CLOCK already!! Our Thanksgiving festivities spread throughout the entire month, so I am never quite ready for the short turn around between […]

I Speak French: Yes, French Fries

Oct24

If you’ve been friends with me for more than five minutes or have eaten at any restaurants with me, you know that French fries are my favorite food. Yes, my girlfriends know that I always order a salad and a side of […]

Low Fat, Southern “Fried” Chicken

Oct16

Yes, I know you may be rolling your eyes, thinking there’s nothing as good as plain ‘ole Southern Fried chicken. Here in the South, they have perfected fried chicken and it’s truly an art, so it is really possible to […]

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Cake

Oct11

This has been one of the most popular recipes on my blog since 2012. Enjoy! It’s so worth it! With fall weather kicking in, my sweaters are coming out, right along with my cans of pumpkin, and pots for chili. […]

What Our Eldest is Learning about Credit Score Killers

Sep29

Parenting adult children. I can’t believe I’m actually typing that, but reality has hit. While our baby girl still has six years before she leaves for college, our eldest son is officially an adult, as in, on his own and managing incredibly well without […]

Let’s Start Making Beauty in the Bedlam (Must Read)

Sep26

I used to make beautiful meals… before I learned the fine art of the chicken nugget. With a toddler and a baby brother, and a belly full of another, I stopped reading Bon Appetite Magazine. And the china took up […]

Reminders We All Need to Hear (& free printable for us all, especially the kids)

Sep21

Words. Names. Labels. Stereotypes. Close your eyes and take a minute to think about your childhood.  Did one of those labels instantaneously pop into your mind from days of old? Words mark us, don’t they? They drip deep into the marrow of […]

Stop the Clock (and giveaway)

Sep14

Growing up in the incredibly cold winter weather state of Wisconsin, I know something about protecting skin from the elements. Even though we made the big move from the North to the South years ago, our family still battles with […]

15 Minute Party Planning Ideas: Create One Focal Point

Sep9

I’ve had a summer filled with festivities and celebrations. In a perfect world, these monumental moments call for days, weeks months of planning, but in the realistic world of Jen living, I could barely wrap my mind around the day to day, so […]