October 10, 2015

Raising Money Saving Kids


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

Join Me Live On the Porch (Periscope)


As technology continues to emerge and I spend time online with varying forms of social media for my blog, I often scream “STOP. NO MORE!!!” As you can tell, I’ve stepped back from posting as much on my blog. After […]

Easy Playdough Recipe (Boredom Busters)


It’s that time of the year when you begin to hear, “I’m bored.” Honestly, for years now, our children have learned that phrase is the kiss of death in our home because I can find plenty of things for them […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris


“Honey, go home. You haven’t slept more than a few hours in five days. I’ll stay with him. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. You need to sleep when you can,” murmured my husband. Tipping the newborn scales at 10.5 […]

Are you naturally beautiful? (The answer is YES.)


Hi folks! Katie here. I am attracted to inner beauty, just as Jen wrote about here in her post on Meaningful beauty that came from glimpses of poverty. Sometimes, it’s so easy to let ourselves get distracted by the way people look […]

10 Minute Cheese Ravioli Bake


There are moments in life when you just need to believe you are a rock star in the kitchen. With that believing, the old adage, “Fake it till you make it” may just come into play. Am I even allowed […]

Red, White and Blue Dessert Delights – July 4th Inspiration


We are hosting two large groups of people this weekend, with virtually no notice, and the need for some 4th of July dessert ideas inspiration has hit in full force. My teen age sons got home from their work camp […]

Quick Banana Bread (using cake mix)


I am all about making homemade banana bread. In fact, I’ve shared some delicious recipes in the past including Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Maple Glaze, Blueberry Banana Muffins,  Banana Oatmeal Muffins (healthy and delicious), Pineapple Banana Muffins, my go […]

Wrestle Hard


I wrote this post initially for (in)courage: home for the heart of women. While many of you that read Balancing Beauty and Bedlam may not come from the same Christian world and life view, I think that challenging our teens to […]

Sunshine Fruit Salad


There’s nothing I love more than a huge fruit salad on a hot summer day. No, I take that back. There’s nothing I love more than a huge fruit salad on any day when someone else washes, cuts and makes […]

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