April 30, 2017

It’s Been Almost 9 Years: blogging Q & A’s

Apr21

How is it that we blink and nearly a decade has flown by!!! It’s amazing that we are already making summer plans, isn’t it? In July,  I’m privileged to be a mentor at a Design and DIY blogging conference called Haven and they […]

Resurrection Rolls – Making Simple Easter Recipes Meaningful

Apr10

I can’t believe it’s been eight years since I first shared this post. My baby was only five and now she’s a new teenager. Oh my! How does that happen?  I thought this was worth sharing again because it’s a […]

Discover 8 Ways to a Happy Home

Apr6

There’s something deep within us that calls to create beauty, isn’t there? Even if we’re not artsy or creative at all, there’s a desire to make our home more beautiful: a place of rest and comfort. Often I have friends that want […]

Easter, The Bunny, and My Thoughts: Should We Mix the Two?

Mar21

How is it that Easter is right around the corner? I have so many fun traditions, recipes and decor ideas in the archives if you’re looking for more ideas, check here. As a young mom, with four babies in five […]

Lessons Learned From My Daughter: Teens & Social Media

Mar17

I’ve been so quiet over here, but not on Instagram (jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam) where I post almost daily (including video stories). Recently, I’ve been sharing more Mentor Mom moments over there and it makes my passion for encouraging moms come alive.  Over the next few months, […]

Easily Divide Hosta and Daylilies (and have free plants for life)

Feb22

Can you believe it’s that time of year again? We’ve been having unseasonably high temps in the south, so our daffodils, hostas and buds are coming early. I always revisit this post because I continue to divide my free plants.  For […]

Valentine’s Day Tradition – Hearts of Loving Kindness (Free Printable)

Feb2

Hearts of Loving Kindness – It’s wonderful to look back and see some of the special memories our kids have from traditions that we’ve carried through their childhood. Our baby may have just turned 13, but I think I need […]

When I Struggle with a Fresh, New Year

Jan22

It’s January: everything around me reminds me it’s time to ring in 2017 with new beginnings, goals, dreams and a renewed vigor to all things. Brand new journals glisten with fresh pages eager to be conquered and the artistry and craftsmanship […]

The Best News Ever & Some Heart Resetting

Jan5

It’s been quite the eventful weeks in our Schmidt household. Having all the kids home under one roof (if even for a few days) has filled this momma’s heart to the brim, but I’m dreading the back to college countdown. […]

New Year’s Eve Traditions, Family Fun Ideas for New Year’s Eve (& Day)

Dec27

Are you trying to start some New Year’s Eve Traditions or think of some family ideas for New Year’s Eve to make it extra special? (Or additional traditions for New Year’s Day found here.) Here are ideas for fun of all […]

Last Minute Christmas Food Ideas & Traditions (You don’t want to miss)

Dec20

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake The clock ticks, and Christmas is just around the corner, but there are still some moments available to make this Christmas a bit more magical, without spending a penny. I’ve shared these before, but a […]

Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments that Fill Your Heart and Home

Nov29

I remember Vanessa pulling me to the side of the room. Her eyes got big, her smile widened and I could feel her passion as she told me about a potential opportunity to share her heart through the pages of a book. […]

Present, Presents, Presence: pre-holiday encouragement

Nov11

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. Our desire is to welcome guests to our home with beautifully adorned decorations, deliciously homemade delights and ambiance that rivals […]

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 […]

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 […]