October 4, 2015

The Power of a PB & J Sandwich

Beauty amidst broken

This summer, the power of a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich was made known. (First shared over at (in)courage.) Steam radiated throughout the air and sweat rolled down places my deodorant would never reach. I don’t know why I even […]

Come Behind the Scenes of the National Archives. Fascinating!!

Rotunda National Archives

Over the past year, my family has explored some of our nation’s greatest colonial treasures. We’ve been blown away at what we were missing when the roots and framework of our country’s leading men have been so beautifully preserved for […]

A Buy-Less Mindset

I love this post with some great questions to ask yourself. Buy less, choose well, make it last.

There is a lot of hype surrounding the one-in-one-out decluttering system. Whenever you buy something new (or used), you give something away (or throw it out). But really, does it work? It doesn’t work for me. One-in-one-out sounds like a […]

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Parents

Don't sweat the small stuff

Our two eldest college aged sons just went back to school this week and his momma’s heart doesn’t do well with that. I MISS THEM!! I know their new beginnings and all this change are part of the process of […]

I Was Rattled

Dependence on Christ

As the band started playing, I stepped forward on the stage and started my communion solo. “How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure.” Verses filled with such depth of truth. “That He should give His […]

Make Room For One More

Cozy is the New Grand

There she was, sitting in a corner by herself. As she aimlessly ruffled the pages of her science folder, her sweet face turned downward showing no expression. My heart tightened as I glanced around the room. Everywhere I looked girls […]

Join Me Live On the Porch (Periscope)

Find me on 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)

Homemade Playdough @beautyandbedlam

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.)

You Are Beautiful and strong and worth it

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 […]

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

such festive fun with ice cream cones

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 […]

Wrestle Hard

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 […]

Father Knows Best…Father’s Day Ideas

Father's Day gift idea

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the scramble is on to find that perfect gift, yet every year, I struggle with what to get both my own dad and my hubby. One thing that stands the test of time is […]

Easy Ideas for a Wonderful Housewarming

Setting the Tone Tips for Hosting Your First Housewarming (1)

I remember our first home gathering as a couple. I was over the top excited to welcome our friends. We lived in a tiny apartment, but it had its own door out onto the grass, so it felt like just […]

50 Fabulous Uses for Baking Soda

Baking Soda Uses

A few years ago I shared my post, “For the love of Baking Soda.” It was my salute to this all natural, penny pinching, miracle product that is one of the staples I use most often in my home, and I […]

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