June 24, 2017

Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas (and my stories)

Jun16

My heart warmed when I snapped this picture. Dressed up and all ready for their special daddy daughter date night, our girls spent time with a devoted father. A daddy whose desire  to cherish his princess daughters, and model just […]

Life Changing Legacy Happening in Frozen Foods

May31

In the middle of Aldi’s frozen food aisle, I “did” church. Right in between the tater tots and frozen peas, I almost missed it. I’m so grateful I didn’t. Since I’ve been studying Scripture on imperfect hospitality, I’ve begged the […]

To Mothers, Women, Mentors: My Important Reminder

May12

It all matters!! I’m finishing up a 60K word book manuscript this weekend.  I’m exhausted. I’ve written about our home and hospitality and mothering with more words than I ever thought in me. I’ll share more soon because I have a […]

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. […]