July 24, 2017

MOM JOY! I haven’t laughed this much in a LONG TIME!!

Jul13

A few months ago, the crazy fashion world dipped their toe into social media land to see if viewers would name the male romper friend or foe.  A few entrepreneurial guys wanted to start a fashion revolution through their new brand “ROMPHIM.” They […]

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

Jul3

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 […]

Remembering Courage – July 4th Idea for the Family

Jun29

As one drives around neighborhoods this weekend, the haze from back yard cookouts lazily permeate the clear, summer sky. The aroma draws you in, and memories of past July 4th grilling events flood back to the forefront. (It’s amazing how […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). Over the next few months, I’ll get back to my Mentor Mom series , but my book manuscript is due soon and then I hope to […]

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 […]

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 […]