November 17, 2017

A Peek into My Week of Beauty and Bedlam


Sweet friends – Can I call you that? Friends? Anyone who has taken the time to faithfully hang around my corner of the blogosphere for awhile, comment here, on FB or even connect in some small ways through sharing both […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (finale)


 via While all of you have been waiting patiently for part three and hopefully the conclusion of our “I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” trilogy, I’ve been sending another son off for his first year of college (football players […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (part 2)


This is the continuation of the “reality TV show episode” that our eldest son (Son #1)  is living through this summer. If you have not read the first post, PLEASE BACK UP to part one and start there or this […]

I Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up (part one)


This should be an inspirational post about sending our sons off to college. I should share how my heart is breaking bit by bit because I miss our big boys being around. I should recall deep, meaningful insights such as […]

Try and Guess the Age of this Hamburger. It’s Crazy!


Recently, our extended family gathered at our home for a visit and my older nieces and nephews asked about  my “famous” burger. They wanted to see it and check out any changes that had happened in the last few years. […]

Dogs, New Floors and a Problem


This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food   . All opinions are 100% mine. There’s a world of wonder when it comes to our yellow labs. They can be just like a member of the family, our kids’ […]

Can You Relate to Our 180 Pound Lap Dog?


This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food   . All opinions are 100% mine. When you’ve made the decision to turn your life into a 17 year long running episode of Green Acres, dogs are a given. Yes, […]

Embracing the Sweet Moments of Bedlam


via Even though I coined the name of my blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, over four years ago, not a week goes by when I don’t chuckle at just how much that delicate balance occurs in our home. Last year, […]

Another Bedlam Moment: Tanning Mishaps


There’s something magical that happens in our backyard when the sun starts peeking through the trees, and that’s just what our 13 year old daughter thought this past week too. Our 30 degree rain and frost crazed days scrambled all […]

Frugal Fashionista: Bedlam Moment Style


There once was a girl, lady, blogger, mom who was known world wide for her frugal fashion prowess. If you follow her on facebook or instagram, you will not doubt those mad shopping skills since she regularly shares a much […]

How Do I Deal with My Hectic Schedule?


As the door screeched open, my feet met muddy water. Having been gone all day, exhaustion hit. I entered my haven, anticipating my place of refuge, yet on entry to that supposed respite from the frantic world, mud greeted me. […]

The Party that Almost Wasn’t


The phone rang, and I just knew it was someone calling about the party. My stomach sank, and I got that nervous tummy feeling. You know that one that happens when you just aren’t sure what you are going to […]

How a Magazine Outted My Age & What I am Doing About It


Last week, a reader left a comment. “Jen, I just opened up my new issue of All You magazine and saw you featured. How Cool!” It was at that moment that I realized I had not yet renewed my subscription […]

Here’s to Pure Boy Bedlam (and a Tasty Tuesday Food Giveaway)


(Make sure to enter the giveaway: details at the end of the post) Last week, I enjoyed reading your comments about what you would feed a house full of middle schoolers.   If you follow my Balancing Beauty and Bedlam Facebook […]

Frugal Fashionista: Christmas Tree Farm Style


Our annual picture at Mast General Store 2011, Boone, NC (old fashioned root beer ;)) What started as a simply fabulous Frugal Fashionista style day, where I worked the scarf, loved the sweater dress look, which paired over leggings, and […]