July 21, 2014

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

Can You Guess the Age of this Burger. It's kind of scary

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

loving on the dogs

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?

Loving on my 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

punch spill

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

Backyard sand volleycourt

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

frugal fashionista

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?

Frantic Women Rat Race

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

Christmas party ladies night

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

All You magazine Super Savers

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)

sleeping girl

(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 […]

Can You Freely Share Your Bedlam?

making ambrosia fruit salad

The story of the recipe that is so easy, it was made in the back seat of a mini van – literally. Last night, we hosted a cook out for families involved in the Classical Conversations home school program that […]

Brownie Recipe + Necessary Chocolate = Chaos

cleaning out cabinet 2

It started as a delicious thought; Mother-Daughter baking and bonding time. What better goal for a school morning that to conquer the perfect homemade chocolate brownie recipe. But alas, the recipe called for a chocolate baking bar. Hmm….it had been […]

I Walked Onto the Set of I Love Lucy: Bulk Food Storage

canning grain

It’s posts like this where my blog name comes to fruition. Sheer Bedlam! Last week, I starred in the latest episode of I Love Lucy. I know some of you think it’s been off the air for over fifty years, […]

Stressed Some?


The holidays are the least stressful time of the year for me. Can you believe it? When everyone else is running ragged, I thoroughly enjoy my month of December. I partially plan ahead, clear my plate of many outside responsibilities, […]