October 21, 2017

31 Days of Amazement


Fall is in the air (It went from 98 to 85 degrees and in NC that  just might mean I need a sweatshirt.) I LOVE this time of year. Decorating for fall, picking apples, simmering soups, and spending Friday nights […]

Saturday Shout Outs


One of the blessings of this whole world of blogging has been meeting some really amazing women. I thought I would highlight some old and new friends today, and share some of their posts. My sweet friend, Amy, is getting […]

Ideas to Strengthen Ties with your Neighbors & Friends


As people lead more hectic lives, it’s often difficult to strengthen ties with our neighbors and friends we want to get to know most. Here are some simple ways to begin building those relationships with some quick and meaningful ideas. […]

The Five Languages of Apology


The days after Christmas tend to release a plethora of emotions for many people. Often, expectations have been dashed, family relationships have been strained and feelings have been hurt. Yet we don’t hear too many Christmas songs that address this aspect of “The most wonderful time of the year,” do we?

I know, I know, I’m getting deep on you while you’re still in holiday mode, but I ask you to spend some minutes pondering and learning how this crutial topic may impact your day to day life. I’m pretty passionate about open communication; understanding forgiveness and apologies play a huge part in that.

I’ve asked my sweet friend, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, to share some essentials about forgiveness and apologies. As the co-author (with Gary Chapman) of “The Five Languages of Apology” her insight is pivotal to digging deeper into more meaningful relationships.

Meeting Blogging Friends in Real Life


Next weekend I have the wonderful opportunity to attend the Proverbs 31 – She Speaks Conference (for speakers, writers, and bloggers), right here in NC.I was going to share my explanation, but Lysa’s vision is straight from the heart. She […]

"Planning" my own surprise party…


Here at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, I was going to let this March 3rd sneak by like any other day with non the wiser, but…I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to thank you all for sharing a special […]

Blissdom update


I am beginning a regular Frugal Fashionista post about dressing in designer outfits for under $15. I began receiving many requests for tips on shopping the 2nd hand stores without looking like you did. 🙂 For those of you that […]

I think I can, I think I can…..


I have minutes to get ready for Blissdom – literally. I was up til 2:00am making those cookies…and then got to the end of that fabulous recipe, and realized I hadn’t added the brown sugar.I went back and added it, […]

Merry Sitsmas sistas


There is nothing I like more than sitting by the glow of the twinkling tree lights, sipping scrumptious hot chocolate, and enjoying the warm friendship of other ladies. Well, The Secret is in the Sauce ladies are doing their 1st […]

Blogging Beauties


Yep, since I am always a day late…or a week late for that matter,I am finally getting around to bragging about how awesome connecting in blog land can be. Now, I realize that you are already aware of this fact […]

OH MY!!! We are in trouble!!


Can’t get enough of His glory! Besides the 3:45am start to my day,who could have imagined that such beautycould have turned to bedlam so quickly.Our Once Upon a Family’s Operation Happy Home 2008 began on Thursday. It started so innocently, […]