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 […]

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 […]

Reminders We All Need to Hear (& free printable for us all, especially the kids)

Sep21

Words. Names. Labels. Stereotypes. Close your eyes and take a minute to think about your childhood.  Did one of those labels instantaneously pop into your mind from days of old? Words mark us, don’t they? They drip deep into the marrow of […]

I Want That To Describe Me

Jul18

Smooshed together in the back of the Guatemalan jeep, our four teens peered out the window, eyeing the edge of the cliff. I watched as our thirteen-year-old daughter clutched her plastic bag, just in case her stomach caught up with […]

The Importance of Fighting For Those Moments

Mar1

I’m coming back from my longest blogging break ever. I never intended to stop posting, but if felt so good. Taking a step back gave me time to think, refresh and refocus (although I’m still in process on that ;)). I’ve […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

Feb17

With a song in her heart, my mom’s sweet little voice sang out.  Relishing in the joy that music brings to the soul of a young child, her heart filled and was satisfied. Then the words came. Words that changed […]

I Need to Focus on the Baton

Jan25

Shock and devastation erupted. The dreaded sound, which no relay runner wants to hear, permeated across the stadium. Ping. Ping. Ping. Four of the fastest runners in the world watched hope roll down the track. After an upset in the 2004 […]

Easy Playdough Recipe (Boredom Busters)

Jul20

It’s that time of the year when you begin to hear, “I’m bored.” Honestly, for years now, our children have learned that phrase is the kiss of death in our home because I can find plenty of things for them […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1

Apr15

Last week, our family was all together again. It was divine. For this mother’s heart, I never realized just how much I would miss my big boys when they were gone and now the moments we have together are priceless. It’s just […]

Enough With the Participation Trophy Mentality

Mar18

I remember that moment so many years ago. His name, yes, my precious baby boy’s name, announced for all to hear. Our tow headed blessing stepped forward and that grin, which captured the hearts of far too many four year old […]

8 Father Son Activities (that get guys out of the house)

Dec8

Howdy! Katie from the storycatching shop, Gadanke.com with you again today. I can already see my son mimicking what he sees his daddy do. Those two are going to become peas in a pod. And I’ll be honest: with Christmas around the […]

Dear Mom of Teens: it’s time we start talking about this

Nov11

Dear Mom of Teens: I am so glad you’re here.  I invite you to scoot up close and take a deep breath. We are in this together. You know that right? You know that there are millions of moms around […]

Exhausted? Me too! (Encouragement & Printable)

Oct25

Dear sweet friends: I have a reminder for you today. If today is one of those days when you can barely keep your head above water with the daily tasks and “to dos” looming long and large, take a deep […]

Magical Memories: Best Inside Forts + Reading

Oct10

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy these pictures bring me. Since our children were young enough to page through picture books, building forts and then reading for hours have gone hand in hand with magic time. The […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]