October 18, 2017

Balancing the Laundry Load Experiment with Wisk


Welcome to the Balancing Beauty and Bedlam Laundry Lab. We had a blast becoming regular savvy scientists and doing our own laundry experiment with one of my biggest enemies…. I invite you into my home to see some of the […]

What Do You Do With All Your Fruit?


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…well, maybe not. With our unseasonably high humidity and temps in the 90’s, the thought of needing a sweatshirt with a pair of shorts during some crisp autumn air days, nearly makes me […]

Balancing the Laundry Load + Printable Wisk Coupon


Addressing topics that bring beauty to our lives is such an encouragement to me, but the reality of our day to day life is that somehow we need to balance that beauty with all our bedlam moments. For me, laundry […]

Harried Hospitality… and a Clearance Sale


It crept up on me so subtly; this feeling of insecurity as I welcomed people into my home. Quite frankly, it permeated to the core of who I was just hours before guests were to arrive, and I was taken […]

Breakfast in Bed – Not Just for Special Occasions


Breakfast in bed for birthdays are an annual tradition. The “You Are Special” plate or any number of our personalized plates are dusted off. Candles are lit and typically waffles topped with ice cream, whipped cream and lots of other […]

The Technology Rub with Reality


(Oops – Comments are now open…did NOT mean to have them closed. This was meant to spur an interesting discussion.) I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately and with that has come a sobering realization. My life is completely tied […]

Morning Routines…What are Yours?


When I was asked to share a little bit about my morning routines, my knee jerk reaction responded, “Why morning routines? Please, ask me about living on a budget, couponing or raising kids, but to share about my morning routines…AHH!” […]

How Do I Get Odors Out of Clothing and Linens?


If you remember my post about “How to navigate a thrift store,” you know that I am intimately acquainted with the Goodwill/thrift store smell. To me, it represents not just potential, but “choice” and I embrace it. Yet, I know […]

How to Set a Beautiful Table


 One of the homemaking skills I am working on with our daughters is the ability to set a nice table – both functionally and beautifully. In the day and age where dinner is done in a dash, and paper plates […]

Frugal Living – Fox News Segment


Many of you that live out of state have requested that I put the link up here so that you can watch it. Now, you can chuckle with me. Just don’t look too closely. 🙂 Personally, I am thrilled that […]

Looking out my back yard


Every day when I glance out my French doors, I have the joy of seeing our friend come to say “hi.” Do you see her? She is wanting us to come out and play.There are downsides for this city girl […]

A Little of This and a Little of That


My hubby shared a unique and special evening last night with my nephew as he and many other men of influence in my nephew’s circle were asked to gather for a “Christian” Bar Mitzvah posted by his dad (my bro). […]