March 27, 2014

Give Every Dollar a Job: Budgeting

Nov1
money in envelope system

Giving Every Dollar a Job is one of the most important financial decisions one makes to get their family finances in order. Yes, budgeting is back, and you thought I forgot about this dreaded “B” word topic after my last […]

Free On-Line Budgeting Tool

Oct21

As much as I tried to complete my budgeting posts before I went out of town, I didn’t accomplish it.  I’m speaking at a blogging Conference this weekend, and knew that filling the fridge with some food for my family […]

The Dreaded “B” Word: Where Do I Start? (31 Days to More with Less)

Oct20

For me, creating a budget is pretty similar to fingers on a chalkboard, my daughter “serenading” me over and over in my ear, spending money on underwear (what a waste), committing to workout with the “30 Day Shred” for….30 days […]

Take a Risk…Give Generously (31 Days to More with Less)

Oct15
Emmas hands

Take a risk…give generously. This picture of my daughter’s hands exemplifies my hearts desire – to generously open up my hands and heart to give of my resources. And not just give, but give generously.  The problem is that sometimes […]

Enjoying my Free Shopping – Super Swagbucks Friday

Oct15

Today is Mega Swagbucks Friday! That means it’s the best day to search on Swagbucks because they often give out higher Swagbucks just for searching! Swagbucks is just a way to search on the internet but they award you “bucks” […]

This is What We are Striving Towards….

Oct7
31daysmore125

How would you like to save $100,000 in fifteen years? For most of us, the thought of paying off our mortgage doesn’t hold one tiny spark of reality for the future. (Please, don’t click off because you think this isn’t […]

31 Days to More with Less: How Much Do You Want It?

Oct4
31daysmore125

From personal understanding, getting ones family finances under control requires many of the same tactics that I’ve been experiencing as I ride this weight loss roller coaster. As I share tidbits of money lessons learned, there will be those reading […]

New Series: Personal Family Finance (Balancing the Budget)

Aug13

The amount of resources through out the world wide web, especially in reference to deals, saving money and personal finance is extensive. Here in my little corner of the blog world, I am one blip in the world of frugal […]

Beautifully Budgeted Bathroom Redo – Before and After

Aug1
white rug

In my mind, my home decorating skills are living large with HGTV quality, but in reality, I have put many household renovations on the back burner for years. If I spent half of the time doing, rather  than just dreaming […]

Share Your Stories…with us

Jul12
writing lettter

One of the things I cherish here at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam is the interaction and community that is created in my comment section, but also the stories that you email me. Every week, I receive blessings galore when I […]

Invisalign – Clear Alternative to Braces

Jul11
after braces

A few months ago, we had an interesting discussion in my comments about expensive investments, namely the frugal reality of braces. Above you see our second born son, sporting his newly perfected smile – sans braces. We have two down, […]

Surviviving Unemployment – God Watch Financial Update

Apr30

I watch. I wait. I wonder. Some call it courage. Some call it foolish. I call it faith. It’s been a LONG year. No, honestly, it’s been a long 17 months. The unknown is difficult. On December 29, 2008, I […]

Mega SwagBucks Friday

Apr16

Have you guys checked out Swagbucks yet? If not, you will want to take just a minute to read over my past posts. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to get items for free with no strings attached. […]

Financial Update – Needs vs. Wants

Mar7
needs vs want pic

Last week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our God Watch – a time of watching and waiting expectantly. One year of transition, one year of unemployment, one year of unknowns, and one year later…we have grown, changed, cried, […]

Setting Financial Goals: For What Dream are You Saving?

Feb15
Unbelievable Front Porch Ideas

When we built our house thirteen years ago, we purposely designed a colonial style because our dream style for our home was to have a large wrap around front porch.  Not just a typical decorative front porch, but more of […]