About

Jennifer Schmidt

As a mom of five blessings and full time family manager, Jen Schmidt has learned to balance and embrace both the beauty and bedlam of every day life. As a motivational speaker, worship leader and writer, Jen shares with humor and authenticity on a myriad of topics, and invites you along for the journey.

Her practical, yet tangible lifestyle ideas, encourage others by sharing her never-ending pursuit of balancing it all (the good, the bad and everything in between) at her personal lifestyle blog: Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. Now she is taking her passion for sharing special moments around the table, and giving us answers to that continual, “What’s for Dinner,” question.

With work, school and activities, too many of us are on a first name basis with the drive through workers.  Jen’s desire is to break that cycle by offering simple short cut tips and delicious recipes that come together in ten minutes or less of preparation time.

Let’s use our meal time wisely and spend more time enjoying our food, family and friends, rather than standing over the stove.

“When we gather for intentional time around the dinner table, lives change, hearts meld, and we share Life together. That’s my desire for each of you,” shares Jen.

You can find her on any given day dreaming about a clean house, chauffeuring,  couponing, meal planning, home schooling, thrift store hunting, or quite possibly on a stage sharing both her beauty and bedlam.

Follow Jen on twitter – @beautyandbedlam. Join her facebook pages at both Ten Minute Dinners and Balancing Beauty and Bedlam or on Pinterest.

Video clip of Jen: How does a Mom of Five Save Thousands?

As featured in a recent magazine:

“The little things are the big things.” That’s the message of Jennifer’s blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (beautyandbedlam.com). As a mother of five, she shares her secrets for frugal yet fabulous living, and she’s living proof that it works, from her $2 Goodwill outfit to her $500-a-month grocery bill for a family of seven. Her practical ideas have taken her beyond the blogosphere to speaking engagements and a writing gig for a new online women’s magazine, (In)Courage. “I found, especially with this economy, I really had a voice that people wanted to hear.””

On easier meal-planning: Set the timer for one hour, then cook and freeze as much as you can. “In one hour of just concentrated time, I was able to break down certain kitchen tasks enough that I was going to get eight meals out of that one hour.

Join us on the journey. You’ll be glad you did.