Friday, October 29, 2010

Open House - Come On In!

I've already exposed the guilty secret that I very much enjoy reality television shows.  I know, I know. Trust me - anything you are thinking, my husband has already expressed with reproach.  Multiple times. Usually while I am actually trying to hear who is the next great whatever, who is being voted off or who is not there to make friends.

As I bask in the swirliness of my brand-spankin' new blog design, I can just hear the voices of the What Not To Wear co-hosts Stacy & Clinton haunting me.

"It doesn't have to match. It just has to go." 

Knowing things are intentionally now a little matchy-matchy here, I'm counting on it being a rule only applicable to fashion design and not to blog design.  (Oy - I can't even type the words "matchy-matchy" without hearing the voice of Michael Kors re: Project Runway in my head.)

Clearly there are hours of my life I will never get back from those shows. The next time I use the excuse "no time," feel free to remind me of this. That goes for you too.

Welcome to my new space!

For those of you who are relative newcomers, I thought this might be a good time to give a bit of a tour.   If you are an email or feed subscriber, you may need to clickety-click into The Balance Beam to get the full effect.

Whether I'm writing about life or balance (or both), the posts which seem to resonate most with people are those which connect on some emotional level.  Sure, tips and tricks are nice.... But I think people most remember the stuff which creates a visceral reaction.

To that end, here are a few bits to evoke something and provide a peek into my personal corner of the blogosphere. (Click on the post titles to view.)  
Advice for all, but you really need this if you are going to your partner's reunion.

Dedicated to anyone who has ever lost someone they love to cancer.

Point & Laugh
Hopefully it's a sign of personal growth that I can not only share but "reshare"
 one of my most embarrassing moments.

I swore I'd never be one of those mommies who talks about their kids poop,
but here ya go.

Feeling the stress of too much to do?  Read this now; thank me later. 

There's also a handy "Past Posts" section and a "Labels" tool on the sidebar if you want to be extra nosy.  Please, be extra nosy. 

Thanks so much!

Oh - and if you're a fellow blogger and want to leave me your blog link with your comment, I'll be sure to swing by your place as well!

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foxy said...

It looks fantastic in here - love it!

Happy Halloween and happy weekend, friend!

Sarah said...

Love your new design!

Audra said...

Love the design! This is my first visit here, so I'll be snooping around a bit. I really enjoy your writing style. Have a great weekend!


ranndomized said...

Hi Charlene!
I love your layout and color-scheme! Browsing through your blog right now :)


PS: Popping in from SITS!

Charlene said...

Thanks foxy - right back atcha!

Thanks Sarah!

Audra - I'm so glad you found me and hope you'll be back soon. Will check out your link as well. Thanks!

Ann - Howdy SITStah! Thanks for the visit and positive feedback.

webb said...

Lovely new design - makes me happy! Love the Great Race, too.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

Hi Charlene. I love the design a lot too. I’ll definitely be back more often!
The enigmatic, masked blogger

Losing Brownies said...

It looks great! I really love hpw well it flows!

Reenie said...

Great design, Charlene.

Fistful of Words said...

Charlene. Thanks for checking us out at

I read the High School Reunion Tips. Good stuff to know as my 10 year reunion is coming up in the next couple years. Also, I really enjoyed the Talk vs. Action post. Life isn't a philosophy discussion in a classroom, eventually we have to go outside and make decisions.

Lastly, I really like the colorful, flowing design. I'll be back again.

Heather H said...

Love your site. So glad I found you on blogfrog. Life is a balance and we all walk the beam differently. I love your Welcome thoughts. I'm a mom of four and stepmom of two and writing has always been a passion for me. Sharing your life (the ups and the downs) and weaving the words with humor make for your great blog.

I'll be back.

My site is and I blog about life as both a mom and stepmom.

Charlene said...

Thanks everyone!

Heather - I am also a step-mom so we have that in common as well! My step-son is 21 and in the army in Afghanistan... I want to call him a "great kid" but I guess he's a man now!

Shell said...

Love the makeover!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Your blog design is lovely! I think even Stacy and Clinton would agree!!

Angel said...

First time visitor here! I'll be back. Love the look. Visit me, I'm having a give away!

suzzy said...

Hi Charlene, If you want a good laugh, read my blog about my dating experience. Talk about balance, I don't have any.

bluecottonmemory said...

I've only watched "What Not to Wear" once - and it provided immeasurable information. I was then able to explain to my youngest son why he couldn't wear cute little multi-colored plaid shorts with a striped shirt whose color was NOT in the shorts, but why he could wear a blue and white checked short with a blue on blue striped shirt. How I never learned that growing up and being a girl is a mystery to me!

Serene said...

I like the new design a lot!

PatriciaD said...

Charlene, it's adorable. I love it. Visiting from BlogFrog...said I would, so here I am.

Did you do your remodel or have it done? Is it a Theme you found or ? Just curious...trying to decide what to do for some changes with mine.

Best of luck with your new look and I'm following you.

Charlene said...

Patricia - thanks so much for the visit, comment and follow! The design was done by Amy over at Designer Blogs. She was wonderful to work with - highly recommend!

Marie Young (Young Creative) said...

What a great job introducing a new design! I don't think I've seen anyone do it with as much enthusiasm. It looks amazing.

Just Married with Coupons said...

Hi! I also love your blog design! Fun and fresh! I am dropping by from the no rules blog hop! Hope you will visit us at

We are having a Halloween hop if you are interested:
All Hallow's Eve - Creepy Crawl

Have a wonderful weekend!

Alison Golden said...

Hi Patricia:

I like the design very much and am totally with you on the reality shows. America's Got Talent and The Apprentice are the favorites in this house.

Enjoy Country Living said...

Love your site. It looks really great. Unique design.Hoping you have a wonderful week-end.☺

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The Meditative Mom said...

Love the design! Great idea to have an open house!

Jennifer Gilbert said...

I love your blog!!

Following through the Hallows eve- creep crawl blog hop :)

Hope you will follow back

Show Me Mama said...

Very nice design! I love it. Happy Halloween! I am your new follower. You can follow me back at Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

Have a great weekend

Being Tazim said...

what a great idea! I am doing Open House holiday posts from Nov 1 to 10!

TMWW said...

I absolutely LOVE the new design!! I did not see the old one, but this is fantastic! Love the colors - and a great idea to do an Open House to unveil the new look! I may do that for mine tomorrow - I'm working on a new Thanksgiving theme to debut tomorrow!!

Love and Hugs,
aka The Mad White Woman

Susieqtpies said...

Hiya! I never saw your old design up this one looks great!
Stopping over to BOOOoooooboboooboooooboooo on your page from the Creepy Crawl! I am stalking you I mean following your blog!

Stop over bc someone got murdered on my BLOG!

Deb M. said...

Just found your Blog through BlogFrog. I love the layout. I am also a TV junkie and love a good reality show! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog!

ace and friends co. said...

hi there. your newest follower. happy HALLOWEEN. GREAT blog... and new design! would *love* a follow back. you can find me at:

lots of FUN giveaways!

Modern Gypsy said...

Love your layout!! Browsing around your blog now... :)

Dropped in from BlogFrog/SITS

Stacy Galiczynski said...

Just stopped by from Blog Frog...I absolutely love your site! Did you design it yourself or did someone do it for you? I want a theme-makeover...BADLY! Haha! I'm sick of mine :)

Unplanned Cooking said...

Your blog makes me happy :) - you've got a great voice. Love the design too.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Charlene, I am a long time reader, as I'm sure you very well know. Your new blog decor looks fantastic, I love it! I'm glad to see this growth and I will continue to come back to read your wonderful posts. I just recently migrated to self hosted Wordpress so I know exactly how great it feels to get a new look.

timethief said...

"Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them." Thomas Kinkade

I like your new blog theme and I love your content because it's focused on sharing for the purpose of helping others. :)

Long may you blog!
With love,

missourifitclub said...

I love the new design! Looks so good! I love your blog no matter the design! Have a GREAT day!

Bruce Coltin said...

When will you stop redecorating? I keep thinking I've wandered in to the wrong place.

The Sisters said...

Your new design is a winner! My sister and I have just started a short article writing blog. I loved reading yours!

KJ said...

Love your design. :) Great job.
I'm just starting out and it's always great to see what others are doing.

Diane said...

Great idea! Love the look.

Zinc said...

it's fantastic. swing by to my blog too..

lorettasword said...

i really like your blog im gonna spread the word and please come by and check my blog have a great day keep up the good work

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