about Barb of A Life in Balance


Welcome! My name is Barb, and I’m a mom of 5 kids, 4 boys and one tomboy princess, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. This blog started out as a way to share stories and photos with extended family without drowning their email with photos. Over time, my writing has moved beyond story-telling to sharing my successes and failures as a mom of 5 in hopes of encouraging other moms in their current season of life.

A Life in Balance

Meet Barb

Born and raised in the Philly area, I’m an avid runner, addicted coffee drinker (don’t get between me and my coffee), and lover of the arts. While having 5 kids keeps me on my toes, I find time to curl up with a good mystery, take a photo jaunt, or hit the local trails for a run. As I get closer to 50 (only 4 more years!), I find myself moving away from the shy, introverted young mom to a more self-confident, more social mom with way too many stories to tell about my kids. My pastor keeps telling me I could write a book when I’m finished raising kids.

In the meantime, I laugh, cry, and freak out a bit while finding the balance for me in this season of my life with 5 kids.

Kids, Crafts, and Activities

Kids Art Day

As a former arts and crafts counselor, I love the arts. My kids and I craft on a regular basis, including our Sunday Afternoon Craft Time. Find crafts for preschooler and elementary kids on my Kids Crafts page.

Nature Walks for Kids

Besides crafting, I love taking my kids for nature walks and museum visits around the Philadelphia area. When I was homeschooling my oldest, we explored the local museums and arboretums. Now, we’re revisiting them with my younger 4 kids and making new memories. You’ll find more information about our museum visits and nature walks on my Delaware Valley Museums, Attractions, Nature Walks for Kids page.



While I’m naturally a Type A First-Born, having an organized home with 5 kids has been a challenge. Over the years, I’ve developed a system of deep cleaning, daily cleaning, and chores that keeps our home running pretty smoothly. I shared my cleaning lists and organizing strategies on my Organizing page.

Frugal Living


With 5 kids including one headed to college in less than 2 years, stretching our budget dollars is my number one priority. Each week, I write about frugality in all aspects of our family life. On Thursdays, I cohost the Fabulously Frugal Thursday Linky party with my friend Heather of Real: The Kitchen and Beyond.



Motherhood is a hard job. We don’t get breaks. 24/7/365 – we are moms every single moment of the day. To encourage moms like you and me, my friend Steph of Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom, Lauryn of The Vintage Mom, and I started Motivation Monday. Find marital advice, spiritual advice, and the practical advice of moms in the trenches at Motivation Monday.

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Other Places to Find Me

Featured on Mama’s Little Helper: Mama of the Week
Blogger Spotlight on A Grande Life
Part of the Nourished Living Network
Writer at The Lunch Break Blog
Writer at Philadelphia Family Magazine
Writer at Chester County Moms