Kimberly Eddy, author, graphic designer, and web developer specializing in layout developmentThoughts and Designs brings you thoughts and tips for life, as well as designs and tools for living it. From tips to starting a home business and thoughts on setting and achieving goals, to free resources including menu planning pages and the Knowing my God devotional, I have been creating content to bless and encourage since 2004, when this site was originally called Joyful Momma.

Thoughts and Designs is managed by me, Kimberly Eddy.

I am the proud mother of 5 adult and nearly-adult offspring, and have been married to my delightful toolmaker husband since 1992. We reside in the lovely, rural region of Michgan’s thumb in a 120 year old farmhouse on a scant acre. When I’m not immersed in tech, I love to cook and to grow good things in my backyard grocery store. In addition to the posts on this site, I’ve written articles for other publications, as well as several books and ebooks which you can find on I’ve been a Christian since 1990, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior while backpacking around Europe after college.

Because of a season of financial challenges in our own family, when my husband’s income was dropped down to 1/3rd of what we had been living on, I have also written a great deal on the topic of frugal living and living well on a tight budget. In fact, two of my books, Shopping and Cooking Frugally, and Put Your Budget on a Diet, are written with this topic in mind, with lessons I’ve learned in the school of hard knocks. If you’re also struggling with financial opportunities for growth, these may help you with greater stewardship, contentment, and learning to rethink what is Enough.

This site was rebranded from Joyful Momma  to Thoughts and Designs in 2014/2015, to reflect the changing seasons in my own personal life.  As the five young children I once was the joyful mother to grew up, life started to shift more and more away from motherhood and more towards my other passions, including art and design, although I still have many posts on the topic of motherhood up from the early days of this site.

Getting Started at Thoughts and Designs

Because I realize the scope of this site is broad, I’ve created a page to get you started here at Thoughts and Designs. You’ll find a concise overview of the site, its content, and my services.

If you’d prefer, I also have a site map of the content available on this site.

Books and eBooks by Kimberly Eddy

I’ve written several books to help you save money, thrive in life, and raise great kids. These books are being sold at several online retailers as paperbacks, or exclusively on as Kindle ebooks.

If you don’t have a kindle, not to worry! Amazon has a Kindle for PC app that you can download for free to allow you to read these ebooks on your own home computer. There are also Kindle apps for pretty much any mobile device, too. Very handy!

From my experience formatting my own books and ebooks, I’ve also branched out into helping others format their ebooks for ereaders such as Amazon Kindle, as well as laying out books for print. You can read more about my book and ebook formatting services over here. 

Design Services for Entrepreneurs, Ministries, and Small Businesses

In addition to creating all of this content for my own website, Thoughts and Designs, I also provide several design services that will help you in your entrepreneurial endeavors, with my more than 20 years of experience in graphic design:

  • Logo Design and Brand Development
  • Print Design
  • eBook and Book Formatting and Layout
  • Book Cover Design
  • WordPress Set Up, Configuration, and Customization

Contacting and Connecting with Kimberly Eddy and Thoughts & Designs

Thoughts and Designs is on social media, especially Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. You can connect with me at different social media sites below, or contact me using the contact form here.

For inquiries regarding services, I only ask that you contact me first using the contact form, and if you’d prefer to discuss your project via telephone I’ll give you a ring. Because of past issues, I no longer publicly publish my telephone number on the internet.

Social Media Accounts:

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I will share something a few times a week of general interest to work from home moms, entrepreneurs, and design enthusiasts

Follow Me on Pinterest  Pinterest Boards

I have several boards of interest to work from home moms, entrepreneurs, budding artists, design enthusiasts, and moms of teens.

Follow Me on Twitter Twitter Page

Connect with me on Twitter, where I share quotes, inspirations, and information of interest to entrepreneurs, and design enthusiasts

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I love to read in my free time. How about you? See what I’m reading, and what I’m sharing about what I’m reading over at Goodreads, the social media platform for readers. Reading any good books? I’d love to hear about it.

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My daughter says I need to warn you that I’m one of “Those” instagrammers who takes pictures of my food and other dorky goings-on in my life from time to time. I look at it differently. Food is another art form, isn’t it?



16 comments on “About

  1. Good evening,

    I am from CouponsToTroops and I wanted to let you know that I’m grateful for your “12 Simple Steps to Start Couponing” article where you mentioned our program about sending coupons overseas to our military families. I wanted to let you know that the number of people who are finding us because of your post is heart-warming.

    Today on my personal blog, I posted about a referral contest where bloggers are eligible to enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card by simply being the blogger who posts about CouponsToTroops AND generates the highest number of people signing up with us to adopt a family to mail to. In addition to the blogger winning the $25 card, one of the winning bloggers’ refer -ees will also win a $10 Amazon giftcard.

    I hope you will consider posting again about our program, which will help us help so many more military families. The link to my contest can be found at:

    If you are not interested in participating in the contest, I apologize for taking up your time.

    Sincerely, Lesley Parkinson

    • Hi Lesley, I love you guys! I actually referred to you in my new book, Joyful Momma’s Guide to Shopping & cooking Frugally, for people to know what to do with their expired coupons. thank you for what you do. I’ll try to get one in.

  2. Kimberly,

    Thank you for this blog site! What a wonderful resource for young moms like me, who have yet to experience so much in family life. I am so grateful I stumbled upon your page while surfing the LAF (Ladies against feminism) blog. I hope to visit often and learn more from your insights…until then, keep up the great work and God bless you and your family!

    love, Maia :)

  3. Hey Kimberly, I just got your book on Amazon today. I’ve just sat and read the first couple chapters. I was in tears! You see, we have a lot in common. My husband and I have 5 boys. We are in a heap of debt and sometimes it seems as if we will never be out. We just started to get very serious about paying it off though so I’m excited for this new chapter in our lives. We live with my inlaws and have for the past 8 years. They are very good to us, but I really need/want a place of our own.
    Any way, I googled your blog just to tell you how much I have already enjoyed your book. I’m looking forward to reading it all! One of the reviews on Amazon was a complaint about how much you mentioned God so I knew your book had to be great! It has already blessed me. God is so good to us even when we don’t deserve it. Even though we have done dumb things when it comes to finances I believe that God has still blessed because we have always tithed. Now if we could just leave off the dumb part, I can’t wait to see what God has in store!
    Thanks for writing the book, sharing your heart and story, and for already being a blessing in my life.

  4. hello kimberley , I found your book on amazon today. I have browsed through it quickly and am very impressed by your diet choices, it IS a hard route to take, health versus filling up tummies, you seem to have struck the happy medium, I love the spices and herbs you choose to use and the fact that you dont use cans of food to make food, from scratch home made is way way better.
    You have left me with a feeling of gratitude for what I have today, and while I am far from well off, I can only put it out to the universe that every body should live as comfortably as I do.
    it is very hard to see good people suffer through no fault of their own.
    The news is full of people struggling to make ends meet all over the world, enough to make even me cry.
    I wish the very best for you, your family and anyone else doing it tough
    May we all have peace, prosperity and enough :)


  5. Hi Kimberly! I love your book about frugal cooking – you’ve inspired me to continue with my own book on frugality! I’m searching the lovely new site for more recent posts, because I’ve been wondering how the foreclosure issue went. Have you moved? Are you still in the old house? How’s everyone settling in? Etc. :) Hope you’re well.

  6. Hi Kimberly – I tried emailing you, but it says “email could not be delivered”. Just wanted to let you know that about a dozen posts from 2011 showed up in my inbox today and it made me think of you. :) Also, if you could email me, I had a question for you that I didn’t want to post here. Thanks!

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