Thoughts and Designs: Thoughts and Tips for Life; Designs and Tools for Living It

This website is currently undergoing some rebranding and redesign. Please excuse the mess while updates take place.


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:

Follow Me on Facebook  Thoughts and Designs Facebook Page

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

Follow Me on Goodreads Goodreads

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?