Celebrating with family doesn't have to mean a lot of work. Blogger Marty's Musings shares her Mothers Day pictures and a party with Tony's Pizza.

Mothers Day Pictures and a Pizza Party

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TONY’S® Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BigPizzeriaTaste http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I grew up in a home that I now realize was pretty “normal” (which is a totally relative term!)  I was the youngest of three siblings and […]

Mixing classic elements with vintage, rustic and shabby chic is easy with these tips from Marty's Musings for something old something new. No expertise necessary, just have fun!

Mix and Match Home Decor Ideas

I think my DIY hubby would call me low maintenance when it comes to home decor (and maybe in many other ways, too!) In other words, I don’t go shopping a lot to while away my free time (which is good because there’s not much of that!) or just buy things because everyone else does. I’m learning […]

Join blogger Marty's Musings for easy table setting ideas for creating an elegant yet simple tablescape using Marsala, 2015 Pantone color of the year.

Table Setting Ideas with Marsala Color of the Year

Did you know there was such a thing as a color of the year?  Me neither, until I saw lots of bloggers writing about it last year. PANTONE® is known worldwide as the authority on color and has chosen Marsala as the 2015 color of the year. Who knew? I enjoy entertaining and setting a beautiful table […]

Marty's Musings shares her personal story and 9 tools to survive a crisis. From taking care of yourself to knowing when to ask for help, there is hope!

9 Tools to Survive a Crisis

  Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day?  Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is set to cover the yearly emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again […]

Add a few fresh flowers and bright table linens to vintage china and crystal and set a lovely blue and yellow spring tablescape for Easter or everyday.

Vintage Blue and Yellow Spring Tablescape

  Before spring quickly turns into summer (and those hot, miserable 90+ temperatures) I wanted to make sure and share this lovely vintage spring tablescape I created for Easter. Yes, Easter, but you won’t see any cute bunnies or Rice Krispies Treats nests here. I do love to dress up the table for our family […]

Need help organizing your life and your family? Let digital apps, old fashioned paper calendars and consistent routines make your life easier!

3 Tools for Organizing Your Life!

  Since we’ve just finished celebrating Mother’s Day I’m here to share a few of the tools I’ve used through the years to keep our home running smoothly. Or at least an attempt at order amidst chaos! I remember the day we brought our first child, a daughter, home from the hospital. I looked at this […]

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

Our Teenaged Son was a Runaway

I have been paralyzed for over a week. Unable to write a word or formulate a thought.  I’d find myself staring at the floor for untold moments. Only feelings of grief and shock.  You see, this past Tuesday, April 28th, our 16-year-old adopted son became a runaway. Our son is the youngest of a sibling group […]

Are you allowing lies and negative thoughts change your life? Embrace that God finds you lovable and complete!

Are You Listening to the Lies and Negative Thoughts?

As I have lived life 24/7 with my adopted children over the last 15 years I have learned how their early wounds affect their thinking. Many years of therapy and prayer have helped me confront the undesirable messages from my own life. I realize how negative thoughts affect relationships of all kinds. What I believe about myself is EVERYTHING. Whether […]

Fun ideas for throwing a themed Cinco de Mayo party on a budget with inexpensive decorations and easy recipes including pineapple salsa and taquitos.

Cinco de Mayo Party and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias To celebrate my youngest daughter’s 17th birthday she invited several of her friends over for a themed Cinco De Mayo party. Teenagers + taco bar and fixin’s = tons of food and fun! As always, I try […]

This delicious Chicken Fajita recipe made with both fresh ingredients and canned fruit is both tasty and economical and will soon become a family favorite!

Chicken Fajita Recipe with Fruits and Vegetables

How do you know if a recipe is a keeper in the Walden home? Someone asks for it for their birthday dinner! Our tradition has always been for the birthday kiddo to pick his favorite meal for me to cook. Within reason. Think hamburger not steak. Recently in an effort to get healthier and make […]

These 5 helpful tips for organizing your car will help you make sense and streamline all the accumulated "stuff' that ends up in your car!

5 Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Car

  Is organization a struggle for you? Do you live out of your car? Or maybe you have kids? If so, I have 5 helpful tips for organizing your car! Often our vehicle is a reflection of our lives, filled to the brim with people and their “stuff!” Since it’s often easier to do these unpleasant tasks in […]

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

I Am Not Alone….and Neither Are You!

 One of the hardest parts of my brother-in-law’s recent death has been knowing the grief that my precious sister-in-law and her girls are suffering through. Yet I’m always reminded that none of this surprises God or catches Him unaware. I have heard the worship song I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe several times recently and the […]

With a little bit of chalk paint, fabric, creativity and hard work this furniture makeover goes from drab to fab! You'll never believe how great it looks!

Furniture Makeover with Chalk Paint and Fabric

  I would love to say that all our DIY projects turn out exactly as I envisioned. They don’t.  But that doesn’t keep me from trying and experimenting and hoping. This furniture makeover project was definitely on the experimental side! I thought I knew what I wanted but couldn’t quite get it to work.  Luckily my DIY […]

Canned or fresh peaches can be used to make these delicious Peach Cobbler Muffins from a terrific recipe by Joy the Baker. Great way to start the day!

Peach Cobbler Muffin Recipe

  I hope y’all will welcome my daughter-in-law Emmaline to the blog today! For a newlywed bride, she sure does make some amazing dishes. I’m hoping she’s going to help me learn how to cook healthier. Just not today because these Peach Cobbler Muffins are just too divine!   Okay, I know I am supposed […]

Counting your Easter blessings can transform your family as the years pass and your children grow into adults. Celebrating faith and family is important!

Easter Blessings Through the Years

  Easter has always been an important family holiday for  us, a time to gather together for a meal and share a common faith. Our family has changed immensely over the years. From a family of four to a family of seven overnight.    Years of Easter baskets, worship music and family pictures on the front lawn. Time […]

5 easy meal prep ideas to help the hostess enjoy stress free entertaining by planning, shopping and preparing as many dishes as possible ahead of time.

5 Easy Meal Prep Ideas for Stress Free Entertaining

How can it possibly be Easter already? Didn’t we just open Christmas presents? Gracious. I have been hosting many of our family holiday dinners at my home for most of my 28 years of married life. Including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, that’s a lot of ham, turkey, sides and desserts! Easter is a favorite because it’s a […]

Enjoy celebrating the holidays and everyday with your kids in the kitchen with these 3 ingredient Rice Krispies Treats and perfectly adorable Easter nests.

Rice Krispies Treats® for Easter

I am a seasoned mom and have lived to tell the tale. Yes, after raising and homeschooling five children, I’m nearing the end of that season. Endless days and sometimes even longer nights are now being replaced with eating bon bons by the pool. Nah, not really, but it was such a sweet thought!   […]

Amazing Grace - Marty's Musings

Just Breathe In and Breathe Out

   I take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. What was that breathing technique I saw online? 4-7-8 Inhale for a count of four. Hold for a count of seven. Exhale for a count of eight.  Heart still flip flopping an extra beat. I open my email and watch as the messages flood my […]

Add the perfect touch for a gift or send encouragement and well wishes with these handmade card ideas created under 10 minutes with a Project Life kit.

Handmade Card Ideas in Under 10 Minutes

This month on Crafty Hangouts we were challenged to come up with a craft that could be completed in under 10 minutes. Just my style. Quick and easy. Lickety split. In a jiffy. (Consumer Crafts sponsored this post but all opinions and ideas are my own!) I ordered some goodies from Consumer Crafts and came […]

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

I’m not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we’re just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on. So we won’t talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I’m just […]

Struggling with body image after giving birth, a first time mom encourages women to embrace the beauty and gift in those pregnancy stretch marks.

The Day I Fell in Love With my Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Thank you to my daughter Rachel for sharing a precious reminder of the beauty of motherhood with “The Day I Fell in Love With my Pregnancy Stretch Marks.”    When I became pregnant with our son, Aiden, I was the heaviest I had ever been. I knew it would help to lose a few pounds but my […]

This shabby chic dresser from Marty's Musings began as a curbside cast off before it was transformed with chalk paint and a little elbow grease! Check out all the DIY details!

Trash to Treasure: Chalk Painted Dresser

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this extremely ugly dresser with potential I found on the side of the road back in December. It was such a busy time of year, with my husband’s two surgeries, the birth of our first grandchild and all the normal Christmas activities.  One Saturday as I pulled […]

When a Heart Breaks - Marty's Musings

When a Heart Breaks

There are joyous seasons in life, days filled with sweetness and precious memories, almost to the point of taking my breath away. Then the seasons of grief arrive, days filled with inconsolable heartbreak, crushing the wind from my lungs. Blessedly I’ve known both seasons and every one in between. Ordinary days full of diapers and messes, schoolwork […]

Regardless of the weather, this slow cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup from Marty's Musings is perfect for a busy day. With only 6 ingredients it's also budget friendly and delicious!

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

  Living in the South I never know what to expect from our winters. Usually it’s just a lot of threats and cancelling school before the first flake or icy drop descends from the skies. (My youngest kids haven’t quite figured out the homeschooling angle. They go to school when the other kids are at […]

Ever wondered why southerners fear of running out of bread and milk when it snows? Marty's Musings tells why and shows you cute puppy pictures, too!

A Southern Snow and Cute Puppy Pictures

(Note: I was working on this post last weekend but the news of my brother-in-law’s sudden cardiac arrest changed everything. As he clings to life our family clings to hope in God and we still covet your prayers.) I’m born and bred Southern, y’all. And I actually use the word y’all in everyday language. All.the.time. But […]

3 practical ways to add more meaning to your life by finding and meeting the needs of others, especially the homeless people in your community.

3 Practical Ways to Add More Meaning to Your Life

  I am a big believer in modeling behaviors I’d like my children to imitate. I want to reach their hearts in teaching them compassion for others. But let me be honest. In the area of helping others outside of the family, I often fail. I get caught up in the minutia of everyday life and […]

Our Family Needs Your Prayers - Marty's Musings

Our Family Needs Your Prayers

I had every intention of sharing an adorable post today full of pictures this weekend of our new puppy and, of course, our baby grandson. Unfortunately, life sometimes shocks us into reality and heartbreak. Saturday was one of those days. We got a call early in the morning that my husband’s brother had a heart attack. […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway

Join me and some of my favorite blogging friends for the St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway below! Good luck! One lucky winner will receive a prize package valued at $500+ from 10 very generous sponsors … Prize Package Includes: $50 Ace Hardware Gift Card Ball Brand green mason jars (pint case and quart case) $50 Birch […]