Marty Walden shares transparently her story of grief through death, adoption brokenness, marriage trials and financial struggles, giving hope that you are not alone.

Living with Grief and Heartbreak

January is off to a quiet start here on the blog, partially with intentionality and partially completely out of my hands. When I scheduled my carpal tunnel surgery for Jan. 5 I knew it would be hard to do a lot of my daily tasks, including computer work, which was fine because I wanted to spend […]

Laura from Duke Manor Farm blog shares her favorite room makeovers of 2015 including her office, laundry room and guest room.

Duke Manor Farm Best Room Makeovers

Good gracious! What happened to the last week and a half?   In addition to taking time to recover from carpal tunnel surgery, my blog was also down for most of several days and I was unable to work or write on the blog. Chances are if you tried to visit my site you got a blank screen […]

Karen from Dogs Don't Eat Pizza blog shares her amazing dining room makeover with a perfect blend of farmhouse, rustic, and industrial elements.

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza Dining Room Makeover

Today my friend Karen from Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza is sharing her amazing dining room makeover. She is a master at blending different styles and creating a relaxed home perfect for entertaining or just hanging out. She’s also a fellow bargain hunter so it’s probably good she lives a few hours away and can’t fight […]

Written with vulnerability and transparency, a young pastor's wife gives advice on a life filled with both the challenges and frustrations involved in church ministry yet abounding in unexpected blessings.

I Didn’t Choose to be a Pastors Wife

As I was teaching my children to write during my many years as a homeschooling mom, I never dreamed that one day at least one of my kids would enjoy writing like her mom and would wield the pen as a mighty sword. Rachel is so much like me with the way her writing comes from […]

Amazing laundry room makeover by Worthing Court blog with rustic and farmhouse touches and organizational tips and inspiration.

Worthing Court Blog Laundry Room Makeover

Blogging has stretched me in ways I never imagined but one of the sweetest blessings has been new friendships with women who share a passion for writing, creating and taking beautiful pictures. I asked a few of my blogging buddies if they’d help me out during my recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome surgery so I have some fun posts […]

Marty Walden writes how her carpal tunnel syndrome surgery allows her to spend time listening to God and revisioning the direction of her lifestyle blog.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Word for 2016

Last year at this time my husband had just gone through two surgeries; one hernia repair and one rotator cuff repair. Little did we know that 2015 would hold some of our greatest challenges ever. God knew better than to give me a glimpse because I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed […]

With yard sale treasures, elements from nature and easy DIY projects, this Christmas Home Tour will convince you that a small home can be beautiful, too!

After Christmas Home Tour and Recap

I never officially hosted a Christmas home tour for all of you this year and probably by now you’re sick to death of Christmas! As usual my crazy life intersected pretty pictures and life won! But in case you’re still hanging in here with me I want to give you a quick tour of some spaces […]

Blogger Marty Walden takes a look back at the top ten encouraging posts of 2015 through her DIY projects, recipes and personal journey of faith.

Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs. This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe! […]

Decorating with red and aqua is a great new color combination and the kitchen is a perfect place to try it. Use it with a pop of color or brighter splashes for more emphasis.

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

Last year I decorated with red and aqua in the kitchen at Christmas and loved it so much I decided to change the colors in the room! I’ve been slowly adding red into the decor and since I’ve never shown the opposite end of this room I’m hoping to do a reveal in the next […]

These last minute Christmas gift ideas contain suggestions for the whole family from kids to adults including tools, makeup, baby and pet toys and more!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

When I was a little kid the Sears Christmas wish book contained all of my heart’s desires. What in the world was that, you say? It was a hold in your hands, cut pictures out, dare to dream and drool over, catalogue of toys for every kid (and Sears way to empty the parents’ pockets!) […]

Don't miss out on special family memories this holiday season! These 3-ingredient Rice Krispies treats ornaments are a perfect way to help your kids imagination soar!

Rice Krispies® Treats Ornament

Kellogg Company sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has always been time spent in the kitchen with my children. As a homeschooling mom I’ve always made this part of the required curriculum! All of my kids have grown up from their early […]

With these easy tips you can treat any flat surface next to a wall in your home as a Christmas mantel even if you don't have a fireplace! Combine fresh greenery, berries, yard sale finds and inexpensive store bought items to create a beautiful holiday vignette.

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. For years I bemoaned the fact that I didn’t have a fireplace in our home, thus I had no place to cuddle up with my hubby and no mantel to decorate to share my creativity and […]

Tons of tips for using natural elements and thrifty, repurposed treasures for outside decorations without spending a lot of money or time. Ideas include a fence board sign, no sew pillows, yard sale treasures, dollar store ornaments with evergreens and berries.

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas for Christmas

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is our front deck. Some folks who don’t live in the south have questioned the wisdom of building a deck without a roof, (otherwise known as a porch.) Yes, a porch would have been ideal,  but so would a Lamborghini and that ain’t happening! (OK, I don’t […]

This rustic fence board O Holy Night sign is a perfect addition to a holiday home for display either indoors or outdoors. Made with scrap wood, painted, with vinyl letters added, the post includes step by step details on this DIY project.

Fence Board O Holy Night Sign

Disclosure: I was provided compensation by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) It’s time to jump full steam ahead into the holiday season! Yesterday I shared a precious memory of my sister and her favorite Mexican Wedding […]

Mexican wedding cookies (or Russian tea cakes as they are sometimes called) are known for their irresistibly nutty taste and powdered sugar topping on their rounded snowball shape.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. My sister Brenda and I were born 15 years apart, with just enough time in between for her to be like a second mama to me.  I’m sure my birth caused her much grief and embarrassment […]

A professional painter shares tips on how to paint over those hard to cover dark walls in your home including preparation, product and DIY tips. It's not as hard as you think!

How to Paint Over Dark Walls

Disclosure: I was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine. Y’all, I have a peek at a before and after I think you’ll flip over! It’s a DIY project from start to finish that’s near and dear to my heart. I’m not going to give you many details in this post because […]

Entertaining for Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. Use what you have on hand, ask guests to bring a dish and make the most of moments with loved ones.

5 Tips for a Low Stress Thanksgiving Dinner

Even before I became a DIY lifestyle blogger I always loved to set a pretty table when company came over for dinner. We were always the first ones to invite the new preacher or staff member from church over for Sunday lunch. For years I also hosted my homeschool moms group for an evening Christmas party. […]

Blogger Marty Walden shares the joy of motherhood from parenting adopted children with wounded hearts, even when the story is unexpected and heartbreaking.

Motherhood: Rewarding and Heartbreaking Journey

As I watched my oldest daughter’s journey to motherhood I was grateful to play an active part in her life and now in my precious grandson’s life. From the very beginning Rachel was full of questions and transparency. Did it take you long to get pregnant? Did you have morning sickness when you were pregnant with […]

These molasses cookies are a MUST TRY recipe! Made from a basic make ahead starter cookie mix they are deceptively simple but get rave reviews for taste!

Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

I am a chocolate lover from my days in utero. Ok, I can’t possibly know that but I do know my mom loved chocolate so it’s probably a good assumption! My grandmother lived with us my entire childhood until she passed away when I was 15. She had her own secret hiding place for her […]

A touching letter from a first time grandmother to the precious grandson with encouragement and affirmation in God's plan for his young life and blessings on his future.

First Birthday Ideas and a Letter from Nana

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. There’s just something so incredibly unique about a child’s first birthday. Is there any one year in life where more change and growth is experienced? From a helpless newborn infant to a mostly walking, noise uttering, mess […]

Parenting tips on surviving the second 6 months of baby's life with helpful ideas on setting a daily routine, how to avoid comparisons with other babies, the necessity for setting apart time for mom and dad and the value of exercise in a healthy life!

Is Your Baby 6 to 12 Months? What You Need to Know!

Ah, how things change in such a short time when you’re a new parent! It’s been so much fun being involved in the life of our first grandchild as these first few months have flown by. My daughter Rachel and her husband Donny are here to share some parenting tips on the second six months of Aiden’s […]

Tour this rustic cabin in the NC mountains with western theme decor, a visual delight with beautiful pine wood throughout and delightful, one of a kind furnishings and accessories.

Rustic Cabin with Western Theme Decor

Most years our family goes on vacation to the beach but just a few weeks ago we headed to an amazing rustic cabin owned by friends of ours. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, this jewel of a cabin barely had room for all of us. Okay, I’m totally kidding because this getaway has three levels and  is straight […]

Learning how to choose paint colors is an important part of decorating your home. A painter's wife gives a humorous look at learning from her mistakes!

How to Choose Paint Colors

Disclosure: I was compensated by BEHR Paint but the opinions are all mine. I was going to title this post “What if the Painter’s Wife Chooses the Wrong Color?” but I decided that was a wee bit long. If you don’t know by now, I’m married to a painting contractor. We’ve been married a long […]

These concise laundry room ideas will convince you that even a small space can be efficient, organized and look great with inexpensive storage containers.

Small Laundry Room Ideas and Pantry Makeover

This post on Small Laundry Room Ideas has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. I’ve drooled over beautiful laundry rooms and pantries on Pinterest for months now. Our poor little space was just crammed full of stuff. Lots of stuff, I tell you. His stuff and […]

What do you need to know when adopting a new puppy? This new puppy checklist will give you advice in deciding if you're prepared for the responsibility!

New Puppy Checklist and Tips for the Early Months

Our lives have been way too crazy since last December and filled with a whole bunch of crises and one beautiful life changing event thrown in.  In the midst of all this madness my kids and husband tried to convince me to get a new puppy. Can you believe it? Our boxer Annabelle passed away last July […]

Think you're too busy to decorate your home for autumn? Here are a few ideas to help you create a quick and simple fall vignette. Great tips for all year!

Simple Fall Vignette or What Happened to Summer?

My family and I spent last week in a beautiful private home in the mountains of NC. I can’t wait to share all about our trip and the amazing home we stayed in, but first I wanted to share a quick fall vignette I put together in my own home. While we were we were […]

With only 3 ingredients, this 5 minute breakfast sandwich is a perfect start for busy days! Great for kids and adults alike for that most important meal!

5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

My husband and I have never been big breakfast eaters. Or hardly even breakfast eaters at all. When we met, Tim’s idea of morning was the 20 minutes before noon when he rolled out of bed. We were performing in dinner theater at the time (see the ridiculously young looking photo below.) Our nights were […]

This easy pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting is a guaranteed hit to ring in the fall season. With just a few handy ingredients it's perfect for school parties, family dinners and church potlucks.

Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias Some of my favorite family moments have been spent gathered around a beautifully decorated table with those I love, sharing good food and great conversation. When the leaves begin to turn and the weather […]