How to Make your own Citronella Candles - Marty's Musings

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

  This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me. We designed our new deck, had it built on a budget with finish details added by my DIY hubby and decorated by me.   The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!   […]

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom - Marty's Musings

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom

  Most of you probably know our family has homeschooled a very long time, twenty years to be exact, with only three more years to go!  These years have been a commitment of time, resources and emotions. Homeschooling is a joyous life experience for the whole family, but it can also be isolating, frustrating, exhausting and […]

DIY Changing Table Turned Garden Cart - Marty's Musings

Changing Table Turned DIY Garden Cart

When my DIY hubby and I started dreaming about a deck on the front of our house I immediately started pinning pictures to help me determine my style. Surprise, surprise, my pins led me to conclude that the outside is just an extension of the inside! Because after all, it’s really just an outdoor room, […]

Kutless Carry Me to the Cross video and devotion - Marty's Musings

Kutless “Carry Me to the Cross”: Simple Gift Sunday

  Each week in these Simple Gift Sunday posts I try and share a word or inspiration that God has been impressing upon me during the week. Honestly, this week I’m just tired. Not feeling up to par. Run down. So I want to ask you, what is going on in your life right now?  What […]

Affordable Home Office Furniture - Marty's Musings

Affordable Home Office Furniture

I love blogging and have been seriously pursuing this dream for about two years now. However, my workspace has been an old desk that my husband and son scavenged from down the street on trash day and hauled back to the house on an improvised skateboard dolly. It was a blast to observe, not so […]

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Cool Summer Giveaway for $650 Paypal Cash

 Whew! It’s hot in NC but I have an idea that will cool you right down! How about $650 in Paypal cash? Can you think of a few cool treats you could buy with some extra cash? I’m excited to be joining with some wonderful bloggers to give you a shot at some cool cash! […]

7 Tips for Family Vacation with Adult Children - Marty's Musings

7 Tips for Family Vacation

  The years are passing even quicker now that we have adult children with spouses as well as two teenagers living at home. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild and our oldest son just got married a few weeks ago. As our lives change our plans for vacation each year become more complicated! Last year we […]

From Dream to Reality- Our Deck Reveal - Marty's Musings

From Dream to Reality: Our Deck Reveal

Our dream deck has been years in the making. Endless conversations, researching, contemplating, pricing and saving.  The finished product is one of the only DIY projects my hubby did not do completely on his own from start to finish (with some help and opinions from his wife!) This deck required having some help and we […]

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Sara Groves “Going Home”: Simple Gift Sunday

  The lyrics of this song by Sara Groves “Going Home”, tell the story of longings we may not understand, especially for our adopted children.  Of going home, I’ll meet you at the table Going home, I’ll meet you in the air And you are never too young to think about it Oh, I cannot wait […]

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade - Marty's Musings

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade for Summer Entertaining

  Have you ever just looked at a word and thought it looked like a foreign object? Your mind went blank and your vision got a little blurry?  Shish Kabob  shish-ke·bab [shish kuh-bob] That’s how I felt when I started getting this post ready so that I could share this amazing Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade recipe with […]