Using pocket pages and precut cards you can simplify your family memory keeping with these easy family scrapbook ideas using Jen Hadfield's Home+Made Kit.

Easy Family Scrapbook Ideas: Print Those Pictures!

I was away scrapbooking this weekend, trying to catch up on my Project Life album. These weekends usually consist of a little blogging, some extra sleep, a few delicious meals and some easy family scrapbook ideas. When I started scrapbooking 18 years ago I labored over the pages (and cut many a kid’s head with patterned […]

Who says women over 50 can't dress with style on a budget? Find a great black dress on sale and ways to dress it up and more casual with accessories, shoes, accents and scarves.

Fashion for Women over 50: The Little Black Dress

I shared my first frugal fashion for women over 50 post back in July and got some good response so I’m back today to show you how my youngest daughter and I put together three outfits based on one little black dress. In my opinion, you can never have enough black dresses! I tend to […]

Short video and tutorial contains easy and inexpensive ways to encourage your kids with creative notes for school and camp. Show your kids they are loved!

Encourage your Kids with Creative Notes

This post was sponsored by but all opinions are my own. When I became a mom 26 years ago I was determined to greet the teenage years with enthusiasm and a wonderful relationship with my children. I was willing to invest daily in their growing up years through homeschooling and nightly conversations around the dinner table. […]

Some of the best bargains come from yard sales and this $4 side table was perfect for a makeover using Behr paint. Tips and instructions included.

Yard Sale Side Table Makeover

I was provided product by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!) Y’all know I love yard sales. But did you know there are phone apps to help you map out the sales in your area? They have changed […]

By using an easy make ahead basic cookie mix you can make several different kinds of cookies including these amazing Reese's peanut butter cups cookies.

Make Ahead Cookie Mix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cookies

I love a good bargain and when I received a coupon recently in the mail for $10 free Kohl’s cash plus 30% off I was ready to go shopping! Not really, because anyone who knows me well knows I don’t really do too much shopping in “real” stores. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite loves […]

Every new mom should know the 5 things about cloth diapers including how much money they will save over the years and how easy they are to use. A first time mom shares all the details!

5 Things Every New Mom Should Know About Cloth Diapers

I remember when I was pregnant with our now 22-year-old son Joshua. I was planning on quitting my job and staying home which would require cutting corners everywhere possible. To help our budget I took the plunge into the wild, unknown world of cloth diapers and got a real education. I loved it. Okay, I […]

God often uses stretching exercises to challenge and change us for a new season of life. Join blogger Marty Walden as she shares how God is working in her.

Stretching Exercises for the Heart

Recently I’ve been learning how to stretch in many different ways. In the foods that will keep me healthy. In stretching exercises for the body that will keep me active for my grandson Aiden and (hopefully) many more to come. In the challenges of juggling work and life at home after concentrating on my family […]

These 3 easy tips to help you change your snacking habits will encourage you to take charge of your life, make some changes and begin a journey towards wellness and health. You can do this!

3 Keys for Healthy Snack Ideas

There’s a little secret I’ve been hiding from my readers.  Come a little closer, my dears. Are y’all envisioning the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz? You better not! This is good stuff! Since I hit the dreaded “50” (plus a couple or three more) there have been a few obstacles in my path to […]

DIY Makeup Drawers Using Scrapbook Paper

DIY Makeup Storage Using Scrapbook Paper

I am a memory keeper at heart but this new season of juggling work and our final years of homeschooling means I don’t have as much time for traditional scrapbooking. These days most of our tangible memories are captured via Project Life and since I have amassed quite a large collection of paper (okay, so it rivals […]

By using items you create from Shutterfly home decor you can refresh any space and create an inviting home with family pictures and personal messages.

Easy Tips to Refresh Your Home with Shutterfly Home Decor

This post was sponsored by Shutterfly through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Shutterfly, all opinions are my own.  I have been an avid scrapbooker for almost two decades and recording our family memories is part of the fabric of my life. I have to confess the […]

What should be our response when the Duggar family news and scandal reveals a pornography addiction and infidelity? How do we lift the veil of perfection? WE ARE ALL BROKEN. Our families are broken. Our lives are messy and nothing like the Facebook posts you read about everyday. #Truth and you know it. I know it. We all know it. No one should be held to a standard of perfection.

What Happened to the Duggar Family?

I am not one to dive into the realm of public opinion but I DO have opinions on most topics (and my husband would definitely agree!) I just choose not to air them on the blog where my desire is always to encourage, inspire and empower others. I have been a huge fan of the […]

Some of life's best memories come from summer days spent with family grilling hot dogs with Ball Park Park's Finest. Enjoy them with your favorite sides!

Summer Memories in a Pop Up Camper circa 1970’s

“This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.” My family didn’t have a lot material possessions during my growing up years but some of my best memories are of camping in our little pop up trailer at the beach. My mom spent a lot […]

From Bethel Music, the video No Longer a Slave to Fear beautifully shows how we've been liberated from the bondage of fear because we're children of God.

No Longer a Slave to Fear

We have just concluded 21 days of prayer and fasting with our church (Daystar Church) and it has been both a wonderful and challenging experience. The goal of this period is for our church family to refocus our attention on God and His purpose for us as a church and as individuals without earthly distractions. As best I […]

Need an easy idea for an end of summer/back to school with the kids party? Try this ice cream bar with kid favorite Rice Krispies on the bottom and build from there!

End of Summer Fun with Kids and Rice Krispies®

Since my kids are getting older (the youngest is 16 and the oldest is 26!) I invited my great nieces and nephew over for an end of summer fun/back to school celebration. The kids used to call me Auntie M but most of the time now it’s just Marty and I’m good with that. Usually it’s, “Marty, […]

Parenting Children with Attachment Disorder - Marty's Musings

Are Your Kids Preparing for School and Life?

How many of you heard it said when you were little, usually accompanied by a pat on your head, “You’re just growing up so fast!”  Or something along the lines of, “You can’t possibly be old enough to go to school!” Seriously, it’s a theme among well meaning relatives everywhere. I think they come in the […]

By using both chalk paint and Behr paint this bedroom furniture went from outdated to shabby chic gorgeous! Great bedroom ideas for budget makeovers.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

Since I seem to be one of those distracted bloggers that can’t keep all the balls juggling in the air I have to tell you I never finished sharing our budget bedroom makeover from last year. Yes, last year! I used to be so organized as a stay at home, homeschooling mom of five. For heaven’s […]

It can be hard to find healthy food options for on the go moms but Sheetz makes it easy with plenty of fast and nutritious snacks and meals choices.

Healthy Food Options for On the Go Moms

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Sheetz but all opinions are my own. When my friend Amy at Atta Girl Says and I were invited to attend friends and family day at the new Sheetz opening in nearby Kernersville, NC I brought along my hubby and my youngest daughter. All I had to say was […]

Chalkboard paint ideas are a hot decorating trend in everything from home decor to parties and organization. Fun and ingenious ideas to get you started!

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

Do you like following the latest decorating trends? Or are you more like me? You kinda slide into them while you’re discovering  your own personal style? Some trends tend to hang around for years and some vanish before they really even get started. What does this mean for you and I? To me it means […]

By implementing sound financial advice you can plan for sunny days in the life of your family, whether it's having kids, buying a house or even a vacation.

Glass Half Full of Half Empty?

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person? I struggle to look at my life and blessings as a glass half full sometimes because life can be hard. Honestly? It’s easier just to look at the negative side of life. Have you listened to the news lately? Did I mention life […]

With only a few ingredients, this blue cheese dressing recipe takes a wedge salad from ordinary to amazing. Save time and money by preparing homemade!

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

When my husband and I were in the middle of the busy child rearing years (oh, only about the last 25 years or so) we knew we could count on date night on special occasions. His birthday, my birthday and our anniversary. Can anyone else relate? It was hard to find the money to both […]

These 7 easy chalk painting tips for beginners will liberate you from perfectionism and get you hooked on the latest and most fun way to paint furniture and home decor accessories!

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

True confession here. If you aren’t familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty’s Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I […]

An adopted teenager struggles with his identity and chooses to live in a group home rather than with the family who raised him in this poignant essay as his adopted family struggles with grief and in learning how to heal their broken hearts and support their son.

The Truth I’m Afraid to Share

I’m afraid to even put these words to paper. Fear. Shame. Guilt. Confession. I used to be THAT mom. I had it all together. The one with the clean house, the kids that seemed to mostly get along and usually had on clean clothes with their hair brushed. (Still asking for forgiveness for the years with […]

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

Behr DeckOver Product Review and the Million Dollar Question

Behr Paint provided compensation for this post but we have loved and used Behr products for years! Last summer my DIY hubby restored our 20+ year old back deck with an amazing product from Behr Paint.  Since then I’ve received more questions about that post than any other. The most frequently asked question was how does […]

Do you want your guests to go crazy over your baking skills? Then this dessert is for you! This 5 ingredient Peach Cobbler recipe is to die for and so easy!

5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler Recipe

Yes, I’m a good Southern belle. No I don’t like warm weather.  Some people live for summer. The tropical breezes, the longer days and sun kissed tan. Me? I get migraines from the sun. I do not perspire. I sweat. I want my air conditioning and I’m perfectly fine if my tan comes from a […]

The Best Hot Dogs and a Lazy Family Holiday

The Best Hot Dogs and a Lazy Family Holiday

“This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.” To me the best part of holidays is always family and the traditions that join us together. July Fourth is one of those holidays that has changed through the years. When the kids were younger […]

Becoming Conference 2015

Becoming Conference 2015

I am happy to share with you some exciting news about a conference I’m taking part in later this month. Along with Amy at Atta Girl Says I’m going to be leading a hands on furniture painting workshop at the 5th Annual Becoming Conference organized by my friend Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Jenny at  With topics […]

Fabulous Frugal Fashions over 50 - Marty's Musings

Fabulous Frugal Fashions for Women over 50 (and the rest of you, too!)

The deepest desire of my heart for my writing is to be an encouragement to women of all ages, but I have an extra special bit of compassion for those of us over 50! I have always, always shopped secondhand for my wardrobe, mostly through yard sales. More recently I have added a bit of […]

You can help prevent homesickness by sending encouragement notes to camp or sleepovers. Simply write love notes for your kids to read when they're gone.

Encouragement Notes for Homesick Kids at Camp

Some of the best family traditions are often those that happen by accident, like our family blessing jar. What started out as a way to teach our children gratitude is now a deeply held celebration of thanksgiving every year. It’s even incorporated into the marriage contract between our children and their spouses! (No, not really, […]