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 […]

With just a few handy ingredients, this homemade slow cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup from Marty's Musings will delight the entire family and is a tasty budget dinner.

Childhood Dreams and Cream of Mushroom Soup

   Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? I do. Many an afternoon I spent in my pink room at the top of the stairs playing teacher with my Barbie. Although it wasn’t a “real” Barbie, it was a Stacy, but that’s beside the point! I loved writing in broken cursive […]

With tips and tricks on throwing a DIY Elephant Themed Baby Shower, these ideas on food and decor will thrill both the expectant mom and party guests alike.

Elephant Themed Baby Shower

My first grandson is now nine weeks old and I promised myself I’d share the shower I threw for my daughter before he was crawling around!  Aiden James Baldridge entered the world four weeks early and threw us all into a panic (you can read the story here). He was worth every minute of those days and was […]

Marty's Musings shares how to to dream big dreams and embrace the unknown when God touches your heart and changes your plans.

Exciting News and a Dare to Dream Big Dreams

  A few weeks ago I was sitting at my computer working (not unusual in the least) and felt a moment when I believe God planted a dream within me (quite unusual for me!) Today I want to share just a few thoughts on how I believe God is working in my life and family. […]

This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer from Marty's Musings is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings.

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

  Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover. I’m in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick […]

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Veggies - Marty's Musings

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe with Mac and Cheese

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” “When life give you lemons, eat them, they’re good for you.” “When life gives you lemons, accept them graciously.”  All these quotes from my pal “unknown” sum up our lives this past month. Since my DIY hubby had two surgeries in December, including rotator cuff repair, our “normal” routines are no […]

What makes a good marriage? Blogger Marty's Musings shares that brokenness and being remade through faith are the keys. Casting Crowns "Broken Together/"

What Makes a Good Marriage? Being Broken Together

Today is my 28th wedding anniversary. 28 years. Almost three decades of living life together. Fights. Makeups. Morning breath. Childbirth. Just ordinary lives lived through extraordinary stories. I wish we had an inkling of what we were getting into when we got married on that Valentine’s Day many years ago.   We were ill-prepared for the […]

This simple tutorial from Marty's Musings will teach you how to use scrap fabric and clothing to make a DIY fabric rag banner that will brighten up any room, decor or party.

How to Make a DIY Fabric Rag Banner

Have you ever finished a project, stepped back, sized it up and wondered what was missing?  I do that all.the.time. I am not a decorator or expert on anything home decor related, but I do know what I like and what I don’t.  Discovering all that really matters is having a home that is both lived […]

Filled with pantry staple items and inexpensive meat, this Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup from Marty's Musings is both delicious and hardy for the whole family!

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup

  I am constantly on the search for new soup recipes, especially for the slow cooker. There’s nothing better to me than piling all the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and smelling the delicious aroma all day long while I work (or run errands or answer questions or a myriad of other things.) […]

Honest and transparent feelings from a first time new mom will reassure that faith and love will see you through! from Marty's Musings

4 AM Feelings From a Sleep Deprived Mom

Many of you longtime readers have heard all about my oldest daughter Rachel, with everything from her DIY wedding in 2011, baby gender reveal party last August and the unexpected arrival of baby Aiden early in December. From age eleven and a half and up when we adopted a sibling group of three in 2000, Rachel was so […]

With just a few common ingredients, this deliciously sweet Chocolate Chip Cheeseball is an easy yet impressive dessert to share with friends and family.

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

  Have you ever had a silly argument over practically nothing, especially with your spouse? ~raising hand~ Me, too. In marriage it’s usually the little things that drive me insane build my character. Little habits like when Tim kicks the sheets out from under the mattress or goes to the grocery for me and calls me […]

A professional painter shares everything you need to know on how to paint a room with great tips for the beginner wanting to save time and money.

Everything You Need to Know on How to Paint a Room

I love to create something beautiful out of other people’s roadside castoffs or yard sale bargains. But paint a room? Not so much! When we moved into our home 24 years ago I was assigned the closets. Those lovely hidden places that no one will ever see.  Kind of like Siberia for those that glop paint […]

Do you think some colors just can't be combined? Blogger Marty's Musings shows how to decorate with aqua and red and create a color scheme you'll love!

Can You Really Decorate with Aqua and Red?

   This past Christmas blogging wise didn’t turn out like I expected. I had lots of great ideas and even a lot of photos but no time to put it all together. (You can read the crazy story here.) I put together a beautiful aqua and red Christmas tablescape but blogging about it just didn’t happen. […]