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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

4 Practical Tips for Coping with Anxiety and the Blues - Marty's Musings

4 Practical Tips for Coping with Anxiety and the Blues

  I’ve been amazed at the way my recent post with my story on when to see a family therapist has resonated with so many people. For the most part I don’t consider myself an anxious person, but there are definitely times that I lose sight of my blessings and only focus on the problems. My […]

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet - Marty's Musings

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

  Disclosure: I was provided with product from Pfister but all opinions are my own. When we found out that my DIY hubby was going to have rotator cuff surgery in December he and I got on the ball and finished up the rest of the remodel on our very outdated kitchen. A few days ago Tim shared […]

Not sure when or how to ask for professional help with a personal situation? Blogger Marty's Musings shares a personal story of encouragement.

Unafraid: Why I Went to See a Therapist

When I started this post several days ago I had no idea that our lives would again be filled with a new crisis with our adopted son. I just knew I needed help coping with my own feelings and hurts God had been revealing to me. As we continue to walk forward with our son, […]

This easy Mexican Taco Dip recipe is perfect for parties, sports events and even potluck dinners. This easy throw together recipe from Marty's Musings will be a favorite with family and friends.

Mexican Taco Dip Recipe

My husband may be a hazel-eyed blonde but somewhere in his DNA is a passion for all things Mexican food related. The hotter the better is his motto. As in hot sauce. And salsa. And hot peppers.   Blender brews that chase the rest of us out of the kitchen with tears in our eyes. He researches […]

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Jump Start Your Creativity!

I have a passion for so many things creative, including transforming our home, churning out fun crafts, scrapbooking our family memories and decorating on a budget. Because you’re here visiting Marty’s Musings I’m sure you clearly love the feeling of creating something of your own, too – and you know that the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment […]

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and Big Game Party - Marty's Musings

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and a Big Game Party!

“This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias   So often we miss  out on the joy of community with others by believing parties and gatherings have to be expensive and completely from scratch. I want to change your mind and show you how to use inexpensive […]