Picture Frame Front Door Wreath

Create a warm welcome for guests with this easy and inexpensive front door wreath using a repurposed yard sale picture frame, silk flowers and wooden sign.

I love to craft and DIY while I turn yardsale and curbside junk into beautiful treasures for my home. But I do have a confession to make. Since blogging is now also my job being creative is sometimes a necessity, not a luxury. That can sometimes put extra pressure and stress on me to come up with the "latest and greatest." I believe God … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Make Money on a Yard Sale

5 practical tips on how to make money on a yard sale while clearing out excess stuff! Includes where to hold it, what to sell, pricing, promotion and morel.

It's yard sale season and I'm back with more of my great tips! I live for this time of year that feeds my DIY and creative soul while saving us money. A few months ago I posted on how to tell whether that perfect buy is trash or treasure and the top 10 bargains to keep an eye open for when yardsaling. I have been committed … [Read more...]

No Fake Happy Face, Just My Usual Transparency

Hillsong I Surrender devotion and video

As Christians we sometimes paste on a happy face and gloss over our wounds and struggles. After all, we're supposed to have it all together, aren't we? If we don't have the answers then who does? I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly don't. I hurt. I cry. I ask the Comforter to intercede when I can't even form the … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Brownie Bites

Quick and easy brownie bites are a snap to make with a packaged brownie mix and chocolate chips, rolled in powdered sugar. Kids and adults alike love them!

I would love to deny my love for chocolate but my daughter Rachel is here to dispel the myth by sharing our favorite Brownie Bites recipe. I'm a goner! It's amazing to me how motherhood has drastically changed my appreciation for the things that seemed so "normal" to me during my childhood. I look at my son and have a burning desire to raise … [Read more...]

Ranch Style House With a Front Deck

See how these DIY homeowners planned and converted their 1950's ranch style house into an updated home with terrific curb appeal and a fabulous front deck.

Last year we had our dream deck built on the front of our house. No, my DIY hubby Tim didn't build it himself (although he did build the one in our backyard and restored it last year.) We were able to find someone willing to build it for a daily charge and it was a great deal.  We haven't regretted spending the money paying someone … [Read more...]

Seven Layer Dip in a Mason Jar

This Seven Layer Dip in a half pint sized mason jar looks adorable and tastes great! Perfect for any party or family gathering this mexican meal in a jar is both healthy and fun! It's also perfect for a make ahead lunch.

Life has been a bit crazy lately (understatement of the year! you can read all about it here) and I never got around to sharing the recipe for this adorable seven layer dip served in mason jars that I created for my daughter's 17th birthday party. Here's my daughter Rachel to give you a little bit of family history about her dad and his passion … [Read more...]

What Happens When You’re at the End of Your Rope?

Ever feel like you're at the end of your rope? Know that the sweetest and most profound dreams are often born in the tiniest slivers of leftover life.

Bible study teacher Beth Moore (Living Proof Ministries) and I have a long history. I have taken several of her studies through the years and her words have spoken life into me at critical moments in my life journey. I am so grateful for the way God has used her to teach me His truths. One little detail you may not know about her is that she and … [Read more...]

Budget Decorating Ideas for the Deck

These budget decorating ideas for decks and other outdoor spaces will inspire you to shop yard sales, thrift stores and even curbside for inexpensive treasures to repurpose and update for a beautiful space you will love.

Do you love a good before and after as much as I do? What is it that we love? The ugly duckling picture of an unloved house/deck/piece of furniture dying for new life stirs something inside of us. Why does this fascinate us so? I think maybe it's because it gives us hope. And permission to dream.  Because … [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Baked Potato

Using common everyday ingredients this easy Slow Cooker Chili by Marty's Musings tastes delicious served over a baked potato or by itself topped with sour cream and cheese.

I am incredibly grateful for my daughter Rachel who jumped in this week with her easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe served over a roasted baked potato. (If you haven't read the crazy happenings in our family you can read all about it here.) She and Emmaline are such blessings here on the blog, aren't they? (Did you read our news here?) My … [Read more...]

Let It Go: The Song God Keeps Teaching Me

Marty Walden shares her faith and how God helped her release her anxiety and pain when her husband faced surgeries, unemployment, a teenaged son runaway and a family death, all within a six month period.

I started this post last Christmas because I knew my husband and I were headed into a season of uncertainty. The single lyric of Let It Go was stuck in my head and for good reason.  Tim was scheduled for hernia surgery followed by rotator cuff surgery in early December. As a painting contractor that meant a six month recovery and … [Read more...]

Advice for New Dads: Cliff Notes Version

Great advice for new dads from a first time father, with everything you need to know to make it through those sleepless, scary and adjustment filled days!

Welcome back my daughter Rachel and an especially big welcome to her husband Donny!  Let me tell you about my son-in-law. Throughout the courtship/dating process he and Rachel spent a lot of time in our home. We got to know Donny so well we considered him as just another fixture in the house! He loves to tease me and I try to give as … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Expand your palate with these healthy and tasty Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Spice them up or leave them plain but give this dish a try!

Welcome back my daughter-in-love Emmaline for some yummy goodness for the hot summer! The only bad thing about her sharing her cooking prowess? I don't get to taste a sample! Well friends, as summer approaches and warm (or should I say HOT - I do reside in North Carolina, you know) weather comes sweeping over us, I am all about finding easy and … [Read more...]

Mothers Day Pictures and a Pizza Party

Celebrating with family doesn't have to mean a lot of work. Blogger Marty's Musings shares her Mothers Day pictures and a party with Tony's Pizza.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TONY’S® Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BigPizzeriaTaste http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I grew up in a home that I now realize was pretty "normal" (which is a totally relative term!)  I was the youngest of three siblings … [Read more...]

Mix and Match Home Decor Ideas

Mixing classic elements with vintage, rustic and shabby chic is easy with these tips from Marty's Musings for something old something new. No expertise necessary, just have fun!

I think my DIY hubby would call me low maintenance when it comes to home decor (and maybe in many other ways, too!) In other words, I don't go shopping a lot to while away my free time (which is good because there's not much of that!) or just buy things because everyone else does. I'm learning to invest in some pieces that will … [Read more...]

Table Setting Ideas with Marsala Color of the Year

Join blogger Marty's Musings for easy table setting ideas for creating an elegant yet simple tablescape using Marsala, 2015 Pantone color of the year.

Did you know there was such a thing as a color of the year?  Me neither, until I saw lots of bloggers writing about it last year. PANTONE® is known worldwide as the authority on color and has chosen Marsala as the 2015 color of the year. Who knew? I enjoy entertaining and setting a beautiful table without spending a lot of … [Read more...]

9 Tools to Survive a Crisis

Marty's Musings shares her personal story and 9 tools to survive a crisis. From taking care of yourself to knowing when to ask for help, there is hope!

  Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day?  Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is set to cover the yearly emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right. Right … [Read more...]

Vintage Blue and Yellow Spring Tablescape

Add a few fresh flowers and bright table linens to vintage china and crystal and set a lovely blue and yellow spring tablescape for Easter or everyday.

  Before spring quickly turns into summer (and those hot, miserable 90+ temperatures) I wanted to make sure and share this lovely vintage spring tablescape I created for Easter. Yes, Easter, but you won't see any cute bunnies or Rice Krispies Treats nests here. I do love to dress up the table for our family get togethers and add a … [Read more...]

3 Tools for Organizing Your Life!

Need help organizing your life and your family? Let digital apps, old fashioned paper calendars and consistent routines make your life easier!

  Since we've just finished celebrating Mother's Day I'm here to share a few of the tools I've used through the years to keep our home running smoothly. Or at least an attempt at order amidst chaos! I remember the day we brought our first child, a daughter, home from the hospital. I looked at this perfect, beautiful baby and … [Read more...]

Our Teenaged Son was a Runaway

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

I have been paralyzed for over a week. Unable to write a word or formulate a thought.  I'd find myself staring at the floor for untold moments. Only feelings of grief and shock.  You see, this past Tuesday, April 28th, our 16-year-old adopted son became a runaway. Our son is the youngest of a sibling group we … [Read more...]

Are You Listening to the Lies and Negative Thoughts?

Are you allowing lies and negative thoughts change your life? Embrace that God finds you lovable and complete!

As I have lived life 24/7 with my adopted children over the last 15 years I have learned how their early wounds affect their thinking. Many years of therapy and prayer have helped me confront the undesirable messages from my own life. I realize how negative thoughts affect relationships of all kinds. What I believe … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Party and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Fun ideas for throwing a themed Cinco de Mayo party on a budget with inexpensive decorations and easy recipes including pineapple salsa and taquitos.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias To celebrate my youngest daughter's 17th birthday she invited several of her friends over for a themed Cinco De Mayo party. Teenagers + taco bar and fixin's = tons of food and fun! As … [Read more...]

Chicken Fajita Recipe with Fruits and Vegetables

This delicious Chicken Fajita recipe made with both fresh ingredients and canned fruit is both tasty and economical and will soon become a family favorite!

How do you know if a recipe is a keeper in the Walden home? Someone asks for it for their birthday dinner! Our tradition has always been for the birthday kiddo to pick his favorite meal for me to cook. Within reason. Think hamburger not steak. Recently in an effort to get healthier and make better food choices I'm scouring my food magazines, … [Read more...]

5 Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Car

These 5 helpful tips for organizing your car will help you make sense and streamline all the accumulated "stuff' that ends up in your car!

  Is organization a struggle for you? Do you live out of your car? Or maybe you have kids? If so, I have 5 helpful tips for organizing your car! Often our vehicle is a reflection of our lives, filled to the brim with people and their "stuff!" Since it's often easier to do these unpleasant tasks in short amounts of time, … [Read more...]

I Am Not Alone….and Neither Are You!

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

 One of the hardest parts of my brother-in-law's recent death has been knowing the grief that my precious sister-in-law and her girls are suffering through. Yet I'm always reminded that none of this surprises God or catches Him unaware. I have heard the worship song I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe several times recently and the … [Read more...]