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What No One Wants to Talk About at Christmas

What No One Wants to Talk About at Christmas - Marty's Musings

Today I went into the attic and pulled out the baby clothes I had saved from my two biological children. It's been years since I tenderly went through them. I touched them almost prayerfully, letting the memories roll over me in waves. As a new mother you can never imagine that the little infant you cradle will one day be cradling their … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating

Decorating - Marty's Musings

  This was our first year decorating with the new deck on the front of our house, a project people either seem to love or hate (you can read that lively discussion here on Hometalk). I would love to have everything perfectly decorated outside but the truth is the bows on the wreaths look terrible and are in need of … [Read more...]

We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Christmas Post

Merry Christmas Baby - Marty's Musings

Yes, this season of Christmas joy has not been without its challenges and surprises. As many of you know my oldest daughter Rachel has been pregnant with our first grandchild. Her due date? January 13th. (You can read all about the announcement and the baby gender reveal party if you want to know more!) My … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices

Chalkboard Banner with Wood Slices - Marty's Musings

  My Christmas village is one of of my favorite elements of our Christmas decorating. You can read all about the details of how we set it up. I say "we" lightly because I totally delegate it to the kids. It's always interesting to see who becomes the chief and who becomes the indian. Know what I mean?  I enjoy the tradition of it … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

  Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he's having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he's going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while. On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful. Yes, … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas - Marty's Musings

I am always on the lookout for new recipes that are easy and my family will love. I scour yard sales for cookbooks, both old and new, to inspire me out of my routine baking and cooking. When there were seven of us living at home (plus three dogs, four cats and numerous other critters) I was lucky to get a shower and put my face on a couple of … [Read more...]

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft - Marty's Musings

Sometimes the best projects are the easiest, but I'm afraid I often make things more difficult than they should be. Can you relate? This year my husband having two surgeries this month with the prospect of being out of work for several months means I'm definitely in a busier season of life. It's not one that I relish because … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup and Mezzetta Memories Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup - Marty's Musings

Many thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring this post and inspiring my new favorite slow cooker recipe! With a blog tagline like mine, "home is where your story begins," you know that making memories is an important part of our lives. With two adult married children, a grandchild on the way and two teenagers living at home, we cherish every … [Read more...]

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress at Christmas!

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress at Christmas - Marty's Musings

It's been an interesting week here at the Walden home. My DIY hubby had surgery on Wednesday with an overnight stay in the hospital. He's doing well but we're definitely out of our routine. Tim will also have rotator cuff surgery on the 16th and spend several months rehabbing after that. Since he's a painting contractor he won't be able to … [Read more...]

5 Easy Meal Plans with Alexia Foods

Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole - Marty's Musings

Like many of you who faithfully read this blog, I am a working mom. Although blogging has introduced me to many wonderful people and companies and helped provide an income, my family still comes first. Feeding them is always a priority but finding the time to feed them balanced meals is still a challenge. Alexia Foods wants to help you and I … [Read more...]

Blue Frozen Punch For Any Party!

Blue Frozen Punch for Any Party - Marty's Musings

I bet you thought I was going to tell you all about a kids Disney Frozen party!  Nope! No little kid's party happening here but I did make a blue frozen punch that would be perfect for children or adults! Recently I hosted a baby shower for my daughter Rachel who is due in January. (Below are my two daughters and my … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Funny and Practical Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Practical Tips for Surviving the Holidays - Marty's Musings

How were your Thanksgiving holidays? Are you full of stuffing and great memories?  I'm blessed to say this was one of our best Thanksgivings ever with scrumptious food, laughter around the table, the perfect Christmas tree and our favorite tradition of all, the family blessing jar. But one year our celebration wasn't so … [Read more...]

Comforts from Home for Our Troops

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.   Almost every Saturday my DIY hubby works outside doing all those chores his allergy challenged wife has no interest in. That includes everything from lawn care to leaf removal and maintenance on the house. For us Saturday has … [Read more...]

Want to Make Money Blogging? Here’s How!

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  I have been blogging since 2008 and what started out as a family journal of our road through adoption has turned into a full time business. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love what I do and the idea that I can make money blogging, but it is indeed work.  I am over the moon excited about the opportunities this last … [Read more...]

Indian Corn on the Cob Shortbread Cookies

Indian Corn on the Cob Shortbread Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Q: What did the corn say when he got complimented? A: Aww, shucks! Q: Why shouldn't you tell a secret on a farm? A: Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears. Q: What did the baby corn say to the mom corn? A: Where is my pop corn? I am the world's worst at remembering jokes but I couldn't resist! Sharing … [Read more...]