New Puppy Checklist and Tips for the Early Months

What do you need to know when adopting a new puppy? This new puppy checklist will give you advice in deciding if you're prepared for the responsibility!

Our lives have been way too crazy since last December and filled with a whole bunch of crises and one beautiful life changing event thrown in.  In the midst of all this madness my kids and husband tried to convince me to get a new puppy. Can you believe it? Our boxer Annabelle passed away last July and my hubby would send … [Read more...]

Easy Family Scrapbook Ideas: Print Those Pictures!

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.

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 scissors. Can anyone … [Read more...]

Fashion for Women over 50: The Little Black Dress

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.

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 pick them up at yard sales and thrift stores because finding a … [Read more...]

Encourage your Kids with Creative Notes

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!

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 … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Side Table Makeover and a Giveaway

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.

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 my life. The one I use (Yard Sale Treasure … [Read more...]

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

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.

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 but when Kohl's enticed me with coupons and … [Read more...]

5 Things Every New Mom Should Know About Cloth Diapers

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!

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 loved the fact I was saving us money. I … [Read more...]

Stretching Exercises for the Heart

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.

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 for over 20 years. As I … [Read more...]

3 Keys for Healthy Snack Ideas

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!

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 staying healthy and vital. Other … [Read more...]

DIY Makeup Storage Using Scrapbook Paper

DIY Makeup Drawers 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 Michael's. I can't … [Read more...]

Easy Tips to Refresh Your Home with Shutterfly Home Decor

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.

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 process is … [Read more...]

What Happened to the Duggar Family?

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.

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 Duggar family and their show 19 Kids and Counting. We don't have cable so … [Read more...]

Summer Memories in a Pop Up Camper circa 1970’s

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!

"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 of time making sure we had … [Read more...]

No Longer a Slave to Fear

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.

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 … [Read more...]

End of Summer Fun with Kids and Rice Krispies®

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!

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, can I have some crackers?" … [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Preparing for School and Life?

Parenting Children with Attachment Disorder - Marty's Musings

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 door of every family … [Read more...]

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

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

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 sake. WHAT HAPPENED? Life happened. The … [Read more...]

Healthy Food Options for On the Go Moms

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.

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 "free food" and they were … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

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!

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 I should only grab onto those ideas I … [Read more...]

Glass Half Full of Half Empty?

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.

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 is hard? Can I get an amen? But my life is also an … [Read more...]

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

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!

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 go out and pay a sitter but I knew I could look forward to … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

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!

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 AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

The Truth I’m Afraid to Share

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.

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 the bowl cut. Sorry, … [Read more...]

Behr DeckOver Product Review and the Million Dollar Question

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 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 the Behr … [Read more...]