31 Days: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup - Marty's Musings

  I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for a majority of the past 25 years. When I gave birth to my first child I had no idea what it would look like so many years later. I just knew I loved my little one with unbelievable passion and wanted to somehow be the best mom possible. It would be easy to imagine that I had it all … [Read more...]

31 Days: More Tips for Easy Fall Decorating

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's been an interesting process these last few days as I've committed to writing my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home. I have so many projects, ideas, tips, parenting struggles, faith stories and recipes I want to share. I'm not sure I should tell you this, but I couldn't possibly run out of things to say! But since I'm wondering if … [Read more...]

31 Days: Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies

Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Are you a fan of Sesame Street? Do your kids watch or is that too old fashioned these days? The show is about 45 years old, but I have to admit that I never watched it growing up. There was little tv watching in our home (on our old black and white tv and yes I'm that old!) But everybody knows cookie monster! … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inexpensive Fix for Your Decorating Challenges

Inexpensive Fix for Your Decorating Challenges - Marty's Musings

   Are you bored with your home?  Or do you think you're stuck because you can't afford to make changes? I want to encourage you to share an inexpensive fix for your decorating challenges! My weapon of choice? Paint! One of my favorite ways to change up my home decor is by the use of paint. Since my DIY husband is … [Read more...]

31 Days: Hillsong “Stronger”: Simple Gift Sunday

Hillsong Worship song "Stronger" video and devotion from Marty's Musings

  Every Sunday for the past two years I have linked up a youtube worship video of some kind, whatever God was laying on my heart that week. My desire is still just to use Sundays as a time of reflection on faith and family. Some Sundays you might find a video here and sometimes it might just be writing about this crazy, … [Read more...]

31 Days: 1000 Posts, a Piece of my Heart and a Giveaway!

1000 Posts and Giveaway - Marty's Musings

   To say the number 1000 is unbelievable to me is an understatement.  Today is my one thousandth post. That's a lot of words, y'all. I shake my head in wonderment because I am utterly amazed that I have written 1000 posts. Posts that began with a very real desire to connect with other moms and make sense of our adoption … [Read more...]

31 Days: What Does This Blogger Mom Do All Day?

Affordable Home Office Furniture - Marty's Musings

Blogging started out as a release and creative outlet for me in 2008. In March of 2012 I started researching blogging for income and I spent six months learning and making some choices for my future. Fast forward to today. I'm still a homeschooling mom with two 10th graders, but I'm also a full time blogger mom. My days are a juggling act … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fall Vignette

Easy Fall Vignette - Marty's Musings

  A couple of years ago I didn't even know what a vignette was. It sounded like some kind of art or photography technique that I would never be able to master. Merriam Webster defines vignette as a "running ornament (as of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) put on or just before a title page or at the beginning or end of a … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inspirational Home Projects and a $600 Giveaway

Inspirational Home Projects - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever thought about how your home appears to others? Do you think the cleanliness factor matters or is it more important that you have the latest decor and furniture? During these 31 days of October I'm sharing bits of pieces of not only my home, but my heart. To me, both of these are connected in a very real and tangible … [Read more...]

31 Days: Apple Pie Bars with Crumb Topping

Apple Pie Filling Bars with Streusel Topping - Marty's Musings

   Simply stated, I love fall! I adore everything about it, from the lower temps to the warm fuzzy sweaters! When the weather turns just a hair cooler I'm all over soup recipes, snuggling with a cuddly blanket and nesting for winter.  These apple pie bars with crumb topping add just the right touch of sweetness … [Read more...]

31 Days: Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables

Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

   As of a few months ago I hadn't even heard of a baby gender reveal party, but today I'm here to share all the details of the fabulous way we celebrated our first grandchild on the way. The concept When our oldest daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting our first grandchild we were so thrilled! Rachel immediately … [Read more...]

31 Days: “It is Well”: Simple Gift Sunday

It Is well with my soul - Marty's Musings

  My Simple Gift to you this Sunday are these simple words. It is well with my soul. I'm praying that in the midst of life's storms and chaos that it is indeed.......well with your soul.   (If you are viewing via email or reader just click on the post title to view the video. It's worth the extra time!) Grander earth has … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas

Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas from Marty's Musings

This year I've spent less time decorating for fall because I've been in a time crunch. This juggling of work, homeschooling and family is hard! In years past I've just dragged the tubs out, scoured Pinterest, and put little fall touches in every corner of our main living rooms. This year? Not so much! I bought three large pumpkins which … [Read more...]

31 Days: Free Chalkboard Printable for Fall

Free Fall Chalkboard Printable from Marty's Musings

Today I'm branching out a bit and offering a free chalkboard printable for fall. Are you as obsessed with chalkboard projects as I am? I'm really not a graphics person, but as a blogger I've had do a lot of larnin' (that's Southern for learning, y'all!)  about all sorts of things including coding, html , jpgs, cloning and more! The … [Read more...]

31 Days: Why Take a Family Vacation?

Why Take a Family Vacation? from Marty's Musings

As the warm breezes blow through my hair, I'm transported back to days of yore. Children splashing at the shore, sand seeping through toes and bathing suits. Waves chasing the wee ones as they squeal in contagious joy.  Screeecchhhhh! That was a terrific walk down the family vacation memory lane, but it's not my life … [Read more...]