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...]

Furniture Makeover with Chalk Paint and Fabric

With a little bit of chalk paint, fabric, creativity and hard work this furniture makeover goes from drab to fab! You'll never believe how great it looks!

  I would love to say that all our DIY projects turn out exactly as I envisioned. They don't.  But that doesn't keep me from trying and experimenting and hoping. This furniture makeover project was definitely on the experimental side! I thought I knew what I wanted but couldn't quite get it to … [Read more...]

Peach Cobbler Muffin Recipe

Canned or fresh peaches can be used to make these delicious Peach Cobbler Muffins from a terrific recipe by Joy the Baker. Great way to start the day!

  I hope y'all will welcome my daughter-in-law Emmaline to the blog today! For a newlywed bride, she sure does make some amazing dishes. I'm hoping she's going to help me learn how to cook healthier. Just not today because these Peach Cobbler Muffins are just too divine!   Okay, I know I am supposed to be the "healthy food … [Read more...]

Easter Blessings Through the Years

Counting your Easter blessings can transform your family as the years pass and your children grow into adults. Celebrating faith and family is important!

  Easter has always been an important family holiday for  us, a time to gather together for a meal and share a common faith. Our family has changed immensely over the years. From a family of four to a family of seven overnight.    Years of Easter baskets, worship music and family pictures on the … [Read more...]

5 Easy Meal Prep Ideas for Stress Free Entertaining

5 easy meal prep ideas to help the hostess enjoy stress free entertaining by planning, shopping and preparing as many dishes as possible ahead of time.

How can it possibly be Easter already? Didn't we just open Christmas presents? Gracious. I have been hosting many of our family holiday dinners at my home for most of my 28 years of married life. Including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, that's a lot of ham, turkey, sides and desserts! Easter is a favorite because it's a … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Treats® for Easter

Enjoy celebrating the holidays and everyday with your kids in the kitchen with these 3 ingredient Rice Krispies Treats and perfectly adorable Easter nests.

I am a seasoned mom and have lived to tell the tale. Yes, after raising and homeschooling five children, I'm nearing the end of that season. Endless days and sometimes even longer nights are now being replaced with eating bon bons by the pool. Nah, not really, but it was such a sweet thought!   Anyway, one of the most … [Read more...]

Just Breathe In and Breathe Out

Amazing Grace - Marty's Musings

   I take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. What was that breathing technique I saw online? 4-7-8 Inhale for a count of four. Hold for a count of seven. Exhale for a count of eight.  Heart still flip flopping an extra beat. I open my email and watch as the messages flood my … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas in Under 10 Minutes

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.

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 up with … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

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!

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 now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog! Our … [Read more...]

The Day I Fell in Love With my Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Struggling with body image after giving birth, a first time mom encourages women to embrace the beauty and gift in those 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 husband thought I was sexy when I was … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Chalk Painted Dresser

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!

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 out of the driveway and … [Read more...]

When a Heart Breaks

When a Heart Breaks - Marty's Musings

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 … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

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!

  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 home and then we take off when … [Read more...]

A Southern Snow and Cute Puppy Pictures

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!

(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 somehow … [Read more...]

3 Practical Ways to Add More Meaning to Your Life

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.

  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 modeling these important elements of … [Read more...]

Our Family Needs Your Prayers

Our Family Needs Your Prayers - Marty's Musings

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. No … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway

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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 Lane Gift Card $100 … [Read more...]

Childhood Dreams and Cream of Mushroom Soup

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.

   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 on my child sized chalkboard for my … [Read more...]

Elephant Themed Baby Shower

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.

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 the best reason … [Read more...]

Exciting News and a Dare to Dream Big Dreams

Marty's Musings shares how to to dream big dreams and embrace the unknown when God touches your heart and changes your plans.

  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. I have been working diligently on my blogging business for almost two … [Read more...]

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

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.

  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 up a few things.  I'm a hoarder … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe with Mac and Cheese

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Veggies - Marty's Musings

"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 … [Read more...]

What Makes a Good Marriage? Being Broken Together

What makes a good marriage? Blogger Marty's Musings shares that brokenness and being remade through faith are the keys. Casting Crowns "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 … [Read more...]