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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...]

How to Cook Green Beans the Healthy Way

How to Cook Green Beans the Healthy Way - Marty's Musings

Are y'all awake out there? Did you catch that title? Go ahead. Read it again. I'll wait. ~smile~ Was there one word that seemed out of place? No, it wasn't "how to." Or even "green beans," although that may be a surprise, too, since there are no green bean recipes on my blog. It's that oh so challenging word … [Read more...]

How my Adopted Daughter Inspires Me

How my Adopted Daughter Inspires Me - Marty's Musings

  My life changed when I decided in 2008 to have the courage to share our adoption story. It wasn't a pretty story all wrapped up with a bow, but a story of heartache and loss, perseverance and God's faithfulness. The lows were gut wrenchingly low and the highs were the ultimate sweetness. As I read back through some old posts … [Read more...]

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown - Marty's Musings

  (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) Do you believe you're a creative person? Do you feel more comfortable with a plan and a schedule? I would normally say yes to both questions, but juggling family responsibilities (homeschooling, church, etc.) and work deadlines is teaching me so much about myself! I seem … [Read more...]

Turtle Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Turtle Pumpkin Pie Recipe - Marty's Musings

What do you think of when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Do you excitedly dream of a wonderful meal surrounded by family and friends gathered around the table, sharing the blessings of life? Voices in loud conversations and energetic discussions about everything from school to church with many stops in between. Maybe … [Read more...]

Memories of Southern Sweet Tea and a Giveaway

Southern Sweet Tea with a Twist - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea, but my infatuation with the product is all me!   I am a southerner to the core. I say y'all every day just 'cause I like it and that's what good southern girls do. Where I come from is a big part of who I am.   I had no idea what a … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread - Marty's Musings

  Does it feel like time is flying by at the speed of light? It sure does to me! After writing 31 days for the month of October for my 31 Days to a Beautiful Home series you'd think I'd put my feet up and rest a while! (You can find all the posts here, and I'd love if you'd check out my great tips!) Nope! I'm in the middle … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich and Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches - Marty's Musings

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”  If you've read my blog for very long you'll recognize that I love my slow cooker! I use it for everything from side dishes to entrees to … [Read more...]

31 Days: 15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects

15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects - Marty's Musings

When I started my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home on October 1st I had no idea if I would finish on time, or even reach the finish line. Yet here I am! If you've been following along I'm so grateful for you! These last 31 days have been a labor of love. I've learned that I can reach beyond myself to achieve dreams that are just beyond … [Read more...]

31 Days: Simmering Homemade Poptpourri

Simmering Homemade Potpourri - Marty's Musings

When you walk into your home what do you see? Is it cluttered or clean? Messy or orderly? What sounds do you hear? Is it the sound of your beloved pets welcoming you home or the laughter (or bickering) of children? What do you smell? Pet odors or air freshener? Your spicy garlicky dinner or the scent of flowers? I almost … [Read more...]

31 Days: Christmas Mason Jar Labels and Printables

Mason Jar Labels, Tags and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

I'm excited to be joining with Crafty Hangouts this week sharing a fun and easy project for the holiday season. These Christmas mason jar labels are so easy to make using supplies from OnlineLabels.com. Since mason jars are all the rage and I love to give homemade gifts at Christmas I decided to create labels that could … [Read more...]

31 Days: Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

Family Blessing Jar - Marty's Musings

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fruit Salad with 4 Ingredients

Easy Fruit Salad with only 4 Ingredients - Marty's Musings

  I found this easy fruit salad recipe in an old Gooseberry Patch recipe book and it became a family favorite in about five seconds flat! Which is exactly how long it took my kids and their dad to devour it! You know I'm all about simple, not only in our DIY home projects but also in feeding my family without spending … [Read more...]