Elevation Worship “Grace So Glorious”: Simple Gift Sunday

Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" - Marty's Musings

   This song from Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" is such a great way to start the new week. I'm returning from vacationing at the beach with the family and enjoying some much needed time away from the pressures of "doing it all:" wife, mom, homeschool teacher, blogger, writer, soon to be nana.  I always … [Read more...]

Painted Side Table Before and After

Painted Side Table Before and After - Marty's Musing

Disclosure: Behr Paint provided me with product but the opinions are all my own.  When my DIY hubby and I decided to tackle our master bedroom makeover I had to do some convincing so that he would let me paint the furniture. It's not necessarily that Tim doesn't like painted furniture. He just sees one more thing on his "honey do" … [Read more...]

The Shabby Chic Style in Four Easy Steps

The Shabby Chic Style in 4 Easy Steps - Marty's Musings

  Many years ago when I was "merely" a stay at home mom (totally said tongue in cheek) I had no time, energy or money to keep up with the latest decorating trends. Yes, this was before Pinterest. ~horror~ My decor consisted of cross stitch pictures and handmade, cutesy seasonal items that totally either matched perfectly (uck) or was … [Read more...]

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath - Marty's Musings

Sometimes I get caught up in the anticipation and fervor of a new decorating season. After all, the craft stores start hauling out their Christmas inventory in July. As a blogger, if you're not on top of those fall crafts by August you will get passed by. Pinterest won't love you. Your reputation will be shattered.  Yet here I sit. … [Read more...]

No Sew Fabric Cornice

No Sew Fabric Window Valance - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: The beautiful fabric was provided by OnlineFabricStore.net but all opinions are my own.  I am so unknowledgeable about window treatments and fabric. The best I can usually come up with is a yard sale treasure, which means it's not perfect but it will do. When my DIY hubby and I started talking about our master bedroom … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the … [Read more...]

Encouraging Words for the Weary: Simple Gift Sunday

Encouraging Words for the Weary - Marty's Musings

  Last Sunday I shared that the week had been a tough one for me. Some health issues were nagging and winning the battle for a while. Surgery to remove a couple of polyps on my uterus left me hormonal in a way I haven't been in years. It was not pretty. I was not nice. In all honesty, this week wasn't much better. My children … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treausre?

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure ?from Marty's Musings

  I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle).  I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps. $.25 and I was forever changed! When my DIY hubby and I had our first baby (now 25 and expecting our first grandchild) we were young and poor but … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Praying God’s Word and a Drs. Visit

Scripture Prayer Cards - Marty's Musing

  It has been a hard week for me. I've been dealing with some physical symptoms for a few months that we just couldn't nail down with a precise cause. My dad had colon cancer so the dreaded over 50 colonoscopy was part of the discovery process. Glad to say I'm perfectly clean. (All you over 50 readers can say an "amen" to what … [Read more...]

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Apple Cake Recipe - Marty's Musings

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It's the wind calling to me saying, "fall is coming!" Okay, maybe the wind isn't actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I'm not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing down fall's neck. But other than … [Read more...]

5 Accent Wall Ideas and Tips

Accent Wall Ideas and Tips - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I was provided with product from Behr Paint but the opinions are all my own. When you have a dad who is a painting contractor and handyman and you move into a new house, you are hopeful that your dad will do a few "little" projects for you.  And if your mom is a blogger who writes about all things home you want that room … [Read more...]

Colton Dixon “More of You”: Simple Gift Sunday

votion from Marty's Musings

Love the simple lyrics of this Colton Dixon "More of You" song. As a Christian artist Colton Dixon has come a long way since his "American Idol" days as a season 11 finalist. He won a Dove award for his first record and has just released  his second album "Anchor." The lyrics speak to me of the journey we are all on to seek … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16!  She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is … [Read more...]

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers - Marty's Musings

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Over the years as a homeschooling family we've collected a lot of stuff. Twenty years of homeschooling STUFF. Everything from school papers to … [Read more...]