Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Embracing New Motherhood 5 Things I Wish I had Known - Marty's Musings

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

How to Make your own Citronella Candles - Marty's Musings

  This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me. We designed our new deck, had it built on a budget with finish details added by my DIY hubby and decorated by me.   The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!   Citronella oil is a plant-based … [Read more...]

Changing Table Turned DIY Garden Cart

DIY Changing Table Turned Garden Cart - Marty's Musings

When my DIY hubby and I started dreaming about a deck on the front of our house I immediately started pinning pictures to help me determine my style. Surprise, surprise, my pins led me to conclude that the outside is just an extension of the inside! Because after all, it's really just an outdoor room, isn't it? Even though the deck was … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Family Vacation

7 Tips for Family Vacation with Adult Children - Marty's Musings

  The years are passing even quicker now that we have adult children with spouses as well as two teenagers living at home. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild and our oldest son just got married a few weeks ago. As our lives change our plans for vacation each year become more complicated! Last year … [Read more...]

From Dream to Reality: Our Deck Reveal

From Dream to Reality- Our Deck Reveal - Marty's Musings

Our dream deck has been years in the making. Endless conversations, researching, contemplating, pricing and saving.  The finished product is one of the only DIY projects my hubby did not do completely on his own from start to finish (with some help and opinions from his wife!) This deck required having some help and we were blessed to be … [Read more...]

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade for Summer Entertaining

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever just looked at a word and thought it looked like a foreign object? Your mind went blank and your vision got a little blurry?  Shish Kabob  shish-ke·bab [shish kuh-bob] That's how I felt when I started getting this post ready so that I could share this amazing Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade recipe with you. … [Read more...]

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains

  I've been showing off sharing some of my yard sale bargains from last Saturday on Instagram and Facebook and generating lots of conversations about how and where I shop for such great deals. Stay local and save gas I try to stay within 10 miles or less of my home to save on gas and group all the sales together as I plan. Plus, … [Read more...]

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium DeckOver®

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium Deckover® - Marty's Musings

  Shortly after we moved into our home 23 years ago my DIY hubby built the lower deck by our back door and then the upper deck around our large tree.  Oh, the stories this deck could tell! Our kids used to hop on their ride-on toys and race around this tree with abandon! One of our favorite funny home videos shows our youngest … [Read more...]

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas - Marty's Musings

I would love to say that I am a bold, confident woman, but the truth is I'm just a work in progress. Probably a little bit like you if you're honest. I want to be complete. Whole. No blemishes or scars. Dare I even hope, acceptable and perfect? Funny how my decorating seems to mirror my life. Incomplete. Unfinished. Blemishes and … [Read more...]

Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake - Marty's Musings

(Stay tuned for links to all the fabulous bloggers joining us in our All Things Home Valentine's Showcase.) Every year I listen to the hype and commercialization of the first holiday of the new year. I walk through the aisles of the drugstore and see candy hearts, silk roses and mushy cards. It all looks so.......average.  Then … [Read more...]