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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...]

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: 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: The Day I Flunked my Homeschool Kid

The Day I Flunked My Homeschool Kid - Marty's Musings

  It was just one of "those" mornings. The type of day that had been happening over and over for several months in our homeschool life. I went to check schoolwork and either it wasn't turned in, printed or couldn't be found. One day I even had the tried and true excuse that the dog ate it and it was actually true.  Letting go of … [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: 7 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

7 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes - Marty's Musings

  Po-ta-to, po-tah-to? To-ma-to, to-mah-to. Slow Cooker, crock pot? What ever you call them, this little appliance is a lifesaver! When the weather gives the slightest indication that fall is own its way, my heart starts beating faster and I snatch up my cookbooks as fast as I can. I love soup recipes and the fact that I can smell … [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...]

Christmas Home Tour with DIY and Thrifty Decor

2013 Christmas Home Tour

***Thank you so much to One Kings Lane and all our other friends who have shared gift packages for our readers. Please stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of this post and links to the other home tours from All Things Home.   Every time I start to put together a home tour post my heart starts beating quickly and I ask myself what in … [Read more...]

Small Kitchen Ideas

Small Kitchen Details - Marty's Musings

Welcome to my Kitchen Tour featuring all of my small kitchen ideas. A virtual tour at least. Which means I don't have to shove all the dirty clothes in the closet or scrub the countertops or wash any more dishes. Y'all just sit back, relax and enjoy all these pics of a clean house. Never mind that they weren't all taken at the same … [Read more...]

Small Bathroom Remodel

Small Bathroom Remodel from Marty's Musings

If you follow me on Instagram or facebook you know we've been in the middle of a bathroom demolition for several weeks. We live in a 2000 square foot house that was built in the 1950's. Need I say more? The bathrooms are tee-ninesy. That's Southern for "if you sit on the toilet your elbows touch the wall and your arms can reach the … [Read more...]

Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn

Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn - Marty's Musings

Even though I'm a southern gal I have never been much of a corn bread gal. Usually too dry for me. But since I am Southern and Southerners love corn bread I went on a hunt to find the truly "best" recipe! Everybody has their "best and easiest" cornbread. I'm here to tell you that this Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn recipe really and … [Read more...]