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...]

Jackhammer Demolition: Part Two of Our Dream Deck

Jackhammer Demolition- Part Two of Our Dream Deck - Marty's Musings

Some dreams take a little longer to come to fruition, but when they do all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it! (And in this case, hauling brick also works off a few calories!) I last wrote about the progress on our front deck in part one, which detailed how we determined the necessity for taking down the huge tree right in front of our … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint from Wood Surfaces

How to Strip Paint from Wood - Marty's Musings

One of the blessings of homeschooling my children for the last 20 years is that we do so many things together, including walking around our neighborhood (counts as P.E.!) My youngest son has become quite the little treasure sniffer outer (that's the official term, you know!) He loves for us to walk around the block (or a few blocks) on … [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...]

Budget Friendly Backyard Patio Ideas

Spending Time with Family in the Backyard - Marty's Musings

Our backyard is definitely a work in progress. After raising 5 kids, numerous cats and several dogs it had seen better days. Early years of lush green had yielded to sand boxes, yard games, the sound of happy laughter and busy feet. Spending time with family in the backyard was a messy, cherished tradition.  There's a reason I've never … [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...]

Easy Strawberry Bread Recipe

Easy Strawberry Bread - Marty's Musings

  One of our favorite family traditions each year is strawberry picking at a local farm. This year the weather couldn't have been more beautiful or the berries more perfect. You might say we spent a few dollars on them! Yes, these are all ours! It took the four of us just over an hour to pick them and about two hours to … [Read more...]