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Christmas Tree Luminaries and Outside Decorating

Decorating - Marty's Musings

  This was our first year decorating with the new deck on the front of our house, a project people either seem to love or hate (you can read that lively discussion here on Hometalk). I would love to have everything perfectly decorated outside but the truth is the bows on the wreaths look terrible and are in need of … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices

Chalkboard Banner with Wood Slices - Marty's Musings

  My Christmas village is one of of my favorite elements of our Christmas decorating. You can read all about the details of how we set it up. I say "we" lightly because I totally delegate it to the kids. It's always interesting to see who becomes the chief and who becomes the indian. Know what I mean?  I enjoy the tradition of it … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

  Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he's having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he's going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while. On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful. Yes, … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas - Marty's Musings

I am always on the lookout for new recipes that are easy and my family will love. I scour yard sales for cookbooks, both old and new, to inspire me out of my routine baking and cooking. When there were seven of us living at home (plus three dogs, four cats and numerous other critters) I was lucky to get a shower and put my face on a couple of … [Read more...]

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft - Marty's Musings

Sometimes the best projects are the easiest, but I'm afraid I often make things more difficult than they should be. Can you relate? This year my husband having two surgeries this month with the prospect of being out of work for several months means I'm definitely in a busier season of life. It's not one that I relish because … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup and Mezzetta Memories Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup - Marty's Musings

Many thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring this post and inspiring my new favorite slow cooker recipe! With a blog tagline like mine, "home is where your story begins," you know that making memories is an important part of our lives. With two adult married children, a grandchild on the way and two teenagers living at home, we cherish every … [Read more...]

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress at Christmas!

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress at Christmas - Marty's Musings

It's been an interesting week here at the Walden home. My DIY hubby had surgery on Wednesday with an overnight stay in the hospital. He's doing well but we're definitely out of our routine. Tim will also have rotator cuff surgery on the 16th and spend several months rehabbing after that. Since he's a painting contractor he won't be able to … [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...]

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: 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: 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...]