Easy Tips to Refresh Your Home with Shutterfly Home Decor

By using items you create from Shutterfly home decor you can refresh any space and create an inviting home with family pictures and personal messages.

This post was sponsored by Shutterfly through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Shutterfly, all opinions are my own.  I have been an avid scrapbooker for almost two decades and recording our family memories is part of the fabric of my life. I have to confess the process is … [Read more...]

What Happened to the Duggar Family?

What should be our response when the Duggar family news and scandal reveals a pornography addiction and infidelity? How do we lift the veil of perfection? WE ARE ALL BROKEN. Our families are broken. Our lives are messy and nothing like the Facebook posts you read about everyday. #Truth and you know it. I know it. We all know it. No one should be held to a standard of perfection.

I am not one to dive into the realm of public opinion but I DO have opinions on most topics (and my husband would definitely agree!) I just choose not to air them on the blog where my desire is always to encourage, inspire and empower others. I have been a huge fan of the Duggar family and their show 19 Kids and Counting. We don't have cable so … [Read more...]

End of Summer Fun with Kids and Rice Krispies®

Need an easy idea for an end of summer/back to school with the kids party? Try this ice cream bar with kid favorite Rice Krispies on the bottom and build from there!

Since my kids are getting older (the youngest is 16 and the oldest is 26!) I invited my great nieces and nephew over for an end of summer fun/back to school celebration. The kids used to call me Auntie M but most of the time now it's just Marty and I'm good with that. Usually it's, "Marty, can I have some crackers?" … [Read more...]

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

By using both chalk paint and Behr paint this bedroom furniture went from outdated to shabby chic gorgeous! Great bedroom ideas for budget makeovers.

Since I seem to be one of those distracted bloggers that can't keep all the balls juggling in the air I have to tell you I never finished sharing our budget bedroom makeover from last year. Yes, last year! I used to be so organized as a stay at home, homeschooling mom of five. For heaven's sake. WHAT HAPPENED? Life happened. The … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

Chalkboard paint ideas are a hot decorating trend in everything from home decor to parties and organization. Fun and ingenious ideas to get you started!

Do you like following the latest decorating trends? Or are you more like me? You kinda slide into them while you're discovering  your own personal style? Some trends tend to hang around for years and some vanish before they really even get started. What does this mean for you and I? To me it means I should only grab onto those ideas I … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

These 7 easy chalk painting tips for beginners will liberate you from perfectionism and get you hooked on the latest and most fun way to paint furniture and home decor accessories!

True confession here. If you aren't familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty's Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

The Truth I’m Afraid to Share

An adopted teenager struggles with his identity and chooses to live in a group home rather than with the family who raised him in this poignant essay as his adopted family struggles with grief and in learning how to heal their broken hearts and support their son.

I'm afraid to even put these words to paper. Fear. Shame. Guilt. Confession. I used to be THAT mom. I had it all together. The one with the clean house, the kids that seemed to mostly get along and usually had on clean clothes with their hair brushed. (Still asking for forgiveness for the years with the bowl cut. Sorry, … [Read more...]

Fabulous Frugal Fashions for Women over 50 (and the rest of you, too!)

Fabulous Frugal Fashions over 50 - Marty's Musings

The deepest desire of my heart for my writing is to be an encouragement to women of all ages, but I have an extra special bit of compassion for those of us over 50! I have always, always shopped secondhand for my wardrobe, mostly through yard sales. More recently I have added a bit of thrift store shopping in order to pick up some items … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Brownie Bites

Quick and easy brownie bites are a snap to make with a packaged brownie mix and chocolate chips, rolled in powdered sugar. Kids and adults alike love them!

I would love to deny my love for chocolate but my daughter Rachel is here to dispel the myth by sharing our favorite Brownie Bites recipe. I'm a goner! It's amazing to me how motherhood has drastically changed my appreciation for the things that seemed so "normal" to me during my childhood. I look at my son and have a burning desire to raise … [Read more...]

Seven Layer Dip in a Mason Jar

This Seven Layer Dip in a half pint sized mason jar looks adorable and tastes great! Perfect for any party or family gathering this mexican meal in a jar is both healthy and fun! It's also perfect for a make ahead lunch.

Life has been a bit crazy lately (understatement of the year! you can read all about it here) and I never got around to sharing the recipe for this adorable seven layer dip served in mason jars that I created for my daughter's 17th birthday party. Here's my daughter Rachel to give you a little bit of family history about her dad and his passion … [Read more...]

Advice for New Dads: Cliff Notes Version

Great advice for new dads from a first time father, with everything you need to know to make it through those sleepless, scary and adjustment filled days!

Welcome back my daughter Rachel and an especially big welcome to her husband Donny!  Let me tell you about my son-in-law. Throughout the courtship/dating process he and Rachel spent a lot of time in our home. We got to know Donny so well we considered him as just another fixture in the house! He loves to tease me and I try to give as … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

I'm not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we're just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on. So we won't talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I'm just now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog! Our … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Chalk Painted Dresser

This shabby chic dresser from Marty's Musings began as a curbside cast off before it was transformed with chalk paint and a little elbow grease! Check out all the DIY details!

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this extremely ugly dresser with potential I found on the side of the road back in December. It was such a busy time of year, with my husband's two surgeries, the birth of our first grandchild and all the normal Christmas activities.  One Saturday as I pulled out of the driveway and … [Read more...]

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer from Marty's Musings is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings.

  Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover. I'm in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick up a few things.  I'm a hoarder … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know on How to Paint a Room

A professional painter shares everything you need to know on how to paint a room with great tips for the beginner wanting to save time and money.

I love to create something beautiful out of other people's roadside castoffs or yard sale bargains. But paint a room? Not so much! When we moved into our home 24 years ago I was assigned the closets. Those lovely hidden places that no one will ever see.  Kind of like Siberia for those that glop paint all over everything.  Yep, … [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...]

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...]

Ways to Save Money on Practically Everything

Practical ways to save money on practically everything, from food, clothing and other family expenses through yard sales, thrift stores, craigslist, bartering and couponing.

If you've read my blog for very long or stayed around to look at our DIY projects or family favorite recipes you probably know I like to save money wherever and whenever I can.  I learned how to be frugal from my mom. We didn't have much money growing up, but I never really knew how hard it was. I just knew we didn't go out too much or … [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...]

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

Mason Jar Chandelier from Marty's Musings

From Marty: I'm so excited to finally be sharing our DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! With all the seasonal projects I've been working on (both Christmas and Valentine's Day) I was waiting until I had enough time to devote to this post. So here it is from my handy hubby Tim! Tim: Let me start by saying that this project is not for everyone, … [Read more...]

How to Chalk Paint Furniture

This detailed tutorial from a professional painter explains how to chalk paint furniture with tips on turning an outdated piece of furniture into a beauty!

  We now have a major love of chalk painting as seen in our mason jar chandelier, small kitchen buffet and this amazing china hutch makeover. Stay tuned for all the details from my DIY hubby on how to chalk paint furniture. When my parents moved into a nursing home I became the recipient of my mom's china hutch, circa 1970's. I … [Read more...]

Almost Like Candy Bars

Need an easy candy bar cake that will get raves from your family and friends? Try this easy Almost Like Candy Bars recipe and mix and match the chocolates!!

  Are you having a hard day? Are you children making you a little crazy? I feel your pain and sometimes you just need a little bit of chocolate to make everything right. These Almost Like Candy Bars are our family go to recipe for parties, events, church functions and family game night. They are easy, delicious and are basically a … [Read more...]