31 Days: More Tips for Easy Fall Decorating

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's been an interesting process these last few days as I've committed to writing my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home. I have so many projects, ideas, tips, parenting struggles, faith stories and recipes I want to share. I'm not sure I should tell you this, but I couldn't possibly run out of things to say! But since I'm wondering if … [Read more...]

31 Days: Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies

Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Are you a fan of Sesame Street? Do your kids watch or is that too old fashioned these days? The show is about 45 years old, but I have to admit that I never watched it growing up. There was little tv watching in our home (on our old black and white tv and yes I'm that old!) But everybody knows cookie monster! … [Read more...]

31 Days: Hillsong “Stronger”: Simple Gift Sunday

Hillsong Worship song "Stronger" video and devotion from Marty's Musings

  Every Sunday for the past two years I have linked up a youtube worship video of some kind, whatever God was laying on my heart that week. My desire is still just to use Sundays as a time of reflection on faith and family. Some Sundays you might find a video here and sometimes it might just be writing about this crazy, … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fall Vignette

Easy Fall Vignette - Marty's Musings

  A couple of years ago I didn't even know what a vignette was. It sounded like some kind of art or photography technique that I would never be able to master. Merriam Webster defines vignette as a "running ornament (as of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) put on or just before a title page or at the beginning or end of a … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inspirational Home Projects and a $600 Giveaway

Inspirational Home Projects - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever thought about how your home appears to others? Do you think the cleanliness factor matters or is it more important that you have the latest decor and furniture? During these 31 days of October I'm sharing bits of pieces of not only my home, but my heart. To me, both of these are connected in a very real and tangible … [Read more...]

31 Days: Apple Pie Bars with Crumb Topping

Apple Pie Filling Bars with Streusel Topping - Marty's Musings

   Simply stated, I love fall! I adore everything about it, from the lower temps to the warm fuzzy sweaters! When the weather turns just a hair cooler I'm all over soup recipes, snuggling with a cuddly blanket and nesting for winter.  These apple pie bars with crumb topping add just the right touch of sweetness … [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: Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas

Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas from Marty's Musings

This year I've spent less time decorating for fall because I've been in a time crunch. This juggling of work, homeschooling and family is hard! In years past I've just dragged the tubs out, scoured Pinterest, and put little fall touches in every corner of our main living rooms. This year? Not so much! I bought three large pumpkins which … [Read more...]

31 Days: Free Chalkboard Printable for Fall

Free Fall Chalkboard Printable from Marty's Musings

Today I'm branching out a bit and offering a free chalkboard printable for fall. Are you as obsessed with chalkboard projects as I am? I'm really not a graphics person, but as a blogger I've had do a lot of larnin' (that's Southern for learning, y'all!)  about all sorts of things including coding, html , jpgs, cloning and more! The … [Read more...]

31 Days: Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping - Marty's Musings

  I have been away all weekend on a scrapbooking retreat, but I wanted to share the recipe for Pumpkin Muffins that I make every fall.  Every time I make these muffins someone asks for the recipe. In honor of the sweet ladies that make it so much fun to get away and recharge, here it is! They are super easy to make and were … [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...]

The Shabby Chic Style in Four Easy Steps

The Shabby Chic Style in 4 Easy Steps - Marty's Musings

  Many years ago when I was "merely" a stay at home mom (totally said tongue in cheek) I had no time, energy or money to keep up with the latest decorating trends. Yes, this was before Pinterest. ~horror~ My decor consisted of cross stitch pictures and handmade, cutesy seasonal items that totally either matched perfectly (uck) or was … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the … [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...]

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Apple Cake Recipe - Marty's Musings

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It's the wind calling to me saying, "fall is coming!" Okay, maybe the wind isn't actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I'm not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing down fall's neck. But other than … [Read more...]