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...]

5 Accent Wall Ideas and Tips

Accent Wall Ideas and Tips - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I was provided with product from Behr Paint but the opinions are all my own. When you have a dad who is a painting contractor and handyman and you move into a new house, you are hopeful that your dad will do a few "little" projects for you.  And if your mom is a blogger who writes about all things home you want that room … [Read more...]

Colton Dixon “More of You”: Simple Gift Sunday

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Love the simple lyrics of this Colton Dixon "More of You" song. As a Christian artist Colton Dixon has come a long way since his "American Idol" days as a season 11 finalist. He won a Dove award for his first record and has just released  his second album "Anchor." The lyrics speak to me of the journey we are all on to seek … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16!  She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is … [Read more...]

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles - Marty's Musings

  Have you had a great summer so far? Can you remember back to your childhood and lazy days when a fan and a popsicle were all you needed to withstand the blazing heat? Or does it seem like a distant memory? In North Carolina we've had a few days recently where the temps have been below normal, a little bit of respite from the sweltering … [Read more...]

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

  The day is finally here! Begun back in February, I'm finally finished and able to show all the details of our gray and coral bedroom makeover! Desperately in need of reviving and updating, this room has my heart and soul poured into it. We had lived with the same furniture arrangement for 23 years. Yep, that's right. 23 … [Read more...]

Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Embracing New Motherhood 5 Things I Wish I had Known - Marty's Musings

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

How to Make your own Citronella Candles - Marty's Musings

  This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me. We designed our new deck, had it built on a budget with finish details added by my DIY hubby and decorated by me.   The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!   Citronella oil is a plant-based … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

No Sew Window Valance

No Sew Window Valance - Marty's Musings

I am so excited that I invited myself to this week's No Sew Party! I just barged on in like a bad guest. Don't you just hate people like that? Even though half of my kitchen has been done for a while I thought I'd share this easy tutorial for a no sew window valance. I know you're totally supposed to pick the fabric first in a room … [Read more...]

Ways to Save Money

Money Saving Tips from Marty's Musings

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 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...]