Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican wedding cookies (or Russian tea cakes as they are sometimes called) are known for their irresistibly nutty taste and powdered sugar topping on their rounded snowball shape.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. My sister Brenda and I were born 15 years apart, with just enough time in between for her to be like a second mama to me.  I’m sure my birth caused her much grief and embarrassment because she had to help … [Read more...]

How to Paint Over Dark Walls

A professional painter shares tips on how to paint over those hard to cover dark walls in your home including preparation, product and DIY tips. It's not as hard as you think!

Y'all, I have a peek at a before and after I think you'll flip over! It's a DIY project from start to finish that's near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to give you many details in this post because I'm going to share the reveal in January. Let me be honest and say that 2015 has been one ROUGH year for me and my family. (If you're new … [Read more...]

Motherhood: Rewarding and Heartbreaking Journey

Blogger Marty Walden shares the joy of motherhood from parenting adopted children with wounded hearts, even when the story is unexpected and heartbreaking.

As I watched my oldest daughter's journey to motherhood I was grateful to play an active part in her life and now in my precious grandson's life. From the very beginning Rachel was full of questions and transparency. Did it take you long to get pregnant? Did you have morning sickness when you were pregnant with me? When did you get over … [Read more...]

Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

These molasses cookies are a MUST TRY recipe! Made from a basic make ahead starter cookie mix they are deceptively simple but get rave reviews for taste!

I am a chocolate lover from my days in utero. Ok, I can't possibly know that but I do know my mom loved chocolate so it's probably a good assumption! My grandmother lived with us my entire childhood until she passed away when I was 15. She had her own secret hiding place for her sugary goodies. Of course, I knew where it was and might … [Read more...]

Is Your Baby 6 to 12 Months? What You Need to Know!

Parenting tips on surviving the second 6 months of baby's life with helpful ideas on setting a daily routine, how to avoid comparisons with other babies, the necessity for setting apart time for mom and dad and the value of exercise in a healthy life!

Ah, how things change in such a short time when you're a new parent! It's been so much fun being involved in the life of our first grandchild as these first few months have flown by. My daughter Rachel and her husband Donny are here to share some parenting tips on the second six months of Aiden's first year. It's been several months … [Read more...]

Rustic Cabin with Western Theme Decor

Tour this rustic cabin in the NC mountains with western theme decor, a visual delight with beautiful pine wood throughout and delightful, one of a kind furnishings and accessories.

Most years our family goes on vacation to the beach but just a few weeks ago we headed to an amazing rustic cabin owned by friends of ours. Located in the mountains of North Carolina, this jewel of a cabin barely had room for all of us. Okay, I'm totally kidding because this getaway has three levels and  is … [Read more...]

Small Laundry Room Ideas and Pantry Makeover

These concise laundry room ideas will convince you that even a small space can be efficient, organized and look great with inexpensive storage containers.

This post on Small Laundry Room Ideas has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. I've drooled over beautiful laundry rooms and pantries on Pinterest for months now. Our poor little space was just crammed full of stuff. Lots of stuff, I tell you. His … [Read more...]

Fashion for Women over 50: The Little Black Dress

Who says women over 50 can't dress with style on a budget? Find a great black dress on sale and ways to dress it up and more casual with accessories, shoes, accents and scarves.

I shared my first frugal fashion for women over 50 post back in July and got some good response so I'm back today to show you how my youngest daughter and I put together three outfits based on one little black dress. In my opinion, you can never have enough black dresses! I tend to pick them up at yard sales and thrift stores because finding a … [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...]

Perfectly Imperfect Christmas Home Tour

2014 Christmas Home Tour - Marty's Musings

  Why yes, I am a little bit late sharing my Christmas home this year.  What? You haven't heard the news? My DIY hubby had rotator cuff surgery and my first grandbaby was born the very next day, four weeks premature. Aiden James Baldridge weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and was ready to make his grand entrance! For this … [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...]

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...]

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...]