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, Printables and Giveaway!

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: Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

Family Blessing Jar - Marty's Musings

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fruit Salad with 4 Ingredients

Easy Fruit Salad with only 4 Ingredients - Marty's Musings

  I found this easy fruit salad recipe in an old Gooseberry Patch recipe book and it became a family favorite in about five seconds flat! Which is exactly how long it took my kids and their dad to devour it! You know I'm all about simple, not only in our DIY home projects but also in feeding my family without spending … [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: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup - Marty's Musings

I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for a majority of the past 25 years. When I gave birth to my first child I had no idea what it would look like so many years later. I just knew I loved my little one with unbelievable passion and wanted to somehow be the best mom possible. It would be easy to imagine that I had it all together … [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: 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: 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]