3 Practical Ways to Add More Meaning to Your Life

3 practical ways to add more meaning to your life by finding and meeting the needs of others, especially the homeless people in your community.

  I am a big believer in modeling behaviors I'd like my children to imitate. I want to reach their hearts in teaching them compassion for others. But let me be honest. In the area of helping others outside of the family, I often fail. I get caught up in the minutia of everyday life and modeling these important elements of … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway

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Join me and some of my favorite blogging friends for the St. Patrick's Day Giveaway below! Good luck! One lucky winner will receive a prize package valued at $500+ from 10 very generous sponsors … Prize Package Includes: $50 Ace Hardware Gift Card Ball Brand green mason jars (pint case and quart case) $50 Birch Lane Gift Card $100 … [Read more...]

Childhood Dreams and Cream of Mushroom Soup

With just a few handy ingredients, this homemade slow cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup from Marty's Musings will delight the entire family and is a tasty budget dinner.

   Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? I do. Many an afternoon I spent in my pink room at the top of the stairs playing teacher with my Barbie. Although it wasn't a "real" Barbie, it was a Stacy, but that's beside the point! I loved writing in broken cursive on my child sized chalkboard for my … [Read more...]

Elephant Themed Baby Shower

With tips and tricks on throwing a DIY Elephant Themed Baby Shower, these ideas on food and decor will thrill both the expectant mom and party guests alike.

My first grandson is now nine weeks old and I promised myself I'd share the shower I threw for my daughter before he was crawling around!  Aiden James Baldridge entered the world four weeks early and threw us all into a panic (you can read the story here). He was worth every minute of those days and was the best reason … [Read more...]

Exciting News and a Dare to Dream Big Dreams

Marty's Musings shares how to to dream big dreams and embrace the unknown when God touches your heart and changes your plans.

  A few weeks ago I was sitting at my computer working (not unusual in the least) and felt a moment when I believe God planted a dream within me (quite unusual for me!) Today I want to share just a few thoughts on how I believe God is working in my life and family. I have been working diligently on my blogging business for almost two … [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...]

How to Make a DIY Fabric Rag Banner

This simple tutorial from Marty's Musings will teach you how to use scrap fabric and clothing to make a DIY fabric rag banner that will brighten up any room, decor or party.

Have you ever finished a project, stepped back, sized it up and wondered what was missing?  I do that all.the.time. I am not a decorator or expert on anything home decor related, but I do know what I like and what I don't.  Discovering all that really matters is having a home that is both lived in and loved in has been … [Read more...]

4 AM Feelings From a Sleep Deprived Mom

Honest and transparent feelings from a first time new mom will reassure that faith and love will see you through! from Marty's Musings

Many of you longtime readers have heard all about my oldest daughter Rachel, with everything from her DIY wedding in 2011, baby gender reveal party last August and the unexpected arrival of baby Aiden early in December. From age eleven and a half and up when we adopted a sibling group of three in 2000, Rachel was so faithful in … [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...]

Can You Really Decorate with Aqua and Red?

Do you think some colors just can't be combined? Blogger Marty's Musings shows how to decorate with aqua and red and create a color scheme you'll love!

   This past Christmas blogging wise didn't turn out like I expected. I had lots of great ideas and even a lot of photos but no time to put it all together. (You can read the crazy story here.) I put together a beautiful aqua and red Christmas tablescape but blogging about it just didn't happen. (You can always pin it for next … [Read more...]

Unafraid: Why I Went to See a Therapist

Not sure when or how to ask for professional help with a personal situation? Blogger Marty's Musings shares a personal story of encouragement.

When I started this post several days ago I had no idea that our lives would again be filled with a new crisis with our adopted son. I just knew I needed help coping with my own feelings and hurts God had been revealing to me. As we continue to walk forward with our son, loving him and getting him help to continue the process of healing his … [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...]

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 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 … [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

Chalk Paint Like a Pro - Marty's Musings

  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...]