Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces - Marty's Musings

  Ahhh, the frustrating and often overwhelming search for more storage space! Am I alone with the knowledge that no matter how much space you have it's never enough? Am I hearing an amen? Measuring at approximately 2000 square feet my home includes five bedrooms. Although this sounds quite large it actually equates to small … [Read more...]

Painting Ideas with Behr Paint Colors

How to use Bright Paint Colors in Your Home - Marty's Musings 1

23 years ago we moved into the only home we've ever owned.  At the time we were sick of boring cream or white walls in apartments and rental houses. One thing you probably know about me if you've followed our DIY journey very long...I LOVE COLOR! Actually, I do really love the way others use white as a backdrop for all things serene and … [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...]

Changing Table Turned DIY Garden Cart

DIY Changing Table Turned Garden Cart - Marty's Musings

When my DIY hubby and I started dreaming about a deck on the front of our house I immediately started pinning pictures to help me determine my style. Surprise, surprise, my pins led me to conclude that the outside is just an extension of the inside! Because after all, it's really just an outdoor room, isn't it? Even though the deck was … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Family Vacation

7 Tips for Family Vacation with Adult Children - Marty's Musings

  The years are passing even quicker now that we have adult children with spouses as well as two teenagers living at home. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild and our oldest son just got married a few weeks ago. As our lives change our plans for vacation each year become more complicated! Last year … [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...]

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade for Summer Entertaining

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever just looked at a word and thought it looked like a foreign object? Your mind went blank and your vision got a little blurry?  Shish Kabob  shish-ke·bab [shish kuh-bob] That's how I felt when I started getting this post ready so that I could share this amazing Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade recipe with you. … [Read more...]

Simple Dessert Recipe for Chocolate Candy Bar Parfait

Chocolate Candy Bar Parfait - Marty's Musings #Cookies2Crunch #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   I am a Girl Scout drop out. Yes, I confess. I couldn't handle the pressure. I was the cutest little brownie you'd ever seen, though. Pig tails, big ol' glasses and saddle shoes. Yet somehow when I graduated to girl … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint from Wood Surfaces

How to Strip Paint from Wood - Marty's Musings

One of the blessings of homeschooling my children for the last 20 years is that we do so many things together, including walking around our neighborhood (counts as P.E.!) My youngest son has become quite the little treasure sniffer outer (that's the official term, you know!) He loves for us to walk around the block (or a few blocks) on … [Read more...]