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...]

Sara Groves “Going Home”: Simple Gift Sunday

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  The lyrics of this song by Sara Groves "Going Home", tell the story of longings we may not understand, especially for our adopted children.  Of going home, I'll meet you at the table Going home, I'll meet you in the air And you are never too young to think about it Oh, I cannot wait to be home  Our adopted children … [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...]

Jackhammer Demolition: Part Two of Our Dream Deck

Jackhammer Demolition- Part Two of Our Dream Deck - Marty's Musings

Some dreams take a little longer to come to fruition, but when they do all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it! (And in this case, hauling brick also works off a few calories!) I last wrote about the progress on our front deck in part one, which detailed how we determined the necessity for taking down the huge tree right in front of our … [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...]

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...]

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas with Hometalk - Marty's Musings

There's just something about relaxing around a fire, roasting Snickers S'Mores and sharing conversations with family and friends that makes me long for fall and cooler weather. But until then I can continue to marvel at the way my hubby built our repurposed fire pit for nothing but the price of hard labor and ingenuity. Have you … [Read more...]