Celebrate a new mom on her special first mothers day with an easy, inexpensive basket filled with gifts to help her relax and enjoy those early, busy days!

Celebrate Her Special First Mother’s Day

Disclosure: I received product from Expressionery.com but all opinions expressed are my own. I remember my first Mother’s Day like it was yesterday……only it wasn’t. It was 27 years ago.  I was madly in love with this precious bundle of dainty cuteness named Rachel Faith.  I had no idea what I was doing in my newfound […]

Knowing you can't change anyone but yourself, blogger Marty Walden shows you how to change your life through her inspiring personal story and struggles.

How to Change Your Life Part One: Why I Finally Had Enough!

If you ask my kids, family and friends what the most common piece of advice I give on how to change your life they’ll probably all agree. You can’t change anyone but yourself. I’ve repeated that phrase over the course of the last several years in conversations on everything from frustrating relationships to difficult life choices. […]

A trash to treasure Step Ladder Shelf makes the perfect side table in this shabby chic home filled with rustic repurposed treasures and budget DIY projects.

Trash to Treasure DIY Step Ladder Shelf

Let’s play “You Know You’re a DIY’er When . . .” . . . Sunday is one of your favorite days because Monday is trash day! This is the best time of the week to drive around my neighborhood looking for other people’s trash that will become my next treasure! . . . Your friends text […]

By using paint, thrifted and repurposed materials this teen boy bedroom makeover is completed on a budget and turned into a rustic coastal retreat.

Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover

The last several months have been a whirlwind. Ok, more like a hurricane.  Relationships have been tested, our family has been torn apart in heart wrenching ways yet by God’s grace we continue to love and support each other through the storms. Since I have shared just a bit about our youngest son I wanted to […]

2016 Reader Survey - Marty's Musings

I Desperately Need Your Help!

(If you are viewing on mobile or are having problems accessing the survey below just click on this link! Thanks so much!) At the first of the year my blog fell into the rabbit’s hole, quite literally. Nothing that you would notice from the outside, except for those days when all you could see was […]

Is there anything more welcoming than warm cookies and milk? This Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe will up your game as best mom and hostess!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is it about cookies straight from the oven that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy? My mom was a working woman but my grandmother lived with us until she passed away when I was 15. I loved her dearly but I just don’t remember her greeting me at the door after school with […]

Add a little zing to an ordinary side dish by making Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes. This easy recipe uses red potatoes and everyday ingredients.

Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes Recipe

I never knew when I got married there would be all these unwritten rules I had to learn to follow. Don’t leave the cap off the toothpaste. If we’re not ten minutes early we’re late. You only get one chance to hang a picture on the wall. Don’t talk to me in the morning until […]

Find it impossible to get healthy? This new mom shows how to lose weight by taking control of both her eating and committing to exercise with Beachbody.

How to Lose Weight: Rachel’s Story

What do you call someone who can’t stick with a diet? A desserter. You can’t lose weight by talking about it. You need to keep your mouth shut. And one last one for my (no longer a painter) husband. Why should you go to the paint store if you’re on a diet? You can get […]

Offer fresh fruit toppings as a perfect addition for a Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake and enjoy time spent together creating memories as a family.

Classic Cheesecake with Fruit Toppings

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sara Lee Desserts, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SaraLeeDesserts http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV When our kids were younger we usually had one weekend night that was “family” night and involved some sort of game or performance by the kids (think […]

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Help for Bloggers and a Giveaway!

In 2008 my son Joshua (now 23) started this little online journal for me specifically so that I would stop checking on his Facebook page so often! (Could I help it his friends liked me and called me mama 2?) Who knew a few years later Marty’s Musings would become my passion, ministry AND business? […]

With only 4 ingredients plus spices, this Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup is easy and a perfect dish to serve year round for busy families on a budget.

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

Sometimes I believe I should have been born Italian. I talk a lot with my hands. A LOT. My family would probably say I’m a bit dramatic.  If my mom were still alive she would say A LOT dramatic. I was the baby after all. I majored in voice performance in college which means I studied […]

These thrifty and easy Valentines Day decor ideas will have you shopping your home, books and photographs for easy and sentimental ways to decorate your home for the holiday.

Thrifty Valentine’s Day Decor (but Don’t Forget Your Anniversary!)

To me Valentines Day decor is a lot like my marriage. (You’re on the edge of your seats right about now, aren’t you?) Comfortable. Shabby but chic. Imperfectly beautiful. Neutral with pops of color. Sentimental and charming. Well worn with years of value left. A little rustic with a lot of warmth. Mismatched but meant to be together. […]

Fun tips for celebrating the holiday of love without spending a lot of money or time with an easy Valentines Day vignette filled with yard sale and thrift store treasures.

Easy Valentine’s Day Vignette

Would it surprise you to know that the overly celebrated day of love is also one of my favorite days of the year? Why would I want to  add my approval to the most cheesy, hearts and flowers, take your money and run, commercialized holidays of the year? Because it’s my wedding anniversary, y’all! As my […]

Most can relate to blogger Marty Walden as she shares tips for finding purpose in life and work as she invests in both her family and her ministry calling.

Finding Purpose in Life and Work

I had high goals for the start of this new year, and they had nothing to do with eating healthy and exercising! (Actually they did but that’s not the topic of this post!) In my last post I shared some of the struggles that December brought for me. In my usual transparency I wrote about […]

Marty Walden shares transparently her story of grief through death, adoption brokenness, marriage trials and financial struggles, giving hope that you are not alone.

Living with Grief and Heartbreak

January is off to a quiet start here on the blog, partially with intentionality and partially completely out of my hands. When I scheduled my carpal tunnel surgery for Jan. 5 I knew it would be hard to do a lot of my daily tasks, including computer work, which was fine because I wanted to spend […]

Laura from Duke Manor Farm blog shares her favorite room makeovers of 2015 including her office, laundry room and guest room.

Duke Manor Farm Best Room Makeovers

Good gracious! What happened to the last week and a half?   In addition to taking time to recover from carpal tunnel surgery, my blog was also down for most of several days and I was unable to work or write on the blog. Chances are if you tried to visit my site you got a blank screen […]

Karen from Dogs Don't Eat Pizza blog shares her amazing dining room makeover with a perfect blend of farmhouse, rustic, and industrial elements.

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza Dining Room Makeover

Today my friend Karen from Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza is sharing her amazing dining room makeover. She is a master at blending different styles and creating a relaxed home perfect for entertaining or just hanging out. She’s also a fellow bargain hunter so it’s probably good she lives a few hours away and can’t fight […]

Written with vulnerability and transparency, a young pastor's wife gives advice on a life filled with both the challenges and frustrations involved in church ministry yet abounding in unexpected blessings.

I Didn’t Choose to be a Pastors Wife

As I was teaching my children to write during my many years as a homeschooling mom, I never dreamed that one day at least one of my kids would enjoy writing like her mom and would wield the pen as a mighty sword. Rachel is so much like me with the way her writing comes from […]

Amazing laundry room makeover by Worthing Court blog with rustic and farmhouse touches and organizational tips and inspiration.

Worthing Court Blog Laundry Room Makeover

Blogging has stretched me in ways I never imagined but one of the sweetest blessings has been new friendships with women who share a passion for writing, creating and taking beautiful pictures. I asked a few of my blogging buddies if they’d help me out during my recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome surgery so I have some fun posts […]

Marty Walden writes how her carpal tunnel syndrome surgery allows her to spend time listening to God and revisioning the direction of her lifestyle blog.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Word for 2016

Last year at this time my husband had just gone through two surgeries; one hernia repair and one rotator cuff repair. Little did we know that 2015 would hold some of our greatest challenges ever. God knew better than to give me a glimpse because I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed […]

With yard sale treasures, elements from nature and easy DIY projects, this Christmas Home Tour will convince you that a small home can be beautiful, too!

After Christmas Home Tour and Recap

I never officially hosted a Christmas home tour for all of you this year and probably by now you’re sick to death of Christmas! As usual my crazy life intersected pretty pictures and life won! But in case you’re still hanging in here with me I want to give you a quick tour of some spaces […]

Blogger Marty Walden takes a look back at the top ten encouraging posts of 2015 through her DIY projects, recipes and personal journey of faith.

Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs. This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe! […]

Decorating with red and aqua is a great new color combination and the kitchen is a perfect place to try it. Use it with a pop of color or brighter splashes for more emphasis.

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

Last year I decorated with red and aqua in the kitchen at Christmas and loved it so much I decided to change the colors in the room! I’ve been slowly adding red into the decor and since I’ve never shown the opposite end of this room I’m hoping to do a reveal in the next […]

These last minute Christmas gift ideas contain suggestions for the whole family from kids to adults including tools, makeup, baby and pet toys and more!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

When I was a little kid the Sears Christmas wish book contained all of my heart’s desires. What in the world was that, you say? It was a hold in your hands, cut pictures out, dare to dream and drool over, catalogue of toys for every kid (and Sears way to empty the parents’ pockets!) […]

Don't miss out on special family memories this holiday season! These 3-ingredient Rice Krispies treats ornaments are a perfect way to help your kids imagination soar!

Rice Krispies® Treats Ornament

Kellogg Company sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has always been time spent in the kitchen with my children. As a homeschooling mom I’ve always made this part of the required curriculum! All of my kids have grown up from their early […]

With these easy tips you can treat any flat surface next to a wall in your home as a Christmas mantel even if you don't have a fireplace! Combine fresh greenery, berries, yard sale finds and inexpensive store bought items to create a beautiful holiday vignette.

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. For years I bemoaned the fact that I didn’t have a fireplace in our home, thus I had no place to cuddle up with my hubby and no mantel to decorate to share my creativity and […]

Tons of tips for using natural elements and thrifty, repurposed treasures for outside decorations without spending a lot of money or time. Ideas include a fence board sign, no sew pillows, yard sale treasures, dollar store ornaments with evergreens and berries.

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas for Christmas

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is our front deck. Some folks who don’t live in the south have questioned the wisdom of building a deck without a roof, (otherwise known as a porch.) Yes, a porch would have been ideal,  but so would a Lamborghini and that ain’t happening! (OK, I don’t […]

This rustic fence board O Holy Night sign is a perfect addition to a holiday home for display either indoors or outdoors. Made with scrap wood, painted, with vinyl letters added, the post includes step by step details on this DIY project.

Fence Board O Holy Night Sign

Disclosure: I was provided compensation by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) It’s time to jump full steam ahead into the holiday season! Yesterday I shared a precious memory of my sister and her favorite Mexican Wedding […]