Memorable times with family are found during a North Carolina mountain vacation enjoying hikes, game night, relaxing by a pool and conversations to cherish.

The North Carolina Mountain Vacation that Disappeared!

How do ten months disappear into oblivion, never to be seen again? I remember as a child just cringing when my parents would say, time flies. When you’re eight years old and enduring summer vacation, time seems to crawl by at a snails pace! Now as an adult I pray for the privilege of being […]

Substitutions such as plain Greek yogurt make this easy No Bake Strawberry Cream Pie healthier while still tasting delicious and a crowd pleaser all year!

Easy No Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

When my children were younger one of our favorite early summer outings was to the local strawberry farm. Sometimes we would pack a picnic lunch, ride the tractor into the fields and pet the farm animals. Most importantly, though, we were there to pick those mouthwatering bites of strawberry goodness! We would fill up our […]

Inexpensive 4th of July table decorations from yard sales, thrift stores and around the home with seasonal flowers create a perfect rustic, outdoor setting.

Inexpensive 4th of July Table Decorations

Happy 4th of July everyone! Although no one in my immediate family served in the armed forces of our country, I have a deep appreciation for those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Thank you for your sacrifice!  Today I want to show you just how easy this table was to put together using […]

Good friends weather the storms of life together, laugh and cry, hold each other in triumph and tragedy. Read this story of friendship in the summertime.

Friendships Through the Years: In the Summertime

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® hand wipes. The opinions and texts are all mine. “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”  John Leonard Old friends. Friendships developed through years of life. Looking back, I know different women were divinely placed in my life for specific reasons in different seasons. New […]

With only a bit of wood and paint this rustic shabby chic DIY centerpiece for 4th of July or other patriotic occasions adds to a beautiful holiday table.

DIY Centerpiece for 4th of July

As a homeschooling family of 22 years, we are only one year away from completing our journey educating our children at home. Hooray, yippee, and let’s throw a party! The finish line is in sight and I’m ready for a tropical vacation (or maybe an Alaskan cruise) to celebrate this achievement! Without the kids. ~smile~ For us, […]

Learn how to design a room by choosing an inspiration piece and using texture, colors and theme as the starting place for an entire room makeover.

How to Design a Room Around an Inspiration Piece

How many of you love the home design show Fixer Upper? Seriously, who doesn’t? A well deserving family or individual chooses one of three homes for an amazing husband and wife team to radically makeover just for them! I KNOW. It’s the stuff of dreams. First of all, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the real deal. […]

Marty Walden of Marty's Musings joins the series Between the Lines with other bloggers over the age of 50, sharing insight to encourage other women.

Between the Lines with Marty’s Musings

I have missed writing here on the blog the last couple weeks and have been a little bit MIA, although I have a great reason! This past weekend I presented two workshops at the North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) annual conference. This conference is for homeschoolers across the state of NC. I remember the […]

Many of life's darkest moments build character and draw us closer to God. Read one woman's story when grief turns to joy after the death of her mom.

Amazing Day When Grief Turns to Joy!

Do you know the feeling when  you realize you’re in the middle of a moment that is a lifetime coming and the fulfillment of seeds planted and watered? A few Sundays ago I experienced just that moment when grief turns to joy!   My niece Jennifer was born to my sister when I was 18 […]

The trend towards online grocery shopping and delivery saves both time and money with competitive prices. This convenience is a lifesaver!

Can Online Grocery Shopping Make Your Life Easier?

While this was a sponsored opportunity from Peapod, all content and opinions expressed are my own. One of the harder transitions as stay at home to work at home mom has been the realization that the more time I spend running errands the less time I have to actually work on my business or spend intentional time with […]

By making smart ingredient choices this Pasta Primavera recipe with Grilled Chicken and fresh (or frozen) vegetables is healthy AND delicious!

Pasta Primavera Recipe with Grilled Chicken

I recently shared how I finally looked at myself in the mirror and realized I had become a gray haired, middle aged, dumpy, lumpy grandma. Yeah, it was not a happy moment. ~sigh~ The good news is I’ve done something about it!  The bad news is I haven’t shared how I did it yet but it’s coming! Overcoming […]

Identifying and understanding the five love languages of moms can help you pick the perfect gift, whether it's a present, spending time together or encouraging words, for that special woman this year!

Five Love Languages of Moms

Does anyone else feel like Mother’s Day is the hardest holiday? Especially if you’re the mom! Torn between being celebrated and honoring your own mother if she’s still alive, sometimes Mother’s Day can be a day of conflict. I celebrated my first Mother’s Day 27 years ago. I know it seems like a cliche, but […]

Years of challenge and heartache have taught this adoptive and biological mom what she really wants for Mother's Day isn't a gift but for her children to know God, follow Him passionately and love each other.

What I Really Want for Mother’s Day This Year

Maybe this Mother’s Day you’re feeling a little sentimental like me, or searching for a purpose in those sleepless nights and endless days of diapers and tantrums. Could it be that the teenage years are wearing thin and you’re wondering if anything you’re doing really matters?  Totally unprepared for motherhood 27 years ago, I dove in […]

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 […]

What the Tech? by Lesley Clavijo

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 […]