Anyone can decorate a Christmas mantel the cheap way with these 5 amazing tips! No more wasted time or money and your decorations will still be stunning!

How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel the Cheap Way!

Disclosure: I was provided with compensation by Duraflame® but all opinions are my own. Is there something about your home you don’t love? Maybe the bathrooms are small (like ours) or the kitchen outdated (yep, that too!) Or maybe a feature your home is missing? (What, no his and her walk-in closets? Me neither!) Even if […]

Step by step instructions on how to create a miniature Christmas village display with thrifty money saving tips. Kids young and old will love it!

How to Create a Christmas Village Display

This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. One year as a young bride I discovered the beauty of collecting miniature houses for Christmas. I had my family buy several of the Dickensville ones at half price at the end of the season and give them to me for my birthday. Slowly […]

Follow DIY blogger Marty's Musings as she transforms her 1950's ranch home into an authentic beauty when she takes down a wall and remodels her dated kitchen.

Small Ranch Home Kitchen Remodel: The Dream Begins!

It all started with one little question.  If you could dream a little, what would you think about…….? Have any of you wives had that same kind of conversation with your husbands? Just a little “thinking out loud” kind of wondering? For my DIY husband and I these talks always seem to center around our home, […]

DIY Painted Pumpkin Craft

  Anybody feeling a bit of pressure about now? It’s the last few days of fall before the blessed celebration of Thanksgiving and the race into Christmas where sane people lose their minds. Those who enjoy their home 11 months out of the year suddenly think they need to reinvent the wheel and start over. From scratch. […]

Fall Decorating Ideas for Under $10

The breeze blows gently through my hair, the leaves crunch under my feet and the air feels crisp and fresh this morning. I clasp a mug of my favorite Instant Russian Tea and my heart beats faster. It’s finally TIME! My favorite season of the year is here! Actually, it’s began about a month ago but here […]

Try these 5 deck decorating ideas on a budget to create a gorgeous outdoor room with an area rug, throw pillows, flowers and inexpensive accessories.

5 Deck Decorating Ideas on a Budget

One of my favorite parts of summer is time spent outside on our front deck. I know my readers love learning how to decorate without spending a lot of money so here are my 5 deck decorating ideas on a budget! This year I kept waiting for my DIY hubby to ask what kind of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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!

Give Mom the Perfect Gift by using the Five Love Languages

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 […]

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!

First Mother’s Day Gift Basket

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

These 5 tips for choosing flooring for your home will take the guesswork and fear out of shopping! Includes ideas for hardwood, laminate and tile choices.

5 Tips for Choosing Flooring for Your Home

What happens when you have five kids, numerous dogs and cats, and a life filled with homeschooling, friends, family and fun? I was going to say it means mama needs a long vacation all by herself, but I’m actually talking about my home! If you’re not familiar with the story of our 1950’s ranch home (take the […]

Wives, you need to show this to your husbands! This is the perfect gift, with little thought required from the guys. Perfect, right? Plus, you'll love it!

Every husband’s question: What’s the perfect gift for my wife?

One of the hardest questions every married man asks at one time or another is this: What’s the perfect gift for my wife? Probably what he really wants to know is how to keep from being in the dog house? ~grin~ Since I usually write for the ladies (although a few men might wander by) this means […]

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!

Thrifty Christmas Home Tour

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 […]

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