Do You Love Your Adopted Child as Much as Your Biological One?

Recently on a Facebook post I received the following comment. I find it difficult to get past the distinctions in your children: my daughter, my grandson (those ones are really yours), my adopted daughter, my adopted son (these ones you're allowing to live with your family). Don't you think they see this? I've never heard of anyone doing this … [Read more...]

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 bored! Just one day of boredom! Sleeping in, … [Read more...]

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 five gallon buckets … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. ('Cause y'all KNOW we're … [Read more...]

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 unhealthy relationships with … [Read more...]

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 the years have flown by so … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 you a pic from a local thrift store excitedly sharing what … [Read more...]

Fashion for Women over 50: The Little Black Dress

I shared my first frugal fashion for women over 50 post back in July and got some good response so I'm back today to show you how my youngest daughter and I put together three outfits based on one little black dress. In my opinion, you can never have enough black dresses! I tend to pick them up at yard sales and thrift stores because finding a … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Cookie Mix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cookies

I love a good bargain and when I received a coupon recently in the mail for $10 free Kohl's cash plus 30% off I was ready to go shopping! Not really, because anyone who knows me well knows I don't really do too much shopping in "real" stores. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite loves but when Kohl's enticed me with coupons and … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

Do you like following the latest decorating trends? Or are you more like me? You kinda slide into them while you're discovering  your own personal style? Some trends tend to hang around for years and some vanish before they really even get started. What does this mean for you and I? To me it means I should only grab onto those ideas I … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

True confession here. If you aren't familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty's Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler Recipe

Yes, I'm a good Southern belle. No I don't like warm weather.  Some people live for summer. The tropical breezes, the longer days and sun kissed tan. Me? I get migraines from the sun. I do not perspire. I sweat. I want my air conditioning and I'm perfectly fine if my tan comes from a bottle. Yet one of my fondest childhood memories … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Make Money on a Yard Sale

It's yard sale season and I'm back with more of my great tips! I live for this time of year that feeds my DIY and creative soul while saving us money. A few months ago I posted on how to tell whether that perfect buy is trash or treasure and the top 10 bargains to keep an eye open for when yardsaling. I have been committed … [Read more...]

Ranch Style House With a Front Deck

Last year we had our dream deck built on the front of our house. No, my DIY hubby Tim didn't build it himself (although he did build the one in our backyard and restored it last year.) We were able to find someone willing to build it for a daily charge and it was a great deal.  We haven't regretted spending the money paying someone … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]