2022 / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!


Gift Guide | For The Ladies


Hey friends! it's four weeks until Christmas and I've decided that instead of posting a post every day, I'd instead roll out a gift guide post with several people in mind. We're looking at the ladies in our lives- the grannies, the mothers, the teens / young adults, and the little princesses we love. Ladies are usually the ones doing all the shopping and thinking about what to get everyone else, so without further ado, here are the gift guides! 

*as always, inserting the disclaimer here: some of these links are affiliate links which means that if you purchase through them, I make a small commission. 

The (Grand)Mothers 

Tinsel Tidings Bubble Bath Set | Robe | ILIA Lip Care Set | Laura Mercier Hand CremeHero Hair Towel | Madewell Tote | Tatcha Overnight Serum | Tatcha Cleanser | Milk Concealer | Saie Highlighter | Rose Inc Cream Blush | Merit Bronzer | Mascara | Dewy Foundation Drops | Facial Steamer | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | Detox Mud Mask | Mineral Body Lotion | Detox Shampoo | Slippers | Ugg Throw Blanket | Winter Mug | Silk Pillowcase | Deer Socks | Flora Bar of Soap | Botanical Shower Steamers | Wallet | Birthstone Ring 

The Teens + Young Adults

Checkered Robe | Oat Milk Mug | Sherpa Airpods Case | Sunflower Wall Hanging | Sleep Scrunchies | Daisy Pillow | Volare Paperweight | Flamingo Propagation Vase | Financial Planner | Rainbow Bath Dust | Fleece Pullover | Corduroy Boxers | Berry Pajama Set | Happy Candle | Mini Table Lamp | Stanley Tumbler | Cheese Board Card Deck | 100 Cookie Cookbook | Mouse Vase | Soupology

The Little Princess 

Baby Doll | Pink Cape | Mouse in Suitcase | Wagon | Velvet Dress | Paper Mice Book | Rainbow Light | Alphabet Blocks | Winter Gnomes | Princess Puppet Set | Bows |  Gloss Balm | Plush Poodle

so there you have it -- some gift ideas for the women who make our worlds go round! Hope you've found a little inspo here; happy shopping! 


Three Holiday Table Inspo Boards

it's the most wonderful time of the year -- and that means a lot of dinner parties are coming our way! Sooooo, I thought it would be fun to start my gift guide / product round-up series with three mood boards for three dinner parties: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve! As always, the products will be listed + linked below the graphic of products and some of the links will be affiliate links.

Pumpkin Cast Iron | Turkey Serving Platter | Turkey Napkin Rings | Thankful Trivet | Dried Rusty Tail Bunch | Orange Velvet PumpkinBronze Turkey | White Gourd Flameless Candle | Gravy BoatTerra Cotta Pumpkin Flameless Candle | Blue Glass Pumpkins | Mercury Glass Pumpkin | White Maple Leaf Tray | Cloth Napkins | Pumpkin Serving Bowl | Blue Velvet Pumpkin | Jute Runner | Stoneware Mug | White Pumpkin Plate | Striped Bowl 

Country Stoneware Plate | Pine Green Napkin Set | Pinecone Candles | Cypress Garland | Gingerbread House Cookie Jar | Gift Tag Napkin Rings | Snowman Appetizer Plate | Berry Branch | Pinetree Candle | Holly Napkin Ring | Noel Holiday Dutch Oven | Dark Red Flocked Tree | Flocked Green Deer | Pine Placemat | Bottle Brush Trees | Deer Salt + Pepper ShakersBrass HolderCardinal Statues | Peppermint Candy Dish | Snowman Glass | Stoneware Mugs | Metal Christmas Tree | Holly Bowl | Snowy Spruce Platter | Reindeer Plate 

Magnolia Bundle | Gold Candle Holder | Star Candle | Black Plate | Cast Iron Everyday Pan | Mice Musician | Gold Placemat | Gold Rimmed Plate | Black BowlGold Glittered Trees | Gold Stripe Cloth Napkin | Metal Napkin Ring | Stardust Glass | Garland | Marble + Wood Serving Platter With Glass Dome | Marble Dip Bowl | Black Pot

so that's my inspiration for the upcoming holidays -- if only I had an unlimited budget. LOL. off to find dupes of those fancy pots! anyway, hope you loved them as much as I loved curating them. Keep your eyes open for a few upcoming and affordable gift guides!

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Christmas + Birthday Wishlist

Every year my husband asks me what I want for Christmas and every year I direct him to this blog because I need to sit and think about it for a bit -- and this year is no different in that regard! Here I am sitting thinking and curating a list that he can go off of. 

I hope to get more crafty this following year by learning a few new things: how to crochet, knit, and sew as well as felting nature / woodland elements, making dollhouse furniture + making Waldorf dolls. So, my wishlist this year reflects all of these interests. My birthday is a month after Christmas Eve, so I'm curating this list with both days in mind. 

Personal List

Set of 17 Play Silks :: I've been eyeing this set for a while now. I use them in the classroom, as backdrops in photos, and as bandanas while the boys use them as capes + during their imaginary play. I just love this brand and everything about them.  *bought this for myself when it was 70% off.

Candle Holders :: decor for the table that I have been eyeing.

Light Branch (2) | Dark Branch (2) | Yellow Star

Sewing Machine :: getting kind of courageous by asking for this, but I really want to learn how to sew and crochet to make little animal critters for my little guys (and eventually sell?). I read in multiple places that this is one of the better machines for beginners, so I'm gonna trust the pros on this one.

How to Sew | How to Machine Sew | How to Embroider |  Crochet Tips + Techniques | Crochet Kit / Sewing Kit 

Vintage Postcards :: paintings and vintage animal prints, seasonal landscapes, and rural life -- all on postcards. they're my new way of collecting art and I display them during our units at school. I would always love to add to my collection. 

Set 1 | Set 2 | Set 3 | Set 4 | Set 5 | Set 6 

Susan Branch Cookbooks :: I have been eyeing these for a while! 

Autumn Cookbook | Christmas Cookbook | Summer Cookbook | Heart of the Home 

Little House on the Prairie Book Set :: classic literature is such a weakness of mine, I just love how simple this set looks. 

Felting Tools  :: a hobby that I want to pick up!

Felting Kit | Large Felting Pad | Needle Handle | Wool Set 1 | Wool Set 2 | Needle Felting For Beginners

Figurines :: I collect a wide variety of vintage figurines and am always looking for more sweet friends to add to the collection. I've linked several examples and lists below to give to an idea of what I love. Basically, anything that looks like Hummel figurines, gnomes (except the kind with the hats covering their eyes), woodland + farm animals, dressed-up mice, fairy garden houses that look like cottages, or historical little village buildings are my favorite. 

Mice | Mama Duck + Ducklings | Thrush Nightingale | Small Landscape + Animal Paintings | Gnome | Black Bear CubPenguin 

... that's basically it. LOL. obviously, this is a list of ideas, but it's good to keep in mind that I love little vintage trinkets, art, and you know what they say -- a diamond is a girl's best friend, so that's always a good gift too. 

so, yah, that's the list. I feel like I will be getting most of these in time. I really want to get crafty this coming art, and if I can fine-tune one of these skills, I'd love to start up a little Etsy shop where I can sell the crafts. Time will tell and I hope to keep you posted!

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life update (+ two forest inspired playrooms)

hey friends, it's been a while. not sure what I can say about my absence except this year has been busy and life can get hectic. I'm back and just in time for my annual gift guides, but first, a little life update of sorts! 

to start, I started a branch off of this blog, titled "the schooling haus" where I blog about all the homeschooling things. it's a place to get more in-depth, share more links and give the homeschooling journey its own diary type of space. 

I've also started a personal Instagram page and have separated the blogging realm from it. my blogging page became a numbers obsession and I kept feeling the urge to start fresh. here's a little blurb from my new page to explain it a bit more in-depth -- feel free to follow me over there. 

in short, my blogging page is going to stay up and I'll post the collaborative work I do with brands over there. it's going to be more of a portfolio rather than a lifestyle account. I am really over the chaotic blogging realm and all the competitive aspects that come with it. I am going to continue blogging because I love writing and curating guides, but I am going to do it on my terms with no comparisons coming from my end. 

Other than that, the boys keep growing and I am trying to soak up our moments together at home and in the classroom, so I am not sharing much about them via my blogging or personal page. they make an occasional appearance in stories and reels, but babies don't keep and I don't want to regret not being more present. so yah, that's me right now, nothing crazy, but at the same time, a lot of changes and shifts in my perceptions. 

now, let's get to those nature-inspired playrooms, shall we? like always, there will be a graphic, and right underneath it will be a list linking all the products in the graphic. also inserting a disclaimer (in the name of transparency) here to let you know that some of the links will be affiliate links.


bloc playset | mushroom decals | arc playset | play stands | mushroom basket | nugget couch | mushroom house basket | mushroom plushie | lamp | nesting boxes | wooden mushroom tray | mushroom children mobile | mushroom sculpture 


mushroom + tree top log | fir tree | mama + bear cub | holly holdie forest folk | bear jute rug | woodland leaves | raccoon chair | tree stump pouf | plush campfire | wooden play tent frame | forest silk | autumn trees | hedgehog decal | raccoon figurine | hiker mouse

so that's a wrap. you're all up to date with what is happening in my neck of the woods. keep an eye out because the holiday gift guides are coming out starting next month! I am so excited to be doing them again as I search for gifts for my babies. I hope they provide a little bit of inspiration and aid as the holiday season slowly approaches us! until next time -- 

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Easter + Spring Themed Gift Baskets

It's that time of year again friends -- easter basket season! I started doing these holiday baskets for the kids  last year and I just love them. It brings so much excitement to the season. I like to think of this particular basket as more of a spring basket since we keep Easter season to focus on our Savior and the ultimate sacrifice (blog post on that + resources coming soon).  

Here are some ideas + curated baskets that I think would be super cute + special for the little ones this season! As always, I want to insert the disclaimer that some (not all) of the links listed below are affiliate links which means I do make a small bit of commission if you choose to purchase through them

The Colorful Spring Basket

Macaron Scented Eraser | Watercolor Paint Pods + Brush | Brilliant Bee Crayons | Finger Paint Bundle | Wooden Bunnies Set | Beach Bag | Chef Mouse | Butterfly Puzzle | MiniKane Baby Doll | Hand Felted Bunny | Butterfly Pencils | Flower Fairies of Spring Book | Bunny Rabbit Baby

The Future Farmer's Basket 

Felt Herb Garden | Egg Basket | Succulent Sidewalk Chalk | Felted Chick | Cotton Apron | Wooden Flower PotFarmer Penny Plush | The Farm That Feeds Us | Wooden Hen | Luggy Basket | Wooden Veggies | Watering Can | Greenhouse + Garden Set | Wooden Strawberry Plant Pot | Garden In A Bag 

The Little Lady Basket 

Berry Dough Trio | MiniKane Doll | Wicker Stroller | Butterfly Wings | Bathing Mouse | Tea Set | Daisy Sunglasses | Peach Socks | Pink Telephone | Mini Kitchen | Wooden Tulips | Flora Book | Beary Scented Highlighters 

The Little Man Basket 

Wooden Shark | River Sensory Stones | City Building Blocks | Galaxy Space Dough | Sword + Shield | Thumb Piano | Temporary Nature Tattoos | Weather Building Set | Wooden Dinosaur | Cheetah YoYo | Mousy Dinky Plush | Plane Trio | What Dinosaurs Saw Book | Chalkboard Monsters | Waiter Mouse | Doctor Play Set | Hand Held Drum 

annnnd, that's a wrap on spring gift baskets! I am obsessing over the items in the future farmer's basket and am eying all the things in that curated listed. They're all so cute! Hope these curated lists gave you all the inspo! 

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Happy New Year With Basic Invite

Hiyyyyyaaa friends, we haven't chatted all year -- so allow me to take this moment to say happy new year!  I hope your first few days of 2022 have been filled with lots of warmth and joy. I've taken them to rest, focus on family, and get my life in order before I start planning all the things I want to accomplish this year. 

And speaking of planning, I've partnered with Basic Invite to make the invitation part of any party planning a breeze. If you haven't heard of Basic Invite yet, then I am so excited to tell you all about them! They're one of the few invitation services that allow customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. 

Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card, and with over 180 colors to choose from, you can make your dream comes to life.

Buuuuut wait, there's more! They also allow their customers to order a printed sample of the invitation before they place their final order, so you can see the paper quality and how it will print in real-time; allowing you to make sure the card comes out exactly the way you had in mind! They also have over 40 different envelope colors to choose from, so you can have them match the invitation -- bonus points that all of Basic Invite’s envelopes are peel and seal so they can be closed quickly and securely! 

I also really love that Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request addresses from friends and family. The addresses are then stored in your account and can be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers address printing at no extra cost on all card orders which is amazing too! 

Don't they sound amazing?! I'm turning to them for all my party planning needs this year -- baby shower invitations, graduation announcements, birthday invitations, and holiday cards all customizable and all in one place! I mean all I know is that, I'm turning to Basic Invite for baby shower invites for a girl (a mama can dream right?)

Just take a look at all the dreamy options... and then peep the sweet little discount code they've given my readers at the end of this post -- you don't want to miss it!


aren't they all so beautiful?l! I just love them all so much, I can't wait to start planning all the parties this year. I adore the invisible style business cards and cannot wait to design my own and get this -- right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off!  


for more ideas, check out thier socials : Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

AHHHH! I am just so excited for all the events this year and am so excited to customize all the invitations! Annnnnd, even though most of my parties are in April, I'm gonna admit that I've already been spending nights over at Basic Invites website and playing around with certain cards and colors -- it's been so fun! 

I hope we all have the best year ahead of us and can't wait to share what it has in store for us with all of you! 

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