Our 2018 Homeschool Curriculum

We have kicked off our 2018 homeschool year with a bang! If you’re new to Our Cozy Den, I should start by saying that we do a non-traditional school year. We follow the calendar year instead of the traditional Labor Day through Memorial Day calendar. This allows us to take off 6 weeks for Advent (basically, Thanksgiving through New Years) and we start fresh in January with new grades &  new curriculum! {Click here if you want to read more about why we love this!!}  Today, I’m going to give you a rundown on some of the curricula we are using for this year!  I Read More

Living a life of adventure on a frugal budget! ~ Our Cozy Den

Grand Adventures!

The past three months have been a whirlwind of adventure! I can’t wait to share more of it with you! I’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things, including visiting 5 new countries (Sweden, Finland, Honduras, Belize, & Mexico) and checking FOUR things off my bucket list (skydiving, family cruise, visiting Chichen Itza, and seeing Ik-Kil Cenote). I can’t wait to share photos and lessons learned from all of these fabulous experiences. Now, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we are settling back into life as normal, and trying to get into our routine. Here is a sneak peek of some of Read More

Mission Sweden: Learning from a 'godless' culture ~ Our Cozy Den

Mission: Sweden Learning from a “Godless” culture ✝️

September whipped by me in a blur. This fall is going to pass by in the blink of an eye, I’m sure.  You wouldn’t believe what adventures we have coming up in the next 2 months, so I wanted to share some of that with you! Here are some updates: The boys are playing soccer ⚽️ and the girls are immersed in their music lessons (piano for Lia, guitar for Sophie) We are finishing up our school year (click here to read more about our unconventional January to November homeschool calendar) and the kids are eagerly knocking out their schoolwork to finish early!  We have Read More

Homeschool Spirit Week! ~ Our Cozy Den

Homeschool Spirit Week! 🎉🎈

It’s the time of year when we start to hear the trumpets of the local school marching band in the distance, as well as the cheers from the high school football stadium. Homecoming is in the air, and “regular school” kids are celebrating. But there’s no reason why homeschoolers should miss out on all the fun!! One of our family’s favorite traditions is HOMESCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK. We have a theme each day, and the kids anxiously pick out their fun ensembles for the week. I know, I know, we have enough on our plate without adding one more thing right? Using my FREE printable, you can Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids’ Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

As I sit here writing this, Fall extracurriculars are in full swing. We homeschoolers are a little notorious for super-scheduling and packing our families’ schedules, trying to fit in all the wonderful opportunities that are available to us. But if you have more than one kid, those costs can really start to pile up! I wanted to share with you some of the ways we have saved a few dollars here and there on extracurricular activities, to add up to some BIG savings in the long run. 1. Look outside of the major organizations. In many cities, they have large sports organizations that charge an Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip! 🚙🏞

Hey all! I’m super excited to share this with you ~ my BFF Sarah recently took this amazing road trip visiting a bunch of Laura Ingalls Wilder sites, really diving into a passion of her daughter’s. This is what homeschooling is all about! She graciously agreed to share with us some photos of her journey, along with links & prices, so we can follow in her footsteps with our own Little House fans! {She was traveling with her husband, 10 year old daughter, 3 year old son, and 1 year old daughter.} Continue reading below to see what Sarah had to say:  We just took the Read More

How to Organize a Homeschool Co-op ~ Our Cozy Den

How to Plan a Homeschool Co-op 📋📚✅

My family moves around a lot — all part and parcel of the military life. In all that moving, I have organized and run four very different co-ops in the various places that we have called home, with varying degrees of success. I’m going to give you a rundown on how to throw one together, how to choose the overall feel of your co-op, and how to learn from some of the mistakes I’ve made so you can avoid them! Now — this is a LONG post — and it can get overwhelming if you read it all and your head starts to swim. If Read More

My Favorite Apps 📱 {& how I organize them!}

My Favorite Apps 📱 {& how I organize them!}

Like any smart phone user, I love apps. There are so many nifty little things that make my life easier on a daily basis. But something I don’t like? Searching for them. Scrolling through pages and pages of apps is SO annoying. Delete one, and they all move around. Pick up your spouse’s phone to do a google search, and you can’t find anything because it’s a hot mess. About a year ago, I started really taking advantage of iPhone’s folders (honestly, I have no idea if Android devices do this or not, I’ve never had one). Instead of having several pages of apps, I made it my Read More

Our 2017 Budget ~ Our Cozy Den

Our New Family Budget 💵 {we let the KIDS plan it!}

The past month has been a BIG month for our family! My husband graduated from seminary, completing his Masters of Divinity. This new phase of life brings some changes in our family budget (and schedule), as his finishing school means we no longer get a housing allowance from the military. (Read more about that in the benefits page here.) In order for the kids to understand why our lifestyle would be changing a little (fewer upgrades in the grocery store, fewer movies out and restaurants) — I wanted them to have a say in how we allocate our budget. I started by having the kids Read More