Tip Tuesday ~ Our Cozy Den

Tip Tuesday: Easy Beans!

We go through a lot of beans in this house — they are healthy, filling, yummy… lots to love about them! This hack to prepare them from dry beans will save you a TON of money over the canned kind! It’s SO much easier than the package instructions: no measuring, no stirring, no scorched beans at the bottom of the pot!  

Designed To Pray GIVEAWAY ~ from Our Cozy Den

🌟Designed To Pray🙏🖊 Giveaway Winner‼️

A few weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for this devotional that I’ve been LOVING ~ it’s called Designed to Pray by Kelly O’Dell Stanley. {Click here to read all about it and see pictures of the inside!}  I just love being a blessing to you guys, so I decided to do something a little out of the ordinary for my giveaways — I’m choosing more than one winner. …in fact, I’m choosing everyone as a winner. Because you are ALL chosen by God, loved and beautiful in His eyes. If you entered the giveaway, you win! Here’s a list of the entries: Suzanne Wheeler Karen Hinkle Read More

Ways to save money on printing! ~ Our Cozy Den

Ways to Save on Printing!

As homeschoolers, our printer gets some serious mileage. As I mentioned in my post about the ways that homeschooling is cheaper than public school, there is a plethora of free curriculum available online, but a lot of it requires that you print-print-print. This can really add up over time, and you know frugal-me: I’m always  looking for places to trim the budget! Here are some of the ways that I’ve considerably reduced the amount we spend on printing — from the ink to the paper to the printer itself! 1. Choose your printer wisely. I had an HP printer for several years, and it seemed to Read More

Our Trip to Edventure Children's Museum (in Columbia, SC)

Edventure Children’s Museum

Lately I’ve been filling up our summer calendar, and it got me reflecting on some of our outings from last year! I realized I never shared about this place, so here’s a bit about it in case you find yourself in Columbia, SC. I love any excuse to turn a vacation into a field trip. I guess that’s one of the side effects of being a homeschooling family! Last summer, we took a trip to South Carolina to watch my husband graduate from the Chaplain school at Ft. Jackson. While we were there, I was looking for some things to do to entertain the kids Read More

Why We Got a Mortgage 🏡 {when we could've paid cash💰}  ~ Our Cozy Den

Why We Got a Mortgage 🏡 {when we could’ve paid cash💰}

Here on the blog, I try to be very transparent about our finances, our budget, & our spending. I think it really helps people to see that it’s possible to live a frugal lifestyle if they can see exactly how much we spend, what our weekly grocery budget looks like, and other details about our lives. Lately, we’ve found ourselves in a (slightly-stressful) and different financial situation from our normal, so I thought I’d be open with you all about that too! Our Recent Transition On this date 3 years ago, we paid cash for a home. We had just moved to Findlay, Ohio so that Read More

Designed To Pray GIVEAWAY ~ from Our Cozy Den

🖼 Designed to Pray 🙏 {✨GIVEAWAY!🌟}

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been going through a rough patch lately. I thought that a great way to get back into the swing of things would be to do another giveaway, and at the same time share a product that has been incredibly helpful and inspirational to me during these past few months. Let me introduce Designed to Pray by Kelly O’Dell Stanley. I picked up this book in a book store about 6 months ago. Immediately when I flipped through it, I was intrigued by the concept of speaking to God in different ways besides my old standards: speaking and writing. This Read More

Ways to save money on printing! ~ Our Cozy Den

Where Have You Been? {when life kicks you in the shins…}

A dear friend reached out to me last week and asked, “I haven’t seen you blogging lately. Is everything okay?” No, everything has not been okay. It’s hard to admit that, especially in such a public forum. But sometimes we go through seasons of life when we feel like we are drowning, barely keeping our heads above water. Life ebbs and flows. It’s a neverending timeline of people coming and going, children growing and changing, seasons of fulfillment and emptiness. It’s hard sometimes to reconcile the part of me who is so upbeat and happy with the part who feels so lonely and sad. I Read More

How to Save on Gas with Kroger Fuel Points (WITHOUT shopping at Kroger!)

How to Save on Gas with Kroger Fuel Points (WITHOUT shopping at Kroger!)

The cost of fuel is one of those expenses that is hardest for me to predict when I write out our monthly budget. Every choice we make to leave the house, take a trip, or fill up the tank affects our bottom line. We do several things to cut our expenditures in this category. Those things include: hypermiling to reduce our consumption planning errands like the UPS guys do (right turns, people!) using the Gas Buddy app to find the cheapest gas in our area (and predict rises and falls in prices) A lot of the time — in our town at least — the Read More

If I Could Do My Wedding Over Again ~ Our Cozy Den

If I Could Do My Wedding Over Again 👰🏻💍👱🏼

My handsome hubby and I are coming up on our 12th anniversary next month. A dozen years, wow! Recently, we’ve been spending a lot of time with young engaged couples, and they have eagerly asked our advice — not just for marriage — but also for the wedding itself. I’ve had a lot of thoughts rummaging around in my head, thinking about what we did back then that I would change, if I knew then what I know now. So I thought it would be fun to write about what I would do differently if I could do the wedding over again, and tell my Read More

The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

This school year is the first time since I started homeschooling that I have FOUR kids in FOUR different grades… and on top of that I now have a middle schooler, as Connor has entered 6th grade (gulp!) Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to homeschool a 6th grader and a kindergartener at the same time and feel like they are both getting challenged! So this year I decided to do something a little different in Science. Usually, science is a subject that I teach all of the kids together — what I call Group Subjects. We also have Independent Subjects, which they each do Read More