Fancy Cakes {for dummies!} 🎂

Fancy Cakes {for dummies!} 🎂

You guys know that I’m pretty frugal. I do not like to spend a lot of money on big birthday parties with the full-on Pinterest-worthy theme. I think they are awesome, don’t get me wrong — it’s just not how I choose to spend my hard-earned cash. I do, however, want my kids to feel ✨special✨ on their big day. The way that I do this is by baking themed cakes. I started doing this when Connor turned one. With a few exceptions here and there (like the year the movers were actually packing up our house on Sophie’s birthday), each kid has gotten a Read More

How to Save Money on Homeschooling 📚💰 ~ Our Cozy Den

How to Save Money on Homeschooling 📚💰

Homeschooling can be expensive. When I was a kid, my aunt homeschooled my cousins, and there weren’t many curriculum options out there. Which also meant that families didn’t spend a ton of money. But today, there are literally thousands of homeschool curriculum options, and the money can fly out the window faster than you can count it. In my post about “10 Ways Homeschooling is Cheaper than Public School“, I mention that it’s not necessary to spend money on curriculum. There are TONS of ways to get free curriculum, and even more ways to cut costs on the things you do decide to purchase. Today, Read More

Our Trip to the Creation Museum 🚫🐒 & Ark Encounter 🚤 !

Our Trip to the Creation Museum 🚫🐒 & Ark Encounter 🚤 !

A few months ago, some friends of ours called and said they were planning a trip to the Creation Museum & Ark Encounter — and they wanted to know if we would join them. Um, YEAH we would! Ever since I heard about these places, it was on my list of things-to-see. I absolutely love museums, and we visited many in our travels — but often times I find myself telling the kids “This sign isn’t correct” or “Don’t listen to that video, that’s not right” — because they are presenting an alternate view of history than the one in which we believe. It can be very frustrating, to Read More

Best of Our Cozy Den!

✨Top Posts of February✨

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for March ☘, Spring 🌷, and sunshine☀️! February wasn’t really that bad, weather-wise, so I hope the worst is over and we can move along to warmer temperatures here in Ohio 🌡! Each month, I enjoy taking a peek at my blog stats and seeing which posts were most popular. Often, it surprises me which ones get a lot of shares & views and which don’t. 👀 Let’s take a look back at the TOP POSTS of February, in case there was something you missed! #5. Time & Money: Earning VS. Saving  #4. Why We ❤️ American Heritage Girls ✝️🇺🇸 #3. My Read More

Raising Princesses 👑 {& WIN tickets to see Beauty & the Beast!! 🌹}

Raising Princesses 👑 {& WIN tickets to see Beauty & the Beast!! 🌹}

*I want to preface this by saying that I understand that not everyone will agree with my parenting & religious views. That’s fine! If you don’t agree, just move along and please refrain from commenting.*  Any parent can tell you that raising daughters in today’s society is downright terrifying. The way that women are portrayed, marketed to, lied to, shamed… it’s hard to find your feet at all, let alone stand tall. Right now, my daughters are little — precious things only 9 and 6 years old. So I definitely don’t have it ‘all figured out’. But I did want to share some of the Read More

Why We LOVE Great Wolf Lodge (& how to save money on it) ~ Our Cozy Den

Why We Love Great Wolf Lodge {& how to save money on it!}

You probably know by now that my family is ALL about adventure. We love to get out and experience that big huge world out there. We’ve been to 25 countries so far, but we also love trips in our own back yard. One thing that is an absolute necessity for busy families — especially us homeschooling moms who literally work two jobs around the clock — is respite. Take. A. Break. Mom. For me, that’s what Great Wolf Lodge is. We take lots of great vacations… but even those are a lot of work! Plan the trip. Plan the transportation. Plan the meals. Plan the Read More

Why {& how} we are trying to go AD-FREE ~ Our Cozy Den

Why {& how} we are trying to go AD-FREE

You’ve probably heard the statistics that Americans are exposed to a whopping 4,000-10,000 ads per day. Yikes. That’s a lot of information being thrown at us on a daily basis. The average American in 1970 saw 500 ads per day. In 45 years, that’s like a 1000% increase in ads. Let’s compare this to the American trend on debt. In that same timeframe, the average American consumer debt has increased from $500 per person to over $11,000 per person.  {do those numbers look eerily similar to anyone else?!} I don’t think it’s too much of a reach to say that ads = spending. Marketing works. Read More

How I get my kids to do ALL of the laundry! 👖👚👗

How I get my kids to do ALL of the laundry! 👖👚👗

My husband and I were having a discussion recently about this book he’s been reading with the youth group he runs (he’s an associate pastor). In the book, two college-age brothers discuss how they have an incredible work ethic {obviously, seeing that they are published authors at that age!}, mostly because of the fact that their parents gave them a lot of chores. While they were seeing their friends do one or two chores a week — only ONE TIME a week on weekends — they had 6-8 chores a day.  This is what my kids have. I have had several people gently suggest that maybe they Read More