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

How (& why!) to Send Documents to Kindle 📄📲 ~ Our Cozy Den

How (& why!) to Send Documents to Kindle 📄📲

I’m a busy busy mom. Sometimes I barely have time to gather my thoughts before they’re racing in another direction. Homeschooling four kids is no cake walk, so I take all the shortcuts I can get. This is one of my favorite time-saving life hacks: sending documents to my Kindle devices for easy access! It’s not a new concept. Kindle has had this feature for years. But I realized recently that a lot of people didn’t know about it when I shared with my Thursday afternoon Bible Study group that they could do it with the new book we were reading (which was in ebook 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

Free Printable Gift Organizer {for frugal gifting!}

Free Printable Gift Organizer {for frugal gifting!}

I’ll be honest, I love buying gifts. Finding amazing treats for friends, family, and my children bring me so much joy. What I don’t love? The price tag. With my annual gift record document, the price tag is drastically reduced. This is because I am able to buy gifts FAR in advance, often for free, and definitely at a huge discount. For the last decade or so, I’ve been tweaking my system for how I keep track of who’s getting what and how much I spend, and I’ve finally got it down to a science. So today, I’m going to show you how I use Read More

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

Moving Hacks

About six weeks ago, our family moved to a new home. My husband accepted a new job as a pastor at the cutest little country church, so we packed up our family and hauled our lives to a new town. Now, we’ve been a military family for 14 years (!), and I have to admit that I have gotten a little spoiled with military moves. When the Army moves you, the moving company pulls up, packs your dishes right out of the cabinet, takes it to your new location, and unpacks it right into your new cabinet. You literally don’t have to touch a box Read More