Best. Travel Backpack. Ever. 🌟🎒🌟

Watch the video below to see why the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender backpack is the BEST backpack for traveling! Here are some handy links for your convenience: The product link on Ebates (cash back when shopping online) How we go backpacking with a large family How to save big bucks on travel    Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Our Central American Cruise ~ Roatan, Honduras ~ Our Cozy Den

Our Central American Cruise ⛴ {chapter 2} ☀️ Roatán, Honduras 🇭🇳

On my last post about our big family cruise, I gave you all a tour of our fabulous ship: the Norwegian Getaway! Today, I’m here to share about what we did in port at Roatán, Honduras– and my favorite part: how we were able to turn it into a mini-mission trip! So first of all, let me tell you a little bit about the port: Roatán is an island and part of Honduras. Because of its separation from the mainland, life on the island is very expensive and common items are hard to come by. Fuel and utilities are extremely costly. Tourism is the main Read More


Central American Cruise ☀️ {chapter 1} ⛴ Tour of the Norwegian Getaway!

We had our first big family cruise a few months ago, and I can’t wait to tell you all about our adventures in Central America! I’m going to start this blog series by giving you a tour of our ship: the Norwegian Getaway! Y’all, I am a researcher. I spend hours poring over internet reviews, blogs, YouTube videos, deal sites, and every piece of information I can get my hands on. So I can tell you that I did not choose the Norwegian Getaway lightly. I ended up choosing it because it was 1) going places I wanted to see, 2) an absolutely amazing ship 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

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

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

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

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


Hayes Presidential Center

We love to go on field trips in our homeschool. Recently we were passing through Fremont, Ohio on our way to another destination, so I checked out the website for the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums to see if it would be worth our time to make a pit stop. I was elated to see that it was listed as a Blue Star Museum so our whole family got to get in for free with my military ID! The Hayes Museum has two main parts: the Presidential home and the museum. Our first stop was to take a tour of the home, but we could see Read More


Ohio Day Trips: Marblehead Lighthouse

Recently we found ourselves in the Sandusky, Ohio area with some time to kill. So I decided we’d swing by Marblehead Lighthouse and check it out. It was just the four kids and me, since my husband was still away for military training at the time. But we managed to get everyone up AND down the stairs with no major issues! First of all, the grounds are very beautiful. Gorgeous shoreline, and it was very well-maintained. Upon arriving, we bought our tickets (current prices are $3 a person for ages 6 and up) — and I know we got some kind of military discount but I Read More