DIY Bar Stool Upcycle

In case you missed it, we’re in the middle of a big move right now! Being a military family, we move a lot, so we’re no strangers to change. But this is the first time we’ve ever sold AND bought a house at the same time. In addition, we are packing and moving ourselves (oh, how I miss Army packers!). One of the many things that I’m excited about at our new house is the kitchen. Y’all, it has a bar. I’m envisioning many happy moments of kids sitting on the stools doing schoolwork while I cook, watching and/or helping me make dinner, or just hanging out and having a Read More


Easy DIY French Fries

I was supposed to write this blog post on Friday. And then Saturday. And then Sunday. But I had four sick kids and a husband who was gone for the weekend for Army Reserve training, so let’s just say I didn’t accomplish much. Anyways, here I am bright and early Monday morning, ready to start the week anew and get life back in order! Thanks for bearing with me!   We love french fries. They are a perfect accompaniment to many favorites: sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, cheeseburger calzones, chicken fingers, and lots of other things! But buying the bagged frozen french fries is both expensive and Read More


How To Build a Cubby Wall

We recently did an overhaul of our back room. This room is a hub of multi-purpose in our home: it serves as the pantry, laundry room, garage, recycling center, and it has entrances to outside, the kitchen, and the basement. When we moved in, the storage in that room was just NOT meeting our needs for a room with so many purposes. In fact, sometimes it got to the point where we couldn’t even walk through it. {Don’t believe me? Click here for photographic evidence.} The remodel started with a collapsed ceiling. Since we had to clear the entire room in order to get the ceiling replaced, Read More


Weekly Menu: July 10th – 16th

Recently I did something I’ve never done before: I bought some groceries online! Here’s a little breakdown on how some of the different Amazon programs can save $$ on groceries. Amazon: Let me tell you about some of the different pricing options on Amazon: Subscribe & Save: This means that you are signing up for an automatic shipment in a few months. The good thing is that you can cancel as soon as your order ships, so you’re not obligated to stay on or purchase anything further. (I write in my date book to cancel, so I don’t forget!) For purchasing 1-4 S&S items in a calendar Read More

FREE printable clothing needs list for yard sale & clearance shopping ~ from Our Cozy Den

FREE Printable Clothing Needs List for Yard Sale or Clearance Shopping!

How many times do you see an awesome deal at a yard sale or on a clearance rack and you want to buy it… but then you think, “Wait. Do I already have jeans/sandals/pjs in this size???”  I had this issue ALL the time, until I started carrying around with me this handy list! It’s easy to keep in my purse and I can pull it out whenever I see a good deal to make sure the item(s) in question are something I really need! Here’s how to use it: • First, circle Girl or Boy at the top of the page, so you know what Read More


FREE Canister Labels Printable!

You guys — my wonderful blog readers — never cease to amaze me! You probably know already that I feed my family of 6 for under $175/month. I do this WITHOUT coupons. (Because who has time for coupons, really?) I used to coupon like crazy, but since those shows came out and ruined it for everybody, coupons just aren’t as good as they used to be. And also, they’re mostly for packed, processed foods. The last 4 years or so, I’ve been transitioning to a healthier way of life, by cooking with raw, whole ingredients instead of buying packaged food. This means I don’t buy Read More


DIY Office Organizer

I have 4 children, so that means there’s not an excess of storage in my house. {Let’s be honest, I’d kill for another bedroom… or two.} That means that, like many people, my “home office” is in my living room. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have surmised that I’m a pretty organized person. I love my checklists & charts! But I don’t love having them hanging all over my living room. They just don’t look very pretty! So I brainstormed for a while to come up with a way to have all of my info accessible, but out of sight! Read More


Homemade Egg Noodles

You guys, we LOVE pasta. It’s so yummy & filling. But it’s NOT cheap. Even the cheapest kind at Walmart is $1/pound, and that’s more than I want to spend on carbs for a single meal. With my rice dinners, I’m spending something like 10¢ on the rice that all six of us eat for two dinners, under a penny a serving. So $1/pound for pasta is just too much for me. I’m not saying I don’t buy it — I do sometimes — but I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative. Welcome to my homemade egg noodle recipe! After much tinkering with various recipes Read More