Homeschool Spirit Week! ~ Our Cozy Den

Homeschool Spirit Week! 🎉🎈

It’s the time of year when we start to hear the trumpets of the local school marching band in the distance, as well as the cheers from the high school football stadium. Homecoming is in the air, and “regular school” kids are celebrating. But there’s no reason why homeschoolers should miss out on all the fun!! One of our family’s favorite traditions is HOMESCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK. We have a theme each day, and the kids anxiously pick out their fun ensembles for the week. I know, I know, we have enough on our plate without adding one more thing right? Using my FREE printable, you can 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

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


Homeschooling the 50 States for FREE!

I’m a big proponent of using FREE resources for homeschooling as much as possible. In fact, it’s possible to homeschool completely for free if you really want to! {Check out this post for more ways you save money on homeschooling!} I took a little of the work out of it for you today, and I put together this list of resources to homeschool the good ole U.S.A.’s 50 states for free! Here you’ll find printables, resources, links, and even tests! :: Lesson Plans :: This is what my lesson plans looked like each session. We did Geography twice a week for 30 weeks, for 60 Read More

Homeschooling Elementary Home Economics ~ Our Cozy Den

Homeschooling Elementary Home Economics

This post is a long one, but it’s PACKED with goodies! Scroll down for both a FREE printable {Marketing Scavenger Hunt} as well as a GIVEAWAY!!!  I’ve shared in the past a little about how we homeschool. One of the things we do in our homeschool is that we have 1 elective each year that rotates. The reason I do this all goes back to my first year of homeschooling… Connor was 5, and we were doing Kindergarten. I also had a 3 year old, a 1 year old, and I was pregnant with Finn. In addition, it was the year we moved from Tennessee Read More

Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy (with FREE printable food pyramid!) ~ Our Cozy Den

Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy (with FREE printable food pyramid!)

I was getting fed up. My kids were asking me for food constantly, and my response was always, “What did you already eat today?” Then they would list foods, while I dissect which food groups they were lacking. Then I would make a few snack suggestions. It got old, and it took up a lot of my time. But I also didn’t want them to have free reign on snacks, because they would choose carbs about 150% of the time. So I decided that we needed individual food pyramids that they could use to track their daily intake. All of the food pyramids I could Read More


Road Tripping with Kids – √ Success Plan!

Recently, we went on a BIG road trip. From Ohio to Texas and back, it was 46 total hours on the road. That’s a LOT of time to spend cooped up in a car with 4 kids. These are the things we did to prepare for our trip: 1. Invest in a DVD player. I know they are expensive — that’s why we didn’t get one earlier. But we decided that now was the time, so we got the fancy installed kind that flips down from the ceiling. We got a great sale, in conjunction with a military discount so the whole thing installed was Read More