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

How To Write a Budget {and actually USE it!}

Ah, yes… dreaded B word: Budget. People think of a budget and they cringe. Budgets are restrictive. No fun. Too hard. Well, I tend to disagree. When done properly, budgets give you an immense sense of freedom! Before we had a written budget each month, I would feel so guilty about every penny I spent that I didn’t feel was vital to the family. Every time I bought myself a book, a shirt, or lunch out with my friends… I felt plagued with feelings like “We can’t afford this.” or “I shouldn’t be spending this money.” Once we had a written plan in place, it Read More

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

FREE Printable Breakfast Menu

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’m moving! For that reason, several things have been going on while we prepare to buy a new house, sell our current one, and pack everything up! Those things are: the blog hit the back burner for a few weeks we took a short break from homeschooling (yay, flexibility!) and my “meal planning” has been more along the lines of “oh, crap… it’s dinner time again”. So for that reason, I’m going to tell you one of my favorite hacks. Breakfast for dinner.  It’s not a new concept. Moms have been serving eggs and cereal Read More

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

FREE Magic School Bus Science Curriculum

I think most people know that The Magic School Bus is an awesome educational resource — jam-packed full of science facts and lessons, packaged in a way that kids love: fun, engaging, and entertaining. But how do we turn an educational television show into a full-on science curriculum? I’m here to share how we did it in our home! I was able to find some great worksheets to go with the episodes (credit to them here), but figuring out how to actually turn it into a curriculum was a big hot mess. I spent a lot of hours compiling and organizing everything and writing lesson plans 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

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

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

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

Greenhouse & Garden Scavenger Hunt :: FREE printable!

We’re learning about PLANTS this year in science class in our homeschool, and one of the things that we love about homeschooling is taking frequent field trips. We try to take one every week, but sometimes it doesn’t happen if I get too busy (or plan poorly). This past week we went on a field trip to a local greenhouse to learn about plants, and just before I was leaving, I thought it would be fun to make a little scavenger hunt for the kids. I sketched it on paper, made 2 copies, and off we went! They had a blast looking at all the plants Read More

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

Circle Time with Little Ones {with FREE printable!}

Circle Time was something I did every day with my older kids when they were younger. Somewhere along the way we moved on to bigger kid stuff and older kid subjects, and Circle Time got lost. About 18 months ago I started back up again with my younger two kids, because I felt like they were missing out (and even my 7 year old joins us of her own free will) — it’s just better to start the day with some dancing and fun! This is how we do it!! 1. Prayer One of my kids will open us up in prayer, to pray a Read More

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

25 Days of Christmas {with FREE printable advent calendar!!}

Advent is a ✨magical✨ time in our house. We plan our whole homeschool year around this season, so that we can really enjoy the majesty of God’s love and grace. Without a doubt, my kids’ favorite part of this season is our daily advent activities. We have this fun calendar that I made several years back. It has 25 drawers, one for each day. It also has a tree on top with real lights on it. They know that when the lights come on, it’s time for that day’s advent surprise (which is written on a piece of paper and tucked in the drawer)! The activities Read More

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

When We Let Kids Do Things {with FREE printable!!}

Do your kids ever say, “That’s not fair! ______ gets to ______!” Then you respond with the typical parent response, “You’ll get to when you’re his age!” But is that really true? Honestly? I don’t know about you, but I have about ten million thoughts in my head at any given time. The last thing I can remember is how old little Johnny was when he lost his first tooth, or got to stay up until 8 p.m., or get his first cell phone. So what did I do to keep track of it all? I bet you can guess. I made a chart. Now, Read More

How we go to the zoo (with FREE printable activity sheets!) ~ Our Cozy Den

How We Go to the Zoo (with FREE printable activity sheets!)

In our homeschool this year, we’ve been doing Field Trip Fridays – with a fun educational outing each and every week. We’ve been to some pretty neat places, but one of our favorites is the zoo! I don’t know about you, but a trip to the zoo with a vanload of kids can be pretty stressful for me. That is, until I changed the way I did things! Here’s my failproof, stress-free zoo plan! 1. Break it up. Don’t try to see the whole zoo in one trip. There’s no rule that says you have to look at everything every time you go! For our Read More