Blog Posts - Living Simply



Building a Sensational Summer

                   Summer Camp. Hot days at the lake. Dripping ice cream cones. Bike rides. S'mores. When you live in the Midwest, you may have a slight issue with idolizing summer. And who really can...

Why You Should Live Like You're Already Living In Your Dream Home

I remember the first time I walked into this apartment. I had to wait until everything was cleaned and painted before I could go in. So I kind of moved in sight unseen.Except of course, as an apartment, it was generic and cookie-cutter and like...
by Cozy Little House on Jun 10, 2016

Love is Work

I feel it bubble up within me at the oddest times. Usually while I'm washing dishes, or making dinner, folding laundry or sweeping up. When my kids are all running around the backyard when they should be inside helping and I can see them laughing fro...

Charts and Checks

I'm cross legged on the ottoman by the window for a few rare quiet moments. It's April and, although I always like to pretend that means it's warming up, it's cold. I'm wrapped in an oversized cardigan, knitting by the light filtering in. It's one of...

Frugal Goals

I'm always looking for ways to save money. Frugal tips for simple living, etc.  I don't think I can get my utilities lowered more. I have worked on that this past year. My Cox cable bill, a bundled package of home phone, unlimited US long...
by Cozy Little House on Mar 18, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

A car. A life vest. A trailer. The smell of sunscreen and bug spray. The feeling of the sun-scorched sand beneath your feet and the sweeping lake breeze whipping your hair. The sound of the waves at night.Are these my children's memories or mine?Happ...

Tiny Homes Don't Have To Be Limiting

Americans are obsessed with big. We think big. We have big ideas and big plans. Little things can be a big deal. We want to be a big wig, perhaps bigger than life. The bigger, the better. You get the idea.But the problem with such a big appetite for...
by Cozy Little House on Jul 25, 2015

More Vintage Campers

Owning one of these cute little pieces of vintage history would make you want to get the sewing machine out and doll it up.A darling set up in red, white and black with a gingham and polka dot pattern.
by Cozy Little House on Jun 26, 2015

Living Simply: Part 2 - The Airstream

Today let's look at the Airstream. The first one was built in 1929. It has some advantages over the others. All models are built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. ...
by Cozy Little House on Jun 14, 2015

Living Simply: Part 1 - Vintage Trailers

The past few months, I've been researching ways that I could live more cheaply. As cheaply as is possible. So that has brought me to vintage trailer living, converted bus living, tiny homes, etc. Today I'm going to show you some vintage tra...
by Cozy Little House on Jun 13, 2015

Showing Up

"Family is the natural school of love."John Paul IIMy first memory of it is in the kitchen of my grandfather's house, before he married again and sold it to my uncle, so I must have been young - under ten, at least. I was small and my Aunt Helen show...

Frugal Summer Tips

I did my usual every other week grocery shopping yesterday morning. Of course I don't like to go out unless I have more than one errand. I usually wait until I have three.So first to Cox cable to turn in my DVR that I'd had stored in my closet. They...
by Cozy Little House on May 28, 2015

More Affordable Tiny Homes

The other tiny homes I showed yesterday were beautiful, but out of a lot of people's price range. But look at this one by Sears... This is 14 x 24 square feet, and $7999.00. So a much cheaper version. Probably meant to be a glorified garden shed. Bu...
by Cozy Little House on May 25, 2015

Dreaming Of A Tiny Home?

You all know I've been an advocate for tiny homes and simple living for some time. I get online and salivate over these little gems... (204 square feet in Tennessee)Dream a little dream. And I mean little. That does not faze me. I love small,...
by Cozy Little House on May 24, 2015

A Quest To Declutter

More and more, I feel this desire to streamline my possessions. Get rid of clutter. Live more simply.I took everything off this buffet but the galvanized tray with books and candles. It gives me a sense of calm to sit on the couch and look acros...
by Cozy Little House on Apr 30, 2015

The Chore Revamp That Is Saving My Sanity

There are a lot of things I like about our little house. I like that it's all charming and 100+ years old. I like how snug it feels in the evenings when everyone is home and the candles are lit and we're all just together, close. I like how someone c...

My Minimal Baby Must Haves {And A Few Sweet Splurges}

The more children I have, the less baby gear I want or use.With the first we were so well loved by family and friends and given a wonderful baby shower. We dutifully went to our nearby big box baby store and registered for all the "essentials." The t...

{Stewarding} Toward A Better Life

I only meant to clean up the breakfast dishes. Wipe down the counters, maybe a quick sweep of the floor. It was Saturday after all, and I was still in my husband's pajama pants, entertaining the idea of cleaning out the boys' closet. I was almost fin...

Chaotic Christmas

Two boys are wrestling on the rug. Nearby Rosie is oblivious, playing with her play kitchen next to the side table where Fiona is playing a computer game on my lap top. Dinah is drawing over on the coffee table and I'm on the couch, feet up, knitting...

{Rooted}

It's 6 days til Christmas, or so the makeshift calendar tells me, the one Fiona wrote out and Jonah consults each morning. It's afternoon now. Lemon bars are baking for a party later on and the dishwasher hums away in the kitchen. My two baby/toddler...


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