Resetting Healthy Habits

By on December 4, 2017

Thanksgiving was over a week ago, but I thought I’d share a bit about the non-financial goal that I set after the holiday weekend. I bet I’m not the only one to overindulge on Thanksgiving or other holidays (please tell me I’m right)! So for the past week, I’ve been changing my eating habits. Less snacking, less sugar, fewer empty calories, more vegetables! 

Amazing view at the arboretum!

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Thanksgiving Festivities

By on November 24, 2017

Hey, everybody! We hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends! The COD crew is in Illinois for the holiday weekend, hanging out with lots of family. Junior and Mini COD are having a blast wearing out their cousins, while Mr. And Mrs. COD are enjoying conversations with relatives we haven’t seen in WAY too long. We even got into some nitty-gritty topics like the forbidden politics…and survived with positive relationships intact! 

No long post for today, just some photos of our fun times together!

Jr and Mini COD riding at Grandma’s

Allerton Park, walking through the gardens

This gem of a park is mere minutes from Mrs. COD’s childhood home.

Grandma COD and niece and nephew

Fu Dog Garden with Japanese-inspired sculptures

Mini COD with grandparents


Exploring the arboretum

Ahh… gorgeous nature!


By the way, we’re not big on Black Friday shopping in general, but with Mrs. COD’s new fair-trade business venture, we’re thinking more about shopping with a purpose. Trades of Hope is all about creating opportunities for women rather than charity. Sustainable employment empowers women in poverty to earn their own income and become self-reliant. I’m pretty proud to be a part of this organization and their purpose of strengthening women to support their families. For an example of what they’re accomplishing, check out the Trades of Hope blog and read Rosa’s story!  

If you happen to be looking for some cool fair trade gifts that serve a greater purpose than funding a big corporation, feel free to check out our current catalog, featuring a bunch of Black Friday items at 50% off. *Yes, we make a bit of money off the links, so you’ll also be helping to fund our holiday travel! 

One of the artisans we work with in Thailand

This company works with artisans in Thailand, Haiti, Peru, Bangladesh, and 12 other countries. Check out the jewelry, handbags, and other accessories here if you like. There will be new sales daily through this Monday. 

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving to you all! 

Frugality Report: November

By on November 27, 2016

As November wraps up, we bring you a little glance at our money-saving failures and successes for the month. 

Let’s begin with the Flops, the more spendy choices we’ve made this past month. It feels like we’ve been buying a lot; most are items we’ve been procrastinating over and finally bit the bullet.

Frugality Flops

  • Camera. We bought ourselves an early Christmas present! A big gift for Mr. COD and me (that’ll be the only one for us). It wasn’t even a Black Friday bargain. We had been wanting a new, more powerful camera for quite some time, so we sprung for a Nikon D5300. It’s not so fancy you need a photography degree to use it, but it definitely has more bells and whistles than our previous cameras. The photos I’ve captured already in the week since it arrived are about 7,000 times better than those we typically take with our camera phones (duh). My apologies: I haven’t figured out how to upload photos from it yet, so all pics in this post are still from my phone. The camera’s not exactly frugal, and not even a true need, so it falls under the Flop category. However, we both like photography and desire to learn how to take better pictures of our family and travel sights. We figure we will “save” what we would have spent on professional photos once or twice a year, and we’re way too lazy and disorganized to schedule photo shoots with someone else. Plus, we can consider any cash gifts we receive this Christmas as going toward the cost of the camera. 

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