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All About Spelling Giveaway

Enter this giveaway for All About Spelling here!


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Life of Fred Sale

Educents is having the biggest Life of Fred sale ever! April 17th – 30th. Up to 50% off select titles & products! We LOVE Life of Fred books! Highly recommended!


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We have used SchoolhouseTeachers this year and love it!

Instantly access almost 400 self-paced, homeschooling courses, online when you become a member. Results-based education, not common core aligned.

Comes with certificates of achievement as your children complete the courses – just print them off and file in portfolio. Report card generator for each semester; create and store. Under $20 per month which covers EVERY child in your family, no matter the size.

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IEW {one of our very favorites} is hosting a virtual Spring Mini-Conference on April 28th, read more here! It’s all FREE for you!

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Session Topics:

  • Struggling Learners/Special Education: Answers to Difficult Questions
  • Family Schooling with the Family Man
  • Tackling Your Teens: Homeschooling through High School
  • Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
  • Experience Excellence in Writing

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Springee Balance Beam

Get a 25% coupon code to use on Amazon by clicking here: We were sent this beam to review, our full review is coming next week! Short review – we LOVE it!

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Coming Soon…

My FAVORITE sale of the year, Build Your Bundle, is coming very soon! Stay tuned! Sign up for our email newsletter list and/or blog posts via email so you don’t miss it!

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Last Day!

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Today is the last day to grab your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2018. The ENTIRE bundle of over 129 products with a value of over $3,500.00 is only $29.97!

On a personal note – thanks so much for using our affiliate link! I just got back from my son’s regional gymnastics competition and he qualified for NATIONALS and made the regional Elite team! We head to Oklahoma in a few weeks for nationals. The affiliate earnings from this sale will help our family more than you know!!! I will share more about his gymnastics weekend in our Lately in Our Life post later this week!


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Bible Favorites…

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Kid Favorites…

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Creative Favorites…

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Kitchen Favorites…

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Plus, remember the BONUSES!!!



The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is gone tonight!! After April 16th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

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Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 3

Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 3

Whoa. Chicks grow fast. I knew that, but experiencing it is a totally different adventure!

Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here!

If I had nothing else to do, I would do this much of my day. I love hanging out with my girls. This is Freckles, by far the most chill and people-friendly chicken we have!

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She calls herself the Chicken Whisperer and we all agree. She has such a gentle and confident way with them.

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This is one of my girls, Gertie. She has the most color on her of all of the Black Sex Links.

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The feather growth on the younger set is gorgeous! On the left is a Barred Rock and on the right is a Rhode Island Red.

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Current brooder situation…


They now have a top! These girls are quite flighty!

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Added in a dust-bath-bowl. They love sitting in it!

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Also added a larger and higher roosting stick and they LOVE it!

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See the chickens here #chickens4thehinsons

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It’s Back! The 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle



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I am so excited to share the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2018 with with you and pray that this deal blesses MANY of you! The ENTIRE bundle of over 129 products with a value of over $3,500.00 is only $29.97!

There are TONS of items in this bundle, as always! I have had some time to go through them and choose my favorites.

I want to highlight a few that I think would be most beneficial to YOU, my readers, so you can pray about whether this deal is the right fit for you. These are the ones that stood out to me and I think many of you would love. This is JUST a small sampling, there are MANY more resources!

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Write Through the Word: Simple Scripture Writing for Busy Women ($21)
Write Through the Word is a simple, effective Scripture study and journaling method designed to help you hide God’s Word in your heart in a way that sticks, even if you don’t have a lot of time for a Bible study each day.

101 Independent Activities for Kids ($9.99)
Keep your children’s brains engaged while keeping them occupied with activities they can do alone.

100 Coloring Pages: For Every Occasion & Every Age! ($20)
A digital coloring book including 100 coloring pages that can be printed and colored again and again! Perfect for any age, this book provides lifetime access to coloring resources for every month, season, and most major holidays!

Planting Seeds: How to Cultivate a Love of Scripture in Your Child’s Heart ($7.99)
Planting seeds is filled with practical tips and ideas, along with activities and games that will help you teach the Bible to your children

Four Ways to Study the Bible ($18)
In this workbook, you will receive four separate ways to study the Bible, prayer resources, reading plans, writing scripture challenges, and five steps to start your Bible study habit!

Godly Character Traits: A Training Guide for Families ($9.95)
The Godly Character Traits Guide includes tools to equip you as you instill fifteen godly character traits in your children.

Tiny Signs Jumpstart: Start Signing With Your Baby in Less than 30 Minutes ($27)
An online mini-course to get you started signing with your baby in less than 30 minutes!

Cooking Camp for Kids ($8)
With Cooking Camp, you will have everything you need to coach and train your kids to become “experts of their meal” one skill at a time.

Brainbook: Bullet Journaling Your Way to a More Organized Life ($27)
With gentle instruction, encouragement, and down-to-earth advice, Brainbook serves as your go-to bullet journaling guide so you can confidently create a planner that organizes your calendar, lists, notes, ideas, and long-term goals in one place.

Comprehensive Brush Letter Practice Guide ($32)
Printable traceable practice pages give the space and structure to create beautiful brush lettering.

Super Sensory Invitations to Play ($14.99)
Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials.

Create Coping Skills Champions at Home ($49) Create Coping Skills Champions at Home gives you the skills to teach your child healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, and anger.

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As you can see, just those resources ALONE are worth over $240.00!

There are many, MANY more included!


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The Homemaking Bundle QUICK FACTS…

  • Cost: 29.97
  • Value: over $3500
  • Included: 62 eBooks, 34 printable packs & workbooks, 3 membership sites, 30 eCourses, videos & audios
  • Bonus Offers Value: over $180

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After April 16th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

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Lately in Our Life ~ TTD, Puppy, Chicks, and a State Champ!

Lately in Our Life April 2018


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Teach Them Diligently

This year I only spoke at one convention due to some schedule conflicts. I normally attend 3, so it felt weird! I just returned from speaking in Atlanta and enjoying my experience at the convention as a homeschool mom. I have given a lot of thought to changing some curriculum publishers for my middle son specifically, so I spent a lot of time talking with reps.

As I thought out my plan I realized we have two non-negotiables right now. Meaning, I love these curriculums and have no plans of changing! One is Teaching Textbooks Math and the other is IEW Writing.

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At this point the rest is negotiable, some more than others. Mostly for my younger two kids.

One I am looking into pretty seriously is Alpha Omega LIFEPAC for my middle son – rising 7th grade. I will share more as we progress with our plans. I was only planning to look at this for science but then liked what I saw with the history/geography. I ignored the Language Arts at first since I love IEW and plan to continue using it. After speaking with the awesome reps I learned that I could use the LIFEPAC language arts for grammar/spelling/vocab/comprehension, etc. and just ignore the writing portion. This would eliminate 4 other workbooks for him, which is my goal – to try to make his schooling simpler to go to and from the gym since he trains for his gymnastics so much.

We didn’t purchase anything yet, we are still deciding, but this is on our radar for now!

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We enjoyed talking again with the Charleston Southern University rep, who is just wonderful, and my son is really liking this college option! We found them last year here at the convention and have them on our very short list of schools he is thinking of attending! He is a rising junior, and we are trying to plan his junior/senior year around the college he plans to attend {as much as possible}. We plan to visit CSU this summer and are very excited about this possibility for him!

We learned that CSU has just launched their dual-enrollment online classes for High School juniors and seniors and provide scholarship $ up to $1000 if you end up attending CSU. We are strongly looking into this for at least 2 of his dual enrollment classes in the upcoming final years of HS!

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One of the highlights of TTD for me is getting to spend time with one of my long time friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations. We normally room together for a couple of conventions each year, but this year we each brought one of our teenagers with us so we had separate rooms. We soaked up as much time as we could together!

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Our poor unsocialized homeschool kids with no friends. Winking smile

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Baxter – A NEW Puppy!    

If you follow me on Instagram, you know we got a puppy at the end of January. He was an accidental addition. You know, we were just “going to look” at how the rescue/adoption process worked. But there he was, the perfect puppy and he just had to be ours. <— That is my husband talking! I was totally fine coming home without a dog, but he insisted that Baxter was the one for us. So we have a new dog! He’s a small pit mix and the smartest sweetest most awesome dog. I am so thankful my husband followed his instincts! You can see all of Baxter here on Instagram with his very own hashtag!



State Champion    

Once again, our son took home the State Champion title! He won the All Around, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars and Floor! He got the silver for high bar, rings and vault! His Level 8 team also won 1st place team!

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We head to regionals in Georgia where he hopes to qualify for Nationals for the very first time! He is competing level 8 elite this year, and that is the first level that goes to nationals!  Follow along with us on Instagram, using his hashtag #krashthegymnast.

Below you can see some videos from his state championship meet…

A few videos from his State Championship meet today!! #krashthegymnast

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We have CHICKENS!!!!!! I won’t elaborate much more since they have their own blog posts and their own Instagram hashtag: #chickens4thehinsons! See our journey so far by clicking on the images below.

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Another Gymnast    

Much to our surprise {huge surprise} we now have another gymnast joining a team in our house! Our daughter has taken classes since she was little but never really loved it. In fact, there were a few years recently where she begged to stop but I kept her in one simple class a week simply for exercise. Then one day last fall, she announced that she liked it and wanted to take more classes. We talked with the coaches and they placed her on the low-level pre-team – Starlets, and she began attending twice a week and had in-gym competition last December. Recently she was asked to join the AAU Bronze team and she is over-the-moon excited! She has one more Starlets meet in a couple of weeks and then she will begin training with her new team. Follow her journey here on Isntagram #LFHgymnastics


Oily Kids

For the past 3 weeks I have been leading an Oily Kids event on Facebook with two of my great friends – Jodi and Jolanthe!  The live events are complete but the content is still there for about another week. It’s not too late to watch the videos, download the PDFs and grab the fun printable pack for kids! There’s even a giveaway still open right now!

I led sessions on FOCUS & SLEEP and also told my story here – which shares about how I went from a total oil skeptic to where I am now over 5 years later. Be sure to see the Table of Contents here where you can see all of the topics and direct links to everything! Just don’t wait, as this event will be removed, it will not stay up indefinitely!

Here’s direct link to my live videos. In the event you’ll find much much more!

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Family Stuff

My husband and I celebrated our 19th anniversary in early March. God is good! Got the family together for a quick Easter Sunday photo too!


See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!