Someone will win it ALL!

Most of you homeschool, so you will want to pay attention! This year’s Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale is coming Monday May 7, and not only is one of our products included, some of our very favorites from other publishers are included! We are thrilled to be a contributor and affiliate for the sale this year!

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I have seen the list of products and am blown away by this year’s offerings! Starting on Monday, I will be featuring some of our favorites, so be sure to subscribe to our DAILY blog posts and check your emails from us especially next week! Building your Bundle is fun but can get overwhelming, so once the options are released on Monday, May 7, I will begin sharing as much as I can to help you decide!



    • One winner wins ALL 20 bundles – a $5,204 value
    • One winner wins a Premium Build Your OWN Bundle of Five – up to a $700 value
    • You will earn 5 points for each referral who enters using your unique link (You will get your unique URL after you enter)
    • If you refer a friend who wins – you BOTH win
    • Instant access to the FREE Homeschool Portfolio Pack for all who enter {see below}
    • Everyone who enters will get a special coupon code to use during the BYB sale

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    Exclusive Freebie…

    The homeschool year is filled with accomplishments and events you and your kids will want to cherish for years to come. Whether you need to meet your state law or you want to keep the precious memories of your child’s homeschool year, a homeschool portfolio will keep it all organized and decluttered.

    The Homeschool Portfolio will not only serve as a scrapbook of your child’s year it provides practical sheets and a place to record goals for the next school year.
    Pages Include:

    • About Me
    • Attendance Sheet
    • Basic Daily Schedule
    • Extra Curricular Activities Sheet
    • Curriculum and Resources List
    • Book Log
    • Goals
    • Field Trip Log
    • Report Card
    • Subject Evaluation
    • Subject Binder Divider Sheets

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    I can’t wait until Monday when I can share all of the GOODNESS that is available this year! Plan to set aside some time to shop, it could possibly save you loads of money!

    For now, enter the giveaway, grab your coupon code and freebie!

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    Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists

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    Each year I share our homeschool curriculum choices with you. It is almost time to do that again, as many of you are in planning mode – while also in finish-up-THIS-year mode!

    For the past couple of years I have created checklists for my kids to help organize our homeschool year. These have saved me LOADS of sanity once the school year begins!

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    I switch curriculum publishers sometimes, but there is one I am completely stuck on and that is Teaching Textbooks Math. I have not changed any of my kids away from TT since we started and have no plans to switch at all. We love TT. I was a TT user for years and then they became a blog sponsor. Now I get to provide you with fun reviews, giveaways, and exclusive content. Although this post has nothing to do with that – it’s just me, the homeschooling mom, sharing an organizational tool with you!  But stay tuned – a full review of the new ONLINE Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is coming very soon!

    I bundled all of our match checklists together into one file for you! I don’t have one for Pre-Calculus, but I do for all of the other levels!

    Here’s a peek into our notebooks this year, they are so helpful for my kids and for me! They {or I} record their grades daily so that we have a visual record off of the computer screen. It is nice for us to be able to see how far along we are and how much we have left to go!

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    New to Teaching Textbooks? See our We Love Teaching Textbooks Math post here.

    You can find a placement test online which I recommend having your child take before deciding on a level to begin with. Most kids will work a level above their grade. My 3rd grader does level 4, my 6th grader does level 7.

    Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

    Download our Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists here!

    Teaching Textbooks Math Checklists

    Teaching Textbooks Checklists

    Chickens 4 the Hinsons ~ Week 4/5

    Chickens 4 the Hinsons Week 4 and 5

    The chicks aren’t really chicks anymore!

    Catching up on our chick adventures? You can see week 1 here and week 2 here, and week 3 here!

    The love for the chickens is still very strong. This is Freckles, her favorite.

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    These photos below really show the growth of the ladies!

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    We have had many cool and rainy days, so they didn’t get to go out much. But when we had some sun, we took them out! The love playing in their new run with us!

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    Coop Progress…   

    The coop is quite the project, as we have learned keeping chickens safe from predators is a MUST. I am a bit of a freak about this so there have been quite a few discussions about what to add and how to do things.

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    I love the way it is coming along!

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    Here’s a peek at the inside, we decided to make it long and thin based on the space and materials we had. I am loving the progress and the size!

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    See the chickens here #chickens4thehinsons

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    Lately in Our Life ~ 9, 16, Elite, and FUN!

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    Regional Championships   


    What a weekend we had at our son’s regional championships! Our son qualified for Nationals as a Junior Elite AND made the Regional Elite Team! His goal was to qualify for Nationals, making the Regional Elite Team was a HUGE bonus!  We will be heading to Oklahoma in May for his National Championship meet! Follow along with us on Instagram, using his hashtag #krashthegymnast.


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

    A few videos from his regional competition today!!! #krashthegymnast

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    Jekyll Island Fun

    Thankfully the regional meet was in an awesome place so we got to have some fun! Sadly, my husband couldn’t come due to his classes {finishing up his LAST CLASS of grad school}, but my momma came and we brought all of my kids! Driftwood beach is a favorite and we enjoyed spending several hours there!

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    She Competes Too!

    L had her final in-house Star League gymnastics meet! She was so brave and we all enjoyed her moment of pure JOY as she got her very first ribbon – a 5th place on beam. This was her only ribbon and you would have thought she won the Olympics. The pure joy made her burst into tears. She was just so, so thankful. Seeing my girl fight for what she wants, although it doesn’t come physically easy for her, is inspiring to me.

    She will be joining the AAU Bronze team this summer and is over the moon with excitement!

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    We continue to love the chicks who are VERY big now. We are finishing up their coop and they will be moving out soon! My garage is thankful! Follow our chick journey on Instagram with their hashtag: #chickens4thehinsons

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    See our journey on the blog so far by clicking on the images below…

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    She is 9!!!

    Our baby girl turned 9 and we had a blast celebrating her special day while in Georgia for her brother’s gymnastics meet.

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    She chose some pretty fun activities for us to do, beginning with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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    We ended her special day with a Dolphin Cruise! We were hoping to see dolphins but were blown away with how many and how close we were able to be to them. This cruise is an entirely natural habitat viewing, which I loved. HIGHLY recommend this adventure if you are ever in Jekyll Island, GA!

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    He is 16!!!!


    Ya’ll, my BABY is 16!!!! Words cannot describe how blessed I am to be his momma. If you have ever attended my session entitled “Never Planned to Homeschool” at Teach Them Diligently, you KNOW our road has not always been easy. But GOD. Seriously, God has taken us on a wild journey and where we are now just rocks. This is one AWESOME 16 year old. I am honored to be his momma. Thanks God. More bday photos here on Instagram.

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

    See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!

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    Deals for Families 4/26/18


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    ABC Mouse

    Looking for something fun and educational for your child to do during the summer months to keep learning skills sharp? This is an incredible deal and only lasts for a few more days! You have to use one of my links to get this.

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    1+1+1=1 Instagram Giveaway

    We are hosting our first {hopefully of many to come} Instagram giveaway! Visit our Instagram post here to read how to enter to win our Let’s Explore Colors Bundle. Giveaway ends 4/28/18.

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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!

    Be sure to take a look at the Beginning Reader Bundle. This is an incredible deal. You get all three book sets {individually each is $17.99 during this sale} PLUS the dolls! The value of the books alone is $54! The entire bundle is only $47.95!!LOF Fred Bundle Sale

    Life of Fred Beginning Readers

    Who it’s for: 4- to 8-year-olds

    18 books that beginning readers will love to read! Each book is filled with simple, yet colorful images while large text makes it perfect for a beginner reader. Concepts covered include: colors, telling time, how to read a map, counting to 30, wildlife, shapes, and cooking with recipes!

    See our review from a few years ago here.



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    Stride Rite Sneaker Sale

    Use code: SNEAKERS25 for 25% off of Stride Rite sneakers!

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    Springee Balance Beam

    Our full review is up see it here and get a 25% coupon code to use on Amazon!

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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!


    Missed last week’s deal post? Many of those are still active, check them out here!