DaySpring Deals :: Week 3 AND 30% off storewide sale!

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Now through December 2nd, take an additional 30% of your entire order, including sales and clearance! (Super Deals excluded) with code 30SPECIAL! This is DaySprings biggest sale of the year!

Now, for the final 8 Super Deals, good through December 2nd (which include some of my very favorite items!)

Bless This Home Tiered Server only $19.99 (was $59.99)

Bless This Home - Tiered Server

Blessings of God Dough Bowl only $25.99 (was $64.99) – I LOVE mine!

Blessings of God - Dough Bowl

Inspirational Message Blocks – set of 9 only $14.99 (was $49.99). Another favorite of mine!

Inspirational Message Blocks - Set of 9 Blocks

Redeemed – Grace Necklace only $4.99 (was $19.99)

Redeemed - Grace Necklace

Redeemed – Everything Beautiful – Toiletries Bag only $8.99 (was $29.99)

Redeemed - Everything Beautiful - Toiletries Bag

Redeemed – Everything Beautiful – wall mirror only $14.99 (was $39.99)

Redeemed - Everything Beautiful - Wall Mirror

Redeemed – Everything Beautiful – Rain Gauge only $4.99 (was $16.99)

Redeemed - Everything Beautiful - Rain Gauge

God Sees the Real Me – Sculpted Art Panel only $9.99 (was $40.00)

God Sees the Real Me - Sculpted Art Panel

Wonderful Grace Carved wooden tray only $18.99 (was $48.00) - Another piece very dear to me. Houses my current books I’m reading)

Wonderful Grace - Carved Wooden Serving Tray

Remember, these Super Deals are good through December 2nd! The 30% off Super Sale is not good on the Super Deals but is good on everything else. 

Those coffee mugs and boxed Christmas cards that are buy 2, get 1 free? Yup, and everything else that is not a Super Deal! Just use code 30SPECIAL at checkout for your entire order. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50!

Names of Jesus

This mug? Only $3.49 after using 30SPECIAL coupon code.

(30% good on entire store including sale items, excluding Super Deals)!

This deal is good through December 2nd!

My eBook is FREE on Kindle!!

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If you’re interested in picking up a copy of my eBook, Blog at Home Mom, now is the time!! It’s only free from now through Friday, November 22nd! It’s been extended through Sunday, November 24th!

Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! You can download the Kindle reader here and read it on your computer, phone, ipad, etc. Happy reading! Feel free to share this post with your readers and friends in case they might like a copy, too! :)

Blog at Home Mom - Balancing Blogging and Motherhood

Free Thanksgiving Download

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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with GHC to help them spread the word about their conventions and in turn they have compensated me. They have some pretty awesome speakers lined up for 2014. ;)

Early Bird Deadline Extended

Have you gotten your ticket for Great Homeschool Conventions? The early bird deadline has been extended for Greenville, SC and Cincinnati, OH until November 30th! So if you buy before then, you’ll save $20. Beginning December 1st, prices go up.

This convention is held in 3 different cities, with Texas being added soon.

Homeschool Convention Locations, Dates and Speakers


New Speaker and Freebie

Great Homeschool Conventions just added speaker Michael Medved and through November 30th, he’s offering you a FREE copy of his history program, “The First Thanksgiving – Pilgrims, Puritans, and the Founding of America!” Do not miss this awesome freebie.

Free Thanksgiving History Download

This audio series is over 3 hours long and is an excellent supplement to your studies for Thanksgiving.

Download your freebie here and be sure to register for a convention near you and get that early bird price!

DaySpring Super Deals :: Week 2

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So excited to share the next round of Super Deals from DaySpring! Last weeks deals are still good through Tuesday, December 3rd. Remember, quantities are limited so do not sit long on these deals.

DaySpring Super Deals Week 2

This week we have the following NEW deals:

Redeemed – Beautiful in its Time – Magnetic Calendar Board Only $9.99 (was $26.99)


Redeemed - Beautiful In Its Time - Magnetic Calendar Board

Abide in Him wall decor, only $11.99 (was $36.99)

I have this hanging above my kitchen window and love it.

Abide in Him - Metal Wall Decor

Life Collection 16″ Oval Platter only $7.99 (was $26.99)

Life Collection - 16

This is the Day bird cage card holder. Only $11.99 (was $36.99)

This Is the Day - Bird Cage Card Holder

Inspirational Glass Dome Only $13.99 (Was $34.99)

Inspirational Glass Dome

Redeemed – Lovely by Design overnight bag only $14.99 (was $49.99)

Redeemed - Lovely by Design - Overnight Bag

Quantities are limited so do not wait! 

If you missed last weeks deals, you can see them here.

Also, all orders over $50 get FREE SHIPPING. 

These deals are only good through December 3rd. This is DaySprings biggest sale of the year!

Other items on sale through November 30th:

Gift Items:

Musical Monkey Plush - Reg $23, Sale Price $9.99 (Only $9.99)

Jesus Loves Me - Musical Monkey Plush

Redeemed Large Purse - Reg $46.99, Sale Price $18.79 (Save 60%)

Redeemed - Found & Treasured - Large Purse

Grace Pillow – Reg $24.99, Sale Price $9.99 (Save 60%)
The Lord Blesses His People with Peace - 16x16 Pillow

Daily Planner Giveaway! {CLOSED}

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It is so important for me to be organized in my homemaking.

I always utilize a planner to help me with that. Back in July I introduced you to this planner. With the new year fast approaching, it’s only appropriate to bring it up to the front again. Plus, I’m giving another one away!

Start Planning for 2014

This planner includes all the important elements to help a homemaker stay organized.


There are different tabs for different types of organizing. They include:

  • Year
  • Month
  • Week
  • Tasks
  • Projects
  • Info
  • Shopping

Calendar Spread


Weekly spread. Includes a box for tasks, daily slots, and a space for your daily menu. It also includes a verse from Proverbs which I think is awesome. I can always use scripture to feed my soul.

weekly spread


Each section also includes an inspiring quote.


I love how inspiring this planner is.

I also love how affordable it is! This planner sells for only $13.99! You can purchase your planner here.

Today, you get to enter for a chance to win a 2014 planner!!

Giveaway {CLOSED}

Winner is: #4 Jennifer Freeman

One winner will receive a FREE 2014 planner.

Simply leave a comment telling me your biggest planning woe. We all have them!

U.S. residents only.

A winner will be drawn and notified next Wednesday.

If you don’t want to wait, you can purchase yours here. The price is right!

Christian Parenting Bundle {5 eBooks}

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{Lots of good deals flying around this week that I just must pass on to you! Bear with me! If you’re not interested, feel free to delete!}

This whole bundle is only $7.40!!!

Bundle #46: Christian Parenting

This week’s bundle includes encouragement for the weary mom, practical parenting tips and devotions to help you focus your heart even from the trenches of parenthood.

Get all five of these ebooks at a discount of more than 70% off:

Parenting from the Overflow by Teri Lynne Underwood
In Parenting from the Overflow, Teri Lynne offers a biblically-based framework for living in the abundance God has for each of us…and modeling that life for our children.Rather than focusing on tips and techniques, she explores how our lives can overflow with qualities such as love, patience, grace, and courage — all rooted in God’s work in us, not our efforts or abilities. This is a practical and encouraging ebook, filled with honest stories from her own journey of learning to lean into God so the overflow of Him pours onto those around her.

Devotions, Advice & Renewal for When Motherhood Feels Too Hard by Kelly Crawford
Motherhood is hard. That’s a fact. It’s labor-intensive, requiring the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of women who know much of their labor will not receive earthly accolades. Mothers are the “wind beneath the wings” of the next generation. If a group of people needs encouragement and help, it’s the mothers of our day! Kelly’s Devotions, Advice & Renewal for When Motherhood Feels Too Hard is a book you will want to read over and over, written in small snippets for daily renewal. It is refreshing and inspiring, casting a vision for motherhood you may have never known and offering practical “survival tips” for the overwhelmed mom.

The Heart of Simplicity by various authors
Today’s typical lifestyle is marked by busyness, consumerism, and stress. We, as women, often complain that there’s not enough time to “do it all.” Do we suffer from a lack of time? No. We suffer from a lack of eternal perspective. How we invest our time on earth will impact eternity in a million ways. In The Heart of Simplicity, more than a dozen Christian women share their experience simplifying their lives from the inside out to build homemaking foundations focused on Christ. When we are faithful to focus on what is truly essential in our homemaking, we can build an eternal legacy…one simple day at a time.

Refuel Your Inner SuperMom by Rosann Cunningham
Refuel Your Inner SuperMom offers practical advice and encouragement for the mom who strives to do and be her best but who, due to the often overwhelming chaos of life, has simply lost her focus, her motivation and her groove. Take the journey with Rosann as she shares the depths of her heart and her own failures in motherhood, marriage and life, while taking positive, intentionally focused steps to getting her SuperMom groove back. This isn’t your average “How to Become SuperMom” book; it’s written and designed in a way that allows it to be more of a journey of self-discovery and intentionally focused lifestyle change — for the better. And all for the glory of God.

The Family Table by Arabah Joy
The Family Table is a beautifully designed ebook packed with over 50 ideas, activities, games, and recipes to spark intimacy, connection, laughter, service, hospitality, and making memories as a family. Arabah gives you a sneak peek into what other families are doing to revolutionize their time around the family table as well as the tools you need to approach your mealtimes intentionally as well.

The Christian Parenting bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 11/18. Get yours today!

DaySpring Super Deals :: Week 1

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The season of intentional gift giving is upon us and I am a huge fan of DaySpring in more ways than just product. But, they have the most beautiful gifts for the home I have ever seen.

DaySpring Super Deals 2013

Today, I’m sharing the first 8 Super Deals that are good through December 2nd:

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DaySpring Super Deals

This are up to 70% off original price!

One of my extra special pieces of jewelry, God’s Heart for You necklace, only $10.49 (was $34.99).

God's Heart for You Necklace

God Will Be With You Mirror only $19.99 (was $59.99)

God Will Be With You Mirror


Ever Grateful Vase only $7.99 (was $21.99)

Ever Grateful Vase

Bless This Home Wall Art only $17.99 (was $44.99)

Bless this Home Wall Art


Give Thanks Wooden Caddy (I LOVE mine!!) only $9.99 (was $22.99)

Wooden Caddy


Redeemed Wristlet only $4.99 (was $16.99)

Redeemed Wristlet

Redeemed Metal Bird Feeder only $8.99 (was $29.99)

Redeemed Bird Feeder


Redeemed Medium Purse now $14.99 (was $44.99)

Redeemed Medium Purse


These deals are good thru December 2nd. See what new items are on super deals here!

Other deals (click photo for more styles): Take an extra 30% off your order  now with code: 30SPECIAL (Super Deals excluded)

Mugs and Cups – Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Redeemed Christmas - Redeeming Love - Christian Mug

Good thru December 1st. 

Christmas Cards – Buy 2 Get 1 Free

(Click photo for more styles)

Love Came Down-The World - 16 Christmas Boxed Cards

Good through December 1st.

Other Fabulous Deals

Redeemed Large Purse – Only $18.79 (was $46.99)

Redeemed - Found & Treasured - Large Purse

Holiday Countdown only $9.99 this month!

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter - 12 Day Holiday Countdown

Jesus is the Gift serving platter only $9.99

Jesus Is The Gift - John 3:16 - 12.5

New line:

Lyrics for Life

Lyrics for Life - How He Loves Us - Wall Art

Lyrics for Life - Better Is One Day - Wall Art

Lyrics for Life - Revelation Song - Wall Art

Lyrics for Life - You Never Let Go - Wall Plaque


And so many more!! Click here to see them all.

All orders over $50 get FREE SHIPPING! 

Too Much TV

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Our children are so very impressionable, especially at young ages. This is an excellent opportunity for us to whet their appetites with the Bible, literature, art, history and activities to help grow them mentally, spiritually, and relationally.

A Love for Reading

This isn’t merely about homeschooling, but about feeding the curious mind.

On the other hand, there are other things we can feed them that can cause an appetite for less than stellar growth. Things that would actually dull their imagination, quench relationship growth, and potentially lead them away from God.

And sometimes, I think we can write this off as legalism or putting our children in a bubble, but that is not the case at all.

An appetite is simply a desire for something. We want our children to desire wholesome and good things. Most importantly, we want our children to desire God and not be distracted away from what’s good.

Too Much TV

I have noticed  when I constantly allow my children to give in to their desires for television or computer games, then that’s all they want to do; watch TV or play on the computer. Additionally, when allotted too much free time due to my lack of discipline, I find it extremely hard to reign them in to do their responsibilities – whether it’s lessons or chores. Too much free time (even free reading time) can lead to feelings of entitlement.

Disclaimer: I am not saying these things are bad. I am saying that a large quantity of time with these things can have a much more negative impact than you might realize.

So, when it comes time to sit down and read the Bible or a great piece of literature, I am met with groans and complaints. This is when I allow more TV viewing or free time than I know is best. At times they even know it. They will comment on how tired they are from “sitting around too long”.

Appetite for Reading

On the other hand, when I limit TV viewing (say, to the weekends only), my children are more focused during the week and are more eager to sit with me and read. As a matter of fact, more often then not, they are coming to me with a book! But typically, it’s only when what’s been dished up has changed to something hearty and wholesome; from screen to study.

As parents, we are responsible for developing the appetite for reading and other activities in our children.

H. Clay Trumbull said

A love of reading is an acquired taste, not an instinctive preference. The habit of reading is formed in childhood; and a child’s taste in reading is formed in the right direction or in the wrong one while he is under the influence of his parents; and they are directly responsible for the shaping and cultivating that taste.

In other words, in most cases our children are not going to automatically want to read. It is a passion or desire that must be fed. Families do vary in dynamic, but for my children? It doesn’t take long (a week?) before their appetites are turned, likely because my children are still relatively young.

The hard part? Remaining consistent with feeding the good appetite, because good food requires more work and sacrifice. Amen? ;)


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Here are a few excellent titles to get you started.

Ages 2+

Ages 4+

Ages 6+

Whole Family Read-Alouds

Books With Book Lists

These books offer lists of excellent titles based on age and genre. What I’ve offered is just a tiny sampling. This is a great (and minimal) investment!

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Mystery of History Projects

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I’m an advocate for keeping things simple. I would much rather go deep then go wide. There is so much history to be learned and so many wonderful people to learn from and about, no one could possibly learn about everyone. This is something we must learn to be okay with.

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This is one reason I love The Mystery of History. The Mystery of History is part of the Illuminations curriculum.

Teaching Mystery of History is Simple

Mystery of History

I wrote previously on Illuminations as a whole but really want to dig deeper into each piece of the curriculum. The Mystery of History reads so simply, with a personal touch from the author, it’s almost like reading history in letter form, rather than textbook style. Although it looks like a textbook (it’s big and packs lots of history), it certainly doesn’t read like one.

Additionally, it offers more hands on activities, not just Q&A at the end of each lesson. There are three levels of activities: Young, Middle, and High school students. Today I want to show you just a few from the Middle Students section.

MOH Lesson 2

Mystery of History Projects

In Lesson 1, younger and middle students were to create a Creation booklet. Here is just one page from my daughter’s own book. She added a element to her book that I particularly enjoyed. If you look in the sky, above Eve, you’ll see the fingers of God, holding a brush and brushing Eve’s hair.

She illustrated all her photos to show the hand of God throughout creation. She has created creation books in the past, but this is the first time I have seen her connect God directly with the making of each thing in creation.

7 Days of Creation

In Lesson 2, Middle Students were asked to create a self-portrait. You see, the author wanted to make certain the students understood they were made in the image of God and every part of them was formed specifically by Him. It required them to pay attention to details.

God cannot be separated from history, and we are an important part of His story!

Self Portrait

One of my favorite ongoing projects is my daughter writing out the memory cards for each lesson. Writing out a few sentences from the students’ own memory helps them own their own reading and write what they remembered, not what the textbook wanted them to remember.

Memory Cards


The cards are stored in this two ring folder for easy referencing.

Memory Card Storage

Mystery of History also includes research projects and field trip suggestions. We don’t do every activity suggested, but one activity we are doing is a timeline.

I will save that for the next post!

Visit Bright Ideas Press and check out Illuminations!

More posts I wrote on the Illuminations {Year 1} Curriculum:

Illuminations Schedule Interface

Illuminations Curriculum Outline

and more to come!

Great Homeschool Conventions Ticket Giveaway!!!

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Great Homeschool Conventions are rolling out for 2014! Early bird tickets just went on sale.



Great Homeschool Conventions shows up in 3 states: Ohio, South Carolina, and California.

Speakers this year include Heidi St. John, Darlene Schacht, Cathy Duffy, and so many more!

I admit, I have never been to a homeschool convention before, but you may find me at GHC in Ohio in 2014! It all depends on how our adoption pans out and right now, I just don’t have any answers.

But, bringing in two girls from a completely different culture, I’m sure there would be someone to help me with transitioning our girls into homeschooling that I could glean from.

GHC Registration


Right now is the Lowest Price of the Season:
Family Registration $45

Individual Registration $30

Visit GHC to sign up for their newsletter so you can stay up to date with their latest convention news.




GHC is giving away a wonderful package deal for one family. Woot!!

It includes:

  • 1 Family Registration
  • 2 passes to the Family Comedy Night
  • 1 pass to the REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track

(winner’s choice of 3 2014 convention locations)
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