GIVEAWAY: EGUMPP Grammar Curriculum for Students

This review is sponsored by EGUMPP.  While I am a homeschool parent, this curriculum will work for homeschoolers and public schoolers alike.  If you have a child in need of some extra grammar instruction, please read on to hear more about it and to have a chance at winning the giveaway!  All opinions are 100% my own and are in no way influenced by the sponsor.  

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English.  It was my favorite subject in school.  I always found it to be really easy and relatively enjoyable.  I’m not sure why, because I absolutely hated diagramming sentences.  Did you like to diagram?  I know there’s a few “weirdos” out there who do…but me, I’d rather just write stories and read books when I’m talking about an English class.  Thankfully diagramming sentences isn’t all that English class is about!


As a homeschooler, typically I don’t stress out too much about teaching English.  I want them to spell well, read well and write well, but seriously don’t care too much about them knowing how to diagram sentences.  However, I do realize that knowing how to diagram a sentence is a lead in to knowing how to use your grammar properly.  My son is in 12th grade this year, but when I was going through his transcripts, I realized he was short one credit of English.  For us, it’s not a big deal, because we found an online program that will help us finish up and get that last credit, all while making sure he’s ready to go to college and write term papers.  It’s called EGUMPP.


You may be wondering what in the world EGUMPP stands for?  I know I did.  It stands for:  English Grammar Usage Mechanics Punctuation Program.   In short, it’s an online web based program that helps prepare your child, whether they’re in middle school, high school or even college age, to fill in any gaps that they have in their grammar and punctuation instruction.  You would be amazed at how many people begin college with inadequate grammar instruction!




We recently started the program and so far I’ve been impressed.  Let me tell you a few of my favorite aspects of the program:

  • They use audio and video to communicate with the student, making it very hands off for the parent or instructor.
  • They make it easy to understand and slowly build upon each principle that the student is learning.
  • It can work for so many age levels!  If my middle schooler is strong in grammar and usage, she can use this course, or if you need to make sure your high schooler is doing well enough before sending him off to college (like me), you can use this course, too!  They even use this course for students in college who are not strong writers, to improve their skills!
  • They have online flashcards to help you review the information you were just taught.  You read the statement or question and then click “Show Answer” and it will show you the answer so you can see if you’re right.  Egummp
  • It breaks each module up, so that you can only focus on one aspect at a time. For instance, Grammar is module one, Usage is Module 2, Punctuation and Capitalization & Punctuation is Module 3 and Writing Mechanics is Module 4.
  • The “Practice to Mastery” section aims to let you literally practice what you’ve been learning and will grade your abilities.  If you aren’t up to speed, you will have the opportunity to continue practicing until you’ve improved your grade.
  • It allows my student to work at his own pace.
  • It includes lesson-ending writing tasks using the concepts within the lesson to ensure a higher level of retention.

Who is EGUMMP for?

It all depends on how strong you are in grammar, usage, punctuation and writing.

  • Middle Schoolers who want to be strong writers.
  • High Schoolers – EGUMPP prepares your high schoolers for the SAT & ACT all while preparing them for college as well!
  • Even College Students – You would be amazed at how many college students show up with the unsatisfactory ability to write essay papers.  EGUMPP will help get them up to speed so that they can graduate with higher scores.
  • Independent Learners – In order to use EGUMPP, you must be able to use a computer and watch videos and follow instructions.
  • Homeschoolers who want a hands off grammar approach.
  • Nonhomeschoolers who have children who are struggling and need more instruction in this area.





EGUMPP is being very generous and 10 people will have the chance to win a suite of EGUMPP Products.  This includes all 4 modules.  Each winner will receive an EGUMPP Suite that includes a license key and an eBook for each module. Each module license key provides access to that module for one year plus access to the eBook for that module.  This is an online product and nothing will be shipped to you.  If you’re entering to win, be sure to check the email address you comment with regularly.  You would be amazed at how many giveaway winners never email me back.


Would you like the chance to win?  Leave me a comment below and tell me who you would use this for if you won.  It can be you, your child, your best friend’s child or even your grandchild.  If this will help someone you know, be sure to get entered!  Giveaway ends on Saturday, May 9th at 11:59 P.M PST.

Crock Pot Chicken and Veggie Pot Pie


Hello, I’m Miranda and I have an obsession with Crock Pots!

Yes, I admitted it.

No I am not ashamed! (:

Do I have time to cook?  Yes!

Do I enjoy cooking?  Yes!

Reality is, I live in a very hot and humid area.  It is already in the mid 80′s (and I am writing this the first week of April!!), and my skin is wet and sticky!  Yuck!

So turning on the oven, is so not happening!

In fact, from April through September, we rarely turn the oven on at all except for the occasionally baked goods!

So see, I have a very good reason to have a Crock Pot Obsession!

One of my favorite crock pot dishes is my Chicken and Veggie Pot Pie.

It’s a great Southern Meal in the Summertime without all the fuss and time consumption, and especially the extra heat!


Crock Pot Chicken and Veggie Pot Pie

 Serves 4-6

What you need:

1 lb Chicken Breast Diced 

2 cups of Flour

1 cup Milk

3 cup Chicken Broth/Stock

1 cup Water

2 tsp Black Pepper

2 tsp Salt

2 tsp Garlic Powder

1 can of Biscuits or 8-10 Frozen Biscuits thawed (1)

What you do:

  1. Turn on your crockpot to medium setting.
  2. Wash your Chicken Breasts, dice int0 1/2 inch cubes and put it in the crockpot.
  3. Pour 1 cup Chicken Broth/Stock and 1 cup Water over top of chicken cubes. (make sure chicken is completely covered)
  4. Let the chicken cook for appx 3-4 hours in broth/water mixture.
  5. When chicken is cooked, in a separate bowl, whisk together flour, milk, 1 cup of chicken broth/stock, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. Pour mixture on top of chicken.
  7. Add 2 cups of thawed, frozen veggies and 1 cup of chicken stock/broth to chicken/soup mixture and stir.
  8. Cook for appx another 30 minutes.
  9. At this point you have a couple choices.  You can remove your pot from the crock, add biscuits on top and cook in oven on 350 degrees until biscuits are cooked, or you can cook your biscuits separately and add on top of Pot Pie in crock when cooked.  *I actually pick choice 2 when the weather warm, because I will cook my biscuits in the morning when it is not so warm, or I will cook them in the toaster oven so I do not have to turn the big oven on.
  10. Dish and Enjoy

And if you do decide to turn on the oven to bake a dessert, you must try my Blackberry and Lemon Cake!  YUMMY!  It’s a perfect southern dessert!


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Miranda, is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday@GraceandGravy with a side of life! Miranda has been married to her sweet husby for 16 years and a homeschool momma to 2 kiddos at home. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about Guatemala Missions, Early Farmhouse Life/Decor, and learning to be a Self-Sufficient Homesteader!
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Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

Love Chinese Food?   Then you are really going to love this easy to make recipe.  Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chick is ridiculously tasty, simply, cheap and might even be better that your local takeout restaurant.  It’s a family friendly recipe that will become a favorite. Enjoy!
o Preparation time: 10 minute(s)   o Cooking time: 2-4 hours   o Number of servings (yield): 6




  • 4 boneless,
    skinless chicken breasts (thighs work too), diced into one inch cubes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce, gluten free
  • ½ cup diced onion
  •  ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons
    olive oil {substitute vegetable oil or canola oil if needed}
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • ¼ tsp red pepper
    flakes ( this is optional – it adds more flavor and not heat)
  • 4 teaspoons
    cornstarch dissolved in 6 tablespoons hot water
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1-2 scallions
    {green onions} finely chopped 
  • I served the chicken over rice, but you could do vegetables or noodles as well.


  1. Once your chicken is cubed,
    lightly season with salt & pepper and put in crock-pot.
  2. In a small bowl, combine honey,
    soy sauce, ketchup, onion, oil, pepper 
    flakes, and garlic. Pour over the
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on
    high for 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the
    chicken, cover and set aside. Leave the sauce in the crock pot.
  5. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch
    into 1/4 cup hot water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with the
  6. Replace lid and let simmer on HIGH
    for 10 more minutes  or until the
    sauce thickens.
  7. Turn off the heat and re-add the
    chicken to the sauce, stirring to coat.
  8. Serve over basmati or jasmine
  9. Garnish with sesame seeds and
    scallions as desired.


 Would you like a printable version of this recipe?  Click here for a free PDF version!  

I am Megan the author/ creator of Small Town Charm. I am a 20-something woman who lives in a Small Town in PA but have dreams of moving back to Nashville, TN someday. I love discovering new and exciting thing and I not afraid to try new things. I like waking up with iced coffee, spending time with friends and winding the day down with music or a concert preferably country.