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.

Don’t Miss Out!!!

Hey friends!  I hope you had an amazing weekend.  My weekend has been great.  I got to take the whole weekend off.  Yay!  You may have seen on my Facebook page, where my husband and I even ran in The Color Run (my first ever 5k race).  Here’s a picture of us (my husband, his brother, his wife and I) after we were done.


The Color Run After


As you can see, I was not the one who got too colorful.  I kept rubbing orange off of my face, and I thought it was my makeup until I saw the orange in my hairbrush later.  It wasn’t overly noticeable though….

My husband on the other hand…. he got shot with blue, right up the nose….


The Color Run During



Being a busy mom, who always seems to be “working”, I was excited for the chance to get away this weekend.  After all, being mom, teacher, house cleaner, cook and chid trainer is tiring!

Speaking of being a busy mom….I wanted to remind you about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  Today is the last day that you can buy it (and if you buy it, you’ll get ALL 10 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker menus for free, including the $250 Walmart menu!).  If you’re a work away from home mom, don’t let the word “homemaking” turn you away.  This bundle is made for busy moms.  Not just moms who stay home, but moms who want to make the best home possible for their families.  (What mom doesn’t want that?)


Freezer to Slow Cooker Free with Purchase


Let me tell you real fast, what I think are the most valuable aspects of this bundle…the perks are pretty good, let me tell you!


1.  Have you ever wanted to take a craft making course online teaching you something that you don’t know how to do?  Maybe I’m weird, but I have…and I’m usually too cheap to buy one.  Not because I don’t want to learn, but because I am not always sure that it will be worth it.  When you purchase this bundle, you’ll get one free online class from Craftsy.  You could pick one of their 24 courses.  This would include anything from cake decorating, photography, sewing, paper crafts, etc.  This alone could be a $60 value (depending on the course you choose).  Personally, I think that I’ll choose the photography course, as I’m trying to grow in my skills as a photographer!


2.  Do you like scarves for dressing up your outfits?  You can actually get a free spring scarf from Deborah and Co.  You only have to pay the $4 shipping charge to get it to you.




3.  Free $15 to Hope Ink, plus 2 free 8×10 Art Prints.  (Shipping does apply on this deal)  


4.  Free 65 Points from Tyndale that you can use for a free book (appoximately a $15 value).


5.  Free Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts, ($19.95 value and you pay $4 shipping).  This is a craft kit subscription program.  They send a kit each month (if you were to keep the subscription), but you have the chance to try it for free!   Talk about happy kids!


6.  Declutter Buddies Course is included!  ($16 value)  – Have you ever said, “Today we’re going to clean the house and this time it’s going to stay that way!” but it never does? Have you ever thought it would be so much easier to declutter if only you had a friend to help you?  In this eCourse, Alina Joy Dubois – author of Easy Peasy Chores – will be your very own decluttering buddy! Join Alina Joy and together with her work step-by-step, de-junking, purging and reclaiming your home!




7.  A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies course is included! ($99 value!)  Have you ever wished you knew how to treat your child’s ailments at home?  A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies will give you the confidence you desire as a parent to learn how to use natural remedies to treat your child’s common ailments at home. You will learn how to use methods like homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, probiotics, and more to treat things like fever, sore throat, ear infections, tummy bug, coughs, digestive issues, sleep issues, and first aid.


8.  Meal Planning Galore – Not only do you get 10 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker weekly menus (this is a gift, just for Sidetracked Sarah readers!), but there’s also many other great menu planning options in the bundle!  You’ve got Costco Slow Cooker Freezer Meals, Gluten Free Aldi Meal Plan, Simply Scheduled: On the Go, Backwards Meal Planning, No Cook Freezer Meals, Easy Oven Free Dinners and even printable menu planning forms!  Really…your meals will be covered with this bundle!


9.  In addition to all of the other resources listed above, you’ve got ebooks to help you with homeschooling, organizing your home, training your children and even to help you to have the best marriage you could ever have!


Now that’s a lot of benefit for one low price of $29.99.  In fact, they say that everything included in the bundle is worth over $984, not including the added $30 that my menu plans have added.


If you already own my ebooks, you can purchase this set and give mine away to a busy family that you know.  In fact, as long as you don’t keep the copy on your computer, it is completely legal to give away anything in the bundle that you don’t want.  So…you and a friend could potentially split the price of this bundle!  Click the Buy Now button below to learn more about exactly what is in the bundle.  It is totally worth it!





The catch is, you have to hurry, hurry, hurry, because your sale ends tonight at 11:59 P.M. EST.  Once that time has past, you will not be able to get it any more!


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Are You a Frazzled Mom? 10 Tools to Help!

10 Tools to Help Frazzled Moms


Frazzled.  That is one word that I use to describe myself a little too often.  My house is in constant need of attention.  My kids are in constant need of attention and my dog….well, he needs attention, too, but that’s the kids’ job.  :)  My website/business really needs some attention and my man needs plenty of attention, too.  :)  There’s only one of me though and I’m in need of attention.  (aka, I need to lose weight and get healthier).  Sometimes my brain just wants to shut down and be selfish.  That doesn’t work too well though when you’re the mom of 7 and you have all of these responsibilities that you signed up for!


A little while ago, I did a survey of my Facebook page readers, asking what their biggest challenges as women and mothers are.  Do you know what they said?  It’s losing weight, getting organized/decluttered and having enough time & money to do the things we enjoy.  I must admit, I find each of those things to be a struggle, too.  If I get overwhelmed, I’m good at shutting down and not getting the things I need to do done.  I’ve been threatening to schedule out every 15 minute block of time that my kids and I have  to help us be more productive, but I’m not sure that I would stick with it.  My brain is not that type, if you know what I mean.  :)  I truly wish it were though!


Because I’m not the type of person who can do a really scheduled out life, I’ve had to modify the ways I do things to make my life easier.  I make systems.  Sometimes I use them, sometimes I forget (did I mention how very forgetful I am?), but when my systems are running smoothly, I feel like I can conquer the world!  Take, for instance, my crockpot freezer meals.  When I have a weekly meal plan in place, my life feels like it’s on autopilot.  When I’m not using them, I’m going to the grocery store nearly every night.


10 Tools to Help Frazzled Moms


10 Tools to Help Your Life Run More Smoothly!

Yesterday, I shared about the homemaking bundle and how you get all of my Freezer to Slow Cooker ebooks for free if you purchase it (that’s a $31 gift to you, just for being a reader!).  Today, I thought I’d share exactly how that bundle can help us frazzled moms out.

5 Helpful Books From the Homemaking Bundle That I’ve Read:


Here’s 5 of the books from the homemaking bundle that I actually own and love.  My favorite is the first one…but I love the others as well!


  1. Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie…Drain the Ocean – This book was written by my friend Dana of A Slob Comes Clean.  She used to be a messy person with too much stuff (much like me, I’m afraid), but taught herself how to part with all of her clutter.  When I need a dose of motivation on how to get rid of all this junk I’ve accumulated, I definitely turn to this book!  She motivates you like nobody’s business!  She has completely transformed her home and she’s not afraid to show you just how bad it had gotten.  
  2. How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) – As a blogger, this book has been amazing!  I’ve been slowly building my business as a blogger and found this book very motivating and helpful.  If you’ve ever considered starting your own website, even if it’s just a hobby, you may want to consider reading this one.  It’s a gem!  She will explain the different methods of making money as a blogger and exactly what steps you need to take and in what order.  You would be amazed at just how complicated being a blog owner can be.  This book demystifies it for you!  
  3. DIY Breakfast Station – My friend Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed has a unique idea here!  She puts together a breakfast meal plan and makes packets/freezer bags, etc. full of breakfasts where her kids can grab what they need and go.  She gives you her complete plan along with recipes in an ebook!  It’s pretty cool!  Breakfast is the one meal I refuse to cook and this is one way to make it a little more interesting than cereal, fruit and toast.
  4. Paperless Home Organization – In this amazing ebook, Mystie Winckler has showed you how to free your life of all the paper!  She gives you systems, using tools like Evernote and she even teaches you how to use them.  This is such a helpful book to get you onto the path of organization in your home!  Paper seems to overtake the world, but this is one way to get it under control1
  5. That Works for Me: Tried and True Tips from Works for Me Wednesday – It’s been a while since I’ve looked through this book, but one of my tips was featured in this book!  It was the one on how to clean out your dishwasher (taking it apart and everything!).  It was a very popular post, but the book was even better!  So many amazing tips from moms just like you and me.  This one is a true gem!!  You will be amazed at what you can learn!  


5 Books I Can’t Wait to Read


The bundle has so many books and e-courses that I haven’t seen before, but so many of them look amazingly helpful to the discouraged homemaker!  Here’s the 5 that I can’t wait to read and think that I’ll take on my next trip with me…. (but first I must fix my broken phone screen, yet another thing for this frazzled mom to do!)


  1. On the Road to Joyful Motherhood – Find yourself struggling or grumbling as you go through your day as a MOM?…
  2. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character – Inside you can find tons of spiritual and practical help, as well as printable Scripture character cards for daily encouragement and to pray over your children…
  3. Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts – If you enjoy dessert – and who doesn’t? – but don’t want to use junky ingredients, Treat Yourself is for you.  
  4. How to Save Money:  A 21-Day Challenge To Save $500/Month –   taking twenty-one days to make some drastic, but realistic changes in order to save at least $500 each month…
  5. How Do I Get It All Done?…and Still Have Time to Enjoy It? – Some days will be tougher than others, but with a few strategies, systems…


If you’d like the chance to buy this bundle, be sure to read about it here.  It will give you a list of the rest of the books, printables and e-courses in the bundle (99 of them!)  In addition, you’ll get my 10 Freezer to Slow Cooker Cookbooks for free!  (This is a gift, just for Sidetracked Sarah readers who purchase the bundle using my link.  You’ll need to fill out the form on this page to let me know that you’ve bought it.  And, the free gift from me is worth a $31.90 value!)  Now that’s a deal!  Hurry though, this bundle is not available for very long!  


About my Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plans:

I have developed 9 weeks of meals that you prepare a week at a time and pop into the slow cooker for an easy meal!  When I have a week or two made up in advance, I am so happy with how productive I can be! I don’t know about you, but when I’m in frazzled mode, meal time is one of the more stressful parts of my day.  The last thing I’ll want to do is think about what we’re eating. 


Speaking of deals…. don’t forget to get the pack of Huggies Diapers from TopCashBack.  Today is the last day!  You pay $18.97 plus shipping (unless you can get the site to store shipping to work) and you’ll get $21 back as a rebate.  I’ve used this company before….and it works!  .