Botticelli Full Year of Pasta, Sauces & Oils Giveaway

 Botticelli Full Year of Pasta, Sauces and Oils Giveaway!

Do you love Pasta and Italian Meals?  You’ll want to enter and win this Botticelli Full Year of Pasta, Sauces and Oils Giveaway!  Giveaway runs now – January 24th.

Botticelli Full Year Pasta Sauces Oils Giveaway

Prize Package includes the following:

  • (1) 2L Tin of Botticelli Extra Olive Oil
  • (1) Bottle of 100% Italian Olive Oil
  • (6) Jars of Botticelli Pasta Sauce (one each of our best sellers)
  • (2) Jars of Fire Roasted Peppers
  • (2) Cans of Botticelli Tomatoes
  • (52) bags of Botticelli Pasta (shipped 13 bags, 4x a year)

To enter this giveaway, please click on the link below.  Good Luck!


@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Blogger Opp- February Amazon $125 Giveaway

Blogger opp February Amazon $125 Giveaway

Blogger Opp for the

February $125 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


You can get one #Free Link and paid links are also available.  There are also co-host spots available.  This will be a very popular giveaway, because everyone loves Amazon Gift Cards.

Homeschool Saxon Curriculum Sale

Homeschool Saxon Curriculum Sale
 Homeschool Saxon Curriculum Sale
 We’re glad to bring you a Sale Extravaganza on select Saxon Math books and other Saxon resources.  The sale ends on January 23rd, so you’ll need to browse the sale early.  The sale is a limited-time sale.


Curriculum for grades Kindergarten through High School are being marked down 30% off the retail price.  Saxon Math is recognized as a wonderful Math curriculum and gets great reviews.  I like Saxon, because there are products available from other companies that can help understand Math.

Because I couldn’t teach high school math, I purchased the DIVE DVD series.  These DVDs are wonderful and help students with understanding their Math courses of Saxon.

These are available online, including Christianbook.  DVDs begin at level Saxon 5/4.  So, as soon as Math gets tough for me to teach, I have the DVDs to help me in my job of teaching.  We really loved the DIVE Science DVDs!
 If you’re interested in Saxon Math, please click on the picture below to shop for these great curriculum resources!
Homeschool Saxon Curriculum Sale
Disclosure: Affiliate Link is included. Affiliate links do not cost you any money, but do help me pay medical bills.
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Why Homeschool Students Should Take Standardized Tests

Do you require your children to take standardized tests each year?  I know this can be a controversial subject for many homeschool parents.  Many choose not to test yearly, because of the expense.  Some parents just don’t think it is important, or that it’s an invasion by the government.  I’ve even heard some parents say that their children will never go to college, so they don’t need to start testing.

Homeschool Students Take Standardized Tests

We made the decision to have our children tested each year for many reasons.  One of the most important reasons to test yearly, is to help the children be comfortable with testing.  The more you complete standardized tests, the better you will feel about taking tests.  Most people get better at taking tests, by having experiences testing.

Another reason to test is for accountability.  Using the same type of test each year offers a steady base to show if there has been improvement or regression in each subject area.  This helps homeschool parents decide each year if their curriculum and/or teaching methods were appropriate for each child.  It’s not fun to evaluate yourself as a teacher, but it’s necessary, nonetheless.

We can argue for years about how standardized tests don’t reflect what students have mastered.  I agree that this is true, in some ways.  But, I would never suggest to teach to the test.  I believe that the children must be provided with a very thorough education.  The tests are just there for us to use to our benefit.

The next reason I have for testing is that children need to be prepared for college and/or anything that they feel called to pursue as an adult.  We don’t know if they’ll need a college degree or not.  It’s best to push them to complete the toughest educational plan that they can.  In this way, they won’t be limited later because they don’t have a good foundation in each subject area.

So many times children grow up and change their mind, or feel called in a different direction than they had planned.  If they have huge gaps in certain subjects, they won’t be able to progress as they should.

Testing always made my children more confident.  Sometimes children are aware that they are being compared to their public-school peers.  They may even doubt that mom and dad are qualified to be their teachers.  When my children saw their test scores each year, they were able to see how they stood up in national comparisons.  We always had open conversations about what we might change in the following year.

Homeschool Students Take Standardized Tests

It’s good to let your children own their education.  Testing really makes this clear and is part of their growing-up process.  Parents can explain why one score may have improved, such as: math drills really paid off, etc…

Tests come in a variety of levels: length, cost, and thoroughness.  One of the cheapest and shortest tests is the CAT from  Seton School.  We have used it and the reason I recommend it is that the scores stayed relatively the same vs a long-test, like Iowa Basics or BJU.  Some tests must be administered to a college graduate and others must have a certified teacher.  Many homeschool groups or co-ops offer testing days/weeks.  They have certified teachers to oversee the tests.  We usually did our tests at home.

If you have a special-needs student or just special circumstances, there are other ways to test.  I had one child (kindergarten through 2nd grade) that just didn’t understand how tests worked.  This child just picked the answers according to the picture that was preferred.  It was a little funny, but also frustrating.  I found a special teacher who did oral testing with this child, until there was more maturity.  This worked very well, and after a few years, this child was ready for paper tests.

So, if you don’t want to administer tests yourself, seek out those veterans who probably know how to find you just the right solution in your city.  Testing doesn’t have to be traumatic.  Parents have a huge influence over how their children perceive tests.  Giving children a reason and explanation of how it works will relieve any anxiety.

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman


Bath & Body Works Bundle Giveaway

Bath & Body Works Bundle Giveaway

Bath Body Works Bundle Giveaway

It may be the dead of winter, but when you use Apple Blossom & Lavender scent from Bath & Body Works, you’ll forget about all the winter weather.  This 3-Piece Set is being offered in my giveaway to put a little spring in your winter day!  This mild and comforting scent will put a smile on your face.

This giveaway is a Bundle  of:

Apple Blossom & Lavender Lotion, Shower Gel and Mist Spray.

Guidelines for entering: Must be a US resident (Continental) and 18 + years of age.  The social media options on the giveaway (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Stumbleupon) have no part or responsibility in this giveaway.  Giveaway winner will be notified of prize within 48 hours of winning.  The winner will have 48 hours to reply and claim prize.  If the winner doesn’t respond, a new winner will be chosen.


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We’re thrilled to be a part of:

Bath Body Works Bundle Giveaway


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Jeepers it’s January!

Giveaway Hop

Hop along to each blog for your chance to win awesome prizes!
Don’t forget to come back daily for bonus entries.


@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Together on Tuesdays Linky Party #112


Together Tuesdays Linky Party #112

Welcome to week #112 of Together on Tuesdays!  We’re so excited that you’ve stopped by this week.  Every week we love to meet new bloggers, and try to help them grow their blog, too.  We do this by sharing each post on our Pinterest Together on Tuesdays Boards.  We also give bloggers the opportunity to be featured here when we showcase a blogger who has received the most “Likes”.

Together Tuesdays Linky Party #112

Joanne and I are thrilled to have you here!  Please follow us:

Joanne – Facebook    Pinterest   Blog

Lisa – Pinterest   Instagram   Subscribe

This week, we had an 8-way tie, so we looked at the amount of views to narrow it down.  One blogger had more views than anyone else.  We introduce you to Marie:

Marie, at Just Plain Living is our featured blogger this week!  Her winning post had the most views of all the “2-Likes” bloggers.  Check out her great post, 51 Ways to Lower Utility Bills.  Her blog says, Sustainable and Self-Reliant Living can happen No Matter Where You Live.  I’m sure we can all learn a lot from her!

Together Tuesdays Linky Party #112

Rules for linking up:

All posts must be Family-friendly, G-rated, and will be removed if they  don’t fit with Chronically Content.

Link up as many as you like.  Giveaways and reviews are also welcome.

After you link up, please visit at least 2 other posts and please, “Like” your favorite.

Together Tuesdays Linky Party #112

Let’s get Together on Tuesdays….

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

50% Off Sale on Christian Books & More

50% Off Sale Christian Books More
This new sale has over 800 wonderful items at 50% Off.  Christianbook is offering sale items in the following categories:
5-Star Rated items at 50% Off
50% Off Sale Christian Books More
Books: Devotions and Christian Living Books
50% Off Sale Christian Books More
50% Off Sale Christian Books More
Gift and Home
 50% Off Sale Christian Books More
DVDs & Music
50% Off Sale Christian Books More
There are so many other choices in this Huge Sale.  It’s a great time to stock up on gifts for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.  You’ll want to check it out.
Click on Picture to Browse the Sale
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Blogger Opp: $500 Rustic Pathways I Love Travel Giveaway

Blogger Opp:
$500 Rustic Pathways 
I Love Travel Giveaway
Blogger Opp Rustic Pathways Giveaway
2/1 to 2/15~1 Winner~Open to US
Rustic Pathways
Amy & Aron’s Real Life ReviewsBlogger Opp #RusticPathways $500 I Love To Travel Giveaway Free and Paid Options #BloggerOpp #Giveaway @aarlreviews ~Tweet This
Each blogger will receive up to 3 Free links  
for posting and promoting this giveaway 
Giveaway Date
2/1 to 2/15
Open to US
 Giveaway will be 2 weeks long. Make sure if you are purchasing links they will be valid that long. We don’t want blank entries.

$500 Traveling Certificate that may be used for either airline or hotel)


The more bloggers promoting ~ the bigger the results ~ the more giveaways we get to do together.

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Co-Hosts Needed
$5 for 5 additional links (up to 8 total) plus a backlink to your blog.
Adding social links $1.50 each or 3 for $4, limit 3
 (link to specific post required)
This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, etc
Daily links $2 each or 3 for $5 (Limit 3)
Daily Comments, retweets, post Shares, email sign ups, secret word, etc
(link to specific post required)
Any payment needed please send to as a friend/gift, RUSTIC in the notes

Posting will be required within 24 hours of launch. I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions about this giveaway please email Amy at or

Chronic Illness Flares

Chronic Illness Flares

Waking up with my sixth day-in-a-row of having a bad headache, I have to accept the fact that I’m having a chronic illness flare.  I really don’t know which illness is tied to this flare, because my illnesses overlap with their symptoms.  All I know is that my head hurts and my body hurts more than usual.

The first few days of my headache, I used pain medicines to stop it.  Sometimes, I think I’m just setting myself up for rebound headaches.  So, I’ve stopped headache medicines unless it turns into a migraine.  It’s all a guess, because my doctors have never been able to tell me anything useful.  They think I have chronic migraines with aura and tension headaches.

Chronic Illness Flares

The result of a chronic illness flare is having a house that gets progressively more messy.  There are dirty dishes all over the kitchen, dirty clothes in the hamper, and I am left feeling miserable.  I would really like to be up and taking care of my home.  When you know that you’re getting behind in all your work, you just get more stressed.  This stress just makes the flare worse.

Today, I’ll try to de-stress by relaxing as much as I can.  Rest is important for getting through a flare.  Prayer helps me, because I’m talking to my Creator who gives me peace and comfort.  I need His help every day.

Chronic Illness Flares

I hope that the flare ends soon.  Being able to cook, clean and do laundry makes me happy and smile.  Crashing on the couch all day isn’t fun, but what choice do I have?  Thankfully, Hubby understands and will help around the house.  He’s done it for two years and has gotten really good at it.

So, today I must be content to rest and treat my body with all the helps that I can.  I’ll have my heating pad and plan to use my tens-unit, too.  I’ll go grab my thera-cane and mash those knots in my shoulders.  I hope it works!

Ps. 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp Giveaway

Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp Giveaway

(This post contains an affiliate link)

Sponsored By: Levoit

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive:

A Levoit Hand Carved Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp! ($120 RV)

What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?  Why would you want to Win this Giveaway?
The Elora Salt Lamp is amazing! The Levoit website states that “Each lamp emits ions that counter-balance electromagnetic radiation caused by your household appliances, reducing physical fatigue, stress and sluggishness. This natural ionization pulls harmful contaminants and allergens out of the air so you can breathe easier and enjoy more restful sleep.” How can that be anything, but good?!
Open To US and must be 18+ to enter

Giveaway Dates ~ 1/15 9:00 AM EST through 1/31 11:59PM EST

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received a Levoit Salt Lamp at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.
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