Thursday, September 30, 2010

Activities for the family

If you are ever wondering what there is to do around town, you should definitely check out some of the many listings. One of my favorite sites for event listings is headed up by Ali James. Knoxmoms has tons of event listings, playgroups and ways for families to connect. I highly recommend subscribing to their well worthwhile weekly email newsletter. Believe me, you will never wonder what to do on a rainy day once you have loaded your mommy toolbox with the Knoxmoms site.

Additionally, I have to remind readers about all the many activies offered by our outstanding Knox Co. library system. The library's calendar of events allows you to toggle your view between libraries and types of programs, childrens, adults, etc. Library events are often listed on Knoxmoms, as well.

Finally, especially if you've just had your first child and want to connect with other parents, I'd urge you to join a playgroup. You can find playgroups on Knoxmoms, Knoxville Mommies, Knoxville Mother's Center, and so many more and by networking at many events moms frequent, such as library reading times.

In addition to playgroups, Knoxville Mommies has message boards and public events as well.

So, get out and find some fun! And feel free to contact me if you'd like more information.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

E-coupons and Kroger

Coupon Katie recently posted about Kroger shoppers having trouble with e-coupons. After reading the comments on her post, I took a look at my accounts with, and with the Kroger website. Sure enough, you may no longer use e-coupons with paper coupons on the same item.

From Coupon Katie:
*I have not seen an official policy pertaining to digital coupons however, when you load them to your Kroger card you will see this message: Limit of one coupon per item. Digital coupons and paper coupons may not be combined on the purchase of a single item.

This is new in the last month and does do away with a lot of good deals at Kroger.

Though I'm sure many people will be saddened by this news, I'm not one of them!

In fact, if you aren't careful, an e-coupon could come off your order when you have a higher value paper coupon to use. You might not then be able to use your paper coupon at all (depends on your cashier, most likely). I prefer to avoid all coupon haggling.

For now, I have deactivated all my e-coupons--I won't have to keep a printed list of them, worry about which ones have a better paper coupon or load them on my card anymore. And, for that, I'm thankful!

Also note that the e-coupons were never intended to be used with paper coupons, so I believe this day has been on it's way for a long time now. It was simply a matter of time before technology was able to stop the practice of using both. 

Smart Cents thrift store on Western Ave. going out of business

Today I went on a thrift store shopping trip with my friend and found out that Smart Cents is going out of business. All adult clothing is marked at $1/item, and children's clothing is $0.50/item. Looks like the sale has been going on for a while, so I doubt picky shoppers will find much.

They still had plenty of clothing, though, including children's clothing. The owner said she decides on a day-to-day basis if she'll open another day, and as of today, she plans on being open tomorrow--Wed, Sep 29.

After tomorrow, you'll probably want to call ahead.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Food City had close-out prices on Natural/Organic items

Food City at Millertown Pike and Love Creek Road has many, many organic, natural and/or vegetarian items on close-out. I stocked up on Kashi 7-grain mixes, which until just then, hadn't known where to purchase. They also had canned Worthington items, Fantastic Foods mixes and many other items at close-out prices. A word of warning--their regular prices were awful, so it's not as if the close-out prices will be dirt cheap. Still, there are many deals to be had--the natural/organic isle is to the left of the bread isle.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Enjoy live music at Knoxville Center

This East Knoxville Americana Music Series celebrates East Tennessee's great tradition of live music performances from blues to bluegrass and even some dance. It's presented by the mall and WDVX.

The series will last four weeks, featuring American Roots music from East Knoxville. The series is free for the public to enjoy, and gives artists a great platform to showcase their talents. The series began on Thursday, September 9 and will run every other week through October 21 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Food Court. Stop by after work and enjoy some great local music!

Looks like the remaining weeks with music are:
Sep 23 (today)
Oct 7
Oct 21

Chance to win gift card to EarthFare

Enter to win a gift card to EarthFare at Frugally Farming Family. Her post has all the details on how to enter, but if you don't enter, I'll have a better chance of winning! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sing and Learn Spanish

I am thrilled to learn about a program being offered to preschoolers and parents called "Sing and Learn Spanish." My husband and I agreed early on that we'd like our kids to be bilingual in Spanish, and there's a plethora of research suggesting that now is the time to teach a second language. In fact, I remember reading that children who grow up learning two or more languages sometimes begin to speak slower than single-language learners, but once they do talk, their language skills explode! The challenge is finding affordable programs to get them started and continuing to find programs and schools that support your goals.

Sing and Learn Spanish is a Spanish language class taught by Laura Rosso-Knight that integrates singing, storytelling, and hands-on activities for a parent and child. The classes will meet once a week for six weeks, and the cost is $50.

West Haven Recreation Center, located near Western Ave and Pleasant Ridge, will host the series. The tentative schedule is Mondays at 11 a.m. starting the last week of September or thereafter. The final schedule/dates will be determined once enough people have registered.

If you and your preschooler (age 2 1/2 is fine) are interested, please contact Laura at as soon as possible.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Best price in town on rain barrels!

If you are looking to purchase a rain barrel but haven't been able to afford one, this is the workshop for you. Not only are the barrels affordable, you'll get instructions on how to install them. We had intended on getting one, but since we are selling our home, we will wait until we move. Here's the info from the Fort Loudoun Lake Association:

The next rain barrel workshop will be held on Thursday, September 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Ijams Nature Center. We are capping the workshop at 30 barrels, so please let me know as soon as possible if you’ll be able to attend and how many barrels you’ll need, because we do have to prepare the barrels in advance. This is a first-come, first-served situation, so be sure to reply as soon as you can. Also, if you have any friends or family who would be interested, feel free to pass the information on to them. The cost is $40 per barrel, all equipment included. This time, we’ll be able to present the full Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods program on how to build, install and maintain the barrels as well as discuss the many ways in which they are beneficial. Thanks, and please call our office if you have any questions.

Fort Loudoun Lake Association
956 Volunteer Landing Lane
Knoxville, TN 37915
O: (865) 523-3800

Note: If the workshop is already full, please leave a comment so others will know. Get on their mailing list to be alerted of the next workshop.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

World Vegetarian Day

The North American Vegetarian Society is promoting World Vegetarian Day, which is October 1, by offering a free poster to promote awareness. Read all about it here and spread the word.

"Stuart Little" production

My little one loves this movie and watches it while I work at our family business.

The Children's Theatre of Knoxville presents Stuart Little.

Visit for more information.

Thursday, September 16 at 7 PM

Friday, September 17 at 7 PM

Saturday, September 18 at 1 PM and 5 PM

Sunday, September 19 at 3 PM

Thursday, September 23 at 7 PM

Friday, September 24 at 7 PM

Saturday, September 25 at 1 PM and 5 PM

Reservations are strongly recommended for all CTK performances. To reserve tickets for the production, e-mail the number of adult and child tickets needed, along with your requested performance date and time, to . Or you may call us at (865) 599-5284. Tickets are $12 per person. CTK is continuing our special Adult & Child Combination rate for this production: If an adult and a child enter together, these two may be admitted for $10 each.

Thanks, KnoxMoms!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Raising Urban Hens workshop at Knoxville Botanical Garden

Knoxville Botanical Garden is having a workshop, Sep 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

From their site:

Have you ever considered raising chickens? Well if you have then be sure to join the Knoxville Botanical Garden and a panel of experts on Saturday, September 18 for a three hour workshop. Learn all about the Knoxville's new chicken ordinance, the benefits of raising backyard chickens, how to properly care for and handle your hens, and much more at this informative and hands-on workshop.

$10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Call Brian @ 865-862-8720 to reserve your spot.

My note: visit!

Consignment sale at Chilhowee Hills Baptist

Received the following in an email today:

Infant-Teen Consignment Sale

Friday, November 5, 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, November 6, 8:00-12:00pm (half off day)

Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church
4615 Ashville Hwy, Knoxville 37914

Consignment sale items consists of gently used clothes, shoes, toys, electronics, board games, books, furniture, bedding, decorations, DVD’s, CD’s, and so much more relating to infant-teens and maternity.

If you are interested in cosigning, please register online at Click on the "Consignment Sale" link.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Next Smart Shoppers Meeting on Monday

The next meeting will focus on money-saving tips and finding freebies online.

The Smart Shoppers will be on Monday, Sep 13 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at Burlington Branch Library.

If you can, please email or call the library at 525-5431 to let them know you're coming, and don't forget to bring coupons to swap!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day or... September 7, 2010 was my due date

I had planned a big post about how it all made me feel, what transpired and how things are now. I was going to write about emotions, partial molar pregnancies, the contractions while waiting to go in for the D&C procedure, seeing the little heartbeat and mass (benign tumor) on the ultrasound, how it affected our marriage, HCG hormone levels, my wonderful midwives, coping with miscarriage, but I've changed my mind. By about three months afterward, I knew I'd never be writing any such entry.

Just the same, though, I'm putting it here in public. If someone comes across the post who needs it, it is here, even a day early, just in case.

My friend told me about how when you have a miscarriage, you can still give the "thing" a name--you might not like "thing," but to me, it no longer seems like it was a person. It's about feelings, not science. So, we named it Willow because it's gender-neutral, and we both love the tree that sways, whispers...  we can just say, "back when we had willow." My friend told me we could choose a box for Willow, put all her things in it, and when we want to remember him, we can just open the box. His box allows for closure and keeps her safely in one place. Took the above picture today, but mostly this thing, Willow, stays on the shelf.
Because we are too busy living.

Friday, September 3, 2010

That last $20

As part of "Project Vacate," we're buckling down on staying within our budget these days. No more borrowing from savings when we overspend. This week, we were down to that last $20 for groceries.

I made careful decisions and a tight list, and ended up with a total of $19.67 with tax at checkout, but when I reached in my wallet for the $20, I had $40!

Looks like we're on the right track!