Monday, November 28, 2011

Free Christmas fun at your local library

There's always fun to be had at the library! Here's some upcoming events, times and locations:

A Visit from Santa Claus! 

12/1 at 10:30 AM at Burlington Branch
12/5 at 6 pm at Cedar Bluff Branch
12/7 at 11 am at Bearden Branch
12/8 at 6 pm at Powell Branch
12/12 at 4 pm at Corryton Branch
12/13 at 10 am at Norwood Branch
12/13 at 3 pm at Carter Branch
12/13 at 6 pm at North Knoxville Branch
12/14 at 11 am at Lawson McGhee Library
12/14 a t 3 pm at Murphy Branch
12/15 at 11 am at Karns Branch
12/15 at 2 pm at Fountain City Branch

Chanukah Storytimes
Discover and celebrate the Festival of Lights through stories, games, and crafts with storytime extraordinaire, Laurie Fisher. 
12/6 at 6 pm at Powell Branch
12/7 at 11 am at Lawson McGhee Library
12/8 at 3 pm at Carter Branch
12/13 at 6:30 pm at Karns Branch
12/14 at 10:30 am at Burlington Branch
12/15 at 3:30 pm at Bearden Branch
12/15 at 6:30 pm at Cedar Bluff Branch

On December 3, they are having a special holiday-themed Saturday Stories and Songs featuring holiday books, tales and sing-a-long classics for the whole family! Perfect to get the day going or to take a little break in the midst of holiday shopping.

Appearing at 10:30 a.m.:
Cedar Bluff with storyteller David Claunch
Fountain City with storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Howard Pinkston with storyteller Millie Seiber
Lawson McGhee Library with baby guru Charlene Ellis

Appearing at 2:30 p.m.:
Burlintgon with storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Karns with storyteller Millie Seiber
Powell with baby guru Charlene Ellis

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Kroger 4X fuel points event

Earn 4X fuel points November 20 through December 11, 2011 at participating Kroger stores!

This is your chance to purchase gift cards you'll be giving as gifts and to purchase gift cards you'll be using yourself at locations ranging from Macy's to Lowe's to JoAnn's to Amazon.

Remember to purchase your cards in multiples of $50 (ie, two $25 cards, and so on).

Stock Up!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vegetarian Society Potluck Nov 20, 2011

Looking for a Thanksgiving feast where you won't have to share your dinner table with a turkey?

If so, enjoy a completely vegetarian or vegan potluck annually hosted by the Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee.

This year, the potluck will be Sunday, November 20, 2011, 5:30 with food ready at 6 p.m. at the Knoxville First Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3611 Kingston Pike (next to Laurel Church of Christ).

To attend, you'll need a family-sized (feeds 6-8) vegetarian or vegan dish (with a serving spoon) to share and admission, which is $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-10 years and children under 5 free. You'll be asked to list the ingredients in your dish and label it as vegan or vegetarian.

Enjoy lively conversation and compassionate dining.

For more info call 865-eight zero nine-3502 or e-mail laurabroderick at mindspring dot com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lisa Ross Birth & Women's Center 20th anniversary celebration

The Lisa Ross Birth & Women's Center is celebrating 20 years!

They are having a celebration at New Harvest Park on Saturday, November 19, 1-4 p.m. Details here.

Go grab some applesauce at Target

I love these new squeezable applesauce packs, and East Target has them on clearance over by the frozen section. $2.02 for a four-pack--applesauce on the go!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Zoo Free Days Nov 12-13

It's time for Knoxville Zoo's Free day, but this year they are having two of them. I'm very glad since their free day is so popular & crowded that you might hardly be able to get in! This is an especially good time to visit for folks around Tennessee who are too far away to benefit from an annual pass or for those who can't afford one nor the daily rate & parking fee.

Free days are November12-13 (Sat & Sun), from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. They close at 4:30.

The event is again being sponsored by Kroger this year, and you should bring a non-perishable item to donate for charity in exchange for the visit.

Thanks, Thrifty Christy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Win tickets to Tinsel and Treasure

Thrifty Christy and several other bloggers are having giveaways for tickets to the annual Tinsel and Treasure holiday market. Read all the details here and enter to win tickets! Don't forget to watch additional local blogs for more chances to win tickets.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cruze Farm Halloween Fun

Unless you've been living in a cave, by now you've heard that Cruze Farm opened up a corn maze this fall. I've been reading and hearing wonderful reviews, and I've finally got plans to go... for Halloween!

Click on the image to enlarge it and see all the details!

Diaper Love event on Market Square

I received a tip from a friend that Kimberley Clark is partnering with a local charity group, Diaper Love to help needy moms in East Tennessee while raising money for United Way of Greater Knoxville. Kimberly-Clark is donating 100 cases of diapers, 100 cases of training pants, and $2,500 to Diaper Love. The event will take place on Market Square, Thursday, October 27, 2011, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

As part of the event they will be selling 100 Cases of Diapers to the public at a cost of $10/case with 100% of the proceeds going to United Way of Greater Knoxville. For each case donated, Kimberly-Clark will donate an additional case to Diaper Love. Win win.

Event is listed here, but with little info.

If you or someone you know is in desperate need of disposable diapers, this is a great opportunity.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Participate in Feed Knoxville this week

Feed Knoxville is a week long event to help stamp out hunger in Knoxville. The goal is to raise 100,000 items donated to Second Harvest Food Bank in one week (ends October 28, 2011). All non-perishable food items will be accepted, and can be donated directly to Second Harvest, The Church at Knoxville or at participating Chik-Fil-A locations.

The participating Chik-Fil-A locations will be giving out a free sandwich when you donate three items:

Oak Ridge
357 S Illinois Ave Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 481-3638

Crown Point Plaza
6564 Clinton Hwy Knoxville, TN 37912
(865) 947-2416

Turkey Creek
10916 Parkside Dr Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 675-7400

Kingston Overlook
9646 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 691-7400

West Town Mall
7063 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 588-0100

2141 W Andrew Johnson Hwy Morristown, TN 37814
(423) 581-8181

Hunter’s Crossing
1031 Hunter’s Crossing Drive Alcoa, TN 37701
(865) 981-9993

Chapman Highway
7565 Mountain Grove Dr Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 573-0023

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cloth diaper clearance

Swaddlebee's brand cloth diapers has some great on-line clearance deals on irregular diapers (prices around $11)! Check them out here! A friend also has told me that although it isn't listed on the Website, they do have a local store last she knew, which would save locals on shipping costs. Contact them for the full scoop.

Thanks, Rachel!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Mini" book sale this weekend at Burlington Branch Library

Friends of the Library is holding a mini book sale this fall:

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 2-6 p.m. at the Burlington Branch Library.

Come browse! There will be books for every interest, both fiction and non-fiction, and especially lots of children's books. It should be a great day for fall readers!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Festival at local church

Ahhh Fall, I love all the festivals! A friend of mine wanted to get word out about a Fall Festival at her church-October 26, 2011.

Here's the details:

Come one come all, from the smallest babes to the most grown adults, the 2011 Fall Festival has something for everyone! The grounds of Second Presbyterian Church will be covered with games, activities, candy, and prizes to celebrate the magnificent arrival of fall! Wear your most creative costume (please, nothing scary) and come ready to play. There will be loads of "trunks and treats!" One very lucky person will win a plane flight over Knoxville! Plus, many more prizes to win! This is a party you do not want to miss!
Dinner 5:30-6:30
Festival 6:00-7:00
Contact the church office or for more information.

Address: 2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
 (865) 523-2189

Thursday, October 6, 2011

World Market Friends & Family Event, 25% off

It's a good weekend to shop, and of course I have no time this weekend!

World Market is also having an event for members of their rewards program--so sign up if you haven't already!!!

Big Lots--20% off again

Buzz club members get 20% off their purchase on Saturday night, Oct 14, and regular shoppers get 20% with a coupon on Sunday, Oct 9. I received this coupon in my buzz club email! So, if you haven't signed up, do so!

Remember, to get this discount, you must present your buzzclub membership card and submit the coupon. Sign up for the Buzz Club at

Thrift Store Sale Oct 7-9

American Council of the Blind Thrift Store is having an October Special--50% off!!! Friday-Sunday (Oct 7-9). The sale excludes furniture and seasonal items.

This store is quickly becoming another favorite of mine. In fact, last week I found the PERFECT dress for my Halloween outfit (top secret)!

The store has moved locations, and is no longer next to Northern Tool. They are now located closer to Merchants Drive in the Clinton Plaza Shopping Center near Food City and Ace Hardware at 5032 Clinton Highway. The phone number is still the same--865-688-5884.

In other thrift store news, Amvets Thrift Store off Asheville Highway & Holston Drive currently has short-sleeved shirts at $1 each! 

Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mambo Sprouts Boo! Giveaway

Mambo Sprouts is a great place to find organic coupons! And, they have lots of giveaways--right now they are having a giveaway for Halloween from their Facebook page. <---go there to enter!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Saturday Stories and Songs at the Library, 2011

My librarian let me know there's good news for those who aren't able to visit the library during the day--Saturday Stories and Songs is running again!

From Knox Co. Library:
It's music to our ears! We've expanded family programming on weekends. Saturday Stories and Songs will have everyone tapping their toes and sitting on the edge of their seats. This free series showcases storytelling and music for children of all ages, perfect for patrons who are not able to attend weekday storytimes. This year, programming has been expanded from four to seven locations, and programs for babies have been added to line-up.

There is an evening story time each week at the downtown library, but if Saturday is your only option, check out the schedule:

October 1
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn

October 8
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., One World Circus
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., One World Circus

October 15
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., One World Circus
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., musician Sean McCollough
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis

October 22 (Halloween Themed!)
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Millie Sieber
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden

November 5
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., One World Circus
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Sean McCullough

November 12
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., dog-themed storytime with Laurie Fisher & Darla Dunn

November 19
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Storytellers' Tellebration
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden

November 26
Due to Thanksgiving Break, programs have been moved to December 3. Happy Thanksgiving!

December 3 (Holiday Themed!)
Burlington Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Cedar Bluff Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller David Claunch
Lawson McGhee Library, 10:30 a.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis
Fountain City Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth
Howard Pinkston Branch, 10:30 a.m., storyteller Millie Sieber
Karns Branch, 2:30 p.m., storyteller Millie Sieber
Powell Branch, 2:30 p.m., lap sit storytime with Charlene Ellis

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Haunted Tour at Ijams Nature Center


Haunted Lantern Tour at Ijams Nature Center, Saturday October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Ijams brings you a unique opportunity to experience a new spooky side of Knoxville. So get a head start on Halloween and join us for a special Haunted Lantern Tour of Mead's Quarry and the Ross Marble Natural Area.

Led by Ijams' Naturalist's Lyn Bales and Sabrina DeVault with author Pat Fitzhugh this unique walking tour takes in Ijams' disused quarries with their own dark pasts for an informative yet hauntingly fun adventure in search of the infamous, the unknown, and the unexplained.

Meet at Mead's Quarry parking area at 7:30 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. This program is for adults and children, ages 10 and up only.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for non members and $7 for Ijams members. Register now to avoid disappointment by calling 865-577-4717 ext. 110 or email for more information.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Couponing in Critical Times to offer couponing workshop

Gabrielle of Couponing in Critical Times is offering her next coupon workshop on Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church. Admission is "free," with a $5 donation to the church's outreach programs.

If you want to learn more about couponing, I highly recommend her workshops!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Halls Cinema 7 free movies

**UPDATE** Hubby went, but no-one was there. Apparently, this may not being going on afterall, or perhaps it was cancelled. Call ahead before you plan an outing.

Halls Cinema 7 is offering free movies every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., now through the end of 2011. This seems like a great way for me to get some me-time at home!

Here's the schedule:

discount concession packages too.
Movie titles subject to change without notice:
September 10 – All Dogs Go To Heaven G)
September 17 – The Wizard of Oz (G)
September 24 – Tangled (PG)
October 1 – Kung Fu Panda (PG)
October 8 – Rio (G)
October 15 – Gnomeo & Juliet (G)
October 22 – Hoodwinked Too (PG)
October 29 – Casper (PG)
November 5 – Cars (G)
November 12 – Happy Feet (PG)
November 19 – The Muppet Movie (G)
November 26 – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (PG)
December 3 – Ramona & Beezus (G)
December 10 – Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 (PG)
December 17 – Despicable Me (PG)
December 24 – Toy Story 3 (G)
December 31 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 (PG)

Thank you, Knox to do!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rain Barrel Workshop

It's another rain barrel workshop! Attending a workshop gives you an opportunity to learn more about them and get one at a MUCH more affordable price than purchasing one outright. They are simple to put together. Here's the details on the next one:

Workshop Includes:
  • Rain Barrel
  • Supplies for installation of your rain barrel
  • Instructional demonstration
  • Benefits of using rain barrels
Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 6-8 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at Ijam's Visitor Center
Cost is $45 per barrel

Space is Limited! To register, please reserve here. For questions, contact the Fort Loudoun Lake Association Office, 865.523.3800 or email Registration is limited to the first 25 rain barrels reserved with payment.

Presented by
Fort Loudoun Lake Association
Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods
Water Quality Forum
--Thank you so much to the above groups for having these workshops! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 is no longer, but Ali James is picking up the slack

Many agree that one of the best features of was the datebook--a calendar type resource filled to the brim with activities going on around town. Any time I hit a planning rut or curb, I knew I could check the calendar and probably find something fun to do that very day.

But, the site is no longer (now it is on Facebook only), and Ali James, who was the head mom is picking up the slack with a new blog, Knox To Do: Play, See, Learn, Do. On it she has a calendar of events--set up in Google calendar (meaning I can just copy the items I like and place them on my own calendar!).

Ali helped launch in 2007, has three sons and is a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging, cooking and crafting and is now a full-time stay-at-home mom.

So, bookmark her new blog, her calendar, and friend her on Facebook to keep up with all the local happenings!

And if you know of a great activity, consignment sale or other fun event, email her at, and she'll share it with her network of local families!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ripley's Aquarium Teacher Appreciation

Ripley's Aquarium's Teacher Appreciation days are Sep 24 and 25 this year. They also have a home school rate and educational programs! For more information, visit Thrifty Christy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Join Slow Food Knoxville for their 4th annual Pesto Festo--Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

The event will be held at a farm in Pioneer, TN, September 24. 

Tickets for this year's event are $50 per adult ticket and $45 for members. Tickets will be sold online at (with a service charge) and at the Market Square Farmer's Market on August 27th and September 10th, 2011 at the Slow Food Knoxville booth.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blender and Mason Jar Trick

From Simply Recipes

Do I really need that nut chopper? And, can I afford a food processor? If you can't or don't want to, check out this post from Simply Recipes.

Did you know that you can (most likely) use a Mason jar on your blender? It's especially useful for making things like peanut butter, whipped cream, chopped nuts... and the list goes on.

Thanks, mom!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

American Council of the Blind Thrift Store Labor Day Sale

American Council of the Blind Thrift Store is having a Labor Day Sale--50% off!!! Friday-Monday (Sep 2-5).

The store has moved locations and is no longer next to Northern Tool. They are now located closer to Merchants Drive in the Clinton Plaza Shopping Center near Food City and Ace Hardware at 5032 Clinton Highway. The phone number is still the same--865-688-5884.

Ladies Night OUT!

Ladies Night or Moms Night Out---Oh, how I love those words!

I'm busy getting ready for an upcoming Ladies Night Out event at Faith United Methodist Church on Thursday, September 15, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes, snacks and fun vendors including me! (Isha's Flower Garden, Etsy & Facebook)

This fun event is a chance to have fun and get a jump-start on your Holiday shopping--Many thanks for Couponing in Critical Times for planning this fun event!

Ladies Night Out is an annual event held at Faith United Methodist Church, which is located at 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, 37918.

For more information, check out Couponing in Critical Time's post, and join Ladies Night Out on Facebook.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Free Photo ID for Children

I saw this on Knoxmoms and wish I had posted sooner.

The schedule:

Friday, August 19th from 1-7pm at Knoxville Center Mall

Saturday, August 20th from 11am-5pm at West Town Mall

Sunday, August 21 from 12pm-6pm at Foothills Mall

If you might be in one of these areas today, tomorrow or Sunday, Couponing in Critical Times has the details on how you can get a photo ID for your little ones here.

Cutie Tooties Cloth Diapers Grand Re-Opening

Cutie Tooties Cloth Diaper Store is having a party. Their new storefront is located at 5415 Kingston Pike, Suite C, in Bearden. Phone: 865-583-3882

Check out the details below from the newsletter:

August 20 from 1-3 p.m. is the official re-opening party.  Please come in for snacks, mingling, and prizes! 

  • We got a HUGE shipment of   md logoMelissa & Doug  toys in last week.  I'm hoping to have them all out & ready to go by the party on Saturday. 
  • Cutie Tooties is offering a variety of classes now.  Every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Shelby Shankland will be holding a breast feeding support group.  Wed, Aug 17 Lori Wade taught a class on "what is a doula & are they worth the cost."  class calendar  Please check out the calendar for a full listing of classes.  You can also stop by the store and pick up a hard copy.
  • The consignment bins are ready to be filled!  Bring in your items to drop off or stop by to check out what is already in there.  I'm keeping the guidelines the same as before - you get 60% store credit.  Cutie Tooties can't be responsible for lost/stolen items.  You can consign diapers and carriers.
  • If you haven't already please like us on FaceBook.  Every Wed I'll be announcing a sale item on FaceBook, the sale will be good for that day only.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Veg Survey

If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you might want to participate in a survey by

I learned about it because a "local" (Asheville, NC) restaurant, The Laughing Seed, was nominated for best casual dining. So, go vote for them and enter to win some great veg-friendly prizes! Survey

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Palavah Hut Liberian Restaurant Event this Saturday

Knoxville's Liberian Restaurant, Palavah Hut, is hosting an event this coming Saturday, August 13, 2011: A Day Under the Palavah Hut from 4-6 p.m.

(click to enlarge)
Learn about Liberian culture, cuisine and sample authentic dishes (including vegetarian friendly options). The Palavah Hut is located at 1931 Magnolia Avenue near Downtown Knoxville.

Connect with Palavah Hut on Facebook.

BlueOut Knoxville Fundraiser

Three local companies with blue in their names have come together to sponsor an event to give $5000 to a local charity. It's called BlueOut KnoxvilleNominating is fast and free and runs through August.

The big event is on Thursday, September 29 when BlueOut Knoxville will host an end of summer party celebrating all things blue such as Bluegrass and Blue Moon and Bleu Cheese Coleslaw.

To get started, check out all the details at BlueOut Knoxville and nominate your favorite charity by August 31, 2011.

Thank you, Blue Frog Creations!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Brand New Farmer's Market in Turkey Creek, Opens August 12

A new market is coming soon to Turkey Creek!

From their Website (click to learn more):

The Turkey Creek Public Market Farmer's Market Plaza will open Friday, August 12 and normally be open weekends, Friday - Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m..

The Farmer's Market Plaza is a covered outdoor marketplace attached to the new Turkey Creek Public Market on Outlet Drive off Lovell Road. The market has 600 indoor booths that include food vendors, and an event/gathering space.

Even more booths are in outdoor marketplace to host locally grown produce, farm products, and handcrafted art.

Free educational programs, cooking demonstrations and family activities will be presented throughout the year and will include topics on healthy cooking, organic gardening, local agriculture, and sustainable living.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Home Depot Garden Club

Every once in a while, I want to remind you to join the Home Depot's Garden Club. They send coupons!
Today I received one of $10 off a rain barrel. Here's the barrel they sell:

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sam's Club Open House August 5-7, 2011

Sam's Club is opening its doors for an open house August 5-7 this year. It's back to school savings time--and both members and non-members can shop till they drop!

For all the details, view the Sam's Club press release here.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

East Knoxville Picnic in the Park

Come on out!

Town Hall East, Inc. presents the first "Our Neighborhood PICNIC in the PARK" on Thursday evening, August 4, 2011 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

The PICNIC is for area neighbors to meet, learn about plans for further development of the Tank Strickland Park, new development goals for the east Knoxville area, enjoy the musical talents of our East Tennessee neighbors and learn how you can become involved. We are inviting local city and county representatives as well as candidates for the upcoming election. We hope you can join us for free food, fun and music. We'll keep serving until we run out of food. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please check the Town Hall East website at or
on Facebook at

Monday, July 25, 2011

Jack and Jules Consignment Sale July

I can't believe it's already back-to-school, fall consignment time, but here it is! The Jack and Jules Consignment sale is coming up this week, July 28-30, 2011. They have a new location in the former Linens N Things in Turkey Creek--11020 Parkside Drive.

July 28-29, Thu-Fri, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
July 30, Sat, Half Price, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join them on Facebook.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Knoxville News Sentinel's Coupon Expo to be led by blogger Gabrielle Blake

Coupon blogger, Gabrielle Blake is going to be the workshop presenter for the Knoxville News Sentinel's
Coupon Expo on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. I highly recommend her workshops!

The workshop is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in a separate room. There are only 75 spaces available and the cost of admission includes a 10 week trial Sunday subscription to the News Sentinel. You can go here to register or phone 865-342-6118. A portion of each ticket will go to Faith UMC's Food Pantry, which Blake organizes, so you know that's money well spent.

Also from 9-12, there will be free Informational Booths which will include a coupon swap table hosted by the Swap 2 Save Coupon Club, and a freebie swap table hosted by Faith UMC, Three Rivers MarketLittle Red Hen Consignment Tagging Service, Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sales, Corner of Your Field with KARM Thrift Stores, and One Call Club for Seniors and booths hosted by the Knoxville News Sentinel will be in the lobby with no admission fee required to visit those.

For more information about this event, please visit Couponing in Critical Times.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Featured on Couponing in Critical Times

Recently, Couponing in Critical Times featured this blog! Thank You!

She is featuring several local bloggers over the summer, and I am grateful to be included.

Check out her blog and her other local blogger highlights on her page, You can read the post here.

Fresh Air Fund still needs host families for Summer 2011

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by someone from the Fresh Air Fund. FAF, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.

I was contacted because they are still in need of 850 host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a "fresh air experience." Participating children are often from families without the resources to send their children on summer vacations. Most inner-city youngsters grow up in towering apartment buildings without large, open, outdoor play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.

This program's purpose tugs at me because I live here--in beautiful Tennessee on purpose. A few weeks ago, I walked onto my porch and accidentally scared away a deer who had been eating less than ten feet away. I regularly see wild turkey, bunnies and numerous wildlife right here at my own home, and I don't live in the mountains. Some of my favorite memories as a child are of running freely with my dog through the woods and creeks near my home. 

Unfortunately, however, Tennessee is not on their list, so I can't be a host, but the Fresh Air representative was hoping I could still spread the word about their efforts and need for host families. If you know of someone who could host and lives in the areas below, let them know about the program.

For more information, visit their site.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Giveaway of Canning Supplies

Thrifty Christy is having a giveaway of a few canning supplies--she has five items, so there will be five winners! Check out her blog post for all the details on how to enter.

This year I'm not preserving much food because of lack of space where I currently live and because I'll be moving before long. I did, however, freeze a few blueberries. After all, I can't survive the winter without hot blueberry muffins!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Did you make it to Big Lots this weekend?

I did, and here's one thing I found that I wanted to share:

$1.00 each with several choices:

Friday, July 15, 2011

This weekend, get 20% off your purchase at Big Lots

Buzz club members get 20% off their purchase with a coupon they receive in their email. So, if you haven't signed up, do so! Offer is good Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17.

Remember, to get this discount, you must present your buzzclub membership card and submit the coupon. Sign up for the Buzz Club at

I'll be buying a few food and cleaning supplies!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Free fun at UT Gardens

Take a Stride and Learn at the UT Gardens in Knoxville!

Learn more about plants and gardening while enjoying special walks through the gardens in Knoxville. We are excited to have a variety of monthly walks. Walks are rain or shine, and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightening. All walks are FREE and meet at the entrance to the Gardens. (Advance registration appreciated, but not required.) 

Noon and Twilight Tours
Tours will be held every third Tuesday of the month: July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18. The noon tour will begin at 12 p.m., and the twilight tour will begin at 6 p.m. Tours depart from the Friendship Plaza at the entrance to the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

Photography Walks
Learn how to capture a perfect garden photograph while enjoying an early morning walk through the gardens. A member of our staff will lead an hour-long walk focusing on the best lighting and garden location during that particular walk. This event is a unique opportunity to have time with fellow photographers and garden lovers while having some serious photography time in the garden. Photography walks will be held every third Friday: July 15 and August 19. Walks begin at 7:30 a.m. and depart from the Friendship Plaza at the entrance to the Gardens in Knoxville. 

Family Nature Nights
Learn about the plants and animals that come out in the evening! Wear your walking shoes and let us guide you and your family through the Gardens during twilight.

Taste Buds - Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
 Going on a Bug Hunt - Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PF Chang's offering free lettuce wraps

PF Chang's Restaurants are giving away free lettuce wraps with any food or drink purchase between July 6 and July 31, 2011.

To get the offer, you must go through their Facebook page and follow the directions from there to get your offer:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Are you an AC Moore Reward Card Member?

Are you an AC Moore Arts & Crafts store Reward member? If so, you can take advantage of their "Make and Take" summer craft activities for kids every Wednesday this summer from 3-5 p.m. Sounds pretty cool.... but it gets better--this week, they sent me an email for $10 off my $25 purchase if used during the event!

Remember, this is just for AC Moore Reward members, so be sure to sign up!

Etsy Hairbow Giveaway

A friend of mine is hosting a giveaway for this lovely hair bow from her Etsy shop

Entering is easy:

1. Like Moosie's Caboose on Facebook (if you don't already):

2. Scan through the photo album "Girls' Hair Things" and comment on your favorite bow.

Giveaway ends Friday, 7/15/11.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Frugalissa Finds coupon workshop

I wanted to remind you that Frugalissa Finds has been giving couponing workshops--the next one is Tuesday, Juy 12, 7 p.m. at Earth Fare in Bearden. 

You do have to sign up because space is limited! Sign up here

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bra donations--another Free the Girls event

Calling East Tennessee Free The Girls fans! Come donate your bras in Alcoa, TN on Sunday, July 10 from 10am-2pm! We will be set up in the Chick-fil-a parking lot. Our last bra drive on May 16 brought in 1,850 chances to change someones life-give or take a few cups. Let's double that number...this will be a rummage sale-type event.

Contact Aryn Faughnan at arynf04 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
Can the old bras in the back of your underwear drawer help fight modern day slavery? Free The Girls says, “YES!” Free The Girls, a new cause-focused company centered around fighting human trafficking, is asking ladies to gather up their gently used bras—and ask friends, family, co-workers and local businesses to do the same.

You can also mail your bras directly to:
Free The Girls LLC
8200 S. Quebec St. #A3-137
Centennial, CO 80112

More Info:

“The bras are sent directly to a safehouse in Mozambique for women who have been rescued out of slavery,” says Kimba Langas, Co-Founder of Free The Girls. “The girls are given the bras as starting inventory for their own micro-business selling the bras. So something that has given us “support” can provide support to other women in need. It’s all about creating opportunities.”

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crafting supplies at Big Lots

I recently visited the Big Lots on Broadway and was blown away by the number of clear, acrylic stamping collections they had. And the price? $2!

If I had to guess, I'd say there were 30-40 different choices of stamp sets. Well worth your time!

Here's what I got!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hair Flowers, my newest hobby: a giveaway!

light purple ranunculus
My newest hobby has recently turned into something more. I opened an Etsy shop to sell hair flower, feather and other unique clips. I've got many, many more to upload on Etsy and lots more ideas, too. I named it Isha's Flower Garden (so that it's easily searchable) and have also created a Facebook page for it.

So.... of course I must have giveaways!

I'm currently offering this hint of purple ranunculus flower to Facebook fans. To enter, you have to "like" Isha's Flower Garden on Facebook and "like" the post about the giveaway.

Locals can avoid shipping charges and receive lower prices by meeting me when making an order. Here are some of the kind of offerings: