Thursday, March 31, 2011

Earth Fare matchups, March 30-April 26

Frugally Farming Family has your next coupon matchups available for Earth Fare. Prices are good March 30-April 26.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Three River's Market Turns Thirty (and matchups)

This Friday, April 1, we turn the big 'Three-Oh'.. Stop by the store as we celebrate 30 years of providing Knoxville and East TN with fresh, wholesome, healthy foods and products.
We'll have surprises for members and customers all day long - with Magpies Bakery cupcakes and Cruze Farm"milk shots" starting at 4p.m. 
Thanks Couponing in Critical Times!

Here are the coupon matchups for Three Rivers Market, March 30-April 12.

Free Digital Copy of Vegetarian Times Magazine

In celebration of Earth Day, get the April/May issue of Vegetarian Times for free. View it instantly on your browser or mobile device...and enter the Digital Issue Giveaway--details are inside the magazine to view once your download your free issue.  

Monday, March 28, 2011

Two free bags of cat litter

I sure wish I didn't have to worry about cat litter, but since I do I wanted to share a deal on my favorite kind--Pine tree litter. My favorite brand is Feline Pine, but this offer is for Feline Fresh, rebate form, and also there's an offer for World's Best Cat Litter, rebate form.

I plan to take advantage of both if possible. For more info, visit Money Saving Maine-iac!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Eat at Tomato Head on Mondays

It's not often I have a chance to blog about my favorite restaurant:

Eat well + do good = Mondays at The Tomato Head
For the next 4-6 weeks, The Tomato Head will be donating 10% of Monday's sales to Japan Relief Efforts (Doctors Without Borders & UNICEF). 

Monday Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at both Maryville and Knoxville locations.

Go get a Kepner Melt! 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Donate Your Bras and Fight Human Trafficking

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.

So clean out your bra drawer and bring your gently used bras to the Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville on Wednesday, March 30. The UMW Follies will be doing the collection at the front of the church from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Or, please contact Aryn Faughnan at arynf04 (at) gmail (dot) com if you cannot make the event. Faughnan is also looking for someone in Knoxville to organize a collection!

The Broadway UMC is located at 309 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804.

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.”

Why bras? In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a bra is considered a luxury item and status symbol. Normally, women living in the bush do not wear bras, so as soon as they move to the city they seek out a bra as an expression of their newfound cosmopolitanism. But the bras have value on another level as well. The incident of rape is epidemic there (in fact, it’s been said that in South Africa one in three men have admitted to raping a woman). Some women claim that those who wear bras get raped less, because the would-be rapist assumes that if she has a bra on, she must have lived in the city for a while and is more well-connected - whereas a girl fresh from the countryside is a much higher target to be taken advantage of. Free The Girls believes that helps explain why used bras command top-dollar in the used-clothing market in Mozambique—as much as $2.00 per bra, which is a full day’s minimum wage there. Langas adds, “Most of the women at the safehouse are in school, are mothers, and are HIV/AIDS-positive, so holding down a regular job is very difficult for them. They can sell the bras on their own time and make good money doing so."

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.

Thank you to Sarah and Candace for inspiring this post and to Aryn for all her hard work!

Grab This Deal for Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center is offering the following deal through Groupon today:

  • For $20, you get an individual membership and $10 worth of merchandise at the gift shop (a $40 value).
  • For $30, you get a family membership and $10 worth of merchandise at the gift shop (a $60 value). Family membership is good for two adults and their children under 18.
I enjoyed having a family membership last year and took my little one to their nature programs. (Too bad I no longer live close by.) Register early though because classes fill up quickly!

The Ijam's turtle is a landmark sure to please your tot!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day, April 12

****Update: I hadn't realized our Knoxville store closed (Thanks, Ali for the info). There is one is Sevierville and one in Gatlinburg if you happen to be those areas, the contact info is:

Ben & Jerry's Sevierville
Shoppes at Five Oaks,
Sevierville, TN 37862

Ben & Jerry's Gatlinburg
638 Parkway,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Get ready for Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day 2011. This year it's Tuesday, April 12! Keep up with the countdown on their Facebook page. Our Knoxville stores normally participate, but make sure before you head out!

From the Ben & Jerry's Facebook page:

Get in line as many times as you'd like to enjoy a Free Cone! The hours posted here are when most shops are open, but you should double check with your local shop to see if and when they plan on participating. It would be a major bummer to miss out!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Harvest Park Farmer's Market

New Harvest Park Farmers Market will open on Thursday, April 14, 3-6 p.m.
Note that this date is three weeks earlier than the Market Square Farmer's Market---so you can get your local groove on sooner! 

From their page:
"Get ready for our best year yet with gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations, monthly drawings, and - as always - the best in fresh, local foods, as well as talented artists/crafters! 
Shop with some of your long-time favorite vendors and meet some new vendors as well."
Hit them up on Facebook here.
View a list of upcoming Spring Events I'm excited about here.

Bike and Canoe Rentals now available at Ijams Nature Center

Great news for Ijam's Nature Center lovers:


Ijams has partnered with River Sports Outfitters to offer bikes and canoe rentals starting April 2.  

Rentals will be available during Ijams regular weekend hours

To get your rental, check in at the Visitor's Center.

Hours:  9-5 Saturday, 1-5 Sunday
Cost:   $10 for two hours, $25 for the day
Family Plan Season Membership: $150 for the first member, $125 for the second member, $100 for the third member, $75 for the fourth.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chilhowee Hills Consignment April 1-2

Infant-Teen Consignment Sale
Friday, April 1, 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, April 2, 8:00am-12:00pm
(half off day)

4615 Asheville 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.

Monday, March 21, 2011

$2.00 off Silk milk

Sign up for a ten day challenge with Silk brand soy milk and receive a coupon for $2.00 off any of their milk.

I saw this on!

Caring for Your Parents Seminar--Free

A free “Caring for Your Parents” seminar will be held on Sunday, March 27 from 2-4 pm at Faith United Methodist Church.  Adult children with aging parents will especially benefit from this program.

“Caring for Your Parents” is designed to educate, support and empower caregiver children. The panel of experts consists of Diana Nelson, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner; Monica Franklin, Certified Elder Law Attorney; the Reverend Dr. Paul Humphrey, and Susie Stiles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.   Discussion will include information on the changing needs of older adults, the challenges of the caregiver child, the legal and financial issues at hand, and the role of faith and community in coping with caregiving.

For more information, please visit Couponing in Critical Times.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monthly Coupon Swapping Event to begin April 7

A friend of Couponing in Critical Times is starting a monthly coupon swap, and the first will be on April 7, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Atrium at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church on Merchants Drive.  The event, “Swap 2 Save Coupon Club" has a Facebook Event Page you can visit for more information and to RSVP. 

This will be a very convenient location for me since it's close to where I work, so I'm looking forward to future swaps!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Make a Rain Barrel Workshop at UT Gardens

Make Your Own Rain Barrel
Adult workshop
Saturday, March 26
9-11 a.m.
Do you know there is more nitrogen in rainfall than in one application of fertilizer? Drought or no drought, we should all conserve water. Beth Willis, UT Gardens volunteer coordinator, will show you how to capture this precious resource in your own 55-gallon catch barrel. Each participant will make and design a rain barrel to take home. Please bring an appropriate vehicle to transport it home. All materials included. $40/member, $45/nonmember

To Register: Please call Emily Smith, Education Coordinator, at 865-974-7151 or email 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Three River's Market Coupon Matchups

Couponing in Critical Times has the coupon matchups ready through March 29.

Tribe One to host open house, needs supplies

Tribe One is hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 24, 2011. They'll soon be under new leadership, and the open house will celebrate their new director and is a chance to see what they're all about!

From their site:

Tribe One's mission is to prepare under-served youth for active citizenship in their community through leadership development, educational enrichment, and entrepreneurial training within a supportive environment. Activities focus on a comprehensive and holistic approach to spiritual, mental and physical health; academic advancement; and social action and civic engagement. We see these as the most effective avenues through which we can motivate and activate young people toward their own strength and success.

Check out their Programs, which include growing a garden and even a little cooking.

In addition to volunteer opportunities for their after school programs, Tribe One is
 always looking for supplies to keep the after school program going. They are currently looking for the following items:

- Art/ Craft Supplies- markers, crayons, paints, paintbrushes, glue, tape, construction paper, tissue paper, scissors, beads, buttons, popsicle sticks--the possibilities are endless!

- School supplies- lined paper, pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks, folders etc.

- Books to add to our library- we generally serve students 3-8th grades, bring us a copy of your favorite book!

Tribe One is located at 2112 East Magnolia Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902, Reach them by phone at 865-546-4131.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Springtime busy schedules

If you're like me, you start getting excited about all the festivals and events happening in the spring and summer. To help a little with your planning, below is a list of events (ones I know about) that you may want to mark in your calendar. To come up with this list, I was first inspired by the schedule I get via email from Market Square District Association, then I added a few favorites, such as the Lavender Festival and EarthFest, and finally, I visited the City of Knoxville's event listings page. There's always something to do!

March 18-20: Knoxville Flea Market, Knoxville Expo Center on Merchants/Clinton Hwy
April 1: First Friday
April 1-3: Rhythm 'N Blooms, Dogwood Arts
April 9: Rossini Festival, Gay St., 11am-10pm
April 14: New Harvest Park Farmer's Market re-opens, 3-6 p.m.
April 15-17: Dogwood Arts Festival Market Square Art Fair
April 16: EarthFest 2011, Pellissippi State Hardin Valley campus
April 19-30: Knoxville Botanical Gardens' Tapestry of Flowers, Krutch Park Extension
April 21: First Sundown in the City concert, Market Square
April 29: Dogwood Parade, Gay St., 7p.m.
April 30: Ijams Plant Sale, Ijams Nature Center
April 30: Spring Herb Festival, Erins Meadow Herb Farm, 10a.m.-3p.m.
April 30: Dogwood Arts Festival Chalk Walk, Market Square & Krutch Park, 8a.m.-5p.m.
April 30: Market Square Farmers' Market in conjunction with Chalk Walk, Market Street, 9a.m.-2p.m.
May 6: First Friday
May 7: Market Square Farmers' Market Opening Day, 9a.m.-2p.m.
May 13: Symphony on the Square, Market Square
June 17-18: Secret City Festival, Oak Ridge
June 18: Jackson Square Lavender Festival, Oak Ridge (haven't verified this date, but it's part of the Secret City Fest.)

Chance to win envelope full of coupons

This month, Frugally Farming Family is celebrating two years as a blogger. 

She's giving away two chances to win a potluck of  Coupons!
Two winners will each receive an envelope full of coupons which she will not use. Some of them expire at the end of March, but others go on throughout the year. There are organics and non-organics!

I NEED these coupons, so there's really no need for you to enter and reduce my chances of winning :)
Ha, seriously, go here and enter to win. This giveaway ends Tuesday, March 22.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saturday Stories and Songs at the Library

I'm late in letting you know about this, but there's still time to attend! Saturday Stories and Songs is a free series highlighting storytelling and children’s music for preschool and school-aged children that showcases the Library's newly extended Saturday hours. It's perfect for those who can’t attend the Library's weekday storytimes.

Programs will be offered through April.


March 19 at 2:30 p.m., storyteller Millie Sieber at Powell Branch Library
March 19 at 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden at Burlington Branch Library
March 26 at 10:30 a.m., musician Sean McCollough at Cedar Bluff Branch Library
March 26 at 2:30 p.m., musician Sean McCollough at Howard Pinkston Branch Library


April 2 at 2:30 p.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth at Burlington Branch Library
April 2 at 2:30 p.m., musician Sean McCollough at Powell Branch Library
April 9 at 10:30 a.m., storyteller Faye Wooden at Cedar Bluff Branch Library
April 9 at 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden at Howard Pinkston Branch Library
April 16 at 2:30 p.m., storyteller Faye Wooden at Burlington Branch Library
April 16 at 2:30 p.m., storyteller Dianne Hackworth at Powell Branch Library

Cutie Tooties Cloth Diapers is Open for Business!

Cutie Tooties Cloth Diaper Store is now under new ownership and is open for business. Unfortunately for Knoxvillians, the new showroom will be located in Maryville, but yea for Maryville folks! I'll have to make it a habit to stop in when I head up to Cades Cove.

The new owner says she's still working on getting inventory built up, but there are some things on the site. Keep checking back because she has new orders coming in regularly. Also, she is planning on doing deliveries once or twice a week in Knoxville. Please contact her via Facebook or email if there's anything you're needing.  

Look for a Cutie Tooties booth at EarthFest on April 16!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Free Italian Ice to every customer on March 20

Rita's gives away a FREE, regular size Italian Ice to every guest on the first day of spring. This year, it's Sunday, March 20.

Visit them at 26 Market Square!

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge Free Days

I love this museum, so I'm happy to announce they're have some free days! If you haven't taken your little ones before, now is your chance!

Both the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy have FREE ADMISSION DAYS from Thursday, March 17 to Tuesday, March 22, sponsored by Fluor-B&W Oak Ridge.

Children's Museum will be open for regular operating hours on Monday, March 21 so more can take advantage of the free days.

For information on hours of operation and ongoing exhibits that you and your family can enjoy at each of the museums, visit

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today's Groupon for Erin's Meadow Farm

Today's Groupon Deal is for Erin's Meadow Farm, and ironically, I was going to post about the Clinton, TN farm already. I haven't been to it yet, but I want to check it out! Today's Groupon is a good opportunity to do so. The deal is $12 for a class

Here's what they are offering in March and April, and notice they're having a festival on April 30.

March 19, Sat. 1:00 “Herbal First Aid” Demo/Class $25

We love outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, camping and gardening! But weekend warriors are sure to need a bit of protection and healing; that’s when herbs come to the rescue! Learn about herbal products and techniques to protect, sooth, and heal yourself and your family naturally. Have these herbal preparations on hand when outdoor activities gear up! Students take home samples and recipes.

March 26, Sat. 1:00 “Plant an Organic Salad Bowl” Workshop $28
Sun, water and soil is all that’s needed to grow a container filled mixture of tender organic lettuces. Perfect for your patio or deck, this spring gardening project will satisfy your craving for FRESH! A workshop suitable for gardeners of all ages, the results are both beautiful and delicious! Bring gardening gloves to where if desired. Space is limited! Pre register by 3-19

April 2, Sat. 1:00 “Design a Kitchen Herb Garden” $25*
Come learn how to create a kitchen garden that will bring you hours of enjoyment along with plenty of fresh cut herbs! We’ll help you choose the best location and size for your garden, and show you how to prepare the soil and plant. Learn about a variety of culinary herbs and their growth habits. See how to maintain your garden and harvest delicious herbs for the kitchen. *After the class, purchase $25 and your class is FREE!

April 5, Tues. 6:00-7:30 Erin’s Meadow Herb Club Meeting. Everyone is welcome! Agenda: Container Herb Gardening

April 9, Sat. 1:00 “More Herbs and Chocolate!” Demo/Class $25
Once again you’re invited to experience the harmonious blending of chocolate and herbal flavors in sweet treats and divine desserts. Herbal chocolate can be bold in flavor or linger sensually on the tongue. Students were delighted with class last year! Now more decadent, aromatic recipes!

Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm
A Spring Herb Festival!
Saturday April 30, 2011 10:00-3:00

Celebrate Spring! Celebrate Herbs!

Thousands of Herb Plants to Choose From! Free Herb Presentations, Herbal Food, Herbal Display Gardens, Gift Shop, Music, and More!

For more information: 865-435-1452

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Small Craft Fair this Sat

Sissy's Soap, participating vender
This Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. is a small craft fair featuring all handmade crafts from local artists in the Cumberland Estates Rec Center, 4529 Silverhill Dr, Knoxville, TN.

Items available:

collectible realistic baby dolls

crochet necklaces, fiber scarves


hard rock candy, chocolate suckers, fudge

monogramming and embroidery

medieval garb, girls dresses, doggy clothes

dollhouse miniatures

handstamped cards, gift card holders, scrapbook pages, bookmarks

painted windows, crosses

soap & spa products

rifle slings, ammo pouches

wall art, home decor, hand crafted venetian masks

jams, jellies, fried pies

Monday, March 7, 2011

EcoBabyBuys one-deal-a-day site

One day deals are oh-so-popular right now. I have to say I'm not all that happy about the hype. After all, maybe what we need to do is slow down! 

I came across another deal site today that I think will be especially useful. Unfortunately, it's yet another way to flood your inbox, but here's why I think it's worthwhile: is a one-deal-a-day website that offers at least 40% off retail prices on eco-friendly, organic, non-toxic and fairly traded products for babies, children and expectant parents. Daily Eco-Buys include clothing (organic cotton, bamboo & soy), toys, bedding, gear, bath and feeding accessories for baby and toddler alike! 
Did you catch that? Fair-trade! Eco-friendly! Non-toxic! Organic!Yea! 
They ship to the U.S. and Canada.  

Thanks Your Green Helper

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Guess the Rice Giveaway

Want to win over $200 worth of RiceSelect products? All you have to do is visit RiceSelect on facebook and make sure you "Like" their page. Then guess how many grains of rice are in a 36oz. jar of Texmati White Rice. Post your guess on their facebook wall, and you're entered to win. Contest ends March 9, 2011 so get counting. Only one guess per person/entry.

--Thanks Mambo Sprouts

Ladies of Charity Thrift Store clearance sale

Received a tip from a reader that The Ladies of Charity Thrift Store on Central is moving to a new location on March 7. They are trying to reduce their inventory of clothes (adult and children) so they have less to move. As such, they are selling clothes for $4 a bag!

The Ladies of Charity is located at 1031 North Central Street at Baxter Avenue across from the old Sears building. If you have any questions, call them at (865) 522-6341.

Thanks, Heather!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Palavah Hut African Food on Magnolia

Palavah Hut specialized in Liberian food and was located within Mary's Hot Tamales near Tribe One on Magnolia Avenue.

If you happened to eat there, you know it was excellent food and are probably wondering when it will return. Well, I have some promising news! I recently noticed a facebook page for Palavah Hut and left a comment--which they've returned. So, owners Hawa and Kay may have something coming for us soon. "Like" their Facebook page and leave them a comment in support, and if you ate there, be sure to leave a review too.

Hawa and her mother Kay immigrated from Liberia, read up on them in this News Sentinel article

Update on me

I've been feeling better the last few days but am still currently sick. In addition, Internet has still been spotty at home, but is about 90% resolved. With no or little Internet at home, it's difficult, not only to post, but to keep up with happenings around town to even know what to post about!

It will all be over with and back to normal soon enough!