Saturday, April 30, 2011

ECO-Make & Take Jewelry/Craft Class

Good news and bad news here--the good news is this looks really cool, but the bad news is that I just now found out about it. I sure hope to attend one of these in the future. Here's the details:

Fashion Alchemy Presents:

ECO-Make & Take: Recycle, Renew, Restructure

Bring your scrap fabric, old watches, shrunk sweaters, costume jewelry--or use our materials at a muli-project craft lesson and workshop! Mavericks of crafting will help you create your own piece out of recycled materials.

So, bring that one orphan earring, and old watch, etc and make it into a new piece of jewelry art!
Necklace: from their Facebook page.

This class is tomorrow, May 1, 1-7 p.m. at Pilot Light (in the Old City). Price is $10.00 per class (bring your reusable materials). I'm assuming you can drop in at some point between those times, 1-7 p.m., but I forgot to ask.

To RSVP or for more information, call Sarah Brobst at six, eight, four-7466 and check them out on Facebook: The-Fashion-Alchemy-Club-and-Pop-Up-Shop. Also, see: TWIG Original Textiles.

"We believe one you use your hands to make something, you will be hooked--even if you have never touched glue, metal, felt or a sewing machine before."

Three River's Market Coupon Match-ups

Couponing in Critical Times has your match-ups ready, now through May 10, 2011.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Two Yard Sales to Raise Funds for Adoption

Short notice, but I just saw today that Sharing Savings With You has the details here about two families who are raising money for adoptions via yard sales. One sale is tomorrow, and the next is May 7.

I like sales, and children in need deserve good homes, so it's a win-win.

BOGO deal at Old Navy

This is a really good deal, so I wanted to pass it along. The offer is good through May 1, 2011. Enter the code ONBOGO at check out to use it online. Limit one use. The offer is not valid on Everyday Steals, Jeans and Dresses merchandise.

Thanks, Knoxville on a Dime!

Earth Fare match-ups through May 31, 2011

Frugally Farming Family has your May coupon match-ups ready for Earth Fare! Prices are good now through the end of May.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

FREE Recycling Program for City Residents

By now, surely you've heard about the new City of Knoxville recycling program! If not, read all about it at this City of Knoxville link and sign up! The link to sign up is at the bottom of the page, and the program will be offered to the first 20,000 residents who make their request.

Thanks, Rachel!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Operation Vacate

It's hard to believe that this week is nearly over. Yesterday, we reached a milestone in our "Operation Vacate" plans: the "for sale" sign is up!

It's been a very busy week getting all the finishing touches completed (like mopping dust!). With a stone exterior, high ceilings and arched doorways, there's a lot to miss about this house as it was truly what I pictured as ideal when we purchased. But, then there's also the little things, too:

Original built-in ironing board re-installed after moving things around in the kitchen (before its paint job). P.S. Don't get any crazy ideas, though, I don't iron!
Floor to ceiling built-in shelves in what was my office. Yes, that's pink, but you should have seen the pink we painted over--the deep pink is now gone. Husband said not to fret, he'd build even better ones for me next time.

We can't really take landscaping with us. Besides Butterfly bushes, Lilac, Rhododendron and numerous flowers, we added nearly twenty trees to our home, Red Bud, Kwaanzan Cherry, Weeping Willow, Pin Oak, Dogwood etc. One tree was planted with our daughter's placenta, another with a grandmother's ashes. These will be difficult to leave behind. 

Lots of good memories!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Three River's Market Coupon Matchups

Couponing in Critical Times has your match-ups ready!

Lowe's giving away one million trees for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Lowe's Home Improvement stores are giving away one million trees on Saturday, April 23.

Thanks Your Green Helper!

Gosh Ethiopian half off, Today's Living Social Deal

Living Social is offering Gosh Ethiopian Restaurant Sutherland Ave on for half-off today: $20 of food & non-alcoholic drink for $10, expires this fall. Check out the deal for all the details! (order the vegetarian sample platter!) My husband hasn't been here yet, so I'm looking forward to a date night for half-off.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chipotle Avocado Bean Wraps

Chipotle Avocado Bean Wraps

It’s past time for another recipe! I’m particularly proud of this one since I actually made it up myself last fall. My daughter won’t go anywhere near this meal, so I spiced it up a little for a nice change.

2 Avocados
2 Tomatoes
1-2 TB diced onions
Hot pepper flakes to taste
1 can chili hot beans
½ cup+ El Pinto chipotle medium salsa
Ground chipotle pepper (or jarred) to taste

Avocado, tomato, onion & red pepper flakes
Chop the avocados and tomatoes into large pieces, add the onions, sprinkle on some pepper flakes and cook in a large skillet on medium-high until everything is hot. Cook a few minutes more, stirring occasionally, and then add the chili hot beans (or a different bean + chili powder, cumin and garlic), salsa and a sprinkle of chipotle pepper. Once everything is thoroughly hot, it’s ready. Throw some in a wrap and enjoy.

Notes: When making this meal, the point is not to cook the avocado and tomato to death, just to sauté them. (See pics)
You could certainly use a different salsa, but I don’t recommend it. El Pinto is available at Kroger stores. If you use another salsa, add plenty of chipotle pepper (unless you don’t want it spicy, of course).

With beans, salsa & cayenne added

Friday, April 15, 2011

Vegan Coupon Site for Facebook Users

"Vegan Coupons" is a Facebook page that posts about coupons available on vegan products and posts a Sunday coupon insert preview.

You can also follow them on Twitter.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Taxes, Ice cream and PF Changs

In addition to P.F. Changs offering 15% off, Maggie Moos Ice Cream and Treatery is also having a tax day event on April 18. They are offering free miniature ice-cream sundae to each customer from 3-6 p.m.

Thanks Frugalissa Finds.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Kid's Club at Knoxville Zoo

I don't know anything about this program yet but I look forward to finding out more. We'll be renewing our membership sometime this spring, but if you're already a member and have children, be sure to sign them up for this program.

I received the following info:

Knoxville Zoo's Kids Club is off and running! Every newsletter includes: an animal spotlight of a zoo animal and one of their keepers, puzzles, games, promotions and more. 
You can also take advantage of the Kids Club Card. This is a frequent visitor's card. Just pick one up at the Membership Booth on your next visit. We will stamp it for you after each visit. Once it is full, you will receive a special prize!


Reminder to attend Farmer's Market, gardening worshop

I received the email today from New Harvest Park Farmer's Market and though I've already posted about their opening day, this Thursday, April 14, the email was too good not to share!

Here's what to expect:
Join us from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. for Opening Day at New Harvest Park Farmers Market.
The weather is going to be BEAUTIFUL, and nearly 20 vendors have already signed up with more adding on every day!
Plus, we will have a GARDENING 101 WORKSHOP at 3:30 p.m. at our NEW EDUCATIONAL GARDEN! The workshop will cover site selection, soil preparation, planting, weed control, and any questions you may have about gardening.
Here's who/what we expect to have at this week's market:
Clear Springs Farm - bedding plants, raspberry canes, Tennessee Tomato topper
Cruze Dairy - fresh milk & ice cream, including buttermilk lemon custard, Jersey Cow Chocolate and more! 
Gail Lowery - homemade soaps with essential oils
Grassy Creek Soaps - all natural homemade soaps - fragrance free
KB Treats - pet treats
Kim Holden - vegetable plants
Laurel Creek Meats - fresh meats and eggs
Laughing Girl - handmade jewelry, crocheted and knitted items
Melanie Wheeler - handmade jewelry and wind chimes
Mitchell Family Farm - 100% natural Grainger county beef
Mountain Meadows - spring greens, kale and herbs
Organicism Farms - arugula, green onions, herbs, live micro greens, sprouts, jellies and more
Seven Springs Farm - asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, swiss chard, onions, kale
Shelton Farms - asparagus, corn meal, corn grits
Sherie's Garden Style Salsa - all natural, no-sugar-added salsa, chow chow, beef jerky
Snow Creek Home - hand poured candles
VG's Bakery - fresh baked breads, pastries, cookies and more
Victoria Nicely - knitted and crocheted items, goats milk soap

Local Consignment Shop Going out of Business: Closeout Prices

I'm always sad to hear of a local business closing its doors: Consigner's Closet is going out of business and plans to be open until at least Saturday, April 9, 11a.m.- 5 p.m. All adult clothes are $2 and children's clothes are $1! Stop in, grab some deals and help them clear out the remaining clothing.

They are located on Kingston Pike in West Knoxville in the Home Depot shopping center, phone: 865-804-8342. 

Thank Andrea & Heather!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Swap 2 Save Coupon Club is off to a good start

If you missed the first coupon swap at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church on Merchant's Drive, you can still enjoy future meetings--on the first Thursdays of each month, 6-8 p.m, Room S247-249. The event is called Swap 2 Save Coupon Club and now has a Facebook page where you can keep up with happenings.

The swap is organized and easy to navigate. I can sift through coupons quickly, so I was done in less than 30 minutes. Tables are set up and coupons are in containers organized by the following categories:

Baby Care 
Boxed Items 
Canned Goods 
Paper Goods
Pet Care

At the end of each meeting, all unclaimed coupons will be packaged and sent to various US military bases around the world, as military families can redeem coupons at US commissaries up to 6 months past their expiration date.

So, start saving your coupons for the next meeting, Thursday, May 5. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Print those e-coupons!

Sometimes, it's good to have a reminder--especially when there's a Sunshine Burger involved! Sunshine burgers are organic, gluten free and soy free. You can find them at EarthFare and probably at Three River's Market (I haven't purchased them there).

Head over to all the usual places for new April coupons, and especially to for two coupons on Sunshine burgers. Print twice from each available computer/IP address. Also available are $1.00 off an Lightlife product and $1.00 off any Naked Juice Smoothie product.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Great Cloth Diaper Change, Guinness World Record?

Help Set A New Guinness World Record!

Are you ready to make a difference?  On April 23, 2011 (the day after Earth Day) the RDA has organized a GLOBAL event, called The Great Cloth Diaper Change, to raise awareness about the benefits of using cloth diapers.  This event has become an Official Guinness World Records Event and there are 275 (and counting) locations currently authorized to host this event world wide.

The Knoxville Holistic Moms Network and Cutie Tooties Cloth Diaper Store are thrilled to be official hosts for "The Great Cloth Diaper Change" - an official Guinness World Record Challenge! The challenge is for the World Record of most simultaneous cloth diaper changes. That's right, you could help set an official Guinness World Record during this global event right here in Knoxville.

If you cloth diaper, come out and join them! If you are interested in cloth diapering, come and join them and ask questions from those that do! If you don't have any in cloth, come play in the park! 

They plan on meeting a little before 11am, with the diaper change at noon, a picture, then picnic, and spend the rest of the afternoon allowing the kids to play in the Ashley Nichole Dream Playground at Caswell Park, 620 Winona St, near Hall of Fame and Magnolia Ave.

There will be giveaways and prizes!

They need at least 25 diapered babies to count so please help us by pre-registering here: and RSVP on Facebook here.

Some Event Rules:

There are a few rules to keep in mind:
1. Arrive on time! The actual change will be promptly at noon
2. For this record, each baby must be changed from a cloth or disposable diaper into a reusable cloth diaper that must be able to be purchased online or in a retail store. Unfortunately, homemade diapers that are not commercially available cannot be used. This is a very strict rule from Guinness World Records.
3. All babies and toddlers must be 39 inches or shorter.
4. Each baby must be paired with exactly one adult participant.

Please bring $1 (or more) as a donation to the Real Diaper Association, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the word about reusable cloth diapers

Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm Not Going to whisper About Miscarriage

What does it feel like?

I'm sitting down to write this on day four. On day one, I was depressed and angry, but calm. We had gotten through miscarriage before,* and we could get through it again. I wrote to a few friends letting them know what happened and watched our latest Netflix arrival. Later, we received the call from my midwife who said we could indeed use pills (Misoprostol) and not have to endure another D&C. What a relief!

We picked up our prescription and stopped at a park on the way home. Still a prisoner in morning sickness hell, I watched my husband and daughter from the sidelines--all I could think was, I'm so lucky to have them!

Cramping and lower back pain made falling asleep difficult, and by early the next morning the pills were fulfilling their duty. My body began releasing the pregnancy that had ended approximately two weeks prior. Ok, I thought, get this thing out! And at least I'm already feeling less sick, which means Hallelujah! I can eat REAL FOOD soon, instead of dry toast and white rice! Later in the morning I felt lightheaded from the blood loss and month of poor nutrition, so I lay low until my husband returned with bags of super foods and vitamins.

First trimester food. The only green item I could digest during sickness was avocado, possibly because of its high fat content.
By day two I was stuffing my stomach ruthlessly with spinach, sweet beet salad, sweet potatoes, red peppers, zucchini, tofu, kidney beans, kale salads, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and drinking Naked brand fruit concoctions and.... water! Did I mention I could barely keep down water while sick?

It felt so good!

But then, there was a day four--today--I'm nourished, I'm hydrated... enough to feel so much better physically that the obvious hadn't hit me until now: Feeling well again doesn't make up for what happened! Did everyone see that coming but me? So I'm crying here and there even though I don't want to be sad, going into work even though I could sit and watch clouds float by, carrying on with life--some housekeeping, making plans with friends--and meanwhile I'm quietly Freaking Out that I might never have another baby.

I...                     want...                        to...

My quick attempt at a visualization. The sky (soul) holds the rage while the sea (physical body) peacefully accepts the death and recovers quickly. The figure stands still and releases the anger in screams.


And it doesn't end. I can't just will it away or push it aside when it's inconvenient: I go to the store alone. I see a beautiful pregnant woman, and I want to be happy but can't help but to become emotional. I know from my last miscarriage that these feelings are just part of what is hard for me personally, and that they will pass along with my due date in October. I take that knowledge in stride and push onward.

Then I see a new baby, and I smile, but I'm tearing up as I smile so I can't stay too long or the parents might worry about the staring stranger. This will not pass with time though eventually I can hold back my tears a little better. I know now, really know, how precious each little life is.

What can I do?

Then there's all the women I know personally who are pregnant now or just had miscarriages too. I think of them often, worry about them, want to know if they are ok. I think of the women I've been talking and emailing with: women who've lost six, women who told no-one, women whose sisters had miscarriages and women who are pregnant.

In sharing I can connect with them--and together we can heal, celebrate pregnancy and enjoy life. That's why I'm not going to whisper about miscarriage. I want to be part of the solution even if it means that a few people think I'm crazy for writing this or think I'm not being "polite" because I'm sharing something they don't want to hear. Not every woman can or wants to talk about her experience, but if I put this out there, then even the ones who cried alone will know that they are not alone after all.

A few people who remembered the box idea* from last year asked if I would again make a box for this loss. That answer is definitely no. Having more than one box is too disheartening, so I will just add a couple items to last year's box and remain hopeful that we won't ever need a larger one.

When will it go away?

It's been a week, and the hurt is still raw in my heart. I know it just has to run its course, that it just takes time, and a day will come that brings more peace and less anger. For now, the fury just sits trapped in my body, as if confined in a canister that I can't pour out. We're powerless to tip it over. Writing this post and sharing with others at least opens the container of rage so that it can begin the slow process of evaporating. Opening it feels like releasing a butterfly, letting her go free.

Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, NC in 2005. Holding a butterfly is surely one of life's cathartic moments.

I asked my husband how he was feeling. He paused and said, "I don't know... I still miss the first one." Dads hurt too, and after writing this entry, I searched for a father's version and found this: Please view the powerful story (and accompanying artwork) of My First Son, a Pure Memory by David Hlavsa.

I cherish the healing hugs from the women of Lisa Ross Birth and Women's Center, a note in the mail from a friend, hand picked flowers, all the many emails, gifts and all the love I have received.

We're far from giving up hope, but for now the maternity clothes are packed away.

*Last year's miscarriage

Resources for you:
Surviving emotionally after a miscarriage from American
Supporting friends and family after their loss from American
Conspiracy of silence, resource for fathers from
Blog devoted to increasing chances of fertility naturally at

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i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a mood has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hop or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

--e e cummings

Dollar General New Rewards Program

If you shop at Dollar General stores, you might want to check out a new rewards program. I received an email about it this morning.

Basically, how it works:

1. Sign up for the program at Dollar General.
2. Make purchases of participating products then enter codes from the bottoms of your receipts to bank points.
3. Earn rewards such as Dollar General gift cards.


eos Lotion Giveaway

eos products are cruelty free, and besides lip balm, are free of animal by-products. Currently, they are giving away a hand lotion--a whole 20,000 of them. I like those odds, don't you?

Enter to win by becoming a fan on Facebook and choose the "sweepstakes" tab. From there, enter your name, address, etc and you will be entered to win!

I have been very happy with their lip balms and shave cream so far, so I hope to win a lotion to try out too!

Locally, I've seen eos shaving cream and lip balms at Walgreens, and was surprised to see the lotion and lip balm at my local East (Knoxville Center) Walmart store this past week.