Friday, May 27, 2011

Regal Summer Movies start June 7

It's about that time! Kick off summer movie fun on June 7 with the Regal Summer Movie series of selected G and PG movies. Instead of being free, this year the admission price is $1, BUT a portion of the proceeds will go to a charitable cause.

For a list of movies in your area, go here--Tennessee List.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Kroger 4X fuel points event

In case you missed the news--Kroger is again having a 4X the fuel points on gift card purchases event! Purchase gift cards to places you frequent in $50 increments and receive 200 fuel points for each $50 spent. I am definitely going to take advantage of this one!

Offer is good now through June 18, 2011.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Upcoming Rain Barrel Workshop

I try to keep up with rain barrel workshops. 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, June 7, 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 contact the Fort Loudoun Lake Association Office and specify the number of barrels you would like to pick up. 865.523.3800 or email

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, May 17, 2011

Birding Program Offered at New Harvest Farmer's Market

Ijam's Nature Center is offering a birding adventure at the New Harvest Farmer's Market this Thursday, May 19. Keep up with the happenings at this market by liking their Facebook page and signing up for their newsletter.

The first program, which will be for adults, is from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. The second program, which will be for children and their families, is from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. The program will cover an introduction to birding (how to use binoculars and field guides), as well as covering the common birds of this area. If you have binoculars, please bring them.  If you don't - that's o.k., too.  Wear comfortable walking shoes for our walk around the park to identify birds. The program is presented by Emily Boves, a naturalist/educator at Ijams who has been birding across the U.S. for 10 years.
Please contact them if you plan to attend by clicking the "newsletter" link above.

MorningStar Farms Coupon

MorningStar Farms has a printable coupon available. Go to Your Green Helper and click the link.

It will take you directly to the coupon. After it starts printing, hit the back button on your browser to print your second one.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sam's Club Membership: $10 for 10 weeks

Sam's Club is offering a summer membership at their stores. It's $10 for ten weeks. Visit Sam's Club on-line for the details. This offer is good now through June 5.

Thanks, Thrifty Christy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Summer Reading at the Library

Speaking of the library, don't forget to sign up for summer reading programs: 

Sign up as a Reader or a Listener online or at any library location. Readers read for 15 hours. Listeners (for those not quite reading yet) listen to 30 books being read to them. You can pick up a reading log at any Library location, or download one (for Readers or for Listeners).
To keep you going, there are great special events all summer long throughout the county. Keep track of your reading as you go--pick up a reading log at any library location. And at the end, you get a prize pack full of fantastic coupons, games and more!
We Have Great Programs All Summer Long! And this isn't even half--check out our event calendar for a complete schedule, or pick up a summer Off the Shelf at any Library location.
When your young reader or listener completes the summer reading:

Our youngest readers win a great age-appropriate toy--an animal hand puppet (variety of animals). Older readers (5 and up) win a reward book full of free stuff to do and tasty summer snacks.
Admission to:
Knoxville Zoo
East Tennessee Discovery Center
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Tennessee Valley Fair
East Tennessee History Center
UT Lady Vols Soccer Game
UT Lady Vols Softball Game
YMCA Swimming Pool
Blount Mansion
Food From:
Rita's Italian Ice
Adventure and Activities 
A Free Week of Classes and a Free Day at Summer Camp at The Little Gym
A Round of Mini Golf at Zuma Fun Center
Ice skating at Knoxville's Holidays on Ice
Bowling at Strike & Spare Family Fun Center

NEW This Year!
Everyone who completes either a listener or reader log will automatically be entered to win one of 4 Nook eReaders!

In addition, both teens and adults can also register for summer reading. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dollywood's Penguin Players performing "Otis" starting May 23

My little one is super excited! Dollywood's Penguin Players are back, and this year they are performing the book, "Otis." When we received this in the mail a couple months ago, it was immediately one of our favorites. 

Below is the schedule and description:

Otis is a fun-loving tractor who roams the fields after a hard day's work and plays in the haystacks, but what happens when the farmer decides to upgrade and brings home a brand-new, shiny yellow tractor? Find out as the Dollywood's Penguin Players present their musical interpretation of this lively Imagination Library book by Loren Long.

Monday, May 23, 11 a.m. at South Knoxville Branch** and 3 p.m. at Howard Pinkston Branch

Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. at Murphy Branch

Wednesday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Bluff Branch and 3:30 p.m. at North Knoxville Branch

Thursday, May 26, 3 p.m. at Norwood Branch

Friday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. at Powell Branch

Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. at Lawson McGhee Library and 3:30 p.m. at Burlington Branch

Tuesday, May 31, 3 p.m. at Carter Branch

Wednesday, June 1, 11 a.m. at Karns Branch and 4 p.m. at Farragut Branch

Thursday, June 2, 11 a.m. at Bearden Branch and 3:30 p.m. at Halls Branch

Friday, June 3, 10:30 at Fountain City Branch

Saturday, June 4, 3 p.m. at Sequoyah Branch

**The South Knoxville branch is currently closed due to storm damage. Call or check the library web site before you head out.

Children's Festival of Reading

From our library system: 
Your favorite stories will pop off the page as this year's Children's Festival of Reading--May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at downtown Knoxville's World's Fair Park--welcomes pop-up artist extraordinaire Robert Sabuda, one of today's most innovative and inventive children's book creators and many other acclaimed authors, including Imagination Library author Grace Lin! The whole region is invited to meet great authors, sit in on thrilling stories and get toes tappin' with songs from around the world. The fun continues all day long with a mad scientist, a roaming circus, arts & crafts, a bouncy house, and a wagon ride. There are even special activities just for the youngest children. It's the most exciting way to gear up for a summer of reading! 
Check out a clip from last year on the library's page.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Introduction to Permaculture class offered at Ijams Nature Center

The Knoxville Permaculture Guild is offering a class, Introduction to Permaculture, to help you get started living "green." The course will offer a beginning look at how since everything is connected on the earth, we can make changes to live sustainbly. You will learn strategies you can implement right way, too.

The class is free!

May 10, 5:30 p.m. at Ijams Nature Center in the Science Cafe, call Shelia at 577-4717 ext. 10 to register. Three Rivers Market is providing refreshments. Yum!

For complete details, please visit Knoxville Permaculture Guild. They offer a variety of classes, for instance, how to make strawberry jam or raise hens.

Thanks, Three River's Market--connect with them on Facebook and stay in the know.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Baby Cost Calculator

I saw this recently and thought I'd share here. It's a cost calculator for the costs during year one of raising a baby. The calculator starts at $10,000! If you have child care costs, those, of course cannot be avoided, but it is amazing to see how much other changes can make!

What was my total?
Of course, you know I'm as thrifty as possible, and I loved used items. I also made the switch to cloth diapers so I factored those in my total. But what made the biggest difference for me was family and friends--I didn't have to purchase nearly anything! Thank you! Nearly everything that I needed out of the "one time cost" section of the calculator was given to me.

Granted my memory is getting hazy, but I came up with about $627. See what yours is: Baby Cost Calculator on

Like any calculator, this one has some things that seem a little off, but I think you'll find it interesting.

Some notes: 

I spent more on cloth diapers than their estimate. I wanted some pretty ones, but for any subsequent children, the cost is only minimal.

I never spent that much on disposable diapers, toys, clothing (what little I bought) or photo developing, etc. Their initial estimates were way off for me--because I'm a couponer/bargain hunter. For instance, $59/month for baby food? They eat very little, and mine was breastfeeding as well for all of year one (and further). I did buy some jarred baby food, and some parents make their own.

Thanks, Knoxville Doula!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Palavah Hut Restaurant Set to Re-Open Friday, May 6

Last updated: July 12, 2011.

If you happened to eat here before, you know it was excellent food, so I'm very excited to announce their re-opening, this coming Friday, May 6! 

Palavah Hut Restaurant specializes in authentic Liberian food, and is located at 1931 Magnolia Avenue. It's a carry-out restaurant, phone 237-0014.

Normal hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11-8:30 p.m. Keep up with them on their Facebook page

Also check out this youtube video about Palavah Hut--thank you to kelewele who commented with a link! Also, check out their Urban Spoon rating!

To learn more about the owners, read up on them in this News Sentinel article

Earth Fare Mother's Day Basket

Enter to win a basket for your mom--from Earth Fare's email:

Make YOUR Mother's Day even sweeter this year!

Enter to win today!

To enter to win a Mother's Day basket for YOUR Mom, all you have to do is email us at and tell us why the Mom in your life is the best ever! We'll choose a winner for each store, so be sure to tell us in your email which Earth Fare is closest to you!

Send us your answer by 11:59 EST on Wednesday, May 4. Winners will be chosen and notified on May 5 and announced on our blog.

That's it! Email us today and tell us about your Mom. It could make this Mother's Day the best one yet!

Recycle Your Old Flip Flops at Old Navy Now Through May 21

My friend sent me a tip about Old Navy accepting old flip flops, so I searched and found info from Green LA Girl.

From TerraCycle

From Earth Day through May 21, Old Navy stores began accepting them in a specially marked bins inside stores. Your old flip flops will turn into material for future playgrounds thanks to a partnership between Old Navy and TerraCycle. The program is called Flip Flop Brigade, and you can learn more about it here.

Additionally, you can check out the TerraCycle site and learn how to participate in more brigades and recycle all kinds of things you didn't think possible--like yogurt containers, drink pouches and candy wrappers.

TerraCycle has already raised over $2 Million for charity.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Coupon Inserts

Do you like to know what coupons are going to be in your Sunday paper ahead of time? If so, you can check or subscribe by e-mail to the site "Sunday Coupon Preview."

Check it out!

Thanks for the reminder, Sharing Savings With You.