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.