Free Whoadeo event at Dixie Stampede September 27

A free fun-filled, kid-themed opportunity is coming up at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge.  On Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is partnering with Food City Kids Club, and Pepsi for the 8th annual Whoadeo!

The 2014 Whoadeo will feature activities for children ages 3-12. The main event is a Stickhorse Competition.  All you need is a stickhorse, which can be homemade or bought.  Prizes will be awarded in three different age brackets—ages 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12—with a grand prize trophy winner. Kids may register between 8:00-10:00 a.m.

The event will also include a Parade of Horses, kids’ carnival, prizes, free hot dogs and drinks, as well as a free Kids’ Club Backpack for participants.  Kids can also win a stickhorse! Complete an official Whoadeo coloring page, fill in the information on the back, and drop it off at any Food City.

All children must be accompanied by an adult—parent or guardian.  For more information go here or contact Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.

Add comment September 17, 2014

$1/1 Silk Almond Milk coupon available

There’s a new $1/1 Silk Almond Milk coupon available here. Almond milk is something my mom drinks on a daily basis, so I though a number of you might be interested as well!

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Add comment September 17, 2014

Book review: Palace of Darkness, by Tracy L. Higley

I recently had the chance to read Palace of Darkness: A Novel of Petra, by Tracy L. Higley. This fiction book was released on September 9, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

In an ancient city carved from stone, one desperate young woman searches for peace—in the calm before the deadly clash of empires. In 106 AD, a single mother can be certain of one thing—destitution. So Cassia and her six-year-old son flee to Petra, her late husband’s birth city, in hopes of finding refuge in the loving arms of family.

But the great stone city is not what Cassia imagined. And a secret about her husband reveals her son’s true bloodline, making the boy the target of a royal conspiracy.

In her darkest hours, Cassia finds herself surrounded by followers of the Way, a subversive new religious group whose disciples are frequently sentenced to arenas with starved lions and blood-soaked sand. Why would this sect seek out more danger by helping her? And what kind of religion gives freely and asks for nothing in return?

Roman soldiers soon surround Petra, immersing the city in panic and further endangering her son, and Cassia realizes he cannot be saved by human efforts alone. Her only hope lies with the followers of the Way . . . and her willingness to trust their One True God.

My Verdict:

I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley’s Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii , Isle of Shadows, and The Queen’s Handmaid and have read a number of her other books.) Her novels always feel accurate and well-researched, which isn’t a surprise since her author’s bio says that “Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures.”  I had no knowledge of Petra beyond what I’d seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and this book really made the city come to life for me. The characters in the book were really great, but as in all of Highley’s book, the setting is the real character, and Petra will stay with you long after you finish the book. Make sure you read the author’s note at the end for the fascinating story of how Petra was lost, and then found again.

The test for me is always whether I have to finish a book in one reading, or am able to put it down to read later. This was a finish-in-one-night book! Palace of Darkness would be a great read if you’re heading on vacation for Fall Break next month, as you’ll be entertained, and will feel as if you have learned a little more about life in Rome and Petra. Highly recommended.

If you’d like to check out Palace of Darkness it is currently on pre-sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.95. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Add comment September 17, 2014

Bitty Baby sale on Zulily today (American Girl) – up to 40% off


Do you have a fan of the Bitty Baby dolls in your house? These baby dolls, made by American Girl, are going on sale on Zulily today at 9 a.m. EST! You can get up to 40% off Bitty Baby dolls, accessories, books and toys! Go here to check it out (search for Bitty Baby).

Thanks, Knoxville American Girl Buy/Sell/Trade and Hip2Save!

Add comment September 12, 2014

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville September 12 & 13

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know there are a number of consignment sales in Maryville that I really adore. The Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville is one of these. I always find really great deals, and I’ve made quite a bit of money consigning as well!

I am excited to be able to give away passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale pre-sale to two Thrifty Christy readers! There’s nothing like shopping early!

The sale is Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, but these tickets will get you in beforehand to shop with consignors on the evening of Thursday, September 11.

Here’s more info on the First Baptist Church of Maryville’s Kidz Consignment Sale:

The church is located at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville, and the sale takes place in the church gym.

Sale Hours:

Friday, September 12 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Half-Price Sale Saturday, September 13 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (All items without a red dot will be half-price.)
Cash and credit cards only.

If you’ve already signed up to consign, you can enter to win a pass to give to a friend. Shopping early is a lot of fun, but remember to get there before the doors open as there’s always a line!

To keep up with all the news about the sale you can like their Facebook page here and RSVP to the Facebook event here.

To enter to win one of two early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale (each one good for you plus a friend!), head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for this giveaway post – all the details are there! This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Tuesday, September 9. I will choose two winners on Wednesday, September 10 using and post their names on Facebook.

Add comment September 5, 2014

120-piece art kit for less than $9: great for Christmas or birthday presents!

Do your kids LOVE art? Here’s a great deal on an art kit on Amazon today: only $8.65 for a 120 piece set! (Was $69.95!)

This kit ships free with Amazon Prime or as part of a $35+ order. This is a great price to stock up for Christmas or birthdays!

The Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set includes:

  • 24 markers
  • 24 crayons
  • 24 color pencils
  • 24 oil pastels
  • 12 watercolor cakes
  • 2 clips
  • 1 white watercolor tube
  • palette
  • paintbrush
  • drawing pencil
  • sharpener
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • sponge
  • scissors

Buy it on Amazon today before the price goes up!

Remember that Amazon prices change constantly, so verify the price before purchasing. Sign up for a free one month trial of Amazon’s Prime Shipping here to receive free 2 day shipping on any Amazon product with no minimum order.

Thanks, The Happy Housewife!

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Add comment September 4, 2014

Fort Loudoun Trade Faire & Sequoyah Cherokee Festival September 6 & 7, 2014

This weekend is the annual 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun in Vonore. We attended this event last year and though it was just fantastic! We will definitely be back this year.There will also be a Cherokee Festival at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, which we will be visiting for the first time this year.

Make sure you bring cash to the trade faire, as there are lots of booths with great merchandise! There are also lots of different performers and demonstrations, including many people in period costume. This is a great event to bring kids to! The gates open at 9:30 a.m. both days and programming is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Here’s more information:

Fort Loudoun’s 18th century Trade Faire is part of a larger program known as the Great Island Festival. In the 1700’s there was an island in the channel of the Little Tennessee known as “Miliaquo” or “The Great Island”. That island is now submerged under the waters of Tellico Lake.

However, the formation of Tellico Lake created another island, which today is home to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. Annually, the weekend after Labor Day has been set assist for the Great Island Festival. Visitors may attend the 18th century Trade Faire, the Cherokee Festival at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum or both.

Parking is available at both sites and free shuttle bus operates between the two as a convenience for the visitor.

Admission costs for the events follow:

18th century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun
$5 – Adults (13 and up)
Children 12 and under admitted free

Cherokee Festival at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
$5 – Adults (13 and up)
Children 12 and under admitted free

Add comment September 4, 2014

Get a FREE Redbox rental with code, today (August 28) only

Receive a FREE DVD rental at the Redbox website or using the mobile app when you enter coupon code 5477THH7 at checkout! This code is valid today (August 28th) only. It may work at the kiosk too, but I’d reserve online just to be safe.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

Add comment August 28, 2014

Get up to 60% off Frozen merchandise on Zulily


Zulily has a huge Frozen sale that starts today! You can get up to 60% off Frozen merchandise, including some really cute costumes! Go here to check it out.

Add comment August 28, 2014

Giveaway: win a family 4-pack of tickets to the 2014 Tennessee Valley Fair!

The Tennessee Valley Fair will be September 5-14 of this year, and my family is so excited about attending! Remember, admission tickets, ride armbands, and concert tickets are discounted through September 4, so if you plan ahead, you’ll save money! The fair also offers a number of discount days, which I’ve listed here.

The generous folks at the Tennessee Valley Fair have given me some family 4-packs of tickets to give away to you all! If you’d like to win one of the sets of passes (4 winners!) head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the above photo to enter!

If you’d like to go ahead and order tickets without waiting on a giveaway, you can do that here.

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Wednesday, August 20. I will choose four winners on Thursday, August 21 using and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received passes to the fair for my family plus additional passes to share with my readers. Tickets will be mailed out to winners at the addresses provided. I cannot be held responsible for any problems with postal delivery. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Add comment August 15, 2014

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