Compass Classroom: huge fall sale, includes Homeschool Made Simple, Modernity, Visual Latin, more

Compass Classroom is having a huge sale on their homeschool curriculum!

Last time they had this sale, I purchased the above DVD series from veteran homeschooler and speaker Carole Joy Seid, called Homeschool Made Simple and I cannot recommend it enough! I’ve watched the entire series twice, and it has been so helpful to me.

Here are some of the other great things on sale:

Visual Latin is 30% off:

Modernity is 50% off…

and you can bundle it with Dave Raymond’s American History for 50% off that too!

Plus lots more! Go here to browse the sale.

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Add comment August 3, 2016

Get tickets to Knoxville Zoo for $10 during Pokemon GO week

The Knoxville Zoo has declared August 1-7, 2016, as Pokémon GO Week. Players who show the Pokémon GO app on their mobile devices at the ticket window will receive $10 zoo admission for each member of their party.

The Knoxville Zoo has 15 Pokéstops and three gyms in the park, and to help attendees catch plenty of characters, lures will be dropped throughout each day of the week, with updates on their locations shared on the Knoxville Zoo Twitter feed (@zooknoxville). Safety is always Zoo Knoxville’s top priority, and visitors are asked to keep their Pokémon hunt on the zoo’s public pathways.

Discounted admission for Pokémon GO players and their accompanying guests are good August 1-7, 2016, and valid at time of purchase for same-day admission only. This promotion cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

Go here for more info.

Thanks, Knoxville Zoo!

Add comment August 2, 2016

Rummage sale to benefit Alcoa HS band August 6


This Saturday, August 6, there will be a rummage sale and car wash at Anderson Lumber.

All proceeds will benefit the Alcoa High School Marching Band.

Add comment August 2, 2016

TN Tax Free Weekend is July 29-31

The state of Tennessee has changed its annual sales tax holiday: it will now begin at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and end at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free by ANYONE, not just students. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 29 and ends Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m.

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Add comment July 26, 2016

Try any of Compass Classroom’s classes or seminars for just $1

Compass Classroom is having a big $1 sale: try streaming any of their great classes or seminars for just $1 when you sign up by July 27! Streaming is available on any device: laptop, tablet, desktop, etc. Your first month is $1, and after that it’s regular price, but you can cancel anytime. I actually signed up to watch Carole Joy Seid’s seminar called Homeschool Made Simple during one of their $1 sales, and when I canceled after my first month I found their customer service to be very, very friendly! I later ended up just purchasing that DVD from Compass Classroom, and if you find that you also prefer DVDs to streaming, mark your calendar for their big fall sale, starting August 2.

Go here to see what classes Compass Classroom has to offer.

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Add comment July 21, 2016

Free performance of Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” July 25

This Monday, July 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a free performance of  Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Blount County Public Library. We love the library’s annual free performance of Shakespeare – in fact, this is how we celebrate my birthday every year! Here’s more info:

Enjoy William Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy of romance and romantic misadventure when it is presented by professional actors with the Tennessee Stage Company. This live play will be presented in the Main Gallery of the Reading Rotunda. Go here for more info.

Add comment July 19, 2016

Celebrate Dandy Lions Gifts’ 9th birthday with a sale on the entire store!

Celebrate Dandy Lions Gifts’ 9th birthday with a sale on the entire store! July 21-23, visit Dandy Lions and pop a balloon to receive 10% – 50% off all in-stock merchandise. There will be cake, too!

Visit the Dandy Lions website or Facebook page for more info.

Add comment July 18, 2016

Free projects with kids at Lowe’s and Home Depot

Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer great free projects for kids on a monthly basis. I’ve never been, but have had both highly recommended to me! Home Depot’s next workshop is August 6 (always the first Saturday of each month), and Lowe’s is July 23. If you have Marvel fans, Lowe’s project this month will feature Thor!

Go here for Home Depot’s Free Kids Workshops, and visit here for Lowe’s Build and Grow. Space is limited for both, so make sure you pre-register.

Add comment July 15, 2016

Maryville City Movies in the Park begins July 22!

Maryville City will be presenting Movies in the Park again this year! This is always one of our favorite summer events. The movie schedule begins July 22 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can find that FB event here. The rest of the lineup is below, with links to the individual FB events. Most movies start at 8:30, but that may be updated, so check before you go!

July 29: Finding Nemo

August 5: Inside Out

August 12: Jurassic World

August 19: The Princess Bride (Super excited about this!)

These free movies are shown at the Theater in the Park across from the courthouse. Get there early to reserve a good spot!

Here’s more info on this event, from the City’s website: (last year’s info; will update if it changes.)

For all to enjoy the event:
Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 
Bring bug spray to show the bugs their boundaries.
Be sure to bring extra blankets to keep toasty throughout the movie!
No concessions will be available, but feel free to bring your own coolers and picnic baskets.
Weather Delays/ Cancellations
Weather related delays or cancellations will be communicated through the following outlets:
865-273-3407 (a recorded message will be provided after hours)
Facebook (Like us to receive updates!) Keyword search–Maryville City Government
• No smoking – including e-cigarettes or tobacco products 

• No alcohol
• No glass containers
• No pop-up tents or other structures
• Please turn off cell phones
• No illuminated devices during the movie except in the device zone (pavilion)At the discretion of the City, a movie may be shut down due to the following weather related conditions:
• Pending or present lightning or thunder. (The theater will remain closed until 30 minutes after the last sighting of lighting.)
• Storm warnings or tornado warnings have been issued
• Other weather conditions that present a safety concern such as heavy winds or hail
• Rain – if damage to electronic equipment is probableIn non-severe weather, Guests may be asked to leave the theater and seek shelter in the restrooms, a picnic shelter or their vehicle.  
In extreme severe weather, Guests may be evacuated to a pre-determined location.

2 comments July 12, 2016

Amazon Prime Day 2016: deals on Kindle, more

Today is Amazon Prime Day, a day when Amazon offers special deals to Prime subscribers. If you’re nor a Prime subscriber, you can go here to get more info. We have found it to be worth the money in our family!

Plus, you can try Prime for FREE today and still get in on the deals!

Sometimes the “deals” aren’t too great, but I’m hoping this year will impress me! I know if you happen to be in the market for a new or refurbished Kindle or other device, there are some deals you’ll want to check out here!

Grocery, home, personal care, and beauty are also great categories to search!

Also, Kindle Unlimited is part of Amazon Prime Day. Go here for more info on unlimited summer reading and audiobook listening.

Go here to see all the Amazon Prime Day deals, and please let me know if you find anything amazing!

Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).


Add comment July 12, 2016

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