2016 blueberry-picking season has started!


Blueberry season has started! Here in Maryville we have an excellent organic blueberry farm called Falls Farms. Their orchard is over 30 years old and has never been sprayed with pesticides. They encourage to “eat as you go!” and are proud that they are chemical-free.

The best time to pick blueberries locally is usually  in July and August, and I’ve heard reports that the berries are delicious now!
You can find Falls Farms at 111 Harmon Road, Maryville, TN 37804, across from the drive-in movies.

Phone: 865-982-3457

Open: July and August, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday,
from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm; Closed Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cost: Last year blueberries were $1.50/pound, cash only. Please let me know if you find this has changed.


Whether you’re going alone or for a field trip with your kids, you’ll have a great time. We love picking blueberries here every year!



Add comment June 29, 2016

2016 Tennessee Smokies Reading Program: free tickets and more!

The Tennessee Smokies have a fantastic summer reading program where children 12 and under can get free tickets to baseball games, Zoo tickets, and more! Each time your child reads 10 books (or has 10 books read to him/her) you complete a level. My girls did this last time and really enjoyed getting to see a few games and get some fun prizes!

Here’s the official prize list:

LEVEL 1 – The Single: Two Smokies Tickets & Shoney’s Bookmark!
LEVEL 2 - The Double: Two Smokies Tickets & a Shoney’s Pencil!
LEVEL 3 – The Triple: Two Smokies Tickets, a Knoxville Zoo ticket, & a Free Shoney’s Dessert!
LEVEL 4 – The Home Run: Two Tickets to August 8th Reading Club Celebration Night at the Ballpark, 2 Meal Vouchers good for a Hot Dog, Bag of Chips & a Drink, a Smokies Card Set & a Shoney’s Healthy Kids Meal!
(Level 4 form should be turned in by August 1st to be eligible for the August 8th Celebration & Prize night.)

Here’s more info, from the Tennessee Smokies website:

Our Summer Reading Program consists of five levels of achievement for all program participants. Children can read 10 chapters or books, or have read to them 10 books (if not reading on their own) to move up each level. Reading Program Participants who complete the Grand Slam Level will be eligible to win great prizes that will be given away at the Summer Reading Program Picnic on August 4th, including Tickets to an Atlanta Braves Game!

To get you started, here’s the Level One entry form. You’ll receive the Level Two entry form when you turn your Level One form in at the box office!

Add comment June 14, 2016

New Chick-fil-a app = FREE chicken sandwich through June 11


Chick-fil-a has a new app to help customers avoid standing in line! The app, called Chick-fil-A One, allows customers to order and pay for their food in advance, then pick it up at a counter designated for online orders.

Through June 11, when you download the free app to your phone, you’ll see an offer inside for a FREE chicken sandwich. They also track your purchases and offer you additional free treats as you purchase more items.

More info below:


Add comment June 6, 2016

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with freebies

Today (June 3) is National Doughnut Day! Celebrate by stopping by Krispy Kreme for a FREE doughnut!

Or, if you’re closer to a Dunkin Donuts location, you can get a FREE donut when you purchase a drink. More info here.

Add comment June 3, 2016

Fairview UMC Consignment Sale now accepting consignors! Save the date for July 16

The Fairview UMC Children’s Consignment Sale will be July 16, and they’re now accepting consignors. Registration is online this year, and you can sign up here. More information is available in the image below, and you can also visit the church website here or join the Facebook group here. Remember, there will be a special pre-sale open only to consignors on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. Two tickets will be issued per consignor. (If you’d like to have additional friends join you, pre-sale tickets may be purchased for $10 the night of the event to enter at 7:00 p.m.)

This sale is one of my favorites, because you can consign items from any season, and because they mail your consignment check straight to your house! I always consign in this sale, and can definitely recommend it! I will have a giveaway for pre-sale passes in a few weeks, so stay posted!

Add comment June 2, 2016

Carmike Summer Kid Series 2016 lineup announced: $4 for movie/popcorn/drink!


Carmike theaters, including our Maryville Foothills 12, will be showing select kids movies this summer for a $4 admission price (which includes a small popcorn and small drink!) These movies are always well-attended, so if you’re planning on going, get there early!

This summer’s movies are:











The Carmike Summer Kid Series begins Thursday, June 2 and runs through August 4. Movies run every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The above schedule is good for our Maryville theater only; if you’d like to see the schedule for another Carmike theater, go here.

For more info on the Carmike Summer Kids’ series, visit the website here.

Add comment May 24, 2016

“Come Back to Audible” promotion = 2 months for $0.99 each

I found this deal on one of my favorite Facebook pages: Read Aloud Resources. It worked for me, although my account was in “inactive” status and I had to completely cancel first, then sign back up.

Audible is doing a “Come Back to Audible” promotion for 2 months for $0.99 each– As far as I can tell, it works for any current account that is not enrolled in Audible right now. (I couldn’t use it on my enrolled account, but it worked for both my husband’s and mom’s accounts that were not active.) My mom received an email with a button to click… it brought her to the shopping cart with this promotion code applied: 153IMUXOB324

So perhaps you can sign in and choose “Gold membership” and then enter the above code? The link here is what was attached to the button in the email…looks like it works ok!

My husband did not received this email but I was able to sign into his account and get the promotion… so it looks like the promotion is not attached to certain accounts– just those that aren’t active. Try it!! Hope it works!!

**Edited to add… I was able to cancel my active account and immediately use the link below to get the promo! (After they gave me a free book to try to get me to stay!) Just make sure you use up your credits before cancelling your active account! I don’t think they will save once you cancel!**

Thanks, Read Aloud Resources!

Add comment May 21, 2016

50% off Pampers boxed diapers on Amazon

If you have a small person in diapers, like I do, you’ll appreciate this deal: right now you can combine e-coupons to get 50% off on Pampers diapers if you’re an Amazon Prime member!

There are currently some amazing 30% off Pampers coupons on Amazon here. You can stack that discount with your 20% Amazon Family Subscribe & Save discount for Amazon Prime members for a total of 50% off Pampers boxed diapers! My “stock up” price is $0.25/diaper, and this deal will get you to around that price.

By the way, Amazon Family is the new name for Amazon Mom, and it’s free to join. Just go here for how to sign up! You will always get 20% off your Subscribe & Save diaper purchases if you are a member of Amazon Family and you have Amazon Prime. I always set my shipments to 6 months, and then cancel if it’s something I don’t think I’ll need in the future.

Here’s how to grab 50% off Pampers diapers:

1. Sign up for Amazon Prime if you don’t already have an account. You can get a FREE 30 day trial here.

2. Make sure you’re an Amazon Family member. Free to join here.

3. Go here and clip the 30% off Pampers diapers Amazon coupon.

4. Add one of the products on this page to your cart, or click on the link below to choose your size. (Make sure you have clipped the 30% off coupon under the item title.)

Thanks, Passion for Savings!

Add comment May 12, 2016

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents FREE Picnic in the Park in Maryville on 5/26

Every year, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra stops in Maryville for an evening of music at the Theater in the Park on the Greenbelt (behind the courthouse.) This year the event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, (umbrellas if rain is in the forecast), and plan to enjoy a wonderful evening of music. Best of all, it’s free! Go here for more info.

Add comment May 9, 2016

Save more than $20 on Dollywod tickets through May 15!


Recently we had a chance to go to Dollywood with a friend who had three free “bring-a-friend” passes, which is the best deal ever! However, there are four people in my family so I nddede an extra child’s ticket. I was SO excited when a friend shared a discount code to get more than $20 off ticket prices! She said the code should work through May 15; I cannot promise that the discount code will work for you but I tested out and it made my daughter’s $52 ticket $35 before tax, so YMMV but I hope this proves helpful!


Go to the Dollywood website, and when you click on “tickets,” you should see the following promo code box, above. Before you do anything else, enter code XCEL and hit “apply”. This should make the $65 adult ticket $43.50, the $52 child’s ticket $35.50. You will need to be able to print these tickets and bring them to the park.

Thanks, Gymnastics Counts!

Add comment May 4, 2016

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