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Knox County Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale is March 9

The Knox County Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale is almost here! The sale kicks off this Saturday, March 9 with their Members Only Day€ (you can join/renew your membership at the door). All other days are open to the public.
They have new days and hours including an entire BAG SALE WEEKEND this year. They are again inviting teachers and librarians (with ID) to shop €œbag sale prices€ Friday, March 15 from 4-8 p.m., the day before Bag Sale opens to the public.
Information on nearby parking, the curbside delivery team€ that will bring your purchases to you if you pull up to the front door, and wonderful volunteer opportunities is available the Knox FOL website or by calling (865) 215-8775 for more details.
See you there!

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013, (11 am – 8 pm) is Preview Day for members of the Friends of the Library! Join at the door for first-day thrills, or come Sunday the 10th from 1 pm to 6pm as the sale opens to the public.
3/11 – 3/13: CLOSED
3/14 & 3/15 (11 am-8 pm): HALF OFF!
3/16 (11 am-8 pm) & 3/17 (1-6 pm): Bag Sale Weekend– $5!

Add comment February 28, 2013

Big Lots: 20% off everything March 2 & 3 (Saturday with Buzz Club card and Sunday with coupon)

This Saturday & Sunday March 2 & 3 Big Lots is having one of its occasional 20% off weekends, making it a great time to stock up on basic groceries! This is when I buy A LOT of Nutella- it’s priced at $3, so after the discount it’s $2.40. I’ve also seen 18 packs of K-cups before for $9, so $7.20 after the discount.

To get 20% off everything Saturday night after 4 p.m. you just have to have a frequent shopper card. They’re free and you can get one at checkout. Sunday you’ll need a printable coupon found here.

There’s also a $1/$10 coupon in the Blount County Schools coupon book you can use.

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The History Channel presents The Bible miniseries on 3.3.13. Here’s info plus a giveaway for a $15 Walmart gift card

UPDATE: The winner is comment #138, Mandala. Congrats, and thanks to all who entered!

The History Channel presents The Bible miniseries premiering March 3rd 2013.

From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible,— an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Episodes will air on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family!

To promote the premiere of The Bible miniseries, The History Channel is providing one of my readers with a $15 Walmart gift card. See below to enter.


Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know which which Bible story you’re most looking forward to seeing during The Bible miniseries. (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 4 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday March 4. I will choose a winner on Tuesday March 5 using random.org and will contact them via email. Winner will have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway open to US readers only. Delivery of your prize will be coordinated by The History Channel and will be sent via FedEx or UPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Gift card may be a digital delivery. I was not compensated for this giveaway and all opinions are my own.

235 comments February 27, 2013

Winners of the 2012 Cybils awards announced, plus a review of the titles I’ve read

The books that have won Cybils Awards were announced a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with you two of the winning books that I can personally recommend. In case you’re not familiar with the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards), they’re kind of like the People’s Choice Awards for books. The winning books are selected from hundreds of nominations by book bloggers, and they always have some wonderful recommendations.

I have read the following two YA books (which are available at the Blount County Public Library) and can HIGHLY recommend both of them. I’m afraid to do a review because I don’t want to give away any spoilers or plot twists. I don’t even want to tell you if they even have plot twists or spoilers! Maybe one of them does and one of them doesn’t…I’m being purposefully obtuse. I just know that I really enjoyed them. Plot synopses are taken from the Cybils Awards website.

My very favorite book was:
 

The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
Scholastic
Winner of a Cybil Award in the Fantasy & Science Fiction category

The Plot:

Sage is taken from his orphanage along with three other boys and thrust into an attempt to save the kingdom from impending war. If he loses, it’s certain death, but Sage is very reluctant to win, since the prize at the end means becoming someone’s pawn and living a lie for the rest of his life. The detailed world Nielsen creates is full of life, populated with mystery, twists and turns, and engaging and complex characters. Readers don’t know who to trust, while Sage knows he can trust no one, especially not Connor, the man who stole them away and has aspirations of his own. Sage’s voice is perfection, reading like a medieval Sherlock Holmes. Unreliable and snarky, Sage keeps his observations, assets, and motivations to himself until he knows he can benefit. Readers can’t help but cheer for him, even as he struggles to come to grips with the ups and downs of a fate he doesn’t desire.

Note: I liked this so much that I’ve already purchased the second book in the series, The Runaway King.

The other book I loved was:

Seraphina
By Rachel Hartman
Random House Books for Young Readers
Winner of a Cybil Award in the Fantasy & Science Fiction category

Seraphina is a genre-blending fantasy that dazzled us all. Dragons, a murder mystery, family secrets, and a love story–there is something here for everyone, even those who aren’t regular high fantasy readers. We were hooked by the mystery and intrigue of dragons and conspiracies as well as the fascinating and intricate world building. Seraphina is a complex and appealing heroine. She’s fiery and vulnerable and gifted and brave. Her love of music is a refreshing thread throughout the story as is a fairly surprising mystery. Seraphina’s transformation throughout the novel was inspiring and wonderful to follow. With beautiful writing and tight pacing, Seraphina kept us turning the pages, eager to follow the heroine and learn more about the strong ensemble cast. We’re sure readers will find a lot to love in this highly original dragon story.

Here are three of the winning books for younger children. I’ve put in a purchase request for these three books at the Blount County Public Library so they should be available soon. I can’t wait to read these with my daughters!

A Home for Bird
By Philip C. Stead
Roaring Brook
Winner of a Cybil Award in the Fiction Picture Books category

A Home for Bird is a character-driven story about a frog named Vernon who sets off on a perilous journey to help his silent friend find home and happiness. Vernon is a loyal protagonist with whom preschoolers will easily relate. A Home for Bird offers an engaging read-aloud experience, with ample opportunity for audience participation, and a narrative with both subtle humor and charm. Stead’s vibrant and fluid illustrations are a perfect match to the story, and will have young listeners clamoring for parents, teachers, and/or librarians to “read it again!”

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda
By Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Winner of a Cybil Award in the Nonfiction Picture Books category

Who could forget the endearing face of a panda bear like the one on the cover of Mrs. Harkness and the Panda? It is more difficult to remember, however, who brought the first panda bear to America. In 1934, when the story starts, only a few people even knew pandas existed. Mrs. Harkness, a young New York dress designer, seemed to be the least-likely person to go to far-off China to look for one. Yet when her husband dies during an attempt to find a panda, off she goes on the adventure of a lifetime to fulfill his quest.

Reading this book is an adventure of its own. It delves into China with rich colors, using actual Chinese writing on the paper in the background of the illustrations, photographs of Chinese coins, and even including some well-placed Chinese words. Each page and each reading reveals new discoveries.

The story of a young woman heading off into the unknown is one of bravery and perseverance that is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers. Mrs. Harkness would be perfect to introduce a geography or history lesson about China. Although it is a biography, this book is also likely to stimulate conversations about animal conservation, particularly discussions about endangered animals and how our views of how to care for rare animals have changed. It is truly a memorable and inspiring book.

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse
By Frank Viva
Toon Books
Winner of a Cybil Award in the Easy Readers category

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse is a modern-day rendition of the “Are we there yet?” story. A mouse and a boy travel by boat to Antarctica, all the while seeing fun and interesting things. Alas, Mouse just wants to get there, and then, once there, wants to go back home. The story is told in graphic novel format through speech bubbles and gorgeous illustration. While a fun read for children of all ages, the writing works perfectly for children just beginning their adventure as readers. There are plenty of decodable words, many sight words and lots of opportunity for the pictures to help out when the words are unfamiliar. There is a limited amount of text on each page and the font chosen is big and clear. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse is the perfect trip to take with a new reader. Enjoy!

The rest of the Cybils Award winners can be seen here. I suggest you check them out and start adding titles to your To Read list!

Add comment February 27, 2013

Giveaway: Family Pass to the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, plus Titanic Authors Week and new Children’s Gallery

Making plans for Spring Break? Consider a visit to the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge!

Here are some of their upcoming events plus a great giveaway!

Titanic Authors’ Week: April 1st-7th, 2013

Titanic Author's Week

Enjoy meeting 10 of your favorite Titanic authors at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge on April 1st-7th, 2013. Come meet these authors, purchase their books, and receive special discounts.

Scheduled Authors:

Lee W. Merideth
1912 Facts About Titanic
Bruce M. Caplan
The Sinking of the Titanic -1912 Survivor Accounts.
Ken Rossignol
Titanic 1912 – The Original News Stories
Tammy S. Knox
Trapped on the Titanic
June Hall McCash
A Titanic Love Story
Daniel Allen Butler
The Other Side of the Night & Unsinkable
Yvonne Lehman
Hearts That Survive
Julie Hedgepeth Williams
A Rare TITANIC Family – The Caldwell Story of Survival
Allan Wolf
The Watch that Ends the Night – Voices from the TITANIC
Luke Copas
Facts for Kids About the Titanic

Discover the 133 Children’s Stories of Titanic: The First and Only World Tribute to Titanic’s Littlest Heroes
Now Open!

Discover the 133 Children Stories of Titanic

The RMS Titanic sailed with 2,208 people on board – 133 of them were children. These were Titanic’s littlest heroes. What they saw, heard and felt from the moment they boarded the ship has been documented and visualized for the first time anywhere by the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This year-long, exclusive exhibit is a celebration of The Children of Titanic whose bravery, innocence and faith can be an inspiration to us all.

Are you a homeschooling mom? Titanic has a special homeschool admission rate of $12.50 from now until May (which includes an audioguide and tax). Reservations are required, and you can find more information here.

I am proud to be one of the Titanic Museum Attraction’s Mom Bloggers, and have visited there many times. (You can see all my Titanic experiences here.) My family and I will be visiting Titanic during Authors’ Week and I can’t wait!

To celebrate these events the Titanic Museum Attraction is allowing me to give away a family pass to their museum! Here’s how to win:

UPDATE: The winner is comment #2, Angie R. Thanks to all who entered!

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to the Titanic Museum Attraction. What exhibit or part of the museum did your family find most interesting? (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 5 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday March 4. I will choose a winner on Tuesday March 5 using random.org and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only. The family pass is for 2 adults and up to 4 children and expires 6/31/12.

Disclosure: As a Titanic Mom Blogger I received admission to the Museum for my family plus a family pass to share with my readers. Pass will be mailed out to winner at the address provided. I cannot be held responsible for any problems with postal delivery. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

80 comments February 27, 2013

The winners of the 2013 Bag-A-Bargain tickets are…

The winners of the 2013 Bag-A-Bargain tickets are comments #3 Michelle E, #42 Tanya R., and #30 Paige M. Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered!

Don’t forget that everyone can get a $1 discount on tickets if you bring a nonperishable item to donate. Hope to see you all at Bag-A-Bargain 2013!

Add comment February 27, 2013

Free Green Hill Music Celtic 15-song album download – great for St. Patty’s Day!

Planning a celebration for St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s a free Green Hill Music Celtic 15-song album download for you!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Add comment February 22, 2013

Review and Kindle sale: Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress

I recently had the chance to read Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress, by Lysa TerKeurst. This nonfiction book was released December 18, 2012 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret.

My Verdict:

I first heard about the book Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst (the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries) when a friend was raving about it on Facebook. She called it “life-changing.” I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about Unglued, but, as of today I have not read it; I have a hold on it at our local library but there’s a long line! So, the review of this Unglued devotional is from the perspective of someone who has not yet read the book on which it’s based. This book offers 60 days of daily readings that include, as stated above, a daily opening Scripture, thought for the day, devotion, and closing prayer. I read straight through this book for review purposes instead of reading one entry a day, and I found it to be good, solid Christian writing, but not life-changing. Actually, that’s not quite right. Having a daily devotional and Scripture reading time IS life-changing. It’s just that this devotional didn’t seem to contain anything I’ve not read in other places already. Maybe my expectations were set a little too high based on all of the rave reviews I’ve heard about the original Unglued book, and maybe when I do read that book it will live up to all the hype. If you don’t already own a devotional, this would be a good, solid one to get, and Lysa seems to be a nice person whose writing I enjoyed, but my church hands out daily devotionals for free each month and I’ve found them to be just as good. If you have read Unglued already, loved it, and are seeking more, then this devotional may be just the thing for you.

If you’d like to check out Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress it is currently on sale for $8.00 for the Kindle version right now, which is 38% off. (Regularly $12.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $9.98. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® 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 February 22, 2013

Giveaway: Tickets to the Junior League’s Bag-A-Bargain rummage sale, 3 winners!

I am proud to be a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Knoxville. I joined the Junior League in 2002, and have thoroughly enjoyed my League experience. My favorite event every year is Bag-A-Bargain, the giant rummage sale for which the League is famous! This year’s Bag-A-Bargain sale will take place on Saturday March 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park (near the Knoxville Zoo).

This will be the first year I won’t be working a setup shift as an active member, so no Thrifty Christy’s Guide to Bag-A-Bargain, sorry! If you’d like to see what I’ve written about the sale in past years, you can read all of those stories here.

I’ve been a huge fan of Junior League sales ever since I furnished my first post-college apartment with items from the Junior League of Birmingham’s sale. Junior Leaguers know how to put together great rummage sales! Here are some of my photos of last year’s sale:

Tickets to this amazing thrift sale are just $5, and you can get $1 off each ticket at the door by bringing a canned food item to donate to. There’s also a coupon in the Knoxville Schools Coupon Book (but you can’t combine discounts). Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. the day of the sale, doors open at 8 a.m., and be aware that people WILL line up to get in. There were even lines the year it snowed.

Thanks to the League for allowing me to offer a giveaway for you! Three lucky winners will win a ticket to Bag-A-Bargain. Here’s how to enter:

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve ever been to Bag-A-Bargain. That’s it!  (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com to leave your comment.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 6 entries.

Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends Tuesday February 26 at midnight EST. I will choose 3 winners via random.org and will post their names at that time. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received a pass to this event plus additional passes from the Junior League of Knoxville 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.

53 comments February 22, 2013

Free M&Ms this week with Weigel’s Rewards Card

This week you can get a free 1.74 oz. pack of M&Ms or Peanut M&Ms at any Weigel’s when you scan your Weigel’s Rewards card. This offer has automatically been loaded to your card, and it expires on February 15 (at close of business.)

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