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

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 consigning as well!

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

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

Here’s the info on the sale:

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 April 12 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Half-Price Sale Saturday April 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! I’ve found some really cool things at this sale.

To enter to win one of three early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale, head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the giveaway post – all the details are there! This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday April 1. I will choose a winner on Tuesday April 2 using random.org and post his or her name on Facebook.

1 comment March 27, 2013

Camp Invention: STEM-based summer day camp at Maryville Christian School

This summer, Maryville Christian School will be offering a STEM-based camp program called Camp Invention. The camp will run June 17 – 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for children entering grades 1 through 6. The cost is $220, but there is a $5 discount for registering online. You can also enter code SPRING through May 30 for an additional $15 discount!

Parents can register online or at Maryville Christian School, which is located at  2525 Morganton Rd. For questions, contact the director, Farrah Westerfield, at  681-3205.

Add comment March 26, 2013

Review and Kindle sale: The Heiress of Winterwood, by Sarah E. Ladd

I recently had the chance to read The Heiress of Winterwood, by Sarah E. Ladd. This fiction book has a release date of April 9, 2013. The publisher is Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

My Verdict:

Let’s be honest: I am a sucker for the genre of books that can be easily identified by the prevalence of covers with women in beautiful ball gowns. Most of the Christian historical fiction books I like sport this kind of cover. I think, for me, it may have all started with She Walks in Beauty, by Siri Mitchell, which is still one of my favorite. Another famous author within this genre is Julie Klassen, and she has an endorsement blurb on the cover of The Heiress of Winterwood that caught my eye. Look at the cover, above. Isn’t it gorgeous? So, how does this particular book hold up to others of its genre? It’s fine, especially for something you’ll be reading on the beach. The writing is fine, the characters are fine, the plot is fine. It’s all fine, and if you like Christian historical fiction, you’ll probably enjoy it while you’re reading it. I enjoyed the main character, and the book caused me to reflect on the plight of young women in the 1800s who had to marry just to survive.  I don’t think, however, this is a book you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and that’s fine too. It’s not a book that will change you, but if you’re looking for some fun Christian historical fiction to read to pass the time, The Heiress of Winterwood is fine.

If you’d like to check out The Heiress of Winterwood it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now, which is 38% off. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $11.67. 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 March 26, 2013

The Paisley Pansy Boutique: win a Beaded Stone Necklace and Earring Set!

My friend Erica has a new online store called The Paisley Pansy Boutique, where she features really stylish outfits and jewelry. To celebrate her grand opening, she is having a giveaway on Facebook: once she reaches 500 “likes” on her page, she will give one lucky winner the Beaded Stone Necklace and Earring Set, shown below:

All you have to do to enter is like The Paisley Pansy Facebook page, then find the above photo and share it on your Facebook page.

If you haven’t already liked The Paisley Pansy Boutique Facebook page, go here to do that. You can also shop online on her site. I can guarantee you’ll like what you find!

Disclosure: I was given a Beaded Stone Necklace and Earring Set to model myself. All opinions in this post remain my own.

Add comment March 26, 2013

FREE Brookside Dark Chocolate with Goji/Acai/Pomegranate!

My mother just bought some of the new Brookside Dark Chocolate Pieces with Acai and Goji juice and I got to try them this week. They are SO good, and starting 4/7 you can get them for FREE at CVS! Here’s how. They’ll be on sale for $3/bag starting 4/7, but you’ll want to print your coupons now.

Print this mfr coupon for $1/1 Brookside Chocolates. Then, go here to watch a video about Brookside Chocolates (click on the button that advertizes a $1 coupon) then share it via social media for a $2.50/1 CVS store coupon! Combine the two to get a bag for free! You’ll want to hand the cashier the mfr coupon first, I believe, as the CVS coupon should adjust down more easily.

Add comment March 23, 2013

Review and giveaway: The Springtime Collection, featuring Max’s Chocolate Chicken (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)


UPDATE: The winner is #8, Lynette!
Who doesn’t love Ruby and Max? My girls are huge fans, and as Easter approaches, we have been enjoying the new DVD set that Scholastic has available: The Springtime Collection, featuring Max’s Chocolate Chicken. We are at the beach for Spring Break, and these DVDs made the 9 hour drive bearable! I love knowing that although my girls are getting a lot of “screen time,” they are watching movies based on books, which helps feed their love of reading. More on that later.

This 3-disc set features the title DVD and two more: The Red Hen, and Chicken Little. I’ve already reviewed The Red Hen collection in detail here. The other DVD sets were new to us. Here are the books featured on each:

Max’s Chocolate Chicken features four stories, all by Rosemary Wells, including the title story:

Max’s Christmas (English and Spanish versions!):

Otto Runs for President:

and Morris’s Disappearing Bag:

When I say that watching these stories fuels my girls’ love for reading, I’m not exaggerating. After we watched this DVD for the first time we headed to the library for our weekly trip. My girls found the book Otto Runs for President on the book wall in the kids’ area and ran squealing to me, begging to check it out. This happens all the time! I just love the Scholastic Storybook Collection DVDs!

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The other DVD in this 3-disk set is Chicken Little…and more zany animal stories. It features the following books:

Chicken Little, by Ed and Rebecca Emberley

The Great White Man-Eating Shark, by Margaret Mahy (which my girls have been referencing nonstop since we’re at the beach right now.)

The Three-Legged Cat, also by Margaret Mahy

Dooby Dooby Moo, by Doreen Cronin:

This DVD set retails for $24.95, and you can get 20% off when you use coupon code NEWKIDEO20 at checkout.

Also, New Kideo has a fantastic sale going on right now, so check that out too!

New Kideo is letting me give one copy of The Springtime Collection, featuring Max’s Chocolate Chicken to one of you! Here’s how to win.

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite children’s book is. 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 at midnight EST on Friday March 22. I will choose one winner on Saturday March 23 using random.org and will contact him or her via email. Winner must respond to me within 24 hours or I will pick a new winner. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Thanks to New Kideo (the children’s division of New Video Productions) and Scholastic for providing the DVDs for this review and giveaway. All opinions in this review are solely my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

16 comments March 20, 2013

Review and Kindle sale: A Cast of Stones, by Patrick W. Carr

I recently had the chance to read A Cast of Stones, by Patrick W. Carr, a Christian fantasy novel set that is the first in a trilogy called The Staff and the Sword. This book was published on February 1 by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love. 

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.”

Final Verdict:

First, let me say that I LOVED this book. I have never read anything that fell under the umbrella of Christian fantasy or sci-fi, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I got the book, I read the excerpt from the back (see above) and was honestly underwhelmed. I thought it sounded less than interesting. Then, I started the book and had to read the first few pages a couple of times, because I kept getting distracted. It really didn’t hold my attention, and in some passages I felt like the author was trying to use big words on purpose when smaller words would have sufficed. But then, like with so many books, once the action began I really got swept away by this book. By the time the two priest characters are introduced, I was hooked, and I finished this book in a matter of hours. So what is Christian fantasy? When I think “fantasy”, I think of things like Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time books. If you like that series, you’ll like this one. The “Christian” part comes in through a number of references to the Trinity (called by Medieval-sounding names) , the involvement of the Church as an entity that helps rule the kingdom where this book is set, and some hints of spiritual warfare. Nothing over-the-top, and nothing extreme that I would think readers would find offensive.

One of the things I liked about this book is the main character, Errol, who is billed as an unlikely hero who goes from an unknown boy to a very important character over the course of this book. The plot is not different from so many others (see the Wheel of Time books, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.) but this plot is repeated so often because it works. I found myself rooting for Errol, and excited to see what will happen to him in the rest of the books in this series.

The second book in this series is called The Hero’s Lot, and it will be released July 1 of this year; it’s available for pre-order now, and I am planning on reading it. I highly recommend this series!

If you’d like to check out A Cast of Stones it is currently on sale for $9.68 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $14.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $10.19. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

The featured product for this review was provided to me at no cost by Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.

Add comment March 19, 2013

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Children’s Consignment Sale at East Maryville Baptist April 5-6

 

East Maryville Baptist Church is having its Spring Children’s Consignment Sale April 5-6, and I have a set of early-entry passes to give away for the presale April 4! If you’d like to make sure you get to shop early, though, then you’ll want to register as a consignor. Registration is now open; just go by the church office to sign up. (Call first for hours: 865-982-4960.)

Regular sale hours are Friday April 5 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. PLUS 5 -8 p.m. and then Saturday April 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. On Saturday all items without a red dot are half price.

BUT, if you’d like to shop before the general public, I have one set of passes that will allow you and a friend to shop on Thursday night, April 4, from 6-9 p.m. To enter, head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the giveaway post – all the details are there!
I’ll announce the winner on FB on Monday morning. If you’d like to receive more information about the EBMC sale, you can email embc.consignmentsale@yahoo.com.

Add comment March 19, 2013

Giveaway: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-Ray (release date 3/19)

UPDATE: The winner is #27, Will G. Thanks to all who entered!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is coming to Blu-ray & DVD March 19th 2013!

 J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Have you seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey yet? Oh my goodness I love this movie! There are few movies I actually spend the money to see in the theater, and I saw this one TWICE! If you haven’t seen it yet, I have some good news. I have a Blu-Ray combo pack to give away!


I’m excited that Warner Bros. is allowing me to give one of you The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-Ray combo pack!

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the theater! (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?

  • Like Thrifty Christy on Facebook (or let me know you’ve already done this)
  • Follow Thrifty Christy on Twitter (or let me know you’ve already done this)
  • Tweet about the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming to Blu-ray & DVD March 19th using #TheHobbit hashtag (or let me know you’ve already done this)

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday March 25. I will choose a winner on Tuesday March 26 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 Warner Bros. I was not compensated for this giveaway and all opinions are my own.


53 comments March 18, 2013

How to see Thrifty Christy posts in your Facebook news feed

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Facebook is continuously changing. If you want to continue to see posts from me in your news feed:
1. Be sure to put your mouse over the “like” button on my page and click “show in news feed”. (Alternatively, if you’re someone who likes me personally and wants to like my page, but has no interest in the topics about which I post- for example, my brother or brother-in-law in Alabama- them simply do the opposite. Unclick “show in news feed” and you won’t see my posts unless you visit my FB page.)
2. When I post a status, stay active! Hit “like”, “comment”, and “share”! FB automatically assumes that the updates for any one page are not interesting enough, and they will only push it out to your feed if you’ve continued to show activity and interest.
Hope that answers some of the questions I’ve been getting about Facebook news feeds!

Add comment March 14, 2013

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