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Free Redbox rental code, exp. 8/25


Get a free DVD rental, $0.30 Blu-ray rental, or $0.80 video game rental from Redbox through 8/25. Use the code JR8WQLM online or at a Redbox kiosk. The code has a limit of one use and is valid for a one-night rental.

Thanks, Krazy Coupon Lady!

Add comment August 24, 2013

Dr. Seuss back-to-school app sale through August 27


Oceanhouse Media is offering a back-to-school sale on all its Dr. Seuss apps, through August 27. Go here to browse all their apps!

Add comment August 24, 2013

McAlister’s Deli in Alcoa: kids eat free on Wednesdays


McAlister’s Deli in Alcoa has Kids’ Night every Wednesday, and you’ll get two free kids meals per one adult entree purchased. They also have free face painting every other week, provided by Making Faces. Kids’ Night starts exactly at 5 p.m., so if you arrive any earlier you’ll have to wait to place your order.

Add comment August 24, 2013

Giveaway: win a family 4-pack of tickets to the 2013 Tennessee Valley Fair


UPDATE: The giveaway winners are Sarah W., Chelli L., Carey O., and Jennifer D. Thanks to all who entered. I’ll have another giveaway soon!

The Tennessee Valley Fair will be September 6-15 of this year, and my family is so excited about attending! Remember, tickets cost less if you purchase them by August 31. There are also some great discount days that I’ve listed here. The fair is always adding new events that are free with your paid admission. Here are just a few of the events that are new for 2013:

  • Marvelous Mutts – A Canine Spectacular!
    Adventure Pathway
    Showtimes – All 10 Days; See Guidebook for Info
    The Marvelous Mutts, A Canine Spectacular, is a thrilling dog sport entertainment show that showcases some of the world’s finest canine athletes. The dogs amaze audiences as they flip and fly to snatch flying discs out of the air, race through obstacle courses with breathtaking speed, and launch themselves off a dock to catch a toy before it splashes into a pool of water.  For more info, visit:
    YouTube – See Marvelous Mutts in Action!
  • Kiddie Land Fun TentPresented by Wendys of Knoxville
    Kiddie Land (Next to Little Ponderosa Zoo) – All 10 Days
    Features free entertainment for children ages 2 – 12 years old.  Enjoy our Thank-A-Farmer magic show each night at 7:30 pm, mascot parties, sing-a-longs, storytelling, face painting, live arts and crafts and much more.
  • “Best Of” Fair Food Competition
    Jacob Building’s Culinary Arts Stage – September 6 – 4:00 PM
    Watch as our concessionaires vie for the title of “Best Fair Food” – Celebrity Judges Frank Murphy from Star 102.1 FM and Katie Roach from WBIR Ch. 10 will judge the culinary creations.
  • Lego Extravaganza  -Tournament of Champions
    Kerr Building – September 14 – 11:00 AM
    Our Lego Extravaganza has been a wildly popular new event at the Fair since it’s inception in 2011.  This year, we are inviting winners from our first competition on Sept 7 to return for a “Tournament of Champions” – Watch the best Lego builders in East Tennessee compete for the title of “Lego Extravaganza Champion 2013!”
  • Agventure Scavenger HuntPresented by Wendy’s of Knoxville & Fruit Shoot
    Livestock Barns – All 10 Days
    This interactive hands-on scavenger hunt allows children (2-12 years old)  to experience agriculture like never before.  Participants will obtain a map that will lead them to specific educational exhibits (cattle, horticulture, poultry, tractors, rabbits, etc.) around the fairgrounds.  When all stations are complete, participants will receive a special prize from Wendy’s of Knoxville for participating!
  • Color for the Cure – Benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Knoxville Affiliate
    Kiddie Land Fun Tent
    Sunday, September 8: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
    Live coloring event just for kids!  For every page that is colored, the Tennessee Valley Fair will make a contribution to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Knoxville Affiliate.  Plus, enjoy a mini-mascot party featuring Jasper the Rooster, B97.5’s Buzz Bee, Tennessee Smokies’ Slugger & Diamond, Wendy’s Frosty and more.
  • Pinterest Interest Contest
    Kerr Building – All 10 Days (Exhibit)
    Enter your favorite Pinterest project in the Fair this year! Fun categories include: Best use of a Mason Jar, Sharpie Ceramics, Burlap Crafts, Fabulous Flip Flops & much more.  Download the contest description here.

The generous folks at the Tennessee Valley Fair have given me some family 4-packs of tickets to give away to you all! Here’s how to win one of the sets of passes (4 winners!):

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to the Tennessee Valley Fair. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to

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 Friday August 23. I will choose four winners on Saturday August 24 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.

43 comments August 20, 2013

Lumberjack Feud local discount days September 3-23 for Blount/Knox counties and more

Lumberjack Feud is having Local Appreciation Days for anyone who lives or works in Sevier, Cocke, Blount, Jefferson or Knox counties. For all shows Sept 3 thru 23 the cost will be $5 show only or $15 for show & dinner. Local ID or checkstub must be presented. Call 865-428-8688 to reserve seats.

Thanks, Tracy!

Add comment August 19, 2013

Discounts and deals at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey Cafe is one of my favorite Knoxville restaurants. The food is amazing, and if you belong to their free loyalty program (called the Shoo Mercy Club) you can get some great deals! Here’s the info, from their website:

Shoo Mercy Loyalty Program

Our Shoo Mercy Loyalty Program has REAL rewards!

  • Sweet Finish Reward – 200 points (free dessert of choice)
  • Biscuits and Jam Reward – 350 points (3 lb. biscuit mix and a jam)
  • Honey & Sorghum Rewards – 750 points (bottle of honey and bottle of sorghum)
  • Queen Bee – 1000 points (free cookbook)

So, here’s how club members can earn points!

We’re dividing the incentives into two categories: an item-based incentive track and a handful of niche specialty rewards track.

Item-Based Rewards:

  • Receive 15 points for every entree ordered.
  • Earn double points (30) for each of these Signature Entrees:
    • Breakfast Bowl
    • Shoo Mercy Pancakes
    • Roast Beef Po’ Boy
    • Brian’s Shrimp & Grits
    • Root Beer Molasses Glazed Pork Tenderloin
    • Petite Tender Medallions of Beef
  • Receive 10 points for each dessert ordered.
  • Receive 10 points for an order of tomato soup as a starter.
  • Receive 5 points for each rosemary peach lemonade or flavored tea ordered.
  • Receive points each time you purchase merchandise, either in the store or online in the e-store:
  • 25 points for cookbook purchase
  • 20 points for t-shirt purchase
  • 10 points for Tupelo Honey
  • 35 points for pecan pie to go



  • Kids Club: Bring in the kids between 4 and 6 p.m. on weekdays and they eat for 50% off. Limit $15 per table.
  • Sunday Night Supper Club: Join us for dinner on Sunday evenings twice and receive your third visit entree for free, up to $15.
  • Birthday Club: Receive up to $15 off entree of your choice during the calendar month of your birthday.
  • Anniversary Club: Receive 1 free dessert during the calendar month of your anniversary.

Go here to sign up and receive a Shoo Mercy card in the mail.

If you’ve already signed up, you’ll want to register your card online to make sure they have your birthday and anniversary listed so you get your coupons!

Add comment August 17, 2013

East Tennessee History Fair tomorrow in downtown Knoxville

Hy husband received an email from his Scottish society letting him know that the Sixth Annual East Tennessee History Fair will be tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Events will take place in various locations in Krutch Park, the East Tennessee History Museum, and other locations in downtown Knoxville. Here’s all the info he received, below. For more info you may visit their website.

Sixth Annual East Tennessee History Fair, presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, featuring:

Music ~ Historic Crafts ~ Historical Characters ~ Walking Tours ~Historic Home Tours ~ Graveyard & Museum Tours ~ Authors ~Children’s Activities ~ Living History ~ Davy Crockett’s Birthday


“History Hound” Dog Costume Contest
9:30 a.m.  Registration, Krutch Park
10:15 a.m.  Judging

WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music in Krutch Park from the WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage.
11:00          Sarah Morgan – 2012 International Mountain Dulcimer Champion
12:00          David West and the Cider Mountain Boys with Special Guests
1:05          Nancy Brennan Strange and the Strangefellows
1:55          Good Thymes Celidh Band
2:45          Russ & Becky Jeffers
3:35          Sean McCullough
4:30          Jamie Laval
Please check the official website as times are subject to change!

Mast General Store
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Meet the Author & Book Signing – Dr. Gail Palmer, author of When Mama was the Doctor: Medicine Women of the Smokies

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Meet the Author & Book Signing – Adam Alfrey, author of Great Smoky Mountain National Park: A Postcard History

Art Market Gallery
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – “Painted Glimpses of Olde Knoxville” Exhibition

Market Square Farmers Market
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Special Children’s Events:

Children’s Activities
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Davy Crockett’s Birthday Party
1:45 p.m.  “Friend of Davy” Storytelling
2:45 p.m.   Birthday cake with Davy Crockett

Sean McCullough- Kidstuff Music Show
3:15 p.m. Clayton Country Music Stage


First Presbyterian Church
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Historic Homes Bus Tours
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (depart from Krutch Park, Gay Street)

Tours of Underground Gay Street
100 Block of Gay Street, Open from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Tours of the Tennessee Theatre
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Tours of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Civil War Bus Tours
Bus Tours: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the hour

African American Heritage Walking Tours of Downtown
10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. (depart from the Steps of the East Tennessee History Center)

All Day Events – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Free Admission to Museum of East Tennessee History

Living History Timeline

Historic Craft Demonstrations

History, Genealogy, and Preservation Groups

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Make Your Own Raku Pot

Food – Hoof Farm Fresh Food Truck

Add comment August 16, 2013

2013 U-Pick season beginning at Mercier Orchards


Mercier Orchards just announced that the 2013 u-pick season has begun! We try to include a visit to this orchard in our Fall Break plans. My girls love picking their own apples, and their fried pies are SO good!

From their website:

It’s our favorite time of the year! Apple season is finally upon us, so come celebrate our first apple U-PICK of the year with a Gala exclusive on August 17th and 18th from 10am-4pm.  Apple U-PICK will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 through October. $10 gets one customer a peck sized bag to fill with freshly picked apples and a guided tractor tour. If you’re not interested in picking, but would still love the tour the cost is $2 per person. Children 2 and under are free to ride! It’s sure to be a fun filled weekend! Please note that pets are not allowed either in the tractor or in the orchard. Picking is subject to weather and availability.

Add comment August 16, 2013

Review and giveaway: coastal ecology and sing-along songs on Roger Day’s “Marsh Mud Madness” DVD

UPDATE: The giveaway winner is comment #15, Brocha. Thanks to all who entered!

Have you heard of Roger Day? He’s a children’s musician who has educational songs that make children laugh, and who I’ve always thought sounds just like Jimmy Buffet. He has a new concert DVD out called Marsh Mud Madness, and it’s a combination of a live concert and an ecological tour of a salt water marsh. My children loved this DVD and have been singing the songs – especially “Mosquito Burrito” – constantly. My daughter’s first grade teacher is also a fan. I volunteered in her class last week and during a break she was playing Roger Day’s music for her students.

Here are a few clips to give you a feel for Marsh Mud Madness:

Here’s the official description of the DVD:

One of the nation’s top touring family artists, Roger Day has a knack for creating songs that make complex ideas simple and fun. In this full-length DVD – filmed live at the Savannah Music Festival and on location at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island – Roger introduces children to the plants and animals that live in and around the salt water marshes and beaches of barrier islands and how each one has an important role to play in a healthy coastal ecosystem. Even sneaky ghost crabs and regurgitating vultures!

There are also FREE grade-specific study guides available for teachers and parents here.

Roger is a Birmingham native (like myself!) and spends a great deal of time on the road, touring throughout the Southeast. If you have a chance to see one of his live performances, make sure you don’t miss it! You can find more of his touring schedule on the Roger Day Facebook page.

Marsh Mud Madness is available for purchase at or on Amazon. You can purchase a download of the album here.

Would you like to win a copy of Marsh Mud Madness?

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know what song you think your children would like best. You can find a list of songs on the Marsh Mud Madness Bandcamp page here.

That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to 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 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 Thursday August 22. I will choose a winner on Friday August 23 using and will contact him or her via email.

Thanks to Roger Day for providing the DVDs for this review and giveaway. All opinions in this review are solely my own. Giveaway open to US readers only.

37 comments August 16, 2013

New printable coupon: $1/1 Flinstones Toddler Gummies or Toddler Chewable Multivitamins

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Add comment August 16, 2013

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