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Sam Houston Fall Carnival tonight, 9/13

Sam Houston Elementary is having its Fall Carnival tonight (9/13) from 5 – 8 p.m. Come enjoy hot dogs, chips, shaved ice, nachos, cotton candy, and drinks. Activities include 3 inflatables, face painting, hair spraying, cupcake walk, soda ring toss, prize room, balloon animals, silent auction, and more!

The thing I’m looking forward to most is the Mystery Prize Envelopes they’ll be selling this year. Each envelope costs $5 and contains at least $5 in free coupons/vouchers to local area restaurants, but you may get freebies worth up to $50!

Come out and help us raise money for Sam Houston! The school is located at 330 Melrose Street in Maryville.

Add comment September 13, 2013

Review and giveaway: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems,” and “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.” (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)

Update: the winners are #136 Kim P. and #124 Chris S. Thanks to all who entered!

My girls and I recently had the opportunity to watch two new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD called “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems,” and “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.” (If you don’t know about my love for Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs, you can read more here.) Here are our impressions of each.

First, the Mo Willems DVD. We LOVE Mo Willems, and loved this DVD. However, because of my daughters’ very emotional response to the book Knuffle Bunny Free, we’re skipping the book/movie until they’re both older. Here’s the story. The Knuffle Bunny books have been a huge part of my girls’ childhoods. We have grown up with Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, which are books about Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny (based on the author’s own daughter, Trixie.) Last year I checked Knuffle Bunny Free out from the library and brought it home to read, and my daughters were unexpectedly emotional about the storyline, which inolves Trixie deciding she’s old enough to give Knuffle Bunny away to a smaller child. Both of my girls started crying, and saying, “But she didn’t really give her bunny away, did she?” So I did what any parent would do, I think…I changed the ending and retold the story so that Trixie kept Knuffle Bunny forever, even carrying him down the aisle when she got married. I think it’s a testament to the quality of these books that my kids were so involved with them as to have such an extreme response. When they’re older, we’ll revisit Knuffle Bunny Free, but for now, we skipped that story. We truly enjoyed the other stories on the DVD, though, (especially the character Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie!) and we also enjoyed the interview with the author, Mo Willem. Here are the books included on this DVD:

DON’T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE! (Featuring the voices of Mo Willems and John Scieszka)

It’s getting dark out, but one stubborn Pigeon is NOT going to bed! Will you let him stay up late? Scholastic has named the original story as one of the best books for kindergartners and first graders, and this version stays true to the original, best-selling book. As The New York Times says, “Pigeon can stand toe- to-ideographic-toe with Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown,” and this story is no exception.

KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE: AN UNEXPECTED DIVERSION (Featuring the voices of Trixie, Cher and Mo Willems)

Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents—all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans?

An emotional tour de force, Knuffle Bunny Free concludes one of the most beloved picture-book series in recent memory, with pitch perfect text and art, photos from around the world, and a stunning foldout spread, culminating in a hilarious and moving surprise that no child or parent will be able to resist.

EDWINA, THE DINOSAUR WHO DIDN’T KNOW SHE WAS EXTINCT (Featuring the voices of Cher and Mo Willems)

Everyone in town knows Edwina. She is the dinosaur who plays with the kids. She is the dinosaur who helps little old ladies cross the street. And best of all, she bakes yummy chocolate-chip cookies. Everyone loves Edwina except for Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. Reginald knows dinosaurs are extinct and is ready to prove it. But will anyone listen? And if they do, what will happen to Edwina?

Bonus Features: Interview with Mo Willems; Recipe for Edwina’s Chocolate Chip Cookies; Read-Along.

The second DVD we were able to watch was “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.”

The title story in this collection is really cute. My children have been singing, “Children Make Terrible Pets” nonstop, which earns us some funny looks in the grocery store. The other stories are really lovely, but possibly better suited for my 6-year-old than my 4-year-old. I’m a big Lois Lowry fan, so I really enjoyed “Crow Call”. Here are the books that appear on this DVD:

CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS (Written and illustrated by Peter Brown, narrated by Emily Eiden)

Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming little boy in the forest. When she brings him home, her mother cautions her “children make terrible pets.”

ALL THE WORLD (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward)

This story follows a circle of family and friends over the course of a day and shows the importance of all things great and small in our world.

CROW CALL (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein)

Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry has crafted a beautiful picture book about the power of longing and the importance of reconnection between a girl and her father in post-WWII America.

This is the story of young Liz, her father, and their strained relationship. Dad has been away at WWII for longer than she can remember, and they begin their journey of reconnection through a hunting shirt, cherry pie, tender conversation, and the crow call. This allegorical story shows how, like the birds gathering above, the relationship between the girl and her father is graced with the chance to fly.

ELIZABETI’S DOLL (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield)

When her new baby brother arrives, Elizabeti, a young Tanzanian girl, decides she needs a doll that she can care for the way her mother cares for the new baby. After looking around the village, Elizabeti finds the perfect doll to love. She names her Eva. When Mama changes the new baby’s diaper, Elizabeti changes Eva’s. When Mama sings to the baby, Elizabeti sings to Eva. And one day when Eva turns up lost, Elizabeti realizes just how much she loves her special doll. For children adjusting to a new sibling, this story is perfect.

Bonus Features: Interview with Children Make Terrible Pets Author/Illustrator Peter Brown; Interview with All The World Illustrator Marla Frazee; Interview with Crow Call Author Lois Lowry; Read-Along.

 

Each of these DVD sets retails for $14.95, 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 “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late…and More Stories by Mo Willems,” and one copy of “Children Make Terrible Pets…and More Stories about Family.” to two of you! Here’s how to win.

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know which DVD you’d prefer to win. 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 Monday September 16. I will choose two winners (one for each title) on Tuesday September 17 using random.org and will contact them via email. Winners will choose their DVD in the order in which they are selected. Winners 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 DVD 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.)

150 comments September 12, 2013

Sale at Laurel Cottage and Loft in Maryville Friday and Saturday

Laurel Cottage and Loft in Maryville is having its first Pop-up Sale this Friday 4-9 and Saturday 11-4. They are an affordable antique and repurposed furniture store in East Maryville. For more info check out their FB page.

Add comment September 6, 2013

Appalachian Ballet Company’s 2013 Bluejeans and Ballet fundraiser

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The Appalachian Ballet Company’s 10th Annual Bluejeans & Ballet will be Thursday, September 19 on the Clayton Center Plaza for dinner and drinks at 6 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:15 p.m. in Lambert Recital Hall.
RSVP by Thursday Sept.12. Tickets are $55/person, and all proceeds benefit the ABC. For more information visit the Appalachian Ballet’s website or call 865-982-8463.

Add comment September 5, 2013

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville September 13-14

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The Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville is coming up September 13-14! I always find really great deals at this sale, 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 two Thrifty Christy readers (plus you can each bring a friend)! There’s nothing like shopping early!

The sale is Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14, but these tickets will get you in beforehand to shop with consigners on the evening of Thursday September 12.

Here’s the info on the sale:

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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 September 13 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Half-Price Sale Saturday September 14 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 this post on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page – all the details are there! This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Thursday September 5. I will choose a winner on Friday September 6 using random.org and post his or her name on Facebook.

Add comment September 2, 2013

Free Chick-fil-a breakfast item September 9-14

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Chick-fil-a is offering a free breakfast item September 9-14! You must make reservations ahead of time, and you can go here to do that.

Add comment September 2, 2013

Giveaway: win tickets to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic

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A century of classic and new Disney stars are taking to the ice to share memories, laughs and excitement in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. The celebration is coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum October 2-6, 2013, and tickets are on sale now! Here’s the official show description:

This magical moment in entertainment history combines Disney’s unforgettable stories and enthralling characters that have entertained families all over the world. The captivating production features the largest cast ever of lovable Disney stars on ice – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Stitch, Nemo, the Incredibles, and the Lion King.

If you’d like to go ahead and order tickets without waiting on a giveaway, you can use the discount code MOM for $5 off the $25 and $20 tickets (valid for all Wed – Sun performances.) You can also purchase rinkside tickets for $45 and VIP tickets for $35.

The lovely folks at Feld Entertainment are allowing me to give some passes away to you! These passes can be exchanged for tickets at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, and are good for all reserved seating tickets except for front row and VIP tickets. This is the first of two giveaways; two winners will win four passes each. Here’s how to win:

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to Disney on Ice. That’s it! (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 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 Thursday September 5. I will choose two winners on Friday September 6 using random.org and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only. You must be 18 or older to enter.

I received passes to Disney on Ice for my family plus additional passes from Feld Entertainment to give away to my readers. Passes will be sent to the winner via US Mail, and I cannot be held responsible for any loss or delivery delay on the part of the mail. Feld Entertainment and The Walt Disney company are neither sponsors nor endorsers of this promotion. All opinions are my own.

 

 

135 comments September 2, 2013


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