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Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sale $50 certificate for $25!!

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Here is a great deal if you plan on shopping at the Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sale next week. Star 102.1 is offering a $50 certificate for $25! This deal starts at 9:00 am, and I am sure that it will go quickly! It looks like there is a limit of 100 certificates. Go here for the deal! If you’re not familiar with Duck Duck Goose go here for all the details!

Here are some details about this deal:
Certificates can only be used on Thursday April 3, 2014 and Friday April 4, 2014. Certificates must be picked up from the Journal Broadcast Group (located at 1533 Amherst Rd. Knoxville, TN 37909) by 5pm April 4, 2014.

Add comment March 28, 2014

Giveaway: win a family pass to Rock City’s Fairytale Nights!

Rock City’s new event, Fairytale Nights, is going on now, and it sounds like so much fun! Here’s the official description:

Join us on a spectacular journey as we travel to a faraway kingdom where magic is around every turn. Help Little Red Riding Hood avoid the Big Bad Wolf; follow Jack as he ventures off the beanstalk into the giant’s lair; enjoy the radiant gardens with Cinderella; learn to sword fight with a knight! Don’t miss this chance to make magical memories at Rock City’s Fairytale Nights!

Read on for more details, plus a family pass giveaway!

Here are some of the events and activities taking place at Fairytale Nights:

  • Enchanted Tea with Alice and Friends – special event with VIP Access to Fairytale Nights, see below
  • Fairest of Them All Tailor Shop* – Here children can join the fun and become a fairy, prince, princess or knight! Whatever your hearts’ desire, our Fairest of Them All tailors may have just the outfit for you!
  • Knights’ Training Academy* – Children of all ages can train to scale a castle wall, sword fight & learn basic archery. Knights completing the academy are presented to Queen Guinevere for knighting. (Also a part of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Spring Break Safari Promotion). $13 pre-purchase online or at ticket desk; $15 at Climbing Wall.
  • Seven Dwarves’ Mining Co. Gem Panning*
  • Falcon Shows – Join John and Dale Stokes with “Wings to Soar” for this educational and interactive show. Nightly in the Critter Classroom with showtimes at 5:15pm, 6:15pm, and 7:15pm
  • Ik the Troll King – Appearing in the Stone Forge Tavern (Pavilion) – Friday and Saturday Evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Meet and interact with a real live troll and hear wild and fanciful tales as Ik, the Troll King entertains the crowd at Stone Forge Tavern.
  • Cinderella Meet & Greet with photos by KODAK! – guests can visit with Cinderella and have the special moment captured by KODAK nightly on the Cliff Terrace Porch.
  • Enchanted Carriage Rides – After you visit with Cinderella, take an enchanting 10min ride in her carriage, offered nightly from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. $5 per person, ages 2 & Up. The enchanted carriage can fit 4 adults comfortably with 1 additional adult next to the driver. Children are allowed to sit on their guardian’s lap; however this does not decrease the per person rate.
  • Fairytale Photo Ops! – Have your picture made with your favorite fairytale characters throughout the Enchanted Trail.
  • Fairytale Marketplace – Leathercraft, jewelry, and the Georgia Winery vendors will be open Thursday – Saturday evenings. The vendor marketplace is located outside of Gardens Gateway at the end of the Enchanted Trail.
  • Magical Souvenirs & Fairy Gardening Headquarters – Fairytale Nights logo souvenirs, Fairytale Story Books, plush Rocky dolls, knight and princess accessories, etc are available for purchase. Woodland Wonders Gift Shop offers a large selection of every essential needed to create your very own Fairy container garden! Also available are souvenir pilsner and pint glasses that come with a free first beer and discounted re-fills coupon in the Stone Forge Tavern.
  • Stone Forge Tavern (Pavilion) – Offering turkey legs, hot stew, and beer on tap nightly from 5:00pm-close. Fresh kettle corn sold nightly in the village of Stone Forge near the Seven Dwarves’ Mining Co.

*Additional Charges for some children’s activities (average $3 – $9)

Plus, there will be a special Enchanted Tea with Alice and Friends event on April 5 & 6 at 3:30 p.m. This party will include tea & heavy hors d’oeuvres hosted by Alice and the White Rabbit with special appearances by Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. Tickets also include front of line admission to Fairytale Nights. Children also receive a small gift and photo by Kodak with Alice and the rabbit. The three course tea menu includes crumpets, sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, hot tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee, iced tea and Coca-Cola products. Admission to this tea (plus Fairytale Nights) is as follows:

Adult: $29.95
Child (ages 2-12): $29.95 *Child ticket includes special gifts and souvenir photo by Kodak

The Enchanted Tea with Alice and friends is SOLD OUT for the Saturday tea party and has very limited seating for the Sunday tea party, so if you were thinking about making reservations, go quickly!

Fairytale Nights runs nightly from March 28 – April 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Rock City Gardens, located at 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

Admission pricing is as follows:

Sundays – Wednesdays is $19.95/Adult and $11.95/Child (ages 3-12)

Thursdays – Saturdays $22.95/Adult and $12.95/Child

For more information and to order tickets, visit the official website here.

Thanks to the folks at Rock City for giving me a family pass to Fairytale Nights (2 adults, 2 kids)  to give away to you all! To enter this giveaway, just head to Facebook and look for this Fairytale Nights giveaway post.

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday, March 31. I will choose a winner on Tuesday, April 1 using random.org and will contact them via Facebook. Giveaway open to US readers only. You must be 18 or older to enter. Pass is good through April 20.

3 comments March 28, 2014

BOGO milkshakes at Sonic this Thursday, March 27

Sonic will have a buy one get one free sale on shakes this Thursday, March 27 all day long. Go here to see the Facebook event. 

Participation may vary, call your location to confirm.
Thanks, Birmingham Bargain Mom!

Add comment March 25, 2014

Celebrity Pancake Breakfast to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Blount County April 12

Leadership Blount is hosting a Celebrity Pancake Breakfast on April 12 at Barley’s in downtown Maryville. Tickets are $10/person, and all proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Blount County. For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Facebook event here.

Add comment March 25, 2014

Half off local honey at The Market from Groupon, plus 20% off home service deals

Right now you can get a $40 voucher to The Market for $22; this voucher is good for groceries, not meat (although if you’d like a voucher for Mother Earth Meats, Groupon has that too) and I use these vouchers to get a really great deal on local honey – something you don’t often see a coupon for!

You can also get 20% off one local home service deal, today only, with code HOME20. This would be a great opportunity to try a new service – like housecleaning! (Maybe I should pass this one along to my husband :))

Add comment March 25, 2014

Free paper towels at CVS through 3/29

If you’re stopping by CVS this week, make sure you scan your ExtraCare card at the Magic Coupon Machine to receive a coupon for a FREE roll of paper towels!

Add comment March 25, 2014

$2/1 Alleve-D printable coupon available

I can totally tell it’s allergy season. My eyeballs are itchy. If you’re an allergy sufferer too, this printable coupon from Aleve-D may be helpful to you.

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Add comment March 25, 2014

Book review and Kindle sale: A Beauty So Rare, by Tamera Alexander

I recently had the chance to read A Beauty So Rare, by Tamera Alexander. This fiction book was published on March 25,  by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

Eleanor Braddock–plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty–knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America–and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path–building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground–and a love neither of them expects.

But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

From the USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society–and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

Final Verdict:

I  read Alexander’s first novel in the Belmont Mansion series, A Lasting Impression, and I liked it for many of the same reasons I liked this second book in the series, including the post-Civil War setting, the real-life character of Adelicia Acklin and the real-life setting of Belmont, in Nashville. The plot is fun, and will keep readers interested. It’s a basic love story, but it brings in a little European history, a little botany, and the fantastic plot of a woman finding her place in society by serving others. The main character, Eleanor Braddock, is smart, sympathetic, and fun to read about. Although this book is pretty long, readers will probably finish it in a night, like I did. (Also, after reading this book, I am determined I need to plan a trip to Nashville to tour Belmont and see where Adelicia Acklin really lived!) This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

If you’d like to check out A Beauty So Rare it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy it’s currently on sale for $10.89. 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. If you’d like to sign up to receive review copies from Bethany House, visit www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers.

Add comment March 25, 2014

Book review and Kindle sale: Murder Simply Brewed, by Vannetta Chapman

I recently had the chance to read Murder Simply Brewed, by Vannetta Chapman. This fiction book was released today, March 25, 2014 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced. Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.

My Verdict:

I have always enjoyed murder mystery novels, from classics like those of Agatha Christie to more modern versions like the Southern Sisters novels from Anne George. I know there’s a whole genre of Amish fiction out there, and I have to admit it’s never really interested me before, but this book seemed like an interesting introduction to Amish fiction, since it’s a murder mystery, rather than a romance novel. I found the fictional setting – an Amish artisan village in Middlebury, IN – to be really charming. It’s the kind of place I’d like to visit, and is apparently based on the real-life Das Dutchman Essenhaus. The murder mystery is interesting, and while I wasn’t completely surprised by the ending, the “whodunit” wasn’t obvious, which I always appreciate. I was also intrigued by the descriptions of the Amish community, something I knew next to nothing about. The only parts of the book that lost my attention were the main character’s “romantic” scenes; I found them to be uninteresting and tended to skim them to get back to the main story. All in all, this is a nice, relaxing book that would be good for the beach.

If you’d like to check out Murder Simply Brewed it is currently on sale for $7.99 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.82. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 25, 2014

Shabby Apple sale on Zulily today: vintage-inspired dresses and tops

Shabby Apple is having a sale on Zulily today! I love their 50s inspired dresses and tops. Go here to shop the Shabby Apple sale.

Add comment March 21, 2014

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