Archive for May, 2014

Summer library programs at the Blount County Library begin Saturday: FREE pizza, face painting, and ventriloquist

Summer library programs at the Blount County Library begin this Saturday with FREE pizza, face painting, and a ventriloquist. You can find a full schedule of library events here. They have some fantastic things planned for this summer! You’ll want to sign your kids up for the reading program so they can earn prizes. (Blount County residents can also participate in the Knox County Libraries’ summer reading program to get a free coupon book, too. Info here.)



Add comment May 30, 2014

City of Maryville presents FREE Movies in the Park this summer

The City of Maryville, Alcoa Inc., DENSO, The United Way of Blount County and The Daily Times proudly present

Movies in the Park
Fridays – June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, and 25
At Sundown at the Theater in the Park (Beside the Blount County Courthouse)

More info on this the new event here. This sounds like an amazing, fun family event!

Movie Schedule:
June 6- Frozen
June 13- E.T. (PG-1982)
June 20- The Lego Movie
June 27- Back to the Future I (PG-1985)
July 11- UPDATE: The Lego Movie (The Ghostbusters will be shown at a later date, to be announced)
July 18- Despicable Me 2
July 25- The Goonies (PG-1985)

Thanks, Jamie!

Add comment May 30, 2014

5/29 is 529 Day: discounts at Knoxville Zoo, Creative Discovery museum, more – plus free $ for college!

Tomorrow, May 29, 2014 is TNStars® 529 Day, and there are some fun discounts happening at Tennessee attractions. There are also some great deals for the TNStars® College Savings 529 Program. Here’s more info:

529 Day

  • The Nashville Sounds and Memphis Redbirds baseball teams are offering a special $5.29 discount off of field box tickets.  Buy tickets in advance or at the game:
    • Memphis Redbirds- call (901) 721-6000
    • Nashville Sounds – call (615) 690-4487
  • Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga is offering special $5.29 admission and 5.29% discounts in the gift shop and café and on memberships.
  • Adventure Science Center in Nashville is offering special $5.29 admission and 5.29% discount in the gift shop.
  • Knoxville Zoo is offering a $5.29 discount on a child’s admission with a paid adult admission.

To take advantage of these great deals, just mention TNStars® 529 Day.

Tennessee residents who open and contribute to a TNStars® account and get up to $375 in incentives added to your account! Click here for information about incentives for Tennessee residents. Also, current 529 account holders  can get a $50 bonus for making a contribution of $50, tomorrow only, and if you set up an automatic contribution tomorrow you can get an additional $50 bonus! My family participates in the Tennessee 529 plan, among others, and have found it to be a great way to save for college for our girls.

Add comment May 28, 2014

Springbrook and John Sevier pools open now, passes available

The Springbrook and John Sevier pools are open now through August 3. Here’s more info:

Pool Admission Fees

Daily Admission

Season Passes*

Students Ages 3-18 $3.00 $65.00
Adults Ages 19 & Older $4.00 $75.00
Sr. Adults Ages 55 & Older $3.00 $50.00
Spectators $3.00
Family of 2 Season Pass* *Must live in the same household  $100.00
Additional Family Members living in the same household $25.00 each
Pool Pass Replacement Fee $5.00 each
Pool Pass  Lamination  Fee $1.00 each
*Season passes cannot be purchased on-line, in office only.

Pool Operating Hours




Springbrook  12-7 PM  11AM-6 PM 12:30-5:30 PM
John Sevier  12-6 PM  11AM-6 PM 12:30-5:30 PM

Lap Swim Time

During pool season, John Sevier Pool is available for lap swim every Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM.  Only those wishing to lap swim will be allowed in the pool during this time.

Add comment May 22, 2014

Word Lens, the real-time translation app, now free


Word Lens is an app that can translate the words and language it sees in real time, and it’s FREE to download right now!

Google has purchased Word Lens’ parent company, Quest Visual, and their first move was making the app free to download. Additionally, all of the language packs added since its release are available for free within the app too (were $5 each). This would be SO handy if you’re planning to travel abroad this summer.

Here’s more info, as well as a look at the app in action.

Hit the links below to download it and try it out for yourself.

iTunes App Store: Word Lens

Google Play Store: Word Lens

Thanks, Lifehacker!

Add comment May 22, 2014

Tennessee Smokies Reading Program: free tickets and more!

The Tennessee Smokies have a fantastic summer reading program where children 12 and under can get free tickets to baseball games, Zoo tickets, and more! Each time your child reads 10 books (or has 10 books read to him/her) you complete a level. My girls did this last time and really enjoyed getting to see a few games and get some fun prizes!

Here’s the official prize list:

LEVEL 1 – The Single: Two Smokies Tickets, Shoney’s Bookmark
LEVEL 2 – The Double: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s Pencil
LEVEL 3 – The Triple: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s & Homer’s Color Me Pennant
LEVEL 4 – The Home Run: Two Smokies Tickets, a Knoxville Zoo ticket & a Free Shoney’s Dessert
LEVEL 5 – The Grand Slam: Two Tickets to the August 4th Picnic at the Ballpark, a Smokies Card set & a Shoney’s Healthy Kids Meal

Here’s more info, from the Tennessee Smokies website:

Our Summer Reading Program consists of five levels of achievement for all program participants. Children can read 10 chapters or books, or have read to them 10 books (if not reading on their own) to move up each level. Reading Program Participants who complete the Grand Slam Level will be eligible to win great prizes that will be given away at the Summer Reading Program Picnic on August 4th, including Tickets to an Atlanta Braves Game!

To get you started, here’s the Level One entry form. You’ll receive the Level Two entry form when you turn your Level One form in at the box office!

Add comment May 21, 2014

Papa Murphy’s: 1/2 off for armed forces employees May 26 – June 1


Mark your calendars: next week (May 26 – June 1) Papa Murphy’s is offering half off your entire purchase for anyone with a valid Military I.D.!

Thanks, Trina!

Add comment May 20, 2014

Win a $150 store credit for Intentionally Me Hand Stamped Jewelry!

Here’s another fun giveaway taking place on Facebook: Win a $150 store credit for Intentionally Me Hand Stamped Jewelry from Whole Mom.

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Add comment May 20, 2014

Free early admission to Creative Discovery Museum for costumed kids Friday, May 23!

Dorothy didn’t have to pay any money to see the Great and Powerful Oz, so why should you? Creative Discovery Museum invites you to attend a special preview of the new summer exhibit The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition on Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m.-noon.

The first 50 children who attend the preview dressed up as Dorothy or any of the colorful characters she met on her way to the Emerald City will receive free admission to the Museum for the rest of the day.

Eligible costume choices include: Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good Witch!

Children in costume must visit the Museum between 10 a.m. and noon to receive free admission.

Note: Only the first 50 children in costume will receive free admission on their tickets. Adults and children not in costume will be charged regular Museum admission.

For more information, call (423) 756-2738 or visit the Museum website.


Add comment May 20, 2014

Arnicare: printable coupons, plus win a trip to the Grand Canyon or a Caribbean Cruise

You can enter the Arnicare Adventure Sweepstakes to win a trip to the Grand Canyon or a Caribbean Cruise. Plus, all sweepstakes participants will receive one $2 OFF Arnicare Gel or Cream coupon!

Limit of one entry per eligible person, per day, regardless of method of entry. (Note: Links in posts may be referral links that help support this site. Read my disclosure policy here.)


Add comment May 20, 2014

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