Archive for June, 2014

Homeschool families: get a one-time discount on Sonlight curriculum

Sonlight is a homeschool curriculum that uses great books to teach core subjects in a “compelling, refreshing way”. We are homeschooling my 2nd grader this year, and have been extremely impressed with the Sonlight curriculum! It’s expensive, but well-worth it. Although there aren’t a lot of discounts available for this curriculum, anyone can  get $5 off a Sonlight purchase of $50 or more if you use my Rewards ID code, which is CB20393440. I know $5 isn’t a lot, but it’s better that no discount at all! This is a one-time discount for new Sonlight families.

Also, if you’re planning ahead, Sonlight often offers a January discount of $100 off a core to encourage new homeschooling families to either buy ahead or try switching from an old curriculum that’s not working for a given child.

Here are some reasons other parents love this curriculum (taken from the Sonlight website):
*    My children are getting a great education and loving it … at least most of the time! Sonlight is a literature-based curriculum, so we read tons of great books out loud together. The kids devour plenty of books on their own, too. We stay away from boring textbooks and really engage in what we’re learning.
*    That time spent reading together on the couch is creating some great memories–we learn so much about each other as we discuss the events, ideas and characters we discover.
*    With the Instructor’s Guides Sonlight provides, we can just open up the guide and do school every day without me spending much time planning. That gives us even more time to hang out … and keep up with the laundry.

Do you use Sonlight? I’d love to hear about your experience!

Add comment June 18, 2014

Groupon deal TODAY ONLY: Fall Creek Falls State Park, plus new ZipStream

A Groupon is available TODAY ONLY for the Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn!

This promotion allows you to book and purchase a room at the Inn for $55, a 30% discount. Plus, up to three children ages 15 & under stay FREE! The Groupon is available for dates through August.

This promotion coincides with the opening of Fall Creek Falls ZipStream! ZipStream opens June 27, and is described as a “Spiderman-like experience of nature from above!” This 2.5-hour self-guided tour allows visitors to explore the hardwoods overlooking Fall Creek Falls Lake at their own pace through six courses and up to 70 elements, graded from easy to extreme. Go here for more info on ZipStream.

Add comment June 17, 2014

Free kids’ book for Kindle: Voyage with the Vikings (Imagination Station)

If your children are looking for fun reading material this summer, they might want to try out the Imagination Station series (recommended for ages 6-9 – but that’s just a suggestion.) We haven’t started reading these books yet, but they come highly recommended and I’ve heard them compared to the Magic Treehouse books, which we love. Right now, the first book in the series, Voyage with the Vikings, is FREE for Kindle. Go here to take a look.

Here’s a synopsis:

While visiting Mr. Whittaker at Whit’s Soda Shoppe, Beth and Patrick find a mysterious letter in the Imagination Station requesting a Viking sunstone. The letter is old and says that someone named Albert will be imprisoned if the sunstone isn’t found. Mr. Whittaker sends cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland circa 1000. On their quest for the sunstone, the cousins meet Vikings Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson—and find the sunstone as they join Leif on his first voyage to North America. But the adventure is just beginning, for when they return to Mr. Whittaker’s workshop with the sunstone, there is another note waiting for them, requesting a silver goblet.
Join Patrick and Beth as they continue their travel to various lands and time in the Imagination Station book series.

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Add comment June 17, 2014

Frontier Airlines: Purchase $29 tickets TODAY to travel to Chicago (through 9/30)

Frontier Airlines has a sale TODAY ONLY where you can purchase tickets to/from Chicago Midway for just $29 each! That doesn’t include taxes/fees and costs for luggage. You must book the flight today (June 16) but you can travel anytime between now and September 30.

Thanks, Rebekah!

 

Add comment June 16, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center announces 2014 Summer Family Program

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center  is offering a new Summer Family Program that will run Monday through Friday through early August. Programs will last from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Families are invited to come to the Heritage Center in Townsend to take part in fun family activities as a part of their regular museum admission.  Families can take part in a wide range of fun activities like archaeology, gardening, spear throwing, and making art. Each week of the summer is themed and the activities change daily.

Check the Heritage Center website for the updated calendar of programming. Here’s what’s being offered so far. (Note: these are subject to change due to weather and availability)

June 16th – 20thArchaeology Week

Monday, June 16th – Friday, June 20th: Uncovering Mountain Treasures

 June 23rd – June 27th Nature Week

Monday, June 23rd: TBD

Tuesday, June 24th: Fly Fishing

Wednesday, June 25th: Appalachian Bear Rescue

Thursday, June 26th: TBD

Friday, June 27th: TBD

June 30th – July 3rd Townsend Week

Monday, June 30th: Build a Cabin

Tuesday, July 1st: Archaeology Day – The Townsend Dig

Wednesday, July 2nd: School Day in the Church

Thursday, July 3rd: Service Day

 July 7th – July 11th Hunt Like a Native American Week

Monday, July 7th: Make the Mask of Your Clan

Tuesday, July 8th: Chunkey

Wednesday, July 9th: Atlatl

Thursday, July 10th: Blow Gun

Friday, July 11th: TBD

 July 14th – 18th Garden Week

Monday, July 14th – Thursday, July 17th: Farmer in the Cove

Friday, July 18th: TBD

 July 21st – July 25th Move like a Pioneer Week

Monday, July 21st: Load a Wagon

Tuesday, July 22nd: Build a Cabin

Wednesday, July 23rd: TBD

Thursday, July 24th: TBD

Friday, July 25th: TBD

July 28th – August 1st Around the House

Monday, July 28th: Children’s Chores

Tuesday, July 29th: Broom Making Demonstration (Tentative)

Wednesday, July 30th: Make a Quilt Square

Thursday, July 31st: Cook like a Pioneer

Friday, August 1st: Butter Making

 August 4th – August 8th  Art Week

Monday, August 4th: Nature Art

Tuesday, August 5th: Paint a Mountain Scene

Wednesday, August 6th: Photography

Thursday, August 7th & Friday, August 8th: TBD

August 11th – August 15th Music Week

Monday, August 11th: Drums

Tuesday, August 12th: Dulcimers

Wednesday, August 13th: Flute Day

Thursday, August 14th: Make an Instrument

Friday, August 15th: TBD

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a 501 c3 Museum and Cultural Center. The Heritage Center is open Monday thru Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Admission is free for Heritage Center members, Adults $6.00, Seniors 60 plus and children ages 6 – 17 $4.00, children 5 and under are free. 

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a not for profit museum and is located between the traffic light and the national park entrance, on scenic Highway 73. For more information, call 865-448-0044

Add comment June 16, 2014

Publix Deal: Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen, as low as 49¢!

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This week at Publix you can combine coupons, sales, Ibotta offers AND Checkout51 offers for a great deal on Neutrogena sunscreen! The deal is available through 6/17 .

Note: Prices will vary from store to store. The sunscreen is on sale for $2 off (the prices listed are after the sale).

IMPORTANT: At our Knoxville Publix sunscreen is located in TWO different places, so if you don’t see the sunscreen you need, ask a store employee. Also, the Health & Beauty flyer is located at the front entrance.

Publix Deal

This week at Publix, you can get Neutrogena Wet Skin sunscreen for as low as $0.49! Even if you’re not able to find the Publix Health & Beauty flyer or the SS coupon this is still a great deal, since sunscreen is so very expensive!

You’ll need to make sure you’ve signed up for Ibotta and Checkout 51 first to be able to get this deal. Each of these coupon sites/apps is free!

Note: Prices will vary from store to store. The sunscreen is on sale for $2 off (the prices listed are after the sale).

Here’s what you’ll do:

Buy:
(1) Neutrogena Wet Skin Spray Sunscreen, 5 oz, $8.99
(1) Neutrogena Wet Skin Lotion Sunscreen, 3 oz, $8.99
Use:
-$4/2 Neutrogena body items, excl trial, clearance, lip and bar items, SS 5/04
(2) -$2 off Neutrogena suncare item, .47-6.7 oz (Publix coupon), Health & Beauty flyer, located at the front entrance
Total Due: $9.98
Get Back:
-$2 off Neutrogena Wet Skin lotion sunscreen, 3 oz, Ibotta App mobile coupon
-$2 off Neutrogena Wet Skin sunscreen spray, 5 oz, Ibotta App mobile coupon
-$2 off Neutrogena Wet Skin Bonus WYB Lotion and Spray products, Ibotta App (exp 06/19) mobile coupon
-$3/2 Neutrogena SPF Products, Checkout51, mobile coupon

If you can do all of the above it’s like getting it for 49¢ each!!!

PLUS: If this is your first time signing up for Checkout 51 you’ll receive a $2 bonus and the choice of a special coupon deal on milk, bread, or strawberries.

If this is your first time signing up for Ibotta, you’ll receive a bonus ($2 I believe) plus there’s a milk deal there too, and if you submit a receipt for the sunscreen and a gallon of milk you’ll receive a special Triple Play bonus of $0.50! This deal gets better and better!

Thanks, Southern Savers!

Add comment June 13, 2014

Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents Aladdin, June 6-22

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the Walt Disney Studios film Aladdin. The play will be performed June 6 through 22, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.

I took my daughters to see the KCT production of Beauty and the Beast and was blown away by the level of talent in this group, so we are definitely planning to attend this production! You can find out more info here.

Add comment June 5, 2014

Staples text coupon: $5/$25 purchase (save for later)

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We all know Staples has some great freebies and coupons. (Although there’s nothing free this week, here are the current coupons.) I though I’d pass along the above offer that you can combine with all your deals: text JOIN to 555444 to get $5 off a $25 purchase. The next time they have a bunch of freebies, you’ll want to text to get this coupon when you walk in the door. You should get the coupon and be able to use it by the time you’re ready to check out!

Add comment June 5, 2014

Review and Kindle sale: Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, by Dr. Kevin Leman

I recently had the chance to read Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, by Dr. Kevin Leman. This nonfiction book was released on May 13, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

A call to dads to step up to the plate to become the loving, actively engaged father that a daughter needs for life and relational success.

The relationship that matters most to your daughter isn’t the one with her mother—it’s the one with you, Dad. Her self-esteem, choices, behavior, character, and even her ideas about or choice of a marriage partner are all directly tied to you, as the most important representative to her of the male species.
 In Be the Dad She Needs You to Be Dr. Kevin Leman, internationally-known psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and father of four daughters, will show you not only how to get the fathering job done and done well, but also how to:
  • Make each daughter feel unique, special, and valued
  • Discipline the right way . . . when it’s needed
  • Talk turkey about what guys are really thinking
  • Keep the critical eye at bay
  • Wave the truce flag when females turn your family room into a battleground
  • Set your daughter up for life and relational success

With some effort on your part (and very few dollars), you can gain the kind of relationship you dream of with your daughter—one based on mutual love and respect. The simple yet profound suggestions will transform you into the kind of man your daughter needs . . . for a lifetime

My Verdict:

I am obviously not a dad – I got this book for my husband – but this is still a great book for moms of daughters to read. Dr. Leman is qualified to write this book, not just because he’s a successful psychologist, but also because he has successfully raised four daughters to adulthood. That in itself speaks volumes. I really liked his sections on walking the fine line of discipline (not being too authoritarian, but not being just your child’s “friend” either) and how birth order plays in to your child’s personality. I though Dr. Leman was at his best when he was being serious and directly discussing the topic; I wasn’t a big fan of his jokes, to be honest, especially the ones involving his wife. I know he meant well, but they felt like he was painting her as a caricature of a nagging wife. If you skip past the jokes to the meat of the book, this is an excellent read for both dads and moms of daughters.
If you’d like to check out Be the Dad She Needs You to Be it is currently on sale for $11.99 for the Kindle version right now (Regularly $17.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $13.53. 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. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). 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 June 5, 2014

City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth celebration kicks off with a Patriotic Bike Parade on June 26th

The City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth celebration kicks off with a Patriotic Bike Parade on June 26th at 6:30 p.m. The event begins on Union Ave at Market Square. Families will then follow Gay Street to Magnolia Avenue and then back down Gay Street.

The City’s Office of Special Events will be presenting the Best Decorated Bike Contest awards in four categories: business, family, child ages 7-12, and child ages 6 and under. Judging for the best decorated categories will begin at 6 p.m. on Market Square in front of the stage.

Businesses must pre-register by June 24 to be judged; families and children can pre-register or register on-site. Pre-register online here. You can also get more info on the Facebook event here.

The Bike Parade schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Best Decorated Bike registration and check-in
6 p.m. – Contest judging begins on Market Square
6:15 p.m. – Begin lining up for parade on Union Avenue by Market Square
6:30 p.m. – Parade steps off
7-9 p.m. – Live performance by Kelsey’s Woods on Market Square

Thanks, Kyndra and the City of Knoxville Office of Special Events!

Add comment June 4, 2014

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