Archive for February, 2015

“A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families” – Easter book for kids from creator of “Truth in the Tinsel”

I’m a big fan of the Advent book Truth in the Tinsel, and have made it a part of our Christmas celebration for years now. The Author, Amanda White, has just released a book for Easter called A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families. Here’s more info:

In A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families, each activity focuses on one of the five senses–for example, smelling the perfume Mary used to anoint Jesus’ feet, hearing the rooster crow after Peter’s denial.
It’s a little different from Truth in the Tinsel for a few reasons:
1. It’s only 12 activities, instead of 24
2. It’s a little heavier because it is about something so serious–death and resurrection
3. The activities are not just crafts–they are big memory-makers (like making bread for the Last Supper) or what I like to call “memorials” where you make a craft-project that transforms your home (like making sparkly window catchers to remind you of the bright angel who rolled Jesus’ stone away).
We are going to be working through these activities in my house this Easter season! If you’re interested, you can get a copy of the book here, plus get 20% off when you enter coupon code HOMEBLESSINGS at checkout!

Add comment February 26, 2015

Big Lots: 20% off this weekend, Feb 28 and Mar 1

This weekend (Feb 28 & March 1) you can get 20% off your entire purchase at Big Lots! You’ll need a frequent shopper card on Saturday, but they’re free and you can get one easily at the register. On Sunday you’ll need the printable coupon you can find here!

Go here for more info on the sale. This is an especially great opportunity to get a 20% discount on food items!

Add comment February 26, 2015

Children’s Consignment sale Feb. 28 to benefit Heritage HS Color Guard

Saturday, Feb. 28th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a children’s consignment sale at Heritage High School inside the main entrance commons area. All proceeds will benefit the Heritage Winter Guard team’s fund for competition travel expenses.

This is a cash only sales event. Sale items will include children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, CDs, DVDs, and more.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Add comment February 26, 2015

Giveaway: win tickets to the Junior League’s 2015 Bag-A-Bargain rummage sale!

UPDATE: The winners are #24 Lindsey S., #34 Nina S., #21 Sarah M., and #7 Lynette W. Thanks so all who entered!
I am proud to be a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Knoxville. I joined the Junior League in 2002, and have thoroughly enjoyed my League experience. My favorite event every year is Bag-A-Bargain, the giant rummage sale for which the League is famous! This year’s Bag-A-Bargain sale will take place on Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park (near the Knoxville Zoo).
If you’d like to see what I’ve written about the sale in past years, you can read all of those stories here, including highlights from setup shifts when I was serving as an active member. I’ve been a huge fan of Junior League sales ever since I furnished my first post-college apartment with items from the Junior League of Birmingham’s sale. Junior Leaguers know how to put together great rummage sales! Here are some of my photos of previous sales:
Tickets to this amazing thrift sale are just $5, and you can get $1 off each ticket at the door by bringing a canned food item to donate, too. There’s also a coupon in the Knoxville Schools Coupon Book (but you can’t combine discounts). Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. the day of the sale, doors open at 8 a.m., and be aware that people WILL line up to get in. There were even lines one year when it snowed.
You can also purchase tickets to shop early at the Bag-A-Bargain preview party on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m., plus you’ll get to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a band, and more! These tickets are $35 each, and can be purchased directly from league members. (Please note that although you do get to shop early, prices that night are double the price listed on the tag. I’ve still found some amazing deals at the preview party, especially in the Treasure Chest section!)
Thanks to the League for allowing me to offer a giveaway for you! Here’s how to enter to win one of four tickets to shop at Bag-A-Bargain on March 7:

Required Entry:To enter to win, just RSVP to Bag-A-Bargain here and then leave a comment below letting me know you’ve done so. That’s it!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 Wednesday, February 25 at midnight EST. I will choose 4 winners via and will post their names on Thursday, February 26. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received passes to this event plus additional passes from the Junior League of Knoxville 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.

34 comments February 21, 2015

Allegiant Air presidential deals: $49 flights to Orlando!

Allegiant Air has a special sale going on that includes $49 flights to Orlando. Doesn’t that sound fantastic right now?! Go here to see all the deals.

Thanks, Jessica!

Add comment February 18, 2015

American Girl doll SUPER SALE: historical dolls for $55, accessories, more!

If you have a daughter who loves American Girl dolls, you won’t want to miss today’s Jill’s Steals & Deals sale! The code JILLSFEB will get you the following deals, but if you’re interested, HURRY, as these sell out SO fast!! This sale starts at 8:00 a.m. EST.

Classic Caroline doll + nightgown: $55

Caroline’s traveling outfit: $16

Caroline’s skiff: $84

Classic Kaya doll + Pow-Wow dress: $55

Classic Kit doll + striped nightgown: $55

Kit’s bed and quilt set: $55

Classic Rebecca doll + pajamas: $55

Rebecca’s bed: $75

Rebecca’s robe & slippers: $14

Classic Julie doll + patchwork outfit: $55

Classic Julie doll + pajamas: $55

 Julie’s Car Wash set: $210

Thanks, American Girl BST!


Add comment February 18, 2015

Presale begins for Appalachian Ballet’s “Cinderella” March 6-7

The Appalachian Ballet Company will present the ballet Cinderella March 6-7. After the March 7 show there will be an additional event where children can meet the characters from the ballet, and tickets for that event are $10/child (adults free) with a limited number of tickets sold.

To purchase tickets now during the presale, go here and use code CINDERELLA. You may also purchase tickets by calling the ABC at 865.982.8463.

Add comment February 16, 2015

20% off my VERY favorite planner (2015-2016 version) through March 31!

The Well-Planned Day is my absolute FAVORITE daily planner, and it’s on sale right now for 20% off! Last year I ditched my electronic planners and decided to go back to a paper planner, and it has been SO much better!

This is the specific planner I use; it runs from Summer 2015 – Summer 2016, and while it’s specifically targeted at homeschooling parents, I think it would work well for afterschoolers or really anyone who has kids and needs to keep track of all their activities! It’s on sale for 20% off through March 31. You can actually take a look through the pages when you visit the website here.

If you’re more of a calendar year planner as opposed to a school year planner, you’ll like this 2015 planner which is 50% off TODAY ONLY!

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Add comment February 13, 2015

Teachers & homeschool parents: FREE field trip review event for Pigeon Forge attractions

February 20 – March 8 there are a number of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions that will be offering free or discounted admission to teachers or homeschool parents. See above flyer for details.

Thanks, Megan!

Add comment February 13, 2015

TN grant program: get $500/year free for your child’s college savings account!

The State of Tennessee has a program called Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars (TIPS) that helps lower- to middle-income families save for college by providing a 4:1 match for those who qualify. (A family of 4 making $58,875 or less annually will qualify!!) Contribute $125 between now and June 30, 2015 and get $500 added to your child’s TNStars account. You can do this for the next three years for a total of $1500 free for your child’s college savings! If you don’t have a savings account, you can open one up when you apply.

Visit the TIPS website here for more information. This is such a great opportunity!

Add comment February 10, 2015

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