Archive for March, 2015

Giveaway: win a family pass to Rock City’s 2015 Fairytale Nights!

Update: The winner of the Rock City Fairytale Nights family pass is Chrissy Irvine! Thanks to all who entered – you’ll definitely want to plan a trip to this awesome event! For more details, ticket prices, hours, etc., read on!

Rock City’s newest event, Fairytale Nights, opens to the public this Friday, March 27! This is definitely an event you’ll want to attend with your family! 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!



Beware of Troll!! My girls at last year’s Fairytale Nights.

My daughters and I attended Fairytale Nights last year, and I was so impressed with this event! We enjoyed the atmosphere, and meeting the characters along the path was just thrilling. This was very much like a trip to Disney for us – just a magical experience – and we will definitely be back this year!

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
  • 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. $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 6:15pm, 6:50pm, and 7:30pm
  • Ik the Troll King – Appearing in the Stone Forge Tavern (Pavilion) – Friday and Saturday Evenings from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. 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.
  • Fairytale Photo Ops! – Have your picture made with your favorite fairytale characters throughout the Enchanted Trail.
  • Fairytale Marketplace – Leathercraft and jewelry vendors will be open Thursday – Saturday evenings. The vendor marketplace is located outside of Gardens Gateway at the end of the Enchanted Trail.

*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 4, 11 & 12 at 4:30 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. Under 2 admission is free, but does not include gifts/photo.


We attended the Enchanted Tea with Alice & Friends last year and had the most amazing time! My girls absolutely loved getting photos taken with all the characters!

The Enchanted Tea SOLD OUT last year, so if you were thinking about making reservations, go quickly! You can make reservations here.

Fairytale Nights runs nightly from March 27 – April 19 from 6 – 9 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 (good for 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 Tuesday, March 31. I will choose a winner on Wednesday, April 1 using 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 19.

Disclosure: I received a pass to Fairytale Nights for my family plus an additional pass from the folks at Rock City to give away to my readers. Pass will be mailed out to winner at the addresses provided. I cannot be held responsible for any problems with postal delivery. All opinions are my own.

Add comment March 26, 2015

Easter 2015: egg hunts and other activities in Blount County

Here is a list of Easter egg hunts and other fun activities in Blount County this year. Please comment below if you have one to add!

March 28

Blount County Birth to Three will have a Bunnies and Baskets fundraising event from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Maryville College. This event will include breakfast, egg hunts (starts at 9:30), bounce houses, face painting, crafts, games, and more!  It is $15 per family to preregister, and $20 per family at the door! The first 100 people to arrive will receive (and be fitted) for a free bicycle helmet! Rain or shine; bring your own baskets! More info here. Purchase tickets here.

March 29


Friends Day at Faith Encounter, from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Events include an Easter egg hunt, inflatables for the kids, Papa John’s pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones! Everyone is welcome and everything is completely free of charge More info here.

April 3

Fairview United Methodist will have its annual Easter egg hunt at 6 p.m. Event incldes a cookout, music, egg hunt, inflatables, and fun! More info here.

RIO Revolution Church will host an event called Light the Night from 6 – 8 p.m. This event will feature a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. More info here.

April 4

Blount Community Church will have an Easter celebration at John Sevier Park from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. They will have an egg hunt, snacks, crafts, games, and prizes. More info here.

The Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse will have an event from 4 – 5 p.m. Learn how the Easter Bunny Came to Colonial America. The children will make an Easter Nest just like the kids did in Houston’s Time. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with the children. This event is free. Please Pre-register as space is limited. Each child is asked to bring a cap, hat, bonnet, bucket, basket, or anything to make their nest. Please call the schoolhouse at 865-983-1550 to register. More info here.

Thanks to all of you who sent me events! I really appreciate it!

If you are looking for Easter activities in Knoxville, Macaroni Kids has a great list they’ve compiled.



Add comment March 24, 2015

Regal announces 2015 summer movies lineup: see these movies for just $1!


Regal has announced the schedule for its Summer Movie Express, where families can see movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for just $1 each throughout the summer! Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. In our area, three Regal theaters usually participate: Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10, Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9.  All movies start at 10 a.m. The exact start dates will be announced in the future, and I’ll update when that info is available, but here’s the movie schedule:

  • Week 1
    Nut Job
  • Week 2
    Earth to Echo
    The Boxtrolls
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
    Rio 2
    How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Week 5
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    The Book of Life
  • Week 6
    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 7
    The Lego Movie
    Dolphin Tale 2
  • Week 8
    Muppets Most Wanted
    Alexander and the Very Bad Day
  • Week 9
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    The SpongeBob Movie

For more information on Regal’s Summer Movie Express, visit their website here.



Add comment March 19, 2015

Deals and freebies for St. Patrick’s Day 2015


There are a number of local businesses offering special deals for St. Patrick’s Day today! Here are just a few:

Chick-fil-a Hunter’s Crossing is offering a FREE original chicken sandwich to anyone who comes in wearing green from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

McAlister’s Deli in Alcoa will give a free cookie all day to anyone wearing green.

Sonic is offering half-price milkshakes all day. More info here.

If you know of other deals, please feel free to comment below!

Add comment March 17, 2015

Knoxville Zoo’s Star Wars Character Day – free admission for kids in costume

The Knoxville Zoo will host its Star Wars Character Day this Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their own “Star Wars” attire to celebrate the occasion. Children ages 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character will receive free admission with a paid adult admission (limit one free child admission per adult admission). The opportunity to meet “Star Wars” characters is included with general zoo admission.

Your favorite “Star Wars” characters will be meeting fans and posing for photos in the zoo’s East Tennessee Plaza. The Zoo will bring the big screen to life with help from the MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion, the preferred costuming organization of Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the “Star Wars” film series.

You can find more info on the Facebook event here.

Add comment March 16, 2015

Starbucks March Monday deals


Starbucks is offering some special deals on Mondays during the month of March. These deals are good between the hours of 2 – 5 p.m. and are good for anyone who pays with their Starbucks Rewards card. (If you don’t have a Starbucks Rewards card, they’re FREE; you can find more info here.)

Here are all the deals for March:


Here are other guidelines and rules:


Add comment March 16, 2015

Collectible sale at New Providence Presbyterian 3/27 – 3/28


New Providence Presbyterian will host a collectible sale the weekend of March 27 – 28. It will offer a mix of antiques, vintage, and new/used items. Some specifics of this year’s sale include vintage chairs, a Hoosier cabinet, footlockers, linens, china and crystal, cast iron kitchen trivets, vintage kitchen utensils, lots of milk glass, Asian souvenirs and home decor.

The sale is open to the community Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday 8:30-11:00 a.m. This sale is cash only.

Thanks, Sarah!

Add comment March 16, 2015

Free admission to Creative Discovery Museum March 12

Will your Spring Break begin tomorrow like ours does? You may want to schedule a visit to Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum, as they’ll be offering FREE admission from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Here’s more info:

Free Family Night at Creative Discovery Museum is this Thursday! Join us for Free Family Fun and Learning this Thursday, March 12. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and will close again at 8 p.m. for this evening of free family fun. Come make a splash in RiverPlay, dig the dinos in Excavation Station, create a masterpiece in Arts Alley and more! The evening ends with an incredible science demo in the Museum Auditorium.

For more info on the Creative Discovery Museum, visit their website here.

Add comment March 11, 2015

National Bubble Week March 8-14



Kids have been playing around with bubbles since the 17th century, and year after year bubbles are one of the top selling toys with millions of bottles sold.  Despite what the thermometer says for many in the country, spring is just around the corner, and National Bubble Week (March 8th-14th) has already burst onto our calendars, and the folks at Funrise Toys celebrate in a big way with their Gazillion Bubbles brand.  So let’s all celebrate bubble season!


Premiere bubble-maker, Funrise Toys makes Gazillion Bubbles, which can be found at all major retailers nationwide.  Gazillion Bubbles are rumored to be the biggest, brightest and most colorful bubbles on the market.  And you can ramp it up with their awesome bubble toys and accessories like the Gazillion Bubble Monsoon (SRP: $24.99), the Gazillion Bump & Go Bubble Car (SRP: $19.99), and the Gazillion Bubble Hurricane (SRP: $16.99), all avail-able at Toys R’ Us.


The Bubble Snake:  Cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle. Slip a sock over the cut end of the bottle. (If you like, you can secure it with a rubber band.) Squirt dish-washing liquid into a bowl or plate. Pour some Gazillion Bubbles solution onto a plate. Dip the sock end of the bottle into the solution. Blow through the mouth of the bottle to make a bubble snake! Want to make a bubble rainbow? Stripe the sock with food coloring and repeat the trick!

The Unpoppable Bubble: Put a container lid on the table, face up. Pour in your bubble solution (Gazillion Bubbles have the reputation of being the strongest on the market), and dip in a straw so that it’s wet half-way up the straw. Touch the straw to the lid and blow a bubble on the lid.  Slowly pull the straw all the way out of the bubble. Now, poke the scissors through the wall of your bubble. What happens?

The Square Bubble:  Take four pipe cleaners and form them into a square with a wand. Dip the wand in your bubble solution and see what happens!



How a Bubble Gets Its Color: As waves of light pass through the bubble, it gets distorted by reflecting off different layers of soap film called iridescence. (Gazillion Bubbles are known to have the most colorful and beautiful bubbles available.)

Can You Freeze a Bubble? A bubble’s shell is composed of a layer of water molecules surrounded by two thin layers of soap. Technically, a bubble will freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit like all water. The only problem is that bubbles tend to burst after a few seconds, so in order to truly see a bubble freeze, the temperature needs to fall to about 23 degrees for bubble staying power.

Why Do Bubbles Burst?  Anything that fractures the tenuous layer of water molecules can cause a bubble to burst. For example, a gust of wind or an object(like your finger) will easily cause a bubble to burst. Bubbles also burst by simply drying out. Moisture within a bubble causes the molecules to draw closer together enabling the bubble to stay formed for a longer period of time. This is why bubbles tend to work best in high humidity environments.

Essentially, bubbles are loved the world over by people of all ages. My suggestion: start BUBBLE SEASON right, and pop into a store today to stock up. And don’t forget to share your bubble memories and enter the annual Gazillion Bubbles annual photo contest with prizes monthly March 1st to August 30th, 2015 by visiting their Facebook page here.

Add comment March 11, 2015

CVS: Print coupons now to get diapers for as low as $1.86/pack next week!

$2.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers

$2.00 off PULL-UPS Training Pants

Our third baby is due in about three weeks, so we’ve been stocking up on diapers at my house. I was SO excited to see this fabulous upcoming diaper deal at CVS – it’s going to help us out a lot, and I hope it helps some of you, too!

You will need to print the following Huggies coupons below to be able to get this deal, and I”d print them today as they may not be available on Sunday. You’ll want to scan your card to see if you get the $5/$30 baby care purchase store coupon. You may have also received another discount coupon via email to make this deal even better! (I received $10/$40 and my mother-in-law received $6/$30, so it’s different for each person!)

To get the best deal, you will need to buy a combination of Pull-Ups and Diapers. If you don’t need Pull-Ups, you have two options: donate them, save them for later, or just buy more diapers. If you opt to buy more diapers, you’ll owe $2.50 more.

CVS Huggies Diaper Deal

(3) Huggies Diapers, Jumbo Pack, $8.49
(1) Huggies Pull-Ups, Jumbo Pack, $8.49
-$5 off Baby Care Purchase, $30+, printing at CVS coupon center (EXP 03/09)
-$1 off Huggies product (CVS Coupon), printable coupon
-$2.50 off Huggies Pull-Ups (CVS Coupon) printable coupon
(3) –$2 off Huggies diapers printable coupons (must have 2 computers to print 3)
-$2 off Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants printable coupon
Total Due: $17.46
Get Back: $10 ECB
–like getting it all for $7.46 or $1.86 each!

If you don’t have the CVS store coupon for $5/$30 baby purchase or another store coupon you will pay $22.46 and get back $10 in ECBs, which makes it like getting each item for $3.11 each – still a great deal!

This deal will be available 3/8-3/14.

Thanks, Southern Savers!

Add comment March 6, 2015

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