Teacher Gifts: Ideas, Budgets and Lists


So, I told you earlier about the Burt’s Bees gift sets I found for the boys’ teachers this year.  I bought three; one for each boy’s main teacher.  But doing so made me start to think about the rest of the teachers that teach my kids everyday.

Art Teacher


Gym Teacher

Resource Teacher

Music Teacher

Teacher’s Assistants

My oldest son has a homeroom teacher but switches to two other teachers during the day too.

This list quickly starts to get long.  What is a mom on a budget supposed to do?   I truly value all that the “other” teachers that work hard to teach my kiddos every day. My guys LOVE their special areas. It is often a topic of after school conversation.

So, seriously, what do you do?

This is our first Christmas attending public school and having such a long list of teachers! You don’t have to share how much you spend I am just wondering if you give gifts to all your kid’s teachers. If you do, then do you give the same thing to all teachers or different gifts?    Do you buy gift cards,  make homemade treats, or get really crafty and cute?

(I am considering some kind of homemade treat, possibly pumpkin chocolate chip muffins or cinnamon sugar candied almonds in holiday bags for the other teachers on our list. Oh, and I did get a good deal on cute holiday Bath and Body Works pocket hand sanitizer. )

Clearly, I need help. My Teacher Gifts pinterest board is woefully small. :)  If you are seasoned teacher gift giver comment and share your best ideas. If you are a teacher share with us what you really love to get!  I think most of us sincerely want to say Thank You for all that you do!

Ripley’s Tennessee Attractions: $5 Admission for Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson or Knox County Residents Nov 16-22, 2015


If you live or work in Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, or Knox counties, you can visit all Ripley’s attractions for $5 per person (per location)!! This is happening November 16-22, 2015.

$1 from each admission will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries.

This $5 promo includes:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley’s Old McDonald Mini-Golf

Guinness World Records Attractions

Each person in the party must live or work in a qualifying county to get discount. You will need a photo ID and a pay stub (if you don’t live in one of the counties).  I know utility bills have been used in the past but I have been told they will not work this time.  You can call 888-240-1358 with other questions.



Knox Area Rescue Ministries Coats for the Cold


Drop off and distribution dates have been announced for Coats for the Cold, an annual community drive to collect thousands of coats for those in need in our community. If you have winter coats you are no longer using consider donating them during November or  consider volunteering to help distribute coats! Also, if you or anyone you know is in need of a warm coat this year pass this info along.

Coats for the Cold has been a Knoxville tradition for over 25 years. It was begun by WIVK-FM when a news story reported that a homeless man  froze to death on the streets of Knoxville one cold winter night. Since then, Coats for the Cold strikes a powerful chord each year within the volunteer spirit of East Tennessee. Knox Area Rescue Ministries now spearheads the coat drive in partnership with WIVK-FM and WVLT-TV, who help broadcast the message each year, Prestige Cleaners who picks up, cleans and delivers all the donated coats to the tent, and especially KARM Stores, who manage all storage and distribution of the coats.  In 2013 East Tennessee donated nearly 11,000 coats to keep those in need warm.

2015 Coat Distribution Date:
Saturday, December 5

2015 Collection Dates:
November 2-24


Collection Sites:
Any KARM Stores or Prestige Cleaners location

Distribution Hours:
8:00am to 12:00pm

Distribution Location:
KARM Stores Clearance Center
4302 Asheville Highway (at Holston Shopping Center)
Please click here for directions



Krystal Halloween Deal & Prize Pack Giveaway



The Krystal Company® is celebrating Halloween with Krystal-lovin’ guests on Saturday, October 31. Krystal is treating its youngest guests, ages 12 and under, who come dressed in their costume with a wicked Free kid’s meal with any full-priced adult combo purchase from 11 AM to midnight at participating Krystal restaurants. Up to two children can eat free with each adult combo purchase.

For more information, visit or Krystal Facebook page. Plus if you want stay up to date on all Krystal promos and get Krystal coupons GO HERE and register your info to join the Krystal’s Loyalty club.

Another fun way to celebrate Halloween with Krystal is a super fun prize pack. The prize pack includes a Halloween bag with candy, Krystal pumpkin stencils, and passes for one free Krystal combo #1 every week for four weeks. Good Luck!

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Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Ticket Giveaway Knoxville

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Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt is bringing a colossal party on ice to our hometown! This all-new show visits Knoxville from October 28 to November 1 for seven performances at Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world’s most popular festivities, including a winter wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party and more in one action-packed and positively unforgettable celebration!

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids features more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories live on ice, including Tiana from Walt Disney Pictures’ The Princess and the Frog.

Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, October 28 7pm
Thursday, October 29 7pm
Friday, October 30 10:40am & 7pm
Saturday, October 31 11am, 3pm, & 7pm
Sunday, November 1 1pm & 5pm

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids start at $20. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling 865-656-4444 or buy tickets online here.  Either way you buy them use the coupon code MOM and save $5 a ticket!

If you want to WIN a family four pack of tickets then use the form below to enter the Coupon Katie Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids ticket giveaway!  Good Luck!

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I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. The Walt Disney Company is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this giveaway.



Knoxville Zoo $1 Admission Tickets-Order Yours Now!

$-day-zooGet ready for $1 day at the Knoxville Zoo!

Tickets are now on sale for Knoxville Zoo’s Dollar Days event, which will be held November 12, 13, 14 and15, 2015.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and tickets are only vaild for the date you select.
Limit 10 tickets per order.

To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for our zoo guests during this event, ticket sales will be limited to 10,000 tickets for each day. You can order your tickets online here or tickets can also be purchased in advance at the front gate up until November 10th.


Knoxville’s BOO! at the Zoo Has Started & We’re Giving Away More Tickets!


BOO! at the Zoo has started!!  I have four Avengers and one cupcake that cannot wait to go. :)

If you have never been here is everything you need to know about BOO! at the Zoo:

BOO! at the Zoo 2015 presented by U.S. Cellular® celebrates 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun at the Knoxville Zoo, October 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular®, a Halloween tradition for 29 years. Each night of Boo! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment including dancing with some of your favorite costumed characters in the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash Tent located in the Clayton Family Kids Cove, carnival games in our all new Carni-GROWL area, the Zoo Boo Choo Choo and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennesee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.) And best of all, you can trick-or-treat down the BOO! trail for your favorite treats and see even more costumed characters along the way!

Click here to see all of the spooktacular fun at this year’s BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular®!

Click here for a list of BOO! frequently asked questions.


$8 per person
Children under 2 are free
Parking is $5

Zoo members receive a $2 discount on BOO! admission and FREE parking.  Not a member?  Click here to become a zoo member today and SAVE! Tickets are available for purchase at Knoxville Zoo, or by phone at 865-637-5331 or online by clicking here.

Please note – toy guns will not be permitted at Boo at the Zoo.  Thank you for your cooperation

Thanks to the great people over at the Knoxville Zoo I have four more 2015 BOO! at the Zoo tickets to giveaway! To enter just comment below! Tell us your favorite Fall tradition. (It does not need to be BOO! at the Zoo. It can be anything! The winner is chosen at random.)

**Coupon Katie, LLC was given tickets to facilitate this giveaway. All opinions expressed are mine. Winners must be 18 years or older and will be chosen at random at 8pm EST Saturday, October 10, 2015. Winner will be contacted via email used to enter and will have 24 hours to claim their tickets. Tickets do not include transportation or parking. Coupon Katie LLC is not responsible for tickets once they have been mailed via US Postal Service. Whew!**

Comment Below. Good Luck!!