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Zoo Knoxville Offers $2 Off Admission March 12-16, 2018

To celebrate Spring Break, Zoo Knoxville is offering $2 off general admission tickets Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018.

Zoo Knoxville’s new Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing in Boyd Family Asian Trek, a $6 million multi-acre habitat for white-handed gibbons and silvered leaf langurs, immerses guests in a 360 degree aerial experience. The habitats are designed with multiple viewing levels that allow the primates to pass directly over the heads of visitors or be eye-to- eye with them in a 60-foot- tall treehouse accessible by a suspension bridge. The new expansion also allows soaring views of Tiger Forest and incorporates a new outdoor training demonstration area for Malayan tigers.

Gibbon Trails is home to one of the zoo’s most beloved residents, Georgie, and his new companion Naomi. Langur Landing is home to Walter, Teagan, Melody and two-month-old baby Opie, a family of silvered leaf langurs that are a new
species to Zoo Knoxville. The zoo also has a full schedule of special Bird Show sessions and animal encounters with zoo staff for the week, weather permitting. Popular zoo activities such as giraffe feeding, camel rides, the Zoo Choo Train and the Fuzzy-Go- Round carousel will also be open.

Discounted tickets may be purchased at the zoo’s ticket window during regular zoo hours.

Your Brilliant Laundry Ideas & Our Progress

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the laundry tips and encouragement you shared.  Seriously, with five kids, laundry is a whole THING.

At the suggestion of a few people I ordered these little babies:

SimpleHouseware Mesh Pop-Up Laundry Hamper Basket With Side Pocket. Four of them.

Each boy has one next to their bed or in their bathroom.   I wash clothes one basket at a time, so one kid at a time.  Colors and whites together, on cold.  Simplicity was the goal here friends.

It So much faster and less chaotic.  There is no sorting. There are not 27 piles of clothes that are loaded into a basket and carried down stairs only to be rifled through and need folding and sorting again.

I have not gotten fancy and assigned a day to each child. They just bring their baskets when I ask. When they see their basket at the top of the stairs full of folded clothes they take them downstairs and but them away. I have no idea why I didn’t do this earlier.

I love the idea of the older kiddos doing their own laundry but we’re not quite there yet. Baby steps.  🙂

My next goal is to start organizing all my closets. I cannot handle how crazy some of them are. So, bathroom closet, laundry room shelf, toy closet organization ideas are welcome right now. And, before anyone asks, no I am most definitely not nesting. 🙂  With how busy life is I am just feeling the need to clear out clutter and streamline our home.

PINCHme Free Sample Boxes- What’s Coming in June & What Was In My PINCHme Box

So I just received my PINCHme blogger box for June!

Are you a PINCHme member?!

If not here’s the deal-  PINCHme lets members discover and try free samples from the world’s leading brands! It’s 100% FREE – free products and free shipping! No credit card is required. All they ask for is your honest feedback on the products. Every month, on Sample Tuesday, new free samples are released on PINCHme.com for members to claim. They will offer a variety of samples, from beauty, snacks, baby, pet, personal care, cleaning products, and household items – so there’s something for everyone!

This month Free Sample Tuesday is scheduled for June 20, 2017 12Noon EST. Here is list of possible Free samples you could get:

Food & Snacks:

Hidden Valley® Simply Ranch Classic Ranch
Quaker® Chewy Bites
Pure Leaf Home Brewed Teas

Personal Care & Health:

Carol’s Daughter Shampoo + Conditioner
LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Zero and Total Care Zero Alcohol Mouthwash
Bug Protector All Natural Bug Repellent
ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid
Sundown Naturals B12 500mcg Gummies
Tummy Zen Total Heartburn Relief
Gillette Cool Wave Clear Gel 0.5 oz.
Sensodyne® Deep Clean

Home & Pets:
Fancy Feast® Creamy Delights™ Wet Cat Food
Cesar Dry Dog Food
Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller

Here’s How It Works:

Step 1: BECOME A PINCHERSign up for free now on PINCHme.com, take the shopper survey and tell them about yourself. They’ll find the best samples for you. *Tip- be sure to fill out all of you profile. That increases your chances of getting your best samples.

Step 2: PICK YOUR SAMPLES
 -On Sample Tuesday, choose samples to add to your PINCHme box. No credit card required.

Step 3: GIVE  FEEDBACK- Samples are completely free. In exchange, PINCHme asks for a bit of your time and plenty of opinions.

JOIN THE PINCHme COMMUNITY
Become a part of something bigger than the box. Join over 2.8 million members across country!

**I received my PINCHme blogger box for free from PINCHme so I would have a chance to review it before Free Sample Tuesday. All opinions in this post are mine.

Curious what was in my June box?  Check out the video here.  Also if you are already a PINCHme member I would LOVE to hear about your experience. Leave a comment and share!

 

Regal Summer Movie Express 2017: $1 Family Movies Start Tomorrow!

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Just wanted to remind everyone that Regal  Cinemas will once again host their Summer Movie Express! Family friendly movies are just  $1 each throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and all the frugal fun starts tomorrow, June 6, 2017.

In our area, Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10 and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9 are participating in this promotion.  Movies will start June 6, 2016. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.

Week 1

Tue June 6 and Wed June 7

Kung Fu Panda 3
Ice Age: Collision Course
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 2

Tue June 13 & Wed June 14

Trolls
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 3

Tue June 20 & Wed June 21

Monster Trucks
Penguins of Madagascar
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 4

Tue June 27 & Wed June 28

Rio 2
The Boxtrolls
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 5

Tue July 4 & Wed July 5

The Secret Life of Pets
Sing

***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 6

Tue July 11 & Wed July 12

Kubo and the Two Strings
Ratchet and Clank
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 7

Tue July 18 & Wed  July 19

The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Adventures of Tin Tin
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 8

Tue July 255 & Wed July 26

Happy Feet 2
Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 9

Tue August 1 & Wed August 2

Storks
The Lego Batman Movie
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Zoo Knoxville: $5 Off Admission for Knox, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Jefferson, Sevier, Blount, Loudon and Roane County Residents (June 5-8)

To kick off summer, Zoo Knoxville is offering residents of nine local counties $5 off general zoo admission Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, 2017. Residents of Knox, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Jefferson, Sevier, Blount, Loudon and Roane counties are eligible for discounted admission.

The zoo is offering this discount to encourage locals to visit on a weekday before peak tourist season. “We have had a lot of interest from our local residents about all the exciting new things happening at Zoo Knoxville. We hope by offering discounted admission on days when our crowds are lighter it will encourage an early summer ‘day-vacation’ so they can experience it for themselves. Residents of Knox and our neighboring counties are great zoo supporters and our best zoo ambassadors for tourists visiting our area, and we appreciate them.”

We finally made it to the Tiger Forest at Asian Trek exhibit last week and it is fantastic! The zoo also has a full schedule of encounters with animal ambassadors and talks by animal caretakers, camel rides and the Clayton Safari Splash water play area available daily.
To receive $5 off zoo admission, residents of eligible counties may show any identification with their address at the zoo’s ticket window. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.

Screen Time Issues Solved : Our Summer System

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Screen Time. 

It is a whole thing in this house.  

During the school year it is not that big of an issue because we are busy but then summer…..

I have been reading a lot about kids and video game/ screen time addiction. I am a believer. We are three days into summer break and I just cannot take anymore asking, arguing, whining, fighting, eye rolling, zoning out.  I. Cannot.

Ultimately THE HUSBAND and I are to blame because we allowed the Xbox, Kindle, iPad, computer, TV etc into our home.  So I solved it with the token system. 

My hope is that their brains don’t turn to mush this summer, that they realize playing outside or with friends really is more fun and a little responsibility and work along the way is a good thing.  This should help us get all the rewards from summer reading programs. 

I cannot take total credit for this system. My bother-in-law has used it for a while and shared the details with me, then I customized it to our house.  

 

The Rules

Everyone gets 5 tokens for the week.

Each token is good for 30 minutes of screen time. (ANY screen)

You get new tokens every Monday.

If at the end of the week , by some miracle, you have tokens left over you get $1 per token.  The do not roll over.

Using your Tokens

You are responsible for setting your own timer, or asking me to set one.  If you do not, or you go over your time you lose the rest of your tokens.  (It’s also about personal responsibility and integrity. Plus, you have 3 brothers ready to throw you under the bus at any time. 🙂  )

You  do not have to ask to use your tokens, you can use any screen you want to play approved games etc.  Just put your token in the jar.

Earning Tokens

You can earn extra tokens for reading and math

Oldest Son (11)- 3o  minutes of reading and two math pages from the books his teacher sent home= 1 token

Middle Sons (7-9) 20 minutes of reading and one math page /or 10 minutes on with multiplication flash cards= 1 token

Youngest Son (5)- 15 minutes “reading” , working on his letter sounds or looking through books and one math page=1 token

Special Rules

Help me, they have already thought us so many special scenarios where they do not have to use tokens.

Family movie nights

ABC Mouse or Relfex Math on computer

Of course the play room has to be picked up in the morning and all chores have to be done before any screen time.

What is your system for electronics?!  I always love hearing how you guys manage things.   Feel free to try any or all of this, change it to fit your household and let me know how it goes!

The Brand New Ibotta App! Better Navigation, Faster Speed, $10 Bonus Offer & More

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Attention Ibotta users!   Ibotta just rolled out lots of new features to make the app more user-friendly! If you’re not a current Ibotta user, NOW is the perfect time to sign up as they are offering a limited-time $10 bonus whenever you redeem your first rebate this month!

So What is New?

The updated app is faster and features more personalized offers with your favorite stores on the home screen – no need to sort through hundreds of items to find offers you want. And, you can now redeem select rebates 2-3 times per receipt instead of one time only!

Also, with the Ibotta update, you won’t need to scan product barcodes for most of your items as the app will automatically detect which rebates are on your receipt and verify the rebate in real time. The first retailer that will offer this feature is Walmart, with more stores to come.

If you have never used Ibotta it is a free app that pays you cash for everyday purchases with exclusive rebates at your favorite grocery stores, retailers and shops. You can see how our family uses it here.

Sign up NOW and earn a $10 bonus when you redeem your first rebate!