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Free & Frugal Summer Fun with 10 News This Morning on Foxville 43

Summer is almost here so today we are talking frugal summer fun on  10 News This Morning on Foxville 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

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Children’s Festival of Reading

Kick off a summer of reading with a full day of music, storytelling, arts, crafts, science exploration, food, and fun! The Knox County Library Children’s Festival of  Reading is happening Saturday, May 21, 2016 at World’s Fair Park from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission and parking are FREE!

Meet the authors of Ladybug Girl, Paperboy, Dragonbreath, and many others!

 

Summer Movie Express 1 Dollar Movies

Regal Summer Movie Express- $1 Movies

Regal  Cinemas will once again host their Summer Movie Express! Family friendly movies are just  $1 each throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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 7, 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.
Here is the schedule:

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***Carmike offers their program at Wynnsong 16. Carmike 7, and Carmike 10 from June to August on Thursday at 10am. Admission is $4 and includes a small popcorn and small drink. They have not yet released informoation for 2016.

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Free Fishing Day 2016

June 11th is Free Fishing Day!   TWRA allows all residents and non-residents to fish without a license on public waters.

Children that are 15 years of age or younger may fish without a license for the entire week starting on Free Fishing Day and continuing through the following Friday. Children younger than 13 may fish without a license at any time of the year. The TWRA sponsors many Kids Free Fishing Day events and stocks thousand of pounds of catfish to help make the events quality experiences for young anglers.

The Cove at Concord Park Free Fishing Day is happening June 11th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. There will be prizes and snacks!

Alcoa, Lenoir City, Maryville, Anderson County, Gatlinburg and several other East Tennessee communities are holding free Kid’s Fishing Day events on June 11th!

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Kids Bowl Free

How about some  free bowling for the kiddos?

It is easy, sign up at KidsBowlFree.com to get a voucher for two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

Follow these simple instructions to sign up:

Register your children online
Select a participating bowling alley (there are 3 in the Knoxville area!)
At the beginning of each week, you’ll receive tickets that your children can use.
Head to your local bowling alley & enjoy!
*You will  have to pay for shoe rental, or you could find a cheap pair on ebay!

THE HUSBAND AND I TRYING A CHALLENGE AT CAMP ZION

THE HUSBAND AND I TRYING A CHALLENGE AT CAMP ZION

Camp Zion

Camp Zion Day camp is for ages 5 and up and is held from 10:30-3:30. Lunch is provided (they accommodate allergies). The cost is $15 per child and $10 for additional siblings. You can email kristie@feedingtheorphans.org to register.

Camp Zion focuses on youth experience, adventure-based outdoor activities designed to instill leadership, team-building skills, and self confidence while learning essential biblical truths. Camp Zion is located at 505 Cave Creek Road, Loudon, TN 37774

THE HUSBAND and I have taken the boys there for a family day and it was SO fun. They boys are already scheduled to go back once school is out.

Knoxville Splash Pads

Carl Cowan Park
10058 Northshore Drive
Hours from 10am-8pm

Market Square Park
Market Square in Knoxville
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

Powell Station Park
2318 Emory Road Lot-A
Hours from 10am-8pm

New Harvest Park
4775 New Harvest Lane
Hours from 10am-8pm

McFee Park
917 McFee Rd. in Farragut
Hours from 10am-8pm

Volunteer Landing Park
Volunteer Landing Lane
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

World’s Fair Park
1060 Worlds Fair Park Drive
Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-9:30pm; Sunday 12:30pm-9:30pm

**And this week get Coppertone Sunscreen for just $2.49 at Target!

10 Things You Need To Know About Yard Sales

We did it! We survived a yard sale, and we had so much fun. I totally understand one yard sale does not an expert make but here are ten things I learned at my yard this weekend that you should know if you are having a sale.

  1. You should have a yard sale. Seriously, you should. They are a lot of fun and you will get rid of SO much stuff you don’t need. It is very freeing to be rid of “stuff”. I am so happy when I look in closets, playrooms dressers and they are less crowded.  Have one, you will love it.
  2. If your sale starts at 8, it really starts at 7. I was unprepared for this. Our neighborhood yard sale started at 8. At 7 when we opened the garage door and started to organize stuff people came.  All of THE HUSBAND’S big tools were gone by 7:20, before the sale “started”.
  3. Pricing Doesn’t have to be hard.  I know some people have little price tags on everything. This was the part of the sale that had me the most stressed. SO,  I didn’t price everything. I put little tags on everything I wanted more than $1 for then made two big signs that said “EVERYTHING $1 ***unless marked” . It worked out so well! If the prep and pricing makes you crazy or is keeping you from having a sale, then try this.
  4. Be ready to deal.  Be ready to make a deal. 🙂  People will ask what you will take or bundle things. I was surprised by this (but I have learned it is super common at yard sales so don’t be put off by it.) Some deals I took, some I countered and some I just said no to. Know ahead of time the lowest you will take on things, especially big items. Don’t worry if someone says nevermind, we had several people come back and buy things. It is also a good idea to tell people to check back at the end of the day. If you haven’t sold it and you are ready to be rid of it you can take their low price then.
  5. Display kids’ clothes by size, and don’t fold them. I had the kids clothes folded and neatly placed on tables. That lasted about two minutes. The tables were crazy so I ran inside and grabbed some laundry baskets and labeled them with sizes. 2T, 3T etc. Then I just pushed all those sized clothes in the baskets and set them on the table. At first I thought, is this tacky to just have baskets full of clothes. Then I thought if it works at Victoria’s Secret during their annual bra sale it will work here. 🙂  And it did. People know what size kids’ clothes they need and this made it easier for them to find and buy.
  6. Hang up adult clothes and more expensive kid clothes. I don’t know why it mattered but it did. Hanging our clothes made them sell much faster than when they were on tables.
  7. Save your grocery bags and give them to shoppers. No joke some shoppers came with their own bags, those were the experts. 🙂  About an hour into our sale I noticed some people were having a hard time carrying all their treasures around so I ran in and grabbed some plastic grocery bags that I keep in a drawer. It was a huge help and people shopped more/longer when they had bags.
  8. Involve your kids. This is a huge part of what made the sale so fun. The boys were involved in cleaning out toy room and their clothes. Today they had a concession stand. They gave away popcorn and sold water, cookies and brownies. They learned about cost of goods, profits, sales, greeting customers, making change and getting paid for a hard days work.
  9. People may steal. This is sad but true. Someone stole an expensive pair of THE HUSBAND’S cowboy boots. 🙁  We had several people asking about them, then both got distracted.  When I looked up again the couple interested and the boots were gone. I asked THE HUSBAND how much he sold them for, he thought I had sold them.  SO, try to keep an eye on expensive items or keep them close to you.
  10. Don’t be clingy.  When you sale is over don’t be too clingy. Have a couple tubs that can be easily stored that you can load up with items that don’t sell.  You can pull these out for your next sale. Consider donating the rest of your items. You  don’t want to move it all back in to your house!

I would love to hear you thoughts and tips on yard sale selling or buying!  I am hooked and will definitely do this again next year!

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CRF Frozen Foods Recall : Check Your Freezer

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Check your freezers!

CRF Frozen Foods is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables because of the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. This  recall includes items sold at Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Costco and more.

This recall includes approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. Look through the  full list of affected items.

You can return the products to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them.

Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge- A Story You Should Go Hear

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On my recent trip to the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge I met owners John Joslyn and Mary Kellogg Joslyn and here is one thing you should know about them; they are superb storytellers. That is at the heart of the Titanic Museum Attraction, telling the story of the 2,208 passengers and crew of the Titanic in a way that honors their lives.  The crew, the exhibits and the artifacts all come together and tell a historically accurate but engaging and moving story.  You will learn how the ship was built, how the passengers lived aboard the ships and about the night it struck the iceberg. Each guest entering the ship receives a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. You will discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall.

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As you take the self guided tour with the audio players you will also hear stories told by crew members dressed in period costumes.  (There is an adult version and a youth version of the audio tour.  The adult version gives more facts and plays interviews with actual Titanic survivors.  The youth version tells more of a story and has listeners look around rooms for certain objects.)

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Unsinkable Molly Brown

You can view over 400 artifacts while walking through various parts of the ship.

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Then touch an iceberg and plunge your hand into icy 28 degree water was you walk through the chilly night air.

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If you are touring with kids be sure to print out the scavenger hunt for you kiddos and bring it along. You will find interactive questions like this all around the ship.

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There is also an area where kids (or adults) can try to climb the deck of the Titanic as she tips.  You can try to correctly load a lifeboat, attempt to steer the ship in time to miss the iceberg and learn Morse code. http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/wp-content-articles/uploads/2014/07/Titanic-Interactive_gallery-Deck-Incline-NOP.jpg

It will take you about two hours to make it through the ship and it is well worth your time.  The entire experience is well done and it is one of those rare places that the whole family can enjoy. Grandparents to kids, there is something everyone will learn and remember.

If you are planning a trip June 5 through August 14, 2016 you will get to hear the touching story of Titanic musician Wallace Hartley and see his violin that recently sold for 1.7 million dollars.

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**In the interest of full disclosure- I was invited on a blogger/social media weekend where we toured Dollywood and several other local attractions, The Titanic Museum Attraction being one of them. While I was given free admission and a tour this weekend, this is not an ad and all opinions are totally mine.

10 News This Morning on Foxville Coupon Katie’s Mother’s Day Deals & Coupons & Free Doughnuts!

 

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Here are the deals we covered this morning on Mornings with Mornings with Fox 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

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Lowe’s Build And Grow Chalkboard Planter

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s for this special Thursday Night clinic and they can build this  chalkboard Planter! It makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift! It is happening Thursday, May 5th at 7pm.

I would highly suggest registering your child/children online to reserve a spot. Registration for this clinic opens today.

Retail Coupons for Mother’s Day!

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 JCPenney is offering an additional 25% off when you use the code FAMILY at checkout. This code is valid through 4/27/16.

 

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Macy’s is offering an extra 25% + Free Shipping at $25 when you use the code FRIEND at checkout.  This code is valid now through 5/2/16.

If you’re taking mom on a trip soon you can get this Tag Springfield III 5 Piece Luggage Set (2 color options available) for just $59.99 shipped (regularly $200!) when you use the 25% off promo code FRIEND at checkout!
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Kohl’s is offering an extra 20% off  everything when you use the code SAVE20LPS or print your coupon here. This coupon is valid through 4/30/16.

BananaRepulic.com has an extra 50% off sale items through Tuesday 4/26/16. No coupon code is needed, your discount will automatically show up!

GAP is offering an extra 40% off your purchase when you use the code TREAT at checkout. This ends at 11:59 t tonight 4/25/16! Ordering today will give you enough time for shipping by Mother’s Day.

For Mother’s Day Belleza Salon and Spa is offering special discounts on spa services including: massages, treatments, facials, waxing and nails. Sometimes, all a mom needs is a break from the world and a chance to be pampered. Buy one spa service, get a second 20% off ; Buy 2 and get the 3rd 40% off ; Buy 3 and get the 4th 60% off.  This offer expires 5/9/16 and is valid toward gift card purchases only. 

Photo Canvas Deal


Canvas People is offering 80% off all  photo canvases! This makes an 8×10 canvas just $10! You can chose from 8×10 all the way to 20×48. You need to order your canvas by Apr 29th 11:59 pm PST to guarantee delivery by Mother’s Day.

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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 May 1-5,2016. $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.

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Here is a heads up so you can mark your calendar and be a superhero to you family, co-workers or friends!

Customers who buy a dozen Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® doughnuts at regular menu price will get another dozen Original Glazed doughnuts absolutely free at participating U.S. shops on April 28.

It’s a sweet way to celebrate the Super Heroes in your life! Costumes are not required, just super encouraged.

Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Valid only at participating U.S. shops. Shops NOT participating in the offer are as follows: Albany GA; Macon, GA (both locations), Walter Robbins GA; Spartanburg, SC; Anderson SC; Pigeon Forge, TN; CT shops

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Dollywood- How to Have Your Best Dollywood Day Ever

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Over 2.5 million people visit Dollywood every year.  Why? Because it consistently wins awards for its friendliness, food, rides, entertainment, Christmas events and just being an over all great theme park. From the top down Dollywood has  a deep love for families and a commitment to being a place they can enjoy together.  I got some behind the scenes access last week and so I’ll be sharing lots of what I learned over the next few week.

Here is a round up of my best tips and tricks for enjoying your day at Dollywood.

 

Money Saving Tips

Here are my best money saving tips, because, well everyone wants to save money. These tips are great for locals of those of you who are traveling in for some Dollywood fun.

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1. Avoid Parking Fees. Parking costs $12 per vehicle or $18 for oversized vehicles. How can you avoid the standard $12 fee? Park for free at Patriot Park (186 Old Mill Avenue Pigeon Forge, TN 37863) and catch a ride on the Pigeon Forge trolley. The trolley only costs 50¢ per person (3 and under are free), and will drop you off right Dollywood’s main gate. This is a much shorter walk then if you park at Dollywood, even with the tram!

The Dollywood Trolley leaves Patriot Park and travels to and from Dollywood continuously. The Trolley runs thirty minutes before Dollywood opens and in the evening until everyone is returned to Patriot Park.

Katie’s tip (almost)-I know what your thinking fellow mamas. Folding up your stroller and loading and unloading everyone makes $12 not sound so bad. BUT, if you have to park far away you’ll do the same thing for the tram anyway…. We have not tried this but stay tuned next time we go we are going to. Five kids and a stroller and all. I will let you know how easy/hard this is and if you should brave it with your kiddos.

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2. Arrive after 3 p.m. If you are staying in Pigeon Forge for a few days arrive at Dollywood after 3 p.m. your first day. March through October, if you arrive at the park after 3 p.m., the next day is free. So, you can get a few hours of sight seeing and figuring out the park so you will hit the ground running on Day two!

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3. Buy a season pass. If you are local or planning to visit Dollywood more than once the best value is a season pass.  If you want to check out the park first, gauge how your family does, no worries. On the day you visit you can upgrade your one-day ticket to a season pass and your ticket price will apply to your pass! You do have to do this on the day you visit.

Katie’s tip-If you are going to visit often consider a  Gold pass for the person in your family who will always be there. For us, that is me. The Gold Pass gets you 20% off all your in park purchases and FREE parking every time you visit.

4. Military Discount Dollywood offers retired and active military, disabled veterans and military reservists, as well as their spouses and dependents, a 30% discount on Dollywood admission.

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5. Water is FREE! You can stop by any food or beverage stand in the park that has a Coke fountain and ask for a cup of ice water, and it’s completely free. There are also water fountains located throughout the park near any of the restrooms.

Katie’s tip– If you are going to visit a lot and have to have a soda buy one of the refillable cups.  We bought the refillable popcorn bucket this season. It is $5.99 to purchase, then popcorn refills are 99¢ all season long. If , like us,  you have a few kids in tow this is just a good idea.  Popcorn is easy to share and for 99¢ everyone will quit saying they are hungry. 🙂

6.Pack  Your Lunch! If you are planning to stay all day and need to save money on food, one great tip is to pack your lunch in a cooler and leave it in your car! You can go to your car for lunch then return to the park. Just have your hand stamped at the exit at the Dollywood Emporium and keep your ticket so it can be scanned when you return. (Thanks for the reader tip, Charley!)

Best Days to Visit

According to Dollywood in the spring, Thursdays are less crowded. In the summer, try for Wednesday or Thursday. In the fall, you might consider weekdays. During the Christmas season, weekdays are your best bet.

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What Not To Wear- Dollywood Edition

For the love of everything wear something comfortable. This is not a time to be fancy ladies, leave that to Dolly.  Comfort Over Cuteness. Say it with me, Comfort Over Cuteness.  I swear I saw more than one person limping around in heels.  Wear comfy layers (it can be chilly in the am and evening) and good shoes.  If you are planning to get wet wear clothes that dry quickly.  Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.

General Tips You Will Be Glad You Know

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Download the Dollywood App!  Use it to find your way around the park, use Friend Finder to find your friends in the park. My favorite feature when you are at the park is the Wait Time feature. This will tell you the wait times for most of your favorite rides, making it easier to plan or decide what ride to head to next.

Katie’s tip-I tested the wait time feature last week at the park. Six different times on four different rides it was correct within a minute!

Babies and Their Mama’s Dollywood is all about family so they want to make babies and their mamas comfortable too. There is a Baby Care Center on Showstreet that offers a private feeding and diapering facility. You can also find restrooms with nursing stations  in Country Fair, Jukebox Junction, Market Square, The Village and Craftman’s Valley near the Woodcarving Shop.  If you are bottle feeding, any park restaurant (not concession stands) help you warm a bottle, just ask the host that greets you.

Get Your Child Measured ONCE.  When you arrive head to Dollywood’s Centralized Measuring station located across from The Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame on Showstreet. Your child will be measured by a Dollywood Host and given a color-coded wristband which helps you and your children quickly identify which rides he or she is tall enough to ride. The coded wristbands correspond to the color-coded information displayed on signs at each ride in the Park.  No more tearful walks back through the line because your little guy is just a little too little.

Bring a Ziploc Sandwich Bag or Two. I know, I know you aren’t going to ride the water rides. Just in case you get talked into it on a hot summer day have a plastic bag to put your phone in.

Don’t Skip The Crafts and Shows- The high quality shows, amazing local artisans and master craftsmen are part of what makes Dollywood so unique and so worth a trip.  I know, I know it is hard with littles but trust me a peak at glass blowing and pottery making is totally worth it.

Big Families Tip

If you are like us and have Bigs and Littles keeping everyone together and happy can be challenging. Enter play areas like Firehouse Fun Yard, Lil’ Loggers’ Landing, Granny’s Garden and more.  These are situated near the bigger rides and perfect for you Littles to enjoy while the Bigs are riding!

What else would you add?!?!  Share yours and help other readers who are planning a trip!

I already showed you a little about Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. Get ready for more details on that and Dollywood Cabins and Food at Dollywood (I got several reader questions about food and allergies, so I’ll post a lot about that soon.)

In the interest of full disclosure I was invited on a blogger/social media weekend where we toured Dollywood and several other local attractions. While I was given this weekend, this is not an ad and all opinions are totally mine.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort: Day 1, The Spa!!!

So, I’m here. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.   It has already been a blast!  I am just going to hit the highlights of what I did today.  It is going to be a whirlwind weekend but I am getting tons of info and tips and deal ideas so I will share them all with you as fast as I can!

First we had dinner in the barn by the pool.  Yum.

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Then it was on to a tour of The Spa at Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort. It is everything you would expect Dolly’s spa to be. 🙂

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It is Dolly sparkly yet warm and inviting. They have managed to create a five star spa experience steeped with Southern Hospitality. It is a place for mom or couples to relax but also a place that is about family and memories. So, THE HUSBAND and I could get a couples massage
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or in a few year Baby Girl and I could get a pedi with a gorgeous view.
dollywood-pediHere’s a few tip for locals. You do not have to be staying at the resort to get spa services.  There is complimentary valet parking for spa guests.  Drive right up to the front door and the relaxation begins.  They can plan for groups or just one or two. Obviously the summer months are the busiest so book a few weeks ahead.

And did I mention the Swag Bags we got?!?!  Filled with Farmhouse Fresh (Like Oprah’s Favorite things Farmhouse Fresh) and skinauthority (like Golden Globes skinauthority) products!  These are the two product lines they use in the spa and Farmhouse Fresh is what is in your bathroom at the resort!

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Tomorrow is Dollywood so I’ll be asking all your questions and sharing some great tips, ideas, deals and more!