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More Holiday Tips from the Knoxville Mommy Bloggers Series

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A group of Local Knoxville Mommy Bloggers are tackling Holiday topics to save you time and money these holidays:
Blue Frog Creations, Coupon Katie, Coupon Mommie, Couponing in Critical Times, Coupons Are Money, Frugally Farming Family, Frugalissa Finds, Knoxmoms.com, Knoxville Mamabelle, Knoxville on a Dime, and Sharing Savings with You.

Today’s edition comes from Knoxville Mamabelle. Isha gives us some great ideas for frugal and fun activities for your Christmas Day celebration. Wait until you see the paper snowflakes she made!

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More Holiday Tips from the Knoxville Mommy Bloggers Series

A group of Local Knoxville Mommy Bloggers are tackling Holiday topics to save you time and money these holidays:
Blue Frog Creations, Coupon Katie, Coupon Mommie, Couponing in Critical Times, Coupons Are Money, Frugally Farming Family, Frugalissa Finds, Knoxmoms.com, Knoxville Mamabelle, Knoxville on a Dime, and Sharing Savings with You.

Today’s edition comes from Gabrielle over at Couponing in Critical Times. Gabrielle shares some ideas on how to entertain and decorate for less this Holiday season. I You may want to put some of her ideas into action while planning your get togetherthis month.

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Win A Free Semester At The Little Gym of Knoxville

Just in time to make an amazing Christmas present, I am excited to announce another The Little Gym of Knoxville giveaway- a FREE Semester of Class at The Little Gym of Knoxville!

The Give-Away is for a class for one (1) child to be used at The Little Gym of Knoxville or The Little Gym of Farragut for the winter/spring 2011 semester. This semester begins the week of 1/24/11.

Both of my boys attend a class at The Little Gym of Knoxville, and it is usually their favorite part of the week! They have a great time running, jumping, flipping, and playing games, and I enjoy watching them. They are learning athletic skills but they are also learning to listen, follow direction and work with others.

The staff at The Little Gym of Knoxville is energetic, attentive and positive. I have seen the staff patiently encourage my own children when they were less than confident about a skill. It is a great learning environment. Can you tell this is one Coupon Katie Giveaways I am super excited about?

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter all you need to do is go to The Little Gym of Knoxville Contact Page and fill out the contact information.

In the comments section tell us why you would love to win a free semester and…

In the “How Did You Hear About Us” section enter “Coupon Katie”.

NOTE:

**If you do not enter Coupon Katie in that section they will not know to enter you in the drawing**

**The Contest ends on Sunday, December 12th at 12pm.  The winner will be contacted by The Little Gym of Knoxville Staff and will be announced on Coupon Katie.**

**LIMIT (1) ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD.**

If you are not familiar with The Little Gym of Knoxville they provide non-competitive programs designed to build motor skills in a fun and nurturing environment, while fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills. You can read their Philosophy and Benefits to learn more about their approach.

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Plan A Local and Organic Christmas Feast

A group of Local Knoxville Mommy Bloggers are tackling Holiday topics to save you time and money these holidays:
Blue Frog Creations, Coupon Katie, Coupon Mommie, Couponing in Critical Times, Coupons Are Money, Frugally Farming Family, Frugalissa Finds, Knoxmoms.com, Knoxville Mamabelle, Knoxville on a Dime, and Sharing Savings with You.

Today’s edition comes from Hannah at Frugally Farming Family she shares some tips and ideas on how to have a local and organic holiday feast.
It is great information about where to find local farms or farmers to buy produce. She give some local stores to hit up and some recipes.

If you are at all interested in shopping/cooking local or organic for you holiday celebrations you should definitely check out Hannah’s post.

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Our Trip to House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm

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I bought the Groupon to House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm and have been waiting, rather impatiently, to use it. Since being married THE HUSBAND  we have never had a real tree. We threw away our Charlie Brown tree last year and  I knew he could not argue with a coupon.
So, Saturday we went to buy our tree!  It was cold and drizzling rain- not exactly how I had imagined our first family trip to a Christmas tree farm. However, we had a fantastic time. The boys loved walking around and getting messy in search of “The Perfect Tree”. The Henry’s (the owners) were as nice as they could be. The trees were all clearly priced and well spaced so the boys could just run around while we looked at the trees. It took awhile for us to come to an agreement but eventually, and somewhat due to a loss of daylight, we did.

It was fun to watch the boys be totally impressed as THE HUSBAND cut down a tree. They were in awe. For the time being his superhero status has surpassed Iron Man and is second only to Spiderman.

When we went to pay for our tree there was a display of great handmade pottery. The artist who created it, Katrina Lowe, was there. She told me they were all handmade, lead free and food safe. If you would like to support a local artist or are looking for a unique local gift for this Christmas you can find her work at House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm or at Knoxville Soap, Candle & Gifts in Fountain City.

How about you? What kind of tree do you have this year real or artificial? Do you cut your own or buy one pre-cut?

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Our Holiday Craft is Making Me Gain Weight

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A couple of days ago told you about the fun free Christmas craft eBook and the craft we were going to try.

We tried it-well at least a version of the Cinnamon Ornaments. If you are looking for a fun, easy, kid-friendly craft to try this holiday season I would recommend it. My two boys had a blast. This is a picture of our cinnamon ornaments hanging on our tree.

There are a few things you should know before trying this craft.
1. Don’t make them too thin. I think I tried making our dough stretch a little too far and our thinner ornaments broke.

2. Be patient. Don’t try moving them or inspecting them until they are completely dry. It took ours about a day and a half. If you move them too much they will break.

3. Be prepared to gain weight. That’s right. Every morning since making the ornaments our house has smelled like cinnamon rolls.  All of the sudden a bowl of Kashi cereal doesn’t sound so good. All I can think of is cinnamon rolls. So, we are eating cinnamon rolls and I am gaining weight. :0)

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Ways to Volunteer This Christmas Season (You Can Help KARM Tomorrow 12/4)

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A group of Local Knoxville Mommy Bloggers are tackling Holiday topics to save you time and money these holidays:
Blue Frog Creations, Coupon Katie, Coupon Mommie, Couponing in Critical Times, Coupons Are Money, Frugally Farming Family, Frugalissa Finds, Knoxmoms.com, Knoxville Mamabelle, Knoxville on a Dime, and Sharing Savings with You.

Today’s edition is from Christy over at Coupons Are Money. She has put together an extensive list of ways to volunteer this Holiday Season.
One great way to help others locally happens tomorrow (12/4) is with Knox Area Rescue Ministries, or KARM. They are holding their annual Coats for the Cold event .  They are still in need of some volunteers so if you are interestd you can can check out all the details and register to volunteer here.

After doing that check out the rest of Christy’s great ideas on volunteering this Christmas season.
Are you already volunteering somewhere this year? Do you know of any other great ways to serve our community this Christmas season?

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