Homemade Christmas Craft Update-Scarves are Done!

As promised I thought I would give you all an update on the Homemade Christmas Gift Experiment that we are doing this year.

So far we have finished all four of the no-knit scarves we wanted to make! It was actually really fun.  The boys had fun picking out what yarn they thought the girls would like. They then helped with all the measuring and cutting.

Things got a little more complicated when we actually started tying the knots, but I am happy to report they all turned out looking like scarves, even if one or two is slightly lopsided.

I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped all four of them so this picture is of the one I made for our youngest son. The first scarf  we made was super soft and pink. And well, he attached to it, very strongly. He wanted to wear it around the house all day. I tried convincing THE HUSBAND that real men can wear pink but he was not swayed. So, I made a soft brown one and wrapped the pink one for my niece. :0)

Mimi's Cafe: $10 Off $30 Purchase Coupon

There is a great new Mimi’s Cafe $10 off Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner coupon available right now.  This will get you $10 off a minimum purchase of $30 and is valid now through December 11, 2011.

Now to decide to use this Mimi’s coupon on a fun family breakfast or a girl’s lunch…

Thanks, Greg!


Free Hot Fudge Cake at Shoney's December 6th

I will remind you all again but I wanted you to mark your Coupon Calendars for a Free Hot Fudge Cake from Shoney’s! You know this chocolate loving girl will stop by sometime on the 6th!

I received this email today:

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, America’s iconic restaurant brand, Shoney’s, invites consumers to enjoy a free Hot Fudge Cake. The invitation continues the company’s Starting Fresh campaign, designed to help consumers celebrate and rediscover what they love about Shoney’s, while providing feedback on Shoney’s Facebook Page that will shape the brand’s makeover.
The free Hot Fudge Cake will be available at all of the company’s 230 locations across 17 states. There are 45 locations throughout Tennessee, with six located in Knoxville, Tenn.

Knoxville Zoo: Half Priced Admission During Penguin Discount Days (12/1/11-2/29/12)

The Knoxville Zoo has announced their Penguin Discount Days! Beginning Dec. 1, 2011 and continuing through Feb. 29, 2012, admission to Knoxville Zoo is half-off.

If you have read this blog long you know I am a huge fan of the Knoxville Zoo. We get a yearly family pass, it is affordable and allows us to take the boys often. If you do not have a Zoo membership Penguin Discount Days are a great chance to visit the Knoxville Zoo.

Why visit the Knoxville Zoo in the winter?

Many of the zoo’s animals enjoy the crisp weather and are more active on cooler days. The zoo’s favorite indoor exhibit, Wee Play Zoo, is a cozy place to stop and play if you do happen to get a little chilly. And on days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some animals will be moved to their indoor enclosures, but even on the coldest days of the year visitors can still see elephants, gorillas, penguins, reptiles, and bears in their indoor viewing areas.

Half-price admission tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket office during regular zoo hours. Tickets can also be purchased at all Knoxville area Kroger stores and online at Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 29, 2012, and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, or coupon.

Snapfish:2 Free Calendars When you Buy One!

If you love to give photo calendars for Christmas gifts this is a great deal for you!

Right now when you buy one Snapfish custom photo calendar you can get two free. That is three gifts for the price of one!

When you create one calendar you will get two more of the same style Free. Use coupon 3CALENDARS at checkout now through November 22, 2011.

Homemade Christmas Gift Experiment 2011

This Christmas my older sister and I are starting an experiment- homemade Christmas gifts.  You see, she has four daughters and soon I will have four sons-that is a lot of gifts!

We were having a hard time coming up with present suggestions this year.  Then we decided they do not need anymore toys than the grandparents are already planning to buy.

So, we decided to start a tradition. A tradition of making gifts. I think it will be fun to watch the presents grow and change over the years. (Hopefully for my nieces’ sakes THE HUSBAND will teach the boys some of his woodworking/building skills. They could eventually end up with some great presents!)

It was fun to sit and talk to the boys about what they thought the girls might like. They came up with some pretty funny ideas. My two favorites- buying them a pony or catching them a frog.

I decided to start off slowly. I mean, the boys are 5, 4 and 1 plus I am not the craftiest person you are going to meet. The plan is to make the girls no-knit scarves and no sew drawstring bags.

I will definitely keep you all posted on our progress. I have bought some of the yarn for the scarves so we are on our way!

Those are my ideas, I would love to hear what you are making this Christmas season! Feel free to share your past crafts or future plans- it will be great for inspiration! If this experiment goes well we will have many years in the future we will need ideas for.  Here is a the post and pictures of the craft we tried last year– the old standby Cinnamon Ornaments.  You can sort of see them hanging on our tree from last year.


Chili’s: Free Chips & Queso (Facebook Offer)

If you like Chili’s Chips and Queso head on over to the Chili’s Facebook page .Posted on their Facebook wall is a link  to request your coupon valid for Free Chips & Queso. The coupon will be  emailed to you and  is good through 11/24.