I cannot believe how fast the year went by and that it is already time for the Holidays. I love decorating for the holidays and making our home magical for the boys. When shopping at Dollar General I am am able to find everything I need and not break the bank. Check out some of decorating and gift tips below.
Decorate a Small Tree with the Kids
This is one of my favorite things to do. Is is a fun activity for the whole family and the kids take pride in their little tree and placing all of the decorations. Plus, it keeps them from constantly messing with the decorations on your main tree. I like to coordinate the decor with what we are doing in the Living Room and then we place the tree by the fireplace.
I purchased a 4ft tree ($12) and a box of white lights (under $3) for them to decorate. My local Dollar General also had several pre-lit trees for $15 but the boys like stringing the lights. I also grabbed an assortment of $1 ornaments and then a package of christmas lights for $3. So this fun little project for them was under $30, plus it can be reused for years to come.
Transform Your Fireplace
Your fireplace is the center point of your home. The majority of time is spent in the living room centered around the fireplace, so this is the area that I focus on the most. I grabbed some fun festive garland, some light up present boxes ($10), and a snowman statue. We will also use the small tree that the boys decorated to complete this area.
Decorate Your Front Door
There is nothing better than pulling up to your house and seeing all of the holiday decor. I wanted to keep it simple and fun this year so while at my local Dollar General, I grabbed a front door mat($8), a holiday wreath ($10), a stand up Santa ($6), and a set of light up presents ($10) to add to the outside holiday fun. I was able to grab all of this for less than $35 and make my front porch fun and festive.
Grab All Your Wrapping Supplies
Don’t forget while you are shopping to grab all of your holiday wrapping supplies. I grabbed mine from Dollar General and was able to get everything I needed for under $12. Plus they had tons of wrapping paper rolls for $1 each. If you do not have one already, then grab a small plastic bin to keep your tape, scissors, ribbon, gift tags, etc in. This is a great way to stay organized and always have everything you need at your fingertips. When you are shopping for your Holiday Wrapping Supplies make sure you grab a few bags and boxes in addition to the wrapping paper.
Pick Up Gifts that Everyone Will Love
When headed out to holiday shop make sure that you make a list of who all you have to shop for and what your budget is for each person. I picked up a few of the boys Christmas presents when I was at Dollar General the other day. They have everything that the boys love, including: LEGO, Hot Wheels, Fisher Price, Paw Patrol, and tons of other Disney items. I even found a Bluetooth speaker for my husband. This made it an easy one stop shop for me.
Don’t Forget the Stocking Stuffers
Now this one is very important. Make sure you grab stockings for everyone and do not forget those fur babies. Grab a couple like items to add to the stockings and my boys always love finding treats in there so I picked up some Nutella Dippers and their favorite Good & Smart gummies.
My holiday shopping trip was a success! I was able to grab my holiday decor, wrapping supplies, and even gifts for the boys without breaking the bank. In addition to all of the great prices, I was able to save more by using DG Digital Coupons and the new DG App. Make sure you remember that there is a Save $5 off $25 digital coupon every Saturday. So make sure you download the app before you head to the store and clip your digital coupons to maximize savings during your holiday shopping.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
Disney Junior Holiday Party! is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus!
November 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
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DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Christmas comes early in the Smokies thanks to the festival voted the Best Theme Park Christmas Event in America for 12 consecutive years, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 9, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020). During the festival, the park boasts an impressive count of more than five million brilliant lights, heartwarming Christmas entertainment, delicious holiday meals and the fun of Dollywood at Christmas.
Glacier Ridge presented by Goo Goo Cluster® opened last season, providing guests a completely new way to experience the Smokies at Christmas. Thanks to the opening of Wildwood Grove earlier this year, there is even more to explore in this dazzling area. Glacier Ridge offers a number of activities, displays and dining options to enjoy for guests while they wander through this immense winter wonderland, which includes the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley.
“There’s nothing like Christmas in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton said. “I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but the feeling of being home with the people I love at Christmas really is one of the most special things in the world to me. It’s my hope that the people who come experience my Dollywood at Christmas make those same sweet memories they’ll be able to share forever. I also hope we’re able to help them start some brand new Christmas traditions right here!”
Guests visiting Glacier Ridge may feel as if the Smokies have frozen over, and they’ve been transported to the arctic. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a 50 ft. tall animated tree which anchors the area. Every 30 minutes the Plaza sparkles to life, presenting a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show complete with holiday hits that leave guests singing along.
For those entering from Timber Canyon, the Arctic Passage, a 130-ft. long programmable light tunnel, transports them into Glacier Ridge in a stunning array of light and color. Once emerging from the tunnel, guests are greeted by polar bears who have made a home at Drop Line Bay. Those coming to Glacier Ridge through Craftsman’s Valley experience a one-of-a-kind light installation that mimics the natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. Guests can walk through Dollywood’s version of the Northern Lights, brought to life with music as only Dolly can do to help guests feel as if the aurora borealis has come south, even if for just a few weeks.
From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors, to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas fosters family memory making for guests. For those who wander through the spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic or sit down together for a fabulous Christmas feast at many of Dollywood’s award-winning dining locations. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions also operate in this merry environment, with rides racing along just above the millions of twinkling lights.
Amusement Today contributors and voters bestowed the Best Theme Park Christmas Event award on Dollywood in 2008 when the honor was first created. Dollywood is the 12-time—and only—winner of the award.
A season pass purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with unlimited admission for Dollywood’s entire 2020 season. Guests should purchase their 2020 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2020 season pass. Dollywood celebrates its 35th anniversary season next year with the new Flower & Food Festival, the return of the Gazillion Bubbles Show, and a calendar full of fantastic festivals and entertainment.
For more information about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, please visit dollywood.com, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, or download the Dollywood App.
Information provided by: Dollywood PR Department
Picture Provided by: Gaylord Opryland
This Thursday night, November 7th, Gaylord Opryland Resort will be officially kicking off its 36th annual A Country Christmas celebration. At 5:45 pm the Lighting Ceremony will take place where visitors can watch as they flip the switch turning on over 3 million lights. If you cannot make it to the ceremony, Gaylord Opryland will be streaming the events LIVE on their Facebook page.
The ceremony will be emceed by Billy Cody, the voice of WSM, and will have a special performance by Trace Atkins (who will be hosting this year's dinner show throughout the Christmas season). You will even get a chance to see Rudolph himself as the cast of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer give guests a sneak peak into their show.
A Country Christmas will run from November 8 until January 1. Tickets and packages are available at ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com so that you can enjoy the holidays with your family at Gaylord Opryland.
Emilia Clarke (HBO's Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians) and Emma Thompson star for director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy, Bridesmaids) in Last Christmas, a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat and written by Academy Award® winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones's Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings.
Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate's barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart ... and you gotta have faith.
For your chance to join us at an Advanced Screening of LAST CHRISTMAS on Nov. 5th at 7pm head over to our Facebook and Instagram Pages to enter.
One of our favorite monthy deliveries is from Sitka Salmon Shares. The boys love when when have a seafood night and cannot wait to dig into their fresh caught fish. Their monthly boxes have been great in not only helping save trips to the grocery store but also in providing us with some of the best seafood that we can get. There are so many great things about this company from the way that each box that comes in the mail tells you the fishermans name that caught you fish to how they give back. This is a great gift for yourself or for your friends/family this holiday season. Check out their latest special below.
Support Small Boat Fishermen:
The majority of our Sitka Salmon Shares fishermen live year-round in coastal communities like Sitka. They raise their families there, spend their money there, their livelihoods are based there, and they are invested in the sustainability of the community and ocean ecosystem. All of Sitka Salmon Share's seafood is harvested (aka caught) using low-impact gear to minimize bycatch and their fishermen take shorter fishing trips than the average fishing vessel, so they return with a fresher catch.
Sitka Salmon Shares Promise:
All of Sitka Salmon Shares fish are wild-caught in Alaska and the North Pacific by their community of fishermen. You won’t find any antibiotics or dyes; they only provide pristine fish from one of the most pristine places in the entire world! Sitka Salmon Shares’ standards for quality is among the best in the seafood industry; this includes the way that the fishermen handle fish all the way to their customer service. They return 1 percent of the gross revenue annually to efforts to promote small- scale fisheries and fisheries conservation in Alaska, including donating to causes like the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund.
How SITKA SALMON SHARES works:
Sitka Salmon Shares is a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) members purchase their very own "shares" of our harvest. Similar to preorders or vegetable shares ordered through your favorite CSA, these purchases determine how much fish our fishermen catch. After that, CSF members receive a monthly home seafood delivery, which is their "share" , of our wild Alaskan catch. Their "share" typically ranges between 4.5-5lbs per month and spans over a 3 to 9 month period during the CSF season (April thru December).
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As a mom of three, I love celebrating the holidays and creating memories with my boys but I want to be able to do this in a way that isn’t going to break the bank. So today, I am sharing some of my tips for Planning a Halloween Party on a Budget. For this Halloween party set up, I gave myself a budget of $25 and stopped by my local Dollar General to see what all I could get.
Start with the Basics
For every party you have to start with the basics and build from there. You want to grab a fun Halloween theme table cloth, plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. Each of these items were $1 at Dollar General and I mixed Halloween themed items with the solid orange plates/cups and the black/white stripe napkins that I found in the party section.
Mix it up with a Party Mix
A party mix is always a fun addition to the table. With this you are able to mix several items to fit your theme and create a fun snack mix. For this Halloween party, I wanted to do a fun Fall mix. I added Clover Valley pretzel sticks, Clover Valley marshmallows, Clover Valley trail mix, and candy corn. The total for everything that I added to the trail mix was $5.50 and I purchased the bowl for $1 on the party supplies isle.
Grab your Fan Favorites
No party is complete without you favorite snacks. For this party, I thought that popcorn and rice crispy treats would be the perfect addition to our snack mix. I grabbed a bag of Smartfood Popcorn (under $5 for 12 individual snack bags) and a box of rice crispy treats (under $2) and added edible eyeballs to those ($1 in the party section).
Add those Finishing Touches
Once you have your party essentials, take a look at how much you have left in your budget and then add those finishing touches. For me, I added some glitter spiders ($1/pack) to set around the table, a pumpkin box ($1) to hold the silverware, a fun Trick or Treat bowl ($3) to hold the popcorn (which will also be used for on candy bucket on Halloween) and a spider net ($1) to use as a backdrop for the table.
While shopping at Dollar General I was able to stick with my $25 Halloween party budget and grab everything that I needed in order to make my party a success.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is an enchanting Halloween experience that features a pumpkin wonderland with thousands of hand carved jack o’lanterns. From single pumpkin carvings to larger than life displays, Jack’s master carvers bring the Halloween spirit to life. In addition to marveling at the masterpieces created by our talented artists, you can also enjoy our pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations and tasty fall food & beverages. Perfect for all ages, Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is a great event for families, couples, and young adults alike. There is something everyone will enjoy at this truly magnificent fall spectacular.
Open Thursday - Sunday
October 3rd - 27th
615pm - 9pm (some nights they are open until 10pm)
Check the clalendar here to verify times
ADULTS from $22.99
KIDS from $16.99
ANYTIME from $27.99
DOLLYWOOD’S HARVEST FESTIVAL
GREAT PUMPKIN LUMINIGHTS RETURN FOR FANTASTIC FALL FAMILY FUN
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, September 24, 2019) — Family-friendly fall fun is back at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana, thanks to the return of Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Now in its third season, Great Pumpkin LumiNights expands again this year by growing the glow to Wildwood Grove.
An overwhelming guest-favorite since it was introduced in 2017, Great Pumpkin LumiNights recently was named the country’s Best Theme Park Halloween Event in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. This year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights includes an expanded footprint into Wildwood Grove, new harvest-themed experiences, food and merchandise; as well as activities that are enjoyable for even the youngest guests.
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival runs Sept. 27- Nov. 2 (closed Tuesday, Oct. 22 & Tuesday, Oct. 29) with park operating hours each day from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., providing guests more time to enjoy harvest time in the Smokies. Popular pumpkin displays from past events return—like the pumpkin spider, pumpkin dance party and Dolly-inspired displays— while Wildwood Grove joins the fun for the first time with a harvest experience at The Wildwood Tree.
The Plaza at Wilderness Pass again serves as a centerpiece for the event with an area for character interaction, additional displays—and the focal point—a 40 ft. tall pumpkin tree featuring larger-than-life carved pumpkins. Families bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins as they wander through displays in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, Wildwood Grove and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together.
“I’m so glad to hear families are just lovin’ Great Pumpkin LumiNights,” Dolly Parton said. “When I was a kid, we’d love to get pumpkins, scoop out all those guts from the inside and carve these beautiful masterpieces—at least us kids thought they were masterpieces! But, it makes me just feel good to know families are able to spend time together exploring during what really is the most beautiful time of year in the Smokies.”
While Great Pumpkin LumiNights lights up Dollywood each evening, the biggest names in Southern gospel music lift their voices each day as part of the Southern Gospel Jubilee. Guests can experience more than 600 individual Southern gospel performances on stages throughout the park during the run of the festival. It’s the largest Southern gospel event in America, fitting for the music icon who got her start singing in churches around the Smokies.
“God truly does turn the Smokies into His own personal coloring book during the fall,” Parton added. “And nothing fits so well with those colorful fall mountains than the uplifting Southern gospel songs that fill the air with powerful praise for Him. I’m proud we’re able to have some of the best Southern gospel singers here during the Harvest Festival.”
Headlining acts include The Martins (Sept. 27-28), The McKameys (Oct. 4-5), Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (Oct. 12-13), The Isaacs (Oct. 18-19), Karen Peck and New River (Oct. 20-21), Gold City (Oct. 27-28) and many more. A complete schedule of artists, show times and stage locations is available at Dollywood.com.
Dollywood celebrates Smoky Mountain crafts all year with the park’s well-known master craftsmen. During the Harvest Festival, however, more than two dozen visiting artisans from across the country provide in-depth demonstrations including woodworking, chainsaw carvings, fiddle-making and more. Guests can find inspirational jewelry, historic handmade games, pottery, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, and even Windsor chairs available for purchase.
Autumn in the Smokies also provides a bountiful harvest of crops that allows Dollywood’s culinary team an opportunity to showcase their skills with a menu full of fall favorites. Guests can find traditional items like cabbage rolls, pierogies, sausage sandwiches, skillet potatoes, apple cider and fried apple pies. A number of new tasty treats also are on the menu, including chicken Applewood pasta, Reuben wontons, candy corn cider and chocolate chip cookie pizza.
For more information about Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring Southern Gospel Jubilee and Great Pumpkin LumiNights, please visit dollywood.com, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, or download the Dollywood App.
Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.
Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00PM
Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX (570 Opry Mills Dr., Nashville TN, 37214)
Link to Passes: http://uareleasingscreenings.com/TAFNASHNH
Hi, I'm Brittany! I am a mommy, blogger, and Realtor! I look forward to connecting with you through the blog, social media channels, and our monthly Girl's Night Out events!