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Four Ways to Enjoy a Solo Road Trip

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 31, 2014 | Categories: Around Town, Tips, Travel, Women
scenic drives for photos on a solo road trip

Many people think of road trips as the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But sometimes you might find yourself on the road all alone. It may be such a rare event that you aren’t quite sure how to handle the experience. Sure, you can listen to the radio (I have many […]

4 Cheap Things to do in Knoxville

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 8, 2014 | Categories: Around Town, Frugal Tips, Travel
4 cheap things to do in Knoxville, TN

We moved to Knoxville, TN 17 years ago and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It’s a beautiful city near the Great Smoky Mountains. There is so much beauty here with an abundance of things to do. Whether you are traveling through the city of Knoxville on your way to a vacation destination or live in […]

Hanging With Some Celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum #WaxFan #sponsored @HollywoodWax

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 7, 2013 | Categories: Around Town, Celebrity, Fun, Reviews
Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge #WaxFan

Remember in mid-October when I said we were going to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge during my son’s fall break? I know, it seems like yesterday, and now it’s December. Where does the time go? Sorry, I digress. Anyway, back to the Hollywood Wax Museum… we did go. What a blast! My husband, […]

The Harlem Globetrotters are Coming to Knoxville, March 19

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 26, 2013 | Categories: Around Town, Entertainment, Fun

Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy?  I’m a big Harlem Globetrotters fan from way back, so when I heard they were coming to my town, I was like… I’m there! Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole […]

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN Review

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 8, 2013 | Categories: Around Town, Reviews

Photo Courtesy of Titanic Museum On the Saturday before Christmas we went to Pigeon Forge to visit the Titanic Museum. Something I have wanted to do for a long time and cannot believe I waited so long to do. I’ve been fascinated by the Titanic for years, and long before the movie, which I am […]

30 Days About Me Day 24: Home Sweet Home

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 25, 2011 | Categories: Around Town, Health and Fitness, Series, Travel

Toni from A Daily Dose of Toni, is hosting this 30 Days About Me meme and today's prompt is "Where you live? Tell us or show us about where you live." I live in Knoxville, TN. At the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. One of the most beautiful places on Earth…. if I do […]

Tennessee Sales Tax Free Weekend – August 1 – August 3 – 2008

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 28, 2008 | Categories: Announcements, Around Town

Tennessee will be having their next sales tax free holiday this coming weekend, from Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3, 2008. What does this mean?  It means that you can shop for back to school clothing, school supplies and computers before school starts (which is August 11, 2008 for Knox Co., TN) and not […]

House Swapping – Not Just For Vacationing…But If You Can’t Sell Your House – Trade It

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 25, 2008 | Categories: Around Town, In The News

If you ever saw the Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet movie "The Holiday", this is one concept of house swapping.  If you want to vacation a week in a cabin in Tennessee or a chateau in the Swiss Alps but can't afford peak season prices charged by holiday companies?  Then house swapping may be for […]

New Web Site – criminalsearches.com – Is Your Neighborhood Safe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 21, 2008 | Categories: Around Town, In The News

Have you heard about the new web site from Peoplefinders that enables you to search for criminals in your own neighborhood.  CriminalSearches.com is a free criminal search site that equips consumers with up-to-date information on criminals and sex offenders in their own communities. In theory, this web site is a wonderful thing.  Especially for single […]

The New Buzz Word – Stacation

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 27, 2008 | Categories: Around Town, Entertainment, Favorites, Fun

What is Stacation, you ask?  It is the new hot word to describe doing things in your own community or area for vacation.  Simply put, a stay a home vacation.  With the ever growing high prices of gas (and everything it effects), people are opting to find things to do in their own hometowns. In […]