Back to School Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment Sale {WIN}

Are you planning your back to school shopping for your child(ren)? Make plans to visit Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment sale beginning next Friday, August 4th.

Shopping Dates:

Friday, August 4 11:00-6:00

Saturday, August 5 8:00-4:00

Sunday, August 6 1:00-4:00

Monday, August 7 4:00-7:00

Friday, August 11 11:00-6:00 1/2 price

Saturday, August 12 8:00-12:00 1/2 price

Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment has provided a quality children’s consignment sale for more than 14 years! Their new owner, Emily Greene, will continue to offer wonderful customer service to the consignors and shoppers.

To help with your planning, we are partnering with Wee-Cycle to offer one family a $25.00 gift certificate. Please comment below on what you are hoping to find at the sale by August 2nd, and we will pick one lucky comment to win on August 3rd!

Wee-Cycle Back to School Sale

Registration is Open for the Fall WeeCycle Children’s Consignment Sale

WeeCycle Boone NC

The Fall Sale will be August 15th – 24th and will be held at 1100 E. King Street, Boone (Across from New Market Center, Next to Idol’s Tire). You can sign-up here to be a consignor.

Important Dates:

Drop-of Dates: August 7th-11th
Pre-Sales: August 13th and 14th
Pick Up and Pay out: August 28th

What can you consign?

Wee-Cycle accepts Children’s Clothing sizes 0-18/20, Shoes sizes infant – size 6 youth, Maternity Clothing, Books, Toys, Equipment, Furniture, Coats, Ski Attire, Videos, DVDs, Electronics and much more. All items must be 3 years or newer and in excellent condition.

For more information, visit their website.

Wee-Cycle Consignment Sale 1/2 Price Sale this Saturday (16th)


1/2 Price Sale is this Saturday on March 16th, 2013. Come and shop early at 7:30am to benefit Hardin Park School. Bring 5 non-perishable food items or $5 to get in early.  The regular shopping hours will be 8am – 6pm!

We have heard that everyone has found lots of great bargains! Most items in the store will be 1/2 price on March 16th. Items with a circle around their price are items that do not go 1/2 price.

Go check out the sale. You just never know what kind of deal you will find. Happy Shopping!

Canny Couponing Classes ~ “Where Savings Makes Cents!”






Introducing “Canny Couponing”

Reservations are now being taken for classes on the “ins & outs” of effective couponing. The new class will inform the user all about some unique ways of using coupons to lower their monthly grocery bill, using coupons in tandem to double their savings, where to find coupons, discovering sales cycles, and so forth. 

 The six week course is designed to help the user gain knowledge and understanding of the coupon process with an Introductory Class followed by an Advanced Class.

 With the downturn in the economy, many people across the nation have had to find new and additional ways and methods to make their food dollars go further.  Effective couponing by millions of women and men has become the rage thus saving many families hundreds of dollars normally spent on groceries, toiletries, medicines, school supplies, and many other items.

 The “Canny Couponing” class will be held at MK’s Southern Cooking Restaurant & Bar (formerly known as Glidewell’s Tavern) located at 1182 Main Street in Blowing Rock.  The class begins on Monday, October 8th from 6-8 p.m. and repeats every Monday through November 12thIn December, there is to be a special Holiday Couponing class with a Christmas Recipe & Cookie Exchange with new classes at the beginning of the new year.

 The cost of the class is $15 for the first session and $8 for each of the next five classes.  Class fees may be paid weekly or paid in full at the beginning with $5 off the full payment. Fees include a coupon binder, coupon pocket sleeves, a labeling system, highlighter, pen, accessories, weekly sales lists, store coupon policies, information regarding weekly ads, coupon clip and swap, and much more. 

 To register or for more information, email Keri Hamrick at  Give your name, email address, method of payment, and your choice of payment.  An invoice will be sent to your email for payment through PayPal.  If more info regarding PayPal payment is needed, notify Hamrick that another method is needed for payment and information will be sent to your email address.

 More information can be found about “Canny Couponing” on Facebook at and Twitter@cannycouponing or email  cannycouponing@gmail or call 828.719.6615.


Family Fun for Summer With a Money Saving Groupon from River Girl!

I can’t wait for summer to arrive and I’m super excited about this Groupon deal from River Girl a local business not far from where I’m living now!  River Girl Fishing Company in Todd is offering a Groupon to increase your family fun this summer!  Save 52% by paying a great discounted rate to go water tubing this summer!

Choose from Three Options:

  • $7 for one hour of water tubing (a $15 value)
  • $10 for three to four hours of water tubing (a $20 value)
  • $38 for three to four hours of water tubing for a family of four (an $80 value)

Here’s a little more about River Girl Fishing Company

As patrons climb the steps of the old train depot in preparation for their aquatic expeditions, there’s a good chance they’ll be escorted inside by RiverGirl’s dedicated mascot, Ms. Petunia the pig. Guests who don’t succumb to Ms. Petunia’s persuasive pleas for 13-hour belly scratches can experience Todd’s untamed natural beauty by biking along the old railroad tracks of the Virginia Creeper, kayaking or tubing down the peaceful waters of the New River, or taking a guided fishing trip with RiverGirl’s founder, Kelly McCoy. As a fisheries biologist, Kelly’s passion for what is believed by some to be the oldest river (second only to the Nile) helps visitors and locals enjoy the surrounding landscape with conservation-conscious activities.

For this great deal, just click here to cruise on over to the Charlotte Groupon deal page.  You may find the River Girl deal on the right sidebar. 

Chick-Fil-A’s March Fun Activities ~ Family Friendly Events

Chick-Fil-A is always promoting great food and family-friendly events to go along with healthy eating on-the-go. As we head towards the Spring season, let’s take a look at what the month of March holds. There’s exciting activities for Moms, Dads, Kids…the whole family!





Our first event starts with Couponing Tuesdays. Chick-Fil-A invites you to come in on Tuesdays, March 6th and the 20th from 10am-12 noon and hang out with other Moms and Dads. While you’re there, you’ll be able to grab a free cup of coffee or tea and cut coupons, trade ones you don’t need, see what the new sales are, all the while being able to make friends and have some adult conversations. You can even bring the little ones to play in the Kid’s Zone. A great way to spend your morning.



Ahoy there Matey! It’s the Pirate and Princess Night on Friday, March 9th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Dress up the kids and yourselves in your favorite Pirate or Princess costume and get your picture taken with Pirate Moo Cow – Aye! Kids will also have a Treasure Trove of awesome Games and Prizes and even free Ice Dream for everyone that is dressed up. Now that’s a load of cargo for all you Deck Hands!



Looking for a way to inspire your child and encourage their creative side? Head on over to Crafty Thursday, March 15th from 10am-12 noon. You’ll have a relaxing time having lunch while the kids get to unleash their energy and turn it into a super fun craft. Discovery Toys will also be there showing some great products.




As the Easter holiday nears, Chick-Fil-A wants to be a part and is having an exciting Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, March 31st from 11am-2pm. Kids will have an absolute blast playing Games, making fabulous Crafts, and let’s not forget the Cotton Candy! Mini Moo will be there too for lots of pictures and hugs.




Chick-Fil-A can’t wait to share some Fun, Food, and Fellowship with YOU! It’s a fantastic way to meet new people, make friends, chat and share with each other, and connect with our community. Make sure you don’t miss any of these awesome activities.


High Country Mommies Spring Yard Sale and Vendor Fair

Have you heard about the High Country Mommies? is an online and in-person community for moms in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties. While this site, is an online “magazine” or blog, you can actually join High Country Mommies, interact in their online forums, and attend live meetups.

HCM will be hosting a Spring Yard Sale and Vendor Fair next door to the new Aarons (368 HWY 105 Ext, Boone) on Saturday, February 25th starting at 9 am. You can shop the yard sale, peruse local vendors, and also donate items for local charities.

At the event, there will be a huge variety of items for anyone in your family, from womb to retirement:

High Country Mommies Yard Sale

  • household necessities
  • clothing
  • toys
  • vehicles
  • climbing/hiking/camping gear
  • cribs, baby essentials and gear, diapers
  • furniture
  • computers,televisions, movies, electronics,
  • home decorating items, antiques, collectibles
  • yard care necessities
  • personal care items, handmade items
  • eco-friendly toys
  • much much more.

There will also be a few local vendors there with deals, coupons and freebies. If you enjoy a good second hand thrift store or consignment sale, you will love our family garage sale!

We will also be collecting donations of clothing, toys and household necessities to give to local non-profit organizations that benefit families in need in the High Country.


As part of The Mommies Network, is a free community for moms in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga Counties, North Carolina. offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on our private discussion forums to share advice and offer support. We also offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families.


Get On Board For The New Earth Fare Giveaway!!! ($10 Coupon, win $25 GC)

Are you ready for a healthier you? Have you been wanting to shop at Earth Fare and see what they are all about? Do you already shop there regularly, but want more bargains? Well, the Train heading for healthier living is waiting for you to get aboard,  and the pit stop is the Earth Fare grocery store with a $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

That’s right, Earth Fare grocery stores are all about living a different way, a way of returning back to whole, organic, no pesticides or chemicals in their foods, even providing local foods for sale. Their philosophy is that “the foods that Earth Fare sells are as close to the ground as it gets, meaning that they have high standards for what goes on their shelves”! By eating organic, which is more affordable than you might think, it is “choosing to invest in the health and future of yourself, your children, and your planet”. Earth Fare wants to help in this area by making your grocery shopping an exciting adventure by receiving money-saving coupons by text on your cell phone.

Get Coupons Now!

Earth Fare has a great incentive for signing up for their new “Mobile Text Coupons”, by sending $10 off of a $25 purchase as the first coupon. It is very easy, just make sure that your cell phone can receive 3rd party text messaging to participate. If you don’t have this feature, have limited texting plans, or even the pay-as-you-g0 phones, call your phone provider and ask if this option is available to you.

This is how it works –

To get started, text the word “EAT” to the numbers 71700. A confirmation text will come back and then make sure to choose the opt-in option for Earth Fare’s mobile coupons. The 1st coupon is the $10 off of a $25 purchase, as mentioned above. Then text coupons will come randomly and will be good for 24 to 48 hours, and would be up to a maximum of 8 messages a month.  Anyone can sign up online as well with their phone number at

WIN a $25 Earth Fare Gift Card

The contest is now closed, the winner is:

For the Gift Card Giveaway- One Winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to spend at Earth Fare.

To enter, leave a comment below, telling us:

With saving $10 right away on a purchase of $25, what would you spend your extra $10 savings on? It could be practical or fun and whimsical, you decide! And, tell us how Earth Fare has worked for you and how you have benefited from shopping for healthier, organic, and local foods.

Additional Entry: Leave a separate comment below when you:


Here’s to happy shopping and healthy eating! For more information about Earth Fare, visit their website at or their facebook page,



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Animal Birthday Party at Grandfather Mountain (Freebie!)

If you give a bear a birthday cake…

He’ll probably want to have a party, too.

While I wouldn’t recommend actually approaching a bear and asking to have a slice of his cake (I hear sharing makes them cranky), the Animal Birthday Party at Grandfather Mountain this June 15 is going to be lots of fun for bears and humans alike! Come say “Happy birthday!” to all the animals at Grandfather Mountain, from young Luna the Otter to 30 year-old Morely the Golden Eagle.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15, guests will be able to participate in games, crafts, and more for the price of regular admission. There will also be a special behind-the-scenes tour:

Guests will get to see where the cougars and otters sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round, observe a training session and learn about why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home. Participants must wear closed toe shoes and make a reservation in advance by calling 828-733-8715 or registering in the Museum Gift Shop on June 15.

Check out the full schedule of Birthday Events at Grandfather Mountain and start planning your day now. We’re going to make your trip even better with a special freebie for all High Country Mom Squad Readers: free admission for one child per vehicle!

Click here to download your coupon for one free child admission!.

60% off custom framing: A look inside your Boone Michaels Custom Frame Shop

Yesterday, Michaels in Boone released a terrific printable 60% off framing coupon and $5 off $25 for the rest of the store! The coupon is good for two weeks, so gather some of your children’s artwork from this school year and head over to Michaels.  So I turned the site over to the Custom Framing manager, Joe Howell to tell us a little more about the framing shop. If you’ve never met Joe, you should head over there today and meet him! He is such a delightful friendly person, and very knowledgeable.  Tell him I sent you!


Custom Framed Children's ArtworkAn investment in an archive quality custom framing can protect family photos, priceless heirlooms, and favorite paintings. Custom framing cannot be taken lightly and many who have had framing done know that it is a worthwhile effort. However those same people, as well as others who have never had custom framing, probably have no idea what really goes on behind the walls of your local Michaels frame shop.

Sometimes, people have the notion that custom framing is full of high prices and is a worthless investment. Truth be told, you are getting way more than you bargained for.  Michaels truly offers preservation quality, archival custom framing, including acid-free matting, hardwood frames, guaranteed long lasting quality and a whole lot more.

What Kinds of Materials are Used in Michaels Custom


Framed Mini Sports JerseysHigh quality components go into every Michaels Custom Framed piece.

  • Our framing is endorsed by the National Library of Congress, so you can rest assured that you are getting the best of the best.
  • We use industry exclusive 99.9% UV protected Masterpiece Glass and museum quality Masterpiece Acrylic, 100% organic acid-free preservation and archival mats, North American hardwood frames, and preservation archival mounting methods, to ensure your piece is protected to the fullest.

What Happens to My Pieces at Michaels?

When you leave your artwork with a Michaels framing associate it never leaves our care. The framing process is all completed locally, starting with choosing the best framing choices to meet your needs in the store. We make sure you have everything needed to get it on the wall for it to become the pride of your home. Although our frames are not cut in-house, they are produced locally. The Michaels owned company Artistree, who is responsible for the cutting and joining of most frames, is located right here in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Can I Get a Custom Matte?

Framed Recipe and rolling pinWe are very lucky to have our own in-store computer generated, air driven mat cutter from Wizard International. For those customers who simply need matting, want to use a stock frame, or need a framing job done quickly, we can custom cut matting in less time than it takes to pay for your transaction. Our Wizard has thousands of patterns, fonts, and options to achieve almost any desired matting you can imagine.

Do You Frame Items Other Than Photos and Art?

We offer free estimates any time. If you can get it into the shop we can put it into a frame. We have the capability to frame

  • canvas works
  • portraits
  • needle work
  • jerseys
  • memorabilia
  • coins
  • guns
  • or just about anything else you can name.

With hundreds of molding choices and mat colors the possibilities are truly vast. With most custom orders finished in around 14 days you can have your masterpiece on the wall in no time.

Michaels is extending a special two-week offer beginning Sunday June 5th and continuing through Saturday June 18th for 60% off your total Custom Framing purchase.

Call us at 828-265-8334 or stop by our store at 320 Watauga Village Drive in Boone to speak to a framing associate anytime to receive a one-on-one framing consultation and get to know your new custom framers.

Tell us in the comments, what was the most special item you’ve had framed?


Michael’s sponsored this spot today to let you know about the Custom Framing department and the special offer going on!