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Weekend Shopping List

With sales tax exempt on many items, a thousand people will be heading to Tennessee stores this weekend. I'm not going anywhere near a mall, but I'll probably make an early morning stop at Wal-Mart to pick up some family staples. One reminder to shoppers - don't buy something just because it's tax free! Make sure you're really getting a good deal by using your usual shopping tricks of sales, discount stores and coupons. Here's my potential shopping list:
Diapers (I was excited to hear this one!)Packing Tape (for consignment sales, family shipping and amazon book sales)Scotch tape (think Christmas!)Sidewalk chalk and construction paper (kid's crafts)Sandals for me & the kids for next yearSwimsuits for husband & the kids for next yearTights & pantyhoseChristmas gifts (art supplies, clothes...)Things I WISH were tax-exempt, but are not: computer printer paper and ink

Can you believe these things are covered? Wedding dresses, prom…
Haircuts!

$50 haircuts definitely don't fit in my budget anymore, so I've been searching for ways to cut corners & still love my haircut. For several years, I frequented a woman with a beauty salon in her home. This is still much cheaper than a salon & I love the intimacy, but her prices kept creeping up and the gas mileage to her house was killing me!

My Knoxville family introduced me to the TN School of Beauty, which offers great salon services at tiny prices. Their students do the work, but they are closely supervised by their teachers, so you can be confident that you are getting high quality services.

I just visited Nashville's School of Beauty at TSU for the first time last month. It was more 'schoolish' than Knoxville's salon, but the quality was good. I was floored by their prices! You pay one annual fee of $5, and then every haircut costs only $5! They also have great prices for manicures, pedicures, highlights... They were timely with the appoint…
TENNESSEE SALES TAX HOLIDAY
Friday, August 4 -- Sunday, August 6
www.Tennessee.gov/revenue

* SCHOOL SUPPLIES ($100 OR LESS PER ITEM): Binders, backpacks, bookbags, blackboards, chalk, calculators, cellophane, tape, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, paste, glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, index card boxes, legal pads, lunchboxes, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors, writing tablets.
* CLOTHING ($100 OR LESS PER ITEM): Boots, coats, jackets, dresses, earmuffs, gloves, mittens, gym suits, school uniforms, hats, jeans, pants, neckties, nightgowns, pajamas, ponchos, raincoats, robes, shawls, shirts, shoes, socks, undergarments.

* COMPUTERS ($1,500 OR LESS): Whole systems with pre-loaded software. The exemption does NOT include computer components and sofware sold separately, PDA's, MP3 players, jewelry, handbags, purses, protective equipment, sporting goods, art supplies, instruct…
Self-Protection Seminar
sponsored by Pete Bobo's Nashville Jujitsu

Saturday, August 12th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Y-CAP Center at 1021- Russell Street
Cost is $40 pre-registration/$50 at the door

Nashville Jujitsu focuses on street smart self-protection: control the situation, how you respond and get away! This isn't for those elite with brute strength - it's for the everyday person, using their heads in tough situations and being in control so no excuses! Anyone can come, learn, participate and benefit.

You can reach Pete at 480-7264 for questions about the seminar OR with questions about his class times, costs, location, etc.
Loving Friends Well

A mommy friend blessed my socks off today. In Bible study last week, I shared that this pregnancy was particularly tiring, as I chase 2 other children around all day. My friend called me that afternoon, and said, "I've been waiting for you to say that - I'd love to bring you a meal, so you can have a little break." She brought us dinner tonight, and I was so blessed with yummy food and no time standing on my feet in the kitchen.

Friends often cook for one another upon the arrival of a baby, a death, or a family disaster. But how often do we really listen to one another's needs during the 'normal' days, and offer to help? It might be a meal for a tired mom, it might be babysitting for a couple that really needs some date time, it might be dropping coffee by to brighten someone's morning, or it might be leaving some of your garden flowers/vegetables at someone's doorstep.

I'm going to watch for more ways to practically share lov…
OUTDOOR FUNMy kids would play outside all day long, if I would let them! Here is a list of some of their favorite outdoor activities:The Water Sprayground, a free water playground, at Watkins Community Center, 616 17th Ave N. 862-8468. Make a nature collageActivities at Metro Parks (www.nashville.gov/parks)Tinkerbell Park in Franklin or Dragon Park in Hillsboro VillageRide cars on the porchSwing in the backyardCollect rocks in a basket Scoop dirt or sand into a child's bucket (or use a serving spoon and bowl) Make a Horseshoe gamePlant a flower or vegetable plant together Run through a Sprinkler Walk on a balance beam- use a 2x4 placed on the ground Draw with chalk on the sidewalk Sketch an outline of your child on the sidewalk or paper with chalk Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it FingerpaintFill up spray bottles for a game of water tag; Turn on the sprinkler and let kids practice different jumps and dance moves as they run through the waterBackyard Olympics: Shot-…