Monday, September 8, 2008

Washington County Fair

This week is the county fair here in Abingdon. We've actually never been before, but I'm hoping to check it out this year. Looks like they have lots of fun activities for kids: a petting zoo, lawn mower races, kids day circus, and of course carnival rides. There's a full schedule on their website.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

MOPS Carnival Kick-off and Registration

It's a playdate for Moms!
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and we are a fun, inspiring and encouraging group of Moms that meet to eat and socialize without interruptions, do a craft with sharp scissors and recharge our batteries while our children are cared for in a loving environment around the corner and out of ear shot!

Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:15am - 12:00pm. Enjoy breakfast while listening to informative speakers on topics that matter to you. Childacre and a snack are provided for children ages birth to five.

This year's carnival kick-off will feature games, crafts, free snacks, balloon animals, face painting, car seat checks by the state police, identification kits courtesy of Sheriff Newman's office & more!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
Abingdon Bible Church Gym
16210 Elementary Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Busy Mom's Guide

For those of you that know Christina Moore I'm sure you've already checked out her new website. If you don't know her and didn't get an email introducing you to the Busy Mom's Guide I'm going to fill you in. This is an awesome resource for Local Events and puts this little blog of mine to shame. Be sure to check out the Kids Eat Free section that lists local restaurants and which nights they offer free or really cheap kids meals.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Virgina Highlands Festival

Well the so called "highlight of the year" here in Abingdon starts on Saturday. There are lots of fun activites the next few weeks so take a look at the full schedule to see what might interest you. Here is a link to the youth and family page:

We might check out the street party on Saturday night July 26th starting at 6pm on Main Street. I'm also considering getting tickets to the Barter Players kids show, The Brementown Musicians. Let me know if you want to join us.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wings and Wheels

There is an airplane and auto show at Virigina Higlands Airport here in Abingdon next Saturday, July 26th from 10am -4pm. Jacob is crazy about airplanes so we are going to go check it out for sure. I'm not sure about how much it costs, but the proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Childrens programs so it's a good cause.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at
Abingdon Bible Church
Sunday, July 20 – Thursday, July 24

Dinner will be served nightly at 5:30 P.M. in the gym. VBS will last from 6:15 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. VBS is for ages 3 through upcoming 7th graders. A nursery will be a available for younger children. Adult classes will be offered and will be studying “The Truth Project: An In-Depth Christian Worldview Experience.” And everyone is invited for a potluck dinner and fun and games on Friday night, July 25 at 6 P.M. ot close out the week!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

What says summer more than Baseball?! There are local minor league teams in Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport and Elizabethton. We have tickets for the Bristol Sox game this Saturday, July 19th. They take on the Johnson City Cardinals at 7pm. Join us if you'd like!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Our Favorite Summertime Treat

We love to go get snocones from SnoBiz in Bristol. They are open daily from 2pm-10pm. It's a little purple hut across from Sonic on the other side of the interstate from all the other stuff at Exit 7. If you've never tried SnoBiz, the flavors I recommend are Tiger's Blood (a combo of Strawberry and Pina Colada) or the Dreamscile is Jacob's favorite. Beware of the Blue Raspberry! Jacob tried that one once and his mouth and lips were blue for the rest of the day.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Movie Clubhouse

Cinemark Tinseltown Theatre at Exit 7 in Bristol has a summer movie program on Wednesdays at 10am. Admission is only $1!! Check out the link below for the movie listings for each week.

The Cinemall here in Abingdon also has KidToons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30. There is a link to the right under "Things to do" for it.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Summer Reading Program at the Library

Just wanted to remind you about the Public Library's Summer Reading Program that starts next week. You can sign up now at the library and get a free bag to carry all the books you check out for your kids.

Events are on Thursdays at 2:00pm at the Main Branch in Abingdon. Jacob is napping then so I'm planning on going to the Mendota Branch on Wednesdays at 10:30am which is just up Highway 19 a few miles.

The week of June 9th the event is the Annual Kickoff with lots of creative activities and crafts.

Storytime is on Mondays at 11:00am at the Main Branch in Abingdon starting June 16th.

Be sure to pick up some reading logs and turn them back in each week during a library activity to enter your kids in the weekly drawing for a free bike.

Get more info at:

Friday, May 30, 2008

Local Event

Hello Abingdon Moms! Ashley here now making my first post and taking over for Chrissy who will be moving away from us soon. Sob. Sob.
Anyway...just got a brochure in the mail about a cool local event next Saturday. Here's the info:

Barter's 75th Birthday Bash
Saturday, June 7
10:30am - 1:30pm
Stonewall Square (Across the street from Barter Theater on Main St.)
Free food and fun for the whole family!

Fun for all ages including an obstacle course, puppet making, paint-a-set, photo booth, and many other theater demonstrations.
Sounds like a good time! Hope to see some of you there.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Raspberry Bars

Elizabeth brought some delicious raspberry bars to playgroup last time. Here is the fantastic recipe!

Raspberry Bars
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup firmly packed, brown sugar (I used Splenda brownsugar)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 (10 ounce) jar raspberry preserves

* Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixeruntil creamy
* Gradually add sugar, beating well.
* Combine flour and next 3 ingredients
* Add to butter mixture mixing well.
* Press half of crumb mixture into a greased 13X9 inch pan.
* Spread raspberry preserves over crumb mixture.
* Sprinkle remaining half of crumb mixture over preserves.
* Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
* Cool on wire rack
* Cut into bars.

Yield 32 delicious bars.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Honey Bunches of Oats

Because we love cereal, I am always on the lookout for coupons, etc. Anyway, you can go to the money saving mom website and find links to print out coupons for $2 off a box of Honey Bunches of Oats. We wanted a change from the chocolate clusters, so we got a different kind and the coupons still worked!

Kroger has them on sale right now for $1.99 (says the post, I haven't checked at our local Kroger though).

Happy cereal day to you!

By the way, if you love free samples or just coupons, you can go to here and sign up. It's great!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Change of plans

Playgroup will be at my house on the 24th. We will have an easter egg hunt for the kiddos!! If it is nice, we'll have it outside, otherwise we will hide eggs in the house. The kids will have fun! :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

New Links

There are quite a few new links posted. Some of them I use for helping me come up with new menu ideas, and others help me save money as I go grocery shopping or to buy household items, while some are helpful in understanding my children. Most of all, I am learning how to be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter and child of God.

Hope some of these sites help you out too!


Hi ladies! Our next two playgroups are scheduled!

Gina will be hosting the March 10th playgroup and Ashley will host the March 24th playgroup. Be on the lookout for evites in your inbox!

If you are new and have not received evites to playgroups, please email me at and I will be sure add you on there!

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Spring Cleaning is almost here!!

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Each gift pack comes with coupons with a total value of $11.00.

Note: Gift packs will be mailed by May 15th, so don't count on some of these samples and coupons to do your spring cleaning! But, it is still nice to get these products and coupons, just the same!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Now on Facebook!

Come check out and join the Abingdon Moms playgroup on Facebook! Come join us!

Next Meeting Place

Happy snowy day moms!

The last playgroup we had was a ton of fun, thank you Janet for hosting! We missed those of you who couldn't make it. Hopefully you can make the next one!

Is anyone up for hosting one of the next two playgroups? We are looking for a home for Monday, March 10th or 24th. The duties of the host are simple - just open your home to some fun loving toddlers, babies and their moms. Generally the hostess would provide the main part of the lunch, which could be anywhere from a casserole to a sandwich making tray to soup to a hearty salad. Whatever suits your fancy. Of course if this is a problem, let me know and we can change things up a bit, no biggie!

If anyone is open to hosting, please let me know! Also, if you would like to host, but the month of March is not good for you, let me know that too and I will catch up with you next month! As always, don't feel pressured to host - it's just nice to change things up to different homes.

Hope you all are staying warm and I will see you at the next playgroup, if not before! If you have any questions or even comments about playgroup or suggestions you would like to see implemented into playgroup, just let me know!