Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Back to School

It's August and for Sevier County residents that means one thing....It's Back to School time for all the kiddos! Check this blog post out for tips on how to make the last few weeks of summer meaningful for your children, how to combat boredom, and some awesome deals in the area as you get ready to embark on yet another school year. 


10 activities...No Parent's Allowed!

1. Wash the car
2. Make a picnic lunch, but only pack items that start with the letter P
3. Make a wind chime from recycled items
4. Create a fairy garden...for an added twist make it for zombies
5. Create a back yard zip line for action figures or barbies
6. Use old newspapers to create anonymous notes
7. Paint rocks and add googly eyes to represent members of the family
8. Cover the slip n slide in shaving cream
9. Using old boxes, build a giant robot 
10. Wear parent approved old clothes and see who can create the largest grass stains

10 activities..Family Involvement
1. Bake cookies and create homemade ice cream sandwiches
2. Visit a Farmer's Market
3. Have a picnic at a state park 
4. Make homemade pizzas
5. Camp out in the backyard...create a campfire or use the grill and roast hot dogs and make s'mores
6. Go fossil hunting near a lake
7. Get a map of your area, mark off all the local parks -- then visit them, take pictures and vote for your favorite
8. Create three dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows
9. Take a free kid's workshop at stores like Lowe's and Home Depot
10. Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn (with spray paint) or driveway (with chalk)

Back to School Deals
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Many stores in Tanger Outlet have back to school deals!

Carter's: Up to 50% off sale and BOGO shoes Expires-8/15/2016
Old Navy: Kid's Styles up to 60% off and free backpack if you spend $75 or more Expires- 8/10/2016
Reebok: Take an extra 40% off Women's and Kids Footwear Expires- 8/10/2016
Stride Rite: Buy one, get one 40% off Expires-9/5/2016
Under Armour: Buy one, get one 50% off Expires-8/2/2016
Under Armour Youth: Buy one, get one 50% off Expires-8/2/2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

What's better than locally raised, farm fresh produce? One of the best things about summer is the variety of delicious fruits and veggies available. Luckily, in Sevier County there are 4 Farmer's Markets to help you find the perfect items to complement your meal. Even better, you might even find a locally made gift for a friend or loved one. Read on to find out more about each of our wonderful Farmer's Markets. 

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market is held on Saturdays at the Covered Bridge on Galdes Road from 8:30-12:00. Stop by to find fruits, nuts, berries, honey, jellies and jams, and vegetables. Also, find plants, baked goods, and health products. Every second Saturday includes live music, and every fourth Saturday features kid's activities. Check out their webpage for even more information: Gatlinburg Farmer's Market


Sevierville Farmer's Market is held on Fridays at the Bruce Street Gazebo from 9-1:30. Stop by to fresh bagels, breads, all kinds of produce and so much more! Check out their facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/seviervillecommons/



Famer's Market at the Co-op is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00 at the Sevier Farmer's Co-op on West Main Street in Sevierville. Find peaches from Gist Creek and apples from Mountain View Orchards. 


Seymour's Farmer Market is held on Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00 at First Baptist Church of Seymour. They feature fruits, vegetable, honey, eggs, and craft items. Check out their webpage for more info: http://www.seymourfarmersmarket.org/


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Local Favorite: Parton's Deli

Tourist destinations are packed full of restaurants; most of them being the well known chain restaurants that can be dined in all over the country.  However, every city has the smaller restaurants that are usually out of the hustle and bustle of the city life.  These restaurants are  local favorites and mom and pop establishments that don't make it into the guidebooks and vacation brochures.  Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the other surrounding areas of the Smoky Mountains have several well-kept secrets that the locals love. 

These establishments in the Smoky Mountains are often a great place to go and learn about the local culture, as well as eat some of the best local food.  Most of the establishments have more reasonable prices than the chain restaurants in town.  The service is above and beyond in these family owned establishments and the food is worth coming back for over and over again.

Because there are so many local favorites we will pick a featured restaurant each month and share it with our readers.  This months featured restaurant is Parton's Deli.

Parton's Deli is located at 332 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN (right next to Hillbilly Golf) and is open for Breakfast and Lunch 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Daily.

Parton's Deli has been in business since 1974. Any business that has been around 40 plus years must be good! It is a small family operation with big value!


People return time and time again for the best chili dogs in the area, fresh sliced meat, delicious Reubens and deserts worth all the extra calories. The homemade potato salad is a favorite among many. The sandwiches are steamed and delicious. It is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor. Check out the reviews if you are not sold yet! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60842-d443428-Reviews-Parton_s_Deli-Gatlinburg_Tennessee.html

Make sure to stop by for great food, great people, and great atmosphere!



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Social Media!

Social Media:
What's all the hype?


       Social media seems to be all the rage. It is a great way to keep up with family. Grandparents live out of state? They can watch the little ones grow as chronicled on a vast array of different sites. Want to keep up with college roommates? See their lives unfold without missing a moment. Social media is becoming more and more predominant in the business world. News station websites are a great way to keep up with happenings around the world. Businesses can use social media as a free way to boost their company or offer promotions. 

Check out this list of tips to ensure that you are using social media wisely. While you are here make sure to check out The Derosia Team on a variety of social media outlets. 

Facebook: The Derosia Team
Instagram: thederosiateam
Twitter: @smokymtnrealtor
LinkedIn: The Derosia Team



Tips to boost your business:
*Know what's hot: share posts that are relevant and make your followers want to read!
*Use images, videos, and infographics for a fun and exciting way to share info.
*Promote: Grow your base of followers-cross post, so that followers can find you on all platforms. 
*Embrace change: Social media is ever changing and new platforms are constantly available. Have fun discovering new things on updates or new sites.


How to be Safe:
If your social media site is a personal one, then be sure to have all settings on private. Also, make sure not to share too much information. Telling the whole world the family is going on vacation, lets anyone know that your home is vacant. TMI is never a good thing and on social media it could put you at a greater risk to predators. If your social media is a business account, then set it so that you must approve posts and followers. This allows you to make sure that your account remains clean and inappropriate posts and  followers are kept at bay. 

Be cautious about putting your entire work history on site, such as Linked In. Putting your entire resume out their grants thieves an opportunity to find out pertinent questions on loan applications or answers to your security questions. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Time in the Smokies



Summer Time

Each season is unique and special in the Great Smoky Mountains, and summer is no exception. Everything is in full bloom and everywhere you look the green, lush canopy surrounds you providing tranquility unmatched. Also, you can't help but get wrapped up in all the wonderfully, fun stuff Sevier County, TN has to offer in the summer time. 

Are you looking for ways to help cure your child's boredom that seems to instantly kick in about the 3rd week of summer, finding ways to entertain your family on vacation, or looking to spend time with a loved one? Here are some surefire ways to ensure that everyone has a great time and takes back a load of fun memories. 

Dolly's Splash Country is now open and provides a great way to help the kid's with their summer boredom and beat the heat at the same time. Tons of water slides for the adrenaline junkies, and a huge lazy river for those wishing for a more relaxing adventure. 
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Community Centers in the area all provide swimming pools to help channel your child's energy. The Gatlinburg and Sevierville Community Center has an indoor pool for those rainy days. The Pigeon Forge Community Center offers an outdoor pool complete with diving board and slide. (They also offer an indoor pool). Check out the Sevierville City Park's outdoor pool with Splash Pad and slides. Perfect for all ages. 

                         
Throughout the county there are plenty of opportunities for some miniature golf. A great outlet for friendly family competition or perfect for a date night!. Also, you can't miss out on all the Go Karts available in the area. Kids and adults alike will love to spend a day racing each other. 
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Three mountain coasters in the area provide a fun way to view some of the summer scenery. They are family friendly and you are in charge of how fast you go.

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Looking for free or very inexpensive ways to entertain? Check out these activities!

Starting June 10th through July 30th Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales will be gracing the streets of downtown Gatlinburg with daily street performance festivals. Enjoy costumed musical performers, storytellers, and artisans. Tunes and Tales begins nightly at 6 pm in the center of town and members disperse themselves throughout the streets of Gatlinburg, so you may never know who you might run into. 
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Tubing in the Smokies is a great way to relax, beat the heat, and take in the scenery. Load up the family, a picnic lunch, and some tubes and hit the river. There are some great spots in Greenbriar and along Little River Road. Townsend offers opportunities to rent tubes and provides bus shuttles for those who don't have tubes of their own or want to pile a bunch of wet people in their car.

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Hiking is also fun in the summer time. Hike to a waterfall and enjoy a picturesque, sunny spot for lunch. 
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Local Movies theaters offer past releases of kid's movies during the summer. Great way to take the whole family out. 

The Forge Cinemas at Walden's Landing offers free movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 
                     

05/31 - 06/02Ice Age 4: Continental DriftHotel Transylvania 2
06/07 - 06/09Mr. Peabody & ShermanGoosebumps
06/14 - 06/16Penguins of MadagascarSmurfs 2
06/21 - 06/23Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombCloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2
06/28 - 06/30HomeThe Lego Movie
07/05 - 07/07The CroodsHorton Hears A Who (G)
07/12 - 07/14How To Train Your Dragon 2Book of Life
07/19 - 07/21Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road ChipThe Peanuts Movie (G)
07/26 - 07/28TurboEpic
08/02 - 08/04Madagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedPuss In Boots


Governor's Crossing Stadium 14 offers Kid's Movies for $1. 

 

Whatever you do, wherever you go, make sure you take time to enjoy it!