Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sonic open in Willow Grove (and a coupon!)

A new cool fast-food restaurant to our area -- Sonic, "America's Drive-In" -- has been open for a few weeks on Easton Road. We hear it's been packed with people since opening.

Though I have never been to a Sonic, I hear that it's decent food and fun for adults and kids. I also hear there are some more options for picky eaters here.

Check it out, and click here for a coupon for a free Sonic burger when you buy one.

2405 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19010
Tel: (610) 251-2575

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fun event at Bloomies KOP on Aug 26th

You are cordially invited to: Back to school arts and crafts event with Bloomingdales and Musings of a Housewife.

Relax and enjoy mini-makeovers from Laura Mercier while your tots make arts and crafts. Enter to win a Laura Mercier Makeover Party OR a 1-year Family Membership to the Franklin Institute.

Receive big savings when you shop! 15% off a great selection in-store, and 20% off when you spend $300 or more on your Bloomie's card.

First 25 to arrive will also receive special gift bags.

Thursday, Aug 26th
10am to noon
Bloomingdales in KOP Children's Dept (1st floor)

If you have trouble seeing the event flier, click here.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Restorante Castello moved into Alison at Blue Bell

I have never been there but heard good things... Ristorante Castello moved this week from North Wales to the old Alison at Blue Bell space (which was a nice space!)

They have a reputation for great food, and in this nice environment, they should do well. Check it out!

Castello At Blue Bell
721 Skippack Pike Blue Bell, PA 19422

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Joy Stride Rite warehouse sale, today and tomorrow

Time to stock up on shoes for back to school!

The Joy Stride Rite warehouse sale is at the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington.
Thursday, August 5th 9am-8pm
Friday, August 6th 9am-7pm

432 Pennsylvania Ave

Sneakers, school shoes, boots, merrells, stride rite, and summer clearance. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Old Navy: Great deals at Jenkintown, Grand Opening in Willow Grove

Did you know that the Old Navy on Old York Road in Jenkintown is closing this month? A brand-new, huge Old Navy will be opening up right outside of the Willow grove mall.

I went to the Jenkintown Old Navy this week and there were AMAZING deals to be found. I bought about 20 items, all priced between $.99 and $2.50. (Most of the store is 75% off!) I got some summer stuff as well as fall stuff (sweat pants, long sleeved shirts, a jean jacket for me, jeans for Mike, etc) Two big bags later filled with great stuff for my family, I felt great spending $40 total! It's definitely worth a trip, but items are going fast and the store is closing in a week or so.

The new store, which is at 2510 West Moreland Rd (where the old Circuit City used to be, next to Dick's Sporting Goods) is part of Old Navy's "Beautification Project" and is one of their new and redesigned stores for 2010 (The only one is PA to be redesigned). They are having a Grand Opening Party next weekend, on July 31st. Doors open at 9am. They are giving away some awesome prizes:

  • $500 shopping spree
  • $200 shopping spree
  • Old Navy famous jeans or
  • Graphic tees
To be eligible to win one of these prizes, you need to be one of the first 200 people to visit the new store. The first 200 people will be given a wrist band or ticket. Each person with a wrist band or ticket will receive a prize!

Have fun!

ps. If you visit the Jenkintown store, make sure you pick up a coupon for the new store ($10 off a purchase of $50 or more, on Saturday July 31st only)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Very excited about new fall shopping!

Yesterday I had an amazing shopping day for two reasons:
1. It was the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I got some amazing deals and
2. I was able to order an amazing amount of new jewelry from the new Stella & Dot fall collection, which launched yesterday. (Yes, shameless self-promotion to come. But after all, this is my blog!)

Ladies (and men)... you need to go. Fall and winter items at 33% off, and amazing styles to choose from! The sale goes from now through August 2nd, and it is not to be missed. (Family promotion: should you go, ask for my step-brother Jay Eisenberg or his fiance Heather Wright to help you! They are fabulous and knowledgeable!)  If for some reason you can't get there, check out the items online!

Stella & Dot:
Some of you may know that in April I started a new business as a stylist for Stella & Dot, an amazing, trendy, incredible jewelry company. Yesterday their gorgeous fall/winter line was launched, and I was like a kid on Christmas (or at least what I think a kid on Christmas would feel like!) picking out all of my new jewels.

Please, check out the new look book and let me know your thoughts! I love the collections which range from Metro-chic, to vintage luxe, pieces that can easily go from day to night, and so much more.

(And here comes the REAL shameless promotion...) If you want to be one of the first of your friends to host a fall trunk show, and you book in August or Sept, I am giving $25 gift certificates to be used at your show. Woo hoo! More free beautiful jewelry on top of the hundreds that most of my hostesses get. Email me to book your show!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Some nice specials at Trax Cafe!

I really like Trax in Ambler. Every time I eat there I really enjoy the food and atmosphere... plus it is around the corner! I think it is time to go back soon, especially now that Trax is offering three nice promotions right now!

They are now offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner including a Trax house salad, choice of 4 specially-prepared entrees (Penne Portobello with Pesto; Veal Sirloin, Picatta; Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin with Seasonal Salsa or Oven Roasted Tilapia Scampi) and their freshly-baked dessert du jour. It is available on Tuesdays through Fridays from 4:30 - 6 p.m. for $24.95 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Great when you're hopping off the train, have a "tired-of-cooking" night or for a pre-theater dinner. Or a girls night out! Reservations needed: 215/591-9777 or online.

Trax is offering a sweet birthday gift for you! For your birthday, they'll send you an email good for a complimentary dessert at Trax Restaurant & Cafe. Just tell them your birthday and when your special day rolls around, you'll hear from them. You can redeem it any day that month. What a sweet way to celebrate!

Chef Waxman suggests pairing his Half Roasted Duck with 3 Berry Sauce with Wild Horse Pinot. The pairing works so well, in fact, that they're offering a complimentary glass of wine with every order of the Half Roasted Duck.

The 2008 Pinot from Wild Horse Winery in California has a lush mouth feel and enticing acidity. The aromas and flavors of fresh strawberries, forest floor and hints of vanilla from 100% oak aging make the wine an ideal partner for the crispy duck dish, with its blackberry, raspberry & blueberry sauce. Available while supply lasts.

Enjoy these specials!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tech-Bites at Best Buy King of Prussia 6/19 from 11am-4pm

Tech-Bites at Best Buy King of Prussia
Saturday, June 19
Open House from 11am to 4pm

At 11am and 2pm Seasons 52 Chefs will share how to prepare seasonally-inspired flat breads and perfectly paired mini indulgences with flair for all of your summer entertaining.

Learn from experts about the latest and greatest products with roving demonstrations. Including, getting the most out of your camera so you can relive your summer memories; or now that the kids have time on their hands, learn how to provide a fun and safe gaming experience. Also, you will not want to miss the chance to see what 3D technology in your home could do to pack movie night with excitement.

Hear Philadelphia mom bloggers and community partners as they share tips and tricks.

See and play with hottest new gadgets and experience the fun first hand.

Best Buy King of Prussia
310 Goddard Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Great deals at the Children's Sample Sale Outlet

From Children's Sample Outlet in Doylestown:
Starts Now!!!! now through July 15th....... Buy 1 get 30% off..or Buy 1 get
1 free......Buy 2 get 2 free......Buy 3 get 3 free.....and so
on......*** Never before offered! AND....not being offered to the general public!**

Bring a friend and they can save too!!!

We need your help! We have to sell, sell, sell to get ready for the Sample Sale! The sample sale starts July 28th through August 1st!!!
Hold the dates!

So.... hurry in for the best selection for all our fabulous Spring and Summer merchandise at such great prices!!!!!

(Wow, they love exclamation points!!)
4161 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18902-1168
(215) 345-0794

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New ULTA now open!

The new store for ULTA located in the Horsham Gate Shopping Center is now open! It opened on June 7, just after the Willow Grove location closed permanently on June 6. I checked it out today and it's really nice looking inside! It has a salon in the back of the store and the checkout is now up front. On Saturday June 12, they are having a special Urban Decay event. You can schedule an appointment to have a makeover with an Urban Decay specialist and no purchase is required. Call ULTA at 215-659-1816 to make a reservation to get done up!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Get a free beach mat at Willow Grove park just for shopping!

Summer is almost here! Do you have everything you need to start the season off right? Pick up your summer essentials at Willow Grove Park and receive a free beach mat just for shopping with us. Show $50 in same-day receipts at Customer Service to receive your gift.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Went to Noboru in Montgomeryville and I was literally giddy...

I have been interested in trying out Noboru -- a new Japanese sushi buffet in Montgomeryville -- for a few weeks now. So when a group of friends and I decided to try it out for lunch one day with our little kids, I was definitely excited to try it out.

Well, let me just tell you now... we all LOVED this place! It was so great for both us and the kids! Here is why:

- most importantly, the sushi was abundant and delicious! Very fresh and great!

- the amount of variation of food at the buffet was AMAZING. All of us were like kids in a candy store looking around at the wide variety of foods to try. Besides the awesome sushi and rolls, there was a huge section of hot Chinese, Japanese, and Korean food. There were tons of salads (seaweed, etc), an udon station and other soups, more typical foods like chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes, and some great dessert stations, like an ice cream/tart yogurt sundae station, cakes and cookies (all mini-sized!), and a crepe station! For dinner, they have a Hibachi station, too!

- How great is this... kids 3 and under EAT FREE!!!  (and if your kids are older, prices are very reasonable and reduced -- see below for pricing) There is plenty of kid food for those kids (or adults!) that don't eat your more traditional Japanese food.

- The decor inside is nice, clean, and open. The restaurant is very large and easy to have a quick, but nice, lunch or dinner.

- Service was great! Our waiter was attentive, detailed, and very good with the 5 three-year olds that were with us.

Let's just say that I think this group of moms and kids will be making it our weekly tradition to go to Noburu since we loved it so much! You need to try it too!

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner:
Lunch is 11:30am-3pm
Dinner is 5pm-10pm

Lunch Mon-Fri $14.95, Sat-Sun $16.95
8-11 years: $7.95
4-7 years: $5.95
3 and under: free
Seniors (65+): 10% off

Dinner Mon-Fri $25.95, Sat-Sun $27.95

8-11 years: $13.95
4-7 years: $8.95
3 and under: free
Seniors (65+): 10% off
117 Garden Golf Blvd
North Wales, PA 19454

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I just made $100 cash at the Closet Exchange!

Did you know that the Closet Exchange in Abington (around the corner from the Willow Grove Mall) buys and sells lightly used, brand name clothing and accessories for teens and adults?

I brought in a bunch of stuff that doesn't fit me any more (lots of brand name jeans, shirts, etc) and walked out with $100 cash on the spot. Now that I know what they sell and carry in the store, I plan to come back with more shirts, pants, skirts, bags, and more.

Most of the items there were geared to a younger audience, and brand names were not just high end, but also your more mainstream brand names like Old Navy, J. Crew, Gap, H&M, and more.

Learn more about what they take and don't by visiting their website. You don't need an appointment to bring in clothing, you just need to go at least one hour before close. And of course you can go anytime to shop!  Check it out!

1901 Old York Road, Abington
Sun 12pm-5pm
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Sat 10am-7pm

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great event this Sunday at Thunderbird Lanes to help special needs children!

Annual Bowling Benefit at Thunderbird Lanes, Willow Grove, PA

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bowling, Food, Games, Face Painting and Children’s Entertainment, DJ, Chinese Auction, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Raffle with Grand Prize Trip To Jamaica. Fun For The Whole Family!

All proceeds benefit the Gia Nicole Angel Foundation to help special needs children. 

To pre-register for this event, or to buy raffle tickets ($5) for great prizes, please email Amy. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Healthy Kids Day this Sat at the Ambler Y

Ambler YMCA is having a free community event this Saturday 4/17 10am-2pm, Healthy Kids Day. It’s open to all ages. We will have moon bounces, face painting, carnival games, healthy snacks, fitness demonstrations, health info, giveaways and Q102 will be doing a remote from our parking lot. 

400 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler PA 19002

Monday, April 12, 2010

Know a special mom who could use some pampering? PURE Spa contest!

Everyone has a special woman in their life…

So to celebrate Mother’s Day, PURE Spa and Chamaeleon Accessories (both located in Ambler PA) are inviting you to enter our Mother’s Day contest, for a chance to nominate an influential woman in your life, and give them the opportunity to be eligible to win a Mother’s Day package compliments of PURE Spa and Chamaeleon Accessories.

Winning package, worth over $300 includes:
* PURE facial and Swedish massage with Reiki
* PURE Manicure and Pedicure
* $50 Gift Certificate to Chamaeleon Accessories Boutique

To enter:
Complete this form below by entering your name, email, phone number, name of influential woman and a short story as to why this woman is deserving of a day of relaxation and rejuvenation from PURE Spa and $50 to spend at Chamaeleon Accessories. All entries welcome, but please only one nomination per person. One winner will be awarded the prize package and the person who nominated the winner will be notified via phone call and email on May 4, 2010.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Now Open: Seasons 52

Last night, I was really excited to check out Seasons 52 which just opened last week in King of Prussia. Seasons 52 is a fresh grill that has a seasonally inspired menu and award winning international wine bar. They prepare their meals using rustic cooking techniques such as grilling or roasting over open fires to enhance the flavor of each dish. Every week of the year, as different foods reach their seasonal peak of taste, Seasons 52 seeks out the best, market-fresh products such as vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes in summer, crisp apples in autumn, hearty root vegetables in winter and tender asparagus in spring. Each meal is nutritionally balanced to include the highest quality lean meats and seafood, good carbs and beneficial oils such as extra virgin olive oil.

Overall, I was very impressed with our dining experience. When we first arrived, we were greeted by complimentary valet parking which was a nice touch. The ambiance was beautiful, warm and inviting and the place was packed! We waited in the bar area for a short time before we were seated. Inside the bar area there was a live piano player that plays nightly. Once seated, we were taken back (in a good way) to see that the menu stated that ALL menu items were 475 calories or less! That was very extraordinary! Equally impressive was their tremendous international selection of 100 wines, including 60 offered by the glass!

Our waiter Tom was amazing! He knew everything we had asked him about the menu and when I asked him which Riesling wine was the sweetest, he pointed one out to me, but asked if I would prefer a Moscato (which is even sweeter). I happen to prefer Moscato over Riesling, but hadn't even noticed it on the wine list, and I was so impressed that he had suggested it instead. The Moscato was sweet and delicious.

My husband and I were with friends and we started with some Flatbreads that were out of this world! I could have just ate those all night! They have several different kinds to choose from. The menu had a little bit of everything, chicken, steak, pasta, fish and salads. We each ordered our own entree and thought the food was very good! I had a Char Crust Filet Mignon, which I really enjoyed.

Their desserts, called Mini Indulgences, were served in shot-size glasses making them the perfectly proportioned size! We had the Key Lime Pie and the Rocky Road which were so scrumptious!

Beyond the food itself, we were all taken back by the focus on customer service throughout the meal. The restaurant's General Manager, made his rounds to all of the tables in the restaurant, looking to ensure that everything about our meal was to our liking. Additionally, another manager in the restaurant also checked on us during our meal. At the end of our stay our waiter handed us his business card and said that anytime we come back to just ask for his section and there will be a table waiting for us. Now that is awesome customer service!! We will definitely be back again!

They do have a second floor for private events and there is a smaller room available on the first floor as well. Great to keep in mind when planning your next party!

Seasons 52
at King of Prussia Mall (near Crate & Barrel)
160 N. Gulph Rd
Suite 101
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Lunch: 11:30AM – 4:00PM
Dinner: 4:00PM – 10:00PM
(11:00PM on Friday)

11:30AM – 11:00PM

11:30AM – 10:00PM

Click here to make a reservation
or call (610) 992-1152

Friday, April 9, 2010

Another sushi review at the new Vic in Springhouse

Today I got to try another new sushi restaurant, Vic Sushi Bar, that recently opened up (about 3 weeks ago) on Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse. Apparently Vic was originally located in Center City, and was known to be a great spot for sushi downtown.

This very small (I'm talking teeny) place in a small strip mall seemed to have a steady stream of take-out customers coming in and out. A group of friends, our kids, and I were the only ones sitting (and they didn't have much more room other than the sushi bar and a few other tables).

We tried the three-roll special, which was $10.95 for your choice of three basic rolls. I had yellowtail and scallion, spicy tuna, and sweet potato tempura. I have to say, all three of my rolls were delicious, and my friends agreed that their rolls were fresh and tasty.

The menu gets much more extensive with a number of specialty rolls, and it also includes a large sampling of Thai food as well.

I definitely forsee doing take-out from Vic Sushi Bar in the near future, and I recommend that you try it too!

832 N. Bethlehem Pike
Spring House, PA 19477

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Awesome shopping girls night out: drinks, apps, and fun on April 22nd

Join us for an upscale evening of FRIENDS and FUN!

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres & desserts, fabulous shopping, coupons for great savings, door prizes, music, and more! All proceeds will be donated to the Ann Newman Preschool at Temple Sinai.

Thursday, April 22nd, 7-9:30pm
Temple Sinai, Dresher

Enjoy shopping at the following vendors:
  • Beadazzle Jewelry
  • Beauti Control (Spa)
  • Belladorn (unique jewelry)
  • B’s Purses
  • Cathy Gaber Glass (belts and buckles)
  • Clays for Strays
  • Darrah Ashley Designs (custom art)
  • Designs by Karen (handbags, etc)
  • Discovery Toys
  • Ei of the Needle (Memory Quilts)
  • Entertaining at Home
  • From Junk 2 Funk
  • House of Gabrielle (scarves, sweats, etc)
  • Ina GaberGreenspan (handbags, accessories)
  • JadaRenee Boutique (clothing and more)
  • Jill Ladov (hair bows)
  • Just for You (funky clothing)
  • Keller Williams Real Estate
  • M. Blake Mosaics
  • Made Ya Smile (eclectic gift shop)
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics and Skin Care
  • Matilda Jane Clothing
  • Paper Moon Gifts (jewelry, belts, tie dye)
  • Premier Designs (jewelry)
  • Real and True (sweaters)
  • Reuma Baron (jewelry)
  • Shop 2 Dye 4 (children’s clothing and more)
  • Simply Sweet (tote and beach bags)
  • Stella and Dot (vintage jewelry)
  • Tastefully Simple (gourmet foods)
  • The Models Bag (handbags and scarves)
  • The Paper Trail (invitations & stationery)
  • Truly Whimsical (kids and womens clothing)
  • Tupperware
  • Visual Effects (jewelry)
  • Wireworx (metal and serve ware)
  • Zachary’s Smile (vintage jewelry)

Admission is $18 in advance, $24 at the door. SAVE $5 IF YOU SIGN UP BY APRIL 13TH! To purchase your ticket, drop off or mail your check (payable to “Temple Sinai Preschool PTO”) to Temple Sinai Preschool, c/o Amy Kelman at 1401 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025. All proceeds will be donated to the Preschool. Additional drink and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Email for more information

Beth Or having a spa day on 5/2

Pamper yourself at Beth Or's Spa Day, Sunday, May 2nd
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$30 Sisterhood members, $40 non-members

• Group exercise classes – Zumba, Pilates and Yoga/Meditation – taught by professional instructors, and included in the cost of the program.

• Certified masseuses and aestheticians will provide luxurious individual, private spa services, such as Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, mini-facials, skin care!

• Relaxing 1-hour group spa sessions for heavenly neck, hand, foot, and lip treatments, relaxation techniques and product samplings, and more!

• Private treatments will be available by advance appointment only, at an additional cost.

• Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Please register by April 10th. To register or for more information:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Restaurant Review: Kumo in North Wales

Last week I had the opportunity to try the new Japanese/sushi restaurant, Kumo, in the English Village Shopping Center in North Wales. I am a big sushi eater and was skeptical of a new place, but I heard lots of positive reviews and wanted to try it out for myself.

The sushi was AWESOME. My three friends and I gobbled up every single bite with nothing to spare. We started off with edamame (perfectly cooked and salted) and then had both house and seaweed salads. Both were delicious. Next we tried a variety of your standard cooked and raw rolls, as well as a few rolls from their rather extensive (two-page) special roll list. All of the rolls were amazing and we couldn't stop raving. Our favorites were the Spicy Girl Roll and the Tropical Roll (with banana... I know, sounds weird, but it was great!) Check out the extensive menu.

The inside of the restaurant is very upscale and makes you feel like you are eating in Center City, not North Wales. And though the restaurant is a BYO, we were treated to a glass of complimentary wine each upon our arrival. Very nice!

Finally, I love that you can take advantage of their very reasonable lunch special. For $10, you get soup, salad, and two rolls of your choice. This is a great deal! (And keep a look out for your Clipper Magazine, where you can find $5 off, $10 off and 15% off coupons, as well as on the back of the Kumo to-go menu) Oh, and you can order online! How fab!

I will definitely be back to Kumo very soon. 

1460 Bethlehem Pike
North Wales, PA 19454

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One of my favorite stores, Therapy, is having some great sales!

One of my favorite stores for awesome clothes and accessories, Therapy (in Blue Bell), is celebrating their 2nd anniversary. Come see what's new and exciting and get a chance to save 10, 15 or 20% off your purchase!

All customers will receive a special gift just for stopping in (while supplies last).

3 special days to celebrate:

Friday April 9th 10 am-5:30 pm
Saturday April 10th 10 am-5 pm
Sunday April 11th 11 am-3 pm

Check out this recent article on my favorite store. Enjoy shopping!

1201 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(610) 277-3526

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Swoozie's closing

I am sad to report that Swoozies in Warrington, Ardmore, and Paoil (as well as all Swoozies stores) will be closing. Swoozies was one of my favorite places to get fun (and inexpensive) gifts. Right now, everything is 30% off and will continue to come down in price and they get closer to closing (date unannounced right now)

Swoozie's at Valley Square
1520 Main St
Warrington, Pennsylvania 18976
P: 215.343.4303 l F: 215.343.4795
Mon-Sat 10-9; Sun 11-5

Swoozie's at Suburban Square
5 St. James Place
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
P: 610.642.6120 l F: 610.649.1983
Mon-Thurs 10-9; Fri-Sat 10-7; Sun 12-5

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In the mood for some great BBQ? Check out Rosey's

My husband Mike recently tried Rosey's BBQ, a new restaurant in Jenkintown offering lots of awesome southern BBQ. The pork, ribs, chicken, and brisket were awesome, as well as the sweet potatoes, collared greens, and other sides (with the brisket as the highlight. He was RAVING.). They offer a full menu of great BBQ items, as well as a kids menu that any picky eater would like.

It's a bit unusual to find Memphis Pork ribs and Gumbo in Jenkintown, but according to many people I have spoken to, this BBQ is some of the best they have tasted.

Give it a try! Oh, and bring some of your favorite beer or drinks, it's BYO!

Rosey's BBQ
Jenkintown Square Shopping Center
505 Old York Road
Jenkintown, PA

Tues-Sat 11am-9pm
Sun 12pm-8pm

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Upcoming events for kids at the Willow Grove Mall (April)

The Willow Grove mall has some great kids programming as part of their Morning Kids Club. I love that on Tuesday's when you belong to the Morning Club you can get a free kids meal with combo meal purchase at Chick-fil-a. Yea!

Coming up... (all activities are free)

"Briar Bush Nature Center"
Tuesday, April 6 • 10:30 a.m
First Level • Elevator Court
In honor of Earth Month, we'll get up close and personal with Mother Nature thanks to our friends at Briar Bush Nature Center!

Play & Learn Centers presents "Weather"
Tuesday, April 20 • 10:30 a.m.
First Level • Elevator Court
We'll be reading "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and making Umbrella Pictures as we continue our Earth Month celebration of weather and the environment.

Monday, March 29, 2010

ULTA coming to Horsham Gate

Not too much exciting to report right now except that some signs are up and ULTA is coming to the Horsham Gate shopping center (the last vacancy in the shopping center). They have been hiring staff all month so we think they will be opening by May.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Great food at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Tonight my family and I tried Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza for the first time, in the new Horsham Gate shopping center off Welsh Road. When we walked in we were surprised how crowded the restaurant was, but were quickly seated and had good service throughout the night.

Though the menu is somewhat limited (mostly pizza, salads, and a few of their specialties), we loved everything we ate. We got to sample some of their grilled chicken wings, which were awesome (and I never eat wings!). We also tried their coal-fired pizza, which we all loved. My kids gobbled down 2 and 3 pieces each! I had a great tomato mozzarella salad, too. We were very impressed with the food, happy with the pricing (dinner for 4 for $25!) and will definitely be heading back soon.

One note, though: the coal-fired pizza does take a decent amount of time to bake. So if you are with small, impatient, hungry kids like me, make sure you place your pizza order when you arrive.

Open for both lunch and dinner, and with bar service!

100 Welsh Rd.
Horsham, PA 19044

Friday, March 26, 2010

What I didn't know about Udder Delight!

Since the weather has been better I have been making more frequent trips over to Udder Delight in the Shop N Bag shopping center. This fun and happening ice cream shop has a great selection of hard ice creams that are amazing, water ice, soft service ice cream and yogurt, which can be flavored with over 50 flavors, and much more.

Some of the things that I didn't know about Udder Delight, that set it apart from other "typical" ice cream places, are that:

- They now make Homemade Ice Cream, every day it is made from scratch in the store.
- They have Low Cal drinks, smoothies, and yogurt.
- They have great water ice that is more affordable and bigger servings than others in the area. For the adults, they can do Spiked Water Ice -- you bring in your alcohol and they spike it for you. Large batches only…but it is amazing! Great for a party.
- They also have what they call Cow Patties (pictured to the right), fresh Hope’s Cookies baked in the store with your choice of ice cream.
- Try their frozen hot chocolate... amazing!

Of course, Udder Delight is also a great place to get an ice cream cake for your next party, or to host a unique party with crafts and sundae-making!

Stop by soon and enjoy all of these awesome treats with the great Spring weather!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Joy Stride Rite warehouse sale coming up!

Mark your calendar's for the next Joy Stride Rite warehouse sale!

Wed April 7, 9am to 8pm
Thurs April 8, 9am to 7pm

Ft. Washington Holiday Inn
432 Pennsylvania Ave

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kool Kids Spring/Summer Consignment Sale this Weekend

Kool Kids Spring/Summer Consignment sale is this weekend in Feasterville.

This is a GREAT way for you to find and purchase high quality, gently used items for your kids. All items are inspected so you can be assured of its excellent condition.
Most items related to children will be offered for sale. Each sale will include a unique inventory of children's merchandise. You will find children and maternity clothing, toys, books, games, videos/DVDs, nursery items (including furniture), bikes, outdoor toys and much more!

The sale will open its doors to the public on Friday at 2:30 pm. The sale will remain open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We host a ½ price sale (on select items) Sunday morning from 9:30 am - 2 pm. Click here for dates and directions.

Feasterville Plaza
1045 Bustleton Pike
Feasterville, PA 19053

(Across from the Buck Hotel and same center as OFFICE MAX)
March 12th - 14th, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Big the Musical opened yesterday through this weekend at Temple Sinai

A great show for kids and adults, Big the Musical, is showing at Temple Sinai tonight at 7:30pm, Saturday night at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

Who doesn't wish that they could make some changes to their lives?! Well Josh Baskin one day innocently wishes to be 'big' at the fair after being made fun of for being too small and before he knows it, he's got an adults life, along with all of the problems that come with it!

Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.  $10 in advance for students and seniors, $12 at the door. $15 in advance for adults, $18 at the door.

Enjoy the show!

West Ave Grille Too in Dresher Opens

The West Ave Grille Too in Dresher opened this week and I was very excited to check it out yesterday for lunch with friends! Everyone loved their dish! I had a delicious grilled chicken sandwich and my friends had an egg white veggie omelet and a turkey avocado wrap. We agreed the prices were reasonable and we would frequent the joint. The service was great and we didn't wait for a table when we got there close to noon. When we left an hour later, the place was packed! They don't take reservations but they will take call ahead seating starting in a few weeks. The restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch all day and has more than a dozen Dinner entrees that are served after 5pm. I am really excited to have a breakfast spot in the neighborhood and another restaurant that does good take-out close by. They have a few flat screen tv's on the wall which will be great when you need to watch a game. They do have a kids menu and it looks great! Their hours are: Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday 8:00AM-8:30PM and Friday & Saturday 8:00AM-9:30PM. The address is: 1650 Limekiln Pike and is located in the Dreshertown Shopping Center where Carambola used to be. Their phone number is 215-367-5428.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Need to shred some stuff (and get organized?)

We are always looking for shred events where we can shred our personal and business bills and documents. There is one coming up this weekend at Ikea in Conshohocken. Here are the details!

NAPO-GPC & IKEA CONSHOHOCKEN are holding a GO (Get Organized) Event!

When: Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: IKEA Conshohocken Store – 400 Alan Wood Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428

This free event offers individuals and small business owners an opportunity to be green by shredding their personal and business documents and get organized by obtaining one-on-one advice from a professional organizer. There will be chances to win thousands of dollars worth of valuable organizing products as well as services from professional organizers from the Great Philadelphia Chapter of NAPO.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Get ready for spring and help kids with cancer!

Holly Days Nursery in Ambler has partnered with Kisses for Kyle in 2010 to raise $10,000 or more from within our community!  They will be donating $1 for every single yard of mulch, stone and other bulk items you need for your beautiful gardens!   

Please stop by the garden center at 1201 Horsham Road in Ambler Pa, call 215-283-3228, or visit their website at to place your order.

Learn more here. Happy (almost) Spring!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Buy one get one 50% off at Stride Rite!

The Joy Stride Rite spring sale is coming up, March 3rd through March 15th. Buy one pair of shoes, get the 2nd pair at 50% off. This is a great sale! Visit the Willow Grove (215-657-7577), King of Prussia (610-265-6712), or Montgomery Mall (215-362-2230) stores.

(2nd pair of equal or lessor value, prior sales excluded, not able to be combined with any other offer)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bryn and Dane's all-natural snacks opening March 5th in Horsham

Bryn and Dane's -- an all-natural ‘in and out’ location that offers incredible smoothies, barrels of popcorn, fair-trade coffee, Mama's special-tea, and everything else to keep you healthy throughout the day -- is opening March 5th in Horsham.

I don't have much more info on this new place yet, but will be checking it out in the next couple weeks and will report back.

Check out this video on the creation and inspiration behind Bryn and Dane's. 

Bryn and Dane's
597 Horsham Road
Horsham, PA

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mark your calendar for Ladies Bingo on March 4th with guest caller Reid Rosenthal!

Temple Sinai Preschool Ladies Bingo Night is excited to announce
special guest caller Reid Rosenthal from The Bachelorette!*

Bingo is just around the corner – less than 2 weeks away! Please join us for a great night of fun, friends, food, and lots and lots of prizes!

Some of these awesome prizes that will be raffled off at Bingo include:

  • Hotel stays at Great Wolf Lodge, The Lodge at Woodloch Spa (in the Poconos), Woodloch Pines family resort, the Joseph Ambler Inn, and more
  • A Talamore Country Club Golf Membership, Xbox 360, Flyers tickets, personal training sessions, spa certificates, 4 tickets to the View, restaurant gift certificates and much more
  • Birthday parties to Romp and Roll, Bounce U, Thunderbird Lanes, and many more
  • Camp silent auctions including: Sesame Rockwood Day Camp, Diamond Ridge Day Camp, Elbow Lane Day Camp, Camp America, Camp Maccabee, and more

For more information including a sign up form, please email Jen! Doors open at 6:45pm! (Walk-in's welcome!)

*Appearance confirmed pending any schedule changes

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Children's Sample Sale is coming!

The Children's Sample Outlet in Doylestown  is a great place to get awesome deals on great clothes for boys and girls. They have many of the top brand names, all brand new clothing, all new season items at 50-75% off regular store prices and catalogs.

Mark your calendars for FEBRUARY 24-FEBRUARY 28TH, 2010, when they have their great SALE, where all spring and summer boys and girls clothing* (premie to size 16) will be sold at THEIR COST plus 10%!!!

This is the best sale of the year and should not be missed!

Hours are 9:00 AM- 7 PM Wednesday, Thursday
               10:00 AM-6 PM Friday, Saturday
                10:00 AM-5:00 PM Sunday

Bring a friend and get a coupon for 10% off a future purchase for both of you!

*Communion , christening, suits and accessories and coats are NOT included in this sale

Children's Sample Outlet

4161 E Swamp Rd
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-0794

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A getaway close to home: The Joseph Ambler Inn

This past weekend I got to experience a little getaway just a few miles from home. My husband Mike and I had a great dinner and spent the night at the Joseph Ambler Inn. Though Mike and I have both grown up and lived in this area for years, neither of us had ever been to or experienced the Joseph Ambler Inn. I'm not sure why it took us so long to go, but I am so glad we went, and I would highly recommend it!

Once you pull up the driveway, you are immediately taken back by the beautiful grounds and buildings and the tranquil feeling of the whole place. Though most of the Inn was covered with snow when we were there, the grounds are beautiful and it's nice to take a walk around these amazing historic (yet renovated) buildings that make up the Inn.

We stayed in the John Roberts house, which was built in the 1700's and moved to the property in 2003. It combines the old charm and character with new, up-to-date amenities. Each room is nicely appointed with a spa tub and full bath. Room rates are very affordable, starting at $115 per night (including breakfast!)

The food at the Joseph Ambler Inn was amazing. We had dinner on Saturday night and the highlights were the cheese plate as well as my sea bass -- probably the best I have had in years. I will definitely be back soon for that again. The bar was fun and intimate and we loved the feeling inside the restaurant. We felt like we were away, yet we were so close to home. (Also noteworthy to mention is the $35 three-course menu, available every night.) In the morning, we had a full buffet breakfast, which was included in the price of the room. Eggs, potatoes, bacon, cereals, yogurt, fruit, bagels, and more is included. It was delish.

For a busy couple who want to get away, but don't have a lot of time, this is the perfect place. It's close and convenient, romantic and beautiful, and very affordable. (Check out the amazing specials they are having right now, including $100 night rooms!) It's also a fabulous place for a private party or wedding. I will definitely be recommending this to my clients for both small and large weddings, as well as brunches, showers, etc.

Mike and I will definitely be back soon!

Thanks to the Joseph Ambler Inn for inviting us for an overnight stay!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A new sushi place! Sushi 4 You in Horsham

Tonight we tried Sushi 4 you (takeout) in Horsham (in the shopping center at Horsham and Norristown Roads). We were a little scared because the last time we ate at Yama (same place, different owner) we were not happy.

Well, this time we found the sushi to be very good! We ordered a few different rolls and really enjoyed them. The fish was fresh, the rolls a great size, and overall we just liked it! Next time we will order more quantity and variety (we wanted to get our feet wet first)

You can actually order online and they will have it ready for you, too. Pretty neat!

Sushi 4 you
597 Horsham Road
Horsham, PA 19044

Help special needs kids and dine at Iron Hill on 2/22!

Please join us for a fundraiser at Iron Hill Brewery in North Wales, PA on Monday, February 22 anytime from 5-10pm. All you have to do is bring in this coupon and eat dinner...they will give the Gia Nicole Angel Foundation 20% of the bill (excluding alcohol)! The only way this fundraiser will be successful is if many people attend, so please join us and forward to your family and friends! The board of the Foundation will be eating at 6:30 pm and we highly recommend making a reservation. If you would like to assist children with special needs, then please download your coupon here. Thanks and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meet the PHILLY PHANTIC at Bounce U!

Meet the PHILLY PHANTIC AT BounceU of Horsham
420 Babylon Rd Horsham Pa 19044

Adelaide’s Angels are raising Monies for a Sibling Care Center at CHOP
Friday February 26th

Tickets include bouncing, food, drinks, cake, a raffle ticket to win a FREE birthday Party @ BOUNCEU & Meeting the Phillies Phanatic!!!

Two sessions are being offered 5:30-7:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm
Tickets are $15.00 per person or a Family 4 pack is $50.00

100% of all monies raised are going toward the center!!

Call Tricia Toussaint 267-263-4737 for tickets

Sunday, January 31, 2010

50% off new classes at The Little Treehouse (until 2/15)

The Little Treehouse in Chestnut Hill will be opening their new "Tumble Room" and classrooms in their basement later in February. Their will be launching their new Tumble Classes (for kids 18 months through age 5) starting in March, and until 2/15, you can receive 50% off the class tuition of $128 for 8 classes. (So it comes down to $64 for 8 classes) Also great is that you can play before and after the class for free.

To learn more and receive a schedule, email: TREEHOUSECLASSES@GMAIL.COM

Friday, January 29, 2010

Eco-Expo this Weekend

Community Eco-Expo
Sunday, January 31, 2010
10 AM to 3 PM
Free and open to all!

The Eco-Expo will help you learn about the many ways large and small--- you can help protect the environment.  It will focus on resources here in our own neighborhoods and nearby people, goods and services you might not know about yet, but that will help YOU make a difference.
Listen to and learn from local environmental experts.( details)

  • Larry Menkes (10:00 AM) - Why the Current Environmental Crisis is the Most Critical Moment in Human History and What We Can Do About It
  • Tom Wells, Thomas G. Wells Construction, LLC (2:00 PM) - The Top Ten Things You Can Do to Go Green
  • Steve Savitz, Methacton Electric Car Club (1:00 PM) - Methacton Electric Car Club and the Future of Electric Cars
  • Andrew Kleeman, Eos Energy Solutions (12:00 PM) - Solar Power: The Tikkun Olam Investment
 Click here for more info.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Girls: get yourself some OPI gel nails at Twinkling Nails

For years I have struggled with getting manicures. I love the way it looks for the first day or two, and then it chips, and I hate it. But today, at Twinkling Nails in Ambler, I tried out a brand-new product from OPI, called Axxium Gel nail polish. This soak-off gel nail polish is supposed to last 2 weeks with no chips. It applies like nail polish (painted on) and then dries in a UV drier while your nails are getting done. There are over 20 colors available (from light to dark to French), and when your manicure is finished, you can walk out with totally dry, chip-free nails! The whole process took about 45 minutes and costs $25. This is life-changing for me!!!

Twinkling Nails was great, and I enjoyed a (free) massage when my manicure was over. Plus, when you get the Gel nails, they give you a free Paraffin for your hands!

Check it out!

Twinkling Nails:
Butler Pike, Ambler: 215-646-9990
Horsham Road, Ambler: 215-646-4377

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Need help around the house? Try the Home Show!

Today I got the opportunity to check out the Philadelphia Home Show downtown at the Convention Center. I love looking around at all of the companies and products out there to help me decorate, build, and improve on my home.

The show is running until January 24th downtown, and is a must-see if you are planning to do any work on your home in the next few years. From kitchen remodeling (granite, cabinetry, etc) to gutter guards, to Jacuzzi's, faux painting, and more, they are all at the Home Show to help you with your home needs.

I got the chance to pick up some new products (a cool mop, an interesting squeegee thing to remove pet hair, and some great dip mix... which by the way, you can sample your way through the Home Show with lots of dips and soups!) I also collected about seven phone numbers and websites of companies that I would be interested in talking to in the future about helping me with my house. There are also lots of opportunities to win lots of prizes all around the show!

I also enjoyed seeing the model rooms (a baby room, green room, spa, and very cool Man's Den) and got the chance to meet Ricky Bottalico (former Phillie and Comcast commentator). There are various celebrity appearances occurring throughout the show -- check out the schedule to see who else is coming soon.

If you plan to go, make sure you order your tickets online to save $3 per person. Enjoy!

Thanks to the Philadelphia Home Show for two admission tickets to experience the show!

The Studio open at UDSC

Did you know that the Upper Dublin Sports Center has a new personal training facility called The Studio? This new facility offers personal training, weight training, cardio equipment, basketball, racquetball, seasonal pool all with childcare available.

Rates are very reasonable to join and the terms (yearly, 6 month, or 3 month) are also very flexible. Right now receive 10% off with their special introductory offer. Call 215-643-7377.
680 Tennis Ave, Ambler, PA 19002
Tel:  215-643-7377

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Zakes Cafe Prix Fixe Dinner

Zakes Cafe is one of my favorite lunch places to go with my friends. They have an amazing menu and their food is fresh and so good.

I recently learned that they now offer a prix fixe dinner on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for $25! What a great deal! Included in the price are:

  • Choice of 4 appetizers
  • Choice of 3 entrees
  • Dessert plate
  • Complementary glass of wine
This sounds like a great idea for a mid-week dinner! Enjoy if you decide to go!

Zakes Cakes
444 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ft. Washington, PA

Friday, January 8, 2010

Makin' Music Together coming to Montgomeryville

I used to take Makin' Music Together classes with my son when we lived in Plymouth Meeting. I just found out that they are opening a new location at the Music Training Center at Airport Square in Montgomeryville.

Classes start the week of January 11th, and trial classes are available. Call 215-362-0450 or register online.

6 Airport Square, North Wales PA 19454
(Rt. 202 and 309, next to Toys R Us)

Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting opening on Tues 1/12

This is going to be the largest Whole Foods store on the East Coast! Check out all of the great events happening in conjunction with the store opening:

  • Tuesday, January 12th
    Bread Breaking and Grand Opening
    9:50 am
    We cannot wait to introduce you to our brand new store!  9:50 am marks the official Bread Breaking Ceremony, where we will open our doors to the Plymouth Meeting community.  Stop by between 10 am - 4 pm and experience our store side cook-out featuring Will Harris of White Oak Pastures Farm, purveyor of our 100% grass fed beef. Meet Will and taste some incredible meat!

  • Wednesday, January 13th
    All Things Local!10 am - 7 pm
    From 10 am - 6 pm we will be placing the spotlight on local vendors-both live and on film! Meet some of our incredible local providers and see their stories on the big screen in our Community Room!  Between 5 pm and 7 pm, you can be among the first to visit our rooftop retreat and keep warm with a steaming hot chocolate.  Savor some light snacks and check out the view from atop Plymouth Meeting's coolest new space.

  • Thursday, January 14th
    Healthy Eating 101
    12 pm - 4 pm

    Meet Dr. Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live, between 12 pm - 4 pm in our Whole Body Department.  You can also sample healthy fare while learning more about his remarkable program to get you eating smart.

  • Thursday, January 14th
    Be Good to your Whole Body
    5 pm - 7 pm

    Treat yourself and a friend to this special event where you can meet our expert staff and vendors, sample a variety of Whole Body selections and take a few trial sizes home, too!  Stick around to hear the sounds of Grammy Award winning guitarist, David Cullen.  This is sure to be a relaxing, educational and fun evening!

  • Friday, January 15th
    First Friday - Kid's Event!
    12 pm - 4 pm

    We are excited to celebrate local art and artisans on the first Friday that we're open! Kids under 12 are welcome to join us for a fun art craft project during the day between 12 pm - 4 pm in our Community Room.

  • Friday, January 15th
    First Friday - Meet our Local Artist!
    5 pm - 7 pm

    In the evening between 5 pm - 7 pm, adults can mingle and enjoy live jazz during a free beer and food tasting to celebrate the season. Local artist, Caren Frost Olmsted will also be joining us to showcase her work.  Learn more about Caren and her work here.

  • Saturday, January 16th
    Chili Cook-off
    11 am - 2 pm
    Join in the competition. Vote for your favorite chili recipe and take away great tailgating ideas!

  • Sunday, January 17th
    Kid's Fest
    11 am - 3 pm
    Join us for some family fun while sampling an array of family friendly foods that will be sure to please even the most finicky half pint.  We will feature the Elmwood Park Zoo and Nancy Micciulla, who will be playing tunes for kiddies in our cafĂ©!

  • Tuesday, January 19th
    Teacher Tour
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm FREE!

    Join us for an hour long tour where we'll show teachers where our budget-friendly classroom items are located throughout the store. Each teacher will leave with free goodies for their class.  E-mail to sign up!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ambler YMCA -- free trial week and no joining fee!

I was at the Ambler Y yesterday and got some great info for anyone looking to sample a new gym. (It peaked my interest!)

During the month of January, anyone can give the Y a try for a free week. Simply call or go in to get your free week membership. They have a great schedule of classes (and I hear they are really good classes) and they also have an awesome room with moon bounces where you can workout while your kids play. (This is perfect for me, since my little one won't go to babysitting) I also love that each cardio machine in the workout room has a very nice TV. Makes working out a little easier!

Also, for the month of January, if you sign up to be a member your one-time joiner fee (normally $125 for a single parent family or $149 for a family) is waived!

For those interested in progress of the new Ambler Y, I was told that by this time next year they should be in their new building off of McKean Road. Yea!

Thursday 5pm -- Free Groceries at Whole Foods!!

From Whole Foods:

January 7th starting at 5 pm sharp, we will be giving away 100 free bags of groceries. The first 100 people to arrive at the community room to the left of the main entrance will receive 1 bag. Each person will receive only 1 bag, while supplies last. Please know that since we're not yet open, we cannot invite you into the store (thanks in advance for braving the cold)!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brick House Tavern + Tap -- a place for the guys

I have yet to check out the new Brick House Tavern and Tap in Willow Grove (Located off of 611 right by the Willow Grove Turnpike entrance, by Home Depot), but I have heard good things. This cool-looking spot is targeted to guys, with "brick house girls" (think Hooters), a "man food" menu, and lots of cool imported beer (plus table taps, and mini kegs). Plus there are tons of flat-screen TV's, perfect for all of the playoff football coming up.

The menu looks... well, interesting. And the beer menu looks pretty big. Check out the food menu and beer menu.

2402 Easton RD
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Monday, January 4, 2010

Free food tomorow only at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting!

Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting announced it's first pre-opening event. On Tuesday, January 5th starting at 12 pm, they will be giving away 100 free bags of groceries. The bags will be filled with their high quality 365 value brand products which taste great and are budget friendly. The first 100 people to arrive at the community room to the left of the main entrance will receive one bag. Each person will receive only one bag, while supplies last. This event is only happening at the Plymouth Meeting location. Unfortunately, the store is not open to customers quite yet, however these groceries will give you a good taste of what’s to come. If you do miss out on this one, there may be more to come!