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!