Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christmas with Kids: Recipes, Activities and Crafts for Amazing Family Memories

Hi there!

We all know that even though we're still in the middle of November, Christmas will be here before we know it!  If you're like me, you like to get things organized and in place before the holidays hit so you can actually ENJOY and participate in them versus running around like a crazy fool!

One of the ways I'm going to be planning our holiday season is by using some of the ideas in this new e-Book which releases TODAY!  "Christmas with Kids: Recipes, Activities and Crafts for Amazing Family Memories" was compiled by my blogger friend JoAnn from Whimsicle after several of us participated in a month long holiday blog hop.  It was super fun and I'm thrilled to see so amazing projects and recipes included in this book.

I'll be tackling the felt christmas trees for Grace to get our holidays started!

I hope you'll head on over and buy her book....it's super reasonable...only $3.99!! and helps support a fellow mom blogger!

Head on over HERE to purchase the book TODAY!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Making Christmas Magical!

A year ago, I participated in a 25 days of  Christmas blog hop where we each took turns featuring something related to the Christmas season.  It was such a fun time to be blogging and it connected me with so many wonderful bloggers that I might not have otherwise met....this includes JoAnn from Whimsicle!

This year, JoAnn compiled several of those ideas into a new e-Book that launches on November 10th!!!  It's called "Christmas with Kids: Recipes, Activities and Crafts for Amazing Family Memories".

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy and I found so many GREAT ideas in this little book!  Great crafts for the kids, and most importantly some awesome recipes that will definitely be making it to my table this year!

If you're like me, Pinterest at this time of year can simply be OVERWHELMING!  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest, but sometimes it's hard to get all of those ideas streamlined. That's where this little book here comes in handy :-) Also?  Total steal at just $4.99 :-)

If you sign up for JoAnn's newsletter, you'll get 3 bonus videos with great elf of the shelf ideas and lots of other fun stuff!  I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!  Be on the lookout next week for the links to purchase the book!

You can learn more about JoAnn's project here:

Super excited for Christmas to be coming!!!  I'd love to hear via Facebook what kinds of projects you've got lined up for your family!  Head over to Almond Place on Facebook to join in on the conversation!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Southern Rail & Thomas' Hometown Breakfast Battle

One of my favorite things about my kids being in school is that it's connected us with so many great people we might not have otherwise met.  Luckily for us, the school experience has connected us to several insanely talented and generous people and I thank my lucky stars our kids go to school where they do.

A few years ago, back in our preschool days, we met the Beckett's...who own Beckett's Table here in Phoenix.  If you've never been, you definitely need to check it out.  They have chocolate covered bacon. Chocolate covered BACON.  Order two and thank me later.

More recently, they launched a new restaurant called "Southern Rail" in an old abandoned, yet historic restaurant right in the heart of Central Phoenix.  Having seen "Beefeaters" close down and sit empty for several years, the concept of what's now "The Newton" is so refreshing.  An awesome restaurant, local book store "Changing Hands", local meeting space, and a gardener have all transformed this space into a place where we go often!

Justin, the Chef, was nominated to be in the Thomas' Hometown Breakfast Battle where he created the delicious "Farm to Table Bagel".   Just LOOK at this bagel:

photo credit: thomas hometown breakfast battle

You can learn more about this delicious bagel and Chef Justin by hopping over to the Thomas' Hometown Breakfast Battle voting page.  If you'd vote for Justin to help him advance in the competition, that would be LOVELY!

If you'd like more information on Beckett's Table or Southern Rail, you can check out their site....or better yet, if you're in Phoenix, just get out to one of their restaurants.  You won't regret it!!

P.S.  This post is not sponsored...I just love the Beckett's and believe so much in their commitment to their community.  I love supporting local businesses and hope you'll join me!