“Celebrating 2000 Followers” Giveaway… has ended! Look for the winners on MONDAY!

The competition has ended.

I’ll announce the winners on

Monday, March 12, 2018,

as part of

‘KINDNESS COUNTS’

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I recently hit 2000 followers here at The Purple Almond. I’m so excited that I decided to share the joy.

As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers,

I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers!

I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!) The 2 winners will be randomly selected using gleam.io.  I WOULD LOVE to keep these for myself, but alas, I sacrifice them for all of you!

PACKAGE #1

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EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

A  beautiful hardcover cookbook with tons of Italian recipes on 376 pages, ranging from salads & appetizers to desserts & cocktails and everything in between.

Rachel calls this book “The single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

Spunky young host Rachel Ray offers timesaving tips and quick, easy recipes prepared in real time with ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.

PACKAGE #2

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

This hardcover cookbook has 341 pages of recipes and photos. The recipes are:

A nostalgic collection of Rachel Ray’s ‘greatest hits,’ outstanding 30-minute meals selected from her earlier books, in a single volume.

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less than it takes to get takeout? Rachel shows you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining. Rachel promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

To ENTER, follow the link below.

(BTW…there are 7 different ways to enter!)

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE – “Celebrating 2000 Followers” Giveaway!

You can enter here:

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

This contest ends at

11:59 PM EST March 8, 2018

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I recently hit 2000 followers here at The Purple Almond. I’m so excited that I decided to share the joy.

As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers,

I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers!

I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!) The 2 winners will be randomly selected using gleam.io.  I WOULD LOVE to keep these for myself, but alas, I sacrifice them for all of you!

PACKAGE #1

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EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

A  beautiful hardcover cookbook with tons of Italian recipes on 376 pages, ranging from salads & appetizers to desserts & cocktails and everything in between.

Rachel calls this book “The single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

Spunky young host Rachel Ray offers timesaving tips and quick, easy recipes prepared in real time with ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.

PACKAGE #2

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

This hardcover cookbook has 341 pages of recipes and photos. The recipes are:

A nostalgic collection of Rachel Ray’s ‘greatest hits,’ outstanding 30-minute meals selected from her earlier books, in a single volume.

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less than it takes to get takeout? Rachel shows you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining. Rachel promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

To ENTER, follow the link below.

(BTW…there are 7 different ways to enter!)

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway! 2 Winners!

You can enter here:

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

This contest ends at

11:59 PM EST March 8, 2018

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I recently hit 2000 followers here at The Purple Almond. I’m so excited that I decided to share the joy.

As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers,

I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers!

I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!) The 2 winners will be randomly selected using gleam.io.  I WOULD LOVE to keep these for myself, but alas, I sacrifice them for all of you!

PACKAGE #1

IMG_8300PACKAGE #1-

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

A  beautiful hardcover cookbook with tons of Italian recipes on 376 pages, ranging from salads & appetizers to desserts & cocktails and everything in between.

Rachel calls this book “The single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

Spunky young host Rachel Ray offers timesaving tips and quick, easy recipes prepared in real time with ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.

PACKAGE #2

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

This hardcover cookbook has 341 pages of recipes and photos. The recipes are:

A nostalgic collection of Rachel Ray’s ‘greatest hits,’ outstanding 30-minute meals selected from her earlier books, in a single volume.

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less than it takes to get takeout? Rachel shows you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining. Rachel promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

To ENTER, follow the link below.

(BTW…there are 7 different ways to enter!)

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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Thankful Thursday: I’ve hit 2000 followers!

I AM SO HAPPY,

I DO THE DANCE OF JOY!

As of this writing,

I have 2006 followers.

Normally, my Thankful Thursday articles are geared toward highlighting one of my followers. Today, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of you for following me. This has been quite a journey, and one I am so grateful I took. It was a huge leap for me to “put myself out there,” so to speak. I’m a private and reserved person by nature, so writing in such a public way was very scary for me.

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I have definitely found my niche with blogging. I just love writing my articles and can’t wait until I can do it full time once again. It’s not just about the writing for me, however. This is one of the few places where I get to be myself. One thing I decided when I started this blog was I would be unapologetically myself. If people didn’t like it, they didn’t have to follow me. So, this blog has become an expression of me, of everything I know and love. It is part of me, of who I am. Here, Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about how important it is to truly find your niche and be yourself.

Writing this blog has raised me up and made me a better person. You all are a HUGE part that and why I love blogging so much. The very day I opened my blog I was welcomed into the blogging community with open arms. You all have become part of what I now call my “blogging family”. It is a warm, welcoming, encouraging and loving place. I am so blessed and so grateful to have each of you in my life.

As part of my thank you to all of you for this, I present to you the song You Raise Me Up. Originally by Josh Groban. However, this version is song by Jeffrey Li & Celine Tam, two extremely talented young people. ENJOY!

 A look back

I decided to do a bit of reminiscing today. So,  here are a few of my past follower posts.

100 followers

200 followers

500 followers

1337 followers

I HAVE ANOTHER GIVE-AWAY COMING SOON

Thank you once again. for following me. As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers, I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers! (a total of 4 things!)

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I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!)

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PACKAGE #1-

 

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

I will be officially announcing the giveaway on

Monday February 26, 2018

during Motivation Monday

so stay tuned on how you can win one of these 2 sets!

Closing thoughts

Thank you so much to all of you. You’ve all made a huge difference in my life. I am forever grateful to you for that. Starting this blog was the best decision I ever made. Yes it was scary, the best things in life usually are. I realize how lucky I am, not only to have found my niche, but the ability to carry it out. I know not everyone is that lucky.

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Have you found your niche? Are you doing what you love? Do you wake up everyday and say “Wow! I can’t believe I get to do this everyday?” If not…what are you waiting for?

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame: Ingrid Madison Ave

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This final edition of the hall of fame highlights the blog Ingrid Madison Ave. In December, 2017, she nominated me for a Liebster award. Thank you so much for the nomination! I truly appreciate it. It humbles me to know my words have an impact on so many people. Thank you again!!

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Ingrid is a former model who resides in New York. She uses her 28 years of dating and living experience…

“…to empower, inspire and enlighten men and women to live their happiest life ever.”

She is a versatile writer, who’s topics include: dating, relationships, beauty, luxury travel, and technology.

Here are a few of her articles:

First date ideas to make a stellar first impression

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Free beauty apps you need in your life.

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DIY aspirin mask for instant acne relief

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5 Goals every woman should set for herself

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Thank you so much Ingrid. I truly, appreciate your nomination. I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. Your blog is wonderful. I love the clean, sharp look with the sophisticated and colorful photos. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles. You are a talented writer. I have permanently placed a link to your blog on my Hall of Fame page, which you can find HERE. Thanks again! God bless and Namaste my friend.

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame: Zen Body Cafe

 

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The next inductee into The Purple Almond Hall of Fame is Christi from The Zen Body Cafe: Living Healthy Naturally. In October, 2017, Christie nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the nomination. I apologize for the long delay in replying to your nomination.

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Christie is the Owner of Zen Body Cafe, a business that sells handmade, natural bath, body and home products…

“…without harsh chemicals, dyes, parabens, preservatives etc. Good products for a healthy body & home. My blog is to reach out and help educate and share the information I have acquired through study and research. My goal is to make and offer healthier products at an affordable price! Together, we can try to live a healthier life naturally!”

Christie, from Kansas City, Missouri, says she has been trying to improve the quality of her life and that of her family. Her son is allergic to many things, so she stared researching, reading labels, and looking for healthy foods, devoid of GMO’s and toxins. It seems he was allergic to just about anything to clean his skin.

So, she made her own, by mixing bits of things together. She now has a line of bath and body products without any harsh chemicals. The best part of the whole journey is that her son’s skin has improved.

Here are a few of her articles:

Let’s talk Calendula

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Benefits of hemp

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Remineralizing Herbal Tooth Powder

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If you are interested in purchasing some of her products, you can find them on her ETSY page HERE:

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As you might imagine, given the nature of my blog, I too am an advocate of natural product. However, I am only now venturing into the wide world of essential oils, and the blending and mixing with carrier oils to make skin care products.

Thank you, once again, Christie for your kind nomination. I am always humbled by the acknowledgement of my fellow bloggers. I have placed a permanent link to your page my Hall of Fame page, which you can find HERE. God bless and namaste my friend.

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame ~ That Feeling Inside

 

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Purple Almond Hall of Fame posts. Because I am an award free blog, I established this series as a way of honoring the wonderful and talented bloggers who nominate me for awards. Instead of answering each individual award per the usual route, I will be logging each individual onto my Hall of Fame page and writing an article about each. This series will not be posted on a set schedule. Anytime I am nominated, I will post the Hall of Fame article(s) once a month on Thankful Thursday. Today, I have 3 entries, so I best get started. You can see the Hall of Fame page and receive more information on this series, by following this link.

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The first inductee into The Purple Almond hall of fame is Grace from That Feeling Inside. Grace nominated me for a Liebster Award way back in July, 2017! I would first like to apologize to Grace for taking so long to reply to her wonderful nomination.

Grace is a 21 year old blogger from the U.K. She says she really “likes chatting and having a laugh. Generally most of the day you can probably find me just joking around with someone or talking to them about the most random subjects.” She claims to be “a bit of a mess,” 90% of the time. However, anyone who works full time, as well as maintains a blog, is a pretty with it person.

Her articles includes topics such as:

Beauty

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Lifestyle

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Movies

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Television

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Food

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Thank you so much Grace for nominating me for the Liebster award.  I am so honored you chose me as a recipient. You have a beautiful blog, with a wonderful writing style. You can find a link to your name in my little Hall of Fame HERE, where it will remain, indefinitely. I wish you continued success. God bless and Namaste my friend.

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Announcing- The Purple Almond Awards Hall of Fame

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As of January 24, 2017, I went award free. However, on occasion, I continue to receive award nominations from brilliant bloggers. And, on occasion, I have accepted award nominations, despite my award free status. This is mainly because I wish to honor those bloggers that go through the trouble of reaching out and nominating me.

So, after visiting other bloggers who are award free, mainly the blog Soul Gifts, I stole some ideas and decided to honor those nominations in a different way. Thus, I am starting…

The Purple Almond Hall of Fame

I established this page as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. If I am nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog site permanently placed on The Purple Almond Hall of Fame Page, along with a link to that blog. The Purple Almond will also write an entire post dedicated to the nominating blog, which will highlight the author(s), and articles of that blog. This article will be posted as a part of my normal Thankful Thursday post.

So, stay tuned on January 18, 2018, Thankful Thursday, as I launch my Hall of Fame, with the first two entrants.

Have a great day everyone!

God  bless! Namaste!

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Thankful Thursday: A look back

Hello everyone! As we get close to Christmas, and the end of the year, I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back on my Thankful Thursday series. This series began on March 30, 2016, with the name “Press-it” Thursday. Originally, this series highlighted random bloggers around WordPress. In May, however, I decided to change the name to THANKFUL THURSDAY, and only highlight my followers.

I went back to the very beginning, and started with the people who have been with me from my wee beginnings, and are still with me. I try to dig into their sites, and find out why they blog, as well as highlight several of their posts. I love doing this series. It quickly became one of my favorite articles to write. It’s been so fun getting to my followers and fellow bloggers.

The following list contains posts from 23 wonderful and talented bloggers from around WordPress. While I have mainly focused on recipes, there are a few inspirational posts, a beauty post and even a dog food recipe. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I had writing them.

This will be my last main post for the rest of 2017. I will be taking next week off to spend with my son, before I start up school again.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a blessed new year. May all of your wishes come true in 2018 except one, so you always have something to aim for. 

Love always,

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Savoury Thanksgiving Pie (Vegetarian) ~ Jody Karen

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Asparagus pistachio risotto –

Electric Blue Food

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats –

Kitchen with Keri

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Mexican Street Corn-

Frugal Hausfrau

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A Quick and Tasty Low Carb Lunch – BRILLIANCE WITHIN

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Take your salad game to another level with this chili stuffed with avocado –

Art of being fabulous

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13 Tips to Lose Weight –

Running to Zen

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Dog Food Recipe – Our Dogs Eat Well!!! / How To Provide

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Banana Flour choc chunk Loaf ! – DaniRowRuns

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Spring Abundance Bowl-

Indian and Indian Fusion Cooking in America

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Orange-Sesame Salmon with Quinoa |

RD in the Midwest

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Homemade “Lara Bars” with Goji Berries | Roxana’s Kitchen

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If I Only Had More Time –

Finally Kissxd

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Tea Time- 10 Herbal Teas for Health – How to Provide

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Healthy Fruit and Oat Crumble Bars | Feeding Your Beauty

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“Famous Failures”  –

TheCagedBirdSings

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Peaches and Cream: Three Masks for a Magnificent Complexion –

Simply Serene

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Date Sugar —

Sukkari Life

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Gluten Free Granola Bars – TheBeauty&FoodLab

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Vegan Banana Bread Granola – JennyBean_Love

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