Monday, October 20, 2014

$100 giveaway for the AIRMALL® at PIT

I was recently invited to be a part of the unveiling of the $10 million newly renovated AIRMALL® at PIT in the Pittsburgh International Airport.  It was so fun to take off my "mom hat" for a few hours and enjoy hanging out & shopping with some awesome fellow Pittsburgh gal bloggers. #stylemavens

Photo credit: Kristi Jan Hoover

Anyone that has spent any time waiting in airports, knows how wonderful it is to have great places to browse & shop through as you wait. Shops at Pittsburgh's AIRMALL include (stores in orange are brand new):
  • Armani Jeans
  • Best Buy Express
  • Bottega dei Sapori
  • Brighton Collectibles
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Brookstone
  • Collezioni-The Beauty Gallery
  • Creative Kidstuff
  • Crocs
  • Desigual
  • Erwin Pearl
  • Furla
  • GNC
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Hudson News
  • Hudson News CNN
  • Hugo Boss
  • InMotion Entertainment
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Lacoste
  • Lids Kids/Lids
  • L’Occitane en Provence
  • Metalsmiths Sterling
  • Nine West
  • Paradise CNBC
  • Paradise Travel Mart
  • PGA Tour Shop
  • Pinko
  • Radio Road
  • Rite Aid
  • Spirit of the Red Horse
  • Sportzburgh
  • Sue Venir
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Tech Interaction
  • Tumi 
  • Three Rivers Harley-Davidson
  • Zozo

  • These lovely Candy Bags from Furla certainly caught my attention. What mom doesn't need a bag that easily wipes clean, but looks amazing in the process? :)

    We loved getting to meet and chat with Carmindy (TLC) who flew in just for this exciting event. She demonstrated to us the 5 minute face, perfect for busy moms who barely have time to shower, let alone put on make-up! Her latest book, Bloom, is all about helping girls know that they are growing up gorgeous. It's not about using expensive products or fulfilling a certain image. Carmindy shares both make-up tips as well as inspiring advice for dealing with a wide range of self-esteem and image issues: from zits and glasses to bullying and peer pressure. It might be a great gift for the teen or tween in your life!
    With my pal, Nicole, (Champagne to Crayons) who also got the awesome chance to have a makeover with Carmindy!
    A gorgeous fashion show gave us ideas for all the fall outfits you can put together from the AIRMALL® at PIT stores.
    Creative Kidstuff was one of my favorite stops of the day as I crossed quite a few Christmas gifts off my list!  *   *
  • An award winning "Hands-on-do-touch" toy store
  • Toys for wonderful, whimsical, wildly imaginative fun
  • Fun games and activities for families
  • Unique art, science & building toys to inspire creativity
  • Travel games and activities to take on the plane

  • Definitely a place to occupy your kiddos next time you're waiting it out!
    My favorite Fall finds were aviator sunglasses and Ferocity Lace-Up Booties from Nine West. #9WWeDoShoe
    Photo-bombed by my 3yo and photographed by my's a group effort!
    Maybe your hubby will be the one passing through the airport....Armani Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss, Johnston & Murphy, PGA Tour Shop + more, give him plenty of shopping options as well.
    Thank you to the AIRMALL® at PIT for a wonderful event and your generous gifts to us.
    I am also thrilled that they are extending their gift and I have $100 in gift cards to give away to one lucky winner! Gift cards expire September 17, 2015. To enter, please be sure that you intend to fly through the PIT airport in the next year. (The Airmall is only open to those who have been cleared to fly.)
    Go here to enter:
    Good luck!
    Photo credit: Kristi Jan Hoover
    This post sponsored by AIRMALL® at PIT. All opinions remain by own.

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Help us raise free funds for our t-shirts!

    The Pgh Momtourage was originally formed as a playdate venue to connect moms, kids, & families together. We believe strongly in the power of community and want to connect with others around our city. And we have the awesome opportunity to explore a ton of kid-friendly venues in the process!
    I was recently contacted about the concept of Pear which creates a sponsorship opportunity for the Momtourage. And what a fantastic program! I created a Pear to raise money for new Pgh Momtourage t-shirts. T-shirts allow our group to easily recognize each other when we are out at playdates in more public & busy venues.
    It's SO easy to help us raise money! All you have to do is go here to our Pear sponsorship page and it will give you a choice of actions to complete which gives us free money! Some are as easy as answering the question, "What do you like to eat alongside your Johnsonville sausage?" No one has to contribute money of any kind! 
    Do you have a group that you would like to raise money for? Family reunion, school group, baseball team, church event, missions trip, scout can create your own Pear for your event or group!  Share your Pear in the comments to get support from other readers. 
    Moms, aunts and girlfriends whose friends are like family. If you are in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Baltimore areas, your social network can help raise $1,000 or more toward custom apparel! How? By getting sponsored by Johnsonville on Pear! Not a part of a group but your child is? You still qualify! To get started, create a sponsorship page on Pear & invite friends to join in. The more people who join, the more money your group can earn toward apparel and merchandise!
    So please join us in this easy raising of funds - we only have 8 days left! Go here to support our group. And THANK YOU for your help!
    This post sponsored & compensated by Global Influence.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Halloween Candy Buy Back

    Do you love for your kids to enjoy the fun and tradition of trick-or-treating, but hate the mounds of candy that takes up residence in your house? It's literally begging you to eat it, right? This is why I love the Halloween Candy Buy Back program! I'm already prepping my kids for the excitement of exchanging their candy. :)

    Kids can trade in their candy to participating dentists for CA$H & PRIZES and it will be shipped it to our military troops serving overseas. This organization has partnered with Operation Gratitude by shipping all the candy donated, along with toothbrushes, so troops abroad can receive goodies in their Operation Gratitude care packages.
    Since the program began in 2005, they have shipped more than 130 tons of candy and last year they celebrated with Operation Gratitude sending out their 1,000,000th care package!

    Here are some of the participating locations around Pittsburgh:

    My Best Smile
    518 Myoma Rd. Ste 200, Mars, PA 16046
    Mars, PA, 16046
    Phone: 724-779-7645

    My Best Smile
    1624 State St. West
    Baden, PA, 15005
    Phone: 724-869-0446

    Henry J. Windle, DMD
    5060 Tuscarawas Road
    Beaver, PA, 15009
    Phone: 724-495-3350

    Moon Family and Cosmetic Dental
    960 Beaver Grade Road, Lower level
    Moon Township, PA, 15108
    Phone: 412-262-3190

    Verona Dental Care
    625 Allegheny River Blvd
    Pittsburgh, PA, 15147
    Phone: (412) 828-1920

    Hayner Dental
    411 Seventh Ave, Suite 1207
    Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
    Phone: 412-281-3955

    Polished Dental
    355 Fifth Ave, Suite 1500
    Pittsburgh, Pa, 15222
    Phone: 412-281-3546

    Moon Family and Cosmetic Dental
    960 Beaver Grade Road
    Moon, PA, 15108
    Phone: 412-262-3190

    Go here to put in your zip code for the location closest to you. 
    Each dental office will be holding it's own Buy Back Day, so be sure to contact them for specific details. 

    For questions regarding this year's Halloween Candy Buyback, please email or post your question to the Halloween Candy Buyback's Facebook page. For questions involving operation gratitude and their organization, please email

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Skippyjon Jones comes to Pittsburgh

    Skippyjon Jones will be playing at 6 different venues in Pittsburgh - October 19-26. Get ready for a fun and exciting musical production that will keep parents and children entertained!

    Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! Sometimes he pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama, and sometimes he pretends to be a whale – anything BUT a cat! Based on the book by Judy Schachner and from the creators of Theatreworks USA’s Junie B. Jones, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams

    I recently had a chance to chat with Josh Adam Ramos, who plays Jilly Boo/Don Diego, and he shared some more details about this fun production.

    Can you expand on the storyline of the show?
    JAR: Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with a crazy imagination who is convinced that he is a Chihuahua.  So he goes to Mexico where he meets up with a pack of Chihuahuas who are convinced that he was meant to be their savior from the evil bumblebee!

    Who is your character?
    JAR: My main character is Don Diego, who is the leader of the pack of Chihuahuas. But there are also only 5 cast mates, so everyone plays several characters throughout the show.   

    What will kids enjoy most about the show?
    JAR: Kids love the physicality of the show! There is a lot of action (Skippyjon IS known for literally bouncing off the walls), and kids love the adventures of the characters. There are also 6-8 songs throughout the performance and they are all catchy and fun, kids enjoy singing along.

    What will parents enjoy about the show?
    JAR: We know the parents are there for their kids. But we don't want it to be a painful hour for them, as we know some kids shows can be. So there is quite a bit of clever and witty humor sprinkled throughout the show that will keep parents engaged as well.

    How does this production help build a child's education?
    TheatreWorksUSA is the leading producer of youth productions that use children's literature to create theatre & musicals. These shows are also an excellent intro for more sophisticated musical theatre.

    Thank you, Josh, for taking the time to share about the show. We can't wait to see it!

    • Sunday, October 19 2pm | Byham Theater
    • Wednesday, October 22 7pm | Penn Hills High School
    • Thursday, October 23 5:30pm & 7:30pm | Marshall Middle School
    • Friday, October 24 7pm | Moon High School
    • Saturday, October 25 11am & 2pm | Upper St. Clair High School
    • Sunday, October 26 2pm | Seneca Valley Intermediate High School


    Tickets are on sale now! Purchase Tickets:

    • Online at
    • Call 412-456-6666
    • Box Office at Theater Square
    • Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930
    Recommended for ages 4-10
    60 minutes

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    FREE admission days for this week #RADicalDays

    I have to highlight a few of the free venues this week as this is the final full week of free admissions and there are some great ones! You can view the complete list here.

    Saturday, October 11

    Frick Art & Historical Center
    Free admission 10am-5pm
    Experience the Frick's new Orientation Center; explore Clayton, the restored Frick family mansion, by taking free, self-guided tours; and enjoy a beautiful display of fine and decorative art at The Frick Art Museum. FREE family activities, including scavenger hunts, games, and art activities!
    7227 Reynolds Street (Point Breeze)

    Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    Free admission: 10am-5pm
    Come explore the history of life on Earth, then visit what is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, all in one dynamic destination!  Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and grown-ups, and see some of the most exciting collections of art and science anywhere on Earth.
    4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland) •

    Pittsburgh Opera: Brown Bag Concert
    Free admission Noon-1:00 PM
    Free and open to the public, these one-hour concerts feature our Resident Artists and our arts partners in the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. No reservations are required; doors open at 11:30. Bring your lunch!
    2425 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)

    Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Ghost Stories
    Free admission:  noon-1pm
    Gather the whole family in the Trust Arts Education Center to hear storyteller Alison K. Babusci share her most popular program featuring spine-tingling tales as well as hauntingly funny ones.  This program will delight all ages.  Bring your PJs and a pillow if you’d like.  Recommended for ages five and older; children must be accompanied by an adult.
    805/807 Liberty Ave. (Cultural District)

    Squonk Opera: Pneumatica
    Free admission for performances at noon, 2pm and 4pm
    Pneumatica is aperformance evnet about air, made of air and pwoered by air.  The Squonkers pupmp up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience. A 30-minute children's workshop on STEM technology will follow the noon performance, and a 30-minute interdisciplinary artist talkback for teens and college students interested in theatre arts will take place aft erh the 2pm performance.
    Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood: Ballet FUNdamentals
    Free admission: 2 pm
    Get an insider’s look at the story, dancing and magic of the upcoming Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performance of The Sleeping Beauty. Enjoy a special storytime and learn about ballet from a ballerina. Recommended for children age 3 to 11.
    5006 Second Avenue (Hazelwood)

    Sunday, October 12

    Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western PA Sports Museum
    Free admission: 10am-5pm
    Relive a few classic battles at the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.  Enjoy all six floors of this Smithsonian-affiliated museum, presenting American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection.  Feel the pride of our region by exploring the lives of Pittsburghers who have changed the world through a variety of engaging exhibitions. Performances by Allegheny Brass Band (1:30), Children’s Festival Chorus (2:30) and South Hills Chorale (3pm).  (Photo: RAD/Julie Goetz)
    1212 Smallman Street (Strip District) •

    Free admission: 1-5pm
    A contemporary art museum + experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Located in the Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh's North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States. Accessibility: The Mattress Factory's facility at 500 Sampsonia Way is fully accessible; enter from free parking lot at 505 Jacksonia Street. Facilities at 516 Sampsonia Way and 1414 Monterey Street are partially accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request at 500 Sampsonia Way.
    500 Sampsonia Way (North Side)

    The Andy Warhol Museum
    Free admission 10am-5pm
    Provocative, challenging, energizing and exploring all that art can and should be.
    At The Warhol you have the chance to truly experience art. Whether you see the permanent collection, a performance, a visiting artist’s work, or just have lunch, you’ll find something to talk about, chuckle over, delight in, or ponder for days.
    117 Sandusky Street (North Shore)

    And mark your calendars for this final RADical Days event.....

    Sunday, November 9

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
    Free admission: 9am-5pm (gates close at 4pm)
    Combine learning, fun and exploration!  Thousands of wild animals, including sea lions, leopards, elephants, polar bears, giraffes and penguins, representing every continent offer a stunning view of our world.  Sponsored by PPG Industries. Performances by Pittsburgh CLO Mini-Stars (12:30pm) and Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (3:30pm).  Please note: the Zoo entrance is next to major construction on Butler Street at the Highland Park Bridge - delays are possible if construction continues past October.  Check back here as the date gets closer for updated information.
    One Wild Place (Highland Park) •

    RADical Days is an annual event celebrating the assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD. The year, RAD and its funded assets are celebrating 20 RADical Days, beginning on September 24th and concluding on November 9th.   Join the email alert list for RADical Days 2014, or get text message alerts on your mobile device, by texting RAD to 79797; message and data rates may apply.  You can also follow RAD and RADical Days announcements on Facebook.

    Yo Gabba Gabba! Ticket Giveaway

    Any Yo Gabba Gabba fans out there? Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! tour is coming to Pittsburgh!

    YO GABBA GABBA! is a fun live-action program for preschoolers and their parents. Yo Gabba Gabba! revolves around the adventures of DJ Lance Rock and five colorful characters who come to life when they hear the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Join host DJ Lance Rock as he introduces us to friendly toy monsters in a magical land. They teach simple life lessons through music and dancing that will get you and your children up off the floor to learn and dance along. Just say the magic words... YO GABBA GABBA!

    October 19, 2014
    2 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    Benedum Center
    237 7th Street, downtown Pittsburgh 

    Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets range in price from $28.75-$128.75 and can be purchased online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  VIP ticket packages are available for $128.75.  This event is presented by S2BN, Opus One and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

    We have 4 tickets to giveaway for the show on October 19th! Winner's choice of either the 2pm or 5pm show. Tickets will be held at the Will Call office at the Benedum.
    Go here to enter:

    Photos: Courtesy of the Tour - Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome!

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    Connecting at The Mom Con + giveaway

    5 years ago I started the Pgh Momtourage to plan city-wide playdates for the specific purpose of connecting with moms around the city. Sure, our kids have fun at the many great events we enjoy, but a big part of why we exist is for moms to meet and build friendships with each other. Sometimes moms find themselves struggling or wondering how to navigate this mom-world they exist within, but we are all stronger within a community of friends.
    This is exactly why I am honored & grateful to be a part of the Mom Con team! 2 years ago, a local mom named Natalie Kavacic, had a vision of creating a conference in Pittsburgh specifically for moms. The Mom Con was a result of her vision, a conference by moms & for moms! We encourage moms in Pittsburgh and all the surrounding areas to come join us for this special event to not only take a break from your typical day-to-day, but to meet & be encouraged by connecting with moms from around the city. I am honored to be a speaker and will be sharing tips for connecting with moms & building friendships. I would love to meet you there!

    One of the featured speakers that I am very excited to hear is Rachel Martin, who writes at her website Finding Joy. She focuses on intentional joy-filled living and motherhood. If you find yourself feeling down or discouraged, her Dear Mom letters are excellent reads.

    Do you ever find yourself struggling to be joyful in the midst of what can be the mundane days of motherhood? Shaping, molding, & investing in these little lives can be some of our most rewarding work as well as the most pull-out-your-hair moments! It does take a village of encouragement, listening ears, and advice. So, come, join us at The Mom Con and we hope you walk away refreshed & inspired!

    Details for The Mom Con:

    Held at Pittsburgh Marriott North

    November 14th / Friday night kick-off party / 6pm / $25                    
    Drinks + networking + appetizers in a relaxed atmosphere, with a few surprises. Great for those staying overnight or who live close by!
    November 15th / Saturday conference / 9am-5pm / $59 
    Full conference ticket includes free parking, loads of content, lunch, networking, swag + giveaways.
    So I have good news & bad news.....
    The bad news is that your chances of getting into The Mom Con are getting smaller as it is almost completely sold out! The good news is that I have a ticket to give away! The ticket winner will also be given a promo code for a friend to get $10 off her ticket. Enter to win here:
    a Rafflecopter giveaway
     I also have a promo code to offer you! Purchase your tickets today and use  PROMO code: momcon5off. This promo code will give you $5 off registration!

    A few weeks ago we had a Mama Maven Meet Up with a lot of the speakers as well as bloggers who are covering the event. These are all fun & talented moms and just a few of the moms who you will be able to interact with at The Mom Con! You can view the complete line up of speakers here.
    Follow The Mom Con on facebook & twitter.

    This content has been sponsored by the Mom Con.  However, all opinions remain my own. 

    #momswhorock #themomcon