Monday, November 17, 2014

2 family events for Pittsburgh Light Up Night

There are many options for fun on Pittsburgh's Light Up Night, which will be this Friday, November 21. You can view the full Downtown schedule here. But I wanted to showcase 2 great family-focused events this Friday:

Winter Wonderland at the West End Overlook, Friday, 11/21, 7-10 p.m.
  • Santa arrives with police or fire truck escort
  • Photos and visit with Santa
  • Raffle
  • Candy cane limbo!
  • Food and hot cocoa for sale
  • Music: Pittsburgh Musical Theatre performance
  • Where: At the Overlook Lot, 601 Fairview Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
  • Bonus: Awesome view of the city and you'll be able to see the Downtown fireworks as well!
Photo credit: Cris Mooney / Elliott Community Group
This family event will take place at Station Square and will be extra fun for all those Frozen fans out there!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Family Fun at Fifth Avenue Place

There is no doubt about it, the Christmas season in Downtown Pittsburgh is one of my favorite things! However, when we've had babies & a passel of young kids in tow, the whining about the cold as we drag them around town can certainly dampen everyone's Christmas spirit. :) Maybe you're at this stage of life and are looking for a fun holiday experiences with your kiddos without the numb toes in tow. I submit to you the good news that Fifth Avenue Place is hosting a variety of INDOOR memory makers! Some outdoor events as well, but in close range of being inside, near a food court and within walking range to a restroom (necessities!) They have a full line up of holiday fun for kids, beginning on Light-Up Night and continuing on through December. Here are some fun events you can plan for in November.

Friday, November 21 / Light Up Night

The Shops, Food Court and Caffè Amante will be open until 9 p.m. with many eateries open later.

5 – 9 p.m. Family Fun & Festivities / Fifth Avenue Place
* Catch up with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and create your own glow in the dark snowflake to light your way throughout downtown.
* Snap photos with everyone’s favorite snowman and show your holiday spirit with a commemorative Airbrush Tattoo. 
* Enjoy holiday caroling with a new twist as the Ice Queen, Ice Princess, and friends serenade the night.  
* Get in the holiday spirit with live musical performances by the: Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet  4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Max Leak Trio 7:00 p. m– 9:00 p.m.

7 – 7:15 p.m. Unity Tree Lighting / Corner of Penn Avenue & Stanwix Avenue
Join one of Pittsburgh’s best known neighbors, Mr. McFeely, thousands of Pittsburghers, a majestic holiday countdown, and a splash of fireworks to kick off the official lighting of the historic Unity Tree ~ presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

5 – 9 p.m. Fifth Avenue FREEZE / Liberty Avenue & Stanwix Street 
Visit Pittsburgh’s very own Winter Wonderland at the Fifth Avenue FREEZE!  Discover a shimmering display featuring a magical ice castle and glistening ice carvings such as snowflakes, elves, Ice Queen, teddy bears, puppies and more. You can also enjoy live ice carving shows by award winning master ice carver Rich Bubin of Ice Creations.

Saturdays, November 22 – December 20 & Friday, November 28

Every Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley
Discover all the sights and sounds of the holiday season in downtown Pittsburgh aboard the FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley.  Hosted by Santa’s little helpers, trolleys circle downtown each weekend picking up at stops approximately every 15 minutes Visit for a listing of all trolley stops.

Saturdays, November 29 – December 20
Creation Stations - FREE Family Fun with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Saturday, November 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Frozen on 5th Avenue
Yes, there really “is” a Santa Claus and you’ll find him at Fifth Avenue Place.  Stop by after the parade, meet Santa in person straight from the North Pole and receive a special Surprise.   One of Santa’s favorite helpers, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, will be on hand with their own little workshops making snow globes and ice paintings. And, kids can display the colors of the season with creative face painting. 

Friday, November 28 – Monday Wednesday, December 24.
Holiday Parking Validation after 4 p.m. Weekdays and all day Saturdays.  Enjoy FREE Parking with any $20 Fifth Avenue Place retail purchase in the Fifth Avenue Place Garage on Evenings (enter after 4pm) and Weekends. See Stores for Details •  Limit: One Per Person.

Stay tuned for a detailed list of December events at Fifth Avenue Place!

Fifth Avenue Place  
120 Fifth Avenue  
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
Twitter: @FifthAvePlace

This post sponsored by Fifth Avenue Place, however, all opinions remain my own.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Save $10 at Kidecals!

Do you enjoy the idea of keeping track of your kid's items when they are out of your sight at school, church, daycare, ballet, soccer & more? Do you like it even more when you could make it happen with the cutest, most adorable labels on the market? Water bottles, jackets, shoes, gloves.... so many items with potential to get lost. :-/
That is why I love Kidecals! These labels stick tough and can be put through the dishwasher and washing machine without coming loose. And such choices in their fun designs!

If you have a child with allergies, they have great options for allergy alerts!

But there's fun stuff for mom, too!
Chalk board labels are perfect for re-using in the kitchen.
Wall decals are an easy way to change up décor!

Another reason I love Kidecals is their awesome customer service. They ship labels within 48 hours and shipping is always FREE on every order!! This week they are celebrating 10k likes on their facebook page, so use code "10klikes" to get $10 off your order of $25. Code expires on 11/14.
Sponsored by Kidecals. All opinions remain my own.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Giveaway: Ross Dress for Less

Are you a fan of great deals & diverse fashion? Then I'm sure you've stopped by Ross Dress for Less a time of two.  I love that you can find brand names at such deep discounts on a variety of products including luggage, clothing, home accessories, toys + more. They recently invited me to stop by their store and do a little shopping. Tough assignment, I know. :)

 With a variety of toys and kid's clothing at deep discounts, this is a great place to stop for Christmas shopping!

I love their unique home accessories.

Kids sheet sets that includes fitted, flat and a pillow case for $9? Yes, please!

If you love shoes, it's a great place to find bargains for kid's, men's, & women's footwear.
Don't miss the extra hot deals on the clearance racks!

6 pairs of brand name women's socks for $7 is an amazing deal as well! (I can't show brand names in this post, but they carry some very high quality brands.)

Oh, winter dresses. Calling my name.

Decisions. Decisions.

Thank you, Ross Dress for Less, for the chance to stop and see what bargains you are stocking this season!
And.....I get to pass some savings along to you as well because I have a $25 gift card to give to one lucky winner! (Gift Card can be used at any Ross Dress for Less store.) Go here to enter:
Ross Dress for Less has a brand new location in Washington, PA!

1500 W. Chestnut
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 222-3161
Other area locations include:

Fox Chapel / The Waterworks1005 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 784-3625

500 Settlers Ridge Center Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-1432
(412) 747-4912
Ross Township
7219 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-3524
(412) 358-8781
The Village at Pittsburgh Mills1000 Village Center Drive
Tarentum, PA 15084
(724) 275-1091
1200 Greengate Center Circle
Greensburg, PA 15601-1285
(724) 838-8394

Go here to find your nearest location.


This post sponsored by Ross Dress for Less. All opinions remain my own.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

In Review: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠,

Once again, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® has created an amazing show! I love the combination of athleticism, thrilling stunts, and beautiful dances all sprinkled with a lot of humor, courtesy of the hilarious clown troupe. This year's show is titled Built To Amaze!℠ and it doesn't disappoint!
The All-Access pre-show is a great way to start the evening. Everyone is allowed to be on the floor from 6-7pm and see some of the actors up close & personal.  Some parents & kids will even get to enjoy being pulled into the acts! There is also a bounce house set up that is $5/child.

The show includes choreographed group numbers, acrobats, tight rope walkers, basketball players on unicycles, elephants, tigers, horses, dogs, bunnies & snakes, clowns, human cannonball, gymnastics, a hilarious clown talent show + more!

Circus Celebrity tickets provide you with premium seating on the arena floor for four full acts in this coolest of trains!
The show lasts from 7-9:30pm with a 15 minute intermission. Seven shows left this week!
Thu, November 6, 7:00 PM
Fri, November 7, 7:00 PM
Sat, November 8, 11:00 AM
Sat, November 8, 3:00 PM
Sat, November 8, 7:00 PM
Sun, November 9, 1:00 PM
Sun, November 9, 5:00 PM
Tickets are available Tickets are available online here, at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, all Ticketmaster locations including select Giant Eagle locations, and Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweet holiday cards from Minted

Anyone thinking of Christmas cards yet? While I don't love to push the holidays on us any faster, I do love the concept of sending cards to friends and family each year at Christmas. And the earlier I start working on them, the less stress it is! Although our biggest challenge is getting a photo of a family of 6 all looking at the camera and smiling, for sure the second hurdle is finding the perfect card. I have heard many friends rave about the quality & selection from Minted and I am excited to try them for our family's Christmas card this year! Minted is a design marketplace that uses a community of independent artists and designers who are located in 48 states and 43 countries. Because of this, they have a beautiful, creative and diverse product selection.

Here are some of my favorite designs for this year.....


Love these adorable holiday ornament cards!

Postcards are also a great option, a little lower in cost for cards and postage as well!

Getting them addressed for free? Love that!
Minted also contains beautiful choices of Art, gorgeous fabrics,  and a cool selection of children's art! Be sure to check out the current coupon codes they have running on their website as well.

Cheers to stress-free card sending. :)

This post sponsored by All opinions remain my own.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guest Post: Covey App for connecting moms

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to sit in on a meeting with some of the Covey moms and I am very excited about what this app is going to do! Created by moms and for moms, here is one of the co-founders to share more about the Covey App.

Finding My Flock
By Sarah Aerni of

I fell in love all over again when I had my third son, Ben, this September, but part of me also felt like I was starting over again.  I’m not talking about learning to be a parent which was so difficult as a first-time mother, but rather a challenge I’ve faced with the birth of each of my children:  how do I find mom friends who are in the same boat as me?

Based on my own experience as a new mother (and continuing even now), I find that my day improves when I’m able to spend some time with another mom.  We just get each other right away on a level where we usually are.  Need to laugh about the amount of poop you dealt with last night?  She’s there.  Dying to share the latest anecdote in your toddler’s language development?  She’s got a laugh and another story to match it.  Looking for someone to help with something big or small?  My mom friends are my preferred source for help these days and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.

I've lucked out twice finding mom friends. During my first pregnancy, a neighbor introduced me to another mom-to-be and during my second, I reconnected with one of my former ultimate frisbee teammates who was also expecting. But it is too important to the mental well-being of a mom to leave this important step up to chance.  

Some of my Pittsburgh mom-friends and I have teamed up to make it easier for moms and caregivers of small children to connect. We want to facilitate new friendships, as well as make it easier to get in touch with people you already know.  We want to increase the strength of the  Community of Mothers in Pittsburgh. Kelly’s Momtourage has already been doing this through the playdates, but we want to help you meet up again easily with someone from one of those playdates or with someone else you find in the course of daily life.
My friends and I have created a free mobile app called Covey that helps you connect with nearby moms both online and in the real world.  We just released the Android version a month ago and the community is growing fast!  Please join us by downloading the app and spread the word. After you join, come find me (Sarah A.) and my fellow Covey team members: Vanessa, Jess, Julie, Julika and Sarah G. on Covey! We look forward to meeting you.
To learn more about Covey, go to or download the app at the Google Play Store .

Thanks, Sarah, for taking the time to share with us. We hope to continue to see great connections made through the mothers of Pittsburgh!