Upcoming Events (open to all, but please RSVP):
Wednesday, April 16th, 9-11am - Mom's Morning Break. Free childcare provided by College Nannies + Tutors to give the moms a few moments to breathe, eat yummy food, plan our upcoming summer schedule and enjoy adult convo! We will also be planning our summer schedule, so come to share your input! More details here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Drumroll please......

We have come to the end of another Momtourage Spring Challenge and have winners to announce!
 First, congrats to Ashley Gross who won a $25 gift card to 97 Design Inc - all she had to do was share about our contest! Thanks to everyone who shared!
We had 2 categories, one for larger projects, one for smaller. Here was the challenge: pick a place in your home that either a) needs a major re-do or b) just some serious re-organizing.
Our grand prize winner for "Bam, now that's an upgrade" was Gloria Burns!
What a big difference this spring cleaning project made! And don't you love that vintage couch?!
Gloria won a $50 gift card to Lily Noelle Jewelry. Congrats Gloria on a job well done!
 1st place for "Ka-chow, little things that make a big difference" was Shannon Rizzo!
Shannon won a $50 prize pack from Pick Your Plum! Congrats on a space that is probably much easier to use now!
 In both projects our judges said, They used organizing tools to improve their situation for now and in the future.
Thanks to our great judges, Laura Miller & Denise Platte! They are the moms of teens & grown kids and know a thing or two about organizing. :) 
Thanks to everyone who entered - I know you'll all enjoy your re-done spaces! I hope you enjoyed having a little fun motivation. :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Special offer for Coobie Seamless Bras

Has finding a good & comfortable bra become harder since you became a mom?
Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. 
This line is truly a fit for all women!
 Save 25% on any order of $40 or more at www.shopcoobie.com
Use Promo code: USFG25

Sponsored by Coobie and US Family

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giveaway: Pittsburgh Pass!

By now, you've probably heard about this cool thing known as the Pittsburgh Pass.
PittsburghPass is Pittsburgh’s first exclusive SUMMER PASS to all of our city’s greatest attractions; for one LOW price! We are excited to provide families and tourists the option to purchase an affordable ticket package that will get them into Pittsburgh’s best parks and attractions. For one discounted price, you will receive a one time admission to each of our most classic amusement parks and venues, including: Sandcastle, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Kennywood, Carnegie Science Center, and the Children’s Museum.
 Pittsburgh is a great city full of attractions which would make for the perfect stay-cation! Miranda, the creator of the Pittsburgh Pass, has written a great post here on how to have a great Pittsburgh vacay.
 Purchase a family package for these 5 venues:
Sandcastle, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Kennywood, Carnegie Science Center, and the Children’s Museum at just $83.99/person. That is a savings of $143 for a family of 4! 
You can purchase a singles/couples package for these 3 venues:
Kennywood, Sandcastle, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium at $65.99/person. A savings of $21.99!
See complete details for Pittsburgh Pass frequently asked questions here, including info for passes for kids who are in the 2-3 age range, if passes are transferable, blackout dates + more.
And here's the best news....one lucky winner will win one Pittsburgh Pass!!
(Incomplete info of any kind will disqualify your entry, TY! The first 5 questions are mandatory answers, including leaving a blog comment. The following questions are optional for additional entries.)

Go here to enter:
Passes will be released and shipped June 17, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Win a pre-sale pass to JBF!

We know Spring around Pittsburgh means the Big Gun Consignment Sales are here! They are a fantastic place to find all your kids stuff in one place and get rid of your old stuff as well. From strollers, cribs & bikes to clothes, shoes, toys & books. They've got everything! Yep, I've even been known to buy & stash for Christmas at these sales! The 50-piece set of Power Rangers, vehicles & accessories that I scored last year for 25 bucks and gave to my son at Christmas? He plays with them every.single.day. So a BIG thank you to whoever passed that on. :)
 Pittsburgh North Spring Sale is April 25-27 
The Just Between Friends Sale Pittsburgh North is Pittsburgh's leading children's and maternity consignment sale event and we want you to join us! JBF is your one-stop-shop to buy and sell new & gently-used clothing, toys, baby gear & equipment, furniture, and so much more! It just keeps getting bigger and better... 
It's not to late to consign your items for this sale!
 Sellers/Consignors earn 60% of their sales, less a $10 consignor fee, for participation in the JBF event. Consignors who volunteer earn an additional 10% (70%, less the $10 fee).
 Go here for more info. 
Public Sale: April 25th - 27th at the RMU Island Sports Center Golf Dome on Neville Island 
7600 Grand Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15225 
This girly was also pretty happy with her new dolly + stroller.
Giant ear muffs & funky outfit are proudly her own. :) 

General admission is $3 during public sale hours. Go here to print a coupon for FREE admission on Friday, April 25!
A few tips (and see their website for more!):
While cash is preferred (and allows your checkout to be faster), they also accept MasterCard, VISA & Discover.
• No children or strollers are permitted from 9am-6pm on PreSale Shopping Days.  Children and strollers ARE permitted during all public shopping hours, however they recommend arranging for childcare to allow you dedicated time to shop.
• Bring a laundry basket tied with a belt to use as a shopping cart. They also have large IKEA bags that you will be able to use while at the event.
But if you've also been to these sales you know that the best place to be in is first in line!
So that's why we've got a sweet deal to pass along -  2 pre-sale passes which means you can begin shopping at 2pm on Thursday 4/24 before the doors open to the general public!
(2 winners will each win one pass)
*Please note: failure to complete full info such as first & last name, email, phone number & address will automatically disqualify your entry. TY! 

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First time parents, foster parents, military families & teachers are also eligible to Shop the Exclusive Pre-Sale Event! Go here for more info. 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FREE ice skating with the cast of Stars on Ice

Thursday, April 24
 Robert Morris University Island Sports Center 
7600 Grand Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15225
Registration opens at 3:45 p.m.
On-site registration only, no pre-registrations will be accepted. First come, first served. Limited spots available. Available time slots:
4:30-5:00 pm and 5:15-5:45 pm
• FREE skating lesson
• FREE rentals will be available
• All ages and abilities welcome
• A waiver form and photo release will need to be signed upon registration

In conjunction with the Stars on Ice 2014 Post-Olympic Tour stop in Pittsburgh, PA on April 25th (details here), U.S. Figure Skating will work with The Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to host SkateFest. Free and open to the public, SkateFest provides the opportunity for skaters of all ages to participate in free group lessons based on their experience levels while meeting members of the tour’s cast up close and personal. These events, generally two to three hours in length, are a great way for families to experience skating for the first time and for current skaters to be inspired by the sport's current Olympians and legends of the ice. This Skatefest will be held at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Thursday, April 24. For more information about this event please contact Beth Sutton at 412-397-4469 or sutton@rmu.edu.
Special appearances during skating lessons by select cast members from The Stars on Ice Post-Olympic Tour playing the Consol Energy Center April 25!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stars on Ice

Meryl Davis and Charlie White returned from the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, with the United States’ first ice dancing gold medal in history. Stars on Ice, featuring Davis and White along with their bronze medal winning teammates from the inaugural Olympic figure skating team event, will visit Pittsburgh on April 25 for a 7:30 PM performance at CONSOL Energy Center. 
 The country’s premier figure skating production, Stars on Ice, in a partnership with U.S. Figure Skating, is proud to announce that for the first time ever, the U.S. Olympic figure skating team will headline the annual nationwide tour. Bringing the spirit and passion of the Olympics back to home ice, the entire bronze medal winning U.S. Figure Skating team will highlight a truly spectacular and star-studded cast. In addition to Gold medalists Davis and White, two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, 2014 U.S. champion Gracie Gold, four-time and reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, 2014 U.S. silver medalist Jason Brown, and two-time reigning U.S. pair champions Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir comprise the bronze medal team that will join the Stars on Ice 2014 Tour.
The Stars on Ice 2014 Tour cast will also include two-time U.S. ice dancing silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates, 2011 U.S. Champion Ryan Bradley and 2010 Olympian and 2014 U.S. Bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu. Several special guests will also make appearances throughout the tour.
Stars on Ice continues to be a pioneer in figure skating by offering fans the rare opportunity to witness some of America’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines. Founded and produced by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is one of the premier family entertainment events in the U.S., and the only figure skating tour in America, bringing you the greatest performances and competitors from the 2014 Winter Games. This year’s Stars on Ice production has joined forces with U.S. Figure Skating, moving its traditional tour dates to the spring in order to showcase the World’s best figure skaters at the top of their form and to offer special opportunities for fans across the country to celebrate the accomplishments of these historic skaters. 
 Tickets for the 2014 Stars on Ice Tour in Pittsburgh are on sale now! Special on-ice seating is available upon request. Tickets start at $25 and are available via www.starsonice.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Please visit www.starsonice.com for the most up to date information, as well as exciting show announcements. Stars on Ice is pleased to announce Macy’s, KOSE, and airweave as Associate Sponsors of the 2014 Tour.

We have a code for 25% off all tickets!
The code will be 25% off all P2, P3 & P4 (all tickets but on-ice). 
Use code 25OFF at checkout.
This code is currently active and will be good through & including the day of the show. 
Keep this in mind when ordering tickets...
When you buy 1 adult at full price, you can get 2 kids tickets at a discounted price. The 25% discount won't apply to the already discounted kid's tickets. So another option would be that, purchase 1 adult at full price, 2 kids at the kids price, and then the other adult at 25% off. 

About Stars on Ice 
Founded in 1986 by skating icon Scott Hamilton, the Stars on Ice tour has performed more than 1,000 shows over the last three decades. Past tour performers include Olympic Gold Medalists Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt, Scott Hamilton and Torvill & Dean. The Tour has won three Emmy Awards, one ACE Cable Award (Best Sports Special), and is recognized as the finest ice production in the world. Stars on Ice is produced by IMG, the world’s premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. For more information about the tour, visit www.starsonice.com. Keep in touch with Stars on Ice on Facebook: www.facebook.com/starsonice and on Twitter: @starsonice, www.twitter.com/starsonice.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Free Baseball Clinic

I don't know about you all, but baseball season is one our family's favorite things of warmer weather! My son is looking forward to his 2nd year of baseball (we love the family-friendly Elliott West-End Athletic Association). 
 If you have kiddos 8-12 years old that are interested in baseball, than you will want to check out the
Ryan Douglass Field of Dreams Baseball Clinic! There is NO pre-registration required. See full info here.
Ryan's clinics are for 8-12 year old children and consists of hitting, pitching, fielding, and base running instructions. These clinics are held at various athletic associations around the Pittsburgh area and are FREE of charge.
  Clinic #1 will take place on Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. at Herschel Field. 
Clinic #2 is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m. at Herb Field. 
Visit North Hills Athletic Association for directions.

Ryan Douglass was a 13th round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball draft in 1997. With the Royals Organization, Ryan made it up to Double AA Wichita Wranglers, while being called to several split squad games in spring training with the Major League Team. Ryan became a free agent in 2004 and signed with the Montreal Expos for a one-year deal. He played for the Harrisburg Senators, the Double AA team for the Expos. Ryan's last year playing professionally was in 2005 with the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League.