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Upcoming Events (open to all, but please RSVP):
Thursday, May 1st, 10am - Join us at Anderson Playground in Schenley Park for a nature hike / stroller walk! See the details & RSVP here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Diaper Deal - Amazon


Amazon.com is currently offering up a really *HOT* deal on Fisher-Price diapers! Just head on over here to snag a box of size 3 (96 ct), 4 (82 ct), 5 (70 ct), or 6 (60 ct) Fisher Price Happy Days and Nights Diapers for only $11.89 shipped! Here’s how to get this price…
* Head on over to Amazon Mom (if you are not already a member) and register. By becoming an Amazon Mom member, you receive an additional 15% discount on top of the standard 15% discount when you sign up for Subscribe & Save delivery.
* Now go here and choose Subscribe & Save on the right side – which will save you another 15%! Remember, when you sign up for Subscribe and Save you are under NO obligation whatsoever and can cancel at anytime. To cancel or modify your Subscribe and Save items, just click on “my account” and then “subscriptions” and with the click of a button you can cancel and/or modify anything you want.
* Start the checkout process and your final cost will be only $11.89 shipped!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Freebie Weekend Round-Up

RADical Days continues with FREE admittance to these venues:

Saturday, October 1

BOYCE MAYVIEW PARK: THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
Free Admission 9am-3pm
1531 Mayview Road (Upper St. Clair Twp) *see website for directions
Explore Boyce Mayview Park with The Outdoor Classroom naturalist staff. Enjoy a birding stroll. Look for salamanders along Chartiers Creek. Bring a picnic or relax in our peaceful atmosphere as families explore Hawk Meadow during a nature scavenger hunt. Scheduled family-friendly activities from 9AM-3PM
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FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER
Free Admission 10am-5pm
7227 Reynolds Street (Point Breeze)
The Frick offers an array of FREE activities for the entire family. Explore the first floor of Clayton, the restored home of the Frick family, discover amazing vehicles in the Car and Carriage Museum, and view fine and decorative art at The Frick Art Museum. Scavenger hunts for kids and take-home art activities!


SENATOR JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
Free Admission 10am-5pm
1212 Smallman Street (Strip District)
From the French & Indian War to the Super Bowl-winning Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania and includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.


SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
Free Admission 10am-5pm
2100 Smallman Street (Strip District)
Explore meats re-imagined as stuffed toys and pillows, as well as an exhibit of textiles, small metals and ceramics created by three women artists who represent diverse cultures. Make art yourself in the drop-in studio and from 11 am to 2 pm, try your hand at a craft project demonstrated by a visiting artist.


AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Free Admission 11am-6pm
980 Liberty Ave. (Cultural District, Downtown)
Free activities all day long!�@ After the African American Heritage Day Parade, come to the August Wilson Center for children’s activities, docent-led tours and new exhibits!


RIVERQUEST
Free Admission 11am-4pm
One Allegheny Ave. (North Shore, docked next to the Carnegie Science Center)
Free walk-on activities onboard Explorer at dock only. Visit the world’s first green educational vessel and take part in free environmental science activities.


ALLEGHENY PARKS: SOUTH PARK HAY DAY
Free Admission Noon-4pm
South Park Fair Grounds (South Park)
Kids of all ages can enjoy fun fall activities like hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face-painting, bounce houses, strolling artists, arts & crafts, food and beverages for sale and more!


Sunday, October 2

FORT PITT MUSEUM
Free Admission 10am-5pm
101 Commonwealth Place in Point State Park (Downtown)
Through interactive exhibitions, life-like historical figures and recently added artifact, the Fort Pitt Museum brings to life the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution and the birthplace of Pittsburgh. Visit the newest exhibit, The American Frontier Rifleman: Tall Tales & Truth.


PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Free Admission 11am-1pm
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School, 1047 Shady Avenue
Free mixed media workshops for kids ages 5-13 based on work in the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial. PCA will be offering workshops for children as well as workshops for parents and children to work together.


CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Free Admission Noon-5pm
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
Visit one of the world’s best natural history museums, and the art museum where the local and the global meet, 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.


CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH
Free Admission Noon-5pm
10 Children’s Way (North Shore)
Take off on fantastic flights of imagination and return to earth to build and launch a boat down a 53-foot waterway, ink your own silkscreen, catch words that fall from the sky, visit King Friday’s Palace & much more. In 2011 the Museum was named one of the nation’s ten top children’s museums by Parents Magazine.


MATTRESS FACTORY
Free Admission 1-5pm
500 Sampsonia Way (North Side)
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located on Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere.


PITTSBURGH OPERA UP CLOSE: LA TRAVIATA
Free Admission 2-3:30pm
2425 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)
Opera Up Close is an in-depth look at the music and story of Verdi’s La traviata with Maestro Walker, plus singers and directors from the production, all in the George Rowland White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Monday, October 3

DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER
Free admission for tours, 10AM-3PM
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd (Downtown)
Find out why this 1.5 million square foot "green" Center is a leader in hosting events. In a one-hour tour, experience the world's first Gold LEED (r) certified convention center. Reserve your tour time at 412.565.6000. Parking for tour visitors is free in the Center's garage, 10th & Ft. Duquesne Blvd. Bring your parking ticket into the East Lobby to begin your tour.


SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL AND MUSEUM
Free Admission 10am-4pm

Tuesday, October 4

PNC PARK
Free Admission 10am-3pm (tours only)
115 Federal Street (North Shore)
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Best Ballpark in America. Places you may visit are the batting cages, press box, seating area, and Highmark Legacy Square. Tours take place on the hour from 10am to 3pm with the last tour starting at 2pm; 60 guest maximum, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please enter at the Left Field Gate on Federal Street, by the Willie Stargell Statue. All areas, date and times are subject to change without notice.�@ Please check the RAD web site for information if a cancellation occurs.
mailto:pncparktours@pirates.com

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View more events & more details about RADical Days 2011 here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Give~A~Way: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

 Ladies and Gentlemen…Children Of All Ages… The Greatest Show On Earth® just got greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BARNUM 200SM! Coming to CONSOL Energy Center November 2-6, BARNUM 200 features 130 performers from six continents; almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, mermaids and – of course – clowns galore.

Created to commemorate P.T. Barnum’s 200th birthday, The Biggest Birthday Bash in Circus History can only be experienced at The Greatest Show On Earth®, Barnum’s living legacy!
During the show, Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson invites audience members to step right up for a high-energy extravaganza inspired by the greatest showman who ever lived.

Performance Schedule
Wednesday, November 2: 7 pm
Thursday, November 3: 7 pm
Friday, November 4: 7 pm
Saturday, November 5: 11 am, and 3 and 7 pm
Sunday, November 6: 1 and 5 pm

Tickets start at only $12 and a special $10 ticket is available for the Opening Night show only (excludes Circus Celebrity and VIP seats). A limited number of Circus Celebrity and VIP seats are also available. All seats are reserved and available at www.Ringling.com, all Ticketmaster locations, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, or by calling 1.800.745.3000.

But FIRST.........enter to win a FAMILY 4-PACK!
You can choose to attend the show on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd -7pm or Thursday, Nov. 3rd - 7pm.
You will be given ticket vouchers which should be exchanged ASAP for actual tickets during regular business hours at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center. These vouchers do NOT guarantee a reserved ticket at the show, as shows can sell out.

To enter: (leave 4 separate comments for 4 chances to win!)
1) leave a comment stating a favorite feature on our blog!
For a second entry:
2) "like" us on facebook here and leave a comment stating you did so (here on this post, not on fb!). Or, if you are already a fb fan, leave a comment stating that you are!
For a third entry:
3) Become a follower of our blog and leave a comment stating you are. Or, if you already follow, leave a comment stating you are a follower.
For a fourth entry:
4) If you are not a follower of our blog (or are not sure how that works!) Subscribe via Email (in the top right corner) and leave a comment stating that you subscribed.

Entrys open until Friday, Sept. 30th at 7pm. Winner will be chosen through random.org.
 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tea Collection

UPDATE: The Tea Collection has started a referral program and the reward is fabulous! Click here to set up an account and you'll get a discount code for $25 off a $50 purchase! Then you should get your own referral code that you can give to friends, and when they make a $50 purchase, you'll get a $25 certificate! If you check out their sale section, it might be totally worth it!

BUY 3, GET 15% OFF

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Take your pick of 3 items and you'll get 15% off your entire purchase. Enter promo code YAYPICK3 in your shopping bag or mention this offer at a participating store. Now through 9/25!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A full weekend!

If you live in Pittsburgh, then you are no doubt having trouble picking what events to check out this weekend. The list of scheduled events this weekend is long and most of them are free!!!

RADical Days...............

Saturday, September 24
ALLEGHENY COUNTY PARK: HARTWOOD ACRES HAY DAY

Free Admission 11am-5pm. Hartwood Acres (North Hills)
Kids of all ages can enjoy fun fall activities like hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face-painting, bounce houses, strolling artists, arts & crafts, food and beverages for sale and more!

PITTSBURGH OPERA: RISING STARS CONCERT

Free Admission 6-7:30pm. 2425 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)
Meet our 2011-12 Resident Artists as they introduce themselves through their favorite arias. A RADical Days event, it’s free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Limit 4 seats per reservation. To reserve your place, contact Mark Marston at 412-281-0912, x216.

Sunday, September 25
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

Free Admission 10am-5pm. One Allegheny Avenue (North Shore)
Carnegie Science Center offers hands-on exhibits to delight and to inspire all ages. Interact with robots, explore the stars in our planetarium, visit sea creatures, shoot a foam rocket, practice the skills a surgeon uses, climb a wall in Highmark SportsWorks®, even tour a real submarine. NOTE: Miniature
Railroad closed for maintenance Sept. 18 - Nov. 25. Special Performance:
Prime Stage Theatre and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will present short staged readings from their new stage adaptation of the award-winning fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time. Shows at 1PM and 3PM.

Monday, September 26

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Free Admission 9:30am-5pm. One Schenley Park Dr. (Oakland)
Step into the whimsical and sustainable world of Summer Flower Show: Living Harmoniously with Nature and you will find many surprises among the blooms, from playful animal topiaries to unique recycled art. Come and let us capture your imagination like never before. Performances by
Tuesday Musical Club (Noon) and the River City Brass (1P).

Monday, September 26

SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL AND MUSEUM
Free Admission 9:30am-5pm. 4141 Fifth Avenue (Oakland)
The museum interprets American military history through exhibits, cultural artifacts, art, uniforms and personal mementos.

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The Greentree Public Library will be holding its annual Used Book Sale this weekend! Friday, September 23 (Preview Sale): 7:00PM-9:00PM; Saturday, September 24: 10:00AM-5:00PM ; Sunday, September 25: 12:00PM-4:00PM; Monday, September 26 (Bag Sale): 10:00AM-5:00PM.

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Head here to fill out this form and you’ll receive two free tickets from Smithsonian Magazine that can be used on Museum Day (September 24, 2011) at one of hundreds of museums across the United States.
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Bloomfield's Little Italy Days 
 A family-friendly celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture features live music, children’s activities, contests, dancing, and of course Bloomfield’s signature cornucopia of tasty food offerings.

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Happy Weekending!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

EMAB winner!

Congrats to Amy C., lucky number 1!

True Random Number Generator
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Amy said, That ginger lime scent sounds amazing--I'd like to try the hand to toe wash!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lot 26 Studio

If you’re looking for a simple way to decorate or redesign any room, Lot 26 Studio has the perfect solution!
Check out the adorable Birds & Branches Memo Board. This fun board holds notes, photos, and mementos all in one place. I also love the Scroll Chalkboard wall decal! It’s also super easy to put up--just peel, stick, and enjoy!
Are you a teacher looking for that final item to make your classroom perfect? Add the Apple Chalkboard wall decal. This is a wonderful addition for both students and teachers. The Apple Chalkboard decal is not only a great choice for the classroom, but for the kitchen as well. Moms everywhere can use this cute chalkboard as their command central for all home activities!
Lots of great fun art for kid's rooms & nurseries!
Last but not least, they have the perfect wall canvas art for the ultimate sports fan in your life. These unique sports art canvases feature stadiums, logos, and all your favorite teams! Show your team spirit with the new art and wall decals designed for true sport fanatics! Check out the entire Lot 26 Sports Wall Art collection here!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Earth Mama Angel Baby Giveaway!

Happy Mama Hand to Toe WashHave you ever wondered what’s in your school’s soap? Detergents, toxins, pesticides? Odds are your kid’s school isn’t thinking about what’s in the soap; they’re lucky if they can get all those little runny nosed-kids to wash their hands at all. But that doesn’t mean you have to expose your kid to worrisome hand washes, harsh detergents or the tricky toxin of the moment, Triclosan. Did you know that newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that levels of triclosan in humans have increased by 50% since 2004? Triclosan is also shown to alter thyroid function, and other studies have found that due to its extensive use in consumer goods, triclosan and its metabolites are present in, fish, umbilical cord blood and human milk. Earth Mama makes it easy to avoid this toxic chemical with four soaps made with pure, clean, USDA Certified Made With Organic ingredients.
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{They're offering 15% off the trial sizes right now!}
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Find easy to stash sizes, from companies that you can trust. Tuck one of Earth Mama’s Earth Mama’s four pure, safe, travel-sized soaps into your kid’s or camper’s backpack and rest easy, knowing that even if you can’t protect them from every sneeze, you can know exactly what they are using to wash away the germs. All four soaps are certified organic and Triclosan-free, with no harsh detergents.
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Earth Mama Angel Baby has generously offered to give away a free full-sized bottle in the scent of the winner's choice!
To enter: (leave 3 separate comments for 3 chances to win!)
1) leave a comment stating any Happy Mama Angel Baby product that you have tried or would like to try.
For a second entry:
2) "like" us on facebook here and leave a comment stating you did so (here on this post, not on fb!). Or, if you are already a fb fan, leave a comment stating that you are!
For a third entry:
3) Become a follower of our blog and leave a comment stating you are. Or, if you already follow, leave a comment stating you are a follower.

Entrys open until Friday, Sept. 16th at 7pm. Winner will be chosen through random.org.

Monday, September 12, 2011

homemade yogurt

We have now added a 4th yogurt eater in our home and I started doing the math.....realizing I could easily spend $12-15 a WEEK just on yogurt. To the rescue: my friend Joy (a momtourage mommy!)who recently started this yummy food blog. Come to find out out...........you can make yogurt in a crockpot!
super simple.
super yummy.
super healthy.
super cheap.
do I need more reasons?

It was a little runny and I might dabble in using the geletin to thicken it. It definitely is not sweet, but it's super good and if needed, a tsp. of honey or jelly or some mixed-in fruit would probably do the trick! It certainly could not be easier (or cheaper!) to make. I'm a convert. =)

Friday, September 9, 2011

birthday fun

I am starting to gather a few ideas for my kids birthdays. I know, I know.............they're in February! But it's never to early to start scouting for pieces to pull together. =) I am loving this blog which has more ideas than I could ever wrap my head around.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall Boat Cruises!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we’re done… matter of fact, we’re just getting started! A little reminder to all of Pittsburgh—the Gateway Clipper Fleet sails year round and we’d like to invite you down this September. Check out some of our upcoming cruises:

Dinner with the Godfather Cruise

Sailing: Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Wine Tasting Dinner Cruise featuring Wines of the Pacific Coast

Sailing: Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Blues and BBQ Cruise featuring Jill West and Blues Attack

Sailing: Friday, September 30th, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

UPCOMING:

Salsa Night Dinner Cruise featuring Azucar

Friday, October 7th, 2011 @ 7:00 PM

*Cruise times and prices vary. For more information call 412-355-7980 or visit us on the web @www.gatewayclipper.com. “Like” us on Facebook for special offers!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rock Me!

I recently came across a children's clothing company called Rock Me! Started by 2 college friends, Anna & Nancy, Rock Me outfits are the classic romper in a modern twist without any snaps, buttons, or farm animals in sight!
 {I truly do hate all those characters that pop up on every piece of clothing.} 
These one piece outfits are brilliantly designed to "rock on, rock off" and so easy & comfy to wear!
They were kind enough to send me sweet miss "heidi" which I promptly fell in love with. :)
Every outfit is completely designed, sourced, and manufactured in the USA!
My baby girl declared it to be one of her new favorites.
At least that was my interpretation of the cooing. =)
Go here to do a little shopping and to snag one of these beauties for yourself!
 (or add to Grandma's shopping list, wink*wink)