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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.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Food Truck weekend at Tanger Outlets

Untitled documentTanger Taste & Style Experience - FASHION, FOOD, FUN!
04/13/2013 to 04/14/2013
It's a fabulous weekend of great style, good tastes and flavorful deals that gives new meaning to the term FASHION PLATE! Celebrate the season's best new FASHION, FOOD & FUN! 
http://www.tangeroutlet.com/washington/events/4
Gourmet Food Trucks, April 13 & 14th from 12noon - 5pmAll weekend, tantalizing treats will excite our shoppers as they choose from a variety of the best, unique, and totally cool local gourmet food trucks including:
  • BRGR: gourmet hamburgers and handcrafted milkshakes
  • Dozen Dessert Truck: pastries, cupcakes, ice cream (and ice cream sandwiches)
  • Oh My Grill: gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Alternative: chicken wings, pulled pork,loaded fries, burgers, hot dogs
  • Bella Christie & Lil'Z's Sweet Boutique: gourmet apples, cheesecake, whoopie pies
  • The Steer and Wheel: all-natural gourmet hamburger combinations and fries
  • Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck: homemade varieties of pierogi's, haluski, stuffed cabbage
  • Moore's Hot Dogs: loaded/gourmet hot dogs with unique toppings
  • Penn Brewery: Pork sliders and beer sampling (Sunday only)
Wine Tastings, Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon- 5 pmGreenhouse Winery and J and D Wine Cellars

Pittsburgh Pirates Pierogi Mascot Appearance - Saturday, 3 - 4 pmAll 4 of our favorites will join the festivities - Oliver Onion, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah, and Sauerkraut Saul

Kids Kitchen Kreations Korner - Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 3 pmFun for the kids with our 'Kids Kitchen Kreations Korner' hosted by popular family-fun website/ e-newsletter, Macaroni Kids.

Artisan Marketplace - Saturday & Sunday, 12noon - 5 pm"I Made It Market" marketplace with offer a wide-variety of local artisans selling their handcrafted merchandise such as flameworked glass wine stoppers, handmade gourmet dog treats, exotic wood wine butlers and cutting boards, unique ceramic housewares with modern aesthetics hand-thrown and fired, soy candles, as well as individual one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry. Plus, various gourmet specialty treats such as flavorful biscottis, macaroons, pizzelles, carmel/chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows, and more!

Spring "FASHION PLATE" Looks - Fashion Shows - 1:30pm & 4pm (Saturday)Check-out the latest looks this season from your favorite stores at Tanger Outlets. Stylish looks with the hottest color palettes and accessories from head-to-toe.

FLAVORFUL BOOK SELECTIONS - BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS - 12 pm - 5 pm (Saturday)Browse a variety of books showcasing our local flavors in Pittsburgh and Western PA, and some other "foodie" favorites.

A little something for everyone! Rain or shine.
Tanger Taste & Style Gift and Getaway
04/01/2013 to 04/28/2013
A Taste & Style Experience Gift. Great Style, Good Taste & Great Deals! Free Gift with Purchase from Curtis Stone & Tanger Outlets! Beginning April 1st 'Made to Measure' Melamine Spoons. Chef Curtis Stone has specially selected a culinary gift for you, and it's FREE with store receipts totaling $125 of Tanger Outlet purchases. While supplies last. Simply bring your receipts to the Tanger Shopper Services Center to claim your gift.

A Taste & Style Experience Getaway. Enter to Win our Foodies' Dream Trip & Dine with Chef Curtis Stone April 1-28, 2013! You could win a chance to dine with Curtis Stone just for experiencing the best Tanger Outlets has to offer this spring! Enter to win a 3-day and 2-night trip for 2 to Los Angeles, California and sit at the chef's table and dine with Curtis Stone on May 20th, 2013, PLUS a $1,000 Tanger Shopping Spree.*

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*No purchase necessary to win. Register at any Tanger Outlet Center. Look for registration boxes or visit Shopper Services upon arrival. Winner must be able to travel from May 19-21, 2013. See official rules at Shopper Services or www.tangeroutlet.com/foodies

Monday, March 18, 2013

Baby Comfy Nose

If you’ve ever used a bulb or battery-type aspirator to clear the mucus out of your little one’s nose, you’ve probably said to yourself: “There has to be a better way!” Well, we just found a better way and it’s called the BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator. Here’s the amazing part (or gross part – depending on your perspective) it uses your own suction. And that’s why it’s superior to standard aspirators. Think about it: your own lungs are a really strong and natural vacuum cleaner – much more powerful than a tiny bulb or battery-powered motor. And the result is just a more effective method of clearing your baby’s sinuses.
But have no fear; you won’t suck boogies into your mouth because of the design of the receptacle and the tissue filter that you insert into the body of the aspirator. 
This is why pediatricians are recommending BabyComfyNose to moms and dads. Recently, Dr. Sears of The Doctors TV Show recommended the BabyComfyNose as the best way to clear babies’ noses. Take a look at the video ‘How to Use the BabyComfyNose’ here www.babycomfynose.com to see how well it works. The folks at BabyComfyNose are also offering a 20%-off coupon. Details here http://www.babycomfynose.com/usfamilyguide.
 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Win a Weekend Getaway for a Family of 4 at Skytop Lodge

What makes Skytop the perfect Poconos destination? Is it the 5,500 acres of natural wonder? The storybook setting? Endless experiences and adventures like hiking, the Tree Top Adventure Center, or the world-class dining? Perhaps it’s the accommodations? The old-world charm of the Lodge, the Inn, or the Cottages? Or the fact that a world of wonders is right here, so far away from it all yet so close. It’s all of this, and more. Find out for yourself. Book now.And learn more about this world unlike any other.
EASTER GETAWAY SPECIAL:
Looking to make Easter extra special? Take advantage of our 20% OFF PLUS KIDS FREE* midweek special offer and enjoy Skytop Lodge for an extended stay over Easter and Spring Break!

We'll be celebrating the holiday throughout the week with Easter-themed activities including:
  • Help Build Skytop's famous 7 ft.tall Floral Easter Bunny
  • Egg Coloring
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Meet Peter Cottontail
  • Make an Easter Bonnet
  • Lawn Games: egg toss, three-legged race, relay races
  • Easter Egg Nature Walk
Spring will be in bloom so be sure plan an adventure at The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge!

Rates starting at $352.00** which include charming accommodations for two, 3 meals per night stay - including Easter Brunch, and most activities.
855.477.8305 www.skytop.com
 
FAMILY GIVEAWAY CONTEST DETAILS:
Win a Weekend Getaway for a Family of 4!
Includes one room accommodation, three delicious meals daily and most activities. Not valid July, August or Holidays. Based on availability. Some restrictions may apply. Valid for one year. Random winner chosen Friday, May 10!
 
Naturally Inspired
Experience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop. You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters are back - enter to win tickets!

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to Pittsburgh!
Sunday, April 21 at 2:00pm
CONSOL Energy Center
Kid's tickets just $18*!
Use promo code USFAMILY to save $7 on every ticket!
Your family's smiles will begin before you even get to the show as the Harlem Globetrotters "You Write the Rules" World Tour takes kid participation to a new level.
Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, then see the winning rules implemented live into Globetrotter basketball!
Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, the box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Giant Eagle Family Fun Pack: 2 special offers
  • 4 tickets for $86 includes $20 of concession value
  • 4 tickets for $158 includes $20 of concession value (more expensive because of better seat locations)
  • On sale now at the box office and Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000
  • Minimum of 4 tickets but can buy increments of 1: so can buy 5, 6, 7 up to 8 tickets
2      Magic Pass - purchase here.
Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters – shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, "Magic Pass," will create memories of a lifetime.**
b       **Magic Pass sold separately. All guests attending Magic Pass must also have a game ticket for entry. Magic Pass starts at 12:30pm. Magic Pass tickets are $20 each and are limited. On sale at Ticketmaster.com.
3       $18 Kids Ticket valid on certain price levels. (1) Kids Ticket per (1) Adult ticket purchased.
GIVEAWAY:
We have FOUR family 4-packs of tickets to giveaway!
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Go here to enter
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Contest open for entries until Monday, April 8th, 2013, 7pm.
Winners chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. Winners will be mailed tickets for the show on Sunday, April 21 at 2:00pm. I was given tickets for my family in exchange for promoting this event.
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* Known as innovators of the game, the Harlem Globetrotters are doing something unparalleled in the history of sports. Our 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour takes kid participation and fun to a whole new level, as for the first time EVER, they get to decide rules for our actual game. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once to getting double the points for each made basket. Just take your kids online to harlemglobetrotters.com to vote for their favorite, craziest rule. Get your tickets to the game. And then at the show, we will reveal which rules won the voting and put them into the game that night.

* Celebrating over eight decades of fun, the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour is the team’s 87th consecutive season of touring the world. We have played in 120 countries and territories, on six continents, for more than 136 million fans.

* This year’s Globetrotters roster features stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, and Dizzy Grant, along with the world’s tallest pro basketball player, (7-foot-8 Tiny Sturgess), the shortest Globetrotter ever, (5-foot-2 Too Tall Hall), and female players TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner, and Mighty Mitchell.

* Nobody puts fans first like the Globetrotters. Families, and especially kids, are at the heart of EVERYTHING we do. Every trick, every joke, every play is driven by our promise to amaze and entertain every family who comes to watch us live.

* Every Globetrotters game features the four-point shot, which could forever revolutionize the game of basketball. The shot is 35 feet from the basket, nearly 12 feet beyond the NBA’s three-point arc.

* The Globetrotters are embarking on a season-long alliance to promote breast cancer awareness, playing portions of games with specially-designed pink Spalding basketballs to help the cause. The chance a woman will get invasive breast cancer in her life is around 1 in 8. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

* After nearly every game, the Globetrotters sign autographs for a minimum of 15 minutes, with the goal for each fan to get at least one player’s autograph.

* The North American leg of the 2013 World Tour tipped off with the Globetrotters’ first ever game in Brooklyn on Oct. 7, 2012, at it will recommence on December 26, 2012, and run through April 2013. The team will play over 270 games in nearly 240 cities in 45 states and nine Canadian provinces.

* Our new, robust web site, harlemglobetrotters.com, includes player profiles, the tour schedule and ticket information, vintage and contemporary Globetrotter video, games, features and stories. You can also check out our Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages, all of which can be accessed through our interactive fan page, Globetrotter Nation.

* The Globetrotters’ corporate sponsors include Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Winter Vacay in Colorado

Vacationers looking for an off-the-beaten-path Colorado getaway with all the frills of a major resort should head to Crested Butte, an historic town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies Elk Mountain Range. With its affordable accommodations, gourmet restaurants, cozy pubs, and eclectic shops, Crested Butte attracts a devoted legion of repeat visitors year-round! Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management Inc. offers a large selection of quality lodging in Mt. Crested Butte. Choose from studio condominiums to 4 bedroom condominiums in prime locations including ski-in/ski-out or walking distance to the slopes.
At Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management, we understand the quality of lodging can make or break your vacation. We have carefully evaluated and inspected each property and have categorized our accommodations to further help you make your lodging selection. We want you to come to Crested Butte, Colorado to relax and have fun – not hassle with your accommodations. We promise a vacation you’ll never forget!
LAST MINUTE SKI-SEASON SPECIAL!

30% off the following properties for the rest of the season (now – 4/7/13):
  •  The Buttes Neighborhood (Ski-in/Ski-out!)
  • Properties include Columbine, Buttes, and Crested Mountain
  • Three Seasons
  • Crested Butte Lodge & Hostel
 All other properties are 15% off! Hurry and book now before availability runs out!www.crestedbuttelodging.com/lodging/specials/ Or, call 888.412.7492 for personalized service.

Leap into St. Patrick’s Day with Family Fun at Fifth Avenue Place

Crafts, Prizes, Music and More following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
 
   Fifth Avenue Place invites you and the whole family to stop by after the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Saturday March 16, for an afternoon of festive fun. The wee ones and the young at heart can enjoy a full line-up of “Free” activities and entertainment from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Show your Irish spirit with a St. Patrick’s Day face painting designed by a cheerful Leprechaun and skip along to the festive tunes of strolling violinist, Steven Vance. Catch up with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as they lead the merry making by creating personalized good luck charm bracelets and keychain souvenirs. Add personality and pizzazz to a photo of yourself at the “Say Cheese” craft table. Try your luck at “Putt for a Prize” and see if you can dig into the pot o’gold for a free beaded necklace (while quantities last). This St. Patrick’s Day leap over to Fifth Avenue Place and take part in a joyful celebration you and your family will always remember. All events are free and open to the public.

Fifth Avenue Place, located in the heart of the Cultural District at the corner of Fifth & Liberty Avenues, is home to unique specialty shops, food court eateries, and Caffè Amante, a full-service, fine dining restaurant. On-site parking is available in an indoor garage.
 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Cleaning Challenge 2013

 

While laying in bed one night and thinking about an organizing project (or two) that I had been putting off for way too long.....I had the revelation that I was probably not the only one who tends to procastinate on projects! And I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if we all had some type of motivation to get a jump start on spring cleaning?" Enter the Pgh Momtourage Spring Cleaning Challenge 2013!! Since we have sponsors that are nation-wide, you don't have to live in the Pittsburgh area to enter, anyone across the country can win! (The Melting Pot is a local prize and keep in mind for some of the online prizes that shipping could be more expensive in Hawaii, Alaska or outside the United States.)
Here’s the challenge:
·         Re-organize a place in your home
·         Take before & after pics
·         Post on contest wall
·         Be entered for awesome prizes!
 
The contest pics and entries will all be done through our facebook contest page here.
Whether you are doing a small project or a complete over-haul, you have the chance to win! We will have 2 separate categories so those organizing a junk drawer won’t be up against someone clearing their garage!
Your project will be entered in one of two categories:
·         It's the little things that matter
·         Does this space make my house look big
Feeling extra ambitious? You can enter more than one project! Rules: the projects must be in completely separate rooms in your home (i.e. a child’s bedroom & an office, ect….), you can only win one time.
 
Amazing prizes include: $100 gift card to The Melting Pot (Station Square location), $50 gift card to thredUP, $50 gift card to Lot26 Studio, box of $50 worth of products from Pick Your Plum, and $25 gift card from Bedeckle!
 
Want a super EASY way to be entered to win? (No re-organizing required!) Share this contest! Every time you share this contest either through your facebook page, twitter, Pinterest or blog, post a comment below on the contest page, you will be entered to win a $25 gift card from Bedeckle!  You can do this up to FIVE times!! (Please spread out your postings so as not to drive everyone crazy). J
Rules for posting pictures:
  • Post a before/after pic in one picture. (Some tips to do that are below)
  • Label “before” & “after” as well as what space it is (i.e. closet, bedroom, basement, ect….)
  • Use either a 2 or 4 picture square collage (no more)
  • Post what city you live in
{If you have never created a picture collage before, I suggest http://www.picmonkey.com/. First create a collage of either 2 or 4 square pics. Then save to your desktop, go back into the regular editor (you’ll have to back out of collage) and use the “add text” tool to label “before”, “after”, and what space it is.}
 
Contest ends at Midnight on March 31st! All entries must be posted to page by that time.  Local educator and mother of 4, Mrs. Laura Miller, will be our guest judge and join me in reviewing  all your entries.  Winners will be chosen and prizes will be awarded by Sunday, April 7th, 2013.
 
But remember, everyone is a winner!
Here is our mantra:
“I really regret getting that space totally organized.  -said no one EVER!!”
A word about our awesome sponsors:
 
The Melting Pot: There's just something about a fondue pot that invites conversation. Invites laughter. Invites coming together. At The Melting Pot Restaurant, we offer a dining experience like no other. A unique, interactive dining experience creating memorable moments with family and friends. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped and the last piece of dessert is savored, you'll be graced with the time to discover new things about people you thought you knew. And, those you're getting to know.  We are the premier fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. It's up to you. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert. Or, come by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection. That's not to say, we haven't had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie.  Whether you're celebrating romance, a birthday or anniversary - or just a night out while the babysitter is in charge - we offer something truly unique. An opportunity to interact and connect while experiencing all fondue has to offer.
thredUP: Just Like a Consignment Shop - But All Online! Buy and sell practically new children's clothing. Save up to 80% on your favorite brands, and turn outgrown clothes into cash (all from home). You can even shop by your favorite brand…GAP, Old Navy, Target, ect… AND they have a women’s shop opening soon! If anyone will be cleaning out kids clothes for the Spring Cleaning Challenge, order a clean-up bag from thredUP! Have like-new clothing your family no longer wears? Order a free thredUP Clean Out bag online. Fill the bag with like-new clothes, and put it outside for pick-up. Shipping is free! thredUP inspects your clothes, and pays up to 40% of the resale value upfront. If you choose to clean out a closet for our SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE, not only can you be entered to win great gift cards, but you could also earn money for the clothes through thredUP. Double bonus! Order a Clean Out Bag here.  
Lot 26 Studio: Lot 26 Studio is like no other Wall Decor Company. Our collection includes wall stickers, wall decals, canvas wall art, memo boards, DIY decor and more for your kitchen, living room, dorm room, bedroom, nursery, and beyond. We create all of our own peel-and-stick vinyl wall stickers from great, gotta-have graphics and adhesive sayings to the best paintings and images that contemporary artists have to offer. In addition, our collection of fun wall decor includes canvas wall art, decorative wall hangings and accents such as adhesive chalkboards, mirror mobiles, create your own pennants, burnish vinyl ‘rub on’ chandeliers and picture frames. Lot 26 Studio’s wall art, wall stickers, and wall decals are easily removable and a fun, inexpensive way to decorate a room.
Pick Your Plum: Have you ever glued your fingers together trying to put a project together? Stayed up all night just to finish that last project before your kids wake up? Gussied up your home just so the neighbors could gawk over your detail? Borrowed an idea from the store knowing you can make one too? We have. We know. Join us.  Get it before your neighbor does. ·       We have limited supplies on some of the most swank supplies. We have agents out in the field who find killer deals on high quality products. ·         We delicately slap prime-o pricing on crafting, clothing, baking supplies, home decor and other fabulous finds. Stellar pricing. Cool. ·         We sell it 'til it's gone or 'til time is up. ·         You leave feeling like you just won Martha in a crafting contest. ·         The supplies arrive in 7-8 shipping days and you've just picked your 'plum'! Doesn't it feel good?


Bedeckle: There is something really special about creating a unique piece. There is something even more exciting about having someone wear a piece you've created with careful detail. Come and bedeck yourself in these one of a kind pieces. Check out beautiful Infinity scarves, lace headbands, adorable flower clips, earrings + more! Also, check out her shop Brown Eyed Girlies for all your little girl’s adorable accessories!





Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Summer Camps

Come in out of the cold and start making plans for summer! Summer Science Camps at Carnegie Science Center are an adventure for kids ages 4–14, full of so much fun that they may not realize how much science they are learning.

Kids can investigate the science behind art and music, experiment with roller coasters, discover the binary brilliance of robots, build a bridge, study bugs, and more! There's a wide variety of camps to choose from, and all campers enjoy:
  • a full week of themed activities
  • hundreds of hands-on exhibits (including Highmark SportsWorks®)
  • Omnimax film
  • summer camp T-shirt
  • interaction with science education professionals
They also offer pre- and post-camp child care for a nominal fee. Register Now! A complete listing of camps, along with more details, is available at CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.1637.