Saturday, September 24, 2016

JBF Consignment Sale + Pre-Sale Pass Giveaway

It's one of my favorite times of year......consignment sale season! If you haven't been to the Just Between Friends Consignment sale, it's time to check it out. I have found amazing deals on a wide variety of items that have benefited our family. Some of my favorite purchases include kids bikes, Hunter rain boots, outdoor play equipment, toys for Christmas gifts, books, and of course, clothing! I love how I've been able to find items in great condition for my kids, but at less than half price for what you would pay brand new.


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! Come be a part of the sale voted BEST Consignment Sale in Pittsburgh for 2013!   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! 



There is BIG news for JBF this year! Their sale has moved from the RMU Dome to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

FALL/WINTER SALE

SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
There is parking available on the surrounding streets and in the attached parking garage.

Opening Day Presale: Sept. 29th
11:00am-9:00pm Prime Time Shopping - $10 Entry Fee/Person - Pass MUST be purchased online via Eventbrite
1:00-9:00pm First Time Parents & Grandparents
3:00-9:00pm Teachers & Military Families

Friday, Sept. 30th: Opening Day!
Open 9am-7pm

Saturday, Oct 1:
NEW Items have arrived
Open 9am-4pm; FREE Admission
Sunday, Oct 2: Half Price Day!
50% off items WITHOUT a star for ALL Shoppers!
Open 9am-1pm; FREE Admission

It's a great place to stock up on Halloween costumes! 


GIVEAWAY:

I am a huge fan of the pre-sale day where you have the opportunity to have some of the first picks of items as well as way less crowds to maneuver around! I have found that it is definitely an advantage to be one of the first shoppers which is why I am thrilled to be working directly with JBF event organizer, Kelly Robie, and able to offer 2 lucky winners a pre-sale shopping pass...and you'll get one for a friend as well! This shopping pass will give you free admission to the pre-sale opening on Thursday, September 29th, 11am - 9pm. (Please keep in mind that children and strollers are not permitted until 6pm that day.)

Enter below to win one of two sets of pre-sale passes, one that you'll be able to share with a friend!





This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Wiggles: ticket giveaway



Happy birthday to The Wiggles! They're turning 25 this year! Do you have any Wiggles fans in your household? I know I do! My kids were very excited to hear that The Wiggles are coming back to Pittsburgh on September 27th at The Byham Theatre. 



Coming off a smash hit Australian tour of 220 sell-out shows and more than 110,000 tickets sold, the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will return to North America this fall for their “Wiggle Town!” tour.
Ready to delight families across the continent with their incomparable brand of preschool entertainment, The Wiggles will be celebrating their 25th birthday and supporting their brand new CD and DVD, Wiggle Town!, as well as a new season of their hit TV series airing on Hulu in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada. 

Joined on stage by their lovable friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus, founding member Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle), Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle), Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) can’t wait to deliver a wiggly good time for their audiences!
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Wiggle Town!,” said Emma. “Of course we’ll play our classic wiggly favorites like ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Bear’, ‘Fruit Salad’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’ affirmed Lachy. Simon added excitedly, “The North American tour is always one of the big highlights of our year and I can't wait to sing, dance and play ‘Simon Says’ with all our wonderful North American friends!” “We are so excited to be taking our Wiggle Town show to our friends in North America, the audiences will be hearing, seeing and singing along to all their favorite Wiggle songs from the past 25 years of Wiggling! We cannot wiggly wait!” enthused Anthony.

GIVEAWAY:

We have two tickets to give away to one lucky winner which also includes a special meet + greet with The Wiggles before the show! Enter below. 


It's a one night only show so go here to purchase tickets before they sell out!


The “Wiggle Town!” tour will include new music from the Wiggle Town! album. Kids will shake to “Come on Down to Wiggle Town!,” bop to “Do the Pretzel”, and heel-toe to “Captain Barnyard Dance” – just to name a few.

For a complete list of tour dates and ticket information for the “Wiggle Town!” tour, please visit: www.thewiggles.com/events.
For even more Wiggly fun, become a fan of the group’s official Facebook page
Facebook.com/TheWiggles or follow them on Twitter via Twitter.com/TheWiggles. You can also see behind-the-scenes of Wiggly life and stay up-to-date with Wiggly news by following the gang on Instagram @thewiggles.
A new Wiggles era has begun and Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon are making new Wiggly history every day!


This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

American Girl Coming to Ross Park Mall + Lea doll giveaway!

I don't know about you, but I loved growing up reading American Girl books and seeing the accompanying dolls! I love that this company has continued its course long enough for my own daughters to enjoy the same tradition. My girls have recently discovered American Girl and they are big fans. :) They LOVE getting the catalog in the mail and circling all their favorites (girls can dream, right?!)



I was pretty excited to hear that Pittsburgh is getting a pop-up American Girl at store at Ross Park Mall this fall!  It opens this Saturday, September 17, and will remain open through January 2017. 

The pop-up store will be featuring the newly release Wellie Wishers, as well as Lea, Girl of the Year.  






American Girl, a family favorite retailer of beloved dolls, offers an inspiring world of experiences and entertainment in its retail stores. The pop-up location will feature an assortment of the popular American Girl dolls, books and accessories, along with the signature Doll Hair Salon.




“We are beyond excited to welcome the only American Girl store in Pittsburgh,” said Lisa Earl, Mall Manager of Ross Park Mall. “The unique experiences available inside an American Girl store are something we can’t wait to share with our shoppers and their families.” 

American Girl will be located on the Upper Level, near Sears.

I love  how much history can be learned through each special story. You can also find teacher/parent guides on their website to talk through various situations that happen in each girl's life. 



American Girl’s mission is to fuel belonging and connection among girls, a goal that has already earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of their parents and educators. For more information about American Girl, please visit www.americangirl.com.

American girl is proud to feature one of the most inclusive and diverse selections of dolls today.  From a wide range of skin colors, those facing hair loss because of illness, hearing aids, arm braces, a wheelchair + much more, you can find the perfect doll to fit each girl's life situation. 



VERY EXCITING GIVEAWAY.....we have doll of the year, LEA, to give away to one lucky winner! 


ONE stipulation (sorry out-of-towners!!), but winner must be able to pick it up at the American Girl store at Ross Park Mall. 


Get ready to plan your girls shopping trip! Stop by this Saturday for their Grand Opening which will include giveaways, special events + more! 


This post sponsored by American Girl so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Discover Pittsburgh Week at Pittsburgh Airport + $50 Giveaway

Last year I was able to be a part of the first Discover Pittsburgh week at the airport and I'm excited to head back again! Although we all know the many fantastic resources and venues that abound in our city, many travelers that are just passing through Pittsburgh may not be aware of what we offer! So this week, Pittsburgh International (PIT) is inviting travelers to explore all that the city and region has to offer with Discover Pittsburgh week in the airport’s Airmall.

Last year's fun included hanging with some fun gals, meeting Carmindy, and drooling over some of the fun places to shop! 






As part of Pittsburgh International Airport’s commitment to bringing more of the region into the airport and celebrating local institutions, food, music and culture, the airport is rolling out several programs aimed at boosting a better sense of place. 

Next week travelers are invited to celebrate the city during Discover Pittsburgh, a week of live music, entertainment, delicious food, giveaways and appearances by area attractions. The second annual celebration showcases Pittsburgh’s unique offerings, Sept. 12 through Sept. 16.

Airport officials have also implemented the Voices of Pittsburgh program on the trains that connect the Airside and Landside terminals. Whether it’s University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher welcoming students and families back to town for a new academic year or U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Captain Christa Harmotto Dietzen, a Hopewell native, getting people excited for the Olympics, the train voices will continually change to showcase current events and people from the region. Larry Richert, co-host of the KDKA-AM morning show, was the first voice in June, welcoming fans of the U.S. Open held at Oakmont Country Club, followed by Mike Lange celebrating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

The airport is also exploring partnerships with local museums and foundations as part of increasing the region’s heritage in the terminals to complement travelers’ favorites like the Warhol exhibit and live performing arts series. Enhancing the Pittsburgh sense of place also extends to the airport Customer Service agents and volunteer Ambassadors. As part of a program with VisitPittsburgh, they were trained this summer on the rich cultural heritage, past and present, of the region to improve traveler interactions.

“Creating a sense of place at the airport and bringing more of the region’s rich arts and cultural scene here is important. Pittsburghers have a lot to be proud of and we want that to be reflected at the airport,” Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. “We’re looking at how we can continue to improve that experience and these programs are just the start.”




The Discover Pittsburgh free events and activities take place in Pittsburgh International Airport’s AirMall. The schedule includes:

  • Monday, Sept. 12: Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers will perform in the Center Core from 2 to 3:30 p.m. while Pittsburgh sports mascots Iceburgh and the Pirate Parrot dance and pass out Clark Bars. Franktuary will also treat travelers to free hot dogs while supplies last.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13: From 10 a.m. to noon, Ronald McDonald will greet passengers. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Natural History will exhibit ancient Egypt replicas and feature a hands-on hieroglyphic activity.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14: Carnegie Science Center will delight travelers with a liquid nitrogen ice cream making demonstration and samples from 10 a.m. to noon. From noon to 2 p.m., the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will feature trolley displays that depict local history, while Phipps Conservatory will give travelers the opportunity to pot their own clean air plants, complete with worms and composting demonstrations. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Brighton Boys band will perform.

  • Thursday, Sept. 15: A spirited street team will greet travelers and encourage them to take part in the day’s activities. From 10 a.m. to noon, the National Aviary’s crowd-pleaser, a live African penguin, will rub elbows with passengers. Travelers can also take in works of art and try their hand at button-making with The Andy Warhol Museum. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Ambridge Area Steel Drum Band will perform in the Center Core and passengers can step up to the popcorn bar for freebies from Pittsburgh Popcorn Co.

  • Friday, Sept. 16: The Pittsburgh Zoo will bring live reptiles back to the airport to meet travelers from 10 a.m. to noon. The Chick-fil-A cow will also make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon.  At 2 p.m., Pittsburgh CLO Mini Stars close out the week with a spectacular production.

Photo: The Moodie Davitt Report

Creative Kidstuff is one of my favorite stores (and my kids, of course!) at the Airmall and a great place to pick up something to help your little travelers!


GIVEAWAY:
To make your next trip through the airport a little more exciting, I'm giving away a $50 gift certificate for some shopping fun during your wait time! See all your store options here


Go here to enter:


About Allegheny County Airport Authority
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region.  Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 13 carriers with 63 nonstop destinations on 170+ daily flights. J.D. Power ranked Pittsburgh International in its Top 10 medium-size airports in its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study and Travel + Leisure voted it a top 10 domestic airport in 2016.

This post sponsored by Pittsburgh Airmall. I was provided compensation in exchange for promotion, however, all opinions remain my own. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Our introduction to Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club


My two girls have been asking quite often the past year about doing a trial of gymnastics. As we watched them flip, twirl and master the monkey bars, we decided this would probably be a good avenue to explore! So I pulled up my trusty Google and started looking for places around the city. Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club caught my eye and so I began to learn more about their organization. Just as the US Olympic Gymnastics began building momentum this summer, it was perfect timing for my girls to start in!


Kim Ransom, a former gymnast and coach, founded PGC in 2014 in the community of Braddock. Kim is passionate about using the avenue of gymnastics to instill self-confidence, build a good work ethic, make healthy habits, promote teamwork, encourage problem-solving and create discipline. She wants to ensure that kids have the opportunity to be a part of communities such as PGC and is a great encourager to all her students! 


Every class began with warm-ups and I was impressed at how hard all the students worked. Whether they were running, crab-walking, skipping or hopping, all the kids poured their hearts into learning their skills and it was awesome to see. 


PGC Goals: 

  • Consistency: Athletes get stronger faster with the more time they spend in the gym. Dropping in and out of classes is not conducive to learning gymnastics.
  • A relationship with his/her coach: Our classes are small so each coach can learn how to motivate your child.
  • A team: Having a supportive social environment among peers is crucial!


The instructors were all amazing and my girls loved them! They encouraged having fun while working hard and my girls were always sad for each class to end. 


People travel from all pockets of the city to come to Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club for classes and you will find great diversity! I loved seeing the comraderie among both the students and the parents during the classes. They are certainly building a special community at PGC!

All Gymnastics Classes:

  • Are 45-75 minutes
  • Are capped at 5-8 students
  • Have 1 Head Adult Instructor and often, 1 Junior Instructor
  • Are divided by both age and ability levels
  • Follow a USAG progression model



My girls love their newly learned skills of tumbling, hand stands, bar routines + more!


Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club joining options give you a TON of value for your money! There is no other gym that offers you the same amount of benefits or perks. Most options allow you to attend as many classes during the week as you like, free open gyms, a free gym mobile app and even private lessons! Doing gymnastics with PGC is a whole new experience- hands down the BEST!


They also have a fantastic venue for Toddler Open Gyms and Mommy & Me Classes. Mommy & Me class (up to age 3) will help develop large motor skills,promote colors, shapes and numbers as well as give toddlers a place to socialize! Go here to check out those options. 


So now you can do much better then Google searching by reading our review! We were thrilled with our experience at Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club and think you would be as well. With the current popularity of gymnastics in our country, fall classes will be filling up soon. Contact them here for more information about their trial month class and signing up for extended sessions as well. 

Pretty soon every bar might become this for your child as well. :) 


Keep up the amazing work, PGC!!

I worked in promotion with Pittsburgh Gymnastics Club. However, all opinions remain my own as I only endorse the fantastic ones. :) 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Join us at the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

I was recently contacted and had a meeting with the Pittsburgh branch of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Although I was somewhat familiar with the amazing work of St. Jude, I did not know that they had an office here in Pittsburgh to make an impact in our region. I have friends who have both had to say goodbye to their young children or raise them with severe special needs, so this cause is very near to my heart. 


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood survival rate from 20 percent before opening in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. St. Jude freely shares its groundbreaking discoveries, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children globally, including here in Pittsburgh. As the hospital’s founder, Danny Thomas, once said, we won’t stop until we find a cure because “no child should die in the dawn of life”.


The Pittsburgh St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and will occur on the same day (Sept. 24) in 61 cities all across the country. The 5k family walk/run will bring together more than 1,000 members of our Pittsburgh community in celebrating the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participants will enjoy free St. Jude “swag” from our spirit tent so that they can visibly show their support and will also have the opportunity to enjoy light food and drink at our hospitality tent. Notably, participants will be able to hear from a patient family during the program, which is set to begin at 9am.

Kids Zone will prove to be a highlight of the event, with featured tents including games with “Let’s Move Pittsburgh”, art with “Pinot’s Pallette”, cartoons with the “National Cartoonist Association”, tips and activities about healthy eating with “Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics”. You must stop by our Pgh Momtourage tent and say "HI" as well! 


So here's the cool thing - you can walk with us on the Pgh Momtourage team! To join us in this effort, sign up with Team “Pgh Momtourage” by visiting the event website here www.fundraising.stjude.org/pittsburghwalkrun and clicking “register” and “join a team”. Registration is only $10 and FREE for kids five and under. Click here to be taken directly to the Pgh Momtourage page. 

WALK/RUN DETAILS

September 24

Herrs Island (Washington's Landing)
600 Waterfont Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

REGISTRATION: 7:30AM
RUN/WALK START: 9:30AM 

Maybe you can't walk with us, but would still like to help us in the fight against childhood cancer. Please consider going here to make a donation to help us reach our fundraising goal. Every donation helps!


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We hope to see you there as we join the fight to end childhood cancer!

This post sponsored by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All opinions remain my own. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Eating with kids at Bravo Cucina


My family was recently invited to dine at Bravo Cucina to try out their new Farm to Table summer menu. I'll be honest, eating out at a sit down restaurant with four kids can give me real trepidation! What if the food takes forever to come? What if my kids start getting hangry?! :) But I didn't need to worry because, soon after our order was placed, out came a piece of dough for each of my kids to play, create and entertain themselves. It was truly brilliant! I've never seen them so occupied through our waiting time! 




Bravo also has a great kids menu with offerings such as lasagna, buttered noodles, ravioli pizza, grilled chicken, fresh fruit, veggies and more! 


Our food was delicious and everyone left the table full and satisfied!



Bravo makes both a fun family dinner out or a fantastic date night as well! 


Thank you, Bravo Cucina, for a delicious dinner and not being afraid to extend your invitation to a family of six! :) 

Although our dinner was provided in exchange for review, all opinions remain my own.