Thursday, July 6, 2017

$250 Sears Gift Card Giveaway

Shopping has changed pretty drastically for me since my pre-children days. I'm guessing it has for you as well! No more lingering and casually browsing while sipping an iced coffee. Now it boils down to a good bit of shushing and chasing with the occasional bribe thrown in when necessity drags me to the store with kids in tow!  😂 It's all good, we adapt. But that's not to say my kids haven't been known to sport some highwater pants a time or two. 😉

As a busy mom with 4 kids, there are a few ways my shopping habits have changed.

 #1 - it has to be on sale
 #2 - the store has to have quality brands that I trust
 #3 - a one-stop shop is the best

This week I had the chance to tour the Sears store at Ross Park Mall. The first thing I noticed was the SALE signs. It was a good start! In celebration of July 4th, Sears is making the holiday last even longer by extending its July 4th event for the next four days (7/5-7/8). Sears has store-wide savings in every department going on right now – in-store, online, mobile, via the Sears app, no matter how you want to shop. Plus, every day Sears is featuring one perfect summer item with an amazing deal from 7/5-7/8.

Sears is a premier shopping location since it includes - one of my top 3 musts - a one-stop shop! It carries a huge variety of items including clothing, baby gear, appliances, home goods, tools, electronics + much more. You can even get your car serviced while you're shopping! 

Sears is among the leading appliance retailers and America’s #1 fitness equipment retailer. Sears is America’s #1 provider of appliance and product repair services, with nearly seven million service calls made annually.

The Shop Your Way rewards program is definitely worth the free sign up! You earn points for every dollar you spend which means more free stuff. 👍 Download the Shop Your Way app for the best deals!

Swim wear can be one of those things that we moms do not love to shop for, right? Sears has a great swim wear section with a variety of styles for every body type. Shop here where you can get a lot of these pieces for under $16! When you're in the store, keep in mind that there are two separate swim sections. One section is the Lands End brand and one section is the other brands they carry. 

From swim wear to tools & tractors - that's definitely a first in my posts, haha! Because another aspect our family loves about Sears is that my husband and I BOTH love to shop there! Can we say Craftsman tool section? My hubby could spend hours there. 😊 

Today, Sears’s perfect summer item is the Craftsman 4-piece Lithium Combo Kit – it comes with a 1/2" drill, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw and a handy work light and two lithium batteries, a charger and a heavy-duty bag to store it all in. And it’s 20% off!

Yesterday's big sale was the Poulan Pro Riding Tractor. Over $500 off! Since my hubby currently does our lawn mowing, these specs don't mean much to me, but he was impressed! 

• 15.5 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine that helps get the job done in less time. 
• 42-inch mowing deck that allows you cut wide sections of grass at a time. 
• 6 cutting heights let you customize your mow to the condition of your lawn.
• 16" turning radius makes handling tight corners and hilly terrains no problem. 
• The seat is nicely padded and includes a cup holder to keep your drink close while you're out in the yard. 
• It mows in reverse mode, so you never lose any cutting time.

So whether you're looking for some deals on clothing, baby gear, outdoor furniture (currently 50% off!), lawn mowers, appliances or anything else, Sears has got you covered! 

Now that you've seen lots of fun summer stuff your family could definitely use to chill, eat and DIY everything. Want to try and win it? Head to Sears’ Facebook page where you’ll find links to the daily Sears Great Giveaway sweepstakes they’re running. Many bonus chances to win.


And what's better? We have a $250 gift card to giveaway, thanks to the generosity of Sears! I'm sure that could go a long way in helping with upcoming school shopping, finishing a house project or splurging on something extra fun. 

#Sears #WithAmerica #Ad

This post is sponsored by Sears and I have received compensation for my services. All opinions remain my own. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Save Money with Jetty

Moving. Does anyone else start getting tremors just by thinking about moving? My husband and I have moved five times in our twelve years of marriage and I'm hopeful that we're staying pretty settled now. But you never know! As foster parents, we're always needing more space as our family size can grow and shrink at strange intervals. ☺

I was recently introduced to Jetty, an insurance company that can get you out of paying a security deposit and can act as a co-signor as well.

Jetty is a new kind of insurance company designed to help people in cities reach their goals faster by removing obstacles and risks. Our mission is to protect our customers against setbacks of all kinds, from fire and theft to wasted time and money.

Maybe you've found the perfect space to move, but you simply don't have the money for the deposit that they require. Enter: the Passport Deposit. This is basically a security replacement product. Jetty will help you manage a deposit with a security deposit bond. Jetty charges a one time nonrefundable fee of 18% to get you set up and covered. Then they'll pay the rest of your deposit to your landlord. (Keep in mind that you would still be responsible for damages during your rental time).

Swap the security deposit you might never see again with a smaller, one-time fee: just 18% of the deposit amount. It isn't a loan, but it is that easy.

So if the required security deposit was $1,000, you would pay Jetty $180 and be on your way to getting into your anticipated home. Sounds pretty sweet! Their website is extremely user friendly and you can get an insurance quote and pay premiums all online.

Maybe you already own your home, but are considering a rental property or doing AirBnB. Jetty is a great option to suggest to your renters! Jetty also offers AirBnB Host Protection for an extra charge in addition to your policy.

There can often be very high requirements to get a landlord to rent to you. You may need a credit score of 700 or higher. You may be required to make an annual salary of 35-40 times the rent. They may require a co-signor. There are many people who cannot rent in the neighborhood they desire because they can't fulfill these requirements. Maybe your mom, dad, aunt or uncle aren't able to help you as a co-signor. Jetty to the rescue once again! They will step up to be your guarantor through the purchase of a Passport Lease. Although it will cost more money up front, it may be what you need to get you into the perfect place!

So are you #ReadyToJetty? You can find more helpful information and see other people's experiences by searching the hashtag on Facebook or Twitter.

Jetty might be the company you've been waiting for to get you into the perfect home!

If you are renting, don't forget that renter's insurance. It's extremely affordable and will cover all your treasured possessions should the worst ever happen.

This post sponsored by Jetty. All opinions remain my own. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kennywood: Discounted tickets for you!

Did you know that one of the ways you can track your kids growth is by visiting amusement parks each summer?

Our family has enjoyed attending Kennywood each summer for the past few years. When we started, we went directly to Kiddieland and they rode to their hearts content! Now that our kids are more in the 5-8yo range, we've started being able to enjoy more of the park as our kids get taller and more adventurous. We've watched their heights creep up each year and seen big smiles explode across their face when they are declared tall enough for some of the "big kid" rides. 

Kennywood is America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park. The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of classic rides and modern thrills, including six roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Founded as a trolley park in 1898 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1987, Kennywood continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages. Enjoy everything from tasty funnel cakes, Deep Fried Oreos to Kennywood’s world-famous Potato Patch fries!

There are 14 Kiddieland rides and we have rarely had much of a line wait. Especially if you go on a weekday, chances are your kids will be able to get on rides very quickly. And all the parents said "HALLELUJAH!" :) :)

Why do they love "the whip" (my term!) so much? I'll never know, but it's one of their favorite rides!

Noah's Ark is an interesting attraction! It's a little bit like a haunted house, so you may want to know that if you have young kids. My kids weren't sure about it going into it (we also didn't know what to expect), but then they did want to do it again! It's a walk through attraction. Guests will encounter dozens of animals, plus the twists, turns, jumps and jolts that you would expect in a classic funhouses.

This turtle roller coaster is the perfect stepping stone from Kiddieland to bigger rides. 

While my kids haven't been ready to brave the biggest rides yet, there are certainly plenty of thrills for older kids/adults as well!

Who is ready for discounted tickets? 
DISCOUNT on Weekday Admission Tickets: $10 OFF a weekday ticket and $13 OFF a weekend ticket!
• Regular price: $44.99 / $47.99
• Discounted price: $34.99

Go here to snag your discounted tickets. Only available online.

Children two and under are FREE!

Tickets are good for any day during the regular 2017 operating season. Be sure to check their website for inclement weather updates or private event closings. Not good for Phantom Night tickets. Expires September 17, 2017.

Thanks to Kennywood for sponsoring this post and providing family fun in Pittsburgh for over 100 years!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Idlewild + SoakZone: $13 off tickets!

Idlewild + SoakZone  has become one of our favorite family traditions each summer. I love the variety of activities that Idlewild offers for kids and families and I especially love heading to an amusement park in the summer where a waterpark is included. It is a bit of a drive from the city of Pittsburgh, but so worth it! If you have kids, ages 1-10, Idlewild should definitely be on your summer bucket list. Features of the park include Raccoon Lagoon, Storybook Forest,  Jumpin' Jungle, SoakZone, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood + so much more!

Idlewild & SoakZone is open for limited operation on Memorial Day weekend (May 27, 28, 29) with daily operations beginning Friday, June 2!

Memorial Day Weekend- Military Discount  
Head to Idlewild for Memorial Day Weekend and see Civil War re-enactors present artillery demonstrations and mock skirmishes. Tour an authentic Civil War encampment to see how a soldier lived during the 1860s. 
Military Discount Days – all weekend long! Active-duty, retired, & veteran military personnel (and up to 3 immediate family members) will receive free admission to Idlewild & SoakZone (May 27, 28, & 29) when they show valid Military ID/Military Family/Veteran ID.

Nestled within the foothills of the beautiful Laurel Highlands, just outside of Ligonier, PA, you’ll find Idlewild & SoakZone, named “Best Kids Park in the World” by Amusement Today, and “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Since 1878, the park has been providing smiles, laughter, and memories longer than almost every other amusement park in the United States. With 18 major rides, 14 kiddie rides, a large water park, shows, and unique attractions like Story Book Forest and Jumpin’ Jungle, Idlewild & SoakZone strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern-day amusement. And the finest part of your visit is what you get to take home with you when you leave – distinctive family memories that will last a lifetime.

If you have a Daniel Tiger fan, they will be more than thrilled to hop on the Trolley and take a ride through the interactive Mister Rogers' Neighborhood! Be warned though, "Come along, come along, to the neighborhood Hug 'n Song" will get stuck in your head. :) 

You also might want to check out the Daniel Tiger Eat & Greet! Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat host a fun-filled pizza party. Greet and take photos with Daniel & Katerina as you enjoy a yummy dinner which includes Pizza, breadsticks, salad, fruit bowl, and beverages. This will happen on Select Friday & Saturdays during the Operating Season at 7pm. 
Location: Boardwalk Pizza Restaurant
Price Age 10+: $21.99

Price Age 2 - 9: $15.99 

Your little ladies also might love joining the Princess Lily Tea Party! 
Enjoy a Tea Party with Princess Lily and a small group of other guests within the Enchanted Castle courtyard. Each attendee receives a Princess Lily boxed set including plastic tea cup, cookie, and fruit cup. Iced Tea or water options will be served for tea party. Adults can watch tea party in close proximity within the Castle courtyard, or if younger children need adult assistance to participate, the adult will also pay Tea Party admission and will receive the same Princess Lily boxed set. Princess Lily Tea Party is $14.99* for ages 2 and up (*plus applicable taxes). The event takes place two times daily at scheduled times on most operating days. Please arrive to the Enchanted Castle 15 minutes before your selected Tea Party event time. Each Tea Party event lasts approximately 15 - 20 minutes and are weather permitting. Space is limited per event. 
Date: Most Park Operating Days
Time: 2:00 and 4:00 PM
Location:The Enchanted Castle

Storybook Forest is a magical walk through favorite nursery rhymes and children's tales. Travel a winding path through a real forest and introduce your kids to Goldilocks, Mother Goose, The 3 Little Pigs and much more!


At Jumpin' Jungle, you can scramble up the rope climb, cross the bridge, slide on a burlap sack, play in the ball pit or have fun with the air ball machines!

SoakZone is one of our favorite stops on hot days. With Little Squirts play area, Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley, Wave Pool, Serpentine Slides, Tipping Bucket, Hydro Racers and more, there is something fun for all ages! 

Are you ready to plan your Idlewild + SoakZone trips for the summer? I've got a great coupon code to share with you to save money for your family! 

Discount tickets for Pgh Momtourage Readers are available to purchase May 15 through September 4, 2017. Tickets are good any day during the regular 2017 operating season.
DISCOUNT: Save up to $13.00 on an  advance day ticket purchase.
• Gate price: $43.99
• Discounted price: $30.99
*Applicable taxes not included

Go HERE to snag this great offer! Only available online.
Children two and under are FREE.
Promocode: PGHMomtourageSBlog17

Thanks to Idlewild for sponsoring this post!

#IdlewildPark  #IdlewildPA

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sandcastle Waterpark: Save $10 per ticket!

We've arrived back at that special season where summer is right around the corner! My guess is that most of us are ready to take some deep breaths of relaxation, enjoy the beautiful sunshine and plan some summer fun.  My kids are in their final weeks of school and our summer bucket list is being finalized! Sandcastle is always near the top of the list and one of our local Pittsburgh gems. Whether you're planning a stay-cation, traveling through from out of town or simply looking for ways to cool off during the summer heat, Sandcastle is one of our favorite water destinations in the city. The location is amazing as it has been transformed from an old railroad yard, directly overlooking the Monongahela River. It's hard to believe you're in the middle of the city! 

Wet Willies is always one of our first stops in the park. My kids love controlling 20,000 gallons of splashing fun, pulling ropes, twisting valves, and turning handles that unleash geysers, fountains and sprays!

Sandcastle opens Saturday, May 27- Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day Weekend. Hours are 11am - 5pm. 
Sandcastle is closed Tuesday, May 30- Friday, June 2, but open on Saturday, June 3 -Sunday, June 4. Beginning Saturday, June 10th, they will be open daily for the summer hours! 

There are two specific kid areas geared towards our littlest ones with shallow pools and zero depth entry, including Wet Willie's Waterworks and the Tad Pool.  

There are at least 4 areas with zero depth entry and life jackets are included for the wave pool. Oh, how my kids love the wave pool! 

Sandcastle offers 15 attractions, the Mon Tsunami Wave Pool, scenic Mushroom Pool, the relaxing lazy river, and two children’s area – all located on a boardwalk that is sure to make you feel like you are on vacation. For thrill seekers to mild riders to those that just want to relax, there is something for everyone! 

When you're ready just to hang out for a while, this unofficial "beach" offers some down time from the water fun!

Special Offer for Pgh Momtourage Readers

Tickets are only $22.99 when you purchase this special offer online! Children 3 and under are FREE. Junior (48" and under) and seniors (age 55+) are $22.99 at the gate (plus tax).
For adult tickets, this is a savings of $10 per ticket for weekdays and $12 per ticket for weekend!
(Tax and processing fee are additional). This is an online offer only! Not valid at the gate.

Purchase here for this special rate. 

Or use promo code PGHMomtourageSBlog17.   



Thanks to Sandcastle for sponsoring this post. We can't wait to hit the water this summer!