Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chick Fil A: new superfood side!

As a mom, there are two things that draw me in quickly: healthy and convenient. Fast food is often known for it's convenience....but healthy? Not so much! To walk into a fast food restaurant and see a plate of fresh fruit goodness is not a regular occurrence. Unless you're at a Chick Fil A, of course! 


I'm not a big proponent of fast food....in fact, I've turned down other fast food companies that wanted my promotion because I just couldn't in good conscience endorse their products. This past year I've had the chance to work with Chick Fil A and I've been amazed each step of the way! Their quality, customer service, restaurants and food stand far above any other chain in their competition.  


And Chick Fil A is listening to moms. They are listening when we say we want convenient AND healthy and they are paving the way to give us those options! I was recently invited to come check out the launch of their new superfood side: the new kale salad. This new salad includes: kale, broccolini and dried cherries, all tossed in a sweet maple vinaigrette dressing. Roasted nuts come separately packaged for those with allergy concerns. 


I'm not a huge fan of kale. To me it often has a bitter flavor and I'm more likely to throw it in a smoothie than to eat it raw. So with some trepidation, I was ready to try the kale salad! But it was awesome. Truly. Washington, PA operator, Kory Kaye, gave us a demonstration on how they make it (fresh daily in the store) and gave us the secret! It marinates in the sweet maple vinaigrette for 30 minutes before it is served. This seems to take any bitterness of the kale away and between the dressing, the sweet cherries and the nuts, it is so delicious!


 4 ingredients, made fresh. As food should be! Pair with their grilled nuggets for a (healthy) and (convenient) lunch on the go! You can also substitute it for fries on your next order.  The kale salad with an order of grilled nuggets is only 320 calories. And I can attest to the fact that it definitely fills you up. So next time you're feeling cooped up in the house and the Chick Fil A kid's play area is calling you out (it does that, right?!), you don't have to sacrifice eating something healthy!


Chick Fil A is also the only fast food restaurant that is now offering organic juice drink for their kid's meals. 


The Washington, PA store is brand new and is part of the new Heritage design. This design incorporates a variety of finishes and has unique custom features such as light fixtures make from recycled Coco-Cola bottles as a nod to their home base in Atlanta. It's interior is so warm and inviting!




If you've ever tried to stand in line to order with toddlers running in circles around you, then Chick Fil A is again thinking of you! Some CFA restaurants offer the option to order in the drive thru and have your food delivered to a table inside (varies by location) or you can place an order online and have it ready at the restaurant as well. I am excited and thankful to try those options! 

So, go, try the new kale salad, you won't be disappointed! And hey, that leaves more available calories for ice cream, right? :) 


#SuperFoodSide
#CFAPittMoms

This post is sponsored by ChickFilA and The Motherhood. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse products that I don't love!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ticket Giveaway: Monster Jam

It's just about time for one of my son's favorite shows of the year: Monster Jam! A roaring, loud show which is guaranteed to fascinate your kids. Don't miss your chance for the Party in the Pits where you can meet the drivers + more. Not only can I give you the chance to win tickets, but I also have a $5 coupon code to share with you as well!


Monster Jam® is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam® combines high-octane, spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate in off road, motorsport competition. Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-DTM, El Toro Loco®, Mohawk Warrior®, Monster Mutt® and many more. With no two shows the same, Monster Jam events leave fans on the edge of their seats as these competitors thrill fans with jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats.




Metro PCS presents Monster Jam
February 12-14, 2016
CONSOL Energy Center

Special Offer
Save $5 on select tickets.* Code: MJPITT
Restrictions, exclusions, and additional fees may apply. Not valid on Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts. All tickets $2 more day of show. Offer expires 2/11/16.


2016 Monster Jam Truck Line Up (Competitors subject to change without notice): Grave Digger, Backwards Bob, Stinger, Instigator, Backdraft, Raminator, Rammunition, and Bad News Travels Fast

Event Schedule
Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 13 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)
Sunday, February 14 at 2pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)


Ticket Prices: $55, $35, $25
Kids just $12 (Ages 2-12. Valid on select price levels. Must purchase 1 adult ticket for every 4 kids tickets)! (Restrictions and additional fees may apply. All tickets $2 more day of show).
Ticket Purchase Information: Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Party In The Pits:
The Monster Jam® Pit Party provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers – you can meet the drivers, get their autographs, take photos and check out the trucks up close. It’s a unique experience in the world of motorsports.
There will be two pit parties; one on Saturday and the other on Sunday prior to the 2pm events. Pit parties start at 11am and end at 12:30. Passes to the pit parties are $10 each and available in advance via Ticketmaster or at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center. You must have both ticket to the 2pm event on Saturday or Sunday AND pit party pass to enter the pit party.



TICKET GIVEAWAY:
I have tickets to give away for Friday night's performance. Enter below.


Here are some fun facts for your kids!
1) How tall is a Monster Jam truck?
Answer: Monster Jam trucks stand 12’ tall and 12’ wide.

2) How much does each Monster Jam truck weigh?
Each Monster Jam truck weighs10,000 pounds.

3) How tall are official Monster Jam truck tires?
Each tire must be 66 inches tall.

4) How many yards of dirt are needed to set up a track for one Monster Jam Arena show?
1,500 yards of dirt is used to construct the track for each event.

5) What was the combined weight of the trucks appearing in the 2015 Monster Jam World Finals competition?
107 Monster Jam trucks appeared for a combined weight of 1,060,000 pounds and 159,000 combined horse power.

6) Who judges each Monster Jam competition?
Judges live in each community, are trained in advance and are typically selected through local radio and television promotions.

7) Who holds the most Monster Jam World Finals Championship titles?
Tom Meents holds the record for the most Monster Jam World Finals Championships at 11. Second to Tom is Dennis Anderson at 4.

8) How many drivers hold two or more Monster Jam Championship titles?
Since the inception of the Monster Jam World Finals, only 7 drivers have two or more Championships to their credit.

Pgh Momtourage is the sponsor of this giveaway. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. and its affiliates and related companies are not sponsors, endorsers, or administrators of this promotion. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ticket Giveaway: Junie B. Jones

My kids greatly enjoy reading the shenanigans of Junie B. Jones! She usually has some pending disaster, but somehow it always works out. We've also checked out the book on CD and listen to her stories during car pool hours. I was excited to see it has been put to musical production and we can't wait to see the show! 


Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to Band-Aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.



There will be opportunities to see the show all around the city!


Show Schedule:
Sunday, January 10 @ 2pm | Byham Theater
Wednesday, January 13 @ 7pm | Penn Hills High School
Thursday, January 14 @ 5:30pm & 7:30pm | Marshall Middle School
Friday, January 15 @ 7pm | Hopewell High School
Saturday, January 16 @ 11am & 2pm | Mt. Lebanon High School
Sunday, January 17 @ 2pm | Seneca Valley Intermediate High School
Tickets are only $10.50!! All seating is general admission, so you want to come early for a better seat selection. 
Be careful on waiting until show time to purchase your tickets as I know this popular children's series has sold 
out in the past. 

To Purchase Tickets:
  • Online at TrustArts.org
  • Call 412-456-6666
  • Box Office at Theater Square
  • Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

GIVEAWAY:

I have two tickets to give away to this fun production! Go here to enter:


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ticket Giveaway: Western PA Model Railroad Museum

The Annual Holiday Train Show has opened at the Western PA Model Railroad Museum! If you have kids (and adults, too!) that enjoy model trains, this is a great venue to put on your holiday list.  You'll head upstairs to check out the spectacular model train display and on the main floor there are several kid-friendly displays and exhibits. 


The WPMRM is a nonprofit organization located in Gibsonia, PA. Their purpose is to promote and preserve the history of railroads in Western Pennsylvania through the hobby of model railroading. The Museum's main attraction, a 40' X 100' scale representation of the tracks between Pittsburgh, Pa. and Cumberland, Md. is set in the summer of 1952. In addition to this display, the museum also maintains a collection of historical model train sets and authentic railroad related items dating as far back as the beginning of the 20th century. The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum holds an Annual Holiday Train show each year starting mid-November and ending in mid-January.


I love seeing the amazing detail that goes into the exhibits!



On Friday evenings you can enjoy “Steam at Twilight”. The lights are lowered and the clock is turned back from the summer of 1952 to an early fall evening in 1949.  




First floor.....


Do you think they're siblings? :) 



My kid's favorite part is the hands on train display! 



 They love being able to "drive" these trains with a button!


The requested donation for The Holiday Train Show are:
  • $6.00 for adults
  • $4.00 for children under 12
Holiday Hours:
  • Fridays, 6-9pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays, 11am - 5pm
  • Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day
  • Holiday Train Show ends January 17
GIVEAWAY:
Two families will each win four tickets (2 adults/2 children) to be used through January 17, 2016. 
Go here to enter:



Thank you, Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum, for providing this fun holiday venue for families in the Pittsburgh area! 


I was provided tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions remain my own. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ticket Giveaway: Harlem Globetrotters

For several years, one of our Christmas traditions has been to see The Harlem Globetrotters show as they come to Pittsburgh each year on December 26th. Some years we have been out of town and my son has been so disappointed! He is quite ecstatic that we are here for this year's show and we can't wait to see how they'll entertain us this year.  The Globetrotters always put on a fantastic family-friendly show that is engaging and fun for the audience. And those mascots? Killer!


CONSOL Energy Center
December 26
1:00pm and 6:00pm



The iconic Harlem Globetrotters come to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime.

You can also purchase Magic Pass which is the pre-game event where your family will hang out with the stars of the team, right on the court, and will have the chance to:
  • Shoot Hoops with Globetrotter Stars
  • Learn Tricks with Globetrotter Stars
  • Get Autographs and Selfies with Globetrotter Stars

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters.  The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team.  They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that’s sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money.

I love how they interact with the audience!


Tickets make great Christmas gifts for kids! Tickets are available online here, at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, all Ticketmaster locations including select Giant Eagle locations, and Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted.

GIVEAWAY:
FIVE lucky families will each win 4 tickets for the show - which makes great day after Christmas family fun! 
You will receive vouchers that you can exchange at the CONSOL Box Office for either the 1pm or 6pm show on Dec. 26.  You will have 24 hours to confirm your win or a new winner will be chosen. 
Don't be disqualified by failing to leave complete info on the giveaway form!





I was given tickets for my family in exchange for the promotion. All opinions remain my own. Photos used by permission of the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December fun at Fifth Avenue Place in Downtown Pittsburgh

My family recently had our first chance to hop aboard the free Holly Trolley and my kids loved it! If you've been doing a lot of walking around downtown and feeling a little chilly, it's an excellent chance to rest and warm while still seeing the sites around Downtown Pittsburgh.


Saturdays November 21 – December 19
Every Saturday FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley
11 a.m. – 5 p.m Discover all the sights and sounds of the holiday season in downtown Pittsburgh aboard the FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley. Hosted by Santa’s little helpers, trolleys circle downtown each weekend picking up at stops approximately every 15 minutes Visit www.downtownpittsburgh.com for a listing of all trolley stop locations.


You also don't want to miss a chance to head into Fifth Avenue Place for their free kid's activities! Take advantage of the indoor bathrooms and food court while you're inside as well.

Saturdays, November 28 – December 19
Creation Stations - FREE Family Fun with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Saturday, December 5
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Triangle Traditions
Reflect upon the warmth of the holidays with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by creating triangle leaves for a treasured “Thank You” Tree. Capture the seasonal spirit with a keepsake caricature and be amazed as magician Chris Handa brings holiday magic to life!

Saturday, December 12
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate Circles
Join cheerful elves from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and design personalized holiday wreaths. Showcase your talent and create your very own snowmen snow globe. Catch up with everyone’s favorite elf for creative balloon art and test your skills at North Pole corn toss.

Saturday, December 19
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Seasonal Squares
Visit for story time and enjoy holiday classics as read by Mrs. Claus. Design one-of-a-kind ornaments and create ice paintings with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. And show off your holiday spirit with a fun face painting.


Here are some additional highlights happening at Fifth Avenue Place throughout the month of December:

Friday, November 27 – Wednesday, December 23
Monday – Friday Holiday Lunchtime Concerts
12 p.m Daily Live musical performances from some of Pittsburgh’s favorite artists bring the sounds of the season to life during the always entertaining Lunchtime Concert Series.
Thursday, December 10 & Friday, December 18
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jim O’Brien Book Signing
He's back! Pittsburgh sports author and historian, Jim O'Brien returns to Fifth Avenue Place. Meet him in Center Court December 10 and December 18 autographing all of your sports collection favorites include Jim’s newest book, Golden Arms: Six Hall of Fame Quarterbacks From Western Pennsylvania.
Thursday, December 10 – Saturday, December 12
11a.m. – Close Gift Certificate BONUS Days
Only a few shopping days left! Find the perfect gift at Fifth Avenue Place and earn a FREE Fifth Avenue Place Gift Certificate with qualifying retail purchases. Redeem receipts from 11 a.m. – close in Center Court.
Receipt Total Receive
$25-$49.99 $5 Gift Certificate
$50-$99.99 $10 Gift Certificate
$100+ $25 Gift Certificate

Monday, December 7 – Friday, December 11
10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. Glass Eye Studio Sale at Crystal River Gems
The much anticipated holiday sale returns. Visit Fifth Avenue Place Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11 and explore the world of glass art – from ornaments and paperweights to vases and bowls. Crystal River Gems will be selling a variety of hand-crafted gift items exclusively from Glass Eye Studio.
Friday, December 11 & Monday-Tuesday, December 14-15
6 – 9 a.m. Make-A-Wish & Wish 99.7 FM Light Up A Child’s Life Campaign
Help make a child’s wish come true this holiday season! Drop by Fifth Avenue Place for the annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser with WISH Radio, broadcasting live from 6 – 9 a.m. in Center Court, collecting donations and raising awareness for Make-A-Wish.
ONGOING HOLIDAY AMENITIES

Friday, November 27 – Thursday, December 24
After 4 p.m. Weekdays Holiday Parking Validation
All Day Saturdays Enjoy FREE Parking with any $20 Fifth Avenue Place retail purchase in the Fifth Avenue Place Garage on Evenings (enter after 4pm) and Weekends.
See Stores for Details • Limit: One Per Person



Fifth Avenue Place
120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-456-7800
Twitter: @FifthAvePlace



This post sponsored by Fifth Avenue Place. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse venues I don't love!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Giveaway: Kennywood Holiday Lights + The Polar Express 4-D Experience

We are so excited that it's almost time for Holiday Lights at Kennywood to open for the season! Last year was our first experience at the Holiday Lights, what a cool experience! I had never been to an amusement park in the winter and it was decked out in full holiday spirit! We loved the festive atmosphere with so many Christmas lights and the Christmas music playing throughout the park was enough to  put everyone in a jolly mood.


Holiday Lights is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from November 27 – December 27, 2015 (excluding Christmas Day). Hours are 5 – 9pm.

 

There are over 1 million sparkling lights as well as fun, festive opportunities to decorate cookies, ride the Gingerbread Express, visit Santa, and hear choirs singing throughout the park. You'll find hot chocolate and apple cider added to refreshment stands to help you warm up!



New this year:
Kennywood’s 4-D Theater will show screenings of The Polar Express: A 4-D Experience, based on the Caldecott Medal Children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. This giveaway includes VIP front-of-the-line tickets!


Rides in the main park are open on a limited basis, the carousel is open. Kiddieland has up to 8 rides open which kept my kids plenty busy. This is hands down all 4 of my kid's favorite ride! :)


Your kids might also enjoy a special opportunity to have dinner with Santa! Dinner reservations can be made for Dec. 5, 12, 19 or 20. Dinner is an all-you-can-eat buffet from 3:30-4:30 pm with a visit from Santa from 4-4:45 pm. After that you're welcome to enjoy the evening at the Festival of Lights.
 $27.99 / adults. $23.99 / ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under are free. Space is limited and reservations are required here

You might run into a few fun characters on your visit!


Admission at the Gate: $17.99 (+ $1 amusement tax). Save $2.00 at Giant Eagle or Purchase online for $14.99  ($1.25 processing fee & $1 amusement tax). You can also purchase a season pass for Holiday Lights for $22.50. Kids 2 and under are FREE! Parking is also free in the Kennywood lot. 


Don't miss the Lagoon where the reflections are gorgeous! The fantastic light show at the Lagoon runs every 30 minutes and is choreographed to some of our favorite Christmas songs. 
Show times: 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00pm, 8:30 pm. Shows last 10 minutes 


GIVEAWAY:
I have the chance to share with you a chance to enjoy the Kennywood Holiday Lights with your family! One lucky winner will win 4 tickets for the day of your choice as well as 4 front-of-the-line VIP passes for The Polar Express, a 4-D Experience.


Thanks, Kennywood, for being a great Pittsburgh holiday tradition!


Don't forget to check out their Black Friday Season Pass sale which is already live on their website!



This post sponsored by Kennywood. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse venues I don't love!