Thursday, December 31, 2009

Free Yoga

Are you looking to de-stress in 2010?!!
Every Thursday, Community Human Services will be offering FREE yoga at 374 Lawn Street. Yoga lessons will concentrate on beginner friendly, simple postures and breathing excercises for complete relaxation and concentration, weight control, and flexibility and strengthening of the spine. The lessons will involve simple and easy to adopt postures and breathing excercises to suit all ages. The classes are free and open to the public. Participants should bring a mat or a thick towel – that’s it!
Community Human Services
374 Lawn Street, Oakland,

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some new picture deals...

deal #1...
Picture People is offering another good picture package! Not free like the last time, but still a pretty great deal!

If you’re still wanting to get some family photos taken, then you may want to jump on this deal Picture People is offering up! Thru 1/03/2010, you can score a $9 portrait package with this coupon! The package includes: one 8×10, two 5×7, and eight wallet size portraits of the same image! That’s a pretty sweet deal for just $9!
**The key to saving BIG at these places is to stick with the $9 package and not purchase more! This can be difficult, but you can do it!:-)
deal #2....
If, like me, you like the CONCEPT of scrapbooking, but somehow it just never gets done...then the photo books that you can put together online are a GREAT alternative! Here is one HOT freebie that keeps on giving...

HotPrints: Free HotBook Photo Book with free shipping every single month!
I posted awhile back about how you could get a free HotBook Photo Book when you signed up with HotPrints. Well, there's great news because they just recently changed their policy and now you can get a free HotBook every single month!
Go here for more details and to set up a free book. And then come back to their site each month to create a new one. You could use these as fun presents for others or to keep as memory books of your children or special occasions. Really, the possibilities are endless!
Offer for one free book per month is limited to postal addresses in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.
Thanks, She Saved!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Fun

Location: Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown Pittsburgh
Date: 12/19/2009
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
End Time: 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy ‘Big Top’ delights at Fifth Avenue Place! Spend the day enjoying circus treats that include fortune-telling, balloon tricks with Giggles the Clown, caricatures and magic. Make your own mask with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and become your own circus character. FREE and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Playdate - 12/16

Our last playdate of 2009 will be
Wednesday, December 16th from noon - 1:00!

We will meet at the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library. This is an amazing toy city with something to do for every age from small infant to 5 years old!

It is located at the rear side of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Centre/Liberty in Shadyside.
5401 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232-1621
(412) 682-4430

Your first ever visit to the Toy Library is free. Children under age 1 are always free.
The per-visit fee for non-members is $5 per child, with a maximum of $10 per family. Adults are free.
Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

For more information, check out their website here.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas party fun

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the Christmas party!
Thanks to Happy Harry for making all the children happy. :)
Hope you enjoy your gift certificates & other gift items!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Amazon is offering up some great music freebies! Every day through December 25th, you can go here and download a FREE Christmas song! They will reveal a new song each day.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas party!

Our Momtourage Family Christmas Party is this Saturday, December, 5th, 11:30-1:30. If you have not received an invitation and would like one for all the details, please email us at

We have lots of great prizes to give away, including restaurant gift certificates, products from Babyland, & a special Christmas item, to name a few!

Come for great food, amazing prize give-a-ways & games for the kids! We look forward to meeting some of the dads for the first time!

Don't forget, Happy Harry will be bringing some special fun as well!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cloth Diaper Give-a-way

If you use cloth diapers, you'll want to head over to the Cloth Diaper Blog here and enter in for their super giveaway!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Playdate @ Border's

Next week's playdate will be held at Border's on Centre Ave (also known as Penn Circle). Map is here. (It is right down from Whole Foods).
Monday, November 23rd, at 12:00.
Border's was kind enough to offer to provide a special storytime just for Momtourage!

Please rsvp so we can let them know how many to expect.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Marie-Madeline Studio Give-a-way

If you don't have a little girl to dress up, Marie-Madeline Studios is enough to make you wish you did! They make the most adorable little girl skirts! (Among other great products) Find out more on their website here. Even if you don't have a little girl to dress up, you may find some great gifts for nieces, moms, and other ladies in your life!

They are also hosting a Give-a-Way, every week from now until Christmas, so pop on over here for your chance to win this cute messenger bag!

Friday, November 13, 2009

the weekend...

Looking for things to do this weekend?

Don't forget to check out LivingPittsburgh.Com!

"We’ve got another great weekend of free and affordable Pittsburgh events in store! Plenty of culture with a free Pittsburgh Opera performance, 2-for-1 Pittsburgh Ballet tickets, and a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Community Engagement concert. As always, there are so many restaurants in our city offering incredible deals, you’ll definitely want to look into our Food & Drink category. Don’t forget to to check back regularly since our Events Listing and Happenin’ Right Now sections continue to expand."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hot Freebie ~ Free Photo Cards

If you are looking to purchase Christmas cards, you have to check this out!

Freebies for Mom is offering this exclusive deal...

You can order 50 free 4x8 or 5x7 photo cards including free shipping using the coupon code freebies4mom-1109 at SeeHere by Fujifilm. There is no catch, this truly is a freebie and I'm able to bring it exclusively to my Freebies 4 Mom readers thanks to SeeHere. I ordered my 50 free 5x7 photo cards and my order total of $39.50 was slashed to $0.00 with that coupon code. This coupon code expires on November 30 so you have plenty of time to design your free photo cards. Get all the info here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Playdate ~ Indoor Playland

We're trying out a new place for our playdate this week!
We will meet there:
Wednesday, November 11
11 AM
$6.00 per child over 6 months or $10.00 per family,
adults and kids under 6 months free
Located at:
Scott Towne Center,
2101 Greentree Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
412-276-TOYS (8697)
See more info on their website here.
E2 is a place to play
Climb our tree, try the trucks ,jump, jump, jump!
Cook in the kitchen, pedal a car, sail our ship!
Daily art activities plus much, much more!
E2 is a place to discover new toys
eco-friendly, lead-free & powered by creativity, curiosity, & imagination!
E2 values parents
Complimentary coffee, tea and wi-fi
Comfortable lounge areas within the playground
Relax and visit while watching your kids have a blast!

We are looking forward to meeting some of our new moms & kiddos! :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Freebie from Whole Foods

You can print as many as you like, and they are perfectly valid as long as you only use one per visit. Whole Foods also sells Happy Baby Puffs (snacks) for $3.39, and in the frozen food section, Baby food cubes that I think are $4.39, and toddler food for $4.99 a box.
thanks, Christi!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Here's some of our cuties...
Jack, son of Diane

Claire & Owen, children to Adrianne

Elle, daughter to DanielleGraham, son of Kelly Graham & Claire

Monday, November 2, 2009

Date Night

Before I had kids my husband and I always said, "oh, we'll always go on a weekly date, no matter what". Yes, that was BEFORE we had kids.
Then our child was born and 3 months went by and we realized we hadn't been on a date.
Then, when we wanted to go on a date, who do we ask to baby-sit?
Then, we find a baby-sitter and if we pay the baby-sitter then that uses up our date money...

Does this sound familiar to anyone else???!

Well, now we are lucky enough to [ I THINK ] have found a solution. Another family with kids and us will swap baby-sitting and date nights (though it will be once a month!) I hope everyone can find something like this that works for them! And who knows, you may find that other family through our play group. :)

So, here is a unique date night (ok, it's more daytime!) option if you're into music -
The Pittsburgh Opera is proving to our city that high caliber culture doesn’t always have to come with high ticket prices. They are offering the...
Brown Bag Concert Series
The second Saturday of each month
September 2009 – April 2010 at 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip
FREE and open to the public.

In the cozy new performance space at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District, friends, families and Pittsburghers of all ages are invited to come enjoy an intimate concert of some of opera’s most popular arias as well as a mix of Broadway, musical theater and other surprises. These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for an informal introduction to opera. Guests can even meet the performers after the show! Bring a lunch or order a gourment boxed lunch from Right By Nature. Gourmet lunches start at $9 for adults and $5 for children. Lunches must be ordered in advance. Call (412) 454-6200 to pre-order. Click HERE to view a menu.

Brown Bag Concert Dates:

Saturday, November 14
Saturday, December 12
Saturday, January 9
Saturday, February 13
Saturday, March 13
Saturday, April 10

For those of you who aren't interested in taking in a full opera, this sounds like it will be a mixture of different styles, with some Broadway and musical theater offered as well.
So, whatever you choose to do, I hope you are able to take that date night and enjoy it!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Are you taking some adorable Halloween photos this weekend? Shutterfly is offering 3 free folded photo cards shipped to you for 99 cents plus any tax using the coupon code 3FREECARDS. This is a great deal that doesn't expire until November 4. Perfect for Halloween cards or even Holiday cards if you're really planning ahead. Those photo cards normally cost $2.49 per card so you save $7.47 when you get those cards for free. If you order all three cards at one time and "Send them back to me" then you only pay 99 cents shipping. And you might want to apply to host a Shutterfly Photobook House Party where you and all of your guests get a free photo book and a free set of holiday cards!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Einstein Bros Bagels: Free Bagel Fridays

Today (October 30, 2009) is Free Bagel Friday at Einstein Bros Bagels. Just take this coupon into any Einstein Bros Bagels to get a free bagel. Limit one coupon per Friday per person.
('s only good until 11am, so get it fast! Sorry I didn't know about it sooner!)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Free Piano

Do you know of anyone who needs or is looking for a piano?
We have someone who is giving one away, so email us ASAP for details if you are interested!
Know someone who is looking for a piano teacher? Contact Kelly (of momtourage) at

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Playdate ~ Schenley Park

Due to the rain, we will move our playdate to THURSDAY. Same time, same place.

Bundle up the kids and grab your walking shoes! This week's playdate is a Stroller Walk in Schenley Park on Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 11:30. (Not all the paths are paved, fyi)
We would like to start our walk right at 11:30 if possible.
We will meet at Anderson playground inside of Schenley Park and take one of the trails from there. If you keep driving past the conservatory and follow the signs towards the pool, you will see the playground on your right hand side. There is a nice (free) parking alcove behind it. We will plan to end the walk at 12:30.
See a map of the park here. Find directions here. Click on the park icon that brings up Anderson playground for detailed directions.
Last outdoor playdate of the season! See you there!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Are you a Mr. Roger's fan?

If so, you'll want to check out the FREE tours they are offering of his re-created set...

Free public tours of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED Pittsburgh thanks to sponsorship from The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.
Those taking the tour will see original Neighborhood of Make-Believe set pieces including: King Friday XIII’s Castle; “X” the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat’s Tree; Curator Lady Elaine Fairchilde’s Museum Go-Round; Cornflake S. Pecially’s “Rockit” Factory; Grandpere’s Eiffel Tower; Dr. Duckbill, Elsie Jean and Ana Platypus’ Mound; and a small replica of Daniel Tiger’s Clock. The original clock currently resides at Saint Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media.
Tours will be given on a first-come-first-served basis and take approximately 10 minutes once guests enter the Fred Rogers Studio. Tickets will not be needed for the tours. Guests will be able to meet, receive an autograph from and have their pictures taken with Mr. McFeely of the Neighborhood’s “Speedy Delivery Messenger Service.”
Children will also have the opportunity to participate in artistic activities designed by Mister Rogers and Family Communications, Inc. (FCI) including coloring Neighborhood character bookmarks and pages. While supplies last, those in attendance will receive complimentary refreshments as they leave the Studio including Glaceau vitaminwater. A chocolate bar will be handed out to guests courtesy of Sarris Candies. Fred Rogers’ “You Are Special” books and the 2003 commemorative issue of Pittsburgh magazine’s tribute to Fred Rogers will also be distributed in limited quantities.
Free parking will be available at Central Catholic High School located at 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 next door to WQED. Central Catholic’s parking lot is accessible via Neville Street off of Fifth Avenue. Street parking will also be allowed on Fifth Avenue. Parking at 4802 Fifth Avenue in the WQED visitors’ lot will be reserved for those with accessibility needs and is located on the left side of the building. For those coming on Port Authority buses, the 71D and 500 busses stop in front of WQED. All guests will need to enter through WQED’s main entrance located in the front of the building on Fifth Avenue and will have to wait in line for access to the Fred Rogers Studio.
In advance of the tours, WQED is asking the public to send their favorite memory of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Those who wish to submit memories will need to obtain and provide a signed release along with their submissions to WQED by Monday, October 26. If viewers wish to receive their materials back, they will need to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Some freebies for today...

The first million people to register here with Kodak Gallery will get a free gift. 300,000 of those free gifts will be a $15 gift code--which would be perfect to use to purchase some Christmas gifts for grandparents or to get photos printed to include in your Christmas cards.
Go here to sign up and see if you win a $15 gift code. It only takes about 30 seconds to do and I just signed up and already received my $15 gift code via email!
Thanks, More Than Cents!


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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Playdate in Action

we have proof on why we were late :)
on our way...snapped by Post-Gazette photographer, Michel Sauret
Did you see us in the paper?!!Jack & Owen playing ball
the moms play referee!
Claire needs some more girl babies :)

all adorable!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

{ Picnic Playdate }

Our next playdate is this Wednesday, October 14th.
We will meet at Point State Park at 11 am.
Map/Directions are here.
Bring your lunch, blanket, & of course, your kids!

** We will meet under the overpass, on the foot bridge that is leading to the fountain area. **

If you need any further details, email us at

Friday, October 2, 2009

{ Free Photo Book - 1 day only! }

Become a fan of Walgreens on Facebook here and then click this link and follow the instructions, you can snag a Photo Book for $1.99 shipped.
You do not have to actually set up and order the Photo Book today (you have 30 days to do so), but you do have to login and claim it by midnight CST tonight (October 2, 2009).
These usually cost $30 or more, so this is a fantastic deal!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I am re-posting this as reminder that it's happening this Saturday! It's not too late to print your free pass!

The Smithsonian Museums are offering free admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide on Saturday, September 26, 2009!

Museums in Pgh include the Senator John Heinz History Center, Bayernhof Museum, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, & Photo Antiquities.

Find more info here and print your admission card here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

{ Playdate }

Our next Momtourage playdate will be on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd.
We're trying to get as many outdoor ones in as possible before the cold weather is upon us! So we'll be meeting at the Blue Slide Playground at Frick Park from 11:30-12:30. If that is over your lunch time, feel free to bring it with you!
*Please note* There is a playground on the corner of Forbes & Braddock as well, but we will be at the Blue Slide Playground. Click here for directions.
Blue Slide Playground
If you are traveling down Beechwood Boulevard and
see lines of children heading down the street with cardboard boxes in hand, you know they’re headed for the Blue Slide. The popular playground at Beechwood Boulevard and English Lane takes its name from the slide built into the rolling topography of the land, but there is much more to discover here. A castle-themed playground occupies the lower level of the playground, ascending to the Blue Slide, and then finally to a climbing structure where kids can see the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.

Diaper Drive

Dr. Heather Starr Fiedler Of PittsburghMom.Com is organizing a diaper drive for the month of September.
Please visit pittsburghdiaperdrive to help in this great cause!
Diapers can be dropped off at any of these locations:
*if you are able to bring any diapers to our playdate on Wednesday, I will take them to one of the drop-off locations.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Diaper Drawing

For those who enjoy using cloth diapers, the ClothDiaperBlog holds a give-away every friday to "feed your stash"! Click here to enter in their drawing!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

{ Picture People - FREE portrait package }

Picture People is offering a free Portrait Package consisting of one 8x10, 2 5x7s, and 8 wallets of the same pose for those with new little ones. There is no session fee so if you have the willpower to only choose one pose and get the portrait package, you can get an entirely free photo session and portrait package.

I did this last time they had this offer and it was great! It really was absolutely free. However, be warned - they take a LOT of great pics and it is very hard to choose only one pose! They charge $18 per additional sheet that you would choose. Really a great deal though! Picture People Studios are at Ross Park Mall & Robinson Towne Center.

Monday, September 14, 2009

{ Free DogBag }

He’s your best friend for crying out loud! And you make him (or her) sleep on an old rug in the corner? Come on, pony up and get your loyal pal a nice cozy sleeping bag. :) It’s fuzzy and soft inside, water resistant on the bottom and downright stylish on top. Your best buddy will really know he’s appreciated when you warm him up with one of these. (For smaller dogs like dachshunds or small terriers.)

Sign up here to get this cute dogbag for your favorite pooch for FREE!