Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Sorry that posting has been a little slow this month! December is a crazy month for us all!
Thanks to a wonderful group of mommies and kiddos for a wonderful Momtourage year in 2010! In December of 2009, our playdate list was going out to about 16 moms, and as we end 2010, that list has grown to 68!! We're thankful for the many families that we have had the chance to meet and look forward to many more great activities in 2011!
(We don't have the date finalized yet), but we're planning another mom's night out in the beginning of January and putting together our next set of activities. So be ready with your ideas!!
Have a great holiday season!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Saving on Car Repairs

ok, this isn't geared so much towards young mammas! However, it is geared towards stretching your hard-earned dollars and since most of us probably have to deal with a car repair or two at some point, I hope it will be helpful! This was compiled by my hubby, Andrew, who has saved us thousands of dollars using these tips! So share them with your hubbies!

Step 1: Buy a Car Repair Manual
My personal favorite is the Haynes manual.
However there are others out there as well such as the Chilton Manual: Either way, pick one up, and start reading it. Even if you never move beyond this point, you will at least learn how you car works, will begin to understand a few things the mechanics are talking about, and will know the difference between ball bearings and a ball joints.

Step 2: Buy/find your own parts
Local Stores
Buying your own parts invovles finding a local auto parts store and becoming familiar with it. There are many different places, such as CarQuest, PepBoys, AutoZone, etc. The one I have happened to land on is Advance Auto Parts but they are all pretty much the same. Whatever you pick, just stick with one main place and learn what they carry and don't carry, how their website works, and how the store is laid out. This will save you time.
I personally like Advance Auto Parts because their prices are normally the best or so closely comparable to others that its not worth going to another place. Also, most of their tools are lifetime guaranteed. They also offer some cool services like replacing your wipers for free and free battery installation. Better yet, they will check your battery/alternator/starter for free as well as check why the code is being thrown when your "check engine" light is displayed. These are all minor things but will add up if you are going to a mechanic to have them done.
Take the Part to a Mechanic or Friend
Even if you don't actually put the parts on the car yourself, you could find a friend to put the part on or a shop that will put them on. Although there are mechanic's shops that won't put on parts your bring in, there are many that actually will (even when they have a sign up that says they won't).
Online Parts
There may be times that you need a special part that a local store does not carry. In those cases, go online and find it. There are tons of websites that offer great deals. But KEEP IN MIND, that you may not always be able to return the part for a refund should you not need it. In those cases, make sure you really need the part and that you have someone that will put it on for you before you spend the money.
Junk Yards
These are great places to find non-mechanical parts for your car, such as side mirrors, doors, control arms, spare tires, etc.

Step 3: Buy good tools
Start off geting a good mechanic's wrench and racket set. I am personally a Craftsman fan because they are lifetime guaranteed. But like I said above, even local auto stores often sell guaranteed tools. You'll also want to get a good floor jacks, wheel ramps, and a jack stands. You should NEVER work under your car when just using that tiny little jack that comes with your car and can fit in your back pocket. You're just asking to get hurt (and probably die) if you do. As you go along, continue to buy tools with the money you save on doing your own reparis.

Step 4: Do the repairs yourself
There is nothing that will save you more money than doing the repairs yourself. I have saved thousands of dollars doing my own repairs. The car manuals are very detailed and give you step by step instructions for most jobs. If it is too complicated, it will normally tell you. But you'll also have to learn your own limitations with what you have in terms of Time, Money, Tools, and general patience level.

Step 4 Alternatives: Find a local technical institute/Find a friend
There are many local technical institutes and community colleges that will do your repairs for free since students have to work on cars as part of their schooling. You'll just have to buy the part yourself and possibliy wait a few weeks for an opening. But this is a great cheap alternative.
You can also buddy up with a friend that works on cars. If you do, don't just ask them to do the work by themselves, ask if you can watch and learn. They'll probably do your work for free if they feel like they are teaching you something in the process.

Miscellaneous: Coupons, Oil Changes, and Tires
Make sure to look for coupons out there as well if you do happen to go to shops and not do your own repairs. You should never be paying more than $20 for an oil change. If you are, go somewhere else or find a coupon first.
When it comes to tires, shop around and make sure you are considering the warranties included in the costs. My personal favorite places to get tires are TreadQuarters (also known as Mr Tire and Monroe Muffler) and Wal Mart.

Thanks, Andrew, for sharing your tips!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Check out Shutterfly this Christmas!

I am loving Shutterfly's new Holiday card collection! If you will soon be ordering those holiday cards, be sure to check out Shutterfly online! There are so many adorable, modern, and classic designs to choose from. The only problem - which one to choose?!! I love that you can choose a design to showcase multiple pics or just one great shot!

One feature that I have used and love is that they are a partner with Target, so all you have to do is order, then choose to pick-up at your local Target and pay no shipping!!
My other favorite from their website is their photo sharing sites.
Share your stories with photos, and projects such as photo books, calendars, posters and more.
Invite friends and family to view each of your albums and projects.
Recipients of shared pictures can easily order their favorite pictures and create their own projects using your photos.
 (A great feature for the grandparents!)
Besides holiday cards, they also have lots of other great products as well! Greeting cardspersonalized mugsbirthday cardsinvitationsValentines cards, photo books, and personalized calendars!
Cyber sale going on now thru Dec. 1st - 50% off photo books, 30% off holiday cards, nd free shipping on orders over $25!
Holiday cards start at just 32 cents each!

I am working with Shutterfly in this promotion.


Congrats to Julie Parker who was our winner for the $25 Gift Card to The Sonoma Grille!!

(lucky number 21 chosen by

Enjoy your meal!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Holiday Family Fun at Fifth Avenue Place!!

Event: Holiday Fun at Fifth Avenue Place
Location: Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Date: Saturdays, December 4, 11 and 18, 2010
Time: 11am until 2pm
Description: Free and open to the public, enjoy family entertainment at Fifth Avenue Place during this holiday shopping season.

December 4: Under the SEAson: Transform yourself into a sea creature with face paint and make your own bubble print by blowing bubbles like a fish. Create sand art with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and have a caricature done.

December 11: Holiday Carnival: Enjoy a day at the carnival with Balloon Tricks and treats by Giggles the Clown. Be delighted by magic tricks, and discover circus classics like face painting and magnificent mask making.

December 18: Starry Season: Smile for the camera while ‘Striking a Pose’ and create a Warhol-inspired silkscreen print with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Pose for a caricature and design a take home star ornament.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sonoma Grille Gift Card Give-A-Way!!!

I was contacted on behalf of The Sonoma Grille in downtown Pittsburgh about doing a give-a-way for you!! I am more than pleased to try awesome Pittsburgh Restaurants and share the love (providing they're good, of course!) The SG is located on Penn Ave, right beside the Convention Center.
The Sonoma Grille was kind enough to allow me & my hubby a little taste testing and I highly recommend it! The Sonoma Grille is billed as California Eclectic and specializes in local, sustainable, and organic foods. 
I love that they work with a local co-op to get as many of their ingredients fresh & local as possible! They are a sophisticated, casual restaurant with an airy dining room displaying vivid colors and a warm atmosphere. They also believe A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine. :)   
Bottom line: it was delish!!
We were treated to some wonderful Tapas including:
*Jerked Laughing Bird Shrimp, Papaya Salsa, Plantain Chips, Toasted Papaya Seed Dressing *Indonesian Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce
*Filet Mignon with roasted tomato, sweet & sour onion marmalde, Dijon Aioli, Jack Cheese, Micro Greens
These were followed up by 2 sandwich entrees:
*Grilled Amish Chicken Breast -Free range chicken, La Quercia Farms prosciutto, housemade mozzarella, roasted red pepper, cilantro pesto, Ciabatta
*A Grilled Vegetable Gyro - grilled fresh vegetables, romaine, roma tomato, local feta cheese, tzatziki, pita
....................oh yes, and amazing fries!!

Our selections were all off of the Bar Menu. If you're looking for some amazing food in a warm relaxing atmosphere, but would like to keep the price a little lower, most certainly ask for the Bar menu that is full of delicious options such as we were able to try. And the fries, don't forget to try the fries. :-)  
And since I am expecting, I was not able to try their wide range of wines (over 100!) or many delightful drinks, but I am assured they are good!!
Thank you to the Sonoma Grille for welcoming us and sharing your wonderful creations! lucky winner is going to win a $25 gift card to the Sonoma Grille!! You will have a wonderful meal and hopefully you get to enjoy a nice date night like me. :)

To enter:
leave a comment stating what delicious choice you would like to try from their menu.
For a second entry:
"like" us on facebook here and leave a comment stating you did so (but here on this post, not on fb!). Or, if you are already a fb fan, leave a comment stating that you are!
For a third entry:
Become a follower of our blog and leave a comment stating you are. Or, if you already follow, leave a comment stating you are a follower.

3 comments = 3 chances to win!!
Contest will be open until next Wednesday, November 24th at noon.

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Free Glasses!

If you missed out on the free glasses offer from Coastal Contacts last week, you now have a second chance to snag a free pair!

Here’s what you need to do to increase your chances of snagging free glasses…

* Head over to the Coastal Contacts Facebook page now, “like” them and click on the “Get the Code” button (remember, this code will not be valid until November 18th at 12:01 PM EST)

* Then head over to and pick out your favorite frames (try to find between 3-5 frames that you would be happy with since many styles are sure to sell out quickly). You may even want to bookmark these pages so that you’re prepared on Thursday.

* Then just be sure to schedule time to hang out in front of the computer on Thursday at Noon EST (and keep in mind that I’ll be sure to remind you on Thursday morning)

Giveaway Details/Rules

* Only the first 10,000 people will be able to use the coupon code to snag a FREE pair of glasses including the frame and standard 1.5 index lenses (note: you will need to pay shipping/handling charges will usually range between $10-$15). Keep in mind that if you have received a free pair of glasses from Coastal Contacts before, then you are not eligible for this promotion; limit one free pair per household.

* This promotion is only valid for web orders. If you need help with your web order, call the optical staff at 1-866-333-6888.

* Certain frames are NOT eligible for the promotion. If you see a “Coupons not applicable” message on a pair of frames, then it is excluded from the promotion.

* You will need a copy of your current eyeglasses prescription (it’s different from your contact lens prescription) and your PD measurement. Sometimes your PD will be on your prescription, but if not, watch this instructional video on how to measure it.

* After you have chosen your frames and selected your shipping method, you’ll go to a “Order Review & Payment” page, where you can enter and apply your coupon code. After applying your code, you will see your order total before you choose to check out (remember that you will have to pay shipping/handling charges of $10-$15)

* If you would prefer to order a pair of prescription sunglasses, you can use the coupon code and then you can add a tint to your lenses and simply pay for the cost of the tinting, which is about $30.

* Your free pair of glasses will include the standard 1.5 index lenses, which accommodates up to a -8.00. However, if your prescription is over a + or -2.00, you may want to upgrade to a thinner, lighter lens. If you choose to upgrade your lenses, or have selected progressives, Transitions or a tint, you will see the cost of the upgrade in your order total.

* If you’re not happy with your glasses for any reason, Coastal Contacts will allow one exchange for another free pair at an equal or lesser value. They’ll even pay for the return shipping and send you a return label. Just give them a call at 1-866-333-6888 to make arrangements. Remember to keep your box and all the accessories that came with your order.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's Game Night!

Toys R Us has rolled out a *HOT* new Hasbro Family Game Night rebate promotion! This rebate form should be available in all Toys R Us locations (usually in the game section) and is valid for purchases made from 10/31/2010 to 12/31/2010. You can check out all the details regarding this rebate offer on page 28 of the Toys R Us The Great Big Christmas book or you can view the book online here.

…AND this rebate offer gets even sweeter! Starting 11/7, Toys r Us is offering up a $10 Toys R Us Gift Card when you spend $35 or more on select Hasbro games. Plus, Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders are on sale for just $3 AND you’ll be able to submit for a $2 rebate on each of them– making your final cost only $1! Also, Ants in the Pants, Don’t Break the Ice, High Ho Cherrio and Memory are only $3 (after the $2 rebate offer)!

Deal Scenario:

Buy (1) Chutes & Ladders $3
Buy (1) Candy Land $3
Buy (1) Ants in the Pants $5
Buy (1) Don’t Break the Ice $5
Buy (1) Memory $5
Buy (1) Hi Ho Cherrio $5
Buy (1) $9 Game (Trouble, Scrabble, or Monopoly)

Total = $35 (+ tax)

Get back a $10 Toys R Us gift card (for spending $35)

Plus, Submit for $12 worth of Mail-in Rebates.  If you’re unable to find the rebate form at your local Toys R Us, then you can head on over here to print the form.

Final cost ONLY $13 for all 7 games– just $1.86 per game!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cash Back on Diapers!

If you have little ones in diapers, then you might love this deal! Through the end of 2010, and are offering up 30% cash back on your diaper purchases!
Here’s how it works…
* Head over to or (both sites are eligible for this promo)
* Add any amount of diapers to your cart (orders over $49 also snag FREE shipping)
* Enter the code 30AFF at checkout
* You’ll earn 30% cash back starting with this order and other orders through the end of 2010!
* Cash back credits are applied to diaper purchases after discounts (i.e. if you buy a case of diapers for $42.99 and use a $5 coupon, you will earn 30% cash back on $37.99).

The cash back credits will be placed in your account within 10 days of purchase. Credits are valid for 60 days and will be automatically applied to your next purchase on or To see your credit balance go to the My Account section of the site. Also, keep in mind that you can only earn cash back on a maximum of $300 in diaper purchases. This cash back offer may not be combined with any other offers. Cloth diapers do NOT qualify for cash back credits (except gDiapers which do qualify).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Giving Back with Candy!!

What do you and your kids do with all that Halloween candy that you collect on October 31st? Do you have a big bowl in the kitchen where all the candy is collected and then up for grabs? Do you stash the candy in a secret place and then allow each of your kids to have one piece each day? Well, if you want to do something different with all that Halloween candy this year, consider participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Here's how it works…
* Participating dentists buy back kids’ unopened Halloween candy for $1 per pound at a scheduled event (click here to find an event near you)
* Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
* Operation Gratitude sends the candy to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way

What a great idea! Let me know if you end up participating!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Clothing & Toy Swap!

The first semi-annual Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library KidStuff Toy and Clothing Swap is happening on
October 20 from 5-9 pm.
This is a fun opportunity to clean out those closets and toy chests. Come early if you need to bring your kids (they can play in the play space while you shop) or come later without them for grownup socializing and leisurely browsing.
To participate, please collect toys and clothes that are still in good shape but ready to find a new home and put them in reusable or paper grocery bags. Label the bags with your name and bring them in to the Toy Library by October 19 during operating hours (until 2:30 pm). When you come in, you’ll need to pay the entrance fee and receive a receipt to participate. Bring your receipt on October 20 and we’ll give back your bags so that you can fill them up with clothes and toys you want to take home.

Date: October 20
Time: 5-9 pm
Place: Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library (5401 Centre Avenue, in the basement of the First United Methodist Church)
Entrance Fee: $5 for volunteer members, $7 for non-volunteer members, $10 for non-members

So bring in those clothes that don’t fit and toys that your kids never got excited about. You are sure to find something great at the swap and hang out with other thrifty parents. Don’t forget the chance to swap last year’s Halloween costumes! Any questions, or if you would like to help with this event, please email Olivia Wells at
Learn more about the PTLL at!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Candy Stash!

So, I just got back from Rite Aid where I got the following bags of candy for FREE. Absolutely free!! I am now ready for Halloween (& maybe a little bribery for potty-training, wink*wink)

So, it does take 2 seconds of planning, but I think it's totally worth it!
You also must have a Wellness Card and be SURE they scan it before ringing up any item or the rewards won't come through. If you don't have a card, sign-up is quick, easy, & free.

Rite Aid has the following candies on sale 2 for $5.
* Skittles 14 oz
* Swedish Fish 14 oz
* Cow Tail Minis 10 oz
* Starburst 14oz
* Jolly Ranchers 14oz
* Caramel Cremes 12 oz
* Sour Patch Kids 14 oz
* Jolly Rancher Pops 10 oz
* Charms Blow Pops 10.4 oz or 11.4 oz
* Dum Dum Pops 11.4 oz
* Lifesaver Mints Wint o Green 13 oz

However, after you purchase, 3 extras will print on your receipt - a $1 reward and two $2 rewards. These are the same as cash!

So here's how it works: buy 2 bags. Pay $5, your $5 rewards will print. Use these to purchase the next 2 bags, then use those rewards to purchase the next 2 bags, etc....The rewards will only print for up to 12 bags. So you would have to ring up 6 orders, but hopefully, like me, you'll have a very nice cashier who is thrilled at the deal you are getting. :) So, you will pay $5 up front, but at the end, you end up with $5 in rewards left over and you can use those to purchase whatever, more candy if you have lots of trick-or-treaters!
I found the bags that I got, not by the Halloween candy, but further back where their regular candy section is. Be sure to look for those that have a sign that say 2/$5.
I believe this sale will only be through Saturday (Oct. 9th), so grab it before it's gone.

Hope you're able to score lots of free candy too!
Now I just have to make sure the pregnant momma in my house doesn't eat it all. (That's me!!)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lucky winner #7!!

Congrats to Monica McElwain who was our big winner for the Seventh Generation Give-A-Way!!!

Her comment was I really like the diapers, they are soft and clean looking, with no crazy pictures on them! I have also used some cleaning agents, and it just feels GOOD using the product.

True Random Number Generator
Result: 7

Congrats on the great package full of great products coming to your home!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seventh Generation Giveaway!!!!!!

As we neared 100 facebook fans, I wanted to do something extra special!! So I figured a giveaway was a good way to go. :) Since I love the company Seventh Generation and they are very baby & kid-friendly in their products, I asked them if they would be willing to sponsor this giveaway for us. Being the AWESOME company they are, they immediately jumped on board!!
So, one lucky mom is going to walk away with an amazing prize package! Here's what it holds:
Natural Baby Starter Kit
One pack of Diapers (you request size)
Baby Wipes Tub
Baby Wipes Refill
Baby Laundry Detergent
Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
Disinfecting Wipes - 35 ct.
  All Purpose Cleaner
Natural Paper Towels
Seventh Gen Reusable Bag
Their only request was that I also try each of these products (which they sent me!) and provide an honest review of them. Hey, NO problem!! So here is my honest opinion............ :)
Diapers - I REALLY like their diapers. I think they work great, hold leaks (maybe not perfect for my heavy wetter overnight though), and hold up well. I love that they are chlorine-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance and latex free for my little guy's sensitive skin. One of my favorite things about them (and this is probably weird!), but I love that they are neutral-oatmeal colored and don't have goofy characters. The biggest thing is you have to watch out for is their sizing. I think that they tend to run small, so even if your child wears size 4, they might easily fit size 5.
Baby Wipes - I have to admit, I'm kind of a Huggies snob when it comes to wipes. And once you've used Huggies wipes, I think nothing else is quite as thick! That being said, I think the wipes did a great job of cleaning and were very moist, which I liked a lot.
Laundry Detergent - I do use cloth diapers much of the time, and as I said before, my little guy has extremely sensitive skin. So I have to be very careful in what detergent I use for his diapers. I have found that 7th Generation is one of the few laundry detergents that I can use, so I love that. The only downside is, the last time I purchased it, it cost $10 and I personally think that's a little too high for detergent. :)
Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner - one of the first "green" switches I made when I had my baby, was to look for cleaning products that were safe & non-toxic for using around children. I definitely like their cleaners and because they always have $1.00 off coupons on their website, I can usually get them for a great price! Their website promises - Formulated to be safe for your family and the environment, this product does not create harsh fumes and is a non-toxic, biodegradable alternative to conventional petroleum-based cleaners.
Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner - I had not tried this bathroom cleaner before and I thought it worked very well. Again, a great option when your toddler likes to hug the toilet. :-/
Disinfecting Wipes - with kids around, we can go through these by the canful! Love having these around for quick cleans.
Seventh Gen Reusable Bag - can always use a nice reusuable bag to use while shopping or throwing extra toys in or whatever!
All Purpose Cleaner & Natural Paper Towels - these 2 items were on backorder for me, so unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to try them out yet!

To check out all the Seventh Generation products and to print coupons, check out their website!'s how to enter the giveaway!!
Please leave a comment on this post stating what product you have tried from Seventh Generation or would be interested in trying! (click on "mommies who chimed in").
If you don't have a google or blogger account, you can leave a comment by clicking anonymous, but be sure to leave your name!
Contest entries will be taken until Tuesday, October 5th and a winner will be chosen by

Good luck & thanks Seventh Generation!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

RADical Days in Pittsburgh

Unfortunately, I was a little late in coming across this and so missed some good freebies, but there are still plenty to take advantage of!
RADical Days is a month long event for Living Pittsburgh fans! Now in its ninth year, RADical Days features free admission, musical and dance performances, take-home art and other family activities offered by dozens of arts and culture organizations, in addition to libraries, parks and sports facilities all funded in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD). 2010 offers the public a record-setting 41 free admission sites!

Please note special restrictions, and that all locations are first-come, first served. Free admission is limited to the day indicated, only. Participating assets are NOT free admission on every day. Check listings for each asset’s free date, times and limitations. Some events require advance registration. No rain checks. Parking charges may apply.

Wednesday, September 29
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Free Admission 9:30AM-5PM

Heinz Field
Free Admission 10AM-3PM (tours only)

Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum
Free Admission 11AM-3PM

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free Admission 1-4PM

Saturday, October 9th
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Free Concert 11AM-Noon

Sunday, October 10
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Free Admission 9AM-4PM

Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Free Admission 10AM-5PM •

Fort Pitt Museum
Free Admission 10AM-5PM

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free Admission Noon-5PM

Venture Outdoors
Free Admission 10AM-Dusk
Experience Pittsburgh’s three rivers in a flat-water kayak.
Kayak Pittsburgh, under Clemente Bridge at PNC Park (North Shore) •

National Aviary
Free Admission 10AM-5PM

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Free Admission Noon-5PM

Mattress Factory
Free Admission 1-5PM •

And there are many more as well! Check them all out as well as find out specific details for each event here!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Free Museum Day!!

Free Museum Day is back!!
September 25, 2010 is National Museum Day and over 1,000 museums are offering free admission. Find a museum participating in your area here and then print your ticket for up to two free admissions here. (You must have a ticket to gain entrance!)

Participating Pittsburgh museums include:
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Hartwood Mansion
Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh
Photo Antiquities
Senator John Heinz History Center

A great freebie to take advantage of!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FREE Family Fun Fridays with Venture Outdoors

Location: Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Date: The following Fridays in 2010: April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 19, December 17, 2010

Start Time: 5:30 pm

End Time: 8:30pm

Description: Join Venture Outdoors at the Kingsley Association for their monthly Family Fun Fridays. They’ll bring a few kayaks for a half hour kayak introduction and bike bike bowling kit so you can roll a few rounds for prizes. Enjoy many other gym, pool and social activities throughout the evening. All ages and families welcome (remember this is a family event, so parents must be in attendance).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Trade Your Stuff!

Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us stores nationwide are hosting the “Great Trade-In” event, starting Aug. 27 and ending Sept. 19. Customers will be able to trade in used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs or toddler beds in exchange for 25 percent savings on the purchase of any new baby item from select manufacturers. The point of this event is to draw attention to safety concerns for some of these items, which means they may not be the best candidates to be handed down or resold. The items do not even have to have been purchased previously from Babies R Us! But they are only taking certain brands.
Participating brands are: Babi Italia, Baby Cache, Baby Trend, Bergamo, Bertini, Britax, Carter's, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Little Tikes, Safety 1st, Sorelle and Step2.

See a team member for details. Event period 8/27-9/19/10 at Babies''R''Us & Toys''R''Us stores. 25% discount valid on day of trade-in only. In store only. One coupon per trade-in. Not valid on prior purchases or with any other offer, except for the Furniture Gift Card offer.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Big Kids Sale!

Just Between Friends 2010 Fall/Winter Child Consignment Sale

Location: RMU Island Sports Center Golf Dome, 7600 Grand Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25, 2010

Time: Thursday 9am to 9pm, Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 8am-2pm

Description: Just Between Friends Fall/Winter Child Consignment sale is at the end of September. Buy kids clothes for less, or consign items to make a little extra cash. The sale allows a Consigners to earn 65% of their sales, less a $10 consignor fee. Registration is now open. $3 admission fee is for Thursday only (free all other days) and many items will be 50% of on Saturday.

Go here for more info!

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Market

It’s almost here! Pittsburgh Public Market’s grand opening festivities are scheduled for September 10, 11 & 12, 2010, although the market opens on Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4 & 5. Check out locally grown produce, fresh baked breads, exotic spices, handmade crafts & more. Check out their website for a list of vendors and more information.

Pittsburgh Public Market (Strip District)
Pittsburgh Produce Terminal on Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Fridays 9am to 7pm
Saturdays 9am to 5pm
Sundays 10am to 4pm

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pirates Game

Event: Kids Get in Free Day at PNC Park

Location: PNC Park, Northside, Pittsburgh PA

Date: August 23, 2010

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Description: Kids under 14 are eligible receive a complimentary ticket to the Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds game.This offer is only valid for ticket’s purchased at the PNC Park ticket windows. For more information, call 1-800-BUY-BUCS or visit the Pirates website.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Special Somethings -

Do you have someone special celebrating a birthday
or big event soon?
Been putting off capturing those special moments
that fly by too quickly?

Check out some of the Momtourage's very own!

Check out a special photographer for capturing those special memories. Tiny Toes Photography specializes in children's photography, baby photography, and family photography, located in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas. Danielle Rutter, the photographer, does natural light portraiture.

Celebrating a big event with one of your little girls? Try an elegant tea party with Miss Lily's SpecialTeas, Pittsburgh's Premier Children's Traveling Tea Party. Another one of our momtourage mommies, who delights in all things princess-y!!

Looking for some fun entertainment for your child's next birthday, a family reunion or your husband's business party? Call Happy Harry the Clown!! Happy Harry has been kind & generous enough to donate his time & talents to momtourage events. He will make everyone laugh, no doubt!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Free Kids Carnival!

Mark your calendars for this upcoming
Kids Party in the Park!
Where - Baum Grove Park (Baum Blvd.)
When - Sunday, July 18th
Time - 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
What - kids games and activities - putt-putt, wet sponge toss, balloon darts, prizes, and more!
Happy Harry the Clown will be there with balloon animals, tricks, and jokes. He will be doing a few short shows throughout the afternoon and evening as well.
Eats - Redeemer Community Church will be providing Hot-dogs and Lemonade for all who come!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Playdate ~ Ballocity

Because of potential rain during this week's playdate, we will have to postpone the pool date!
Instead we will be heading to Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township to check out Ballocity!

When: Wednesday, June 23rd, 3:30 pm.
Cost: $5.00 per child (adults accompanying a paid child are free)
Directions & info: -

Ballocity is the areas most amazing kids play area. It’s three stories of fun for the whole family. Each level has something different that adds up to over 30 interactive things to enjoy.

Some of the features of Ballocity:
  • air cannons shoot foam balls
  • “Ballcano” - blasts foam balls high into the air
  • four story slide!!!
There is something for all ages to enjoy, even parents!! And it’s big enough for adults to get in on the fun also. There is also a separate toddler area for the little ones.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Spray Park

When we heard that the new Troy Hill Spray Park was up & running, we definitely had to go check it out!

Here's what I discovered:
It's FREE!!
My son loved it!
About 15 different water features.
It is cement, so I would recommend having water shoes.
Toys are welcome and a lots of kids were having fun with buckets!
There is a park next door.
Plenty of free parking.

I was a little concerned that my 16 month old would get run over by the bigger kids. Though there were kids running all over, Graham did just fine and had no issues. Yay! :)

All in all, it is an awesome free summer activity!

I am sure we will be visiting this park as a playdate sometime soon, but you can check out more info here!

FREE Kid’s Summer Film Fest

South Side Works cinema shows FREE family-friendly films on Tuesday mornings at 11 am during the summer. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Movie Showtimes:
June 15 – Babe
June 22 – The Tooth Fairy
June 29 – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
July 6 – Fantastic Mr. Fox
July 13 – Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel
July 20 – Planet 51
July 27 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Aug. 3 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Looking for more super-cheap kids movies this summer? Check out Summer Movie Clubhouse for Kids!

South Side Works Cinemas
425 Cinema Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2373
(412) 381-7335

Friday, June 11, 2010

Family news

Macaroni Kid Robinson is a family friendly e-newsletter sent directly to your inbox each week! It lists the local events in our area that are specifically for families! There's no need to go searching around on 100 sites for things to do anymore [except stopping by Pgh Momtourage, of course]! :) They also have tons of great contests, giveaways and parenting articles in addition to the events listings! Go here to check it out & sign up!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Riverview Park Heritage Day!

Saturday, June 12, 2010
11:00 a.m. - Parade
Noon-4:00 p.m. - Heritage Day Activities
Riverview Park

Strike up the band! This premier North Side event kicks off with a colorful parade marching to the the beat of the Perry High School Marching Band and continues for a full day of adventure and exploration at Riverview Park!

A soaring rock climbing wall serves as the centerpiece of this day of free family activities. Kids test their climbing skills as they scale the 32-foot structure. Then explore the landmark Allegheny Observatory, hailed as one of the major astronomical research institutions of the world. Or set off on the extensive network of wilderness trails that attract hikers, joggers and horseback riders year round to this grand regional park.

Throughout the park grounds, kids unleash their creativity at the Citiparks Roving Art Cart, explore nature at the Frick Environmental Center hands-on adventure, greet favorite mascots, ride ponies and horses, and much more. The Department of Public Safety's brave men and women in blue provide an interactive/educational experience for kids and families. And everyone enjoys free refreshments.

Sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.
For more information call 412-255-2493 or click here for directions.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Baby Sale!

Big Sale at USA Baby!

 furniture * bedding * strollers * safety * baby essentials * room decor
USA Baby and Child Space in Pittsburgh carries all of your favorite brands; Baby’s Dream, Berg, Bonavita, Million Dollar Baby, Munire, Stanley’s Young America, Britax, Graco, Cocalo, Cotton Tale, Glenna Jean and Robeez just to name a few.

eMom Rewards
Don’t forget to sign up for eMom Rewards to enjoy special club only savings. Our current welcome gift for signing up is a free $20 Gift Card, click here to register.

2257 Babcock Blvd 
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Free Movies in the Parks

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of free cinema under the stars. The 2010 "Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park" schedule will include The Blind Side, How to Train Your Dragon, Up, Michael Jackson’s This Is It and many other current movie favorites for all members of the family.

Return to your favorite movie location at Flagstaff Hill, Riverview Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, East Liberty or West End/Elliott Overlook.

For more information, call 412-422-6426 or click here for a full schedule.

Schenley Park
Location: Flagstaff Hill
Dates: Sundays and Wednesdays, June 9 - August 29, 2010
Time: Dusk
Jun 09 The Blind Side (PG-13)
93.7 The Fan on-site with prizes and activities!
Jun 13 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
Jun 16 Star Trek (PG-13)
Jun 20 Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)
Jun 23 Julie & Julia (PG-13)
Jun 27 Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
Jun 30 State of Play (PG-13)
Jul 07 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG)
NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on-site with prizes and activities!
Jul 11 Coraline (PG)
Jul 14 The Soloist (PG-13)
Jul 18 Imagine That (PG)
Jul 21 Terminator Salvation (PG-13)
Jul 25 Astro Boy (PG)
Jul 28 Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)
93.7 The Fan on-site with prizes and activities!
Aug 01 Bandslam (PG)
Aug 04 G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (PG-13)
NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on-site with prizes and activities!
Aug 08 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)
Aug 11 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13)
Aug 15 Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG)
Aug 18 New Moon (PG-13)
Aug 22 How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
Aug 25 Avatar (PG-13)
93.7 The Fan on-site with prizes and activities!
Aug 29 Extraordinary Measures (PG)

Arsenal Park
Location: 39th and Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
Dates: Fridays, June 11 - August 27
Time: Dusk
Jun 11 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
Jun 18 Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)
Jun 25 Where the Wild Things Are (PG)
Jul 02 Planet 51 (PG)
Jul 09 Coraline (PG)
Jul 16 Imagine That (PG)
Jul 23 Astro Boy (PG)
Jul 30 Bandslam (PG)
Aug 06 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG)
Aug 13 Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG)
Aug 20 How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
Aug 27 Up (PG)

All FREE family fun!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Playdate @ the Zoo!

Our next playdate is this Wednesday, June 9th @ the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

We will meet just inside the pay booth at 10 am. Be sure and bring your lunch (or you can purchase one as well).
Current Zoo Admission Rates
Adult $13
Seniors (60+ years of age) $12
Children (ages 2-13) $11
Children under 24 months Free
Parking Free

Please RSVP so we know to look for you, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Free Family Festival

Sunday, June 6th
12-5 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)
On the lawn

Catch a wave and join us for an afternoon packed with free fun for everyone! Enjoy live entertainment and cool activities to jump-start summer reading for the whole family.
Avoid the registration lines! Register ahead here.

•Watch fun performances
•Meet Kenny Kangaroo and Ricky Raccoon
•Personalize a Smiley Cookie with Eat'n Park
•Rock out with Radio Disney & Friends
•See glass blowing demonstrations with the Pittsburgh Glass Center
•Check out the Used Book Sale
•Visit with the Pittsburgh Pirates
•Support your Library

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Get Your Bike On

Beyond Bikes Day May 29, 2010

Location: Kingsley Association Community Center, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Date: 5/29/2010

Time: noon until 3 pm

Description: Centered at the Kingsley Association Community Center, the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, in conjunction with their Tour of the ‘Hood, will provide cycling basics rides, some of which will go through six East End neighborhoods.

Beyond Bikes Day will showcase some of the bike lanes in Pittsburgh’s East End and help families by providing new opportunities to get outside together. Rides of three different lengths, all under 30 minutes long, will leave every 20 minutes. Riders are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets, but a limited number of loaner bikes will also be available. Raffle prizes, including kids’ bikes and biking gear, will be given away at the end of the event. For kids with their own bikes or who are curious to learn, bike safety inspections will be provided by Bike Pittsburgh and Free Ride Youth Programs. This is a FREE event.

verbiage courtesy of Bike Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Playground Playdate!

 Wednesday, May 26th

Squaw Valley Park & Playground
Squaw Valley Park is the Township's most popular park featuring a fishing pond, two picnic shelters with electric & water, restrooms, two ballfields, two tennis courts, a playground, hiking trails & the Gazebo. Squaw Valley is located along Fox Chapel Road, between the O'Hara Township Municipal Building and Delafield Road.

We will meet at 10:30 am @ the playground. Feel free to bring along lunches!

Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Venture Outdoors Festival

This Saturday!

Event: 2010 Venture Outdoors Festival
Location: Point State Park and the Mon Wharf in Downtown Pittsburgh
Date: 5/22/2010
Time: 11 am until 6 pm
Description: FREE outdoor activities for the entire family, including climbing walls, fishing, boating, dragon boating, yoga, biking, Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), a bicycle rodeo and a kids adventure race obstacle course. It’s a signature event of Great Outdoors Week and part of the ‘Burgh’s celebration of World Environment Day.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sunday Fun!

1/2 off admission to the Mattress Factory and Warhol Museums Sunday, May 16, 2010.

Event: Family Day at the Mattress Factory and Andy Warhol Museums
Location: The Mattress Factory, Sampsonia Way, Northside & The Warhol Museum, Sandusky Street, Northside
Date: May 16, 2010
Time: Noon until 4 pm
Description: Join the Mattress Factory and Andy Warhol Museum in a joint Family Day celebration. Find out just how close we are from one another by walking, driving, or riding a Molly’s Trolly throughout the day. Art activities for the entire family will include, screen printing, button-making, book-making and more!

Molly’s Trolleys will provide shuttle service from 1pm-4pm.

On the same day, join Venture Outdoors on a guided geocache walk from the Warhol to the Mattress Factory at 1pm. This beginner-level program will inform participants on how to use a GPS receiver (global positioning system) as they explore the walking path between our museums and discover hidden secrets and clues along the way. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Families are encouraged to participate! Program begins at 1pm at the Warhol Museum. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Mattress Factory for more information or to register: 412.231.3169

Information found on the Mattress Factory’s website.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pittsburgh International Children's Theater

FREE activities and performances at the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater!

Target Community Stage Schedule
The Target Community Stage is located in Schenley Plaza under the round tent. Performances showcase a mixture of professional artists and up-and-coming stars from our region. Tickets are not required for performances on the Target Community Stage.
Free Hands-On Activities
Free Carousel Rides
And So Much More!

Thursday, May 13, 2010
9:30 am Carrick Steel Drum Band
10:45 am Magician David Lawrence
11:30 am Ortner/Roberts Duo
12:15 pm Debo the Clown
1:00 pm Temujin the Storyteller
Friday, May 14, 2010
10:00 am OAIS Steel Drum Band
11:30 am Hip Hop on L.O.C.K.
12:15 pm Sean Miller (juggling)
1:00 pm John Minadeo School Chorus
Saturday, May 15, 2010
10:30 am Afterschool Buddies
11:15 am Bernie Vargo Bellydancers
12:00 pm Autumn Ayres
12:45 pm Magyar Dancers
1:30 pm Mark Weakland
2:15 pm Alumni Theater Company
3:00 pm Flora Shepard
3:45 pm Mark Weakland
4:30 pm Yamoussa Camara African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Sunday, May 16, 2010
10:30 am TBA
11:15 am Guinnea West African Drum & Dance Ensemble
12:00 pm Moquette Volante
12:45 pm Sam Wise (magic/juggling)
1:30 pm Buddy Nutt
2:15 pm Dave English
3:00 pm Ortner/Roberts Duo
3:45 pm Kyiv Dance
4:30 pm Maddie Georgi

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Playdate - Tyke Hike

Our next playdate is led by Venture Outdoors, so all we do is show up & follow their directions. :) Please note: this one is on Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Tyke Hike @ Frick Park.
Location: Frick Park - Directions here.
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 family
Organization: Venture Outdoors -

Tyke Hikes
Come and Join us for a Tyke Hike! We welcome Parents or Caregivers with children-newborn to 8 years old. We will explore nature, touch the trees and look for little critters. Adults & Children can make new play date friends! Hikes will be easy and trail friendly for strollers, slings, child-carriers or on foot. Strollers must be able to manuever off road. Children on foot should were tennis shoes. We provide snacks after the hike! Weather permitting. Cost is $5.00 per family (up to 4) and $3.00 for each additional person. No pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Our number generated by was lucky #14!!

danielle said...

I became a fan on facebook! Or I mean I "liked" it.

Congrats Danielle!! Hope you enjoy your $25 gift certificate from Earth Mama Angel Baby!

Thanks to all who entered our giveaway!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Mom's Day!

Mother’s Day 2010 in Pittsburgh

There are loads of great things to do in Pittsburgh for Mother’s Day 2010…and so many ways to enjoy the day without breaking the bank! Here are some of Living Pittsburgh’s affordable highlights for Mother’s Day in the ‘Burgh this weekend:

Like FREE days? So do we…and Moms get a few this weekend!

Free Day for Moms at Clayton (and Frick is free as always!)

Here are some other low cost ways to enjoy the day with mom in Pittsburgh:

Shop the Pittsburgh Flea in the Strip District and let the special lady pick out a unique (yet affordable) gift. Before or after your flea shopping spree, grab a cheap brunch at one of the neighborhood diners.

Head to Oakland and enjoy a couple free things to do this Sunday! It’s Kids Day at Schenley Plaza (2-5pm) and Carnegie Library’s Sunday Afternoon Music Series. Grab a discounted meal at India Garden or Joe Mama’s when you’re done.

Bring your mom to the Pittsburgh Playhouse during Mother’s Day Weekend (May 7-9) and she’ll receive a free ticket to Seussical or The Dark Side of Zylo’s Moon. One free ticket will be given to every mom who is with someone paying admission.

If you’d like to beat the crowds and celebrate the big day with mom on Saturday, check this one out. It’s pay-what-you-can day with Dance Alloy Theater…what a deal! Catch the afternoon performance of Alloy Unlocked…Part II. YOU name the price!

Since Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, you can use your Giant Eagle Advantage card to get $10 off tickets to this weeks home Pirate game against the St. Louis Cardinals. They’ll also be giving away a jersey strap bag to moms and kids under 14!

Do you happen to have a hip mom who loves off the beaten path adventures? Try Living Pittsburgh’s affordable Adventure Blueprint for a whole Sunday in Lawrenceville.

Now here’s a really great way to spend the day with your mom if she likes wine. Take her out to La Casa Narcisi in Gibsonia for free wine tasting and a picnic lunch on the beautiful grounds. Sip some wine, tell her how wonderful she is, listen to live music, and enjoy a hand picked affordable meal (just remember to pack some of her favorites!) This great day will only cost you the price of your packed lunch and a bottle of wine…and many are very affordable.

Whatever you do.............hope it's special and that you give an extra hug to the little (or big) ones that allow us the privilege to be called Mothers.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mother's Day Give-A-Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You saw me mention the company Earth Mama Angel Baby in my last post of favorite things!
Earth Mama Angel Baby products contain only the highest quality, certified-organic or organically grown herbs and oils in their gentle handmade soaps, salves, lotions, bath herbs, aromatherapy sprays, massage oils and herbal teas. Their products are 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and free from all artificial preservatives, fragrances and dyes.

Well, they were kind enough to send me a few of their products to check out! They sent Happy Mama Body Wash as well as Angel Baby Bottom Balm . I wasn't SO impressed with the Body Wash. It didn't lather well and the smell wasn't my favorite. But I was especially excited to try the Bottom Balm! If you use cloth diapers, you know that regular diaper cream does not mix so well. I really loved the Balm! It is more of a salve-type substance so it immediately soaked into his skin and I saw a noticeable difference very quickly! I highly recommend it! It also works great for chapped noses & cheeks when those all-too-often colds hit!

Another product that is getting raves on their site is the Natural Nipple Butter. [excuse the frankness :-] If anyone else has ever had severe pain when they began nursing and was told that Lasinoh cream was the miracle worker [and it didn't turn out that way], I highly suggest trying out this cream! 

I also love the look of these pampering gifts! What mama wouldn't love one of these?!

So now to our Give-A-Way!
Earth Mama Angel Baby is offering one lucky mama a $25 e-gift certificate for you to choose the items of your choice!!
Just in time for Mother's Day, a special gift for YOU!!

[open to anyone who is a mama, mama-to-be, or a daddy who promises to choose something special for his wife or baby :-]

LEAVE A COMMENT: (click on "mommies who chimed in" to do so)
 [3 comments = 3 chances to win!!]
Contest will close for entries next Wednesday, May 5th at Noon. The lucky number will be chosen by

Good Luck!