Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sesame Street Live: Ticket Giveaway!

It's that time again: Sesame Street is comin' to town!!
Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing 
JANUARY 10-12, 2014
CONSOL Energy Center
Seven Performances! Order your tickets here.
When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby's magic wand, there's something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage!
Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!
FIVE lucky winners will each win 4 tickets!
(You will receive vouchers to be exchanged at CONSOL Box Office.)
Please enter using the following Rafflecopter form.
Contest open for entries until Friday, January 3rd, 2014, 7pm.
Winners chosen at random. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. 
 I was given tickets for my family in exchange for promoting this event.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Jammie Jam 2014- New Year's At Noon: Ticket Giveaway!

Do your kiddos beg to stay up on New Year's? Well, here's the perfect solution......
You are invited to join a "New Year's Noon Celebration- Jammie Style!"  The biggest, baddest kid friendly New Year's Eve Celebration- and doing it at NOON! 

 When: December 31. 2013
Time: 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
 Where: LATITUDE 40 - Robinson PA

  Bring the kiddos in their favorite pajamas to enjoy:

* $5 Latitude 40 Play Card
 * Party Favors
 * Music
 * Pajama Parade
 * Dancing
 * VIP bags to the first 100 families
 * Digital Ball Drop & Countdown at Noon
     *Balloon Artist- Happy Harry The Clown
*Professional Face Painting -- Designs By Dana
 * Crafts and Activities and more!

Children ages 2-13 are only $8, Adults only $4 and children under 24 months are FREE!
Order tickets here.

Latitude 40 Grille will also offer a full lunch menu for any families who come hungry!
Joyful Images Photography By Sarah Amsler will also be on hand to capture the fun!
Zoom Party Supplies will be providing the personal touches to make this day special!
 Imperial Dragon Tang Soo Do will be bringing the fun with their very popular games!
 Pediatric Therapy Professionals will be on hand with merriment too!
 Pictures will be taken at this event and will be shared publicly.
We have 2 tickets to give away to this fun New Year's Celebration!
Go here to enter.
Contest open for entries until Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, 7pm.
Winners chosen at random. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. 
 I was given tickets for my family in exchange for promoting this event.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Seesaw Center: Indoor Play Center

 The Seesaw Center is a nonprofit indoor play center for children of all abilities, from infancy through kindergarten age. Open to all communities, The Seesaw Center offers parents and caregivers a safe and fun place to take children to play during the long winter months. It is a great place for parents and caregivers to spend true quality time with their children. A wide variety of unique toys provide wonderful stimulation for all children. Open from October through April.
The Seesaw Center is located in the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 935 Pine Avenue in Castle Shannon, PA 15234. 
Daily Membership $5 per Child
Seasonal Unlimited Family Membership $75 per family
We have Birthday Party Packages Available on
Saturdays from 1 until 3pm.
 Call 412-773-2859 to schedule your party.
We are thrilled to be holding our end of the year Momtourage Christmas party at The Seesaw Center!
RSVP here to join us.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Snapology - free hour of play!

Did you know Snapology just opened a brand new play center in Mt. Lebanon (South Hills)?
This is a great destination play place for the lego lover in your life! My son is 4.5 and a mega lover of legos and this play space is perfect for him!
Snapology is a fun environment for kids to learn science, technology, engineering and math using Lego® bricks and other similar building tools. Snapology offers creative play, Lego® classes, robotics, birthday parties, summer and winter camps and other special events. Snapology also offers after-school and evening enrichment programs throughout Allegheny and Washington counties.  Come play in Snapology's new, spacious Discovery Center in Mt. Lebanon!  The play center features interactive gaming, robot battling stations, Imagination Playground®, slot car racing, a dedicated toddler area and, of course, lots of Lego® building stations.  
*Note: Kids 5 and older may participate in our drop off program, allowing you extra time to shop this season!
Snapology will be offering numerous camps and workshops this holiday season.  Let your child engage in Robot Rumble League on Friday nights, participate in Minecraft® Mania on Saturday mornings or make movies in Snapology's Lego® Animation Studio on Sunday afternoons.  Snapology also offers day camps on November 29th and December 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31.  Join Snapology for 'How the Grinch Stole Legos' on December 23rd, Minecraft camp on December 30 or 31 and Lego Animation on December 26 and 27.  
Receive a FREE hour of play at Snapology! Go here to print your coupon.   
One coupon per child, per family.    
Coupon can also be used for this great deal -  Sign up for a birthday party at our Discovery Center and your child will receive a free 40 piece building set for FREE!
New location: 1699 Washington Rd in Mt Lebanon (beside Dollar Bank).

Visit the "Education Tree" at the Mall at Robinson!

Will you be stopping by the Mall at Robinson this holiday season? Then consider stopping by the Education Tree!
 Helping local children in need for the holidays just got much easier. This holiday season, The Education Partnership and The Mall at Robinson are teaming up to provide children with the gift of school supplies. The mall is hosting an Education Tree, a display provided by The Education Partnership to encourage community donations, through Christmas. To participate, shoppers can visit the display in the Grand Court (next to Starbucks and JCPenney), or visit online at

A simple $15 donation will provide children with necessary school supplies – and all who donate at the tree in the mall will receive an acknowledgement card and a handmade ornament, making it a meaningful gift to cross off any shopper’s wishlist. Beyond providing supplies, the donations are helping local students achieve success in the classroom – and providing them with the confidence to do so. 
“For many of the children that we help throughout the year, school supplies may be the only gifts they receive during the holidays,” said Justin Brown, Executive Director, The Education Partnership. “We’re seeing that our community is inspired by this need, and we’re hoping that our Education Tree, which is located at a central location in the Mall, will motivate holiday shoppers to give back to these deserving children.”

More than 30,000 students in southwest Pa attend schools that are eligible to receive services from  The Education Partnership. To reach these numbers, a $15 donation provides a local student with a holiday kit – which can include crayons, notebooks, toothbrushes, pens and other essentials including hygiene items. Beyond that, a $25 donation will support a local student for an entire school year. 
“The presence of the Education Tree calls upon each of us to consider what life might be like for a child who faces a school day without the things they need to be successful,” said Shema Krinsky, Director of Marketing, The Mall at Robinson. “While we’re holiday shopping, we are all reminded that we have an opportunity to support local families who need our help.”  
Please consider supporting this with your donation this holiday season!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Little Cup of Hope: ticket giveaway!

Where: Pine Community Center in Wexford
When: December 15th 2-4 pm
The holidays are about so much that touch our hearts & bring us joy… love, warmth & wonder. Flashes of Hope is hosting an event for children so they are able to start learning about giving back during the holidays... and have fun in the process! Little Cup of Hope will be an afternoon of Christmas cheer for children & their parents. Children attending are invited to wear their pajamas & slippers, make holiday crafts, and settle in for a cup of hot cocoa & treats, then it’s story time with a surprise reader & a visit with Santa. Each child will be asked to bring a new pair of slippers. The slippers will be brought to The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh & given to the children who will be staying in the hospital during the holidays.
 Tickets are $15 or $50 for a family of 4 or more. Go here to purchase tickets.
Little Cup of Hope will benefit the Pittsburgh chapter of Flashes of Hope and Children's Hospital. Flashes of Hope is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and raising money for childhood cancer research. The Pittsburgh chapter was founded in 2008 and we've been creating memories at Children's Hospital since then.
We have TWO family 4-packs of tickets to giveaway to this wonderful charity event!
Go here to enter.
Contest open for entries until Monday, December 9th, 2013, 8pm. Winners chosen at random. Winners will be emailed PDF tickets.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kids Christmas Crafting (Peppermint Wreath)

Here's another fun Christmas project to do with your kiddos. Warning: it does involve a glue gun! But even a craft-challenged mom like me managed to pull it off. :)
I tried the Dollar Tree first for supplies, but the only item I was able to score there was red hots.  I next hit up Walmart where I was able to get everything else. (I think a white wreathe would be preferable, but they only had green.)
Wreathe: $4
3 bags of Starlight Mints: 98 cents/bag
Clear Acrylic Sealer: $4
Red hots: $1/bag
*Note: we made this last year for the first time and I did not use the sealer AND I put it on my front door. Translation: the day it hit 50 degrees I had a goopy mess at my front door! So I recommend the sealer & keeping it indoors. :)
 Step One: Have your kiddos start unwrapping! My 2 littles loves this job. And it's actually very helpful. Win-win! My 2YO also tries to see how many she can stuff in her pockets without me noticing. :) And those ARE suspicious looking bulges in 2 cheeks.
 Step Two: Start at the inner circle and begin hot-gluing the mints around in a circle.
Step Three: Finish by adding red hots between spaces.
Add ribbon if you wish....and you're done!
 This is one of my kiddos favorite Christmas projects to help with and hey, it doesn't look like a kids craft. :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kids Christmas Crafting: Wrappin' Gifts

While I am not a crafter at heart, my son lives for special projects! I knew that I needed to get intentional about creating some crafting moments with him or else they probably just wouldn't happen. My house is probably not going to suddenly be overflowing with handmade abundance, but he will (and does!) remember these special times where we created things together. Off we went to Michael's to pick up a few supplies (he about died from sheer joy in that store.)
First project I decided on (practical purposes too!) was painting wrapping paper.
 I tried to find a big brown craft roll, but Michael's only had white. (Possibly Hobby Lobby might have?) So I went with a plain roll of brown wrapping paper. Picked up the "dot paints". These things are genius, take off the cap, dab to paint. Boom. Art. The other thing I didn't realize was that these paints dry instantly and so there was no waiting time for paint to dry.
 While I thought we would be going to more abstract direction, my son doesn't quite think that way. Hence the ninjas, dog/sky/son, & picture of his grandma. :)
Don't you just love brown paper packages tied up with string? :)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

December fun at Fifth Avenue Place

Sponsored post by Fifth Avenue Place ~ bringing you all the info for holiday fun in Downtown Pittsburgh!

More info and the Fifth Avenue Place calendar can be found here.
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December 2013

FREE Parking on Evenings & Weekends

Friday, November 29 - Tuesday, December 24
Monday - Friday: Evenings ONLY (Enter after 4 p.m.)
Enjoy FREE Parking with any $20 Fifth Avenue Place retail purchase in the Fifth Avenue Place Garage on Evenings (enter after 4 p.m.) and Weekends.
See Stores for Details ~ Limit: One Per Person, Please
Directions to the Fifth Avenue Place Garage

Holiday Lunchtime Concert Seriesflutes

Friday, November 29 - Monday, December 23
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.

FREE Fifth Avenue Place Holly TrolleyHolly Trolley

Every Saturday beginning November 23 through December 21 & Friday, November 29
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. Holly Trolley stops:
Fifth Avenue Place, The Rink at PPG Place, One Oxford Centre, Macy's, and U.S. Steel Tower (Pittsburgh Crèche).

Crystal River Gems International Amber Trunk ShowAmber Rings

Wednesday, December 4 - Friday, December 6 ~ 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Poland’s top amber jewelry designer stops downtown for a three day holiday show!  Offering a rare and extended collection of authentic Baltic amber, the show features one-of-a-kind pieces set in sterling silver – all at wholesale prices. Don’t miss out on this exclusive three-day event, only at Crystal River Gems!

Jim O'Brien Book Signingjim o'brien book cover

Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 20 ~ 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Famed Pittsburgh sports author Jim O’Brien returns to Fifth Avenue Place just in time for the holidays!  Stop by the Center Court to meet Jim and purchase one of his autographed books to give as the perfect holiday gift.  New this year is Jim’s latest release “Chuck Noll A Winning Way.”

Creation Stations - FREE Saturday Holiday Activities with the Children's Museum of Pittsburghelf hat

Spiral Into Green

Saturday, December 7 ~ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Be amazed as Chris Handa brings the magic of the holidays to life!  Discover the trick to creating ice cream with the Carnegie Science Center. Then showcase your very own magic by creating spin art and elf hats with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!

Gift Wrap Expressribbon and bulbs

Monday, December 9 - Saturday, December 21 ~ 11 a.m. - close
Found all the perfect gifts?  Then leave the gift wrapping to us!!  Stop by “Gift Wrap Express” and enjoy Complimentary Gift Wrap on all Fifth Avenue Place purchases.
Complimentary gift wrap available on purchases made December 2 - 21 in Fifth Avenue Place ONLY. Receipt must be presented at time of gift wrapping.

Glass Eye Studio Trunk Show at Crystal River Gems

Wednesday, December 11 - Friday, December 13 ~ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OrnamentStop by Fifth Avenue Place 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 glass merchandise from Glass Eye Studio.
Located in Seattle, Glass Eye Studio has designed and created exquisite handmade glass for over thirty years. Through vibrant paperweights, innovative ornaments, functional bowls and vases, Glass Eye Studio creates some of America's finest art glass, even including ash from Mount St. Helens in some of their pieces.

Susan Castriota Book Signing

Wednesday, December 11 ~ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Wilson
For the first time at Fifth Avenue Place, meet award winning illustrator and author, Susan Castriota.  Susan was chosen to design an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree in 2008, has been a guest at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and has appeared on numerous national and local television shows.  Children of all ages will enjoy reading the series of children’s books, Wilson’s Wondrous Tails!  The true and inspiring story of Wilson, who was rescued from an animal shelter, will touch the hearts of all who read it.  Stop by on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm to meet Susan and pick up an autographed book for a special child in your life.

For more information, please visit:

Gift Certificate BONUS Days!Poinsettias

Thursday, December 12 - Saturday, December 14
       • Thursday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
       • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you're still searching for that perfect present, stop by Fifth Avenue Place December 12-14 and earn a FREE Fifth Avenue Place Gift Certificate with qualifying retail purchases. Simply present your receipt in Center Court to receive:
$25 - $49.99 $5 Gift Certificate
$50 - $99.99$10 Gift Certificate
$100 +$25 Gift Certificate
Limit: One per customer, please.
There is no better time to wrap up (or start!) that holiday shopping, and Fifth Avenue Place is the destination for Great Gifts this holiday season!

Make-A-Wish and Wish 99.7 FM Light Up A Child's Life Campaign

Friday, December 13 & Monday & Tuesday, December 16 & 17 ~ 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.logo make a wish
Help make a child’s wish come true this holiday season!  Stop by Fifth Avenue Place for the annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser with WISH Radio.  Ron Antill and representatives from Make-A-Wish will be broadcasting live from 6 – 9 a.m. in Center Court, collecting donations and raising awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Creation Stations - FREE Saturday Holiday Activities with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

wreathSilver Spectacular

Saturday, December 14 ~ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make your holidays merry and bright and join The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh making silver foil wreaths and stained glass ornaments! And, our cheerful elves will be on hand with bells on for face painting and balloon art.

Blissful Blueblue snowflake

Saturday, December 21 ~ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Capture the moment with strike a pose photos and display your creativity by creating ice paintings – all with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!  Airbrush tattoos help keep the holiday memories alive. And, create keepsake bead rings with the Carnegie Science Center. 

First Night 2014

Tuesday, December 31
Ring in the New Year at the biggest family–friendly celebration in the region – First Night and the raising of the "Future of Pittsburgh" Ball.
For more information, visit
Please check the calendar frequently, as events often pop up and will be added.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The cutest gifts from Pick Your Plum!

Note sets: $1!!
For the person in your life that loves beautiful, fun & unique gifts, Pick Your Plum is a place to check out this weekend!
Arm warmers: $1.99!
Seven deals through Monday. Seven everyday. At seriously jaw to the ground prices.

1: Washi: 9 rolls for $9!! A dollar a roll. Lower than ever!
Chain Seed Bead Necklaces: $3.99!
2:Secret Deals hidden on the site with rub your eye prices. We PROMISE you will want to hunt for these. They will be items that have never been priced as low as $2. Ooooo, the thrill of the hunt!
Wool Hats: $7.99!
Cream Square Tins: $2.99!
 Knit Infinity Scarves; $4.99!
More deals coming every day!
Happy shopping here!
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65% Off select BabyLegs products + FREE SHIPPING!!

Starting Thursday, 11/28 - Tuesday, 12/3, customers can enjoy up to 65% Off select BabyLegs products + FREE SHIPPING on all orders with no minimum purchase.
 EXCLUSIVE Cyber Monday legwarmer bundles: 3 pairs of legwarmers for $12!
These make excellent gifts! They have leg warmers, socks & tights.
I use these so much with my kids (both boy & girl)! Great for layering in the winter, potty training, crawling, and just looking so cute with skirts & shorts. :)
Shop now!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters: Ticket Giveaway!

Harlem Globetrotters

CONSOL Energy Center

Thursday, December 26th, 7pm

Bring the whole family to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "Fans Rule" show and get 25% off your tickets.
Use password SAVE to get 25% off and order your tickets here.
The biggest family show in America is coming to CONSOL Energy Center when the Harlem Globetrotters take fan participation to the extreme by letting fans decide which
NEW Globetrotter rule they'll add to the game like 6 on 5 or the Trick Shot Challenge! Experience hours of fun for kids, grandparents and everyone in between.
 My son LOVES this show every time it comes to town!
FIVE winners will win 4 tickets each! 
Winners will receive vouchers to exchange for tickets at the CONSOL Energy Box Office.
Go here to enter
Contest open for entries until Sunday, December 8th, 2013, 7pm.
Winners chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected. 
 I was given tickets for my family in exchange for promoting this event.

THREE RIVERS CLASSIC hockey ticket giveaway!

Division I Men’s College Hockey Tournament
CONSOL Energy Center
December 27-28, 2013 

SESSION ONE:   Friday, 12/27
4:30pm:  Boston College vs.  Bowling Green State University 
7:30pm:  Robert Morris University vs. Penn State University

SESSION TWO:   Saturday, 12/28
4:30pm:  Consolation Game (two defeated teams from Session One)
7:30pm:  Championship Game (two winners from Session One).
Trophy presentation and award ceremony to follow

Ticket prices
Two day packages: $20, $27.50, $40, $65
Individual Sessions:   $12.50, $17.50, $27.50, $40
We have THREE family 4-packs of 2-day passes to give away! That's for all 4 hockey games!
Go here to enter.
Must enter complete info to be eligible, i.e. first/last name.
Contest open for entries until Friday, December 6th, 2013, 8pm. Winners chosen at random.  

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lovin' these small businesses!

If you follow Pgh Momtourage at all, you've probably noticed that I'm pretty excited about Small Business Saturday this holiday season! The over-consumerism of the big box stores has begun to over shadow the holidays and when they took over Thanksgiving, I was ready to avoid them all together. I've been enjoying browsing through my Small Business Saturday listing and already begun making fun, personal purchases. I love that they are supporting so many hard-working people (many who I have gotten to know through the Momtourage) and I think SBS is going to be a huge boost to these businesses this year!
So in this post I am highlighting a few of my friends who make the most beautiful products! They are not local to Pgh, but they are all talented, creative moms (except Perch, no kiddos yet. :) who work like crazy to take care of their families, but allow us the pleasure of having pieces of their amazing works in our homes.
  • Stock up on headbands and bows for Christmas, baby shower gifts, birthdays and more!! Most bows and clips are interchangeable. Most of the snap clips, clippies or bows can be worn alone or attached to the interchangeable headbands or beanie hats. Adorable girl scarves as well.
  • Beautiful scarves, earrings, clutches, head wraps + more! Perfect gifts for women in your lives.
  • Home of the rope box, custom rope knots, & cool vintage wooden crates! Check back often as new crates and rope are added all the time.
  • Her inventory changes year round and often includes great calendars, a Christmas album, wreaths, yarn Christmas trees, yarn letters + more! Check out her 2014 Year-at-a-glance calendar. Ain't nobody got time for that! // Sweet Brown & One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something. // Henry David Thoreau. Or per-order Here + There // A Christmas collection of original piano solos.
  • Baby bibs & burp cloths, scrabble tiles, rope scarves, wooden signs, jewelry holders, pillows, chalkboard frames + more!