Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DISCOVER afterschool care at Pittsburgh Public Schools

This content has been compensated as part of an Early Childhood Education promotion for Pittsburgh Public Schools. However, all opinions remain my own. #ppsafterschool
If you are a mom who works outside the home, then no doubt during the school year, childcare can become quite the juggling act! Wouldn't it be great if your child could stay in one place until your work day is done?!  For those attending these 5 Pittsburgh Public Schools -  Brookline PreK-5 (Brookline), Colfax K-8 (Squirrel Hill), Morrow PreK-8 (North Side), Phillips K-5 (South Side), Crescent Early Childhood Center (Homewood) - this can now become a reality! Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Program is extending its hours to offer after school care for children in PreK-5 at five regionally located sites throughout the District.
No more Who's going to pick them up? Where will they go?
They can stay in one location and have some fantastic after school opportunities!
The after-school program will offer full and part-time care in a safe environment with:
  • qualified, dedicated staff
  • appropriate child-staff ratios
  •  researched-based curriculum
  • age-appropriate activities
  • homework help
  • in-class enrichment activities with community providers.
DISCOVER new things as Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Program partners with some fantastic local organizations such as Gateway to the Arts, Carnegie Science Center, Jump Start + more! These organizations will be making scheduled visits to the classroom and bringing some exciting educational resources & learning opportunities!
  • Gateway to the Arts partners with professional performing and visual artists from our community to integrate quality arts experiences into the lives of western Pennsylvania students, educators and families.
  • Recipient of the 2003 National Award for Museum Service, Carnegie Science Center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life.
  • Jumpstart is a national early childhood literacy program.
The program starts on August 26th (the first day of school) and runs through June 9th (the last day of school). Open to all students PreK - 5. Care begins at the end of the school day and ends at 6:30pm. Each site will have one classroom of 20 children. Transportation will not be provided.

 This is a fantastic opportunity to give parents peace of mind, knowing their kids are in one safe environment, but also give kids some extra fun opportunities. Homework assistance is a big added bonus so you can focus on family time in the evenings and not homework! And how cool to be a part of some of the great local organizations such as Gateway to the Arts, Carnegie Science Center, & Jump Start?!
Don't miss out on this great after school opportunity! Head here to apply.

The application deadline is August 9, 2013. Applications are available online at www.pps.k12.pa.us/earlychildhood or parents can request a hard copy by calling the Early Childhood Department at 412-325-4291.
Program Pricing:
  • Option 1: $13/day for 5 days a week
  • Option 2: $16/day for 4 days a week
  • Option 3: $20/day for 3 days a week
  • Option 4: $28/day for 2 days a week

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Coupons for Kennywood & Idlewild Park and Soak Zone!

If you've never been to Kennywood, it's a great day of family fun! And now you can save on admission! Save $7 off the regular price of a Kennywood Fun Day Pass! Enjoy a day full of fun at America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park and get a regular Fun Day Pass for only $32.99 with the added convenience of purchasing a ticket from the comfort of your home! When purchasing regular Fun Day Passes online, use the promo code "EARLYBIRD318" to save $7! Simply print your Fun Day Pass at home and bring it right to the Main Gate. Save time AND money by purchasing Fun Day Passes online! For complete details and to purchase a Kennywood Fun Day Passes online, go here.
We also have coupons for Idlewild Park and Soak Zone! This park, famous for it's Story Book Forest, is really great for little ones.
2 Ways To Save!
1. BUY ONLINE AT idlewild.com WITH PROMO CODE: GSGA1306 between May 1 and September 2 and SAVE $8.
 Savings based on Regular $36.99 Gate Price. Purchased Online ticket is reedemable ANY OPERATING DAY of the 2013 summer season. Coupon valid ANY OPERATING DAY of the 2013 summer season. One coupon good for the entire family. Cannot be combined with any other discount offer. Senior Passes (Age 60+) of $27.99 plus tax are available at the gate

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Are the bugs keeping you inside?

Outdoor entertaining is one of the great joys of spring and summer. Until, of course, the bugs invade. In place of spray and pesticides, try a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants. Grouped together near a seating area on your deck or patio, they make a pretty and lush addition to your outdoor landscape while also protecting you and your guests. Check out One Kings Lane's article Easy Update: Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie for more information about how a trio of lush potted plants will have you saying good-bye to bug spray.
I love some of the beautiful summer entertaining finds on One Kings Lane
And don't forget, if you are new to One Kings Lane, sign up here to get $15 off your first purchase of $30 or more!

*Hot* deal for Babylegs!

Grab this deal at Babylegs!
3 pairs for $15 + FREE shipping on their freshest collection yet – Back to School! No code necessary. Grab them now while they last!
Why BabyLegs?
BabyLegs offers several practical and resourceful ways to keep children warm, protected and stylish.
Why parents adore BabyLegs:
  • Makes diaper changing and potty training easier
  • Keeps legs warm in strollers and carriers
  • Protects knees from hard surfaces and rug burn
  • Provides lightweight sun protection in the summer months
  • Keep in diaper bag for a quick change when messes arise
  • Fashionable alternative to tights
Why ‘tweens, teens and adults adore BabyLegs:
  • Arm warmers for bicyclists, runners, kayakers and hikers
  • An extra layer for camping or skiing o Layer under a t-shirt
  • Fun and funky fashion accessory, adding personality to any outfits

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

hockey labels!

Get ready for the hockey season with the new Mabel's Labels hockey combo kit! This unique label combo pack has been created especially for the hockey players in your family! With the custom hockey stick labels, equipment labels, number labels & skate labels, you can keep all of your family's sports gear in order and make sure that all of the look-alike equipment gets into the right bag after the big game! Happy Labeling!
Mabel’s Labels are award-winning creators of high quality labels for the stuff kids lose! ® As four moms frustrated by our children’s belongings leaving home, never to return, we decided to create the very best personalized, waterproof name labels and tags possible. Since our start in 2003, we’ve continued to build on this commitment to excellence and our growing line now features child safety products, household labels and seasonal items. We sell worldwide through our website and across N. America via fundraisers at schools, daycares, camps and other organizations.
Go here for fundraising info.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Zinc Door - 15% off light fixtures

Lights can create the perfect space while adding a bold and beautiful statement to your home decor. If you've been looking for the perfect lighting fixture then I have a sale for you! Zinc Door is offering 15% off select lighting with promo code TWINKLE valid through 8/14! Browse stunning chandeliers, table lamps and many other stylish lighting essentials! Happy Shopping!
Not included in their sale, but oh my, their adorable new Dash & Albert line!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Giveaway: 2 tickets for the SUPERHEROES CRUISE!

NEW FOR 2013!

Sailing Saturdays:
 July 27  • August 24 
Board:  12:00 pm
Sail:  1:00 ’til 3:00 pm
Calling all superheroes to the Gateway Clipper Fleet!
Come aboard and hang out with your favorite real
life superheroes! Whether from your favorite
comic book or blockbuster movie, you’re sure to see
your favorite superstar. Enjoy a DJ dance party with
all your girl & boy buddies! Refreshments and
souvenirs will also be available.
Adult:  $25*  •  Child:  $12*
*Plus applicable tax and service charges.
Snack bar items are available for purchase.
Please call our ticket office for menu.
Sodas, beer, wine & liquor are also available on board!
(Must be 21+ for alcoholic beverages)
Go here to purchase tickets.
We have TWO tickets to giveaway for the SUPERHEROES CRUISE!
(One child/one adult) 
You choose either July 27  • August 24 
Go here to enter.
Contest open for entries until Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10pm. Winners chosen at random. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be selected.
Good Luck!

Monday, July 1, 2013

CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is coming to Pittsburgh!
The second annual game will feature 40 of the top American-born prospects who will be eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft facing off in a display of top hockey talent from across the country. Players will be chosen by USA Hockey, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, with the final rosters expected to be announced in August.
"Pittsburgh is a city filled with passionate hockey fans and we're extremely pleased to work with USA Hockey in bringing the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game to the CONSOL Energy Center this fall," said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "It will be a unique opportunity for our fans to see the future American stars of the NHL -
some which will undoubtedly play in Pittsburgh - all on the same sheet of ice."

Tickets are on sale now at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, all Ticketmaster locations, and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.
Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and $10 for General Admission. Very affordable for the whole family!
Former Pittsburgh Penguins Mark Johnson (Madison, Wis.) and Joe Mullen (New York, N.Y.) will be the head coaches for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Sept. 26 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Both Johnson and Mullen are members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and Lester Patrick Trophy recipients for their outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Johnson represented the U.S. at 12 major international tournaments, including the "Miracle on Ice" squad at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Mullen skated for Team USA at the 1979 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship and three Canada Cups (1984, 1987, 1991).

15% off some of the coolest light fixtures!

 Lights can create a perfect atmosphere in any room and can add a beautiful statement to your home decor. If you've been looking for that perfect statement light then I have a sale for you! Layla Grayce is offering 15% off select lighting with promo code LITUP valid through 7/31! Browse stunning chandeliers, table lamps and many other stylish lighting essentials! Happy Shopping!

New exhibit - BIKES: Science on Two Wheels

Carnegie Science Center is teaming up with The Bicycle Museum of America, Bicycle Heaven, and others to offer a diverse collection of historic, rare, peculiar, and all-around amazing bikes! Visitors will enjoy science demonstrations and hands-on exhibits that explore energy, forces and motion, engineering, and material science:
  • Explore the evolution of the modern bicycle
  • Check out uniquely customized bikes
  • Learn about the latest technologies for sporting bikes
  • See bikes you know from popular culture
On Saturdays through September, they'll spotlight a special bike-related outdoor activity along the riverfront trail. Activities are free with general admission.

{The Science Center will close at 4 pm on Saturday, July 6.}
And go here to check out information on their July 4th Fireworks Blowout!
Discover the science behind fireworks and beat the heat with four floors of hands-on exhibits, Highmark SportsWorks®, an Omnimax movie, and a laser show! One special price gets you into our July 4th Fireworks Blowout from 6-11 pm, plus popcorn and soda for you to enjoy during the fireworks display. Additional food items available for purchase.