Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ticket Giveaway to LEGO KidsFest in Cleveland!

My son couldn't have been more excited when a LEGO KidsFest flyer arrived in our mailbox! And I couldn't have been more thrilled for him then when I was invited to attend! :) My son has spent many hours upon hours building LEGO creations and I'm pretty sure he's going to be in a little piece of heaven at LEGO KidsFest! 
Unfortunately, LEGO KidsFest is not coming to Pittsburgh this year, but it will be in Cleveland. This is just over 2 hours from Pittsburgh and from the looks of it, I think it will definitely be worth the drive!! 
The LEGO KidsFest is a traveling LEGO extravaganza featuring millions of LEGO bricks and dozens of hands-on, educational, and fun building activities for all ages. It features dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO building areas, the Big Brick Pile, race ramps and more, all covering more than three acres of space. 

Award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Cleveland
 Nov. 4 - 6, 2016

SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES (subject to change):

* LEGO Model Museum: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
* LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book

The award-winning LEGO KidsFest Ohio returns to Cleveland's I-X Center from Nov. 4 - 6, 2016. New activities and popular favorites will be featured in this interactive event.
Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. 
LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.

New activities for this year's visit include LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Movie, LEGO Disney Princess, the Mixels, a LEGO Superheroes area and more.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.
"We're thrilled to be returning to the Cleveland area," said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc. "We've got a host of new activities as well as some areas we know are very popular with our fans. Not only will families create some new memories at the show, they'll get another chance to flex and showcase their building skills. This event is a must for the true LEGO fan." 

Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 half hours in length - are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session.
On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more. 

Events have been selling out in prior cities ... get your tickets early! Go here to purchase tickets. 

One of my followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, Nov 4, 2016 (4-8:30pm). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities. Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG.
Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on and announced on my Blog and notified via email. Contest ends October 13, 2016. 

ENTER HERE: http://www.usfamilyguide.com/LEGO_KidsFest/?blogid=1190

FUN FACTS to share with your kids: 
  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • The LEGO minifigure represents the world's largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!
  • LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world's six billion inhabitants.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.
  • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
  • Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.
  • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, "leg godt" which means "play well".
  • More than 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. More than 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.
  • It took 50 hours and 68,000 LEGO bricks to make the storybook in the LEGO Disney Princess at the shows.
  • The largest LEGO Model ever built is the life sized X-Wing fighter. It took more than 17000 hours to build over 5m bricks and 46000 pounds.
  • By 2020, LEGO's aim is to make sure that 100% of its energy will be balanced by renewable energy sources.


This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my 

promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

JBF Consignment Sale + Pre-Sale Pass Giveaway

It's one of my favorite times of year......consignment sale season! If you haven't been to the Just Between Friends Consignment sale, it's time to check it out. I have found amazing deals on a wide variety of items that have benefited our family. Some of my favorite purchases include kids bikes, Hunter rain boots, outdoor play equipment, toys for Christmas gifts, books, and of course, clothing! I love how I've been able to find items in great condition for my kids, but at less than half price for what you would pay brand new.

The Just Between Friends Sale Pittsburgh North is Pittsburgh's leading children's and maternity consignment sale event and we want you to join us! Come be a part of the sale voted BEST Consignment Sale in Pittsburgh for 2013!   JBF is your one-stop-shop to buy and sell new & gently-used clothing, toys, baby gear & equipment, furniture, and so much more!  It just keeps getting bigger and better! 

There is BIG news for JBF this year! Their sale has moved from the RMU Dome to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.


SEPTEMBER 30 - October 2

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
There is parking available on the surrounding streets and in the attached parking garage.

Opening Day Presale: Sept. 29th
11:00am-9:00pm Prime Time Shopping - $10 Entry Fee/Person - Pass MUST be purchased online via Eventbrite
1:00-9:00pm First Time Parents & Grandparents
3:00-9:00pm Teachers & Military Families

Friday, Sept. 30th: Opening Day!
Open 9am-7pm

Saturday, Oct 1:
NEW Items have arrived
Open 9am-4pm; FREE Admission
Sunday, Oct 2: Half Price Day!
50% off items WITHOUT a star for ALL Shoppers!
Open 9am-1pm; FREE Admission

It's a great place to stock up on Halloween costumes! 


I am a huge fan of the pre-sale day where you have the opportunity to have some of the first picks of items as well as way less crowds to maneuver around! I have found that it is definitely an advantage to be one of the first shoppers which is why I am thrilled to be working directly with JBF event organizer, Kelly Robie, and able to offer 2 lucky winners a pre-sale shopping pass...and you'll get one for a friend as well! This shopping pass will give you free admission to the pre-sale opening on Thursday, September 29th, 11am - 9pm. (Please keep in mind that children and strollers are not permitted until 6pm that day.)

Enter below to win one of two sets of pre-sale passes, one that you'll be able to share with a friend!

This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Wiggles: ticket giveaway

Happy birthday to The Wiggles! They're turning 25 this year! Do you have any Wiggles fans in your household? I know I do! My kids were very excited to hear that The Wiggles are coming back to Pittsburgh on September 27th at The Byham Theatre. 

Coming off a smash hit Australian tour of 220 sell-out shows and more than 110,000 tickets sold, the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will return to North America this fall for their “Wiggle Town!” tour.
Ready to delight families across the continent with their incomparable brand of preschool entertainment, The Wiggles will be celebrating their 25th birthday and supporting their brand new CD and DVD, Wiggle Town!, as well as a new season of their hit TV series airing on Hulu in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada. 

Joined on stage by their lovable friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus, founding member Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle), Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle), Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) can’t wait to deliver a wiggly good time for their audiences!
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Wiggle Town!,” said Emma. “Of course we’ll play our classic wiggly favorites like ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Bear’, ‘Fruit Salad’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’ affirmed Lachy. Simon added excitedly, “The North American tour is always one of the big highlights of our year and I can't wait to sing, dance and play ‘Simon Says’ with all our wonderful North American friends!” “We are so excited to be taking our Wiggle Town show to our friends in North America, the audiences will be hearing, seeing and singing along to all their favorite Wiggle songs from the past 25 years of Wiggling! We cannot wiggly wait!” enthused Anthony.


We have two tickets to give away to one lucky winner which also includes a special meet + greet with The Wiggles before the show! Enter below. 

It's a one night only show so go here to purchase tickets before they sell out!

The “Wiggle Town!” tour will include new music from the Wiggle Town! album. Kids will shake to “Come on Down to Wiggle Town!,” bop to “Do the Pretzel”, and heel-toe to “Captain Barnyard Dance” – just to name a few.

For a complete list of tour dates and ticket information for the “Wiggle Town!” tour, please visit: www.thewiggles.com/events.
For even more Wiggly fun, become a fan of the group’s official Facebook page
Facebook.com/TheWiggles or follow them on Twitter via Twitter.com/TheWiggles. You can also see behind-the-scenes of Wiggly life and stay up-to-date with Wiggly news by following the gang on Instagram @thewiggles.
A new Wiggles era has begun and Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon are making new Wiggly history every day!

This post is sponsored so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

American Girl Coming to Ross Park Mall + Lea doll giveaway!

I don't know about you, but I loved growing up reading American Girl books and seeing the accompanying dolls! I love that this company has continued its course long enough for my own daughters to enjoy the same tradition. My girls have recently discovered American Girl and they are big fans. :) They LOVE getting the catalog in the mail and circling all their favorites (girls can dream, right?!)

I was pretty excited to hear that Pittsburgh is getting a pop-up American Girl at store at Ross Park Mall this fall!  It opens this Saturday, September 17, and will remain open through January 2017. 

The pop-up store will be featuring the newly release Wellie Wishers, as well as Lea, Girl of the Year.  

American Girl, a family favorite retailer of beloved dolls, offers an inspiring world of experiences and entertainment in its retail stores. The pop-up location will feature an assortment of the popular American Girl dolls, books and accessories, along with the signature Doll Hair Salon.

“We are beyond excited to welcome the only American Girl store in Pittsburgh,” said Lisa Earl, Mall Manager of Ross Park Mall. “The unique experiences available inside an American Girl store are something we can’t wait to share with our shoppers and their families.” 

American Girl will be located on the Upper Level, near Sears.

I love  how much history can be learned through each special story. You can also find teacher/parent guides on their website to talk through various situations that happen in each girl's life. 

American Girl’s mission is to fuel belonging and connection among girls, a goal that has already earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of their parents and educators. For more information about American Girl, please visit www.americangirl.com.

American girl is proud to feature one of the most inclusive and diverse selections of dolls today.  From a wide range of skin colors, those facing hair loss because of illness, hearing aids, arm braces, a wheelchair + much more, you can find the perfect doll to fit each girl's life situation. 

VERY EXCITING GIVEAWAY.....we have doll of the year, LEA, to give away to one lucky winner! 

ONE stipulation (sorry out-of-towners!!), but winner must be able to pick it up at the American Girl store at Ross Park Mall. 

Get ready to plan your girls shopping trip! Stop by this Saturday for their Grand Opening which will include giveaways, special events + more! 

This post sponsored by American Girl so I received compensation or products in exchange for my promotion. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse companies that I don't value. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Discover Pittsburgh Week at Pittsburgh Airport + $50 Giveaway

Last year I was able to be a part of the first Discover Pittsburgh week at the airport and I'm excited to head back again! Although we all know the many fantastic resources and venues that abound in our city, many travelers that are just passing through Pittsburgh may not be aware of what we offer! So this week, Pittsburgh International (PIT) is inviting travelers to explore all that the city and region has to offer with Discover Pittsburgh week in the airport’s Airmall.

Last year's fun included hanging with some fun gals, meeting Carmindy, and drooling over some of the fun places to shop! 

As part of Pittsburgh International Airport’s commitment to bringing more of the region into the airport and celebrating local institutions, food, music and culture, the airport is rolling out several programs aimed at boosting a better sense of place. 

Next week travelers are invited to celebrate the city during Discover Pittsburgh, a week of live music, entertainment, delicious food, giveaways and appearances by area attractions. The second annual celebration showcases Pittsburgh’s unique offerings, Sept. 12 through Sept. 16.

Airport officials have also implemented the Voices of Pittsburgh program on the trains that connect the Airside and Landside terminals. Whether it’s University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher welcoming students and families back to town for a new academic year or U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Captain Christa Harmotto Dietzen, a Hopewell native, getting people excited for the Olympics, the train voices will continually change to showcase current events and people from the region. Larry Richert, co-host of the KDKA-AM morning show, was the first voice in June, welcoming fans of the U.S. Open held at Oakmont Country Club, followed by Mike Lange celebrating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

The airport is also exploring partnerships with local museums and foundations as part of increasing the region’s heritage in the terminals to complement travelers’ favorites like the Warhol exhibit and live performing arts series. Enhancing the Pittsburgh sense of place also extends to the airport Customer Service agents and volunteer Ambassadors. As part of a program with VisitPittsburgh, they were trained this summer on the rich cultural heritage, past and present, of the region to improve traveler interactions.

“Creating a sense of place at the airport and bringing more of the region’s rich arts and cultural scene here is important. Pittsburghers have a lot to be proud of and we want that to be reflected at the airport,” Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. “We’re looking at how we can continue to improve that experience and these programs are just the start.”

The Discover Pittsburgh free events and activities take place in Pittsburgh International Airport’s AirMall. The schedule includes:

  • Monday, Sept. 12: Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers will perform in the Center Core from 2 to 3:30 p.m. while Pittsburgh sports mascots Iceburgh and the Pirate Parrot dance and pass out Clark Bars. Franktuary will also treat travelers to free hot dogs while supplies last.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13: From 10 a.m. to noon, Ronald McDonald will greet passengers. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Natural History will exhibit ancient Egypt replicas and feature a hands-on hieroglyphic activity.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14: Carnegie Science Center will delight travelers with a liquid nitrogen ice cream making demonstration and samples from 10 a.m. to noon. From noon to 2 p.m., the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will feature trolley displays that depict local history, while Phipps Conservatory will give travelers the opportunity to pot their own clean air plants, complete with worms and composting demonstrations. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Brighton Boys band will perform.

  • Thursday, Sept. 15: A spirited street team will greet travelers and encourage them to take part in the day’s activities. From 10 a.m. to noon, the National Aviary’s crowd-pleaser, a live African penguin, will rub elbows with passengers. Travelers can also take in works of art and try their hand at button-making with The Andy Warhol Museum. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Ambridge Area Steel Drum Band will perform in the Center Core and passengers can step up to the popcorn bar for freebies from Pittsburgh Popcorn Co.

  • Friday, Sept. 16: The Pittsburgh Zoo will bring live reptiles back to the airport to meet travelers from 10 a.m. to noon. The Chick-fil-A cow will also make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon.  At 2 p.m., Pittsburgh CLO Mini Stars close out the week with a spectacular production.

Photo: The Moodie Davitt Report

Creative Kidstuff is one of my favorite stores (and my kids, of course!) at the Airmall and a great place to pick up something to help your little travelers!

To make your next trip through the airport a little more exciting, I'm giving away a $50 gift certificate for some shopping fun during your wait time! See all your store options here

Go here to enter:

About Allegheny County Airport Authority
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region.  Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 13 carriers with 63 nonstop destinations on 170+ daily flights. J.D. Power ranked Pittsburgh International in its Top 10 medium-size airports in its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study and Travel + Leisure voted it a top 10 domestic airport in 2016.

This post sponsored by Pittsburgh Airmall. I was provided compensation in exchange for promotion, however, all opinions remain my own.