Free Things to Do in Pittsburgh During the Holidays

Free things to do in Pittsburgh during the holidays: One of the fun holiday decorations in Downtown Pittsburgh - a giant Christmas ornament.

If you’re like I am, your holiday budget is already taking a wallop. So, why not look for things to do in Pittsburgh that are both fun and free? From holiday kickoffs to beautiful light displays, here are the best free things to do in Pittsburgh during the holidays.  Christmas in Pittsburgh is probably my favorite time of year to head into the city. Yes, it’s chilly. And, yes, it’s snowy. But I have a hard time imagining the holiday season without that magical combination. Here are my favorite fun,…

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6 Best Things to Do in Lansing, WV in Fall

Best things to do in Lansing, WV: TreeTops Canopy tour at Adventures on the Gorge

If you love outdoor activities, Lansing, WV, is probably on your radar. Especially known for its white water rafting, the area is filled with both light adventure and adrenaline-filled fun. Now, add in the fact that, during autumn, the colors are spectacular and the scenery gorgeous and you’ve got yourself a winning combination to visit. From breathtaking views to adventure, both on the ground and above, here are the 6 best things to do in Lansing, WV, in fall.  As a gal that lives right on the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia border,…

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2019 Ohio Lover Gift Guide: 25 Creative Gift Ideas

2019 Ohio Lover gift guide

Have a Buckeye State lover in your life – or want to share your love of Ohio with your family and friends? Here are the coolest, cutest, ideal gifts for anyone that needs a little Ohio in their life! Check out these 25 gift ideas for this year’s 2019 Ohio Lover Gift Guide.  Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on an item and purchase through my links, I’ll make a small commission with no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting Sand and Snow!   1.…

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Mean Girls in Pittsburgh Review: So Fetch!

Mean Girls The Musical in Pittsburgh stage

The new age cult classic movie, “Mean Girls” is not only a major Broadway musical, it’s a massively popular one. I had the pleasure of attending opening night in Pittsburgh and found it to be so fetch! Wait, I know. I’m not going to make that happen. Anyway, here’s the scoop on why it was such a fun night.  Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by the folks at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to give you the scoop on Mean Girls, The Musical in Pittsburgh. All opinions are my own! Since “Mean…

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2019 Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival: A Photo Recap

2019 Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival: 1792 Bourbon

If you attended the 2019 Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival, you undoubtedly had a a great time, just like we did. If you didn’t, and are looking for a recap, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the scoop on the festival fun including photos and video. Cheers! Disclosure: We were graciously hosted by the folks at Pittsburgh Magazine for the 2019 Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival. All opinions (and photos!) are our own! When you have a husband that loves whiskey and bourbon, there’s no way to not attend one of the biggest…

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Disney World Annual Pass Benefits: 12 Hefty Discounts and Perks for 2020

Disney World Annual Passholder Benefits

I love to save money at Walt Disney World just as much as the next gal. And, with that mantra comes the purchase of a Disney Annual Pass. Should you purchase an Annual Pass for yourself and your family? Here are 12 hefty Disney Annual Pass benefits including the freebies and discounts.  As of this year, my family and I have been Disney World Annual Platinum Passholders for five years in a row. Yes, we live near Pittsburgh, PA, but I still think passes are the way to go for…

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The Best Things to Do in Laurel Highlands in Fall

Things to do in Laurel Highlands in Fall

Laurel Highlands in fall is an outdoor lover’s dream. And when the leaves are turning vibrant shades of crimson, orange, and gold, it’s even more beautiful when you head outdoors. So, what are the best things to do in Laurel Highlands in fall? From spooky haunts to fall festivals, here are my must-see top picks.  When I’m looking for things to do this weekend in Southwestern PA no matter what time of year, if getting outside is on my radar, I’m heading to Laurel Highlands. Not only is it gorgeously…

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Phantom Fright Nights Review: Which Haunted Houses Are the Best?

Phantom Fright Nights Review: Fear Fest clown with bubbles

Are you headed to Kennywood Park’s Phantom Fright Nights this year? Curious to know which are the must-do haunted houses when you go? Here’s a full Phantom Fright Nights review including my take on all of the haunts and scare zones and which ones you can’t miss.  Disclosure: Kennywood Park comped us tickets to Phantom Fright Nights for the purpose of this article. All opinions are my own.  This year will make my fourth consecutive visit to Phantom Fright Nights (PFN). Truthfully, it’s one of my favorite Halloween events in…

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with Teens: 5 Must-Dos

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with teens

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World is definitely family-friendly, but that doesn’t mean that it’s only for kids to enjoy. There’s plenty of fun things to do for teenagers when thy attend, too. From costumes to snacks and attractions, here’s our guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with teens: 5 must-dos.  Disclosure: We were graciously hosted by the folks at Walt Disney World to give you the scoop on Mickey’s not-So-Scary Halloween Party! All opinions are my own! #NotSoScary My daughter was around nine when she went to…

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DIY Disney Halloween Ornaments: Mickey Jack-o’-Lantern

DIY Disney Halloween Ornaments_ Mickey Jack-o’-Lantern

If you’re a Halloween lover, you won’t think it’s kooky that I start decorating for Halloween in early September. If you’re not a giant fan, you might be able to appreciate the admiration. With a need for more Disney-style Halloween decor, I whipped up these super cute DIY Disney Halloween ornaments with very little effort or materials.  When I started decorating this year, I realized that my Disney Halloween ornament stash was lacking. And since necessity is the mother of invention (and I literally just came home from Walt Disney…

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