Wicked in Pittsburgh Tickets Too Expensive? There’s a $25 Solution

Wicked in Pittsburgh lottery

Broadway plays can cost an arm an a leg, especially if you’re planning on taking the entire family. While the traveling versions are more cost-effective, the cost can still rack up. Thankfully, in line with the Hamilton Lottery on Broadway, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has just released word of a WICKED lottery. Giving a budget-friendly option, tickets are only $25 a piece. Here’s the scoop on affordable WICKED in Pittsburgh lottery tickets. How Do I Get $25 Wicked Tickets? The WICKED in Pittsburgh lottery is taking a cue from the Hamilton…

Mickey Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Mickey Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Chip Cookies are super easy to make - recipe included!

When we visit Walt Disney World, there are so many snacks to choose it’s hard to narrow down what to eat first! One of our favorites is the giant chocolate chip Mickey cookies. Each is dipped in milk chocolate and, honestly, three people can share one. To put a fun Valentine’s Day spin on the recipe, I used peanut butter chips and melted white chocolate. Of course, you can feel free to put your own personal spin on your recipe in regards to the type of chips and melted chocolate…

How to Do Dapper Day at Disney World

Dapper Day 2017 Epcot Group Photo

Dapper Day at Disney World is a fun opportunity to dress in your finest and stroll around the parks. Last year’s two-day event was received so well that every year is bound to get bigger and better than the last. Last year was also the first time my family and I had the pleasure of partaking in the merriment. So, what is Dapper Day, how can you take part in the park fun, and what does it cost? Here’s how to do Dapper Day at Disney World and what you…

Braddock’s Pittsburgh New Year’s Eve Menu 2017: Worth the Splurge?

Braddock's Pittsburgh New Year's Eve Menu 2017 : Braddock's Templeton Old Fashioned

This is the second year we’ve had the pleasure of taste-testing Braddock’s Pittsburgh New Year’s Eve menu. From the start to decadent finish, the prix fixe menu was filled with creative culinary endeavors and classics. But what about the plating? Always a sucker for good plating, it didn’t disappoint, either. Here’s our take on five tasty courses that rang in 2018. Mr. Locke and I are happy to call Braddock’s one of our go-to restaurants when we head into Pittsburgh proper. The reason? We’ve never, ever been disappointed in a…

Is a 2018 Disney World Annual Pass Worth it? 7 discounts to Consider

2018 Disney World Annual Pass Annual Passholder

Even though I live near Pittsburgh, PA, my family and I still have Walt Disney World Annual Passes. And, while it may not make sense why we’d invest in the passes for twice a year visits, we find that the discounts definitely outweigh the costs. Is a 2018 Disney World Annual Pass worth it? Here’s this year’s discounts and perks to help you narrow down your decision.   For this post, I’ll be using the Disney Platinum Pass as an example. There’s no visit blackout dates unlike the Florida Annual…

Why Kids Will Love How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at Heinz Hall

Stage Decoration for How The Grinch Stole Christmas! at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!¬†was a Christmas book and cartoon staple in my home growing up. I remember cringing at the sight of poor, old Max having to pull the Grinch’s sleigh up the mountain! Happily, the next generation of kiddos love it as much as we did. Its huge following has seen a live-action movie and plenty of versions of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” on the radio around Christmas. To add more fuel to the Grinch flame, how the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical has been touring…

Extended Stay America: Santa’s Reindeer Stay for Free!

Extended Stay America pets stay free properties are offering Santa and his reindeer no pets fees fro stays through 12/21/18

We’ve recently visited an Extended Stay America property in Orlando and, truthfully, I was surprised. I was surprised at its billion dollar upgrades to properties across the country. Surprised at the spacious rooms and comfy beds. And definitely surprised at the affordability of reserving a night or two. To sweeten the deal, ESA has a new deal for Santa and his reindeer. Here’s the scoop on the Extended Stay America pets stay free deal this holiday season. We know how well Santa’s reindeer are cared for, right? Their fed the…

National Aviary Armadillo Encounter: Cuteness Overload!

New at the Aviary: an Armadillo Encounter!

Finding an excuse to visit National Aviary is easy for me and my family. We look for excuses like, “it’s raining”, or “it’s a Tuesday”. Honestly, we don’t need an excuse to visit – the birds and other animals are all we need (did I mention they have TWO sloths?). But, when new animal encounter opportunities arise, it’s straight to Pittsburgh‘s North Shore we head! Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of hanging out with a nine-month old armadillo and it was cuteness overload. Here’s the scoop on the…

Only One Day at Disney World? A Guide for Adults

Cinderella Castle Hub Fountain

So you’ve only got one day at Disney World – where to begin? I know what you’re thinking: you want to make the most of those blissful 24 hours. But where do you go, what do you do, and what do you eat, right? Then there’s FastPass+ selections to think about, characters to meet, and shows and parades to watch. All of that combined can make your head spin! Here’s my top tips and planning steps to take for a fun-filled, magical one day at Disney World for adults! Step…

6 Ways to Celebrate a Traditional Christmas at Omni Bedford Springs Resort

During the Grand Illumination Ceremony at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, this "little" beauty is lit for the first time each holiday season.

I’ve written several times about how utterly amazing Omni Bedford Springs Resort is. I’ve talked about how it’s one of our fave places on this side of the country, how it’s perfect for both families and couples, and even how amazing the food is. But, we’ve never had a chance to celebrate our anniversary there – until now. It was an obvious choice for this time of year compliments of its traditional holiday decorations and decked out halls – literally. So, in honor of our 11th wedding anniversary, we hit…