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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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9 Jolly-Good Reasons to Visit the Santa Claus, IN Christmas Celebration

Santa Claus Museum Historic Statue

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, during the heat of summer and it was a blast. There’s something to be written about a city that prides itself by offering visitors a year-round Christmas experience. Then, of course, there’s Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, its huge summer draw. But, what goes on when it’s time for the winter holidays? In one word: plenty. Here’s nine jolly good reasons why you need to check out the Santa Claus, IN Christmas Celebration this holiday season. There’s plenty of cities that…

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2017 Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory: A Walk in Holiday Magic!

A walk through Phipps Flower Show and Light Garden.

When it comes to holidays in Pittsburgh, I’m just like you are – there’s so many things to see and do, where do I start first? This year, I made it a point to check out the 2017 Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory and man, am I happy I did. I made it a girls night by taking my bonus mama with me to see the beauty of Phipps in winter both indoors and out. Here’s highlights from our visit. Phipps Winter Flower Show and Light Garden:…

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How to Prevent Dry Skin Before it Even Begins: Inexpensive Tips

coconut oil for soft elbows and knees

If you’re reading this, you’ve either been on a previous battle with dry, winter skin or are one of the lucky ones and have kept it at bay and want to keep it that way. No matter what the intent, the key is learning how to prevent dry skin before it even begins. Take it from this Northern-born gal, you don’t have to spend a fortune to take advantage of these super simple ways to prevent dry skin! Here’s my best tips and hacks for combating itchy, flaky, dry skin.…

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