Monster Jam Pittsburgh

Disclaimer: I am an FEI Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows, reporting my opinion and/or administering ticket giveaways within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment, Inc. or one of its affiliates has provided opportunities to attend its private pre-show events. This post about Monster Jam ® Pittsburgh is part of this program.

Monster Jam Pittsburgh

I’m sure if you’ve been following me on social media you’re well aware that we took the kids to a crazy fun event last night. If you’ve guessed that this fun event was Monster Jam Pittsburgh, then you are right!

To say this family date was AMAZING is an understatement.

As long as I can tell, I’ve been wanting to check out Monster Jam, so of course, I’m so glad I not only got a chance to take the big kids and Greg to see it right here in Pittsburgh.

The tingles. I had them.

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As the trucks started to rev up, my heart started pounding and my eyes started tearing up – it was the best feeling watching Arianna and Evan get so excited about what they would watch (pretty much without turning their eyes away) for almost two hours.

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There were four competitions between eight trucks. It was all heart pumping excitement – exactly what Greg and I had hoped for! Some of our favorite moments…

  • We got to see the iconic Grave Digger® come out and take three of the four trophies.
  • We cheered as the underdogs (“young guns”) gave him a fight for his spot at the top.
  • We were amazed at how Backwards Bob drove with his truck body facing the “wrong way”.
  • We disagreed with some of the judges’ scores, and laughed knowing we couldn’t change their minds.
  • We were bummed as two of our favorites couldn’t finish the Freestyle competition due to a flat tire and a roll over.
  • We came home full of dusty lungs and happy memories!

If you’re interested in checking out Monster Jam while the show is in Pittsburgh, you’ve got two chances left (one is super short notice – but maybe you’re close to Consol and can pull it off!)…or check out MonsterJam.com to find out when they are in another city near you!

Event Schedule:

Saturday, February 13 7:30pm

Sunday, February 14 at 2pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)

Ticket Prices:

$55, $35, $25 and kids just $12 (Ages 2-12. Valid on select price levels. Must purchase 1 adult ticket for every 4 kids tickets)! (Restrictions and additional fees may apply. All tickets $2 more day of show).

We had so much fun at Monster Jam Pittsburgh!

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Pss! If you do go – your ‘lil ones might want to have some headphones with them. We opted to buy ahead, but they do sell them at the show. Here are the ones we ordered:


(from Amazon.com)

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A Reminder

Tonight, I was served a reminder. A friendly stranger at the Y was talking to me as I struggled kicked it at day 1 of week 2 of couch to 5k. She was asking about knee issues and somehow we got to the fact that I have four kids.

Cut yourself a break, she told me.

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Wow. How powerful is that as a reminder?

I mean…I’m making up excuses for myself in this stage of my journey. There’s the elevated TSH levels. My incision that is still a pain. My breastfeeding complication that has led to nerve damage. The time a working mom has. The fact I can’t move the scale (and yet I know for a fact it is not broken). But it is good to have a reminder that I need to cut myself a break.

I mean…I’m raising four kids (with a husband who is pretty awesome) while managing full time work, 80 to 90 minutes in the car a day, 2 side businesses, and my butt is still at the gym 3 days a week. I’m doing okay and can’t allow myself to diminish the good about me anymore.

Maybe that’s the point of over enjoying Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday. We indulge then reflect. It pushes us into Lent as a time of reflection and renewal. And cutting ourselves a break.

Because we all need a reminder that we are all pretty darn awesome in our own ways. Amen?

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Pinterest Perfect

Mommies. Women. I’ll go ahead and take one for the team. While I am adamantly not trying to start yet another war, I have to talk about a term I use on this blog quite often. “Pinterest Perfect”, a term I use when everything isn’t exactly like the things I’ve pinned, has come up in several conversations of recent and it’s time I give this here space some talking about it.

Pinterest Perfect.

Coming into my years of womanhood, and maybe even before, I’ve admittedly felt this pressure to be perfect. To have all the right words all the time. To have the clear, bright photos. To have lesson plans that knocked it out of the ball park. To have the most beautiful wedding.  Who was telling me to do that? No one, but regardless, striving for perfection drove me. Back in the days before the Pinterest craze (which, if you don’t know, I’m fully on board for – have you seen mine?), I was cutting out pictures of magazines and hoping to get things just right.

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Reality quickly sets in when you realize that you are good at many things but don’t specifically excel at another. When you try, try, try, but just can’t seem to get things exactly right. When you end up 11th in your high school class and get that one lonely B in college – in photography. When you realize that sometimes real life has to be shown.

Sure, I LOVE attempting to make things for others. I appreciate the gifts and talents that other people have. What I don’t love, though, is when we as women and mothers pressure ourselves to be that picture picture. I’m totally guilty of this.

Today, even. I put together a meal for a church friend who is on bed rest. Everything seemed packaged up all nice and neat. But at what cost to her and I? Did I set a bar for myself? Did I make her feel pressured because I pulled that off with four kids (gosh, I really hope not – cooking food for other people just makes me SO HAPPY)? See? I’m guilty of striving for and churning it up.

But, I’m also guilty of knowing when it is okay to just be me. When it is okay that my kids are taking boxed valentines to school.

What I want is to have goals and aspirations. Things I’ll try to cook or craft or renovate. But it’s not always going to come out as something that is perfect for taking pictures in just the right light with just the right lens with just the right words to describe it and just the right amount of people around the world pinning and reading it.

So, friends. I am not here to suggest we shouldn’t try to make the perfect valentines, birthday party setups, or dress just right for photos. What I am trying to say is that there is real life behind all that. Real life that matters. Real life that is messy and dirty and full of things that we aren’t telling the world, but that does exist. And this, too, is okay. This is right.

But those things? Those things are going to be absolutely Pinterest perfect in the eyes of my kids and my husband. And that, to me, is all that really matters.

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10 Months

The twins are 10 months old. This is impossible, right?

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Right.

Or no. They seriously are 10 months old.

Since we last checked in, both are actively crawling and climbing. Isla’s favorite thing to crawl on is Ava. While wrestling. Her bully instinct hasn’t changed.

Isla got three (more) teeth that have popped through her top gums and Ava is getting two if not four.

Both have their own vocabulary, and Ava likes to sign. She’s got milk down pat and a few other signs that we aren’t really sure what they are for, but they are definitely intentional.

10 months. Crazy and amazing!

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Monster Jam

Disclaimer: I am an FEI Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows, reporting my opinion and/or administering ticket giveaways within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment, Inc. or one of its affiliates has provided opportunities to attend its private pre-show events. This post about Monster Jam ® is part of this program.

I have a big secret. We’ll be taking the kids to Monster Jam on Friday, February 12 right here in Pittsburgh (at Consol Energy Center)…but the big secret is that I am actually super excited about FINALLY getting to go. This is going to be one of those “things I always wish I could have done as a kid so I am going to be sure my kids get to do it” things.

Monster Jam®

Does anyone else remember growing up and seeing the commercials and getting super excited about Monster Jam? Wanting to go drive a big truck and run stuff over? There’s no way I am alone, 80’s kids.

Don’t you remember Grave Digger®?

Grave Digger

And I am pretty sure my kids are going to be on the lookout for Backwards Bob.

Backwards Bob

These 10,000 pound trucks on 66″ tires are sure to thrill the adventure-seeking kids of all ages in our city. If you didn’t already know, here’s some more information about the show‘s concept:

Monster Jam® is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam® combines high-octane, spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate in off road, motorsport competition.

(This information as well as photos and show logo are courtesy of Feld Motor Sports, Inc., an affiliate of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment experiences,)

If you are half as excited as I am, you’re going to want to get your tickets ASAP.

SAVE IN A MONSTER WAY!!! Not only am I giving away a Family Four Pack to the Friday, February 12, 2016 Monster Jam show at CONSOL Energy Center (check it out at the bottom of this post), but I am also sharing $5 off tickets bought at Ticketmaster.com, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center or by calling 1-800-745-3000 when using code MJPITT. (Restrictions, exclusions, and additional fees may apply. Not valid on Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts. All tickets $2 more day of show. Offer expires 2/11/16.)

Event Schedule:

Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm (the ‘lil Burghers will be there – no babies)

Saturday, February 13 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)

Sunday, February 14 at 2pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)

Ticket Prices:

$55, $35, $25 and kids just $12 (Ages 2-12. Valid on select price levels. Must purchase 1 adult ticket for every 4 kids tickets)! (Restrictions and additional fees may apply. All tickets $2 more day of show).

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

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Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub

Disclaimer: Posts on this blog may include affiliate links or reviews in which I was asked to review an item or service in exchange for compensation and/or free items. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. I’d love for you to be able to make your own Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub and Lemon Whipped Body Butter, so I’ve included some links to help you find exactly what you need!

When I was away in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago, I had a chance to get the most divine pedicure I’ve ever had. It involved almost 90 minutes of scrubbing my piggy toes and a sweet tea sugar scrub. I couldn’t help but think that those of you who’ve come here for the “Mama’s Moment Detox Bath” tips would also thoroughly enjoy this treat for tired feet. As a bonus, I’m throwing in the recipe for a follow-up lotion, Lemon Whipped Body Butter!

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Both of these recipes are adapted from ones I’ve found on the internet, but I made them my own with trial and error. I may have burnt a tea bag in the process! *wink*

Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

I heated the liquid coconut oil (I’ve found Fractionated Coconut Oil works best) and added in the tea bags. This was the part that was most tricky. You want to steep the tea, but you don’t want  to burn it. Do this on your stove over low heat. Have patience, and don’t let the bags burn. I suppose you could just dump the tea from the tea bags in the oil as it warms, but I’m not sure it will have the same effect of “brewing” in the bag.

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Once this mixture is warm and brown-ish, remove from heat (and remove the tea bags) and add in the sugar slowly. You don’t want this to be like sand, but you also don’t want it to be oily. You may not need all the sugar, you might need more! It’s an eyeball test.

Once you have a nice consistency (test it on your hands – do you feel the benefits of the oil?), add the tea leaves from the tea bags to the sugar mixture. If you like your tea with a little bit of lemon (Arny-Palmers, anyone?), add in about 5 drops of lemon essential oils. I added 3 drops of tea tree oil to mine, too.

Scoop the mixture into a pint size glass jar with a lid.

Use the sweet tea sugar scrub in the tub or as your own at home pedicure fix. If the sugar dries out, stir in a little bit of liquid coconut oil until back to original consistency.

I highly recommend you follow up with…

Lemon Whipped Body Butter

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • Lemon essential oil

This is a favorite of mine, a recipe I got last winter when I was down in the dumps. My friend Suzie made it for the Resting Place ladies, and I missed out. But I was able to find my own shea butter online and whip up my own at home with her recipe.

lemon whipped body butter

You simply warm the coconut oil and Shea Butter over low heat until all the lumps are out. Put in the refrigerator for an hour (or more) until it is solid. Add in 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil and whip with your stand mixer.

Put this in a pint size glass jar with a lid and store in a cool place (the oil will return to liquid form if you don’t…but you can put it back in the fridge and whip again if it does this).

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Once you’ve done your sweet tea sugar scrub and lemon whipped body butter, you’ll want to slip on a nice pair of soft socks and read a good book. You can come back later and thank me.

Enjoy!

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Oh, It’s On

Over the past few weeks, we’ve started tackling a few projects around the house. Things are starting to get real up in here. Let me tell you, oh, it’s on.

I’m not going to lie to you and say that our house is always super clean. This house is lived in, and that’s the way we like it. We are working on getting things more in order from the inside out.

Many of the projects started as a combined result of me reading some tips from the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
and Greg getting motivated to make some changes before I added them to his “honey do” list…but others have been projects that have been brewing in my heart for a few months now.

We’ve started, as “Life-Changing Magic” suggests, to rid the house of all the clutter. This isn’t a quick and easy process. We’re not scrubbing anything yet. We are literally just finding the trash, the things we are not using, and the things that no longer bring us joy (oh, it’s on…).

Yes, at the kids’ dismay, this includes things like dried up clay, broken crayons, and peeled off backs of puzzle pieces. Again. I swear I just did this after having the twins. But this time, this time we are doing it right.

Next up is going to be clothes. We have tons of clothes in this house, yet the four oldest of the family seem to always wear the same four or five outfits. And with the clothes is going to come a closet organization project…

…or maybe a War Room project. You see, this whole oh, it’s on attitude I have right now it’s just the cleaning up of the “things” in our lives. Nope. It’s also about telling that lying, thieving Devil there is no room for him around here. At church tonight, the kids and I got to watch War Room and we came home and told that devil that he doesn’t bring us joy. Jesus does. And Jesus is going to keep on kicking his butt. Over and over and over.

Oh, it’s on. And I can’t wait to see what 2016 is going to bring us because of it.

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Have you read War Room or seen the movie? What are your thoughts? In February, I’m going to be reading the complimenting book, Fervent, and would love to connect with other women of faith who are ready to tell that nasty devil he’s outta here. Want to join me? Or better yet…what can I pray for on your behalf? 

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Valentia Skin Care

Disclaimer: I received products from Valentia Skin Care in exchange for this post with my honest opinions. All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s been a week of rejuvenation for this mama. I relaxed. I ate foods that I won’t again for months. I slept in. And I tool extra care of my skin.

The timing to try out the Valentia Skin Care line was just perfect. The jars were small enough to tuck in my cosmetic bag and exactly what I needed to come along with me on my girls’ trip.

First, I took some time to refresh my face with the Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub.

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This natural facial scrub works well for all skin types and gently exfoliates. When I opened it up, I could smell the teas (and it took my mind off the jiggly look of the scrub). I quickly got past the texture when I could feel the difference it was making on my skin as I scrubbed the cold weather away.

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I followed up my routine with the Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask which…oh.my.gosh. It smells amazing, like a light fruit. But then when you put it on, it tingles. Just trust it. I did. That’s the detoxifying working!

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Again, suitable for all skin types, I recommend this detoxifying mask for fighting winter dryness (though I am really looking forward to the help with keeping sweaty skin issues at bay in the summer).

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I’m sure you are wondering where you can get this combo, and the answer is (surprise!) Amazon. The Valentia Skin Care line is natural, simple, and leaves you feeling amazingly refreshed.

What have you done for your skin lately? Treat yourself!

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Sometimes

Disclaimer: Posts on this blog may include affiliate links or reviews in which I was asked to review an item or service in exchange for compensation and/or free items. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. This post is part of a blog tour for the book, Sometimes.

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Like you had to work harder than others around you? Like your dreams weren’t going to come true? If you answered “sometimes”, then you just might connect with the latest book from authors Hugo Ibarra and John Seidlitz.

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This book, geared toward children ages 4-8, is actually a good read for everyone. “Sometimes” tells the story of Andres and Clara, children of US Immigrants. Throughout the course of the book, readers will see and hear how the time of transition impacted both the children and parents as they came to America for work.

Andres has hopes and dreams that his family will be together again, but will they come true? 

Why is this story important for “our students” as Ibarra and Seidlitz dedicate the book? Because it can teach…

  • The important leadership role teachers play for children in transition (stable role model, offer encouragement, see an aspect of child’s behavior that parents may not)
  • Why all parents should discuss immigration with their kids (helps children understand America’s history, prevents bullying by making the unfamiliar familiar)
  • The respectful way to talk to your neighbors who immigrated (don’t ask for their passports, don’t assume what their native language is, offer help to navigate US culture)
  • How teachers can learn more and train to help children in transition

Raising kids in what was once one of the biggest melting pots of the country,  I think this message is super important. They are hearing from tv (polticians) and adults around them opinions on this subject…even in my own house! I’m not going to lie – reading “Sometimes” put my thoughts in a whole new perspective of the struggle for immigrant families. They don’t have it as easy as my ancestors did, that’s for sure!

This is definitely a deep, but meaningful read. I suggest it for teachers and parents. Canter Press, the publisher of the book, is also offering up a copy for one of my readers. You can enter below or the book can be purchased here.

About Canter Press
Canter Press is a broad-based publisher producing high-quality titles for educators and young readers. They specialize in the areas of educational literacy, young adult and children’s literature, narrative nonfiction, and religion.
About the Authors
John Seidlitz is founder and CEO of Seidlitz Education, a company that provides training and support to educators and leaders of English Language Learner programs across the state of Texas and beyond. John began his work with ELLs as a social studies teacher, after which he served as a program coordinator, and a regional education specialist. He has authored several books, including: 7 Steps to Developing a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom™ and Sheltered Instruction Plus: A Guide for Texas Teachers of English Learners. Sometimes is his first children’s book.
Hugo Ibarra immigrated to the United States when he was 25. After studying immigrant children for his thesis, he received a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from The University of Texas at Tyler and began his career as a Bilingual Education Teacher in Longview, Texas. Ibarra is currently the an elementary school principal in Bryan, Texas. Sometimes is his first children’s book.
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CanvasPop

Disclaimer: Posts on this blog may include affiliate links or reviews in which I was asked to review an item or service in exchange for compensation and/or free items. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. This post is compliments of CanvasPop.

How appropriate is it that I am off on my girls’ week full of crafting, relaxing, and spending time with my friends (including one of my favorite Pittsburgh photographers) and I’m stopping in to give one of YOU a chance to get your creative on?!??! Highly coordinated, as I do. 😉 But no, seriously. I’m super excited to tell you all about CanvasPop and how they helped me get our first real family of six photo up on our walls.

Ok, first some life rules. All of you have to promise me this in life:

  • Take pictures. Lots of pictures. Even when you feel sick, gross, or (yes) even fat. Because you don’t look like you think. Take this photo, for instance. One of my favorites, taken a year ago when I was fresh home from a night at the ER.

  • Share your pictures.
  • Print said pictures. Don’t let them just sit on your computer, phone, or camera.
  • Hang up said printed pictures. Enjoy them. Create a wall of photos that makes you smile.

So now, the part I am most excited about. Our first family of six photo now lives forever in our home on a beautiful 16×24 canvas from CanvasPop. Of course, the canvas doesn’t magically come to you via thin air. You have to take some actions…

  1. Go to CanvasPop.com and look around at all the options.
  2. Decide what canvas you are interested and what photo you’ll get printed. We obviously chose the one of all six of us that made us smile the most!
  3. Upload your photo to CanvasPop‘s super easy upload tool.
  4. Edit, if you’d like.
  5. Wait for your support agent to email you that your proof is ready for approval. It will look something like this:  orderpreview
  6. Once you’ve approved, it’s off for printing. Patience (but their shipping is super fast, so you don’t need a ton).
  7. Open the adorable package.
  8. Hang canvas.

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It’s that easy. I mean, honestly, I probably wrote in way too many steps. I’m simply in love with the canvas (and my family).

And…there’s more. CanvasPop is so awesome that they are giving away a canvas to one of my readers! This giveaway will end in a week, so get in on this fast!

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Didn’t win but still want a discount? Use code LILBURGHERS35 for 35% off (does not apply to shipping or gift cards and it cannot be combined with other discounts/offers) through January 29. This is the cutoff to get canvases printed for Valentine’s Day shipping.

Happy picture time! xoxo

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