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Vacation Myrtle Beach – Condo Giveaway

This post contains information shared to ‘lil Burghers through our partnership with US Family Guide. They’ve teamed up with Vaction Myrtle Beach to get the word out about their “Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway Contest” and asked that I’d share with yinz. All opinions are 100% my own. keep reading

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A Winter Break: Castaway Bay

We received an overnight stay and waterpark passes to Castaway Bay in exchange for sharing the post below with our readers. All opinions are 100% our own. Read all the way to the bottom to hear how you can enter to win your own #CastawayBayGetaway!

Pittsburgh, we’ve had enough of the snow and cold this year, haven’t we? I know spring is really right around the corner, but I am anxious for everything it brings with it. To help combat the season, we loaded the family up in the van and hit the road for a quick (three-hour) road trip to Sandusky, Ohio for an overnight stay at Castaway Bay. keep reading

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Nitro Circus: Coming to Pittsburgh June 21-22

My family and I received tickets to Nitro Circus in exchange for sharing this information and giveaway. All opinions are 100% our own. 

Something exciting is coming our to city next week (June 21 and 22 to be exact) – Nitro Circus and the all-new Next Level Tour! Our Bigs have no idea what they’re in for next week when we go – but because they are very familiar with Nitro Circus, I think they will be quite happy with this surprise.

Nitro Circus: Next Level Tour

If you’re not familiar with Nitro Circus, they are the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand. They’re known for incredible stunts and pushing the limits. Co-founder Travis Pastrana has been quoted: “Be careful what you ask for, because Nitro Circus will give you the opportunity to do it.”

Basically, this traveling team of daredevils delivers live audiences boundary-breaking feats in FMX, BMX, skating, scooters, and much more.

The Next Level Tour is bringing their feats and stunts to stadiums across the United States this summer with a stop next week in Pittsburgh (Highmark Stadium) for two nights.  Austrailian audiences have already had a glimpse at the fun:

Nitro Circus’ moto athletes proved they are all in by sending huge, gravity-defying tricks that definitely took the sport to new heights. USA’s Gregg Duffy, the first person ever to land a double front flip on a motorbike, stomped two incredible front flip variations for the GIO Stadium fans. The Canberra crowd also went wild for hometown favorite Harry Bink after he landed an FMX double backflip. For this very dangerous trick, one attempted by only a handful of riders, Bink shot more than 60-feet into the air to get the clearance needed to complete the two full rotations around before touching down on the lander. keep reading

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest

My family and I were invited to visit Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest for a weekend in exchange for our honest opinions. All opinions are 100% our own. 

Ah, sweet summertime in Pittsburgh! For me, summers used to include camping in a tent at local campgrounds. Camping holds a special place in my heart (bugs and all) and I am so happy that my family is enjoying continuing the tradition. Truth be told, our stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ at Kozy Rest was more “glamping”, but it still got the ‘ol camping bug moving in us. 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest: Our Stay

Tucked about an hour north of Pittsburgh (straight up Route 8 through Butler) is an adorable and peaceful campground, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest. This campground is award-winning and family-centered and from the moment we drove on the property (in the middle of a storm), we could see why. Check-in started with a greeter, then a speedy key pick-up and an escort down to our cabin. Our guide showed us everything we’d need to know about the amenities of the cabin (like air conditioning) then left us to discover what we might like to do next from the list of activities.

With all those activities, I’ll tell you what we didn’t do – we didn’t check out the WiFi until I was cleaning up the last bits on Sunday morning. The WiFi works, but you’re not going to need it with all of those things to keep you busy – I promise. 

We didn’t arrive in time to check out the Friday night movie, so we decided to settle in and get a “early” bedtime so we could be up and ready to check out the Jump Zone and bikes. Initially, we thought that we’d put the kids in the bedroom (with a single bunk over a double bed and space on the floor for an air mattress), but when we realized how short the loft space was, opted for that to be Ari and Evan’s space.

That might have been our first mistake – they woke up in the 6 AM hour and had us all (and probably everyone else around) awake too. The sun was up, they were too! As you can see, a nap did happen on Saturday afternoon between activities, phew!

Throughout the weekend, we took full advantage of all the free activities listed on that brochure and we basically in “divide and conquer” mode – Greg with the Bigs at things like Gaga Ball (which was new to us, but not the Bigs), the Frog Pond, and bike riding. I took the Twins to dance with “the bears”, check out cartoons, ride the train and fire truck. It was quite the busy time, but we still fit in a swim and lots of time on the bikes.

This video is just the start of all the fun we had! Check out more photos here

Bottom line, we loved it and would really like to get back again this summer. While the cabins are fun and affordable considering all you get, we’d probably tent camp for “the real deal” experience (plus, the shower rooms have A/C!). Greg and I were “good exhausted” by the end of the trip. If there would be any downsides, six people in a “tiny house” is not always the most fun thing (Mama might have lost her mind a few times) and Ava didn’t drink enough water on Saturday and ended up dehydrated. Good reminders to fill those tanks!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest: The Details

Campers can camp from April to October and enjoy themed weekends (our’s was Kids’ Carnival – check out this video to see some of the fun the whole camp had!) or bump into Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo™. Camp options include tents, RV’s, yurts, and full-service luxury cabins (like we enjoyed). Sites include electric service, fire rings, and picnic tables. Pets are welcomed on some sites, too!

Amenities at Kozy Rest include laundry, swimming pool, pavilions, church services, and free WiFi. Activities vary based on the themed weekends, but there is a gem mining sluice, bikes to rent (included), Gaga Ball, shuffleboard, a playground, a jump zone, and more. There really is something for everyone to enjoy!

While I loved the paper activities sheet, I also downloaded their app which would alert me 15-minutes before an event was to start. This was super convenient!

One thing we didn’t do was to have Yogi Bear and Boo Boo come for bedtime stories. Personally, I think that would have capped off the second night nicely, but 1) our kids go to bed a little earlier than this (extra) service is offered and 2) until this weekend, Isla had never really wanted anything to do with characters. Next time!

LOVE IT? If you’re ready to get a reservation on your calendar, head over to the Kozy Rest website (pittsburghjellystone.com) and see what option works best for your family.

Hopefully, you can see that camping is a great way to have family fun and make timeless memories. When you make a reservation at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, all you have to do is make a quick road-trip knowing the rest is waiting for you. 

Connect with Kozy Rest on Facebook and YouTube to see more of the fun that’s in store!

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2018 EQT Children’s Theater Festival

This May, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will celebrate 32 years of bringing kid-friendly theater performances from all over the world to our beloved city of Pittsburgh. We will be making our first official trip as a family of six – Mama and Evan got to take in some of the event in 2014 and loved what we experienced. We’re delighted to be partnering up with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to bring you the details on this year’s event!

2018 EQT Children’s Theater Festival

Our kiddos love getting to both watch and be part of the theater, usually impromptu in our living room! This spring, they’ll be getting the chance to experience theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and Mama is pretty sure they’re going to be amazed. (PSST! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can WIN tickets!)

Our friends at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust shared some details with us and we hope that you’re as excited as we are!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will be held May 17-20, 2018 in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. Fostering imagination through high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, attendees can enjoy six featured performances, hands-on activities, and a variety of family-friendly art and music at various indoor and outdoor venues. The cultural experiences offered throughout festival performances can be enjoyed by all ages.

“Every year, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival provides the setting for new and exciting featured artists from around the world to inspire creativity through the arts,” shared Pamela Komar, Director of Theater, Music and Youth Programming and Executive Director of the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series and EQT Children’s Theater Festival at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The heart and soul of the festival is to encourage discussion and create an opportunity for families to have meaningful conversations. The entire line-up of ticketed performances is interactive—audiences will be delighted to have opportunities to participate during the shows like never before. Everyone’s senses will be delighted as they feel like they are a direct part of the festival magic. Rain or shine, with both indoor and outdoor events, the festival is an easily accessible and rewarding way to spend your time.”

The 32nd EQT Children’s Theater Festival features performances from Italy, Scotland, Canada, the United States, and Australia. The festival offers shows and activities for the youngest theater goers from six months of age to special shows and activities for kids and teens ages 7 and up.

-Information from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

How to Experience the EQT Children’s Theater Festival keep reading

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Giveaway: BabyDam Bathtub Divider

We are still struggling to get the twins to enjoy bathtime. Did you heve this issue with your ‘lil ones? After hearing about the BabyDam Bathtub Divider, we are wondering if it will make bathtime just a wee bit more fun. This is a pretty awesome baby product that keeps water from filling up the whole tub.

If you would like to give this nifty product a try, our friends over at MamatheFox are having a giveaway for one. Scroll down and check it out!

Enter for your chance to win (1) BabyDam Bathtub Divider!

A retail value of $45!

Sponsored by:

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Backyard Chickens: 3 Best New Chicken Books for 2018

Fact or Poop – you can tell this mama lives with four kids, because when I saw this title of a book to help with raising backyard chickens, I couldn’t help but giggle! While we aren’t {{YET}} allowed to raise chickens, our good friends happen to have a popular chicken business, so I was excited to come across this giveaway hosted by Mom Blog Society. Good luck!

3 Best New Chicken Books for 2018: Giveaway

Welcome to this giveaway.  One winner will receive the 3 books mentioned below which are a $50 value.  If you haven’t read about them you can read the review here.

  • Epic Eggs: The Poultry Enthusiast’s Complete and Essential Guide to the Most Perfect Food.
  • The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens. 
  • Chicken Fact Or Chicken Poop: The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to the Facts and Fictions You Need To Know To Keep Your Flock Healthy and Happy. 
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    Teach My Giveaway

    Teach My Giveaway

    As part of the Mom Blog Society, I’m excited to bring you this giveaway for Teach My – a way to bring fun learning activities into your home! Heidi, take it away!

    Teach My Giveaway

    This great giveaway is sponsored by Teach My and hosted by Life with Heidi.

    A few years ago I introduced you to Teach My, a company dedicated to making fun activities for children to help them learn. Take a look at the previous review to learn about the Teach My Baby, Teach my Toddler and Teach My Preschooler sets. Now the sets are getting more detailed by talking about Baby Animals, The Solar System, Time and Continents and Animals. But now they have a new kit and it is designed perfectly for Kindergarten aged students, you can check it out here.

    Education is one of the most important things in life and you can help your toddlers get a head start with these great kits! I love that they have a telling time kit because it is one of the hardest concepts for students to grasp especially in this digital age. You can never start early enough giving your child or children the love for learning and setting them up for success that will last a lifetime!

     

    Teach My is a Women Owned company all about helping parents spend quality time with their children through educational play. Started by Christy Cook when her son was a toddler, she realized the need for an all-inclusive educational kit that parents could work on with their children. These products teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the basic skills, things like; the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, reading and even math! These products can be found in nationwide retailers including Walmart, Toys R Us, Target.com and online on Amazon.

    Did you know Teach My Kindergartner is the newest addition to the Teach My Learning Kits? Check out what is has inside:

    Teach My Kindergartener is our newest all-in-one learning kit designed for ages 4+. The kit contains unique and coordinated tools to teach spelling, money, telling time and the year. Your kindergartener can master 100 spelling words, counting money, analog and digital time as well as days of the week, months of the year, dates, years, weather and seasons. Each set in the kit is fully coordinated to encourage matching and repetition. Teach My Kindergartener is designed to be screen-free, one-on-one learning time. The kit aims to promote school readiness and a head start for kindergarten, in just 20 minutes a day.

     

     

    Go to Teach My site to learn more about this new kit. Use the Store Locator to find Teach My Kits near you!

    ENTER TO WIN!

    One lucky reader will win a $50 Gift Card to Teach My!

    The giveaway is open to Continental US only, 18+

    The giveaway ends 1/25 at 11:59p est

    Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. keep reading

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    Pittsburgh’s Original Makerspace (A Giveaway!)

    Source: Snapology

    // Anyone else proud of their ‘lil makers for all the building they’ve been doing with the blocks and bricks they got over the holidays? Or do you find yourself wishing you wouldn’t step on them with every move? If your living room looks like Pittsburgh’s original makerspace (Snapology), trust me, that’s a good thing!

    Let Imaginations Soar

    Sure, it might not be fun to step on all those bricks and blocks, but it definitely is great watching the kids’ imaginations soar as they build. But if you’re tired of that happening in your living room (or dining room or sunporch or upstairs hallway), there’s a place you can let this happen – at Pittsburgh’s Original Makerspace, Snapology!

    Maybe it is building a bridge or a race car or a complex castle. But your child will be amazed at what they can accomplish in a space dedicated to this imaginative play.

    Do your kids love being makers? KEEP READING for a giveaway!

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    Pittsburgh’s Original Makerspace

    Snapology is a place you can take your kids to play with LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology? There are hands-on, interactive STEM learning activities for ‘lil Burghers ages 1-14. As the children play, core competencies in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and literacy are reinforced. Being a maker kid is where the magic of it all coming together happens.

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    The Discovery Center is open for:

  • Birthday Parties (including sensory friendly parties)
  • Field Trips
  • Parents Night Out (drop-off available for ages 5+)
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    Steripods Prize Pack Giveaway

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    Are you still searching for something unique for holiday shopping? I just found out about Steripods and have to tell you that I’m super excited to know something like these pods exist. Santa, you might just have to put some in my stocking!

     

    Welcome to the Pod Prize Package Giveaway. If you haven’t read about Steripods yet, you can do so here.

    What is included in this Year Supply of Steripods?

    Steripod Kids and Steripod Razor protectors for a family of four (8 Steripods, 8 Steripod Kids, and 8 Steripod Razors) plus 4 Steripod travel-size toiletry bags.

    The Rules

    This giveaway will go from 12.17-12.30 11:59 pm est
    You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter
    Winner must reply to winning notification email within 24 hours.
    Enter on the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!

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    We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. This is Open to the US Only and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. What U Talking Bout Willis?(and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified.

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