Event Alert: Yinzer 5k and Lil’ Yinzer

I was asked to share information on the Yinzer 5k and Lil’ Yinzer here on my blog. As I love running and our city and organizations doing good things, I agreed to let yinz know about this event! 

Source: Light of Life

Light of Life  Rescue Mission is holding their fun run to benefit their mission (to “provide a home for the homeless and food for the hungry, and will build disciples for the Kingdom of God among the poor, addicted, abused and needy”).  The event on June 16, 2018 will include a 5k run and a fun run (less than one mile) for the kids.

What: Yinzer 5k and Lil’ Yinzer Fun Run

When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 with registration starting at 8 a.m.

Where: Across from Stage AE/Heinz Field


What to Wear: Your best black and gold attire!

Where to Get More Information: Light of Life’s event page

Following the event, there will be prizes and Yinzer food.

Is this race on your summer list? Yinz better get it on there soon! Happy racing!



Things to Do with Kids in Pittsburgh: January 2018

Winter is definitely here in the ‘Burgh, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do with kids in Pittsburgh in January. We’ve browsed the internet and local events calendar and have pulled together a list of things for you to do with your ‘lil Burghers in January.  Enjoy!

kids Pittsburgh January 2018

Things to do with Kids in Pittsburgh: January 2018

We make every effort to ensure the details below are correct; however, please use the “Event Details” links to get Contact Information and ensure the dates and availability are current.

Mess Fest
January 1 at Carnegie Science Center
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Ice Skating Lessons
January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at North Park
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Annual Holiday Train Display 
January 5-7; 12-14 at Western PA Model Railroad Museum
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Skippy Jon Jones Snow What
January 7-14 at Byham Theater and other locations
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Drugs Kill Dreams – Jail Experience
January 9 via ARC Manor, Armstrong County (for teens+)
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January 13 – 21 at Seven Springs
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Cirque du Soleil Crystal
January 17 – 21 at PPG Paints Arena
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Wizard of Oz
January 20 – February 4 at Gemini Theater
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Family FunFest
January 21 at Station Square
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NFL Play 60 Training Camp 
January 27 at Heinz History Center
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Have a kid-friendly event in Pittsburgh and want to be added to this list or featured? Contact us for more information on how to be included in our monthly and weekly listings!

Friends and Lanterns

Enter disclaimer text Our attendance at Lantern Fest PA was one such opportunity.

My eyes are still tearing up every now and then thinking about our night at Lantern Fest.

Lantern Fest PA

First, Greg ended up getting to go with me because the date changed. Yay for semi-date nights. Us married couples need relationship builders, you know?!? 

Second, my best friend Missy and her husband Tom got to join us. I was over the moon – we’ve been overdue for time together (although it did make me want to pack bags and go camping). Greg and I are so blessed to have these awesome friends in our lives.

Praying for a lifetime of love & happiness for you, friends.

Third, the kids. They loved having time with the four of us and the four of them. They explored the dirt track with Daddy and Uncle Tom, raced on an inflatable race, and helped Aunt Missy and me make amazing s’mores.


They got it, connecting with the lanterns going up into the night sky. Evan even decorated his with the name of a friend from school which made my heart all into pieces.


And the girls? They were calm throughout the evening, finding zen when the lanterns went up into the night sky…though it could have been the lyrics to “To Where You Are” (Josh Groban) or “Tiny Dancer” (Elton John) that did that, too.


Because if you’ve ever heard “To Where You Are” + you’ve lost someone you love + you are lighting lanterns? all.the.tears

To Where You Are

We are all so glad we got to take in the Lantern Fest here in PA, and hope it could become a tradition for us.



Lantern Fest

Enter disclaimer text Tonight’s post is thanks to Lantern Fest, an event coming to Pittsburgh in May 2016. UPDATE! New date, due to weather, is June 4, 2016.

Lantern Fest

Two years ago, the Bigs and I got to witness one of the coolest closing events of a wedding ever, a sky filled with lanterns. They chose to light lanterns and release them into the sky because “historically, Chinese Lanterns have been used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, and celebrate the lives of loved ones” (I got my information from the Lantern Fest, but same reasoning for our friends big day).  The release was spectacular – we ooo’ed and aww’ed — watching several lanterns lift into the late evening sky.

Because it was so amazing, I was all the feels when I was asked if I’d heard of Lantern Fest and wanted to go to the Pittsburgh event (coming SOON!). Well, YES!

Our Friends Lighting Lanterns at their sister’s wedding

Because, seriously. Isn’t light just amazing? Don’t you remember that I cried when I found out my church lit lanterns on Christmas Eve and I wasn’t there? So you know I won’t be missing this event, right?

Alright. I’ve clearly convinced you that you should join us, right? Well, if not, here’s some more official information from a press release on March 22:

Lantern Fest
Photo Courtesy of Lantern Fest

Chinese Lanterns Illuminate the Sky: The Lantern Fest comes to Pennsylvania this spring

Last year thousands of lanterns illuminated the sky when more than 8,000 revelers gathered at the Poconos for the Lantern Fest. On May 14, the spectacle will travel west and make a stop in Pittsburgh. Event organizers expect thousands to join together at Lernerville Speedway to celebrate life and make memories.

“Pittsburgh is an exciting addition to our 2016 schedule,” says event director Spencer Humiston. “The event unifying and one of the most visually stunning things you have ever seen in your life. Pittsburgh will love it!”

When gates open at 4 p.m., families can settle in to roast s’mores, decorate their lanterns, and enjoy entertainment, including: a stage show, face painters, princesses, inflatables, and live music. After sunset, participants will come together to release their lanterns, painting the sky gold with their hopes and dreams.

“This event is unique because it appeals to people of all ages,” said Lantern Fest spokeswoman Amy Gessel. “It is not often that an event encourages participation from the youngest children to senior citizens and everyone in between. It means something different to each participant but can be enjoyed by all.”

A portion of event proceeds will be donated to Angels of America’s Fallen. This non-profit organization provides funds and supplies for mentoring children of fallen police, military and other first responders.

What to Know When You Go

Lantern Fest Kit
Photo Courtesy of Lantern Fest

If you’re convinced and would like to attend Lantern Fest here are the details:

  • When: Saturday, June 4, 2016. You can start to grab your spot at 4:00 PM.
  • Where: Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pennsylvania (about 25 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh)
  • Tickets: You will need to buy Lantern Passes online. (Current pricing is $35 per pass — you’ll need one per adult / $5 for children ages 4-12 / FREE for 3 and under.) But keep reading for a discount code! 
  • What’s Included: Each pass includes a lantern, marker, s’mores kit, and lighter. The Kid’s Pass will include entrance and a gift. The event will also include food, live music, princesses, face painting, and more. Lanterns will lift into the sky at sundown.
  • Where to find out more: Lantern Fest is on Facebook / More information (including other locations) is available on their website, thelanternfest.com.

Let it Glow

Lantern Fest
Photo Courtesy of the Lantern Fest

Hopefully you will grab a blanket and join my family and I at this beautiful event. I know we have some lives to celebrate, some memories to be made, and some requests for good weather to lift up. *wink* If you are able to, let me know…but also head over to thelanternfest.com/location/pittsburgh/ and use code lilburghers10 for 10% off.

We’re excited, and we hope you will be, too.

Ice Cream Fundae

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I might be all into eating healthy, but that doesn’t mean I won’t take a break and enjoy some ice cream this summer. That’s why you will find Evan and I tasting and voting on our favorite flavors at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Sunday, August 17 for Pressley Ridge’s Ice Cream Fundae.

source: Pressley Ridge


In its 20th year, this event brings Pittsburghers to the Zoo for ice cream tasting and family activities. Attendees will vote on their favorite flavors, and funds raised will go to help Pressley Ridge continue to serve their mission to give families support when it’s needed most.

We’ll be learning more at the event (and sharing with you later), but would love to say hi to anyone who attends that night. Tickets are available for purchase through the Pressley Ridge website. There is a VIP option as well as general admission starting at FREE for kids ages 3 and under, $10 for 4 and up, and $25 for over 12. Tickets include all-you-can-eat ice cream, face painting, zoo admission, and more.

Event: Family Friendly Tweetup

The ‘lil Burghers are hoping you’ll join them next Tuesday for a Family Friendly Tweetup (brought to you by Pittsburgh Tweetup, Katie (@KatieB480), Rachel of Back ‘N Groove Mom, and myself).

Here are the quick details:

What: Kid Friendly Tweetup / Potluck Dinner / Movie Night in the Park, “Brave”

When: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Where: Squaw Valley Park — look for us in the picnic shelter closest to the playground (Fox Chapel, PA)

Cost: Bring a potluck dish (sign up here), BYOB (non-alcoholic), donation for Beverly’s Birthdays

We will be providing popcorn, paper products, and the place. Bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the movie!

for more details, check out our Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/115510748619274/

Squaw Valley Park
Source: http://www.ohara.pa.us/