Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just Between Friends: Pittsburgh North Spring Sale {Giveaway}

Six months ago today, we added a sweet new baby girl to our lives.  Violet is our last baby--the completion of our family.  Being another girl following her 3 1/2 year old sister, Lily, we lucked out in the ability to reuse most of the baby items we'd gotten for our Lily.  Yay for us!   As the sentimental, sappy mama that I am, I want some things that are new to this baby girl.  Do I want to pay a bunch of money just because I'm sappy???   NOPE!

Enter Just Between Friends of Pittsburgh again into my life!

I first started shopping this sale 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Lily.  It is the mother of all consignment sales for me! It's not just that I'm sappy and remember shopping for my newest baby arriving 10 years after my first.  It's the items I've found, the quality, the people involved in the sale from the owner to the volunteers and everything in between. This is my favorite sale, hands down!

Last year, my one MUST HAVE item was a sit n stand stroller for my toddler and my baby.  I did not leave disappointed! In fact, I was so ecstatic about my find and the price that everytime I pull out my stroller I literally smile at how happy it makes me! Cheesy?! For sure, but my bargain loving heart is happy! My girls are happy too!

This time, I have a 6 month old to shop for, as well as my 3 1/2 year old, and even my 10 year old stepdaughter!  I always peek at the sports equipment for my teenage son who plays hockey and lacrosse for good, quality used equipment.  While I no longer will look for maternity clothes, I always looked for them at this sale as well!  There is basically something for everyone!  One stop shopping at incredible bargains is the place for me!

This year I'm still just shopping  since I still have a growing baby.  But she has outgrown Fall and Winter items, I've already started putting items aside getting ready to consign for the Fall sale! I'm excited to start that new venture too!

I want to help you be at this sale before the general public! Thanks to the folks at JBF Pittsburgh,  I'm giving away 2 pre-sale passes for you and your guest to shop on Thursday, April 24th from 2pm-9pm!
The rafflecopter giveaway below has many opportunities to enter and some you can even come back and do daily!  The giveaway will run April 17, 2014 through midnight April 23, 2014.  Winner will be notified by email and also announced on this page.

psssst!  If you want more chances to win... my friend, Amy is giving away passes on her blog too!

The Deets:

The Just Between Friends Pittsburgh North Spring/Summer Children's & Maternity Consignment event kicks off for everyone on April 25th.  There is an exclusive pre-sale for team members, consignors, first-time parents, foster parents, military families and teachers on Thursday, April 24! 
What: JBF Pittsburgh North Children's & Maternity Spring/Summer Sale
When: Fri., April 25 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., April 26 - 8am-5pm (NEW Merchandise!) & Sun., April 27 - 8am-5pm (Many items 50% off). 

Where: RMU Island Sports Center Golf Dome, 7600 Grand Ave, Neville Island 15225

Admission: $3 on Friday (under 18 is free - or print your FREE admission pass below for Friday). Admission is free Saturday & Sunday.

Want to turn YOUR clutter into CA$H at the Spring Sale?  It's not too late to sign up to sell any new and gently used items your family has outgrown at the JBF event. 

Consignors prepare and price their own items using an easy, online bar code system. They earn 60% of their sales or if they sign up as a team member and help out at the event, 70% of their sales. Anyone interested in consigning can sign up for the Pittsburgh event on the website(click here).
Team Members are an important part of our JBF event. Our JBF Team Members shop FIRST and earn 70% on their consigned items.  Anyone who consigns is welcome to help out at the event.  You can register as a team member for a short 4-hour shift to guarantee early admission at the pre-sale event!

We hope to see YOU at the JBF Sale!

psssst!  If you want more chances to win... my friend, Amy is giving away passes on her blog too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We're Going on an Egg Hunt

This past weekend we went to our township's annual Easter egg hunt.  This was Lily's 3rd one and Violet's first.   Violet's participation was simply for photos, of course. Andrew, of course, is always there as a sister helper.

The last two years it's been really cold, so we were thrilled when the weather called for a warm, sunny, finally Spring day!  Lily was excited to get started, waiting patiently for the signal to go find her eggs.

And she was off and running!  Each participant is supposed to get 12 eggs and then turn them in for a goodie bag.  We let her get Violet's as well.  Since it's hard to tell a kid to stop at 12 eggs when the fun is finding them and putting them in the basket, we just toss anymore than the 12 eggs back out into the field. :)

Lily's hunting this year was very specific.  All pink. 

There actually were a ton of other people there, but we go way out in the field so Lily has room to run and I don't end up with a bunch of strangers in my pictures. :)

While Lily was gathering Violet's eggs, I took some pictures of Violet

Of course, there's always some family shots to be taken. 

These pictures are as real as it gets trying to get a stubborn toddler to pose for a picture when she doesn't want to. 

After the picture fun, we headed into the community center for Lily to do some crafts and determine whether an Easter bunny visit would take place on our part. 

She had a lot of fun with the crafts and this year was old enough to do much of it with little help. :)
First, was a bunny frame. Andrew helped with the snacks. 

Then Lily and Daddy made bunny masks for she and Violet.

She also made a lily that was made from tracing and cutting out her hand! 
I loved this craft best. :)

In another room, they had an area for coloring and painting with bingo daubers which Lily was super excited to do! She is very into coloring, drawing, painting, writing with chalk etc. these days.

Daddy, Andrew and Violet waited patiently for us.

There was a "lily-pop" tree and since those are Lily's favorites, she was excited when she not only got a lilypop, but her stick had a red bottom and she won a prize! A cute little pink bunny with string legs. 

We decided to wait on the Easter bunny and make that its own special day with the girls, so no bunny visit that day, but he was there!   After winning her prize, we went out to lunch which we rarely are able to all do together so that was a fun treat. We had our friend Easter party to go to later in the day, so after lunch we headed home for the kids to rest before part two of our fun Easter events!  

I love going to these types of events in our township and this year was the best so far. It was super organized, lots of helpers and a ton of stuff to do. There was also facepainting, Andrew's marching band ran the concession stand with lots of goodies to eat, and the fire department had a couple trucks for the kids to be able to climb in, put on fire helmets and firefighters to talk with the kids.  

The Easter egg hunt is one of my favorite events of the year!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day 2014

St. Patrick's Day isn't one of those gift holidays in our house, but a little green milk with breakfast, some paper shamrock plates to have our supper on and it makes me happy to celebrate this day with my little family.

When Andrew was little, we'd have green scrambled eggs for breakfast or green pancakes.  This year, I opted for a run for green doughnuts with my Lily love.  She's a total doughnut girl, so this was perfect! She was excited about her green milk after inquisitively looking into her cup.

Violet turned 5 months old on her 1st St. Pat's Day which was exciting to nobody, but me! haha  Remember all her firsts are my I'm celebrating them all. :)
I donned my girls in some of their luckiest clothes for the day too, of course. Andrew wore green too, though he kept his hoodie on all day at school. Reagan didn't wear green...bummer for her.

Lily also called it "Paddrick's Day" which I love and her shirt had "paddricks" on it too. 

No one was excited about having corned beef brisket for supper, so I compromised and planned on our version of reuben sandwiches for supper along with some pierogies.  I told George we'll call them Studdards.  Reubens minus the kraut and thousand island.  This will only be funny to us because we remember dumb stuff, but totally us!  Lily and I made pre-cut-out shamrock cookies for dessert. She loves to bake and I wanted easy.

After supper, Lily worked on a treat for her preschool class for the next day.

Easy peasy stuff to do to make another day special for my family.  That makes me happy!

My Not So Little Guy and My Little Punky Pie

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