Pittsburgh, PA:Register your child for summer camp fun with Jump Start Sports!

3331Memorial Day is on MONDAY and school is winding down! NOW is the time to get those kids registered for summer camp fun — be sure to tell them you heard about their awesome programs here from My Kids’ Cool Mom! My kids (4, 6 and 8) cannot wait to attend camp and learn about a variety of sports.

Summer Camps
Unique sports camps for children ages 4 – 12. Jump Start Sports Camps are fun-oriented and highly instructional for the novice while more advanced players will learn more advanced concepts and will be coached at their ability and level of understanding. The relaxed and nurturing atmosphere enables children to learn, grow, make friends, and have a meaningful summer experience. Sports offered include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball and more! These sports vary by area. Learn. Develop. Succeed!


Preschool Sports Programs
Children ages 3 – 6 have a blast learning the fundamentals of sports from trained staff coaches (NOT coached by parents of participants). Players are put on teams and play games so that the children learn teamwork, game concepts, and sportsmanship. The first half of the classes focus on skill development using terminology and fun drills designed to teach these concepts to such young children. Programs offered include Hummingbirds Soccer, T-Birds T-Ball, Rookie League Coach Pitch Baseball, Little Hoop Stars Basketball, Mini-Mites Flag Football, and Deck Hockey. These programs provide a special experience for the whole family while children gain an appreciation of sports, specific knowledge and skill, an appreciation of team, and a boost in confidence. Learn. Develop. Succeed!


Youth Sports Programs
Children of all experience and skill levels improve fundamentals and learn about new sports in these fun oriented programs led by trained staff coaches (NOT coached by parents of participants). Players meet one day a week and are taught skills and fundamentals they will need to succeed in more competitive programs. Then they practice what they have learned in games that teach game concepts, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Sports offered include Introductory Lacrosse, Flag Football, Fall Baseball, Hoop Stars Basketball, Deck Hockey, Beginner/Intermediate Tennis, and Introductory Volleyball. Learn. Develop. Succeed!
Pittsburgh Area Locations:

  • Brentwood
  • Greensburg
  • Hempfield
  • Monroeville
  • Moon
  • Ohio Township
  • Penn Hills

Find out more at www.jumpstartsports.com or email us at info@jumpstartsports.com
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Monster Jam returns to Pittsburgh. Plus FREE public party on February 13th!

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February 14-16, 2014 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam returns to Pittsburgh, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through! Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. Trucks: Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction driven by Tom Meents, Advance Auto Parts Grinder, El Toro Loco, Brutus, Spike, Crushstation and Spiderman.



Show Schedule:
Fri Feb. 14 – 7:30pm
Sat Feb 15 – 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sun Feb 16 – 2:00pm

Front Row – $55 All Seats
Gold Circle – $35 All Seats
3rd Price Level – $25 Adults / $12 Kids (ages 2 – 12)

All tickets $2 more day of show.
Additional fees may apply.

FREE PUBLIC PARTY on Thursday, February 13th


shopkick…get rewards for just being at the store

shopkickshopkick is a free app that once downloaded, you just open when you walk into a store. You earn kicks when you are in the store.

Since I’ll be out shopping at various stores in the next few weeks, this is a perfect time to have the app downloaded onto my phone.

Get rewards for visiting stores like Macy’s, Best Buy, and Target. Earn points, earn rewards and earn discounts on your favorite products.

Click HERE to join and try it out today!


What is Craftsy?

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.

What IS the Craftsy experience?
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more.

Pleygo is a hit with my kids! Get your first month FREE!

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Pleygo? What’s that? Pleygo is a Net-Flix like service for Legos! Subscribe, rent, play, and exchange sets of LEGOs unlimited times per month. Shipping is always free both ways and sets are sanitized when returned. They offer a convenient, quick, and inexpensive solution that relieves clutter and saves space at home while saving money.

We signed up and selected 10 sets to put in a queue for shipment. We have received 3 sets since beginning the service and the kids love it! They look forward to each set. When I see that they are losing interest in the set, it’s time to send it back using the label and box it was sent in and wait for the next set to arrive.  It sure beats spending the money on sets that end up just sitting there after they lose interest. This way, they are excited for each new shipment.

This is how a few of our sets arrived:

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When we receive the set, the rules are to keep them in one room and in a box. I use the lid to a box of computer paper. They are to keep their own Legos away from these so they don’t get them mixed up.

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They ended up not following the rules for our second set and mixed them up with their own. We ended up purchasing that set for a discounted price because we are a member of Pleygo and that became part of their birthday gifts. Within a few days of purchasing the set we already had, a new one arrived.

Read on for more information:

Co-Founded by influential parenting blogger and creator of A-List mom Elina Furman, Plegyo is the perfect way to supply your child with endless developmental tools and allow for that much needed quiet time at home!

Three levels of subscription starting at just $15 allow you to find the plan that best suits you. They offer credit towards you account for sets and mixed bricks that you donate to us, and they provide the shipping label too! Pleygo is a perfect gift for a family friend, loved one, or birthday party. Purchase a gift subscription and send it with a special message from you! Pleygo is constantly expanding our inventory with more sets!

Receive your First Month FREE at http://www.usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?bid=11329&dealid=1389®ionid=75 or directly at www.Pleygo.com to register!

Mummy Halloween Decoration Craft

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This is such a cute and fun craft for kids of many ages. Read the full article HERE to see how it was completed. The full article also includes tips on how to incorporate educational and fine motor skills while completing the craft. Ideas for modifications to the craft are also included.

Re-pin this craft HERE.

Create a Fall tree craft with a handprint and thumbprints

CaptureCheck out this cute Fall craft. This craft is perfect for children of many ages. Even toddlers can do this project. This project can be adapted so that the parent or teacher can teach the child independent tasks, fine and gross motor control and even about the seasons. Check out the full article for ideas on how to incorporate teachable moments. The full article also has step by step instructions with pictures.

Click here for the full article.

When you are done with your project, come back here and comment on how it went. You can even post it to my Facebook page. I’d love to see your projects!

Re-pin this craft on Pinterest here.

Scary realization about Smartphone pictures…PLEASE watch!

I take a lot of pictures of my children on my iPhone and post them to Facebook. I don’t have nearby relatives so it’s a great way for them to see my kids. I saw this video posted on Facebook this morning from a few friends and immediately needed to write this post. Even though this was from 2010 and I have had an iPhone for almost a year, I still had no idea about this.

Basically, from these photos, your children can be located right down to their own home, daycare, park or even favorite restaurant. Please watch the video (it’s a news story) to the end and you will be able to set your phone to prevent this from happening.

Watch the video here.

Re-pin this on Pinterest here to share!

Safe online cash advances

Have you ever encountered the need for obtaining cash quickly? Everyone is faced with this dilemma at one point or another to pay for an unexpected utility bill, medical bill, or other obligation that was not figured into their expenses. Often times the first thought for people in these situations is to simply take out a traditional bank loan. Unfortunately, many people have found themselves in a position in which they do not qualify for bank loans because of lost jobs, foreclosures, repossessions, and other such events that have occurred due to the state of the economy. Thanks to the advancements that have taken place in the field of technology there are alternative solutions to traditional bank loans.

Companies such as USA Cash Services offer safe online cash advances that can help get a person through tough financial situations that arise. By simply filling out an easy application over the internet and answering a couple of questions people have been able to have cash advance loans deposited directly into their personal bank accounts. These companies understand that hardworking people deserve a second chance and they are willing to give it to them. A convenient repayment schedule is created by the lending company to ensure that the borrower can build their credit back up. This helps not only when applying for loans or credit cards, but also when applying for many job opportunities and for lower insurance premiums as well. So let USA Cash Services help you get started for a brighter tomorrow today!


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Super WHY! LIVE was fun, educational and interactive!

Super WHY! Live will stop in 27 cities across the U.S. in April and May, taking kids and parents on a live reading adventure traveling inside a book to find the answer to the question, “Who has the Greatest Super Power in the World?”

We had the extraordinary opportunity to see the show when it stopped in Pittsburgh. Check out my kids before the show began. They were so excited!

The show is very entertaining and educational. It features Alpha Pig with “Alphabet Power,” Wonder Red with “Word Power,” Princess Presto with “Spelling Power,” Super Why with the “Power to Read,” and their puppy pal Woofster.

Look at my kids’ faces during the show while it captured their attention…priceless. (*Disclaimer: my kids do NOT show a lot of emotion when watching something they like so to see them just staring at the stage and in awe of the show was pure enjoyment to me…lol.)

The story line was very cool and interactive as well. They really got the kids in the audience involved in the show. *Small spoiler alert* My kids and the others in the audience would probably tell you that one of the highlights of the show were the Continue reading…