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Income Goal Updates, PF by Women Member Feature & Cool Things Happening in Pennsylvania

I’m a little late with my income goal update this month. I apologize!

Sort of.

I was in Japan recently for one of my longest and best friend’s wedding. I took my time while I was there, which resulted in this update coming a little later than usual.

I’ll tell you all about my most recent Japan adventures soon. You can check out tips from my last trip by browsing the travel section. Or, if you just can’t wait, I maaaaayyyyy already be sharing some pics on Instagram.

But right now I want to catch you up on how my charts have been working.

Today I’m icy but I’m praying for some more snow.

Inspired by Nicki Minaj and Queen Bey, October’s income chart definitely helped me get inspired to pursue more work. And to do so ever-so-close to successfully!

I had some banking issues while I was abroad — which I’ll also cover in a future post — so my personal finances don’t look as good as my business income this month. But I’m still anticipating payment for some of the work lined up on this income chart, and I’m so fortunate to know my money woes are something I am reasonably capable of fixing.

Just watch my wildest dreams come true…

November’s chart is inspired by Paramore. I did lower my income goal this month. I want to be sure I’m stretching myself, but also that I’m setting achievable goals.

With the travel and some paperwork responsibilities I have this month just to keep my household running, I knew that I would not be able to dedicate the time necessary to keep my goal as high as it has been.

Don’t worry. It’ll be going back up again in December.

I am decently happy with how quickly this smaller chart is filling up, though. The chart has filled in a tiny bit more since I took this pic, and I’m close enough that I’m super motivated to hustle. Should I happen to beat my goal, that’s all the better!

Check out past income goal charts:

Personal Finance by Women

Thank you everyone for all of your support of Personal Finance by Women! The effort launched a couple months ago, and we’ve already gotten a lot done. We’ve completed a service project using financial literacy to fight the opioid epidemic, generated income-earning opportunities for our membership and have another service project on its way in the Spring.

On top of all this, on Friday we had some exciting news go live.

Business Insider — whose editorial team values diverse writers — featured PF by Women member Charis Hill’s story of home ownership on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Please check out more of the deets — it’s such a well-written and eye-opening story!

Black Friday Family Day at the Mattress Factory

installation art pittsburgh

To my readers in Pittsburgh:

I’m so excited to let you know about a really fun event at the Mattress Factory on Black Friday! Rather than going out and spending hoards of money on things, they’re offering families an opportunity to build memories at a great event.

Great events are the only type of events the Mattress Factory does.

You can skip the lines at the mall and stop by the Mattress Factory on Friday, November 29, from 1-5 PM, for a day of family-friendly, hands-on activities and three buildings of installation art.

Family Day activities have something for everyone and will include zine making, face painting by Rikki, early learner explorations, teen activities, a hot chocolate bar and music courtesy of DJ Dave Zak.

The event is free with regular museum admission which is:

  • $20 for adults
  • $15 for students and seniors
  • $10 for veterans
  • $1 per person in a family with an ACCESS card (up to 4 tickets)
  • Children under 6 free

Aside from a fun way to spend the day after Thanksgiving, Family Day also gives guests the opportunity to learn more about the Mattress Factory’s regular educational programming.

Dinosaur Adventure

If you’re looking for something to do over the winter holiday break with the kiddos, you might want to head to the Monroeville Convention Center.

On December 27-29, 2019, the Convention Center will be hosting Dinosaur Adventure, and it looks sick.

Dinosaur Adventure is an all-new, one of a kind exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Learn about the most popular dinosaurs — Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Velociraptor — and explore recent finds with exciting discoveries!

As part of Dinosaur Adventure, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities: fossil crafting, Jurassic jeeps, themed obstacle courses, riding their favorite dinosaur, and more! The whole family will also be amused by our live entertainment featuring a walking dinosaur show, and a baby dinosaur meet & greet.

Best part? Because you’re a reader of this blog, you can save $3 on your ticket using code: FLASH3

You don’t have to be in the Pittsburgh area to attend! This is touring the country, and Pittsburgh is actually the last stop. Find out if your city is on the list.

Crayola Experience Easton

If you live a little further east in PA, you can check out Crayola Experience on the regular. As a Pittsburgher, I prefer to make the trek out east in the warmer months.

But either way, I just found out the Crayola Experience in Easton offers annual passes for just $29.99. ALSO, if you purchase a pass between now and November 30, you get 13 months of membership instead of the usual 12. These deals are exclusively offered to you as one of my readers.

So if you’re looking for something to put under the tree…

I’m really excited to head out that way once the weather starts turning!

Judy Moody & Stink: #Pittsburgh Family Ticket #Giveaway

This post is in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

What’s this? A third week of Pittsburgh Children’s Theater ticket giveaways?

You know it!

This show in particular is for families with children ages 3+. Let’s get to it!

Judy Moody & Stink

Based on the popular book series by Megan McDonald, be prepared to go on a hilarious adventure live on stage with Judy Moody and Stink, the dynamic sister and brother duo. As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship.

The first couple of performances will be at the Byham, but this one is traveling to K-12 school campuses all over the suburbs, too!

  • November 17, 2019. Byham Theater 2p
  • November 18, 2019 Byham Theater 10:15a
  • November 20, 2019 Greensburg-Salem High School 7p
  • November 21, 2019 Marshall Middle School 5:30p
  • November 21, 2019 Marshall Middle School 7:30p
  • November 22, 2019 Hopewell High School 7p
  • November 23, 2019 Mt Lebanon High School 11a
  • November 23, 2019 Mt Lebanon High School 2p
  • November 24, 2019 Seneca Valley Intermediate High School 2p

You can find more ticketing information, including where to get $12 tickets, here.

Ticket Giveaway

On to the giveaway! Use the widget below to enter to win a package of four (4) tickets to Judy Moody & Stink. You’ll get to pick the time and location from the above options.

There are many ways to get entries everyday, so be sure to come back for more entries! This giveaway will be open through 11:59p on November 12, 2019. Best of luck, and be sure to enter the Walk Two Moons and the Pick-Your-Show giveaways while they’re still open!

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Walk Two Moons: #Pittsburgh Ticket #Giveaway for Families

This post is in partnership with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Last week, we introduced the giveaway for Pittsburgh’s 2019-2020 Children’s Theater season. Hop over and enter — you can win tickets to any show of your choice!

Today, we’re giving away tickets specifically for the premier show: Walk Two Moons. It’s recommended for families with kids ages 7+, and looks like it’s going to be incredibly moving.

Walk Two Moons

While driving cross-country with her grandparents in search of her mother, 13-year-old Sal meets many eccentric characters. None more so than Phoebe – Sal’s best friend and the main character in the stories she tells to entertain her grandparents. Phoebe’s story bursts with wild conspiracy theories of her own missing mother, which helps Sal confront her own loss. But with a deadline looming, Sal might not make it in time to reunite with the one person she wants to find most. Follow National Players on their journey in this moving adaptation of the award-winning novel by Sharon Creech about family, identity, and coming-of-age.

You can catch this performance in Pittsburgh at the Byham Theater. I’m really interested to see how they’re going to be presenting the car situation plus what I’m assuming will be flashbacks as Sal tells her stories.

It will be showing at three different times:

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:15a
  • Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00p
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00a

There will be an interpreter for the Deaf at the November 9 performance. You can get your tickets here for any of the show times on the weekend of the 8th & 9th.

Ticket Giveaway!

Of course, we’re giving away tickets, too! Use the widget below to enter the giveaway for four (4) free tickets to the Walk Two Moon showing of your choice! The giveaway is open from now until 11:59p on November 3rd. Remember that there are multiple ways to earn entries everyday, so be sure to come back to keep your odds up!

Best of luck to all!

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50 Years of #Pittsburgh Children’s Theater: Ticket #Giveaway

This post is brought to you in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Are you guys ready for the next season of Children’s Theater?

Our family certainly is. My kids are STILL talking about our trip to MasterChef Junior Live! and can’t wait to go back to the theater. I’m excited to be able to bring you some free tickets to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust show of your choice in celebration of 50 years of Children’s Theater in the city!

The winner will be able to pick one of the following shows, and will receive four (4) free tickets.

Walk Two Moons

November 8 & 9, 2019

While driving cross-country with her grandparents in search of her mother, 13-year-old Sal meets many eccentric characters. None more so than Phoebe – Sal’s best friend and the main character in the stories she tells to entertain her grandparents. Phoebe’s story bursts with wild conspiracy theories of her own missing mother, which helps Sal confront her own loss. But with a deadline looming, Sal might not make it in time to reunite with the one person she wants to find most. Follow this moving adaptation of the award-winning novel by Sharon Creech about family, identity, and coming-of-age.

Judy Moody & Stink

November 17-24, 2019

Based on the popular book series by Megan McDonald, be prepared to go on a hilarious adventure live on stage with Judy Moody and Stink, the dynamic sister and brother duo. As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship.

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

January 5-12, 2020

Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes.

My childhood plus my children’s childhood times outer space plus Ms. Frizzle equals we will be there.

Will you be joining us?

An Elephant in the Garden

January 17 & 18, 2020

1945. Dresden, Germany. Two children and their mother flee falling bombs during World War II. They aren’t alone, though. An adorable elephant from the zoo named Marlene becomes an unlikely family member. Along the way, this extraordinary quartet of refugees meet a Canadian officer cowering in a barn, a school choir on the run and their Countess savior who is harboring them from the Nazis.

This story of family, elephant, friends and enemy-turned-ally illustrates the importance of love, resolve, and hope in wartime and anytime. Party based on a true story, an Elephant in the Garden is an adaptation from the best-selling novel by Michael Morpurgo, author of over 100 books including War Horse, Private Peaceful and Kensuke’s Kingdom.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

February 23, 2020

How cool does this one look? It’s a shame it’s only in town for one day, but all the more reason to catch it while it’s here!!!

Diary of a Wombat

March 22-29, 2020

The children’s book this play is based off of is super highly decorated and very popular in Australia. I love how the Children’s Theater series gives our city the opportunity to expose our kids to art from different countries!

Pss Pss

April 3 & 4, 2020

Last year, when we went to Leo, I wasn’t sure how my kiddos were going to handle a show without dialogue. It turns out they were super engaged–especially when Leo started drawing his own reality into existence.

I’m excited to take them to Pss Pss this year for similarly unique experience!

Save on Children’s Theater Tickets

I’m super psyched that I get to giveaway tickets to readers thanks to the Trust! But I unfortunately know that not everyone can win — at least not every time!

But everyone can save each and every time they go to the theater. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Children’s Theater offers two packages that can help you save.

You can get a Flex Pass, which is a voucher that allows you to go to any show that’s not sold out. You just show up day of with your voucher and you’re good to go! By using a Flex Pass, you’ll save $1/ticket.

If you buy season tickets, you can get tickets to five different shows for $10/ticket. They’re usually $12, so if you’re buying for a family of four, the season tickets will save you $40.

Ticket Giveaway: Pick Your Show!

And now, to the part you’ve been waiting for:

THE GIVEAWAY!

Here’s how it works: You use the widget below to enter. The widget randomly selects a winner. That winner gets four (4) free tickets to any of the above shows!

This giveaway runs through 11:59p on October 28, 2019.

There will be more giveaways; we’ll have one for each individual show, including a couple more over the next few weeks! Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss any of the giveaway goodness!

Best of luck, all!

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MasterChef Junior Live! #Pittsburgh #Giveaway

This post is in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

I’m super excited to let you guys know that we’ll be coming back with another season of Children’s Theater tickets this year! The 19/20 season will kick off soon, but in the meantime I have another rad giveaway for you from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

This is a totally unique event, and I’m so psyched the Trust has provided some tickets for one lucky Femme Frugality reader! If you have MasterChef Junior fans in your house, you’re probably going to be in love with the live event of the same name. Here’s what to expect at MasterChef Junior Live!:

Something tasty is heading to your hometown! Don’t miss this year’s newest hit tour – MasterChef Junior Live!

This all-new production brings the culinary hit TV show MasterChef Junior directly to you LIVE! Featuring head-to-head cooking competitions with past MasterChef Junior all-stars and fan favorites, Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages. Bring the whole family to see MasterChef Junior Live! It’s a recipe guaranteed for a good time!

When You Can Catch the Show

The show is happening at the Byham Theater. If you heard otherwise, that’s because the venue recently changed!

Here’s when you’ll want to head to the Byham:

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Time: 7:00p

MasterChef Junior Live! Ticket Giveaway

As promised, there is a ticket giveaway for this show! Up for grabs are four (4) free tickets. Use the widget below to enter by 11:59p Eastern on October 2nd.

Yup. It’s a short timeframe for this one! That means your odds are likely to be better — especially if you come back for social shares everyday!

If you don’t want to leave your plans to chance, you can purchase your tickets here.

Best of luck to all!

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