Category Archives: Pittsburgh

Support Small Business with Fun Face Masks

This post is in collaboration with Etsy.

Wearing masks was not a part of American culture prior to this pandemic. But masks are an effective way to combat this virus and get our society back to functional sooner.

Studies show that while wearing a mask yourself can protect you to some degree and is definitely a good hygiene habit in our current environment, the most important reason to wear a mask is to respect and protect those around you.

The virus is fought most effectively when those who may have the virus keep microdroplets from escaping their own personal space in the first place. That is accomplished by wearing a mask.

It’s important to note that your viral load is highest before you start showing symptoms. That means that those who are most likely to spread the virus won’t have any idea they even have it until after the threat of giving it to others is at its highest.

It’s estimated that if we could get at least 80% of people wearing masks, we’d be able to fight this virus more effectively than through additional shut downs where people are not wearing masks. You can learn more about this and other science here.

While I’m spending money on masks anyways, I’m looking to spend it at a small business.

Fortunately, there’s a platform that meets all three of my personal shopping criteria. Etsy is a platform full of small businesses, and the non-medical-grade, machine-washable face mask options are plentiful.

10 Fun Face Masks

As I was narrowing down my options, I came to a realization: I’m a nerdy kid from the 90s, and it shows.

With that in mind, here are some of my favorite fun face masks I found on Etsy:

Vader Face Mask

Join the dark side with this Imperial covering!

Baby Yoda Face Mask

How is everything with baby Yoda on it so adorable? If you prefer the light side, check out OneStopRave!

Black & Gold Face Mask

Be still, my yinzer heart. I’m choosing to interpret this black and gold face mask from GoldenSkyToronto as an ode to Pittsburgh.

Sequin Mask

I’m not really doing any fancy things lately — and super don’t encourage you to, either. But for those occasions when you venture out of the house and want to take things to the next level just for you, these sequin masks from PersianJewelryShop are it.

Plus, they come in 25 different colors!

DC Heroines Face Mask

I feel like this time of crisis is a good time to call on these female archetypes. Available via pinkpurr.

Hello Kitty Face Mask

Who else crushed on Hello Kitty when they were a kid? Hello Kitty’s still rad, so I was excited when I found this mask from Macochi.

It comes in child and adult size!

Tiger Face Mask

I love this one because it simultaneously celebrates our collective cultural obsession with Tiger King while throwing us back to Thundercats, but it’s not so specific that it won’t still bring smiles after any one, specific trend has faded.

Handcraftedsterling has a bunch of other fun animal face masks in her shop, too.

Don’t forget the kids’ face masks!

A lot of the face masks on Etsy can be ordered in kid size or adult size. I did stumble across a couple cute ones made especially for kids!

Kids’ Girl Face Masks

I’m in love with this print, but GreerTW has a TON of different options for girls. There are some traditionally boy-themed patterns, too, but options skew pink.

Kids’ Boy Face Masks

Lots of traditionally boy-themed options, at DeTudoUmPoucobyAddie. Though I legit would have loved these when I was a kid, too. There’s also some pink sprinkled into the fabric options.

Buzz Lightyear Face Mask

You can pick up this cotton kids’ face mask at ByZari’s Etsy shop. This particular pattern sold out!

We’ll get through this, friends. To infinity, and beyond!

Pss! Pss! A #Pittsburgh Theater Ticket #Giveaway

PLEASE NOTE: This show and giveaway have been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

This post is in collaboration with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

This is it.

The final Children’s Theater Ticket Giveaway of the 2019-2020 season.

It’s been real. We’ve seen Ms. Frizzle.

Visited the deep depths of prehistoric oceans.

Watched the rise and fall of Nazi powers unfurl in a one-woman show that was alarmingly relevant to our times, yet incredibly age-appropriate.

In fact, you can still enter to win tickets to see Diary of a Wombat until midnight tonight!

Today, as we bring this season to a close, we’re going out with a bang.

Pss! Pss! Comes to Pittsburgh

Guys, today’s feature show has won the Cirque Du Soleil prize.

Enough said, I know. But here are some more details for the ultra curious:

Inventive, exciting, and ridiculous, this breathtaking duet of mishaps and acrobatics will have you laughing long after you leave the theatre. Inspired by physical comedy of silent film stars like Charlie Chaplin, Pss Pss is a timeless performance of enthralling physicality and delightful expressions. Winner of 15 international prizes, including the Cirque Du Soleil prize, you’ve never seen anything like this.

Content Information: Recommended for ages 8+. This Show features: acting, physical theater, humor, acrobatics, communication skills, conflict resolution. This show is played without traditional words. The theater will be darkened at times during the show. There are elements of surprise.

You’ll be able to catch the show April 3rd, 2020 at 7p or April 4, 2020 at 2p at the August Wilson Cultural Center. Tickets available here.

Win Tickets to Pss! Pss! in Pittsburgh

You know the drill from here!

We’re giving away four (4) tickets to see Pss Pss when it comes to Pittsburgh next month. Showtime of your choice.

The giveaway will be open until March 22, 2020 at 11:59p Eastern.

Use the widget below to enter, and remember there are many entries which you can earn once per day! Best of luck to all!

Diary of a Wombat: #Pittsburgh Ticket #Giveaway

This post is in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

It’s that time again! Another great Children’s Theater show is coming to Pittsburgh.

And you know what that means.

Another ticket giveaway from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust!

Diary of a Wombat

Diary of a Wombat is a story about an animal who trains the humans around her to take care of her needs. Written by Australian author Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Watley, Diary of a Wombat follows the little marsupial as she figures out ways to manipulate humans into giving her the best eats and digs.

It’s a super cute book, and was so wildly popular that there’s at least one sequel!

Diary of a Wombat Comes to Pittsburgh

From March 22 to March 29, 2020, Diary of a Wombat will be touring the Pittsburgh region!

  • March 22, 2p Seneca Valley Intermediate High School
  • March 25, 7p Greensburg-Salem High School
  • March 26, 5:30p Marshall Middle
  • March 26, 7:30p Marshall Middle
  • March 27, 7p Hopewell High School
  • March 28, 11a Mellon Middle School
  • March 28, 2p Mellon Middle School
  • March 29, 2p Byham Theater

You can get tickets here.

Here’s a little info so you know what to expect:

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.
Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained! 

Based on the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Content Information: This event is designated for younger audiences and is recommended for children and adults ages 3+. This show features: puppets, live music, acting, creative thinking, sustainability. This show will be performed without words in a darkened theater and includes live music.

Diary of a Wombat Ticket Giveaway!

Without further ado, let’s give away some tickets!

We’re giving away four (4) tickets to see Diary of a Wombat at one of the times and locations listed above. To enter, simply use the widget below.

This giveaway is open until 11:59p Eastern on March 9, 2020.

Keep in mind that you can come back and complete some of these entries once per day, so there are lots of opportunities to enter!

Best of luck to all!

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Pittsburgh Boutique Warehouse Sale Alert!

This post is in collaboration with Nakturnal.

In the past few years, I’ve come to an appreciation of all the boutique shops that have been popping up in the hills of Pittsburgh.

Many of these shops design and create their own products, while others feature unique items made by locals alongside other trendy gifts. Wildcard and few other local shops even stocked The Feminist Financial Handbook, making it available locally even prior to being picked up by Barnes & Noble.

Pittsburgh Boutique Warehouse Sale

On March 6 & 7, 2020, a conglomeration of Pittsburgh-area boutique shops will be putting the third annual Warehouse Sale at The Village of Eastside next to Staples. There will be free parking available in the same shopping center as Trader Joe’s.

Be careful as the hours do vary from Friday to Saturday:

  • March 6, 2020. 9a-5p
  • March 7, 2020. 9a-3p

The sales are deep — each shop owner will be bringing their bargain basement finds. Check out each shop before you go!

The Picket Fence

The Picket Fence is a boutique store in Shadyside selling primarily clothing for women, kids and infants. You’ll also find housewares here, along with some jewelry options and adorable, Burgh-themed gifts.


If you’re looking for clothing made in the USA, you’re going to have a lot of luck at Pavement in Lawrenceville. Here you’ll find women’s fashion from indie, sustainable and even local designers, and you’ll also find some bigger national brands like Three Dots and Stateside.

Emy Mack

Emy Mack is a local shoe designer with a gorgeous boutique open in Shadyside. Mack works with a team from Italy to turn the designs into finished products.

Kelly Lane Design

If you’re looking for handmade-to-order, organic, sustainable clothing for yourself or for the kiddos, Kelly Lane Design is for you. Everything happens here in Pittsburgh, and in the recent past, Kelly has added a home goods line.

Hippie & French

Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, but you need a patient ID card to purchase. You must have a diagnosed, qualifying medical condition to get that card.

You don’t need a patient ID card to purchase CBD products, though. These are legal everywhere, but are unregulated where medical marijuana is.

Hippie & French started as a CBD oil boutique in Lawrenceville, and that is still their primary product. But today you can purchase flower there, too. CBD flower — no THC.

Hippie & French also markets its products to pet owners.

Von Walter & Funk

Also located in Lawrenceville, Von Walter and Funk is boutique selling fun and unique housewares for your kitchen, bar, and living room. You’ll also find all the essential oils along with a one-of-a-kind jewelry line.


Cheeks is a lingerie and sleepwear shop in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. If you shop in person, they’ve also expanded with an apparel line. You’ll be able to check out their best deals at the Warehouse Sale!


Pies to die for! Make sure to leave some budget for these good eats. They’ll be served up at the Warehouse Sale for hungry shoppers.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure: #Pittsburgh Children’s Theater Ticket #Giveaway

This post is in collaboration with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Giant swimming dinosaur puppet and the words: "Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure"

My kids loved An Elephant in the Garden. They absolutely flipped for The Magic School Bus: Live!

But of all the Pittsburgh Children’s Theater performances coming through town, Erth ‘s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is probably the one mom’s most excited for this year.

Why I’m excited Erth is coming to Pittsburgh.

The full name of the show is Erth‘s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure: The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep. WIth puppets and tech supplementing the actors’ performance, Erth Visual & Physical together with Red Tail Entertainment bring you to the bottom of the ocean to show you the creatures that lived there in prehistoric times. Because the bottom of the ocean is so foreign to us — more foreign even than certain areas of space — some of these creatures may still live there.

There are two show times, but Erth will only be in town for one day: February 23, 2020. Right now, you can buy tickets to the 6p show for $12.

Win tickets to Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

Today, we have a ticket giveaway to this exciting show! Use the widget below to enter to win 4 tickets to see Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure when it comes to Pittsburgh next month! You will be able to enter until 11:59p on February 11, 2020.

Remember that some of these entries can be taken advantage of not just once overall, but once everyday, so there are lots of opportunities to enter!

Best of luck to all!

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