What Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

by: Tierney Pomone
May 12, 2017
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This weekend we take the time to honor and appreciate Moms of all varieties. Guess what: I know exactly what the mom in your life wants for Mother’s Day. It’s not hard to figure out if you just ask them, which is what I did informally on Facebook this week.

While every mom will tell you that homemade gifts are lovely, this year you can show mom that you really care by keeping it simple. So, what exactly does mom want for Mother’s Day?

Sleep

Honestly, this is something I think all of us want, but when asked this was the number one request for Mother’s Day. Think about it: moms are running at full speed all day every day whether they’re SAHM, working moms, or anything in-between. Sleep can sometimes be hard to come by. When asked, most moms wanted not just to sleep, but to sleep past 7 a.m. That’s not even late, I think we can all manage to give them some time. Some moms even wanted an additional nap. Girl, it’s your day, why not? Give these ladies what they want and let them catch some zzzs!

Brunch

Again, something most of us want, many wanted brunch, and not just to go eat brunch but to be with family. Brunch with all the kiddos, and even grand kiddos was the second most requested item when polled. Looks like the day is shaping up nicely — sleep in for a bit, take mama to brunch with the fam, and have a drink while you’re there. Sara’s got a full list of Mother’s Day brunch ideas here, but personally, I vote that you treat mom to The Garlic Poet or Cafe 1500. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP!

A massage

Let mom sleep in: check. Take her to brunch: check. Next up, give her a massage! Whether it’s at-home or a spa day, who doesn’t love a good back rub? Even if you’re not a skilled masseuse, any and all attempts are appreciated, or maybe dive in for a foot rub? If you’re looking to purchase a great spa treatment, The Chocolate Spa at The Hotel Hershey is the absolute best, but I also think Polished Day Spa has excellent a la carte services available. If you’re kicking it at home, I recommend grabbing a nourishing massage oil or lotion, preferably with ultra-hydrating coconut oil.

Just a little bit of ‘me’ time

Yes, many moms said they were so happy to spend time with all of their children together, doing the family thing, but even more wanted just a little time for themselves. A long soak in the tub. Getting the opportunity to watch something they want, not just Mickey and Peppa Pig all day. An ‘ahh’ moment putting her feet up with a glass of wine or beer (or whiskey, get it ladies) and some chocolate. The level of self-sacrifice that is being a mother is something I can’t begin to fathom – I hope you all get a few moments to relax for Mother’s Day.

Categories: Holiday

Weekend Roundup 5/11

by: Sara Bozich
May 11, 2017
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It’s been a busy week in Pittsburgh, shooting interviews for Poured in PA. We return tomorrow, and I have a low-key weekend on deck.

Saturday morning will begin as usual, then I’m hitting the HYP Home Tour (weather permitting, I’ll be honest), and by night — well, we’ll be following our hockey playoff watching traditions.

What are you doing this weekend?

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2017 Pittsburgh Half Marathon

by: Kelly Leighton
May 10, 2017
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Excitement.

That’s what I felt as I lined up with thousands of others on Sunday for Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend. I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t stressed. I was excited.

No, I hadn’t jumped into another marathon. After two rough marathons in a row, I knew I needed a break from the 26.2-mile distance. But my friend Jeff talked me into running the half a week prior and even found me a cheap bib (to legally transfer).

I am someone who often asks, “Why?” instead of, “Why not?” Why would I drive to Pittsburgh to run a half marathon three weeks after a disastrous and draining performance at Boston? Why shouldn’t I just stay home and go run easy with my friends for free?

But something kept nagging at me. WHY NOT? Why not go to Pittsburgh, see my two best friends and run 13.1 miles for fun through Pittsburgh with 100+ other runners from Harrisburg? When I presented the idea to my husband last week, he told me it seemed like I needed to get the “bad taste” of Boston out of my mouth, and sure, let’s go.

So, that’s how I found myself approaching the starting line of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon Sunday. I truly went into this race to enjoy it. When asked, I said I had hoped to be under 1:40. But I was also OK if I wasn’t. It’s just running.

The race was delayed nearly 20 minutes, and I was so grateful when the gun finally went off. For the first 3 miles, my legs felt stiff and heavy, and I regretted the whole thing. But after that, the crowds thinned and I found my groove. I can’t explain it, but I just felt so happy. The miles were flying by, and I focused on pushing through the hills and cruising the downhills. My mind never went dark, I never thought about walking or quitting. I just was so happy to be running.

The temperature was rising as we passed by the mile markers, and I regretted wearing long-sleeves pretty early on. (The “real feel” was 31 at the start.) But, I “only” had a half marathon to run, and I reminded myself I was only a few miles from the finish, and everyone was dealing with headwinds and sun. But I’ve never been so happy to go left with the half marathoners when the full marathoners went right.

The eleventh mile featured a pretty long, gradual climb. I put my head down and clocked my slowest mile, but I was OK with that, I felt strong, calm and in control. And then, as we hit the last mile, we were rewarded with a half-mile downhill, and I ran my fastest mile as I approached the finish line.

I crossed in 1:37:35, seven seconds behind my PR, and tied for my second-fastest half. I was honestly in shock. I haven’t had a good race since the Troegs 5K in October, and I was starting to wonder why I was even signing up for races.

It’s amazing what you can do when you take the pressure off of yourself and have decent weather. I was truly just happy to be in Pittsburgh with my friends and for the opportunity to run 13.1 miles through a beautiful city.

Categories: Running

GIVEAWAY: Greystone Public House

by: Sara Bozich
May 8, 2017
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Start a new tradition this Mother’s Day and treat mom to a full brunch at Greystone Public House.

For Mother’s Day this year, Greystone is complementing its brunch menu with a handful of special appetizers, entrees, and desserts to celebrate Mom.

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Special menu items include:

Appetizers – Cast Iron Baked Crab Dip, Greystone Lox Plate, Spring Panzanella Salad, Salmon Cake,

Entrees – Crab Cakes, Ricotta Gnocchi, Striped Bass, Sage Pappardelle, Slow Smoked Prime Rib, Lamb Cassoulet

Dessert –  Skillet Blueberry Pound Cake, Strawberry Cobbler, Chocolate Turtle Mouse, Ice Cream or Sorbet

»» Check out the full menu!

Of course, mimosas are always at the ready for a refreshing drink, but Greystone also offers a list of hand-crafted cocktails perfect for brunch.

For a new twist on a mimosa try their Brunch Punch cocktail, which is made with sparkling wine, elderflower, cranberry juice and orange bitters.

This week, we’re giving away a $50 gift card to Greystone Public House!

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