Federal Galley Pittsburgh

I had been waiting for the opening of Federal Galley on the NorthSide of Pittsburgh  for what seemed like forever!  It’s been open a few months and I’ve been able to check it out a couple times since it opened.  I thought those of you who are local to Pittsburgh and haven’t had the chance, might want to see what it’s all about!

Federal Galley is the second concept of this type in Pittsburgh.   The first is Smallman Galley located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood.   Federal Galley is four restaurants in one location.  There are four very different cuisines available and a communal dining room and bar.

I absolutely love this idea!  It is perfect for groups of friends who all have different dietary needs or just can’t agree on where to go!  You can each order from your choice of restaurant and still sit together and enjoy each other’s company! One car, one trip, four choices!

You pick from one of the four, either El Lugar, Michigan & Trumbull, Supper or my fave, Provision Pgh.  Order and pay at the restaurant of your choice, go grab a cocktail at the bar (or order non-alcohol at the restaurants), pick a table with your companions and your food is brought to you!

All the restaurants have their own staff and kitchens.  There are chalkboard menus showing what’s featured at each above their registers.  All the staff has been super friendly during my visits and always willing to answer any questions I have about the food.

I’ve only been to Federal Galley during the work day, so I haven’t partaken of the bar yet, but those who have tell me it’s excellent.  Water is provided on each table, along with glasses and silverware can be found either at the restaurant window or at a nearby communal area with napkins and trash cans.

I’ve also only been here in the Winter, but can’t wait to visit once the outdoor patio area is open.  It looks amazing so far!  And even in the Winter, the large garage style windows let in tons of light which all of us native to Pittsburgh know is necessary!

There are a few small tables, but most are family style large tables with lots of seats so you can share your experience with others.  There is also a bar top along the ordering windows with stools.  You can see it a few photos above.

Now what’s really important, the food! I haven’t tried all four yet, but I can say so far, my very favorite has been Provision Pgh.  They have a lot of choices, but my obsession is their Provision Fries!  They are magical!  They actually told me their secret on Instagram.  Shhh! They are triple cooked!  Seriously, try them, no one I have turned on to them has been disappointed!!  Plus, the Provision Pgh staff is so accommodating to my super picky self!  They are so great about any tweaks I want to make to my order and so friendly!  I actually am going to try their Impossible Burger (vegan) next!

Even though Provision Pgh is my fave, I’ve never had a bad meal at any of the ones I’ve tried.  Friends brought along on my visits all ate at different places and all said the food was amazing.  Granted, I’ve only been here during the day, but we’ve never had a problem waiting in line or finding a place to sit.  You might need to share a table with other people, but you aren’t right on top of them (in my experience).

Now on to the second most important thing to Pittsburghers, where’s it at and where can I park?  It’s located in Nova Place, which used to be called Allegheny Center, it is in the plaza (outside courtyard) area between PNC’s end of Allegheny Center and the Children’s Museum.  On street parking recently opened up along West Commons (Allegheny Circle), so you can park on the street or park in the garage.

Federal Galley has various activities throughout the month and you can check out what’s planned on their website here along with directions. 

Must Have Monday

Our weather in Pittsburgh was crazy this weekend, torrential rain, angry snow, and then it warmed up.  Bizarre!  I did get a chance to do some shopping during the amazing President’s Day sales going on, both online and in person! Here’s some of my fave finds of the weekend.

Cult Gaia Mini Ark

Have you checked out the “it” bag yet?  The Cult Gaia Mini Ark that is on backorder everywhere?  I love it for summer but I didn’t love the price!  I found an pretty identical look alike for much less on Amazon!

Bamboo clutch


Here’s the lookalike!  They are so similar it doesn’t make sense not to buy this one.  This one has great reviews on Amazon too.  Comes in a couple different colors.  I am torn between this color and the black.  Which would you pick?


Greece Sandal


Another lookalike for very pricey designer sandals!  These Steve Madden Greece Sandals keep selling out in my size in this color, so I may end up just getting the black.  I like that they don’t have a thong situation.  It’s so hard to find sandals that don’t have one.  Comes in a bunch of other colors but this one and the black are my faves.


Cutout Lounge Top

Lounge Wear


I have a similar set of this lounge wear that is heavier knit and I have been wearing around the house all winter.  When I saw this Spring version I had to pick them up during their 40% off sale this weekend.  It’s made out of the softest knit.  I can’t wait to wear it!

I’d love to hear about any of your finds in the comments below!  Have a great Monday and enjoy that extra day off if you get one!

Valentine’s Day Pittsburgh Style

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me.  You know it is coming, but you sort of forget about it and next thing you know it’s here.

I decided to start looking for some things to do to celebrate Valentine’s day earlier this year and came up with a couple really interesting choices for Pittsburgh locals.  These aren’t your usual dinner and a movie ideas!  Now to just talk my husband into one of these!!  Note that since Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, some of these are the weekend before and the weekend after the actual holiday.

Cupids and Canines

When:  Saturday February 17, 2018 from 6-11 pm

A Monte Carlo night to benefit Humane Animal Rescue and Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.  There’s a band, auctions, and a dog wedding.

More information here.


Wigle Whiskey’s Spicy Soiree

When: February 10 and 11, 2018 (check website for times)

Celebrate Wigle Whiskey’s release of this year’s Afterglow Roasted Ginger Whiskey.  Live music and tasty bites including ginger donuts!

More information here.


Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

When: February 16, 2018

This one is a bit out there, but for the right couple it would be perfect!  It’s different, that’s for sure!  It’s dinner, cocktails and an adults only presentation on exotic animal mating!  There’s also some small animal visits, let’s hope they aren’t mating!

More information here.


My Snarky Valentine at the Children’s Museum

When: February 8, 2018

An evening of food, drink and making.  There’s adult crafting, karaoke, and pierogies!  Can’t get more Pittsburgh than that, right? There will also be some adoptable animals from Humane Animal Rescue.

More information here.


Galentine’s Day Yoga

When: February 13, 2018

A sixty minute yoga sesh at the History Center followed by prosecco and warm chocolate chip cookies plus after hours access to the American Spirit exhibition.

More information here.


Valentine’s Day at Heinz Chapel

When: February 14, 2018

I went to Pitt and have never heard this legend before, but it’s on the internet so you know it must be true (ha!)  Legend has it that if you kiss on the steps of Heinz Chapel, one day you will be married there. The first fifty couples get a rose and if you stop by the Schenley Bridge and add a love lock and you have an Instagram perfect day!

More information here.


I’d love to hear what you are doing for Valentine’s Day in the comments below!




Must Have Monday

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was relaxing with a ton of Starbucks and Gilmore Girls marathoning and a dose of shopping.  I’ve never been a middle of the night Black Friday shopper.  Having worked retail in the past, I always feel bad for anyone who has to leave their family on Thanksgiving to go open a store, so I try not to shop until mid day on Friday.

Did you notice how many stores had their Black Friday sales start earlier in the week?  I swear every other email was another early Black Friday notice.  I was definitely on board for that!

I bought a few things online and I did venture out later on Friday and then again on Saturday for a few quick gifts.  I don’t even know why I bothered, I should have just shopped online for everything!  It wasn’t the crowds, it was more a woefully under staffed Macy’s that was annoying.

I did find a couple things I consider Must Have’s and am sharing today!

Voluspa Goji Tarroco Orange Candle

First up is this beautiful candle I found at a local gift shop (Gifted Hands for those of you that are local to Pittsburgh).  Though Voluspa can be found online at Nordstrom and a lot of other retailers.  I loved the red glass container (it looks slightly orange in the photo above but in person it is a really rich red) and can’t wait to use it once the candle is used up.   The note I notice the most from this one is the orange.  It has a great throw and you can definitely smell it throughout the house.  The red glass looks gorgeous at night when lit!


Alpaca Pajama Bottoms

One of the sales I hit up this weekend was the Lane Bryant 40% off everything sale.  I grabbed these Alpaca pajama pants.  I am definitely seeing Alpaca’s everywhere this Christmas!  These are super comfy and I am actually wearing them as I type this!


Halo Top Ice Cream

Every dieter’s fave, Halo Top Ice Cream!  It used to be sorta hard to find, but it is literally in every grocery store now.  I even found it in my small home town grocer.  My freezer currently has Cinnamon Roll and Peanut Butter Cup.  Available in a million flavors, it is perfect to hit that sweet craving when you are trying to cut calories.  The entire pint is less than 300 calories (varies depending on flavor) and is definitely the best low cal ice cream I’ve encountered.

What did you pick up during Black Friday weekend? Any must have’s? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


Affordable Outdoor Rugs


We finally had a weekend with nice weather here in Pittsburgh, so I started thinking about what we need to spruce up our deck.  It definitely needs power washed and general cleanup and we have some landscaping issues we need to work on, but I was more interested in decorative spruce ups (shocking, I know!).

We already have some great wrought iron furniture I bought at Lowe’s when we bought the house.  It is one of my best purchases ever and has really stood the test of time.  It’s spent at least six years out in the elements and still looks new.  We do put covers on it during the winter, but it still is out on the deck.

Our rug, however, has finally died.  It lasted about two summers, which isn’t bad for a Target rug, but we definitely couldn’t save it this year.  Since we have sun on the deck until late afternoon, it gets really hot out there.  Without a rug or shoes on, you can’t walk on the deck and the dog wouldn’t be able to either.

I started my search for a rug a couple weeks ago and it proved really hard for me. I had a couple specifics, it had to dry fast because nothing is worse than a sopping wet rug, it had to be pretty large, (8 x 10 was my preference), free shipping and I wanted to stay under $250.  My problem wasn’t finding rugs, it was deciding on one, there were so many to chose from!

Since I already did all the research, I thought you might want to know where I looked and what I found. I didn’t list Walmart, Target, Lowes and Home Depot because I feel like those are a given for most people, you can go in and buy one in stock anytime.  I was looking for a really specific size, so I knew I couldn’t go in and buy one in store. So here are the best places to find large, outdoor rugs!



Overstock had free shipping over $45, tons of rugs under $250 in the size I wanted and some great reviews to give you some idea of how the rug behaved in the elements.

Best Places to find Outdoor Rugs

Overstock Outdoor Rug

This 8 x 11 rug was on sale for $146.62 the day I was shopping.  Pretty great price for such a large rug.  There were plenty more like this one.



Wayfair also had a lot of great options on their website.

Best Places to Find Outdoor RugsWayfair Outdoor Rug

This stripe rug was $169.95 and 7’6″ x 10’9″, free shipping over $49.  There were a lot of really cute rugs on their site.

Ballard Designs

Ballard had probably the best designs, at least for me, but were of course a little more costly.  I found a ton I liked, but many were out of my price range.

Best Places to Find Outdoor Rugs

Ballard Designs Rug

I loved this one!  The 9×12 size is $209! However, shipping was $70.  Bummer.  Ballard is one of the only places I found that pays for the return shipping, so factor that into the initial shipping cost.

Rugs USA

Rugs USA had lots of the same rugs I saw on Overstock.  Sometimes prices were higher on one sight or the other, so be sure to compare.

One Kings Lane

Beautiful rugs on One Kings Lane, but way more than what I was willing to pay.  My best advice would be to stalk the site for a sale if you find a rug you must have.

Best Places to Find Outdoor Rugs

One Kings Lane

This 7′ 10″ x 9′ 10″ rug with a coral design is  $205.  Shipping is $23.95.  Returns only accepted within 2 weeks.

Super Bowl Party Food

I’m back with Super Bowl party food ideas today! Of course, these are great ideas for any party, not just the Super Bowl.  There were so many great ideas out there, it was hard to narrow it down!  I added the rest of them to my Pinterest Food board, check it out here.

Super Bowl Party Food

Seven Layer Dip Cup

Seven layer dip is a staple at parties but blogger Spend with Pennies put it into individual cups to make it easier to carry at parties.  Love this idea!

Super Bowl Food Ideas

Corn Dog Fritters

These bite sized corn dog fritters are a more grown up version of the football game corn dog!

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Fruit Football Helmet

I am nowhere talented enough to make this, but I have some friends who I’m sure can!  There’s even a video via the link above.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Jalapeno Popper Dip

I haven’t made this recipe from Spend With Pennies yet, but I think it would be a winner at a party!  Full recipe via the link.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Mashed Potato Puffs

This recipe is a great use for leftover mashed potatoes any day, but makes a nice bite sized option for a party.  Full recipe via the link.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Football Face and Field Cookies

I love the field cookies and the fact that the fans are sprinkles.  You could customize based on your team colors.  Cutest thing I’ve seen in awhile.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas


I am leaving you with this epic Snackadium created by Still Learning in this Life blog, it’s pretty epic.  And actually not that difficult to recreate.  The walls are made of Rice Crispie treats! She has full instructions via the link.

What are you serving at your Super Bowl party? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Super Bowl Décor Ideas


In this house, we love football in all forms, high school, college and pro, so it comes as no surprise that the Super Bowl is must see TV.  Even though my beloved Steelers are not in the big game, we will still be watching.  I don’t have strong feelings for either team to win, so I really will just be enjoying the game.  I like both Peyton and Cam, so not really rooting for either, though I do find Cam fun to watch play.

If you are having people over to watch the game, I thought you might need a couple easy Super Bowl décor ideas.  I scoured Pinterest, so you don’t have to, and picked out what I felt were the best!  I did the same for Super Bowl food ideas, so look for that post tomorrow.

Super Bowl Decor Ideas

Football Wreath

Of course you want your front door to signal where the party is and this Football Wreath from Etsy seller Hart Filled Designs does just that!  Click the link above to go to her shop.

Super Bowl Decor Ideas

Lombardi Trophy

This Lombardi Trophy made by florist Justin Lamb is brilliant!  It’s a vase and cheapie football glued together and spray painted silver!  This would be an amazing centerpiece!

Super Bowl Decor Ideas

Felt Football Table

This green felt football table cover by A Night Owl blog is a great idea.  It’s felt and white duct tape! You could use number stickers or a Cricut to out your numbers.

Super Bowl Decor Ideas

Photo Booth Backdrop

Game Day Wives used a Party City tablecloth as their photo booth backdrop.  Great idea!  Fun for the kids too!

Super Bowl Decor Ideas

Pin the Football

Speaking of kids, this pin the football in between the goal posts game from Rust and Sunshine is a super easy way to keep them entertained.

Are you having a Super Bowl party? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.