Carissa Howard

Carissa Howard is a former litigator, Ivy League graduate, college athlete, wife, mom and writer. She grew up in the South Hills and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, living in Shadyside for several years. After six years on the West Coast, she moved back to Upper St. Clair with her husband and two kids in tow. Her posts cover many parenting and lifestyle topics from the quirks of having European in-laws (her husband grew up in Ireland) to questioning the usefulness of preschoolers playing organized sports to providing time management advice, usually with a solid dose of humor and honesty. She's also writing women's fiction novels and seeking that elusive literary agent to represent her and her manuscripts. Carissa is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and blogs on her own personal site Shopping for Time. You can keep in touch with her on twitter and Facebook.

Weddings, Family Gatherings, and Meetings at the Embassy Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown is quickly becoming the go-to venue for boutique weddings of up to 175 guests, family gatherings, and corporate events. Weddings Every great wedding begins with a great venue –...

Breaking the Cycle: When to Stop Bailing your Kids out of Trouble

It happened again last week. My five-year-old forgot her “rest time item” for her pre-kindergarten class that day. She realized that she had forgotten a beloved stuffed animal that she had her heart set...

Family Play Date at Painting with a Twist (Robinson Township)

Calling all parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Bring the kids out Pittsburgh Moms Blog's Family Play Date at Painting with a Twist - Pittsburgh West (Robinson Township). When: Monday, February 20, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:30...

Hearty Chili

  Warm up with this Hearty Chili recipe tonight! #WeArePMB #PittsburghMomsBlog #RecipeBox

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

  Try this Homemade meat sauce that will have your husband thinking he married Apollonia from the Godfather. #WeArePMB #PittsburghMomsBlog #RecipeBox

Why Every 40ish Mom Needs A Millennial Mom Friend

We all have our mothering tribes. Our group of friends that support, listen, and love us, without the need for our kids to line up in ages exactly. I’m lucky enough to have a...

Give Yourself an Extra Set of Wheels with KIDLIFT Driving Service

Pittsburgh Moms Blog is excited to partner with KIDLIFT to bring you information about their service. When your kids are little, you’d do anything for an extra set of hands. As they grow, their social life...

Gift Ideas for the Men in your Life

Yes, it’s December, and if you’re anything like me, you have your kids’ gifts bought and maybe even wrapped and locked in the secret closet. You may have a gift for that Aunt you...

10 Reasons to Visit Legoland, Florida

My family of four recently visited Legoland, Florida. We stayed Thursday through Saturday nights in the Legoland Resort Hotel in October 2016, and highly recommend it as a stand-alone trip or in combination with...

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Every Pittsburgh Neighborhood

I have a group of girlfriends that do a regular girls’ night out. Because of our different schedules, tastes, and neighborhoods, it can be a challenge to get together. But, we usually seem to...