As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve been living in our home for about a year. After spending 5 years in a basement-level condo with only one bathroom and a 10 minute drive to get anywhere, our requirements for a new home were few: there had to be more than one bathroom (and by that I mean more than one toilet), and we wanted to live in a walkable neighborhood.

Brendan wanted to settle down in Lawrenceville; unfortunately, so does every other late-twenty-to-thirty-something hipster in the Pittsburgh area. We missed the Larryville gentrification movement by about 3 years, so we needed to look for something more reasonably priced.

We knew that we wanted to be in an up-and-coming area, and we quickly settled on Carnegie as our town of choice. Our wonderful real estate agent (who also happens to be my Mom) found us our house and we put in an offer right away. While I love our home and all of its character, I would have to say that my absolute favorite part of the house is the neighborhood. As they say in real estate: It’s all about location, location, location!

We are a block away from Main Street, and we have so many awesome shops, bars, and restaurants within a short walk from our front door. Carnegie is undergoing a major revitalization, and I love seeing all of the new and exciting changes that are underway. #CarnegieIsHappening

I was SUPER excited when they announced that Carnegie was doing its first ever Open Streets, which happened yesterday. What is Open Streets all about?  For a few hours, they shut down Main Street and have a variety of free, family-oriented events and activities throughout the community in an effort to get people outside, while promoting local businesses. It is great way to get out and explore some of the great neighborhoods within the ‘burgh!

The weather was overcast, but thankfully the heat and humidity finally went away, so it really felt like a kickoff for fall. I snapped a bunch of pictures so that I could give some free PR to the town that I live in and love.

PS- The house next door just went up for rent, so if any of y’all are looking to move, we’d love to have you as our neighbors!


East Main Street



The Flying Squirrel


The Flying Squirrel

Have you ever seen an Ice Cream Shop / Toy Emporium that is as cute as the Flying Squirrel? Walking in to this place feels like taking a step back in time, everything is so vintage and whimsical and adorable. I feel like a kid again whenever we come here – it is one of those shops that is fun for both children and adults alike. When we stopped by at 10 AM, we decided that it was too early to eat ice cream and that we’d come back after dinner. When we returned at 8:00 PM, Brendan was very disappointed to learn that they had sold out of the S’mores ice cream sammies that he had been eyeing up earlier. Womp Womp. 🙁


BRN Fitness

BRN Fitness

BRN Fitness just opened on September 19th, but I’ve had my eye on this place since I first saw their “coming soon” sign  a few weeks ago. When I first walked past and saw that they had a retractable garage door in front, I knew that this would be my kind of gym. After taking a peak inside, I’m happy to say that it lived up to the hype.

We chatted with owner & trainer Dan Butera, who told us that they will be starting SOUND classes on October 3rd. Though I am a yoga devotee,  lately I’ve been wanting to get back to the gym for more high-intensity training, so I am super excited to give this place a try!


Riley’s Pour House

I would make the argument that the very best type of bar is an Irish Pub. Something about dark wood interior and soccer (football) jerseys and Celtic music just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Admittedly, I am biased because I got married in Ireland, so Irish Pubs will forever hold a special place in my heart. Biases aside, Brendan and I were both excited to move to Carnegie because we’d be within walking distance of Riley’s Pour House. This pub is Great Craic!


Sadly, I did NOT get to try out the Golf Board pictured above. But I did get a pic of Carnegie Coffee, and if you follow me on the Instagram, you know that I come here at least once a week. This place is the anti-Starbucks, and I mean that as a total compliment. Illy coffee, home made pastries, and a communal bookshelf make this one of my favorite local places to work and hang out.