Dear Diary,

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find something fun to do outdoors. Pittsburgh, voted one of the most livable cities, is filled with fun, family activities to celebrate spring. We live near a popular park, so our adventures are only a hop, skip and a jump away. We feed the ducks, hike the trails and toss pennies into the fountain. When it rains, we play in the covered courtyard of our building, blowing bubbles or bouncing balls. Here are favorite Pittsburgh Parks, all a short drive away.

1. Highland Park: Highland Park is a great park to explore for all ages. You can stroll through the Victorian garden, toss a penny into the breathtaking fountain and walk around the reservoir. There’s also a duck pond, volleyball court and swimming pool. Plus, the park features numerous playgrounds, including one designed especially for preschool age children.

Click here to take a trip to other Pittsburgh parks.

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Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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