Hoppy Easter - A Note from the Publisher

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID South Hills Publisher April 3, 2023

Happy Monday my MacKID fam!

As the warm weather approaches, I am excited to announce that I will be taking some time off for Spring break to spend some quality time with my family. After a long few months with our house in complete disarray while under emergency construction, this break is much needed (for all of us).

If you missed it, on Christmas morning we woke up to 4 inches of water on our kitchen floor. We had a frozen pipe that burst, flooding half of our first floor, seeping though the ceilings and HVAC below to our entire finished basement and garage. The icicles you see below are from the water escaping my house, so you can imagine what the inside looked like :(

Less than 24 hours later after we finally got the water somewhat under control, 2 more pipes froze in our master bathroom, now raining from our second floor down. My kids are forever on the nice list with how much patience they had letting us mitigate this disaster before diving into their presents on Christmas morning. But needless to say, it's been a really long start to 2023 with limited use of our house (and sharing a small bathroom with 4 people) and I'm looking forward to two weeks of not having to cook, clean, or walk up plastic lined steps to my bedroom that looks like the scene from ET where they had to contain the whole house floor to ceiling with tarps. 

So we're gonna leave that drama in the South Hills while we go to the Dominican Republic. 

Before I go I want to take a moment to wish all of you a happy and safe Spring break. Whether you are planning a vacation, a staycation, or simply taking some time off to relax and unwind, I hope that you are able to enjoy this time to the fullest. As always, I encourage you to continue exploring our local communities and finding new ways to create memories with your loved ones. Whether it be trying out a new restaurant or taking a weekend getaway, there are always opportunities to create special moments. Don't forget to check out our event calendar and Easter guide to find out what's going on in your neighborhood. We also have a giveaway right now for tickets to Babies and Bumps if you want to share it with any soon to be new mamas!

If you are planning a getaway, I'm excited to share with you a cute printable packing list that I made for my kiddos to help them pack for our trip. Please look how well they did packing their own stuff with this image rich travel list. You can download a copy of it here and look for it again in next week's newsletter. 

Ohhh last thing before I go! Parents who have an interest in writing, photography, content creation, or just being part of giving back to the community, should be on the lookout for our application for being a MacKID Contributor. This is a perfect opportunity to share your voice and expertise with our community, and earn some fabulous perks for you and your family (like event tickets, classes, products, even lashes and nails!). We have a few openings and will be looking for are looking for parents who are passionate about their community, eager to contribute and share, and committed to making a positive impact. While we are still finalizing the details, if this sounds like something you'd be interested in, send me a message at, and we'll make sure you are the first to get the application!

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. Have a wonderful Spring break and I'll see you soon!