Enchanted Evenings At Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, near Disney, has an unimaginable amount family fun going on this summer during Enchanted Evenings. Enchanted Evenings schedule of events happen every weekend through Labor Day. We had the chance to stay at the Waldorf Astoria, in a two bedroom suite perfect for families, during Read more

Family Getaway Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach

A few weeks ago, our family, along with two other Orlando families,ventured to St. Pete beach on the Gulf Coast to celebrate a little friend's 8th birthday at the Postcard Inn. I was attracted to the aesthetics of this trendy spot since it was transformed from a Travelodge in Read more

Best Play Spots in Paris

It's almost three weeks since we returned from Europe, and I've finally sifted through my photos. I felt like my first post should talk about the fun playgrounds/parks in Paris. What an awesome experience to see the girls jumping right into the mix at playgrounds many miles from their Read more

Fun Travel Prep for Kids - Paris & London

It's not everyday you travel over the pond to such amazing places like Paris and London. I decided to start the journey for me and Mia long before we packed our bags for the airport. Here are a few fun things we did to get ready and excited! My brother sent Read more

Hidden Gem: Sand Key Florida

My other half planned a short getaway for our nine year anniversary. I wasn't exactly sure where we were headed, but knew it was somewhere around Clearwater Beach. As we drove over the bridge to Clearwater, I kept expecting a turn off at one of the many beach hotels. To my surprise Read more

Westin Cape Coral Weekend Getaway

Most of you who follow my Instagram or Twitter know that we had a fabulously fun weekend at the Westin in Cape Coral, FL a few weeks ago. The property became a Westin in December of 2013 and underwent a plethora of renovations, which I believe puts it in the best Read more

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

We finally had the chance to visit Disney's Art of Animation Resort this week for a little staycation. It is located where construction on the unfinished half of Disney's Pop Century Resort was started, but later abandoned after 9/11. The resort is the first to be built in the complex Read more

Meeting Winter - Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Most of the world has seen (or at least heard of) the movie Dolphin Tale. The story highlights the rescue of a wounded dolphin who ends up losing one very important important thing... a tale! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium works hard in the movie to create a prosthetic tail just Read more

Foto Friday

Foto Friday Erica Clements Style

It all started with those dang mug shot looking pregnancy photos I posted a few weeks back. I took the first amateur step in embracing my growing belly with photos, and then the next thing you know, I’m in Erica Clements studio with Mia embracing this moment in life.

Mia and I had lots of fun with this shoot, and the delicious cupcakes provided by Erica helped too. Here are my fav pics from our session and also information on Erica’s holiday mini-sessions. If you are interested in holiday cards, call her NOW! Time slots are filling up and yes… the holidays are almost upon us.

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Foto Friday… The Copy Cat

Ever think your kids aren’t watching your every move (and fashion decision)? Think again. Mia emerged  from my closet this week dressed….  “just like mommy.”

Mini Me

Me

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Foto Friday: Feel The Love

The big V-day was celebrated with lots of love (and food) this year… We ventured out for brunch at a new restaurant location, 310 Lakeside. The restaurant has actually been there for a year, and is literally next door to our building, but we had never been. Food and $3 brunch special sangrias were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

Next we journeyed across town to the Desert Lady on W Church Street. If you haven’t been to this oasis of sweets, you must go immediately. The atmosphere is calming and I imagine hours could go by while sipping coffee and you’d never know.  Sort of like my old days at 3 for 1 happy hours. Anyway, I digress…. These photos will speak for themselves. (Click the Desert Lady link to get a glimpse of the place)

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Foto Friday Late As Heck

I can’t believe I’m that much of a slacker… It is yet another Foto Friday and I haven’t even posted in between. I’m slipping. In my defense, it’s been a rough week on both the home front and the work front. We are trying to sell our condo and purchase a new home in a crap snap economy. Anyway, I promise to do better. I mean it.

Here are a few photos or fotos as we like to call them on Friday’s on the Mamma Mia blog. Mia and I have been big fans of the Sea World annual pass (Play for a day come back all year) for almost four years now. Here are two snapshots from our recent trip to Sea World.

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Foto Friday: Another Happy Place in Orlando

I wrote awhile ago about a Central Florida book store that I considered to be one of my “happy places.” I’ve now added another locale to my list of “happy places.”

Mia and I take ballet on Saturday mornings at the Russian Ballet of Orlando. I take an adult class in the studio next to her little ballerina class. Fun stuff. It so happens that the studio is directly across the street from the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar.

Mia loves this place mostly because she likes to call me a Funky Monkey, but also because it’s a cool atmosphere and the food/drinks are awesome. There’s a variety of vegan and non-vegan breakfast and lunch foods and yummy coffee and juice drinks. Come join us on Saturday!

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Inaugural Foto Friday

I am the lucky girl who received a fancy shmancy Cannon Rebel for Christmas. As of today, I declare Fridays on the Mamma Mia blog, Foto Friday. Follow my journey as I master the Cannon Rebel and step out of full auto mode. I allowed Mia to caption her photos. Good stuff.

(Oh, and if you are just visiting the blog to get a free subscription to PLAYGROUND Mag and don’t really care about me and my Foto Friday… scroll down to the next post for details.)

“It’s Me”
“I like to make people laugh, right?”
“I sing and I dance A LOT because it makes me happy.”
“Mom, I think I’m dreaming in this one”
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