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

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Mia has a book called Samantha's Silly-icious Sandwiches. Samantha gets sick of having the same boring sandwich in her lunch everyday and decides to create her own unique sandwiches. Her "Silly-icious Sandwiches" turn into a hit at school and a booming business, which she soon hands over for her 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

Giveaways

Giveaway Time! Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build ‘n Play Luxe Camper

Charli (3)  is obsessed with building puzzles and  any type of blocks she can get her hands on. I think I have an engineer on my hands! The Mega Bloks Barbie™ Luxe Camper is right up her alley because it combines another love… Barbie. Geared to kids ages 4-10, but she and I worked on it as a team.

MEGA BLOKS BARBIE™ BUILD ‘N PLAY LUXE CAMPER

MEGA BLOKS BARBIE™ BUILD ‘N PLAY LUXE CAMPER

The sparkling holiday cruiser includes bunk beds, make-up area and  front seats. Outside of the camper there is a firepit, hot tub and picnic area. I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty jealous of Barbie and her friends once we completed the camper.

I’m really excited to be able to give one away!

How To Win:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite thing (or not fave thing) about camping
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did so
  • Tweet about the giveaway: Win a @MegaBloks Barbie Luxe Camper on The Mamma Mia Blog @amandamkeefer #giveaway
Contest open to US residents only. Contest ends on March 25 at 3 pm.I was provided with product for review. All thoughts and opinions on The Mamma Mia Blog are my own.
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Sofia The First CD Giveaway

I haven’t done a giveaway in awhile, but I’m pretty stoked to be able to giveaway three copies of the new Sofia The First:Songs from Enchancia music CD. You all know we are Disney fans… Kind of a given living where we live.

Sofia The First: Songs From Enchancia

Sofia The First: Songs From Enchancia

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this recently released Disney Jr. series. Even my older daughter and nephew beg to watch this show. I love that Sofia is part of a blended family (like our own). In my opinion, this show does an excellent job of teaching children how to be kind and accepting of others. Project Runway fans will become attached to Baileywick… Tim Gunn is the voice behind this loveable character.

The album includes tracks such as “Good Little Witch” and “Ride of our Lives,” plus 4 instrumental karaoke tracks. Oh yes, we love some karaoke.

How To Win:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know your fave character from the show.
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did. I swear you’ll love my tweets!
  • Tweet about this contest with the following tweet: Win a #SofiaTheFirst CD from @amandamkeefer & @disneymusic www.themammamiablog.com

 

This giveaway is for US residents. I will select and notify winners on 2/14. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Back In Orlando & Tix Giveaway

I’m excited to announce the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey January Orlando premier of their brand new show LEGENDS!. The show will be in Orlando January 9-12, 2014 at the Amway Center.

The circus has been a  tradition for families for many years. It’s an experience that spans generations. Truly a show for all ages.

The Greatest Show On Earth!

The Greatest Show On Earth!

Just in time for Christmas, I’m giving away a family 4-pack to this year’s show. I’m sure your family would be excited to see these tickets under the tree. I’ll be contacting the winner on Dec. 23.

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite circus memory or act
  • Tweet about the giveaway using this tweet: Enter to win tix to @RinglingBros #Orlando LEGENDS! show on @mammamiafl blog. #RinglingOrlando
  • Share on Facebook (leave a comment to let me know you did)

 

Even if you do not win. You can use special code MOM14 to receive $4 off each ticket. This code is valid only for Friday 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances.  Not valid on front row and premium seats. Not valid day of show.

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

Tickets for Thursday and Friday performances are: $75 (Front Row), $35 (Premium Seats), $27, $23 and $16

You can also like Ringling Bros. on Facebook or follow on Twitter!

Be sure to follow our family adventures on Instagram!

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Feld Entertainment is providing me with complimentary tickets to the show. All opinions on The Mamma Mia Blog are my own.

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Tis the Season for Photo Gifts

Are your holiday cards ready to pop in the mail?

Personalized photo calendars make a great gift!

Personalized photo calendars make a great gift!

Tis the time of year when procrastinators like myself are in a panic over finding the perfect holiday card. Plus, I’m always stressing about unique gifts for friends and family near and far.

I had an email from Rite Aid Photo Center this week and had to share these codes with other procrastinators and really just anyone looking to save some money this holiday. I’m also giving away a code for a free photo gift blanket ($49.99 value) and 8.5×11 calendar ($19.99 value)  from Rite Aid.

Holiday codes for everyone! Enter to win the freebie codes below.

* 8×10 canvas for $10 Code: CANVAS10  Valid: 12/3-12/7
* Calendar for $12.99 Code: CALENDAR Valid: 12/8-12/14
* 20 4×8 photo greeting cards for $9.99 with envelopes included Code: CARD999 Valid: 12/15-12/21
* buy 1 8×10 print and get 2 5×7 free prints Code: PRINT810 Valid: 12/22-12/28
* 35% off cards and calendars with minimum 10 cards Code: CARDCAL35 Valid: 12/29-1/4
* 100 digital prints for $9.99 Code: PRINT100 Valid: 1/5-1/11

How to Win:
* What photo gifts are your fave to give or receive? Leave a comment below.
*Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment letting me know you did.
*Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did. I swear my Twitter posts are awesome!
I’ll select a winner on 12/13 at 3 pm and notify immediately to leave ample time for ordering as a gift.
Disclosure: The codes provided to the winner do not include shipping & handling. Winner may choose to pick up in store.
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Doggie Portraits Sit Stay Pose Promo Code

Artwork courtesy of Etsy Shop Sit Stay Pose

Artwork courtesy of Etsy Shop Sit Stay Pose

If you are like us, your dog is part of the family. Our boxer loves (aka tolerates) being dressed up in capes, headbands and attending tea parties.

My dear friend and dog lover, Anne Dalles, recently discovered she has a special gift for painting dogs. She simply asks for a photo of the pup and goes to town, as you can see by the photo of my girls with our dog, Sam.  I’m obsessed and I feel like most dog lovers out there will be too!

Anne gave me a special code for readers of my blog to use on her Etsy shop for a 20% discount. It’s good through 11/20 with the code MAMMAMIA20.

The Inspiration Girls & Sam

The Inspiration Girls & Sam

This would make an awesome Christmas gift for the dog lover in your family! Prices vary on how many dogs or kids are featured in the art and on canvas size.

 

 

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Frog Trouble Giveaway

I’m not a huge country music fan, but the new music CD Frog Trouble had my girls dancing around their playroom, smiling and laughing uncontrollably…. Therefore, I was sold.  It’s nice every now and then to shut off the TV and just listen to some fun music. Big names like Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker and Dwight Yoakam come together to create this fun tune compilation, Frog Trouble. Don’t take my word for it. Watch the clip.

Grammy nominated and bestselling children’s author, songwriter and music producer, Sandra Boynton, is the mastermind behind Frog Trouble. Boynton produced the tracks mostly in Nashville, with renowned session musicians and an All-Star roster.

Frog Trouble

Frog Trouble

I am so excited to have 3 copies of Frog Trouble to give away!

How to Win

1.) Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite children’s song.

2.) Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment letting me know you did so.

3.) Follow me on Twitter @amandamkeefer. I love to share parenting tips and will have more giveaways coming up so you won’t be disappointed!

I will select a winner on Thursday, October 17 at 3 pm. Good luck!

I was provided with a complimentary copy of Frog Trouble, but all opinions on The Mamma Mia Blog are my very own.

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Bugs In My Hair – Book Giveaway

Bugs In My Hair By David Shannon

Bugs In My Hair By David Shannon

Through the years, we’ve had our share of “lice” scares. The email goes out from the preschool/elementary school saying that a student has lice… The chaos of checking through hair and worrying about every speck or flake ensues. I’ve found myself explaining exactly what lice is, in the kindest most non grossed out way possible, time and time again. No matter how many times I explain, it leaves us all itching, even when there is nothing to itch.

This book, Bugs In My Hair by David Shannon, makes light of lice and will truly make dealing with the issue easier for any family. It talks about getting rid of lice, but in a humorous way that kids and adults alike will appreciate. I recommend every family has this book on hand for those incidents that WILL come up over the years!

I have 3 hardback copies of Bugs In My Hair to giveaway! These are perfect for any classroom or family library. This hardback book retails at $17.99.

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite book to read with your family.

 

For Extra Entries:

  • Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment letting me know you did.
  • Share with your friends on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did.
  • Follow me on Twitter! @amandamkeefer

I’ll contact winners on Thursday, October 3. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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Adventures of Bella & Harry Giveaway

Our family loves to travel, but we haven’t had the opportunity to get to far away places like the adorable Chihuahuas Bella & Harry who visit Rome and Edinburgh in their two newest adventure books. Someday we will get there!

Bella & Harry Let's Visit Edinburgh

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Edinburgh

The Bella & Harry series was developed to inspire young readers to embrace the world and encourage its exploration. This is creatively done through the funny yet informative adventures of cute sibling Chihuahuas Bella and Harry, while traveling through various countries.

Bella & Harry Let's Visit Rome

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Rome

Whether you are planning a trip or just in the mood to take an imaginative journey, these books are great way for kids, and parents, to learn about these far off places in a fun way. I definitely felt a little more worldly myself after reading the books with the girls.

I am obsessed with this series because it aspires to stimulate children’s imaginations and helps them to  understand the world in which we live.

I have both Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Rome and Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Edinburgh to give away to one (1) lucky reader.

 

 

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know what far off place you hope to visit with your family someday. 

Extra Entries:

I’ll announce the winner on Monday, August 26. Happy discovering!

I was provided copies of Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Rome and Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Edinburgh for review.  

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Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes – Win Tix!

While I’m on a Disney roll, I am excited to let everyone know that Disney on Ice is coming back to Orlando’s Amway Center the weekend of September 9 for Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes.

Amway Center Sept. 9 - 11

Amway Center Sept. 9 – 11

Guests to the show can join Ariel (my personal fave princess) as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. Also in the line up, Prince Philip defeats the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Princesses & Heroes comes full circle with appearances by Jasmine and Aladdin, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana!

We’ve been to the show the past two years and are always in awe at the high flying jumps, acrobatics and amazing skating. Not to mention the Disney friends on hand. 

Join us for the show! Enter below to WIN a family 4-pack of tickets to either the Friday, Sept. 13 7:30 pm show or the Saturday, Sept. 14 11 am show. If you aren’t selected for the family 4-pack, you can use special offer code MOMDOI when you purchase to receive a $4 discount on tickets.

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment with the name of your favorite princess or hero.

Extra Entries:

  • Like Disney on Ice on Facebook and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.
  • Tweet about the contest with a link to the tweet in the comments. Tweet: Win a family 4-pack tix to @DisneyOnIce in #Orlando @mammamiafl http://www.themammamiablog.com.

I’ll notify the winner on Friday, August 23.

Hope to see you at the show!

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We will attend the show as guests of Feld Entertainment. All views and opinions on The Mamma Mia Blog are my very own.

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Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed)

The girls love sharing a room... now.

The girls love sharing a room… now.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, it is obvious that my girls have recently moved into the same bedroom. When I heard my friends at Scholastic had a new book, Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed) by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, I knew they had to be spying in on my life.

Win a copy below!

Win a copy below!

We recently moved Charli over to Mia’s room to free up a little space in the house for a guest room. It wasn’t the easiest transition as both girls were accustomed to their very own space. As time passed, it has turned out be one of the best decisions I’ve made.

In this super cute book, Zoe goes through the same thing I imagine Mia going through. She has to figure out how to make her “system” work along with her little sister instead of against her.

In the book, Zoe is the Queen of the whole Universe… but her favorite part in the Universe is her own room, where she hosts tea parties, builds empires out of blocks and gazes out upon the stars.

Then her parents announce that her little sister is moving in to Zoe’s room. Little sisters aren’t good at tea parties (too rude), block building (too clumsy) and starwatching (just plain too young!). Turns out the new little roommate is a pain until Zoe discovers that even her smallest subjects can be useful in a storm.

Take a peak inside the book at the clip below.

Want to win your very own copy of Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed)? I have two copies to giveaway!

How to Enter:

  • Leave a tip in the comments for parents moving siblings into the same bedroom. Or, leave a funny anecdote about your own experience.

For extra entries:

  • Follow @mammamiafl on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did so.
  • Follow @scholastic on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did so.
  • Tweet about the giveaway and leave a link to your tweet.

I’ll choose a winner Friday, June 21 at 3 pm. The giveaway is limited to U.S. entrants. Good luck!

Scholastic provided me with a copy of Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed) for review. All prizing is courtesy of Scholastic. Opinions delivered on The Mamma Mia Blog are my very own. 

 

 

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