10 Reasons Everything Is Awesome at the LEGOLAND Hotel

Our five-year-old's birthday wish was to spend the night at the new Florida LEGOLAND® Hotel. And quite honestly, I was pretty pumped to check it out myself. We took advantage of the Florida resident rate (35% off) and were set. There are always extra deals and promos here. I Read more

Park City, Utah Skiing With The Family

It's been awhile since the entire family went west, but it was time! I had a few snickers when I announced our plans to embark on a ski adventure with the entire family to Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. But, then again places that people don't Read more

The Newest Vacation Rental in Orlando

I'm so excited to share my most recent article in PLAYGROUND magazine. Friends from my hometown in Pennsylvania have created the most amazing vacation rental space here in Orlando. Click through to read about the inspiration behind this awesome home and how you can book your stay.   Follow our family 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

Giveaways

Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After

Just the title of the new Disney On Ice show has me counting down to show time! In a new twist on fairytale fun, favorite Disney characters compete to be the next superstar in comical segments leading up to the tales of show stopping princesses – Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and Merida from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE in her ice debut!

Mickey and Minnie encounter the most talented performers in the land with an all-star lineup that includes Sebastian and the Daughters of Triton from The Little Mermaid, the rowdy pub thugs from Tangled and the spunky enchanted servants from Beauty and the Beast. The journey continues to the Scottish highlands where audiences will be captivated and star struck by Merida, as an exhilarating archery contest ensues for the right to marry the fiery redhead.

Good news! I’m giving away a family four-pack to the show!

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment below letting me know which character you are most excited to see.
  • Extra entries daily for tweeting! Just leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

I’ll select a winner on Wed. Aug. 15 at 3 pm.

Tickets for performances at the Amway Center are on sale now! If you don’t win the giveaway, I still have a special offer for you. You can get 4 tickets for just $48! This special offer is valid for specific show times: Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm and Sept. 9 at 1 and 5 pm by entering the code MOM12 at checkout.

Additional showtimes are Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm. See you at the show!

Disclosure: My family will attend the show as a guest of Feld Entertainment.

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Soar With Reading This Summer

Reading has been a huge focus in my house this summer. After a school year of hard work, I couldn’t risk back tracking on my kindergartners fast track to reading stardom.

Soar With Reading!

Luckily there are several great summer reading programs out there. One in particular is  the national initiative from JetBlue and PBS KIDStaking place again this summer, designed to help place books in the hands of kids in need and keep kids reading all summer long.

Hurry now and go to the Soar With Reading site (or click straight through on the image to the right) and share your favorite childhood book. With every share, JetBlue will donate a book to a child in need in grant cities. (Orlando is included in this group!) On the site parents can also find tips and downloadable activities to keep kids inspired to read all summer long.

Click here to learn more about the program

We missed out on the fun event held at our local library in Orlando because we were on vacation last week. But there are two more summer events taking place in L.A. and New York. Find out more details!  

Win! Win!Leave a comment below letting me know what you are doing to keep reading alive this summer for a chance to win a JetBlue travel backpack filled with summer reading materials.

I’ll select a winner on Friday, August 3 so get commenting. You can get an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway and letting me know in a separate comment below.

Happy Reading!

 Disclaimer: JetBlue provided  me with reading materials for my daughter and a reading inspired backpack  to giveaway to a lucky reader.  Mamma Mia fully supports the Soar With Reading  initiative. 

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Orlando City Soccer… Win a summer camp!

Orlando City Youth Soccer

Has your family had a chance to experience the newest sports craze sweeping the Orlando area? If not, I advise you get out with your family this summer and catch an Orlando City Soccer game. Every game has  family activities including themed game nights (from Go Pink to Back to School) with fan zone activities, charity drives and more. A fun inexpensive summer outing for sure!

I’m not a soccer expert by any means, but I’m learning… and hoping Mia will too. Good news for me –  Orlando City Youth Soccer is right in our backyard!  Orlando City Youth offers recreational leagues and camps for those who want to learn more about the game.

Orlando City Soccer is hosting weekly youth summer camps throughout July and August that include both half and full-day options ranging in scope from basic soccer skills for the younger groups, up to position-specific camps for the more experienced players. What a cool way to introduce your kids to soccer!

 And now great news for you! I have one week of summer camp to give away to a lucky reader.

Get out and play!

Leave a comment below letting me know how your kids are getting out and getting active this summer and you’ll be entered into the giveaway, which will be selected at random on Wednesday, July 11.

*Fun fact: These camps are unique in that Orlando City coaches and pro players staff them. Your child has the opportunity to learn the skills of the game from some of the very same players they see take the field in the USL PRO matches.

For updates on home games, theme nights and much more be sure to like Orlando City Soccer Club on Facebook.

 

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present DRAGONS! Win Tix!

Kicking off 2012 in Central Florida, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will present DRAGONS! at the Amway Center Jan. 12-16. Honoring the “year of the dragon,” performers from the farthest reaches of the earth will converge on Orlando to showcase truly amazing acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. Basically be ready to be wowed!

Get tickets for just $12 (plus facility and handling fees) by using promo code MOMMY at checkout on Ticketmaster.  The offer is valid for the following shows: Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 11:30 am and 7:30 pm; Sunday at 5 pm; and Monday (MLK Day) at 5 pm. The discount does not apply to Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP tickets.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS!

Or… you could just WIN a family 4-pack here! Entering is simple. Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite circus memory. I’ll pick a random winner on December 19… Just in time for Christmas!

We’ll be attending on Jan. 12 so stay tuned for a review!

If you’re looking for the full meal deal,  the VIP Family Four Pack, which includes 4 VIP tickets, 4 small Lemonades, 4 small Popcorn Boxes, and 4 jumbo Lollipops. The package is $170 and is a savings of over $50! To get this package use promo code FAMDEAL at Ticketmaster checkout.

In exchange for my time reporting my opinion, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Rest assured The Mamma Mia opinion is 100% no doubt my own.

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What To Love Now

Pencils, backpacks and lunch bags for Mia. Bottles, strollers and diapers for Charil. Talk about being in two worlds at once! Here are just a few of my new finds for you to love now. Don’t forget to enter the On The Fly giveaway!

Pee Wee PC

The Pee Wee PC is the computer created just for kids. It is extremely durable (think water resistant keyboard), has a pivoting screen, a built in camera and stylus to use with specific learning programs. Right now Pee Wee PC is offering a 10% discount on purchases of $20 or more. This is perfect for your little scholar.

Company Kids Lunch & Backpacks

In my quest to find a cool backpack for Mia, I came across Company Kids. They offer the perfect size backpack, lunch bag or messenger bag for any little one off to school. Personalization is an option. The Back to School promo runs through September 15 with prices as low as $19.

Samba Sushi Chopsitcks

I highlighted the Combi Sushi Trainer in my last product round-up, but I’ve found another chopstick trainer for little hands that I love – Sushi Samba Kids Chopsticks. Mia loves the bright colors and ease of using these cool sticks. “Big kids” ie. your friend who continues to sacrifice spicy tuna rolls can use them too. A pack of 4 can be snagged for only $10!

We travel a lot and it’s not always easy to heat a baby’s bottle on the go. A big thank you to On The Fly Bottle Warmer for basically taking the anxiety out of bottle feeding while out and about. You simply place your bottle in the BottleSOC and wrap the air activated layer around. In 30 seconds, baby will be sucking down a warm bottle.

On The Fly

The products in this round-up are cool and functional! Not many products (or people for that matter) can claim this.  If you try any of these products out, let us know what you think. Oh, and enter below to win an On The Fly Bottle Warmer. I have a starter kit to giveaway!

On The Fly Giveaway!!! 

Leave a comment below letting me know your current strategy for heating a bottle while on the go and you could be the proud owner of an On The Fly starter kit. Giveaway closes on Thursday, September 8.

 Earn Extra Entries:

I’m again on the prowl so stay tuned for my next round-up.

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Yummy On The Go Lawrys Meal Ideas

As of late, I’ve become a little more adventurous with my cooking. By adventurous I mean stepping away from my “go to” dishes that I’m sure everyone is extremely tired of. Let’s just say if I don’t hear “How many more bites???” it’s a very good day.

When The Motherhood approached me this summer with a chance to really put my “adventurous” cooking into action with Lawrys, I couldn’t say no… Although, I did fear for the other Orlando bloggers who were teamed up with me… Specifically Angie because we were in charge of yes… The Main Dish!

Our team was tasked with coming up with “On The Go” (ie. for busy people like me) dishes – appetizer, side dish and main dish using Lawrys Balsamic Herb Marinade, Lawrys Season Salt Marinade and Lawrys Seasoned Salt. (I’m giving away a package of all three below)

Share the taste of our sweet success below. Hope these “On The Go” dishes make cooking for your family a little easier and tastier.

 Appetizer

Crostini Ingredients

Created by Leigh and Melanie

Crostini with White Bean Spread, Arugula, Prosciutto

Prep & Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  1.  1 baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
  2. 1 can cannelini beans (or other white bean, such as Great Northern)
  3. 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/2 tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  5. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  6. Baby arugula (about 1/2 cup)

    Crostini Appetizer

  7. Thinly-sliced prosciutto (about 1/4 pound)

Toast your bread slices on both sides. This can be done in an oven, or by heating skillet over medium high heat. Add bread slices and toast for about 30 seconds per side. Watch closely so they don’t burn. Make the white bean spread. Drain the liquid from the can of beans. Add to a food processor and puree. Add olive oil, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and pepper and process until well blended. Assemble the crostini. Spread about 2 tsp. of the bean spread on each baguette. Top with 3-4 pieces of baby arugula and a small slice of the prosciutto.

Side Dish

Created by Jen and and Jessica

Sauteed Asparagus

Asparagus Side Dish

Prep & Cook Time: 7 minutes  Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Lemon
  3. Asparagus
  4. Lawrys Season Salt
  5. Grated Parmesan

Heat olive oil in pan. Place asparagus in pan and squeeze lemon juice on top. Top with lemon zest and add a few dashes of Lawrys Season Salt. Turn asparagus while cooking until desired tenderness. Remove from pan then sprinkle fresh parmesan cheese, lemon zest and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt on top prior to serving.

Balsamic Pineapple Salmon

Main Dish

Created by Angie and yours truly

Balsamic Pineapple Salmon

Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus marinade)  Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  1. (4) 4 oz. salmon filets
  2. 2 cups pineapple chunks
  3. Lawrys Balsamic Herb Marinade

Marinade salmon in Lawrys Balsamic Herb Marinade (no less than 30 minutes). Cover salmon with pineapples. Bake 30 minutes or until salmon flakes. Enjoy!

How To Win! Leave a comment below letting me know which of these dishes you want to try, and you will be entered to win a pack of Lawrys products – Balsamic Marinade, Season Salt and Season Salt Marinade to try out these dishes.

For an extra entry, Tweet – Win #Lawrys products and get recipe ideas @mammamiafl – and leave a comment letting me know you did.

I’ll select a winner on August 24.

This post is brought to you by The Motherhood and Lawrys, but all these tasty thoughts are my own and those of the Orlando Lawrys team.

 

 

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Disney on Ice Giveaway Orlando

Disney on Ice Dare To Dream is coming to the new Amway Center September 9-11. The newest additions to the Disney Princess entourage, Tiana and Rapunzel, will be on hand along with some long time favorites. This show could also be called “Mia’s Heaven.”

Dare to Dream

Mamma Mia is giving away four tickets to the Orlando Disney on Ice Dare To Dream show! If you don’t win this giveaway, there’s still an opportunity to win by using promo code: MOM11 at Ticketmaster or the Amway Box Office to get $11 tickets.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment with the name of the Disney Princess you most relate to. (Gotta have a little fun with this.)

Additional entries:

  • Post this giveaway to Facebook and let me know so in a comment
  • Tweet this giveaway: Win 4 tickets to Disney on Ice Dare to Dream @mammamiafl
The show will take place Sept. 9-11. 7:30 pm on Friday, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. The giveaway will run through August 24. $11 ticket offer is not good on VIP or front row tickets. 

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. However, all opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

 

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Scott Naturals Week 3 Giveaway

I hope everyone had the chance to get outside on Earth Day, last Friday, and do something for Mother Earth! I also hope whatever activity it was, inspires you to live an eco-conscious 2011 and beyond.

Scott Naturals Giveaway

It’s week 3 of the Scott Naturals Test Drive Giveaway (1 more weeks to go). I will again this week be giving away a month’s supply of Scott Naturals to one lucky commenter. (See entry instructions below)

Please remember that by clicking through the Scott Naturals links on this page, Scott will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. So get clicking! What a shame it would be if we didn’t reach the $25,000 mark.

How you can enter Scott Naturals giveaway:

  • Take the virtual pledge to take the 4-week Test Drive
  • Come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you’ve taken the pledge (obviously to save the planet!)
  • Additional entry for each day you tweet about the giveaway. (One tweet extra entry per day) Take the #ScottNaturals #ScottTestDrive @mammamiafl today!

By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are also entered to win a Ford Hybrid!

If you want more chances to win visit my friend The Suburban Mom. She’s test driving for Mother Earth too.

The winner for comments on this post will be selected on Thursday, April 28 at 5 pm. There will be an additional giveaway post each week for two weeks.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. The Mamma Mia Blog is being compensated for this project  with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

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Scott NaturalsTest Drive Week 2

It’s week 2 of the Scott Naturals Test Drive Giveaway (2 more weeks to go). I will again this week be giving away a month’s supply of Scott Naturals to one lucky commenter. (See entry instructions below)

Please remember that by clicking through the Scott Naturals links on this page, Scott will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. So get clicking! What a shame it would be if we didn’t reach the $25,000 mark.

Looking for ideas to get outdoors and make a difference on Earth Day and throughout the month? Visit Be Kind 2 Earth’s Facebook page for  ideas.

How you can enter Scott Naturals giveaway:

  • Take the virtual pledge to take the 4-week Test Drive
  • Come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you’ve taken the pledge (obviously to save the planet!)
  • Additional entry for each day you tweet about the giveaway. (One tweet extra entry per day) Take the #ScottNaturals #ScottTestDrive @mammamiafl today!

By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are also entered to win a Ford Hybrid!

If you want more chances to win visit my friend The Suburban Mom. She’s test driving for Mother Earth too.

A big congratulations to Kitty Cardero, who one the week 1 Scott Naturals giveaway!

The winner for comments on this post will be selected on Thursday, April 28 at 5 pm. There will be an additional giveaway post each week for two weeks.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. The Mamma Mia Blog is being compensated for this project  with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

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Celebrate Earth Month Naturally!

Take The 4 Week Test Drive!

It’s earth month. I believe Earth Month is in existence to remind us “busy” people of what we should be doing all year long. This is why as a “busy” person,  I jumped on the opportunity to partner with Scott Naturals and their line of hybrid paper products. There’s so many paper products that are just a necessity… Especially as a mom. Seriously, you have to use toilet paper so why not be eco-friendly about it.

Here’s the deal, if we all take the Scott Naturals 4-week Test Drive, we’d save over 2 million trees! That’s a lot of fresh clean oxygen for us all.

So, starting today for four weeks, I’m going to give away a Scott Naturals kit that includes Scott Naturals tissues, towels, napkins and flushable wipes to one person per week. (4 total)

How you can enter:

  • Take the virtual pledge to take the 4-week Test Drive
  • Come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you’ve taken the pledge (obviously to save the planet!)
  • Additional entry for each day you tweet about the giveaway. (One tweet extra entry per day) Take the #ScottNaturals #ScottTestDrive @mammamiafl today!

In addition to this fun, just by clicking through the Scott Naturals links on this page, Scott Naturals will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. So get clicking!

Oh, and I almost forgot! By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are entered to win a Ford Hybrid!

If you want more chances to win visit my friend The Suburban Mom. She’s test driving for Mother Earth too.

The winner for comments on this post will be selected on Tuesday, April 19. There will be an additional post each week for four weeks.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. The Mamma Mia Blog is being compensated for this project  with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

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