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


LaRue Across America – Win A Copy Here

It’s no secret Mia and I love books. As of late,Mia has recently taken an interest in maps. Maybe it’s because we have friends and family spread across the US. Regardless, this new book by Mark Teague, LaRue Across America!, incorporates both of her loves, old -books and new – maps.

Want to win a hardback copy of this new adventure tale for your kiddo? Read on.

Ike the dog’s plan for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are dashed when their neighbor falls suddenly ill and Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats. But, cats aren’t allowed on the cruise, so Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week’s vacation of road-tripping. Ike is beside himself and quickly takes up his pen to tell readers why as they visit each locale.

Watch the super cute trailer by clicking on the book image on the right.

I am giving away 2 copies of the book. It’s suitable for children ages 4-8 and retails at $16.99. The giveaway will end on Thursday, April 7.

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite book was as a child.
  • Tweet this contest and leave a comment letting me know.
  • Follow @mammamiafl on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know.

Winners must be US residents.

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Disney Live Tickets & Promo Code

Abracadabra!  Disney Live! is presenting Mickey’s Magic Show! Mickey, Minnie and a host of Disney friends are coming together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia.

Disney Live!

The show is coming to the UCF Arena on March 13 and the King Center in Melbourne on March 12. And…. Mamma Mia has  tickets for you and your family!!! We are giving away a family four-pack to the 5:30 show (your choice on location.) If you don’t win the tickets, Mamma Mia readers can use the promo code MAGIC at either Ticketmaster or the Arena Box Office to receive a $3 discount.

Performances are at 2:30 and 5:30pm. Tickets start at $15. Complete details are at DisneyLive.com.

The giveaway will run for two weeks and end on Wednesday, February 22 at 3 pm.

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment below
  • Like Disney Live! on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know
  • Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment letting me know

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The Robot Book Giveaway

The Robot Book By Heather Brown

A few weeks ago Mia received, what is now officially her favorite book, in the mail. The book is The Robot Book by Heather Brown.

This book is perfect for the little one who loves pop up books, touch and feel or any thing hands on. The book lets you spin gadgets and knobs to see just what this robot is made of. In the end, you see that the robot is not just made of parts, but has a heart too!

Great news for Mamma Mia readers! I have three Robot Books to give away. Each book is valued at $16.99. This book would make the perfect Christmas gift!

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment about the importance of reading in your house.
  • Tweet the following and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted: Win The new Robot Book by Heather Brown on @mammamiafl
  • Follow Mamma Mia on Facebook

This giveaway will run through November 15.

Watch the trailer below! It might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in awhile.

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It’s An Emily Osment Album Launch Party

Mia is still a little young for Hannah Montana, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a hero of a tween parent out there.

Debut Album Release October 5, 2010

Today, Hannah Montana star, Emily Osment launches her full length debut album Fight or Flight. The 11-track electro-pop album was produced by Nellee Hooper, who has also worked with No Doubt, Madonna, U2 and Bjork.

The multi-talented Emily co-wrote all of the songs on Fight or Flight including the first single “Lovesick.”

Be the “cool” mom or dad and leave a comment below to win a copy of the new release for your tween.  A winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 19.

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Bringing Play Time Back

Sadly, I had to be reminded this week, by the owner of Amaya Papaya, of  “The Importance of Play.” My busy life got the best of me, and it’s time to bring play time back!

Amaya Papaya, located in Casselberry (right outside of Orlando), has created a destination for families to play, learn, party and shop together while hanging out in an eclectic parent-child hangout. Children ages 0 – 5 can learn through hands on discovery, role playing, physical activity and parent/child interaction. Parents can play with their children on play structures, slides, and in imagination-inspiring themed play areas, or relax and talk to other grown ups while watching their children explore from one of the wifi equipped lounge areas.

Amaya Papaya

There is always some hip happening taking place at Amaya Papaya so check the calendar for special classes, story times and events for children and adults.

So enough of my babble… get over there and experience what the hype is about first hand. I’ll make it easy for you.

WIN: Leave a comment below letting me know how you instate the “Importance of Play” in your family and you’ll be entered to win a free open play card for Amaya Papaya. I have 3 to giveaway. This contest will run through Friday, October 15.

Amaya Papaya is open Monday – Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for private parties or open play (check the calendar.)  Price of admission for kids is $9.99 for kids 1-6 and $4.99 for babies 8 – 12 months, unless of course you have a free pass from The Mamma Mia Blog! 

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Paper Couture: a new take on stationery

I’m a stationery hoarder and lover. Hence my excitement to do an awesome promotion with a brand spanking new (and cool) company, Paper Couture

From the studios of The 2u Collection and Liga Photography comes an incredible collaboration in paper and art – Paper Couture!

Limited Edition Designs

The two talented ladies, Amy Morelli and Abby Liga, behind the ready-made all-occasion stationery share passions for style, fashion and great design. And… it shows.

Everything is limited edition, meaning every 6 months they will retire the designs and all new designs will take their places.

Good news… All Mamma Mia readers will receive 10% off. Just use the coupon code PLAYPC60 when you place your order.

Great news… for the next two weeks on Mamma Mia, you can enter to win a $50 credit for Paper Couture. So if you’re tying the knot, welcoming a new addition, saying thanks or just love stationery, Enter!

How to Enter:

Paper Couture

1.) Visit the Paper Couture website and leave a comment about your favorite product.

Bonus Entries:

1.) Follow Paper Couture on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know.

2.) Like Paper Couture on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.

3.) Tweet this contest and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted : Win a $50 credit for @2ucollections ‘s cool new Paper Couture stationery line on @mammamiafl

4 Entries total per person! Contest ends on Tuesday, October 5.

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Pinkberry Coming to Orlando

Bet you thought the title of this post was a misprint. Think again! Pinkberry is really coming to Orlando and soon… August 20 to be exact. The new location of swirly goodness is 7600 Dr. Philips Blvd. on the corner of Sandlake and Dr. Philips.

This opening marks Pinkberry's first location in Florida.

I’ve been a  Pinkberry fan since my first Pinkberry experience in San Diego. For years I’ve been dreaming of the day I would have full access to my very own local Pinkberry. Why do I love it? Um, how about gummy bears to fresh fruits to pomegranate juice to Belgian chocolate shavings?  Your yogurt will be dressed to impress your taste buds with Pinkberry’s unbelievable toppings bar.  All this, besides the fact that almost every celeb you swoon over has been spotted munching on the frozen yogurt.

And now, an extra special Pinkberry experience offer from The Mamma Mia Blog, comment below to win two tickets to the exclusive VIP Pinkberry event taking place the night before opening from 6-9 pm. There is a “Groupie” event taking place the same evening that’s open to the public, but your exclusive tickets will allow you into the VIP area where you will enjoy a world with no lines, a pinwheel full of great prizes, FREE frozen Pinkberry yogurt and fun times with yours truly. Although, I don’t know how much talking I’ll be doing as I shovel frozen yogurt down my throat.

More good news! If you don’t win the VIP tickets, I’m giving away two runner up prize packs with Pinkberry coupons and t-shirts. Keep on entering!

There will be a total of 3 winners. I’ll announce the grand prize and runner up winners on Tuesday, August 17.

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post – 1 entry PER DAY so return to Mamma Mia daily!!
  • “Like” Pinkberry on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know – 1 entry
  • Become a Groupie on the Pinkberry website and leave a comment letting me know – 1 entry

Gotta love this… Pinkberry will be donating a portion of all opening weekend sales to assist Give Kids The World efforts in providing critically ill children and their families with a carefree Orlando vacation. Kudos to Pinkberry on this initiative.

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Let Them Have Cake Shooters!

Most of us who live in the Orlando area know of Sprinkles Custom Cakes. This dessert mecca offers the best sweets around for events, parties or even just because you want some cake.

Sprinkles has recently introduced a new member to their dessert family… Cake Shooters!!  The picture says it all.  Flavors are available in yellow rasberry swirl, pina coloda, OMG (combo of rasberry swirl and butter cream icing) and Sprinkles signature. We’ve tried them, and seriously can’t decide on a favorite.

Get this! Tori Spelling even ordered these sweet treats  (delivered from Orlando to L.A.) for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. Read more here at People.com.

Now, the moment you have been waiting for…. You, yes you, can win a a box of six cake shooters just by leaving a comment stating what flavor sounds like it would tickle your taste buds. You can earn up to two bonus entries by becoming a Sprinkles Fan on Facebook and following Sprinkles on Twitter. Three (3) entries total per person. Please leave additional comments stating you’ve become a Facebook Fan and Twitter follower.

This giveaway will run through Friday, July 23 when a winner will be selected from Random.org.

The giveaway is open to Central Florida residents (or anyone interested in making a drive to pick up the shooters) as you will need to pick your prize up at the Sprinkles Custom Cakes location on Fairbanks Ave.

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A Despicable Giveaway!

If you are not familiar with this little guy to the right, you are living under a rock. Despicable Me in 3D will be in theaters July 9 and this cute yellow creature is part of an army of minions who serve as the worker bees for “wanna be” villian Gru. Mia and I were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the flick, and can say that Steve Carell, who plays Gru, does not let you down in the laughter department.

Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else have ever seen: a potential Dad.

In celebration of summer movies and Despicable Me, let’s give away some goods.

Two (2) lucky, lucky winners will receive the following Despicable Me fun:

  • Youth Shirt
  • Youth Hat
  • Moo-Can (it moos!)
  • Pencil with Minion Topper
  • Balloon
  • Minion Ink Stamp

To enter, simply leave a comment. For bonus entries follow Universal Pictures on Twitter and become a fan of the movie on Facebook. Leave separate comments letting me know you’ve done so. Up to three entries per person!

This giveaway will run through July 12. Winner will be selected using Random.org.

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Thought I’d do a quick Friday post reviewing the most recent flick we viewed at home as a family, The Spy Next Door. I loved Jackie Chan in Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon so was interested to see his work in this family fun movie. Add George Lopez into the mix and I knew it would be a winner.

In the movie Jackie Chan plays Bob Ho, a Chinese Intelligence agent on his last mission. In the midst of the mission, Ho befriends his single mother neighbor. The kids aren’t really fond of Ho so to win them over Bob volunteers to babysit. The operation hits a snag when one of the kids mistakenly download a top-secret formula, and a Russian terrorist takes aim at Bob’s prospective family.

The movie made a true effort to entertain kids and adults, which I thoroughly appreciate. This flick is worth the rental and makes for a good family movie night option. My 10-year-old step daughter, Marcus and I enjoyed the flick, but 4-year-old Mia wandered off after a few minutes in search of Barbie and Ken.


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