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


Celebrate Reading! Max Spaniel Giveaway!

As you know, we love reading and playing chef in the Mamma Mia house. Mia has already learned to read and spell basic words. The cooking… well, we’ll work on that.  For these reasons, I jumped on the chance to partner with Scholastic to support the launch of David Catrow’s new book, Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch.

You might be familiar with some of David Catrow’s other books such as Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Lunch or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share. In Funny Lunch, Max, the loveable spaniel is back and serving up one hysterical meal after another at his very own diner.

To celebrate the launch of the book, we are giving away one prize pack including Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch and a Playful Chef Kids Cooking Kit. The kit includes all types of kid size cooking utensils including a whisk, pastry brush, mixing bowl, timer, apron measuring spoons and cups, baking pan, recipe cards and more! (info on how to enter below)

Playful Chef Cooking Kit

The giveaway fun doesn’t stop there. Even if you don’t win the “grand prize” with the cooking kit, we have two other Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch books to give away.

Three chances to win!

How to win: Leave a comment on the importance of reading with your child.

For bonus entry: Tweet this comment and leave a comment letting us know you did so.

This contest will run through May 24, 2010 and  is  open to U.S. citizens. Winners will be contacted directly.

More on the author: David Catrow is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and the award-wining illustrator of numerous books for children, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Songs by Alan Katz. He lives in Springfield, Ohio, with his wife, and their three dogs, Bubbs, Beetle, and Blue. Max Spaniel is based upon Bubbs!

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Field Trips For All! Win A Sony Camera

Field trips are a great way for kids to gain memorable, hands on learning experiences outside of the classroom. It’s disappointing to see school budgets being cut, and field trips slowly just going away.

In support of a new program, Field Trips For All, Lunchables will be hosting  free-admission to the Orlando Science Center for the first 1,000 people this Saturday, May 1.  The campaign aims to help 50 deserving classrooms across the country go on educational and inspiring field trip adventures.

Nominate a classroom! Anyone can nominate a 1st – 8th grade classroom to win a field trip through June 1 on the Lunchables website.

To capture those “oh so special field trip moments,” the folks at Lunchables have provided The Mamma Mia Blog with a Sony DSC-W220 Digital Camera with 12.1 Mega Pixel, 4x optical zoom and rechargeable battery to giveaway. I’ll announce the winner Friday afternoon (April 30)…. So hurry up and enter!

How to Enter:
Post a comment about a field trip memory from your youth. I’ll start because I just can’t help myself.
Bonus Entries:
Follow @mammamiafl on Twitter and post a comment saying so.
Retweet this contest on Twitter
Fine print: Contest valid for U.S. residents only

Mia discovering dinosaur bones at the Orlando Science Center

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V-day Mini-Sessions By Erica Clements… This Weekend!

Ditch the Dora Valentine cards this year and let Erica Clements, Orlando Photographer create an original Valentine from your child.

Erica has a few Valentine’s mini-sessions left for this weekend (Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31) that include:

  • 15 minute studio session
  • Online ordering gallery
  • 8X10 print
  • Set of 50 cards and envelopes
  • $37.50 per additional child, but includes an additional pack of cards

The package price is $75. And, of course there’s a special deal for Mamma Mia readers… You will receive an additional 10% off any prints you order outside of the Valentine’s Day mini session package.

Space is extremely limited so email Erica ASAP.

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Giveaway: LeapFrog Junior Book Pal Bundle

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be able to offer one lucky Mamma Mia reader one of LeapFrog’s most amazing products! I guess I really don’t have to tell you over and over how important reading is for our little ones. But trust me… There are really kids who enter kindergarten who have never picked up a book!

Using the same technology as the Tag™ Reading System, the Tag™ Junior book pal was created to work with, not against that natural urge toddlers’ have to explore just about everything. Tag Junior  introduces preschool skills through fun book-based activities.

The Tag Junior book pal is easy for parents and children to use. This is important. Mia’s received a few learning gifts in the past that I still haven’t figured out. Even computer illiterate parents can download audio for up to five books to the book pal, then let their toddlers go to town.

Each Tag Junior board book introduces a different preschool skill including  alphabet, counting and social play. There are fun sound effects and open-ended questions that encourage toddlers to take the lead.  Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures and activities to life.

Talk about tracking progress… When a child is through playing, parents can connect the book pal to the online Leapfrog® Learning Path to see  progress and download printable activities for more fun.

* Included sampler book, If I Were…, has 16 activities and over 70 audio responses.

What you win:
A LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Pal and two books, ABC Animal Orchestra and Pooh Loves To… This bundle is valued at nearly $57.

How to win:

  • Become a fan on Leapfrog’s Facebook page. You MUST do this in order to qualify as a winner.
  • Leave a comment on this post. Just be creative…. I leave the comment choice up to you this time.
  • If you don’t have a Google account I can link to, please leave your email in your comment or send it to Mamma Mia directly if you feel uncomfortable leaving it in your comment. If you leave your email in the comment leave it as: youremail (at) emailserver (dot) com. I swear I’m working on an easier way to enter my giveaways so bare with me friends!

Bonus entries:

  • Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know. Just click the link to follow on left hand side of this page. (Come on… I need followers!)
  • Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment with the link.
  • Follow my blog on FB networked blogs. Soooo EASY!!

More stuff to know:
This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on November 30.  Contest open to the residents of U.S. and Canada only. The winner will be selected through random.org and will have 24 hours to respond with shipping info.

More chances to win:
Fellow mom bloggers are running the same giveaway. Another chance to win, win, win! Yes, I do have a few friends…
Parenting by Trial and Error
Blogging ‘Bout Boys
Frisco Kids
Ready Mom
3 Carnations

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Orlando Target Family Festival… Read on to Win Tix

I’m in New York this week, missing my Mia of course, but lacking time to write. I figured, why not do something fun, fun, fun that requires little thought on my part…

So… Who wants a family four pack to the week-long Target Family Festival at Loch Haven Park? The festival features national kiddie recording artists and fun activities for the entire family. No better way to spend a summer day in Central Florida with the family. For more details click on the flier posted in this entry.

All you have to do is email marketingasst@orlandorep.com with Mamma Mia Promo in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and contact information. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Thursday.

Please pass this promo on to friends and family! And even if you don’t win, you should still come and hang out with Mia and I this Saturday on opening day!

On another note, it’s the last week to vote for your favorite local blog on Nickelodeon’s Parents Picks web site. We are in the home stretch! Vote Mamma Mia!

(The family four pack includes all Target Family Festival festivities excluding Thoroughly Modern Millie.)

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