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


Kid Fest @ Audubon Park This Weekend

I just got wind of this really cool event, Kidfest, taking place Saturday, April 9 at Audubon Park Garden District. (Audubon Park is  slightly north of downtown.) Kids can fly fish, roll sushi, make pizza, DJ, frost cupcakes, make necklaces and more.

The event takes place from noon to 4pm on Saturday. The basis of the program is for Audubon Park merchants to teach you and your child the tools of their trades.

Audubon Park Garden District is located at the corner of Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive.

Did I mention it’s free? See you there!

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Charli’s Photo Debut

My little Miss Charli took part in her first photo session last week and I had to share. The talented local Orlando photographer Erica Clements impresses once again!  We’ve done photos with Erica for the past two years, and each time I am more amazed with the results.

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Casting Call This Friday – Parenting & BABYTALK

BABYTALK and Parenting magazines are holding an open casting call this weekend! Guess what? Your little ones are invited! The pubs are looking for children ages 5 months to 9 years.

Parenting Magazine

When: Friday, February 25, 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: The studio space between the Apples to Zinnias store and the Stella Luca Salon on Gay Street facing the movie theater in the Winter Park Village.

The address for the Winter Park Village is 400 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

What you need to bring: Just the child, DOB and clothing sizes

They will be looking for children to use in upcoming photo shoots. This is an unpaid gig, but is definitely a super cool opportunity.

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What’s The Dealagio? Get Your Deal On.

I always welcome a great deal, and come March, the newest deal site in town will offer Orlando deals daily. The new site, Dealagio, is to the point (no gimmicks or extra jumble) and will offer savings of 50 to 90 percent on some of the best Otown has to offer.

Sign up today, you’ll be entered to win a brand new iPad. The official drawing will be held on Monday, February 28. Members can invite friends and receive special “refer a friend credits” and more chances to win the iPad.

Dealagio is planning to throw extra prizes into the pot as they  get closer to achieving 10,000 members. Extra prizes are rumored to be in the form of a Royal Caribbean Cruise and an iTouch.

Of course, Dealagio is on Facebook so like them and get the scoop in your FB news feed. While Dealagio will onlybe available in Orlando, they plan to expand to other markets in the future.

If you are a local business interested in getting on board, check out www.dealagioperforms.com

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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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Fully Charged

My life is a circus at the moment so it was only fitting we take a family outing to see Ringling Bros.® (aka The Greatest Show On Earth) perform their newest show, Fully Charged.

Like last year, we “pre-circused” with pizza at Metro Esspresso downtown and headed over to the new Amway Center. Highlights of the show for Mia were the Ukranian strongmen who twirled telephone poles over their heads, The Fernandez Brothers who jumped and flipped atop of huge steel turbines and of course the amazing Ringling Bros.® elephants. Highlights of the show for baby Charli were the bright and colorful lights. (Hey, babies can have opinions to you know.)

Photo Courtesy of Ringling Bros.

The show is going on in Orlando through this weekend, with the final show on Monday evening. If you miss the show in Orlando, head to Jacksonville Thursday, January 20 through Sunday, January 23.

Lower level tickets at the Amway Arena start at $25. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at www.ringling.com orwww.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Elephants on Parade in Orlando

Another boring Monday evening… I think not. Families can witness the famous Ringling elephants parading through downtown Orlando on their way to the new Amway Center. The parade kicks off eight performances to take place in Orlando beginning Thursday.

The animals will unload at the railroad tracks on S. Hughey Ave. around 6:30 pm. The parade will travel on S. Hughey, turn right onto W. Gore St., turn right onto S. Division Ave., turn right on W. South St. and then enter the GEICO Garage. Here’s a link to a map of downtown that you can view online and print.

2010 Orlando Performance

The all-new 141st edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Fully Charged, debuts in Orlando next Thursday, January 13. We attended the Orlando performance last year and were absolutely amazed.

Lower level tickets start at $25. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Sea World Orlando Does Christmas Right

We never miss Sea World’s Christmas celebration, and lucky for us Sea World is taking the seasonal celebration to a different level this year with added shows and attractions. Mia and I had the chance to enjoy the festivities last Friday evening. While we were limited on time due to the freakishly cold FL weather and the fact that I gave birth 2 weeks ago, we had a great time and plan to go back with our annual passes before Christmas.

New This Year…

Sea of Trees – Guests will discover 75 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes, making a dramatic display around SeaWorld’s center lake. I have to quote Mia in regards to the Sea of Trees, “Mom *long pause* this is a special moment.” Truly one of the most AMAZING, beautiful and unique things I have ever seen.

Sea of Trees

The Christmas Market – Located on the park’s Bayside Pathway, guests can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights. Hot chocolate in a Sea World refillable mug recommended! Annual pass holders will receive 20% in the park through Christmas! So, get your holiday shopping on.

Christmas Marketplace

Returning from last year’s festivities are Shamu’s Christmas show, Miracles; The Polar Express, where guests jump aboard a trip to the North Pole to visit Santa; Winter Wonderland on Ice, skating show choreographed with dancing fountains and fireworks; Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, a hilarious sea lion duo make sure Santa doesn’t miss them this year.

Mia and her friend Kai at Seamore and Clyde Show

Countdown to Christmas

Tip: Those interested in a Sea World annual pass… Buy now and get three months free!! I plan on taking advantage for sure.

Sea of Trees and Marketplace photos courtesy of Sea World Orlando

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More Tricks & Treats in Central Florida


Eolaween – The 2nd annual Eolaween at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando will take place Saturday, October 30. The event is family friendly and admission is free! There will be arts, crafts, food, carnival games, entertainment, trick or treating and costume contests. Oh, and pony rides…. Can’t forget about those. The festivities begin at 10 am.

Orlando Science Center

Spooktacular Science Extravaganza The 7th annual Orlando Science Center Extravaganza will take place Sunday, October 31 with a fun filled family day of Halloween activities and events. Little phantoms can explore the science of Monsterology where secrets about the most mysterious monsters will be unveiled. The Halloween event is included in general admission. There’s a special preschool Halloween workshop n Saturday, October 30 from 10 am – 12 pm. Click here for more info on the preschool workshop.

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Tricks & Treats in Central Florida

There’s never a lack of festive fun during Halloween in Central Florida. The hard part is narrowing down your options. I’ll be posting info on local ghostly events leading up to October 31st so check back for more info.

Sea World Spooktacular
This trick-or-treating event takes place weekends through Oct. 31. We attend every year with our annual passes and always have a blast. I recommend going later in the day to avoid the crowds… and the heat. The fun starts at noon through 8 pm. Sea creatures (in costume of course) hand out treats on a lively Halloween under the sea themed pathway. Kids can decorate their own festive cookies, partake in face painting and even see the Sesame Street Crew live on stage for a Spooktacular performance. If you have an annual pass, great! If not, Sea World is offering $5 admission for kids through December 31, 2010. Take advantage!

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