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

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

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

Parenting

What I Did Wrong…

With that title this post could go in so many different directions! This one is parenting related. We’ll save the others for another post.

I know it’s hard for perfect parents like myself to admit that perhaps not so great parenting choice were made. Believe it or not, it’s okay to not be perfect. Hard concept to accept (I know), but embrace it and living life will be much, much easier. I gathered a few funny quotes from local parents for the spring issue of PLAYGROUND magazine. These brave parents were willing to clear the air and fess up to “what they did wrong.” Now, your turn!

 

What I Did Wrong

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Acupuncture During Pregnancy. Is It Safe?

Wondering how to cure morning sickness, fatigue, back pain during pregnancy? I have a safe natural remedy for you. A lot of women don’t even know this option exists. Read more in my latest article for PLAYGROUND Magazine. (page 22)

Acupuncture While Pregnant

 

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PLAYGROUND Fall Issue

The fall issue of PLAYGROUND is available all over town! Pick up a copy for tons of fall tips, fashion and fun in Central Florida.

Parenthood comes with lots of joys, but also just a “tiny bit” of stress. Moms need a workout that is not going to add extra stress to that “tiny bit” they already have. The perfect fix…paddleboard yoga. It’s fun, it’s outdoors and it offers a great workout. Pick up the latest issue of PLAYGROUND magazine or click through the online edition to read my latest article – Time for a PADDLING.

PLAYGROUND Fall 2011

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PLAYGROUND Mag – Summer Travel

PLAYGROUND‘s summer issue is on news stands now! Pick one up to find out where you and your family need to be this summer. Wondering what products will help make family travel easier? Read my article on page 16 in PLAYGROUND Picks. I also highlight travel apps that we all should be downloading ASAP. Pick up a hard copy at one of the distribution points, subscribe to get the magazine at your home or read the online issue.

PLAYGROUND Picks

Travel Apps

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PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest

As many of you know, I write regularly for PLAYGROUND Magazine in Orlando. For the third year in a row, the magazine is hosting the PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest. Hope to see you at Lake Eola this Sunday, May 1 from 10 am – 4 pm. The flier below says it all or visit the PLAYGROUND website for more info.


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PLAYGROUND Mag Fall Issue

Waiting for the next issue of  PLAYGROUND mag? Wait no more! The fall issue is out and receiving rave reviews. Perhaps the rave reviews are due to the modeling debut of Mia and I? Hmm…. Maybe. Check out my Fashion Police article offering strategies to get kids dressed and out the door without “too” much chaos. My Kiddie Culture article, about the importance of punctuality, is a reality check for those of us who think we as parents are exempt from being on time. Pick up a copy at one of PLAYGROUND‘s distribution points or just subscribe so it’s delivered to your doorstep.

Whatever you do, you must get a copy of this issue.

Mia and Mommy Modeling Debut

Click on the article image to win your own copy of Hurry Up Harry!

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PLAYGROUND Summer Issue Has Arrived!

I’m a little late on this announcement, but as you can see, I’ve been a little busy. PLAYGROUND magazine hit news stands last week. This issue features tons of summer fun and a lovely article by yours truly. My article walks potential first time pet owners through the pros and cons of owning a pet along with insight from the experts. Is there a poodle or a beta fish in your future? Find out. Get to one of PLAYGROUND’s distribution points or subscribe to the magazine.

Summer Issue 2010

Kids Best Friend Parenting 101

Excerpt from Kid’s Best Friend: Thinking about taking the plunge and adding a pet to your already crazy and dysfunctional brood? While having a pet involves work, it can also be an excellent way for a family to come together, share responsibilities and create everlasting memories.

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PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest

It’s Monday, and already I’m thinking about the weekend. Make plans now to head to the PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest on Sunday, April 18. Last year was a blast, and I’m sure this year will be even bigger and better! PS~ It’s FREE!

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PLAYGROUND Artsy Fartsy

If you haven’t picked up the latest issue of PLAYGROUND, you should ASAP. This issue is full of “Artsy Fartsy” fun for families in Central Florida. Some of my favorite articles (besides the two I wrote) are “the alternate route” giving parents the low down on schooling options, “College Park… it’s just edgy” and of course the fashion spread.

I had the opportunity to experience and write a piece on Orlando Bellydance. A true alternative to the average kids athletic activity. I also immersed myself in the optional art classes the area has to offer for kids. There are just so many cool classes to choose from!

To read the full articles, go to PLAYGROUND’s website and download the electronic version. While you’re on the site, take a look at the calendar of upcoming events and sign up for a subscription. You know you want to!

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Free Subscription to PLAYGROUND Magazine for Mamma Mia Followers

Wow do I have a deal for you!!! PLAYGROUND Magazine, Central Florida’s magazine for modern parents, has offered to provide 2010 subscriptions for followers of the Mamma Mia blog. Seriously, no strings attached.

Now the hard part, or what some of my readers think is the hard part. Actually clicking on the link to the left hand side. You know the one that says FOLLOW THIS BLOG!!!! Yes, friends, I know it’s a task, but just click the button.

From there you will be prompted to sign into a Google, Yahoo or Twitter account to verify your request. If you don’t have any of these accounts, you can create a Google account on that page… and it takes two seconds.

Once you are officially a “follower” you can email your name, address and the promo code: Mamma Mia to PLAYGROUND (click on PLAYGROUND for the email or email subscriptions@playground-magazine.com) and they will take care of setting you up for your FREE 2010 subscription. Capish?

This offer expires January 31, 2009 or when the subscription request reaches 100…  so don’t be lazy and get a move on it.

This is an amazing opportunity for Central Florida parents!

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