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


The Baby Tree Book Giveaway

The Baby Tree is a new super cute book that plays off of a child’s confusion of exactly where babies come from. While I do think there’s a time when this answer should be explained in detail, for now, I’m happy to share this playful book with my girls.

The Baby Tree Book Giveaway

The Baby Tree Book Giveaway

Answering this question has never been this easy or entertaining! In the book, a curious little boy asks everyone from his babysitter to the mailman where babies come from… getting all sorts of funny answers along the way before his parents gently set him straight.

The Baby Tree is a new book from Sophie Blackall. She is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff, Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, and the Ivy and Bean books by Annie Barrows.

I’m excited to be able to give a copy of the book away along with a soft kids blanket!

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment below with the funniest story you were told about where babies come from
  • Tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #thebabytree and tag (The Mamma Mia Blog) @amandamkeefer
  • Follow Penguin Kids on Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did so

This giveaway is open to US residents. I’ll notify a winner on June 20 at 3 pm.

Sample and prizing courtesy of Penguin Books USA

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Etsy Baby Love

During my pregnancy I became addicted to browsing Etsy. When I discovered most Etsy artists would work with you to create custom pieces, I fell completely in love.

In one of my late night Etsy raids, I stumbled across Paper Pallettes. The shop boasts a variety of amazing canvas art. I sent along the photo of my baby bedding and just like that, I had a custom piece of art for the wall for $25.

My Dwell Studio Baby Bedding From Target

Signature Art From Paper Palettes

After working with Paper Pallettes, I was on a roll. I next found Apryl222 and asked if she could do door knobs and a switch plate to match.  Again, success. The door knobs were $4 a piece and the switch plate was $10. A small price to pay for these original pieces.

Custom Switch Plate from Apryl222

Custom Door Knob From Apryl222

I’m not much for themes, but these additions to the baby’s room helped tie everything together.

Check out @etsy on Twitter for holiday sales!

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A Lot To Be Thankful For…

Introducing the newest member of Mamma Mia… Charli Lynne. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

Charli Lynne Muniz

Mia and Charli

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Mom Times Two

It’s really early. Or, maybe it’s really late. It’s really quiet, but I can’t sleep. How could I? Tomorrow I’m scheduled to have my second little girl.

Mia's Ready For Her Little Sister

I’ve been so caught up in the new house and other issues that the current economic climate has brought on that I’ve hardly had time to appreciate and embrace this new chapter in my life. Mia’s very ready to become a big sister, but I can’t imagine splitting the love I have for Mia in two. I hear God has mysterious ways of making that work so I’ll leave it up to him. Part of me feels like so much time has passed since I’ve been in newborn world, but I’m sure it will all come racing back once I hold the new one in my arms.

So, I guess it’s game time and getting some sleep before surgery would be a good idea. I hope to make this snappy and have more great stories to share on Mamma Mia about being a mom… times two.

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Foto Friday Erica Clements Style

It all started with those dang mug shot looking pregnancy photos I posted a few weeks back. I took the first amateur step in embracing my growing belly with photos, and then the next thing you know, I’m in Erica Clements studio with Mia embracing this moment in life.

Mia and I had lots of fun with this shoot, and the delicious cupcakes provided by Erica helped too. Here are my fav pics from our session and also information on Erica’s holiday mini-sessions. If you are interested in holiday cards, call her NOW! Time slots are filling up and yes… the holidays are almost upon us.

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Baby #2 and stuff i love

I’ve spent some time going through the baby things I saved from Mia and realized two things 1.) I was in a complete fog when I packed half of this stuff thinking I’d use it again 2.) 4 years is kind of a long time in baby years and a lot changes.

Now, I’ll get to the point of this post. I’ve been doing tons of web browsing for baby gear and thought why not share the news of my finds. Here are a few items I do not actually own, but I’m currently in love with and feel might be necessities for life with baby #2. Click the image to go directly to each website to check on prices etc.

Bumbleride Flite

Bambino Mio Swim Nappies

Dwell Studio Crib Bedding at Target

Timi & Leslie Diaper Bag

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The Moment Is Here….

I’m sharing some belly pics!!! Yes, due to multiple requests, I’m putting it all out there. With Mia, I didn’t embrace my growing belly in photos. Instead I spent my time agonizing, wondering how quickly I would be able to lose the weight I had gained. I’ve decided this time around (aka the last time around) I’m going to live it up grand finale style. This photo was taken on August 16… two weeks ago. I was exactly 25.5 weeks (for those of you who like to think in weeks). I have a little over two months left to go now!

In between moving, work, and keeping up with Mia, I’ve barely had a second to realize I truly am doing this all over again. Not until I ended up in the hospital last week did reality set in. Having contractions at 27.5 weeks while signing a pile of paperwork at the hospital will do that to you. All is well for now. I’m hoping this baby will stay put at least until I can figure out how to put the crib together…

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for…

25.5 weeks and counting (aka around 6 months)

Flashing some skin!

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Virgins Are Fun Too…

I knew I’d draw some folks in with that title. So I’m knee deep in this “growing a human” thing and have been battling the urge for my favorite summer cocktails. After some research, I’ve found that virgin drinks can be fun too. Check out these prego friendly mocktail recipes.

Virgin Mary – If you love brunch as much as I do, you’ll love this Virgin Mary. The healthy beverage is packed with Vitamin C, magnesium and Vitamin K. Mix 3 ounces tomato juice, 3 ounces cranberry juice, 1/2 tsp. Tabasco, 1 tsp. lime juice, fresh black pepper and garnish with lime or celery.

Bellini With Baby – A classy champagne flute is a must have for this easy and refreshing beverage. Mix 2 ounces peach nectar with chilled sparkling cider and enjoy!

Mai Tai – This drink screams pool time! Mix together 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup club soda, 1 tbsp. Grenadine, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tbsp. cream of coconut. Garnish with tropical umbrella and pineapple wedge.

Margarita – The queen of all summer drinks can be good sans tequila. I swear. Throw together  1/4 cup sour drink mix, splash of lime juice, splash of lemon juice and ice. Blend until icy smooth. Don’t forget to rim your glass with salt and lime.

Mojito Mocktail – I could never leave this prego mocktail favorite off the list. Mix together 2 tsp. sugar, 4 mint sprigs, 3 tbsp. lime or lemon juice, 1/2 cup club soda and 2 dashes bitters. Add mint, lime juice and sugar first then use a muddler before adding the rest of the ingredients.

See, virgins really can be fun….

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