Florida Ocean Adventure

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a hidden gem on the Treasure Coast. Perfect for families and a great learning experience. 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

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

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

4th of July in Central Florida

 

Lake Eola

Looking for something fun to do this 4th of July weekend in Central Florida? Here are a couple ideas to get you going.

Fireworks at the FountainThe huge fountain at the center of Lake Eola has been restored to working condition after being struck by lightening last year. The refurbish is just in time for “Fireworks at the Fountain,” taking place on Monday, July 4. Festive food, fun and entertainment will begin at 4 pm. Enjoy an area just for kids too. Get there early for a great viewing spot. The fireworks begin around 9:30 pm.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach –  Grab your beach blanket and enjoy fireworks Florida style at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach on Sunday, July 3.The fireworks begin at 9 pm.

Olde Fashioned Independence Day Winter Park –  The Olde Fashioned Independence Day will take place in Central Park with children’s activities, limited food vendors and entertainment. Pull up a lounge chair and relax. Once you have your fill in Central Park, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (home to the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany work)will be offering free admisison. The Winter Park Historical Museum will also be open free to everyone in celebration of the recent nomination of the Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Review of SeaWorld One Ocean

You are seeing the advertisements and hearing the buzz about SeaWorld’s new killer-whale show, “One Ocean.” Check out my review of the show at The Theme Park Mom.

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Here Comes Legoland October 15, 2011!

After returning from a work trip to Atlanta, I found a box on my door step. Mia tore open the box (as she does with all boxes we ever receive) to discover a “box of fun” from LEGOLAND. Because they park is under construction,the folks over there decided to bring the familiarization trip to Mia and I in a box… complete with cozy blanket and snacks for watching the DVD that gave us an in depth look at the new park. We saw construction and learned about features for the new park, located in Winter Haven (about 45 minutes outside of Orlando and also 45 minutes outside of Tampa.)

General Manager Adrian Jones

Score, score for LEGOLAND!  My busy schedule would not have allowed me to get over there at the moment, but I’ve been chomping at the bit to get info on the opening and details about the park.

I get a lot of press releases and updates on new happenings in Central Florida and beyond. Legoland has been of interest to me (and Mia) since the first whispers of the plans a few years back. Seeing it come to fruition is amazing and exciting.

Details You Should Know:

  • LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre, full-day family theme park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. It’s the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world! The park features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and botanical gardens.
  • Guests can explore 10 themed zones (so prepare for a full day of fun). Everything from medieval castles to a complete

    Dragon Coaster

    mini land.. picture NYC made of Legos. Click here for the full download on each themed area.

  • LEGOLAND opens October 15, but if you buy your tickets before now, you can get $10 off standard ticket prices. Right now prices are – $65 for adults 12 and over and $55 for children between 3-12… under 3 is free. Buy your tickets by clicking here.
  • I’m always a fan of the annual pass! Savings and options for a full year. Annual passes for FL residents are $159 for adults and $129 for kids to cover admission, parking and food discounts… General annual pass is $129 for adults and $99 for children. (These prices don’t include tax)
  • This is important! LEGOLAND Florida has taken great care to preserve the soul of the park – the historic gardens established on the grounds of its Cypress Gardens predecessor more than 75 years ago. The setting has been restored to its pristine condition, and the collection of native plants, including azaleas and camellias, have been reclaimed and combined with a range of exotic species to create a horticultural masterpiece.

See you in October!!!

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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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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mia performed this little ditty for me today… And, she offered to take me to the bank to buy me some money. I’m a lucky mommy.

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Scott Test Drive – Last Chance!

It’s week 4, the final week of the Scott Naturals Test Drive Giveaway. I will again this week be giving away a month’s supply of Scott Naturals to one lucky commenter. (See entry instructions below)

This is also time to make a big push to click through the Scott Naturals links on this page to raise money for the National Wildlife Federation! Scott will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. What a shame it would be if we didn’t reach the $25,000 mark.

How you can enter Scott Naturals giveaway:

  • Take the virtual pledge to take the 4-week Test Drive
  • Come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you’ve taken the pledge.
  • Additional entry for each day you tweet about the giveaway. (One tweet extra entry per day) Take the #ScottNaturals #ScottTestDrive @mammamiafl today!

By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are also entered to win a Ford Hybrid!

If you want more chances to win visit my friend The Suburban Mom. She’s test driving for Mother Earth too.

The winner for comments on this post will be selected on Thursday, May 12 at 5 pm.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. The Mamma Mia Blog is being compensated for this project  with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

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Scott Naturals Week 3 Giveaway

I hope everyone had the chance to get outside on Earth Day, last Friday, and do something for Mother Earth! I also hope whatever activity it was, inspires you to live an eco-conscious 2011 and beyond.

Scott Naturals Giveaway

It’s week 3 of the Scott Naturals Test Drive Giveaway (1 more weeks to go). I will again this week be giving away a month’s supply of Scott Naturals to one lucky commenter. (See entry instructions below)

Please remember that by clicking through the Scott Naturals links on this page, Scott will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. So get clicking! What a shame it would be if we didn’t reach the $25,000 mark.

How you can enter Scott Naturals giveaway:

  • Take the virtual pledge to take the 4-week Test Drive
  • Come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you’ve taken the pledge (obviously to save the planet!)
  • Additional entry for each day you tweet about the giveaway. (One tweet extra entry per day) Take the #ScottNaturals #ScottTestDrive @mammamiafl today!

By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are also entered to win a Ford Hybrid!

If you want more chances to win visit my friend The Suburban Mom. She’s test driving for Mother Earth too.

The winner for comments on this post will be selected on Thursday, April 28 at 5 pm. There will be an additional giveaway post each week for two weeks.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. The Mamma Mia Blog is being compensated for this project  with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

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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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Scott NaturalsTest Drive Week 2

It’s week 2 of the Scott Naturals Test Drive Giveaway (2 more weeks to go). I will again this week be giving away a month’s supply of Scott Naturals to one lucky commenter. (See entry instructions below)

Please remember that by clicking through the Scott Naturals links on this page, Scott will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. So get clicking! What a shame it would be if we didn’t reach the $25,000 mark.

Looking for ideas to get outdoors and make a difference on Earth Day and throughout the month? Visit Be Kind 2 Earth’s Facebook page for  ideas.

How you can enter Scott Naturals giveaway:

  • Take the virtual pledge to take the 4-week Test Drive
  • Come back and leave me a comment letting me know why you’ve taken the pledge (obviously to save the planet!)
  • Additional entry for each day you tweet about the giveaway. (One tweet extra entry per day) Take the #ScottNaturals #ScottTestDrive @mammamiafl today!

By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are also entered to win a Ford Hybrid!

If you want more chances to win visit my friend The Suburban Mom. She’s test driving for Mother Earth too.

A big congratulations to Kitty Cardero, who one the week 1 Scott Naturals giveaway!

The winner for comments on this post will be selected on Thursday, April 28 at 5 pm. There will be an additional giveaway post each week for two weeks.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. The Mamma Mia Blog is being compensated for this project  with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.

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Water Saftey Reality Check

While I know my posts are mostly upbeat and fun, it’s every once in awhile when I’m forced to pass along a more serious message.

Thanks to the awesome program with Sharks and Minnows, Mia was swimming like a fish at age two. Regardless of her kick butt swimming skills, I would never think of allowing her to swim alone in our pool. I’m always on guard. When Mia takes a shower or bath, I am usually in and out of the bathroom, but no longer station myself tub side.

This past weekend opened my eyes to something that I may have forgotten… the danger of water for swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

After waking up early, driving to Miami, pool time and beach time, Mia was ready to take a shower in our hotel room. After about ten minutes showering, I had a strange feeling and decided to go in and check on Mia. What I found has consumed my mind and sleep for two days. Mia had stopped the drain with the shower on and had fallen asleep lying in the tub… A tub where the water was about a centimeter from covering her face.

With summer approaching, I think it’s a great time to remind ourselves of the dangers of drowning… In a large pool or in a teaspoon of water. Be especially aware when your kids are tired out in the pool or tub. Even the best swimmers young and old are at risk.

Check out Red Cross Summer Water Safety information to refresh for summer!

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