I’ll be learning a lot in my new role as marketing manager with Produce For Kids. The great part is, I’ll be able to pass along my new found knowledge to Mamma Mia readers.
We’ve been in a fruit rut in our house lately so when I was introduced to the fine folks at the National Mango Board last weekend, I had many questions on how to incorporate this exciting new fruit into our world.
First off… Watch this quick video to understand how to properly cut a mango.
Next, here are some of the super easy ways to incorporate mangos into your everyday meals.
As a Snack…
Mango Kabobs: Put a mango cube or two on a toothpick, dip in yogurt and enjoy!
Mango Icepops: Puree fresh cut mango in a blender or food processor. Pour into ice cube trays, stick in a popsicle stick or toothpick and freeze. Voila! Mango icepops.
Mango Roll Ups
Mango Breakfast Smoothie: Make a yummy smoothie by mixing mango with low-fat yogurt and ice cubes in a blender.
Mango Roll Ups: Slice mango into thin strips and roll up with a slice of deli meat, such as ham or turkey.
For mango recipe ideas visit the Mango Board’s super cool website. They even have a section especially for kids – ManGoKids
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
There have been a lot of big changes in my life over the past year… New house, new baby and now a change in my career.
Produce For Kids
I’m the new marketing manger for Produce For Kids! I am so, so extremely excited to be involved with this organization and something I am so passionate about. While the Mamma Mia Blog’s content will remain mostly the same, I’ll be integrating healthy fun recipes and news about the health benefits of produce into the mix. Consider me your new resident produce expert! I’m thrilled to be part of the organization and hope to make my mark promoting the benefits of produce while raising money for worthy causes such as Childrens Miracle Network and PBS Kids.
I’ve had a lot of great post ideas on my mind and can’t seem to find the time or creativity to sit down and actually elaborate on any of them. Most of the post ideas stem from comments made by Mia over the past month. “Does Santa live with God,” a clear misunderstanding… “Is there a fat show for kids,” the pressures of body issues are alive and well even in the world of four-year-olds.
So today, while my juices are still non-existent, I decided to post a photo of one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Why did I receive this gift? Well simply put by my little Mia, “I did this because I love you.” A box of jewelry for me… hand cut and selected by my future jeweler.
Even as an avid traveler, I had some reservations traveling by myself over the holidays with my four-year-old and eight-week-old. How would I make it through security! Well, I did it and will do it again soon. My advice, you don’t need to pack “your life.” Pack just what you need.
Now more than ever, I’m looking for ways to travel “smarter.” One cool item I came across to make traveling easy, especially with kids, is PakUrDerm™. The new PakUrDerm™ Travel Kit is the perfect solution to packing the right essentials in carry on bags and following the right FAA regulations to keep everything together and easy to access. I imagine this easy solution would have helped me avoid an unfortunate incident with my favorite perfume. RIP Chanel Chance.
The PakUrDerm™ Travel Kit, which features six three-ounce bottles, 20 labels, pen and see-through case, meets TSA guidelines.
I have a family four pack of PakUrDerms to giveaway on this #Travel Tuesday! The contest will run through Tuesday, February 1.
How to Enter:
- Leave a comment below stating where you plan to travel in the New Year.
- Follow Mamma Mia on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
- Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
- Post about the contest on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
The kits are priced at $14.95 and can be personalized. For more information or to order your The PakUrDerm™ visit their website.
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.
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.