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

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Mia has a book called Samantha's Silly-icious Sandwiches. Samantha gets sick of having the same boring sandwich in her lunch everyday and decides to create her own unique sandwiches. Her "Silly-icious Sandwiches" turn into a hit at school and a booming business, which she soon hands over for her 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

LaRue Across America – Win A Copy Here

It’s no secret Mia and I love books. As of late,Mia has recently taken an interest in maps. Maybe it’s because we have friends and family spread across the US. Regardless, this new book by Mark Teague, LaRue Across America!, incorporates both of her loves, old -books and new – maps.

Want to win a hardback copy of this new adventure tale for your kiddo? Read on.

Ike the dog’s plan for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are dashed when their neighbor falls suddenly ill and Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats. But, cats aren’t allowed on the cruise, so Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week’s vacation of road-tripping. Ike is beside himself and quickly takes up his pen to tell readers why as they visit each locale.

Watch the super cute trailer by clicking on the book image on the right.

I am giving away 2 copies of the book. It’s suitable for children ages 4-8 and retails at $16.99. The giveaway will end on Thursday, April 7.

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite book was as a child.
  • Tweet this contest and leave a comment letting me know.
  • Follow @mammamiafl on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know.

Winners must be US residents.

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Patience. Get Some.

It’s the Lenten Season once again and time to “give something up.” I actually take this time of year to change something about myself instead of give something up. Last year I had to observe some form of nature each day and take a moment to appreciate it. Refreshing.

This year, I’m giving up a new trait I’ve acquired – impatience. I don’t know when it started, but it’s not becoming and I’m ready to rid myself of it. This commercial created by Go Pass It On was actually my inspiration. I love it and so will you.

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Hello Mango. Nice To Eat You.

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

More Ideas…

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

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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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Coming Full Circle

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.

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Invaluable Jewels

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.

Jewelry Box

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.

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Resolve To Travel Giveaway!

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.

PackUrDerm

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.

Additional Entries:

  • 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.

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