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
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
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
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
A few years back we ventured to Chicago for a long weekend over the 4th of July. At first, the thought of galavanting around in cabs in the city with my then one-year-old frightened me. I myself had no travel reservations, but this was a whole new ball of Read more
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 seriousmessage.
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.
It’s earth month. I believe Earth Month is in existence to remind us “busy” people of what we should be doing all year long. This is why as a “busy” person, I jumped on the opportunity to partner with Scott Naturals and their line of hybrid paper products. There’s so many paper products that are just a necessity… Especially as a mom. Seriously, you have to use toilet paper so why not be eco-friendly about it.
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!
In addition to this fun, just by clicking through the Scott Naturals links on this page, Scott Naturals will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation up to $25,000. So get clicking!
Oh, and I almost forgot! By entering the 4-week Test Drive on the ScottBrand site, you are 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 Tuesday, April 19. There will be an additional post each week for four 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.
I just got wind of this really cool event, Kidfest, taking place Saturday, April 9 at Audubon Park Garden District. (Audubon Park is slightly north of downtown.) Kids can fly fish, roll sushi, make pizza, DJ, frost cupcakes, make necklaces and more.
The event takes place from noon to 4pm on Saturday. The basis of the program is for Audubon Park merchants to teach you and your child the tools of their trades.
Audubon Park Garden District is located at the corner of Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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