We live in Orlando so it was pretty much mandatory we check out Disney's new Fantasyland last weekend during the soft opening. My wonderful uncle had sent along a handful of "after 4 pm" passes for me to use before Dec. 31 so timing was perfect.
Limited on time with our Read more
It's extremely therapeutic to get your thoughts down on paper or in a journal. It helps to look at things from a different perspective and often times helps identify the root of what seems like a big issue. My big girl has been super emotional lately. I'm not sure if it's 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
As many of you know, I work full-time as pr manager for Produce for Kids. With every new campaign, our chef and RD work together to create new meals. Our Ideal Meals online database is full of healthy (yet tasty) easy breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner options for busy 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
Back from our long awaited Disney Dream cruise and so excited to share tips!
Our famly decided to embark on the three day cruise out of Port Canaveral (close to our home in Orlando) taking us to Nassau, Bahamas and Disney's private Caribbean island.
It's no secret Disney's cruises are not cheap. Hopefully some Read more
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.
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.
A few weeks ago Mia received, what is now officially her favorite book, in the mail. The book is The Robot Book by Heather Brown.
This book is perfect for the little one who loves pop up books, touch and feel or any thing hands on. The book lets you spin gadgets and knobs to see just what this robot is made of. In the end, you see that the robot is not just made of parts, but has a heart too!
Great news for Mamma Mia readers! I have three Robot Books to give away. Each book is valued at $16.99. This book would make the perfect Christmas gift!
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Eolaween – The 2nd annual Eolaween at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando will take place Saturday, October 30. The event is family friendly and admission is free! There will be arts, crafts, food, carnival games, entertainment, trick or treating and costume contests. Oh, and pony rides…. Can’t forget about those. The festivities begin at 10 am.
Orlando Science Center
Spooktacular Science Extravaganza The 7th annual Orlando Science Center Extravaganza will take place Sunday, October 31 with a fun filled family day of Halloween activities and events. Little phantoms can explore the science of Monsterology where secrets about the most mysterious monsters will be unveiled. The Halloween event is included in general admission. There’s a special preschool Halloween workshop n Saturday, October 30 from 10 am – 12 pm. Click here for more info on the preschool workshop.
A good friend of mine recently told me about a new “marble jar strategy” they were using in their house. Here’s the deal…. When your preschooler does something (ie. brush hair, brush teeth, take dishes to the sink) without you having to ask, they get to put a marble in their marble jar. When they choose to go against rules of the house, talk back etc. etc., they must remove a marble from the jar.
Before beginning the marble process, a reward is decided upon and can’t be changed. Once the jar is full, the preschooler receives reward. We started working towards a Barbie Styling Head a good month ago and we still have a half a jar to go. Not because Mia is bad, but because it really is hard to fill up a jar with marbles one by one.
In the evening, we typically read four books, which usually knocks Mia out, but if not, she is allowed to watch one of her movies for a half hour. Mia was in and out of bed two times before I said, “One more time out of bed and you lose two marbles.” A few moments later I heard little footsteps and before Mia could speak I told her to go take her marbles out of the jar and get back to bed. I heard two marbles drop back in the bag and little footsteps scurry back down the hall.
We later found Mia asleep with her movie skipping and scratching…. She was coming to tell me her movie was not working. I went back to my bed sad and mad at myself for not letting her speak. As I drifted off to sleep, I heard marbles dropping into the jar. Mia’s father walked into the bedroom and I could tell by the look on his face he had more than made up the marble difference.
I guess the marble strategy is teaching more than one of us a lesson.
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I myself indulged in the BLT Cobb salad and a hearty small chili. Yum!
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There’s never a lack of festive fun during Halloween in Central Florida. The hard part is narrowing down your options. I’ll be posting info on local ghostly events leading up to October 31st so check back for more info.
Sea World Spooktacular
This trick-or-treating event takes place weekends through Oct. 31. We attend every year with our annual passes and always have a blast. I recommend going later in the day to avoid the crowds… and the heat. The fun starts at noon through 8 pm. Sea creatures (in costume of course) hand out treats on a lively Halloween under the sea themed pathway. Kids can decorate their own festive cookies, partake in face painting and even see the Sesame Street Crew live on stage for a Spooktacular performance. If you have an annual pass, great! If not, Sea World is offering $5 admission for kids through December 31, 2010. Take advantage!
We’ll be at one or both of these happenings if I can escape my world of DIY house renovations this weekend.
$5 Admission to Science Center Orlando Science Center will be open this Saturday, October 16 for an admission of only $5! The “Walmart $5 Day” sponsored by the Walmart Foundation is tied to the Greenovations event that’s designed to educate visitors on ways to live a “greener life”. All Greenovations activities and the usual Science Center big screen films and exhibits are included with admission. Normal admission is $17 general and $12 ages 3-11. Hours of operation are 10 am – 5 pm. For more info go to www.osc.org.
Monsters, I mean movie at Barber Park
Free Movie in the Park How can you go wrong with an outdoor movie in the park in October. Barber Park will be showing Monsters vs.Aliens for free this Friday night, October 15. Movie starts at 7:30 pm or when it gets dark. Coolers, chairs, blankets and bug spray are recommended. However, alcohol and pets are not…. leave them at home. Barber Park is on Gatlin Rd. between Conway Rd. and Dixie Belle. Close to my new hood. Visit www.orangecountyparks.net for more information.
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.