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
I don’t do many product giveaways, but I came across Pinypon dollsthis holiday season and couldn’t resist. They are cute, age appropriate, colorful, interchangeable, collectible and best of all affordable.
I love the fact that these dolls employ imagination with their interchangeable outfits, accessories, hairstyles and even faces. My girls were excited to create their own special friends. The more dolls, the more characters girls can create. Pinypon dolls are recommended for ages 3 and up and they are, again, totally affordable starting at $2.99.
Here in Orlando, you can pick them up at Wal-mart. Or, you can win them by entering my giveaway! I’m giving away exactly what you see in the photo here. It’s four dolls and two pets. (A girl can’t be without her pet.)
How to Enter:
Leave a comment below with your best Christmas shopping strategy
For Extra Entries:
Follow @Pinyponon Twitter and leave a comment letting me know
Follow @mammamiaflon Twitter and leave a comment letting me know
Tweet about the contest (you can do this daily) and leave a comment with the link to the tweet
I’ll be contacting a winner next Friday, December 21 at 3 pm. I use Random.org to select my giveaway winners. Good luck friends!
I was provided with a sample produce for review from Pinypon. However, all opinions on The Mamma Mia Blog are my very own.
It’s that time of year again! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is back in town with their show Built to Amaze!
Be a part of the brand-new spectacles from around the world immersed in the circus tradition. Experience it live in Orlando! Going to the circus with your family is a tradition that never, ever gets old. The show will be at the Amway Center Jan. 10-13. Great way to kick off the New Year! Tickets start at $15 and are available at ticketmaster.comand the Amway Center Box Office.
Built To Amaze!
Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30pm
Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1pm and 5pm
Best value for families is definitely the Family Value Pack for $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Amway Center ticket office or ticketmaster.com.
I have a family four-pack of tickets to give away!
How to Enter:
Leave a comment below letting me know, what you think is a Circus staple ie. tigers, clowns.
You can also tweet about the contest daily for extra entries. Just leave a comment below with the link to your tweet.
The winner will be notified once the giveaway closes on Friday, December 21 at 3 pm.
The Mamma Mia Blog will attend the show as guests of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. All views and opinions on this blog are my very own.
My family consists of multiple breakfast and brunch loving humans. We are definitely familiar with the awesome breakfast and brunch at First Watch. I’m happy to report First Watch will be donating 25 cents to Share Our Strength from every kids meal purchased in hopes of raising $50,000 within the yearlong campaign. (The campaign started this week!) $50,000 would more than double the $42,000 First Watch has raised since 2009. If you haven’t heard of Share Our Strength, they are an organization looking to end childhood hunger by 2015 – enough said.
Everyone knows healthy eating is a topic near and dear to my heart so I’m also happy to report the restaurant has announced a new, interactive kids’ menu in cooperation with the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program. Kids menu offerings at First Watch are now being recognized for featuring items that meet qualifying nutrition criteria based on leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations, including the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. Hooray!
In celebration I have 5, yes 5, First Watch kids cards to give away to readers. Simply leave a comment below letting me know your child’s favorite healthy breakfast or brunch item. Get an extra entry for following The Mamma Mia Blog on Twitterand leaving a comment to let me know.
Offer valid for one meal from the Kids Menu with purchase of an adult entrée
Redeemable at any First Watch Restaurant by 12/31/12
Summer is winding down and that means it’s time for Tax Free Weekend in Florida! Parents can get ahead of the game and pick up some of those much needed back to school items – tax free! If you can make it out this weekend, here are some items you can get tax free.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Store
A great place to shop (all year round) is Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. (I’m an extreme bargain shopper by default. You should meet my mom.) The village-style center offers a friendly shopping experience, and there are over 50 stores! With deals going on daily, shoppers can find all their back to school needs.
I want you to take advantage of the great deals regardless if it’s Tax Free Weekend or not! We could all use a little back to school assistance, right? How does a $50 gift certificate to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores sound?
How to Win:
Leave a comment noting your child’s most sought after back to school item.
Tweet about the contest daily for extra entries. Just leave a comment with the tweet.
I’ll be selecting a winner on Friday, August 17. Even if you don’t win the $50 gift cert, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued at up to $400 in savings!
Just the title of the new Disney On Ice show has me counting down to show time! In a new twist on fairytale fun, favorite Disney characters compete to be the next superstar in comical segments leading up to the tales of show stopping princesses – Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and Merida from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE in her ice debut!
Mickey and Minnie encounter the most talented performers in the land with an all-star lineup that includes Sebastian and the Daughters of Triton from The Little Mermaid, the rowdy pub thugs from Tangled and the spunky enchanted servants from Beauty and the Beast. The journey continues to the Scottish highlands where audiences will be captivated and star struck by Merida, as an exhilarating archery contest ensues for the right to marry the fiery redhead.
Good news! I’m giving away a family four-pack to the show!
How to enter:
Leave a comment below letting me know which character you are most excited to see.
Extra entries daily for tweeting! Just leave a comment with a link to your tweet.
I’ll select a winner on Wed. Aug. 15 at 3 pm.
Tickets for performances at the Amway Center are on sale now! If you don’t win the giveaway, I still have a special offer for you. You can get 4 tickets for just $48! This special offer is valid for specific show times: Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm and Sept. 9 at 1 and 5 pm by entering the code MOM12 at checkout.
Additional showtimes are Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm. See you at the show!
Disclosure: My family will attend the show as a guest of Feld Entertainment.
Reading has been a huge focus in my house this summer. After a school year of hard work, I couldn’t risk back tracking on my kindergartners fast track to reading stardom.
Soar With Reading!
Luckily there are several great summer reading programs out there. One in particular is the national initiative from JetBlue and PBS KIDS, taking place again this summer, designed to help place books in the hands of kids in need and keep kids reading all summer long.
Hurry now and go to the Soar With Reading site (or click straight through on the image to the right) and share your favorite childhood book. With every share, JetBlue will donate a book to a child in need in grant cities. (Orlando is included in this group!) On the site parents can also find tips and downloadable activities to keep kids inspired to read all summer long.
Click here to learn more about the program
We missed out on the fun event held at our local library in Orlando because we were on vacation last week. But there are two more summer events taking place in L.A. and New York. Find out more details!
Win! Win!Leave a comment below letting me know what you are doing to keep reading alive this summer for a chance to win a JetBluetravel backpack filled with summer reading materials.
I’ll select a winner on Friday, August 3 so get commenting. You can get an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway and letting me know in a separate comment below.
Disclaimer: JetBlue provided me with reading materials for my daughter and a reading inspired backpack to giveaway to a lucky reader. Mamma Mia fully supports the Soar With Reading initiative.
Has your family had a chance to experience the newest sports craze sweeping the Orlando area? If not, I advise you get out with your family this summer and catch an Orlando City Soccer game. Every game has family activities including themed game nights (from Go Pink to Back to School) with fan zone activities, charity drives and more. A fun inexpensive summer outing for sure!
I’m not a soccer expert by any means, but I’m learning… and hoping Mia will too. Good news for me – Orlando City Youth Soccer is right in our backyard! Orlando City Youth offers recreational leagues and camps for those who want to learn more about the game.
Orlando City Soccer is hosting weekly youth summer camps throughout July and August that include both half and full-day options ranging in scope from basic soccer skills for the younger groups, up to position-specific camps for the more experienced players. What a cool way to introduce your kids to soccer!
And now great news for you! I have one week of summer camp to give away to a lucky reader.
Get out and play!
Leave a comment below letting me know how your kids are getting out and getting active this summer and you’ll be entered into the giveaway, which will be selected at random on Wednesday, July 11.
*Fun fact: These camps are unique in that Orlando City coaches and pro players staff them. Your child has the opportunity to learn the skills of the game from some of the very same players they see take the field in the USL PRO matches.
Disney on Ice Dare To Dreamis coming to the new Amway Center September 9-11. The newest additions to the Disney Princess entourage, Tiana and Rapunzel, will be on hand along with some long time favorites. This show could also be called “Mia’s Heaven.”
Leave a comment with the name of the Disney Princess you most relate to. (Gotta have a little fun with this.)
Post this giveaway to Facebook and let me know so in a comment
Tweet this giveaway: Win 4 tickets to Disney on Ice Dare to Dream @mammamiafl
The show will take place Sept. 9-11. 7:30 pm on Friday, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. The giveaway will run through August 24. $11 ticket offer is not good on VIP or front row tickets.
I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. However, all opinions are those of The Mamma Mia Blog.
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)
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.
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!
How to enter:
Leave a comment about the importance of reading in your house.
Tweet the following and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted: Win The new Robot Book by Heather Brown on @mammamiafl