10 Reasons Everything Is Awesome at the LEGOLAND Hotel

Our five-year-old's birthday wish was to spend the night at the new Florida LEGOLAND® Hotel. And quite honestly, I was pretty pumped to check it out myself. We took advantage of the Florida resident rate (35% off) and were set. There are always extra deals and promos here. I Read more

Park City, Utah Skiing With The Family

It's been awhile since the entire family went west, but it was time! I had a few snickers when I announced our plans to embark on a ski adventure with the entire family to Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. But, then again places that people don't Read more

The Newest Vacation Rental in Orlando

I'm so excited to share my most recent article in PLAYGROUND magazine. Friends from my hometown in Pennsylvania have created the most amazing vacation rental space here in Orlando. Click through to read about the inspiration behind this awesome home and how you can book your stay.   Follow our family Read more

Family Getaway Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach

A few weeks ago, our family, along with two other Orlando families,ventured to St. Pete beach on the Gulf Coast to celebrate a little friend's 8th birthday at the Postcard Inn. I was attracted to the aesthetics of this trendy spot since it was transformed from a Travelodge in Read more

Best Play Spots in Paris

It's almost three weeks since we returned from Europe, and I've finally sifted through my photos. I felt like my first post should talk about the fun playgrounds/parks in Paris. What an awesome experience to see the girls jumping right into the mix at playgrounds many miles from their Read more


The Robot Book Giveaway

The Robot Book By Heather Brown

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
  • Follow Mamma Mia on Facebook

This giveaway will run through November 15.

Watch the trailer below! It might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in awhile.

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Field Trips For All! Win A Sony Camera

Field trips are a great way for kids to gain memorable, hands on learning experiences outside of the classroom. It’s disappointing to see school budgets being cut, and field trips slowly just going away.

In support of a new program, Field Trips For All, Lunchables will be hosting  free-admission to the Orlando Science Center for the first 1,000 people this Saturday, May 1.  The campaign aims to help 50 deserving classrooms across the country go on educational and inspiring field trip adventures.

Nominate a classroom! Anyone can nominate a 1st – 8th grade classroom to win a field trip through June 1 on the Lunchables website.

To capture those “oh so special field trip moments,” the folks at Lunchables have provided The Mamma Mia Blog with a Sony DSC-W220 Digital Camera with 12.1 Mega Pixel, 4x optical zoom and rechargeable battery to giveaway. I’ll announce the winner Friday afternoon (April 30)…. So hurry up and enter!

How to Enter:
Post a comment about a field trip memory from your youth. I’ll start because I just can’t help myself.
Bonus Entries:
Follow @mammamiafl on Twitter and post a comment saying so.
Retweet this contest on Twitter
Fine print: Contest valid for U.S. residents only

Mia discovering dinosaur bones at the Orlando Science Center

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Giveaway: LeapFrog Junior Book Pal Bundle

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be able to offer one lucky Mamma Mia reader one of LeapFrog’s most amazing products! I guess I really don’t have to tell you over and over how important reading is for our little ones. But trust me… There are really kids who enter kindergarten who have never picked up a book!

Using the same technology as the Tag™ Reading System, the Tag™ Junior book pal was created to work with, not against that natural urge toddlers’ have to explore just about everything. Tag Junior  introduces preschool skills through fun book-based activities.

The Tag Junior book pal is easy for parents and children to use. This is important. Mia’s received a few learning gifts in the past that I still haven’t figured out. Even computer illiterate parents can download audio for up to five books to the book pal, then let their toddlers go to town.

Each Tag Junior board book introduces a different preschool skill including  alphabet, counting and social play. There are fun sound effects and open-ended questions that encourage toddlers to take the lead.  Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures and activities to life.

Talk about tracking progress… When a child is through playing, parents can connect the book pal to the online Leapfrog® Learning Path to see  progress and download printable activities for more fun.

* Included sampler book, If I Were…, has 16 activities and over 70 audio responses.

What you win:
A LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Pal and two books, ABC Animal Orchestra and Pooh Loves To… This bundle is valued at nearly $57.

How to win:

  • Become a fan on Leapfrog’s Facebook page. You MUST do this in order to qualify as a winner.
  • Leave a comment on this post. Just be creative…. I leave the comment choice up to you this time.
  • If you don’t have a Google account I can link to, please leave your email in your comment or send it to Mamma Mia directly if you feel uncomfortable leaving it in your comment. If you leave your email in the comment leave it as: youremail (at) emailserver (dot) com. I swear I’m working on an easier way to enter my giveaways so bare with me friends!

Bonus entries:

  • Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know. Just click the link to follow on left hand side of this page. (Come on… I need followers!)
  • Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment with the link.
  • Follow my blog on FB networked blogs. Soooo EASY!!

More stuff to know:
This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on November 30.  Contest open to the residents of U.S. and Canada only. The winner will be selected through random.org and will have 24 hours to respond with shipping info.

More chances to win:
Fellow mom bloggers are running the same giveaway. Another chance to win, win, win! Yes, I do have a few friends…
Parenting by Trial and Error
Blogging ‘Bout Boys
Frisco Kids
Ready Mom
3 Carnations

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