My Snapshot Day-in-the-Life Story & a Team Flo Swag Bag Giveaway!

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Progressive. I have mentioned before I believe in cutting costs and saving money whenever possible.  It's just a good idea.  Car insurance is certainly one of many areas that I like to maximize my savings.  Before I selected our current insurance agency, I called several different places trying to find the best benefits with the lowest cost.  At that point I considered my job done.   I didn't know that there was something else I could do to potentially save money. Meet my new Snapshot. You're probably wondering what in the heck … [Read more...]

Parenting & Relaxation – Do They Blend?

In celebration of National Relaxation Day(Aug. 15), Princess Cruises just released its annual Relaxation Report survey. Princess Cruises, which helps more than 1.3 million passengers annually escape completely aboard its worldwide fleet of ships, conducts the survey to further examine Americans’ ability and approach to relaxation. Some newsier nuggets include: Baby Mamas Need a Break! – One in four Americans responded that of the soon-to-be celebrity moms, Reese Witherspoon is most in need of a pre-baby escape. Surprisingly, Snooki received 18 percent of the votes and the elusive “Sookie … [Read more...]

Not Your Ordinary Pie Filling- Lucky Leaf Trip Details & a Giveaway

I have a couple of cans of Lucky Leaf pie filling in my cupboard.  I can easily purchase more at my local Super Target.  Without much thought I use the contents to make tasty pies, desserts, and even summer treats.  It's easy, convenient, and tastes great. Through my trip to Peach Glen, Pennsylvania, I learned the extent to which Knouse Foods (company that creates Lucky Leaf and Musselman's products) works to make my simple can of pie filling the absolute best it can be.  Like the fruit they harvest, I was able to peel back the outer layers to see the process from its core.  The inner … [Read more...]

12 Weeks of Summer Vacation Sweepstakes – 12 Family Vacations to Win!

Register to win a summer family vacation. This summer USFamilyGuide.com has created a promotion that celebrates the family vacation by giving away 12 incredible trips for families looking to create their own memories. They have hand picked some of the most memorable destinations their families have experienced and asked them to provide a FREE vacation to award to perhaps YOU! Win vacation packages to San Francisco, Zion Utah, Cancun Mexico, Pennsylvania, Galveston Island, Colorado and more! Rules: One entry per day Prizes will be awarded beginning June 1 through July 31. Who … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Summer Days of Fun- $25 Mattel.com G.C. Giveaway

Summer vacation has officially arrived for The Mama Report.   What does this mean exactly?  For starters all three boys are home and have completed their respective grade/preschool level.  We have a summer planned with fun summer camps, swimming lessons, road trips, and extended family vacations.  But at the moment we have made our first getaway of the summer to one of our favorite destinations- Minnesota's North Shore.   We have treated ourselves in royal fashion this year by staying a little over a week at the posh Larsmont Cottages.  We have tried a variety of options available in the … [Read more...]

Newport Beach- A Carefree Vacation Spot

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newport Beach for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. This week officiallly marks the beginning of our summer break.  Lately the mornings have seemed extra early and my family is definately ready to leave the hustle and bustle of school behind for a few months.  Now our sights are set on vacation time!  My family enjoys taking a break from our responsibilites and committments, and just have some plain old fun!  Both my husband and I grew up taking a family vacation and we have carried on this tradition with our own children.  … [Read more...]

King Arthur Flour’s Vermont Dream Getaway Sweepstakes

King Arthur Flour is running its biggest sweepstakes ever! From now through June 30,  enter the Win a Vermont Dream Getaway sweepstakes daily by liking King Arthur on Facebook and completing the entry form found there (Note: This cannot be done via the Facebook smartphone app). The grand prize is a five-night stay in Vermont, including three nights at the Norwich Inn, a private brewery tour, and classes at King Arthur Flour; two nights at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont, plus a lake tour and photo shoot; and of course meals and travel. Runner-up prizes include- a 2-night … [Read more...]

Glimpses From New York City (#TheAvengersEvent)

As you all know,  I recently traveled to NYC with Disney for Marvel's The Avengers closing night screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.  I thought I would share some pics from my amazing visit. The weekend seems like magical dream now,  looking at these pictures assures me it did indeed happen! First our star spotting.... Andrew Garfield (the new Spiderman) & Emma Stone @FAO Schwartz  (I didn't get her in the pic- you'll have to trust me on that one:) Robert Downey Jr. at the Trump Soho hotel on his way to the red carpet. Michael J. Fox and his wife walking the red … [Read more...]

Marvel’s The Avengers Awesomeness This Weekend! (#TheAvengersEvent)

Yep, my big weekend is quickly arriving. Marvel's The Avengers at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City is this Saturday! Is it wrong that I just want to say keep saying- New York City, NYC, The Big Apple. I like the way it just rolls off my tongue:) After much deliberation I have finally finalized my outfits for the trip!  A big thank you to my followers who weighed in on my choices, especially JD:)  This is the land of Sex and the City, I knew my fashion choices required careful consideration:)  You'll have to stay with me via Twitter (#TheAvengersEvent) to see my … [Read more...]

Red Carpet Bound! NYC Marvel’s The Avengers Screening at the Tribeca Film Festival (#TheAvengersEvent)

I have some big news, HUGE news!  The Mama Report is going on location to New York City!!  I'm heading to the Big Apple for the Red Carpet Tribeca Film Festival Closing Night Screening of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS! Umm....yes, I'm totally in shock.  I can't quite believe it yet. I was selected along with 24 other top bloggers to travel to NYC for an all expense paid trip courtesy of Marvel/Disney.  For those of you who don't know a lot about me, I am a farm girl who grew up in the countryside of North Dakota.  I currently live near a small town in Minnesota.  Yep, it's definitely going to … [Read more...]

Alamo’s “Get the Gang Back Together” Sweepstakes & Free One Day Rental Certificate Giveaway

In celebration of Kermit the Frog's work at bringing his "gang" back together in the current "The Muppets" movie, Alamo Rent A Car wants one lucky winner to receive $5,000 cash towards a dream vacation to reunite with his or her own group of friends.  You can enter daily to increase your chances of winning plus after entering you have a chance at winning an instant game that includes prizes of gas cards, free Alamo rentals, Muppet prize packs and more! I just enter the "Get the Gang Back Together" Sweepstakes and took a chance at the instant win game.  No love for me:(  But hopefully you'll … [Read more...]

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows & A Giveaway

If you are looking for an event that provides excitement, entertainment and value for the whole family, look no further - the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows provide the perfect daycation. The Shows feature numerous engaging and interactive exhibitions including opportunities to become an artist for a day by using a digital paint can to design your own bike and to see a thrilling stunt show featuring the Smage Brothers, made famous by an impressive top 10 finish in a nationwide television talent competition. Additionally, every Sunday, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows … [Read more...]

41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival (October 2011)+ a Flip Camera Giveaway!

As I mentioned in a previous post, my family recently traveled all the way from Southern Minnesota to Southeastern Ohio to attend the 41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival.  We piled into a rental van and set off to enjoy some good old fun "down on the farm".  We didn't entirely understand what a Bob Evans experience would entail as we set off.  Neither my husband or I were very familiar with Bob Evans restaurants and we had certainly never been to the Bob Evans farm in Rio Grande, Ohio.   But there is something special about festivals that take place in the fall.  There is no other place better … [Read more...]

Family Van, Ho! It’s Off To Bob Evans Farm We Go! #BEFarmFest

This coming weekend my family is piling into a rental van and heading to the Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio!  Yep, The Mama Report is on assignment!  I even have an official looking press pass to wear!   I am an official Bob Evans Farm Festival Correspondent through BFPR.  The Bob Evans Farm Festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors from 19 states for a weekend of arts & crafts, entertainment and – of course – delicious food. Of course it is all too fitting that my travel assignment is a farm festival.   Farms might seem like distant novelties to some people, but for me … [Read more...]

Hampton Hotel & Suites- Eagan, Minnesota Review

My family took a mini vacation to the Cities this past weekend.  For those of you who aren't from Minnesota, "the Cities" means St. Paul and Minneapolis.  We live just a little over an hour away, but with the kids being so little it can make for a long day to drive there and back in one day.  We decided to stay at the Hampton Hotel & Suites in Eagan (a suburb of the Cities).  I picked this particular hotel because it offers a continental breakfast and a swimming pool.  My kids love having breakfast at the hotel as I let them eat in the room while they watch TV.  This never happens for … [Read more...]