PBS’s “Family Travels with Colleen Kelly” visits Amelia Island

Colleen Kelly introduces Amelia Island to her audience from the balcony of her beachfront lodging, Katie's Light. / All photos courtesy of Family Travels with Colleen Kelly

Traveling with kids can be tricky when you don’t know where to go and what locations are truly “kid friendly.” Enter Colleen Kelly, a mama who loves to travel and who happens to also be very comfortable in front of a camera. Her show, Family Travels with Colleen Kelly, has become a hit as she […]

St. Marys Aquatic Center Now Open

St. Marys Aquatic Center water features

The beloved St. Marys Aquatic Center has opened its doors again for the summer. This small, popular waterpark has a great water play zone for little ones, a larger enclosed slide called “Orange Crush,” a lazy river and a lap pool. The center went through a huge makeover two years ago, with new lining in the […]

Talented piano teacher accepting students in Amelia Island-Yulee area

Marina Moffett

Marina Moffett hasn’t had to seek out students for her piano lessons in a very long time. Word-of-mouth was more than enough to keep her booked in Minnesota. With 26 years of experience, the classically-trained Russian piano teacher — who has a master’s in piano instruction — was in high demand. But Nassau County is very […]

Readers Share their Favorite Parts of Greatest Show on Earth

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Dragons Circus is coming to Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 19-22, 2012.

Our region is so fortunate to have Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth perform in Jacksonville every year. In recent years, they have come to town every January to perform in Veterans Memorial Arena with their beautiful animals and incredible acrobats, clowns and stunt men and women. I don’t know if I […]

Donate your kids’ gently used items to our yard sale benefitting GP2C

Ingrid Harding, shown with daughter Sarah, is on a mission to cure Rett Syndrome, the most severe form of Autism, through her nonprofit, Girl Power 2 Cure.

Are you drowning in toys after adding your kids’ Christmas gifts to the piles of toys they already had all over the house? Do you have gently-used kids’ clothes that would be perfect for another child? Consider donating the items your kids have outgrown to our “all kids’ stuff” yard sale to benefit Girl Power […]

Congrats to the winners of FREE Family Four Packs to see LEGENDS Circus in Jax!

Hurry! All entries must be in by midnight Thursday, Jan. 9!

Note: This drawing is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Brittnee Brice of Yulee, Wendy Michalak of Yulee and Dena Berbaum of Sanderson. If you would like to purchase tickets, get $5 off at Ticketmaster.com with the code: JXBLG * This deal is not valid on Thursday or for the 3:30 p.m. show Saturday. It’s for […]

Meet the Elves! Local parents share their Elf on the Shelf Pics

Sammy takes a nap in the tissue box. / Tiffany Wilson, Yulee

There’s just something about Elf on the Shelf that children love. Many of us have “adopted” an elf into our families, meaning the elf magically appears in a new spot each morning after reporting to the North Pole each night to let Santa know whether the kids were naughty or nice. We asked readers to […]

Boston Photography’s MUST HAVE Birthday Photos Guide

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Did you ever throw a great birthday party for your child, but the pictures didn’t do it justice? Well, hopefully that won’t happen again after you read this advice from Fernandina Beach professional photographer Kellie Boston. A mom, herself, Kellie is a regular guest columnist on Mamamelia.com. Thanks, Kellie, for this great advice! ~ Mamamelia […]

See our pics from Divas’ Day Out 2013, and be sure to join us next year!

Three of the many girls who borrowed fun outfits from the Lisa Allen School of Dance Diva Dress Up ZOne.

Divas’ Day Out 2013 was a great success, drawing over 400 people and raising just under $3,000 for our beneficiary, Girl Power 2 Cure. GP2C is an Amelia Island-based 501c3 nonprofit on a mission to end Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that strikes almost exclusively in girls, robbing them of their motor skills for life. […]

The Happiest of Homecomings

As soon as my husband was in sight, my 4-year-old broke into a run to get the first, well-deserved hug from his Daddy.

Every commercial, every news report, even a snapshot in the newspaper — they all instantly trigger tears when I see a family finally reunite after a parent has been serving in a war zone. I think what makes my heart ache is not so much the happy reunion, itself, but the looks on the children’s […]