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25 Sep 2016

Free College? Where Do I Sign Up? Learn More About The Florida Prepaid College Giveaway |Tampa Mama

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scholarship-program_promoWith our oldest son turning 12 soon, my count down clock has begun to tick louder as college tuition seems to be knocking louder as his high school graduation seems to be approaching fast. 6 more years. Which in my world, it kind of like tomorrow. Having four children, and wanting them all to further their education beyond high school, the cost of college tuition seems to be a hurdle I am going to need to prepare for in order to set my children up properly for their future. Living in Florida, we have some amazing college choices for those looking to take that next step, but understanding the financial obligation and preparing for it is something that will be much easier if tackled years in advance. That’s why I have partnered with the Florida Prepaid College Board to help get the conversation started about college, how we can best save, options we have as parents and how it can effect our kids in the future. We all want our kids to be ready for college, but the question I find myself asking is will WE be ready as parents to send them financially.

Last March, the Federal Reserve reported student debt across the U.S. at about $1.2 trillion. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of new alumni have debt, at an average of $35,000 per graduate. In Florida, the average debt load for those with college loans is $24,017. All I can say is WOW.

Yet according to the How America Saves for College 2016 report, only 2 out of 5 families have a plan to pay for college – even though a postsecondary degree is more necessary than ever for career success. According to state projections, 59 percent of all jobs in Florida will require postsecondary education by 2018. Do you have a plan for your children? It’s time we start really talking about ways to prepare them not only academically but also ways to avoid the student loan debit post college too.

The 2016 Florida Prepaid College Giveaway

Ten Florida families will win two free years of college from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, which today is launching its Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program. The annual scholarship program runs between September 19, 2016 and October 23, 2016 – coinciding with National College Savings Month and the mid-October launch of Open Enrollment, the annual period when families can purchase Florida Prepaid Plans.

Participants can register to win one of ten 2-Year Florida College Plans at www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com. Then you get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college and sharing on social media. There will also be chances to win a total of 50 weekly prizes. So enter, share with friends and family so they can enter, and keep coming back to the site every day to learn more and get extra chances to win!

Prepaid Plans are available for purchase during Open Enrollment, which begins October 15, 2016 and ends February 28, 2016. For more information, visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com

I hope you’ll stay with me as I explore the ways we can all save for our kids’ college together. We all want to give our kids the best start for their future. Thank you to the Florida College Board for sponsoring this series of posts on TampaMama.com!

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22 Aug 2016

More Than Just A Restaurant- Goody Goody Opens in Tampa, Florida || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Dining Out, Florida, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Review, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

One of the best evenings spent with the Goody Goody family and GrandDad as my date to the hottest ticket in town, especially for the foodies. I was lucky to be invited to a pre-opening of the famed Goody Goody, established in 1925 in Tampa (see map below for locations back in the day) and now revived by the famed 4th generation Tampa restaurateur, Richard Gonzmart. If you’ve lived in Tampa or even visited, you are more than likely familiar with his restaurants- The Columbia and Ulele– with more plans to add more concepts to his portfolio soon.

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10 Aug 2016

Last Minute Trips | Tampa Mama on Studio 10 Live

No Comments Adventures, Family Travel, Florida, Studio 10 TV Segment, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Marisa Langford on Studio 10 Live

Summer might be coming to a close, but it’s definitely not over yet! I know school starts on TODAY for many of the viewers, but believe me, summer is far from over!

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10 Jun 2016

A Father’s Day Date: Hard Rock Cafe and the World Burger Tour

No Comments Dining Out, Florida, Lifestyle, Multi-generational, Orlando, Review, Sponsored

My Dad and I rarely get to spend Father’s Day together. The distance keeps us apart on most years, but not this year. My parents were visiting for a week to see the kids and I actually got some alone time with my Dad one day while the kids were at school. I decided to make a break for it and head to a restaurant that I knew he would LOVE!

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05 Jun 2016

Grandparents Day Out: Summer Fun in Tampa Bay 

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20 May 2016

Mama Loves: Buddy Brew Coffee in Hyde Park Village- Tampa, Florida

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This post is sponsored. 

It’s good. Wait, it’s actually SO much better than good. It’s not your 1950’s diner. It’s a totally new age coffee shop with a high tech “ModBar” that can whip you up whatever your caffinated beverage that you heart desires and then, brewed to perfection… every time . I’m not one of those who frequents Starbucks. I can’t and don’t order a fifteen worded cup of coffee. I like a good cup of coffee. Not to sweet. Not burnt. I like supporting local. Buddy Brew has been my go to shop and I’m thrilled they are now in my most favorite Tampa neighborhood. Stop by. Wander around the neighborhood. Enjoy this little corner of Tampa that we call home. You’ll be a regular in no time!

Buddy Brew Coffee

Hyde Park Village

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19 May 2016

Tampa Screams For Ice Cream- For A Good Cause

No Comments Community Service, Florida, Giving Back, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Denali Moose Tracks is coming to Tampa to scoop out FREE Mayfield Dairy Farms ice cream for us- well, all of Tampa really! Oh, and did I mention that for each scoop of Moose Tracks we enjoy, they will be giving $1 to our friends at The Salvation Army of Tampa/Hillsborough County?! Definitely a reason to stop by and get some ice cream!

All you need to do is grab a bunch of people and come down to Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Friday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m to take on the 10,000 Scoop Challenge. The goal: to give away ten-thousand scoops of Moose Tracks to raise $10,000 for the great work The Salvation Army is doing in our community. Together, we can make sure 10,000 scoops get eaten! 

The event is 100% free and open to the community! Hope to see you out in Tampa’s Downtown for a good cause!

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27 Apr 2016

Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens in Tampa, Florida!

No Comments Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

 
When we walked into the pink cupcake store, my daughter went straight to the cupcake counter and started pointing at every beautiful cupcake she wanted to try! Lucky for us, we were able to indulge in many of the flavors that will be available to the citizens of Tampa (and Florida as this is the FIRST Sprinkles Cupcakes in the state!)

Toddler life decisions.

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03 Apr 2016

Celebrate Earth Day in Tampa Bay with EcoFest!

No Comments Family Time, Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Want a family-fun free event to take your kids to in April to celebrate Earth Day?

Head to EcoFest 2016 – Earth Day Tampa Bay! 

EcoFest Earth Day Tampa Bay

The 7th annual EcoFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at the Lowry Park bandshell.

EcoFest is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy.

This year’s event features:

·         Over 100 local vendors (artists, green living products & services, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens, etc.)

·         Sustainability workshops

·         a ParKour Agility Course (created by an American Ninja Warrior participant)

·         a Yoga Zone (Three Yoga Studios with live music)

·         “Trash the Bag” Crafts and Kid Zone

·         Costume characters -sure to attract the kids- who will pose for photos with attendees including: super heroes such as Spiderman, princesses, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center’s mascot – Molly the Manatee, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’s mascot – Pete the Pelican, and MOR-TV’s mascot – Stewie of Family Guy!

·         Drum circle

·         USF is supplying a Bull Runner Shuttle Bus to transport attendees to and from parking areas


For additional information click here to learn more about the City of Tampa’s EcoFest 2016!

20 Mar 2016

Easter Brunch In Tampa Bay

No Comments Adventures, Dining Out, Family Travel, Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Easter Brunch is one of those meals that we look forward to all year. It’s relaxing, enjoyable with family and friends, and is always delicious.

We typically invite our family over, however, we decided we really wanted to relax this year and wanted to avoid the lines at the grocery store as well as the heat from my kitchen.  When I heard that Roy’s was having an Easter Brunch special, I jumped at the chance to actually relax on a holiday!  Cooking and preparing for any holiday with a large family is always a task, so I’m ok with splurging on a few holidays to let me really enjoy the holiday!

Guests can enjoy a two-course brunch starting at just $35.95 per person!

This impressive two-course brunch menu starting at just $35.95 per person is a dream. With complimentary House Made Sticky Buns followed by a choice of appetizer.

Irresistible Lobster & Shrimp Omelet with eggs, spinach, caramelized shallots and tomatoes, Roy’s Benedict made with either filet mignon or crab cakes served atop a cheddar bacon biscuit with shies béarnaise and Macadamia Nut Pancakes with caramel bananas are top on my list for choices and I want them all! 

It’s always nice to know that a special children’s menu will also be available for $12.95, making this a memorable event that’s sure to delight the whole family.

Brunch will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 at locations nationwide, except Hawaii and Pebble Beach. To make reservations, please visit www.roysrestaurant.com as seating will be limited.

Don’t forget my favorite part of the meal!  A special cocktail to toast the occasion and your choices include a Mimosa, Blood Orange Screwdriver, or Hawaiian Martini. 

Don’t forget to call and reserve your table, for dinner on Easter Sunday, as you will also receive a $20 dining card to use during a future visit. We can’t wait to go back!

Roy’s Tampa

4342 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607 (Across from International Plaza)

(813) 873-7697