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23 May 2017

6 Summers Left Before College || National 529 Day + Florida 529 Savings Plan Giveaway on Tampa Mama 

No Comments Education, Lifestyle, Raising Children


Another season in the books. 6th grade is coming to a close and all I can think about is the fact that he’s only got 6 more summers until college. Weren’t we just starting kindergarten yesterday?


I’m in awe of his spirit. His academic discipline. His athletic talent. His friendly demeanor and the respect he receives from his peers. I know he’s going places, but the one thing I worry about is hoping that I can afford to send him the places he deserves to go.

May 29th is National 529 day and Florida Prepaid is trying to increase awareness about college savings and the Florida 529 Savings Plan. In celebration of 529 Day, Florida Prepaid is giving 10 Florida families $529 in a Florida 529 Savings Plan!

Enter here to win!

We want your help to spread the word and encourage you to enter while also learning about the importance of saving for college! It is our hope to inform Florida families about the ease and flexibility of starting to save with a Florida 529 Savings Plan.

I’ve talked before about the Florida Prepaid College plans and why we’ve chosen to save for college with them.

The average student debt of borrowers in the state of Florida is almost $24,000, and over half of 2015 college graduates had student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success’ recently released report on student debt.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books.  A family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

There is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college. The Florida 529 Savings Plan was a Top 5 performer among direct-sold 529 plans for the 10-year time period in Savingforcollege.com’s 2016 performance rankings.

Here are the details of the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Giveaway:

What: The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program and you could be one of 10 lucky winners of a $529 scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.

When: Enter anytime between May 15 and June 11

How: Visit FloridaPrepaidCollege.com to enter today!


Wishing I could stop time, I know the friendships he’s made in elementary school will be ones to remember when he’s in college. And I’m sure that college will be an amazing place for him to make more memories too.

Disclaimer: I’m a Florida Prepaid Blogger Ambassador. I’m also a Mom of 4 kids who knows the value of saving for college. All opinions are my own.  

25 Apr 2017

Tampa Mama Adventures: runDisney + GoGo squeeZ at the Kids Races || ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida 

No Comments Lifestyle

So you might have seen us on my InstaStory the other day on the scene for the runDisney Kids Races!  These races are held 2 days during the runDisney races at either Disney World or Disneyland. We were a guest of GoGoSqueeZ, the new sponsor for the kids races and the official applesauce of Walt Disney World. We’ve been out before but never to participate in the activities!

The Expo is huge!  Lots to see but not too much for kids inside. More shopp me for Disney themed merchandise and official runDisney pins and more. Outside, on the runDisney Kids Race days (Friday & Saturday), there is SO much for kids to do!  The gates open at 10am for kids and families on the New Balance Field.

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09 Apr 2017

Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa || Tampa Mama Blog

No Comments Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do, Travel

Seminole Heights

 

I live in the urban corridor of Tampa. It’s called Seminole Heights and we are about 5 minutes from Downtown- which is like my second home. We are down there all the time. It’s close enough to the heart of the city that when things happen I tend to be among those that hear the rumors or see it first hand. I’ve got  Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa and hope you might learn something new!  These are my urban insider tips for anyone coming into Tampa. If you stay for a week , a few days or are just visiting and want to expolre Tampa, here’s what you’ll want to know! What an amazing city Tampa has become! It’s only getting better too!

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17 Mar 2017

Pizza! Pizza! Read All About It! Russos New York Pizzeria Comes To Tampa Bay + Giveaway || Tampa Mama Blog

2 Comments Family Time, Lifestyle, Sunday Supper, Tampa, Tampa Bay


Hey Tampa Pizza Lovers! There’s a new pizzeria in town! The Russos New York Pizzeria will introduce itself to the community at their new location in Clearwater this Sunday, March 19th with cooking demonstrations from chef Russo, drink specials food tastings, and 28-inch “Giant Pie” pizza giveaways too! There are two family events this weekend!

RSVP for the event here!

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away two (2) $25 Russos New York Pizzeria gift cards away when you tell what you like on your pizza in the comments below! A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday March 19th at 11:59pm!!

Thank you to Russos New York Pizzeria for sponsoring this giveaway!

10 Mar 2017

‘Something Rotten’ Smells Like Roses at the Straz Center in Tampa Bay || Tampa Mama Blog

No Comments Featured, Florida, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Theatre

A packed house for opening night of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Straz Center in Tampa Bay had me knowing that this was going to be a fantastic night!  And SOMETHING ROTTEN!  did not disappoint!

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04 Mar 2017

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival #CorksandCoasters PREVIEW || Tampa Mama

No Comments Dining Out, Family Travel, Florida, Hosted, Lifestyle, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do, Travel

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28 Feb 2017

#Cars3 Summer 2017 || Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Lifestyle, Movies

Getting our engines rev’d up for this movie! Cars 3 will be in theaters June 2017! It will be the first one we see this summer!

Hmmmm…maybe a trip to Daytona International Speedway is in order!

A few new characters are hitting the track and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!


Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer)
Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.

CARS 3 Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo) Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team's talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it? ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo)
Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team’s talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?

CARS 3 Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.

 

All pictures have been provided for for use on my blog by Walt Disney Studios. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

27 Feb 2017

Tampa Theatre Announces Classic Family Movie Series || Tampa Mama

No Comments Lifestyle

Tampa Theatre has been a favorite destination for Bay-area moviegoers for generations. Starting next month, the next generation of young fans will get the chance to see some of their parents’ most beloved childhood films on the big screen, thanks to the return of the popular Family Favorites classic movie series, presented by Bank of America.

tampa-theatre-audience-photo-by-jeff-titterington

 

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25 Feb 2017

Williams Sonoma + Le Creuset + Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Collaboration #BeOurGuest || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Disney, Lifestyle, Movies

Are you excited as I am after watching the newest trailer for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”?

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23 Feb 2017

Florida Prepaid College Twitter Chat February 23, 2017

No Comments Lifestyle, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Promo

Starting is Believing Twitter Chat 2-23-17 at 9p ET bit.ly/sibchatrsvp
Join Bloggin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingisBelieving Twitter Chat on Thursday, 2/23/1 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period ending on the 28th. (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)

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