Archive for Raising Children

13 Feb 2017

Don’t Wait Another Year: Enroll in Florida Prepaid College Plan Today || Tampa Mama

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23 Jan 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Financially Focused in 2017 || #StartingIsBelieving

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Raising four kids in today’s world requires us to be uber prepared. Especially in our finances. My husband and I are hard working entrepreneurs. We feel blessed to have all that we do, but we know that budgeting, planning and being prepared are going to help us prepare for the large financial investment that looms in our future: college. How will we be able to help them? Can we afford it? Can we afford to save now for later? But one thing is certain- we need to start early.

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14 Dec 2016

What Mama Really Wants For Christmas: A Sudsy Buckets Home Cleaning

No Comments Family Time, Gift Ideas, Grand Opening, Home, Mama Loves, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Tampa Home Cleaning Service: Sudsy Bucket

 

Come on…Tell Santa what you really want for Christmas. I know that a clean home will top my list every year!  My husband surprised me with a cleaning service after I had my 2nd child and to this day, it was the best gift!

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13 Dec 2016

More Than Just a Present: The Gift of Their Future

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30 Nov 2016

How To Keep Up With Four Kids || Tampa Mama

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SponsoredPostI need lots of energy to keep up with four kids!

My morning routine with Meta Daily Energy Support helps my body produce energy naturally* so I can take care of what I need to do to keep up with this active bunch, every step of the way.

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03 Nov 2016

Raising Good People & Volunteering With Kids || Tampa Mama on Great Day Tampa Bay 

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Raising good people is what we all want to do. We are raising them to be compassionate, responsible and understand that helping others is the right thing to do.

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28 Oct 2016

Cooking Lessons for Kids- An Idaho Potato Commission Cuts Class By #SundaySupper

No Comments Cooking, Everyday, Family Time, Raising Children, Sunday Supper

A Chinese proverb states that if you give them a fish, they’ll eat for a day. But if you teach them to fish, they will eat for a lifetime. I feel the same way about cooking. Teach them to cook and they will eat for a lifetime!

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22 Oct 2016

Saving For Her Future: Open Enrollment for Florida Prepaid College Plans || Tampa Mama

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We have 4 kids that we hope will go on to further their own education one day. We have high hopes and big dreams that they will be successful, each in their own career, and of course, happy.

As adults, we can see things through the looking glass of time and try to foreshadow the future so that they might learn from our mistakes.

Paying for college is one of the burdens we hope our children will not have to bear. With Florida Prepaid College Fund, there are so many options that we as parents have to start saving for their future now.

I am always saying to my kids, “A little at a time.” In most that we do, homework, studying for tests, saving for a bike, my “little at a time” rule has helped ease their stress about being prepared or reaching a goal that might have seemed impossible to achieve!

The more we start to look at our financial future, we know that having Florida Prepaid College Plans for all our kids will be the best way for us to help them get a head start on their education. With so many plans to choose from, you can easily choose the plan that best suits your child and also even allow other family members to help contribute to their higher education as well!

Florida Prepaid is also providing Tampa Mama readers a discount to save 50% on your application fee for enrollment using the promo code BLOG1617.

We’ve decided to invest in the 4-year Florida University Plan. This Plan will help see our kids through their 4-year journey at one of the 12 State Universities.

The 4-Year Florida University Plan covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 120 credit hours, the amount generally required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Ranked in the top 5 in the nation for research and development, the State University System is spread across the state and features Florida’s two preeminent universities, Florida State University and the University of Florida.

And it’s easy to enroll! And prices are still low (as they will change from year to year!) Here is what you’ll need to enroll:

  • Open Enrollment is October 15, 2016 – February 28, 2017.
  • No payment due until April 20, 2017.
  • Be sure to have read the Master Contract.
  • Have your and the child’s Social Security Numbers available.
  • Have your bank account information available, if you would like to set up automatic withdrawal.
  • Have the driver’s license of the child’s parent or legal guardian to submit proof of Florida residency online.

We believe in our future and hope to help our kids start their future off on the right foot. They deserve it!

Disclaimer: I am a Believer Blogger for Florida Prepaid College Plans. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama.

07 Sep 2016

Tips for the Exhausted Mom: 7 Easy Ways to Feel Your Best Each Day

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The sheer volume of work that comes from having a child or multiple children might seem like having the task of climbing Mount Everest placed in front of you each day you wake up. Daunting. From school work, to homework to housework to out-of-the-house-work, the lists go on and on and never seem to end. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that give me the strength and energy to power me through the day. (I went through some old pictures and just got exhausted seeing how much we’ve done!) Some might seem easy, but from this once tired Mama, I know can say I have more pep in my step and more energy now than I ever have. It’s the sweet moments with my kids that I want to enjoy because they won’t be little for long. Here are some tips to help you feel your best each day!

 

  1. Get ready the night before. I seem to have little time in the morning to get myself ready for the day because I am simultaneously getting 4 kids ready as well. A little sprucing up in the morning and I’m ready to tackle the day! This might seem more psychological, but I definitely feel more energized when I’m not in my pajamas all day!
  2. Don’t skip breakfast!  I won’t let my kids go to school without breakfast and I won’t let myself go without breakfast too!  Make it easy on yourself!  A yogurt, a piece of fruit, an egg…anything!  Your body needs fuel, good fuel, to start the day!  You’ll notice you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood too!  I also take Meta Daily Energy Support as a part of my morning routine. The B-vitamin complex works naturally with my body to support natural energy* production without stimulants like caffeine. There’s also a beneficial probiotic to support a healthy digestive system. It’s all just a part of the healthy way I start my day!
  3. Exercise. Even if it’s walking for 20 minutes talking on the phone to your Mom, take a break and get your blood flowing. Exercise will ALWAYS make you feel more energized! Grab the stroller and head out! The baby or kids will love the walk too.
  4. Take a break. A mental break. A nap break. A brain break. Some times I need to check out from my kids or work and regroup. Even if it’s a small break, it’s a chance to disconnect even for a little while to recharge. Communication with your partner is crucial so you can figure out a time to make this work.
  5. Sleep. As tempting as it is to work late at night or watch you TV shows once the kids are asleep, set a limit on how late you stay up so you can get in some good rest. I know the nights of solid realm sleep might be few or nonexistent with potty training toddlers or breast feeding babies, but sleep is a game changer. Swap nights if your can with your partner. One of my mottos has always been “you sleep when they sleep” and that includes naps too! We know how much energy our kids have and it’s probably because they are getting a solid 10-12 hours of sleep each night!  Who wouldn’t be energized! I want their energy!
  6. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. I love good chocolate and a hot cup of coffee, but sugar and caffeine are stimulants. I started to notice how much better my body functioned when not so dependent on that morning cup of coffee. I have switched to a better breakfast and a fresh squeezed juice to start my day and haven’t looked back. Make little changes. One cup of coffee, not four. 1 teaspoon of sugar, not 2 tablespoons. No sugar after 6pm. Baby steps.
  7. Slow down. I’ve started to shift my focus to making my health a priority. I have been caught in the world of an over-scheduled parent and wiith four kids, that was very easy to do. It’s much easier said than done, but no one can do it all. Not even Superman or SuperMom. These are the moments you just don’t want to miss.

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Don’t miss out on any sweet moments with your kids! Moments like these won’t last forever. Eventually, you will feel the best you’ve ever felt and be your best each day. You owe it to family and especially, yourself.

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14 Jun 2016

Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles + Giveaway

No Comments Cooking, Featured, Healthy Living, Raising Children

Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles 600 x 450

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