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01 Aug 2018

Happiness and Knowledge: How Walt Disney World Parks & The Disney Youth Programs Make Learning Magical #DisneyYouthPrograms

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I have seen this with my vary own eyes. My children, attentive and interested, listening to a lesson about how technology will change the future. Thinking, interacting with classmates, discussing possibilities. Talking through the whys, the how-do-they-do-thats, the lightbulb that goes off in their mind as they truly understand the robust concepts being explained. These immersive experiences are ones they don’t forget. They connect the dots of light refraction, mirrors and completely describe how they are used after they direct the inner workings of the Haunted Mansion.

“All thinking is conceptual and begins with seeing, hearing, touching and sense perception.” said Imagineer John Hench. And if that is the case, then the Disney Youth Programs are experiences that your child will never forget.

The Disney Youth Programs span across a wide variety of topics, Disney Parks and higher level thinking concepts.  In these workshop settings of 3-4 hours, elementary school kids to high school seniors learn from experts in the field that will take the key learnings, srap them up into an amazing story and show you, in real life how these concepts are used at the Disney Parks!

I lead Girl Scouts and I am always on the hunt for interactive experiences that my group of girls can learn from. They learn so much in a group setting together as they are always building on the conversation, diving deeper into the concepts and really being able to  grasp what is being taught. The Disney Youth Programs are designed specifically for groups. All workshops must be applied for by a member of your group.  By using the classroom setting, your “class” is really able to learn from each other.

Disney Parks are the perfect setting to use to teach these concepts! 

Disney Preforming Arts

If preforming is your passion, then Disney is the place to come and learn. All aspects of Disney involve preformance and by participating in the Disney Preformaning Arts preformances, festivals, competitions or workshops. For most all levels of skill, there are classes that your child can attend and learn from the best and even preform on the same stages for Disney Guests from accross the globe at Disney Parks. Even taking workshops with your ensembe will inspire you to dream big and really learn something new as these workshops are lead by real entertainers.

Disney Youth Education Series

Just driving to the best classroom ever!!!

“This was the best field trip ever!!!” – Mia Langford, 6th Grade

The classes they offer in their Disney Youth Education Series are very impressive and I seriously want to take them all (or at least sign up my kids for all of them!): Global Citizenship at Epcot, to an Energy and Physics Lab, Disney Storytelling, Properties of Motion, Managing Your Personal Brand, Techniques of Teamwork, Eveolution of Technology, Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation, and there is even an entire Disney Education Program- College Edition!

How The Disney Youth Programs Work:

Pictures Above: Disney Performing Arts Performance- Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Hope onto the Disney Youth Programs website. You can search here for all the workshops, classes, festivals, competitions and field trips. Some are only available at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida or in Disneyland in Anehiem, California.

How Does the Preforming Arts Work

Of course, if you have even more questions, hop on the Disney Youth Programs FAQ page to learn more.  Here are a few I did ask because I would want to know these too!

Q: What if I homeschool?

A: If you are connected with an affiliated organization and are part of a group of 10 or more you can still come with your children!

Q: What if I don’t have a group of 10 or more but we are affiliated with an organization?

A: Unfortunately, your group must be a group of 10 or more students. A lot of groups connect with other similar groups locally first, and then apply together.

Q: Will a high school group be mixed with a group of elementary school kids?

A: No, your group of 10 or more will have its own facilitator scheduled to your program!

13 Feb 2017

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

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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 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

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!

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04 Aug 2016

Keeping Everyone On The Same Page: Picnic App

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Family scheduling and organizing just got easier!   Read more

05 Mar 2016

Sorry, (Recess) Moms? No… Sorry, Florida Kids. NO RECESS FOR YOU! 

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Sorry, (recess) Moms? Sorry? Really Tampa Bay Times

THESE are the people you should be addressing. Kids are people too.

I’m not into politics, or so I say to myself. I say that, but I’ve started to dive more into the rules, regulations and “politics” of what it takes to get something accomplished in order for it to become a law that might better the lives of kids. My kids, other people’s kids… Don’t you want to stand up for what’s right? Isn’t that how change ACTUALLY came about in so many historical movements? 

I became a part of the Recess Moms to help make a difference. These Moms were inspiring, hard working, smart and did not give up. And they still haven’t. There is always a new session on the horizon and an opportunity for change. 

My kids get recess. They are among the lucky ones in Florida. But what about those that don’t!? Why do some kids benefit and others don’t. Does it have to do with money? Test scores? Bad kids? Good kids? Too much to cover in one school day? If school is the work of the child, then every child should get a break. These are sweat shops and cash cows. These kids deserve to be treated better no matter where they go to school in public. 

This isn’t a laughing matter, however some of the Florida Senators this it is! Check out this video from the day the amendment to the bill is denied. Is this funny? Recess is just for kids, right? Everybody is watching you Senstors. 

Instead of “Sorry Recess Moms,” you should have began your article addressing the 6 year olds, the ACTUAL ones you are letting down. They can read now, you know.
How about this: 

Sorry kids of Florida. The people who are supposed to look out for your best interests, your parents, tried hard. Unfortunately, politicians who are SUPPOSED to represent your best interests – Florida Senators- have decided to vote against a measly 15 minutes in a day as you WORK for 6-7 HOURS, and will continue to be denied recess, playtime, free time and the opportunity to take a much needed break. Your parents were trying their hardest to help give you a voice so your request could be heard, but that didn’t work. Keep slaving away in the system until things can get worked out. 

Hopefully by the time we get this bill passed into law, your spirit as a child and love of school will have not been broken and can be mended back together. 


All The People In Suits Who Have No Clue What Actually Goes On In A Classroom 

PS. Your Mom did awesome and I’m sure she will try again, as Mothers always will fight for what’s best for her child.

This is how your Senators voted. Do you even know who your Senator is? If not click here. It’s very simple, if they voted N, they didn’t support the recess amendment being added to a multi-pronged Education Bill that was going to get a Floor vote. You might want to call and ask why? 


To read exactly what transpired and to see your YOUR Florida Senator voted, click here

17 Aug 2015

What I Wish I Had Known About Back To School Fashion

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24 Jul 2015

Shop For School Supplies Today!

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I know it’s only July, but don’t you want to be ahead of the game this school year? I’m hoping to help and make it SO EASY to get all the things you will need for going back to school.
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