Friday

My Son Will go to College thanks to Florida Prepaid #ad #startingisbelieving


Get your 2016 Florida Prepaid Promo Code below. This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own. 

Florida PrePaid is the piece of mind that I needed to ensure that my son would be a college graduate.

As a parent, there are some many things for us to worry about. It's time to take one of those worries away.  Florida Prepaid will make it easier to do that. It will give you piece of mind.

In 2005, I was going through a divorce, and it wasn't too pleasant.  I knew that my life was going to change dramatically going from a two income home to a one income home (and on a teacher's salary.)  As we went through this gut-wrenching process of selling our house, and paying debts, I realized that there would be some extra money left over.

Knowing that I would never not struggle as a teacher, I worried about our future. What would happen when my then two-year old was ready to attend college? I spoke to my lawyer about signing my son Bryce up for a Florida Prepaid College Plan.  Thankfully it was agreed on and we bought a plan for Bryce.  We were lucky enough to have enough money that we didn't need to make payments on it.

There is another way to get a Florida Prepaid Plan for your family. Right now Open Enrollment is goign on.  This is the only time each year families can purchase Prepaid Plans and this year prices remain affordable for Florida families.The open enrollment period continues til Feb 28th. This year there are different plans that can fit within any budget!

2016 / 2017 Pricing
Monthly
4-Year Florida University PlanNewborn$186.28
1-Year Florida University PlanNewborn$46.61
2+2 Florida PlanNewborn$147.24
4-Year Florida College PlanNewborn$116.98
2-Year Florida College PlanNewborn$54.20
To sign up, click HERE and use coupon code:BLOG1617 to get 50% off the application fee!





Monday

Florida Prepaid Scholarship #Giveaway! Yay!

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program Overview

Do you believe that your child will go to college? Now is the time to invest in his or her future! Learn how you can win a FREE Florida Prepaid College Scholarship and worry less about your child's future. 
This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My story!
USF vs. FSU football game 
If you are anything like me as a parent, you are probably working hard to ensure that your child gets the best of everything. While I would love to hope that my son will get a scholarship to college somewhere (for football in his mind) I do know that the chances of that are slim. And if he does get one, there will be other expenses that I will be responsible for. If only I could wave a magic wand to be sure that he will have a chance to get a great education without racking up debt that he will pay for for many years to come. Well, there is... and frankly, I sleep better at night knowing that I have done that for my son. I am a single mom, and I have debt and bills and it seems never-ending most days, but this is something I know... My son will go to college because it was a priority! Now it's time for my family to look into the different plans and see what else we can add on this year. There is so much more!

Scholarship Giveaway! 
Would you like to be one of ten Florida families who will win 2 FREE years of college from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation who has launched the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program Giveaway. It runs from September 19, 2016- October 23, 2016. So go enter!!! And enter daily!

This coincides with National College Savings Month and the mid-October launch of Open Enrollment, the annual period when families can purchase their own Florida Prepaid Plans. You can enter the scholarship contest and learn about the benefits of saving early for college- from getting more motivated to prepare academically for college, to avoiding the burden of student loan debt.

Registration takes place at www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com.  You get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college, and sharing on social media.

More and more families across Florida are looking into the Florida Prepaid College Plans. 
And saving early really is feasible, with a little planning and budget consideration. A family can purchase plans all at once, over five years, or in monthly installments.  

This is why I invest in Florida Prepaid College
Open enrollments begins October 15th, 2016 and ends February 28, 2016. For more info visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com. But don't wait til October 15th.  Head over to www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com  and start learning about the program and enter for your chance to win!!!

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program:
      What: Florida families have the opportunity to win one of TEN 2-Year Florida College Plans
      When: Register between September 19 and October 23
      Where: Go to www.floridaprepaidscholarshipprogram.com
      Eligibility: Open to legal residents in the state of Florida with children or grandchildren between the ages of newborn through 8th grade.


“Hear it straight from last year’s winner! Every entry counts for a possibility to be one of 10 to win a FREE 2-Year Florida College Plan, courtesy of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Enter daily through October 23!”


What keeps you up at night as a parent? Share below! I am sure I am not the only one who has these huge concerns.

Saturday

Finding My Peace

I think this whole weight loss journey has been pretty crazy lately. I am up and down with eating and an injury has stopped me in my tracks for the last couple of months.

I was running every day for over a month... a runstreak! It was really cool. I was seeing weight come off and I was able to run when I had time.  I signed up for a race, and in the last half mile of my run, I felt a pop and couldn't run anymore. It was weird because I could walk, just not fast.  My knee didn't swell, so I thought I was ok.

I took a couple days off and tried running again.  I didn't even make it down my driveway.

The weird thing is, sometimes my knee feels fine, but I feel it when I try to run.  I started walking, and I would only feel it a little.  Then the swelling started.  Now I swell a bit and my knee cap feels like it's catching on something, so obviously something is wrong.

I am yet to go get x-rays because I really don't want to go through surgery.  That sounds pretty stupid as I write this, but I just keep thinking it will heal in a couple of weeks.

So I have decided that I need to focus on the positive.  I can walk. I can walk often. So, I am a walker.  I thought that was admitting I was old or something like that.  Now I realize, it's just admitting I am overweight and I need a change.

So hear I go! I am a someone who is walking to get healthy.  I think it was a stigma in my head.  I wanted to be a runner because fit girls run... Well, I think I just need to get over it.  Fit girls walk too... Girls who sit around complaining that they can't run get depressed and eat.

Decision made... gotta get up and walk... right now!

What is your "must do" item that always gets pushed down to the bottom of your to-do list?

See ya!

Oh and I love this song... Been singing it all morning so I thought I would share :)

Wednesday

May 29 is 529 College Savings Day! #Giveaway #startingisbelieving

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board. I am a Believer Blogger. All opinions are my own
This is Bryce playing baseball! 
As most of you know, there is one person in my life who gets the majority of my attention.  My main goal is to raise him to be successful, humble, and kind. In order to do those things, we have to have a plan. We plan everything. Things don't go according to plan a lot of times, but I can pretty much guarantee that without the plan, it would have gone a whole lot worse.

I have a plan for Bryce to go to college too.  But now there is something new... something I had not heard of yet, but it makes perfect sense.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program is a new scholarship program running from May 1-29. Why is it called 529? Well, that's easy! May 29th is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.  In honor of this day, the Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winner a $529 Scholarship devoted into a Florida 529 Savings Plan Account. See bottom of post on how to enter. 

This plan is part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation's ongoing commitment to bringing families budget-friendly flexible college savings options through the Florida Prepaid College Board. What does that mean to you and me? It means that our kids can go to college without having to rack up huge debt in student loans and we don't have to worry about making sure that our kids get a great education.  

I have a Florida Prepaid College fund for Bryce, my son.  I have had it for many years, but we don't have a 529 Savings Plan. Unlike the Prepaid plan, there is not a set payment or a schedule of what to pay. We can pay as often and put in as much as we want and there are no application fees.  The Florida 529 Plan is subject to fluctuations in the financial markets while the Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida.

Want to win one of ten $529 Scholarships from the 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program? 
You must be a legal Florida resident over 18. You can enter at  http://www.florida529savingsplanscholarship.com/

Winners will be selected from all eligible entries via a random drawing to be conducted on June 1st, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST.

Do you have a plan for your children's college? What is it?
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Sunday

#RunStreak... Motivation

Day one of the NEW #Runstreak
On the week before Easter, I decided to start a #RunStreak.  I haven't really done a whole for myself physically recently.  I have great intentions that turn into me not doing anything.  I set a goal for myself to run/walk every day for 31 days. There was really no rhyme or reason to it other than I thought it would give me a jumpstart on my health kick.

Day 34 of my last RunStreak
I am very proud to say that I did it! I completed 31 days plus a few.  And last Tuesday I couldn't run because life took over.  I planned to run in the evening, and then got too busy.  It was 10 pm before I could get to work.  As a single mom, that just wouldn't work.  I wouldn't leave my son alone, and I am not sure I want to run alone that late at night.  So... the #runstreak ended.  

Unfortunately, without that motivation, my run/walks happened less and the duration changed too.  I am not sure why? So, today is May 1st!  I am starting a runstreak with no expiration date! I want to see how long I can do it.  Day 50 is my first goal to celebrate! I think I can do it! I take that back, I KNOW I can do it! 
 
As I listened to my pastor today, I realized that I need to live in the image of Christ and being lazy and eating everything I want, is exactly the opposite of what Jesus would do. Time to stop making excuses. I want to live! I choose to live. 

Time for Motivation!!! 

What are you doing to better yourself. Tell me below... I am sure I have a lot to learn and would love to work together towards our goals!


Tuesday

Be an Encourager! #weightloss #journey

Let me just preface this by saying that my mom is my best friend in the world and my number one encourager. Unfortunately for her, she is also the one that I am most sensitive with. She is the best!

Oh and one more thing... I know better than to do the camera vertically, but it's been so long since I have vlogged, I forgot... sorry!

Ok, here are my thoughts for today... #deepthoughts LOL


What is the best advice you can give your encouragers to help you with your journey?  Share the good and the bad! :) 

Midnight Special... GIVEAWAY!

Wow, this movie looks intense! This supernatural thriller opens March 18th.
And you can enter the giveaway for two movie tickets below!

Midnight Special is about the power of a parent’s love – How far a mother and father would go to protect their child. This movie will encourage us to reflect on the importance of family and the responsibility parents have to encourage and shield their children from society’s wrongful perception of what “normal” should look like.
Synopsis:
A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.


The film was written and directed by Jeff Nichols stars Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, and Jaeden Lieberher.

Want to win two tickets in Hollywood Movie money to the movie? Comment below with the movie title of your ALL Time favorite movie.

Congratulations Paula for being the winner of the tickets.  They are in the mail for you! 

Disclosure: Gracehill Media provided the giveaway for my post. All thoughts and ideas are my own.