Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment has Begun and giveaway~ #startingisbelieving

My son... my heart!
Open Enrollment has begun!  I am so excited that Florida Prepaid is still affordable to Florida family! Don't delay! Open enrollment will end Feb. 29th, 2016... yes, it is leap year, so you have an extra day! 

A college plan is so important to me because of this fella to the right. He is my world and I want the best for him. I don't know what my situation financially will be in 7-8 years, but with Florida Prepaid, it won't matter. Bryce, my son, will be ready to go to college. 

Parents are the "everything" for their children. Check out this video... It just makes sense!


Scholarship Giveaway! 
Ten lucky students will win a 2-year Florida college scholarship.

Florida Prepaid College Board is proud to offer 10 lucky families and opportunity to create a brighter future for their children and grandchildren. Our Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program gives you the chance to win one of TEN 2-Year Florida Collge Plan scholarships, valued at $9,200! The scholarships will be provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Florida Prepaid College Board is proud to offer 10 lucky families an opportunity to create a brighter future for their children or grandchildren. Our Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program gives you the chance to win one of TEN 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarships, valued at $9,200! The scholarships will be provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. 

The 2-Year Florida College Plan covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College.
A student earning an Associate's Degree at any Florida College is guaranteed admission to a State University.
In addition to the 2-Year Florida College Plans, there will also be 10 weekly prize winners (a total of 50 over the five-week program).
You can participate daily! The more entries you receive, the better your chances of winning.

The program runs from October 12, 2015, through November 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

Entering is simple. Just visit for Sweepstakes Rules and details for your chance at this remarkable opportunity!!


#Woodlawn the Movie: A Must See and Giveaway

Woodlawn the Movie demonstrates exactly what happens when God shows up and people follow Him. You HAVE to go see this movie this week. It will change how you look at things! At Life! At your life! This is a movie and inspirational true story that shows how a group of young people used love instead of hate to conquer the race divide in the 1970s in Birmingham AL.

It's the story of a school, Woodlawn that is suddenly integrated. The city erupts and there are cross burnings and riots. Coach Tandy Geralds has no idea how to solve these race relations. Until one man, Hank asks if he can speak to the team. Hank asks them to follow God. The entire team ends up following. The most amazing things happen to this team.  They make a run for the playoffs and Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant (played by Jon Voight) even shows up from the University of Alabama. Hank says this miracle is what happens when God shows up! I agree with this but I will even add my opinion to this... God always shows up, but this is what happens when WE follow Him!

The coach and his players surrender their lives to Christ. It's amazing. My son and I connected to this because last month, we were baptized together at our church. We know what happens when God shows up! Rejoice! When Coach Geralds has his moment where he surrenders to God, it's more special than ever to see now that I know how this story was told. Coach Gerald's son shared this moment, the moment of baptism. As he watched the movie being filmed he had tears rolling down his face knowing what that particular moment meant to his father. It's an amazing part of the movie.

You will also learn about Touchdown Tony. He is the reluctant hero. One of my favorite scenes is when he first runs the ball. At this point the African American players did not get to play too much. It is actually causing a disruption in the stands between the whites and blacks. Geralds decided to put Tony in and he has a great run but runs out of bounds. He doesn't want to get hit. The coach tells him that it hurts a lot less when you are the one doing the hitting. It made me smile because it is exactly what my father has always told his boys. Tony goes on to be a heck of a player and hero! I don't want to spoil the movie so I will leave it at that.

My son and I were recently baptized at our church.
This movie hit home for me personally. My father is THE most significant and influential football coach I've ever know. He's been coaching for my entire 41 years, and there are still former students who reach out to him from 40 years ago to thank him and tell him that they love him. They tell him that he, my father, made a huge difference in their lives. My father is a man of God, but he is quiet about it. He doesn't preach from the bible, but he uses stories from the bible to inspire his team. I have heard the David and Goliath story (just like Hank in the movie) for many years.

I think people are going to leave the theaters thinking about their faith and I hope they wonder how they can start their very own revival. I know that all I keep thinking about is how I can help make Jesus famous again!

This movie will tug at your heart and make you simply feel joy! It is what faith, true faith looks like. 40 football players and their coaches transformed a school and a city simply because they loved each other. Please go see this movie! We can't wait to see it in the theaters with a room full of people who believe and want to follow Him as well. I know that God is going to be showing up in theaters all across this country! And we will follow Him!

One more thing... I have a giveaway! Click below to enter... It's really good!
You have a chance to win a prize pack: A Woodlawn t-shirt (size med) and three books Woodlawn, Touchdown Tony and When God Shows Up (a devotional.)
One winner will be chosen and you have to live in the US (sorry)
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Getting the Pounds Off easily with the Body Fat Smart Scale #Giveaway

As most of you know, weight gain is a constant struggle. I fell off the wagon for a while and I let my weight creep back up to a new high for me. I am embarrassed and ashamed, but no more! 4 weeks ago I stepped into Weight Watchers and have begun my journey again!

Weight loss is never easy and we all hate that dreaded scale, until we see magic happen. Those numbers go down! And now it's fun to get on that scale to see my progress! 

About a year ago, I was sent a Body Fat Smart Scale. I used it and I thought that I would review it as I lost weight. Well, that wasn't happening, so it began to collect dust. 4 weeks ago I wiped off that dust and decided to give it a try!

What makes the Body Fat Smart Scale unique is that it measures weight, calculates body fat, muscle mass and body water. There is a daily calorie feature which calculates maximum calorie intake needed to maintain weight. It uses the latest Bluetooth® technolgy to then transfer you data to your smart phone or tablet. 

There is an app and you can trasmit data to your favorite fitness apps including Mapmyfitness, MyFitnessPal, or RunKeeper. The SmarTrack app allows you to share data via email, twitter and facebook. 

The Smart Scale reinforces the belief that weight management is not a quick fix, rather a long term commitment to a healthy lifestyle. 

Regularly priced, this scale is $59.95, but right now it's on sale at Amazon for $49.95.

This scale has a sleek look, and definitely helped me get on track with my weightloss. It was so easy. I downloaded the app from Google Play and created an account. It easily connects to your scale. Once the scale pops up on your screen, you simply click on it. 

You set your height, weight, activity level and weight preferences all from your phone. Now you are able to keep track of your weight (it even tracks it for you) and no more writing things down! 

So if you are looking for an easy way to get your health under control, I highly recommend this scale. It's done great things for me!
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Is Your Child Going to College: Florida Prepaid College Fund

My Bryce... this is why I did Florida Prepaid!
One of the best things that we have ever done for my son is get him the Florida Prepaid College Fund. Starting is believing and the time to start is now! My son has the opportunity to go to college without having to take on HUGE student loans that he will spend the rest of his life paying back. That matters to me!!! I know you are probably worried about cost. I know... I was too. But this is doable! And worth it. When we purchased our plan for Bryce, we went for the 4 Year Florida University Plan. Yes, it was more expensive, but for us, we needed to do it! It just made sense. We are so glad we have it too. We didn't start when Bryce was a newborn either. You can start late if you need to! Check it out! 

Monthly prices for newborn are below:

4-Yr Florida University Plan
1-Yr Florida University Plan
2 + 2 Florida Plan
4 Yr College Plan
2 Yr College Plan

There are a few different plans that you can choose from. The Florida Prepaid College Board is introducing the new 1-Year Florida University planYou can purchase one year, or 30 credit hours, at a time according to your budget and timeline, without feeling the pressure of having to buy all four years at once
 The plan also allows multiple purchasers to buy a plan for the same child. So now you can team up with other family members to help pay for your child’s higher education.
For example, let Grandma and Grandpa buy one year and you purchase another. A child can have up to four 1-Year Florida University Plans.

Another plan is a 2 year Florida College Plan.  You can set your child up with a practical and affordable path for an Associate's degree or trade certification. This will give your child the advantage over those with only a high school diploma. 

If you want to go for the whole 4 years, there is the 4 Year College plan. This is a practical and affordable path to a Bachelor's degree. There are 28 Florida colleges and they've expanded their capabilities far beyond the two-year programs. In face, most now offer four-year bachelor's degrees. There is also a 2+2 Florida College Plan. Your child can start off at one of the state's 28 Florida colleges and you will save money on lower-level courses before transferring to a State University to finish off their degree. 

The last plan is the 4 Year University Plan. This plan will start your child off at one of Florida's 12 prestigious state universities and see them through their 4 years of college. 

All of the prepaid plans, every dime of the plan, can be applied to any university or college nationwide or if unused, refunded back to the student. 

Whether you’re already familiar with Florida Prepaid and still need some guidance or you’re just getting started, this Interactive Conversation will help you learn even more about the Florida 529 Savings Plan and Florida Prepaid College Plans. Click Here: 

What are you waiting for? 

Blog disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own. 


Getting my son to be healthier without him knowing it... or even better... with his knowledge and approval! #silkcashew

I had a hard time deciding what to get! I ended up with chocolate!
"Silk is changing the world, one sip (or spoonful) at a time!" I have always been afraid of these alternatives to milk. I was afraid that I wouldn't like it or it wouldn't taste right. I was recently asked to write a review on Silk Cashewmilk. 

Bryce (my son) and I had already decided that it was time to try make our household a healthier place. My biggest fear in life is that my bad habits will become his. So adding some cashewmilk sounded like a good start. 

It's funny because as I was sitting here writing this post, I was thinking about what my angle would be. I went into Bryce's room to check on him because he is reading his summer reading book. I walked in on him drinking straight from the carton. I was able to snap this picture of him enjoying his chocolate silk! Priceless and very timely! It's very nice that I had my angle! Why not feed your kids things they like? I am so happy that I found a product that my son has to sneak into his room that tastes great and is a healthy alternative!

Cashewmilk is the product for people who are looking for a creamy, calorie-conscious, versatile alternative to dairy milk. There are 4 flavors: original, unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate. It is lactose free, dairy free, cholesterol free, has no high fructose corn syrup, 
no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, plant based, has no GMOs, is responsibly produced, and has no gluten, casein, peanuts, eggs and MSG.

You can learn more about the Silk at

NEW Vanilla & Chocolate Silk Cashewmilk!
I had heard the advertisements telling me that Silk Cashewmilk was irresistibly creamy. But what caught my eye now is the Introduction of new Chocolate and Vanilla flavors. Whether you’re looking for fewer calories, less sugar or something to please the kids, life just got a little sweeter. And those ads were right. It is delicious! 

Not only is summer full of activities, get-togethers, and outdoor adventures, but back-to-school is lurking just around the corner. I am glad that I have found something that can start out our day at breakfast time as well as something for the lunchbox. Kids love chocolate milk (let's be honest so do adults!) 
*Silk chocolate Cashewmilk: 90 calories and 16 gm of sugar/svg
*low fat diary chocolate milk: 180 calories and 24 gm of sugar/svg

I am not the most creative chef or baker. I don't get creative on my own, but the good thing is that you can go to the Silk website and sign up to get a coupon and some great recipes! You don't have to be creative! They have done that for you! Yay! 

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.


Jump Starting my Fitness with DailyBurn Fuel-6! #FuelToday

Well, confession time! I have done a poor job lately taking care of myself. I have gained weight and I been really slacking on my exercise. This week, I decided I am sick of being sick of it. I am forgiving myself for my slacking and moving on. It is the perfect timing too because FitFluential asked me to review some protein powder on my blog.

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I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but I was really intrigued by DailyBurn's Fuel. It is a plant based protein. I have only tried Whey protein in the past, and I was a little concerned that I would not like it. I was REALLY surprised. Lucky for me, DailyBurn sent me vanilla, which is my favorite flavor in protein.

I was excited to see the nutrition content. I am not doing any "fancy" named diets. I am counting calories and that is it... end of story. So when I see
24G Protein 170 Calories 4G Sugars
I was extremely happy. This protein is something that is realistic for healthy living for me.

I am trying to do my workouts in the am before my body knows what hit it. This protein is a great post workout, refueling protein that will help my body recover and be ready to start my busy day as a Realtor. Believe me, my days are pretty hectic and it's nice to have something in my stomach that makes me feel nourished in the morning.

It is soy free, gluten free and non dairy.  It uses plant proteins including quinoa, hemp, and sacha inchi seed to give the complete protein support. It also is formulated with digestive enzymes and without any artificial sweetners or flavors. Fuel-6 is giving me a healthy boost for my body!

You can purchase this online at

To find out more about DailyBurn:
They also have pre-workout and post workout drinks. You can find info about those here: is a leading online health and fitness brand, delivering first-class video workout programs and personalized nutrition plans to ensure that members reach their fitness goals. DailyBurn brings fitness and nutrition to members, anytime, anywhere, by streaming HD-quality workouts in a variety of disciplines from dance and high-intensity cardio to yoga, kettlebells and strength training. Unlimited access to DailyBurn’s plans is only $12.95 a month.
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American Sniper: Moving Movie and Giveaway

**Congrats to Susan Devaux for winning the DVD I often get the chance to review and giveaway products on my blog, but every once in awhile, something comes along that is extra-special, a true honor to be able to work on. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I would like to do a review and giveaway for a movie that my son and I saw in the theaters. When we saw it, we were moved. Moved to tears, moved to do more, moved to pay attention to our surroundings... moved!!!

AMERICAN SNIPER is Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography. It is moving and meaningful filmmaking, depicting the heroism of both the service member in combat and the family left stateside. It is not an easy film to watch, given its subject matter, but it is, I believe, an essential film to watch to help us better understand the cost, to those on the battlefield and on the home front, of the freedoms we hold so dear. That was a paraphrase from the person who offered me this opportunity, and his words said it better than I ever could. 

The movie hits stores May 19th, just in time for Memorial Day.

Warner Bros. are donating $1 from the movie sales to The Wounded Warrior Project whose mission is to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. 

I have spoken to many people who have or know someone who has served this great country and those who have seen combat and been involved. I know that lives are changed forever, and the struggle is more than I can ever imagine once our soldier return home. 

I have one DVD to giveaway and one to give away to a veteran. I am giving the DVD to someone who served in the Marine Corps and is still very active with other vets. He was my high school softball coach and he pushed us but still taught us to be good people. He is and was very special to me. 

Now I get to give one away to you. If you don't win the giveaway, an easy place to buy the DVD is on link here: 

SYNOPSIS of the movie:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield.

But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

So how do you win? It is only open to US citizens 
Giveaway ends Monday night at 10pm EST:
To win, you need to comment below and tell me why you feel blessed to live in this country. Then you can tweet the following and post the link to your tweet here.


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