Give the Gift of Education #StartingisBelieving

The following post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid. I received no monetary compensation and all thoughts are my own.

 The Holiday season is quickly approaching, and maybe you're like me and wondering what in the world to get your kids that will be meaningful and last a LONG time.

I have a GREAT idea for you.


As I told you all in October, we have the Florida Prepaid College Fund for the #TampaTrio.

My three are all smart kids, smart in their own unique ways. Maybe they will go to a traditional college, maybe they'll want to go to a technical college. Either way, giving the gift of education is something that I will give to my kids.


Remember.....if you sign up BEFORE December 31, 2014, the $50 fee will be WAIVED!! You can use that $50 for gifts for other family and friends!!

The Open Enrollment period beginning Oct. 15, 2014 and ending Feb. 28, 2015 is a historic one, marked by the lowest prices on Florida Prepaid College Plans since 2007 and a new 1-Year Florida University Plan costing as little as $43 a month for a newborn. The Florida Prepaid College Board was able to reduce prices on some of the most popular plans following a new state law that limits the future cost of tuition.

But you MUST sign up by February 28, 2015 to lock in prices for the year! There are options for EVERY family, so check out their website to figure out the plan that is best for your family!


Venture Club: Entrepreneurial Program for Kids at The Hive

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is excited to announce the VENTURE CLUB!! What's the Venture Club? It's an Entrepreneurial Program for Kids in grades 3-5.

Over the course of the program, which meets twice a month on Saturday mornings Jan-May, participants will have the opportunity to learn about brainstorming, prototyping and pitching; creating a business together, and presenting their ideas to the community.

The program will meet at "The Hive."


What is "The Hive?"


THE HIVE is a 10,000 sq. ft. public community innovation center and makerspace. Activities and services offered in THE HIVE emphasize the following areas:

  • Creativity - using technology, artistry, construction, design and modeling to generate innovative ideas and results.
  • Collaboration - fostering an atmosphere that allows the public to work together toward new projects.
  • Coworking - supporting entrepreneurs, new businesses and start-ups by providing resources and neutral meeting ground for the exchange of ideas.


THE HIVE is not a traditional quiet library space. Expect a buzz of activity when you are visiting!


The HIVE features bookable spaces and equipment and offers innovative, creative programs and open learning labs for the public. Guests must have a valid Hillsborough County Public Library card to schedule use of bookable spaces and equipment. 

They have a 3D printer, a robotics lab, an arts center, a media:scape pit, a recording studio and a flex space.

You can learn all about The Hive by clicking HERE


Space for the Venture Club is LIMITED!! Only 16 kids will be permitted!!

You can sign up HERE

You must have a Hillsborough County Library Card.

Hope to see you all buzzing around The Hive. 

Atkins Snacks for the busy working mom

As you probably know by now, I've returned to work full-time outside of the home.

I know I've mentioned it once or twice.

I know I've also mentioned how challenging it can be to try to get into a routine where I am making a healthy breakfast, and lunch for myself.

One thing that's been super easy for me while following the Atkins40 plan is SNACKS!!

Like most moms I get a slump around 3pm. I really try not to drink caffeine that late in the day because I need to be in bed by 9pm (I get up at 4:30am) so having a little pick-me-up snack has been just what I've needed to push through my last few hours at work.

My FAVORITE snack is the Chocolate Covered Almonds!

They are SO good. And I feel like I am able to eat a treat that's GOOD for me too! We all know Almonds are a power food, and well, chocolate is a feel good food, so it's a win/win!!

And check out the nutrition content!

With only 1.5 net carbs, that's a drop in the bucket off my 40 daily alloted carbs!

So...I've been trying to follow the plan, and this is the start of my 4th week. In 3 weeks I've lost 6 pounds. I'm really quite happy with that. 1.5-2 pounds per week is what the experts recommend, and I'm right there!

And I survived Thanksgiving, and with Christmas right around the corner I feel confident and in control!

How are you doing with your holiday snacking?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.