Florida Prepaid College Plans #StartingisBelieving

by jennifer2. October 2015 11:53
Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College plans for 2015-2016 begin on October 15th, 2015. Start saving for your child’s education and future NOW. I am a proud Florida Prepaid College Plan Believer. All though this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. #StartingIsBelieving It's hard to believe that 6 years ago the #TampaTrio started school. Ronin was in PreK3, Ella in PreK4, and Haley in Kindergarten. Even though this was their first year in school, James and I had already started their college funds just a few short months after each of them were born, so they started elementary school with a Florida Prepaid College plan already in place.  Fast forward 6 years to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Ronin is now in 4th grade and wants to be an ER doctor, Ella is in 5th grade and wants to be a veterinarian, and Haley in 6th grade wants to be an archeologist. Thank goodness I enrolled them in the Florida Prepaid College Plan because all three of their career choices certainly require college, A LOT of college.  There are five Prepaid Plans, each with specific costs, payment schedules and benefits which all include tuition and most fees at either one of 28 Florida Colleges or 12 State Universities. Though each option is designed to be used at a Florida College or State University, the amount covered by the plan can also be applied to other schools nationwide. So as much as I want my Trio to stay close to home (forever and ever) I know that it's likely that they might desire to spread their wings and head to college out of state. Thankfully the plans can be applied to schools outside the Sunshine State. There are only certain times during each year that you can enroll your child in the plans.  For 2015-2016, open enrollment is Oct. 15, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016. The cost of the plans vary depending on how old your child is and which of the 5 plans you choose. For a NEWBORN these are the current MONTHLY rates: 4-Yr Florida University Plan $182.63 1-Yr Florida University Plan $45.69 2 + 2 Florida Plan $144.35 4 Yr College Plan $114.69 2 Yr College Plan $53.13   Once you enroll and get your account set up you can increase your monthly payment at ANY time simply by logging into your account and making a payment. It can be a one time payment or a recurring payment. This is a great option for grandparents that might be looking to help out. We did it for Ella when she was awarded some money earlier this year. It was so easy for me to go online and make a one time payment, and then the rest of our monthly payments will be the same as they were, we will just finish her payoff sooner, rather than later.    If you have ANY questions about the Florida Prepaid College Plans, feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to answer them! I feel somewhat like a pro since we've had accounts for 11+ years now  You can also reach out to their amazing customer service team at 1800552GRAD (4723) and they will answer any and all questions you may have. You can also check out Florida Prepaid College Plans online and figure out which plan is just right for your future college student!

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Jenny

What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer23. September 2015 11:32
This week I finished The White Queen and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Yes, THAT Judy Blume. The one and only Judy Blume.Oh how I loved her books when I was a pre-teen. From Fudge to Tiger Eyes to Are You There God? It's me Margaret, I lived and breathed Judy Blume in the late 1970's and early 1980's. It came full circle when my two daughters both started reading some of Blume's "tamer" novels like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. And I was so happy to hear that they loved her writing just as much as I had at their age. I was so excited that I finally got a copy of her newest book (and it's for adults too!!) In the Unlikely Event. I had been on the wait list for quite some time. What a great story. In The Unlikely Event takes place in the early 1950s when the United States is dealing with the Korean War along with changing social mores. Miri Ammerman is the daughter of a single mother whose father left before she was born. Miri learns to negotiate a difficult adolescence with her loving family as they, and everyone in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, deal with the unexpected and unexplained rash of airplane crashes literally in their backyards. 3 planes fell from the sky over a 2 month period and changed the lives of thousands of people. This story, while based on factual events is a work of fiction. The story focuses on how several of the impacted characters deal with this tragedy and then ultimately life as they re-group years later.The main female protagonist, Miri, is wonderfully developed and you can see the author's gift in creating rich and believable female teenage characters. The story is told from many points of view (over 20) and some of these characters are not as richly developed. One of my biggest challenges was getting engaged in the story early on with the POV continually changing Many great descriptions of life in the 1950's are included -- from the music to the food to the current events. I really enjoyed reading about life back in the 1950's.  Reading Judy Blume as an adult did not give me the same feelings as when I was a child, but that's ok. I'm not the same person I was 30+ years ago. I grew up, and so did Judy. Were you a Judy Blume fan as a child? Have you read any of her books as an adult?

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What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer15. September 2015 16:20
I don't know about you all, but my life has been super busy. Lots of library programming, activities with my children, and then of course the things that I like to do for fun, it seems like I am rarely having time to even sleep. But I always find time to read. This week I finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.This is the 3rd book I've read by Liane Moriarty, having previously read What Alice Forgot and The Husband's Secret. I do believe that Big Little Lies has been my favorite book by her. I really liked the characters, and the twist that she always has in her books was GREAT in this book. I honestly didn't see it coming. So good. Highly recommend.   I also recently have become obsessed with the TV Show The Tudors. In 2013 I watched The White Queen and really liked that TV mini-series. During the opening credits I noticed that it was based on a book by Philippa Gregory. I remember watching the movie The Other Boleyn Girl also by Philippa Gregory and I loved that movie, too. So what's a book lover to do that wants to know more about life in 16th century England? Well, read more books by Philippa Gregory. So that's what I'm doing. I have started reading The Boylen Inheritance. Just eleven days after King Henry VIII had his second wife Anne beheaded for treason, he married Jane Seymour who gave him a son, Prince Edward, but died soon after his birth.  King Henry needed more sons to secure his line and safeguard the House of Tudor, he looked overseas for this next bride and picked Anne of Cleves but would soon be side-tracked by the young, vivacious Katherine Howard.  I'm about 3 chapters in and it's quite good. Hopefully I don't get sidetracked by another book but I likely will. I've been waiting for 6 months for All The Light We Cannot See and I am next in line....so, that book might take priority over finishing The Boylen Inheritance.   Have you read anything by Philippa Gregory?? 

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Jenny

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