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Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.


31. January 2017 14:18
by jennifer
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Summer is nearly upon us!

31. January 2017 14:18 by jennifer | 0 Comments

How is it already the end of the first full week of February? I just can't even wrap my brain around how quickly this school year has gone by.

What really hit home for me was that last week I registered the #TampaTrio for a week at a speciality summer camp of their choosing. They'll all attend a traditional summer camp, but each year we allow them to each pick one week away from home. Consistently the girls have always picked a week at Girl Scout Camp. But this year, this year is something new for them, and it really shows me that they are growing up and becoming their own unique little people with huge ideas and an eye towards the future.

I know I mentioned that my oldest daughter, 7th grade Haley qualified to take the ACT as part of the Duke TIP program. We received her scores last month and YES she scored high enough to attend one of the Duke Summer Programs. It's a 3 week residential program at Rollins College. She was most interested in the program From Wonderland to Hogwarts which is a creative writing program. But as we sat and discussed her options, she decided that she'd rather attend BAND CAMP!! Yes, band camp. After lots of research she (we) decided on the music program offered at Stetson University.

My sweet little flautist. She has really come into her own this year and I am so proud of her.

And my Ella girl, she decided that she wanted to go to my Alma Mater, Eckerd College and attend their Summer Science Splash program! 

 

Ella's choice of camp took me by surprise. I know she enjoys science, but to attend a week long science camp? I didn't think she had it in her. I thought for sure she'd be much more interested in attending a drama or modeling camp. I'm proud of her for stepping outside her comfort zone and giving something new a try. 

And we're still working on choosing the right camp for Ronin. Last year he did an ID Tech program and he LOVED it!! But it's the same program this year, and ugh. I don't think I can handle another summer of MINECRAFT!! So I'm the hunt for the perfect camp for Ronin.

So as I sit here and reflect upon how much academic and personal growth my trio have made, I can't help but shake my head in awe and disbelief. Are they perfect students? No. Do they often forget to turn in assignments or study for a test. Yes. But I really try to let them know that these are the years (middle school) where they can feel safe to "fall forward." Now is the time where I am trying to teach them about good study habits and work ethics. 

It's not going to be too long before they head off to college. I've talked about it many times on the blog, but I'm so happy we did the Florida Prepaid College Plan for all 3 kids. 

I have no idea what path in life they will travel, but I'm happy to know that I have provided them with the tools to get there.

There are so many benefits to starting a Florida PrePaid Plan. With the years flying by as quickly as they are, don't put off starting a Florida PrePaid Plan for your kids! 

Florida Pre-Paid Open Enrollment ends February 28.  Use Promo Code BLOG1617and save 50% off your application when you enroll. For more information, visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com

 

29. September 2016 14:19
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Florida Prepaid Scholarship Giveaway

29. September 2016 14:19 by jennifer | 0 Comments

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.   As 2016 is quickly approaching its end (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???) now is a great time to think about how you can prepare your child for college. With 3 kids (5th, 6th, 7th grades) paying for college is coming up for me sooner rather than later.  And with the cost of college rising every year, how can families prepare? I'll tell you how...by investing in the Florida Prepaid College Fund. As soon as each of our children was born, we opened an account for each of them. We chose the option to pay if off over the course of 18 years. But we've been very good with our money and this year we paid off ALL of the college plans, a full 6, 7, and 8 years AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!!    My kids are smart. My kids are funny. My kids talk about wanting to go to college. But where will they GO GO GO? It's exciting for me to think about where they will end up studying. Have you started to save for college? Regardless, YOU can take a chance to WIN 2 YEARS OF FREE COLLEGE!!   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. The giveaway 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.  Open enrollment begins October 15th, 2016 and ends February 28, 2016. For more info visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com. But don't wait until 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!”

1. May 2016 09:07
by jennifer
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Florida 529 Savings Scholarship Program

1. May 2016 09:07 by jennifer | 1 Comments

Did you know that May 29th is 529 College Savings Day? Much like May the 4th is Star Wars Day, 529 College Savings Day is a fun play on words! 529 can of course be written as 5-29, or May 29th. Hehe. Get it? I love it. Well, this year Florida is launching the Florida 529 Scholarship Program.   The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account. Families can enter to win a Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship between May 1 and May 29, 2016, enter HERE But wait, there is MORE!!! Beginning this May, there is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college. The Florida 529 Savings Plan was a Top 10 performer among direct-sold 529 plans for the 3-year, 5-year and 10-year time periods in Savingforcollege.com latest quarterly performance rankings.   The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families save at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books.  A family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time. We have 3 Florida Prepaid accounts but NO 529 plan. Perhaps this is the year that we open one for those unexpected college expenses!   Do you have both a Prepaid college account and a 529 plan?