Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarship Program 2017

It's that time of year! I'm seeing photos of my friends' kids graduating from 5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade and college! 

This year has FLOWN by. Earlier this year I talked about how I needed to open a 529 account for the #TampaTrio. Well, time slipped away from me, until TODAY!! Today I finally did it!! And while it's true that I am a Florida Prepaid College Plan Believer Blogger, I am also a very loyal customer!

Yes, they all have Florida Prepaid accounts, but my husband and I wanted to doubly make sure that there would be enough funds for them to do whatever they need to do while they are earning their degrees. And the 529 Plans can be used towards graduate school, and if my kids take after me at all, they will all end up earning advanced degrees.

So today I finally sat down and I did it. They are all signed up!

 

 

So now that I have finished that task, I'm here to tell you about a super cool opportunity for you to win a $529 scholarship for your kids!

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account, that’s a FREE $529 towards your child’s college education!  That's pretty sweet! And did you know that May 29 is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.

I just love that. It's like May the Fourth Be with You! LOL. Makes me smile every single time.

 

Here’s the 411 on the 529:

How do you enter to win 1 of 10 Scholarships from Florida Prepaid College Plans?

It's SUPER EASY. First, go to Florida529SavingsPlanScholarship.com

There you'll get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college and sharing on social media.

How often can you enter?

You can keep coming back to the site every day to learn more and get extra chances to win!

When does the giveaway period end? When do I have to enter by?

You can enter to WIN every day NOW through June 11, 2017.

Who can enter to WIN 1 of 10 Florida Prepaid Scholarships?

Florida residents over the age of 18.

Want to get started with a Florida Prepaid 529 Plan?

Visit Florida Prepaid College Plans online.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books. Your family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

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.  That means you can get started saving for your child’s future with whatever amount you choose!  There is no minimum contribution!  I'll tell you what I started with. I did a $100 initial contribution and then a $100 monthly contribution for EACH kid. The hardest part for me was picking how I wanted the money invested. I wanted to be safe, yet with a high return. I'm typically pretty good with my investments, so we'll see how well I did come this time next year. 

Don’t forget to enter to win one of those 10 Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarships

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Tampa Bay LibCon 2017

Get your Geek On . . . LibCon is back! Are you a fan of anime, manga, and just general all around Geek stuff?? Then LibCon is for you!!! 

When? Saturday May 13th. 10am-6pm

Where?Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library and Southshore Regional Library.

Watch Adam Savage's 13-minute (PG-rated) TED Talk, "My Love Letter to Cosplay."

 

Books to read BEFORE they hit the theaters

Books to read BEFORE they hit the theaters!

Tony and Susan by Austin McGiffert Wright

Movie titled: Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal – release date December 9, 2016.

By framing a crime story within a domestic novel, Wright, an English professor and author of three previous novels, dissolves the fragile civility that often conceals violence. He also scrutinizes the institution of marriage, considers the nature of memory, and documents the potential impact of one's choices, both large and small--all without sacrificing pace. At Edward Sheffield's request, Susan Morrow reads his first novel, Nocturnal Animals, in which an impulsive change of plan delivers Tony Hastings and his family into the hands of strangers who terrorize them. Passages from Sheffield's novel alternate between Susan's memories of Sheffield (her ex-husband), to details of her current marriage, to her speculations about the writer's and the reader's obligations. By counterpoising the eroding compromises of Susan's daily life with the sufferings of the Hastings family, Wright demonstrates that macho posturing, cruelty, and the refusal of individual responsibility infect both sexes and all classes.

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

**FUN FACT: Dennis Lehane is an alumnus from my undergrad Eckerd College and is a writer in residence at the College.**

 

Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller – expected release January 13, 2017. During Prohibition in 1926, Joe Coughlin defies his strict upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba, where he encounters dangerous characters who are all fighting for their American dream. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver Starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and Jennifer Beals – expected release March 3, 2017 Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity and the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Before I Fallby Lauren Oliver Starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and Jennifer Beals – expected release March 3, 2017
Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity and the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

 

The Zookeeper's Wife : A War Story by Diane Ackerman

Starring Jessica Chastain – Expected release March 31, 2017 When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

**I have read this book and it is nothing short of AMAZING. Eye opening, and at times the content is very difficult to read. But I am so glad that I read it because I learned so much about WWII that I didn't know.**

Movie titled: Ashes in the Snow starring Martin Wallstrom, Bel Powley and Sophie Cookson – expected release 2017. In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

HHhH by Laurent Binet Starring Rosamund Pike, Mia Wasikowska and Jack O’Connell – expected release 2017. HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most lethal man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich seemed indestructible―until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of history. In Laurent Binet's mesmerizing debut, we follow Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. A seamless blend of memory, actuality, and Binet's own remarkable imagination, HHhH is at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing―a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the debt we owe to history.

The Glass Castle : a memoir by Jeannette Walls Starring Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson – expected release 2017. The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Circle : a novel by Dave Eggers Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson – expected release April 2017. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

The Long Home by William Gay Directed by and starring James Franco – expected to release in 2017. In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine - until he learns of it first-hand. Gay's remarkable debut novel, The Long Home, is also the story of Amber Rose, a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape. And it is the story of William Tell Oliver, a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it. Set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s, The Long Home will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude, longing, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.

The Yellow Birds : a novel by Kevin Powers Starring Jennifer Anniston – expected release 2017. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

Which of these books have you read? Which do you think sounds like a good movie adaptation?