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

29. September 2016 14:19
by jennifer

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 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  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 But don't wait until October 15th.  Head over to  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 –      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!”

13. September 2016 12:59
by jennifer

Roald Dahl Day!

13. September 2016 12:59 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Today Roald Dahl would be celebrating his 100th Birthday!! The #TampaTrio LOVE LOVE LOVE all of his books and each of my children have a favorite book of his. For Haley it is Matilda. For Ella it is The Witches. And for Ronin it is The BFG.      So many fantastic quotes come from Roald Dahl and here are a few of my favorites: "A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - The Twits "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog." -Matilda "So please, oh please, we beg, we pray Go throw your TV set away And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall…" - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl quote or book? Share it with me, I'd love to hear which is your favorite!

8. August 2016 10:53
by jennifer

Happy 10th Birthday Ronin!!!

8. August 2016 10:53 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Dear Ronin, I apologize that this birthday post is late. My website crashed for a bit, and then we went on vacation. I hope you know how much you are loved.   I'm not quite sure how it happened. I blinked and you have gone from our little walrus (gosh how we all loved this nickname for you!!) into a fun loving, intelligent, young man. Double digits, dude.  I love that you picked this cake out all on your own. You thought the flowers on it were cool.  I can't wait to see what your 10th year brings you!  I think you ROCK! Love, Mama XOXO