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Month: October 2017

Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment and Scholarship Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.

Growing up in a Massachusetts middle class family where sometimes money got tight, I knew going to college was going to require a lot of hard work, student loans, and saving.  My parents helped both my brother and I with as much of the tuition costs as they could, and took out parent loans, but at the end of school we both faced mounting student loan debts.

This was over 10 years ago, and the cost of college has only risen since then!  Now I am a mom living the middle-class life, with three children of my own to get through college.  Like most moms I dream of my children going off to college to fulfill their own passions in life, and like most moms I hate the idea that this could force them into debt.  However, we live in Florida now and I am thrilled to learn about Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans.

What is Florida Prepaid College?

The Florida Prepaid College Plan is the largest, most successful, longest-running prepaid tuition program in the nation!  Florida Prepaid is helping parents and students prepare for college and making planning for the future a lot easier.  300,000 students thave already attended college using Florida Prepaid!

The Plans

Florida Prepaid offers 5 savings plans, giving you the flexibility to choose one that fits your family’s needs. With plans starting as low as $46.61 saving for college is now possible.  Here is some more about these great plans:

2-Year Florida College Plan: Covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College.

4-Year Florida College Plan: Covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours and 60 upper division credit hours at a Florida College

2 + 2 Florida Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees for 60 lower division credit hours at a Florida College and 60 credit hours at a State University.

1-Year Florida University Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 30 credit hours

4-Year Florida University Plan: Covers tuition, tuition differential fee and other specified fees at a State University for 120 credit hours

Learn more about which plan is right for your family here!

Open Enrollment!

The Florida Prepaid College Board’s annual Open Enrollment period is Oct. 15, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018.  Enroll now and use promo code:
Life1718 to save $25 on your application fee!

Florida Prepaid College Scholarship Giveaway!

Enter the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Contest through October 29th, 2017. 
Participants can register to win one of ten, 2-Year Florida College Plans here.  Plus, you can earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college and sharing on social media.

 There will also be chances to win a total of 50 weekly prizes. So, enter, share with friends and family so they can enter, and keep going back to the site every day to learn more and get extra chances to win!

We also have a special code for you!  Simply enter BLOG1718 into the scholarship entry form for an extra 10 contest entries!

This is an amazing contest that will surely change the future of 10 lucky individuals!

5 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep as a Mom!

Thank you to Nectar for providing a Nectar Mattress to facilitate this post. All opinions shared are my own. 

My oldest child is 12, so that means I haven’t had a full night sleep in over 12 years.  People talk about how moms are sleep deprived during the infant and toddler stages of motherhood, but let’s get real for a moment, once you become a mother that deep “not a care in the world” sleep is pretty much gone forever.  Whether your waking up to check on your school aged kids in the middle of the night, up late finishing some last-minute project, or waiting up worried about your teenagers, your sleep pattern is changed forever once you become a mom.

That is why I want every moment that I am in bed resting to be the most comfortable and relaxing possible.  Waisted sleep time spent tossing and turning leaves us exhausted and cranky the next day.  I have come up with a handful of ways to help me fall asleep and stay asleep when once I have tucked in all my little blessings.

Tips for Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep

Get your bedroom in check!  For a long time, I had my work desk in my room, which made me constantly think about projects that were due.  Also, because we were tight on space, my kids would invade my room as an extra movie spot which led to clutter and messes.  Who wants to sleep surrounded by DVD cases, empty cups, and piles of toys? Not most moms.  Once I took a day to fully declutter my bedroom, it had an instant impact on my sleep.  I moved the work area out and made up a rule about kids only being aloud in mommy and daddy’s room if they were sick, needed to talk with us privately, or with special permission (because I know my cuddling years are coming to an end soon with my 8-year-old twins and there are days I just need to say ok, climb in).  My bedroom is now one of my favorite rooms in the house, it is my own beautiful and relaxing space.

Get the Right Mattress!  For years I slept on an old uncomfortable mattress and wondered why I wasn’t getting a great night’s sleep.  A great night’s sleep requires a great mattress!  For us, that mattress is the NECTAR memory foam mattress.

It was delivered to us quickly in a blue shipping bag, with a duffle like bag inside to carry the mattress easily.  Once we opened the duffle bag we cut off the plastic protection and unrolled the mattress, and then let it sit for a couple hours to expand, it even came with 2 memory foam pillows!  Once the bed was unpacked and set up, I was floored by the high quality!  I have used “bed in a box” type mattresses before and have never been impressed, till now!  The NECTAR bed is beautiful, the quilting on both the mattress and the pillows is visually appealing while the mattress itself is firm and so comfortable.

The NECTAR mattress is healthier to sleep on, firmer for support, softer for rest, and a little bouncier than other memory foam mattresses.

 

Features:

Gel Memory Foam – Delivering weight distribution and pressure relief.

Sleep Cool – The top layer of quilted memory foam stimulates airflow.  This prevents over heating and keeps you comfortable as you sleep.  Plus, it keeps out dust mites.

Bed Bug Resistant!

Easy and Free Delivery!

Not sure about buying a mattress online?  No problem, A good mattress manufacturer, like The Nectar Sleep Mattress, offers peace of mind with a 365-day sleep trial, forever guarantee, and free returns!

Learn more about The NECTAR Mattress here!

Check on the Kids, Check on the House, Then have a Cup of Tea!  The kids are in bed, and your exhausted so you shut off the lights and jump into bed, only to wake up an hour later to check to see if the door is locked or check on the kids.  I did this all the time!  Now I make a round during my nighttime routine, I check on each of the kids and make sure they are sound asleep and tucked in.  Then I check on the house, make sure the door is locked and the lights are off, then I sit and have a glass of tea to unwind from the day.  Mothers worry, it’s what we do, so by making the rounds and checking on everyone before I head to my bedroom, I’m more likely to stay in bed all night.  Plus, sitting for a few moments with my tea helps me sort out anything still on my mind from the day.

Stretch out your Body!  You’ve bent over a hundred times throughout the day to pick up toys, give kisses, and tie shoes.  You’ve stood at the sink, sat at the computer, and carried 20 bags of groceries in to avoid making a second trip.  Your muscles are undoubtedly tight and stressed, give them a good stretch before bed.  Pick a few yoga poses to stretch out any aches and pains and your body will thank you.

Take Some Deep Breaths and Smell the Lavender!  Once your room is set, you bed is comfy, the house is checked, and your body is stretched, it’s time to hit the pillows.  The scent of lavender had a calming and relaxing effect on the body, and studies have shown it helps improve sleep.  I add a few drops of a natural lavender oil to a cup by my bed, and the breath and out deep and slowly.  This typically helps me fall asleep within minutes of getting into bed.

These are my simple and effective tips for getting some good sleep in throughout motherhood.

What helps you sleep?

Join the Florida Prepaid #StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat on Thurs­day October 26th!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.

I have loved every moment of being a Florida Resident.  There are so many places to explore and the weather is perfect, most of the time.  However, theme parks and sandy beaches are not all that Florida has to offer!  Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans is one of the best benefits of living in the Sunshine State!  Families are able to choose from 5 different savings plans that fit their needs.
Open enrollment is happening now, from October 15th, 2017 to February 28th, 2018.
It is the time to start investing in your child’s future!
Learn more now! Use promo code: Life1718 to save $25 on the application fee.

Register from now until October 29 for a chance to win ONE of TEN 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarships from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation! Use code BLOG1718 in the scholarship entry form for an extra 10 entries. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

#StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat

Join Blog­gin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingIsBelieving Twit­ter Chat on Thurs­day, 10/26/17 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period taking place right now. (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)

Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hash­tag: #StartingIsBelieving

Spon­sored By: @FloridaPrepaid

Pre­sented by: @BlogginMamas

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Co-hosts: @zipporahs @SunnySweetDays @MommyMafia @JustMarlaZ @RealAdviceGal

@TopNotchBlog @ModernBocaMom @WorkingMomof2 @OurPotluckFam @WorkingMomMagic

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  1. We will be focusing on the importance of savings for college. Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment is now open and ends on 2/28/18.
  2. There are different options in higher education – colleges, universities, technical degrees and Florida Prepaid has 5 different plan options to cover any route. We will share them with you during the chat.

Prizes:

Dur­ing the Twit­ter Chat there will be a chance to win one of the fol­low­ing prizes by answer­ing var­i­ous ques­tions. Win­ners will be selected at ran­dom from all eli­gi­ble entries.

Prizes

5- Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150

RSVP Prize

1– Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150

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Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

By RSVP’ing to this event and uti­liz­ing the #StartingIsBelieving hash­tag, the atten­dees acknowl­edge hav­ing read and agreed to these terms and conditions.

Twit­ter Party Prize Give­away begins October 26th, 2017 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than October 26, 2017 at 10:30pm ET (the “Twit­ter Party Entry Period”). Entrants enter via fol­low­ing @FloridaPrepaid and @BlogginMamas, and post­ing a tweet with the #StartingIsBelieving hash­tag dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Five (5) Win­ners will be drawn ran­domly by random.org at approx­i­mately 12 minute inter­vals dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. One (1) Win­ner will be drawn ran­domly via random.org from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky widget.

Prizes include:

One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $150, for each of five (5) winners.

One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $150, awarded to one (1) win­ner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget.

Each win­ner receives one (1) prize pack. Entrants who fail to com­plete said actions will be dis­qual­i­fied and an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from all entrants who entered dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Win­ners will be noti­fied via DM (Direct Mes­sage) on Twit­ter with a request for an email address to send prize claim infor­ma­tion. Win­ners will have 48 hours to complete the prize claim form or an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from amongst all entries received dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. All prizes will be awarded pro­vided they are validly claimed by October 30th, 2017 at 11:59AM EST.

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The Released Par­ties make no war­ranties, and hereby dis­claims any and all war­ranties, express or implied, con­cern­ing any prize fur­nished in con­nec­tion with the give­away.

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SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY,

FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

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Our Top Tip for Treating Eczema and a Great Sweepstakes!

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Growing up, I remember seeing the signature orange bottle of GOLD BOND powder in my grandmother’s bathroom cabinet. Then as an adult in nursing school, I quickly learned to always have GOLD BOND healing lotion on me to prevent my hands from cracking after being washed all day. As you can imagine, GOLD BOND quickly became a go-to brand in my household.

A couple years ago my son started breaking out in a red, bumpy rash that he couldn’t stop itching. I remember bath time was the worst; his skin was extra delicate from being wet, and no matter how hard I tried to stop him, he’d scratch and the marks looked so deep! It was heart breaking to hear him whine and cry about how itchy he was, no matter what lotions I used.

I was able to get an appointment to see his pediatrician within a couple of days, and within a couple of minutes into the exam, his pediatrician was able to tell me he had eczema. He said while the rash can be a nuisance, it was not a diagnosis to worry about. He recommended I get an anti-itch eczema cream at the pharmacy and with time I should see improvement.

I quickly ran to the lotion aisle of my local pharmacy, stopping at the GOLD BOND section out of habit and I was thrilled to see GOLD BOND® Ultimate Lotion Eczema Relief. GOLD BOND eczema relief lotion contains 2% colloidal oatmeal, 7 moisturizers and 3 vitamins to help relieve 5 symptoms of eczema. Plus, it is accepted by the National Eczema Association. 

 

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We use it every night after baths, particularly on his legs and arms, where most of his irritation is and the eczema relief lotion has stopped the itch-scratch cycle.

I am so happy with how much his eczema symptoms have improved!  He’s no longer whining in agony as I fight with him not to itch.

GOLD BOND eczema relief lotion results from a clinical study of eczema sufferers revealed:

8 out of 10 saw and felt significant skin improvement in 2 weeks

8 out of 10 experienced significant relief of dryness, scaling, and roughness in 2 weeks 

9 out of 10 experienced significant relief of redness/irritation in 4 weeks 

GOLD BOND eczema relief lotion is available at all major mass, drug and food retailers, retailing for $9.99.

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No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#Sweeps” and “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

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4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from SheKnows via the sweeps@sheknows email address. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 10/19-11/30/2017.

Be sure to visit the brand page on SheKnows.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

 

4 Steps Mothers & Daughters Can Take Together to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

This is a sponsored post.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer has hit close to home for me, my mother is a breast cancer survivor.  She was diagnosed when I was pregnant with my oldest, and I remember how scary it was to think about becoming a mother if she wasn’t around.  By the grace of God, she has been cancer free for almost 11 years, but many are not as lucky.  Both my Grandmother and Great-Aunt lost their battles to Breast Cancer along with so many other strong and beautiful women. 
I am a huge advocate for more breast cancer research and awareness, especially now that I have a daughter of my own.  I want her to have all the knowledge possible to reduce her risk for the future.

Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.

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Please take a few minutes to complete this Survey, it will help with the important work researchers are doing.

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