Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival 2017

The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival opens THIS WEEKEND!! We're heading over tonight for a special VIP preview. We won't get to see any of the cool bands that are coming, but we will get to sample all the yummy food!!

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 2017 - Concert Line Up and More on Having Fun Saving & Cooking

The festival returns with signature dishes and exciting new cuisine – including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta, gator bites, and cabernet-filled chocolates – as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

How much does it cost? The festival is FREE with park admission. How much is park admission?

For a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card FREE.  And don’t forget about the Busch Gardens Preschool Card – kids 5 and under get in FREE. I prefer the Annual Pass which offers unlimited admission all year, free parking, no blockout dates and special benefits totaling more than $300. With EZpay, Annual Passes start at just $14 per month for one park, and $16 per month for both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.

Will you be heading to the Food and Wine Festival this year?

Florida PrePaid Open Enrollment ends SOON

You don't want to miss out on the reduced application fee for the Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan!! Depending on how many children you have, this can be a very significant savings. I have three kids. But you already know that. And you already know that I have Florida Prepaid accounts for all 3. You also know that my husband and I have worked very hard to pay those accounts off in full. 

But what would happen if our family decided to move out of state (say to North Carolina) but the kids decided that they wanted to come back to attend college in Florida? Would we lose all that money? The answer is NO. But not only that, the kids (or their parents, cough cough) would be billed at in-state tuition rates when using their plan at a Florida college or state university. That's pretty huge in my mind. With so much that Florida has to offer, it wouldn't surprise me if the kids wanted to come back here to go to college (of course, that's provided we ever move out of state, which who knows?!?!)

But it does give me a great deal of comfort knowing that the kids can always come back to Florida and receive Florida tuition rates, which is a HUGE savings. Plus you can save MORE when you enroll your kids by FEBRUARY 28.  

Use Promo CodeBLOG1617 and save 50% off your application when you enroll. For more information, visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

 

 

Summer is nearly upon us

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 specialty 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