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

1. May 2016 09:07
by jennifer

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 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?


23. April 2016 12:22
by jennifer

Push Away the Screen: runDisney Star Wars Dark Side 2016 Inaugural Event Day 1

23. April 2016 12:22 by jennifer | 3 Comments

So many feelings about this event and the entire 3 days that we spent at Disney that I honestly don't even know where to start, so I'm going to start at the beginning.    We haven't been to Walt Disney World since the #TampaTrio were 3, 4, and 5 years old. They are now nearly 10, 11, and 12 so it's been a LONG time. It's been so long that Haley's Mickey ears were reminiscent of days long ago when she loved the Disney Princesses. Ella and Ronin, at the tender ages of 3, and 4 had the fo... [More]

19. April 2016 11:13
by jennifer

Sunshine State Readers 2016-2017

19. April 2016 11:13 by jennifer | 0 Comments

The 2016-2017 Sunshine State Readers were announced today. Here is the list and I know quite a few of the authors so it looks like a great upcoming SSYRA year!   Grades 3-5: Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff All Four Stars by Tara Dairman Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes Eddie Red Undercover:  Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elisa Allen Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord The Pet W... [More]