Device-Free Game Night for Kids

Device-Free Game Night for Kids

Thank you Goliath Games for sponsoring this post. Pick up your favorite game today to enjoy the holiday season and beyond!

It’s holiday time!

While our schedules are jam-packed with tons of events, there always seems to be some downtime where we end up spending lots of time at home. Preparing fresh homemade holiday meals from scratch takes a lot of time and effort. This time requires some serious kitchen hours, and it can be stressful trying to get the kids to understand why we can’t go off on an adventure.

This year, I decided to host a “Game-giving” play date for the kids and a couple of their close friends. If we all have to be working hard, it may as well be in good company. The kids were able to play together and spend some one on one device-free time interacting with each other.

We kicked it off old-school by setting up five Goliath Games most popular games. Pop the Pig, Doggie Doo, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, and Giggle Wiggle. No batteries, no screens! Just good ol’ fashion fun.

If you follow my blog you know I am an advocate for PLAY. The decline in play on a developing brain has far-reaching effects. Setting aside time to unplug and just play in a mixed-age setting is not only ideal, it is necessary. This sort of play requires conflict resolution and compassion. These age-appropriate Goliath Games all require the youngest player to take the first turn. This is excellent for teaching patience and compassion.

Device-Free Game Night

Device-Free Game Night

Each of the games had a fun element of surprise, it was fun to see their reaction and watch as they took part in a good chuckle. Creating an invitation to play by laying out all of the games allowed the kids to mingle and take turns.

Device-Free Game Night

Device-Free Game Night

Once they were done with sitting games, Giggle Wiggle encouraged them to get silly and do what kids do best, start moving! These games provided a gateway to a deeper imaginative play, and as adults, we were able to stand back and enjoy the show.

While the holiday can get busy, and messy, and… well, you know. We have to be mindful of how we spend even our “busy” time and remember to always make room for play.

Device-Free Game Night


Essentially yours,


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Device-Free Game Night




Preparing for Your Child’s Future with Florida Prepaid

Preparing for Your Child’s Future with Florida Prepaid

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

When my husband and I decided to start a family, there were a few things that were really clear for the both of us. We are both planners to some extent, and we love the stability with ensuring our future decisions. Nailing down a few concrete plans is reassuring, especially when you’re a child of parents who weren’t prepared for the unknown.

I always draw back to the experience we had when we lost my father. I was only fourteen years old and had already been faced with the uncertainty of my future. Our life insurance policy was in limbo and there was no security for my college education. Suddenly the world seemed bigger, and a lot colder. I took this fear and turned it into motivation as an adult; vowing to never be caught so ill-prepared with my own children.

Florida Prepaid allows families to prepay for their child’s college tuition on a monthly or lump-sum basis. It includes specified fees and dormitory housing as well. When your child is ready for college, the plan pays the tuition and fees at any Florida College or State University. If your child attends an out-of-state college or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida. Each Prepaid Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida. Talk about planning huh?

Florida Prepaid is giving Florida families the opportunity to win one of 10, 2-Year Florida College Plans! This is a great opportunity for Florida families who register from now until October 29th. You can use code BLOG1718 in the scholarship entry form for an extra 10 entries. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Scholarship Contest is Still Going

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program

#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

Mod­er­a­tors: Eng­lish– @HeLoEnterprises Span­ish– @BBabushka

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

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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.


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.

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


Terms and Conditions


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 at approx­i­mately 12 minute inter­vals dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. One (1) Win­ner will be drawn ran­domly via 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.

Entrants agree to release and hold harm­less the Blog­gin’ Mamas, Heather Lopez Enter­prises, LLC, Florida Prepaid, Moore Communications, Twit­ter, and any other orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble for spon­sor­ing, ful­fill­ing, admin­is­ter­ing, adver­tis­ing or pro­mot­ing this give­away, and their respec­tive par­ent, sub­sidiaries, and affil­i­ates and each of their respec­tive offi­cers, direc­tors, mem­bers, employ­ees, agents and sub­con­trac­tors (col­lec­tively the “Released Par­ties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and lia­bil­ity, includ­ing but not lim­ited to neg­li­gence and dam­ages of any kind to per­sons and prop­erty, includ­ing but not lim­ited to inva­sion of pri­vacy (under appro­pri­a­tion, intru­sion, pub­lic dis­clo­sure of pri­vate facts, false light in the pub­lic eye or other legal the­ory), defama­tion, slan­der, libel, vio­la­tion of right of pub­lic­ity, infringe­ment of trade­mark, copy­right or other intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, prop­erty dam­age, or death or per­sonal injury aris­ing out of or relat­ing to a participant’s entry, cre­ation of an entry or sub­mis­sion of an entry, par­tic­i­pa­tion in this give­away, accep­tance or use or mis­use of prize. Entrant agrees to indem­nify, defend and hold harm­less the Released Par­ties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and lia­bil­i­ties (includ­ing rea­son­able attorney’s fees) aris­ing out of or relat­ing to an entrant’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in this give­away and/or entrant’s accep­tance, use or mis­use of prize, includ­ing, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, lia­bil­ity for per­sonal injury, dam­age, or loss.

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.





Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is being com­pen­sated for man­ag­ing this Twit­ter Party. Indi­vid­ual co-hosts are being com­pen­sated for their par­tic­i­pa­tion. All prize ful­fill­ment is the respon­si­bil­ity of the sponsor.

Don’t Get Stuck on Tuition + Scholarship Giveaway

Don’t Get Stuck on Tuition + Scholarship Giveaway

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

Time is flying and we no longer have babies in preschool. Our second born started Kindergarten this year and it’s made my husband and I think twice about how we invest in our children’s future. Their college education is at the top of our list, we certainly don’t want to be caught with our pants down. We’ve decided that a prepaid system would be the best route, which is perfect since open enrollment for Florida Prepaid is officially beginning.

Get Ahead of The Game

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From now until October 29th, Florida Prepaid is giving away 10, 2-year Florida college plans to help parents save for their children’s college education.  For an extra 10 entries, use code BLOG1718 in the scholarship entry form


Florida Prepaid’s 2-Year Florida College Plan covers tuition and other specified fees for 60 lower division
credit hours at a Florida College. This plan offers a child the opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree or
trade certification in any number of fields, and is an excellent springboard to a fulfilling career or further

The 2-Year Florida College Plan is one of five available Florida Prepaid Plans, which all include tuition and
other specified fees. A family can purchase Plans all at once, over five years or in monthly installments.

For those of you who are interested in signing up during the 2017-2018 Open Enrollment period, you can do so from now until February 28th, 2018. Plans offered start at less than $47 per month, providing a variety of affordable options for families.

If you’d like to learn more about Florida Prepaid Plans, join the #StartingisBelieving Twitter Chat on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 9 pm EST/ 6 pm PST. We’ll discuss how you can save and why other parents have already taken advantage of the open enrollment period happening right now! Oh, and there will be prizes for our participants as well.

I’ll be sharing more about the upcoming Twitter Chat with Florida Prepaid in the upcoming weeks. I can’t wait for you to join us!

Essentially yours,


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