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The 2019 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

Disclosure: All of the products in this post were given to me in order to facilitate my review and gift guide. All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I am so excited to finally share with you the 2019 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide! I have been working tirelessly on this since September and I am thrilled with the products that we are including this year! A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and clients for making this our biggest and best year yet!

GO HERE to see the 2019 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide.

Easy Canvas Prints: Large Photo Canvases Only $15.95 + Free Shipping!

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One of my favorite things to gift year after year are photo canvases. They allow you take a photo from a special occasion and treasure it forever in the form of a canvas. We have an entire wall in our hallway with canvas prints of photos from past years. Right now Easy Canvas Prints has a SUPER deal! In fact, they are offering 85% off + Free Shipping! You can create a Custom 11×14 Canvas Photo Print for only $15.99 shipped (reg. $108.55) or a Custom 16×20 Canvas Photo Print for only $20.99 shipped (reg. $156.47) And, no promo code is needed for this offer. Your discounted price will be reflected automatically! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. These make the best gifts for parents and grandparents too!

Enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway!

Help to build your child’s college dreams together! Enter to win one of ten Florida Prepaid/LEGOLAND® Florida scholarship prize packs. Each Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Prize Pack is valued at over $8,000 and entry takes just a few minutes. This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

When you stop to think about preparing for your child’s future college education, how does it make you feel? Are you anxious about the cost? Maybe you are overwhelmed because you haven’t financially prepared for the future the way that you had originally planned. Honestly, I can’t think of anything better than saving for my child’s future education even if it requires sacrifice on my part. I want my boys to fulfill their dreams, reach for the stars, and to have the opportunity for a firm, solid college education. I tell my boys all of the time not to underestimate how their education now is preparing and building them for their future!

2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway

If the cost of college education keeps you tossing and turning in bed at night, I have some exciting news for you! Right now you have the opportunity to help build your child’s college dreams with the help of a scholarship from Florida Prepaid College Plans! There is nothing better than saving for college all while winning a scholarship to help with the costs!

For years, Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida have been supporting kids’ big imaginations and helping families achieve their college savings goals. And this year, Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida are partnering together to make college dreams a reality! Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida are once again coming together to support our kids’ imaginations, dreams and their future education with help through a scholarship program. 

There’s even more Bricktastic news regarding this awesome partnership! On November 14, your toddler’s favorite air-conditioned place to play is getting a new look! The DUPLO farm at LEGOLAND® Florida is becoming the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse, a space for parents and kids to imagine all about their child’s future while cooling off or escaping the rain. There will also be spaces for the kids to slide, climb, build and crawl as they start dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up.

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program Information: 

Florida Prepaid is hosting a scholarship program which gives 10 lucky Florida students the chance to win a 2-Year Florida Plan College Scholarship valued at $8000 + 2 tickets to LEGOLAND® Florida valued at $200! That’s right! 10 scholarship prize packs will be awarded, and each prize pack is valued at over $8200! This means that 10 families have the opportunity to help make a bright future for their children!

Since college tuition can be expensive, a scholarship would definitely come in handy! And, I don’t know about you, but some down time with the family at LEGOLAND® Florida sounds like the perfect way to end the year! 

If that wasn’t enough, Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida have even more exciting news…….

Registrants will also be automatically entered to win one of four LEGOLAND® Florida weekly prize packs!

  • Nov 1: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park tickets
  • Nov 8: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park tickets
  • Nov 15: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park tickets + 1 night Beach Retreat stay
  • Nov 22: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park + water park tickets + 2 night Beach Retreat stay

Have you ever been to the LEGOLAND® Florida Beach Retreat? My family and I stayed there several years ago and we had such a great time. You are sure to love staying where everything is awesome!

Enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway

Now on to the fun part! How can you enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway?

The Florida Prepaid Scholarship Giveaway runs from now through November 24 at 5pm EST. The best part? Entering literally takes just seconds! Just think, with the click of a button, you have the opportunity to can make a huge difference in your child’s future! 

While saving for your child’s college tuition can be a daunting experience, it is also an important one. Many students graduate from college with such huge debt that it can be overwhelming as they enter a new career. Florida Prepaid College Plans will not only give you and your child ease of mind about their future education, but your wallet will thank you too! While the Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway is an amazing opportunity, you can start saving right now for your child’s college education with Florida Prepaid! They offer both College Prepaid Plans as well as 529 Savings Plans which allow you to save no matter how big or small your budget may be. 

We have a Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan for my son Brady, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to help him as he plans toward his future dreams and goals. For many families, (including myself) college seems like it is an eternity away. We often think that tomorrow will be the day to start saving. With Florida Prepaid College Plans, saving for college today is easier than you think and it will give you such a peace of mind. 

So, what are you waiting for? GO HERE to learn more about Florida Prepaid College Plans and to enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway! With Florida Prepaid College Plans, Starting is Believing!

*Winners will be notified by December 6, 2019.

Be sure to follow Florida Prepaid College Plans on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube to stay up to date with information on open enrollment, tips and promotional offers.

Do you Still Have Questions About Florida Prepaid College Plans?

Be sure to check out my posts HERE, HERE and HERE that will give you more details and information on Florida Prepaid College Plans.

The Hillsborough County Fair is Coming!

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Tampa friends! The 2019 Greater Hillsborough County Fair opens this Thursday, October 17 for two weekends of fun and entertainment! This year’s theme: Let the Good Times Grow. The fair will run October 17-20 and 24-27. Livestock shows, carnival rides and fair food are a staple at this annual event and the excitement doesn’t stop there!

This year the fair is happy to introduce the new fair ambassador Farmer Sydney. Farmer Sydney will travel to Hillsborough County schools delivering seeds and showing children how to plant their very own gardens. During the fair, children will have the opportunity to join Farmer Sydney’s Kids Club. Membership includes an opportunity to meet Farmer Sydney, a fair food treat, a pumpkin and a hay ride. See HillsboroughCountyFair.com for pricing information.

In addition, this year’s free entertainment includes Robinson’s Racing and Swimming Pigs. Watch as they dash and splash for an Oreo cookie! The winner gets the cookie – the loser gets the crumbs! The popular Firefighter Show returns featuring educational entertainment. You can enjoy the show as firefighter extraordinaire Neal Snyder puts his young volunteers through their training. The Family Thrill Circus is back with amazing acts for the whole family to
enjoy.

The Hillsborough County Fair boasts some of the largest youth livestock shows among county fairs in the southeastern United States. Dairy and beef cattle, rabbits, poultry, sheep, goats and pigs round out an array of more than 800 animals that will be on display and competing in our show ring.

The market show and sale will include steer, lamb, swine and turkey. Buyers are welcome to come support these amazing youth and purchase one of these market livestock projects.

Saturday, October 19 will be the annual Soil and Water Conservation plant auction. A great time to purchase quality plants for your home or business. This year’s horse show will be held on Sunday, October 20. Check the fair
 website for all the details.

Florida’s future farmers at our annual FFA night on Thursday, October 24. The evening will feature competitions designed to showcase agricultural skills. All FFA members are welcome to attend.

October is spooky season and back by popular demand this year is the haunted hayride. This family-friendly hayride runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Children and adults alike will enjoy a thrilling ride
 through the woods. You never know what might pop up! 

The fair has packed even more action into our grandstand events this year. The rodeo will be held on October 18 and 19 complete with bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and world famous rodeo clown Hollywood Harris!

The Truck and Tractor Pull is the featured grandstand event on October 25 and 26. Trucks and Tractors big and small will fill the arena with smoke, noise and excitement!

The famous Demolition Derby will round out the grandstand events on Sunday,October 27. Cars crashing into each other until the last one moving is declared the champion! Enjoy all of these activities and so much more this year at the fair! The Hillsborough County Fair has something to offer for the entire family! Oh, and let’s not forget the delicious fair food!

Ticket Information:

OneBlood will park its Big Red Bus outside the main gate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Donate blood, save a life, get one free admission ticket to the fair.

Arnold’s Amusements provides some of the newest and safest family-oriented rides in the industry. Ride armbands are available every day for $20. Discounted Ride Armbands can be purchased online for only $15 by going to www. HillsboroughCountyFair.com.

New to the fair this year is our Megapass! It includes unlimited admission and unlimited rides during the entire fair. The Megapass, as well as other discounted tickets and ticket packages, can be purchased online. Visit HillsboroughCountyFair.com for more details.

Don’t miss Dollar Days at the fair. Thursday, October 17 and 24, fair admission is only one dollar and each carnival ride is one dollar.

If you don’t purchase your tickets in advance, you can still buy them at the gate. Regular adult admission to the fair is only $7, students K -12 are $5, seniors are $4, Five and under are free. Parking is always FREE!

From cooking to rug hooking and baking to picture taking, from sowing to growing and animals large and small there’s something for everyone at the 2019 Greater Hillsborough County Fair.

Let the good times grow and we’ll see you at the fair!

Olive + M: Clean Skincare that Works!

Disclosure: I received products from Olive + M to help facilitate this review. (All posts may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. Please see my disclosure policy)

I was recently given the opportunity to try products from the Olive + M line and was so excited to do so! Let me first tell you that I love their mission. They were created from the belief that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. To me, that is so important! Olive + M believes in being radiant by nature. 

Now, I have to be honest with you, I was a bit skeptical at first since I knew that these products were oil-based. My skin tends to be on the oily side at times during the summer months, so I was afraid that these products would make them even more oily. Boy, was I wrong! Even though all of the Olive + M products are olive oil-based products that contain natural, plant-based ingredients, these factors all help to create a brighter complexion while diminishing those fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, they help to protect against environmental stressors like pollution, and they even help to fight acne and unwanted bacteria. 

Olive + M Cleansing Oil– This oil dissolves dirt and bacteria on your face while nourishing your skin with a natural blend of antioxidants, vitamins, omegas and amino acids. I also love how it smells! It is filled with the aroma of warm, fresh floral and herbal notes with an airy citrus finish.

One of the things that I noticed right away with the cleansing oil was just how much impurities that it removed. It really does a fantastic job of getting rid of makeup and all of the buildup from each day, without much effort on your part. 

Olive + M Face Oil– I know what you are probably thinking, you are going to moisturize your skin with face oil? That was my reaction at first as well, but let me tell you, this product is amazing! In fact, Olive + M Face Oil is their number one best seller! To me, that says a lot about a product! This Face Oil is light, natural formula is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, omegas and amino acids, and it leaves your complexion soft and glowing. In addition, it also smells so divine!  It is full of rich notes of a blend of green, floral notes and light woody facets with aromatic, minty touches. I really love how this product makes my face feel. It is not oily or greasy and dries to a nice dewy appearance. If you try one product from Olive + M, I highly recommend that you give this one a try! 

Olive + M Body Oil– Who doesn’t love a good body oil? This one from Olive + M is fantastic! Olive + M Body Oil is a concentrated blend of pink grapefruit, bergamot and clary sage. Yes, it smells heavenly! I like to apply Olive + M Body Oil right after I get out of the shower. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and moisturized. You can even apply a few drops in a hot bath if you prefer. I haven’t tried that yet, but plan to very soon! 

In addition to ordering from Olive + M directly on their website, I am so happy to tell you that Olive + M is now available at your local Target! The next time that you are there, be sure to take a look at the products for yourself. I am certain that you will love them as much as I have!

My FASTer Way to Fat Loss Update

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                                                           BEFORE                                             NOW

It has been a little while since I have given you an update on my FASTer Way to Fat Loss, so I thought that this would be a good time to do so! I think that the results in the picture above speak for themselves, don’t you? You can see my previous posts HERE and HERE.

If you have been following me from the beginning, you will remember that I started my first round back at the end of June. Since then I have lost 24 inches and over 12 pounds. I have never felt better in my life, while eating more food than I ever thought possible. I love working out and planning the next day’s meals. The FASTer Way to Fat Loss is a lifestyle change it is not a diet. If you are tired of yo-yo dieting, counting calories, and every other gimmick on the market, this program is for you! If I can do it, anyone can do it! I was so tired of looking in the mirror and not liking the picture. I was tired of being stuck in a rut. I was tired of not having confidence in how I looked. I am so glad that I took this journey and I don’t plan on looking back! I still have more goals to crush and I know that I will get there!

YOU are worth the investment. Your husband and children are worth the investment. Self Care is so important and when we realize that, it makes a huge difference! Give yourself the gift of a new you. You will gain such confidence that you never thought possible all while seeing crazy awesome results!

Since my initial round, I have been sticking to the program on my own and still seeing some amazing results! In fact, of the 24 inches that I have lost 10 have been after my round! I am still a work in progress, and can’t wait to see even more results! Remember, it is all about progress over perfection!

It’s not hard and you don’t have to be perfect. ⁠You won’t starve or restrict foods or spend hours in the gym. It is all in the program! I am satisfied and feel full and I don’t crave sugars or junk food. Do I still splurge? Yes, Do I still enjoy treats? Yes, it is all about learning to fuel your body with the right types of foods. One good thing to remember is Memories over Macros. Enjoy those parties and family get togethers with no guilt. 

My coach Stephanie is amazing and will be there to help you every step of the way! And, she has a new round starting this Monday September 23! It will probably be her last round before the holiday, so get in shape now and enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty.

GO HERE to check out the FASTer Way to Fat Loss and to sign up for the round that begins September 23. If you have any questions, please email me at: mysweetsavings@gmail.com

Free 11×14 Photo Canvas!

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Do you have photos from summer vacation that you want to treasure forever? Right now, Canvas People has an amazing deal! Get a Free 11×14 Canvas (or 65% off any other size canvas) just pay $19.99 shipping! I can tell you, that is a crazy good deal! I personally have a wall of canvases in my home and they are the centerpiece of conversation when people enter. These also make the best gifts for anyone!

GO HERE to take advantage of this amazing offer.

Welcome ABC Action News Viewers!

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**If you missed the segment, feel free to watch it HERE.

A warm welcome to ABC Action News viewers! This weekend is a huge back to school shopping holiday for us here in Florida!

If you have not already started your back to school shopping for the kiddos, now is the time to do so! With the tax free weekend, many stores will be offering great sales and promotional offers, so this may be a great time to finish up your shopping while taking advantage of the sales. You can see my previous post HERE on the guidelines for Tax Free Shopping this weekend and the items that will be included.

While it may be more challenging these days to find good deals on school supplies, there are still ways that it can be done.

Here are a few tips to help as you plan your back to school shopping:

  • Start your shopping early and have a plan of action. Have the kid’s back to school list handy and know exactly what items that you are looking for. You don’t want to be shopping for items the week for school starts. Shopping early not only alleviates stress, but it allows you to score the best deals!
  • Shop at several stores to get the most bang for your buck. I often find that if you spend your entire budget at one store, you will end up spending more than you had originally planned. This does require some time and effort, but it is worth it! Purchase the newspaper on Sunday and see what stores have the best deals for the items on your kids’ school supply list and make a plan of action from there.
  • Be aware of limits on products. Many stores will limit the amount of products that you can purchase if there a special discount on that item. For example, you may only be able to purchase 5 notebooks for $0.10 each per person. Plan to take several people with you if you need more than the required limit.
  • Coupons are still alive and well! I have noticed several coupons both online and paper for school supply items. Don’t be afraid to utilize those to help you maximize your budget even more! For example, there was coupon in the newspaper this past Sunday for $1.50 off 2 BIC Stationery products. BIC Pens are priced around $1 at most stores so this coupon will get you 2 packs of pens for just $0.50! And, $0.25 per package of pens is definitely a stock up price and under my price point per package! (please keep in mind that most coupons now have a limit on them)
  • Have a product swap with friends. You may be surprised of the items that you have laying around the house that are brand new school supplies. Get your friends together and see what they have. You could save a few dollars and have a fun time doing it!
  • Thrift Stores– You can find some great hidden gems at your local thrift store! I have seen items with the tags still attached for a fraction of the price that you would pay at your local store.
  • School clothes closet sales. Check to see if your kid’s school has a closet sale of uniforms and other items that have been left behind. I just bought my boys’ uniform shirts and jackets (their school has a required logo shirt) that were in like-new condition for only $5 each!
  • Stack the savings! This is probably one of my biggest tips for ways that you can save on school supplies. When you stack store promotional offers and coupons with discounts and rewards you can save BIG! And, don’t forget at places like Target you will save an extra 5% off when you use your Target REDcard! If you don’t have a Target REDcard, consider shopping with a credit card that will earn you cash back or points.
  •  Know the price points of school supplies and what you should be paying for those items. I have put together a list below of my price points for school supplies. You may be able to find these items even cheaper than I have posted. If you do, stock up! You can click on the image below or print the list HERE and keep it with you for when you are shopping!

Please feel free to follow me on all of my social media outlets! I love to offer savings advice for the smart and savvy lifestyle, and hope that you will learn to save in every area of your family’s budget so that you can splurge on those fun luxuries from time-to-time!

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Florida Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2019 August 2-6

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Florida Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2019 is almost here! This year we have 5 days (August 2-6) to take advantage of the holiday! During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.

Clothing and Accessories $60 and under

Diapers (this is a great time to stock up for the little ones!)

Fitness Clothing

Handbags, Purses, Wallets

Backpacks, Book Bags and Lunch Boxes

Shoes (including athletic)

Bicycle Helmets

Swimsuits and Swim Trunks

 

School Supplies $15 and under

Notebooks, Paper, Folders, Notebook Filler Paper, Graph Paper

Calculators

Compasses, Rulers, Protractors, Scissors, Staplers and Staples 

Pens, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters

Poster Board, Constructions Paper

Glue, Paste and Tape

For all of the details and to see everything included, you can GO HERE to the Florida Revenue site.

My Sweet Savings’ 2019 Printable School Supply Price Point List + Tips for Back to School Shopping

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If you have not already started your back to school shopping for the kiddos, now is the time to do so! We are starting to see some really great sales, and I am going to do my best to keep you posted on the best deals that I see at many of the stores.

While it may be more challenging these days to find good deals on school supplies, there are still ways that it can be done.

Here are a few tips to help as you plan your back to school shopping:

  • Start your shopping early and have a plan of action. Have the kid’s back to school list handy and know exactly what items that you are looking for. You don’t want to be shopping for items the week for school starts. Shopping early not only alleviates stress, but it allows you to score the best deals!
  • Shop at several stores to get the most bang for your buck. I often find that if you spend your entire budget at one store, you will end up spending more than you had originally planned. This does require some time and effort, but it is worth it! Purchase the newspaper on Sunday and see what stores have the best deals for the items on your kids’ school supply list and make a plan of action from there.
  • Be aware of limits on products. Many stores will limit the amount of products that you can purchase if there a special discount on that item. For example, you may only be able to purchase 5 notebooks for $0.10 each per person. Plan to take several people with you if you need more than the required limit.
  • Coupons are still alive and well! I have noticed several coupons both online and paper for school supply items. Don’t be afraid to utilize those to help you maximize your budget even more! For example, there was coupon in the newspaper this past Sunday for $1.50 off 2 BIC Stationery products. BIC Pens are priced around $1 at most stores so this coupon will get you 2 packs of pens for just $0.50! And, $0.25 per package of pens is definitely a stock up price and under my price point per package! (please keep in mind that most coupons now have a limit on them)
  • Have a product swap with friends. You may be surprised of the items that you have laying around the house that are brand new school supplies. Get your friends together and see what they have. You could save a few dollars and have a fun time doing it!
  • Thrift Stores– You can find some great hidden gems at your local thrift store! I have seen items with the tags still attached for a fraction of the price that you would pay at your local store.
  • School clothes closet sales. Check to see if your kid’s school has a closet sale of uniforms and other items that have been left behind. I just bought my boys’ uniform shirts and jackets (their school has a required logo shirt) that were in like-new condition for only $5 each!
  • Stack the savings! This is probably one of my biggest tips for ways that you can save on school supplies. When you stack store promotional offers and coupons with discounts and rewards you can save BIG! And, don’t forget at places like Target you will save an extra 5% off when you use your Target REDcard! If you don’t have a Target REDcard, consider shopping with a credit card that will earn you cash back or points.
  •  Know the price points of school supplies and what you should be paying for those items. I have put together a list below of my price points for school supplies. You may be able to find these items even cheaper than I have posted. If you do, stock up! You can click on the image below or print the list HERE and keep it with you for when you are shopping!