Book Review: Home Buying In 30 Minutes: Build your team, get your mortgage, and close the deal. The quick guide to doing real estate right. by Jim Morris

Home Buying In 30 Minutes: Build your team, get your mortgage, and close the deal. The quick guide to doing real estate right. by Jim Morris

No two real estate transactions are exactly alike.  There is no one right way to buy a home. Home Buying In 30 Minutes: Build your team, get your mortgage, and close the deal. The quick guide to doing real estate right. by Jim Morrison helps you learn how to assemble the proper team to help you make the right choices.

This book is not going to teach you how to avoid all the mistakes that you could make when buying property.  What it will do is teach you who you can ask and what questions to ask, and when, so that you can avoid the most common mistakes.

The author is an expert in the field.  This book really only takes about 30 minutes to read.  However, it is packed with information that will educate the potential home buyer.

We give Home Buying In 30 Minutes all five stars.  We think it is well written and probably one of the best small investments one could make before attempting to make one of the largest investments most people will every make.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi

5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi

Many of us are looking for easy recipes that are easy to cook and tasty at the same time. 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi has that.

The recipes in this book are simple to follow. There is a quick explanation at the beginning of the book to tell readers what they should always have on hand to make simple, five ingredient recipes without breaking the budget.

Most of these recipes are awesome. There is even a recipe for my favorite, Broccoli Cheese soup. How great is that?

We give 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook all five stars and you will, too. We think it will make a wonderful Christmas present any busy person on your Christmas gift list.

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Unboxing: What’s in the box? Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit by Post Mortem Publications

Unboxing: What’s in the box? Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit by Post Mortem Publications

Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit by Post Mortem Publications is the must have Christmas Gift.

What’s in the box:

Extra Large Full Color Game Board
4 Meeples (Game Pieces)
Deck of 42 Animal Playing Cards
Instruction Sheet
104 piece large piece puzzle
32 Page Activity Coloring Book
4 crayons.

Loads of fun for your family home evening.

See our review of Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit here.

Click below to see the unboxing video.

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Product Review: Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit by Post Mortem Publications

Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit by Post Mortem Publications

We loved the book Mackenzie Goes Adventuring and thought it was great for all children. Now, Post Mortem Publications has released the Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit and it is great.

Every year about this time, children begin to ask their parents for that one special game. This year, this activity kit will be among those most asked for.

The game is easy to play.  Adults will love spending time with their kids.  It also plays fairly quickly, so those kids who have a very short attention span will get to finish the game.

The Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit also comes with a puzzle and coloring book.  This will give children hours of fun. All the parts are well-made and will stand up to most children. You will want to add this activity kit to your family home evening.

 

Click here for our review of the book Mackenzie Goes Adventuring.

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Book Review: Voting With a Porpoise by Russell Glass and Sean Callahan, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Voting With a Porpoise by Russell Glass and Sean Callahan, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

We all know we should vote.  We also know we should teach our children to vote. The book Voting With a Porpoise by Russell Glass and Sean Callahan, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth, was intended to do that, but it falls short of the mark.

This book does not teach about learning the issues for oneself and understanding where the candidates stand.

We live in a representative republic.  This means we elect officials to make laws for us.  If we do not understand the issues and where each candidate stands on those issues, our vote is dangerous. The book needs to teach children that, yes, they should vote but, they should understand what they are voting for and why.

Voting With a Porpoise can be used as a teaching tool, but parents and teachers should use it as a way to start a conversation about what voting actually means and the importance of the vote itself.

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Guest Post: Quick & Easy Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

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Quick & Easy Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

To truly pet-proof your home, start by getting down on the floor to see the world the way your pet sees it. This allows you to spot potential hazards that you might not notice from your vantage point.

Treat your pet like you would a child: Active puppies and kittens can easily get into dangerous situations. Use safety gates in areas where dangerous holiday items are to prevent your pet from getting into trouble.

Take caution with wires: Pets can easily injure themselves with electrical wires and outlets. Use caution when hanging up holiday lights on trees and around the house. Secure all electrical cords and outlets and keep your dog in areas of your home where cords cannot be accessed.

Avoid holiday plants: Plants can be poisonous for pets, so be cautious when placing holiday wreaths, flowers and plants around the house where your dog can easily access them.

Candles: Lit candles pose a serious threat to both your dog and your home. Keep your dog away from candles because they can easily be knocked down creating a fire hazard.

Hide the trash can: A hyper puppy can easily knock over a trash can and spread garbage and bacteria throughout your home. In addition, dogs can choke on hazardous items so be sure to properly dispose of all holiday wrapping and keep it out of your dog’s reach.

Utilize a sofa cover: To avoid fur on your loveseat, use a seat or slipcover to avoid a mess before guests arrive.

Be careful with fruit and candy baskets: Holiday treats will inevitably be present during this season, but grapes, raisins, chocolate and other holiday treats are actually deadly for dogs. Candy wrappers can also be threatening to your dog, so be sure to throw away all wrappers in a place where your dog can’t get to them.

Erin Askeland, CBCC-KA, Pet Behaviorist, Training Manager and #GiveAFetch Pet Expert at Camp Bow Wow

 

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Guest Post: Is Your Child’s ADHD Possibly A Misdiagnosed Breathing Problem?

Is Your Child’s ADHD Possibly A Misdiagnosed Breathing Problem?

 

Children who breathe through their mouths because of a dental issue may be easily misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),

The result is resulting in a lifetime of being given powerful drugs unnecessarily.

“Mouth breathing is often caused by an obstruction in the nasal airway, frequently resulting in lower oxygen to the brain,” says Dr. Ami Barakat, author of Perfecting Smiles, Changing Lives. “More than half of the people diagnosed with ADHD are mouth breathers.  That is too significant a statistic to be a coincidence.”

“I don’t believe that every diagnosed case of ADHD can be eradicated with solving mouth breathing issues,” says Dr. Barakat. “But for parents who have a child who is a mouth breather who also has been diagnosed with ADHD, it is best to get a second opinion from a dentist.  Because once they accept the ADHD label on their child, that means the child will take powerful drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall for the rest of their lives.”

About Dr. Ami Barakat


Dr. Ami Barakat, author of Perfecting Smiles, Changing Lives, is a general dentist who has trained extensively in orthodontics.  He has received several prestigious awards in recognition of his talent, achievements and passion for dentistry.  He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry with honors and served a one-year residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.

 

 

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Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-ins:

    1. __________________ is an awful ____________________.
    2. I always read __________ sections of the newspaper.
    3. Black cats _________.
    4. _________ is my favorite treat.

 

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Here are my responses:

Death due to poverty, especially in one of the richest countries in the world, is an awful tragedy.

I always read the puzzle and comic sections of the newspaper. Well, I did back when we subscribed to the print version back home in South Carolina.

Black cats rock! They are adorable and one of ours, Drac, is a little vampire that loves biting toes!

Shrimp and cheesecake are my absolute favorite treat, but we rarely get to have those. Tonight we were testing a recipe for frosted sugar cookies and maybe those will be a new favorite. We made bats and black cats and some that would have been skulls if we hadn’t eaten them before I could frost them. I am blessed to have a hubby that is willing to make the sacrifice and taste test the goodies. 🙂

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Guest Post: Santa Warns Kids to Start Doing Chores

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Santa Warns Kids to Start Doing Chores

Tis the season for helping out at home and sharing with people in need

Getting kids to clean their rooms and do other chores around the house is usually a constant battle for parents. But, very soon kids will be hard at work writing letters and making lists of the toys and games they hope to receive for Christmas creating the perfect opportunity for parents to re-motivate their kids.

Santa and his elves will be watching to make sure those chores are getting done and that valuable lessons are being learned as well. For parents with a busy holiday schedule, follow these simple tips to get kids to help more around the house and keep them motivated year-round because Santa is always watching.

Make Like an Elf – It might be hard for kids to understand the concept of a job so put it in holiday terms. Santa and the elves are working hard to make the toys and games, so kids need to work hard to earn them. Treat their chores as their first job and an opportunity to start teaching them about spending, saving, donating and investing.

Divide Up Hosting Housework – Assign your children tasks that match their ages and skill sets to get the house ready for holiday guests. Make sure to give them a deadline to help teach time management and keep them focused. Pay them for the work they do and suggest they use the money to pay for small gifts for a family gift exchange.

Shovel Up the Savings – Broaden the concept of a “first job” for older kids by having them do chores for neighbors. You can either pay your kids for raking leaves and shoveling snow or talk to your neighbors about hiring your kids for a small amount. Have your kids put the money into savings and use this as an opportunity to teach them about the different types of interest that can be earned through savings accounts.

Spread Cheer – Going out of the way to help others during the holidays is in the spirit of the season. To teach kids the importance of helping others and make them feel like they are making a difference have them use part of their earnings from doing chores for a charitable donation or to buy gifts and food for families in need.

Stuff Stockings with Stocks – If you want your kids to help out with chores all year, not just during the holidays, give them a reason to be motivated. Adults work for a paycheck and kids will too, especially if their money starts growing in the stock market.

Gregg Murset, CEO BusyKid

The co-founder & CEO of BusyKid, Gregg is best known as the groundbreaking inventor of My Job Chart which grew to nearly 1 million members in four years. Gregg is a father of six and a certified financial planner and consultant who also became a leading advocate for sound parenting, child accountability and financial literacy.

Guest Post: 2 Ways to Give Thanks Every Day

2 Ways to Give Thanks Every Day

“A simple way to get started with your very own gratitude practice is to keep a journal,” says Julie, author of Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos. “Visit your favorite bookstore or craft store and pick out a journal that inspires you. Keep it by your bedside for easy access. Make yourself write longhand instead of typing on a device. The physical act of writing has more benefits for your neural health than typing on a keyboard.”

  1. When you wake up in the morning, write down one or more things about your life that you are grateful for.
  2. Notice times when you feel joy during the day. Take in the good mental state for a couple of breaths, allowing the mental state to wire into a neural trait. Before you go to bed at night, write down one or more things that happened that day that you’re grateful for or that you enjoyed.

“You can write one-word answers or whole paragraphs,” says Julie. “The ideas don’t need to be monumental. They could be as simple as gratitude for having a soft pillow. Writing down what you are grateful for, or what you were doing when you felt joy, will open your heart to more happiness. If you can recreate the feeling of joy in your body when you remember the activity that you are writing about, and you let it fill you up with gladness, you are rewiring your brain for more happiness and resilience a second time from the same joyful activity!

To learn more, visit: www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com

About Julie Potiker: Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She was trained by Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and UCSD as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She went on to study with Rick Hanson, becoming a graduate of his Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course. Potiker also completed Brené Brown’s Living Brave Semester. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University. Visit: Public Site: www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com

 

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