Thursday, August 13, 2015

Freedom Mentor Review

Have you ever considered being a real estate investor? To be honest, even though I have a friend who has done some real estate investing, it's never really crossed my mind as something I could do. But, when I was given the opportunity to read and review How To Be A Real Estate Investor by Phil Pustejovsky, I thought it would be interesting, and some good information.

You may be thinking, "How could I ever get involved in something like real estate investing? I'd never be able to do that!" If that's your thought, or if you're interested in finding out how to get started, or maybe even WHY you'd want to get started in real estate investing, this is a book you'll want to read. 

I found this book to be a rather interesting read. The author starts out by discussing why be a real estate investor, and then a chapter on how to think like an investor. This chapter is a great inclusion, because knowing how to do something doesn't always mean you'll excel at it. As the author states, "Having all the knowledge on how to invest will be worthless unless you have your head on straight." As a martial artist, the mental aspect of something is always a focal point for me. I like that you're not just given instructions on how to get started investing, but it delves deeper into the mindset needed. At the end of this chapter is also a link to an investor IQ exam, so you can gauge how well you think like an investor!

Overall, the author seems to cover (at least briefly) most aspects of real estate investing, at least enough to get someone started. He points out pitfalls and things to avoid, what to look for in a property, and basically summarizes the world of real estate investing. Throughout the book you will find "real world examples", and also "wisdom keys", that cover an especially important issue. This book is great to get a beginner or "wannabe" investor started. Yes, there were some terms used I wasn't familiar with, but these were explained clearly enough that I got a grasp of what was being discussed.

The author, Phil Pustejovsky
In closing, let me share a quote from Andrew Carnegie, found in the first chapter of this book: "90% of all millionaires become so through owning real estate." Wow! If that doesn't catch your attention and make you at least consider real estate investing, I don't know what else would! 

I received a copy of this book free of charge to facilitate the review.  This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and all views and opinions expressed above are my own.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Medieval Times Exclusive Summer 4-Pack!! #MedievalTimes

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, then you're probably aware of how much our family loves Medieval Times. And while we've visited a few of them around the country, our all-time favorite has always been the Schaumburg (Chicago) Castle. We always walk away as thrilled as if we'd just seen the show for the first time! So, I'm excited to share this great deal with you, my readers. For one low price of $128.00, you will receive four admission tickets, which includes a four-course feast, 2 rounds of select beverages, and the 2 hour show! You can't beat that price-bring the whole family along for some action-packed fun!

To take advantage of this special offer, use the code BLOG4P at checkout. This offer is good for the Chicago Castle only, valid for shows through 9/30/15. And, if you attend before July 31, Medieval Times is hosting Knight Training, where your kids can actually go down into the arena and train with the knights!! 

So go ahead and make your plans, order your tickets at this super-low price, and get ready for some fun the whole family will enjoy! Perfect for a birthday, anniversary, back-to-school party, or just because!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Clothing Lines from eShakti! #Coupon

Custom clothing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg is almost nonexistent. In fact, I never would have believed you could find it until I discovered eShakti online a few years ago! I've ordered from them several times over the years, and never been disappointed. Being able to browse online, find an item I like, and then customize it to fit my own style is wonderful!

eShakti recently released some new thematic lines such as Contemporary, White Haute, Whimsical and Bohemian, and these themes can be found for pants, jumpsuits, shorts, and more-all perfect for summer! I absolutely love the maxi section; maxi dresses and skirts are so easy care, and can be paired with almost anything for any occasion. The chambray has actually become a favorite area to shop as well; I have a chambray military jacket from eShakti, and absolutely love this piece!

eShakti has made some changes to their website, and it's so easy now to shop exactly what you want to shop for. Whether it's a maxi dress in a certain color, a jumpsuit in a specific fabric or price range, shopping online has never been easier-and you can customize your favorite pieces to your taste!

Be sure to visit eShakti today to check out their updated site, and find yourself some custom apparel options for the summer! As a special treat for my readers, eShakti is allowing me to share a coupon for $35.00 off your purchase of $30.00 or more!! This is the perfect time to try eShakti if you haven't before, or add to your eShakti wardrobe if you're already a fan!! To apply this coupon to your order, simply enter HOPESCAFE35 at checkout! 

Valid till 07/10/2015 
Enter this code in the 'Gift Coupon / Referral Code' box at checkout 
Only one gift coupon can be used in an order 
Not valid on previous purchases / purchase of gift cards. 
This gift coupon cannot be transferred, re-issued or exchanged for cash. 

Minimum order value of $30.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Outdoor Fun With Pacific Play Tent Set! #Giveaway

Who is enjoying this beautiful weather?! The past few weeks have been a mixture of rain, cold fronts, and 60-70 degree days, but it finally seems to be turning into a beautiful, warms spring; perfect for outdoor fun for youngsters and adults. I am loving being able to get back outside for running and biking, instead of being stuck indoors on a treadmill-just not the same thing at all, but unfortunately necessary over the winter. And of course the children are enjoying being able to get outside again for sports, play time, and just sitting in the backyard. 

I was recently able to give them a new addition for outdoor play; a set from Pacific Play Tents that includes a tent, sleeping bag, and chair; all in a very fun, girly pink/purple camo color! Obviously these are not full-size pieces; they're designed for children 36 months to about 7 or 8 years old. That doesn't stop it from being fun for play though! It would also be great for a sleepover, but we haven't done that yet; the ground is still too wet outside! At the end of this month we have some dear friends coming in from out of state, including a little girl that, to be honest, our entire family-even the adults-loves having around. She will be thrilled to have a chance to play with the new camping set in our backyard with our girls!

The tent was very easy to set up; literally in one minute we had it done. If only our camping trips had always been that easy! It's a nice size for a youngster, I'd guess up to about a normal-size 5 or 6 year old could sleep comfortably inside; if they're on the small side, maybe up to 8 years. 

The sleeping bag is definitely large enough for an 8 year old; in fact, once they outgrow the tent, they could easily use this sleeping bag up to probably 10 years old, on family camping trips, etc. Nice and cozy, but not too heavy for summer camp-outs.

The chair is adorable; perfect for your little girl, and even has a cup holder "just like Mommy's"! While we were getting the tent set up out back, Pansy (one of our Shelties) decided to check it out for herself. Doesn't she look like she owns it?!

Pacific Play has so many more great items just perfect for outdoor fun this spring and summer. You can even get the camping set like I reviewed in a different color for your little boy! And one of my readers will receive a $50.00 gift card to Pacific Play Tents so you can pick out an item of your choice!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CanvasPop Canvas Print Review and #Giveaway!!

Photos are a wonderful way to keep great memories alive. Sometimes I'll sit down and look through old pictures on my computer, from the past 10-12 years, and enjoy remembering some of the great times our family has had. I like to have another way to enjoy those really special memories though; a framed print, or a canvas print are my two favorites-and if I had to choose one of those, it would be a canvas print. Canvas just seems to bring the picture to life, and it's so much nicer than a regular print. 

CanvasPop contacted me recently about reviewing one of their canvas prints, and I was excited to have this opportunity. I emailed them a picture from one of our family photo shoots, of my younger sisters and myself. This was such a great picture that all 3 of us loved when we saw it, so of course we were thrilled to be able to have it put on a canvas. It literally took 6 days from the time I sent CanvasPop my picture, to the day it arrived at our house. Now that's fast service!!

I was notified that the picture had needed cropped a little to fit the 16x20 canvas, but they assured me it did not detract from the picture at all, all the important aspects were still in the picture, etc. Sure enough, when I opened the package, I discovered that it looked amazing! The colors are so vibrant that you feel as if you're standing out on the bridge in the crisp fall breeze. Honestly, the clarity and brightness of the canvas is incredible. My camera actually dulls the brilliance, so unfortunately you can't see for yourself-unless you order your own CanvasPop canvas print of course, which you can do with a 35% discount using this code at checkout: HOPESCAFE35!! (Minus the exclamation points :)

Comes with everything you need to hang!
After my experience, I would highly recommend CanvasPop for anyone who has a special memory (or memories; they also do collage canvas prints) they want to hang on their wall!

CanvasPop is giving one of my readers a custom 16x20 Canvas Print!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy and Hungry Booster Seat from Creative Baby!! #VeryHungryCaterpillar

What youngster hasn't enjoyed the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? This picture book is a very familiar sight to children and parents alike, so here's a product that is sure to please them both as well!

I received the Happy and Hungry Booster Seat for review recently. This is a piece from The World of Eric Carle line, through Creative Baby. The bright colors on this booster seat are sure to keep your little one happy even if they are hungry! There are quite a few features that I love about this seat, so I'll just detail them below. 

1. The space-saving, portability aspect. This booster seat is perfect for on-the-go, or for anyone who wants to be able to store the seat somewhere when not in use. The back folds down into the seat, and the removable tray snaps in underneath the seat, and it has a handle, which all makes for a very handy, very easy to carry, booster seat. It's lightweight, and great to bring on road trips, vacations, or to Grandma's house when she's babysitting!

2. The adjustable sizing. With 2 reclining positions, 3 tray positions, and 2 height positions, you can adjust this seat to the perfect fit for your little one! Or, if they're ready to start eating at the "big table", you can remove the tray completely. Suggested use is for 6 months to 5 years, or up to 50 pounds, and with all the position variations, that's easy to see!

3. The safety features. Yes, you would think that any and all booster seats come with safety features such as a belt or harness, but sadly they don't. This Happy and Hungry Booster Seat, however, comes with a 3-point harness, and chair straps! This way your child can't slip out of the seat, and the seat can't slip out of the chair!

4. The child-friendly design. With the nice cushiony seat pad, and the bright, fun colors, this booster seat is both fun and comfy for your little one to enjoy. The seat itself is a fun green color, and the seat pad is straight from the pages of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! 

All in all, I'm impressed with the Happy and Hungry Booster Seat. It's portable, it's safe, it's adjustable, it's fun, and to top it off, it's very budget-friendly, at under $30.00! Before you go rushing out to buy one though, please note that these are only available online through Burlington Coat Factory. You won't find them in your local store, just order online and it will be delivered to your door!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mary, Did You Know?

This is the BEST rendition of "Mary Did You Know" that you will ever hear. I've heard a lot of hype recently about different groups singing this incredible song, but I'm of the opinion that this solo is the best.