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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review of: 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.



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

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Book Review:Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity by Karrie Truman ISBN:978-0-7788-0591-5




We at McClendon Villa constantly looking for ways to save time and money in the kitchen.  We think Seriously Good Freezer Meals is a great way to do both.



In this book, you will find a lot of helpful information.  The author gives readers a how-to-do-it guide in the front of the book and then 150 recipes with instructions for how to multiply each recipe.  That way, if you only want to make one meal, you can.

We are provided with step-by-step instructions on preparing, cooking, freezing, and heating to serve each recipe.

Readers are also given instructions of what to do if they want to make the meal to serve now as opposed to freezing it for later.

Five Star Review



We give Seriously Good Freezer Meals all five stars.  The pictures alone are worth all five stars. This should be a part of your How to Manage Your Monkey budget meal planning.


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What’s in the box? Mackenzie Goes Adventuring Board Game and Activity Kit by Post Mortem Publications ASIN B07GZ1ZKWJ



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.


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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Guest Post: Santa Warns Kids to Start Doing Chores

The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.

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.


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Disclaimer: The opinions or advice listed in this blog or website should be used as a place to start only. It is not a substitute for the use of a professional.
  
Please be sure to consult your attorney, accountant, and/or other professionals with any specific questions. There is no one right answer to any business question that will cover all circumstances. 


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Book Review: 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson ISBN: 978-1-64152-224-3



Suzanne and I remember the days when we were newlywed.  She could cook up anything she wanted to without having to worry about picky eaters.  We passed those years a long time ago and are now back to being almost empty nesters.

That is where cookbooks like 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson will now come in handy.  Suzanne can whip up small batches of food quickly and easily with no fuss or muss.

The recipes in this book are quick and easy to prepare.  Most of the recipes use only eight ingredients or less. There are easy to find ingredients that should be available in your local store.

Whether you are a newlywed couple, or empty nesters, you will find 30-Minute Cooking for Two to be loaded with lots of great ideas.  This will make a great gift for the cooks on your list.


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

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Book Review: Who Are You? by Russell Wetherington ISBN: 9781575500706


When the world lost Zig Ziglar, we lost a great inspirational character. His spirit sort of lives on in works like Who Are You? by Russell Wetherington.

In this book, Wetherington quotes multiple scriptures, top inspirational leaders, and others to guide his readers on a 31 day journey to bettering themselves.

Readers are instructed to read one chapter per day for a month.  There are a total of 31 chapters. Readers will want to read one extra chapter on one day during months with only 30 days. February provides multiple opportunities during the month to double up on readings.

This book is designed to take readers through the 31 chapters of Proverbs along the way.  Each month readers are encouraged to re-read the book with the belief that they will gain some new insight on each reading.

Along the way, readers will read stories they have heard before and some very new ones.  They will read stories of inspiration and hope.

Who Are You? is very well-written and very uplifting.  We give it all five stars.



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Monday, October 22, 2018

Guest Post: Your Kids’ FOMO Is Not Worth More Holiday Debt

The following is a guest post.  This post does not necessarily reflect the views of Suzanne and David E. McClendon, Sr. or Manian Debil Productions.

Your Kids’ FOMO

Is Not Worth More Holiday Debt

With the holidays upon us, parents are making a list and checking it twice. And that list seems to be getting longer … while the bank account gets smaller.
That often happens when kids catch an acute case of FOMO during the holiday season. The “Fear of Missing Out” includes not getting some of the gifts they want, or the latest, cool things their friends are receiving.   
So mom and dad go way over the family budget. They hit the credit cards, and the holiday bills climb. After all, overspending on gifts and beginning the New Year with added debt is as much a holiday tradition as mistletoe and stockings hung by the chimney with care.   
“Many adults annually prove they have not learned their lesson, and it’s an expensive one that keeps adding up,” says Jeff Dixson (www.nwfts.net), a financial educator and author of Winning The Retirement Game.
“Discipline is a prerequisite for financial stability, and this kind of chronic overspending of money they don’t really have certainly doesn’t bode well for a family budget, let alone a retirement plan. But habits can change, and the sooner the better.”
Dixson gives four tips for how to keep holiday shopping reasonable and avoid excessive debt:
•    Look at the big picture. Credit card use means putting off paying for something you didn’t have the money for. So forecast what that mounting credit card bill will add to your regular monthly expenses. “The long-term pain isn’t worth the short-term gain of getting the kids everything they wanted and more,” Dixson says. “Seeing their smiles on Christmas morning is nice, but you also have to see on paper the money crunch ahead; that can act as a deterrent.”  


•    Use one card. If you must use a credit card, Dixson says, put the rest of your cards aside and use the one with the lowest interest rate. This also makes it easier to track your spending. “If the one card is included in your budget, fine, but remember you’re paying interest each month,” Dixson says. “You need to impose a holiday limit on the card.”
•    Make a real budget. It’s the easiest thing to do before all the shopping. Set up a budget each year as to what you can afford to spend (for example, $600 = $50 per month) and set this aside each month in order to have the money you expect to spend. But for many people it’s the hardest thing to execute when they’re out shopping. “They lose will power,” Dixson says. “It gets to be a little like gambling; you have to decide how much you can afford to lose, or how much you’ll go over without being totally stretched in January and beyond.”
•    Make it a teaching moment. The holidays are a great time to teach your kids about money, a lesson that could last a lifetime. It’s not a matter of being Scrooge; it’s about showing them money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. Most families have budgets, and part of being responsible means not over-spending. “The greater good of the family is served rather than immediate gratification,” Dixson says. “They’ll learn something meaningful about money, appreciation and responsibility that will stay with them when they have families of their own.”
“If more parents could apply these forms of financial discipline during the holidays,” Dixson says, “it would greatly help them develop a long-term financial plan, as well as greatly help their kids.”

   
About Jeff Dixson
Jeff Dixson (www.nwfts.net) is known as “The Retirement Coach” and is the founder and president of Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions, Inc. A respected financial educator, Jeff hosts a weekly radio show that airs on seven stations and is author of Winning The Retirement Game.



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Please be advised that all  information in the How to Manage Your Monkey Course is provided to educate, enlighten, and broaden your views in life.  The information provided is not a substitute for medical, legal, dietary, financial/accounting, or religious professionals.   Always consult a professional before you act on any of the information you find in this course.


Disclaimer: The opinions or advice listed in this blog or website should be used as a place to start only. It is not a substitute for the use of a professional.
  
Please be sure to consult your attorney, accountant, and/or other professionals with any specific questions. There is no one right answer to any business question that will cover all circumstances. 


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