#Review: “How to Be a Real Estate Investor” – Phil Pustejovsky

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For review, I was sent to book “How to Be A Real Estate Investor: Discover How You Can Make Fast Cash and Build Wealth Investing in Real Estate” by Phil Pustejovsky. As the back cover suggests, this book will help you discover how to invest in real estate “without cash, credit, risk or experience”. If television as anything to say, it seems that flipping housing is becoming a more known and success-prone line of work. So why not learn about it and see if you want make money investing in real estate.


I was interested in reading and reviewing this book for a couple of reasons. 1) My father is currently considering purchasing foreclosed on housing with the intention of selling them for a profit. He’s humored the idea in the past, but it getting serious. I think this book would be helpful for him and I’m passing it along to him just as soon as I’m done. 2) I’ve always thought about it myself. I’d like my next major purchase to be some sort of small piece of real estate, perhaps something like a condo so I don’t have to worry about the outside of a house for my first project. This is still a couple years down the road, but it’s never bad to read something and learn more. Plus, this book focus more on making money without investing your own, which is more appealing to me at this life stage. 3) I thought that it would very likely be interesting to many of my readers. I know a lot of my readers are a bit older than me and possibly in a place in their lives where this is just what they need!

I haven’t completed reading this book yet, however I’m a little over half done as skimmed the rest of the book to see what additional information Pustejovsky was going to discuss. So far, it’s been an interesting read. The book begins with an introduction in which Pustejosky tells his story of how he got into real estate investing. I was pleased to found him an easy read, and not at all to technically wordy, as I thought may occur.


In this book you will learn from the following parts, per the table of contents; 1. Why Be a Real Estate Investor, 2. How to Think Like an Investor, 3. Real Estate Investing 101, 4. Advanced Investing Techniques, and 5. Your Real Estate Future. In part 1, you will learn what is IDEAL (read the book to know the acronym) about being a real estate investor. In part 2, you will learn what it takes to be a real estate investor and how to get the best results with the right mindset. In part 3, you will learn everything you need to know to become a real estate investor, from two main subcategories of How to Make Fast Cash and How to Build Long Term Wealth. In part 4, you will learn more advanced real estate techniques, such as Foreclosures and Short Sales. In part 5, everything you’ve learned will be put together in summary. Here is where you make your plan and set your goals to begin your real estate investor journey.

As always with book reviews, and why I generally don’t do them anymore, I have a hard time explaining the book without giving it all away or just saying ‘go read it’! But I hope you found this review helpful. If you’re interested in real estate investing, I would recommend checking this book out. It’s a pretty quick read and taught me a lot.

Interested in learning more? Check out the book on Amazon.

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#Trailer Tuesday: Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ | In Theatres 7/17

Marvel’s ANT-MAN, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas. In theatres July 17th!

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.” – Marvel

Keep up to date: Marvel.com/AntMan | FaceBook.com/AntMan | Twitter.com/AntMan


Trailer Tuesday: “Inside Out” – Disney | In Theatres 6/19!

So does anyone remember when I last post a “Trailer Tuesday”? Yeah…neither can I. Oops!

At this point we have fully established that I’m not the best a keeping a regular schedule, but I’m going to try and get back into another groove. And when a movie like this comes along, I figure it’s worth letting you all know (even if it takes me a while after the release).

Without further delay, here is the trailer for Disney’s “Inside Out”, in theatres everywhere on June 19th!

Keep up to date on “Inside Out”:

FB: PixarInsideOut | Twitter: @PixarInsideOut | Instagram: @PixarInsideOut



Are you going to see “Inside Out”? What did you think of the trailer?

(Leave a comment below!)

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Media Monday: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Trailer)

Disney Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Today I thought I would share with you all the trailer for the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I remember reading the book when I was younger and enjoying it quite a bit. In fact, I saw it just the other day on the bookshelf at the school I work for. I might just have to read it to all my kiddos today. Continue on the watch the trailer, and connect with the movie on social media.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier — trailer & photos {Media Monday}

Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie poster 4/4/14

It’s one of those short and sweet posts for today. I’ve been hearing a lot about Captain America in the past couple days. Quite a few of my friends saw it in theatres and have been raving about it. Scarlett Johansson is one of my favorites, so it’s likely I’ll be watching it myself when it comes to DVD.

My apologies for those of you who noticed my absence over the last week. If you follow my FaceBook page you’ll have read that my impromptu hiatus from blogging was due to my week vacation for Spring Break from work paired with my boyfriend visiting and us taking a trip out to the Washington Coast.

Continue on to watch the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Will you be seeing Captain America?

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7 Books to Read in Your 20s {Media Monday}

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For this weeks edition of Media Monday, I’ll be sharing with you all a list of 7 Books to Read in Your 20s that I compiled with some help from similar lists on other websites.  I’ve always loved reading, but I’ve been so bad about it in the past couple years. Nothing like required college reading to ruin the joy of reading for pleasure. But now that I’m back to it and trying to get into more “Media Monday” posts, perhaps I’ll pick up some books and start sharing my selections and current books with you. Continue on to read my list of 7 Books to Read in Your 20s!

Here is my list of books to read in your 20s! I’ve read a few of these books have at least wanted to read the others. All book bios listed below are taken from the Amazon pages listed above. I haven’t read them all, so thought I’d just have Amazon give a good snippet rather than me. Just because the list is technically targeted towards people in their 20s, of course anyone should read these books!

1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

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When I graduated from high school, a family friend sent me this book in the mail. Two years later, she sent my sister the same book for her high school graduation. It really is a great book. It’s nice to be reminded of “the places you’ll go”. It suits the uncertainties felt in your 20s.

Summary:A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.” – Amazon

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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I’ve never read this novel. My boyfriend read it for one of his college courses and gave it to me to read. I still haven’t gotten around to it, because he said it’s pretty said. I want to be in a good state of mind to read it, ideally. Just to get more out of it and be less affected negatively. Not a knock on the book, you should read it, it was on a lot of the lists I looked at!

Summary:The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.” – Amazon

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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This is another book I have but have yet to read. It was my Mom who gave me this book. She read it when it first came out and really enjoyed, as much as you can given the nature of the novel. I believe she also read the following book written by Hosseini. I really would like to read this book someday when I get back into reading. It’s not my usual genre, so I’d be good for me to branch out some.

Summary: The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.” -Amazon

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I read this book a couple years back, before talk of the movie was well known. I really enjoyed this read. It really spoke to me and I liked the characters a lot. The one thing that always makes me giggle is watching previews for the now released movie is the brother character is a lot more outgoing and loud than I had imagined while reading the book. Gotta love films versus novels! It is a great book. The ending is interesting, and I’ll leave it at that.

Summary: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.” -Amazon

5. What She Saw…, by Lucinda Rosenfeld

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I have never actually heard of this book, but it showed up on several lists, so it’s been added to my personal “to read” list. The summary sounded intriguing, and it seems to have high reviews from some places I checked out. I’ll have to read it sometimes soon and let you all know what I thought. If you’ve read it, comment below and tell me what you though!

Summary: Plagued with weird parents, an underdeveloped body, and a mind on the verge of self-deconstruction, Phoebe Fine feels ill-equipped for a journey through the hardening chambers of the late twentieth-century heart. But from fifth grade and Roger Mancuso, equal parts baby Brando and court jester, through her early adult life with New Media executive Neil Schmertz, a babytalker who prefers spooning to sex, Phoebe trudges defiantly through guyland, armed with a tart tongue, and propelled by an insatiable desire to be loved.” -Amazon

6. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishigur

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This is another book I haven’t read. It’s been in my Amazon book wishlist for a while now. I’ll have to buy it and read it finally. It’s always hard once a movie comes out, because I’m horrible now days and just assume watch the movie. But they’re always different! I do want to read this book. It sounds like a combination of books I generally read and something entirely different, too.

Summary:As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.” – Amazon

7. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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I’ve read several of John Green’s books, as well as watching his and his brother YouTube channel, VlogBrothers. I’ve enjoyed all his books, and this one is no different. It’s currently getting all the hype because of the movie to be in theatres at the end of the month! I have to say, this book isn’t my favorite John Green book, but it is very well written and I think speaks well to people of this age.

Summary:The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.” – Wikipedia

You can buy all of these books on Amazon.com…
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Thank you to 
AllWomensTalk.com, Gentwenty.com. BuzzFeed.com for some of these book ideas! All book images in this post are from Amazon.com. Just thought I ought to give due credit where it’s deserved.

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Movie Monday: Disney’s “Maleficent” Trailers — In theatres May 30th!

Maleficent’, the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’, reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land.” – from Disney

Continue on to see two trailers for “Maleficent”!

Teaser Trailer —

“Dream” Trailer —


Genre: Action- Adventure
Rating: PG
Release: May 30th, 2014

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

Director: Robert Stromberg
Producer: Joe Roth              
Screenplay: Linda Woolverton

Will you be seeing “Maleficent” in theatres?

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Trailer Tuesday: Guardians of the Galaxy

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“Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.”

Continue on to learn more about the movie, and to view the trailer!

Before you watch the trailer, how about taking a second to read this little synopsis of the film;
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The cast includes: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket among others.

So, what do you think?

I just watched the trailer and I have to say, it looks amusing. It seems to fall into the comedy and sci-fi genres. The movie that comes to mind that is of a similar genre combination to this is The Fifth Element. The cast looks pretty good, I’d be excited to watch Chris Pratt in another role besides that of “Andy” in Parks and Recreation, as that’s all I’ve ever seen him in. This looks like one of those movies that could be pretty hit or miss. The trailer doesn’t quite give me enough of an idea. I’ll just have to watch it and see.

 In theatres August 1st, 2014!

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Books from Independent Authors at Blurb.com

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Creative and one-of-a-kind books make a great gift for the holidays. Blurb gives you just that chance. They offer a variety of lesser known books from independent authors. These books make the perfect, unique gift for any book lover on your list. Give them a book that no one else has! Books start around $40 each.

Continue on to see some of the books your could choose from.

Here are a couple selections that might interest you. You can learn more about each book on their page. There is a wide variety from children’s to cooking to adult novels and more.

Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose

Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman

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