GIVEAWAY: Picturebooks For Summertime Fun/Reading - PLUS A #Giveaway

Media Masters Publicity has published TWO books from author Linda Ragsdale and publisher FLOWER POT PRESS (Nashville, TN).  Ragsdale is known for her empowering and inspirational school appearances, fun word-play and her contagious, energetic love of life.  Both new books published a little earlier this month and finished quantities just arrived.  ALPHABETTER and HOW I DID IT are books that adults will love reading aloud and kids will enjoy hearing again and again (and reading on their own, too!)


Publisher: Flowerpot Children's Press, Inc (May 2017)
ISBN: 978-1486712106
Series: Peace Dragon picturebooks
Empower your vocabulary with this hilarious dictionary full of playfully re-paired words that motivate, uplift, and inspire. Laugh and learn as you read each new word, and discover the amazing power our words have when we use them to encourage others and ourselves!


The 411:

This adorable, whimsical book for letters A-Z makes up fun words that will have your child giggling and possibly even making up some of their own. Every letter of the alphabet is used and fosters creativity and fun for all ages.

Curious and inspired, I was full of ideas. I turned adversity into adventure when I took a chance and tried to change. Readers young and old will be inspired by how I did it.
Publisher: Flowerpot Children's Press, Inc (May 2017)
ISBN: 978-1486712113
Series: Peace Dragon picturebooks


The 411:

We love reading this book. It is funny and colorful. I is pretty sure that it want's to be something it isn't.  He realized that turned sideways he would be an H. If he bent his bottom he could be a J.  He eventually pulls himself right off the page. He was enjoying his moment when he suddenly finds himself in trouble.  The letters help out by helping him understand that he is perfect the way he is and should live his life to his full potential as well as follow the rules. 

I totally appreciate how the author used I and U at the end. A great lesson for all kids and you will love reading this too! 

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Understanding The 4 Basics Of Money Can Enrich Your Life

Many young people have the misconception that as they grow older and advance in their careers they will have more disposable income, giving them the freedom to do what they like and buy what they want.

But as life moves along bills add up, college loans need to be paid, mortgages need to be secured and insurance needs to be kept up to date. Throw in kids and many people find themselves living paycheck-to-paycheck much longer than they ever expected.
That type of living doesn’t leave much room to plan for retirement.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

Those who understand the basics of money can begin planning early in life and will be ready to retire in their 60s, says Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies.

“Part of working toward retirement is having a plan and a strategy ahead of time,” says Vanderslice. “That begins with understanding the four basics of money.”

Those basics are:

• Earning. The secret to making money – whether you are an entrepreneur or work for a large company – is finding a solution to people’s problems. Once you understand this, Vanderslice says, the keys to success include: showing up on time, doing what you say you are going to do, finishing what you started and doing it all with a courteous attitude. 

• Saving. Vanderslice says the old rule of thumb about saving 10 percent still applies. Even if your company offers matching retirement funds, she says that doesn’t give you a pass to save less. The first bill you pay each month should be one to yourself. After that 10 percent is set aside, manage your budget from what’s left.  

• Investing.  Investing should be a long-term endeavor, Vanderslice says. For example, take today’s 25-year-olds. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, if they want to retire with a similar lifestyle as what they have now, they need to invest 6.4 percent of their paychecks. That’s based on the stock market staying on the average path it has held for the last century. 

• Distribution. Do you want to know how much you will be able to live on in retirement? A good rule of thumb is the 4 Percent Rule, which states that you should withdraw 4 percent of your retirement portfolio in the first year of retirement. Each subsequent year you should do the same while adjusting for a 3 percent inflation rate. 

“People who report having the easiest transition into retirement had a strategy,” says Vanderslice. “They don’t just wing it.

About Ann Vanderslice
Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, helps federal employees understand their benefits, maximize the value of their benefits and plan for retirement, as well as organize income planning and IRA distributions. Vanderslice holds the Registered Financial Consultant designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning. She is author of Fedtelligence 2.0 – The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Federal Benefits.

The Top 3 Golf Irons For Single Figure Handicap Golfers In 2017

Without a doubt, gold is one of the most popular sports in the world today. With household names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus paving the way, Golf hasn’t seen the lack of audience in the past few decades. In fact, it has grown into a major sport that even regular people can play and compete at a high level. And with that being said, the competition is the sport has been on the rise ever since.

If you are striving to become better in your game, then you definitely must be thinking about improving your handicap. Handicaps are one of the most effective benchmarking methods in the sport that categorizes the players according to their skill levels. With handicaps, players are able to play with the “better” players at a fair ground.

If you want to improve your handicap, then you not only need to pay attention in your game; your swing, your center of gravity and your flow but also your equipment. Equipment plays a major role in the sport as one can only do so much with brute strength and technique. It is always better to complement those skills and technique with the best golf irons.

To help you in that aspect, our experts from have listed the three best golf irons that will surely help you achieve that single figure handicap;

1. Mizuno MP5 Irons

Despite the lack of legitimate sponsored players, every professional in the sport can attest to the quality of the Mizuno MP5. With its years of research and development, these strikingly beautiful irons will surely help you improve your game. Its consistent feel and flow will definitely help you be in your top form. Furthermore, its accurate low trajectory helps you land those short approaches. With the Mizuno MP5, you can be assured that all of the basics are perfectly covered; the feel, the flow, and the swing will all be top-class.

2. Taylormade Psi Tour Irons

The next set of irons on our list for the best irons for single digit handicap is the Taylormade Psi Tour Irons. Another one of those beautifully made irons that will captivate you. Its solid and strong grip will allow you to easily hit those long shots. A very distinct and probably a trademark of the Taylormade Psi Tour Irons is its’ crisp and beautiful sound as you hit the ball long. Even though they are relatively priced higher than its competitors, the sound it makes alone will surely make you feel your money’s worth.

3. Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons

Last on our list is the Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons. These funky golf irons will surely add excitement to your game. Generally used by the low to mid handicap golf players, its versatile range will surely make your games more fun and interesting. Having a better design than the company’s previous fan favorite, X-Forged 13 irons, this golf irons will significantly decrease those misstrikes and hits. Even with its expensive price tag, you will surely not regret having the Callaway Apex Pro 16 Irons.

Keeping Cool Without Looking Like A Fool

Summer is well and truly upon much of the World. Countries are experiencing widespread heatwaves, and new hottest day records becoming more common. Hot weather can be one of the hardest conditions to live in. Of course, you will already be using sun protection like sunscreen. But, this doesn’t do much for your comfort. So, instead, you need to be looking for ways to make the summer months a cool breeze. When you have kids, this becomes even more important. To help you with this, this post will be going through some different ways to keep you and the kids cool this summer.

Close-up of Wheat Plant during Sunset

Of course, shade is one of the best ways to cool yourself down. Areas like this haven’t been hit by the sun. This makes them much cooler than the surroundings, without using any sort of tool or power. But, of course, you can’t always rely on something like shade when you’re moving around. Instead, you need to find a way to carry it with you. In the past, people would carry umbrellas to suit this purpose. But, nowadays, you can use something much smaller; a hat. In the heat of the sun, being able to keep direct light from your face and neck will make the rest of your body much cooler.

Along with finding ways to keep the sun off of your body, it’s also very important to consider the air which flows around you. Sweat is a natural way for a body to cool down. As the moisture evaporates from your skin, it will lower the temperature of your body. And, so, you have to make sure that air can flow around your body. This should start with your feet. There’s nothing worse than wearing shoes which don’t breathe on a hot day. Instead, you should be looking at options like Havaianas and other sandals. Or, for those who need something closed, you could consider some lightweight running trainers. Without this sort of consideration, your kid’s feet will get smelly every day in the sun. Over time, this could cause some unpleasant health issues like athlete's foot.

arid, clouds, daylight

A lot of people assume that having as little clothing as possible is the best ways to cool down during hot days. But, this isn’t the case. It’s important to consider color, fabric, and size when you’re buying clothing for summer. Lighter colors will reflect light more than darker ones, limiting the heat you have to deal with. Different fabrics are better at breathing and being lighter than others. And, of course, having baggier clothing will always make it cooler. It’s no coincidence that people in some of the hottest parts of the world will wear large robes made from light materials.

It’s extremely important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your child cool. A lot of parents don’t think about these areas. But, this can have a negative impact on their life. Issues like sunstroke are often caused by heat. So, it’s worth putting the time in to avoid having problems in the future.

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