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You may have heard me tell you about someone I call a "Real  Estate Rock Star," and a new red-hot listing that might be of interest  to you. Here it is and her contact info for more details:


Jen Weitzel 

Call or text anytime: (941)769-7443

email at: jennifer@jenniferbarretthomes.com


Anybody take a road trip this holiday weekend? Was it an "honest" one? Bet not as honest as this one. Hilarious!


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"Solo" Crashes At Box Office; Ron Howard Responds



  • "Solo" didn't hit box office projections in the U.S.
  • Overseas it tanked.
  • Despite that, Ron Howard says it's a personal best and people should see it. 

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” fell short of Friday forecast box office numbers this weekend. The Disney and Lucasfilm Han Solo origin flick had a three-day debut of $84.8-million dollars and the four day figure for the debut was $103-million.

Overseas, the news is worse with only $68-million coming in. Japan was their saving grace. China saw a paltry $10-mill for “Solo.” To compare? “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” came in with $155-million in the U.S.

It’s a bit of a shock considering Ron Howard took over the directing reigns after Christopher Miller and Phil Lord over creative differences. Howard shared on Twitter that despite the movie missing projections it’s still his “personal best” and suggests people just go and see it.


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The Big Reason Folks Aren’t Vacationing This Summer


New poll finds that money is a big issue when it comes to taking vacations


  • A new Bankrate survey finds that 49% of Americans don’t plan to take a vacation and when only allowed to choose one reason for not planning a getaway, 50% say they’re staying home because they can’t afford it
  • The survey finds that the median cost of a vacation is about $1,000, although Millennials are likely to spend less
  • Only 36% of those with paid time off say they plan to use all of their days, while 13% don’t plan to use any of them

Now that summer has officially begun, you may start noticing your office looking a little empty, with all the people heading out on summer vacations. But it turns out there are a lot of people who won’t actually be going away in the coming months, and there’s one major reason why they’ll be stuck in the office - money.

A new Bankrate survey finds that 49% of Americans don’t plan to take a vacation this summer, with 24% of people saying money is one of the reasons. When only allowed to choose one reason for not planning a getaway, 50% of those not taking a vacation say they are staying home because they can’t afford it, while other reasons include:

  • Family duty (25%)
  • Can’t take time off work (22%)
  • Other vacation plans (6%)
  • Health/age (4%)
  • Don’t want to (4%)

So if money is such an issue, how much are vacations costing most people? Well, the survey finds that the median cost is about $1,000, although Millennials are likely to spend less. About 27% will spend between $1 and $500, while 25% will spend between $500 and $1,000, 21% will spend between $1,001 and $2,000 and 25% spending over $2,000.

  • And as we’ve heard many times before, most folks don’t actually use all their vacation days each year, with the survey finding that only 36% of those with paid time off say they plan to use all of their days, while 13% don’t plan to use any of them.

Source: Bankrate


Harmless Things Kids Say That Could Mean They’re Spoiled


Practically all parents have had that moment of looking around their home, cluttered with toys, devices, and gear, and wondered if they’ve crossed over from providing for to spoiling their kids. But it turns out, that’s less about how many things you buy them than how they react to and feel about those things. According to clinical psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, “It’s about gratitude.”

And we can tell our kiddos about gratitude all day long, but how do we teach it? Experts say the best way for children to learn gratitude is from their parents modeling it for them, like when you say thank you to the person bagging your groceries or when you give back to your community by volunteering.

It’s also important for kids to understand and appreciate all the hard work that goes into you paying for and getting the things you’re buying them. Talk to your kids about your job, how you earn money, what that entails, what your money is used for, and how other people aren’t as fortunate as you are in life.

So how can you tell if your kids are entitled? Catey Hill,author of “The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms,” says there are three red flag phrases that could show they’re not feeling so grateful:

  • “I deserve X”
  • “Because other kids at school have it”
  • “Because I want it” - When this is your kid’s answer to being asked why they want something, that’s a warning sign your kid thinks getting something is a right, not a privilege.

Sure, most kids have said one of these at some point, so hearing this once from your little one doesn’t mean you’re raising a brat. But it should be a moment for you to highlight your family’s values and help put the focus back on being grateful that you can and do buy them things, not that they’re entitled to have them just because they want them or someone else has them.

Source: Moneyish

 

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