A Book & An App – My March Review


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Each month, I review a book and an app.  You’re going to laugh when you see the app I’ve chosen.  No, it’s not a Tamagotchi app.  Wouldn’t that be epic??

First, the book.


The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy:  by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

This book completely shattered my assumptions about the average millionaire.  You know, luxury cars, multiple mansions, $300.00 ink pens, etc.  No. They’re just everyday Joes, blending into the common world around us.

Even though the information was reported in 1995, the principles and behaviors are very applicable.  If you enjoy compelling statistics, this book is for you.  For example, less than one percent of American millionaires are actors, singers, writers or artists.  Less than ONE PERCENT.

They are that neighbor driving a used Ford F150, living in that modest house, running a small business.

They are often first generation millionaires, raised in a home of good stewards, disciplined by truths dating back to bible times, and think about the long term with regard to saving instead of being heavy consumers.

Anyone who possesses money will benefit from this read.



Forest:  Stay Focused

I recently heard a statistic that made me want to vomit.  On average, people check their smart phones 150 times a day according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’s annual Internet Trends report.


I do check it compulsively, so that was a gut check for me.  Then, I heard about a free app called Forest: Stay Focused.  And then I laughed out loud.

What it is:  So, you hit “Plant” and your phone is off limits for 30 minutes while it grows a tree.  If you don’t check your phone, you get a tree.  If you do, the tree DIES.


Sound familiar?  Please tell me you had a Tamagotchi (or know someone who did) when you were young.  Or a chia pet?  Cha-cha-cha-CHIA.

They were just fun methods to learn the same disciplines.  Perseverance, responsibility, patience.

Once you grow a tree, it is added to a “forest” as you can see below.  It’s probably a good thing that they don’t offer this in a giga pet or Tamagotchi format, because I still wouldn’t get anything done.


Cost:  FREE


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4 thoughts on “A Book & An App – My March Review

  1. I LOVE The Millionaire Next Door! It contains so many eye-opening truths that anyone can become a millionaire by living with intention. I want to download Forest: Stay Focused but it is $0.99 on iTunes. I have a rule to not pay for apps unless they are truly life-changing so I’ll have to think about it a bit. This might just fall in that category though. 🙂

    • Aha, I’m glad you brought that to my attention, Monica. The app is free for Androids, so I made the assumption it was free for every device. Dontae has an iPhone and confirmed that it was $0.99. Good to know.

    • Yes, and I love how it “yells” at you in text when you check your screen and the time isn’t up yet. My phone will ding, I will bring up the screen, and above my growing tree it will say something like “Go away!” or “I’m not done yet!” I laugh at myself in those moments. Seeing what I’ve succumbed to, haha.