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The Los Angeles Angels Diamond Club Experience

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Autos, Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Toyota One of our favorite summer family traditions is spending quality time together at an Angel’s game. This year was extra special for our family because we were given the rare opportunity to watch a game at The Los Angeles Angels Diamond Club with Toyota. On the morning of the big game, Toyota delivered a gorgeous Rav4 Hybrid Limited for us to drive in style to the Angel’s game. The car featured a slick body style with plenty of room for my family of five to ride in comfort. The car had virtually no engine noise and kept out most of the street noise so our family could enjoy singing along to our favorite songs while driving on the freeway. When we arrived at the Angel’s game, we parked in the preferred parking...

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Food + Fun at the Kia Social Club

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Autos, Events, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Earlier this month, I went to Los Angeles for some good food and fun at the Thrillist Kia Social Club. When I arrived, there was a line of people that wrapped around the building, and everyone was talking about the excitement of being invited to the exclusive event. The minute that the doors opened, the sound of music flowed out of the doors. The moment that I stepped foot into the social club, I could feel the strong energy in the room. There were multiple tables where LA’s hottest food spots were serving up samples of their delicious eats and a brand-new Kia Sportage that was the center of the attention. Everyone at the event was taking selfies in front of the brand new Sportage that has lights flashing on the car...

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Rugged Kid-Proof Toyota 4Runner

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Test Vehicle Provided When raising children, a car that is built to withstand bottles flying, kids jumping on the seats and having every button in the car pushed a million times is vital. I recently put the 2016 Toyota 4Runner to the test with my three kids along with my carpool, and the family SUV far exceeded my expectations. We took the car from LA for a LA Lifeguard Safety event to San Diego for a holiday family event, and the car was smooth, quiet and luxurious. Not only did the car drive like a dream, but it also featured a sleek body style. I drove the nautical blue 4Runner with chrome accents and highlights, front fog lights, and rear privacy glass. While driving the car, I was the envy of every mom in the school drop-off line with...

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LA Lifeguard Summer Beach Water Safety Tips

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Autos, Family, Featured, Holiday, Hot Topics, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

 We partnered with Toyota to attend this free community event Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4? Our Southern California Lifeguards are hard at work this summer helping to keep children safe and saving lives. Toyota has partnered with the LA Lifeguards by providing them with essential tools they need to save lives – durable trucks. For the kick-off of summer, Toyota and the LA Lifeguards held a community event at the Manhattan Beach pier where they shared some water safety tips and offered demonstrations for families visiting the area. We put a 2016 Toyota 4Runner to the test and drove it to the event where my children learned a lot from the LA Lifeguards. Along with families visiting the pier, my children got a chance to sit in the...

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Versatile 2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Test vehicle provided Last month, our family put the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Eco to the test by seeing how versatile the popular mid-sedan can be. Our family packed the trunk full of luggage and took it with us camping for a week. Normally, I would never trust taking anything smaller than an SUV or minivan camping, but this car far exceeded my expectations and provided plenty of space for all our camping needs. It is not just the trunk of the Hyundai Sonata Eco that is large but also the interior. As my children are turning into teenagers, they’re needing more and more legroom. The car was able to fit my family of five comfortably during the 4-5 hour road trip to our camping destination. The best part of the Hyundai Sonata Eco is the gas mileage. We took...

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Not Your Traditional Mid-Size Vehicle: The Kia Optima SX Turbo

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 Car provided for review Now that my kids are getting older, it doesn’t make as much sense to be driving a full-size SUV around town. I’ve not only been in the market to downsize my vehicle but also trying to find the best car for my teenage son who will be driving in just a few short years. While on my quest to find the perfect family vehicle that is not an SUV, I recently put the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo to the test for a week. When the car arrived, I was immediately in love with the smooth, sleek lines of the body of the car. It was a snow white pearl Optima with a red hot leather interior that matched perfectly with my long blonde curly hair. And it just kept getting better from the moment...

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The Richard Petty Driving Experience in Las Vegas

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Autos, Featured, Las Vegas, Travel | 1 comment

  My heart is pounding.  I can barely contain myself.  I am literally inches away from a NASCAR vehicle and a track to drive it on.  My jumpsuit and helmet are making me feel like the real pro, but my inexperience shows as they ask me to jump in the car.  Wait the car has no doors, so how do I get in? Lift left leg first through the opening for the window… oy, I should have stretched. Let me go back a few weeks.  In November we made plans to visit Las Vegas, by now a family tradition of visiting the oasis in the desert.  The intention is to go visit my wife’s cousin and her daughter that live there; but we manage to squeeze in one unique experience each time.  Each experience till now has been meticulously...

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Top Five SUV’s for New Parents

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 When thinking about purchasing a new car for your growing family, an SUV is an excellent car buying decision. With so many different SUV’s currently available on the market, it can be overwhelming for parents to make the best decision on what SUV will best meet your family needs. These are the five top SUV’s available for families. Large Families If you’re a family with more than three children, then a full-size SUV will be the best purchasing decision. Trying to squeeze three car seats in one row of a mid-size SUV can be a challenge, so finding an SUV with a third row will make traveling with your families easier. Our top pick for a full-size SUV is the GMC Yukon XL. The car features plenty of space for your children, and will still leave many families room...

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Behind the Scenes Tour of Ford Field

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Autos, Featured, Michigan, Travel | 0 comments

  We kicked off the International Auto Show in Detroit with a special visit to Ford Field. The evening started with dinner at the stadium before getting a behind the scenes tour of the tunnels, locker room, and the MGM “club” room. Following the tour, we were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk on the same field where the Detroit Lions play football. We got to try and kick a football into the field goal (with an epic fail), take lots of photographs, and look around. We even got to pose for fun pictures to display on the Jumbotron. It was an incredible moment and one that I’ll remember forever. The stadium is home to the Detroit Lions NFL team, has a seating capacity of approximately 65,000, and can be expanded as far as 80,000 seats...

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From the Sun to Snow with The 2016 Kia Sorento

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

  The all-new 2016 Kia Sorento is one the best family cars of the year. We recently took the Sorento from the beautiful beach community of Orange County to the snow covered mountains of Yosemite for the Thanksgiving holiday. We had just come back from a couple of days in Mexico building a playground and painting an orphanage, and we had less than 24 hours to pack up the Sorento before making the drive up north to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family. Since we had just gotten notice the evening before that it was snowing in Yosemite, we rushed to dig out our snow clothes and was able to fit all our snow gear in the Sorento with plenty of room to spare for the three kiddos in the back. The easy to use navigation helped to guide...

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Yosemite Lewis Creek Trail to Corlieu Falls

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Kia, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

  Yosemite is beautiful beyond measure. The only downside is that it can be challenging to find a “child-friendly” trail that is not crowded, and you need to be able to hike a longer distance to enjoy the beauty of the National Park without the crowds. While we were talking to some locals that were visiting Tenaya Lodge for the holiday tree lighting, they had recommended that we stop at Lewis Creek Trail on our way home to see Corlieu Falls. The trail was at a lower elevation, so we didn’t have to worry about there being too much ice on the trail, and there was plenty of parking at the turn-out. We parked the 2016 Kia Sorento that we drove to Yosemite, and embarked on our favorite hike of our visit to Yosemite National Park. The beginning of...

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Ultimate Family Luxury Minivan: The 2015 Kia Sedona

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia | 0 comments

 Review vehicle provided I have driven many minivans during my past 13 years of parenthood, and none of them compare to the Kia Sedona that I recently drove for a week. I have heard my good friend, Naz, talk forever about how much she loves her Kia Sedona, and I quickly learned why she loves it so much when I first got behind the wheel. It wasn’t just me that fell in love with the Sedona but also my children. From the dual sunroofs to the lounging captains chairs, the kids were begging me to trade in my full-size SUV so they can cruise around town in a Sedona. Kia is clearly the leader in the industry when it comes to technology, and the Sedona has everything that parents could want out of a minivan. The navigation is simple...

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Fun for the Whole Family at the OC Auto Show

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Autos, Events, Family, Featured, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC Auto Show is happening at the Anaheim Convention Center all weekend. The Auto Show isn’t just for adults and is the perfect family weekend outing. This year, there are hundreds of cars, a child scavenger hunt, and test drive opportunities. We brought our family to the first day of the Auto Show in search of a new family car. Instead of having to drive our family from dealer lot to dealer lot, we were able to look at every auto manufactures car all in one place, and even test drive a couple of cars that we showed an added interest in possibly purchasing this year. Our kids put the different cars to the test as they jumped into the seats of the cars in search of the most comfortable family vehicle. There was one brand that...

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Comfortable Carpool Sedan: Mazda 6 Grand Touring

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Autos, Family | 1 comment

 Review car provided Does carpooling require a minivan or SUV? As a mom of three kids, I always thought that I needed a full-size SUV to be a part of a carpool. I put the 2016 Mazda 6 Grand Touring to the test for one week and found that I could manage to carpool and drive the kids around town with comfort in a mid-size sedan. The first thing that my kids noticed was how smooth the ride was in the Mazda 6 Grand Touring. Our full-size SUV is bulky, and my passengers can often feel almost every little bump on the road, but that was not the case with the Mazda 6. The ride was so smooth that my kids were able to work on their studies while driving the long commute to their school and sporting events....

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The Orange County International Auto Show (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways | 7 comments

  The Orange County International Auto Show features more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, 100-plus vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, alternative fuel options and more. The show is owned and presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC. Dates: Thursday, October 15 4pm-10pm Friday, October 16 12pm-10pm Saturday, October 17 9am-10pm Sunday, October 18 9am-7pm Pricing: Adults (13 and older) $12 Senior Citizens (62 and older) $10 Military (with any DOD ID) $10 Children (12 and younger) FREE Location: 800 W. Katella Avenue, in Anaheim. Follow the signs for convention center parking, located on West Street, just south of Katella. Displays & Entertainment: 34 Major Domestic & Import Manufacturers – Featuring more than 500 of the latest 2016-model cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs,...

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Building Stronger Families at KOA Monterey/Santa Cruz

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Autos, Carmel, Family, Featured, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of KOA I am not a big camper. We have tried camping multiple times, and while the kids love it, it has never been my favorite way to take a family vacation until now. Our family kicked off the summer with an epic road trip in a Toyota Highlander, and our first stop was at the KOA Monterey/Santa Cruz. We pulled into the campground and were greeted by happy campers and KOA staff members waving a friendly welcome to us. Checking in was simple. We were given a map to our campsite, and we quickly made our way over to set-up for the weekend. When we pulled up to our campsite, I was overwhelmed with delight. We were booked in a beautiful cabin complete with bathroom, bedding, and a mini kitchenette. It was one...

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Tips For Keeping Your Kid Car Tidy (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics | 4 comments

 Pre-kids my vehicle was, frankly, immaculate. There would be an occasional leftover coffee cup or bottled water in the drink holder, and some dry cleaning hanging in the backseat. But now, I’ve fallen into the abyss that I swore I would never enter: the dirty kid car. The smells emitted from the backseat from my once well-maintained car have been replaced with a mix of sweat, dirt and Cherrios. The ground crumbs and spilled juice box stains have taken a toll on my aging SUV. I decided to do something, or, well, at least call someone to help steer me in the right direction. I called the professionals at the All Hands Car Wash in Aliso Viejo. Manager Ricardo Marquez offered me these helpful tips: Protect. Cover the interior of your vehicle as much as possible. This includes floor...

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Guide to Purchasing Your Teen’s First Car

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Autos, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored I can’t believe that in just three years, I will be purchasing a car for my oldest son. A good friend of mine just went through the process of purchasing her daughters first car, and shared some great advice from her teen car buying experience. Age of Your Children Just because your kids are turning 16, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ready to get behind the wheel of their first car. Access if your child is mature and responsible enough to take the big step of driving back and forth to school, and being on the road with other drivers. My friend allowed her daughter to get her license at the age of 16 but waited a couple of years before purchasing her first car. Shopping Car shopping can be a frustrating part of the process...

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Best Affordable Compact Sedan for Young Families

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Autos, Family, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Review vehicle provided Families who are just starting a family, and looking for a compact sedan will discover fuel economy, comfort, and added features with the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Limited Value Edition. The Elantra value edition has many added features including push-button start, sunroof, 16″ alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, chrome molding and more for just $550 more than an Elantra SE. We put the car to the test with our family of five for a week and found that it accommodates not only small families but also large families. We took the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Limited Value Edition to the desert, the beach, and to the mountains so we could put the car to the test in all different driving conditions. From the freeway to curvy mountain roads, the Elantra far exceeded my expectations and quickly became my...

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Tips for Eliminating Car Odors

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Autos, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 21 comments

 Sponsored If you’re anything like me, then you probably spend more of your day in the car vs. your house. That means that a lot of eating and living happens in the suburban that I spend my days in cruising the kid’s around town. What else comes along with it? Messes and odor! I am not just talking about the spoiled milk in the bottle that got tossed under the seat and found weeks later, but when you get a suburban filled with 4-5 teenage boys after basketball practice…let’s just say that odor seems to stick around for a couple of days. How do I keep my car smelling fresh enough that I can breathe while driving my teenager and tween around town? Febreze Vent Car Clips! Before using the product, the only solution would be: (A) Have the...

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