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Experience Kia Stinger at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 Kia Partner/Spectrum Partner While visiting the Irvine Spectrum Center earlier this week, I took some time to learn more about Kia’s all-new high-performance vehicle, the Kia Stinger at the exclusive Kia Stinger Salon. The suite is located just steps away from Big Wheel Court and gives parents an opportunity to learn everything they want to know about the highly sought after vehicle. While in the Kia Stinger Salon, I had the unique opportunity to learn about all the features available on the Kia Stinger in the tranquil and luxurious salon. During the interactive experience, I learned more about the craftsmanship and unique facets of what makes the Kia brand so innovative. The immersive experience gave me a taste of what Kia has to offer, and I fell in love with the sleek design and options available in the all-new...

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Poison at the FivePoint Amphitheatre

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Autos, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 Sponsored My daughter attends one of the most popular art school in Southern California and has a massive passion for the arts. She loves theatre, and especially music. I have taken her to the theatre many times in the past but had yet to take her to experience her first concert. Knowing that Poison was one of her favorite bands when I heard that they were coming to Irvine to perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre, I couldn’t wait to get tickets to surprise her with a fun mother and daughter night out. The night of the concert, we got all dressed up and drove over to the concert venue for an unforgettable night full of fun and rockin’ music. One of the best things about seeing a concert at the FivePoint Amphitheatre is taking advantage of the Mercury Insurance...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2018 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Kia | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 Movie Mondays series with five movies jam-packed with action, adventure and romance: Back to the Future on July 9, The Princess Bride on July 16, Moonrise Kingdom on July 23, The Mask of Zorro on July 30 and Star Trek on August 6. This year, Movie Mondays will be held on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. All showings are FREE, with closed captioning provided. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and five fan favorite films on consecutive Mondays. Families, friends and fans from all over the Southland are encouraged to arrive early for Movie Mondays, claiming their spaces and enjoying early dinners, music and people-watching. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with movies starting...

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Hike to Heart Rock

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Joshua Tree, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia When planning a mother and daughter trip to Joshua Tree, one of my friends mentioned to me that we needed to hike to heart rock. Unfortunately, there is barely anything written online about how to find the mysterious heart rock, so we set off on an adventure to find heart rock. There were only a few things that we knew about heart rock before going on a hike, and that was that it is located in the White Tank Campground along the Arch Rock Nature Trail. Before checking into our campsite, we drove in our Kia Sorento to Arch Rock Nature Trail in an attempt to find heart rock. The trail is only .5 miles, but we seemed to hike for at least a couple of miles. We hiked all over the area until the...

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Kia, New York, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Kia After having an eventful day at the New York Auto Show for the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Kia Optima and K900, I had an unforgettable 24 hours in New York City. The perfect day in NYC started with a short walk from the Soho Grand Hotel to Jack’s Wife Freda for breakfast. The adorable cafe is located in the heart of lower Manhattan and has a fresh and healthy menu. There were so many delicious choices to choose from on the menu, making it hard to pick just one. While I can never normally resist a delicious benny, it was the poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi that tantalized my taste buds. The dish was light, refreshing and the perfect meal to start that day in NYC. Raindrops were slowly...

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2019 Kia Optima: A Family Sedan with a Race Car Look & Feel

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended the auto show as a guest of Kia Along with the debut of the 2019 Kia K900 at the New York Auto Show, guests attending the event were in for a big treat by getting to be the first to see the all-new 2019 Kia Optima. For many years, the Kia Optima has always been a top choice for families looking to purchase a midsize sedan, and the new reimagined vehicle is going to have more parents wanting to get behind the wheel of the beautiful car. The one thing that stood out to me when first seeing the new Optima was its sleek design and race car feel. It gives parents the ability to feel like they are driving a race car, even though they might have car seats in the back seat. At Kia, they...

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2019 Kia K900: Ultimate Luxury Family Vehicle

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia One of the most significant announcements that were made at the recent New York Auto Show was the debut of the 2019 Kia K900. The luxurious full-size sedan has been completely redesigned offering families the ultimate luxury vehicle. Before the unveiling of the new vehicle, Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors Corporation, took the stage at the New York Auto Show. Schreyer is the most talented and well-known automobile designer in the industry, and it was an honor to be in his presence at the auto show. Before the curtain was taken off to unveil the 2019 Kia K900, Schreyer talked about some of the new changes that have been made to the automobile. The all-new 2019 Kia K900 is the most refined, most advanced, and best driving...

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70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Autos | 0 comments

 Sponsored Just like in the 70’s there were CB radios in almost every car, this day in age more and more people are installing dash cameras in theirs. The 70MAI: Smartest Dash Cam truly is the smartest dash cam that is on the market. This fully integrated Dash Camera is ideal for everyone as it has so many advanced features that are standard which separates this Camera from the others out on the market. The 70MAI is rechargeable, and it can be charged using the cigarette lighter allowing the camera to stay on it mount where it belongs. When the camera is ready for a charge, the indicator light begins to glow red showing its need for a charge. The best feature of this camera that separates it from the competition is the voice activation feature. It is so...

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Introducing the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

  The Stinger sport sedan has ushered in a new era for Kia and has redefined driving enthusiasts’ opinions of the brand since going on sale in late last year. Continuing that excitement and arriving this summer, the limited-edition Stinger GT Atlantica celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered. With only a 500-unit limited-production run, the Atlantica edition is guaranteed to sell out quickly. The Atlantica edition includes unique paint, wheels and Nappa leather interior. Exclusive numbered badging inside and out, along with a bevy of technology and luxury features, make this 2019 Stinger truly something special. Based on the Stinger GT2 AWD, the Atlantica edition is immediately recognizable with its Deep Chroma Blue metallic exterior paint. The aggressive 19-inch alloy wheels come direct from the...

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You’re Invited to the Kia Stinger Experience

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Autos, Events, Kia | 0 comments

  The Kia Stinger Experience is a custom and exclusive event created to feature Kia’s all new high-performance fastback sedan in a professional racetrack setting. You are invited to sign up for this unique experience (only limited availability) during a two-hour adventure that includes education and hands on experience. After arriving onsite, you will be welcomed by the Kia Stinger Experience team to get to know the Stinger better. You will spend time in the hospitality suite learning the skills needed to enjoy your hot laps around the track. Kia’s experienced drivers will assist you in taking on the 0-60 straight away, the slalom, and feel the performance of the vehicle. There will also be an opportunity for you to test out comparable vehicles on the identical course completing the full experience. Nine courses around the US have been...

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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go skiing! Unfortunately, we haven’t been lucky enough to get much snow in our local mountains, so during the holiday break, I took my kids to Mt Baldy for the first time to check out their snow tubing. Mt Baldy is a true hidden gem for those who like snow. It is much closer than Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear and is a great skiing facility. The area had not gotten much snow the weekend that we visited, so there was not any snow as we drove up the mountain, but once we got off the chairlift, the ski resort had created a winter wonderland. When there is snow in the area, the ski resort offers skiing, snowboard, and tubing for families to enjoy. The day...

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb caught our attention as a place that we wanted to visit, and we added it to our travel bucket list over a year ago. During the holiday break, I surprised my daughter with an overnight to Joshua Tree to go glamping in a tipi! Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our Kia Sorento and got ready for an unforgettable mother/daughter adventure in the desert. Before checking into our tipi for the night, we went into Joshua Tree National Park to look for “heart rock.” We went on a beautiful hike and were lucky to find the mysterious heart-shaped rock. As the sun started to set, we got back into the car...

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Music Comes to Life in Motown the Musical

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Kia, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue It has become one of our favorite family traditions to visit The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. From classical ballets to upbeat musicals, my family and I always love going to see performances at the Segerstrom Center. When I learned that Motown the Musical was going to be part this season’s Broadway series, I couldn’t wait for the night when I would get to see the musical. Before going to the show with my Dad, my Mom and older brother had already been to seen it and could not stop talking about how great it was, which got me even more excited. My dad has been listening to Motown Music since I was a young child, and I couldn’t wait to experience the story of how Motown Music came to be...

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Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Autos, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored This past weekend my son Andrew and I attended the Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge. Mercury Insurance in partner with The Anaheim Ducks and the California Highway Patrol designed this course specifically for new drivers and teenagers who have obtained their learners permit or will be doing so within a week or so after attending this informative event. With my son getting his permit this month, I knew that it was the perfect time to take him to experience this day of driver education. When we arrived at the Honda Center, we had the opportunity to check out a CHP Patrol Car and a CHP motorcycle. These vehicles are impressive to take a look at especially when the officers that drive them are there to tell you how fast they go and how they use the vehicles. We...

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LA Auto Show: Kia Steals the Show

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Autos, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored I have been attending the LA Auto Show for many years, and this year there was one clear brand that truly stood out amongst the rest – Kia. As I arrived at the LA Auto Show, the convention center had the Kia logo branded all over the building, letting guests know that it is the brand they don’t want to miss seeing. As I entered the show floor, Kia had the corner booth right by the door, and I found myself not wanting to explore further after spending time exploring their vehicle line-up. The first car that caught my eye was the beautiful Kia Stinger. The car is a true Gran Turismo with an innovative design, dynamic features, a powerful engine. The Stinger has a top speed of 167 mph and can go 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. It...

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KHS in IRL Epic Concert

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Kia Anyone who watches YouTube and loves music knows who KHS (Kurt Hugo Schneider), Sam Tsui and Alyson Stoner are. They are three of the most talented young musicians who create beautiful melody together and recently starred in their first Kia Rio commercial combining music with autos. This past weekend, the rising stars hosted a free concert for their fans in Los Angles, and we were two of the lucky people to get tickets to their sold out private concert. When we arrived at the concert in our Kia Sorento, the valet took our keys, and we entered the hipster venue for a night that we would never forget. The night started on the outdoor patio where guests had t-shirts custom screen printed, played carnival games and enjoyed tasty bites from two food...

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Downtown Disney Day Trip with OC Bus

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Cool Places, Disney, Featured, Kia, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 Sponsored Ever since my two teenagers started riding the OC Bus to school at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), they keep telling me how much fun the bus is to ride. When trying to plan something fun and unique to do with the kids, I decided to take them on a Downtown Disney day trip with OC Bus. I had already known that their school bus #83 goes from Laguna Hills to Disneyland without having to change bus lines, so I knew that it would be a fun and seamless adventure. We arrived at the Laguna Hills Transportation Center on a Sunday morning, I parked our Kia Sorento in the parking lot, and we waited for the #83 bus to arrive. Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes before the bus arrived. There are two ways...

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Are You Ready for the Stinger?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Autos, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last week, we shared an image of the Kia Stinger Wide Body, an aggressively-modified GT car, which will be unveiled on the SEMA show floor next week with other custom Kia creations. But we’ll also be having a jaw-dropping good time outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center thanks to the Stinger Drift Experience. Come join us on the Gold Lot as pro drivers from Formula Drift send modified Stinger GTs sliding sideways on a twisty track built for raucous tire-melting action. In addition, there’s a spirited autocross to experience the Stinger’s stunning athleticism first hand. The Stinger will be performing hourly in front of a live audience from Tuesday, October 31 to Thursday, November 2nd at SEMA. The only thing more impressive than Kia’s all-new high-performance fastback sedan is Kia’s all-new high performance fastback sedan with a...

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All-Inclusive Luxurious Escape at The Clement Hotel

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Kia, Palo Alto, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort While on our way back to Orange County from San Francisco, we made a one night stop to experience the luxurious all-inclusive, The Clement Hotel. I had heard a lot about the exclusive hotel and couldn’t wait to experience the hotel after a week-long road trip up north. When we arrived at The Clement Hotel, we parked our Kia Sorento in front of the resort, and a bellman came out the front door to welcome us. He took our car key and welcomed us into the hotel for what was going to be a relaxing stay. Once we were checked in, we were given a tour of the beautiful hotel before taken to our suite. The room was spacious and luxurious – everything I wanted out of our stay at the...

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Kia Ride and Drive at the OC Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Autos, Events, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored The OC Auto Show officially opened their doors to the public for the weekend. The family-friendly event offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy including the chance to drive a brand new Kia during the Ride and Drive event. I love bringing my family to the OC Auto Show every year. My kids love doing the interactive scavenger hunt while my husband and I look at all the new cars available in consideration for our next family vehicle. Since falling in love with the Kia Sorento, my husband is now in the market to trade his car in for a Kia too, so we took advantage of the Kia Ride and Drive to get a feel for how the different car model handle on the road. The Ride and Drive is the best way to look...

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2017 OC International Auto Show + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Autos, Giveaways, Kia | 5 comments

 Sponsored Everyone knows that we have fallen in love with the Kia Sorento, and we invite families to fall in love with the Orange County-based car manufacturer, Kia, at the 2017 OC International Auto Show happening at the Anaheim Convention Center happening on Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, October 1st. For four thrilling days, the Anaheim Convention Center will be packed with more than 600 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and alternative fuel options from 35 manufacturers, as well as exotics, new technologies, concept vehicles, driving simulators and more than 100 vehicles to test-drive at the event. Take the show floor experience to the next level and test-drive a lineup of all-new vehicles, right at the show. From electric cars to heavy duty trucks, licensed drivers are invited to get a feel for the performance...

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Desert Family Oasis: DoubleTree Palm Springs

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Kia, Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Palm Springs is one of our favorite places to escape the stresses of daily life. We kicked off our summer this year with a weekend getaway to the desert and discovered our new favorite desert resort, the DoubleTree Palm Springs. I first found out about the resort when seeing pictures of the beautiful property in my Instagram feed, so I planned a trip at the beginning of summer before the summer heat was in full effect. We loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and took a short road trip to the desert. We made a couple of stops along the way to see Pee-Wee Herman’s Dinosaurs and to show the kids the massive windmills. When we arrived at the resort, we parked our car and got ready to embark...

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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite summer road trips was when we went off the beaten path from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Normally, when going on a Las Vegas road trip, we can’t wait to get to the city and drive all the way to Vegas with as minimal stops as possible. This year, we did things differently and turned a four-hour drive into a 12-hour drive, and it was the best Las Vegas road trip ever! If you make this road trip, you’ll want to leave early! Leaving from Los Angeles or Orange County will take about the same amount of time, and your family can easily accomplish all these stops, and make it to Vegas before sundown. You’ll want to load up your Kia with plenty of snacks and water for the...

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Best Breakfast in Pasadena: Lincoln

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 3 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue On our last day visiting Pasadena, I wanted to go to the best place in town for breakfast. With Pasadena being a culinary hot spot, there are so many choices when it comes to dining out. I asked around, and everyone mentioned Lincoln. After checking out of our hotel at the Courtyard Pasadena, we drove in over to Lincoln for breakfast. While on our way to the restaurant, we spotted a fun fork in the road and stopped to capture a photo of the funky roadside attraction. When we arrived at the restaurant, it looked like a warehouse. I parked our Kia Sorento in the parking lot and walked into the restaurant. The minute that I entered the restaurant, I was in love with the vibe. There was a line of...

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The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the most popular places to visit in Pasadena is the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. On the first day of our Pasadena staycation, we had lunch at Pie-n-Burger before going to explore the botanical gardens. I picked one of the hottest weeks in history to visit the botanical gardens, and the temperature was over 100 degrees, so we had to make our visit shorter than I would have liked. When we first arrived at the gardens, I purchased the kids some water bottles at the cafe located near the entrance to keep them hydrated as we walked around. The minute that we entered the gardens, we were captivated by the beauty. The gardens are 120 acres, and we could have spent the entire day exploring the different gardens and...

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Doc Brown’s Back to the Future House

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies EVER!!! I have watched the series more times than I can count. When I heard that the house of Doc Brown was in Pasadena and we were there, I knew I had to go. I asked my mom if we could go and she said, of course!!! When we pulled up in front of the house, I practically screamed with the excitement of seeing the house from my favorite movie. When we first arrived, I sat on the edge of our Kia Sorento looking at the house because I thought it was so cool. Once we found a parking spot, we got out of our Kia Sorento and went to the front porch. We choose just to walk around the outside, but if...

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Ultimate 80’s Road Trip Playlist

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Music | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia Our summer has been full of epic road trips exploring the world in a beautiful Kia Sorento. One of my favorite features in the Sorento is the Infinity soundsystem that allows me to blast my favorite tunes as loud as I want without the fear of blowing out the speakers. While on our road trips, the radio in our Kia seemed to be always set on the 80’s on 8, and my kid’s and I sung along to countless awesome 80’s songs. The summer might be over for my two older kids, but my youngest still has a couple more weeks of summer to explore. That means another road trip! Since my older music loving son won’t be with me to share his Pandora playlist or sing together off tune to our favorite songs, he...

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Roadside Attraction: Fork in the Road

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Whenever I am visiting a new area, I am always on the hunt for a fun and funky roadside attraction. With Pasadena being a city rich with historical history, I knew that I would find something fun to discover with my kids. While driving around the city in our Kia Sorento, my younger son spotted a giant fork in the road. We couldn’t believe our eyes and the kids insisted that I pull the car over to check it out. There was some parking down one of the residential streets and we walked over to look at the cool roadside attraction. The first thing that I thought of when I saw the giant fork in the road was the scene from the muppet movie which was one of my favorite memories...

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Best Burger in Pasadena: Pie-n-Burger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Did you know that Pasadena is where the cheeseburger was invented? When I learned this fun fact, I knew that our first meal on a staycation in Pasadena had to be at the popular burger joint, Pie-n-Burger. Pie-n-Burger is located right in the heart of downtown Pasadena. We drove our Kia Sorento to the restaurant, parked on the street, and then went into the historic building for lunch. Inside the small building is a long bar where people were enjoying delicious burgers and creamy milkshakes. Because it is one of the most popular dining destinations in the area, there was a short wait for chairs at the bar when we first arrived. There is a giant menu on the wall of the restaurant, so my kids were able to decide what they wanted to...

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation experience. The DoubleTree Dana Point is just a few steps away from the beach. They have luxurious suites and guest rooms that offer beautiful ocean views. Your family can rent a bike and cruise around Dana Point when staying at the DoubleTree Dana Point. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort on the cliffs over the pacific ocean, The Ritz-Carlton...

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The World’s Tallest Thermometer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite things to do while on our way to Las Vegas is to make a stop at the World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker California. It only takes a few minutes out of your road trip, and the stop is a must. The town of Baker is a great place to get a refreshing drink at The Mad Greek Cafe and stock up on some alien jerky before checking out how HOT it is in the middle of the desert at the world’s tallest thermometer. Once our kids and luggage get loaded into our Kia Sorento, I always ask the kids how hot they think it might be by the time we reach the world’s tallest thermometer. All of the kids make their guesses, and I bring a small prize along...

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Summer Fun at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Kia, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is our favorite place to create family memories. We have visited many times during the winter months and had yet to visit during the summer until recently. While on a weekend getaway to Yosemite, we drove our Kia Sorento to Tenaya Lodge to enjoy some of their fun summer activities. We started our day at Tenaya by having lunch and swimming in their large pool. Tenaya has a beautiful pool area complete with a family pool, adult pool, and toddler pool. It is nice and spread out so that families don’t feel cramped when visiting during the peak summer months. After getting settled in our cabana for the day, the server came over to take our lunch order. There are a wide variety of drink and food options at...

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Desert Roadside Attraction: Alien Fresh Jerky

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia We have traveled from Orange County to Las Vegas an endless amount of times, and the most we have done in Baker is stop for gas or a refreshment. On a recent road trip that I did with the kids, we wanted to see some new things, and that included a stop at the famous roadside attraction, Alien Fresh Jerky. Whenever we are driving through the desert, my kids are always obsessing about aliens. When I told them we were going to stop for some alien jerky, they were ecstatic. We first got some milkshakes at The Mad Greek Cafe and then drove down the street to Alien Fresh Jerky. The building was currently under construction, and they are in the process of building an alien hotel in the back! It was clear...

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Cool Down from the Desert Sun at The Mad Greek

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia After stopping at Zzyzx Road on our epic OC to Vegas road trip, the kids were in the mood for a refreshing treat. In the past, our family would always stop for a milkshake at The Bun Boy, but since they have gone out of business, we decided to try The Mad Greek instead. We arrived just before dusk, and the area was busy with families fueling up their cars with gas, getting some alien jerky, and grabbing a bite before getting back on the road. I pulled our Kia Sorento into the parking lot of The Mad Greek, and we made a dash from the air conditioned car into the air conditioned restaurant – it was about 120 degrees at the time! As we walked into the restaurant, the kids were enjoying...

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Western American Railroad Museum

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every kid loves trains. Ever since my boys were toddlers, they have loved everything about trains, and that love never seemed to end as they have gotten older. While planning our OC to Las Vegas road trip, I was looking for some new places to explore, and the Western American Railroad Museum came up on my radar. I had never heard of it before, and it is located in Barstow (just a quick stop on our way to Vegas), so I made plans to bring the kids to visit it. When we arrived at the railroad museum in our Kia Sorento, my boys squealed with delight. Outside of the museum were multiple train cars just waiting for my boys to explore. By the time that we had reached the museum, it was right...

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Explore Rock Faces in the Mojave Desert

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, Road Trips, Travel | 2 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Before leaving for our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, we had all our stops planned. Everything was perfectly timed so that we would have enough time to see everything we wanted before arriving in Vegas. While I was driving, my daughter noticed something online that caught her attention – Rock Faces. She immediately plugged the location into the GPS in our Kia Sorento, and we learned that it was along our route. Little did we know at the time that it was going to be an adventure we would remember forever. The GPS took us off the highway and into the heart of the Mojave desert in Victorville, and it told us to start driving along a dirt road. Keep in mind that I was traveling alone with my three...

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Las Vegas’ Seven Magic Mountains

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia While on our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, one stop that we couldn’t miss was seeing Seven Magic Mountains created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Pictures of the colorful rock towers have been all over Instagram this summer, but there is nothing better than seeing the artwork in real life. We had made many stops along our way to Las Vegas and didn’t arrive at the Seven Magic Mountains until dusk. It ended up being the perfect time to visit the popular Las Vegas desert hot spot because there were hardly any visitors there. The art sculptures are located off a paved road just a couple of miles outside of Las Vegas. My cellular service was not giving me a good signal in the desert, so I used the GPS on our...

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Route 66: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every time that we go to Las Vegas, we are always in a rush to get to the city to have some fun. This summer, I took the kids by myself to Zion National Park, and we made a quick stop in Las Vegas. Since I was traveling without my husband, I decided to take my time getting to Las Vegas and explore some stops along the small strip of Route 66 that was just a short detour on our way to Las Vegas. One of our favorite stops along Route 66 was Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch! The small area of Route 66 between OC and Vegas adds about an hour to your road trip (depending on how many times you want to stop and take cool pictures). Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is...

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Abandoned Town: Zzyzx Road

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia We’ve all driven by the Zzyzx road sign on the way to Vegas, and I’ve always been curious about what is at the end of the road in the middle of nowhere. While on a summer road trip from OC to Vegas, I finally took the time to pull off the freeway to explore the abandoned town at the end of this famous road. As we drove down the road, I was glad that I was driving our AWD Kia Sorento because most of the road is not paved. As a mom, I’m not used to driving on dirt roads, and when I was on the dirt road, the Sorento handled just as well as it does on paved roads. We made our way down the windy road and took a moment to stop and...

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Edward Scissorhands House in San Diego

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 I visited San Diego as a guest of Kia While in San Diego learning about Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I was given the opportunity to drive a beautiful 2017 Kia Soul EV around town. I got to explore the town with one of my best friends who shares a love for discovering unique and funky places. After I took her to see the skeleton house in San Diego, she then surprised me by bringing me to the Edward Scissorhands House (Harper’s Topiary Garden). We rocked out to our favorite tunes in the hip 2017 Kia Soul EV and felt the cool ocean breezes flowing in from the sunroof. We drove to one of the highest points of downtown San Diego, and there it was – one of the coolest front yards I have ever seen. The house sits on top...

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San Diego Skeleton House

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited San Diego as a guest of Kia Whenever I visit a city, I’m always on the hunt to find a new funky and quirky spot to visit. When on a recent trip to San Diego to experience Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I made plans to visit the San Diego skeleton house for the first time. I did some research to try and find the location, and I didn’t find very much published about the house. I was lucky to find the name of the street in one of my favorite road trip apps, so I added a stop to my travel itinerary. Along with my friend, we drove a hip 2017 Kia Soul EV to find the skeleton house. When we started to drive down the street in search of the house, it’s didn’t take long to spot...

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How Kia Earned Their Way to Become Number One

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Autos, Family, Kia | 0 comments

 I have a partnership with Kia It has been a little over a month since I have swapped my 2017 Mercedes GLS 450 for a 2017 Kia Sorento SXL, and I don’t ever want to go back. The few short weeks that I have been driving a Kia I have realized that Kia is just as good, and in my opinion even better than most luxury cars that I have driven in the past. It is comfortable, luxurious, and has every feature that our family could want in a vehicle. Last week, I went to San Diego to spend a couple of days learning more about the Kia brand. Why San Diego? Music is at the heart of San Diego and is also part of Kia’s DNA – music is the soul of Kia. Just like music evokes an...

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The Bodyguard the Musical Delivers an Epic Performance

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Kia, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue/vehicle provided by Kia I have grown up going on a regular basis to see performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The creativity of the artists I have watched perform over the years made me fall in love with the arts, and then become an integrated arts student at the Orange County School of the Arts. Every time that I see a performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I am blown away, especially when seeing The Bodyguard the Musical. We went to see the performance earlier in the week, and I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that the film which the musical is based on was one of my mom’s favorite movies as a teenager, and so I knew that it was going to be something...

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Fun and Funky Art at Tio’s Tacos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Dining, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia I’ve seen pictures of the funky artwork at Tio’s Tacos on Instagram for many years. When planning a day trip to visit the California Citrus State Historic Park with my daughter in Riverside, I made sure to add to our itinerary a stop at Tito’s Tacos for lunch. Many of my friends who have been to Tio’s recommended that we do not go during the lunch or dinner rush. It is a popular place, and there is often a line that wraps around the building to order food. Thanks to my friend’s recommendations, we arrived around two o’clock, and practically had the place all to ourselves. The restaurant is an Instagrammers dream! I parked our Kia Sorento right under a giant skeleton sculpture riding a bicycle, and then we spent over an hour walking around....

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Explore Randsburg Ghost Town

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My favorite thing to do with my kids is to explore hidden gems and quirky places. I am ‘that mom’ who will drive thirty minutes out of our way just to see the world’s largest buckle. I have found that exploring quirky and fun places with my kids have made for some unforgettable memories that we love to reminisce about from time to time. For Mother’s Day, I wanted to go hiking with my family at Red Rock Canyon California State Park. When doing some research on how to find the State Park, I realized that Randsburg Ghost Town was on our route, and I immediately got excited about bringing the kids to see a real ghost town. We spent the morning hiking around Red Rock Canyon California State Park, and then put Randsburg Ghost...

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Red Rock Canyon California State Park

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Autos, California State Parks, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia One of my goals this summer is to take my kids to visit as many California State Parks as possible. One of the California State Parks that has been on my bucket list to visit for many years is the Red Rock Canyon California State Park – not to be mistaken with the Red Rock State Park in Nevada. Before packing up the Kia Sorento with everything that we needed for our weekend adventure, I tried to do some research about the park online. I could hardly find any information about it online, so we just jumped into the Sorento, and went exploring. The California State Park is only an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, making it the perfect day trip. We left early in the morning, and within a couple of...

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Tips for Successful Raised Bed Gardening

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Autos, Gardening, Green Living, Kia | 6 comments

 Sponsored in partnership with Kia When my oldest son developed severe food allergies, I turned to food to help heal his overactive immune system. I found that by feeding him a plant-based diet with all organic produce that his allergies decreased, and he had fewer anaphylaxis reactions to food. The only downside was that feeding a family of five a diet rich with organic food was very costly, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I went to The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano and got information on how to start growing organic produce for my family in our backyard. I had my husband tear out most of our grass in the backyard, build raised beds, and we got started on what we now call “The Barone Farm.” Over the years, I have successfully been able...

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An Auto Manufacturer Deeply Rooted in our Community

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Autos, Family, Giving Back, Kia | 0 comments

 Kia has provided us with a Sorento to drive The reason that I started writing many years ago, was to give back to our community by helping families to learn about fun new ways to create magical memories with their children in Orange County. Along with sharing the best parks, beaches, and dining destinations, it has always been important for me to help support the incredible non-profits in our community that help to make Orange County the best place to live in California. I recently learned that Kia shares the same passion and is deeply rooted in our community by helping to support multiple Orange County non-profits. Kia is a Korean Company, but has their North American headquarters right here in Orange County. They have a beautiful building in Irvine that I’m sure all of you have admired when...

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Why the Buick Encore is Perfect for Every Driver

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Vehicle loan provided Last week, I took the 2017 Buick Encore on an epic mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey. While on our road trip, we cruised along the freeway in ultimate comfort and created memories that will last a lifetime. I have been driving a GMC Yukon XL for the past nine years, so when I got behind the wheel of the Encore, it felt like I was driving a race car. It had the same power as my Yukon XL, and I felt just as safe as I do in my full-size SUV. I enjoyed the zip and light ride that the Encore made me feel when behind the wheel. Since I have a teenager turning 15 next month, we are in the market for his first car. I thought that driving the...

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Creating Memories Hiking with Your Teens

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my two older children quickly became teenagers, it has been more important than ever for me to spend quality time with each of them. One of my favorite things to do with my teenagers is to take them for hikes along our beautiful Orange County trails. There is something about being close to nature and away from the stresses of daily life that help my teens to open up about the challenges and stresses of being a teenager in the 20th century. Earlier this month, I surprised my teenage daughter with news that we were going for a hike in Laguna Canyon. I packed up our GMC Acadia Denali with water bottles and snacks before getting ready to cruise down to Laguna Canyon. While on our way to the hiking trail, we rolled down the windows and...

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Cruising Down the Coast in a GMC Acadia Denali

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored When it is a sunny day in Southern California, one of my favorite things to do with my children is to go for a drive down the coast. One morning last week, I surprised my younger son with news that I was going to take him for a drive down the coast to spend the day at Legoland California. Not only were we going to Legoland, but we were also going to attend the debut of the new Lego Star Wars Miniland – he was in pure heaven. I packed a backpack full of snacks for the day, and we got into our beautiful GMC Acadia Denali, opened the sunroof, and got ready to start driving down to Carlsbad. While loading up the car, I realized that I had forgotten to charge my camera battery the night before....

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World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

 Sponsored Da na na na na na na BATMAN! The highly anticipated time has come for The Lego Batman movie to debut to the world in theaters on July 10th. My son lives, breathes and dreams about legos. When I told him the news that we were going to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie as a guest of Chevrolet, he squealed with delight. Did you know that the Batmobile is a Chevrolet? That’s right – it sure is! Since Batman drives a Chevrolet, we couldn’t arrive at the premiere driving any other kind of car. The morning of the premiere, we got into our cool blue Chevrolet Cruz Hatchback and cruised down the freeway to the premiere. I downloaded The Lego Batman soundtrack album to my iPhone, plugged my phone into the Chevrolet...

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Mother-Daughter Road Trip in a Buick Envision

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Autos | 0 comments

 Test vehicle provided As my daughter has become a teenager, it has been increasingly important for me to spend quality time with her. It is so easy for a teenage girl to go down the wrong path in life, and having a good role model in her life that she can talk to about the challenges of being a teenager is crucial. Along with having our regular dinner dates and evening walks, I planned a mother-daughter road trip to Yosemite in a beautiful Buick Envision. Since she is going to be driving in just three short years, I thought that a road trip would be a fun way to spend our getaway so that I can talk to her about teen driving behavior. I decided to take her in a Buick Envision so that I could demonstrate with her...

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Mazda3 is Built With a Sports Car in Mind

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Car provided for test drive Looking for a new car that is slick, smooth and hugs the road? Then the Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring is the car for you. We recently took the Mazda3 for a weekend getaway to Palm Springs. The car was not only beautiful but also drove like a dream on the desert highway. The moment that our family of five sat inside of the car, we were comfortable and relaxed. Since my younger son suffers from car sickness, my husband had to sit in the backseat of the car with our two teenagers on our way to Palm Springs. He is a very tall man, and I was worried that he wouldn’t be comfortable for the two-hour ride, but he was playing cards with my other two kids comfortably in the back seat the entire...

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Falling in Love with the 2016 Toyota Prius

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Test drive vehicle provided After driving the 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all-new redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius. When the car was first delivered to my driveway, I fell in love with its sleek new body style, and the blue crush metallic color. Once I got behind the wheel of the Prius, I felt like I was driving on air. We drove the car for one week on a road trip from Orange County to Carmel. I wanted to see how the car’s mpg would perform, and it far exceeded my expectations. First, Carmel was a lot further of a drive from Orange County than I anticipated and took almost 10 hours to get there with traffic and stops for snacks along the way. I was able to make it all...

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Best Family Hybrid Compact Sport Utility Vehicle

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Autos, Family | 1 comment

 Test drive vehicle provided Ever since I found out that my son got into Orange County School of the Arts for their Culinary Arts and Hospitality high school program, I couldn’t stop thinking about how high our monthly gas bill will be from driving him over an hour away from home each day. The logical solution is to start thinking about trading in our gas-guzzling full-size SUV for a more economical Hybrid vehicle. The first hybrid that I put to the test was the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Limited, and I fell in love with it within the first hour of driving it. The car has a sleek body style, and it hugs the road when driving it on the freeway. The best part of it was the gas mileage. The car features 34/31 with an estimated 17 mpg. I...

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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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Behind-the-Wheel Training with Varsity Driving Academy

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Autos, Education, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored How time flies…my first-born is 16 now and a junior in high school! Seems just like yesterday when he was first placed in my arms, after the emergency C-section we experienced… Anyway, 16 = DRIVING!!! Another one of those bittersweet (or anxiety-causing) moments of parenthood… He took the online Driver’s Ed course through his school district. It took him about a couple of weeks to finish and pass the test. Couple of months after that, we went to DMV and he passed his written exam, which got him a permit. But before you can actually drive (even with Mom/Dad), you need to complete a 2-hour session of Behind-the-Wheel Training with a licensed instructor. The mandatory 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel Training is divided into 3 separate dates. We have been very fortunate to take these classes with Varsity Driving...

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Ford Edge Sneak Peek

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 We attended the preview as a guest of Ford Did you know that the Ford Edge is the # 1 seller in mid size utility vehicles? Yes, and we were recently invited to preview the vehicle. Get ready ladies, we just learned 49% of all buyers of the vehicle are women. In addition, the technology and premium attributes are rated highest. Ford is delivering more features and cargo space while maintaining a fair cost structure. You’ll see a new body design, adaptive steering and more engine choices. As a mom, I’d enjoy the adaptive steering feature allowing me to back into a space with the help of the vehicle; talk about perfect parking. You dad’s I’m sure will like the engine choices and the new Sport model! A new technological feature about to launch for Ford is Build &...

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Downsizing from a Full-Size SUV to the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Autos, Family | 0 comments

 Test drive was provided on behalf of Hyundai Every morning while driving to drop the kids off at school, I would see my friend Naz zoom past me in her Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. With her fancy sunglasses on, Naz and her kids would wave to me every morning as I would slug along to the elementary school drop-off line in my large SUV. Curious to see what I was missing out on, I test drove a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport for a week. With 22 MPG around town and 27 MPG on the highway, I was already in love. Coming from a large SUV to a mid-size, I was, of course, worried about the size. What I wasn’t expecting was that this car had just as much room for my growing family of five as my large...

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Orange County International Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Autos, Events | 0 comments

 All of the hottest 2015 model cars will be cruising into Orange County for the Orange County International Auto Show. The show will feature more than 500 new models, exotics, classic cars and more. The event is not just for car enthusiasts, but for families and foodies too. The event features a wide variety of kid-friendly activities, and tasty food. Children attending the Auto Show can participate in mini electric vehicle test rides, a climbing wall, MIND Research Institute’s interactive math and problem solving games, a scavenger hunt, giveaways and more. Plus, all kids under the age of 12 are complimentary with a paid adult admission. Foodies can eat their way around the Auto Show while dining on cuisine from the most popular food trucks in Orange County. Featured food trucks will include The Tasting Spoon, Barcelona on the...

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Does the 2014 Tesla Model S Make a Good Family Car?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Autos, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 My husband loves cars, and he quickly gets bored with them, so we normally don’t end up keeping cars for very long. While he has found a recent love with his 2013 Mercedes E-class, it has not lived up to being the best full-size family sedan for our family of five. The GPS is difficult to use, the backseat televisions don’t fit well on the back of the head seats, and the gas mileage – the e-class gets pretty close to the same gas milage as my suburban. With that being said – we have recently been in the market for a new family sedan for my husband (family). Driving two vehicles & paying almost $700 a month in gasoline, our eco-foot print on the environment has been disturbing. Having three young children, we feel that we have a...

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Road Tripping with the 2014 Kia Optima SX LTD

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia | 0 comments

 Courtesy car provided When planning our pre-summer getaway in Palm Springs, I wanted to travel in comfort, so we hit the road in the 2014 Kia Optima SX LTD. This was the first time that my family of five has traveled in anything smaller than a mid-sized SUV, and the car more than exceeded the needs of our family on a long road trip. In the backseat of the car, I was able to fit a booster seat and two pre-teens comfortably. There was plenty of arm and leg room that kept the kids from quarreling along the way. In fact, I was even able to recline the front passenger seat to take a snooze without impacting the kids in the back! I was not the only passenger in the car who took a snooze while driving to Palm...

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Mid Size SUV with Full Size SUV Amenities

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia | 0 comments

  After having children, I only wanted the largest car on the road. A car that I felt could handle all the needs of our busy lifestyle, but also be the safest on the road. I’ve been driving my full-size SUV around the hilly Orange County community for the past five years, and being impacted with the huge expense of driving such a large vehicle so frequently. We go through brakes at least every three months, and I can never get out of the gas station for under $130 a fill-up. Did I mention that I fill-up 2-3 times a week? That’s what happens when you are driving three kids all around town to their various activities. With the cost of driving our large size SUV impacting our family budget and the concern about the harm, we are doing...

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Looking Further with Ford CEO Alan Mulally

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Autos | 0 comments

 Ford Motor Company paid for my travel and accommodations at the three- day NAIAS Digital Summit. I was not compensated in any other manner for my time. My opinions posted here are my own. While at the International Auto Show, last week, we had a unique opportunity to learn more about Ford Motor Company from their CEO, Alan Mulally. Mulally served at Boeing for 37 years on the design team for every Boeing airplane. It was not until he got the compelling phone call from Bill Ford that he made the decision to leave Boeing and come to Ford Motor Company. “Ford had some real issues. The economy was slowing down, and the fuel prices were going up.” said Mulally. “Seven years ago, we started out on a journey and made some really big decisions,” said Mulally. One of...

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Family Friendly Features of the New Ford F-150

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Autos, Featured | 0 comments

 Ford Motor Company paid for my travel and accommodations at the three- day NAIAS Digital Summit. I was not compensated in any other manner for my time. My opinions posted here are my own. There are many families who need a truck for work, but also for fun on the weekends. When Ford debuted their all-new redesigned F-150 truck at the International Auto Show this week, we were curious to see how this new truck will not only perform as a work truck but also meet the needs of families. This all-new truck is one of the most capable pick-up trucks ever designed that we have found to meet many family needs. The new F-150 has gone through over a million miles of testing, has military-grade aluminum alloy body and is offered with four different powerful and fuel-efficient engine...

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GM Legend Alicia Boler-Davis Makes Pit Stop in Los Angeles

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Autos | 0 comments

 Nowadays, the majority of today’s consumers are women and the automobile industry hears their horns loud-and-clear. I recently met the Senior Vice President of General Motors Global Quality and Customer Experience, Alicia Boler-Davis during what was called “GM’s Diversity Legend’s Tour.” This meeting took place several weeks prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show, and Boler-Davis shared her 19-year rise through the company as GM’s highest ranking African-American female. As Senior VP of both Global Quality and Customer Experience, it’s Boler-Davis’ job to bridge the gap between consumers and the manufacturers. She does this by traveling the country; speaking to bloggers like me; collecting data from consumers; and ensuring that such information is driven back to the manufacturing plants. “We’re moving the company in the right direction, and we’re transforming the company, probably focusing more on customers,” Boler-Davis explains....

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Family Fun Compact Sedan: The Kia Forte

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Autos, Featured, Kia | 0 comments

 Sponsored Family Fun is ready to begin as your family takes the Kia Forte on your next family adventure. While driving a compact sedan that was so fun to drive, we could not wait to take  it out to enjoy a day packed with family fun. With the large trunk space, we were able to pack everything that we needed for a day filled with hiking, swimming and adventure. The compact sedan offers families plenty of room with its large legroom, headroom and hiproom. With my family of five all being very tall, finding a compact sedan with enough interior room has always been challenging until discovering the Kia Forte. The stylish car packs plenty of punch with its high performing engine under the hood. While the car has plenty of horsepower to get your family where you need...

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Meets all the Criteria Needed in a Family Vehicle

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Autos, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having a big family, we need a car that is big enough to handle all of our needs. With three kids, a 120 pound dog, and all of our gear, we put the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to the test. The Mitsubishi was built to provide many benefits for a growing family like mine. The car outperforms many of its rivals meeting all of the criteria needed in a family vehicle. With the on the dash control systems, parents can operate the radio, answer the telephone, and turn on the cruise control without ever having to take their eyes off the road. With three young kids, we are either hauling all the gear for the football team, the surf team or supplies for home improvement projects. With the addition of our new turtle for a pet, we used the...

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Classic Cars Come Together for the 2013 Cruisin For A Cure Car Show

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Autos, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  The best classic cars in Orange County started cruising into the OC Fair & Event Center as early as 1am yesterday morning for the 2013 Cruisin For A Cure Car Show. The car show, is the largest car show of the year in Orange County, where car lovers can look under the hood of almost every brand of fully restored classic cars. The kids Grandpa has been restoring classic cars all of his life, and he brought his fully restored classic car to be on display at the Cruisin For A Cure Car Show. Car enthusiast asked questions about the restoration process, the engine and every detail about the car. We brought the kids to spend the morning at the car show, and it is always one of their favorite event to attend. The kids got to see...

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Dad’s Day Out Cruising Down PCH with Classic Mustang Rentals

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Autos, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored. My kids Dad works hard all year for our family. Over the weekend, we decided to show him how much we care for everything he does for us with a unique Dad’s day out cruising down PCH with a Classic Mustang Rental. We found Classic Mustang Rentals online, and thought it would make a unique experience for our Dad to enjoy a unique day out. The kids “crossed their hearts, hoped to die, or stick a stick in their eye” that they would not spill the secret that we had planned for Dad over the weekend. Their lips were sealed (except for maybe just a couple of minor hints from Tyler) until we drove up to Classic Mustang Rentals on Saturday morning. We walked Dad into the building, and let him pick-out his very own classic Mustang convertible...

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Choosing Your Teen’s First Car

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Autos, Kia | 0 comments

 We were provided with a test vehicle from Kia. I am just five years away from purchasing my oldest sons first car, and choosing a first car for my teen is one of the most important purchases that my husband and I will make. Safety is one of the biggest features we are looking at in a car, but we are also concerned about finding an economy and environmentally friendly car for him. We have fond memories of driving our hatch back cars loaded with college gear after high school, and a fuel economy car was the #1 priority for us as young adults. Since we are hoping for his first car to last him through College, the 2013 Kia Rio SX, is a car that we have spent researching for his first car. We took a 2013 Kia...

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Summer Fun in the 2013 Mazda3 Grand Touring

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Autos | 0 comments

  With summer in full swing, we are enjoying days filled with fun in Southern California.  We took the Mazda3 Grand Touring out for a test drive to help us enjoy these sun filled days! With the kids on summer break, we seem to be out and about every day.  The Mazda3 offers 40 mpg on the highway and 28 in the city making it an economical way to travel around.  Right now we pay $75 for a tank of gas that lasts us about a week or a bit more.  Let’s just say that we really enjoyed the $40 tank that would last us a full two weeks. Mazda’s SkyActiv means that drivers get the enjoyment of an efficient engine working together with a well designed transmission that are built in tandem with a body constructed to optimize...

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Family Friendly Features of the 2013 Kia Sportage

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Autos, Featured, Kia | 0 comments

 We were provided with a Kia to review on behalf on Kia. With three kids, a 100 pound golden retriever, bikes and golf clubs, we have always thought we needed the biggest SUV on the road until driving the 2013 Kia Sportage. When the cherry red car arrived at my house last week, I was curious to see if this midsize SUV could handle my large family, and boy was I surprised. The 2013 Kia Sportage has multiple family friendly features. Safety is at the top of the features with dual front advances airbags, front seat mounted airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In the event of an accident, my entire family would be protected by airbags in the Kia Sportage. The safety features don’t stop with surrounding airbags but also includes anti-lock breaks, traction control system, electronic stability...

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Photo Tour of the Mitsubishi Lancer SE

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Autos, Featured | 0 comments

 We drove the Mitsubishi Lancer SE for a week finding it to be an economical family friendly vehicle both in terms of space and pricing.  You can read the full OC Mom Auto piece here, but photos tell a story as well. Clean lines… Easy to read display… Safety… with enough zip… Sporty design… meets spacious interior… at an affordable price… Space for your family… with some of the extras you need… And enough cargo space to get you everywhere you want to go. in the Mitsubishi Lancer SE… What features of a vehicle are most important for...

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Tesla Motors and National University to Join Brea Mall

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Autos | 0 comments

 Brea Mall, who recently opened Lorna Jane fashion forward activewear store and The Art of Shaving, will be welcoming two more tenants this summer.  Auto enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that Tesla Motors store is expected to open shortly.  National University will open later this summer as well.  These two stores compliment Brea Mall, offering a wider scope of stores to meet consumer needs.  California-based Tesla Motors, well known for their award-winning all-electric Model S sedan, plans to open a 3,300-square foot retail space at Brea Mall in early June.  Tesla Motors will be located on the lower level of the mall and allows guests the chance to learn about electric driving with an interactive approach that also features a design studio where customers can create their own Tesla. In addition, the Model S will also be available for...

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Family Friendly Features of the Mitsubishi Lancer

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Autos | 0 comments

 I don’t know about you, but cars are kinda like sunglasses…if money were no object, I could easily buy a new one each week.  Each car offers their own advantages and features and for many of us, fit a mood as well. We test drove the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE last week; this four door sedan offers families a sporty option in an economical vehicle.  The Mitsubishi Lancer features All-Wheel Control that truly offers a zippy feel for a price point of $20,295. Budget Friendly Starting out just a titch over $20,000, the Mitsubishi Lancer provides families with a vehicle centered on safety, performance and good looks at a price that many can afford.  The 168-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC engine is priced well while providing good acceleration for busy locations. I priced a Mitsubishi Lancer out on their website and the...

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Available in California and Oregon Mid-June

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Autos | 0 comments

  With gas prices as high as they are, there are many people that drive or consider driving an electric vehicle.  Some even entertain one simply for their work commute. On Thursday, Chevrolet announced that their 2014 Spark EV will be even more affordable with prices starting at $27,945, including delivery charges.  However, since the Spark EV meets California requirements, incentives bring that price below $20,000.  Additionally, with $999 down, customers can lease the Chevrolet Spark EV for as little as $199 per month. The Spark EV from Chevrolet also offers connectivity technologies that keep drivers connected with music via the standard MyLink radio.  I had the chance to check MyLink radio out at the LA Auto Show this past Novemeber and know that the safety that this smartphone-based infotainment system brings drivers will be appreciated by many. Spark EV...

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Personalized Car Detailing Service For Cheap

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Autos | 2 comments

  We got lots of knocks on the door with people trying to sell things. One day I got a knock on the door that would make my life easier as a busy mom to three young children. When I opened the door to Alex, he attempted to sell me with his car cleaning service. The first thing that came to my mind was the huge amount of cost he would charge for the convenience of home car cleaning. I was extremely surprised to learn that his cleaning service was less expensive than taking my car to the Chevron for a washing, and I could still spend my morning playing with the kids at home. Alex’s Detail Service not only cleaned my car beautifully, but got every last crumb of the cheerios off the floor. My suburban went from trashed to...

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