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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 | 1 comment

 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 | 0 comments

 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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