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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 to...

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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 many...

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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 the...

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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…[tps_title][/tps_title] 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 will...

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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 looking...

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