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We are a team of local moms sharing stories and reviews based on our personal experiences living and loving in Fabulous Las Vegas.  We love the Strip for world class dining, shopping, a plethora of attractions, dazzling musical performers always coming to town and fabulous Broadway-caliber shows. Las Vegas families are so lucky because we get to play tourist when friends and family visit, but we also have tons of choices off Strip that make living here such an exciting life that can be family-friendly too! We encourage families to explore the many ways to truly enjoy our unique setting from a new indoor playground in our neighborhood to the hottest Strip attractions all while seeking out the best ways to get some fresh air and great pictures too!
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Enter To Win a Pair of Tickets to Daniel Tiger Live ShowFeatured

The Smith Center is hosting Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live and Las Vegas Moms is giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the show on Wednesday, Oct 26th!
Steps to enter the giveaway are as follows:

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*Like Las Vegas Moms on FaceBook   https://www.facebook.com/lasvegasmomsblog/

*Leave a comment below and tell us your child’s favorite Daniel Tiger character

***Winner will be announced Oct 21st***

Daniel Tiger and all of his friends are hopping aboard the Trolley to celebrate new adventures with a live audience at the “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live Show!
Daniel Tiger will take you on an interactive musical adventure along side his friends Katerina KittyCat, O the Owl, Prince Wednesday, and Miss Elaina. They’ll explore his grr-ific Neighborhood of Make-Believe. So won’t you come and take part at Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at The Smith Center in Reynold Hall Oct 26th at 6:30pm

Reviews, Test Drive, Uncategorized

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}Featured


Hey mamas and dads, just finished testing out the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT AWD model for the week from DriveShop.  With 4 & 5 star crash ratings & host of other safety features, ours was delivered in Rally Red with a sporty black leather accented interior.  Outfitted with an AWD 2.4 liter Mivec (16 Valve) 4 cylinder and CUT transmission.  This vehicle comes with a 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty and delivered an observed 22 mpg. average and carries a $27,395 msrp.

The Rally red looked great on this vehicle with its bold looks and aggressive styling.  Automatic & height adjustable HID headlights & automatic rain sensing wipers were a nice feature.  The panoramic roof was neat in the rain and also at night under the stars, and it no bother during the day as you just push a button and its covered up.  The Rockford Fosgate sound system was a really nice feature and delivered great clairty and bass.  Bluetooth was easy to operate & most operations manageable from the steering wheel mounted controls.  It also had Sirius satellite radio, perfect for my little one who loves the kid’s channels.  The paddle shifters were a responsive and also a handy feature on long grades where down shifting is preferred.

I found the power train to be adequate & perform well in traffic & highway operations as well. The Outlander was civilized but nimble and inspires spontaneity with its AWD.  Off road the Outlander seemed right at home.  It was comfortable and would go anywhere I told it too.  AWD is equipped with center locking differential which was handy through some of the steeper grades & loose terrain.

Trunk space was adequate for our family of 5.  With an equipped roof rack, full size spare tire, it was ready to go camping too.  One of my kids is still in a car seat and rear seating room was a bit tight.  The kiddos seemed to like the vehicle but they would have liked rear A/C.  In the Las Vegas summer, good A/C is a must, the Outlander’s A/C was icy cold once it got ahead of the cabin temperature, however 1 fan speed higher would be nice.


Overall the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT AWD gets high marks for styling, function, performance, perceived value & features.  It would be better with stronger A/C (more CFM) & without the chrome badges that reside on each front fender.  It looks mean and as long as you understand what you’re driving, it performs well on off road, highway, and city driving respectively.  If you’re in search of bold looks, off road capability, and a lot of useful features at a reasonable price, check out the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT AWD.  

You can check out the Outlander at local Las Vegas dealership:


SALES(888) 384-7157








Daughters, DIY, Family, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Moms, Moms, Uncategorized

Halloween Tutu Tutorial

Hello mamas and happy fall! I seriously love this time of year. The weather is finally starting to cool down and best of all…. Halloween is right around the corner! I mean what’s not to love? You get to carve pumpkins, dress up, and and eat a bucket full of candy. Amazing. This Halloween is super special for me because we recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl to our family. My son has been talking nonstop about taking her trick-or-treating and finding her a costume. G decided that he and his daddy were going to be Power Rangers. As for me and baby E, he wanted us to be something else. Although I think I would have been an amazing Pink Ranger, I agreed. It ended up being an easy decision. Before baby E was born we bought her an adorable Minnie Mouse dress that I absolutely love. Who better to go with Minnie Mouse than her BFF Daisy Duck. image9I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a costume so I decided to make one. A quick Pinterest search later and I had a plan. The costume consists of a white tutu, a purple shirt, and a pink bow. I had the shirt and bought the bow and supplies for the tutu.

Here’s what you need:image2
Tulle (I used 3 spools)
Elastic band
Needle & thread

First thing you need to do is measure the elastic. Make sure it’s snug around your waist.

When you have your elastic measured, simply sew it together.

Now onto the tulle. From what I gathered during my tutu making research, the average length for the skirt is between 10 to 12 inches. Now you can measure and cut the tulle one piece at a time, but who has time for that?image4

Here’s an easier way to do it:

First find a piece of cardboard and cut it double the length of your tutu. Since I wanted the length of my tutu to be around 12 inches long, the cardboard was cut 24 inches long. 

Next, tightly wrap the tulle around the cardboard. Once you’re done, take your scissors and cut it on one end. Then, grab all your tulle, fold it in half, and cut it down the middle. Repeat with at least 2 more spools.

Now we are ready to start tying.

Take your elastic piece and put it around something sturdy. I used my dining room chair. Next take a piece of your tulle and fold it in half. This will be the length of your tutu.image6

Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot. Repeat until your tutu is nice and full.

Remember the elastic will stretch so make sure you pack on the tulle. I ended up only needing three spools, but you really can use as much as you want. It will just make your tutu even fluffier.image7

I think this project could be done within a couple hours with no interruptions, but with an infant and a toddler it took me a couple days.

With all the supplies, plus a pink bow, the total cost of my costume was less than $10. Look for coupons and sales.

Here’s the final product. What do you think? My little sidekick is cute too.

Community, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Kids, Las Vegas Moms, Live Like a Local, Moms, Parenting, Support Local, Things To Do, Toddler, Vegas Life

Connecting with Family to Family Connections


45239_143737908992087_916307_n-2Hi Moms! Are you looking for something to do with your kids 0-5 years old?! Are you looking for helpful resources? I can’t count how many times I did Google searches, Facebook searches and meetup searches. I was always looking for activities or classes to take my son to. Since he’s an only child, I kept hearing my friends and family say, “You should make some mommy friends so your son can interact with other children.”12992072_1149997478366120_1446597005_n-2

When I first moved out here I didn’t need to worry so much about making friends with other moms. I was constantly traveling back and forth to CA to visit my friends and family so my son was okay. He was getting all kinds of human interaction. Or so I thought! After a while, the constant road trips started taking their toll. I was getting burned out driving constantly: Some family members that I visit moved a little farther away so visiting everyone became harder. Plus, I started to miss staying at my own house here in Nevada. Eventually I decided to give Nevada a chance to grow on me. I started to do my research looking for ideal places to take my son.20151013_112524

I found a lot of awesome places to go but they lacked social interaction for my son. I eventually enrolled him in an indoor play area. We were content for a couple of months, but I just didn’t see my son utilizing any of the equipment or lessons they were teaching. He also started to get bored and do his own thing by himself. I thought to myself, “Wow this an expensive hangout.” I also wasn’t making any friends there; All of the mommies there were either nannies or already split off into groups. None of them were inviting new members so I just kept to myself and played with my son. I decided to end my membership and try Rec Center Classes, which was great and they had a variety of classes available, but after a while the mommy and me classes were scarce.  12986587_1149997868366081_1934384035_o-2

Next, I tried to enroll my son in some independent classes and it never worked out: He had major separation anxiety and teachers didn’t want to waste the limited amount of time comforting him. Back to the computer it was and I did more research to find things to do. I am not sure how I stumbled upon Family to Family Connection, but boy was I happy I did. They have an awesome group of ladies working there who are so helpful and understanding. They are very patient with my son and the classession are great. 

Please visit their website and check out their monthly calendar. You just may find the perfect for you too!



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Community, Fundraising, Saving Money, Sponsored

The Snack That Give

Thanks to HouseParty I had the opportunity to learn more about Box Tops. Timg_4193o be honest I really never paid too much attention to them partially because I didn’t have a child in school yet. Now that my little one started school, I thought this party would be a perfect way to learn more about it. I am so grateful that I was chosen to participate, it gave me an opportunity to educate myself about the importance of Box Tops.

First off, I have to commend General Mills for creating a program that was designed to give back to our schools. They created the program to support education and benefit American schools. The program was doing so well that they expanded and included other brands such as Pillsbury, Old El Paso and Green Giant. As the program proved to be such a huge successful that they decided to add non-food brands to the program such as Ziplock, Hefty, Kleenex and Scott products. All of these expansions gave schools more opportunities to earn money while boosting sales of participating products. It is really a win-win for both schools and General Mills. Hopefully, they will continue to expand the list to add more brands. The more the merrier!


img_4200-1The next time you are browsing the store and can’t decide which brands to buy, maybe Box Tops will be the tie breaker. If you do purchase a Box Tops item, remember to clip it and set it aside. It’s as easy as 123! I get it, it’s really easy to forget but hey it’s okay! Whenever you remember to do so, save the Box Tops and eventually you will develop a habit. Maybe initially you will see it as a hassle, a waste of time, but don’t be discouraged. Donating Box Tops is like donating money to schools without breaking your bank account. They may only be worth ten cents, but eventually that ten cents becomes fifty cents, then a dollar and so on, those dollars and cents add up quickly. Think about every student bringing in a dollar each week or month, it adds up quickly!

Education is the key to our children’s future as well as ours, so why not help your local schools buy the things they need: books, computers, playground equipment and more. Be a part of a great cause, help improve our education system. Will you take that pledge? Will you help make a difference in children’s lives? Will you help make our future a little brighter? I know I will!

Check out these other awesome ways to save while helping:img_4396-1

Digital Coupons/Printable Coupons http://www.boxtops4education.com/coupons

Prime Pantry offers up to 20% savings which is an awesome perk!

Double the Cash for your school with the new bonus app:

In-Store Bonus Offers: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/in-store-offers                                                                                                                 img_4197-1

Collection Drive: http://www.boxtops4education.com/clipboard

Sweepstakes and Giveaways: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/bonus-winners

Moms, Reviews, Test Drive

Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

*** I was provided a vehicle to test drive for a week in exchange for my honest evaluation. These opinions are my own.***

So much to love about the Hyundai Elantra! Our family recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE. We are currently in the market for a new vehicle and this is great car for daily use. This vehicle is not super fancy (as in no sunroof, manual seat adjustments, no heated seats etc.), but it is safe, comfortable and great drive! Our Elantra has cloth seats which sort of made me nervous with a four year old. I feel like leather seats are easier to clean, in the event of a spill, or dirty shoes stepping on them, but luckily, we had no problems with that! I also limited what he was allowed to have in the test drive vehicle as far as food and drinks and put a towel down on the seat where he gets in. His toddler car seat fit in comfortably, installed easily, but adding a second carseat or adding big/tall adults on both sides would be a snug fit back there. Not to say it would be impossible, just not ideal for a longer road trip. Luckily, we live in Las Vegas where everything is about twenty minutes away!

In addition to a ‘normal’ mode for driving, there is a sport option and an eco option. I did not have much opportunity to test out the sport mode since I use this vehicle for commuting to work, which is a thirty mile round trip at the most and run a few errands on some days. Being environmentally conscious, I ended up using the eco setting for most of the week. I wanted to know that the eco mode meant I would not have to sacrifice performance for reducing my carbon footprint. At present, I drive an SUV and I do my best to conserve mileage knowing how much gas I use and how that impacts our environment – it’s rather embarrassing if we are being honest. (This is why I recycle – I have to offset somewhere!) I prefer to allow plenty of time for my arrival, even allowing for additional time in the event that there is traffic or an accident I need to get around since I do not like to be rushed when I am driving. For just normal, day to day driving, the eco setting works perfectly. I feel good knowing that not only am I limiting emissions, but I get more miles per gallon making my wallet happy too! The Hyundai Elantra is better than the average new car with gas mileage with 37 miles per gallon on the freeway and 28 miles per gallon in the city. I had a good mix of both so that combines to an average of 32 miles per gallon. So that means, with a fourteen gallon tank, I can drive to work and back without filling up about fifteen times! Does that make you happy or what?! 

The best part about this vehicle is America’s Best Warranty. You simply cannot beat Hyundai in this aspect. This is such an important feature as a busy mom who does not want to worry for several years about anything breaking to leave me stranded somewhere or figuring out how to pay for a big unexpected, but necessary expense. Their warranty is a standard feature!

  • Five years or 60 thousand miles for the New Vehicle Warranty
  • Ten years or 100 thousand miles for the Powertrain Warranty
  • Seven years (unlimited mileage) Anti-perforation Warranty
  • Five years (unlimited mileage) Roadside Assistance
    ***Limited warranties, see dealer for details***

For safety, the Elantra has ESM (electronic stability control), VSM (vehicle stability management) and ABS (anti-lock braking system) with brake assist. There is even a driver’s side knee airbag and curtain airbags. Just knowing they are there makes me feel secure. The back up camera is one of the best safety features especially in our neighborhood where kids play in the cul-de-sac and backing out of the driveway requires extra slow movement and complete awareness. It is also super helpful when exiting parking spaces in busy parking lots like at school and when shopping – Or if you just want to make sure you are properly centered in your parking space! I love using the Bluetooth feature for hands free calls and for my GPS from my phone also. Pairing with my phone is a breeze.

There is a compartment for my sunglasses for convenience and there are cup holders galore! There are two beside the shifter, two behind the front seat arm rest and one in each of the four doors – No room for thirst in the Elantra! The back seat does not have a dedicated center air vent, but the air flow from the front was plenty for my son. There are power windows, power locks, power side mirror adjustment and an a blind spot mirror inset on the driver’s side. The remote key unlocks all doors, the trunk and has an alarm too. 

There a lot of standard features that made me happy to be in a new car. I love cruise control especially since I drove from St. Rose Parkway to Floyd Lamb Park after driving from Ikea first. One feature I would have liked to have is electronic seat adjustments, but that is a tiny detail (I do not valet that often and do not share driving with anyone right now.) The Elantra is equipped with options to sync Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so I was happy to see my Samsung was welcome! Ha! As you may have read in previous vehicle test drives, I love SiriusXM satellite radio! When I am commuting to work, I giggle so much listening to the comedy stations. Other drivers must think I am nuts seeing me laughing out loud with no one else in the car. Use the in-dash 7 inch touchscreen (which displays the reverse camera) or change stations and adjust the volume right from the steering wheel – super handy! There is a USB plug and an auxiliary port as well as two 12V outlets right in front of the shift controls in a small bay that can hold mints and your garage door opener and can also be closed when you exit the vehicle. 

This model also comes with SHIFTRONIC although it is a 6-speed automatic transmission. SHIFTRONIC allows you to manually upshift and downshift without a clutch. There are even models with paddles on the steering wheel for shifting as well. Pretty cool, but I did not use that option. Mostly because I’m lazy, but I also did not think now would be a good time to try to learn it. I know how to drive a shift stick, but I would be looking for the clutch with this fancy new system and we live a pretty flat city…again, let’s hear it for ease and comfort! That’s right: Automatic! 

The stereo sounds great with speakers everywhere (six of them!) and the center arm rest has deep storage too. You can play CDs or hook up an MP3 player or iPod. Let me tell you, there was not one friend who saw the Elantra that did not tell me they were huge fans! Even guys who are all about cars. I was surprised, I was impressed. It is a really good looking car! For a midsize car, I was expecting to feel really small since I am used to driving a much bigger vehicle, but this was not the case. I had to actually look it up to see what weight class it was to be certain. What a great drive…As you see it here, this model retails for about $19 thousand. I really enjoyed this test drive and I have a feeling when I buy a new car, my list of potentials will include the Hyundai Elantra! That warranty!!! 

Here are our local Southern Nevada Hyundai dealers:

Centennial Hyundai Las Vegas

Henderson Hyundai Superstore

Hyundai of Las Vegas

Please see the Hyundai website will have more information and to build your own Hyundai Elantra SE!!!

Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Kids, Moms, Things To Do

Springs Preserve: Come Explore the World of Lights This Labor Day Weekend


Soon we will have to say our goodbyes to Spring Preserve’s current featured exhibit, “Playing with Lights”, ending Sunday, Sept 5. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this spectacular exhibit I implore you to do so immediately, like today! Their current featured exhibit is so much fun you will literally forget you’re actually learning, which makes this the perfect opportunity to bring the entire family to explore, play, and learn. There are so many different stations designed to ignite your child’s imagination and allow them to explore the science and physics behind light. With only a few days left of this super fun, educational exhibit; there’s no better way to spend the day, so fly faster than the speed of light and get on over there!







Here are a few of the super cool interactive stations that are currently set up:

  • Inside a Giant Kaleidoscope
  • Infrared Paint with Me Station
  • Make a Telescope
  • Laser Dodge
  • Freeze Your Shadow
  • Color Shadow
  • Sticky Light
  • Bendy Mirror  thumb-3


Your visit to Playing with Light is included with your admission ticket or current membership to Springs Preserve. Their hours are 10a – 6p and you can find the completely interactive light exhibit in Origen Museum. Play all day and even enjoy a delicious meal with gorgeous Las Vegas Valley views in Divine Cafe. Pro tip: Sunday Brunch!




Brunch, Food, Live Like a Local, Moms, New & Hot, Restaurants, Reviews

Bottiglia at Green Valley Ranch

Fitting that Bottiglia ( pronounced boh-TEE-yah) means “bottle” because even if you don’t go for the food you will want to be there for the drinks. Styled as a European yup-scale 1960s farmhouse chic restaurant it’s the perfect blend of retro elegance and modern touches. I could not help but imagine Audrey Hepburn here; Breakfast at Tiffanys? Brunch at Bottiglia! Picture a gastro pub that has been white washed, studded with reclaimed wood furniture, pastel fabrics, geometric chrome accents and sporadic wicker whimsy. They must have designed their drinks according to their decor. YES, I want my bellini to match my plush peach seat and YES, I would love for you to make my white sangria smell like the bouquet on the back of my chair damnit! And YES, I want my Malbec to be inspired by my velvety fig colored booth. Pinks, peaches, plums, gold and robin-egg- blues? I’ll drink all of it please…….Oh and I’ll be waiting for my drinks on the wrap around terrace if you don’t mind, thank you. I know what you are thinking: this sounds all very…… feminine.

Don’t let the décor fool you though the fine dining side of things could impress the likes of Anthony Bourdaine. This IS a fancy Italian restaurant and they’ve got the Lobster Fra’ Diavolo to prove it. I think we can all agree, Italian cuisine is all about love and you can tell where Chef Patrick’s heart is: The sea…. The sea of love….. I want to tell you just how much… I love his Halibut….. Among other things. One word ANTIPASTA. Their mastery of wood-smoked eggplant spread is only surpassed by their straight up ownership of lemon ricotta stuffed zucchini blossoms. The tuna carpaccio blushes as deep as the beets in the roasted beet salad. The chopped salad is nothing short of an orgy of tart, tang and sweet kiss of green grapes. The eggplant parmesan? Miniature like a ballerina and just as ‘en pointe’ ( sul punto in Italian) If you want to get some romance get intimate with the appetizers. You’ll go home satisfied.

But let’s get back to that Halibut. You put a piece of fish in front of me and all of a sudden I look like  teenager that just had her first drink. I giggle, I wiggle and smile. Most sushi chefs think I’m flirting with them. Maybe I am and I don’t realize it, but if I am, it’s only because I’m part penguin. For that reason, the Pan Roasted Halibut spoke to me, even though I don’t speak Italian or even understand most Italian, that fish and I understood each other. It knew I would adore it no matter what. But the condiments and garnish excited me more than the fish by itself. The fish was laid on a bed of faro (thick fluffy grain) with a water color green butter sauce, dollops of carrot puree and then the peas (ohlordthepeas!) The peas were short spring inspired love poems, each a pleasurable burst inside my mouth whispering sweet nothings to the fish.

They didn’t have to bring anything else out. But they did and to be completely honest The Shrimp Puttanesca and the Lobster Fra’ Diavolo could have their way with me too. I KNOW I sound like a cheating foodie perv but if I could have a menage`a trois of fish shrimp and lobster in one sitting every time I dine at Bottiglia….. I WOULD. Both the shrimp and the lobster are equally spicy and beautiful. While sexy in name, puttanesca, meaning whore’s pasta, in Italian has become slang for “a bunch of sh*t in the cupboard goes in the pasta”. Classically, you need the capers and olives to kick the ever loving crap out of you in order to make this dish a success, which is what made this my favorite of the pastas, because capers are my life. The creamy pink sauce on the lobster though was seriously indulgent. It was almost like a deconstructed lobster ravioli. But a warning: if you don’t like you food to look at you, request the face to be removed cause you get the entire lobster.

Dish after dish was placed and removed by what seemed like six different super models which made the dinner feel like a seduction. If I can’t be seduced in Italy then I’ll gladly take a little Italian seduction in Henderson. So…. while I’m in the mood, I’ll tease you with some dessert. I’ll give you some hints: one melts in your mouth and the other was filled with fun ….. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination… Bon Apetit!


Reserve your table today: Bottiglia at Green Valley Ranch ***BRUNCH SERVICE BEGINS SUNDAY 28 AUG 2016***

Family, Kid-Friendly, Moms, Reviews

Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
What I love about the Kia Optima Turbo… Where do I begin?! Let me just start by saying that I would not have thought to test drive a Kia before this opportunity. You can check all the specs of the Kia Optima online, but here we are going to discuss the look and feel of the car as a day to day driver. These are the details you want to know before you buy! There are a number of well-known car makers that will always be at the forefront of any vehicle search. Of course there is criteria to consider (2-door, 4-door…hybrid, SUV, etc.), but my search would always start off with brands I have known my whole life. Believe it or not, Kia was not one of them… Until now… 
I was really surprised and impressed right from the start! The romance began with that amazing new car smell to draw me right in. Who doesn’t love the smell of new leather?! The car I received for the test drive is a gorgeous pearlized white paired perfectly with the sporty, glam look of merlot leather interior. Yes, that is what struck me first! Despite having a car seat strapped in the center of the back seat, I still felt like I was behind the wheel of a sports car. 
The Kia Optima Turbo is quite the looker with its aerodynamic design, red wheels and panoramic sunroof/moonroof. I was especially surprised about its get up and go. Well, being a Turbo edition should have clued me in! I was very happy with the handling as I have noted even nice, high end cars do not always have the turn radius I think they should. I have owned cars with strong engines including a ’71 Mustang, a BMW, a Chrysler 300, and a Porsche Cayenne, so I’m no stranger to cars with power! I love the innovation of automated deceleration as there are some sharp turns in the Valley! I could feel the output drop when I would be taking a turn like a clover leaf freeway ramp. In addition, while in traffic, if someone were to enter my lane too closely ahead of me, there was instant reaction by the vehicle. So cool! I felt super safe at all times. With my son, safety is the absolute top priority.
Speaking of safety, back up sensors are so key – in addition to notification for stationary objects you may bump into, there is also a sensor to alert you if a car is passing behind you, crossing your path as you back up from a parking space, for example. There are back up cameras too, which I love, but having work in the insurance industry in a former life, I still check every corner and move at a snail’s pace in parking lot situations and especially when in reverse. The center dashboard screen for the back up cameras is a must, especially since we have a neighbor kid who wanders out of the house often. I live in a cul-de-sac and so I have that false sense of security that I am only a few doors from the end of the block so no one should be passing behind the car, right?! Wrong! I have looked back to see a little face standing not too far from the end of our driveway. It is truly a frightening sight! I would never want anyone to be hurt and back up cameras are so helpful as an additional precaution, and at night, it is a no brainer…not to mention the help while backing into a space or illuminating your path at night!
More AWESOME PERKS include that gorgeous panoramic sunroof/moon roof. At night, we could see the stars and the moon while daytime meant watching planes traverse our gorgeous blue skies. I normally drive an SUV and switching to a car may feel like I am downsizing. I did not feel that way at all! In fact, feeling cramped is not an issue when you can practically peel open the entire top of the Kia Optima Turbo! You are wired and ready for Sirius XM radio so you will never have a loss for listening options. The Bluetooth for hands-free dialing was extremely easy to set up and the sound quality on both ends of phone calls was stellar. No problems, no delays in sound, it was a breeze. I like that I could use GPS from my phone or use the GPS navigation. I prefer using my phone’s GPS since I have a lot of saved addresses right at my finger tips, but having both options is really nice. Radio and call options are also easily accessible from the steering wheel so distractions are kept to a minimum. It’s a Harman Kardon too – BTW, for the audio nerds reading this! *insert secret handshake here*
There’s a push button start which is beyond brilliant. You don’t have to worry about losing your key either! I always have a latch for my keys. With the keyless entry system, I just latch my keys onto my purse and as soon as I’m near the car door, it unlocks! I never unlatch my keys! It is a small detail, but if (like me!) you are notorious for misplacing keys or locking yourself out of the car (most recently, the wind shut my car door behind me while I placed my purse on my seat to throw a sweater on!), you will appreciate this detail. 
Cup holders for everyone! Not only are there cup holders in the center console, but in every door – Keep hydrated, my friends! I also love that there is a seat warmer/cooler and a way to save the seat settings so when you valet, or if your honey drives, you don’t have to get in and reset everything. There is a USB connection and multiple charging outlets (does anyone still refer to them as cigarette lighters?!) including a couple in the back of the center console/arm rest so your back seat passengers will not have to share or wait their turn. My son loved having his own ‘personal wind’ for dedicated air flow. two separate vents to aim in different directions. There are also shades on the back windows to keep your toddler from having a complete meltdown because the sun is shining on them. Spoiled, much?!
If anyone is looking into a new car, you absolutely have to try the Kia Optima Turbo. They really did blow me away with this test drive. Like I said, you could still feel like you are driving a sports car with plenty of leg room for multiple passengers and car seats! I took a trip to Costco and even took a friend to the airport so you know there is TONS of trunk space too so load up and take a road trip in your new ride…
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Moms, Parenting

Becoming the Woman I Want My Daughters To Be

Have you ever seen a behavior in someone else that turned you off, only to later realize that you are guilty of the same behavior? I have found myself in this place lately.  I realized that it is important that I become or am becoming the woman I would like my daughters to be one day. I want my daughters to have their priorities straight and be strong women each with strong character. The hard part about this is that I am their primary role model and they are influenced by me more than anyone else.  So I have been doing a lot of self examination and I don’t exactly like some of the things I have forced myself to see. I find it easy to spot someone else’s shortcomings, but when reviewing my own actions, I sometimes miss that I am guilty of doing some of the same things. One trait I see in myself that I can’t stand in others is that I am materialistic.  I am so disgusted when people flaunt there possessions or feel that a fancy pair of shoes or an expensive bag can make them better than the next person. But guess what?! I make  it a priority to have fancy shoes and expensive bags! Somehow in my mind I am not as bad because I am not showing it off on social media and bragging about it in my social circles. The truth is my children more than anyone else see that these material things hold value to me. And seriously, what stupid goals to have! I would never want my girls to set goals that consist of buying ridiculously expensive stuff to determine their worth. Now don’t get me wrong , I fully believe in caring for yourself and presenting your best self, but this should not mean that you have to spend thousands of dollars to achieve that. I would love for my girls to feel just as good about themselves in a nice clean pressed outfit from a discount super store as they would in a outfit from one of the most expensive brand name stores.  Now the big problem for me is that I need to change. I need to stop wasting money on stupid stuff and get my priorities straight. I have to be less brand focused so that my girl don’t grow up to be brand focused. With all the bragging on social media that I see, I really need to be a strong positive role model at home for my girls so they don’t get sucked into that nonsense like I did.