Summer Cruising In The Mazda CX-5! #DriveMazda @MazdaUSA @DriveShopUSA #Ad

    As many of you know, red is absolutely my favorite color.  You can imagine how excited I was to see the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring parked in front of my driveway in candy apple red!  When I realized that I would have the opportunity to drive such a beautiful car in my favorite color, I knew that we were sure to have a memorable week.  Our drive out to a local resort that weekend would certainly be a classy one.     I have to be completely honest, I have driven other Mazda models in the past and I loved them but I couldn't help feeling like they really outdid themselves when they designed the CX-5.  You really do get the best of both worlds with this vehicle because is is the perfect size to accommodate a family of four like ours but sporty looking enough to not have that whole minivan vibe that I personally like to avoid.     The CX-5 comfortably seats 5 and has a lot of legroom.  My 12 year-old commented about this throughout our entire road trip.  He loved that he was … [Read more...]

Make Driving Safely A Family Affair! #VamosConCuidado @Allstate #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of the Allstate Foundation and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     This June, my oldest is turning eleven years old and I am bracing myself to address some of the changes that will arise due to his being a tween and eventually a teenager.  Believe it or not, he is already asking me about when he will be able to drive and it is definitely a topic that I am apprehensive about because I understand the safety concerns that are involved with teen drivers.     Many years ago, my teenage cousin was driving his parents and sister home from a family gathering when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed.  He and his father died in the accident and his mother and sister spent weeks recovering in the hospital.  Due to this traumatic incident, I have always been afraid of the day that my own sons would finally get … [Read more...]

Keep Your Kids Safe And Comfortable With Seat Pets And Tummy Stuffers! #Review #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seat Pets and Tummy Stuffers.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Whenever we are planning a road trip, we always take into consideration how we can keep our boys safe and comfortable in the backseat.  Let's be honest, even the best behaved kids can get tired and frustrated during a long car ride and it is important to plan ahead to keep them happy.  You definitely don't want to plan your next road trip without Seat Pets and Tummy Stuffers!     My seven year old loves to play with his electronics in the car and he sometimes falls asleep while he is playing with them.  We love our Seat Pet Lincoln the Lion because my son is able to cuddle with him during road trips.  My husband and I especially love the fact that it he loves Lincoln so much that he is eager to strap on his seatbelt the moment he gets into the car.  It is a relief to know that his Seat Pet motivates him to be concerned about his safety.     Aside from his … [Read more...]

How Can You Keep Your Children Entertained On Holiday Road Trips? #KiaHolidays

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Kia Motors     The holidays are coming and many of you are probably planning some road trips that will take you to the homes of friends or family members in order to spend this special time with them.  If you have children like we do, planning for a road trip can become a little more complicated.     After all, children do not have the patience that adults have when it comes to sitting in a car for hours.  As a result, parents have to get creative when it comes to making sure that their children are kept happy and content throughout the long ride.  Being that we have taken many road trips with our children, there are some special steps that we always take to make these rides run a lot more smoothly.     We have found that planning in advance for the music that we play in the car makes a world of difference.  Our boys love to sing along with Christmas Carrols and holiday music so we always pack a variety of CDs that they can sing … [Read more...]

Just Drive!

      Lately, driving home from work has been a nightmare. It seems like I cannot get home fast enough to my husband and my boys and all that stands in my way are a bunch of people who simply do not know how to drive. Now, I'm sure you have all heard about the traffic in New York City and how it is basically "dog eat dog." That doesn't even begin to describe drivers in the Big Apple or all of the moronic things that I have been seeing people doing while they were driving lately.  I invite you to see New York City traffic through my eyes...     Let's begin with the lady who obviously didn't have enough time to put on her makeup at home one morning. At first, I wasn't sure why she kept stopping short in front of me but I immediately realized the reason when I drove up next to her. She was applying a full face of makeup, including eye liner and mascara, in her rear-view mirror. The reason why she kept stopping was that she was attempting to control the steering wheel between her … [Read more...]