2017 Toyota Sienna Review

We are on the road several times a month to Children’s Hospital for L’s doctor appointments. There are many times that we have to leave early in the morning in order to be there on time for our 8:00am appointment. We were delighted to test drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna on one of our recent clinic days. Check out which feature was M and L’s favorite!

Four Rules of the Road All Teen Parents Need to Know

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This will be my view in a year. My oldest daughter will be driving the highways. How is this possible? You can imagine the worries that are already settling into my brain. Did you know there are over ten million teenage drivers in the United States? It’s okay, don’t panic! But with so many new drivers on the road, it is critical that we encourage our kids to make the right choices any time they get behind the wheel.

With Teen Driver Safety Week taking place this week, Growth Energy has a few tips for teens – and their parents – to encourage smart, safe choices before hitting the road.

Buckle Up: Buckling up saves lives, it is that simple. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognizes that seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers in cars by 45 percent and light-truck occupants by 60 percent. Since 1975, buckling up has saved an estimated 255,000 lives. Unfortunately, teens are least likely to use a seatbelt compared with other age groups. We should remind our kids that a simple act that takes two seconds to complete can have profound consequences.

Avoid Distractions: According to the Pew Research Center, over 80 percent of 16 and 17 year olds have cell phones, most texting a mile a minute. And half of teenagers say they’ve been in a car while the driver was actively texting. It is not a surprise then to learn that ten percent of all fatal wrecks with teen drivers were a result of distracted driving. Remind your teen that they need to put the phones down and focus on the road. Keeping the number of passengers in the car to a minimum is also valuable advice.

Maintain a Safe Car: National Teen Driver Safety Week falls right in the middle of Fall Car Care Month. This is a good reminder that vehicle maintenance is a necessary chore. Be sure your teen knows when to change their oil, check tire pressure and schedule regular maintenance. All these things will help keep your teen’s car running optimally and safely.

Fuel Choice: Drivers today have more fuel options than ever before. Teen drivers who drive 21st century vehicles should consider a modern fuel option – E15. This fuel option is 15 percent ethanol, up from the 10 percent ethanol blend found in E10 – the fuel most of us are already using in our vehicles. Although drivers have been using E10 for years, the additional benefits of E15 may be news to many:

– Lower-cost: Teens on a budget (and moms!) are always looking to save a buck. Ethanol lowers the cost of gasoline, and choosing E15 will keep more money in their wallets.

– Environmentally-conscious: Many teenagers care deeply about the wellbeing of the environment. After all, they’re going to be dealing with the effects of global warming and pollution for decades to come. Ethanol is a homegrown, eco-friendly biofuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and replaces toxic alternatives which have been proven to cause cancer and smog. Using E15 will help make the air we breathe cleaner and healthier for generations to come.

– Good for their car: E15 is a modern fuel that is a high-performance option for any car made since 2000. It runs cooler and causes less wear and tear on expensive engine parts.

To find the closest E15 station, you and your teen can visit www.GetEthanol.com and begin to take advantage of this next generation fuel today!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This is a topic we feel passionate about. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

My Family Surprised Me With….

I’m just going to say it. It is hard to spend money on myself. Normally, the extra spending each month goes towards doctor visits or my girls. Paying doctors and meeting my daughters needs are my top priorities, so it is very rare that I will buy something just for me. My husband came home about a week ago, and said he was in our local Belk’s store and noticed a brown purse. The purse that has been my sidekick for the last year started to fall apart but it was still usable. Since I am very frugal, I told my husband that I couldn’t imagine paying $50 for a purse. Let’s wait till Black Friday and maybe it would have a big discount.

When I was waiting on my daughter to get out of dance class, I strolled through Belk and laid eyes on the purse. Immediately, my heart was with the purse. As time goes by, I decide to walk away. $50 on sale is a great deal, but $50 could purchase a lot of grocery items.

Fast forward two days and my husband and daughters meet me in the living room when I come in from work. All three have giant smiles across their faces. What did they pull off? Their money was pulled together along with two coupons and the much-wanted purse was purchased for a total of $33. You can imagine my face when the family presented me with this huge surprise. My oldest daughter said, now you do not have to worry about trying to find room for all of L’s medicine. Bless her heart! My family pulled off a huge surprise and I am extremely grateful.

Check out this beautiful Nine West purse!

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Purse: Nine West at Belk
Pants and Shirt: Belk
Wedge Shoes: Crocs
Cardigan: Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.

OXO Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review

It’s no secret this household loves coffee. Even my daughter M has acquired a taste for coffee. I may have screamed a little when this new coffee maker showed up on our porch from Influenster.

Every single morning, the first thing I do when I get out of bed is walk to the kitchen and brew my coffee. After using the OXO coffee maker for two weeks, I can say that the coffee is way better than coffee from my old coffee pot. With my old coffee pot, the taste was never as good when I order from Starbucks or any other coffee shop. The coffee always seemed watered down and not as strong. The OXO Barista Brain boils the water at the perfect temperature which is needed for a good cup of coffee. Another perk is I can chooser either to make 2 cups or 9 cups. Most mornings, I am brewing coffee for myself but there are other times when I want to brew an entire pot if company is over visiting us. As soon as you take the first sip, you will notice a difference in the coffee. Also, the coffee stays warm for a long time in the stainless steel carafe.

The sleek design goes well in our kitchen. Check out my full video review below by clicking on the picture. You will see the coffee maker is easy to use. Scoop your coffee, pour the water in and hit the button. Great coffee every time. I have tried Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffee in the coffee maker. Both brewed great!

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Click picture to watch full video review

Disclosure: I received this product for free for testing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

Amazing and Soft Disney Tees

Our family is a bit obsessed with Disney World. One day we will be annual pass holders. I’m just putting it out there to the universe. Disney helps us forget about the daily worries and just enjoy the magic. My oldest daughter M, is very obsessed with all things Disney. She finds the cutest Disney shops and has turned me into a big fan of these shops as well.

M scoped out these shirts for our Disney trip in May. Her shirt says, Mickey Ears, Dole Whips, Castle Selfies, Starbucks, The Disney Life. Pretty awesome, right? My shirt says, Disney Life, Happy Wife. We both got stopped multiple times in the park to receive compliments about our shirts. Both of these shirts are from CafeFortySeven. The shirts are very soft and the screen print is excellent quality. The shirts have been washed multiple times since May and are holding up great.

Walt Disney World Tees

Just this last week, another Disney shirt arrived on our doorstep because M had scoped out another amazing shop. She adores Oh Yeah Disney’s Youtube channel and they happen to have an apparel shop as well! Isn’t her Finding Dory shirt cute? “What would Dory do?” M says the quality is great as well with the same soft feeling.

Disney World Tee Shirts

This is not a sponsored post as we purchased these shirts. We are just in love with them and wanted to pass along these awesome Disney shops. Christmas is just around the corner. Perfect gift opportunities for your Disney loving friends!

 

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