What I Wore – Work Fashion

Belk Dress J Howard

Recently, my husband told me that I needed to add more color to my wardrobe. Since I work outside of the home, my colors mainly represent the college where I am employed. It is an easy routine to fall into but I do want to take my husband’s advice and add more color to my life.

As I was browsing at Belk.com, I found this J Howard sheath dress on clearance. The style, the fit, and the colors make me smile. The fabric is very comfortable which is very important since I wear a dress almost 10 hours a day.

This is a reminder to step out of your regular routine and purchase an item that goes against your wardrobe. It will bring extra smiles to your day and will give your wardrobe an extra lift. This is a brand that I had never heard of, but will be keeping my eye on when I am browsing at Belk’s.

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!


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. 

Family Reviews the 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

On our most recent road trip to Disney World, we had the pleasure of test driving our very first hybrid vehicle, 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid. Toyota graciously partnered with us on this road trip. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Click on the below picture to get a small glimpse into our road trip.

2016 Toyota Rav 4 Review

This was a sweet ride. We are a family of four and had plenty of leg room for us all. The only downside was all of our luggage and souvenirs. Since we were gone a total of 8 days and had all the medical things needed for my youngest daughter, we did run out of room in the back. My husband knows how to organize, so he did get us back home with everything.

As you see in the video, the interior is very elegant. The brown and black leather really makes this vehicle feel very upscale without the exhorbiant price. My husband and I both enjoyed the dual zone automatic climate control. I freeze all the time, my husband always gets hot. The dual zone will eliminate any fighting over the temperature. The heated seats were great as well when we were on the road early morning. My husband did like the feel of the leather steering wheel. Again, this gave luxurious feeling without the hefty price.

When you are in a vehicle for a 10 hour road trip, radio sound is a big key to a positive road trip. We enjoyed the Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation during the trip. Our family did our own sing-along to the 70s and 80s music.

The gas mileage was amazing. We averaged 33 mpg the entire trip. The RAV4 Hybrid adds extra thrills with 194 net horsepower and outstanding acceleration.

Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid Battery

While my husband was driving, I would check out the apps available as you can see above. It was interesting to see when we were running on battery power. When we were running on battery power, there would be no motor noise. As you are driving, you can leave this screen on so the energy monitor can indicate the operation of the gas engine, electric motor and hybrid battery. It provides real-time information showing how power is being used, and even how the battery is being charged. My husband, the auto geek, loved seeing the real-time information.

This Rav4 is a 2.5L, 4-cylinder. Check out the full specs on the Toyota Hybrid website.

Toyota, you have done an amazing job! A vehicle for the future for sure coupled with great comfort.

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