Kia Optima LX Turbo

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Last week I had the pleasure of test driving a Kia Optima LX Turbo.  That sure was a treat!  I’m so used to driving around a minivan, having the opportunity to drive a car was so much fun.

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First of all, the car was gorgeous.  Really nice looking on the outside and the inside was not only easy on the eyes, but super comfortable.  I felt like I was driving a luxury vehicle.  The Kia Optima had great pick up.  I definitely sped a little too often without even realizing it.  Of course my favorite feature on the car, as is with most KIAs, was the back up camera.  It sure makes life a whole lot easier when I can simply look on the screen and see almost all of my blind spots.  I also really love how the car beeps at me when someone is getting too close to me, or I’m getting too close to a ditch.  What a great feature!

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The KIA Optima gets 32 MPG, which in my eyes is amazing!  It’s very fuel efficient and has a lot of great safety features including dual front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, traction control system, and the tire pressure monitoring system.  One thing that really surprised me about this vehicle was how absolutely huge the trunk space was.  Both my mother-in-law and I went grocery shopping and bought over two carts full of stuff.  I thought for sure we would have to put some bags in the back seat.  I was shocked they all fit with room for more bags!

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I highly recommend the KIA Optima LX Turbo to men and women of all ages and all walks of life.  It really is a great vehicle!

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When There Are No Easy Answers ~ Book Review

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About the book:

Christians often assume they’re equipped to deal with tragedy if it enters their lives, but like most people, think it never really will. What happens, then, when we follow God’s will to the best of our abilities and heartbreak strikes? Do we mean it when we implore “Have Thine own way, Lord” or does that only apply in times of blessings or small, manageable hurts?

 

Our Review:

This is an awesome book! Feinberg has outdone himself with thinking outside the box! I loved reading this book. Not only did it answer questions I have been asking myself but it opened my eyes to a different way of thinking about things that may happen in my life and/or the lives of others. Again, another great read from Kregel Publications!

For more information on this publication visit: http://www.kregel.com/busqueda?txt=easy%20answers

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The Cantaloupe Theif ~ Book Review

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About the book:

Branigan Powers knows a good story when she sees onemdashand the ten-year-old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick’s murder definitely makes the cut. Resnick was stabbed in her home after she let it slip that she was planning to change her will. There are plenty of suspects in the death of the matriarch of the town’s founding family, but the killer has never been caught.

Our Review:

This is a Branigan Powers Mystery. I admit I have never read any Branigan Powers Mysteries before….but it is not necessary… this novel stands alone! Like all good mysteries this one is suspensful and full of drama! It is a great read for mystery lovers! This novel is not only riviting but is a great read because of the setting and characters beautifully penned by Deb Richardson-Moore. The author created a beautiful world for her novel! Do not delay pick up a copy today!

For more information on this publication visit: http://www.kregel.com/busqueda?txt=thief

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Like a River From Its Course ~ Book Review

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The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler’s blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the constant siege was only the beginning for her citizens. In this sweeping historical saga, Kelli Stuart takes the reader on a captivating journey into the littlemdashknown history of Ukraine’s tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.

Our Review:

This was an awesome read! Wonderful Historical Fiction! This really was a testament of faith in a time when the world was upside down! I enjoyed this read and highly recommend this book!

 

For more information on this publication visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/like-a-river-from-its-course/

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Lethal Harvest ~ Book Review

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In order to save the president’s life, a brilliant embryologist– the president’s nephew–made a “devil’s bargain” with a secret group of federal agents. But Tim Sullivan’s illegal genetic manipulations of human embryos place everyone he knows at risk. Before he can finish his work, a freakish accident kills him and leaves only troubling questions behind.

Our Revew:

This is a great read! It is tough to put down once you start reading … very riviting! I liked how the author’s wove the tale into modern day society. This is one book you will want to pick up and read!

For more information on this publication visit: http://www.kregel.com/busqueda?txt=lethal

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Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells

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The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells is one of the Dell’s hidden treasures. The Wilderness has it all under one roof! We were able to host our first annual family reunion at the Wilderness and had a great time! We opted for accommodations in the 5 bedroom retreat cabin which housed our family of 18 wonderfully. There were enough bedrooms and ample space for everyone to enjoy the gathering for the weekend. The retreat cabin is a Wilderness property off the main “facility” BUT since it is part of the Wilderness we were able to get shuttle service to and from our cabin and the resort. It was very nice to be able to use the shuttle service and not worry about loading and unloading children and acessories into a car and driving back and finding parking. The shuttle is a great service.

While we were at the Wilderness we were able to use many of the amenities . We went to all four indoor water parks – the Wild West, Klondike Kavern, Cubby’s Cove and the Wild WaterDome . We must say that we enjoyed the WaterDome the best! It is home to the country’s largest indoor wave pool capable of generating waves up to 5 feet tall. This waterpark is also really neat because it features a see-through roof which that allows you to tan indoors year round and it is home to Margarita’s swim-up bar, a nice retreat for adults.


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We also utilized the Wild Fun Pass during our trip… which at a cost of $24.95 gave us a valued savings on some of the most popular attractions at the resort. It Includes admission to two 3D mini golf courses, bumper boats, the resort’s amazing two-story laser tag arena , a fun laser maze, an indoor ropes course with over 40 challenges, indoor go-karts and more! The kids were more than tired out after a day in the waterparks and the fun times we had using our Wild Fun Passes.

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The Wilderness was really perfect for a reunion because the resort has everything underone roof. no need to go off the grounds.
This was a vacation that will provided us with memories that last a lifetime! The kids said, “When can we come back? This was the best vacation ever!” We are already planning our next reunion at the Wilderness and cannot wait to return!

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RAV 4

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As a mom of two children, with another on the way, what I drive is so important.  I need something the kids can get into quickly & easily, and be comfortable for short trips to practice and long trips for vacation.  As our family grows I need lots of trunk space as well, so I can transport all of their sports equipment, buy enough groceries for the week, and load up with luggage for a trip.

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I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of space the Toyota RAV 4 offered my family the week I had the opportunity to drive it.  Both of my kids’ car seats fit easily in the backseat, with room between so they weren’t on top of each other.  The trunk was very large and had more than enough room for our family of four.

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The RAV 4 drove very smooth.  I loved how it would “alert” me when I would get too close to the center line or too close to the shoulder.  It was nice having another set of eyes looking after my driving.  The seats were very comfortable, and the entire dashboard area was quite spacious.  I felt like I had a lot of space while driving, not cramped at all.  The back up camera was super helpful.  My driveway is a very long downhill road, so the camera helped immensely.  The RAV 4 has great gas mileage, 22 city and 29 highway.  It also has impressive safety ratings.  Overall it received 5 stars, which is the highest.

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Overall, I really enjoyed test driving the RAV 4.  It would be a great vehicle for a family of four or less.  To find out even more information about the RAV 4, check out their website:

http://www.toyota.com/rav4/

 

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My Toddler Bible ~ Book Review

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Fans of Chris Embleton-Hall’s cheerfully distinctive artwork will be eager to see this new Bible! Twenty stories–nine from the Old Testament and eleven from the New–are retold in a concise and friendly manner in a rounded, easy-to-read font. Very, very bright, and very, very fun!

Our Review:

We love this toddler Bible it is very engaging and colorful! My children love the artwork. I loe that my older children can easily read to the young ones. It is also so engaging that my little ones love to pick it up and look at the pictures!

 

For more infromation on this publication visit: http://www.kregel.com/childrens-bibles-and-reference/my-toddler-bible/

 

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gb Pockit Blog Blast

“This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central.”

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The gb Pockit Stroller is a great innovation! We love that it can old up and fit in a bag!!!! Look at the versatility below! Not only is it funcational and offeres everything a regular stroller does it is compact! We must admit it is better than your average umbrealla variety!

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The gb Pockit Stroller is available at Babies R US online and near you!

Remember to be a part of the gb Pockit Twitter Party too! Get some information and potentially win a prize!

 

  • Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • Time: 1 – 2 PM ET
  • Moderators: @MomCentral
  • Brand Participants: @GBChildUSA
  • Party hashtags: #gbPockit
  • Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will receive $50 Amex gift cards and 1 grand prize winner will receive the gb Pockit Stroller
  • Party Focus: We’ll be chatting about family adventures, whether a jet-setting vacation or a weekend getaway, the gb Pockit gives on-the-go Moms a portable stroller, ideal for all of our family travels.

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Toyota Sienna

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I was pretty excited to test out the 2015 Toyota Sienna last week.  As a mom of two, and one on the way, minivans are a must in our family!  I need a vehicle that makes it easy to drive, shop, run errands, and get in & out of the vehicle as quickly and conveniently as possible.  The Toyota Sienna went above my expectations, and fit well in our family.

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To begin with, it gets 19 miles per gallon, 23 highway miles.  This is great since I live in the country and have to drive at least 10 miles to get anywhere.  I drive the highway a lot, so I really liked that the side mirrors would light up if there was a car in my blind spot.  The GPS was great! It was nice that I could still hear it even with a movie playing for the kids.

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The kids really enjoyed the wide screen DVD player.  They thought it was pretty neat that it was so wide.  I liked it, too, since I was still able to see behind me even when it was down.  I also liked that the Sienna had heated seats & steering wheel.  Living in the Midwest, most mornings are chilly so it’s a nice touch.

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Another great feature was that the third row seating stowed.  We travel a lot and usually have a lot of luggage, so that makes it much more manageable.  My absolute favorite part of the Sienna were the plastic containers that go in the trunk.  They have to be removed when you stow the seats, so I used them for all of my grocery bags.  It was so nice to not have the bags flying around my trunk.  I also then just carried the whole container into the house, took all of my bags out, and was able to only make one trip.

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If you are looking for lots of safety features, tons of convenience, a roomy and smooth ride, and a great family car, you should definitely consider a Toyota Sienna.  I highly recommend it!

www.ToyotaSienna.com

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