Cruise comfortably with the 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L #DriveKia

2016 Kia Sedona SX-L

If your family is looking for a spacious and comfortable vehicle, look no further than the 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L. I was recently able to test this minivan out for a week on our family vacation. Not only is it comfy, but it comes complete with all the bells and whistles. I was blown away.

Here are some of my favorite features:

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The Surround View Monitor feature is amazing! This not only lets you see what’s behind you, but it also helps you make sure you’ve parked straight. It alerts you if you are too close to something in front of or behind you as well.

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The push button start feature. Call me old fashioned, but this concept was totally new to me. Of course, there is a key, but it’s not the kind of key that goes into the ignition.

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It is a Smart Key. I was glad to learn that the car will not start unless the key is in the car, so someone couldn’t simply run off with the car without that key.

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The automatic sliding side doors were pretty sweet. With the push of a button, the doors would open and close. I was really into all of the buttons that this car had to offer.

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And there were ALOT of buttons. Buttons on the dash, buttons on the steering wheel, buttons on the console. SO many buttons. We were really utilizing the buttons for the air conditioner since we were in Texas. In July. It was HOT! There were different temperature options for the front and back of the car, which  helped keep us all comfortable.

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Speaking of heat. This retractable sun shade was pretty handy. It can be lowered into the door when not in use. It helps with keeping the temperature down as well as cut down on the glare.

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Then there was the radio and the navigation system. Not only could you choose from the local radio stations, but you could also use the Sirius XM satellite radio with tons of stations. Seeing as we were out of our area, the navigation system helped us to get to all of the places we needed to go such as the local grocery store or tourist attraction. The voice command was really helpful, but you have the option to mute it if you like. The touch screen, offered other options such as avoiding toll roads or highways, just to name a couple.

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Most importantly, this car offered so much room. Our family of five is used to being kind of scrunched up into a five seater, but this car offers seating for eight! The kids had plenty of room to spread out and have their own space.

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The kids had so much space in fact, that they all managed to hide from me in this picture. That center console you see also lifts up to become a seat. Pretty nifty. When needed, we had room for some of our family we were visiting to join us.

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The seats themselves were so comfortable and offered a good amount of legroom. No one complained about being cramped at any time.

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The trunk was nice too. Again, at the push of a button, the door to the trunk opens and closes. There was plenty of room for all of our luggage, groceries, etc. while we were using it, but if you needed more room, the seats have a folding feature as well.

We really enjoyed using this car for the week. It was a bit hard to say goodbye to it as it spoiled us greatly. It got good gas mileage ranging from 19-22 mpg. Things like blind spot detection and lane drift alert were also a special treat. You’ve gotta love all the tech that was put into this car.

Go here to learn more about the Kia Sedona.

Disclosure: I was able to test drive the Kia Sedona SX-L for a week for free in exchange for this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Vitafive Gummy Vitamins Review and Reader Discount

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Taking supplements doesn’t have to be complicated or inconvenient. What if all of your supplements were all in one pack, ready to go each day? Well they can be, with Vitafive. Vitafive offers custom gummy vitamin packs that are sent on a 4-week subscription basis. Choose from beauty, sleep, active, immune, essential, brain, and heart or create your own custom pack. Packs can be made for children or adults.

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Each box comes with 28 packs that are pre-packaged for each day of the week. They even write your name on the packs. I tried the brain pack which contains 4 Omega-3 and 2 Vitamin D3. Omega-3 and Vitamin D. I found the gummies to be delightful. They had a good flavor and it saved me time in the morning. I’m definitely a fan of this service. I hope you will be too.

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Master Pan Review and Exclusive Reader Discount


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If you are looking to simplify your life in the kitchen, you have to check out the Master Pan. I was sent one recently to try and I am excited to share my Master Pan Review with you. As you can see, the pan features 5 sections for cooking which makes for great portion control. This is also perfect for families who have picky eaters because you can keep all of the different foods separate.

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The pan fits on one burner of the stove, as you can see from the bottom of the pan, and distributes the heat throughout the entire pan.

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My family likes breakfast, A LOT! So naturally, the first thing I thought to make using this pan was breakfast. I would normally have several pans out to make a meal like this, but this one pan can handle it all. The center of the pan gets the hottest, so that is where you would put the meat. It’s cool how it makes little grill lines on my turkey bacon. It makes it look very fancy.  As you can see, I added eggs to the left side of the pan and some sausage and hash browns to the right side. Because the center of the pan gets the hottest, I was able to cook several more slices of bacon while the other items were cooking.

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Here is the finished product. Eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and fruit. A complete meal. All made with just one pan! Cleanup is super easy too. The pan contains a Non-Teflon quality nonstick surface, so cleaning it is as easy as a light scrub in some soapy water.

The Master Pan can be used for so much more than just breakfast. You can actually put it in the oven for up to an hour at 350 degrees. Be sure to check out the recipes on their site for more ideas.

I can see myself using this pan for many meals and I do believe I will be taking it camping this summer.  While the Master Pan works great for my family of five, it would also be ideal for college students, newlyweds, empty nesters and, well, basically everyone should have one.

Buy it: Sweet Deals 4 Moms readers can get a special $20 off discount on the Master Pan. Regular price is $69.99. Use code MP218 to get $20 off, making your final cost $49.99 with free shipping. Click here for yours.

Disclosure: I was sent free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Kids Natural Calm Multi Review & Giveaway (Ends 7/7)

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When it comes to multi vitamins, our kids deserve the very best. As parents, we know that good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health and is vital for proper development. There are so many supplements on the market for kids, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for your family. I recently came across Kids Natural Calm Multi after doing some research of my own on kids vitamins. What I happened to be looking for at the time was a children’s vitamin that contained magnesium. Kids Natural Calm Multi delivers in that area and offers so much more. Needless to say I was super excited when they reached out to me for a review.

Magnesium is an essential mineral. Magnesium defieciency is very common these days, but often goes undiagnosed. Magnesium influences so many bodily processes including digestion, energy production, muscle function, bone formation, creation of new cells and so much more. Lack of magnesium in the body can result in a variety of conditions such as stress, low energy, fatigue, inability to sleep, headaches, anxiousness, nervousness, irritability and more. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.

Kids Natural Calm Multi consists of 24 Organic Fruits and Veggies. They incorporate superfruits (organic pomegranate, açaí, goji and noni), fruits (apple, banana, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, mango, orange, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry and tart cherry) and vegetables (beets, broccoli, carrot, collard greens, kale, peas, pumpkin, spinach and tomato). Special care is taken to ensure that no pesticide, herbicide or fungicide residues, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified ingredients were included in the formula.

The Omega-3 DHA & EPA in the formula comes from fish oil which is sourced from the purest wild sardine and anchovy, fished in cold, pristine waters off South America where there are significantly less environmental impurities.

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This was the bottle that I received for this review. It’s a good size at 30 fl oz. It will last my family a couple of months. I can actually see the minerals in it when I pour it out. Some settling does occur in the bottle, so I usually store it upside down between uses and then give it a real good shake to be sure that we’re getting all of the good stuff each time I pour it.

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Kids Natural Calm Multi features an organic fruity splash flavor, sweetened with organic stevia. To use, simply mix with an equal amount of water or add to juice. I use 2 tablespoons of it, mixed with 2 tablespoons of water. It’s recommended for kids ages 4 through 13.

I know with my own kids, who can be picky eaters, it can be hard to be sure they are getting all of these essential minerals, so giving them a good quality supplement just feels like the right thing to do. If you are looking for a good supplement, give Kids Natural Calm Multi a try. Buy it.

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Pfister Pfirst Series Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Review

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Our house is what you might consider a bit dated and a fixer upper. I have been working on getting things updated one step at a time which has been a slow process. The kitchen has kind of taken a backseat primarily due to the expense of a kitchen remodel. It’s just not in the budget. One simple way to make a big  impact is with your faucet.

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It’s amazing how just one thing can make such a big difference. Here is what I was working with before. As you can see, it wasn’t bad, but it was kind of meh.

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When Pfister offered the Pfirst Series Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet for review, I jumped all over it. I just love the luxurious look of it. It makes my sink feel twice as big because of the generous overhead space it gives. I can wash big pots with no problem whatsoever.  I had my husband do the installation, which didn’t take him more than an hour.

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This faucet has features that I was not expecting, such as the push buttons that change the flow of water to a spray.

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There is also a nifty pull down feature for when you need to rinse.  I really feel spoiled by this faucet. It has added a bit of new life to my kitchen which makes it more fun to be in.

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Finding Dory Hits Theaters June 17 & Movie Review #‎FindingDory

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One of my all time favorite Disney movies is Finding Nemo. It is one that my family owns and has watched over and over. I was so excited to hear that Disney•Pixar was releasing Finding Dory, which is scheduled to hit theaters later this week on June 17. I was even more excited to be able to get a sneak peek at an advanced screening.

Finding Dory welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). Dory, as you may recall from Finding Nemo, suffers from short term memory loss, but in the movie, she suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three new friends from the aquarium. Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

My kids and I really loved this movie. While technically, this is a sequel, it was kind of its own story, so I really didn’t feel like I was a watching a sequel. The graphics were amazing. I highly recommend seeing this in the theater in 3D. The story has that same happy-go-lucky feeling to it, that I felt while watching Finding Nemo. We laughed a lot! There was also a mix of action and solemn moments as well, which help pull you in to the story.

The movie is preceded by the short film, Piper, which is an amazingly done cartoon about a little bird; Piper. Not only is it adorable, but we really felt like we were on the beach while watching in 3D.

You can catch Finding Dory in theaters on June 17. For more information, like them on Facebook, and follow on Twitter,  and Instagram.

Disclosure: I received advance screening passes as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Fun in Any Weather: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark


Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark
If you are in Oregon, or are planning to visit, you’re going to put the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark on your list of things to do. The campus is located near McMinnville, OR. It is approximately one hour from Portland and 40 minutes from Salem. It’s a very pretty drive. Because Oregon is known as the rainy state, most of the year is not ideal for swimming. My kids were actually very concerned on the drive over because it was such a gloomy, cold and rainy day.  I told them not to worry because inside the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark it is always the right temperature for swimming. Once we got inside, their worries were over.

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The waterpark features waterslides, a wave pool and more. It’s alot to take in all at once. They have a nice locker room area which you can rent one of three sizes to hold your valuables for a small charge and plenty of life vests of all sizes which are free to use. One of my main concerns going in to the park is water safety. Between the life vests and the overwhelming amount of lifeguards present, I felt more at ease.

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Our first stop was Splash Harbor. This is really fun because you can sit and relax on a tube. The water starts out calm and when the siren goes off, the waves start rolling in. The water in this pool goes from very shallow to about 5 feet in the deepest part.

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My older boys were all about the water slides. To get to them, you have to climb many stairs and you end up inside of an airplane. From there, you get to choose which slide you’d like to go down.

waterpark slide heightThe big water slides are the Mach 1, Tail Spin, Sonic Boom and Nose Dive. There are height regulations to ride these. I didn’t go on these myself, but my boys went through them a few times. They loved it!

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There are also a few smaller slides for the little kids.

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They have a big play structure that features a couple of waterslides as well as a big bucket of water that soaks the area every few minutes. It’s super fun.

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There is also a pool. It’s not very deep. It’s less than 4 feet in all areas, so the kids can swim freely and play basketball or go into the Vortex.

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There is a large hot tub right next to the pool so that you can keep your eye on your kids in the pool.

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After the waterpark visit, we headed over to the Evergreen Aviation Museum just next door.

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As you go in, they have a fun area for the kids to play. And it’s not just for the small kids. My older kids spent plenty of time checking out the exhibits in there.

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The Evergreen Aviation Museum is the home of the Hughes Flying Boat aka The Spruce Goose . It takes up a good portion of the building itself. This is the largest wood constructed and the largest wingspan airplane ever built.

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It is amazing to look at from the inside. Only portions of the plane are accessible, but tours of other parts of the plane are available for a fee.

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If you are an airplane enthusiast, then you will love this museum. There is just so much to see.

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Next door to the Aviation Museum is the Space Museum.

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This is just as big as the Aviation Museum. You could literally spend all day on the campus here between all of the buildings.  Lots and lots to see and do. There is a big space themed play structure in front of the building, but it was pouring rain outside when we came, so we didn’t get to check it out. It looked like fun though.

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My kids were really fascinated by this huge rocket.

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You can actually walk down to the bottom of it. It’s MASSIVE. You can barely see my son down there next to it.

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They also have a really cool moon scene setup as well.

We had such a great time visiting the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark and I am sure you will too. To learn more about the park and to get rates and directions, please visit their site.

Disclosure: We received free admission to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.


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Keep Your Garden Organic with EcoScraps & $50 Walmart Giftcard Giveaway (Ends 5/24)

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by EcoScraps. However, all content presented in this post represents my own opinions.

Recently, there has been a huge movement towards organic food. Many of us have taken up organic gardening as a result. Have you thought about the dirt you are using though? Is it organic? If it’s not, you should definitely check out EcoScraps, which is available at Walmart stores.

Did you know, that in the United States, we waste 40% of the food produced. That is enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day. It sits in landfills producing methane, which is 20X more harmful than CO2? Since 2010, EcoScraps has been working to be a part of the solution by reusing this waste and keeping it out of the landfills. They want to make sustainability mainstream, which I think is very admirable. Between 2011 and 2015, EcoScraps recycled 75 million lbs of food waste. They are matching that number in 2016 with projected recycling of another 75 million lbs of food waste–this time in just 12 months. To put that into perspective for you, recycling 15 million lbs of food waste is equivalent to keeping 500,000 cars off the road for an entire day! It makes a huge difference.

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I was excited to try out a couple of EcoScraps products recently. I really wanted to try the  Natural and Organic Moist Garden Soil and the Natural and Organic Tomato, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

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I used the Garden Soil in my raised bed. I mixed it in with the existing dirt. I was a bit surprised at the size of this bag of dirt. It weighed 30 lbs. I could tell when I opened the bag that this dirt is very rich. It’s derived from a unique blend of fruits, vegetables and other organic materials.
I also really like that it’s moisture retaining. That will help save on water of the next few months.

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I ended up planting tomatoes in this particular raised bed which is perfect for the Organic Tomato, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food I have to use. This plant food provides the nutrients you need to grow all fruits and vegetables so I can use it all over the garden, it’s not just limited to tomatoes. It features added calcium to prevent rot, which I am excited about because I have had problems with end rot in my raised beds.

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It comes in little pellets which are very easy to distribute. The bag itself has a zip up feature, to keep it fresh and dry in between uses.

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