2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Review

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

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Check out the all new C-HR by Toyota. What a cool looking car right? Immediately I felt like it was a car of the future,  especially with the back door handles higher up then normal,  made it feel like a “special” vehicle that I’d feel proud to ride around town in.

My kids,  my husband,  and I went to Medieval Times  over the weekend in Lyndhurst NJ and took the 1 hour ride in style with this beauty.

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It has everything you’d expect from a 2018 vehicle,  blind spot monitoring,  large LCD touch screen with bluetooth capability,  heated seating,  and more, although navigation does not come standard which is interesting.

One thing that I found unique that may be a Toyota brand thing (this is my first time with a Toyota) is the back up camera comes up on the rear view mirror as opposed to what I am used to which is on the large LCD screen.

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See how small it is? Personally I am not a fan of this for a few reasons.  The number one reason being the picture is very small and grainy and I don’t quite get the point of it being there instead of a much larger viewing screen.  The second thing is,  as a mom,  while driving I have enough distractions with the kids fighting over things in the back seat,  It’s defintely a distraction to have to look into the rear view mirror foot the back up camera,  and in the right side is the actual mirror which you can see out of the back, yes, but you also see little heads bopping around and hands flailing about.  I guess I don’t really see the point of it IN the rear view mirror. Anyone?

I found myself not even using it and struggling to see out of the accrual mirror instead along with the turn your head to see technique which the back windows make it very hard to see out of since they’re small due to design.

I guess that’s a price to pay for external beauty.  The vehicle itself shines no matter where you go because it is so different in its design.

I thought my kids would have a hard time opening the back doors themselves but once I told them where the door handle was (I admit, I let them struggle for a bit trying to figure out where it was #badmom) they were able to open it pretty easily.

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Can you find the back door handle? LOL!

The inside front is much smaller then my husband and I are used to with me having a full size explorer, but it is roomy enough to get comfortable in after. Also,  surprisingly The back seat is much roomier than you would think.

My stepfather wanted to go for a ride in the back seat with my youngest and he raved about how comfortable he was back there even though it’s a small sized crossover.

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From the back it looks like a small hatch back, but looks can be deceiving.

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Check it all of this trunk space!

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April Daily Goodie Box Unboxing!

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You all know I look forward to getting my FREE “Daily Goodie Box” in the mail, and what I love even more is getting to unbox it and see all of the cool stuff inside and share it with you.
If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? It’s free and it’s fun. What more can you ask for?
Is there a catch? No. But everyone will not get one just because they apply.  There is a monthly amount given out  randomly,  but you can earn a free box easier if you comment on their Facebook posts.  Just look for one that says they’ll be picking winners.
Time for the unboxing of April’s #Dailygoodiebox and I assure you there us some REALLY COOL stuff in this one!
Check out the links to the featured products in this month’s box!
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Prince & Spring – Fruitmojis
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RawRev – Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate
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Goodwipes – Down There Wipes For Gals
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Fourth & Heart – Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee Butter
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Foods Alive – Himalayan Pink Salt
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Good Karma – Dairy Free Flaxmilk
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Real Chemistry – Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser
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DayClear – Allergy Relief
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Flathau’s Fine Foods – Cinnamon Snaps
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Loaf Slime – Lavender Aromatherapy Dough

New York Baby Show | May 19-20 | Pier 94 *GIVEAWAY!

New York Baby Show | May 19-20 2018

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Back again! Every year for the past 3 years I’ve brought you a chance to win FREE tickets for yourself or a friend to the highly anticipated NY Baby Show hosted by JPM and Family Media (8 years and going!).

I only have 10 tickets to give away for FREE and once they’re gone,  they’re gone so get them now! Scroll to the “giveaway link” below or click the image above.

If you’ve never been and don’t know “what to expect”, well you’re in for a surprise. You do not need to be expecting you enjoy the show.  Anyone with little ones would find this show to be an exciting adventure especially if you love shopping as much as I do!

Vendors from all over the place convene to bring you the best products of the new year, most at a show discounted price.

Not sure that you want to buy stuff and lug it back on the train or uber that day? No problem! You’ll get tons of informational materials from vendors and you’ll be able to order from home after the show with the same great discounts with year materials.

Check out aerial footage I took from the 2015 show #NYBSBloggerLounge @NewYorkBabyShow:

The 2018 New York Baby Show, on May 19 & 20 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 8th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 

We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. See below for details… etc. 

**Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

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Are all of the 10 tickets already gone? No worries! I have a special code for my readers for you to get 50% off tickets:

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2018 Mazda 3 Vehicle Review

November 2018 was the 2017 NYC Play Fair  and I had to ride in style so #Mazda  hooked me up with this hotrod to take on the voyage across state lines. Ok, ok.. it’s only a 45 minute trip into NYC depending on traffic but I wanted that “dramatic” feel haha! And boy did they hook me up!

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I feel like I need to start by introducing you to the safety features of this fine beauty called the 2018 Mazda3.

As a mother of 2 boys, I live and breathe what is best for them and my family,  and being that we are in and out of it alot,  my car isn’t a choice I take lightly.

2018 Mazda Mazda3 Safety Features

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cross-Traffic Alert

In addition to all of the important features listed above, you can turn on the car length guide that shows you if you’re tailgating the car in front of you which I find extremely useful.  You know us NJ drivers need to get where we’re going quickly and sometimes don’t notice we are tailgating until our husband’s yell at us (LOL!).

The interior of the 2018 Mazda3 is breathtaking.  They hit the nail on the head with this ivory and black combination interior… I mean just look at how stunning this looks.  Would you believe the 2018 starts at just under 20K??

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This model came with a sunroof which i l love to keep the window closed but the screen open. Makes November seem like Spring time letting the sun in… when there is sun…

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The heated seats, both driver and passenger are a huge bonus and to top it off, a heated steering wheel! ALWAYS GO WITH THE HEATED STEERING WHEEL! You can thank me later.

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The interface leaves a little to be desired in my opinion as they artyl haven’t gotten it right.  It’s 2018 and there isn’t a standard navigation package in this model which I found a bit odd with how luxurious everything else was.

Alao,  getting used to the center console controls takes a little but,  but once you get used to it,  it’s fine.

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Now onto the exterior. What more can I say,  such a stylish,  family friendly vehicle that works it in all the right places.

Check out this beauty in pearl white with aluminum alloy rims, halogen lights and sleek windows. Did I mention the grill is A-Maz-ingly intimidating yet beautiful? Zoom-Zoom!

See for yourself what the fus is about…

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The trunk folds down into the 2nd row for sects space if needed,  but even without doing that I wad amazed at how easily I fit my weekly HUGE grocery trip into it no problem.

Do you own a Mazda? Let me know what you think down below!

Bookroo Monthly Childrens Book Subscription Review

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We are no strangers to Bookroo’s monthly subscription program.  In fact,  my son remembers how fun it was to unveil the books the last time he got a shipment,  check out my previous post from a couple years back.

This is a great gift idea for little ones and older kids as well.  They have board books as well as paperback and all are quality books worth every penny of the monthly fee you will be paying for them.  The wrapping paper that they come wrapped in is worth that much alone!

Imagine the faces one the kids wheb they get their monthly package in the mail with two books to unwrap.  Just watch my 5 year olds reaction to the “gifts” he got!

What’s even better is the fact that this makes him want to try reading and creates an excitement around the possibility of books.  Personally,  we have so many books that I like to donate books when we are done with them, but these we tend to keep because they’re special!

Right now they have a GREAT Cyber Monday deal going on for 25% off you order by tomorrow 11/27!

BFJERSEY for 25% off any multi-month subscription (3,6, or 12 months)
One redemption per family. Valid for new customers only. Existing customers may use for the purchase of one gift subscription.
Valid 11/24 – midnight PST 11/27

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This and That For the Holidays GIVEAWAY Hop with over $50 prize pack from Relax Be healthy!

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You could win a Relax Be Healthy Organic Essential Oils and Waters gift set giveaway VALUE $50!

Winter is coming! And the Holidays are closer then you realize.  Suprise that special person in your life with a gift set from Relaxbehealthy.com

Shop online at
http://www.relaxbehealthy.com
Save 10% on orders $40 or more using coupon code “save10” & FREE shipping on all orders over $75.

Lately I’ve been on sort of a health kick.. I am part of a bootcamp training facility that I go to daily at 5am, I am walking a mike a day on my lunch break at work and eating more consciously. I’ve been getting a little into essential oils and using my oil diffuser while i take a shower or a relaxing bath with a bath fizz and some eucalyptus scented Epsom salt to help ease my sore muscles and dry skin.

It also helps me to wind down from the day and just clear my mind. My kids have also used the eucalyptus to help with allergies and sinus issues, I just prop the diffuser in their room and they’re good to go after a couple hours relaxing with it filling the room with aromas.

With that being said, I want to give my opinion on a lesser known mom and pop store in my home town of Staten Island (I love saying I was born on an island because it’s true haha).

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Www.Relaxbehealthy.com sent me a few items to check out and i have to say I’m really loving them. I haven’t had much experience with essential oil water sprays but these probably take the cake of i had to guess from what i see with their essential oils.

All of their products are organic and hand made in their shop with imported products from around the world.  The items in reviewing are made from raw materials from Bulgaria and are the real deal.

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First up to the plate is the Lavender Water. It’s a 4oz misting spray and is $10.99. It has a scent of lavender just a bit lighter then the oil,  and is a super soft delicate mist.

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All natural Bulgarian organic  Lavender water:

Use to soothe skin, used for redness of soon, eczema, inflammation caused by mosquito bites (must try this!), and acne. It also helps eradicate dandruff and prevent scalp infections.

When sprayed directly only hair,  it helps make hair shiny as it conditions the hair.

You can use the water spray as deodorant for your body,  or even spray on furniture and around the home to deodorize.

There are many other different uses for lavender you can experiment with.

Now this Rose Water is my absolute favorite.  They captured such am amazing scent I could wear it as a body must and probably will! Also $10.99 at their store, I wish you could smell it through this post,  but if you do order from them, I suggest you put this in your cart.

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All natural organic Bulgarian Rose Water:

It can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, helps to maintain the skin’s PH balance, helps to hydrate the skin, helps to aid healing scars, cuts, wounds, regenerate skin tissues, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores, helps aging skin, wrinkles and fine lines

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Extra fun uses include mood enhancer and spray the scent on your pillow to help to sleep better.

Enhance the quality of hair. Helps to rid dandruff, natural conditioner.

For dry & frizzy hair: Mix equal parts rosewater and glycerin, apply on the scalp, massage for 10-15 minutes. Let it stay for another 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo.

Last but not least is their 20ml Lavender Oil that retails for $24.99 but is currently on sale for $21.99 At their online boutique.  This little potent bottle is much more fragrant then any other essential oil I’ve gotten and you can tell it’s just so fresh and pure. Check out my video below to see what i compared it to.

Today, lavender oil benefits your body in the following ways:
  • Reduces anxiety and emotional stress.
  • Heals burns and wounds.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Restores skin complexion and reduces acne.
  • Slows aging with powerful antioxidants.
  • Improves eczema and psoriasis.
  • Alleviates headaches.
Information has not been evaluated by the FDA
Check out these products and more at Relax Be Healthy.
My video review;

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2017 NYC Play Fair Ticket Giveaway!

The NYC Play Fair is only weeks away and I am giving you the chance to be in the building!

At Play Fair attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow from more than 70 exhibitors including Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Just Play, K’NEX, LEGO, Midtown Comics, ALEX Brands, Moose Toys, Spin Master, Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue, The New York Doll Company, Toys “R” Us, VTech, Kvellix, Inc. (NUTSO) and WowWee. See firsthand which toys, games, and entertainment will be the biggest hits this season, just in time for Black Friday. More information and scheduling of events can be found at http://www.playfairny.com/special-features.

WHEN: Play Fair 2017

Saturday, November 4th – Sunday, November 5th  

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Center, Halls 1A and 1B

655 West 34th Street

You can purchase tickets at http://www.playfairny.com/ and save $5 per ticket with discount code TRU5 or scroll down below to enter to WIN 2 passes now through 10/31!

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Larger-than-life play experiences, stage activities, and consumer challenges. Highlights include: a Minecraft VR station, a NERF Arena, an augmented reality Ben 10 experience, Builder demos with Magformers, live product unboxings, and a Shopkins fashion show!

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ attempt by 12-year-old slime glue entrepreneur Madison Greenspan of Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue. Join Madison as she and her team attempt to make over 6 tons of slime!

Exciting photo opportunities with talent and costume characters from PAW Patrol®, Rusty Rivets, Toys “R” Us’ Geoffrey, Ben 10, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig, SpongeBob SquarePants, Leapfrog’s Scout & Violet, Shopkins, and more!

Halloween Costume Parade, presented by Rubies Costume Company

Top 2017 holiday toys from drones and blasters to the best in kids’ crafts, collectibles, coding and more!

Interactive exhibits fostering team-work, discovery, and play.

Museum quality displays offering glimpses of vintage toys, rare variants, and mock-ups of upcoming toys to learn about the past, present, and future of some of America’s favorite toys and games.

Toy unboxings unveiling some of the biggest toys of the holidays.

Celebrity guests including Mindy Thomas, co-host of NPR’s “Wow in the World”, WWE ® Superstar Big Show and WWE ® Superstar Daniel Bryan, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, Mommy Tubers, Toy Bloggers, Toy Designers, and more!

Show exclusives and limited edition toys you won’t find anywhere else.

And a Race Around NYC – Take your Play Fair badge to dozens of shops, museums, restaurants, and landmarks to get discounts, goodies, and freebies all weekend long.

I know me and my kids are super excited to check out the entire line up and enjoy all of the fun!

Enter below to win TWO passes for the Play Fair for either Nov. 4 or 5!

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