Thursday, September 3, 2015

Auto Review | The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Disclosure: I was provided the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for seven days to test drive for free. All opinions are my own.




I had the opportunity to cruise around town for one week with the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage and I must say...looks are definitely deceiving! When the car was dropped off to me, my first real reaction was "Wow that's a tiny car" but trust me that tiny car packs a powerful punch. Because I'm a mother of three, I wanted to see how well we all fit in the car and to my amazement it was just enough room for us all.




I didn't take the Mitsubishi on any special trip because I really wanted to test how well this car would fit into my life on a everyday basis. It just so happens that I started a new job at the same time, so it was perfect timing for me to put the Mirage to the "Rush Hour" test. I absolutely fell in love on how smooth it drove but still had lots of power! I was even able to find great parking in tight spaces which some of my coworkers couldn't take advantage of due to their over sized vehicles.



During the weekend I had lots of errands to run which included some grocery shopping and early back-to-school shopping. Because the Mitsubishi Mirage is a Hatchback, I was a little concerned that all my bags wouldn't fit in the trunk in addition to my kids in the back seat. BOY, WAS I WRONG! 
As you can see the photo above, I had more than enough room. There were lots of bags underneath the bags that you see. Plus, I love the fact that there is a cover once you close the trunk so no one can see what all you've purchased. 



The audio system and Bluetooth system were my favorites. It connected to my phone so easily without going through numerous steps. I also loved how I had the ability to control the volume and changing radio channels from the steering wheel. Another safety feature that I noticed is that the seat belt chimer continues to sound loudly until you put your seat belt on. Most vehicles will alert you and after a certain time it just gives up and doesn't alert you anymore but the Mirage will keep alerting you! SN: Always wear your seat belt!

Another favorite of mine is the GAS! I kept ranting and raving to everyone about how awesome this car is on gas. I filled up with $20 and it gave me a little over 100 miles to run on!! I was in total amazement.




Overall, I was very pleased with the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an economical way of living. Again, don't let the size fool you. This car packs one heck of a punch all while making you feel secure and saving you lots of money on fuel.

Other features include:


  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature
  • Push button start
  • Bluetooth hands free phone system
  • ECO status indicator light
  • Space saver temporary spare tire
...and much much more. 


Visit mitsubishicars.com for more information on the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Top Five All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts for Labor Day




Labor day is a few weeks away and choosing where to go for a relaxing break from life has just become less laboring. More than 54 million verified guest reviews on Booking.com reveal the top Caribbean all-inclusive resorts travelers should consider for a carefree Labor Day holiday.


Each of the following all-inclusive resorts offer luxurious spa treatments, delectable cuisine options and awe-inspiring tropical beaches on which to relax and bask in the sunshine. From swim up rooms, ocean view balconies and on-demand concierge services, to local eco-adventures and on-site ice cream parlors, there are no better paradise escapes to help you unwind.
All of the highlighted properties can be booked directly on the Booking.com website or by downloading the Booking.com mobile app, available for download on the App Store or Google Play.




Montego Bay, Jamaica
Set on one of the Caribbean's most pristine beaches at the foot of some of Jamaica's most luscious and picturesque mountains, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall offers some of the most stunning views imaginable. Booking.com guests love this paradise resort for its tranquil setting, genuine and exemplary service, and gourmet cuisine offerings at the eight onsite restaurants.


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Located on a dazzling stretch of Caribbean coastline, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana boasts an indulgent experience set amidst an exquisite property rife with a beautiful natural contemporary design. Booking.com guests most enjoy pampering themselves with soothing, revitalizing treatments performed by the spa's attentive and expertly trained therapists.


Christ Church, Barbados
Relax poolside among the palm and coconut trees within the lush tropical gardens of Sea Breeze Beach Hotel, or enjoy plunging your toes into the sand on one of the resort's two charming beaches. The staff's gracious hospitality and attentiveness, and magnificent ocean views from the resort's three onsite restaurants were very memorable among Booking.com guests.


Antigua & Barbuda
Located on 10 gorgeous acres and overlooking Freyes Bay, Cocobay Resort features airy cottages with private balconies and spectacular views. Snorkeling, kayaking and sailing are just some of the many activities available to guests on the resort's private beach. Booking.com guests have most enjoyed the tranquillity and comfort the resort offers.



Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Situated on a sandy private beach in Kingstown and surrounded by mountains, Buccament Bay Resort features stylish and contemporary villas with private plunge pools. The resort also boasts onsite boutique shops, a soccer and tennis school, an infinity pool and a full-service spa. Booking.com guests have raved about the exceptional facilities and surreal ocean views.






SOURCE: Booking.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kickoff "National Family Month" at The National Black Chamber of Commerce Conference in Hollywood, FL


The National Black Chamber of Commerce(NBCC) hosts it 23rd Annual Conference in Hollywood, Florida August 5-8 at the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa.  The theme "The Family Business" encompasses the unity of entrepreneurs and celebrates their legacies. NBCC Co-founder Kay DeBow remarks "This is the most comprehensive and informative business conference in the nation."

Charles Payne of Fox Business Network introduces us to several families and explores their extraordinary businesses.

NBCC's "The Family Business" tackles the importance of education and keeping Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Career Colleges viable; dealing with "Family Secrets" where we explore overcriminalization and getting ex-offenders back on track, procurement roundtable, capital access, Census data as marketing tools and international trade all of which support the strengthening of our entrepreneurial family.




Pass The Torch Young Entrepreneurs Business Pitch Competition is the breakout session that has created a buzz among emerging entrepreneurs.  Celebrity judges include actor, activist, and entrepreneurLamman Rucker, V.P and Co-founder of FUBU and CEO of FUBU-TV J. Alexander Martin and SlipNSlide Records CEO Ted Lucas.


The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchet, founding partner of the Hatchet Firm will host the Women's Afternoon Tea with Dr. Roslyn Artis President of Florida Memorial University and actress, photographer, producer Chenoa Maxwell discuss issues related to the female entrepreneur. Harry C. Alford, NBCC President/CEO, states "we are excited about the quality of our speakers and the leadership we are displaying."




NBCC Fashion House presents "Fashion Means Business" Charity Celebrity Runway Show hosted by actress Brely Evans. Each morning will begin with a fitness and nutrition session sponsored by Women Arena Football League.  NBCC is proud to join Keymanna Management Talent and Event Management Firm as we support New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber's film The Man in 3B directed by Trey Haley, with a VIP screening featuring Lamman RuckerChristian KeyesBrely Evans, who will be in attendance.


Sponsors include: Bay Electric, Verizon, MyWireless.org, Koch Companies, Facebook, Intuit, FedEx, EDMC, Chevron, Southwest Airlines, Photobella Images among many others.

This event is open to the public and registration is required at nbccnow2015.org. Individual event tickets are available on https://nbcc2015.eventbrite.com

Saturday, August 1, 2015

7-Eleven's August FREEkend Freebies




7-Eleven has been on a roll lately with their free offers like slurpees, drinks, snacks and any other perk that comes with downloading their app. Now for the month of August, 7-eleven is launching a new offer- FREEkends, which is short for FREE Weekends. August has five weekends this year which is an added bonus!

Starting August 1st, 7Rewards members using the 7-Eleven mobile app will see the free offers in the "Scan and Save" section of the app at 12 noon CDT/1pm EST every Saturday and Sunday in August. To redeem, customers present the featured item along with their 7-eleven app to be scanned at the register. No purchase is necessary, and offers are good while supplies last at participating 7-Eleven stores.

The weekly FREEkend freebies are: 


  • August 1-2, Medium Fanta Slurpee Drinks
  • August 8-9, Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum
  • August 15-16, Medium Fanta Slurpee Drink
  • August 22-23, Snickers Brand Singles Bar (1.76-1.78oz)
  • August 29-30, Butterfinger bar (1.9 oz)

Registered 7Rewards members will receive emails and SMS text messages notifying them of that week's offer. The offer also will appear on 7-Eleven.com. Only one offer can be redeemed per day and will disappear from the member's "Scan and Save" section in the app once used. If a FREEkend offer is redeemed on Saturday, the offer will be removed from the app until Sunday at noon CDT, when it will reappear on the app. During each day's offer, the app will show the percentage of free items still available in stores. Even though it's free, each FREEkend Slurpee drink redeemed counts as a punch toward the 7Rewards "Buy 6, Get 7th Free" beverage rewards program.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dreamworks Animation "TurboFAST" Season 2 Premiering Exclusively on Netflix 7/31

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Hey Mom's and Dad's! Gather the kiddies, the snacks and get ready for TurboFAST!

On Friday, July 31st, Turbo and his crew take Turbotown by storm in the all-new season of DREAMWORKS TURBO FAST, premiering exclusively on Netflix, July 31st. The world’s coolest snails take a turn off the track and set off on a wild ride filled with hilarious hijinks at every turn.  You’ll laugh out loud when they launch into outer space, battle an apocalyptic robot, clash with a ninja stinkbug and escape a booby-trapped treasure hunt! 



Your children are going to enjoy these episodes just like my children did!

Check out this scene clip from the "Turboldly Go" episode :






Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hertz Introduces The Porsche Macan Turbo To Its Dream Cars Collection



Hertz has added the Porsche Macan Turbo to its Dream Cars collection, a line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles. This all-new luxury crossover SUV from Porsche joins other Porsche models available from Hertz, including the 911, Panamera, Cayenne, Boxster and Cayman. Hertz's exclusive Dream Cars collection also includes luxury models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar and more.

"With the expansion of Hertz Dream Cars to include the turbo variant of this extremely popular, bold crossover SUV, we are bringing customers the best options available in luxury cars," said Tom Frese, Senior Vice President, Fleet and Procurement. "Hertz is continuing to redefine the premium car rental experience, offering a truly unique selection of the finest vehicles on the planet."

Available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Denver airports, the Macan Turbo blends everyday usability with Porsche's renowned sports-car heritage and feel. Combining a 400 hp twin-turbo V6 engine and Porsche's trademark steering feel with an industry defining PDK dual-clutch automated transmission, the all-wheel drive Macan Turbo can seat five with luggage while rocketing to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. 

Dream Car renters have the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime luxury driving experience in 35 markets, including Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. Hertz Dream Car rentals include a VIP treatment, beginning with a personalized reservation service available through www.HertzDreamCars.com and via 888.296.9124, although consumers can also reserve most Dream Cars via standard Hertz rental channels. A Hertz representative will either personally meet customers at their airport terminal to provide a one-on-one orientation to the car or deliver the car directly to the customer.

In addition to its Dream Cars collection, Hertz has an extensive fleet of specialty vehicles, including the Prestige collection, a unique line of high-end vehicles; the Adrenaline Collection, an exhilarating line of head-turning, heart-pumping, specialty performance versions of America's most popular muscle cars; and the Green Traveler collection, a line of hybrid, electric and clean diesel vehicles that offer high-fuel efficiency while being easy on the wallet. 

For more information, visit www.HertzDreamCars.com

Thursday, July 23, 2015

European Wax Center's Head to Toe Summer Body Care Tips


Last week I celebrated my birthday doing nothing too extravagant like i'm so accustomed to doing. But I did make a decision to check off at least one thing on my bucket list and it was to get a Brazilian Wax, yikes! So my friends at European Wax Center invited me to experience something that I've always been terrified of. I visited the Hollywood, FL location on Sheridan Street and it was such a wonderful and funny experience. The staff was absolutely welcoming and my Wax Expert was amazing by having me at ease.

Beauty expert at European Wax Center, Melanie Gilliland, has traveled around the country sharing her expertise for internal corporate development as well as industry events/expos and European Wax Center for a Fun, Fabulous & Carefree Season!

"Summer is one of my favorite seasons! What’s not to love, sunshine and fresh air? While many of us enjoy the outdoors, we also dread some of the beauty “must-dos” that come with the season, from dieting to revitalizing dull complexions and tidying up the hair down there. But getting glam in time for summer doesn’t have to be a hassle!" says Melanie. 





Follow this no sweat guide to revealing beautiful skin from head to toe, for the ultimate summer glow with the help of European Wax Center.

·         Goddess Glow: Beauty starts from the inside out. There is no need to go on an intense diet or cleanse, summer is all about fun and setting such rigid restrictions can be uninspiring and counterproductive. Instead, just incorporate more fruits and veggies to your meals and substitute sodas and juices with water. Drink plenty of water!  In the hot weather you’ll actually crave these eats and H20 since they are refreshing.  Not only will they provide hydrating relief, but when you incorporate these regularly into your diet you’ll notice a more luminous glow and BONUS: reduced bloating.

·         Tidy Up: Say farewell to the hair down there with a bikini wax. A bikini wax ensures you’re a smooth sight and lets you feel free to bare it all at the beach or any other setting that requires a little less attire. Be sure to reveal the beautiful skin around other areas of the body which are usually undercover like you’re under arms and legs. For a full list of services visit: http://www.waxcenter.com/waxing/women.

·         Show Off Those Curves: Hit the beach and strut your stuff! Go roller blading, enjoy a bike ride, just embrace your body and get active. Exercise releases toxins, again enhancing beautiful skin and it puts you in a good mood. When you feel good, your confidence shines through allowing you to have a fun, fabulous and carefree season.

·         Share “Summer Lovin”: This summer when you head to EWC to get glam, all first time visitors get a complimentary wax and even if it’s not your first time, anytime you share the “Summer Lovin” by referring a guest, you get $5 off your next service. They say sharing is caring, so what are you waiting for? Go get your summer waxing on!







Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary Brazilian wax in exchange for this blog post. BUT all opinions are based off of my own experience.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#TechTuesday | GoPro Launches HERO4 Session Camera

 
GoPro, Inc., enabler of some of today's most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet.  50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro's best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro's Emmy® Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form factor. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015

HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro's best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView™, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.

Operating HERO4 Session is very simple. A short press of the shutter button quickly powers the camera on and video recording begins automatically. A long press of the shutter button powers the camera on and triggers Time Lapse photo capture. Press the shutter button again to save video or photo content and power the camera off. This simple one button design drastically improves the speed and convenience of capturing life moments as they happen.

HERO4 Session is built to GoPro's famous rugged standards and is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). It features a sleek frame mounting system that is compatible with GoPro's expansive array of mounts. An innovative dual microphone system dynamically switches sound recording between microphones to reduce wind noise during activities. Audio performance during water-based activities has been dramatically improved thanks to HERO4 Session's waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate waterhousing, which can often muffle sounds.

HERO4 Session    $399.99 MSRP
  • Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 video
  • Waterproof to 33' (10m), no separate housing required
  • Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  • Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  • Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  • Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  • New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included 


Source: GoPro Inc. 

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