In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year. To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another. You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.
“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso
My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways. Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another. Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection. Watches are so significant to each of us. To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.
“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)
This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple. This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it. It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day. For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.
While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have. As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change. Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love. Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.
Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you. With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible. Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.
I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day! If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code. Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below. You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from). Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!
Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC. Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because. Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo
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I know, I know… we are literally 24 hours away from saying good-bye to 2015 and I’m finally getting around to posting our family photos for the holiday and winter. I honestly don’t know what happened the last two weeks, it’s like life took a turn into the twilight zone and I’m still trying to recoop from the crazy. I look forward to family photos but I regretfully have to admit that we have slacked in this department a lot and this is the first family photo since 2013 – yikes. With a crazy on going presence in social media, sometimes I forget how important it is to have at least one really good photo for the year to document the growth of not only our children, but our life.
This year’s family photos were a challenge because our schedules are all over the place. I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to gather the five members of my family (myself included) in the allotted time to get it done. Normally, I will set up my camera and tripod and use my remote to shoot our photo, but this year – the remote died and I had to use the timer on the DSLR to get it accomplished… let’s just say – it was an interesting morning. lol Running back and forth between the camera and the group – my husband and I were not only exhausted, we had several images to capture before we got some good ones. Having children in the photo is no easy task as well as some were blinking, making faces or had their eyes closed – story of my life, lol.
For this year’s photo, we decided it would be casual and relaxed, much like our life has been the last year. Since we are so busy with home and school and work, we really look forward to days where we can dress casually and just enjoy life. Since we live right off of the Golf Course in Pukalani, we decided that that would make a fabulous backdrop for our family photos. Running back and forth working with the timer on the camera was definitely a challenge but overall, I think they came out pretty nice and I’m glad that we were able to document this year with a few images.
The twins are using basic black t-shirts from Old Navy and Khaki cargo shorts with their shoes. My eldest is using a pair of jeans, a heather gray shirt from Old Navy and his shoes and my husband is using a Dickies button down shirt, Dickies khaki shorts and flip flops. For me, I decided to go with a pair of skinny jeans (YMI) and a black laced top from Forever 21. My scarf is one of my favorite Pashminas that I have had for at least 3 years now and I’m wearing a pair of black suede boots. My gosh, my hair sure does stand out, doesn’t it?
I absolutely love taking our photos each year, but I think for next year, I may enlist the help of a fellow blogger or friend/family member to help take the images so that we are not putting in so much work lol. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and from our family to yours, we wish you a prosperous and blessed New Year.
Today in Microfashion… A few weeks ago, Luke & Isaiah’s school celebrated Spirit Week and included Book Character Day for the students. Each child was to work with their families to create a costume (or inspired outfit) from the child’s favorite book. Choosing a favorite book in our household is near to impossible since everyone in our home loves to read – but the twins settled on characters from their favorite Dr. Seuss books – Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Creating the costumes were very fun and luckily I had most of the supplies on hand. I promised the twins that I would share how I created their costumes with all of you – so today I bring to you a little Easy DIY Dr. Seuss Books Costumes.
Using what the twins had in their closets – we chose out clothes like a black and yellow (neon yellow) shirt to use with their outfits. Since it was a chilly day we opted for a pair of denim jeans which worked and offered a casual flare while still giving the twins their own identity. I picked up a few items at the store – like red, white, yellow and green felt, but most of the supplies I needed to create their costumes, I already had on hand.
Isaiah chose to be the Cat in the Hat. While his costume was simplistic, it required a little more work than Luke’s with the hat having so many steps to create it. Here’s what I did.
Starting with the hat, I first used foam core board and cut out a round base to use as the brim of the hat. Then taking the red and white felt (I had them in 8″x 10″ pieces from Walmart), I cut them down to size – 2 inches in width and glued each strip together to create parts of the top hat. I used my hot glue gun to do this as it was faster for me then sewing since I sew by hand (no machine). I adjoined the pieces together to form the hat using white thread and stitched it by hand and then glued it to the brim that I created and covered with white felt.
I used the same red felt to draw a bow and glued it to a white strip of felt and then sewed a button on it so it could attach to his neck and could be easily taken off or put on. He wore a black shirt and his jeans and his outfit was complete.
- 1 square foot of foam core board
- red felt – I used approximately 3 and 1/2 – 8″x 10″ sheets
- white felt – I used approximately 3 – 8″x 10″ sheets
- glue gun with glue sticks (or sewing machine / thread and needle)
- thread and needle
- black permanent marker (to trace the outline of the bow)
- red button
Luke chose to be Sam I Am from Green Eggs & Ham. His costume was fairly easy to put together though it took me a little while to figure out how to create the ham on his plate. Starting with his sign – I took a piece of foam core board and cut it out so that it looked cartoon-ish, writing the words “Sam I am” similar to that from the book. I then hot glued a wooden dowel to the back of the sign so that he could hold it in his hands.
Making the red hat for Sam was a little trickier. I had to take 3 pieces of red felt (the 8×10 I mentioned) and pieced them together with hot glue so it would have a similar shape to what Sam wears in the book. It kind of looks like an elf’s hat, with a triangle shape so that when we turned it inside out, it would have a slight curve at the top. The Green Eggs and Ham was simple… by cutting a round shape out of the foam core board, I covered the board with yellow felt and created the shapes for the eggs and the ham, which I stuffed with scrap felt from the pieces I had cut. Everything used to create Luke’s costume was sewed together with a hot glue gun. I also glued an elastic band on the back of the plate so Luke could slip the plate on his wrists and not have to carry it around with him.
- 2 square feet of foam core board
- red felt – I used approximately 3 and 1/2 – 8″x 10″ sheets
- white felt – I used approximately 1 – 8″x 10″ sheet
- glue gun with glue sticks (or sewing machine / thread and needle)
- black permanent marker (to write on the sign)
- elastic band
Check out my video where I walk you through the steps here and show you the detail of each item I created. I apologize that I did not film tutorials or take photos as I was doing this project since they were kind of impromptu.
The boys absolutely loved their costumes and were so proud to tell their friends and teachers at school that I created them and they got to help. I spent very little money – less than $15 to create the whole thing and if I had to add in the cost of their shirts, it would be less than $25 for both. What we enjoyed about these costumes were that they were easy to put on easy to take off. If the boys decided that they no longer wanted to wear them, they could remove the props and put them away. These costumes are very easy – they just take a little creativity and time to pull it all together. I think they would make a fun choice for Book Character Day for any school or even Halloween.
Be sure to check out the video above where I explain each step and show you all the little details of each prop. If you decide to create your own costumes using inspiration from ours, please be sure to comment and let us know. What about you? What would you select for Book Character Day as your dress up costume?
Happy DIY and Fun!
Each year in the Fall, my family and I have journeyed up to the local Pumpkin Patch at the Kula Country Farms to choose out the perfect pumpkin for carving. This year was no exception and the family enjoyed their time there as we always do so we wanted to share with you the fun and excitement. The Kula Country Farms located on the slopes of beautiful Haleakala on the island of Maui turns it’s grounds into a fun Pumpkin Patch and Fall Extravaganza with corn mazes, garden games and fun for the entire family. For the last 4 years my family and I have ventured on over to the patch to spend a few hours enjoying the animals, buying fresh Maui grown produce and of course – picking our own pumpkins. Today I share with you one of our Family Adventures.
Let’s face it – living on Maui has its perks and benefits because frankly, we are living in Paradise. But, it can often mean that we are left without the resources that other towns can offer. So when the Kula Country Farms started the annual pumpkin patch a few years back, my family and I have taken part in it each year. There have been many changes and improvements to the patch this year, including a new parking lots that allows for easier parking for families so that they are not limited to parking on a very busy street.
The pumpkin selections are far and wide in between, giving you the choice to choose a really large pumpkin or something small for coloring and painting. Prices of the pumpkins range from $5 – $20 depending on the size and my family tends to pick up a pumpkin for each of us to carve or decorate as we see fit. The location is HUGE – offering a wide variety of activities for your family from picking your own pumpkin to taking part in the corn maze and everything in between. The boys look forward to swinging on the tire swings (while you can see this up year round) and taking part in any fun age appropriate activities for kids.
The boys absolutely love seeing the chickens that roam the grounds freely and the ponies / miniature horses that they can pet and feed. There is also a huge bunny that has been there for years for the children to befriend. This year we decided that we would take the time to not only choose our perfect pumpkin, but also spend some time checking out the vendors that were stationed up at the farm. There was a kettle corn vendor that made the kettle corn fresh while we were there (you could smell the chocolate through out the farm) and different food vendors that sold plate lunches and snacks through out.
The farm was pretty busy on the Saturday we chose to visit. Cars were parked up and down the street and since I now have a small car, we were able to find a parking spot along the road side. There were children everywhere, examining all of the fun activities and my boys absolutely enjoyed their time there. If you are planning to visit the farm in time for Halloween pumpkin carving, I suggest going early in the month of October. With the weather here in Hawaii being pretty warm, some of the pumpkins were already starting to rot (such a bummer) and last minute pumpkin pickers are scrambling for the perfect find. We visited at the beginning of October and found that there was a huge selection of pumpkins to choose from, with many different sizes and types.
My husband picked me up the perfect pumpkin for carving and Kevin Ka’eo chose his pumpkin for his first year of carving on his own. The twins each chose little pumpkins that they decided they would later paint. We all hiked the pumpkins up the hill to pay for them and finish off our family adventure for the day. The pumpkin fields can be dirty and dusty and sometimes icky but seriously, the look on these boys faces each year as they find the choice pumpkin for the holiday are priceless.
Some of the flowers were in bloom at the farm as well, which was an incredible site. If you know anything about me… then you know that sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers and I look forward to seeing them. They scream Fall to me which is one of my favorite seasons.
Since my husband has a pretty crazy work schedule sometimes and we are constantly busy, we are always looking for opportunities for family time. With the holidays right around the bend, our daily lives can keep us on our toes so having a fun day like we did definitely helps us to make memories that will last a lifetime. Our annual visit to the Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch is the beginning of our Holiday Family moments and reminds me that family – no matter how big or small, is something to cherish.
What are some of your Fall family traditions? Do you visit a pumpkin patch with your family to pick the perfect pumpkin? Happy Fall!
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Happy Foodie Friday! It’s been a while since I have shared with you an food favorites so I figured why not celebrate Aloha Friday with some yummy treats that my family and I have been loving. Let’s face it, while on a diet or even looking for a little sweet treat, popcorn can be such a great selection to help on those days and nights when you need a little something. For a while now I have been seeing people rave about Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® but I hadn’t seen them in any of my local stores until recently. As soon as I caught a glimpse of them at my local Target on an end cap of the cash register aisle, I knew I had to have them. So are they really that good?
Let’s face it – I love food and snacks that are sweet and satisfying will get me every single time. The BOOMCHICKAPOP® story is really awesome and one of the reasons I completely clicked with the brand and the product. The product began in Minnesota in a garage by Dan and Angie Bastian. This awesome team turned their amazing kettle corn recipe in their BOOMing business when they wanted to do something fun with their kids. After selling at local events, the popcorn quickly became a hit and the rest is history.
This certified gluten-free and use of non-GMO ingredients in their products make it a hit for moms like myself. They offer you a great snack with simple ingredients, calorie transparency and yummy delicious tastes. After one bite, I was hooked and so was the rest of my family. You can select from a variety of different flavors, from sweet and salty and Cholesterol-Free goodies for yourself and your kids. While not all are Vegan, many selections are and include whole grains and “always real” ingredients that make these a great snack.
Do you have a love of food and snacks? I think you may find yourself addicted to these after trying just one piece. We have tried four or five different flavors and while the boys love the sweet and salty kettle corn, my favorite is the tropical mix with coconut and pineapple – it’s delicious. The only con about these that I think they taste so good, a large bag will be empty before you know it and then you’re left with nothing, so make sure you buy more than one bag.
You can find Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® at many retailers including Target, Costco and your local grocery store. They range in price from $3 – $5.00 a bag depending on the size and flavor you select. BOOMCHICKAPOP is available in eight different flavors, BOOMCHICKABITES available in three flavors and BOOMCHICKAPUFFS available in three flavors. These little treats have a great crunch versus what you can find on the market shelves and they never last long enough to store, so eating it by the expiration date is easy peasy.
Most importantly – These are mommy, daddy APPROVED. Kevin, Luke & Isaiah approved too! I think your family may enjoy them too and if not, stash a bag for yourself and eat it all on your own 😉
These little goodies make great after school snacks for my sons and we love taking a bag or two with us to my son’s football games on the weekend. Have you tried any of the Angie BOOMCHICKAPOP goodies? If so, which one is your favorite? If not – what one do you have your eyes set on?
Disclaimer: All products discussed were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links posted through out.
With our World ever changing and the seasons flying past us with a blink of an eye, it seems like we can never be too prepared for what comes ahead. My husband and I have our fair share and then some of aches and ailments and I’m always worried that when the time comes should we need to take time off of work due to surgery or injuries, that we are never fully prepared for such an event. My husband suffers from an injury to his spinal chord and there is a possibility that he may need a spinal fusion sometime in the future. Along with an injury he has to his wrist, we are always looking at the challenges we’ll have to face with and without short term disability insurance and how it could benefit us in the long run. Between the much needed protection that we will need for ourselves and our family, there are so many reasons why we look at outside insurance for assistance. One important reason for us is not only protection, but also so that we have a little something that can help us – especially since we have our three littles.
Short Term Disability Insurance can benefit anyone and let’s face it, there are those “rainy days” we can’t avoid and accidents we have no control over. While the insurance through our employers may be beneficial for our needs, there can always be situations we have no control over where an outside insurance will help us out. Today I’m going to share with you a little about Aflac’s Short Term Disability Insurance and their Fall 2015 Open Enrollment.
For most U.S. companies, fall marks open enrollment season, a time when workers can review their employer-sponsored benefits offerings and choose the health insurance policies that best meet their financial and health care needs. Selecting the right health care benefits may be one of the most important decisions Americans will make all year (for my family it surely is) and an Aflac survey found that many workers do very little research to learn which plans and products really work best for them. In fact, 34 percent of employees spent 15 minutes or less researching their benefit options in 2014. Those who don’t set aside time to research their insurance options often end up with inadequate health care protection for themselves and their families.
Let’s face it, you have absolutely no idea when you’ll need insurance to fall back on or rely on. There may be a time when you’ll need to take care of yourself or a loved one – especially if you have a family and you may need the extra help. It’s a smart decision to have insurance there to help you during a time when you need it most. When an unforeseen medial event occurs, many people are often faced with paying copayments, deductibles or treatment costs not covered by major medical insurance, as well as other daily living expenses – all while paying increasing health insurance premiums. According to a recent Aflac survey, 66 percent of workers would not be able to adjust to the large financial costs associated with a serious injury or illness, and 49 percent have less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses. Voluntary policies, which complement major medical coverage, are specifically designed to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses that can be associated with an unexpected illness or injury. In addition, the cash benefits can be used to help pay rent, gas, groceries, child care or any other out-of-pocket expenses that continue to roll in even if someone is too sick or injured to work.
Many people mistakenly believe that the Social Security Administration will provide adequate financial assistance if they become disabled, but that’s not true in all cases. In fact, more than 59 percent of disability claims are denied by the Social Security Administration.
- In addition, workers’ compensation only covers on-the-job injuries and disabilities, and considering that off-the-job injuries are three times more common than on-the-job injuries, having disability insurance can help you avoid devastating financial situations resulting from an unexpected accident that may leave you unable to work.1
- Short-Term Disability insurance pays a percentage of your income if you are unable to work due to a covered illness or injury. Benefits are paid directly to you, unless otherwise assigned, to help cover things like deductibles, car payments, utility bills and more.
- Those who should consider this product –
- Parents with young children and/or other dependents.
- Those who agree they should take better care of their health (feel stressed or need more sleep and a better diet).
While selecting the right insurance can be intimidating, it’s best to be prepared. Aflac offers a variety of different insurance options for you like Accident, Cancer, Hospital and Life Insurance. Aflac also offers short term disability and you have options that are available to help relieve some of the stress from those unexpected life changes and events that may occur. With a growing family and my husband in a law enforcement field, there are so many things that can occur that can change our lives in a heartbeat. You can never be too prepared and helping relieve some of that worry could be beneficial for you and your family. Take a look at Aflac’s Fall 2015 Open Enrollment and see if there is something that could be beneficial for you.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
If you follow me on Snapchat, you may have heard or seen that I traded in my Escalade for a newer car this past weekend. My husband and I have had several vehicles over the course of the last 18 years or so, so we have had experience in purchasing new and used vehicles but today I’m going to share with you my experiences and a few tips with getting a car of your own. If you have been following me a while – you may know that I used to drive a Cadillac Escalade ESV – the largest of the Cadillac Fleet. I’ve had this car for about five years and while I loved it and am thankful that it protected my family as long as it did, my husband and I felt that it was time to get something that was more economical and easier on gas costs. Prior to purchasing our Escalade, I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mazda 3 so I have driven small cars before. But, I’m not gonna lie, switching from one to the other and after driving a very large SUV for so long – finding the right car can be a challenge.
My husband Kevin and I have gone back and forth looking at both new and used vehicles at different lots and settled on Aloha Kia because the customer service rating was high and my husband had a friend that worked there. We have purchased cars from three different dealerships in the past, Aloha Kia being the fourth and the process at Aloha Kia was quick and easy so I would definitely suggest it. Since we traded in my Cadillac, the choice to buy a new or used car was something we needed to figure out. Our goal was to eliminate as much of a monthly payment, or none at all when purchasing the vehicle – so we opted for a used, but newer car. I drove several at the dealership, but we decided that the 2013 Mazda 3 Touring Edition was the best choice for me. I was comfortable with the Mazda, having owned a 2008 Mazda 3 prior to my Escalade and my husband owns a Mazda 3 now. I’m not gonna lie – I like that we have “his and hers” cars and it’s kind of cute that we each have the same vehicle, just different years and colors.
As I mentioned, the process was easy and painless. Let’s face it – trying to buy a car, test drive it, fill out paperwork and all the other things in between can be a challenge with children, especially young ones. My husband and I had all three boys with us that day and they were entertained and Aloha Kia worked with us quickly so we could be in and out. Our sales person – Lance, was very polite, quick and knew what he was talking about. Aloha Kia also has a waiting room for their customers with toys, a television, books, magazines, coffee and water which made it easy to keep the boys (the twins especially) entertained.
Since my husband and I have been through this process before, we knew to be prepared with any information that we thought was needed. Between the test drive of several vehicles, discussing the price point, getting our Cadillac appraised and then working with the finance manager (his name was Jay and made the process easy as well) – which was quick and painless, the process was a breeze. Past purchases of vehicles took most of the day – we were in and out in about two hours, maybe less.
While our experience was pretty simple, I can remember what it was like to buy a car on my own in my early 20’s not have any idea as to what to do. Here are a few simple tips for you to make this process as simple and painless as possible:
1. Decide whether a new or used car will work for you. Figure out what you can afford financially prior to going down to the dealership so you are equipped with the information you need to help you buy your car.
2. Use the internet and research the dealership you are going to be visiting. Do they have positive reviews, negative reviews, issues, etc? Visit Yelp and see what other customers have said about the business and the employees or sales people. You want to be comfortable, not intimidated and most the time reviews on Yelp will let you know if you are walking into vultures before you even get there.
3. If you are interested in trading in a vehicle you already own, make sure to look up the KBB or Kelly Blue Book Value on the car so you are armed with information and a price you can ask for trade-in value. This goes for buying new or used cars as well… look up the KBB Value so you can use this information to negotiate with the sales or finance person you are working with. Again – the key is to be prepared so you are not caught off guard or left vulnerable. Also – many dealerships now offer free Carfax reports in person or via their online site on used cars. So be sure to check out that report prior to going in to buy the car – then you’ll be prepared with important info that you may need to buy.
4. Take someone with you when you decide to go down and start the buying process. Often times having a spouse or a friend/relative with you while going through the process will not make it seem so intimidating.
5. If trading in your vehicle for something else – don’t forget the following documents: Current Registration, Current Safety-check and Title of Ownership for your vehicle. The process can all be done in one visit if you have all of this info with you.
6. While at the dealership – if for any reason you feel uncomfortable with your salesman, do not hesitate to ask for another or speak with the manager or supervisor. Sometimes salesmen can be a bit pushy. I tend to aggressive when people get that way with me, but not everyone is like me… so if you don’t feel comfy – move on to the next sales person or dealership. Follow your gut and stand your ground.
7. Test drive that car for as far as you need to in order to get the feel of the car and if it is right for you. Remember, some people keep their vehicles on average between 6 to 15 years so make sure it drives like you want it to, that is has enough room for you and that it fits your needs. Put it to the test.
8. Verify all warranty options on both new and used cars before committing to buy. Will the warranty work for you and your lifestyle. Also check to see what your options are for oil change, flat tires, etc.
9. Before going into the dealership – be sure to check your credit score. Credit Karma offers you free credit scores and is a site I use to verify my credit score often. This way you can push for the best possible rate when negotiating price and interest rate and will have an idea as to whether or not you need a down payment to reduce your monthly payment if not buying outright.
10. The key to an easy purchase is to be prepared. Whether you are buying a car for the first time or have done this many times before, the more information you have to arm yourself in this journey, the easier the process for you. Remember, they need to work with you and your terms. If you don’t like how you are treated or what is happening, you have the right to walk away and find another dealership.
So – we finalized our purchase and picked up a 2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring Sedan with a 2.0L 4 Cylinder 6 Speed Automatic with black interior. It’s a four door which fits my family perfectly and is in the color Graphite Mica. It comes with a push button start (which is taking me some getting used to), Bluetooth streaming (which I love) and satellite radio. Hands free phone options for calling, answering and more – which is a great safety feature and I also love that it has most of the bells and whistles that my Escalade had, is comfy cozy and fast. I’m definitely looking forward to zoom zooming around in my new set of wheels. I love it and it’s nice paying $35 for a full tank of gas instead of $70 – $100 (or more sometimes) with my Escalade. The car interior is spotless for a used car – it literally looks showroom ready and the mileage is very low. While I will certainly miss my Escalade and I do miss being in a larger vehicle, I am enjoying my newer car.
I’m truly lucky in that I have a husband that pretty much sacrifices everything for me and our boys so while this purchase was a last minute decision, we still had to ensure that it was financially sound. Aloha Kia also helped in making the process so easy and painless and I’m thankful that the people there made our purchase quick and simple. Buying your next car or an additional car should never be a task, but exciting!
I am definitely enjoying my newer car and love how it drives. While I do miss my Escalade (as I have all my other vehicles in the past) I’m very happy with our purchase. This car is easy on the eyes and a great car. This is the 3rd Mazda 3 we’ve owned and we are loving it.
“Thanks babe for always taking care of me! xo”
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in anyway. The car was purchased by my husband and I with our own money. This is an informational post and all opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I am a dog lover, true and true. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t discriminate and love all animals in general, though dogs are and always have been my favorite. I have always had large dogs so I was used to training big dogs. Our Koa – an American Red Nose Pit bull died a few years ago and we have since added Ikaika to our family. Ikaika is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and let me just say – it is a big difference training a little dog as it is a large one. I have had to learn to be patient with a dog that is a little more maintenance than a pit bull and I found that some of my normal training worked while others did not. Today I am going to share with you a few easy tips that will hopefully get your tiny dog trained and if not, at least it will give you some tips on how to enjoy your little companion.
1. Patience – Patience is key no matter what size your dog or animal is. Any dog (or animal for that matter) will react according to your actions and demeanor. Be calm and keep from being excited. Take your time, like with children – everything is a learning process and this is the same with your dog.
2. Consistency is Key – Be consistent with what you do. If you tell your dog to eat his food outside, keep his feeding done outside (just as an example). Dogs have a short attention span (not all of them, but many do) so by keeping things a constant and doing everything the same – it keeps your dog from feeling confused and therefore a routine will develop.
3. Let your dog know what they are doing wrong – this is known as replacement therapy. This is quite easy when you start doing it. By being firm and letting your dog know that something is not right, your dog will learn. I.e. Telling your dog “no” when it is doing something wrong like chewing on a shoe. Be consistent and firmly tell your dog no to let them know that what they are doing is wrong and then take the item away. Use a voice that is firm, but do not yell.
4. Training tools can be helpful – We don’t use it often, but a dog training collar with a remote control comes in handy when you are not in the direct vicinity of your dog to tell them to stop something without yelling at them. I recommend a dog training collar like Cujo Controls. It comes with 8 levels of training with a fully adjustable collar. It can be used on dogs of all sizes and is one of the easiest tools to use. Do not confuse this tool with punishing your animal. While it does offer a shock level, we use it for vibration, which is light and soft enough to have the dog notice that he gets a pulsation when he does something he is not to be doing. It then becomes a reminder that what he is about to do, he should not be doing. It comes with a wireless remote control and is water resistant. The Anti-Bark collar has a range of up to 800M and you can train 2 dogs at the same time. This unit is meant to accelerate obedience training, prevent unwanted behavior like barking and chewing and helps you with various training. If you don’t like the pulsation mode or vibrating mode, you also have a sound mode that allows you control with sound. This product is safe, humane and an effective tool when used properly and not abused. While many will say it is not something they want to use to train their dog, it has been helpful in training ours and Ikaika’s squeaky bark at 4am is not an issue any longer for us or our neighbors. Again – we use the pulsations that are light vibrations (similar to that of a vibrating ringer on a cell phone) that will not hurt or injure our fur baby. We have tested it on ourselves and it actually tickles but vibrates enough to get your dogs attention. That is the setting we chose for our little dog, there are eight settings available for you to choose from.
5. Love – last but not least, animals need a lot of love and compassion. They are like children and need affection and they are affectionate creatures. It doesn’t matter the breed (I know that first hand) because each animal will love as their owner loves. Just as we teach our children, we teach our fur babies to love by loving them.
Cujo Dog Collars love Rescue Dogs. A portion of your purchase helps support dog rescues across the U.S. This post is for informational purposes only and was brought to you in collaboration with Cujo Control. Remember – treat your animals as you would want to be treated, love them and show them compassion and you will have a companion for life. While I do offer tips for training your dog, I am not a certified trainer or veterinarian and these tips come from personal experience. Please check with your vet prior to any training regimen for your furry friend.
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