Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Mazda3


Recently we had the chance to test out the 2015 Mazda3. With it's 4-cylinder engine, smaller size and affordable price I feel like this car would be perfect for someone who is always on the go. I wouldn't really recommend it for someone with kids (especially if they are in car seats) or someone who is looking for something with a lot of space. It is do-able but not ideal. However, if you're a single guy or girl or it's just you and your significant other I think this is an awesome option. It was fun to drive and has a great, sporty look to it. It was really responsive on the road with the horrible weather we were having and performed well on the road. The dual-zone auto climate control was a nice touch for us because I like to be toasty warm while Dave would probably drive with the windows down if he could. The keyless entry and push to start is always a nice touch but when you have kids and it's in the 20's outside...it's gold. It also has a variety of safety features including the rearview backup camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The big 7" touch screen display on inside wasn't bad either. ;) At only $23,000 I think this is a car that will be in a lot of people's price range as well. And like I said, while I feel this wasn't the perfect car for my family and I, we made it work and had a great time driving it.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Essentail Oils!

Guess who's taken a dive into the essential oil pool? This girl! Is that a thing? No? Okay. Essential Oils were always something that really interested me and I considered trying them and selling them for quite some time. After hearing so many friends constantly rave about them I just had to do it. I'm super skeptical about pretty much everything but I can honestly say that I really do love these oils. The first oil I ever tried was Lavender and a few minutes in I was calm, relaxed and ready for a nap! Ugh, naps! Those were the days. So, onto the most commonly asked questions:


What can I use Essential oils for?

There's so many things you can use them for! Anxiety, burns, calming, cleaning, cramps, cuts, focus, haircare, headaches, joint pain, performance, PMS, relaxation, skincare, skin conditions, sleep, sickness, snoring, stress, wellness...you name it.


How do I use them?

Every bottle of oil will always tell you exactly how it should be used. However, most oils can be diffused, used topically and even ingested.


Why Young Living?

Well, first of all their quality is like no other. They have an amazing “Seed to Seal” guarantee. Young Living sets the standard for purity and authenticity of essential oils by carefully monitoring every step of the production of oils from beginning to end. This means that you can be confident that the Young Living essential oils and oil-infused products you use in your home are safe and effective.


Interested in making a purchase? Here’s your options:

If you sign up to be a Retail Customer you’ll just pay the retail price of the products. Simple but you won’t save.

If you buy a Premium Starter Kit you’ll become a Wholesale Member giving you a 24% discount on future purchases. The only “requirement" is that you place an order of 50 PV (PV = Personal Volume which is equivalent to dollar value most times) a year. Trust me, if you end up loving the oils like I do this won’t be a problem at all. Most people just end up buying a kit and becoming a Wholesale Member simply because of how much you get for the price and the discount doesn’t hurt either. ;) If you would like to earn points to get free oils and earn commission you can also sign up for Essential Rewards like me! For more info on this feel free to email me.

The Premium Starter Kit retails for over $300 but as a Wholesale Member you get it at over 50% off.


So what's in the kit?
  • 5 mL bottles of these essential oils:
    • Joy
    • Frankincense
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Melaleuca alternifolia
    • PanAway
    • Peppermint
    • Purification
    • Stress Away
    • Thieves
  • A home diffuser (a $99 value)
  • A bonus oil (5 mL bottle of Citrus Fresh)
  • A roller ball (to turn any oil into a roll-on)
  • 10 sample packets total of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples


Want to browse?

Want to buy something?
CLICK HERE! Below is a little walk-through but please feel free to contact me if you need any help.

Step 1:
  • Choose Your Membership! Decide if you'd like to be a Member (recommended) or a Retail Customer.
  • Membership Details! You should see my ID already in the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID boxes. If for some reason they are not, my ID is 2465856.
  • Select your Country and Language.
  • Click Next!
Step 2:
  • Membership Information! Fill out your name, address, email and phone number.
  • Sign-In Information! Create a username, password and PIN.
  • Tax Information! The only reason Young Living asks for your Social Security Number is for tax purposes. As a wholesale member you'll have the opportunity to earn commission and if you earn over $600 Young Living will send you a 1099 as required by law. I will never see it nor will Young Living ever share it.
  • Terms & Conditions! This includes Policies & Procedures, the Member Agreement and the Compensation Plan. Check the box to agree.
  • Click Next!
Step 3:
  • Choose Your Starter Kit! I recommend the Premium Starter Kit. It truly is the best bang for your buck and will allow you to try a variety of popular oils.
  • Essential Rewards! This is a great program if you would like to earn points to get free oils and/or earn commission from sales. (This is not required and you can always sign up later on if you'd like.)
  • At this point you can add more products to your order or just click Enrollment Checkout to checkout.
Step 4:
  • Select your Shipping Method!
  • Enter your Payment Information!

Step 5:
  • Confirm your order! Congratulations! Your order is on it's way. :) You can now use your login info to track your order.

...and that's it my friends! If you're anything like me you probably have about 1,001 questions. Like I said before, I really am so passionate about Young Living essential oils and I would love to chat with you if you have any questions! Feel free to email me at erinandbaby@gmail.com or for a quicker response, message me on Facebook.

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Kia K900


I'm just going to come right out and say it...I may be in love with this car. When I found out we were getting the chance to try the 2015 Kia K900 out I remembered that Dave mentioned it to me a while back and was talking about how much he loved it, so I knew he would be excited. So let's just get the one and only "negative" out there (I put that in quotations because it's not even really a negative). At the hefty price of $66,000+ this car is not going to be in everyone's budget. But honestly, if I had the money I wouldn't even think twice about getting this car. It's that amazing.

What is not to love about the Kia K900? First of all the outside is beautiful and the interior is just as nice...if not nicer. You could just sit in the car and not even look at anything and it felt perfect. It was a very comfortable ride for sure. Not only can you adjust the base of the seat, the back of the seat and the headrest you can also have the seat warmer or cooler on. I didn't even know that was possible! The back seats recline which I'm sure a lot of people would really enjoy but since our boys are in car seats, we didn't really get to test that out. Out of every car/SUV we've ever had this was the most spacious by far. I couldn't believe how much room everyone had. It didn't seem like some huge car though if that even makes any sense. When you walk near the car the side mirrors open up and lights come on so you can see what you're doing. It has a push-to-start and keyless entry as well which is a simple feature but it's something that just makes your life a little easier. Everything was so smooth on this car; look and feel. The trunk is powered as well as the doors and if you leave the door a little bit cracked it will close for you. There are also built in sun shades for the back windows which we loved for the boys. What else? Blind spot detection, advanced smart cruise control and the lane departure warning were other very cool features. Oh, and it has auto rain sensing windshield wipers. It's the little things in life people. Even though the Kia K900 is a v8 but it was surprisingly great on gas!

If you couldn't tell we really, really enjoyed this car and it has earned it's spot on my Dream Cars list. If this is in your budget, drop what you're doing, get to a Kia dealership and get this car! No, but seriously...great car! ;)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander & 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Dave and I had the pleasure of testing out the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport over the last few weeks.

First up was the 2014 Outlander. This was a great SUV for our family of 4. Not only does it drive great but it's really spacious and it was super easy to install our boys' car seats in. We loved the keyless entry, push-to-start and the automatic trunk. It was really a convenient car. If you've been watching our daily vlogs you'll know I was in love with the heated seats. I know this is now a common feature in most new cars but we have an older car so it's new to me! Another feature I really liked was that it beeped whenever you were crossing into the next lane or getting too close to the car in front of you. (This is a feature that the Outlander Sport didn't have.)




The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was a really nice car as well. The drive was smooth thanks to the continuously variable transmission. It felt very fluid and like you were just cruising along. Oh, and the moon roof on this thing was AMAZING! The Outlander is more affordable and better on gas, however, if you're looking for something as roomy as the regular Outlander you should just stick with that. We weren't squished and it wasn't impossible for us to be in this car but we much more preferred the space we had in the 2014 Outlander. There was definitely less trunk room and less leg room for everyone in the Sport. If your children aren't in car seats, if this won't be used as a family car or maybe you're a little on the shorter side like me I do think this would be a great choice for you. We definitely preferred the look of the Sport (inside and out) but it just didn't beat out the regular Outlander.




Overall, we really loved both cars and would definitely recommend them. If you have any questions about either car please feel free to leave me a comment on here or message me on any of my social media accounts.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Beautiful DIY Flowers From Bloominous


I was recently contacted by an awesome website that provides easy DIY floral arrangement kits for weddings and special events. Many of us go the DIY-route to save money, but the process of researching, purchasing, and arranging florals can sometimes cause more stress and end up being more money. Here's where Bloominous comes in. This company launched in 2014 to give brides and event planners an alternative option for DIY flowers. Here are some advantages of using Bloominous for a wedding or event:

• With Bloominous, brides will be able to save anywhere from 30% to 50% off their original floral budget.

• Each piece is priced without the typical 300% markup from wedding florists, e.g. $5 boutonnieres, $40 centerpieces, and $50 bouquets.

• Most DIY floral services do not send ‘prepped’ flowers, but ours come cut-to-order, dethorned, and trimmed, so brides save time AND money.

• Each kit comes with step-by-step photo instructions for easy assembling within 10 to 20 minutes per piece, as well as flower care products and design tips.

• All collections featuring specialty flowers are designed florist with 10+ years of experience in event and floral design.

• It’s not just the flowers—from trends to vases to favors, we design the whole look for your inspiration, in our offerings and blog.

I think this whole 'florist-at-your-fingertips' experience is something that would be really helpful to a lot of people. Bloominous makes DIY fun, easy, and approachable for anyone who wants to try. Check it out at http://bloominous.com.