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Over the last week we had the opportunity to drive the new 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring thanks to DriveShop. I think it was the perfect combination of being sporty but a perfect family SUV as well. The ride was really smooth in regular mode and sport mode as well which my husband enjoyed. The leather interior was super comfortable and if you have kids...it's always a good choice! In some cars I've found that the center console and dashboard touchscreen can be a little confusing but this was very easy to navigate. We LOVE the push-to-start and keyless entry because, well, they're just really cool things to have and make your life just a little easier. The dual zone climate control was another thing I really appreciated since my husband likes to be super cold and I like to just be "comfortable". One thing that would have been nice is to be able to control the air flow for each side as well.




Another thing I loved about the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is that it has some really great safety features. It was rated 5-stars for the Side Crash Test (front and rear seats) and 4-stars for the Rollover Test. One thing I've never seen in a car before (maybe I'm just out of the loop) is when if you're in an accident it will automatically notify 911. The blind spot and cross-traffic warning systems as well as the back up camera were great and are always nice features to have. Ryan and Nolan's car seats were also really easy to put in thanks to the latch anchors which we definitely appreciated because installing car seats in the summer isn't always the most fun thing to do. This would be a great SUV for any family of 2-5 people. I think Dad's that may have a hard time giving up their sport car for something more family friendly will love this and make the switch a little less hard.
I've tried out my fair share of subscription services in the past. Recently, I've cancelled the ones I was receiving because I found that even though they were pretty affordable, I just wasn't really using the things in them. I'd rather spend that $10 on a new drugstore foundation or something I know I'll like and use. Now Scentbird is a subscription service that I love and definitely use as well. Simply put, it's a perfume subscription service that has over 350 designer fragrances that are 100% authentic to chose from. All you have to do is sign up, pick your scent, and you'll get a monthly supply of your chosen perfume. Your first month comes in the cute luxury case and each month after that you get a refill of a new fragrange (or the same fragrance if you want) that pops in and out of the case. I got the limited edition pink perfume case which I love. The scent I chose is perfection. Like, I'm probably a little weirdly obsessed with how I smell now. Chloé Eau de Parfum is all I have to say. I think it's a scent that a lot of people would like. The thing I really like about the Scentbird website is that you can browse perfumes by scent type, perfume personality or occasion. I know sometimes it can be hard to decide on a perfume unless you can actually smell it but they do a really good job at helping you decide which ones you'll like. Or you could always just go into a department store, go on a sniffing spree and then come home and add a bunch that you liked to your Scentbird queue for future months. ;) Most importantly, I love that it's only $14.95 a month. It allows me to try high-end perfumes that I normally wouldn't be able to afford and experiment around with different scents. If anyone is interested in signing up I'll leave my referral code below.

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If you know me, you know I'm a super organized, planner, list-making nut. If it's not written down I'm probably not going to remember to do it. We'll just go ahead and blame that on mommy brain. But weather I was forgetful or not, I really just love having the whole day/week/month written out so I can have a nice visual of everything we've got going on. Now that the Erin Condren planners have become even more popular than before and you can decorate them with washi tape, stickers and all the other fancy shmancies...forget about it! I'm obsessed. So obviously I was pretty freaking pumped when I found out that I would be one of the few select people who were receiving the new Erin Condren 2015/2016 LifePlanner early. I'm not-so-patiently waiting for the end of the month so I can start filling this bad boy up.

As you can see in the pictures below I also received their Coil Clips, Pen Holder, Party Pops Markers, the Designer Sticker Book and some Elastic Bands. Those markers are perfect for someone like me who likes to color coordinate things and the sticker book has some beautiful stickers in it. Keep an eye out for my planner pictures on my social media sites to see these things in action.



So what's new with the planner you might ask? Well, the outside still looks pretty much the same. The coil on the side is a little bigger so your personalized cover will lay flat better and on the page after the cover there's a cute little vellum page that adds a nice touch. The mini months are now great for long-term planning and show from July 2015 to December 2016. There's a new 2-page customizable spread where you can write out goals or to do lists and there's now a lined page for notes before each month! I decided to switch it up and try out the new horizontal layout. Each section is lined and has one block at the end for additional notes or to decorate with your stickers and washi. I do have to say, if you go all out with decorating your planner you'll probably want to stick with the vertical layout. I do love the more traditional but still different look and feel of the horizontal layout but I'm kind of wishing I got the vertical so I could do more decorating.

At the end of the planner there's now a double sided storage pocket as well as a perpetual calendar which is perfect for writing down birthdays, anniversaries or other things that happen on the same date each year. You also get some freebies in the zip pouch which include Compliment Cards, Referral Cards, a sample page of the "Do It All Dots" and a Coil Clip.




Do you love it or do you love it? If you've been considering getting one of these planners I really do recommend them. I know they are a bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. If you enjoy using a planner or want to try to be more organized this is something you need in your life. For a better look into the new planner (both the horizontal and vertical versions) you can also check out the Erin Condren Look Book here.

Finally, if you want $10 off of your Erin Condren purchase you can use my referral link. It gives you a $10 credit and then once you place your order I'll get a $10 credit too! I'll love you forever. ;)
Erin Condren Referral Link: https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/erinpagliaro0220

Disclaimer: I received this product for free to review.
As always, my opinions are honest and my own.
Over the last week Dave and I had the opportunity to test out the 2015 Mazda CX-9. As you guys know we need a spacious car or SUV with the boys both being in car seats, Dave being 6 feet tall and the zillion bags we have when we leave the grocery store or Target. We all had plenty of room including the boys. It even has third row seating which while we didn't need to use, it would be awesome for a larger family. It wasn't your typical crammed third row seating either. The interior was beautiful and we really felt safe while driving. The tri-zone climate control is always a plus because I'm the one always freezing to death while everyone else is sweating. Also, I may or may not have had the heated seats on even though it's Spring. Dave and I drove the CX-9 all the way to Brooklyn, NY one night for a business meeting and the v6 engine was great on the highway. One of the only cons I can think of was that the touch screen was not smudge proof. So not only did it almost always look dirty but it was close to impossible to see in certain lighting. Other than that, the Mazda CX-9 was a pleasure to drive and we had a lot of fun with it. Out of all the cars and SUV's we've tried out I think this was one of the most perfect fits for us.

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.