Living with a Scion FR-S


By Kari Gonzalez

Have you ever walked through the mall and found a particular item that you just had to have, regardless whether it made sense or not? Have you ever committed to a diet, only to get invited to a birthday party just a few days later, and you just couldn’t say no to cake?

Welcome to my life with my Scion FR-S aka “Mallow”.

The Scion FR-S or Toyota GT-86 (as it’s known to the rest of the world) is an affordable two-door sports car designed to hug the curves and raise your pulse. And since its debut in 2013, it’s been stealing enthusiasts hearts—such as mine.

But what is it that makes the FR-S so good? Or not good… Well, the FR-S remains true to the concept of fun size + lightweight + adequate power = bags of fun.

But with fun size and light weight usually comes, unpracticality and inconvenience. The FR-S sits low to the ground, offers questionable visibility, and only sits two people. And while it may offer enough room to grocery shop and run everyday errands, good luck trying to get a new TV home.

But there are some really good things too! Such as the way it shines after a good wash, the look in a kid’s as they press their face against the glass when I pass them by. It reminds me of how I reacted to seeing a Toyota MR2 as a little kid.

That being said, clearly the FR-S is not for everyone, that’s why I set out to share a few real, everyday-life pros and cons of owning this sporty little Scion. Some may ring a bell, some may not, but I figured somewhere out there an existing owner could relate, or a prospective buyer could be advised.

  • Like many things, looks can be deceiving. Sure the FR-S may look tiny from the outside, but the cabin is big enough to accommodate someone a bit over 6ft tall. And although the back seats are tiny, they are perfect to take my puppy for a ride, and although it’s no Tahoe, you can fit a kid’s car seat back there. If I happen to need more trunk room, then I can fold down the rear seat  back and gain some more.
  • Upgrade your tires. When it comes to performance, the stock tires lack grip, as they seem to be more adequate for a shopping cart than a rear-wheel drive sports car. So unless you are practicing for Formula Drift, every FR-S owner should quickly upgrade to decent tires.
  • Get used to attention —good and bad. Nothing is more annoying than getting harassed by other questionable sports cars to play “alpha” on the highway. And if you’re a girl, the curse of the female car enthusiast will follow you. People gravitate to my husband and ask how he likes the car, even though the clearly watched me exit the driver’s seat.
  • Don’t expect luxury, expect smiles. The interior of the FR-S is designed for one thing —to do it’s job, and do it in a simple and straight forward manner. Take for example the stereo head unit, it looks like it’s from 2003, but it’s simplicity is truly beautiful and works better than the Sync system I had in my Ford Focus ST.
  • Don’t call pest control —call Scion, and don’t call the psychiatrist either. The chirping you hear within the FR-S isn’t caused by real crickets, it’s the presence of Ethanol in the fuel. Turns out fuel pump was manufactured to operate with Japanese unleaded fuel, which does not contain Ethanol. For some odd reason the Ethanol found domestically causes a subtle chirping noise very reminiscent to crickets. Hope you like crickets.
  • Why didn’t a buy a Subaru BRZ? You will be asked that question —a lot. A BRZ is a nearly identical twin of the FR-S, but it offers lavish luxuries such as automatic climate control and heated seats, but it’s too late now, “Mallow” and I are stuck like glue.


There are a few other little quirks that make owning an FR-S that much more rewarding. For example, I learned that if the car is parked outside on a regular basis, make sure to clean the window gutters frequently to avoid a sharp pitched squeal that can be heard a city block away when you roll down your windows. Thank God I now have a garage and this is no longer an issue.

All in all, I’ve never kept a car for very long, as I usually hit the year mark and I am ready to move on, but there’s just something about this car that I can’t let go of. There are a million and one reviews on the FR-S, but how many are actually written by someone that daily commutes one everyday?

I hope this review helps someone out there currently debating if this car is the right fit for them. If you have any questions, let me know! If you already own an FR-S and want to share something with me, do so as well!


kari-gonzalez-driveswgirls-blog-cars-bio Kari. “When not tinkering on my car, I’m endlessly rambling about auto-news to my very patient husband who tolerates it for hours on end. I’ve owned everything from a Tacoma to a Benz, and I now have a 2014 Scion FR-S to play with, which you may spot at The Circuit of Americas parking lot while I’m yelling at the top of my lungs.”

IMS and NASCAR grow their “lil” fan base

“It caught me off guard when I first read, “Youth Only NASCAR Autograph Session” on the daily activities email sent by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway PR department. I sort of did a double take —then I smiled”.


In case you haven’t noticed, I love racing, I really do, but the one thing that I love more than racing itself, is seeing my kids enjoy racing themselves. Unfortunately racing isn’t necessarily an easy sport to follow, specially with the family.

What am I talking about?

Think of a sport like Basketball. It’s played indoors with AC (or heat), it’s confined inside a building where one seating section isn’t all that far away from another, and there are even restrooms and food stands on every level. Now think of a racing track or motorsports venue. Walking from turn-1 to turn-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway isn’t for the faint of heart. Need a restroom? Better start walking again. Oh, it’s hot? There is no AC in the great outdoors, so hopefully you can find some shade. By no means am I saying that us motorsports fans live a hard life, or racetracks are horrible places. But what I do know, is that race events in general can take a toll on adult race fans, let alone the little guys…

Thankfully, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and even NASCAR have realized their tiny fans, the lil’ racers and next generation of superstars need to have some fun at the track. Not only do kid-friendly activities keep my kids happy, but they also allows Missi and I to enjoy the show and focus on what’s important —the racing.

For some time the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has incorporated cool activities at their events as part of their IMS Kid’s Club, an activity area that over the years has grown from just a bouncy house and DJ music to three bouncy houses, face painting, obstacle courses, inflatable slides, video games, caricature drawing, etc. You name it, they have it, and it’s free.


I love what the Speedway guys are doing, but this time it was NASCAR that jumped in and added to the list of family and kid friendly activities. Not only did NBC Sports/NASCAR bring some sweet bumper cars, but they held a “Youth Only Autograph Session”! Kids of all ages had the awesome opportunity of meeting their favorite NASCAR drivers. How cool is that?

I’ve been in more than a few autograph sessions, but never one that was all kids! Seeing over a couple of hundred kids wearing racing shirts, hats, holding die-cast cars, posters, etc. was really quite moving. But the best part was seeing their faces go from being somewhat bored waiting in line, to being either shy and star -struck, or crazy and hyper by the time they got in front of drivers like Dale Earnhardt  Jr, Danica Patrick and Kasey Kahne. It was like Christmas in July!



Our very own Josephine was our news correspondent at the scene, and she made sure to inspect Danica’s chair and sharpie before she arrived —just to make sure they were up to spec. She also made sure all her kiddie friends were behaved, lined up and ready to go. But when it was her turn to meet the drivers —she stuck to Missi’s leg and refused to go. So there ya go, my own 3-year old who wakes up on Sundays asking to watch racing didn’t want to snap a selfie with Dale Jr.


Some call it shy, I call it being faithful to the man of her dreams —Tony Kanaan.

So next time you hear about NASCAR, or racing in general, remember that it’s not just for the adults anymore. Family fun and lifelong memories are best created with the smell of gasoline and rubber.


What NOT to do when the red flag is flying at the beach….

What NOT to do when the red flag is flying at the beach....


What NOT to do when the red flag is flying at the beach….

What exactly is a red flag at the beach? It is the most serious of all beach warning flags, red flags warn swimmers of serious hazards in the water. One red flag means that the surf is high or there are dangerous currents, or both. So swimming probably isn’t a good idea.

So what should you NOT do doing a red flag? Go swimming. they will personally come over and escort you out of the water. So don’t try it. It’s never a good idea to tick off the lifeguard.. But you can still have a ton of fun at the beach without going into the water. Here’s how:

Play in the Sand! 

play in the sand


Read a Book! 

read a book


Play games! 



Walk the pier!



Sun bathe!

Sun bathe


But don’t forget the sunblock! 

sun block


Enjoy each other’s company! 



And don’t forget to relax….


Summer is only around for a few more weeks. Enjoy it before school and the snow come back.

How to Protect Kids Online


How to Protect Kids Online

With back to school season just weeks away, a lot of kids are looking forward to getting their hands on the latest tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. Whether that means bringing home a school-issued tablet or spending more time with mom and dad’s device, parents worried about screen time shouldn’t fret. At this point, numerous studies have shown that controlled access to mobile devices in the classroom and at home can have a positive effect on everything from test scores to literacy to study habits.

That doesn’t mean worriers are off the hook, though. Protecting your child’s tablet is about more than investing in a kid-proof case. Any device with a network connection is potentially vulnerable to hackers and predators. Plenty of child-friendly games are free-to-play but pay-to-win, and kids have proven themselves adept at making in-app purchases. And then there’s the fact that the Internet is full of adult content.

The good news is that safeguarding kids’ devices isn’t too hard. You just need some time and, in most cases, a few strategically chosen apps.

School-issued devices can present problems because they may come home with download restrictions already in place and locks that prevent you from changing default settings. In that case, be proactive and contact your child’s teacher or appropriate school district official to find out what the school is doing to protect students from hacking and predators. Make sure that you’re comfortable with the level of security in place or, if you’re not, schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns with an administrator. Until then, make sure your wireless network is secure and password protected.

If you’re passing down your old device, the first thing you should do is a full factory reset. That will wipe all the internal storage, delete any settings changes and remove the apps you installed, giving you the opportunity to start with a blank slate. A new device may also come with apps you don’t want, so take the time to review what came pre-installed with any new tablet and toggle settings to block in-app purchases. Sit down with your child and choose a password they will remember. Then install a parental control like MMGuardian or something similar that can limit kids’ app and app store access, block access to adult sites and apps and even help prevent cyberbullying and sexting.

But the most important thing you can do to protect your child when they go online is talk to them frequently. Make sure they know that they can come to you with no threat of punishment or judgment if their device ever acts strangely, they’re contacted by a stranger or they end up viewing content meant for adults. Talk about how screen time can be addicting and make an effort to turn off your own devices after work so you’re modeling good behavior.

Thanks to powerful processors, mobile technology can be such a positive part of life, even for kids, when used thoughtfully, in moderation and safely. Even if you’ve never monitored your child’s device usage before now, it’s never too late to start!

Get #MoreMinutes with Great Clips #Ad


Get #MoreMinutes with Great Clips #Ad

It’s that time of year —back to school. Pool parties, slumber parties, vacation parties, trips to theme parks, resorts or maybe even foreign countries, they’ve all come to an end. It’s time to hit the stores, buy clothes, buy school supplies and go to bed on time. But you know what else it’s time for? A back-to-school haircut!

I remember attending middle school and high school and anxiously waiting for that last bell to ring on the last day of school signaling the beginning of a long and fun summer ahead. But now that I’m a Mom, I dread picking up my daughter on her last day of school, knowing that the gates of summer have opened. The beginning of many “Mom, I’m bored, are we there yet, do we have to go, there is nothing in the fridge” to come.

Combine two girls out of school, and the fact that my husband and I work full time from home, and you start to get where I’m coming from.

Juggling our lifestyle, our work requirements and our wants and desires is no easy task, and as most families, we are ruled by the good ‘ole “time vs. money” balance. As it seems that whenever there is time, finances are tight (specially during back to school season) and when finances are strong —time is limited. Sigh…

That leads me to share with you a little secret to maximize your time and money! We all use our smartphones to make our lives easier right? That’s why every time I visit Great Clips for my kids’s haircuts (or my own) I make sure to use their awesome “Online Check-in” app. Yes, you heard right, an app that will save you time by getting you in line before you even arrive to your neighborhood’s Great Clips!

What you will you do with that extra free time, share with us!


Once you are checked-in online, your name gets put on the waiting list and all you gotta do is show up, and then the next best part comes in —the savings!

Great Clips offers affordable, great looking styles and friendly service, which reminds me of a little personal story. My husband has gotten his haircut at Great Clips since High School, and later in his life he lived in New York City for some time, and back then there were no Great Clips in NYC! He would hop in a bus or subway to Jersey for over an hour just to get his Great Clips haircut. While most people thought he was crazy, it was the sense of a good standard of quality nationwide that kept him going back to Great Clips regarding of the location. True story!


So as you come back from summer vacation, and your little ones are getting ready to go back to school, remember to maximize your time and money and download the “Online check-in” app, and asks yourself, what will you do with that extra time?

Here are some photos of us bringing our little Josephine for her first pre Pre-School haircut, she is growing so fast!

Click here to visit the #MoreMinutes campaign and learn more about Great Clips, as well as the very sweet random acts of kindness they are unexpectedly doing for families all over the U.S and Canada!


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How To Prevent Sun Damage Naturally?

How To Prevent Sun Damage Naturally

How To Prevent Sun Damage Naturally?

Most people think that skin damages can’t occur during winter weather. The fact remains that dryness in the weather can accelerate skin damage. Even during cloudy days, the harmful rays of the sun can still penetrate the clouds and cause skin damage, particularly to people with fair complexion. The good news is that you don’t have dig deeper into your wallet to purchase cosmetic treatments for preventing sun damage. In addition, if you have a dull complexion, you can brighten your skin with the help of homemade recipes. Your skin will remain vibrant, youthful and attractive as long as you resort to a regular skincare routine.

  • Use Sunscreen 

The importance of wearing a sunscreen protection cannot be overlooked when it comes to preventing sun damage. You simply don’t have to buy just any kind of sunscreen out in the market but rather a good and high quality brand. Look for products that offer protection against UVA and UVB rays of the sun. You should never step outside your house with wearing sunscreen even on cloudy day.  Wear sunscreen 20 minutes before moving outside to give adequate time for the active ingredients to penetrate and rest on your skin. A good high quality sunscreen should have a sun protection facto (SPF) of at least 30.  This is suitable if you have a fair skin to avoid sun damage. Check out the right sunscreen products that suit your skin type and needs.

  • Use Hats/Umbrella

Just because you have worn a sunscreen, it is not a ticket to roam around the way you want. Environmental exposure, sweat or making contact with water wears off sunscreen and makes your skin vulnerable. If you are moving out in the sun, it is recommendable to use an umbrella or wear a hat to shield your skin. Also dress in a way to cover areas of your skin that are prone to sun damage, including your arms and legs. Bear in mind that sun damage can be irreversible and sun damage protection is one of the best approaches.

Homemade Remedies for Sun Damaged Skin

No one is perfect and sun damage can happen to you at times when you think you are safe. This can happen when you step out in to the sun without wearing sunscreen or any outer protection. This can lead to severe damage on your skin. Luckily, if this happens to you, try these homemade remedies in treating sun damaged skin for a speedy relief:

  • Splash with water: splattering cold water after getting out of the sun can help to soothe your skin. It is also a great way to keep it moisturized before you apply a moisturizing lotion or cream.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel: gently massage aloe vera gel on your skin to keep it moisturized and hydrated. Aloe Vera has been in use for centuries as a medicinal herb for treating several illnesses and conditions like sun damage, wounds, acne and blotches. Aloe Vera is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that accelerate the skin healing process.
  • Rose water: it helps in soothing your skin after extended exposure to sunlight. Alternatively, apply a non-alcoholic ph balanced toner to relief your skin from sun damage.
  • Skip the sun: if you accidentally step out in the sun and get skin damage, you should try not to get exposed again for at least 24 hours. This will help prevent further damages and kick start your skin’s natural healing process.

Homemade Recipes for Sun Damaged Skin

If you have no idea about the products to treat sun damage on your skin, or you are looking for a pocket-friendly approach when it comes to skin treatment, you can try the following inexpensive and simple ingredients:

  • Green Tea: Several studies have shown that green tea is effective in reversing adverse effects caused by sun damage on the skin. In addition, green tea is packed with anti-carcinogenic compounds that are able to prevent skin cancer. Drinking this beverage can help in the fight against harmful rays of the sun by boosting your immune system.
  • Potato Facials: this pack can be used if your skin tends to tan after slight exposure to sunlight. Simply massage cold slices of potatoes to instantly take off the tan.
  • Cucumber face pack: this is a great ingredient in getting your skin on its feet after sun damage. Cumber face pack can be used on your skin to reverse damages caused by exposure to sunlight. Use an eye mask when using facial packs to protect your eyes. Cool cucumber face pack in a freezer before using it on your skin.
  • Tomato facial: tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant which has been shown to be effective in protecting the skin against sun damage. On top of adding tomatoes on your regular meals, prepare a facial and smudge it on your face, let it dry and rinse with water.
  • Salmon: it is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory effects for reducing sensitivity of the skin to sun exposure.
  • Lemon juice: when combined with glycerine, lemon juice reverses tanning that occurs due to sun damage.

Video: Home Remedies To Brighten Your Skin

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Exposure to sunlight can cause damage on your skin. Wearing sunscreen is paramount in any skincare routine. If sun damage happens, it can be reversed with simple homemade ingredients.


Author Bio:

Ella James is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She enjoys reading articles related to Health, Fitness, and Technology. She specializes in writing articles about Health, Fitness, Beauty and Skin Care. She also likes to share tips for creating the ultimate skin care regimen for a healthy complexion. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.

DrivesWGirls is growing!


It wasn’t too long ago that Missi decided to add onto her site and create an outlet to share our passion for cars and racing. Our goal was to provide our readers with useful information regarding the automotive and motorsports scene.

Since then, we have shared with you about Easter Egg Hunts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, reasons why kids would love an Indycar race, how to plan for a kid-fiendly, cross-country road trip, and even how to have a little family fun in some pretty racy sports cars. Since October of last year when DrivesWGirls was born (named PitStop then), our inboxes have been filled with event invites, offers for guest-posts, sponsorship opportunities, and my favorite —press cars.

Although all of those are really really good things, they all take serious amounts of time, effort and sometimes even financial investment. Missi started Life is Poppin’ as a tool to effectively communicate useful information with families across the world, about whatever it was that families wanted to hear. The site grew bigger and better, and eventually became a platform for me to share about my passion for anything with an internal combustion engine, to which Missi kindly allowed me to do so. As time went by I realized that at some point we would grow and form a team with different perspectives, strengths, and maybe even opinions about car culture.

Thankfully I didn’t have to look very far to find someone with the passion, knowledge and opinion to discuss anything on wheels. That’s where Kari comes in. Back in 2007 I became a sales person at an Acura dealership with the hopes that being around cars and car people would satiate my thirst for, well —cars. It turns out car dealerships aren’t really about car people. But that’s where I met Kari, and started off a proper automotive friendship.

On behalf of everyone at LIP Media LLC, which is all of two people. We are very happy to welcome Kari as write and contributor to DrivesWGirls and look forward to developing, and enjoying some cool content together!

Check out her bio/introduction below.

“The sound of rumbling engines and the smell of burning tires are two of my favorite things. Scooting my Hot Wheels around a car mat and watching Zanardi dominate the Indycar circuit were two things I enjoyed much more than brushing a Barbie’s hair. Today, my love for cars is much more expensive but also more fun than when I was a child, as I’ve owned everything from a Tacoma to a Benz. I now have a 2014 Scion FR-S to play with, which you may spot at The Circuit of Americas parking lot while I’m yelling at the top of my lungs.

When not tinkering on my car, I’m endlessly rambling about auto-news to my very patient husband who tolerates it for hours on end, or going on Hill Country cruises with my rambunctious mutt, Margo. I met Jerry working at car dealership of all places, where we would often get in trouble for talking about cars more than actually working. I am excited to jump onboard so I will have a new place to express my thoughts and hopefully give my husband’s ears a break.”

Kari can be reached at



2016 Hyundai Tucson – Quick Spin

“Missi and I were invited to Hyundai’s Urban Adventure for the launch of the 2016 Tucson, oddly enough, our drive took place along rural and even dirt roads along the Minnesota and Wisconsin border. Thankfully everything else about the 2016 Tucson actually made sense…”

IMG_1148Crossover, or Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) is a term that most of you should be familiar with by now, and if you’re not, you should be —because it’s here to stay. Think of the SUV and how it’d be nearly impossible to come across someone ignorant to that term, but rewind fifteen years or so and the SUV was just starting to become a common term in the real world. Fast forward fifteen years from today, and CUV’s will rule the world like little agile velociraptors.

Ask any automotive expert and you’ll get a long, detailed and most likely boring description of what a Crossover is, but to put it in simple terms, a Crossover is a small-er SUV based on the frame/chassis of a small sedan or coupe. Therefore achieving a similar size, weight, economy and handling proportions and characteristics of a car, but with a higher ride-height and cargo capacity, although the latter is debatable.

Now that I’ve given you a plebeian definition of the Crossover, I can talk to you about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson.



Imagine the moment as production is set to commence for a brand new model, and the crucial task of naming it springs up. For most manufacturers this would employ their marketing and advertising teams, and maybe even the help of focus groups to birth a timeless, yet catchy name. But for Hyundai, they just said, hey —we already have the Santa Fe, so let’s name it after a city 500 miles southwest of it. The Tucson was born.

The Tucson arrived to the states in 2004 as the baby SUV and designed to cater to small families with active lifestyles, and while sales were decent, it never truly stood out in the crowded segment. Fast forward nearly eleven years, and the Tucson has changed substantially, but it’s also matured and grown wiser. Like many of us —right?

51% of the new-generation Tucson is made with high-strength steel, it sports a fancy 7-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission, active cornering LED headlights, a front-facing camera and radar that will keep you from running over annoying pedestrians (sorry road-ragers), but more importantly it offers more cargo space than a Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 or even a massive Infitini QX80. So if you are rich and thought you needed a full-size luxury SUV to carry a ton of stuff, I just saved you about $50,000 —you’re welcome.

Hyundai designed with new Tucson with one goal in mind, to beat the competition and to be named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.



First Impression

Walking up to the Tucson for the first time was a neat experience, not only because we had the opportunity to be one of the few media outlets to be invited to the event, but because it was actually great to look at. Sharp headlight and taillight angles gracefully split the rounded quarter panels on the front and the back, and an aggressive pseudo-floating roof line compliments the aggressive character of the hexagonal front grille.

A straight forward, checklist driven interior design dominated the cabin. You know? AC Controls – check, Radio – check, Heated seats – check, etc. It’s clean, well thought-out, and quite airy and spacious. Although the massive panoramic sunroof may be to blame for that. My biggest take away? Extremely comfortable and cooled seats. Loved them.


Driving Experience

One of the friendly Hyundai PR bosses approached Missi and I at one of the break areas along the driving route, and quickly pulled out pen and paper and asked for our unfiltered feedback. Thankfully, I already my speech all lined up. “Premium feel” I said, it feels like a pricier car, the fit and finish, the firm suspension, the responsive brakes, the different drive modes, it all feels solid. Missi then shared her approval of the heated second row seats, as well as the AC vents and USB chargers in the rear center console. Even though those features aren’t “driving” impressions, you bet your butt they’ll impact kids enough to make your road trip a pleasant or a miserable experience. The only drawbacks we both noticed were corky transmission behavior at low speeds, a locking rear-diff OFF light which stays on at all times (pretty annoying), and the fact that at nearly $33,000 for the Limited AWD Tucson, adaptive cruise-control isn’t offered —yet.



Technology and Safety

Computers play a big role in keeping us alive before, during and even after a collision. The 2016 Tucson is equipped with the right technology to prevent you from being involved in a wreck. A sensor-driven Blind Spot monitoring system, Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera with rear cross-traffic alert are part of the new suite of accident avoidance systems, but Hyundai went all out and added an automatic braking system with pedestrian detection. If the inevitable does happen, the Blue Link system will even emit a distress signal to a monitoring center where police, medical, or even roadside assistance personnel can be dispatched.

More to come

All in all, we left our “Urban Adventure” curious of how the Tucson can stand up to everyday life, kids, pets, and because a week-long test won’t be available until later this year, maybe even some snow. That being said, the Tucson is a crossover with enough charm inside and out to lure non-loyal buyers away from Honda, Ford and most definitely Toyota.

With new and updated rides like the Sonata and now the Tucson, Hyundai is definitely lining up to be a major player in the years to come. And talk about lining up against the competition, Hyundai is now the official sponsor of the NFL.



The 2016 Tucson will be on sale later this summer and available in FWD, AWD, and in four different trims: SE, Eco, Sport and Limited. Prices ranging from $22,700 to $34,050

Photos by: Jerry Perez and Hyundai Motor America

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Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk #GevaliaIcedCoffee

“I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee, or two, or three… You get the point. Well, it wasn’t until I became a blogger that I started exploring different options to drink coffee, as for some reason hot-stale coffee wasn’t all that attractive to me. That’s when I really got into hot teas, cold teas, and one thing led to another and I started drinking Gevalia Iced-Coffee with Almond Milk.


Sometimes non-coffee aficionados think that all coffee is the same, but that’d be like saying that any ice-cream  is good one —far from the truth. Arabica bean coffee is some of the best quality and most popular coffee beans served around the world, and that’s the only kind of coffee beans that Gevalia uses for all their coffee products.

But I know what is perhaps going through your head, what about the calories, what about the downsides of drinking coffee mixed with milk and sweeteners? Well, I have good news for you, because the tetra-pack 11.1-oz pre-packaged Gevalia Iced-Cofee with Almond Milk is not only made with 100% Arabica coffee, but also with creamy almond milk with just enough sweetness to make it delicious.

Gevalia has also made sure to keep your nutrition in mind by containing only 170 calories per single serve carton as well as boosting 9-grams of protein, and vitamin A&E. Keep in mind that because it’s almond milk, you can drink it even if you are lactose intolerant. What’s there not too love?

Although I love my Gevalia Iced-Coffee with Almond Milk at any time of the day, I normally prefer until about lunch time. You know, that dreaded time when you are feeling sleepy, tired, but also thirsty? That’s the perfect time to pop one open and enjoy its creamy goodness, and speaking of creamy goodness, Gevalia Iced-Cofee with Almond Milk comes in three delicious flavors. My favorite is Mocha, but the Vanilla and Caramel are pretty good as well.

Keep in mind that like all yummy and tasty things, you must limit yourself and not drink the entire carton all at once… So next time you are craving something creamy, delicious, and iced, think of Gevalia Iced-Coffee with Almond Milk! It’s the perfect “pick me up” for busy Moms!

iced coffee


Be Prepared for an Emotional Rant


Be prepared for an emotional rant-

I had a huge reality check tonight. I was texting with Nevaeh (my oldest daughter) before she went off to bed and this is how we ended our conversation:

Me- GN my love. I love you with all that I am.

Her- GN Mommy. I love you with all that I am and all that I will be one day. I will make you proud I promise.

Instantly took my breath away. How could she be this wise and such a deep soul at the age of 11?

If she could only see herself through my eyes. Then she would see how proud of her I truly am already. She’s such a blessing and I couldn’t ask for a more loving and caring little girl to call my own. I’m far from the perfect Mom I thought I would be and I have always envisioned that every mistake I have ever made was slowly screwing her up. This one little text proved me wrong.

So to all of you Moms that think you are doing it wrong, you’re not!

Just remember, birthday parties don’t have to be a competition, food doesn’t have to be organic and they don’t have to have $200 sneakers for them to know that you love them.

Much of what our kids will remember will have nothing to do with whether their mac ’n’ cheese was served on personalized plates made of glass you blew yourself.

Keep loving them unconditionally and  keep doing your best. Make sure your child’s life is full of meaningful, fun and oh so precious memories that they will never forget. They get it. Probably even more than we do.