Saturday, September 20, 2014

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Convertible

I think everyone goes through that stage of life where they want to drive a two-seater car. I learned to drive on my mom's BMW SUV and then when I got my licence, I got my own key to it to drive. So I always drove that to school. I also learned to drive on my dad's Ram pickup truck so it's needless to say that I was used to larger cars.

When my grandparents bought me my first car when I was seventeen, it was a Ford Fusion which was a four door car so honestly, I had never been in or driven a two-seater car in my entire life. But when I was given the chance to see what the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Convertible could do, I had to say I was indeed curious.

When I first got the MX-5, I noticed that it really does sit low to the ground. I'm not really used to sitting so low but after a while, I got adjusted. The gears and buttons are all the same like in other Mazdas but in the MX-5, you can actually change gears from the steering wheel too if you want to make it into a manual. I don't know how to drive a manual car, but I can see how this would be fun for guys.

There's also a button to push to release your gas cap too which is in between the two front seats on the back wall of the car. It's actually hidden in a compartment which is nice so you know no one is going to try and steal your gas!

To put the top down is actually quite easy too. It's all activated by one button in the front of the car. You simply push the button and hold it until the entire top comes down and you hear a beep. Then you can let go and the car is ready to drive. Putting the top up is just as easy too. You just push a different button and hold it down.

I didn't think that I would have a lot of trunk space considering how small the car really is but I was able to get about half a grocery cat full in the trunk which was pretty good!

Overall the MX-5 drives a definite sports car. You can feel the road when you're driving and it has great speed to it. It really is a fun little car to drive, especially if you have the color red like mine was!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pass the Purse #PurplePurse Bloggers #sponsored #LatinaBloggers

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Allstate Foundation created the Purple Purse campaign to urge people to openly talk about domestic violence. A purse represents the center of a woman’s financial domain and the virtual purse you will be given will be passed across the country and will spark important conversations about domestic violence and empower those impacted by it to start talking about the issue.

Did you know that domestic violence is an issue that impacts millions, but few talk about it? Domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Purple Purse helps people carry on conversations and pass information about domestic violence and financial abuse by placing the power directly into people’s hands with a purple purse.

When I was younger, I dated someone who was abusive and would hurt me when he got angry. And even through all of that, I stayed with him for 3 years. I never thought anyone else would love me, that is, until I met my now husband and he showed me that a real man doesn't hurt a woman, period.

A majority of Americans agree that domestic violence is tough to talk about. More than one-third of Americans have never discussed the issue with family or friends and Purple Purse provides a conversation starter. Did you know lacking financial knowledge and resources is the number one indicator of whether a domestic violence victim will stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship? No one should have to suffer through an abusive relationship, no matter the circumstances!

The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets, the more it can compete for Allstate Foundation incentive funding. Go to between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake #MonkFruitInTheRaw @InTheRawBrand #MC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When you go to the grocery store, have you noticed the amount of sugar in snacks now? I never really noticed things like that until I had to start reading the ingredients for allergies. And it was then that I realized that sugar is loaded in kid snacks! And what's so sad is sometimes it's hidden by other names than sugar. So unless you know what you're looking for, you won't know you're pumping your kids full of sugar.

In our house, we do keep snacks but most of the time we do keep organic items as them. That way when we get a little snacky, we know we're eating something healthy. But what about all the times that we bake? Almost everything in recipes needs sugar but sugar can be so unhealthy, especially if you bake a lot like me.

September is Childhood Obesity so in honor of this month, I wanted to make a delicious dessert that not only welcomes autumn but also will not cut on taste while reducing sugar. Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener, made with real fruit. It has a simple, sweet taste that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. Plus I love that right on the bag is says it converts the exact same as regular sugar. So if your recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, you need 1 cup of Monk Fruit In The Raw. There are also no table sugar, molasses or sugar alcohols added either so it's safe for kids.

Now in our house, we love chocolate, that's sort of obvious. But I wanted to make something chocolaty for a dessert with Monk Fruit In The Raw. So I made some Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake and it turned out great!

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

3/4 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw
1/2 cup organic chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 cup crushed organic chocolate graham cracker crumbs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray baking pan with olive oil spray. Mix first 8 ingredients together in a bowl and pour into greased pan. Sprinkle crushed organic chocolate graham cracker crumbs over the top and bake for 40 minutes.

Have you ever used Monk Fruit In The Raw? 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Frame Your Fall Look with bebe #VSPStyle #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf VSP Direct.

The first time I ever got glasses was when I was seven years old. After playing too many video games, I had pretty much damaged my eyes forever. And ever since then I wore glasses. When I was a kid, I hated wearing glasses because back then they only made dorky looking frames. So when I turned thirteen, I switched over to contacts for the first time. But by the time I got to high school, it was "cool" to wear fashionable glasses. So I donned a lovely pair of cheetah print glasses that were not only fashionable but really made my eyes pop.

Glasses have made a huge comeback and now they are even embraced by many women. Even as an adult, I liked to wear fashion glasses because they not only look great with certain outfits but they make you look smarter too.

If you're having trouble putting together outfits to go with glasses for fall, then check out these suggestions I made. They all feature the same pair of bebe glasses so you can see just how many ways you can switch up a look.

This gorgeous look makes me think of a lovely October party. I love the bold color of red added with the darkness of black so bebe glasses fit perfectly with this outfit.

This fun outfit also reminds me of October but for a darker evening. There's really nothing like lace combined with heels and diamonds.

This last outfit would be great for November, and even to wear to a holiday party. The subtleness of the black alongside the tan really makes for a great combination.

Did you know your eyewear is a fashion item that you can get insurance for? Including lenses and frames, designer glasses can cost hundreds of dollars. VSP Direct – the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company – has spent the better part of a decade developing high-quality, affordable individual plans that are now available in every state.

From VSP Direct, insurance benefits can be purchased directly to you, or as a gift to someone else with plans starting under $17 per month. VSP Direct individual insurance also gives you access to a large selection of frames from classic styles to trendy (including dozens of top brand names), so you can find one that fits your personality. I personally have VSP Direct insurance for myself and I couldn't be happier. For the price I pay per month, I have security knowing that my eyes are taken care of.

If you like the outfits I gave for inspiration, then you should also enter the Facebook Pin It Promotion. Right now if you repin your favorite outfit from the landing page, you'll be entered to win a year's worth of VSP Direct and a bebe outfit!

What was your favorite outfit from my above choices?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cutthroat Kitchen: Super Sabotage Tournament

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Food Network hit Cutthroat Kitchen goes all-star this fall, with sixteen elite chefs competing in the five-episode mayhem-filled Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament under the watchful eye of host Alton Brown. Only the craftiest and most cunning chefs survive in this battle of cooking chops and sabotage skills, and just one wins ultimate bragging rights and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice.

The primetime event kicks off Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT with the first all-star match-up, leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT, where the grand prize is awarded.

Will you be watching on October 8th? I love cooking competition shows so this one looks really promising to me! What are your thoughts on the show?

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