2012 Mazda3: Sleek, Economical, & Loaded with Features

If you are looking for a car in 2012 that offers a sporty look and feel but boasts economical fuel efficiency look no further than the Mazda3 featuring SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY.

Fuel Economy. Performance. Together.

Our philosophy is that if it’s not worth driving, it’s not worth building. So in our quest for better environmental performance, our goal was to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising driving performance. To get there, we started with a clean sheet of paper and engineered every major component of the automobile to work together in efficient harmony. The result is something revolutionary.

To find out what my family thought about it check out our reviews at Life with Lisa and my old Mom Blog.

Disclosure: Mazda provided me with the use of the Mazda3 free of charge in exchange for an honest review and feedback.

The Car of 2011: The KIA Optima SX Turbo

Looking for a new car in 2012?  You have to keep the KIA Optima Turbo in mind…seriously.  I recently had a chance to experience the 2011 KIA Optima SX Turbo and can’t think of any other car that has been so much fun to drive.  It is sporty, sleek, fun, and sexy all for under $30k.  Read my review to find out why this is the must have car of 2012!


What Is Your Favorite Past Time Online?

I spend a lot of time online and while I’m here occasionally I take a few minutes for myself to enjoy a game of Words with Friends or quick hand at poker.  A lot of my friends are playing similar games, but I thought I would reach out to you to find out what you do online for fun?  I’m going to share my Top 3 favorite past times online.

1.  Pinterist.  This virtual pinboard is a great place to discover and share the things you love.  It took me a while before I understood how it worked, but once I got it I discovered so many awesome ideas.  You can create pins of your favorite things and see other’s boards as well and re-pin things you find.  Beware – you will get lost for HOURS looking at some of the things.  Here are a couple things I have on my board:

The first picture of the ghost milkshakes is so cool.  You melt chocolate, paint it on the inside of the glass and fill with vanilla milkshake.  Isn’t that clever for a Halloween treat?  Now you see why Pinterist is so addictive.

2.  Words with Friends.  Words with Friends is now on Facebook and I’m addicted.  It’s a virtual scrabble game with friends.  I used to play it on my droid all the time, but now that it is on FB I always have a game or two going at once.  I’ve learned some pretty interesting words in the past month.  Check it out and we can play a game.

3. Poker.  Yes, I’m a poker addict.  I love Texas Hold’em and I’ve actually won a couple online tournaments.  My best?  First place out of about 1,400 people.  Not bad….  I play on a few different networks – if you play be sure to tell me where and we will have to sit at a table together.

What are your favorite online things to do?  I would love to hear what they are and check them out.  I know my youngest son plays a Ninja game on Facebook, my hubby does an occasional poker game, and my oldest son does some role playing games….but what else is there for Mom?

Disclosure: Sponsored links are used in this post.

5 Laundry Tips from Future Friendly P&G Fabric Care

P&G contacted me about their future friendly fabric care line last month and although I have been using Tide for some time I never realized I was actually being nice to the environment…bonus!

Future Friendly

P&Gs powder compaction detergents deliver meaningful benefits, but also allow you to do your part to help the environment.  By compacting the entire carton powder laundry detergent line-up, if you dose as recommended, the following benefits are possible:

For you…

  • Offers you a convenient product that is easier to carry, handle and store, with the same number of loads per package as the previous non-compacted powder laundry detergents
  • The compacted powder laundry detergents are available in a variety of trusted P&G brands, including Tide, Gain, Cheer and Dreft
  • Enhanced stain removal with Tide and additional freshness via perfume microcapsule technology with Gain

For the environment…

  • P&G’s compaction of its carton powder laundry detergents can help save up to 22 million pounds of total packaging annually
  • Saves up to four million GJs of energy each year, or the equivalent of the energy needed to provide 34 thousand average homes with electricity annually
  • Saves up to three billion liters of water during production and disposal of the detergent each year, or enough to fill up to 1,224 Olympic-sized swimming pools

For added convenience, P&G’s compacted powder laundry detergents are available online via various eRetailers, including the P&G eStore.  And, from now until May 31, eStore is offering a savings of $4.00 when you purchase four or more P&G Future Friendly products that help save water, save energy and reduce waste.

Laundry Tips 101

  • Proper Dosing: With the new compacted powder laundry detergents, use 1/3 less detergent than previous non-compacted versions. This lower amount is reflected in a new scoop size in the compacted detergent boxes, as well as within the usage instructions included on the package. 
  • Sort This Way: Sort oranges with reds, purples, and bright blues; navies with blacks; and creams with tans.
  • Got a stain?: Find quick, step-by-step cleaning instructions from the experts at Tide and the laundry rooms of people like you at www.laundry.com.
  • Liquid Softener Know-How: To help prevent staining, avoid pouring liquid softener directly on fabrics, as it’s usually direct contact that causes spotting or staining. Instead, use the automatic dispenser in your washer.  If you don’t have one, simply add your fabric softener to the rinse cycle.
  • Don’t Over Dry-It: Avoid overdrying. Too much heat can set wrinkles, shrink certain cottons and wear out dark-colored fabrics.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by P&G and I received the product pictured above and I decided to share this information with you on my own free-will.

I have SWIMSUIT CONFIDENCE- Do you? #LandsEnd

I may not be a size 9 but Land’s End takes MY size and shape into consideration and because of that I have SWIMSUIT CONFIDENCE.  For my swimsuit I chose the Women’s Plus Size Beach Living Paisley Print V-neck Tankini Swimsuit Top and the Chocolate Brown Women’s Plus Size Beach Living 3″ Swim Shorts with Tummy Control bottoms.  I felt comfortable wearing this suit in and out of the pool.

Mark your calendar each day May 23 – 27, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDST so you can join in the series of National Swimsuit Confidence Week events on Twitter.  Follow @LandsEndPR and tweet at #landsend. Follow @LandsEndPR and tweet at #landsend.  They will be announcing exclusive swimwear promotions, giving away great prizes and inspiring women to embrace their swimsuit beauty.

The girls over at Curvy Girl Guide are showing off their suits too – so be sure to check them out!

You can get the swimsuit confidence twibbon and join in the fun! Go ahead, show off your confidence!

Disclosure: I received a swimsuit from Land’s End for participating in this Swimsuit Confidence Blog Event and I love it!  Just sayin’


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