When was the last time you went on a real road trip? You know…one longer than two hours? Well, when I found out that Kia wanted me to test drive their 2014 Kia Soul, I immediately planned out a weekend drive to visit my cousin in Arizona. That’s about a six hour drive from Los Angeles. And I couldn’t think of a cooler car to take on this road trip. But, in an instant, an email changed my travel plans.
L’Oreal Paris invited me to the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas! I had to say yes! I mean, it’s the Latin Grammy’s! I’ve never been before and I really wanted to check it out. So, I rearranged my road trip to include a one night visit to Sin City. This was a much welcomed detour!
I grabbed my mom, packed up my yellow Soul, and headed out on our four hour drive to Las Vegas. OK, not that it’s a surprise, but this “Urban Hatchback” is super fun to drive. I felt safe and comfortable the entire time. We used the heck out of the navigation and satellite radio of course. I imagined us as those cute hamsters in the commercial! Ha Ha Ha!
Even as we drove almost the entire way in the rain, I had no complaints. We arrived safely in Las Vegas, attended the award show, and headed out on the second part of our road trip the next day. Six hours later, we arrived at my cousin’s house. Safe and sound. I think my favorite parts of the Soul were the design features like the illuminating lights around the speakers and in the door panels. They changed colors as the music played. So cool! Oh…and the panoramic sunroof is pretty awesome. This is a fun fun car! It’s not a conventional style for most, but I liked it and wouldn’t mind driving it on another road trip. I’m just saying!
Here are a few photos from my road trip with the 2014 Kia Soul.
Disclosure: I was NOT paid for this post. This vehicle was a complimentary loan. All opinions expressed are 100% true and my own.
For the first time ever in my Latina life, I celebrated Dia de Los Muertos! And it just so happened to be at one of the largest celebrations in the country! Held at the legendary Hollywood Forever cemetery, this was the 14th annual event here in Los Angeles. The minute Nestle invited me, I was so nervously excited! Like I said, I didn’t grow up honoring this tradition. So, this was a first for me.
This was an event unlike any I’ve ever attended. From the hauntingly beautiful altars, face painting, decorations, costumes, crafts, music, art, and food—the entire day was a blessing. I loved that Nestle even built the largest altar in Los Angeles (see below). It was so cool!
This Day of the Dead event is one you have to experience for yourself. I took almost 200 photos that day. You can find a few below, but you have to see the entire photo album here on the Blogs by Latinas Facebook page! And to see what Nestle is up to, follow the #vivecultura hash tag on all of your social media sites.
How did you celebrate Dia de Los Muertos? Tell us below!
Disclosure: I received a media press pass courtesy of Nestle to attend this event.
I never celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as a kid. Our family is from Mexico, but it was never part of my childhood. As an adult, I’m fully aware of the significance of this holiday, making today a whole different story. I welcome the traditional honoring of my relatives who have passed away before us.
I personally want to thank Nestle for including me in their recent #ViveCultura experience that celebrated the Mexican tradition. Located at their headquarters here in Los Angeles, we gathered for a day of history, arts & crafts, and food—all centered around Dia de los Muertos. Hosted by Nestle Abuelita and NESCAFE Cafe de Olla, we learned about the history from actor and director Daniel Galo. We also made our own glittered frames from the amazing Crafty Chica herself, Kathy Cano-Murillo.
And of course we ate and drank our hearts out! I couldn’t get enough of Nestle’s Café de Olla, chicken mole made with Abuelita chocolate (get the recipe here), and the AMAZING Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. So YUMMY! We even made our very own Pan de Muerto (get the recipe here)…which I did for the first time by the way.
It was an amazing day of celebration, honor, tradition, and culture. One that I will never forget. Take a look at some of my pictures below.
You might not be able to tell, but I really am a car lover. I’m not a “pro” by any means. But, I am someone who appreciates the technology and options that come with today’s automobiles. And with all the misconceptions out there about compact cars, I was really happy when Kia reached out to see if I wanted to test drive their new 2014 Kia Rio. I immediately said yes!
Now, when it came to compact cars, I always thought they were super basic without perks. I love being proven wrong. I test drove the SX model for a week and I was pleasantly surprised. This model has a lot of perks! Here are a few of my favorites: the push start button, rear-view camera display, satellite radio, 17″ alloy wheels, power-folding outside mirrors, the metal pedals, and the UVO infotainment system of course. It looks good too. I’m loving the red!
And boy does this Rio have some power packed into it! I felt like a little speed racer running around Los Angeles. I felt safe in it too, with it’s dual and side curtain airbags. Just remember, it’s not the most spacious car in the world and at times it doesn’t feel like the sturdiest car out there. But, it was a lot better than I thought it would be. If I was in the market to buy a car just for me, this is one I’d definitely consider.
Do you have any questions about the new 2014 Kia Rio? Ask below!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T. All opinions expressed are 100% true and my own.
I really need your attention right now. And I need you to read this entire post, because this is a really important message. And when Latina Bloggers Connect reached out to see if I wanted to work on AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, I said yes in a heartbeat!
AT&T’s “It Can Wait” public awareness campaign has one goal— saving lives. We love our phones. If your phone isn’t in your hand right now, it’s probably pretty close to you…isn’t it? And when we’re behind the wheel, it can be one of the most distracting parts of our drive. And the message AT&T wants to pass on to you is a powerful one— No text is worth dying for. Not one single text is worth the waste of a beautiful life.
Last night, I headed out to a special LBC Live Party with Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T. All to learn more about this amazing campaign and to take the pledge to not text and drive. It was hosted at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood with some of my favorite Latina bloggers in Los Angeles!
Here’s the sad truth…texting while driving is involved in 100,000+ vehicle crashes each year, often causing injuries and deaths. Yes, people are dying!
So, here’s what I need you to do. Take the pledge, speak up … and don’t text and drive! We need people like you to join the movement and help raise awareness! Feel free to share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.
I’m going to purposely keep this post short and let the photos do all the talking. On the last day of our American Latino Expedition, we visited the Upper Antelope Canyon. It’s located on the Navajo Reservation and our guide Leonard couldn’t have been more perfect for our group. He knew all the ins-and-outs of the canyon which has been shaped by years of water erosion. The canyon is nothing short of amazingly beautiful and spiritual. See for yourself.