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22 Jun

Highlights of 2015 NAIAS with General Motors

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If you’re going to visit an auto show in your lifetime, why not choose one in Motor City? That would be Detroit, Michigan in case you’re wondering. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the best I’ve been too. This year I was invited by none other than General Motors (GM) to get a preview of what they had in store, along with an amazing opportunity to meet some of the executives that make up the team.

Along with a group of awesome auto bloggers and writers, the GM Diversity team made sure we had access to a different side of the car company—which includes Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC. This trip wasn’t all about the braun of their vehicles, but more about the brains. And I loved every minute of it. This not only included access to executives and the auto show floor, but a tour of the OnStar Command Center (which was super cool!). Read more »

15 Jun

L.A.’s Blue Heaven On Earth (for Foodies and Baseball Fans)

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Calling all sports lovers and foodies! Yes, there is a place in Los Angeles where you can call home. It’s a little place we like to call “Blue Heaven on Earth” — AKA Dodgers Stadium. As you all know by now, I’m a huuuuuuuge fan of my Los Angeles Dodgers. I mean how could I not be? We have history, legends, loyal fans, Dodgers Dogs, Tommy Lasorda, and so much more. And by more I’m talking amazing promotions and some of the best food you’ll find in a sports stadium.

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Can we just talk about the amazing food at Dodgers Stadium? Really, there are so many options it’s not even funny. I try getting to a game early, just so I can get some time to walk around and check out where I’m going to eat that day. I take this serious kids.  Read more »

09 Jun

Making Memories with the Kia Sorento

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If there’s anything you need to know about me, it’s how much I value those I love. My family and friends are everything to me. So, when I heard my godson was having teen problems, I didn’t hesitate to fly him out (on short notice) to L.A. for his spring break. We haven’t spent much time together lately, so this was time I was looking forward to. And it just so happened that Kia was going to let me borrow the new and improved 2015 Kia Sorento for the week. It was all perfect timing.

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19 May

Cacique Double Header with the L.A. Dodgers

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This post is sponsored by Cacique and in collaboration with Society Culinaria.

To know me, is to love me—and to love my Los Angeles Dodgers. Yes, I’m a little bit of a Dodgers fanatic. So, when Cacique invited me to a game I was more than happy to join them. Even though I’m already a season ticket holder, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to watch my boys in a suite, with my friends, and eat lots of Cacique cheese and Cacique yogurt.

My job is tough but someone has to do it. 😏 #ad #Repost @presleyspantry ・・・ These are my peeps!!!! How I adore them all! 💙💙💙💙 #CaciqueDoubleHeader #SoCu #GoAutentico #ITFDB #Dodgers

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11 Jan

The All New 2016 Kia Sorento Stands Out

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Born and raised a L.A. chica, I didn’t really ever anticipate having to learn how to drive in the snow. That is until I was living in Germany and had no choice but to learn. Let’s just say driving on black ice and through the snow isn’t my favorite thing. So, when I got an invite from Kia to attend the 2016 Kia Sorento preview in Lake Tahoe, I was a little nervous. Especially, since the forecast was calling for wind, rain, and even snow.

Before I go any further, you should know that I had a chance to preview the all new Sorento at the L.A. Auto Show and my hubby and I were truly impressed by it’s redesign. If you remember, I had a chance to review the 2014 model and really liked it then.

As you can see below, the redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento is definitely crossover candy.

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Remember when I said I didn’t like driving in winter weather? Turns out I didn’t have anything to really worry about. Because, that’s exactly what I did through the winding roads of Lake Tahoe, into Reno, and back up the mountain. I was nervous for no reason! This was one of the sturdiest, safest, and most comfortable drives. I handled it like a pro!

Here are few things that stood out for me in the 2016 Kia Sorento:

  • The sporty design and stylish front-end of the vehicle. The grill is eye-catching!
  • The interior perks like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 14-way power driver and 8-way power passenger seats, panoramic sunroof, and the available premium Nappa leather trim seating.
  • More cargo space and room for 7 passengers.
  • Driver assistance like Lane Departure Warning, Around View Monitor, and Blind Spot Detection.
  • New UVO eServices are now available: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score3.
  • Safety features like it’s six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Brake Assist System, Hill-start Assist Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Antilock Braking System.

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Disclosure: This trip was courtesy and compliments of Kia. Any and all opinions expressed in this post are true and my own.

03 Dec

California Road Trippin’ with the Kia Optima Hybrid

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Summer isn’t the only time of the year for a road trip. I guess that’s one of the great things about living in a place like California. We have great weather throughout the year—especially in the fall. Whether I’m heading an hour away to Dana Point or taking a five-and-a-half hour road trip to the seaside city of Carmel, a road trip in the Kia Optima Hybrid is the way to go.

I’ve always been a fan of the Kia Optima. It’s spacious, looks great, has all the bells and whistles, and is an amazingly smooth ride. With the hybrid, I get to add fuel efficient and eco-friendly to my list. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid starts at a little under $26,000 and offers 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

How it works: “It intelligently switches from its electric motor to its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder MPI engine in response to your driving. It offers a combined 199 horsepower—while still delivering excellent fuel efficiency.” -Kia.com

Needless to say, I hit the California highway with no worries, in style, comfy, and happy that I was saving money on gas. No matter where the road takes me in the future, this is definitely how I want to travel.

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Disclosure: This car loaner was provided for review purposes only. I was NOT compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are true and my own.